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Kat Martin's Perfect Day


My Perfect Day

by Kat Martin


People often ask me what my writing day is like.  Since I'm a workaholic, most of those days are long and mentally exhausting.  I thought it might be fun to tell you what my perfect day would be. 

Aside from a day in Paris or Rome, or some other exotic location, I had a perfect day last week.  I did a little book promotion for the latest in my AGAINST series, AGAINST THE SUN, which is out May 28th, then went back to work writing the book that comes out in January of next year (AGAINST THE ODDS).  I worked straight through until five o'clock in the afternoon, writing and enjoying the view of the snow-capped mountains outside my window. 

It was one of those days where everything just seemed to fall together.  Great writing days don't happen that often so authors value them highly.  I felt tired when I wrote the last scene of the afternoon, but happy with what I'd produced. 

Because it was the first truly glorious day in Montana after a long cold winter, my husband and I decided to go on a camera safari.  We loaded some snacks into the pickup and headed up into the hills. 

In one afternoon we saw three herds of elk, hundreds of deer, three groups of sand hill cranes, osprey, Canadian geese, ducks and woodpeckers--it was an animal lover's dream.  Add to that, scenic mountain vistas that stretched as far as the eye could see.

As it started to get dark around nine p.m. (we're already getting long days this far north), we headed for the only food available for miles--Trixie's Antler Saloon.  Yup, that's right.  Trixie's will throw a steak on the grill and draw you an ice cold beer.  It's rustic, I can tell you.  But it's always fun to drop by after a day in the mountains. 

Afterward we headed home in the dark, tired, but smiling.  It was the end of a perfect day.

The next day I went back to work promoting AGAINST THE SUN, big Jake Cantrell and Sage Dumont's story, which deals with a visit to Texas by a Saudi Arabian sheik and his family,  The sheik is there to negotiate a three hundred million dollar oil-well equipment deal. 

Jake is hired to act as Sage's bodyguard and teach her the protocols she will need to know in order to complete the transaction.  Customs like not showing the bottom of her foot, which is considered an insult, or making the okay sign, which is giving someone the evil eye.

Because of the research involved in getting the customs, clothing, and attitudes of the Saudi visitors correct, AGAINST THE SUN was one of the most difficult books I've ever tackled.  I'm proud of the way it turned out.  I hope you'll look for AGAINST THE SUN and that you enjoy it. 

Love to hear what your perfect day would be.   

                             Very best wishes, Kat  


I hope you'll try AGAINST THE SUN and that you enjoy it. 

It's not in bodyguard Jake Cantrell's job description to share his suspicions with his assignments. Beautiful executive Sage Dumont may be in charge, but Jake's not on her payroll. As a former special forces marine, Jake trusts his gut, and it's telling him that there's something off about a shipment arriving at Marine Drilling International. His instinct is more ways than one.

A savvy businesswoman, Sage knows better than to take some hired gun's "hunch" as gospel. And yet she is learning not to underestimate the man her grandfather hired to protect her. Determined to prove Jake wrong, Sage does some digging of her own and turns up deadly details she was never meant to see.

Drawn into a terrifying web of lies and deceit—and into feelings they can't afford to explore—what Jake and Sage uncover may be frighteningly worse than they ever imagined.

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AGAINST THE SUN EXCERPT (and book trailer)

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deborah coonts said...

Don't you love those perfect days where the words flow and the Universe is in harmony? Sometimes it's hard to quiet the mind and open the door to inspiration. I live in Vegas; my stories are set here. A different view out my window than the one you see, but inspiring in a funny, magical way. I take my laptop to the Strip. Find a good spot (coffee shop when the words are flowing, a bar when they are not). And summon my characters. They usually show up, although some of them are a bit hard to handle:) When I'm done, I love to have friends meet me for some Vegas adventure. Then, hopefully, I'll dream of future adventures, fictional and not. Deb Coonts

Posted May 26, 2012 08:42 AM | Reply to this comment said...

I see cornfields, which remind me of forests at this time of year as I can't see any of my neighbors and the wind blows through them, making it sound like a pine-filled woodland landscape. But my perfect day is sitting on a porch with only the ocean as my view while I'm writing to my heart's content

Posted May 26, 2012 08:59 AM | Reply to this comment

Ashlyn Chase said...

I love those days when the brain seems in sinc with the fingers and the muse all at at the same time. It doesn't happen often enough for me.

Posted May 26, 2012 09:30 AM | Reply to this comment

Margie Church said...

The amazing part of those kinds of days is how they recharge your Muse. Things you saw, experienced, smelled, felt will someday add just the perfect touch to a sentence or a scene. Best wishes Kat, on the upcoming release.

Posted May 26, 2012 09:37 AM | Reply to this comment

Carolyn Brown said...

