Thursday, August 26, 2010

Make Mine A KAT MARTIN!!

Welcome back, TLN'ers!! Whew-wee! Is it hot enough for you, yet?

Well, grab a glass of something cool, because we've got the sultry KAT MARTIN here with us today!

I'm completely twitter-patted to have Kat in the TLN Hot Seat. Not only is she one heck of an awesome author, but she's a California Central Valley girl, too! Definitely one good thing Calif has in its favor. lol

Kat's latest release RULE's BRIDE hit #18 on New York Times Best Seller List in May 2010, but the good news doesn't stop there, because September starts the re-issue releases of THE NECKLACE TRILOGY!!

If that doesn't have you dancing in your seat, better get ready to boogie. Not only is Kat dishing some killer writing advice, but she's been sweet enough to offer up a GIVEAWAY! One lucky commenter will win a personally autographed copy of RULE'S BRIDE!

Hope you're ready to get inspired. I know by the end of this post, you'll be saying, "Make Mine a KAT MARTIN, too!" And away we go . . .

1)If you were a book, what would your blurb be?

The story of a poor country girl who yearned to become a writer.

2)Using three words, describe your voice.

Concise, emotional, fast-paced.

3)What's been the biggest obstacle you've had to overcome with your writing? What about in your career?

Learning to actually write was the biggest obstacle! I had stories in my head, but no idea how to get them down on paper. Writing as simply as I do has been a career problem. I don’t do flowery description--I prefer dialog and action.

4)Any tidbits of advice you'd like to pass along to all the aspiring writers out there?

Best advice is to write a book you yourself would want to read. Once you start--finish it. Then don’t give up until you get it published. Always keep learning, and if you have to, start another book!

5)Novice writer to New York Times Best Seller: Tell us a little bit about your journey. Is there anything you might have done differently?

I’ve been writing for 25 years. More than half my books have hit the NYT extended list, but I could never make the published list--which is what is important. I think you just have to keep charging forward. Keep your goals in mind and don’t give up.

6)What has been the highlight(s) of your career?

Getting my first book published was a major thrill. Hitting the USA Today list many years ago was fantastic. Being on CBS 48 Hours was amazing. Traveling to different places and countries, and meeting really incredible people is one of the greatest perks.

7)What does the rest of 2010 hold in store for you?

Lots of books coming out in the next few months. 4 reprints out late June. Sept 1, The Necklace Trilogy is being reprinted: BRIDE’S NECKLACE, DEVIL’S NECKLACE, HANDMAIDEN’S NECKLACE. In October, my gift-sized hardcover, THE CHRISTMAS CLOCK, is being re-issued in paperback for $5.99, which makes it very affordable for readers who couldn’t afford the more expensive book. Then Jan, Feb, March, my new trilogy, The Raines Brothers, beginning with Jackson Raines in AGAINST THE WIND.

So you see I have a lot going on! Best and happy reading to all, Kat

The Necklace Trilogy

The Raines Brothers Trilogy

EXCERPT: The Bride's Necklace

Cord flicked another glance at the clock on the mantle. It was two minutes after midnight. Wearing only his shirt and breeches, he reclined on the bed, hoping his plan would work, that his latest strategy would win him the game.

That sacrificing a pawn would net him the queen.

It was a dangerous move and he knew it. Still, Victoria Temple was a difficult opponent and he had been forced to come up with a different approach than he had intended.

Cord grinned at the sound of four sharp raps at his door. Not the soft, tentative knock Claire would have used, but the firm, furious tapping that could only belong to her sister.

"Come in," he drawled, and then waited as the door swung open and Victoria walked in. Standing as she was in the shadows, he couldn't see her face but he recognized her shorter stature and the belligerence in her stance.

"You're late," he said with a nonchalant glance at the clock. "I specifically instructed you to be here at midnight. It is now three minutes past."

"Late?" she repeated the fury in her voice unmistakable. "Three minutes or three hours, the fact is Claire is not going to come."

Victoria stepped toward him, out of the shadows and into a shaft of moonlight streaming in through the window. Her hair was unbound, curling softly around her shoulders, and he itched to run his fingers through it, to know the silky texture. Beneath her wrapper, her breasts rapidly rose and fell and he wanted to cup them, to bend his head and take the fullness into his mouth.

"I am sorry to disappoint you, my lord,” she said, “but your plan for seduction has failed. Claire remains safely upstairs in her room."

Cord came up off the bed and paced toward her, a panther with his prey in sight. "As well she should be."

"What are you talking about? You sent Claire a note. You told her to come to your room at midnight. You planned to seduce her. You--"

"You're wrong, lovely Victoria. I told her to come because I knew you would not let her--which you would come in her stead." He reached her then, settled his hands on her shoulders, felt the tension thrumming through her. Very slowly, he drew her toward him. "It is you I want, Victoria. It has been from the start."

Tory gasped as his mouth settled softly over hers. For several moments, she simply stood there, letting the heat flood through her, absorbing the taste of him, only dimly aware of the hard male body pressing into hers.

