Kat Martin – I Love New York!

I’m missing my annual trip to New York City this year.  Which means I’m missing my city fix.  When you live twenty five miles away from the nearest town, you start to get a people-itch and nothing but being in a big, crowded, fast-moving city will cure it.

New York is my favorite.  Broadway, Times Square, great restaurants on every block.  I love to stay at the Waldorf Astoria, a hotel that oozes tradition.  It’s glamorous and charming and the rooms are all very special, with a sort of art deco flare that was popular when the hotel was built in the 30’s.

I’ve never lived in a city, except for a brief stint in Houston, which is more like an overgrown town.  It was interesting, though, and wound up being the place I set a number of my AGAINST books.  AGAINST THE ODDS, book #7, out in December is set in Houston, as well as AGAINST THE EDGE, the book to follow.

In the meantime, Kensington is re-issuing DEEP BLUE the first of September.  Conner Reese owns a salvage boat and he’s searching for Spanish sunken treasure in the Caribbean.  The last thing he needs is Hope Sinclair, a woman reporter, aboard his ship.

In a couple of days, I’ll be heading to Los Angeles.  Sort of a sprawling city, but parts of it are terrific.  I’m a big fan of Beverly Hills.  I love to people-watch there.  Walking down Rodeo Drive(forget shopping–who can afford it?) never fails to entertain.  They have cars parked on the street that cost more than most people’s houses!

So what is your favorite city and why do you like it?  I’d love to hear from you.  And I hope you’ll watch for DEEP BLUE with its sexy new hunky male cover.
Have a great summer and happy reading,  Kat

 

GIVEAWAY!  Kat is offering a copy of Deep Blue to one of today’s visitors who leaves a comment.
*** PLEASE note: Deep Blue is a RE-ISSUE with a new cover! The book was originally published in April 2005.

To whet your appetite for this terrific book, you can see a video trailer for it HERE, and read an excerpt below:

 

EXCERPT:

Hope felt the deck sway beneath her feet.  The Conquest was eighty-feet long and looked to be very well equipped.  She glanced around and spotted a fiftyish, silver-haired man walking toward her while a taller, dark-haired man followed a few feet behind.

She smiled at the first man.  “Hello, I’m Hope Sinclair.  It’s very nice to meet you.  You must be Conner Reese.”

He gave her a warm, inviting smile.  “Actually, I’m Bob Gibson, captain of the Conquest.”  He turned to the man behind him.  “This is Conner Reese.”

She tried not to stare.  If she’d had more time, she would have known everything there was to know about the partners of Treasure Limited.  As it was, she knew Brad Talbot, the money man, and she had met Eddie Markham, the owner of PleasureIsland.  This man, the head of the search operation, Conner Reese, was nothing at all what she had expected.

She extended a hand.  “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. Reese.  I’m Hope Sinclair.  I assume you’ve been expecting me.”

“Expecting you to what?”

She didn’t like his tone, or the unfriendly look in his eyes.  But she had to admit they were gorgeous, the same incredible blue as the sea.  And he was handsome.  Remarkably so.  He was wearing red swim trunks and canvas deck shoes, his chest bare and nicely sculpted with muscle.  He had a set of very impressive biceps, a lean, flat, six-pack stomach, and a pair of shoulders that would stretch the limits of a size seventeen shirt.  And he was tall, at least six-foot-two, with a very dark tan.

Still, it was obvious he wasn’t pleased to see her and that jabbed her temper.  She didn’t want to be there in the first place.  The least he could do was be pleasant.

She pasted on a smile.  “Since you weren’t told I was coming, I suppose I had better explain.  I’m a writer for Adventure magazine.  I’m here to do an article on your search for the Spanish galleon, Nuestra Senora de Rosa.  I assumed someone from the magazine would have called you.”

“Yeah, well they didn’t.  Adventure might like to do a story, but unfortunately we’re not interested.  It’s a shame you came all this way for nothing but that’s the way it is.  The last thing we need is a bunch of people finding out we’re down here looking for sunken treasure.”

