Wednesday, June 6, 2018

TOP 10 FAVORITE CITIES

With: Kat Martin

Congratulations to "Rachael B.", the winner in Kat's giveaway. Please contact JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE to claim your prize. Thank you to all who participated!

I love to travel.  I was fortunate to marry a man who also enjoys seeing the world.

Though it is difficult to choose my ten favorite cities, Paris would be city #1. There is no more romantic place on earth.  Charming streets, a beautiful language, and fabulous food.

City #2 is Rome.  Roman palaces and temples right in the middle of the city!  And more amazing food!

City #3 is Athens.  Walking along the sidewalk, “Oh, look!  There’s part of an ancient temple sticking out of the middle of the street!”  It’s definitely unique.

City #4 is Venice.  Winding narrow cobbled streets and traveling by water everywhere--how fantastic is that?

City #5 Stockholm.  Another beautiful city whose buildings overlook vast expanses of water.  Interesting history there, as well.

City #6 Our own New York City.  I love the vibrancy, the energy that keep you out late and won’[t let you slow down until well after midnight.  Plus it’s a very patriotic place to visit.

City #7 Barcelona.  Beautiful wrought iron grill work reminiscent of New Orleans.  People there are very friendly.

City #8 San Francisco.  The most stunning views of the bay and some fantastic restaurants.

City #9 Quebec.  What a lovely French city and it’s just over the border in Canada.  Fascinating place to visit.

City #10 London.  I’ve written a number of historical novels set in England.  I fell in love with London on my first trip over. 
 
As I look at these, I would probably have to mix them up and start again.  All of them are fabulous places to visit and I can think of a dozen more.

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my travels and that you’ll watch for my new book, BEYOND CONTROL, out May 29th.

In BEYOND CONTROL, Victoria Bradford and her four-year old daughter are on the run from Tory’s abusive ex-fiancé.   Seventy miles north of Dallas, the Iron River Ranch is pretty much nowhere, exactly what Josh Cain wanted when he came back from Afghanistan.  Big skies, quiet nights, no trouble.

One look tells Josh the pretty redhead who showed up on his door with her adorable little girl will give him trouble of the most personal kind. But Josh has seen trouble before, and he doesn't scare easy. Not when “accidents” start happening around the ranch. Not when Tory’s best friend is abducted.

Not even when it looks like their current problems are only just the beginning.

I hope you’ll watch for BEYOND CONTROL and that you enjoy it.  All best wishes and happy reading, Kat 

Till then, all best and happy travels, Kat


BEYOND CONTROL


Present Danger
 
When Victoria Bradford got engaged, she told herself to give love a chance. Six months later, she's on the run from her angry, abusive ex-fiancé with her four-year-old daughter and nowhere to go.
 
Seventy miles north of Dallas, the Iron River Ranch is pretty much nowhere. That’s what its new owner, Josh Cain, wanted when he came back from Afghanistan. Big skies, quiet nights, no trouble.
 
One look tells Josh the pretty redhead with the adorable little girl will give him trouble of the most personal kind. But he’s seen trouble before, and he doesn't scare easy. Not when “accidents” start happening around the ranch. Not when Tory’s best friend back in Phoenix is abducted and brutalized. Not even when it looks like their current problems are only the tip of the iceberg.
 
But if he gets too close to fierce, determined Tory, Josh knows his nights are going to be anything but quiet. And that’s one possibility no amount of training can prepare him for . . .


iTUNES

Excerpt:
Iron River Ranch
Iron Springs, Texas

Victoria Bradford drove the old blue Chevy Malibu along the two lane road.  Up ahead, a sign hung above a narrow dirt track running off to the west, IRON RIVER RANCH.

“Are we there yet, Mama?”  Ivy, her four year old daughter, had asked at a dozen times since they’d left the Walmart parking lot in Iron Springs.  The ten mile drive didn’t take long, but to a four year old who’d been in the car for days, they couldn’t reach their destination soon enough. 

“We’re very close, sweetheart.  This is the turn, right here.”  Tory checked the gas gauge as the wheels left the pavement and started rumbling over the bumpy dirt road.  Less than an eighth of a tank.  She hoped the ranch wasn’t much farther.

