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Thursday, June 22, 2017

You never know Where Danger Hides

I am so excited to announce the June 27 will see the release of Where Danger Hides, book One in my new romantic suspense series, Corporate Heat, from Totally Bound. Where Danger Hides first saw life as a stand alone, but now we have the new and improved version that gave birth to a corporate romantic suspense series. Come take a look.

Where Danger Hides
Corporate Heat Book One

Taylor Scott thought she had it all—a good life and a great job. No relationship? No problem. But her world is turned upside down when the father she never knew she had first refuses to acknowledge her, then makes her the sole heir to the major conglomerate he owned. It’s the last thing she wants, but circumstances leave her no choice. She steps into a world of corporate greed and treachery where no one is what they seem.
And the only person to guide her through the treacherous waters? The man with whom she had the hottest one-night stand ever, Noah Cantrell. Noah isn’t what he seemed at first, either, but now he’s the only one Taylor can trust.
As danger stalks her at every turn, she must rely on him for everything. The man who makes her scream with pleasure is the only one who can tell her where the danger hides.





Excerpt:

Leaning back in her chair she closed her eyes and as always these days, unbidden, the image of The Man danced across her brain. She rubbed her eyes, trying to erase the images that were always there no matter how she wished them away. That night had been at once the most erotic and
embarrassing night of her life. At least she broken out of her shell with a stranger, someone she didn’t have to see again. You want to see him again, though. Quit kidding yourself. You want all those things he did to you, made you do. Maybe even more. That’s why you can’t stop thinking about them. About him.
A commotion in the reception area broke her train of thought and drew her attention. She heard the voice of Sheila, the receptionist, raised in protest over something and the angrier male voice overriding her.
 “You can’t go in there,” Sheila was saying as the door to Taylor’s office flew open.
 “I’m in. Miss Scott can throw me out if she wants to.”
There he was, standing in front of her.
Him, The Man.
She blinked hard, thinking for a moment she’d conjured up his image. But when she opened her eyes again he was still there. Alive. In her office. In full alpha mode. The man she’d never expected to see again. The man who’d taken her far beyond the boundaries set by her inhibitions and beckoned to her in her dreams each night.
He was even more impressive than she remembered, his presence filling her office and surrounding her. His custom suit and silk dress shirt—were they his uniform?—were window dressing for the barely leashed panther beneath the fabric of civilized clothing. Expensive hand tooled leather boots on his feet. His hair tied back with a leather thong as before. His face still an unreadable mask. The sense of controlled power still there. A man larger than life. The panther was caged today but just barely. This might be her office but he was definitely the person in charge.
Even as embarrassment and anger warred within her, her nipples hardened, her breasts tingled and her panties dampened with moisture. She felt every bit of blood drain from her face and drop to her feet. Waves of hot and cold rolled through her and she was sure all the air had been sucked from her lungs. Gripping the arms of her desk chair for support she licked her lips, trying to moisten them.
Quick, lithe movements brought him to the front of her desk where he stood facing her, his face set, dark eyes probing hers. Eyes that for a brief second held a knowing look.
 “Miss Scott?” Sheila’s worried voice cut through her fog. “Shall I call one of the partners?”
Taylor managed to find a functioning part of her brain. “No, thanks, Sheila. It’s all right.”
 “Would you like me to send someone in to carry your boxes for you? Walk you down to the garage?” Sheila wasn’t quite ready to let go.
Taylor forced a smile. “No, I can manage. Thanks for your concern. And for all your good wishes today.”
Sheila gave her a last worried look before she closed the door.
His eyes burned into Taylor’s, mesmerizing her as they’d done that night in San Antonio.
What is he doing here?
As if he’d heard her, he reached into his inside jacket pocket, extracted a card from a small leather case and dropped it on top of the folder.She picked it up with fingers that trembled and stared at it.
Noah Cantrell, Vice President of Security, Arroyo Corporation
Rage fired throughout her system, displacing the sexual hunger that threatened to explode the minute she saw him. She tossed the card back on the desk and curled her hands into fists. “You knew who I was all the time.”
He nodded, his face expressionless.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer is For Reading...and Ice Cream

Hi all! This is Kate Richards celebrating the Summer Solstice and the start of what promises to be a very warm summer here in Southern California. Unlike a lot of the country, we usually don’t get hot until after the 4th of July, here in Los Angeles…even if we do get some  90 plus spells in January. But this year we’ve hit hard and fast and I have already kicked into “keep the huskies cool mode.” My girlies are sixteen years old and their fur coats are not conducive to such hot days.

But they still nobly hang out with me, or at least take turns in the office while I work on some of the fun projects I’m working on this season. One of them is an expansion of my story in the USA Today Bestseller, Hero to Obey. I’m so excited to delve deeper into the surprising connection between a Cold War Coast Guard Captain and a Soviet scientist as they follow the trail of a mythological beast in the cold waters off Alaska.


