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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Interview with Author Kat Martin and Giveaway

Meet Kat Martin author of Into the Fury.

New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. She is married to L.J. Martin, author of western, non-fiction, and suspense novels.

Kat has written more than sixty-five novels. Sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries, including Japan, France, Germany, Argentina, Greece, China, Russia, and Spain.

Born in Bakersfield, California, Kat currently resides in Missoula, Montana, on a small ranch in the beautiful Sapphire mountains.

Her last 10 books have hit the prestigious New York Times bestseller list. AGAINST THE WILD, AGAINST THE SKY, and AGAINST THE TIDE her latest release, took top ten spots.  

First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
I live about twenty five miles out of Missoula Montana, but I’m a snow chicken who spends winters at the beach in California--definitely the best of both worlds. I’m a workaholic. Writing is my passion, which works fairly well since my husband is also a writer. Traveling is my favorite thing to do when I’m not working.

Did you always want to be a writer?
Never thought about it till I was in my thirties.

What kind of writer are you? Panser or Plotter?
I like being a plotter. Never blocked or trapped as the story moves along. Unfortunately my suspense novels are so complex I wind up being both. Nothing follows my plan exactly. A much scarier way to write. And also gives you plenty of sleepless nights.

Where do your ideas come from?
They just sort of come...I’m a news junkie so I know what is going on in the world. I’m also a good researcher, which stirs up ideas. Add to that I love movies and TV shows. They give you kernels that turn into ideas which you can expand.

A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.
A faceless menace is threatening beautiful lingerie models on their cross-country tour. It’s bodyguard Ethan Brodie’s job to protect them.

What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
Romantic Suspense, first and foremost, but I’m a voracious reader. I like anything with a love story woven in. I just finished Rebecca, the classic by Daphne Du Maurier, for my readers group and loved it.

Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
The Eagle in the Sky by Wilbur Smith is my all- time favorite romance. I love the Woodiwiss novels.

What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write? Why?
Description and characterization. They bore me. I love writing action and romance.

If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
Just for a change of pace, I’d choose Lee Childs, Danielle Steel, and John Grisham because they are mega successful bestselling authors. I would hope to learn something. I’ve met Nora Roberts a number of times and heard her speak often or she would be on my list as well.

Last question, are you working on anything right now?
Are you kidding? I’m always working on something. Doing the final edits on the next BOSS Inc. novel, INTO THE WHIRLWIND, also finishing INTO THE FIRESTORM, the final book in the trilogy.

What is your favorite genre and why?

A bodyguard, a bounty hunter, a P.I.—the men of Brodie Operations Security Service, Inc. are down for the job…

Sinners, whores, and sluts beware—your time is at hand: a faceless menace is threatening lingerie models on a cross country tour, and Ethan Brodie is there to defend and protect.

Ethan’s learned the hard way that beauty is no substitute for character. So even though Valentine Hart is one of the most breathtaking women he’s ever seen, he’s keeping his hands off and his eyes open. Or that’s what he tells himself.

Then one of the models is murdered, and the closer Ethan gets to the answers, the closer he finds himself to Valentine—and the hotter the pressure feels. There’s more to Val—more to the other girls—than he could have guessed. But one is keeping a secret that could kill them all.

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Worry rode Ethan’s shoulders all the way across town. What if the murdered woman had been Valentine? What if she was the killer’s next target? Thinking of Samantha’s beautiful friend lying dead made his stomach burn. He’d promised to protect her. If something happened, what would he say to Sam?

He was in a dark frame of mind when he climbed out of the Jeep and pushed through the door of the Perfect Pup. What the hell was a pampered woman like Valentine doing at a dog grooming parlor on the day of the fashion show?

He scoffed. Probably having ribbons tied on the topknot of some little rat dog. Maybe one of those prissy little lap-poo whatever the hell they were called.

No one was behind the counter in the waiting area, but he could hear feminine laughter at the back of the shop. At the door to one of the shampoo rooms, he spotted Samantha’s mop of nutmeg curls as she shampooed a gigantic white dog. A blond woman worked next to her, both of them up to their elbows in soapy water.