More than that, she prayed the job hadn’t already been filled. 

She sighed as the aging Malibu rolled along.  She was basically in bumfrick Egypt, ten miles north of Nowhere Springs, almost out of gas, with twenty three dollars and thirty three cents in her wallet. 

Last night, without enough money for a motel room and afraid to use her credit cards for fear Damon would somehow track her, they’d slept in the car in the Walmart parking lot.  As soon as the McDonald’s opened, she had pulled into the drive-thru and bought Sausage McMuffins, then driven out to the ranch to somehow convince the owner to hire a woman with a daughter and no actual ranching experience.

She thought of the ad in the paper she had spotted last night on the counter in the Iron Springs Café.  If she somehow managed to get the job, it would be perfect.  Besides a steady paycheck and the ranch being way off the grid, the position included the use of a double-wide trailer. 

After being on the road for the past three weeks, living out of motel rooms and suitcases, the trailer sounded like a palace.

“Look, Mama, there it is!”  Ivy pointed toward the cluster of buildings up ahead, a couple of barns, several fenced training arenas, and a two-story home with dormer windows and a covered porch running the length out in front.  A double-wide sat fifty yards away.

Vast stretches of open green pastureland surrounded the complex where horses and cattle grazed, and there were ponds and woodlands in the distance, and dense copses of trees.
The Chevy bumped over the last patch of road, pulled up in front of the house, and Tory quickly turned off the engine.  No use wasting what little gas she had left. 

“Mama, there’s a man over there by the barn.”

Her gaze swung in that direction.  There was, indeed, a man.  The noisy buzz of a saw covered the sound of their arrival, giving her time to assess him. 

Shirtless, he was working with his back to them, broad, tanned, and muscled above a narrow waist that disappeared into a pair of faded jeans.  The jeans hugged a round behind and long, powerful legs. 

  He was tall, she saw when he straightened away from his work and walked into the barn, with medium brown hair cut short.  She got her first look at his face when he walked back out, handsome, with a solid jaw and masculine features, at least three days’ growth of whiskers. 

The front of him was just as impressive as the back, a broad chest with solid pecs, muscular biceps, and six pack abs.

Unease filtered through her.  This was a strong, powerful male.  She knew first hand what a man like that could do to a woman. 

Tory forced down the notion.  Not all men were like Damon.  Before she’d met him, she had been married to a good and decent man, the father of her child.  Jamie Bradford, her high school sweetheart, was one of the gentlest people she’d ever known.  Her father was a good man, before he’d fallen in love with his secretary and divorced her mother, leaving the two of them alone.

Tory took a courage-building breath.  “Stay here, sweetheart.”  Cracking open the car door, she slid out from behind the wheel.  “Don’t worry, sweetie.  Everything’s going to be okay.”

She hoped.


Giveaway:


Kat is giving away a copy of BEYOND CONTROL to one lucky reader posting a comment or email entry. (Hardback, Kindle, or Nook-Winner's Choice US residents ONLY)

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST June 7th. Due to GDPR regulations you no longer need to submit your email address in the comments. If you have been selected as a winner your name will be posted at the top of the post. You may then contact maureen@justromanticsuspense.com to claim your prize. Your email address will be shared with the author/publicist providing the giveaway. 

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing! I added this to my want list!

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  2. I love your books! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  3. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Beyond Control!

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  4. interesting looking

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  5. Domestic abuse and controlling individuals are more of a problem than many people realize. When we first moved to our current home, I was surprised how ingrained it is in the local culture. Working as the children's librarian in a county library, I dealt with teens in programs and just talking about books. The girls expected to be pushed around by their boyfriends and parents never seemed all that concerned. It is just the way relationships and men are. We have lived around the country and never been anywhere that had such an obvious and accepted culture of abuse. I have seen it in other areas and out daughter was in a marriage where the husband was verbally abusive. Those who wish to escape such relationships need support and understanding. Laws also need to be changed to protect the abused and punish the abusers.
    BEYOND CONTROL sounds like it will be another of Kat Martin's wonderful romantic suspenses. I have read here books in every genre and never been disappointed.

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  6. I love Ms Martin's books and this sounds awesome! i'd love to travel to most of the destinations that are your favorite!

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