I'm also excited to announce the release of my latest contribution to the amazing Desiree Holt's Omega Team Kindle World. Hidden Asset is a crossover from the MacKay Destiny series as well. 
I hope you're enjoying the warm weather and I wanted to share a recipe for keeping cool. Homemade ice cream!  My favorite ice cream recipe is the simplest ever. You simply take one quart of half and half, a can of condensed milk, and a teaspoon of vanilla extract.  Combine these ingredients in any kind of ice cream freezer along with all sorts of add ins. We love fresh peaches at this time of year, but chocolate chips are also a terrific choice. 
Another way to make great ice cream is the Mason jar technique. Perfect if you don't have an ice cream freezer or just want a few scoops for dinner. A cup of heavy cream, sugar to taste, flavorings...shake five minutes and freeze until firm. 

What kind of ice cream do you like best


However you chill this summer, I hope you have a nice shady porch and time to relax!


Monday, June 19, 2017

June 19 is a Big Day in our Family

Yesterday was quite a celebration, and I got off to a late start today. But, my garden is watered, since it will be another close to 100 degrees.

I wrote this for my FB post of today, and will embellish it:

46 years ago today. Honeymooned all summer camping from the UK, throughout Europe, Italy, Yugoslavia, along the Riviera to Barcelona, where this was taken. Came home in September for Sonoma State classes. Broke. 

We did it all on $900, including $400 for two new Mario Monte bicycles we had handmade for us in a little village near Milan. The most we ever paid for a campsite was $1.55 in Spain at a place that had 7 swimming pools. Traveled with two German guys, a South African couple, an Aussie couple, two Irish guys who had to go to mass every day, and a married couple from the Netherlands for a couple of those weeks. 

Slept in a field of sunflowers in France and never stayed in a hotel one time. Cooked all but 3 meals. Those were the days when Americans were not well liked because they were stoned, sitting in fountains all over the place. With our Dutch plates, we let people think we were from Holland. 

Met a group of Navy SEALs and their wives traveling by MC before their next big deployment. DejaVu for me. Little did I know, but I loved talking to them and knew there was a presence about them. My husband had to point out who they were and how special they were. 

How innocent the world seemed then, but with our whole lives ahead of us, so much was possible. And so much of those dreams were realized. Our oldest daughter turns 40 today, born on our anniversary, another blessing. 

The whole trip had lots of memories, like my husband eating tuna fish sandwiches in Spain while we were watching a bull fight (none of the rest of us could stomach anything), the adventures getting lost, which turned out to be the only bad part about the time overseas. We finally reached that point where we just wanted to drive around a corner and see something we expected to see.

Now, 46 years later, I have 4 children, 2 girls and 2 boys. I have five grands, with a 6th on the way in October. That will make 3 boys and 3 girls, of course. Everything in perfect balance!

When I look back on those early married days, what a foretelling it was to meet the SEALs and their wives on that trip. It shows me how life is full of circles, and we are turning and coming back to our places of origin every day, every minute of the day. The colors are brightened, and the texture richer and richer. The tapestry of our lives is where we get the best of our stories as writers. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Happy June 19 to you as well!


Have you gotten your piece of Paradise yet? Just out this week, PARADISE - In Search of Love. Enjoy!

Paradise: In Search of Love

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A visiting friend snapped this picture of me the other day. Since it's one of the few taken of me I like I'm posting it here. That's my printer in back of me. You might call it my work corner. I have files and bulky stuff in another room, but my computer can look up any fact I need so I do my writing here.

Now for some crazy stuff from the Cynical Philosopher. You can tell me your favorite later.

1. I read that 4,153,237 people got married last year.  Not to cause any trouble, but shouldn't be an even number?

2. Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool.  I gave him a  glass of water.

3. I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather did. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.

4. I find it ironic the the colors red, white and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.

5. When wearing a bikini women reveal 90% of their body. Men are so polite they only look at the covered parts.

6. A  recent study has shown that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it.

7. America is a country which produce who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won't cross the street to vote.

8. You know that little tingly feeling you get when you like somebody? That's your common sense leaving your body.

9. Did you know that dolphins are so smart that after a few weeks of captivity they can train people to stand at the edge of the water and throw them fish?

10. My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance.  We'll see about that!

11. I think my neighbor is stalking me as she's been  googling my name on her computer. I saw it through my telescope lat night.

12. Money talks, but all mine says is good-bye.

13. Relationships are a lot like algebra.  Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?

14. If you think nobody cares if you're dead or  alive try missing a couple pf payments.

And now it's time for you to pick a favorite. Let's see if you get any kind of consensus here. I'll tell you mu pick later.



