Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Today's Special - - Kat Martin

For New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin, a career in real estate led her down the road to romance.

Through real estate, Kat found her own perfect match--her husband, Western author Larry Jay Martin.

"We were on opposing sides of a transaction--I represented the seller and he represented the buyer," Kat recalls.

A short time after the two became acquainted, Larry asked her to read an unpublished manuscript of an historical western he'd written. Kat fell in love with both the book and the author!

"It was quite a romantic story," she admits. "I'd still like to see it get published." Then, after doing some editing for her future husband, she thought she'd try her own hand at writing.

Kat moved on to become the bestselling author of over fifty historical and contemporary romance novels. To date, 15 million copies of her books are in print, and she's been published around the globe, including Germany, Norway, Sweden, China, Korea, Bulgaria, Russia, England, Estonia, Lithuania, South Africa, Italy, Poland, Thailand, Portugal, Turkey, The Slovak Republic, Spain, Argentina, Estonia, Czech Republic and Greece.

When she's not writing, Kat also enjoys skiing and traveling, particularly to Europe. Currently, she's busy writing her next book.

We're happy to welcome Kat back to The Romance Dish!

Roughing it in Alaska

I can’t speak for other authors, but after sixty books, including AGAINST THE WILD, being released May 27th, I’m always trying to come up with new story concepts.  Which is the reason, when I get an opportunity to travel, I jump right in. 

Usually, however, I prefer a luxury hotel to the tiny quarters of a pick-up camper.  Still, when my husband--always up for an outdoor adventure--wanted to go for a month-long road trip to Alaska, I said yes.  (This year one of my resolutions is to say yes more often).

We took the entire month of August for our journey with two other camper-couples--Alaska is a really big North Country, the first of which resulted in the novel, MIDNIGHT SUN, a Romantic Suspense, first of the Sinclair sister’s trilogy.  I’ve been in love with Alaska ever since.
place.  And it was amazing, magnificent vistas that stretch for hundreds of miles, dangerous wild animals, rugged mountains and rushing streams.  It was the second trip for us into the far

Having just moved to Kensington Publishing, I began to think Alaska might make the perfect setting for the three books I’d been wanting to write about the Brodie brothers, rugged, outdoor hunks, and the women who win their hearts.
The idea first came to me as I wrote Ty Brodie’s story, AGAINST THE MARK.  When Ty’s cousin, Dylan, appeared straight out of the wilds of Alaska, I knew he had to have a story of his own. 

Dylan is the owner of a remote fishing lodge built in the thirties, a big, rambling structure along the Northwest Passage.  His dream is to remodel the old lodge and give guests a taste of Alaska, but he needs help with the interior.  Dylan knows exactly the lady he wants to hire.

Lane Bishop is a successful Beverly Hills interior designer, a woman Dylan met when he traveled to L.A. to buy a plane.  Lane has a secret yen to experience the wild beauty of Alaska, and Dylan’s offer is too tempting to resist.  Add to that, she wants to explore the attraction she felt for Dylan when she met him in L.A. 

Trouble begins when she arrives at Eagle Bay and discovers that as beautiful the old lodge is, there is something eerie about it.  Dylan isn’t happy when Lane turns up legends of murder and rumors of hauntings. 
Are ghosts real?  Or has trouble followed Lane all the way to Alaska?

I hope you all get a chance to go on an adventure like mine in the ruggedly beautiful Alaska.  And that you’ll watch for Dylan Brodie in AGAINST THE WILD, followed by his brothers’ stories, Nick, in AGAINST THE SKY, and Rafe, in AGAINST THE TIDE.  Till then, all best wishes and happy reading.  


TITLE: Against the Wild
AUTHOR: Kat Martin
RELEASE DATE: May 27, 2014
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 978-1-4201-3382-0
ISBN 10: 1-4201-3382-9

Back Cover Copy
Where the men are as bold and untamed as America’s last wilderness

It’s been three years since Lane Bishop tragically lost her fiancĂ©, and she’s finally ready to risk her heart on someone else. The hot look in Dylan Brodie’s eyes says he’s going to be that man.

But when Lane flies to the remote 1930’s fishing lodge to help him renovate, she discovers a little girl who won’t speak, eerie legends and strange sounds in the night. And when she investigates the history of the lodge, she uncovers a legacy of injustice and murder.

As danger stalks his daughter and the woman he is coming to love, Dylan must risk everything to uncover the shocking truth. 


  1. Welcome, Kat! I think I'm going to enjoy the Brodie brothers! I've always been fascinated by Alaska. It's on my bucket list and I have hopes that I'll be able to explore it one day. I'd have loved the camping adventure when I was younger. Not so much these days. ;-)

  2. Sounds like another fascinating series - looking forward to it!

  3. I have a few friends who have been to Alaska and liked it. Books sounds like a wonderful story.. Can't wait yo read it.

    1. I have friends who used to live there. The photos they've shared are magnificent.

  4. hi kAT!
    i CALLED Mira to ask why this book wasn't it my monthly shipment...she couldn't find it I went to Amazon and saw you are with Zebra (LOL) I was so embarrassed. I picked it up today...Can't wait to start it...


    1. Has probably happened to all of us at some time. ;-)

  5. I'm jealous of your trips to Alaska. I'm glad we get to see it through your eyes. I would love to visit Alaska someday.

  6. It sounds like you took the trip we are hoping to take next year when my husband finally retires. We don't have a truck camper or RV and wonder if that is the way we should really go. The distances between towns are often long and the cost of everything is so much higher there. We live in NE TN so the drive will be a long one. We are most likely going to take the Trans-Canadian Railroad the first leg of the trip. We have always taken off when we can. It will be nice not to have to worry about being tied to a work schedule.
    I look forward to reading your Sinclair sisters trilogy.

  7. Wow, what great comments! Really hope you all enjoy the new book. One of the best ways to see Alaska, at least the peninsula, is to ride up on the ferry. gorgeous scenery (if the weather cooperates) and its cheap. cabins are tiny. its not a luxury trip, but its really fun and affordable. thanks for your comments. Hope you like Against the Wild! love ya, kat