Sunday, December 16, 2012

Desert Survival


Congratulations to "Erin F", the winner in Kat Martin's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

As a writer, I am always looking for new ideas.  But I often find that my past experiences can be an important part of the story.  Have you ever spent time in the desert?
Being born in Bakersfield, California, which is close to the Great Mojave Desert, I’ve been in and around the desert a number of times over the years.  The hottest I’ve ever been was a hundred twenty two degrees in Phoenix, Arizona.  I’ll never forget what it felt like, how difficult it was just to breathe.  In that kind of brutal climate, there’s no escape from the heat. 

Mostly I visited the desert in the spring, a beautiful time of year.  I made a point to stay away when the temperatures started to climb.

In writing AGAINST THE ODDS, I drew from old memories of the heat and the dryness, the vast emptiness of the landscape.  Once I narrowly missed being bitten by a rattlesnake, and it was terrifying!  All those snippets of adventure, of traveling through the arid ground, scrub brush and mesquite helped me in writing the book.

In AGAINST THE ODDS, Sabrina Eckhart receives an inheritance from her uncle--an abandoned silver mine in the West Texas desert.  Running out of money, Rina, is determined to find the mine and make it productive. 

G.Q. handsome and obscenely wealthy, Alex Justice is a private investigator and an ex-Navy pilot--just the man Sabrina needs to fly her safely to West Texas in search of her late uncle’s property.  She and Alex are oil and water, but the man is good at his job.  She needs to find the mine--even if it means putting up with the cocky jet jockey she is determined to dislike but finds ridiculously attractive.

It’s a sexy tale of survival, murder, betrayal, and intrigue that kept me writing long after I should have been done for the day.

I hope you’ll watch for Alex and Sabrina in AGAINST THE ODDS, out in time for Christmas on December 18.  Have a wonderful holiday, Kat

What are some of your scary adventures?  

Kat will be giving away a signed copy of AGAINST THE ODDS to one lucky commenter.

RTBook Reviews
"Martin just keeps getting better and better! Her characters have more depth, and her plots are more sinister, as the Against series continues. Set in the sizzling desert of Texas and rife with mystery, intrigue and twisted family secrets, this entry is sure to earn a spot on any fan's keeper shelf."

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32 comments:

  1. Love your writing style. Would love a signed copy of Against the Odds. bobbiedes@comcast.net.

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  2. Love your books! Have a Merry Christmas!

    jaclynlavigne@yahoo.com

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  3. It looks like an exciting story.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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  4. A scary adventure for me is climbing a ladder, LOL... not really the adventurous type except in my reading. I have fought off a charging scorpion before... those suckers can move when they want too.
    Thanks for sharing & Happy Holidays!

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    1. Whoops, Merry Christmas (you can see I'm a romance writer). k

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  5. I have enjoyed every one of your novels Ms. Martin and would love a signed copy!
    I think the most frightened I have ever been was in nursing school our building had a fire and we had to be led out of the building by police officers. Can't stand the smell of smoke to this day.
    Thanks for the contest.

    fordycep@gmail.com

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  6. Scary adventures to me are usually of those being on a vacation and getting lost. Luckily, these days with GPS devices one isn't usually lost - just not where they want to be. There have been times where my husband and I have been lost in the "wrong" part of town which is pretty scary when in a big city. Other than that, I haven't had a lot of scary adventures, so I am happy about that! Against the Odds sounds like a great book! I haven't read any of your books yet but see your name all the time so it is time to check them out. Thanks for the post and the giveaway.

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    1. Amy-- if you try it, I hope you enjoy. Merry Christmas, kat

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  7. The scary experience that comes immediately to mind was moving 1500 miles where I didn't know anyone and didn't have a job. All kinds of scary! Have enjoyed the previous books in this series and looking forward to reading Against the Odds. Thanks for the chance.
    kacbooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. Congrats to Kat on the upcoming release. No scary adventures to share. Things are actually tame and that might be a good thing.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

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  9. My scariest adventure happened when I was 13 years old. We were driving home from my grandmothers and a storm blew up very quickly. The car radio told us a tornado had been sighted and it was headed right for us. My father pulled to the side of a hill trying to protect the car as much as possible and we watched the tornado travel right above us. Luckily it stayed in the clouds. It was a very scary time for a 13 year old.
    grandmabkr at yahoo dot com

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  10. I love adventures! I've always been one to say... "lets go for it!" Luckily they don't ever include being shot at or betrayal! I've been in desert, forest and water.... desert was definitely the hottest and scariest. The openness deceives with its many hiding spots for small creepy creatures!