She worked to keep her friendly smile in place, all the while cursing Conner Reese.  “I’m afraid you don’t understand.  I’ve been assigned to do this story and that’s what I intend to do.”  She glanced around at the ultra-modern equipment on the deck, most of it new.  “You probably have a satellite phone out here.  Why don’t you call Brad Talbot?  He can explain what’s going on.”

“Talbot?  This was Talbot’s idea?”

A noise behind them interrupted her answer.  She turned to see one of the crewman coming down from the wheelhouse holding a cell phone, a huge black man in baggy knee-length shorts and a blue-flowered shirt.  He had a chest the size of a wine cask and arms that would rival Mike Tyson’s.

“It’s for you, boss.”

Reese took the phone, flicked a glance at Hope, then turned and walked a couple of feet away.  He was angry and getting madder by the minute, speaking louder and louder until she could hear every word.

“Are you insane?  We let her write a bunch of articles about this operation and we’re going to have every amateur treasure hunter within two thousand miles breathing down our necks.  This isn’t the States, Talbot, it’s a private island.  The only laws here are the ones they make up.  We won’t have a damn bit of protection–legal or otherwise–if we start to have trespassing problems.”

Talbot said something lengthy on the other end of the line.

“This is crazy,” Reese said.  Then, “Fine–have it your way.  But don’t say I didn’t warn you.”  Reese ended the call and took a deep breath.  He handed the phone back to the big black man.  “Thanks, King.”

“No problem, boss.”

Reese turned to face her, a scowl on his handsome face.  “I guess you’re staying, since Talbot holds the purse strings.”  He gave her a perusal that went from her breasts to her toes and sent her hackles up another notch.  “But then you probably knew that already.”

Hope clamped down on a nasty retort and the captain stepped into the fray.

“Why don’t I take the lady down to her cabin?” he suggested, trying to prevent what was fast becoming a mutual dislike.

Reese gave Hope a cold, hard smile.  “I’ll take care of it.  I want to make sure our guest gets properly settled in.”

Ignoring his grim expression, Hope reached for her carry-on.  Surprisingly, Reese picked it up before she had the chance.  At least he knew how to behave like a gentleman, though she figured he usually chose not to.

She sighed as she followed his broad, muscular back along the deck to the ladder.  It was going to be a helluva long three weeks.
Deep Blue is available for purchase at  Amazon, Barnes & Noble  and Indiebound.

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Updated: August 23, 2012 — 6:34 pm

16 Comments

  1. Hi Kat! Welcome back to P&P . . . Terrific cover for “Deep Blue!”

    I’m a California girl–born and raised in Los Angeles with college at UC Berkeley. I took Los Angeles for granted when I lived there; now I miss it. Other cities on my “favorites” list include Denver for the western history and San Francisco for the old houses and beautiful views.

  2. Kat,thanks for the great post an I really enjoyed the excerpt,,thanks for sharing it with us!

  3. I’m a city girl born & raised (California) but now I live in a ‘water tower town’ and while I love the slowness of a small town, I miss the shopping and restaurants of a bigger town. My favorite ‘big city’ is Anaheim, California (I lived there until 11 years ago). I loved driving by Disneyland every day to work. I loved going to Disneyland and sitting at the end of Main Street in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle and people watch. You can pretty much bank on seeing strange and wonderful things there! 🙂

    😀 Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

  4. Hi Kat! Welcome back. I’ve never lived in a big city or even traveled to one that’s bigger than Houston. That’s more than large enough for me. New York City would probably scare me flat to death. I’m a small town girl and I love the slower pace. The only hustle/bustle here is at George’s Restaurant during lunch. LOL 🙂

    Congrats on the re-issue! It looks great. Love that handsome hunk on the cover. And the video is great. Wishing you lots and lots of success.

