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It’s here! The List is now available as a Paperback and eBook! - National Release in November 2013!
Download the Excerpt, Watch the Trailer & Read Reviews HERE!

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Come see what it’s all about at www.WallisJones.com

The Circle, 3rd book in the Wallis Jones series, due out in early 2015.

It seems like a human being is a deep, narrow pool of water that is so dense, it’s impossible to see to the very bottom. But there at the bottom is where all the origins of the story of my life are swimming and playing, and teeming with energy.

Every thought, idea and most of all, belief that we’ve taken in as truth and then forgotten that there was ever a time when we didn’t know it, is buried down there in the bottom of that dark pool. At some point, our behavior starts to seem like a part of us. We must have come into the world like this.

It’s an argument to give in to the fears or limitations and work with what we are, who we are and settle. We have completely forgotten that each of those beliefs is just a layer sitting on top of all of our potential.

If only we had the insight to see past it and keep trying.

I spent so much time being afraid of what I might lose and where I might end up that just seeing past all of those layers seemed like a monumental task. I had no idea where to begin and I was positive that I would not only fail, I’d die trying. It was a truth to me and my shrinking life was proof of that belief.

Fortunately, I discovered writing thrillers and through twisted plots and well-meaning characters trying to do their best, I found a voice. For me, it was as if the depths of my soul were tired of waiting for me to come to life and had found a way to be heard.

But I still pulled my punches, trying to write in a way that wouldn’t be found offensive. I’m not sure who I thought I’d offend or what I would say that would do that but I was cautious and careful and busy trying not to look like it. Even with all of that, readers wrote me saying they identified with the characters and felt like someone was finally speaking for them.

We were all speaking to each other on some level I was still not really perceiving but some amount of a message was getting through. Still, I wondered if I had enough, deep at the bottom of the well to sustain me through an entire life. I really wasn’t sure.

My answer was to create a character, Wallis Jones, who is sure of herself and her loving husband Norman, her funny, smart son, Ned, and the life she’s created. She believes everything exists in her life because of the part she played, and the hard work she devoted to all of it. Of course she is succeeding, until she finds out none of it is really true.

What if you found out that your entire family history was a lie the older generation came up with just to keep their own ambitions alive? What if you couldn’t stop the machinery that had been in power for generations and at best, could only hope to escape it or at best, learn to live peacefully within it?

Everyone in The Wallis Jones series is trying to figure out how to be happy in a complicated world, even the characters that have less than admirable traits. Everyone has the same goal but different beliefs in how the universe works and their actions bubble up from that dark place, deep down inside and guide them to think of others, or think of no one but themselves.

Wallis watched all of this unfold in a leafy suburb of Richmond, Virginia among friends who like to play Bunko, and clients at her law firm that keep making the same mistakes, asking for her help. She’s one of us, except for that big conspiracy.

That’s exactly how I walked around for years. I’m okay, I think, except for this big conspiracy that starts from within me and says, you may not be up to the task.

I’ve started to find the beginning of a solution that involves faith and courage and a willingness to keep moving forward. I’m just going to let my story unfold in the series, which seems somehow right at home in a thriller. The first two books are out now, The List and The Keeper, and The Circle will be out early next year. More will be revealed.

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Celebrating the new book, The List: the First in the Wallis Jones series Celebrating the new book, The List: the First in the Wallis Jones series

The new book, The Keeper, the second in the Wallis Jones series is coming along, despite spilling hot grease on my right hand. This too shall pass and maybe it’ll get me to slow down a little.

In the meantime, I’m learning how to focus a little better and make it easier on everyone to get to know the new thriller series. Check out the new blog, dedicated to Wallis Jones and her family, and how to figure out life. Thank you, as always for coming along on the ride with me.

 

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

The List by Martha Randolph Carr

The List

by Martha Randolph Carr

Giveaway ends November 29, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

 

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Potluck CelebrationIn the News for The List, the First in the Wallis Jones Series:

  • The List will be featured in an upcoming issue of Southern Writers Magazine. Keep an eye out for news and book giveaways
  • First Podcast will be here this Friday, November 22nd with notes on being a successful, nationally syndicated columnist.
  • NATIONAL RELEASE IS ONLY 10 DAYS AWAY! The List national release is Friday, November 29th and will be available where ever books are sold.
  • Book Contest with lots of giveaways coming with the national release. Sign up at this site for the blog and make sure you get updates.
  • Popular author, Martha Carr will be appearing at book festivals nationwide. Check back here for dates and places near you.
  • Book Marketing.com profiles The List

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file000779805174Podcasts are coming soon! Our first topic will be lots of good tips and instructions on how to start and have a career as a successful syndicated columnist. We already have an RSS feed (see the little orange symbol at the top right of this page) and if you’re signed up here, when we post the podcast you’ll get an automatic alert for all of them. Coming topics are: how to start and finish a novel, including setting up the plot and outlining the characters; how to pitch, sell and then research a non-fiction book; and how to afford to be a full-time author.

If you have questions for our first topic on how to be a syndicated columnist, please send them in short, clear sentences before Monday, November 18th. If you have other topics you’d like to see, let us know! Send questions and topic ideas every week by that Monday afternoon.

The first Podcast is scheduled for Friday, November 22nd. See you here!

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If you’ve ever wondered whether a small gesture can make a difference, read on. Twin preemie sisters, separated into different incubators. One of them was failing until a nurse broke hospital rules and put them together. The healthier one threw her arm over her sister and the failing baby’s heart immediately stabilized and she grew stronger. The healing touch…

This was 1995 and changed the way all hospitals treat infants. One small girl reaching out from her new, little heart, transformed a lot of big adults.

Even when I’m trying to tell a fun story, even a thriller, I’m hoping there’s a little bit of this magic in the mix. We all share our own version every time we share our particular gifts.

http://consciouslifenews.com/the-rescuing-hug-and-power-of-emotions/

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A Few Observations from the New Thriller, The List by Martha Carr

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Martha Carr: Here’s a Secret About Books

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