Monday, July 23, 2012

Against The Sun With Kat Martin

Congratulations to "Ann Q" the winner of Kat's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

Kat Martin is traveling AGAINST THE SUN this week, as are a huge portion of our talented authors here at JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE. They are venturing to that yearly Mecca know as the Romance Writers of America Conference. For readers, it is a chance to mingle with your favorite authors. For writers, it is a chance to mingle with your favorite authors. :) 

Here is your JRS host with Kat at last year's RWA. You will notice I've already got my mitts on one of her books! To kick of her journey west to California, Kat wanted to host a giveaway! 
Kat would like to know if you have ever attended a conference, and whether or not you enjoyed the experience.  One lucky winner to answer will get their mitts on a copy of AGAINST THE SUN.

It's not in bodyguard Jake Cantrell's job description to share his suspicions with his assignments. Beautiful executive Sage Dumont may be in charge, but Jake's not on her payroll. As a former special forces marine, Jake trusts his gut, and it's telling him that there's something off about a shipment arriving at Marine Drilling International. His instinct is more ways than one.

A savvy businesswoman, Sage knows better than to take some hired gun's "hunch" as gospel. And yet she is learning not to underestimate the man her grandfather hired to protect her. Determined to prove Jake wrong, Sage does some digging of her own and turns up deadly details she was never meant to see.

Drawn into a terrifying web of lies and deceit—and into feelings they can't afford to explore—what Jake and Sage uncover may be frighteningly worse than  they ever imagined.


Walking out of the elevator across the shiny black granite floor, Jake Cantrell made his way to the receptionist desk on the tenth floor of Marine Drilling International.  The waiting area was done in black leather sofas and chairs, the receptionist desk dark walnut and chrome, nothing but the best for the Dumonts, the family who owned the company.

A good-looking woman, late twenties, wavy, shoulder-length mink-brown hair, busily searched the drawers and cabinets behind the desk, bending over in a tailored pencil shirt, providing him with a perfect view of a very shapely ass. 

He almost smiled.  Even the help was first class. 

She jerked upright at his approach, noticing him for the first time, and her face colored, a pretty face, remarkable really, with amazing golden brown eyes.  Those eyes looked him up and down, which took a while, being six-five, two-hundred thirty-five pounds. 

“May I help you?” she asked.

He gave her a smile.  “I’m Jake Cantrell.  I’ve got an appointment at ten with Ian Dumont.”

She frowned.  “He didn’t mention it.  He’s getting ready for a meeting.  You might have to wait a while.”

“Not a problem.  In the meantime, I could sure use a cup of coffee.”

Amusement tipped her mouth up, a tiny dimple appearing next to plump, rose-colored lips.  “I’ll see what I can do.”  But she didn’t make a move, just turned to the woman hurrying toward her across the waiting room.

“I’m so sorry I’m late, Ms. Dumont,” the woman said.  “Thank you for covering for me.”

Sonofabitch, a Dumont, Jake thought.  Asking her to fetch him a cup of coffee was probably not the best idea he’d ever had.

And now for a short feature presentation!

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  1. I do like conferences, but I've found the small to medium ones are more fun for me. I love meeting people and have an easier time when there's not a huge crowd.
    Good excerpt for Against the Sun. Now I want to read it!

  2. I have attended many conference. I do like to meet people face to face after just speaking with them on the phone.

    Loved your excerpt and I going back to Santa Barbara for a visit next month. I can't wait!

    1. and I forgot my email - it's yenastone at aol dot com

  3. No book conferences but JA (Junior Achievement) back in the 50s and JC/Mrs JC in the 60s.


  4. This year I was lucky enough to attend a Reader Author Get Together organized by Lori Foster. I absolutely loved it and can't wait until the next one!

  5. We used to attend conferences for my husband's job and we loved them! We finally get to see lots of people that we don't usually have the chance to hang out with.

  6. I've attended two Harry Potter conferences and it was simply amazing. I'd love to attend a romance conference sometime.


  7. Hi

    I have attended many work conferences but never a book conference. That is on my bucket list!

    Thanks for the chance

  8. kat
    been too a couple of book signings never a conference though sounds like fun thanks for the chance

  9. Sadly, I have not been to a conference (sigh). I plan to go in the future but think I really missed the boat on this one. I have family in So Cal that I could have stayed with and I'm kicking myself for missing the opportunity. I really feel like I'm missing something special as everyone is talking about nothing else this week. Oh well, maybe the next one will be somewhere I've never been.

    Heather E

  10. I would love to attend a book conference one day. I would like to experience meeting so many authors at once and just getting to know them. I think it would be a lot of fun and I'd probably end up finding books or trying an author's works I wouldn't consider.


  11. I'm hoping one day to attend a book conference. I would love to meet authors and getting to know more about them. I would also love to meet other bloggers and hoping to obtain a lasting friendship.

  12. For the very first time, I went to a local conference last month. It was a truly amazing experience. Loved meeting so many friendly book lovers and writers. The hunky men were great too! ;)

  13. hi Ya'll! I'm two days away from the RWA conference in Anaheim. If any of you are there, I hope you'll say hello. signing WED nite from 5 pm to 7pm at the Anaheim Marriot Convention cener--an intimate gathering of about 400 authors! I like the readers conferences best. RT is fun. Best was a readers cruise. 650 readers and only 25 authors. got to be a celebrity for about 5 days. kat

  14. I have attended conferences for work and book signings. I have never had the opportunity to attend any book conferences. They seem to take place everywhere but the northeast.

    I particularly would love to meet a number of my favorite authors at one time. Hopefully, I will some time in the future.

    I love this series. Keep them coming!

    Enjoy the RWA conference.

    Marijane Diodati

  15. I would absolutely love to go to a conference. It's actually on my bucket list.


  16. thanks for a fun post and congrats on the release! I would love to go to a book signing or conference... it's on my bucket list. I live in a part of the country that's not very attractive to the tours so it would mean a bit of traveling for me. But... good excuse for a road trip :)


  17. I have been to the Comic-Con several times and some work related conferences. I have not been to the a book conference and hope to do so in the near future.


  18. Email entry....

    Would love to attend a conference. It’s on my bucket list!!! -- Sandra

  19. Email entry...

    Dear KAT, I have attended a nurses conference. This gives people a great opportunity to learn from other peoples experiences and to expand ones skills. I have really enjoyed these occasions as it is a real break from the usual hustle and bustle of day to day work life. I am reading your book AGAINST THE NIGHT at the moment. As usual , it is a great read. The only problem for me when i am reading one of your books, is that i do not get much else done. It is worth it though. Thank you, Ann.

  20. Email entry...

    I would love to win AGAINST THE SUN by Kat Martin -- Ping

  21. Have never been to a cof but would love to go. It sounds like you have a lot of fun. Can just any one go? I still don't know how you guys get any work done with all the things you go to. I live in North East and it sound like a lot of the conf are out west. Maybe someday! Thanks, would love to win I love your books!

  22. Good morning. I'm at my winter home in CA, on my way tomorrow to the RWA Conference. Lots of you have attended various functions, some not ever. they can be fun but also hard work. If you are meeting with an editor or your agent or publisher, you can get pretty nervous. Always relieved when the work is done and I can just relax. I don't do public speaking or I would be off the deep end. I leave that to the folks with the talent to get up in front of a room full of folks. thanks for all the kind words about my books! warmest, kat (ps) DEEP BLUE is being re-issued 9/1 k


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