Then she remembered why she was there and forced herself to pull away. “I don’t believe you.” She took several steps backward, her breath coming too fast. She told herself it was anger. " would take whatever woman happened to appear in your bedchamber."

The earl shook his head, stalking her, matching her step for step until her shoulders came up against the wall and she couldn't retreat any farther.

"You don't really believe that? We were playing a game, you and I. You were the prize I wanted, not Claire."

"That can't be the truth. Men always want Claire."

"Claire is a child, no matter her years. You're a woman, Victoria." He pinned her with his lion's gaze, caught her chin, and held her so she couldn't look way. "Deep down, you know it's you I want and not Claire."

She swallowed, stared into those hot brown eyes and fought not to tremble. She remembered that same look the night he had come to her room, remembered the way he had kissed her in his study. She remembered the vague hints that he wanted her as his mistress--and God in heaven, she believed him.

The earl tilted her chin up, bent his head and captured her lips. It was a gentle, persuasive kiss, softly taking, convincing her with every touch, ever taste. He kissed the corners of her mouth, pressed his lips against the side of her neck.
"If you're telling the truth," she whispered, "why didn't...why didn't you send the note to me?"

She felt the faint pull of his smile. "Would you have come?"

She wouldn't have, of course. "No."

"I didn't think so." And then he kissed her again.

Tory's hands came up to his chest, fluttered, and flattened against the hard wall of his chest. Sweet Lord, it was heaven, the softest, hottest kisses, his lips hard-soft, perfectly fitted to hers, coaxing yet demanding, giving and taking all at once.

He deepened the kiss and pleasure made her legs go weak. Her arms slid up around his neck, and he pulled her more snugly against him.

Tory trembled. She knew she should stop him. He was the Earl of Brant, a rake and a rogue, a man who would ruin her if she let him. And yet she sensed a need in him, had since that night he had barged into her room.

Her own need surfaced, pulsed to life with every stroke of his tongue, deepened with the feel of his hands on her breasts, smoothing over them, molding them through her robe. He kissed the side of her neck as he parted the blue quilted wrapper and slid his hand inside, over her thin cotton nightgown to cup a breast.

"Give you to me," he said softly. "I know you want to."

God's breath, it was the truth. She had never wanted anything so badly. He was every wicked dream she'd ever had, every wanton fantasy. She had known that about herself, that she wasn't like Claire, that she had desires and wants and she wanted the Earl of Brant.

Tory shook her head, tried to step away, but the earl held her firmly in place.

"Don't say no. Let me take care of you, give you a better life. And you can take care of Claire. Neither of you will want for anything."

He was saying it straight out, asking her to become his mistress. He wanted her, the sturdy sister, not Claire the beautiful one.

Tory simply could not do it.

She was surprised to feel the sting of tears.

Ooh-la-la!! Sounds like every gal's fantasy to have a hunky-dunkie pining and plotting for her. Sign me up! *wink wink*

I'd like to thank Kat for letting me interview her! I appreciate her taking the time out of her busy schedule to dish us up a heapin' helpin' of sweet advice. If you'd like to know more about the lovely KAT MARTIN and her books, please click on over to her beautiful website!

THANK YOU, TLN'ers!! If the heat ain't makin' you sweat bullets, how about a sweet piece of country boy to get your thermostat rising! Here's
RODNEY ATKINS and FARMER's DAUGHTER. *sigh* Oh, my, my, brings me back the good ole days of ridin' around with my guy while he drove tractor . . . and irrigated . . . and worked cows. OH, WAIT! I still do that, but now I'm juggling a kid or two in the process! LOL Have a fantastic weekend, folks! Catch ya back on 'Moan'day!!



Bronwyn said...

Hi Kat, Hi Sarah! Well, you'll be happy (jealous) to know its pouring with rain and about 7C where I am so no sweat bullets here! Thanks for the advice, Kat, seems the best piece most authors dish up is to actually write and keep writing. Makes sense, lol.

Anyway, back to the editing cave and the brats. Sarah, I hope you're doing alright with the added heat of a baby to keep you warm =)


Sheri Humphreys said...

Oh, my goodness. After leaving a lengthy comment, I was booted off and so must start again. Grrrrrrr.

Kat, that picture of you and Larry looks like you're on Air Force One (can't see the seal clearly enough to know for sure). I was fortunate enough to board and tour Air Force Two (Vice-President's airplane) back in 1974. Even then, it was awesome. I can't imagine how thrilling it must be to be on board Air Force One!

I met you back in about 1985 or so when you came to Fresno to speak for the RWA chapter we had then. I think you'd just sold your first book??? Anyway, it was early in your career. I still remember how energetic, positive and encouraging you were. What a fabulous career you've had since then! Thanks for your insights. Sheri

Kathy Otten said...


I've been a fan of yours for years. I like face paced action and lots of dialogue too. I love historical westerns and I can't wait for the Raines trilogy.

