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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  • Melanie Backus

    We all want love and to be loved and if we can spend a lifetime with our mate doing just that, then how fortunate we are. Thank you for what you do!

  • Laurie W G

    My 47 yo S-I-L is still looking for the man of her dreams. I believe she will find her soul mate.

    I enjoy the variety of romance genres that are available. I select a book to read according to my mood. I love knowing that the couple will work out their problems and find a HEA ending. I started with your books INNOCENCE UNDONE & NOTHING BUT VELVET many years ago. Thanks!

  • Cheryl C.

    I live vicariously through books. I get to travel to exotic places, other times, meet extraordinary people and fall in love over and over again. I’ll never understand people who don’t like to read.

  • MK

    “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.” I’ve not been able to articulate that before, but you are totally correct!! Thank you for verbalizing it, so I could have a doh! moment

  • Nancy Huddleston

    I need to read you again. It has been years. Thanks for reminding me of a great author.

  • Kim Cornwell

    Kat Martin is in my top 5 favorite authors! I love reading her books. As soon as I start, I can’t put her books down. The suspense and romance combined just keeps me going! Thanks for stopping by Kat and sharing!

  • Valerie

    I love your books, thank you for participating in this.

  • Tonda Galloway Hargett

    I just love romance novels. To me, the whole book can be one ongoing romantic scene!

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I love your books. 🙂

  • Karin Anderson

    It’s funny, the Against series is my favorite series by you. I absolutely love the Raine brothers. 😀

    *I already have the book, so don’t enter me in today’s contest.

  • mariannewestrich

    You’re right – we know the book will give us a satisfying ending even as we trudge through the trials with the characters. If only life were that certain! 😎 But then again, that exactly answers why we read romance – we need that certainty!!!

  • Lisa Glidewell

    Thank you for being here today! I am one who does read all different genres. Yet, certain genres are hard for some people to read, the words just don’t seem to flow. Romance writers have a way of writing that allow the words to flow. They don’t require a dictionary or the internet for the reader to sit down and enjoy a book. Romance novels allow you to sit back, read and forget about the crazy world around us! : )

  • Bette Hansen

    Thanks Kat…I love your against series. Just the right mix of action suspense and romance. The Alaskan set sounds great.

  • Kareni

    Thanks for your post, Ms. Martin. I look forward to reading one of the books in your new series.

  • Linda Scarchuk

    I love all your books, and so true! When I start a romance book I am in waiting to see how the “fun” begins and I wait for the tension…thanks for writing great stories!

  • glittergirl54

    Oh you hit the mark — Whatever the risks, it will be worth it…They will find their forever love. I love reading romance. It does give me hope and in the end I get that sigh of contentment. Thank you for adding excitement and love to our readers’ lives.

  • girlygirlhoosier52

    Yup. Right on the mark and why I love reading romance.

  • Erlinda Mejia

    I have thoroughly enjoyed your books over the years, each one better than the last. Thank you for sharing your talent and stories with us and for participating in this project.

  • Larena Hubble

    I think the HEA’s are one of the reasons romances are so popular. Not to mention they give the reader hope too that they can find the same kind of love.

  • helena rizzuto

    I came across you as an author by accident. I accidentally grabbed your book and figured.. eh ill just read it. And I’ve got to say…. thank god for that. I love the mystery romances you write. I’ve pestered my librarian to order some more. Now she sends me notices when your new books come in..

  • Joanne Ozment

    Love your Against series. Currently reading Against the Mark. Can’t wait for the next one’s.

  • Janie

    Congrats to Kat on the new release. So happy that there will be more Against books to look forward to.

  • Cyndee Martin

    Kat happy to here there are many fun books out and coming!
    You are right though I don’t think that there is just one reason that people buy romance. It depends on your ever changing place in the ride of life!

  • Peni Anne

    How do you find the popularity of dressers (ebooks) changing the demographics of your readers?

  • catslady

    This sounds like another wonderful series!

  • Beth Re

    Thank you for sharing

  • Rosemarie N.

    Love, love, love your Against Series! Going to buy Against the Mark this week. I have all them plus a few more of your books. Love your writing it has a bit of everything for everyone. Each book gets better and better. Keep the great writing coming . Thank you.

  • Ann Mettert

    Love your stuff. 🙂

  • Briana Hammonds

    Absolutely adore your Against series and you’re right. There’s just something beautiful about knowing that no matter what the challenges are, there’s going to be a happy ending. It’s inspirational in a way & I think we’re all holding out for our own personal hero.

  • Britney Adams

    I can’t wait to start reading your AGAINST series!!

  • kat martin

    OMG! What wonderful comments! Reading this is a terrific, uplifting way to start my day. Clearly we all love romance and I read a ton of them myself. There was an interesting question in the comments about ebooks. I know personally it has been hard for me to compete in such a crowded market, but maybe if I can get some new readers through ebook sales, the lower prices that are paid to authors will average out in the long run. A big problem for me is as hard as I work, I can only produce two books a year. Many of the ebook authors write 5, 6, even ten or more. Lots more books for readers to chose from. So glad you are enjoying my Against series. kat

    • Thank you, again, for being here Kat! We have some great romance fans in the crowd, and I am so glad some of them have already discovered you, and others now have! xoxo

  • MaryC

    Love the AGAINST series!

