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Monday, June 4, 2012

Today's Special - - Kat Martin


We're delighted to welcome New York Times Bestselling author Kat Martin back to The Romance Dish today!  Kat's newest romantic suspense novel, Against the Sun was released May 29.







DO GORGEOUS MEN MAKE YOU NERVOUS?
by Kat Martin

All of us fantasize about over-the-top handsome, hunky men.  But the truth is, being around a guy who looks like that isn’t that easy.  Not unless you’re Angelina Jolie.  Can you imagine sitting next to Brad Pitt or Bradly Cooper and having a casual conversation?

Last month at the RT Book Reviews Magazine Convention, I had the opportunity to meet one of the gorgeous male models who has posed on some of my covers.  Lynn Gunn is all his name implies, 6 foot-two-inches of sexy male, tall, lanky, dark-haired, and masculine.
 
Just standing next to him made me nervous.  Fortunately, Lynn turned out to be a really great guy.  He’s a Neiman Marcus model with brains as well as brawn.  My husband and I both enjoyed the chance to get to know him. 

In my new book AGAINST THE SUN, Sage Dumont is a corporate vice president, the kind of woman with enough moxie to handle six-foot-five inches, two hundred forty pounds of blue-eyed burning manhood, Jake Cantrell.  Though Sage has a few uncertain moments when she first meets Jake and she is just as flustered as the rest of us would be.

One of the fun parts of being a romance writer is matching the hero and heroine.  By the end of the story, the reader needs to believe that the two people will perfectly fit together. 

AGAINST THE SUN is a book that deals with a visit to Texas by a Saudi Arabian sheik and his family.  The sheik is there to negotiate a three hundred million dollar oil-well equipment sale. 






Jake is hired to act as Sage’s bodyguard and teach her the protocols she’ll need to know in order to make the deal, which is crucial to her career.  Customs like not showing the bottom of her foot, which is considered an insult, or making the okay sign, which is giving someone the evil eye.

Because of the research involved in getting the customs, clothing, and attitudes of the Saudi visitors correct, AGAINST THE SUN was one of the most difficult books I’ve ever tackled.  I’m proud of the way it turned out. 

I hope you’ll look for AGAINST THE SUN and that you enjoy it. 

So .... do gorgeous men make YOU nervous?

Very best wishes, Kat


One lucky winner randomly chosen from the comments on today's post will win a copy of Against the Sun.  (paperback, Kindle or Nook - winner's choice)



It's not in bodyguard Jake Cantrell's job description to share his suspicions with his assignments. Beautiful executive Sage Dumont may be in charge, but Jake's not on her payroll. As a former special forces marine, Jake trusts his gut, and it's telling him that there's something off about a shipment arriving at Marine Drilling International. His instinct is aroused...in more ways than one.

A savvy businesswoman, Sage knows better than to take some hired gun's "hunch" as gospel. And yet she is learning not to underestimate the man her grandfather hired to protect her. Determined to prove Jake wrong, Sage does some digging of her own and turns up deadly details she was never meant to see.

Drawn into a terrifying web of lies and deceit—and into feelings they can't afford to explore—what Jake and Sage uncover may be frighteningly worse than  they ever imagined.



AGAINST THE SUN CONTEST



31 comments:

  1. Hi Kat, I love to look at gorgeous men, but you are right; it's not always easy to relax around them. You feel everything from nervous and insecure, to just happy to look and fantasize! Your new book sound terrific; good luck on it's release!

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    1. You feel everything from nervous and insecure, to just happy to look and fantasize!

      LOL @ Flora! I've reached the age when "happy to look and fantasize" definitely takes priority! ;-)

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  2. Congrats on the new release, Kat. I guess many people get tongue tied when they see a beautiful person.

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    1. I guess many people get tongue tied when they see a beautiful person.\

      Kind of the way we feel the first time we meet a favorite author. ;-)

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  3. AGAINST THE SUN looks wonderful!!

    I seriously can't think when I have met a totally GORGEOUS man. I obviously need to get out more.

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    1. I seriously can't think when I have met a totally GORGEOUS man. I obviously need to get out more.

      ROFL!

