Monday, December 28, 2020

Today's Special - - Kat Martin

Kat Martin's The Ultimate Betrayal, the third book in her Maximum Security series, was released in hardback in July 2020. It's a fast-paced, action-packed, twisty, romantic suspense story with sizzling chemistry that kept me glued to the pages and earned a 5-Star review (click here to read my full review). In celebration of the book's paperback release on December 29th, Kat joins us today to share some insights about how she set the stage for The Ultimate Betrayal.

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.

The Ultimate Betrayal
by Kat Martin
Maximum Security - Book 3
Publisher: HQN  
Release Date: December 29, 2020 (paperback)

To prove her father’s innocence, she’ll have to turn a killer’s sights on herself

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.



By Kat Martin

Blog: Setting the Stage


I 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 visited.

 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.

In 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.

Having been to Denver a number of times, street names were familiar, parks and airports, locations of smaller towns and rural mountain communities. 

Since 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.

The 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.

Because 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.

I 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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  1. WOW: Thanks for the review, the interview, the description of the book - everything.

    You and Ms Martin have made the book sound like a fast moving adventure. In other words, y'all have made it sound really good.

    Thanks. I hope everyone is taking care and staying well.

  2. I have enjoyed Kat Martin's books for years. I fell in love with her historical novels for the well developed characters, and action packed and intense storylines. That is also very true of her contemporary offerings. I have no doubt this will be another good one. Like her, being familiar with the setting for the books makes them more real and relatable. My husband was stationed in Colorado for 3 years and we lived in Colorado Springs. I am sure I will find many of her locales familiar.