Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Guest Blog from Kat Martin and a Book Giveaway of AGAINST THE TIDE


     May 26th marks the release of the twelfth novel in my Against Series--AGAINST THE TIDE, Rafe Brodie and Olivia Chandlers' story, the third in my Brodies of Alaska.  
     After writing for so many years, it's almost hard to remember how difficult it was getting my early books sold.  I’m sure every author has an interesting tale of how he or she got published.  In my case, my husband Larry had written an historical novel titled Shadow of the Mast set in early California, but he couldn’t find a publisher.  I loved the book, which was extremely moving and very romantic. 
     Since I was a voracious reader and adored the book, I couldn’t understand why publishers weren’t snapping it up.  (I still have no clue as to how New York publishers actually think.)
     I decided to see if maybe there was something I could do to polish it a little, maybe help it sell.  By the time I was finished, I was hooked on the idea of writing a book of my own. 
     I chose a western romance because I had a western background, and Magnificent Passage was born.  Now both of us had books to sell, which we tried to do by attending conferences, looking for an editor who might be interested, and trying to find an agent.
     At a conference in Fresno, California, we met an agent who agreed to read sixty pages of any attendee’s manuscript.  We sent the pages and the agent took both of us as clients.
     Unfortunately, those manuscripts were summarily rejected by every publisher in NYC!  Despair set in.  Picking ourselves up, we each started writing another book.
    Months later, the very last publisher my first manuscript had been sent to decided to buy it.  Pageant Books made it the lead title for their new romance line, a great start for me. 
     During that time, L.J.'s manuscript, his second western novel, Tenkiller, was sitting in the slush pile at Kensington where it had been for nearly a year.  It was picked up, read, and purchased.  After all the waiting, we were published six weeks apart, which meant we could travel and promote our novels together.
     The bad news was my first publisher closed its doors after just two of my books were printed and I was out on the street again.  Again, I was rejected everywhere. 
     Totally distraught, I was trying to bolster the courage to keep writing when, at the last possible moment, Berkley picked up my next novel, Captain's Bride, and again, the book was chosen as a lead title.  Even after that, it was no easy road.
     Since those early days, I’ve written for nearly all the major houses.  Some were a real pleasure, others not so much. 
     Currently, Kensington is publishing my Romantic Suspense novels.  In AGAINST THE TIDE, Rafe Brodie is the captain of a charter fishing boat fleet in tiny Valdez, Alaska.  It's a majestic but harsh and remote place to live.  Fascinated by the new owner of the Pelican Café, Olivia Chandler, Rafe begins to wonder why such a beautiful young woman would want to hide herself away in such a place. 
     Rafe is determined to solve the mystery, but when his first mate, young Scotty Ferris, is murdered, Rafe has a far more important mystery to solve.  
     Scott was Liv's friend, too, and she is equally determined to find his killer.  As the clues unfold, Rafe and Liv are drawn into a web of secrets and lies and that lead both of them into danger.
     I hope you’ll watch for AGAINST THE TIDE and if you haven't read AGAINST THE WILD and AGAINST THE SKY, I hope you'll try them, too. 

Till then, all best wishes and happy reading, Kat

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About Kat:

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 eleven books have hit the prestigious New York Times bestseller list.  Both AGAINST THE WILD and AGAINST THE SKY, her latest release, took top ten spots.  AGAINST THE TIDE the 3rd book in the Brodies of Alaska series will hit shelves in a couple weeks!

Visit Kat's website at www.katmartin.com
Or look for her on Facebook  at Katmartin/author.


By Kat Martin
Release date: 5/26/15


Secrets—and safety—melt under a midnight sun…

Liv Chandler is running for her life, and the cops haven’t been able to do a thing to help. But there’s one man who makes her feel safe, no matter what…rugged charter boat captain Rafe Brodie.

To Rafe, Liv is a beautiful mystery, one he can’t ignore. He means to unearth her secrets, and in the process, if luck is on his side, maybe the spark between them will ignite.

But Liv’s past is more dangerous than Rafe could guess, and when his first mate turns up dead, she fears that she’s next. That there’s something else coming she can’t see. That even Rafe and the remote village of Valdez, Alaska can’t protect her forever…

Secrets and Danger Threaten in the Land of the Midnight Sun…
Liv Chandler is running for her life.  She can’t trust anyone, not even the one man who makes her feel saferugged charter boat captain, Rafe Brodie.
Rafe is determined to uncover Liv's secrets,  but the beautiful café owner has a past more dangerous than Rafe can guess.  Something terrible is coming…and even in remote Valdez, Alaska, Rafe can’t protect her forever.
“Martin’s latest novel leaves readers breathless with the absorbing combination of mystery and romance.” —RTBookReviews

“This book is action packed. It has plenty of suspense and I love that the story wasn't just given away. It all evolved into something fabulous. It will have you looking for the other Brodie books.” —Crystal’s Reviews

What are readers saying about AGAINST THE TIDE?
“A sexy romantic thriller I didn't want to stop reading.” —Paige, Mertztown, PA
“Thrilling, suspenseful and keeps you hanging on till the very end! And...delicious romance!” — Misty, Galt, CA
 “This book was a great read!  Characters were intriguing.  Story was easy to get swept away with.” —Elissa, Collegeville, PA
“Awesome book from start to finish. I was hooked right away & couldn't put it down!” —Amy, Las Cruces, NM
“Sexy and Intriguing read. A must read if you love to get caught up in love and romance and danger.” —Kristen, Oklahoma City, OK
“I loved it! Kat martin describes the scenes with such detail it feels as if you're right there in the story. Loved the characters and the whole plot.” —Lisa, Slippery Rock, PA



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Anonymous said...

Count me in. Sounds good and I know my daughter would love to borrow it from me if I won.

cheryl c said...

This book is already on my TBB list. I read the first 2 books in this series, and I really enjoyed them.

Helen L. said...

Would love to win.

LSUReader said...

I look forward to reading Rafe and Olivia's story. Thanks for the post, excerpt and giveaway.

bn100 said...

this sounds interesting

PaulaP said...

Enjoyed the blog post and Against the Tide sounds really good!

Martha Lawson said...

Can't wait to read this one!! I love your books.