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Tuesday, May 29, 2012



by Kat Martin

All of us fantasize about over-the-top handsome, hunky men. But the truth is, being around a guy who looks like that isn’t that easy. Not unless you’re Angelina Jolie. Can you imagine sitting next to Brad Pitt or Bradly Cooper and having a casual conversation?

Last month at the RT Book Reviews Magazine Convention, I had the opportunity to meet one of the gorgeous male models who has posed on some of my covers. Lynn Gunn is all his name implies, 6 foot-two-inches of sexy male, tall, lanky, dark-haired, and masculine.

Just standing next to him made me nervous. Fortunately, Lynn turned out to be a really great guy. He’s a Neiman Marcus model with brains as well as brawn. My husband and I both enjoyed the chance to get to know him.

In my new book AGAINST THE SUN, Sage Dumont is a corporate vice president, the kind of woman with enough moxie to handle six-foot-five inches, two hundred forty pounds of blue-eyed burning manhood, Jake Cantrell. Though Sage has a few uncertain moments when she first meets Jake and she is just as flustered as the rest of us would be.

One of the fun parts of being a romance writer is matching the hero and heroine. By the end of the story, the reader needs to believe that the two people will perfectly fit together.

AGAINST THE SUN is a book that deals with a visit to Texas by a Saudi Arabian sheik and his family. The sheik is there to negotiate a three hundred million dollar oil-well equipment sale.

Jake is hired to act as Sage’s bodyguard and teach her the protocols she’ll need to know in order to make the deal, which is crucial to her career. Customs like not showing the bottom of her foot, which is considered an insult, or making the okay sign, which is giving someone the evil eye.

Because of the research involved in getting the customs, clothing, and attitudes of the Saudi visitors correct, AGAINST THE SUN was one of the most difficult books I’ve ever tackled. I’m proud of the way it turned out.

I hope you’ll look for AGAINST THE SUN and that you enjoy it.

So .... do gorgeous men make YOU nervous?

Very best wishes, Kat

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It's not in bodyguard Jake Cantrell's job description to share his suspicions with his assignments. Beautiful executive Sage Dumont may be in charge, but Jake's not on her payroll. As a former special forces marine, Jake trusts his gut, and it's telling him that there's something off about a shipment arriving at Marine Drilling International. His instinct is more ways than one.

A savvy businesswoman, Sage knows better than to take some hired gun's "hunch" as gospel. And yet she is learning not to underestimate the man her grandfather hired to protect her. Determined to prove Jake wrong, Sage does some digging of her own and turns up deadly details she was never meant to see.

Drawn into a terrifying web of lies and deceit—and into feelings they can't afford to explore—what Jake and Sage uncover may be frighteningly worse than they ever imagined.


Jane said...

Congrats on the new release, Kat. I guess many people get tongue tied when they see a beautiful person.

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Kat Martin said...

Hi, Jane! thanks. hope you have a great summer. warmest, kat

AmandaStar said...

Can't wait to read Against the Sun, it sounds like a great read! I've actually been around a lot of guys in my life, having four older brothers, with all their friends always around. But I think a great looking man can always me nervous and stumble a little bit.