Novels by Gary Marks


Historical Fiction

The Dance and the Diamond Sky

1988: Historical / Political / Coming of Age — 322 pages

The names of the characters in this story have not been changed to protect the innocent. They protected their own innocence.

An amazing book, beautifully written, about a critical time in our country’s history. Though this coming of age tale is about a time decades removed, The Dance and the Diamond Sky generates wisdom that directly reflects upon the internal and external struggles we face today. There are no cliches here. There is humor, plenty of drama, and a great ending. A story that needed to be written finally was. . . .
— Sherry Robb, Robb Literary, Los Angeles, CA
I’m so glad I was able to delve into the world evoked by Gary Marks. Marks succeeds in transporting his narrative to the 1960s. In fact, from the first page, I felt like I’d traveled back in time. And there’s a lyricism to both the language and the plot that’s mesmerizing. I also loved the real-world facts and historical figures. They added a richness to the text and made it clear that Mr. Marks really knows this world.... Gary Marks is a clear talent.
— Alexis Sattler / Putnam Books


Romantic Drama

Somewhere Beautiful

2009: Humor / Coming of Age — 125 pages

A post-millennial teenager tries to find his way in the world. The girl he meets on a family vacation in Paris, and a death-defying event back home, alter his perceptions of the world and his place in it.

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Surreal Humor


2013: Abstract comedy / Metaphysical — 114 pages

Who is Zolar, and why should you be listening to him right now? Two kids start an Internet scam only to find out they may have been telling the truth all along.

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Metaphysical Fiction

Orbiting Chaos

2007: Psychological / Romance / Metaphysical — 150 pages

Various coincidences conspire to connect the lives of Gabriel and Laney, two young social misfits. A desperate need to run from the past takes them to unexpected places, as they try to find a place of peace amidst the chaos.

Fascinating story and characters with so much heart.
— Tessa Woodward -- Harper Collins

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The Book of Is

2019: Metaphysical /Psychological / Self-Help -- 55 pages     

The Book of Is offers both new and traditional techniques to redirect the mind to access peace and happiness in any present moment.

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Metaphysical Science Fiction


2019: Psychological / Metaphysical / Surreal — 98 pages

A young chemist invents a drug that could lead to world peace. In lab experiments it transports the mind to a place of wonder and enlightenment. The pill will cost pennies to make. The world is ready to be changed. There’s only thing standing in the way -- humans. 


Surreal Humor

Rain Dreams

2012: Romantic / Abstract Comedy / Coming of Age — 88 pages

Rain Dreams is a story about two young seekers of adventure. But as they drive away from their dreary small town life they run into headwinds, water in various forms, and an ex-cop / Irish detective dead set on chasing them down.


Socio-Political Sci Fi

Autobiography of an AI 

2016: Psychological — 71 pages

How does a laboratory-made conscious being react to very human circumstances like national politics, romance, and personal tragedy? What is consciousness, and is it of any real value? When an AI searches for meaning, where does it lead? Ion Compass explores the world, and tells his life story through his uniquely created eyes and mind.

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Modern Fiction

From the Farthest Places

2018: Psychological — 77 pages

An empty nester couple is torn apart while trying to understand the eccentric life and mind of their brilliant teenage daughter.

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Surreal Humor

Beyond Henry

2017: Romantic / Abstract Comedy / Psychological / Metaphysical — 49 pages

This story is not about Henry making good decisions. Accidents happen. Things get complicated. In fact, it gets to the point where everything having to do with his life is literally beyond Henry.

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Surreal Humor

My Name Was Don

2016: Abstract comedy — 46 pages

The day finally comes when Don's two realities -- one being a world of dreams -- merge into a semi-beautiful disaster.

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Romantic Drama

Journey Through the Riotous Dark

2010: Psychological — 114 pages

The story centers around the mysterious Clair Kinsley - if that's even her real name. She's funny, she's wild, and she loves to create illusions. Shannon thinks he's in love, he thinks he can find out the truth about her. But sometimes the truth defies our understanding.


Romantic Drama


2007: Music business — 135 pages

A story of superstardom written from the viewpoint of a young songwriter caught in the middle.

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Romantic Drama

Emily’s Game

2016: Money / Business Empire — 102 pages

Jack Hampton found the perfect wife. Her only imperfection was that she kept secrets from time to time. They were harmless secrets. Except one.

When Emily gets entangled in her father's billion dollar fraud she has to choose between her husband and her father, or create a secret way to save them both.

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Surreal Humor

Shelby’s River (A Book of Revelations)

2016: Abstract comedy — 51 pages

In Shelby's River, love is never quite love, and potential revelations seem to come too late. Everything in Shelby's life appears just beyond his reach until he comes to the river's edge, ventures out too far, and looks back.

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Modern Fiction

Lilly’s Last Words

2019: Romantic / Psychological — 81 pages

Two people have to decide how to live their lives, and what they really want, when money is no object.

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Early Works

The Fall of Eros

1990: Fictitious Travel Journal — 45 pages

A sometimes comic, sometimes angst-ridden commentary about love and the times we live in, using a vacation to Greece as the backdrop.


Early Works

Timshel’s Choice

1968: Sci-Fi / Fantasy — 36 pages

In a world where even death is an illusion, a brave few dare to question and to learn.

Gary Marks Music Piano Method Books 

Learn chord and scale theory, improvisation, and how to play songs - without reading notation.

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Piano Method Book I and Audio: $15.00
The Piano Method Book I is in PDF format, 119 pages
Each chapter is lead by an audio component in MP3 format.

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Click Here to Purchase Piano Method Book I and Audio

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Piano Method Book II and Audio: $15.00
The Piano Method Book II is in PDF format, 212 pages
Each chapter is lead by an audio component in MP3 format. 

** following your purchase, email with your attached amazon receipt to receive your audio download 

Click Here to Purchase Piano Method Book II and Audio