Thursday, March 8, 2012

Against the Night by Kat Martin

Against the Night (The Raines of Wind Canyon)

About the book:

She's got the face of an angel and the body of…well, isn't that what he'd expect from an exotic dancer? But there's something about this girl that Johnnie Riggs can't shake. The former army ranger is hot on the trail of an elusive drug lord—and suddenly very hot under the collar, as well.

Amy's got her own agenda to pursue: her sister is missing and Amy seems to be the only one who cares. She'll enlist Johnnie's help and do her best to ignore her growing attraction to finally get some answers. But when the two trails begin to converge and reveal something even more sinister than they imagined, their mutual desire is the least of their problems. They'll bring the truth to light…or die trying.

About the Author:

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Currently living in Missoula, Montana, Kat Martin is the bestselling author of over fifty Historical and Contemporary Romance novels. Before she started writing in 1985, Kat was a real estate broker. During that time, she met her husband, Larry Jay Martin, also an author. Kat is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. "I love anything old," Kat says. "I love to travel and especially like to visit the places where my books are set. My husband and I often stay in out-of-the-way inns and houses built in times past. It's fun and it gives a wonderful sense of a by-gone era."

To date, Kat has over twelve million copies of her books in print. She is published in twenty foreign countries, including Germany, Norway, Sweden, China, Korea, Bulgaria, Russia, England, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Japan and Greece.

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A Guest Post by Kat Martin:

The Perils of Research ... Roughing it in Alaska
by Kat Martin

I can’t speak for other authors, but having written more than fifty books, including AGAINST THE STORM, my latest, out the end of October, I’m always trying to develop new story ideas.  Which is the reason, when the opportunity presented itself to travel, for a month, to Alaska and back--in a small pickup camper--I said yes.

With three new AGAINST books coming out and a contract for three more, I needed ideas.  The trip to Alaska seemed the perfect opportunity to get some fresh new plots and characters--though the journey wasn’t my first experience with the vast beauty and rugged conditions of Alaska

Ten years ago, after my husband and I ventured there on a similar trip, I wrote the Romantic Suspense novel, MIDNIGHT SUN, which by the way, is being re-issued next May, hopefully with a hot new cover. 

I love road trips, just heading out with no particular destination in mind, just rolling along, encountering whatever life has to offer.  It’s a riot of new vistas, different tastes, different smells, different lifestyles.  It’s dealing with flat tires and engine trouble, but also meeting people from every walk of life.

In the tiny town of Tok, Alaska, we met a group of Viet Nam veterans on a Holland America bus tour.  That evening they were doing a flag-lowering ceremony, and because my husband had mentioned that a friend, a serviceman killed in Vietnam, had just been recovered that week, he was asked to do the honors of lowering the American flag.  It was an extremely moving ceremony that will stay with me forever.

If you love history, which I do, you might wind up in a place like Dawson City, way off the grid, the original destination for Klondike gold miners at the end of the nineteen century.  A lot of the buildings are still there, still being used, and the streets are still paved in dirt!  It’s a town right out of the wild and wooly West, a place that attracted authors like Robert Service and Jack London.

Merely by chance, we were asked to attend a special event being held for authors at the Jack London cabin there in Dawson.  There we were introduced as novelists and got to meet readers and other authors.

People often ask me where I get the ideas for stories and I can tell you that a five-thousand mile driving trip on a two lane road is stuffed with the fodder for books.  People and places you can’t even imagine come to life, filling your head with ideas for future books. 

Was it romantic?  It was far more grueling than romantic, but it was a fascinating adventure.  And the people traveling with us, two other couples each with their own campers, made the trip a lot more fun.

So if you’re looking for story ideas, open yourself up to new adventures, new places, new people.  You’ll be amazed at what your inner creative mind will come up with.  In the meantime, I hope you’ll watch for Trace Rawlin’s story, AGAINST THE STORM, and that you enjoy.  Johnnie Riggs, is next in AGAINST THE NIGHT, then Jake Cantrell in AGAINST THE SUN. 

And now that I’m home from my trip, I’m hoping my weary brain will come up with stories for at least a three more books!  Very best wishes to all, kat    

Book Trailer:

Excerpt from Against the Night:

“So what about the hunk?” Babs asked, eyeing her over the rim of her coffee cup.

Amy’s blond brows went up.  “What about him?”

“He was certainly giving you the eye.”

Amy just shrugged.  “When you’re up there naked, they all give you the eye.”

“This was different--and don’t tell me you didn’t notice.”
Oh, she’d noticed all right.

“I asked Tate about him.  Says his name is John Riggs.  He’s an ex-Army Ranger.  Does P.I. work and pretty much anything else he can make a buck at.”  Babs rolled her eyes.  “What a hunk.”

Her face went warm.  Just hearing the words brought his image to mind: dark brown hair and eyes such a deep brown they looked black, strong jaw roughened by the shadow of a beard.  He was the kind of guy who should have DANGEROUS stamped on his forehead.

