Tuesday, June 16, 2009

"Torn From Normal" demo cover and blurbs

I apologize for not posting a new blog earlier. I've been holding off, gathering updates.
There is still no exact date for when Torn From Normal will be released. As soon as I find out I will update the blog and other media.

I sent the final manuscript off to my publisher and other authors for reviews. One review is already included at the end of this blog.

To the left you see a demo of the cover the way I wanted it to be and I created this cover myself. Tell me what you think, I would love to hear your opinion. You can click the picture to enlarge it.

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As soon as I receive a demo cover from the publisher I will post it here.

I know many of you are getting eager to finally hold Torn From Normal in your hands and I can tell you, ted tape is a snail in publishing and it gets worse every time you think it gets better and your book is almost published.

I'll leave the guess work as to who posed for demo cover, to you. Ask me and I might tell you and by the way, the same person volunteered for the book trailer of Torn From Normal.

The Hockey Jersey along with the number 24 is very significant to the story itself and no Torn From Normal is not a book about sports.

I hope you enjoyed this short update, please feel free to comment. (If you don't have a google account, select the anonymous setting when ask under what server to leave the comment, but sign your name in the field so we know who you are.)

Now to the review, here is the first one. More will follow.

By Ophelia Julien.

Martin Bartloff's Torn From Normal is a very moving, very strong story. The catastrophe that is protagonist Andy Riley's life will resonate with his readers, as will the inherent tragedy awaiting secondary characters Danny and Marvin. The characters are believable, especially Danny, an honest and likeable young man, and Marvin, the strong father figure you wish you'd had in your own life. Andy Riley, though, is the one to tug at your heart strings, the sad, young boy you'll want to welcome into your home. A quick read, Torn From Normal is a telling reminder that the myth of carefree childhood is exactly that for a lot of the young people in our society: a myth.


  1. Love the cover, Martin! Sounds like it's going to be a great book! Can't wait to read it!


  2. Martin... From what I've read so far, Torn From Normal is awesome. But buddy... Being from Nashville, I can not condone the Red Wings jersey... Especially Chris Chelios! ;P Book is great... Red Wings reference not so much. You know I'm kidding right? Well... sort of.


  3. Hey Nick what page are you on? Anyway, dude, I get a real kick out of this, while you and some others read the book, you got to see the cover I wanted and you can get better idea of what Andy Riley looks like. That's why it was important to me to put up this blog while my book is being read.
    Keep me posted and Thanks a bunches Nick.

    P.S Whatever page you're on, get ready my friend it gets much better and once you come to the last 35 pages, you get knocked out.


  4. Martin ,i love the cover.Is different,is wonderful,very creative and the picture is spectacular..WOW, i can't stop to keep look it the cover, again is WOW...I can't wait to read your book..Love ya.Pina

  5. Hi Martin, can't wait for it to come out. I love the cover, as I told you before, it really speaks yards about the isolation Andy feels.


    ps - is it your son?

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