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My Writing Plans for 2021

Well, how about that 2020? Quite the annus horribilis, wasn’t it? Those of us who are still standing in 2021 will doubtlessly be hoping for a lot less horribilis, and a lot more goodness.

And if that happens, this novelist hopes to accomplish more in the new year than he did in this one. It was pretty darned hard to concentrate on writing. Not that 2020 was a dead loss. I managed to finish the third and final book in my Johnny Graphic Adventures series, which I started in 2006. And I’m darned proud of it. But it’s time to turn my attention to one of my mystery series, as well as update the first novel I wrote many years ago.

My King Harald Mysteries series follows the adventures of a crime-sniffing pooch who lives in a small Minnesota tourist town with his human “boss,” Andy Skyberg. In three successive tales, Harald manages to land Andy in all manner of merry mayhem. The whodunit I’m planning to write in 2021 embeds the two of them on a Beaver Tail County movie set, where the unseemly death of a well-known Hollywood figure sets the mystery in motion.

The first book I ever wrote was an epic fantasy yarn called The Queen of Thrones. (Yeah, I know. It sounds like I’m copycatting the title of a hugely famous fantasy series. But the fact is that I came up with that title several years before that other Martin revealed his.) And I plan on rethinking and repackaging the single 120k-word book as a new trilogy—aging my protagonists and giving the story a more mature POV. I may or may not succeed, but I’m going to give it a shot.

Last but not least, I have in mind tackling something totally new: A neo-noir, sexy ghost thriller. Wish me luck on that one.

Regardless of what happens in the new year, I wish you and yours all the best fortune and much happiness. And whatever you do, keep reading!

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The Johnny Graphic Adventures Are Now Complete: Introducing the Ghost of Doom

It’s been fifteen years since I started on it. And finally the Johnny Graphic Adventures trilogy is complete. Book 3, Johnny Graphic and the Ghost of Doom, is now available from most major e-book sellers. What are Johnny, Nina, and their pals up to on their final big adventure? “Action-packed” barely describes it. Here’s the blurb…

When a guy’s about to get sacrificed to the volcano god, he might have some second thoughts about the choices he made that landed him in this pickle.

But Johnny Graphic knows he couldn’t have done it any other way. Because these mountainous, frozen wilds are where his parents went missing. And being here is his only chance to find them.

That is, if he can manage to stay alive.

It’s the final chapter of Johnny Graphic’s great ghost adventure. And he and his sidekick Nina Bain have their work cut out for them.

Not only must they survive human-sacrificing tribesmen, they have to fight off murderous ghost warriors. Face down giant ice wolves. Stay alive when a massive volcano erupts. Stop a war before it starts. Help ghosts to really, truly, properly die. Defeat the most dangerous ghost of all. And, on top of everything, save the entire planet from doom.

It’s a heckuva lot for a twelve-year-old news photographer to handle. But Johnny Graphic’s up to the job!

“[Martin] does for ghosts what Asimov did for robots.”Top 50 Amazon Reviewer

“[Book 1 is] a strong pick for young adult readers, highly recommended.” Midwest Book Review

“[In Book 2 D. R. Martin] serves up a fast-paced adventure story that younger readers from ten up couldn’t help but love, as would older readers who grew up on fun adventure stories.”Amazon UK Reviewer

Johnny Graphic and the Ghost of Doom is now available on Amazon, as well as other leading e-book sellers. At present, the paperback is only available on Amazon print-on-demand, but wide distribution will be coming soon.



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Final Johnny Graphic Adventure…Coming Soon

It’s been fourteen years since I started writing the Johnny Graphic Adventures. Book One came out in 2012 and Book Two the following year. Now I’m about to wrap up Book Three, Johnny Graphic and the Ghost of Doom. To celebrate finishing the trilogy, I’m relaunching the series with new cover designs and—for the first two novels—some tweaks and improvements in the texts.

I’m especially psyched by the new cover style, which carries through all three books. My longtime designer Steve Thomas has done a terrific job of conveying the 1930s look and feel of the tales, while doing justice to Johnny and Nina’s rip-roaring exploits. The two twelve-year-old protagonists appear on each cover, along with their favorite ghost, Colonel MacFarlane. The artwork for each book includes unique elements from that story—mushroom cloud, zombies, flying boat, volcano, dog sled. I love the period-style typeface and the exuberance of the colors.




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A Fatal Fondness Now Available!

My fourth Mary MacDougall historical mystery, A FATAL FONDNESS, is now available as a Kindle e-book (free for members of Kindle Unlimited). There’s a paperback edition, as well, available at Amazon and other print-on-demand sellers.

It’s 1902 and the location is Duluth, Minnesota. Mary’s just started her own detective agency and her first cases are disappointingly banal. But one of them blows up into a case involving murder and international intrigue. And Mary is right in the thick of it.

Click right here for A Fatal Fondness Kindle!

For the paperback, just click here.