She could feel the heat in those dark eyes all the way across the room.  It was what that hot look did to her that was startling.  The Kitty Cat Club was filled with men every night.  None of them made her stomach float up the way a single look from John Riggs had.  Two nights in a row, he’d sat in the shadows watching, his fierce gaze singularly focused on her.  At the same time he seemed aware of every other person in the room.

“He got his man tonight,” Amy said.  “We won’t be seeing him again.”

Babs sipped her coffee.  “Wanna make a little bet?”

Amy glanced up.  “You don’t think he’ll come back because of me?”

“I’ve been doing this for almost three years.  One thing you learn to recognize is when a man has an interest.  And let me tell you, honey, John Riggs has a major interest in you.”

Her stomach contracted.  If she closed her eyes, she could almost feel the heat in those dark eyes burning into her.  “You’re crazy.  He was here on business, that’s all.”

“Five bucks?”

Amy laughed.  “You’re on.”

Johnnie watched the little dancer walk away.  There was something off about Angel Fontaine, something he had picked up the first time she had walked up to his table and taken his order for a drink.  One stage, she was confident, just another exotic dancer doing her job.  But once she was out of the lights, she became a different person, shy and uncertain, barely able to make conversation with a man.

All evening, he had watched her.  That she was new to the job was clear, but it was more than that.  Some bone-deep difference that intrigued him.  He liked solving puzzles.  He wanted to solve the puzzle of Angel Fontaine.

On top of that, she was beautiful, blond, and sexy, and he had a weakness for sexy blondes.  He wanted her.  There was no denying it.  But he also wanted to know her story, her secret.  Find out what that subtle incongruity was that drew him like a bug to a light bulb. 

And he thought that she wanted him, too, though it was an attraction she clearly didn’t want to feel.

He chuckled, took a sip of his beer.  Well, that was just too bad.  He wasn’t about to let her off the hook so easy.  He was going to find out Angel’s secret.  He had a hunch once he knew what it was, she would trust him enough to let their mutual attraction progress to its logical end.

He wasn’t in any hurry.  If the stakes were high enough, Johnnie could be a very patient man.

My Review:

            Kat Martin is an author who knows how to spin a tale (of course, she is a bestselling author of over fifty Historical and Contemporary Romance novels with over twelve million copies of her books sold world-wide in twenty foreign  countries) and she still manages to come up with a great story line. Against the Night is refreshing, tantalizing, and full of mystery.

            In Against the Night, I enjoyed the story line as it moved along at a satisfying pace, but kept me guessing at every turn. The characters were well developed and likable, even downright lovable. The book opened with a great beginning that instantly kept me turning the pages. Against the Night has sex, intrigue, sexy intrigue, love, and passion.

            Take a na├»ve kindergarten schoolteacher from Grand Rapids, Michigan pretending to be a stripper, who has the hots for an ex-soldier bounty hunter hunk of a guy, and toss in a major drug cartel and you’re cooking up a gumbo in a cast iron pot.

            Against the Night was a fully developed story from the beginning to the middle to the end. I did not come across any grammatical errors. As with all of her books, Kat Martin has done an amazing job of presenting the reader with a wonderful love story chocked full of love and mystery and intrigue that will have you turning the pages faster than you ever dreamed imaginable, and leaving you breathlessly satisfied in the end.

            Against the Night is the fifth in the Against series, and the only one I have read. Although it is my understanding that some of the characters from the previous books make an appearance in this book, I would consider it a stand-alone book.

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Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the author, publisher, or PR firm. 

You can read additional reviews by clicking on these links:

Genre Go Round Reviews
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  1. What a great post love the story, will be visiting the kindle store. be well

    1. My wingman! Thanks for visiting and letting me know you were here. Donna

  2. Coming to you from Katherine's Corner Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. I'm your newest follower: GFC, FB, Linky, and Pinterest. Come on over and follow me back. Danielle S
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    1. Thanks for visiting. I hope you entered to win a copy of the book. It is great! I'll be visiting you back.

  3. Hi, guys! what a great website! good morning, Dannielle. will check out your blog site. I'm kind of a dinosaur at all of this...hope you all enjoy the new book. warmest, Kat

    1. Thank you so much for visiting Kat! I LOVED the book and I am definitely hooked on that series. I'll be picking up another soon.

  4. Hi, Donna! glad you are enjoying! thanks for the visit. warmest, kat

  5. Hi Kat, It's me again, still following and trying to win your book. I've read AT Fire, AT Storm and AT Wind and looking forward to reading Against The Night. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us and the opportunity to enter giveaway.

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  6. I forgot to say I left msg on Amazon review. B.B. Hill..Clicked yes

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  7. Wow!! count me in, you know I follow :-) Thank you for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop linky party. Hugs and wishes for a lovely week ahead. P.S. The new giveaway has started!


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