  • Marcy Shuler

    Against the Mark sounds great. Thanks for participating in RARM.

  • Great essay, Kat! Thank you so much for your thoughts on why romance matters. 🙂

  • Laura

    Agree completely- I love anticipating the end, wondering how is this gonna work out.

  • kat martin

    you guys have really been great. of course Romance is my favorite topic. I’m thrilled readers have been so enthusiastic about the Against books because I have already written Dylan Brodie and Lane Bishop’s story. Against the Wild is out next June. I am doing all three Brodie brothers who live in Alaska.
    Bobbi– thanks so much for having me. Hope you all enjoy Against the Mark love ya, kat

  • Stephanie M.

    Thank you for your essay. I’ve added you to my TBR list. 🙂

  • Elizabeth Gray

    Romance, or romantic suspense, are my go-to books if I want to unwind from paranormals. I have enjoyed the Against series and look forward to many more.

  • Ann

    Great post! Thank you.

  • Nancy

    Well, apparently I should start the Against series based on everyone’s comments. Great essay – watching two characters form a relationship and fall in love is my favorite part too.

  • Meredith Richardson

    You’re a new author for me which is great because I’m always looking for great new reads. I can’t wait to check out your books, especially the Against Series.

    • kat martin

      Meredith–hope you enjoy and thanks for trying me.

  • Glenda

    I’ve only read your historicals and loved them. 🙂 I’d love for them all to be available in ebook format! Looking forward to reading some of your contemporaries.

    • kat martin

      They are all coming in ebook, starting in the fall, I think, as they are being re-issued with incredible new covers. thanks for your interest!

      • Glenda

        GREAT!! Thanks!

  • Sue G.

    Haven’t read any of Kat Martin’s books but this one sounds interesting.

    • kat martin

      Sue– Hope you will give me a try!

  • rebecca moe

    I love the Against books! Can’t wait to read the latest 🙂

  • Mary McCoy

    I can’t wait for Against in Alaska! Thank you for your post and your books!

  • leah g

    I will have to check out your books. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • Ketta Peters

    I’ll second the previous comment about getting your historicals out in ebook format! Your travels sound wonderful, thanks for a fun post.

  • Marcia Berbeza

    I had a friend who posed the question, “Why do you read all of those romances?” The attraction somehow eluded her. After all, I’ve been married for 35 years, I have a happy, healthy sex life, WHY indeed, do I need romance in just about everything I read? And the answer quite simply is that it makes me feel good. I like it. Without analyzing it any further, I like it. Thanks for providing a comforting safety blanket in times of stress!

    • kat martin

      Perfect answer

  • BookLady

    Love your books! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on romance.

  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    Hi Kat, Congratulations on your new release! I loved your comment:
    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.

    I am a UCLA girl myself and also came from a family of little means. The University of California system is very close to my heart because of the chance it strives to give to so many deserving students. Now it must run in the family because our son just started his second year at UC Berkeley Law School. Go Bruins! Go Bears! What is UCSB’s mascot? Go them, too!

    • kat martin

      the Gauchos! we were not much of a football school, but heckuva bunch of surfers!

      • Flora Segura-Buchler

        Love it! Go Gauchos/Surfers!

  • Kim

    Thanks for the post! Against the Mark sounds like a good book!

  • E.L. F.

    Congrats on the new release–sounds like another of your great stories…and thanks for the giveaway!

  • Anne

    Thanks for the essay.

  • kat martin

    I really loved this chance to blog with readers. It’s been great. I would love it if you would got to my website and sign up for my mailing list so we could keep in touch. Very best and have a great Labor Day weekend.

  • Michelle Fidler

    The book sounds good. I like murder mysteries and detectives.

  • Pamby50

    I loved that your mom helped you fill out forms to go to college. That when traveling you & your husband stay in out the way inns. Do those out of the way places make it into your books? Look forward to reading one of yours.

  • c owens

    love your books.

  • J.J.

    When I first read Kat Martin’s book, it was the Bride Trilogy, since then I’ve read everything that came out, both HR and CR. 😉

  • kat martin

    J.J. and C.J. thanks so much. Pam–sometimes those visits pay off. Against the Wild, my next Against book, is set in Alaska. We spent two months up there. Michelle, hope you’ll give me a try

  • Jen C

    I liked what you had to say, and it goes along with one of the reasons I like reading romance — while there are definitely surprises and dramatic turns throughout the journey, I know when I read a romance that I will feel happy at the end. There is so much uncertainty about the life we live, having that bit of certainty sure does help.

  • Cindy A

    I NEED a happy ending. I read romance because I know there will be one. Thanks for your books!