Monday, May 30, 2022

THE LAST Mile with Kat Martin of The Last Mile


Since my new book, THE LAST MILE, the second book in my Blood Ties Series, Gage Logan’s story, is set in Arizona, I thought it might be fun to talk about a place I’m only just getting to know. 

Most of the year, I spend my time in the mountains of Montana.  I’ve never been much of a desert person, but on a drive from California back to our Montana home, we took a detour that led us to Northern Arizona.  It’s far different from the rest of Arizona, over 5,000 feet in altitude, with mountains and pine trees all around.  So I felt a connection right away.

We ended up buying a winter home there and as I grew to love the area, I decided I wanted to write a story set in that location.  Since I hadn’t written a treasure hunt book in years, one idea morphed into another and eventually became my new novel, THE LAST MILE.

One of the most famous missing treasures, not just in Arizona, but the world, is the Lost Dutchman Mine.  The legend says it’s located in the harsh and dangerous Superstition Mountains of Arizona.  

But no matter how much I researched, I couldn’t get a clear idea of what it would be like to search for treasure in such a hostile environment.  

Located forty miles east of Phoenix, the mountains have been designated a wilderness area, with no motorized vehicles permitted.  Even from a distance, it was a chilling landscape of rocks and sheer cliffs.  With its spikey cactus, rattlesnakes, scorpions, and deadly reputation for the deaths of over two hundred people through the years, the place was definitely a good place to set a Romantic Thriller.  

Though we didn’t hike or ride horseback into the hosile interior, I was able to investigate the area around the mountains--the massive cauldron of a long dead volcano, and speak to old Dutch hunters, men who spend their live hunting for the rumored Peralta gold.  

In the novel, Gage Logan is a world renown explorer and treasure hunter.  When Abigail Holland inherits a treasure map from her grandfather, Gage is the only man she’ll consider hiring to help her find it.  It’s high action, plenty of twists and turns, and of course a passionate romance.  

Fighting flash floods, brutal winds, and men willing to kill for the treasure, Gage and Abby face the dark heart of danger--but nothing will stop them from finding the Devil’s Gold.

I hope you will look for Gage and Abby in THE LAST MILE and that you enjoy it.  

Till next time, all best and happy reading, Kat 

About the Book

The Last Mile
(Blood Ties: The Logans #2)
by Kat Martin 

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published May 31st 2022 by Kensington Books
The New York Times bestselling author pairs a woman in search of her family's truth with a hard-hitting professional treasure hunter in this taut and thrilling new book. As an unknown assailant stalks them across the treacherous Superstition Mountains in Arizona, they race to follow their treasure map’s directions to a hidden trove of gold, but will they survive the danger long enough to reach their prize?

When Abigail Holland awakes to the sound of a nighttime intruder in her rambling Denver Victorian, she knows exactly what the black shrouded figure is after—the map she recently inherited from her grandfather. Whoever he is, the man who grapples with her, then escapes, is willing to kill for the location of a treasure King Farrell hunted for more than ten years. The Devil’s Gold has claimed hundreds of lives, and it was her grandfather’s obsession.

With a killer pursuing her and her own family not to be trusted, Abby decides to take up the search herself. But she’ll need help to do it, and there’s no one better than renowned explorer and treasure hunter Gage Logan. Despite the instant chemistry between them, Gage is reluctant. Innocent people have been hurt on his watch before. But when Abby shows him a genuine gold ingot she found with the map, his curiosity is piqued. Before long they’re heading into the flash floods and brutal winds of the Superstition Mountains, straight into a passionate entanglement—and the dark heart of danger. 

About the Author

Kathleen Kelly was born on 14 July 1947 in the Central Valley of California, USA. She obtained a degree in Anthropology and also studied History at the University of California in Santa Barbara. She was a real estate broker, when she met her future husband, Larry Jay Martin. A short time after the two became acquainted, Larry asked her to read an unpublished manuscript of an historical western he'd written. Kat fell in love with both the book and the author! Then, after doing some editing for him, she thought she'd try her own hand at writing. She moved on to become a full time writer.

Published since 1988, she singed her books with her married name, Kat Martin, but she also used two pseudonyms: Kathy Lawrence for a book in collaboration with her husband Larry Jay Martin, and Kasey Mars for her first contemporary romances. The New York Times bestselling writer, among her many awards, has won the prestigious RT Book Review Magazine Career Achievement Award. To date, Kat has over eleven million copies of her books in print. She has been published in seventeen foreign countries, including England, South Africa, Spain, Argentina, Germany, Italy, Greece, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Bulgaria, China, and Korea.

Currently residing with her husband, a Western-writer and photographer, in Missoula, Montana, USA. But when they are not writing, they also enjoy skiing and traveling, particularly to Europe.

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