  5. I’ve always lived in the suburbs. I like having some land around me but I think it would be exciting to live in the city too. I live near Pittsburgh which is what I would call a very friendly city. I got to visit NYC a couple of years ago but it was only 3 days and way too short a trip. I would love to go back. I’ve been enjoying reading your excerpts from Deep Blue!

  6. I feel the same as you do about the city. I grew up in the country and now live 10 miles from the nearest small town, and 20 miles from the city which isn’t that big (65,000 at the most.). It is much further to anything of any size. I need to be able to see the mountains and have some space. We lived in Colorado Springs for 3 years, 30 years ago. It wasn’t nearly as big and congested as it is now. We were at the very edge of development on the east side of town and had a beautiful view of Pikes Peak to the west and open plains to the east. The Springs had a lot to offer and we were close enough to Denver to enjoy it whenever we wanted. We have lived in suburban Sacramento, CA and Northern Virginia near Washington, DC. There is a lot both places have to offer, but I would much rather go for a visit instead of live there. To much traffic, too many people, and all you can see are houses and the trees in the yard.

    I visited NYC with a couple of classmates that lived on Long Island while I was in college. I didn’t really get to see much. I have been trying to convince my husband to go and he has finally come around. We have vacationed too much this year, but I hope we can fit it in soon. Even our vacations tend to be to national parks and areas that aren’t too crowded.

    Thanks for the excerpt. Sounds good. Don’t seem to have this on in my TBR mountain, so I’ll have to look for it.

  7. I am not really a fan of cities… the crowds, the noise, the chaos, just is not my cup of tea. I grew up in NY and can remember going to the city only a handful of times… also went to Philly a few times… the sights are amazing, but just not for me.

  8. I live in a town of 2,000! Our nearest ‘city’ is an hour away with a whopping 8,000 people! The biggest real city is Bakersfield, CA., about 2 1/2 hour drive. Las Vegas is 5 hours south, and Reno is 5 hours north. Obviously, I don’t like cities. I think it is because there are too many people.
    My favorite City is San Francisco. I have visited it on many different occasions and love it. I haven’t been there for a number of years, but I know it is still the same, if I choose to go back. I have never wanted to visit NYC. It has to do with the ‘people’ issue. Just too many! Give me the wide open spaces and my mountains. (California Sierra).
    On an aside: My County is the second largest in the U.S., but we only have 18,000 people at any one time living in it!!!!!
    Great new cover for your book.

  9. I’ve never lived in a big city—so guess I would have to say my hometown- Most of my family lives here.

  10. I have never been to New York but maybe I will get there one day. I love the excerpt and would love to read your book, sounds wonderful.

  11. I have lived all my life within 10 miles of the small town where both my husband and I were born. It had a population of about 1200 at that time now it is about 1000. We now live on the farm where my husband grew up 3 miles from the small town of about 800. I love where we live but if I were told that I must move from Nebraska, I would choose Colorado and probably Colorado Springs although up in the mountains would probably be more to my liking.

    I love the cover of your book and although I do not recognize it as one that I have read I am looking forward to reading it.

  12. Hi Kat
    The city is a nice place to visit but I wouldn’t want to live there. Sorry you are missing your annual trip.

  13. I love to visit New Orleans-the food is unique, the people are friendly, and it has a lot of historical sites to see. However, the humidity is awful in the summer.
    I am a pesrson that likes to look out and see nothing in the way for miles and miles. I remember visiting the Seattle area and parts of Washington state where they had no horizon-you could only see trees or look up to the sky. I need the wide open spaces.
    Your book sounds really good.

  14. Hi Kat,

    I want to see New York. I have always lived in a small town. I love the country though.

    The cover of your book is wonderful.

    Melinda

  15. I’m not a fan of BIG Cities… I’m kinda claustraphobic in crowds… But I love visiting my state capital, Indianapolis… mostly because I know my way around and can find museums, pubs, art galleries, thrift/resale shops.. yum and the food is great!! If you ever get a chance to come to Indianapolis… please do!! We love visitors!

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