About Into the Fury
Take death threats against ten of La Belle’s most beautiful lingerie models as they travel the country on a widely publicized fashion show tour, mix with macho bodyguards, throw in murder, mayhem, copycat killers, and millions of dollars in diamonds, and you have INTO THE FURY, Kat Martin’s newest Brodie novel.
Ethan Brodie goes head-to-head with Valentine Hart in this novel of intrigue, fast-paced action, and steamy romance.
Guest Post: Traveling for Research
I’ve always loved to travel. I’m fortunate to have married a man who enjoys it as much as I do…or maybe being adventurous was an unspoken quality I was looking for in a man.
Since I live in rural Montana, a twenty five miles to the nearest movie theater–I especially love going to the city.
INTO THE FURY is set in Seattle. When ten of La Belle lingerie’s most beautiful models receive death threats, its bodyguard Ethan’s Brodie’s job to protect them. Ethan goes toe to toe with bombshell blonde, Valentine Hart, in a fast-paced novel of action, adventure, and steamy romance.
I knew the story I wanted to tell, but I needed a starting point. From where we live, Seattle is the closest place I can go to get my “city fix.” Plus it’s a gorgeous place to visit, surrounded by the ocean and dozens of interesting islands, wonderful restaurants and great hotels.
Since Nick Brodie, my hero in AGAINST THE SKY, had moved to Seattle at the end of the book to get married and take a job with Brodie Operations Security Services, I decided to set my next three books there.
Ian Brodie owns the company the guys call BOSS, Inc. Nick’s cousins Ethan and Luke also work there, an office just chock full of hunky guys.
One of the things that made Seattle ideal for the trilogy was the interesting diversity of the people who live there, which also means different sorts of crimes.
I knew the area, since we go there often. I was able to use hotels we had stayed in and restaurants like the gorgeous El Gaucho, where we’ve dined and is very romantic.
Along with the trips to Seattle, I researched the criminal activity in the area and also used Google Earth to refresh my memory or help with locations I was less familiar with. Traveling for research can bring excitement, adventure, or just simple insight into a place different from where you live.
INTO THE FURY hit bookshelves on January 26, 2016 and is available in all e-book formats.
I hope you’ll watch for INTO THE FURY and that you enjoy it. Next up, INTO THE WHIRLWIND out May 31, followed by INTO THE FIRESTORM.
Till then, all best and happy reading. Warmest, Kat
As always, I enjoyed catching up with the Brodies. I wish Kat would bring a few home from Seattle to brighten up our Montana night life! (Just kidding, Kat.) This is a fast-paced book with enjoyable characters who are quirky enough to not be stereotypes, and reliable enough to be the heroes we long to be and meet.
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Excerpt from Kat Martin’s Into the Fury
Worry rode Ethan’s shoulders all the way across town. What if the murdered woman had been Valentine? What if she was the killer’s next target? Thinking of Samantha’s beautiful friend lying dead made his stomach burn. He’d promised to protect her. If something happened, what would he say to Sam?
He was in a dark frame of mind when he climbed out of the Jeep and pushed through the door of the Perfect Pup. What the hell was a pampered woman like Valentine doing at a dog grooming parlor on the day of the fashion show?
He scoffed. Probably having ribbons tied on the topknot of some little rat dog. Maybe one of those prissy little lap-poo whatever the hell they were called.
No one was behind the counter in the waiting area, but he could hear feminine laughter at the back of the shop. At the door to one of the shampoo rooms, he spotted Samantha’s mop of nutmeg curls as she shampooed a gigantic white dog. A blond woman worked next to her, both of them up to their elbows in soapy water.
Ethan jolted to a halt as the great beast leaped out of the tub, soap bubbles flying, knocking down the taller woman, who went sprawling on her behind, the wet dog landing on top of her.
She let out a squeal of laughter matched by Samantha’s burst of hilarity. Ethan just stared. Good Christ, it was Valentine Hart.
“Hi, Ethan.” Samantha grinned. “That’s Harry.” Just then the dog gave a mighty shake, sending a barrage water droplets flying.
Sam and Valentine broke into fresh gales of laughter. Valentine’s dimples popped out and Ethan couldn’t stop staring. Her soggy T-shirt clung to a pair of perfect breasts, but it was the joy in her pretty blue eyes that made his chest feel tight.
He reached down to help her up, and she grabbed hold. As he pulled her to her feet, he felt a jolt all the way to his low-topped boots.
“Thanks,” she said, smiling.
Ethan couldn’t stop a smile in return. “You’re just full of surprises, Ms. Hart.” His gaze traveled from her messy ponytail, down her long, jean-clad legs, to a pair of worn sneakers.
Behind him, Samantha snapped Harry onto a leash and the big dog politely sat down.
“I think it’s time I introduced you two,” Sam said. “Ethan, this is Valerie Hartman. Valentine Hart is her stage name. She’s not really a model. I mean, she is, but it’s only temporary. Val’s actually a student at the university. She’s studying to be a veterinarian.”
Feeling like a fool, he turned to the pretty blonde. “I think maybe we should start over. I’m Ethan Brodie.” He stuck out a hand. “It’s nice to meet you, Valerie.”
She shook his hand. “Valerie Hartman. A pleasure, Ethan. You…umm…came here to see me,” she reminded him. “What’s going on?”
The moment of levity was over. He was there to keep her safe. “I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news, Val. Earlier this morning, Delilah Larsen was found murdered in her apartment.”
“Oh, my God.” Her eyes widened as the possibility sank in. “It wasn’t…wasn’t the guy who wrote those notes?”
“There’s a chance it was. That’s why I’m here. From now on, Val, you’re under my protection.”
About Kat Martin
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, and AGAINST THE TIDE her latest release, took top ten spots.