Karen’s Killer Book Bench #American #Literature #Anthology: PIVOT, Novellas by Kat Martin, Alexandra Ivy, & Rebecca Zanetti


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PIVOT
American Literature Anthology
BY KAT MARTIN, ALEXANDRA IVY, & REBECCA ZANETTI

Blurb

In PIVOT, three friends, each survivors of a brutal childhood, grew up together in foster care.

Now as women, they’re fighting for their lives again.

When Meriwether Jones and her young daughter run from trouble in L.A., that trouble follows.  By the time Meri reaches Spokane, she’s out of gas, money, and ideas.  Her prayers are answered when ex-cop Ian Brodie hires her to help his aging father.  But Meri is keeping a dangerous secret—-and Ian is in danger of losing his heart.

Melanie Cassidy finds trouble when she tries to save a young boy from being kidnapped.  The last thing she expects is former love-of-her-life, Detective Gray Hawkins, to appear and rescue them both.  But her good-Samaritan efforts pull her and Gray into a conspiracy of drug dealers and dirty cops –and forces them to examine the relationship they’d once abandoned.

Michelle Peach is one of Meri’s closet friends.  She’s finally content in Portland—-until two rough men break into her home and threaten her life.  The last person Michelle wants to see is Evan Boldon, a former Marine turned sheriff. But this time Evan is going to stop the trouble stalking Michelle-—and win her heart for good.

PIVOT by Kat Martin, Alexandra Ivy, & Rebecca Zanetti
(Zebra MM/April 2020/978-1-4201-5114-5)

“The three novellas featured in this high-octane romantic suspense anthology form a captivating whole…Remarkable tonal consistency and interlocking elements ensure that these twisty, sizzling love stories flow seamlessly together. Readers won’t want to put this one down.” – Publishers Weekly

“The novellas are loosely connected, set during roughly the same time period and sharing some characters and plot threads. Each story can be read in a single sitting and contains a complete arc for its characters that is both believable and engaging, despite the shorter format…This anthology is perfect for readers of romantic suspense who are looking for more from the included authors or for introductions to writers who are sure to become future favorites.” – Library Journal

An Interesting Concept
By Kat Martin

My upcoming release, PIVOT, began as a novella that I wrote to sometime back to introduce my BOSS Inc. series.  Ian Brodie was the owner of the security firm, a tall, good-looking blond man, one of the Brodie cousins.  The novella was AGAINST THE HEART, a Romantic Suspense set in a rural area of Spokane, Washington.

A year ago, Alicia Condon, my editor at Kensington, came to me with an idea for a collaborative novel that would include novellas by two other authors.  Their stories would revolve around Ian Brodie and Meriwether Jones, the hero and heroine of AGAINST the HEART.  The idea intrigued me and we decided to go forward.

Alexandra Ivy and Rebecca Zanetti, both bestselling authors of Romantic Suspense, came on board and started writing, taking sub characters from Ian and Meri’s story, telling their own stories, and giving us a glimpse of Ian and Meri’s life going forward.

In PIVOT, Alexandra and Rebecca started with the premise that the three girls involved in the stories shared brutal childhoods and grew up together in foster care.

Now as women, they’re fighting for their lives again.

When Meriwether Jones and her young daughter run from trouble in L.A., that trouble follows. By the time Meri reaches Spokane, she’s out of gas, money, and ideas.  Then her prayers are answered when ex-cop Ian Brodie hires her to help his aging father.  But Meri is keeping a dangerous secret—-and Ian is in danger of losing his heart.

Melanie Cassidy finds trouble when she tries to save a young boy from being kidnapped. The last thing she expects is former love-of-her-life, Detective Gray Hawkins, to appear and rescue them both.  But her good-Samaritan efforts pull her and Gray into a conspiracy of drug dealers and dirty cops—-and forces them to examine the relationship they’d once abandoned.
Michelle Peach is one of Meri’s closet friends.  She is finally content in Portland—-until two rough men break into her home and threaten her life.  The last person Michelle wants to see is Evan Boldon, a former Marine turned sheriff. But this time Evan is going to stop the trouble stalking Michelle-—and win her heart for good.

I hope you’ll give this fun read a try.  And if you haven’t read the BOSS Inc. series, INTO THE FURY, INTO THE WHIRLWIND, and INTO THE FIRESTORM, I hope you will.  Till next time, happy reading and all best, Kat

PIVOT
American Literature Anthology
BY KAT MARTIN, ALEXANDRA IVY, & REBECCA ZANETT

Excerpt

She took a calming breath.  “Okay, I’ll get you the money.  But the bank is closed on Sunday.  I won’t be able to get the money until tomorrow.”  It didn’t matter what she told Joey.  She wasn’t going to be there when he came back to collect.  “Meet me here at noon.  I’ll have the money for you then.”

“I’ll be here at eleven and you better have at least a couple of thousand.  You don’t, Lily comes with me.”

Meri suppressed a shudder.  It was hard to imagine that the man standing in front of her was Lily’s father.  Amazing how just one night–one stupid night–could change your life forever.

“I said I’d get you the money.  Now get out of here and leave me alone.”

Joey tucked the roll of twenties into the pocket of his black leather jacket.  “Tell Lily her daddy sends his love.”

About Author Kat Martin…

Bestselling author Kat Martin, a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, currently resides in Missoula, Montana with Western-author husband, L. J. Martin.  More than seventeen million copies of Kat’s books are in print, and she has been published in twenty foreign countries.  Fifteen of her recent novels have taken top-ten spots on the New York Times Bestseller List, and her novel, BEYOND REASON, was recently optioned for a feature film.  Kat’s next hardcover, THE ULTIMATE  BETRAYAL, a Romantic Thriller, will be released on July 28th.

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6 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench #American #Literature #Anthology: PIVOT, Novellas by Kat Martin, Alexandra Ivy, & Rebecca Zanetti

  1. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    I’m so looking forward to reading this but our library won’t let us put holds on anything until the virus is under control….may wind up just buying it, since who knows when this will simmer down?…my bet is later rather than sooner…

  2. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Kat, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I’ve been waiting for your next book and here it is! Love Alexandra and Rebecca, too, so it’s a win-win-win. 🙂 Cannot wait! Thanks for sharing your book with us today!

  3. I love novellas and anthologies! I don’t always have time to sit down and read an entire book, but novellas and anthologies allow me to read the whole story in one sitting. This one sounds great! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Judy Tulloch says:

    I loved what I read in the blurb and excerpt! This genre is fairly new to me. The more I read of them, the more I like them. These three stories in this anthology all sound like great reads…. this is a must read!
    Thank you for sharing!

  5. Eileen AW says:

    I loved what I read in the blurb and excerpt!! Thank you so much for sharing!! Looking forward to reading them when our libraries are open again.

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