Monday, April 29, 2013

Today's Special - - Kat Martin

Today, we're pleased to have Kat Martin back to visit with us.  Kat's newest romantic suspense adventure, AGAINST THE EDGE releases tomorrow, April 30th.  I know fans are anxious to get their hands on this latest installment in her Raines of Wind Canyon series.  Please welcome Kat as she turns her focus today on those strong heroines we love to meet in the pages of her books!


I love strong women.  I like meeting them.  I like knowing them.  I like writing about them.  What I particularly like are strong women who maintain their femininity. 

These are the women I like to write about.  In AGAINST THE EDGE, Claire Chastain is a social worker.  She moved to California to escape her over-protective parents, and though she loves them very much, she wants to find her own way. 

It isn’t until Claire meets wildly attractive ladies’  man, former Navy SEAL, Ben Slocum, that her independent nature is tested, along with her courage and strength. 

Ben is a detective at Atlas Security in Houston, where he works with Trace Rawlins, Jake
Cantrell, and Alex Justice. 

I had already written Trace, Jake, and Alex’s stories:  AGAINST THE STORM, AGAINST THE SUN, and AGAINST THE ODDS.  It was Ben’s turn to find the right woman.  Since he’s one of the strongest characters I’ve written, I had to come up with a woman who could handle him.  One tough enough to stand up to him, but who is loving enough to break through the barriers Ben has erected around his heart.

Claire was a fun heroine to write because even she didn’t realize how strong she was until she was tested, first by Ben, then by the adventure they shared as they tracked down the son Ben didn’t know he had.

I’m not sure what the trick is to writing a soft, yet strong woman.  Perhaps just looking inside ourselves.  Life is full of challenges, tough problems women face every day with courage and determination.  As a writer, we learn to use the feelings that carried us through those challenges. 

And of course, Claire had the help of a very strong male--the perfect man for her.  If only Ben is smart enough to figure that out!

Claire was one of my favorite heroines.  I’d love to hear who some of your favorites are?

I hope you’ll watch for Ben and Claire in AGAINST THE EDGE, and at the end of August you’ll look for Ty Brodie and Haley Warren in AGAINST THE MARK.  Till then, all best wishes and happy reading. 

Oh, and who are some of your favorite heroines?  

Kat is giving a signed copy of AGAINST THE EDGE to one randomly chosen person who leaves a comment!  

Title: Against the Edge
Author: Kat Martin
Publisher: MIRA
ISBN-10: 077831443X
ISBN-13: 978-0778314431
EAN: 9780778314431
Kindle: B00B0A5XME

A child he’s never met.
A danger he’s never known.

That he’s a father is news former navy SEAL Ben Slocum was not expecting. But once the initial shock wears off for the confirmed bachelor, he takes in the rest of what social worker Claire Chastain tells him: that his son Sam is in the custody of an abusive criminal, that they’ve disappeared . . . and that Ben is now the child’s only hope.

As Ben and Claire band together to track the two down, their concern for the boy draws them closer, each fighting feelings there’s no time to explore. Ben’s got one chance to take back what’s his, and in one gunshot he could lose it all . . .


  1. Sounds like a v.g. read. I have enjoyed several of Kat's books.

  2. Interested in this compelling novel. thanks for this feature.

  3. I would enjoy this book and the characters sound intriguing.

  4. I am trying to wait to collect this series but only have 3 so far. I've enjoyed her in the past so I'm sure I'm going to like it!!

  5. Congrats on the new release, Kat. I've been waiting for Ben's book. One of my favorite heroines is Annette Baxter from Debra Webb's "Faceless." I like her because she's one of those bad girl heroines we don't often see.

  6. Congrats on the new release Kat!!! Thanks for sharing :) I always loved Suzanne Brockmann's heroines. They were usually strong in their own right women :)

  7. Thanks so much for writing Ben's story!!!

  8. Hi, Kat! Welcome back and congrats on the newest release!

    My favorite heroine of all-time is Kate Sheffield from Julia Quinn's THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME. Love her!!

  9. Hello and thanks for all the wonderful comments. My guess is that you are all strong women! Kat

  10. Hello, Kat! I, too, love stories about and actual friendships with strong, feminine women. While it was true of my generation that it took being tested to find out how strong we could be, I am very pleased to note that many of the women of the younger generation (e.g., my daughter and granddaughter) are strong -- and know they are strong -- in their own right without having been tested. Someday the tests will come, as they do to all of us, but I have no doubt they will come out victorious and even stronger than before. The one thing I have found in my generation, is that strong women who bond with a strong male can experiencer many interesting arguments and difficulties with their mate. I have experienced this myself! :-) But good communication can most times put out those "fires" and turn them into positives...and, after all, we usually cannot help where our hearts lead us. BTW, I love your writing.

    1. writing from L.J.'s account. Nicely said. K

  11. Hi Kat! Sorry it's taken me so long to get here today. I love a strong heroine. One of my all-time favorites is Johanna from Julie Garwood's Saving Grace. I adore her!

    Best wishes for tomorrow's release of Against the Edge!

  12. Congratulations on the new book. I know it will be a great read.

    The first romances I read were Julie Garwood's historicals. The very first was THE PRIZE and the heroine, Nicholaa, one of my favorites. I think her strongest heroine is Gillian of RANSOM.

  13. I love my heroines to be strong & intelligent. So many great heroines around, but my favorite right now is a child, Arya from the series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE by George RR Martin.

  14. Some of my fav heroines are Cat from Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. I also like Arizona from The Perfect Storm by Lori Foster. She went through a lot and came out incredibility strong. Also like Amy from Against the night. She was willing to strip to help her sister. Plus Johnnie is my favorite from this series.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
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