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New Mystery Thriller

I'm happy to announce my new mystery thriller, Empty Places, was released this week, and is available in print and Kindle formats from Amazon. Find out more about it…Continue

Started Oct 16, 2013

"Duty" named Best Short Story Collection by SDBA
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My book, "Duty: Suspense and Mystery Strories from the Cold War and Beyond" was named this year's Best Short Story Anthology/Collection by the San Diego Book Awards. "The Killing Depths," my military…Continue

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Martin Roy Hill replied to John Pappan's discussion How do YOU manufacture a story title?
"Well, speaking as a medically-oriented person (military medic and Navy medical analyst), "arrhythmia" isn't a broken heart, just a heart with a different beat. Some arrhythmias are dangerous, some are not. Technically, a broken heart…"
Jun 23
Martin Roy Hill replied to John Pappan's discussion How do YOU manufacture a story title?
"Eden is still in production, so no. I think it would be hard to copyright the name Eden, unless you held the rights to the Bible. Since God didn't sue John Steinbeck when he published East of Eden, I don't think there's a…"
Jun 21
Martin Roy Hill replied to John Pappan's discussion How do YOU manufacture a story title?
"Jeannie, my titles are: The Killing Depths (serial killer aboard a sub) Empty Places (murder myster set in Palm Springs) Eden (sci-fi novella set in Iraq where scholars believe the Biblical Eden was located) The Butcher's Bill (a follow up to…"
Jun 21
Martin Roy Hill replied to John Pappan's discussion How do YOU manufacture a story title?
"It's funny, this question started me thinking back on how I came up with my titles. With my first novel, about a serial killer aboard a submarine, I tried several possible titles dealing with dying in the ocean depths before I came up the final…"
Jun 17
Martin Roy Hill replied to Tom Greer's discussion Raymond Chandler
"I totally agree. Read them in order. But stay away from the ones written after his death. Even Robert Parker couldn't match Chandler's writing style."
Jun 17
Martin Roy Hill commented on Liam Saville's photo

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"This is a great read, folks, with a fully plausible plot. Military investigator Sam Ryan is a great character, too."
May 23
Liam Saville commented on Martin Roy Hill's blog post Empty Places on sale for 99 cents!
"Empty Places is a seriously good book folks, I strongly recommend you take a look.  Martin has a real winner on his hands, and for 99 cents you just can't go wrong."
May 13
Martin Roy Hill posted a blog post

Empty Places on sale for 99 cents!

Mark your calendars! The Kindle version of my latest mystery thriller Empty Places will available this week at a discounted price of only 99 cents.  The 3-day Amazon Countdown promotion runs from May 15 to May 17 and offers a savings of $3.  Empty Places, which was named Thriller of the Month by in March, tells the story of a war weary journalist who seeks redemption by solving the murder of his ex-wife, a woman he still loves. The year is 1987. America is clawing its way out of…See More
May 12
Martin Roy Hill commented on Victoria Dougherty's blog post The Bone Church (Cometh): A Chapter Excerpt
"Congratulations, Victoria! Good luck with the book!"
Apr 18
Martin Roy Hill replied to David DeLee's discussion So, What's Everyone Working On
"I'm waiting for the edits to come back on a sci-fi novella called EDEN. In the meantime, I'm working on the first draft of sequel to my first novel called THE BUTCHER'S BILL, military mystery thriller."
Mar 20
Martin Roy Hill replied to David DeLee's discussion The Writing Process
"The writing. I do a lot of plotting and research, but when I start writing it's as if the story unfolds itself. The plotting part is like looking at a road map. The writing is like watching the scenery go by."
Mar 20
Martin Roy Hill replied to Patricia Abbott's discussion Online information for crime fiction writers?
"Well, from my years as a police/crime reporter as well as my even more years involved in US Coast Guard search and rescue, and wilderness search and rescue with a local Sheirff's Dept., I can difinitively say: Depends. Drowning: Depends on…"
Mar 11
Martin Roy Hill replied to Dale Kutzera's discussion Short Crime Fiction
"Try Plan B Mystery Magazine, an online e-zine:  "
Mar 11
Martin Roy Hill replied to dan petrosini's discussion DNA & Fingerprints on cigarette butt left out in rain
"Try asking your question at these websites: The Writer's Forensic Blog: Forensics for Writers:  "
Mar 11
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Video trailer for the mystery thriller EMPTY PLACES by Martin Roy Hill.
Jan 3
Martin Roy Hill commented on Mike Worley's blog post Kindle Countdown - Is It Worth It?
"I ran a countdown deal on two of my books -- The Killing Depths, which has been out about a year and selling well, and Empty Places, which was released in October. I ran the promotion in November between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I had a…"
Jan 3

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About Me:
I am the author of the military mystery thriller THE KILLING DEPTHS and the short story collection DUTY: SUSPENSE AND MYSTERY STORIES FROM THE COLD WAR AND BEYOND.
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Raymond Chandler, Dashiel Hammitt, Nevada Barr, Tony Hillerman, Liam Saville, Phillip Kerr.
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TV: NCIS, CSI, Sherlock, Copper, Ripper Street

Movies: The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep

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Empty Places on sale for 99 cents!

Mark your calendars!
The Kindle version of my latest mystery thriller Empty Places will available this week at a discounted price of only 99 cents. 

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Darusha Wehm is the author of the sci-fi mystery novels Beautiful Red, Self Made, Act of Will, and The Beauty of Our Weapons, writing as M. Darusha Wehm. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as…


Posted on March 30, 2013 at 5:37am

Predator Strike! hits home

Osama bin Laden was not killed by a SEAL team in a Pakistani hide-out in 2011. He was captured 10 years before and secretly held prisoner by the United States until his death was convenient. Well, that’s a popular conspiracy theory,…

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 2:06pm — 10 Comments

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At 1:37am on February 9, 2013, Victoria Dougherty said…

Figured.  We've got a lot of Marines in our family with some Navy thrown in for good measure :)

At 10:36pm on February 8, 2013, Victoria Dougherty said…

Thanks for the friendship, Martin. Love your taste in books and movies and intrigued by your books.  Are you a military man?

At 3:00pm on January 23, 2013, Cammy May Hunnicutt said…

Thank you for the add, Martin.

I don't normally read books like yours, but it sounds pretty cool.

For some reason I do watch movies like that, and it sounds like it would make a good film.

At 10:27pm on January 12, 2013, pamilar said…

Hello, Am Pamilar, I really want to have a good friendship with you. i have something special i want to discuses with you. You can get back to me, directly to my e-mail.


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