Duane L. Martin began his writing career when he started a classic film review website back in 2002 called B-Movie Central. Two years later, he would go on to create another website called Rogue Cinema, which is a monthly online magazine staffed by a wonderful team of volunteer writers that's devoted to film reviews, articles and interviews with film makers and other industry professionals.
An avid reader, he's been inspired by a wide variety of authors, including Robert Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye, R.A. Salvatore, Ed Greenwood and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. More recently, he's buried himself in the various series of writers like Jennifer L. Armentrout, H.P. Mallory and Amanda Hocking.
His aunt, a published author as well, once gave him a book on creative writing that changed his life forever. It was a collection of pieces by various authors, but one piece in particular has always stuck with him. It talked about how to create characters that feel like real people by giving them real backgrounds, likes, dislikes and personalities. It inspired him to create characters that feel genuine and real, like people you may know, or people you'd like to know, and helped him take his writing to the next level.
Aside from his writing, Duane is also a musician. He took his first bass guitar lesson in 1987 and has been playing bass ever since. He also plays some guitar and a little keyboard. As he's always been a great lover of music, he often has it playing quietly in the background while he writes.
Born and raised in Northern California, he would later move to Idaho, where he currently lives with his wife Sharon and their dog Buddy.
Ten year old, Gabriel
Wallace has always believed there is more to life than we know. He has always
felt his life has a purpose, yet to be discovered. But he never imagined he
would become part of a journey so big, every decision he made would be influential.
Gabriel dares to
become more courageous as he travels through a whole new world. He creates new
friendships, young and old, faces many dangers lurking around every corner, and
stands up for what he believes in.
With the help of Sir
Gedeon May and Lord David Sutton, he discovers the true purpose of life, and
sees it all - through the eyes of a stranger.
As it turns out, being a private detective isn't as glamorous as they make it look on television. It comes with certain indignities and moral issues that she'd never really considered before. Not only that, but her new boss, Frank, seems to delight in going out of his way to piss her off. The only thing he seems to enjoy more than pissing her off, is complaining about how horrible her coffee is. Still, for some reason that she can't seem to figure out, he also goes out of his way to help her succeed in any way he possibly can.
Frank can be terribly passive aggressive, but he's nothing compared to his sister Kayla. She's like a nightmare on wheels, with no empathy, and no filter whatsoever. You never know what's going to come out of her mouth next, but it's a safe bet that it'll be something infuriating. When your temper is already the stuff of legends, having to deal with someone like her, without the encounter ending in a murder rap, requires a tremendous amount of willpower.
The one thing that Cindy has going for her is that she's got a super high aptitude for the job. All she needs to do in order to succeed is to learn how to control that legendary temper of hers, work hard, and most importantly, learn how to make a decent cup of coffee. The first two are relatively simple. The third...not so much.