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Kat Martin had so much fun with everyone the last time she was here, that she’s back today with a new book. This woman is a writing dynamo! I don’t know how she can keep putting out terrific books back to back like this! This time her book is a little different. It’s about forgiveness, family and love. Okay, not so different, just a good read. So sit back and enjoy Kat’s post, and when you’re done, check out Kat’s Mother’s Day Contest! Please welcome Kat Martin back to the blog.
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Rogue writing. That’s what I call writing a book that is nothing at all like the dozens of other books I have written. That is what happened with A SONG FOR MY MOTHER.
And oddly enough, it isn’t the first time.
Years ago, after I had written more than twenty historical novels, I decided to try my hand at writing a contemporary. I had this idea, a ghost story based on an actual incident that had happened to my husband and me at a bed and breakfast in Connecticut. THE SILENT ROSE was the result. Fortunately, readers liked the book, it was nominated for a Rita, and it has been re-issued and reprinted a number of times over the years.
After that, I wrote a number of contemporary romantic suspense novels and am currently writing The Against Series which started with the Raines brother, Against the Wind.
Feeling comfortable writing in both historical and contemporary, the little Rogue genie struck again. Another story, THE CHRISTMAS CLOCK, got stuck in my head and wouldn’t let go until I wrote it.
It was a novella, a Christmas story set in the tiny mid-western town of Dreyerville in 1995. There was no hot sex in this book and no passionate romance, just a sweet love story that told the tale of Joe and Syl and little Teddy Sparks, and the people who lived in the town.
A Song for My Mother
Years after running away with her boyfriend in her junior year of high school, Marly Hanson returns to Dreyerville at the request of her daughter, Katie, who has recently been treated for brain cancer. Katie has never met her grandmother, Marly’s mother, Winnie. But Marly and Winnie have been estranged for years and confronting the past for each of them is painful. The homecoming is bittersweet, but revisiting the conflict between them is crucial if Marly and her mother are ever to find the bond they shared before Marly left Dreyerville.
Once again, I was fortunate that readers liked the story. Still, when the publisher asked me to write another similar story, I declined.
For a while.
Then the old Rogue genie got hold of me again and shook me until another Dreyerville tale popped into my head, and A SONG FOR MY MOTHER was born.
It’s being published in a small, gift-sized hardcover, for Mothers Day. It’s Marly Hanson’s story, a young woman who, years after dropping out of high school and running away with the town bad boy, returns to Dreyerville to fulfill a promise to her daughter. Recently treated for brain cancer, Katie’s greatest wish is to meet her grandmother Winnie, whom she has never known, and Marly hasn’t got the heart to refuse her. But Marly and her mother are estranged and dealing with the dark secrets of their past is crucial if mother and daughter are ever to find the love that once bound them together.
And of course in any tale of mine there has to be romance. Handsome Sheriff Bennett and his young son, Ham, live next door to Winnie, and though Marly is wildly attracted to the man, she has a job and a life waiting in Detroit. Add to that Reed’s worry for a friend who has fallen into despair and you have A SONG FOR MY MOTHER.
I’m hoping readers will enjoy the book and perhaps this summer will look for MAGNIFICENT PASSAGE, my first novel, a western romance that is being re-issued in July. Till then, happy reading and all best wishes, Kat
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“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, 12 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.