    Congrats on your new release and I look forward to many more!

    jo1963jo at gmail dot com

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  11. My adventure was going to Nashville TN to visit the Hermitage. I was only 22 yrs old at the time. I had to ride the bus there and meet my parents. I was so very hot that summer. Of course, the building did not have air conditioning. I was glad when the tour was over so I could take the bus back home in Memphis.

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  12. Can't think of any. The book sounds good.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. The scariest experience for me was getting lost in a sea of people in NYC when I was a child.

    Love Kat's books!

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  14. My scariest adventure was hiking in the middle of the night and hearing a rattler. For the life of me, when it is pitch dark, sounds just bouncing off everywhere. I couldn't figure to go forward or go backward. All I know was I was not going to get bitten by a snake.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. One of the biggest adventures that I have had was to climb Uluru in central Australia. It is a really magical place .I always really enjoy your books. annpa@gmail.com

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  16. There were more rattle snakes around when I was younger. They are hardly seen anymore in the hay fields or on the gravel roads. But when you hear them, it's a sound you'll never forget.

    Janet

    jkbsfsd at msn dot com

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  17. Email entry...
    "I would love to win, I enjoy all your books! Thanks for the chance and Happy Holidays!" -- LS

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  18. Not very adventurous!! I love, love your books. Thanks forthe giveaway and chance to win. Merry Christmas.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  19. Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing! I tend to avoid anything "scary" so no adventures for me :) I can't even watch scary movies! But reading scary is ok...

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Congrats on the new release. Love kat's books and the series. Very excited for this book.
    My biggest adventure would be becoming a mom. My daughter was born 2 months early. When she was born she was 3 lbs and 1/2 oz. She was very small and so delicate. She was on so many machines and had to stay in the hospital for 2 months. I finally got to take her home around mothers day. She is now 10 years old and is so sassy, but I love her. She is my little reader, she takes after mommy.
    Christinebails at yahoo dot com

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  21. Congrats on the new release. Love kat's books and the series. Very excited for this book.
    My biggest adventure would be becoming a mom. My daughter was born 2 months early. When she was born she was 3 lbs and 1/2 oz. She was very small and so delicate. She was on so many machines and had to stay in the hospital for 2 months. I finally got to take her home around mothers day. She is now 10 years old and is so sassy, but I love her. She is my little reader, she takes after mommy.
    Christinebails at yahoo dot com

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  22. Congrats on the new release. Love kat's books and the series. Very excited for this book.
    My biggest adventure would be becoming a mom. My daughter was born 2 months early. When she was born she was 3 lbs and 1/2 oz. She was very small and so delicate. She was on so many machines and had to stay in the hospital for 2 months. I finally got to take her home around mothers day. She is now 10 years old and is so sassy, but I love her. She is my little reader, she takes after mommy.
    Christinebails at yahoo dot com

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  23. I am not very adventurous so that is why I like to read of other's adventures!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  24. My scary adventure is finding myself in a bear zone while exploring the mountains in a local park.

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. such Interesting Comments! Love your mini (many) adventures, but I agree, having no adventure has some merit as well. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and that you enjoy Against the Odds. warmest wishes, kat

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  26. I grew up in Palm Springs and my grandparents lived in Phoenix so I am no stranger to desert heat. I always hated needing to cool the car down instead of just getting in and going. Maybe that's why I live farther north, where we get lots of snow.

    I've been lucky that my scary adventures consist of only things happening in the romantic suspense books I read!

    Heather E
    hregtvedt@aol.com

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  27. I grew up in Alaska, so plenty of hair-raising experiences. On the opposite end of 122 degrees where it is too hot to breathe, I've experienced 75 below zero where it is too cold to breathe. The air freezes the little hairs in your nostrils and constricts the bronchial tubes as you try to drag it in. Not pleasant at all.

    Good luck with the new release! Love your books.

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  28. I am just loving these adventure stories...lots of food for thought for another new book! Appreciate all the kind words. Hope you enjoy Against the Odds. Happy Holidays, Kat

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