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Maximum Security Book 1
BY KAT MARTIN
Harper Winston’s brother has disappeared. Pursuing his dream of sailing the Caribbean, Michael hasn’t responded to texts or emails in days. When even the Coast Guard can’t find him, Harper is forced to take desperate measures. Which means going to Chase Garrett, once her brother’s best friend, now the only man she can trust…or so she hopes.
As the successful owner of Maximum Security, Chase has learned to trust his gut. He knows Harper’s father is mixed up in a deadly business, and suspects there’s more to Michael’s disappearance than meets the eye. Getting involved again with the Winstons goes against everything he stands for, yet old loyalties die hard. As the case draws him closer to Harper and deeper into the Winstons’ snarled crime family, he is forced to put everything on the line to keep Harper safe…and both of them alive.
INTRODUCING…. KAT MARTIN
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.
I guess I can start by saying I’ve been a full-time writer for more than 30 years. I’ve written 75 historical romance and romantic suspense novels. I’ve been on the New York Times list more than 25 times and I’m published in more than twenty countries. I’ve been very fortunate as a writer, enough so that I’m able to live in Montana and winter at the beach in California. If you read the above, you can see why I don’t have time for hobbies, though I do love to travel, especially to Europe.
1. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?
I love the challenge of writing Romantic Suspense, coming up with a crime, then finding a way to solve it. And since I love romance, it’s a big portion of the novel.
2. Are you a plotter or a pantser (one who writes “by the seat of your pants”)?
Both. I plot out as much of the story as I can, but that isn’t very much because it changes so much as I go along. The research governs much of the plot. I do the research as necessary so I have to be flexible.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
Being able to escape the real world. There is great comfort in the solitude of writing. I love being with the characters as they travel their journey to happiness.
4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?
I used to say I would be an astrophysicist, but that time is long past. I would probably just enjoy my life, maybe take off across the country with my husband in our travel trailer.
5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?
Definitely supper, which includes a glass of wine when I get off work at the end of the day.
6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? Why?
The hero of course. I can make them as alpha as I want to–well within reason considering the social climate of today.
7. If you had a superpower, what would it be, and how would you use it?
How about someone who makes the world a happier place?
8. Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?
I’m pretty much doing that right now. I winter in California. My office overlooks a boat channel that leads to the harbor. I get to watch the tides go up and down all day long and watch the paddleboarders and boats go in and out.
9. Do you have any rejection stories to share? Reviews that meant something special to you?
Every writer has rejection stories! My first novel was rejected by every publisher in New York. I kept writing. Almost done with my second book when a new line opened and a publisher bought my first book. They made it a lead title! I thought I was on my way to fame and fortune. Then the publisher closed up shop and I had to start all over again! It took months to find someone else and then I was being paid nothing and running out of money. I just kept going and fortunately it eventually paid off for me.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My new book, THE CONSPIRACY, is my first Hardcover release. It’s just out January 22nd. It’s a very exciting time. In THE CONSPIRACY, Harper Winston’s brother has disappeared. Pursuing his dream of sailing the Caribbean, Michael hasn’t responded to texts or emails in days. When even the Coast Guard can’t find him, Harper is forced to take desperate measures. Which means going to Chase Garrett, once her brother’s best friend, now the only man she can trust…or so she hopes.
As a private detective and the owner of Maximum Security, the last thing Chase wants is to get involved in the Winstons’ snarled crime family. But old loyalties die hard.
As the case draws him closer to Harper and deeper into trouble, Chase is forced to put everything on the line to keep Harper safe–and both of them alive.
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. Currently residing in Missoula, Montana with her Western-author husband, L. J. Martin, Kat has written sixty-five Historical and Contemporary Romantic Suspense novels. More than sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries. Her last novel, BEYOND CONTROL, hit both big lists … NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST as well as the USA TODAY BEST-SELLING BOOKS LIST. Kat is currently at work on her next Romantic Suspense.
Links to Kat’s website, blog, books, etc.
AMAZON Hardcover: https://amzn.to/2WqoaGs
AMAZON Mass Market Paperback Pre-order:
Publishers Weekly Review
KAT’S WEBSITE: https://www.katmartin.com/
SPECIAL CONTEST: https://www.katmartin.com/the-conspiracy-giveaway/
To CELEBRATE the release of THE CONSPIRACY, enter my new contest for a chance to win a KINDLE FIRE 7″ Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB and a Kindle copy of INTO THE FURY, INTO THE WHIRLWIND and INTO THE FIRESTORM. Contest runs from Jan 1, 2019 through Feb 28, 2019.
January Contest: https://www.katmartin.com/monthly-contest/
For January, Kat Martin is giving away a signed hardcover edition of Book 3 in the AGAINST series, AGAINST THE SUN to celebrate the release of THE CONSPIRACY on Jan 22nd. NOTE: THE CONSPIRACY is not part of the prize.
Thanks, Kat, for sharing your book with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!