Armenia said...

Kat, I just loved Royal's Bride and can't wait to read the rest of the series. The Raine's Brothers trilogy sounds good, too, and will definitely look into that one.

Sarah, thanks for the link to Rodney Atkins's video, I just love that song. Have a great weekend.

armiefox at yahoo dot com

Kat Martin said...

Hi, Bronwyn (great name!). It's not hot here in Montana, really gorgeous right now. Working on 3 different projects (yuck) glad when I get caught up. k

Kat Martin said...

Hi, Sheri! Nice to talk to an old Valley friend. 1985 would have been my first book. I met my agent at the Fresno conference and she sold it for me (Magnificent Passage, long out of print) Re: Air Force One...that is in the Reagan Library--a fabulous place to go. the plane is 1,000 square ft. The current one is 4,200! k

Kat Martin said...

Kitty-- glad you are enjoying my books! Unfortunately, The Raines brothers are modern day cowboys (sexy as hell). hope you will give them a try. best, Kat

Kat Martin said...

Armenia-- Glad you liked Royal's Bride. It think the series is one of the best I've ever written. Currently, I'm in love with Jackson Raines from Against the Wind, my new trilogy. I got the idea from the song by Toby Keith--"How do you like me now?" k

Sarah Simas said...

HI Bronwyn!!

So glad to see you've recovered from RWAus! You still owe me an email dishing up the fun times you had. Yep, I'm still waiting.... LOL

Kat, I have only ever heard of the name Bronwyn once. It was in Jude Deveraux's HIGHLAND VELVET book. Such a fiery heroine, much like my friend! *wink wink*

Sarah Simas said...


I didn't know there was an RWA chapter in Fresni before YRW. How cool is that?!

My grandparents have a pic of themselves from the Regan Museum. LOL At first I thought it was the real thing, too. I think it would be a blast to tour the plane.

LOL Kat, that 1000ft plane was bigger than my first apartment!! Lucky government types. They get all the lush accomodations. ;)

Sarah Simas said...

Hi Kathy! Thanks so much for swinging by! :)

I love historicals, too. Westerns were my first love until I found Regencies. *BG*

Sarah Simas said...

I love Rodney Atkins and especially that song! I'm glad you do, too, Armenia. :)

My daughter loves Luke Bryan's "Rain Makes Corn". She makes me turn it up whenever it comes on the radio. LOL

KAT, Tobey Keith is another of my fav country singers. In his "How Do You Like Me Now" song I really like how the music takes on a nah-nah-nah-nah tone. He's so clever and his videos are hilarious!

Cheryl said...

Hi Kat, Sarah, and everyone,

I'm late to the party, but just had to come over and say howdy! Kat, I love your great books!

I live in Oklahoma where Toby Keith is from and we LOVE HIM here, too! Got a lot of great C&W singers from here--Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Carrie Underwood, Merle Haggard...I love them all! I write historical westerns--I've tried contemporary, but never a contemporary cowboy. But I like to read about them!

Great interview!


Kat Martin said...

Sarah-- I did get to tour Air Force One, but it was the old one. It's there at the museum and anyone can go through. it's great.

Kat Martin said...

Cheryl-- Woops! Meryl Haggard is from Bakersfield, CA! That's where I grew up. We've got dibbs on Buck Owens, too! Glad you're enjoying my books. Hope you'll watch for my contemp cowboy. best, kat

Carol North said...

You always ask the right questions. This interview was no exception to that rule.

You're an inspiration. Love your stories.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Loved the Interview, Kat and Sarah.

Oh my, that excerpt was wicked good!

I definitely want to know what happens next. Sign me up for more.

info (at) kmnbooks (dot) com

Kat Martin said...

Carol-- thanks for your very kind words. you're the best, Kat

Kat Martin said...

Carol-- thanks for your very kind words. you're the best, Kat

Kat Martin said...

Karen Michelle-- hope you like the books! (There are three). all best, kat

mrsshukra said...

Enjoyed this interview, read all Kat Martin novels!!!!


Kat Martin said...

Delilah-- thanks much. Hope you'll watch for my new ones. best, Kat

Sheri Humphreys said...

Sarah, I went aboard the active Air Force Two plane when Nelson Rockefeller was VP (he was appointed VP when Nixon resigned and Gerald Ford became President). He landed in Denver at the Air National Guard base. My husband was in the Air Force and we and another couple and their new baby went out to the base just to look at the outside of the plane. There was one Air Force guy (part of the plane's staff) staying with the plane. He came out and started talking to us and let us board and tour the plane. We had taken a camera with us and got pictures of us in the doorway. Even then (about 1974) we were surprised he let us on. We figured it was because we had a newborn with us! Both the guys were Sergeants and we all had military ID of course. Anyway, it was really cool, even though it was the number 2 plane. Sheri

Kat Martin said...

Sheri-- Being aboard must have been exciting. sad to say with the world situtation that probably wouldn't happen now. hope all is well. best, Kat