>Monday With An Author – Kat Martin

>My apologies to Kat. This was set to post at 6:00 a.m. but Blogger reset and it didn’t launch. Enjoy Kat’s post.

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.   
To complicate matters, living next door to Winnie is handsome sheriff and widower Reed Bennett, and his son, Ham, who is close to Katie’s age. Ham and Katie become fast friends, while their parents find their attraction to one another going deeper than mere friendship. But Marly’s time in Dreyerville is limited and risking her heart isn’t something she’s willing to do.  
As the days slip past, and though she tries to avoid it, Marly and Reed become more deeply involved. Can she risk loving the handsome sheriff and give up the the futer she worked so hard to forge for herself and her daughter? Can she make a life in Dreyerville after what happened all those years ago?
Will Marly finally realize that her true destiny and ultimate happiness lie in coming to terms with her past?

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

DRAWING — One signed copy (1) of A Song For My Mother
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Contest open until Saturday 04/09/11 07:00am EST

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About the Author
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, 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. 

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About Monica Burns

A bestselling author of erotic romance, Monica Burns penned her first short romance story at the age of nine when she selected the pseudonym she uses today. From the days when she hid her stories from her sisters to her first completed full-length manuscript, she always believed in her dream despite rejections and setbacks. A workaholic wife and mother, Monica believes it’s possible for the good guy to win if they work hard enough.

16 thoughts on “>Monday With An Author – Kat Martin

  1. >D'Ann

    Random.org drew your comment as the winner of Kat's book. Please email me your mailing address and other contact information for me to pass on to Kat.

  2. >Hey,Kat and Monica.Kat I have enjoyed your books.A Song for My Mother says like such an interesting story. Have see it around and placed it on my TBR list. Against the Lawa I have but haven't gotten to read it yet.

    Monica,I really enjoyed Pleasure Me,an older woman was a great idea.Would recommend it highly.


  3. >Monica– I definitely agree they don't build authors like they used to.. We are pretty much on our own, these days, promo wise. lots of blogging, chatting, emails stuff. helps but it isn't really enough. k

  4. >re: horse lovers…like books with horses in them, but like you all, I want them to be right. A girl wrote me, said no horse could live if it laid down. I thought that was a funny one, since ours nap in the sun all the time. k

  5. >Hi, Gals, back again after my computer went on the blink. I swear…. at anyrate, getting published is super hard. It is hard just to stay published, as many of my writer friends can tell you. My advice to unpubbed is to join RWA and go to the meetings. Agents and editors there, best chance to make it happen. Regional writers conferences are also great ways to meet someone who can help you. thats my take, kat

  6. >Hi Monica!
    Hi Kat!

    I'm one of D'Ann's horse lovin' writer friends (hehehe who can spell better than her under pressure!). Also yet unpubbed– but not for long, I hope.

    I've read your books, Kat, and loved each one. Haven't read Monica's, but I'll be remedying that shortly!

    Keep 'em coming ladies! (you too, D'Ann!)

    Sheri Fredricks
    Santa Margarita, CA

  7. >D'Ann, Glad you're looking forward to Pleasure Me. As for breaking in, Kat might have something different to offer up in the way of advice.

    Me…write a good book, and then it's all about luck. Pure and simple as far as I'm concerned. Other authors will disagree, but in times like these with the market in such flux, it's going to take an outstanding book to get one's foot in the door. Even then luck is a main factor as readers MUST love the first book out the gate. Publishers don't build authors like they use too. We're spaghetti they throw on the wall. If we stick great! New contract. If we don't stick. Well, you can imagine the end of that tail. *grin* Just write, write, write. It's all you can do. There's no magic formula.

  8. >I love that you write different genres! I enjoy them all (Regency, rom suspense, sweet) and have many of your books in my TBR pile. Now there's another to add. 🙂

  9. >Hi, Kat!
    Hi, Monica!

    When I read Monica's FB post that you were going to be here today, I was so excited! I just discovered you b/c of Agains the Law jumped out at me off the bookshelf.
    I just finished it and also Agaisnt the Fire. The last one is one my TBR pile for next.

    I'm an unpublished rw, and I especially don't like books where the horse stuff is incorrect. I was so impressed with AtL, that I reccomended it to all my horse-loving writer friends. I loved the pack scene into the mts because it's something I frequently do in my own stories.

    My husband is a "Gabe", a builder, and that book was also very well done.

    Good research or you live it. Nice.

    You are one of my new faves, and I can't wait to read the new story.

    Do you or Monica have any advice for someone struggling mightily to break in?

    Thanks for being here!

    PS. Monica, dying for Pleasure me to get here from B&N!

    Olathe, CO

  10. >Sounds like a great story! I love storis where families get re-united through tragedy and have a chance to fix what went wrong between them.


  11. >hi, guys–always interesting to talk about family. And it is great that so many families today introduce their children to reading. Hope you enjoy the book! very best, kat

  12. >Good morning, Kat & Monica!
    Thank you both for being here today.
    I thank my mother every time I read… she's the one that introduced me to and encouraged me to read. Your book sounds like a good read. It'd be even better to win it! Please enter me in your drawing.
    Linda T.
    Florida, USA