Friday, June 16, 2017

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Kat Martin

Summer Adventure


Every summer my husband and I try to have some kind of adventure.  Not the hearty kind we used to undertake--like riding horseback into the high Sierras or tent camping for a week in Montana.  But whatever we choose, summer is great time for a getaway. 
This year, we’re driving from our home in Montana to the Western Writers of America conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  We’ll take the back roads, meander two-lane highways that wind through six different states. 
Along the way we hope to visit old writer friends, Kathleen and Michael Gear--authors of the PEOPLE series that takes place 10,000 years ago.  They live on a buffalo ranch in Wyoming. 
From there, we’ll head for the Dakotas, spend a little time in Rapid City, a great old West town.  Lots of historic buildings and fun art galleries.
Staying off the beaten path, you can find all sorts of intriguing bits of history.  Sioux City sits right on the Missouri, plenty of steamboat lore, and you can learn about Louis and Clark in Omaha.  If you’ve never done a cross country road trip, it’s really a worthwhile adventure.
Speaking of highway adventures, BEYOND REASON travels the roadways of Texas.  It’s the story of Carly Drake, a young woman who inherits her grandfather’s trucking firm and all the problem that go with it--including murder. 
Carly’s biggest problem, however, turns out to be six foot-five-inches of solid male muscle--handsome, mega-rich, powerful and controlling, Lincoln Cain.
It’s high action all the way and of course plenty of hot romance.  I hope you’ll watch for BEYOND REASON and that you enjoy it.    
So...what’s your favorite adventure?  Love to hear about it.  Have a great summer and happy reading!  Kat 



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To CELEBRATE the release of BEYOND REASON, enter my 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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“Something happened that changed things between us.  What was it?”

She’s determined to be successful--no matter
who tries to stop her

Someone is willing to kill for control of Drake Trucking, a well-respected firm now run by a woman named Carly Drake.  Big money is involved.  And very big danger.
Multi-millionaire Lincoln Cain is determined to keep the promise he made her grandfather, the man who helped him change his life after he got out of prison.  Cain has vowed to protect Carly, no matter what it takes.
Unfortunately, the only way to keep her safe is to keep her close--and fight like crazy.


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Beyond Reason
By Kat Martin

The helicopter flight back was quick and uneventful.  By the time they reached the ranch house and she made her way into the kitchen, her heart hurt and despair had her mouth so dry she could barely speak. 
As if he had some kind of special Carly radar, Linc followed her and just stood watching. 
“What happened today?” he asked, the unnatural calmness in his tone putting her on alert. 
He was amazingly perceptive.  She thought about lying, but it wasn’t worth the effort. 
“Sophia happened.  She reminded me of the way things really are.”
“Sophia Aiello?”  He frowned.  “What does Sophia have to do with anything?”
“She came to see you.  You didn’t have time for her, but I’m sure she’ll forgive you.”
“I’ve never slept with Sophia.”
“You have a date with her next week.  Were you going to tell me the truth or make something up?”
A knot of anger surfaced in his jaw.  “It’s just a PR stunt to raise money.  I have no interest in a woman like that.”
She didn’t believe him.  She wished she’d never met him.  
“I want to go home.  I’ll sleep in one of the other bedrooms tonight, but tomorrow I’m going home.”
His jaw went harder.  “You’re not leaving.  I’m not letting you put yourself in that kind of danger.”
“You can’t tell me what to do.”
“You don’t think so?  I’ll tell you this--I’m not letting some spoiled, self-absorbed female I don’t give a damn about ruin what’s happening between us.”
Her head came up.  “Nothing’s happening.  It’s just sex.”
“Is it?”  He stalked toward her, caught her shoulders.  He was mad, furious.  She didn’t understand why he was so angry. 
“I don’t know where this is going.  But if Sophia upset you that badly, I mean more to you than just sex.  We’re going to see where this leads.  We’re not going to let other people decide the outcome.”
He fisted a hand in her hair to hold her in place and his mouth crushed down over hers.  She pressed her hands against his powerful chest and told herself to stop him, that he was just saying the words every woman wanted to hear.
But what if she was wrong?  What if Linc was the one man who was exactly what he seemed?  She wanted to believe it so badly.
Carly struggled against him, but the heat was too much, the yearning too strong.  She kissed him back with all the need she felt for him, all the hunger.  She whimpered when Linc broke away.
“Another thing you should know.  I’m not above using sex to get what I want.  Since I know how much you like sex with me, I’m going to remind you exactly why you decided to stay with me in the first place.”
When Linc kissed her again, Carly closed her eyes and let the storm of passion roll over her.


Meet Kat Martin

Bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. Currently residing with her Western-author husband, L. J. Martin, in Missoula, Montana, Kat has written sixty eight Historical and Contemporary Romantic Suspense novels.  More than sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries. Her last novel, INTO THE FIRESTORM, took the #7 spot on the New York Times Bestseller list.  This will be the 15th novel in a row to be included on that prestigious list.  Kat is currently at work on her next Romantic Suspense.






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