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~AGAINST THE MARK~
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MBA&M: Good morning Kat, and welcome to MBA&M. Please give our readers who may not know of your works, some insight into the wonderful world of Kat Martin?
KM: Hi, April! The world of a writer is a lot smaller than people think. I spend most of the time in front of my computer. Since we live 25 miles out of town, we don’t go in very often. Fortunately, it’s beautiful out here in the Montana mountains. And I love the challenge of writing, so I’m never bored. I’ve written more than 55 novels to date and they just seem to keep coming. My current focus is Romantic Suspense. Along with my writing I have a great and talented author husband, L.J. Martin, who helps keep me entertained.
MBA&M: What is your inspiration behind writing “The Raines of Wind Canyon,” especially “Against the Mark?”
KM: I wanted to do a Romantic Suspense trilogy. I thought 3 brothers would be take the books into a more personal level. I love the mountains, so I decided to set the first novel, “Against the Wind,” in Wyoming with a hero named Jackson Raines. I met Gabe and Dev, Jackson’s brothers, as the story went along, and I knew they deserved their own books. I didn’t plan to write more “Against” books, but they just kept popping into my head.
Ty Brodie, the hero of “Against the Mark,” showed up in Johnnie Riggs’ story, “Against the Night.” I loved Ty’s sense of humor, optimistic attitude, and that beneath the surface, he was tough as nails. I met his cousin, Dylan, as I wrote “Against the Mark,” and now I have 3 more Brodie brothers’ “Against” books, starting with “Against the Wild,” out next year.
MBA&M: I know there are a few in this series, do you feel readers should start at the beginning or will “Against the Mark” stand alone?
KM: I’m not very good at writing series books–I prefer stand alone stories because I feel they have more impact and allow more creativity. The “Against” books work great for me because they all stand alone, and yet have a subtle connection to the heroes in other books. Readers can explore the connection but it’s not important to the story line. “Against the Mark” is definitely a stand alone novel.
MBA&M: What was your fascination with the Raines family?
KM: I suppose it was that they were tough and rugged, but had such wonderful family values. They each had a kind of Western value system that included honor and loyalty, honesty and courage, things we don’t see enough of in the world today.
MBA&M: Who was your favorite Raines family member and why?
KM: Dev Raines was my favorite, but the men I’m writing about today are not Raines family members, just friends the Raines brothers met along the way. As I said, each book stands alone.
MBA&M: How many books will be this series?
KM: So far with “Against the Mark,” out the end of August, there are nine. Book ten, Dylan Brodie’s story, “Against the Wild,” is the first of three set in Alaska.
MBA&M: What are some of the challenges in writing a romantic suspense?
KM: I think Romantic Suspense is one of the toughest genres because of the complexity of the plots, the need to constantly update research (police procedurals, DNA, fingerprinting, forensics, etc), and along with all of that, weaving in the romantic relationship, which is a key part of the story.
MBA&M: If you could change any hero/heroine in one of your stories, in any of your books, which would it be, what would you change and why?
KM: Good heavens, no, I wouldn’t change any of them! They are my fantasy men., my fantasy lovers. I adore them all just the way they are! And the women suit them just right. At least I think so. That was why I chose them to be together.
MBA&M: Please tell our readers how to connect with you and where they may purchase “Against the Mark?”
MBA&M: Thank you for spending time with us and our readers today, Kat. Do you have anything you would wish to add?
KM: Just that if you haven’t read any of my “Against” books, I hope you’ll give “Against the Mark” a try. And that you enjoy reading Ty and Haley’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it.
New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. She is married to L.J. Martin, author of western, non-fiction, and suspense novels.
Kat has written fifty five bestselling books. Fifteen million copies are in print and she has been published in twenty-one foreign countries, including Japan, France, Argentina, Greece, China, and Spain. A resident of Missoula, Montana, Kat and her husband spend their winters in Ventura, California. She is a currently writing her next Romantic Suspense. Visit Kat at www.katmartin.com. Or join her Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kat-Martin/322579975013?ref=hl)
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Against the Mark, by Kat Martin
“I’ve got another client for you. Tyler Brodie, I’d like you to meet my grandniece, Haley Warren. Haley’s out here from Chicago. Her grandmother was my sister.”
Just to regain a little of his dignity, Ty let his gaze roam over her, starting at the frosted-pink toenails peeking out of strappy high-heeled, open-toed sandals, sliding up a pair of long legs in snug fitting jeans, across that bare midriff with its glittering bellybutton ring over a set of nicely rounded breasts to a pretty face framed by long, softly curling honey blond hair.
She had big blue eyes, and an Angelina Jolie mouth that made him think of dirty sex. Maybe she read his thoughts for a faint blush rose in her cheeks.
Good. A little payback only seemed fair.
Besides, she was a real pleasure to look at. Not beautiful in the classic sense like some of the women he knew, but with those dimples and big blue eyes, she was way beyond cute.
“Nice to meet you, Ms. Warren.”
The smile was gone and she assessed him coolly. “Aunt Ellie tells me you’re a friend, as well as an investigator.”
“I like to think that’s true.”
“Of course it’s true,” Ellie said. “That’s why I know we can count on Ty to help us.”
Wariness slid through him. Ellie had a way of bringing him clients who were nothing but trouble. “How’s that?”
“Well, you see, three months ago Haley’s father died when his power boat exploded.”
“I’m sorry for your loss,” he said to her.
Grief flashed in her eyes an instant before she glanced away. “Thank you.”
“At the time everyone thought it was an accident,” Ellie continued, “a gas leak of some kind that turned deadly. Haley’s stepmother doesn’t believe it. About a month ago, Betty Jean started emailing Haley, trying to convince her to come to Los Angeles and help her find out the truth.”
Ty focused on the leggy blonde. “And you think she’s right because…?”
“I don’t know if she’s right or not. I’ve never met her. Before he died, my father and I had been estranged for nearly five years, ever since he left my mother and ran off with another woman.”
“Betty Jean,” he said, just to make sure he was getting this straight.
“That’s right. After he moved to L.A., Dad tried to mend our relationship, but I just…I couldn’t get past his desertion.” She glanced down and her eyes misted. “Now my father’s gone.”
Ty nodded, beginning to get the picture. “So your dad’s dead and you regret not mending your fences.”
“Yes, I do. Very much. But the thing is, some of the things Betty Jean says make sense. I owe it to my father to find out what really happened.”
He flicked a glance at Ellie, whose features looked a little too bland to suit him. “I take it you’re here to convince me to help her.”
“That’s right. You know how good you are at these things, Tyler. Johnnie’s out of town on some case or other. And Haley will be helping you. That’ll save you from having to do everything by yourself.”
Haley would be helping him. He could think of any number of things he’d like her to do for him, but none of them had anything to do with business. The fact was Haley Warren was Ellie’s niece. Seducing her probably wasn’t a good idea.
“Have you talked to the police?”
“Betty Jean has,” Haley answered. “The police said there was nothing to indicate any sort of foul play. But my stepmother isn’t convinced and if she’s right–“
“I’ll tell you what. I’ll look into the circumstances of the accident, see if anything looks suspicious. I’ve got friends in the department. If something’s not right, I’ll talk to them myself.”
Haley reached over and caught his arm. He felt a little zing of awareness and figured she must have felt it too since she stepped back as if she’d been burned.
She glanced away, took a deep breath and forced her eyes back to his face. “I want to be involved in this, Mr. Brodie. I need to find out for myself. I owe it to my father to find out the truth.”
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