Kat Martin talks about AGAINST THE ODDS and mining for stories

Kat---Ventura-Star-(275by20I’ve been a Kat Martin fan since I first picked up NOTHING BUT VELVET in 1997.  Her historicals always had a well-crafted suspense element, which must have made it natural for her to switch to writing contemporary romantic suspense.  If you’ve never read one of her suspense novels, you are in for a sexy, fun, thrilling treat!  As a long-time fan, I’m delighted to host Kat on the blog today.

Kat is giving an autographed copy of AGAINST THE ODDS to only lucky commenter.


by Kat Martin

Odds-Cover-(300by450)All year long I am searching for a new and interesting story.  Each year, they seem more elusive.  Tomorrow, AGAINST THE ODDS, the seventh book in my Against Series that started with AGAINST THE WIND, will be released.  As I began to conceive the story, I knew that Alex Justice and Sabrina Eckhart would be thrown together in a tale of greed and murder, but I wasn’t exactly certain how the story would play out.

Or who would be the villain!

I first met Sabrina and Alex in AGAINST THE SUN, where they showed up as friends of Jake Cantrell and Sage Dumont, the woman Jake was hired to protect.

I liked Alex and Sabrina right away, but it wasn’t until SUN was well underway that I realized Sabrina and Alex just had to have their own book.  I wasn’t sure how I was going to put them together, but little by little, a plot began to unfold in my head.

Even half way through, I was still finding my way, trying to figure out who the real bad guy was.

I was particularly happy to be able to write both Alex Justice and Ben Slocum’s stories (Ben’s is AGAINST THE EDGE, book eight of the Against series), since I fell in love with them as I was writing AGAINST THE SUN.

As AGAINST THE ODDS begins, Sabrina receives an inheritance from her uncle–an abandoned silver mine in the West Texas desert.  Running out of money, Rina is determined to find the mine and make it productive, even if it means putting up with the cocky jet jockey she is determined to dislike but finds ridiculously attractive.

G.Q. handsome and obscenely wealthy, Alex is a private investigator and an ex-Navy pilot.  Alex is just the man she needs to fly her safely into the desert in search of her late uncle’s property.  It’s a sexy tale of survival, murder, betrayal, and intrigue that kept me writing long after I should have been done for the day.

I hope you’ll watch for Alex and Sabrina in AGAINST THE ODDS, out in time for Christmas on December 18.

Have a wonderful holiday,


P.S.  What gifts will you be shopping for this Christmas?


Links:  ExcerptBook Trailer | Kat’s Contest |PW Review

Purchase Links:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Leave a comment for Kat and you’ll have a chance to win a signed copy of AGAINST THE ODDS!  Check back on Wednesday to see if you are our winner.  Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address and contact us within ten days to claim the prize.

About Rachel Grant

Archaeologist Rachel Grant writes romantic suspense where archaeology, politics, and war collide.

Posted on December 17, 2012, in Guest blog, Rachel Grant and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. Rachel, thanks for introducing us to Kat today. And Kat, thanks so much for being on Kiss and Thrill. It sounds like you’ve had a really good run with this series. Did you plan out a long series arc when you came up with the idea? Is there a specific number of books you planned? Or has the success of the series made you write more than you thought you ever would for this particular idea? As for my shopping plans for Christmas, this year my kids are both in college, so I’m doing a lot of online catalog shopping. I’m getting clothes with their Greek letters on them since they’re both in ‘the Greek life’ at school. Other than that, it’s all electronics. I kind of miss the days when I could just go into a Toys-R-Us and load up the cart. But my kids are way past all that. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family. Thanks again for stopping by, and good luck with your latest release!

  2. Kat, thank you so much for joining us. Against the Odds sounds great!

    Christmas shopping for my daughter is difficult this year – she is nearly 13, need I say more?

    My son is easy. 9 years old. One word: Legos.

  3. Welcome, Kat! Years ago at a RWA conference I bought a copy of Scent of Roses and it’s still one of all-time favorite books! Since then, I’ve read everything you’ve written and am in awe of all the wonderful books you’ve written.
    And congratulations on your newest release!

    As for Christmas shopping, I’m with Rachel–I have 13-year old twins (boy and girl) and they’re impossible to buy for. I really miss the Lego and Barbie years.

  4. Hi Kat, welcome to K&T!

    I love creating secondary characters that jump off the page in a way that you know they need their own novel! Congratulations on the new release, looking forward to the release tomorrow!

    Still shopping for husband…ANY suggestions out there? I am in a panic.

  5. Okay, I have to pick up some of your books, Kat. They sound great! That covers what *I* want for Christmas. 😉

    Shopping for everyone else is so much harder. My 15-yo always just wants money, which makes him easy, but boring. 😉 My 14-yo is fun to shop for because he’s into video games, running, and specific bands (music). My struggle this year was just picking one thing for him.

    Sarah, I’m awful with gifts for adults, especially my husband. Unless he has some kind of hobby/interest that makes it easy or I happen to remember him mentioning something he’d like, I always struggle. Good luck!

  6. Kat, so interesting to read about how your series took shape over the course of 7 books. What fun to find a new (to me) series to read when so many of the books are available to download to my kindle 🙂

    Rachel, enjoy those Lego days! I have such fond memories of building Lego battleships and robots and even space aliens with my son during the holiday break. Now that he’s a teen, I’m shopping for Xbox games, electronics, and The Art of Wreck-it Ralph. My daughter’s list is easier: shoes and more shoes 🙂

  7. I love Kat’s books and this series. I am very excited for this book to come out. I am even more excited for Ben & Alex’s books to come out. My favorite of the guys is Johnnie. Yummy. Great covers for these books.
    I am almost done shopping. The usual for the kids, toys. Daughter is getting a Nintendo DS & son is getting a Leapster GS. Husband is getting a deer tree stand and a bow-n-arrow. I want books, books, and more books. I also would love a Kindle.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. Congrats on the new release, Kat. I’m so happy Ben’s book is up next. I’m not done shopping, but I think I’ll take it easy and shop online at Amazon and Land’s End.

  9. Kat thanks so much for being our guest! Against the Odds sounds like it’s just right for my TBR pile. I’m looking forward to meeting Rina and her sexy pilot!

    As for Christmas shopping, sheesh. I know exactly what the kids want and need, but I have NO idea what to get my brand new husband. Suggestions welcome!

    Who should I thank for making it snow on the blog today? Love it!

  10. mandacollinsauthor

    Welcome, Kat! Congrats on the new release! My Christmas shopping is pretty light this year since my family’s little ones are all grown up now. But I still have to get my sister and grandmother and the pets something:)

  11. Hi, Lena and the rest of you wonderful readers. thanks so much for the great comments. I started this series with 3 books in mind, but by the end of the 3rd, I knew I wanted to do three more. Three more followed. I just starting to work on another three…so lots of books out there and still coming. the books are each so different that they have really been able to keep my interest–and of course it’s great fun to write about such hunky men. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Holiday. love ya, kat

  12. Congrat, on your new book. I haven’t read any of your books yet. But they are on my list of books to try. I always love trying new authors and then recommending them to my friends to read. I like to do most of my shopping on line, but I have a teenage daughter so I have to take her shopping for her presents. Have a merry Christmas.

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