Thursday, May 19, 2016

Top Ten Favorite Cities with INTO THE WHIRLWIND Author, Kat Martin

"I love her books!"  
Linda Lael Miller

"Martin is superb." 
—RT Book Reviews

Please join me in welcoming Kat Martin back to Books & Benches, this time with a fun travel Top Ten and a glimpse into her newest book, Into the Whirlwind. Don't forget to scroll down to enter the book giveaway!

Into the Whirlwind
Kindle | Mass Market | Audio
A bodyguard, a bounty hunter, a private investigator, no one can handle the heat like the men of BOSS, Inc.

Megan O'Brien is at her wit's end. Her three-year-old son has been kidnapped. No police, says the ransom demand. Fearing for her son's life, Meg has no choice but to turn to her former bodyguard, Dirk Reynolds.

Dirk's never forgiven Meg for the way she left him after their brief affair. But with bounty hunter Luke Brodie on his side, Dirk knows he's got to help Meg rescue her son.

The few clues they’ve gathered send them spiraling into a murky world of big banking and international crime. Meg may be way out of her depths, but she’s seeing a side of Dirk she never suspected—one no woman could possibly resist.

Print Length: 400 pages 
Publisher: Zebra
Release Date: May 31, 2016

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Top Ten Favorite Cities
by Kat Martin

I love to travel.  I was fortunate to marry a man who also enjoys seeing the world.

Though it is difficult to choose my ten favorite cities, Paris would be city #1. There is no more romantic place on earth. Charming streets, a beautiful language, and fabulous food.

City #2 is Rome. Roman palaces and temples right in the middle of the city!  And more amazing food!

City #3 is Athens. Walking along the sidewalk, “Oh, look!  There’s part of an ancient temple sticking out of the middle of the street!”  It’s definitely unique. 

City #4 is Venice. Winding narrow cobbled streets and traveling by water everywhere--how fantastic is that?

City #5  Stockholm.  Another beautiful city whose buildings overlook vast expanses of water.  Interesting history there, as well.

City #6  Our own New York City.  I love the vibrancy, the energy that keep you out late and won’[t let you slow down until well after midnight.  Plus it’s a very patriotic place to visit.

City #7  Barcelona. Beautiful wrought iron grill work reminiscent of New Orleans.  People there are very friendly.

City #8  San Francisco. The most stunning views of the bay and some fantastic restaurants.

City #9  Quebec. What a lovely French city and it’s just over the border in Canada.  Fascinating place to visit.

City #10  London. I’ve written a number of historical novels set in England.  I fell in love with London on my first trip over.  

As I look at these, I would probably have to mix them up and start again.  All of them are fabulous places to visit and I can think of a dozen more.

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my travels and that you’ll watch for my new book, Into the Whirlwind.  Till then, all best and happy travels, Kat

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Hello Friends, 

Next up for me is INTO THE WHIRLWIND, the second of my BOSS Inc, novels!  It’s Megan and Dirk’s wild and tumultuous story; one of personal favorites.  And ya gotta love the cover!! It hits the shelves May 31st. I just received the review from RT BOOK REVIEWS, and thought I would share it with you along with a peek inside the cover of INTO THE WHIRLWIND.

“The second in the BOSS, Inc. series continues to excite! If you enjoy taught page-turners with powerful and protective alpha males, you’ve found one. The main characters have fiery chemistry and are evenly matched, making the intensity and intrigue all the more thrilling. Readers have come to expect steamy sex and plenty of suspense from Martin, and this series provides it in abundance!” —RT BOOK REVIEWS

Megan O'Brien parked at the end of the gravel driveway and quietly got out of her compact SUV.  Through the trees, she could hear the roar of a chainsaw, hear see two-by-fours going up to form the sides of the house under construction.
     The garage was already finished, undoubtedly full of Dirk's toys, including a Harley and a custom Dodge Viper.  In the summer, he kept a boat docked on the lake below the house.
     Though two other men were hard at work, her gaze went straight to Dirk.  Hammer in hand, carpenter's belt dangling low on his waist, he was shirtless, though the January air was chill.

     Hard muscle flexed across his back and shoulders as he pounded in a nail with an ease that said how many times he had done it.  Long, sinewy muscles outlined by the soft fabric of his jeans stretched and moved as he worked on his house.
     Meg's gaze went over the familiar dragon tattoo that wound over one shoulder and inched up the side of his neck.  The colored ink seemed right with the sexy, short-cropped, horseshoe mustache that framed his mouth and curved down to his jaw, making him look like the hard, tough man he was.
     Even her terrible fear for her son couldn't block the memories of how it had felt to lie with him.  Couldn't lessen the yearning that burned through her body just at the sight of him.
     On the fashion show tour, Dirk had been her bodyguard, and though every instinct had warned her not to get involved with him, the fierce attraction between them was impossible to resist.
     Once the tour returned home, Meg had ended the affair.  Dirk Reynolds was wild and fierce while she was a single mother with a son to raise.  She had duties, responsibilities.
     She couldn't have Dirk Reynolds.   
     But she had never gotten over Dirk.
     Meg steeled herself and headed along the gravel driveway toward the house he was rebuilding after the fire that had nearly killed him five months ago.  One thing she knew, Dirk Reynolds was a hard man to kill.
     Which was the reason she had swallowed her pride and her heartache and come to him.  She needed him, trusted him as she never had another man.  Her little boy's life depended on gaining this man's help.  This man she had loved and rejected.
     She stepped out of the foliage and started toward him.  With Dirk's usual keen senses, he turned, alert that someone was there, though the buzz of the saw hid the sound of her footsteps.
     For several long moments, he just stared, watching as she approached.  He was six-two, his body lean and sculpted.  Wavy dark brown hair curled at the nape of his neck.  She forced herself to keep walking, even as his jaw locked and a fierce scowl darkened his face.
     Dirk grabbed a faded blue work shirt and shrugged it on, covering most of his amazing chest.  He didn't bother fastening the buttons, just strode toward her, blocking her view of the house.
     He stopped right in front of her.  "What are doing here, Meg?"
     "I need to talk to you.  It''s urgent."
     "You're trespassing.  What do you want?"
     She swallowed, fought to stay strong.  He didn't want her there.  She had known he wouldn't.  Known he thought of her only with contempt.  She wished he would hold her the way he used to when she was afraid.  "I...I want to hire you."
     The corner of his mouth edged into a ruthless half smile.  "What for?  Stud service?"
     She wanted to cry.  She wanted to beg his forgiveness.  Tell him she had never forgotten him.  That she never would. She knew it wouldn't matter to Dirk.  Not anymore.
     It didn't matter.  Nothing mattered, but saving the life of her son.
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The Author

New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History.  She is married to L.J. Martin, author of western, non-fiction, and suspense novels.

Kat has written more than sixty-five novels.  Sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries, including Japan, France, Germany, Argentina, Greece, China, Russia, and Spain.

Born in Bakersfield, California, Kat currently resides in Missoula, Montana, on a small ranch in the beautiful Sapphire mountains.

Her last 10 books have hit the prestigious New York Times bestseller list.  AGAINST THE WILD, AGAINST THE SKY, AGAINST THE TIDE and INTO THE FURY her latest release, took top ten spots. 

Visit Kat's website at
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Images: Travel photos from Pixabay


  1. Welcome back to Books & Benches, Kat!

  2. I would like to win a copy of Into the Whirlwind, thank you for the giveaway!