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INTO THE FIRESTORM
By KAT MARTIN
At Brodie Operations Security Service, Inc., following your instincts is company policy . . .
M. Cassidy—Luke Brodie had heard the name before, some novice bounty hunter working Seattle, catching tricky skips with more success than a newcomer should expect. But the dark curls, sparkly top, and impressive cleavage were not what Brodie had pictured.
Emma Cassidy is tough and smart and sexy as hell. She’s also popping up a step ahead of him every time he’s close to the capture he wants most . . . and there’s no room for learning on the trail of this monster.
Emma has idolized Luke Brodie, the bounty hunter who can bring anyone in. The big man in the soft shoes, with a face like a fallen angel and a reputation for breaking hearts. Watching him in action is intoxicating. But her fight with Rudy Vance is fiercely personal. If he gets too close, Brodie will find out just how ferocious she can be . . .
ABOUT THE BOOK…
Luke Brodie is a bounty hunter. A fat $600,000 is the 20% bail enforcement fee he’ll collect if he brings in international criminal, Rudy Vance.
Emma Sullivan is also hunting Vance. It’s been almost a year since she arrived at her sister’s home to find the housekeeper murdered and her young niece the victim of Vance’s sick assault.
Emma is determined to find Vance and make him pay. And no one–not even the infamous Luke Brodie–is going to stop her.
RT BOOK REVIEW…
“With a chilling plot, non-stop adrenaline-pumping action and fast-paced dialogue, Martin’s latest B.O.S.S. Inc. novel is rock-solid. The complex ex-soldier hero and ex-teacher turned kick-butt bounty hunter heroine have combustible chemistry – and travel an explosive and bittersweet road to their HEA. The skillfully placed humor really lightens this extremely dark, suspenseful tale.”– RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
TALKING TO KAT MARTIN
Author of INTO THE FIRESTORM
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
Currently I live in the mountains near Missoula, Montana, but I also have a winter home at the beach in California. Best of both worlds. I’ve been writing full-time since the late 1980s. I’ve written somewhere around 70 books, first Historical Romance, now, for the last ten years Romantic Suspense. I’m pretty much a workaholic, though I do love to travel. My favorite thing to do is stay in expensive hotels and eat gourmet food. But that is pretty much everyone’s favorite.
What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
I love it when you starting writing a scene and you can really feel it coming together, when all of the pieces fit perfectly and also fit exactly into the story. I love being in that place in my head.
If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be?
Keeping myself healthy and staying young. Who wouldn’t like that power?
Do you ever get stuck when you’re writing a book? What do you do to get “unstuck”?
I get stuck on just about every book, unfortunately. Getting out of the house sometimes helps. Talking to someone about the plot. My husband usually helps with that. Lately, I’ve tried skipping a little ways forward–not far–that would be a disaster for me–just a scene or two. That helped last time.
What is your least favorite part of writing?
Getting stuck. It’s terrifying. Sleepless nights, no end to going over and over the plot, trying to figure out what to do to solve the dilemma you are stuck in.
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
I am a good country cook. I make a great baked chicken with cream sherry sauce, great beef stew, good spagetti. I think you would get the chicken, with roasted potatoes and a nice green salad.
What do you wish you’d done differently when you first started the publishing process?
If I’d had more money, I would have had more options. But my husband and I are both writers, so what we earned as novelists was what we had to live on. I probably would have stayed with the first good agent I had. I might have stayed with a good publisher longer than I did and not moved so often.
What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
Backstory. It bores me to read so it bores me to write. I don’t care if the heroine was a geek in highschool. She’s a grownup now. I want to know what she’s doing currently in whatever bad situation she finds herself in.
A penguin walks into your office, right now, wearing a sombrero. What does he say to you and why is he here?
“Ola, Senorita. You want to go and have some Mexican food for lunch? I know this really nice restaurant, eh?”
If you could wave a magic wand, what ill in the world would you solve and why?
I would find a way to control population growth. It would solve just about every problem we have in the world. Even war. With enough food, water, and necessities, there would be a lot less reason for people for people to fight.
Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My next book, BEYOND REASON, comes out in June. It’s the first book in my Texas Trilogy. Lincoln Cain is a multi-millionaire businessman. After 2 years in prison, he pulled himself out of the gutter and changed his life. He’s as tough as they come. Carly Drake, the woman who challenges him, is going to be in for a rough ride. Luckily, she’s strong enough to handle him.
Which is good because when she finds herself in the sites of a drug lord, she discovers she needs Linc’s help. I’m hoping readers will enjoy Linc and Carly and I look forward to writing a lot more stories.
New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. She is married to L.J. Martin, author of western, non-fiction, and suspense novels.
Kat has written more than sixty-five novels. Sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries, including Japan, France, Germany, Argentina, Greece, China, Russia, and Spain.
Born in Bakersfield, California, Kat currently resides in Missoula, Montana, on a small ranch in the beautiful Sapphire mountains.
Her last 12 books have hit the prestigious New York Times bestseller list. INTO THE FURY and INTO THE WHIRLWIND her most recent releases, both took top ten spots.
Links to Kat’s website, blog, books, etc.
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**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Kat is giving away an ebook copy (winner’s choice Kindle, NOOK, paperback – US ONLY) of INTO THE FURY, BOSS, Inc. Book 1, to one lucky reader who comments on her Killer Book Bench blog. Good luck!
Thanks, Kat, for sharing your book with us!
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