Thursday, February 18, 2016


With: Kat Martin

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

Since Academy Awards Night is one of my favorite evenings, I thought it might be fun to talk movies.  Old favorites, new favorites, worst picks of all time.

Who doesn’t love ET?  Star Wars?  Gone with the Wind?  Wizard of Oz?  They’re classics, never to be forgotten.  

As I look back, I realize some of the novels I’ve written were probably inspired by films I’ve seen and loved.  Old movies like The African Queen with Humphrey Bogart and Kathryn Hepburn; new ones like Taken, with Liam Neeson; Ocean’s Thirteen; Mission Impossible; the Heist.  

The plot for my new book, INTO THE FURY, may have developed from the fast action and suspense in those kinds of movies.  When Valentine Hart, one of La Belle lingerie’s most beautiful models, receives a death threat, it’s bodyguard Ethan Brodie’s job to protect her.  Throw in murder, mayhem, and copycat killers and you have INTO THE FURY, a fast-paced, action-packed, hot-blooded romantic suspense I’m hoping readers will enjoy.  

Gone with the Wind, a time of elegant hoop skirts and Georgia mansions, led to CAPTAIN’S BRIDE, CREOLE FIRES, AND NATCHEZ FLAME.  My husband and I actually stayed in a gorgeous old plantation house in Natchez built in the 1840’s.  

I’m a Star Trek fan--a total Trekie.  Probably how I ended up writing my UFO book, SEASON OF STRANGERS.  I did a ton of research for that and was amazed to find myself convinced there’s a very good possibility UFOs are real.  

I love Western movies.  Quigley Down Under with Tom Selleck is a personal all-time favorite (if you haven’t seen Tom in a pair of chaps you are really missing out!)  THE SECRET, a romantic suspense about a modern day Montana rancher, was probably inspired by Quigley.  

So those are some of the movies that have inspired me over the years.  I hope new ones will continue to do the same.  In the meantime, I hope you’ll watch for INTO THE FURY and that you enjoy it.  All best wishes and happy reading, Kat   


A bodyguard, a bounty hunter, a P.I.—the men of Brodie Operations Security Service, In. are down for the job…

Sinners, whores, and sluts beware—your time is at hand: a faceless menace is threatening lingerie models on a cross country tour, and Ethan Brodie is there to defend and protect.
Ethan’s learned the hard way that beauty is no substitute for character. So even though Valentine Hart is one of the most breathtaking women he’s ever seen, he’s keeping his hands off and his eyes open. Or that’s what he tells himself.

Then one of the models is murdered, and the closer Ethan gets to the answers, the closer he finds himself to Valentine—and the hotter the pressure feels. There’s more to Val—more to the other girls—than he could have guessed. But one is keeping a secret that could kill them all.



Seattle, Washington


Standing next to the long mahogany table in the conference room, Ethan Brodie re-read the note he’d just been handed.  Printed on a plain sheet of white paper, the words were typed in different fonts and sizes, all of them in big bold letters. 

Fairly old-school for the twenty-first century, Ethan thought.  But then, email was a helluva lot easier to trace.

The client, Matthew Carlyle, was Head of Operations for La Belle Lingerie, a retail fashion chain, kind of a knock-off of Victoria’s Secret with slightly less expensive garments.  In his mid forties, five-ten, lean and fit, Carlyle had silver-threaded dark brown hair, hazel eyes, and a thin scar that ran close to his ear along his jaw. 
The other man in the room was Ethan’s boss, his cousin Ian, owner of Brodie Operations Security Services, Inc. 

“I imagine in the lingerie business you get notes like this all the time,” Ethan said to Carlyle.

“We get kooks, all right.  Plenty of them.”  Carlyle accepted the note Ethan returned.  “But a letter like this was mailed to each of our ten top models, sent to them at our flagship store here in Seattle, and the company isn’t happy about it.”

“You talk to the police?”

“Not yet.  We’d prefer to handle the problem discreetly, avoid any bad press.  That’s why I came to BOSS, Inc.  Ian and I have worked together before.  I trust him to do the job.”

Ethan turned to his cousin, conservatively dressed in tan slacks and a yellow button-down shirt.  While Ian was blond, Ethan was dark-haired, like most of the Brodie men.  Both were tall, Ethan taller at six-foot-three.  “You have the notes checked for prints?” he asked.

“I did,” Ian said.  “Papers were all clean.  The letters were mailed out of different post office locations in the area so that led nowhere.  Since the models are about to go on tour, Matt’s decided to temporarily beef-up La Belle security, just to be on the safe side.”

“Probably a good idea.”  Though Ethan wished someone else was taking the job.  The thought of traveling for weeks with a group of air-headed fashion divas was the last thing he wanted.  Still, he worked for a living and this was exactly the kind of job he was good at. 
Silently communicating his dislike of the assignment, he flicked a hard glance at his cousin, whose blue eyes lit with amusement.

“Ethan’s the best man for the job,” Ian said, not the least repentant.  “He’s an ex-cop, worked personal security for some of the top execs in the dot-com business.  You can be sure he knows what he’s doing.”

Carlyle nodded.  “I read his resume.  Looks like he can handle the job.”  He returned his attention to Ethan.  “Aside from working protection, you’re a private investigator, correct?”

“That’s right.  Before I went to work in Seattle, I was a homicide detective on the Dallas police force.”

“Good.  I’d really like to find the guy who sent those notes.  I’ve got a feeling about this, and I’m not liking it.  I’m hoping with your background, you’ll be able to sniff around, talk to the models and the hands backstage.  If the guy’s part of the crew, we want him out.”

“I can do that.”

“You’ll need to be discreet.  I don’t want people shook-up before we go on tour.”

One lucky person leaving a comment or email entry will receive a copy of INTO THE FURY – Paperback, Nook or Kindle, reader's choice. 

Read, Write, Ripley
Review (5 Stars)

A thrilling action adventure from start to finish! Into the Fury is jam packed with suspense, romance and plenty of chills as a dangerous madmen sets his sights on lingerie models all ready for their cross country tour.

Fearful for the lives of their models and their overall well-being, show producers high Ethan Brodie and the BOSS Inc. to help protect the women. One such women is family friend, Valentine Hart and despite her beauty and personality is strictly off-limits both in the bedroom and Ethan's heart.

When the madmen decides to move up from threats to action, the adventure really begins as Brodie and the BOSS Inc. team must utilize brain and brawn to figure out who's next and how to stop him from brutalizing the women they have come to care for.

Grab your copy today and get ready to dive into a high-octane thriller featuring one bossy badass alpha male, a sweet heroine who's more than just a pretty face and plenty of smokin' hot action in and off the sheets.

Tasty Author
Review (4.5 Stars)

Into the Fury pulled me into its storyline from the very beginning and I loved figuring out the clues right along with Val and Ethan.  These two characters seemed as though they wouldn’t work well together but they did on so many levels.  Ethan had sworn off women until he laid his eyes on Val, who was a model for the company that he was providing security for.  She wasn’t the typical blonde model and I absolutely loved that about her.  She was smart, strong and just wanted to make enough money so she could finish her education.  Ethan was the perfect match for her and I wish there were more guys like Ethan in the world.

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  1. Awesome author can't wait to read this one

  2. Looks like a series I need to read.

  3. I always enjoy Kat Martin's romantic suspense books. Action, romance and suspense keep me turning the pages until the end.

  4. I have this book on my want list!

  5. I enjoy your books and would love to win this!

  6. I enjoy your books and would love to win this!

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