FINALLY! Winners for Pleasure Me With Romance Contest

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CONGRATULATIONS!!
Congratulations to Artemis, winner of the grand prize, the Pleasure Me SPA basket. I’m sure she’s going to be able to really pamper herself with all the delicious items to be found in this wonderful basket designed for a woman of leisure

Karen H of NC and Mary will receive the second prizes of a small basket of bath products along with soap and candles.

And when they’re all done indulging in the pleasure of pampering themselves, they’re going to be enjoying the delights of Garrick and Ruth in a signed copy of Pleasure Me.

GRAND PRIZEArtemis/cindersmaria @ yahoo DOT com
Second Place Karen H in NC/kkhaas at bellsouth dot net
Second Place Mary/miztik_rose at yahoo.com
Final Week Winners
Monica BurnsLaura/heartoftexasbooks[at]yahoo[dot]com
Dueling ReviewersLinda Young /qladyhawke at gmail dot com

Lindseye/linze_e at hotmail dot com
Lisa ValdezLaura H/BornajhawkATaolDOTcom

Once again, a big thank you to the authors and readers who made this event what it was!!

Kat Martin and Changing Genres

>I read my first Kat Martin historical in 2000. I fell in love with her voice, and when I asked her to guest blog here, I was delighted when she said yes. In addition to writing delicious historicals, she writes romantic suspense as well, and she kicked off a back-to-back trilogy this past January.  Please welcome my special guest Kat Martin for today’s guest post as I continue to celebrate the release of Pleasure Me.

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How Do I Change To A Different Genre?

One of the questions people have been asking me lately is how I managed to change from writing Historical novels to writing Contemporary Romantic Suspense.  

I have to say it’s never easy to do.  Publishers are not risk takers.  They always want to take the safe road.  It’s easier for them to sell the same kind of book by an author over and over.  The writer’s audience is building, sales are improving.  They don’t want to rock the boat.  And I don’t really blame them.

Fortunately, by the time I came up with the concept for the Raines Brothers Trilogy, Jackson, Gabe, and Devlin in AGAINST THE WIND, AGAINST THE FIRE, and AGAINST THE LAW, I had already written three contemporary romantic suspense novels for Mira, my publisher, and seven for a previous publisher. The sales were respectable, which helped me convince them. 



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As I made the change, one of the things I really tried to do was to maintain the style of writing I was known for:  fast-paced, high-action, sexy, romantic books.  I also wanted to keep the emotion in my stories, something I hope to make people feel when they’re reading one of my books.

I tried to make sure my basic style of writing didn’t change, even though the novels are set in a modern world instead of Victorian or Regency England.


In AGAINST THE LAW, the third in the trilogy, Dev Raines is “mostly retired.”  The youngest of the brothers, Dev is also the wildest, an ex-Army Ranger and a dedicated bachelor.  But when Lark Delaney walks into his life, asking for his help in finding her dead sister’s lost little girl, Dev discovers a side of himself he hadn’t known. Or had once known years ago, before his heart was broken. Dev and Lark set out on what appears to be a simple matter of locating an adopted child and wind up heading into a dangerous adventure.  It’s a journey that opens Dev’s heart and eventually teaches him to love.



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These three books were so much fun to write!  I loved all three of brothers and the solid family bond they shared.  Being Western men raised in Wyoming, they had strong moral values: courage, honesty, loyalty.  They were intelligent and caring and when they fell in love it was forever.

I hope you’ll watch for AGAINST THE LAW, and if you haven’t read AGAINST THE WIND and AGAINST THE FIRE, you’ll look for them, too! 



Very best wishes, Kat  

And don’t forget to visit my website where you’ll also find excerpts and videos for AGAINST THE WIND and AGAINST THE FIRE, book 1 and 2 in the Raines of Wind Canyon Trilogy.  While you’re on site, be sure enter my latest contest!

DRAWING — One copy (1) of Against the Wind
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Contest open until Friday 03/04/11 07:00am EST

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About the Author
Currently living in Missoula, Montana, Kat is the New York Times bestselling author of over fifty Historical and Contemporary Romance Suspense novels.  Before she started writing in 1985, Kat was a real estate broker.  During that time, she met her husband, Larry Jay Martin, author of more than twenty books, both westerns and mysteries.  Kat is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History.