Ethan jolted to a halt as the great beast leaped out of the tub, soap bubbles flying, knocking down the taller woman, who went sprawling on her behind, the wet dog landing on top of her.

She let out a squeal of laughter matched by Samantha’s burst of hilarity. Ethan just stared. Good Christ, it was Valentine Hart.

“Hi, Ethan.” Samantha grinned. “That’s Harry.” Just then the dog gave a mighty shake, sending a barrage water droplets flying.

Sam and Valentine broke into fresh gales of laughter. Valentine’s dimples popped out and Ethan couldn’t stop staring. Her soggy T-shirt clung to a pair of perfect breasts, but it was the joy in her pretty blue eyes that made his chest feel tight.

He reached down to help her up, and she grabbed hold. As he pulled her to her feet, he felt a jolt all the way to his low-topped boots.

“Thanks,” she said, smiling.

Ethan couldn't stop a smile in return. “You’re just full of surprises, Ms. Hart.” His gaze traveled from her messy ponytail, down her long, jean-clad legs, to a pair of worn sneakers.

Behind him, Samantha snapped Harry onto a leash and the big dog politely sat down.

“I think it’s time I introduced you two,” Sam said. “Ethan, this is Valerie Hartman. Valentine Hart is her stage name. She’s not really a model. I mean, she is, but it’s only temporary. Val’s actually a student at the university. She’s studying to be a veterinarian.”

Feeling like a fool, he turned to the pretty blonde. “I think maybe we should start over. I’m Ethan Brodie.” He stuck out a hand. “It’s nice to meet you, Valerie.”

She shook his hand. “Valerie Hartman. A pleasure, Ethan. You...umm...came here to see me,” she reminded him. “What’s going on?”

The moment of levity was over. He was there to keep her safe. “I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news, Val. Earlier this morning, Delilah Larsen was found murdered in her apartment.”

“Oh, my God.” Her eyes widened as the possibility sank in. “It wasn’t...wasn’t the guy who wrote those notes?”

“There’s a chance it was. That’s why I’m here. From now on, Val, you’re under my protection.”

Up For Grabs:
  • 1 Print copy of Into the Fury

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  1. My favorite genre is historical romance along with romantic suspense. Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway opportunity.

    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  2. My favorite genre is historical romance along with romantic suspense. Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway opportunity.

    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  3. Romantic Suspense and Shifters. I do love all Kat Martin books!

  4. My favorite genre is mystery, because I like to try and figure out who did before I read it in the book.

  5. My favorite is contemporary romance. I also love historical.

  6. My favorite genre is romance. I like going to places I've been, places I haven't been, and places that don't exist. Romantic suspense usually takes me to several places. Love that. Love Kat's books as well. Kat's taken me to Alaska. A place I want to visit very badly. :-)

  7. I enjoy historical and contemporary equally.

  8. Gotta have romance, be it historical, contemporary, suspense, paranormal - I like the variety

  9. Historical tops my list of favorite subgenres of romance, but I do love contemporary, suspense, and paranormal. :-)

  10. I don't have a favorite genre I read and appreciate all authors and their different genres

  11. My favorite genre is romance ~ contemporary and suspense. I'm not really into historical or paranormal. I also read a lot of mystery and thrillers.

  12. I like to read romantic suspense novels and romantic comedy novels! Thanks

  13. I am a huge fan of contemporary romance, although I do love paranormal romance too. In contemporary romance I can read about love and romance in the current age and in paranormal romance I can read about love and romance between various supernatural beings and many different things are possible.

  14. I love all genre so I don't have a favorite.

  15. I don't have a favorite genre. I read just about anything. If I had to choose though, I'd have to pick romantic suspense. I love trying to figure out who the bad guy/girl is.

  16. I read mostly romance. Not sure why. I also like mysteries and books with some adventure in them.

  17. I love romance and pretty much all of its sub-genres!