Friday, January 23, 2015

HITTING THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST

With: Kat Martin

Congratulations to "Trish J.", the winner in Kat's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Thirty years ago when I first started writing, my goal was to become a successful author.  I wanted to be able to quit my real estate job and write full time.  Fortunately, with my husband still working, I was able to make that happen fairly quickly.

Still, when I finally I sold my first book after months of trying and numerous rejections, I earned the whopping sum of four thousand dollars--not much money for a year and a half of working ten hours a day!  But I never lost faith.  I thought, “I can do this.  I know I can.”  

I think one of the toughest things about being a writer is continuing to believe in yourself.  Insecurities swamp you.  Is this book any good?  Is this book as good as the last one?  Will my readers like it?  Will the publisher renew my contract?

After thirty years, those questions remain.  It’s only sheer force of will that keeps a writer pounding the keyboard, sheer determination that keeps an author from quitting.

So when I hit the New York Times printed top twenty books (as opposed to the extended list top thirty five, which I had been on a number of times, but isn’t in the paper), it was the kind of validation that keeps a writer going.

Someone must like these books, I thought.  Oh my God, it’s really selling!  It was a thrill to get that phone call--a notification that usually comes late on a Wednesday night.  I got the call early Thursday morning when my agent phoned and said, “AGAINST THE FIRE made the bestseller list!  You’re on the New York Times!”

It’s a real moment for an author, the thrill of a lifetime.  My heart is in these books, the newest Against books, The Brodies of Alaska, AGAINST THE WILD, AGAINST THE SKY (out Jan 27, 2015), AGAINST THE TIDE (out May 27, 2015).  Not only do I love the brothers, Dylan, Nick, and Rafe, but I loved the ladies who snare these hunky men.  

In my upcoming release, AGAINST THE SKY, Nick Brodie, a former Anchorage PD homicide detective, has a serious case of burnout.  He's tired of murder and mayhem.  He wants a new life, something that doesn't include blood and death.  Unfortunately for Nick, he isn't going to get it.  When twelve-year-old Jimmy Evans comes to him beaten and battered, claiming his father was murdered, Nick has no choice but to help him.

   To make matters worse, he has a lady friend visiting from Las Vegas.  Samantha Hollis, owner of the Perfect Pup pet grooming parlor, isn't cut out for the harsh living in Alaska.  Unwillingly swept into Jimmy's problems, she finds herself on a wild ride with Nick that leads them both into passion and terrible danger.  

 I’m hoping readers who've been enjoying the Brodies of Alaska will be wanting more of the hunky brothers and their sexy ladies.  If you haven’t read AGAINST THE WILD, I hope you’ll look for it.  And don’t forget to watch for Nick and Samantha in AGAINST THE SKY, and Rafe Brodie in AGAINST THE TIDE.

 Happy reading and all best wishes, Kat 

Giveaway:
Kat will be giving away a paperback, Kindle or Nook copy of AGAINST THE SKY (winner's choice) to one lucky person leaving a comment or email entry. 

AGAINST THE SKY

ALASKA. In America’s last wilderness there is no limits to what a man can do.

For detective Nick Brodie, that means keeping the perps off the streets of Anchorage 24/7. Nick has never backed down from danger, but after the horrors he’s seen, he’s definitely in need of a break.

Samantha Hollis never thought she’d meet anyone like Nick, especially in a place like Las Vegas. But after one reckless, passionate night, she discovers the charismatic stranger is everything she wants in a man. But can he ever be more than a one-night stand?

When Nick invites her to Alaska, Samantha decides to find out, never guessing the depths she’ll discover in him or the tangle of murder, kidnapping, and danger about to engulf them both …


KAT’s WEBSITE
AGAINST THE SKY BOOK TRAILER VIDEO
CONTEST

“Against the Sky by Kat Martin sizzles enough to melt a polar icecap. She allows these two polar opposite to find that elusive chemistry that the world craves, but their differences present enough of a challenge that one wonders I love can conquer all or not. Kick in the suspense and danger from the Russian mob and voila! Romantic suspense!”

SOCIAL MEDIA
Twitter: @katbooks 
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/49381.Kat_Martin

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST January 24th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

21 comments:

  1. Congratulations on making the NYT Bestsellers List. I admire your determination! Thanks for the giveaway, I'd love to read your book. :-)

    tatt3r AT sbc Global DOT net

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    1. I hope you win so you can give me a try. And I hope you like it!

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  3. Love the AGAINST Series and am thrilled the next few are set in Alaska. Always wanted to go there and reading about it is the next best thing. debbiemac73 AT Yahoo DOT com

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    1. It'sa wonderful place to visit--though I wouldn't want to live there year round. Montana is rugged enough for me and I bail out in the winters. Hope you like the book! warmest, kat

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  4. Oh wow. Kat, thank you for your honesty. I've not yet released my debut romantic suspense and have wondered if the novel/story is captivating and "good enough". Congratulations on staying the course for three decades and for your achievements.

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    1. thanks, Allyn-- Writing is the hardest job in the world, but one of the most fulfilling. Wish you all good luck with yours. warmest, kat

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  5. beautiful website. thanks so much for having me. Hope you all enjoy Nick and Samantha in Against the Sky. love ya, kat

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  6. Congratulations, Kat! Against the Wild is on my wiish list and Against the Sky is now there, too. Love reading your books when I can. Romantic suspense is my favorite genre and you are one of my top "go to authors" when I need a new one to read.

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  7. Sounds intriguing

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  8. Love the Against series - can't wait to read Nick's and Samantha's story.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  9. Congrats on this upcoming release! Enjoy your books!

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  10. I love finding new authors!! With a back list! Yay. Got my fingers crossed. Thanks for sharing. trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

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  11. Congrats Kat- I have every other book in this series, I would be so thrilled to won Against the Sky yenastone at aol dot com

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  12. Congratulations!! That is just so thrilling.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  13. Congrats on your achievements and your newest release! This sounds so wonderful!

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

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  14. Love Kat's books, love your story and determination.

    Janet B

    jkbsfsd @ msn dot com

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  15. I love Kat....I so want to read this and I would love to win. Her books keep you on the edge of your chair and fanning your face at the same time. I would love to win a NOOK copy please!!!

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  16. Congratulations on your new book and all your success!
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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  17. I love, love your books and I can't wait to read this new one!! Congrats.

    mlawson17 at Hotmail dot com

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  18. I'm looking forward to reading your next exciting novel. Thank you for sharing some of the ups and downs on your journey as an author.

    authorJLHammer@yahoo.com

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