Welcome, Author Martha Reynolds

Final Cover Amazon - CopyA big welcome to author Martha Reynolds, whom I discovered on the Amazon Free Bestseller List a few months ago. Her book CHOCOLATE FOR BREAKFAST just delighted me and I wrote to tell her how much I enjoyed it. I’m so thrilled she’s written a sequel and very pleased and excited to have her here today.

Martha  ended an accomplished career as a fraud investigator and began writing full time in 2011. Her debut novel, CHOCOLATE FOR BREAKFAST, was selected as the 2012 Book of the Year in Women’s Fiction by the readers of  Turning the Pages Books.

CHOCOLATE FONDUE is the sequel to CHOCOLATE FOR BREAKFAST, and both books are available in digital and print versions through Amazon.

Martha Reynolds WriterShe and her husband live in Rhode Island, never far from the ocean.

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MarthaReynoldsWriter

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheOtherMartha1

Take it away, Martha!

My Top Five Places to Visit in Switzerland

5.            Arosa – located in eastern Switzerland, Arosa is both a summer and winter resort. I traveled there with my mother in the early 90’s. We didn’t ski, but enjoyed gorgeous views from the train window for the entire train ride to Arosa, as we climbed impossibly steep mountains to an elevation of 5,800 feet. A mile high! The delight was in getting there, and the memory I made with my mom, who was in awe of the spectacular mountains. We stopped for lunch at a nearby café, and neither of us could read the menu, which was in German. I ordered pig’s liver for both of us (ugh!). Arosa has been a famous Alpine health resort since 1877, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Thomas Mann both stayed there, giving it more notoriety.

4.            VeveyVevey lies on the north shore of Lake Geneva, in the canton of Vaud, and is French-speaking. Nestlé has its world headquarters in Vevey, and milk chocolate was invented there in 1875. It’s known as one of the “pearls of the Swiss Riviera,” and boasts gorgeous views and vineyards. Its most famous inhabitant was Charlie Chaplin, and there’s a statue of him at the shore.

3.            Lugano Lugano borders Italy, in the southern canton of Ticino, and is about as Italian as you can get while still in Switzerland. It takes a few hours to get to Lugano from Zurich, since they’re at opposite ends of the country, but once you spot the palm trees, you know you’ve arrived in a totally different place. Although the area doesn’t have the majestic mountains of other regions, you can still climb, hike, and bike. And the food! Everything is regional and exquisite.

2.            Grindelwald – hey, this is why you go to Switzerland. The three mountains – Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau (translated from German to Ogre, Monk, and Maiden) each top 13,000 ft.  In May of 1987, I ventured to Grindelwald and was surprised to find that the Grindelwald-First lift was celebrating an anniversary and tickets to the summit were half-price. I couldn’t wait! Dressed for a late May day in light clothes and no socks, I quickly discovered how the climate changes. The three-stage lift was once the longest chair lift in Europe, and by stage two, I’d rolled down the canvas side flaps for protection. At the summit, it was a blizzard! (The lift came equipped with a heavy coat, so I didn’t freeze). A respite with “chocolat chaud” and a croissant had me ready to descend, back to verdant meadows and eidelweiss.

1.              Lucerne – If I retire to Switzerland, I want to live in Lucerne. Smack in the center of Switzerland, Lucerne has it all. Set on Lake Lucerne, it is surrounded by breathtaking mountains, including Mt. Pilatus. The old town is car-free, and the city is easy to navigate. Tradition and modernity stand side by side in Lucerne, and, of course, it has the Blue Balls Music Festival (don’t ask me, I don’t know!).

My latest novel, CHOCOLATE FONDUE, continues the story of Bernadette Maguire, whom readers met in CHOCOLATE FOR BREAKFAST. Read the first book before the second if you can. It picks up right where the first one left off, at the Hotel de la Rose in Fribourg, Switzerland. Both books are available in digital and print versions through Amazon.

My Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Martha-Reynolds/e/B008ZUH11I/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1367666576&sr=8-1


  • Young Good

    Visit one of the most famous mountains in Switzerland during today’s excursion to Mount Titlis. Covered in snow year-round, this peak offers astonishingly beautiful views of the Alps. To truly experience the snow and ice on top of Mount Titlis, you’ll board the world’s first rotating cable car to reach the summit, where you’ll have a chance to experience the mountain from the Ice Flyer or visit the Ice Grotto. At the summit, if weather permits, you’ll also have a chance to grab a sled or a snow tube for some alpine fun.

  • Skye

    Switzerland is now on my places to visit! And your books are now on my to be read list! Thank you for sharing with us.

  • Robena Grant

    How wonderful. I took a little trek with you, remembering Lucerne and Lugarno…loved both places. And I love fondue. Funny though, I had the best Swiss food ever at a restaurant in London. Can’t recall the name but remember the food. : )

    Congrats! on the book. I will go check it out. That cover is gorgeous.

  • Jim Cangany

    Hi Martha, chocolate for breakfast sounds great to me! I watch a lot of cycling from Europe and the beauty of Switzerland never ceases to amaze me. Lucerne is one of my must see places when I visit Europe some day. Congratulations on the latest release!