Kat Martin’s All time favorite movies

Since Academy Awards Night is one of my favorite evenings, I thought it might be fun to talk movies.  Old favorites, new favorites, worst picks of all time.

Let’s start with the positive.  Who doesn’t love ETStar WarsGone with the WindWizard of Oz?  They’re classics, never to be forgotten.

Sometimes I look back and realize some of the books I’ve written were probably inspired by films I had seen and loved.  Gone with the Wind, at least the pre-civil war time in the South, elegant hoop skirts and Georgia mansions led to Captain’s Bride and Creole Fires.  I went on to follow Creole Fires with Savannah Heat and Natchez Flame.  Actually stayed in a gorgeous old plantation house inNatchez built in the 1840’s.

I’m a Star Trek fan, a total Trekie.  Maybe that’s how I got interested in UFO’s and wound up writing Season Of Strangers.  I did a ton of research for that one and was amazed to find myself convinced there’s a very good possibility UFOs are real.

I love Western movies.  Quigley Down Under with Tom Selleck is a personal all-time favorite (if you haven’t seen Tom in a pair of chaps you are really missing out!).  There’s a scene in my book, The Secret, a modern-day Western set inMontana, that was definitely inspired by the movie.  I’m excited that the publisher is re-issuing the book next year.

I loved True Grit, both versions, love some of the great old Westerns like Wagon Master, Wagons West, Brigham Young.  My husband, who still writes Western novels, and I belong to Western Writers of America.  We love attending the conferences and plan to be in Albuquerque, New Mexico mid-June this year.

I love high action adventure movies.  Old ones like The African Queen with Humphrey Bogart and Kathryn Hepburn, new ones like Taken, with Liam Neeson.  The plot for my new book, Against the Night, may have developed from the abduction theme of the movie.

Against the Night is Johnnie Riggs’s story, a fish out of water tale about a kindergarten teacher who braves the LA underworld to find her missing sister.  Its clear Amy needs help, and John Riggs is just the man for the job.  Unfortunately, Johnnie is more interested in Amy’s luscious little body than the money she can’t afford to pay him.

It’s a romp that starts on L.A.’s Sunset Strip and travels all the way to the tropical jungles of Belize, a fast-paced, high-action, hot-blooded adventure I’m hoping readers will enjoy half as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Here’s the back cover copy:

He knows what goes on in the dark.

She’s got the face of an angel and the body of…well, isn’t that what he’d expect from an exotic dancer? But there’s something about this girl that Johnnie Riggs can’t shake. The former army ranger is hot on the trail of an elusive drug lord—and suddenly very hot under the collar, as well.

Amy’s got her own agenda to pursue: her sister is missing and Amy seems to be the only one who cares. She’ll enlist Johnnie’s help and do her best to ignore her growing attraction to finally get some answers. But when the two trails begin to converge and reveal something even more sinister than they imagined, their mutual desire is the least of their problems. They’ll bring the truth to light…or die trying.

Johnnie is a hunk and the cover of the book looks just like him.  I hope you’ll watch for Against the Night and other of the books in my AGAINST series.  Out the end of May is AGAINST THE SUN, Jake Cantrell’s story, another fast-paced, heart-pounding tale.

In the meantime, have fun and happy reading.

Warmest, Kat


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19 thoughts on “Kat Martin’s All time favorite movies”

  1. Hi Kat and welcome to P&P. You have posted some really great movies here. I will have to say the Gone With the Wind is my all time favorite. I watched it back last summer when it was on TV and enjoyed it all over again. The book was awesome too.

    AGAINST THE NIGHT sounds like a really great book and I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for sharing with us today!

  2. Ooo a new “Against” story! Have, and have read, all the others and I’m looking forward to this one!

    I’ve never seen or read “Gone With The Wind”. *ducks*

  3. Good Morning

    Love your books. One of my all time favorites is the Ten Commandments. I love Charlton Heston. no one can do a western like Clint all time favorite is High Plains Drifter. Guess I am showing my age (lol)

    OzKnitter how could you have never seen Gone with the Wind. (lol) Please do yourself a favor and watch the movie.

  4. Good Morning Kat! Against the Night sounds great! Love your books and always look forward to a new one.

    Gone With The Wind, Love Comes Softly and Jane Eyre are some of my favorite movies, and I love Quigley Down Under too (Tom Selleck is always great!)

  5. One of my fav westrns with Tom Selleck is the The Sacketts TV series, with Sam Elliot.. Now there is a fine pair of men, also Paul Newman and Robert Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid..
    I can not wait to read this new book..
    Thanks for sharing your Saturday..

  6. Kat, welcome back to our neck of the woods. We always love having you. Your list of favorite movies almost matches mine. Except I have Lonesome Dove, Open Range, and Rooster Cogburn on mine. And TV westerns, don’t even get me started. My list is a mile long.

    I’m glad to see you have a new Against book out. Yay! I just finished AGAINST THE STORM. I loved Trace Rawlins and Maggie O’Connell. They were absolutely made for each other. And the suspense killed me, even though I liked how you kept the identity secret to the end. Sure kept me turning the pages.

  7. I have read all your other Against books and am looking forward to reading this one as well as Against the Sun.

  8. I have a list of about 15-20 all time favorite movies but on the top of my list is a little known movie called Forever Young (has a younger Mel Gibson before he went wacko). It has humor, suspense, paranormal and above all a wonderful romance. I have so enjoyed your books and this one sounds wonderful too.

  9. Love GWTW both as the movie and the book… read my copy so many times it is falling apart… another movie I enjoy over and over again is Calamity Jane.

  10. Good moning ya’ll! I’m in
    sunny Ca this morning so gettting a little later start. Great comments. Looks like Gone with the Wind wins hands down. I love all the old westerns. You guys have reminded me of some of my very favs. And Sam Elliot?? how could I have left him out. And Eastwood. Yum. High Plains Drifter…one of the sexiest almost-rape scenes I have every seen. Linda– glad you liked Storm. Hope you like Night! love ya, kat

  11. I don’t watch movies, so have no favorite.
    I have read all the Against books and am looking forward to this one.

  12. Late to the party as usual. I like many of the movies you mentioned. African Queen is a favorite. The chemistry between Hepburn and Bogart is wonderful. As for Tom Selleck, he is great in everything he plays. His solid presence in Blue Bloods makes it one of the series on TV.

    I have enjoyed many of your books over the years. The first one I read was PERFECT SIN and followed it with WICKED PROMISE. Memorable characters, vivid scenes, and stories that have more than enough twists and turns to keep you interested and wondering what will happen. I have one or two books in the AGAINST series and am waiting for them all to come out. I prefer to read a series in close sequence. It keeps the characters and story arc fresh in my mind. That and I don’t have the patience when I start reading a series to wait for the next book to come out.
    I look forward to reading many more of you books, and will be looking for some of your early ones that I missed.

  13. Westerm movies I like are Across the Great Divide and Dances With Wolves.

    I’d like to see how Amy handles Johnnie and the drug lord. She sounds like she has a lot of gumption!

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