PRLog - Jan. 14, 2014 - SEATTLE -- Gale Martin has been a fan of Sir Tom Jones since age 11 while watching the TV show “This is Tom Jones” in her flannel pajamas. The Lititz, PA resident and Harcum College employee has channeled her lifelong affection for Tom Jones’ music and her amazement with the popularity of celebrity impersonators into a suspenseful novel with romantic elements called WHO KILLED ‘TOM JONES’? launching January 21, 2014, to be published by Seattle-based Booktrope Editions.
Who Killed 'Tom Jones'? a novel by Gale Martin
In Gale Martin’s newest novel, Ellie Overton is a 28-year-old rest home receptionist with a pussycat nose who also happens to be gaga for the pop singer Tom Jones. Regrettably single, she is desperate to have a red-hot love relationship, like those she’s read about in romance novels. Following an astrological hunch, she attends a Tom Jones Festival and meets an available, young impersonator with more looks than talent. Though he’s knocked out of the contest, he’s still in the running to become Ellie’s blue-eyed soul mate—until he’s accused of killing the competition. It’s not unusual that the handsome police detective working the case is spending more time pursuing Ellie than collaring suspects. So, she enlists some wily and witty rest home residents to help find the real murderer. The novel is set against the backdrop of another small town in Pennsylvania called Pankey, sister city to Hankey and the setting for her debut novel.
“Besides watching too many grainy YouTube videos of Tom Jones’ performances, I had the extraordinary good fortune to interview the world’s best Tom Jones impersonator Steve McCoy, a New Jersey native and Tom Jones impersonation contest winner, who stars as Tom Jones in ‘Legends in Concert,’” Gale Martin said. “‘Legends’
Steve McCoy’s likeness is also featured on the cover. The photo was taken in Las Vegas in 1995 while McCoy was performing with “Legends in Concert.”
"I've never had the chance to hurl an undergarment at Sir Tom Jones or anyone impersonating him," Martin concluded. "I suppose that has been on my bucket list decades before the term 'bucket list, became popular."
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“In Who Killed ‘Tom Jones’?, Gale Martin has perfectly captured the world of tribute artists and, also, the universe of Tom Jones fans.”—Ellen Sterling, moderator of TomJonesInternational.com, the world’s largest fan website
“Martin's original voice, masterful storytelling, and distinctive characters had me snorting in laughter on the NYC subway one minute and biting my nails wondering ‘who done it’ the next.”-- -- Meredith Schorr, author of Just Friends with Benefits, A State of Jane, and Blogger Girl
Appearances and book signings by Ms. Gale Martin for WHO KILLED TOM JONES will be held:
· April 5th at the Pagoda Writers Group at the Reading Pagoda, Reading PA, 1-3 pm
· July 13th during BookFest PA, in State College, PA from 10 to 5 p.m.
WHO KILLED ‘TOM JONES’? will be available in print and ebook editions on January 21, 2014, on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, as well as on iTunes. Find Ms. Martin as well as links to all her books on her website at http://galemartin.me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gale Martin is the author of DON JUAN IN HANKEY, PA, named a 2013 Best of Kindle Book by Digital Book Today and 2012 Finalist in the Indie Excellence Book Awards and GRACE UNEXPECTED, both contemporary fiction. Her work has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Duck & Herring Company’s Pocket Field Guide, The Giggle Water Review, and in several anthologies. Accolades include first-place in short fiction from the 2009 Writers-Editors International and Scratch writing competitions and a Pushcart Prize nomination. Gale has a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She grew up in Berks County and lives in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, both of which serve as a rich source of inspiration for her writing. All of her published books take place in fictional Pennsylvania towns.
Gale is a reviewer for Bachtrack.com an online site featuring classical performance, and she hosts “Operatoonity.com,”
ABOUT BOOKTROPE: Booktrope is a new type of publishing company, founded in 2009 in Seattle, WA. Booktrope is pioneering a new type of book development process called team publishing. We are committed to the creation of quality books and to our unique marketing methods, which include offering all of our books online to read for free.
CONTACT: Tiffany White at tiffany.white@
Paperback price: $15.95
eBook price: $2.99
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Gale is available for personal appearances and interviews.
Tiffany White - tiffany.white@
Gale Martin - galemartin.writer@
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