Monday, February 12, 2018

Today's Special - - Kat Martin

Kat Martin joins us today to chat about building the plot of her newest novel, Beyond Danger. The second book in Martin's Texas Trilogy, this story looks like another thriller that's sure to keep me on the edge of my seat wondering where Martin will take her characters next. 

Building a Plot

I’ve always been a plot-oriented writer--which can be good news or bad.  Fortunately, the idea for BEYOND DANGER, book #2 of my Texas Trilogy, came to me while I was working on book #1.
Beau Reese, co-owner of Texas American Enterprises, is black-haired, blue-eyed, and sexy as hell.  He was once a highly successful race car driver, sort of a Texas Paul Newman.  Beau loves fast cars and fast women.  

He is also wanted for murder. 

Private Detective, Cassidy Jones, is smart and beautiful and she’s no pushover.  Lucky for Beau, she’s also determined to prove his innocence.

When the idea came to me for the first book in the trilogy, BEYOND REASON, I knew I wanted to write multiple stories set around Lincoln Cain.  Since Linc owned a company that demanded a lot of his time, I figured he needed a partner to help while he was trying to protect the heroine, Carly Drake, from a dangerous drug lord.

As I began working on the second book, the beginning was easy.  Beau was in the wrong place at the wrong time, making him the prime suspect in his father’s murder.  The trick was to follow the clues that would lead him and Cassidy, a private detective, to the information that would prove Beau innocent of the crime.

Unfortunately, to do that, they ultimately needed to find the person who actually committed the murder.  Which meant they had to find out why someone wanted Beau’s father, a former Texas state senator, dead. 

One of the best parts about writing a novel is finding the right pieces and parts of the puzzle then figuring out how they all go together. 

It’s also one of the worst parts.

Nothing is worse than writer’s block, the curse of every author.  So far, determination and persistence have managed to get me through those times. 

I like to write big stories, which means they’re stand alone novels, each with a very different plot.  But the heroes are always connected, the kind of men who are there for each other no matter how tough things get.  In BEYOND DANGER, Beau gets help from Linc and Linc’s brother, Joshua, the hero of BEYOND CONTROL. 

I hope you enjoy BEYOND DANGER, and that you’ll watch for Josh Cain in BEYOND CONTROL, out in June.  If you haven’t read Linc and Carly’s story, BEYOND REASON, I hope you’ll give it a try. 

Till next time, all best and happy reading.  Kat  


Readers, are you puzzle solvers?

Do you try to solve mysteries as you're reading books or do you rely on the author to reveal the answers at the right time?

One randomly chosen person who leaves a comment before 11:00 PM, February 14 will receive a copy of Into the Fury. (U.S. only)

Connect with Kat

To CELEBRATE the release of BEYOND REASON, enter Kat's new contest for a chance to win a KINDLE FIRE 7" Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB and a Kindle copy of AGAINST THE WILDAGAINST THE SKY and AGAINST THE TIDEContest runs from May 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017.

For May, Kat Martin is giving away to FIVE winners an audio edition of one of her AGAINST series books, plus a copy of INTO THE FIRESTORM.

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  1. Congratulations to Kat on her new book! I do try to solve a mystery as I'm reading. Sometimes I get it right but usually I'm wrong.

  2. I try to figure it out but the best stories are the ones I can't!

  3. I enjoy this type of novel and sometimes can figure out the mystery depending on the writing and the twists. Intriguing and always captivating to read plots like this.

  4. I try to solve the puzzle but am not always successful but still become engrossed within the pages.

  5. I do TRY to solve the mystery, but I am not very good at it. My brain is not very analytical! LOL!

  6. Absolutely I try to solve the mysteries in the books I read. Sometimes, after I've finished the book, I'll go back to re-check clues from the author! Thanks for the post and giveaway.

  7. I can't help myself, I try to solve the mystery while reading. However, I enjoy seeing where the author leads. Sometimes, I am correct in my guess and sometimes I am far wrong.

  8. I'm always making mental guesses at to what is going on or what will happen next or who the bad guys is - I honestly love it when I'm wrong & the author surprises me.

  9. Yes, I'm always trying to solve the mystery, and most times I do get it right. I have some of Kat's historicals' which I loved. I'm just here to support you so there's no need to enter me into the contest.

  10. I often have ideas of what might be going on in a story or who might be the bad guy - I actually love it when the author surprises me!

  11. I often have thoughts about what may be going on or who id the bad guy - I actually love it when the author surprises me!

  12. I do like to solve the mystery. Sometimes I get it right, sometimes I don't I do enjoy a surprise.

  13. I like to try and solve the mystery right along with the characters in the book. Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day.
    Patricia Barraclough