Sunday, August 25, 2013

Author Interview & Giveaway: AGAINST THE MARK by Kat Martin


by: Kat Martin

Release Date:  August 27, 2013


The perfect murder is a work of art In one catastrophic instant, Haley Warren's estranged father was taken from her. She never got the chance to reconnect with him, so now she's doing it the only way she's got left: by proving the explosion that killed him was no accident. 

When Tyler Brodie, the provocative and handsome P.I. hired by Haley, discovers that her father was investigating a suspected art theft, he knows his death is no coincidence. After all, tens of millions of dollars worth of stolen art could motivate a thief to go to any lengths-including getting rid of anyone poking around where they don't belong. 

As Haley and Ty get closer to the truth, the truth gets ugly: Did Haley's dad know too much...or was he in on the take? And although Ty's a consummate professional, he's having trouble focusing on the facts of the case, and not the figure of his gorgeous client. The two are determined to get to the bottom of the case, even if it means they die trying.

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“I’ve got another client for you.  Tyler Brodie, I’d like you to meet my grandniece, Haley Warren.  Haley’s out here from Chicago.  Her grandmother was my sister.”
Just to regain a little of his dignity, Ty let his gaze roam over her, starting at the frosted-pink toenails peeking out of strappy high-heeled, open-toed sandals, sliding up a pair of long legs in snug fitting jeans, across that bare midriff with its glittering bellybutton ring over a set of nicely rounded breasts to a pretty face framed by long, softly curling honey blond hair.  
She had big blue eyes, and an Angelina Jolie mouth that made him think of dirty sex.  Maybe she read his thoughts for a faint blush rose in her cheeks.
Good.  A little payback only seemed fair.  
Besides, she was a real pleasure to look at.  Not beautiful in the classic sense like some of the women he knew, but with those dimples and big blue eyes, she was way beyond cute.
“Nice to meet you, Ms. Warren.”
The smile was gone and she assessed him coolly.  “Aunt Ellie tells me you’re a friend, as well as an investigator.”
“I like to think that’s true.”
“Of course it’s true,” Ellie said.  “That’s why I know we can count on Ty to help us.”
Wariness slid through him.  Ellie had a way of bringing him clients who were nothing but trouble.  “How’s that?”
“Well, you see, three months ago Haley’s father died when his power boat exploded.”
“I’m sorry for your loss,” he said to her.
Grief flashed in her eyes an instant before she glanced away.  “Thank you.”    
“At the time everyone thought it was an accident,” Ellie continued, “a gas leak of some kind that turned deadly.  Haley’s stepmother doesn’t believe it.  About a month ago, Betty Jean started emailing Haley, trying to convince her to come to Los Angeles and help her find out the truth.”
Ty focused on the leggy blonde.  “And you think she’s right because...?”
“I don’t know if she’s right or not.  I’ve never met her.  Before he died, my father and I had been estranged for nearly five years, ever since he left my mother and ran off with another woman.”
“Betty Jean,” he said, just to make sure he was getting this straight.
“That’s right.  After he moved to L.A., Dad tried to mend our relationship, but I just...I couldn’t get past his desertion.”  She glanced down and her eyes misted.  “Now my father’s gone.”
Ty nodded, beginning to get the picture.  “So your dad’s dead and you regret not mending your fences.”
“Yes, I do.  Very much.  But the thing is, some of the things Betty Jean says make sense.  I owe it to my father to find out what really happened.”
He flicked a glance at Ellie, whose features looked a little too bland to suit him.  “I take it you’re here to convince me to help her.”
“That’s right.  You know how good you are at these things, Tyler.  Johnnie’s out of town on some case or other.  And Haley will be helping you.  That’ll save you from having to do everything by yourself.”
Haley would be helping him.  He could think of any number of things he’d like her to do for him, but none of them had anything to do with business.  The fact was Haley Warren was Ellie’s niece.  Seducing her probably wasn’t a good idea.
“Have you talked to the police?”
“Betty Jean has,” Haley answered.  “The police said there was nothing to indicate any sort of foul play.  But my stepmother isn’t convinced and if she’s right--“
“I’ll tell you what.  I’ll look into the circumstances of the accident, see if anything looks suspicious.  I’ve got friends in the department.  If something’s not right, I’ll talk to them myself.”
Haley reached over and caught his arm.  He felt a little zing of awareness and figured she must have felt it too since she stepped back as if she’d been burned.  
She glanced away, took a deep breath and forced her eyes back to his face.  “I want to be involved in this, Mr. Brodie.  I need to find out for myself.  I owe it to my father to find out the truth.”

Meet the Author:

 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 fifty five bestselling books.  Fifteen million copies are in print and she has been published in twenty-one foreign countries, including Japan, France, Argentina, Greece, China, and Spain.  A resident of Missoula, Montana, Kat and her husband spend their winters in Ventura, California.  She is a currently writing her next Romantic Suspense.  

Author Interview:

1.  What kind of snack/drink is a MUST for you when writing?
    I do my best not to eat while I’m writing because I’ll use any excuse not to face that blank screen!  Getting up and fixing something works only too well.   I have to have my coffee, though.  My daily caffeine fix.  
2.  What made you start writing? 
   I had gone as high as I could in real estate without making some sort of major change.  I had always been a big reader and had lots of stories rolling around in my head.  My husband was trying to write a book.  It sounded like something I might be able to do.  I gave it a try--voila!  Here I am.   
3. What is your biggest inspiration source (where do you get your ideas)
   I’d have to say, books, TV, and movies are great inspirations.  They just fill your head with “what ifs” and that is the key ingredient to coming up with a story line.
4.  Describe your perfect writing space? and where do you actually write?
   I have a great space, perfect for me.  I have my own office, which I designed and furnished.  Cherrywood desk and credenza and a small cast  iron stove (it’s actually electric).  I have a great view of the mountains out my window and plenty of space to spread out my work. 
5.  Is writing your full time job? If not, what else do you do?
   Writing has been my full time job since I started twenty five years ago.  With one exception--when we both ran out of money, trying to get our careers started (My husband L.J. Martin writes westerns and historicals.).  During that time, I continued to write, but also sold used office furniture.  It got us through to my next book contract. 
6.  What is one surprising fact about you, that not too many people know?  
    I love expensive hotels and gourmet restaurants.
7.  What are you writing now?
   I’m hard at work continuing my AGAINST series.  After AGAINST THE MARK, Ty Brodie’s story, his cousin Dylan gets his own book.  AGAINST THE WILD  is out end of May next year, the first of the three Brodie brothers who live in Alaska.   
8.  What is the first Romance book you remember reading?  What is the last book you read?
    I’ve read a lot of books.  Forever Amber was one of the first romances I read.  Anya Seton’s novels were among the first.  Then Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers.    
9.  Who is your current book boyfriend/crush?  
   Gotta be Ty Brodie.  He’s just soo cute and sexy, yet a total macho man.

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