Research Can Really Be a Bitch by Kat Martin – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Research Can Really Be A Bitch
(But it’s worth it)

As an author, sometimes what you think is going to be a great idea for a novel turns into a great big UGH! That’s what happens when the research takes over your life and you have a whole lot more work to do than you had planned. Not that it isn’t usually interesting.

INTO THE WHIRLWIND, the second book in my BOSS, INC. Trilogy, is Megan O’Brien and Dirk Reynolds’s story. When Meg’s three-year-old son is kidnapped, the former lingerie model goes to the only man she trusts, private investigator, Dirk Reynolds, her former bodyguard, the man who was still owns her heart. Desperate, unsure after treating Dirk badly that will help, Meg is willing to risk everything to save little Charlie.

But Dirk understands how much Meg’s little boy means to her. Teaming up with Luke Brodie, a BOSS, Inc. bounty hunter, Dirk and Meg follow clues that led them into the murky world of gambling, high powered international crime, and terrible danger.

The story sounded great in my head. What I didn’t count on was the research it would entail to tell the international crime part of the novel. As I started digging around for possible scenarios, reading information on crime in South America, I stumbled across a friend who had recently traveled in the area I was thinking of using for a portion of the book.

Over a bottle of wine one night, I was able to convince him to tell me a little about his travels through the area, which is famous for being home to Nazi’s who fled World War II.

As you can imagine, my sensors went on high alert. How could I weave something like that into my story? How hard would doing the research turn out to be?

Plenty hard, I discovered, but as in other of my stories, the research is often invaluable in making the plot credible and interesting.

I researched time frames, various landscapes, lifestyles, and a whole lot of everything else. Along with a hero and heroine I completely fell in love with, a love story that made me tear up on occasion, INTO THE WHIRLWIND became one of my favorite novels.

I hope you’ll look for INTO THE WHIRLWIND and that you enjoy it. If you haven’t read INTO THE FURY, Ethan and Valentine’s story, I hope you’ll look for that, too.

Till next time, all best and happy reading, Kat

6_1 kat Into-the-Whirlwind-cover-(3A 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.

About the Author:6_1 Kat-Martin-(500x350New 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.

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  1. I love research. It can be challenging.
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