Having written more than sixty books, including AGAINST THE
SKY, my latest Romantic Suspense release, Iím always looking for new
story ideas. Which is why, when the opportunity arose to travel for a month to
Alaska, staying in the back of a tiny pickup camper--I said yes!
With a contract for three new novels, I needed ideas. A trip to Alaska seemed
the perfect opportunity to find new plots and develop interesting characters.
WILD, Dylan Brodieís story, became the first of my Brodies of
Alaska Trilogy, a ghost story that morphs into a tale of love, murder, and
THE SKY, the second book in the trilogy, Nick Brodie, a former Anchorage
homicide detective, has a serious case of burnout. Nick wants a new life,
something that doesn't include violence and death.
Unfortunately when his neighbor, twelve-year-old Jimmy Evans, comes to him
beaten and battered, claiming his father was murdered, Nick has no choice but to
To make matters worse, Nick has a lady friend visiting from San Francisco.
Samantha Hollis, owner of the Perfect Pup pet grooming parlor, isn't cut out for
the harsh life in Alaska. Unwillingly swept into Jimmy's problems, she finds
herself on a wild ride with Nick that leads them into passion and incredible danger.
With the idea in mind for AGAINST THE SKY, we traveled from Anchorage to Valdez, which
became the setting for Nickís brother, Rafeís, story, AGAINST THE
TIDE, out the end of May. Itís the story of a woman with dark
secrets and the man determined to discover them--even if it means risking his life.
I love road trips, just heading out with no particular destination, encountering
whatever fate throws your way. Dealing with flat tires and engine trouble can
be exasperating, but there is the also the reward of meeting new people from all
different walks of life.
If you love history, you might wind up in a place like Dawson City, the Yukon,
way off the grid, the original destination for Klondike gold miners at the end
of the nineteen century. Itís a town right out of the Wild West that still has
dirt streets, a place that attracted authors like Robert Service and Jack London.
A result of my first month-long Alaskan adventure, Dawson City became the
setting for Midnight Sun. The story of adventurous city-girl, Charity
Sinclair, and her clash with billionaire recluse, Call Hawkins. Itís a wild
ride filled with dangerous secrets and past intrigues.
People often ask where I get the ideas for my stories and I can tell you that a
five-thousand mile driving trip on a two-lane road, encountering everything from
gale force winds, to grizzly bears and angry moose, is a journey stuffed with
fodder for books.
Whether youíre an author or a reader, itís wonderful to open yourself up to new
adventures, new places, and new people. While youíre at it, I hope you enjoy
Nick Brodie and Samantha Hollis in AGAINST THE
SKY, and that youíll watch for Rafe and Liz in AGAINST THE
'Til then, very best wishes and happy reading, Kat
About AGAINST THE SKY
Alaska: In America's last wilderness there are no limits to what a man can
For detective Nick Brodie, that means keeping the perps off the streets of
Anchorage 24/7. Nick has never backed down from danger, but after the horrors
he's seen, he's definitely in need of a break.
Samantha Hollis never thought she'd meet anyone like Nick, especially in a place
like Las Vegas. But after one reckless, passionate night, she discovers the
charismatic stranger is everything she wants in a man. But can he ever be
anything more than a one-night stand?
When Nick invites her to Alaska, Samantha decides to find out, never guessing
the depths she'll discover in him or the tangle of murder, kidnapping, and
danger about to engulf them both. . .
About Kat Martin
For New York Times bestselling author Kat
Martin, a career in real estate led her down the road to romance.
Through real estate, Kat found her own perfect match--her husband, Western
author Larry Jay Martin.
"We were on opposing sides of a transaction--I represented the seller and he
represented the buyer," Kat recalls.
A short time after the two became acquainted, Larry asked her to read an
unpublished manuscript of an historical western he'd written. Kat fell in love
with both the book and the author!
"It was quite a romantic story," she admits. "I'd still like to see it get
published." Then, after doing some editing for her future husband, she thought
she'd try her own hand at writing.
Kat moved on to become the bestselling author of over fifty historical and
contemporary romance novels. To date, 15 million copies of her books are in
print, and she's been published around the globe, including Germany, Norway,
Sweden, China, Korea, Bulgaria, Russia, England, Estonia, Lithuania, South
Africa, Italy, Poland, Thailand, Portugal, Turkey, The Slovak Republic, Spain,
Argentina, Estonia, Czech Republic and Greece.
When she's not writing, Kat also enjoys skiing and traveling, particularly to
Europe. Currently, she's busy writing her next book.
6 comments posted.
I have always thought that Alaska would be a great place to visit. My husband went there with the Air Force, but I have never had the opportunity.
Kat, when I see your name, I always think of my daughter and I having donating toys to your cause.
(Gladys Paradowski 12:09pm February 21, 2015)