Bestselling author Kat Martin, a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, currently resides in Missoula, Montana with Western-author husband, L. J. Martin. More than seventeen million copies of Kat’s books are in print, and she has been published in twenty foreign countries. Fifteen of her recent novels have taken top-ten spots on the New York Times Bestseller List, and her novel, BEYOND REASON, was recently optioned for a feature film. Kat’s latest novel, THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL, a Romantic Thriller, will be released in paperback December 29th.
When her father is accused of espionage and treason, journalist Jessie Kegan has no doubt the man she looked up to her entire life is innocent. Worse yet, before Colonel Kegan can stand trial, he’s found dead of a heart attack…but Jessie knows it was murder. Forcing aside her grief, she’s determined to use her investigative resources to clear her father’s name. But going after the truth means Jessie soon finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer who wants that truth to stay buried with her father.
Protecting Jessie Kegan is a job bodyguard Brandon Garrett can’t refuse. Jessie isn’t just a client at Maximum Security—she’s the sister of his best friend, Danny, who was killed in Afghanistan. With dangerous enemies gunning for Jessie from every angle, keeping her safe will mean keeping her close, and Bran finds their mutual attraction growing, though being Danny’s sister puts Jessie out of bounds.
With their backs against the wall, Jessie and Bran will have to risk everything to expose her father’s killer—before his legacy dies with his daughter.
THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL
By Kat Martin
Blog: Setting the Stage
love to read novels set in interesting places.
Currently I’m reading an historical romance that takes place in
Nazi-occupied Paris during WWII. I’ve
always loved Paris, which makes the book even more fun to read. Being able recognize the settings where the
action takes place, as well as the names of restaurants and streets I have
As a writer, going to the place your book is
set, or choosing a place you have actually been, is the best way to make your
book seem real.
THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL, the novel takes place in Colorado, a state I love to
visit. After I’d concluded my second
Maximum Security novel, THE DECEPTION, which was set in Texas, I was looking
for someplace different for book number three.
Colorado, with its wide variety of landscapes and extreme climate
conditions seemed perfect.
been to Denver a number of times, street names were familiar, parks and
airports, locations of smaller towns and rural mountain communities.
this was a Maximum Security novel, a romantic thriller, I began by researching
crime in the state. I had digging and
digging and finally stumbled onto an article about the U.S. Army chemical
weapons depot near Colorado Springs. As
Brandon Garrett, the hero of my story, was a former army officer, I loved the
idea of Bran interacting with his military past.
idea of stealing chemical weapons from a storage depot gave me all sorts of
plot ideas. In THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL, when
investigative journalist Jessie Kegan’s father, a colonel in the army, is
accused of treason, she’s determined to clear his name. Afraid for her life, Jessie turns to former
Special Ops soldier, Brandon Garrett.
But time is running out and the game being played is deadly. Working together, Bran and Jessie risk
everything to solve the riddle and stop the threat--before it’s too late.
of the military setting, this was one of the hardest books I’ve ever
written. I think it turned out to be one
of my best. I particularly love the
interaction between Bran and Jessie and I hope readers will, too.
hope you’ll watch for THE ULTIMATE BETRAYAL and that you enjoy Bran and
Jessie’s story. Till next time, all best
wishes and happy reading, Kat
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