Day 28 Kat Martin – The Romantic Journey

What Does Romance Matter?

Why does the romance genre dominate book sales? It’s a question that dozens of people have tried to answer. On Valentine’s Day, article after article attempts to explore the concept. Non-fiction books are written about it, essays are printed. Internet sites chat about it.

The truth is there is no single answer.

From the time we’re teenagers, we’re thinking about finding a mate. When we’re old and alone, our spouse long gone, we’re remembering the romantic days when we fell in love, the days we spent with someone who loved us.

From the start, it’s a journey fraught with perils. Today, with people living in cities, the odds of finding the right mate are mind-boggling. Thousands of bars and restaurants, millions of people all searching for someone. People turn to Internet dating to improve their chances of finding a person with the same interests…someone they might have a chance to love.

The same journey happens in a Romance novel and it’s fraught with even more peril. As the reader turns the pages, for a brief time, he or she gets to feel all the wonderful emotions a man or woman feels when they fall in love.

In my latest book, AGAINST THE MARK, the ninth in my AGAINST series, Tyler Brodie, a private investigator, meets Haley Warren, the woman who hires him to find the truth about her father’s murder. The child of a broken home, Haley has no interest in romance. She doesn’t believe in happy endings.

But Ty is a hard man to resist. Carefree and fun-loving on the surface, Ty is ex-military, a man who knows how to handle himself in a tough situation. A man nearly irresistible to women. Ty wants Haley, and it doesn’t take long for her to realize that she wants him. But Haley is afraid to risk her heart. It takes nearly getting killed before Haley realizes that love is worth the risk.

The best part about reading a Romance is that from the very first page, the reader secretly knows that whatever perils this couple faces, whatever suffering they endure, will be worth it.

Because by the last page of the book, these lovers are going to get the happy ending they deserve, the forever kind of love we all dream of finding.I hope you’ll watch for Ty and Haley in AGAINST THE MARK, out September lst. And in June of next year watch for Ty’s cousin, Dylan Brodie, in AGAINST THE WILD, the first of three Against books set in Alaska.
Till then very best wishes and happy reading,


Questions for Kat:

What is the craziest or ugliest object in your house, and why do you keep it?

In our living room, we have a four-foot high block of wood carved in the shape of a monk.  It’s there because we bought it on a favorite trip, two weeks in Brazil.  It’s  ugly but it has great memories.  Luckily our living room is big enough that it doesn’t stand out.

If there was a movie made about your life, what would it be called? (And just for fun, who would play you?)

Rollercoaster Ride or Never a Dull Moment.  Starring Reese Witherspoon.

What is the best non-monetary gift you ever received?

Being from a poor family, it was the chance to attend the University of California in Santa Barbara.  My mom helped me with the paperwork and getting a student loan–which I later repaid.

If you had to pick one romantic scene or couple to recommend to a first-time reader of YOUR books, which would it be? (Any picks for romance novels in general?)

I love writing sexy romance scenes when making love is part of the developing relationship between the hero and heroine.  There are some fun sex scenes in Hot Rain.  Also some powerful scenes with Chance McLain in The Secret.  Truth is, in the best books I read, I don’t really remember the sex scenes as a separate part of the book, just an integral part of the story.


You are reading this essay at Be sure to visit the About Read-A-Romance Month to learn more, or the Authors & Contributors page to see a list of all the great romance writers who are participating in celebrating the romance genre during the month of August.

Kat is generously donating two copies of Against the Mark to US readers (apologies to International audience).  To enter the domestic contest, either leave a comment here or enter the weekly drawing on the contest page. Or both.  (Only one entry per commenter per post, though – multiple comments on one essay does not give you more chances.)  Comment entries must be posted by 11:59pm EST Aug 28 to be eligible, though winners will be announced at a later date.

Also visit the Awesome Contests page to register this week to win a Kindle Paperwhite and “A Month of Romance” (31 books) from Amazon Montlake, or  the Grand Central Grand Prize, an iPad mini. If you love romance, then this is the place to be!

Currently living near Missoula, Montana, Kat Martin is the bestselling author of over fifty-five Historical and Contemporary Romance novels, notably the recent NYT romantic suspense AGAINST series. Before she started writing in 1985, Kat was a real estate broker. During that time, she met her husband, L. J. Martin, also an author with over 33 book length works. Kat is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. “I love anything old,” Kat says. “I love to travel and especially like to visit the places where my books are set. My husband and I often stay in out-of-the-way inns and houses built in times past. It’s fun and it gives a wonderful sense of a by-gone era.”

To date, Kat has over fifteen million copies of her books in print. She is published more than two dozen foreign countries and nearly as many languages.


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