"Gloriously suspenseful...magnificent reading...Martin is superb." --RT Book Reviews
In America's last wilderness there are no limits to what a man can do.
In America's last wilderness there are no limits to what a man can do.
For detective Nick Brodie, that means keeping the perps off the streets of Anchorage 24/7. Nick has never backed down from danger, but after the horrors he's seen, he's definitely in need of a break.
Samantha Hollis never thought she'd meet anyone like Nick, especially in a place like Las Vegas. But after one reckless, passionate night, she discovers the charismatic stranger is everything she wants in a man. But can he ever be anything more than a one-night stand?
When Nick invites her to Alaska, Samantha decides to find out, never guessing the depths she'll discover in him or the tangle of murder, kidnapping, and danger about to engulf them both. . .
What Makes a Good Setting for a Story?
by Kat Martin
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On January 27th, the second book in my Brodies of Alaska trilogy, AGAINST THE SKY, stories about the rugged Brodie brothers, is being released.
Though I usually start with either the plot or the characters, with these stories, the setting was an essential element, part of the plot before the novel was even conceived.
It all began with a month-long trip my husband and I recently took to Alaska. It was the second such trip, both of which involved traveling cross-country, staying in a tiny pickup camper.
Every day spent out in the wide open spaces filled my head with story ideas. By the time we got back, I had the rough outlines for the Brodie brothers, Dylan, Nick, and Rafe, hot, rugged, outdoor hunks, and the women who tame them.
In AGAINST THE SKY, Nick Brodie is a former Anchorage homicide detective with a serious case of burnout. He wants a new life, something that doesn't include blood and death. Unfortunately when his neighbor, twelve-year-old Jimmy Evans, comes to him beaten and battered, claiming his father was murdered, Nick has no choice but to help him.
To make matters worse, Nick has a lady friend visiting from San Francisco. Samantha Hollis, owner of the Perfect Pup pet grooming parlor, isn't cut out for the harsh life in Alaska. Unwillingly swept into Jimmy's problems, she finds herself on a wild ride with Nick that leads them into passion and terrible danger.
Since I live in Montana, I was familiar with the mountain setting and much of the wildlife, but there is no place on earth like Alaska. The beauty of the landscape filled my senses and the people I met along the way gave me ideas for some of the interesting characters who appear in the books.
To help orient myself to different locales, I use Google Maps extensively. They have street maps, street cameras, satellite views, and still photos, all of which help me remember what certain places look like or help me see areas I haven't seen before. Pretty amazing stuff.
Actually going there, of course, is the best way to chose a setting. For me, there are places I couldn't write about without actually going there. Alaska was one of them.
We spent a couple of days in Anchorage, where Nick worked as a cop, and visited the areas around it. Nick's small house at Fish Lake was based on an area called Big Lake about an hour away from the city.
I do my best to choose a setting that fits my characters. I try to pick fun, interesting spots so the readers will have fun with the story.
A Reader's Opinion
The second book in Kat Martin's Brodie's of Alaska series delivers an awesome punch of suspense and romance. This is the first series that I've read by Martin, and I haven't been disappointed. Nick . . . well, I wouldn't mind being in Samantha's shoes. Ex-cop, ex-Ranger, and still saving those who need to be saved. His little cabin on a lake in nowhere Alaska is not only a great place for some murder and mayhem to happen, but for a reader to get lost, which is exactly what happens. I was transported back to Alaska, and I didn't want to leave.
Samantha is great, or at least was after I had a few chapters to truly appreciate her. As a woman, I couldn't quite agree with everything she did in regards to Nick, but in the end, I was rooting for her. She's tough when she toughness was needed. She cooks and she likes dogs, both of which make her a pretty cool person in my book. The chemistry between Nick and Samantha was great, and though I thought it started out too fast, it quickly became apparent why, and the storyline was a nice addition.
The suspense built up at a nice and steady climb, and just when you thought there was a lull, you get another dose of hang-onto-your-seats excitement. Now I'm most definitely looking forward to book three. For those who don't mind super-steamy books, I recommend this action-packed Alaskan romantic thriller.
Sexual Content: The only thing that kept this from being a re-read for me were the excessive number of sex scenes. Although the first book had a few scenes, this one had a lot more. It became distracting because I tend to skip those pages, which meant I had to do a lot of skipping.
Also check out Against the Wild, Brodies of Alaska, Book #1
ALASKA – Where men are as bold and untamed as America’s last wilderness.
It’s been three years since Lane Bishop tragically lost her fiancée, and she is finally ready to risk her heart on someone else. The hot look in Dylan Brodie’s eyes says he’s going to be that man.
But when Lane flies to the remote 1930’s fishing lodge to help him renovate, she discovers a little girl who won’t speak, eerie legends and strange sounds in the night. And when she investigates the history of the lodge, she uncovers a legacy of injustice and murder.
As danger stalks his daughter and the woman he is coming to love, Dylan must risk everything to uncover the shocking truth.
About Kat Martin
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, 15 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.