Other Projects

Below are synopses for other writing projects Martens is currently working on.  To receive exclusive content from them and updates if and when they are slated for publication, join the email newsletter using the widget above. 


"The Long Black Dress" - A young woman returns to an empty house after her husband's funeral and, in her grief, descends into madness.  A novel based upon a short story which follows the interlocking memories of Charlotte as she struggles with her grief over her loving husband's tragic death.

"Metalhead" - When good-girl Trish Hamilton finds herself tutoring Wind Ridge's resident metalhead, Axl Varness, Trish fully expects the situation to end in an anxiety-inducing confrontation. Instead, Axl begins to draw her out of her shell and, in turn, Trish finds that there is something beyond tattoos setting Axl apart from their peers: as easily as Axl can play a riff on his guitar, he can summon powerful creatures out of nothing more than soundwaves and his own imagination.  But when Axl is pushed to his limit by Trish’s domineering boyfriend and by his own tragic home life, his already lacking impulse control erodes until he is on the brink of unleashing his hidden talent on the student body.  As Axl begins to unravel, Trish is the only one who stands between him and utter destruction both to himself and to everyone around him.

"Burning Angel" - Marie Ellington is a quiet eighteen-year-old girl consumed by grief for her older brother, Malcolm, who committed suicide last spring.  She doesn't need a man and doesn't need any more trouble in her life.  Unfortunately, trouble quite literally falls out of the sky and into her path one stormy night when she meets Lukas, a man as terrifying as he is attractive.  Though she would rather push Lukas from her mind and focus on getting out of the small New England town that is suffocating her, Marie cannot avoid her own fate and is soon swept into a secret war between Heaven and Hell.