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  4. Congrats on the latest release Kat. Can't wait to read it.
    Aside from my knees turning to jelly I 'd probably be tongue tied until they spoke and started the conversation. :)
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Hi Carol! Kat's new book sounds terrific, doesn't it? Can't wait to buy a copy!

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  5. Gorgeous men make me nervous? Hmmm. Only if they are George Clooney, I guess, LOL! Hubba hubba!
    Actually, when I meet "gorgeous men" in "real life", I tend to think to myself, "they put their feet in their pants one foot at a time too, ya know!", just like I think when I meet gorgeous women. I have been in rooms with celebrities before, and they just didn't "do anything for me". They are just people with the same problems (and probably lots more) that I have.

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    1. I've been around celebrities before and held my own but I have to admit, George probably would make me nervous. :)

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  6. I'm shy with anyone I don't know. I would definitely feel out of my league with a gorgeous guy. I come from a small town background where we all say hi to everyone. I would not feel nervous just saying hello.

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    1. Laurie, I'm willing to bet your genuine "hi" would break the ice just fine.

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  7. Hi Kat! Welcome back! In my younger years, gorgeous men did make me a bit nervous. Not so much these days. With age has come a confidence and comfort in my own skin. Do I appreciate a gorgeous man? You bet! They just don't make me stutter and stammer like I might have in the old days. ;-)

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  8. Only if they think they are gorgeous too lol. If they are nice and comfortable in their own skin and not conceited, then I don't think I'd have a problem. I am so looking forward to getting all the books in this series!

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    1. One of the nice things about getting older (for me) is gaining that comfort in my own skin.

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  9. Not really. In most cases I am old enough to be their mother, so I won't have to deal with them as an object of affection. That would be intimidating until I got to know them. Then it would be a case of "hey, he is a nice guy" or "what a jerk, he is so full of himself" at which point why be nervous.

    Hope this next book in the series does well.

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    1. I am old enough to be their mother,

      Me too or, in some cases, their grandmother! lol!

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  10. depends on if the pheremones are compatible or if I actually had to speak. I do like tall men because I'm tall, but the most important thing is character & a sense of humor - good looks is th bonus.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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    1. depends on if the pheremones are compatible or if I actually had to speak

      LOL!

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  11. Great comments... I guess I would have to say that being way older than they are does make a terrific difference. A couple of you had me laughing out loud. best, I think, just to read about them and ogle them! kat

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  12. The older I get the less it flusters me to be around good looking guys. When I was young it could be intimidating.

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    1. I agree, Maureen. Isn't it lovely to just gaze and appreciate without all the nerves?

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  13. Hi Kat! I have all your AGAINST books except for this one. Am looking forward to reading Jake and Sage's story.

    Yes, gorgeous men have always made me nervous until I get to know them.

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  14. Congratulations on the book! No, not really.

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  15. Congrats on the newest release! Thanks for a fun interview and giveaway!

    I tend to be a starer. If a beautiful man like oh say Ryan Reynolds or Chris Hemsworth would be in the same room as me, I'd be on the opposite side of the room staring. I don't like to talk, just look :)

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  16. Congrats on your latest release! Your book sounds really good and I would love to read it. I will have to say that its been quite sometime since I have seen a beautiful man except on TV, so I am not sure what I would do if one was beside me.

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  17. Yes! They do make me nervous. Congrats on your book release!

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  18. Oh, my word-- can't believe we have so many comments. Fun website. love the chance to talk about my book and meet you all. Hope you enjoy Against the Sun. Jake Cantrell is definitely one of those gorgeous men! kat

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  19. They do make me nervous. Good luck with the new release.

    Gmapeony

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  20. yeah.. gorgeous men always have that effect on me.. my hands will start trembling, my tongue tied, and my brain takes a vacation.

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  21. What constitutes gorgeous to one woman, may not be to the next woman. Depends if you're talking sexy gorgeous or pretty gorgeous.

    Some men may be pretty gorgeous with zippo personality to complete the look. Sexy gorgeous on the other hand has personality in spades to give the whole concept of wham impact to whatever lady is lucky enough to receive a glance.

    I tell my children and grandchildren that I may be old; but, I'm not dead! I enjoy looking at a hunk the same as younger women.

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