It must be the phase of the moon! I've had a wonderful week in southern Oklahoma, too. My billionaire cowboy book is finally coming together. Maybe it's because my muse spent a while in the backyard enjoying the petunias and rose moss!

Posted May 26, 2012 09:42 AM | Reply to this comment

kat martin said...

Wow! great comments. I guess I'm not the only one who feels like she needs to recharge. one day out in the quiet, open air no matter where you are just seems to fill you up. I've never tried writing in a noisy environment. louis l'amour said he could write in the middle of Sunset Strip. all the best with your new books. warmest, kat

Posted May 26, 2012 11:06 AM | Reply to this comment

Madeline Baker said...

Hi Kat ~ long time no see. Glad you're doing well. Your perfect day sounds perfect. My perfect days always include taking my dog for a walk first thing in the morning. Mandy

Posted May 26, 2012 11:48 AM | Reply to this comment

kat martin said...

hi, Madeline! I wondered what you have been up to. Now I know it's walking your dog! hope all is well. warmest, kat

Posted May 26, 2012 03:58 PM | Reply to this comment

Sheila Griffin said...

My perfect day is lazing around with a good book.

Posted May 26, 2012 08:41 PM | Reply to this comment

Parker said...

Your perfect day sounds wonderful. My perfect day...a relaxing bbq with oysters and steamers and corn on the cob--some music playing in the background and a cool game of volleyball in the pool....It just doesn't happen often enough but when it does it is oh so perfect. ;-)

Posted May 27, 2012 07:37 AM | Reply to this comment

kat Martin said...

Parker...what an interesting day! Sheila...I should have thought of that. Hope you are enjoying the long weekend. warmest, kat

Posted May 27, 2012 11:57 AM | Reply to this comment

Melody Prater said...

Kate its wonderful to read a day in your life that help charge your soul and light your mind. Everyone needs a day here and there to recharge the soul and it's is just wonderful that you shared it with your readers. That always helps the reader to feel connected. That is another great thing that pulls me to an author. It shows you are human when many seem to forget that you are not a writing machine. Congrats on another great book release!! My perfect day is going to the beach, breathing in that wonderful fresh air, feet in the sand, umbrella up, with a great book in my hand. No thoughts or worries allowed only relaxation. Then in the evening sit on the beach listening to the band play with the ocean breeze caressing you tenderly with love.

Posted May 27, 2012 03:24 PM | Reply to this comment

Heather Files said...

Kat your perfect day truly sounds perfect, Antler Saloon and all. Some days all I need to call a day perfect is for my kids to spend time together without squabbling, but really I'm with Sheila-- If I can laze with a good book for a while without interruption, I'm in heaven!

Posted May 27, 2012 09:56 PM | Reply to this comment

Jude Johnson said...

I love getting into the writing fugue. Time evaporates, words fly across the page, and I'm in another world. My perfect day is anywhere I can be with dear friends and/or family with no set plans. Just going with the flow at a baseball game, or hiking, or enjoying the precious desert breeze in the shade of the patio when it's 108 degrees (like it was last week).

Posted May 28, 2012 10:00 AM | Reply to this comment

Cynthia Harris said...

Kat, I loved your description - the high places of the world always have a special fascination, especially with all those animals and birds as well. I could picture it in my mind. My perfect day would be one when I didn't have to go to work (though I'm lucky to have a job, and it does have some lovely moments), so I too could spend time with husband and all our animals on our little farm - and get to do some writing too! Good luck with your books, Cynthia Harris

Posted May 29, 2012 04:24 AM | Reply to this comment

Pam said...

Thank you Kat for a great article. Everyone's perfect days sound wonderful. I think just letting go and getting away for a while really rejuvenates us all. Clears the mind and leaves us open to writing and concentrating on the next long as no one knocks on the door because -- well, you are home and you're only writing so you can be interrupted -- it's not like they are stopping you from working ---right? but that's a different blog isn't it? LOL

Posted May 29, 2012 08:04 AM | Reply to this comment

kat martin said...

I've loved reading these many of us need to recharge and just having a day to do something for ourselves is all it takes. someplace relaxing or with family or just somewhere like the beach. hope you all have many perfect days this summer, kat

Posted May 29, 2012 11:17 AM | Reply to this comment

Pam said...

Deb Coonts is the winner of the Kat Martin adc blog contest. Congrats Deb!

Posted June 12, 2012 07:40 AM | Reply to this comment

Sheryl Johnston replied to kat martin...

Sounds like heaven in Montanna. To be able the see beautiful snow capped mountains and all the animals would be a dream to me. When you step outside in San Antonio you feel the miserable heat that hits you in the face and the humidity. But I am a born and raised Texan. I love your books especially all the ones with Against the, etc. Can't wait for Against the Odds to come out. Hope you have a lot more series like these, romances. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts.

Posted September 1, 2012 07:48 AM | Reply to this comment

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