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New Mary MacDougall Coming in November

Travel back to 1902 and join heiress-sleuth Mary MacDougall in her fourth mystery adventure, A Fatal Fondness. With the help of a new sidekick, Mary opens her own agency in Duluth, Minnesota, and gets drawn into a deadly affair of international intrigue and murder. Witty, fast-paced, and enthralling—it’s a race between Mary’s wits and an assassin’s blade. Watch for it soon.

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Fourth Mary MacDougall Mystery On the Way

It’s way past time for an update on my writing projects. I’ve managed to get a lot of words written—and rewritten—in 2019.

The big news is the upcoming publication of the fourth Mary MacDougall historical mystery, A Fatal Fondness. In it the intrepid young sleuth finally sets up her own detective agency. But with a caveat. Her father requires an older cousin to work there, too—not just as a secretary, but as a chaperone as well. A few trivial cases trickle in. And then one of them explodes into an affair of international intrigue and murder.

A Fatal Fondness will be out in November. In December, I’ll be doing a blog tour hosted by Escape with Dollycas—where there’ll be a giveaway of all three print books in the series. So you may be seeing my mug pop up on some of your favorite mystery blogs.

This year I’ve also been working on the final novel in my Johnny Graphic ghost adventure trilogy. I set out on Johnny’s journey in 2006 and I’m happy (and relieved) to finally bring his story to a rousing, epic conclusion. The final book—as yet untitled—will be out sometime next spring.

And not that it has anything to do with book writing, but the acquisition of a nifty Olympus camera early this summer has totally reignited my passion for photography. The plan is to get up a website featuring all of my significant work, going back a long, long time. Meanwhile, I’ll be periodically posting some shots on my Facebook author page. Be sure to check it out.

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Fifty Shades of Evil

My villain is torturing me…

As I reported last time, the first draft of the third and final Johnny Graphic novel was wrapped up a few months ago. I did a second draft and I’m now doing battle with the third draft. This one is the toughest so far, because I thought I would try making my antagonist—Percival Gorton Rathbone—a bit less evil than he was in the first two stories. I want to get him out of black-and-white and into shades of gray. Because even the most dastardly villain believes he has good reasons for doing what he does.

Well, it isn’t easy making someone like Percy sympathetic. I’m struggling to find the perfect balance—I’ve already redone his first chapter seven or eight times.


Fortunately, in between my battles with Percy, I’ve made progress on the fourth Mary MacDougall mystery. I’m about a quarter of the way through a first draft. After sending Mary to Upper Michigan in the last book, this time around I’m having my sleuthing heiress operate entirely in her hometown of Duluth, Minnesota. It’s late September, 1902. And as Mary tackles her first modest cases as a professional detective—stolen silver napkin rings, lost cats—she can’t resist sticking her nose in the matter of a drowning. Was it accidental? Or not?


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New Books for 2018

Winter’s always a productive time for me as a writer. I’m happy to stay inside in front of my computer, warm and toasty, typing away on my current project. This winter I hope to make a lot of headway on my 2018 goal of adding three new books to my backlist.

Mary MacDougall Mysteries The fourth book in this series is finally under way. Mary sets up her own detective agency, under the watchful eye of her cousin Jeanette Harrison—her new partner in crime (solving). Of course, Mary’s fascination with a certain darkly handsome painter continues.

King Harald Mysteries For their fourth adventure, I’ve decided Andy and Harald deserve a little time in the spotlight—the movie spotlight, that is. New Bergen’s the location for a movie shoot and Andy’s sister Kirsten is catering it. Naturally, handsome Harald, the crime-sniffing pooch, is cast as the movie’s canine co-star.

Johnny Graphic Adventures Under my real name, D. R. Martin, I’ve published two yarns about a 12-year-old boy who takes on ghost marauders in a 1930s alternate earth. I just finished the first draft of the final book in the trilogy, which makes me excited and sad. Excited, because I get to finish Johnny Graphic’s story. Sad, because it’s the end of the road and I’ll probably never again revisit this world.

Be sure to check out my Facebook author page for updates on Harald and Andy, and Mary MacDougall.

Best wishes for a wonderful 2018!

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Goodbye to Puppy

One of the dogs that helped to inspire King Harald was Gus, a big ol’ Chesapeake that lived on my brother-in-law’s farm. After he died, back around 2000, his master got himself a little puppy who was temporarily, then permanently, named Puppy.

We last saw Puppy about a month ago, still tottering over to greet us on our arrival. Puppy always had to say hello and loved following us around the farmstead. He was always good tempered, even amid the invasion of cats that descended on the place a few years ago. They kicked him out of his warm spot in an old chicken house, but he still tolerated them. There was one unfortunate incident with a feline, but we won’t discuss that here.

Anyway, we just heard that Puppy passed on a couple of weeks ago.

So, here’s to Puppy and all the fun we had with him! Thanks for the memories, you sweet ol’ pooch.