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Martin, Kat

Kathleen Kelly Martin (aka Kathy Lawrence, Kasey Mars) Kathleen Kelly was born on 14 July 1947 in the Central Valley of California, USA. She obtained a degree in Anthropology and History from 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 A short time after the two became acquainted, Larry asked her to read an unpublished manuscript of an historical western he'd written.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. Punlished since 1988, she singed her books with her married name, Kat Martin, but she also used two pseudonyms: Kathy Lawrence for a book incollaboration with her husband Larry Jay Martin, and Kasey Marx 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. "I've always loved books. I was an avid reader, with any number of my own stories rolling around in my head. Writing them down seemed a logical step." "I love anything old," Kat says. "I love to travel and especially like to visit the places where my books are set. My husband and I often stay in out-of-the-way inns and houses built in times past. It's fun and it gives a wonderful sense of a by-gone era."

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Gypsy Lord

Written By: Martin, Kat

Book Cover of Gypsy Lord by Martin, Kat

He was Dominic Edgemont, Lord Nightwyck, heir to the Marquis of Gravenwold. But he was also a dark-eyed, half-gypsy bastard... When tall, handsome Dominic sees one of his Romany band whipping a beautiful, flame-haired captive, he never dreams she is a pampered heiress stolen fro the English court. To have her, he will pay a king's ransom and make himself her lord. Lovely Catrina forbids Dominic her bed, but her fiery temper is no match for his cool determination to take her as his lover. Still, she will not be passion's slave forever. She and her Gypsy Lord will meet again-in a glittering London setting, far from the rustic tent they shared. Will her desire for revenge overwhelm her natural urge to love?


Book Cover of Silk and Steel by Martin, Kat

She could take his name, Lady Kathryn Grayson is a gently bred noblewoman with a privileged future ahead of her..until her greedy uncle decides to steal her fortune by committing her to an insane asylum. Her only escape is to stow away in the carriage of Lucien Montaine, Marquess of Litchfield, who hears her story with disbelief and suspicion. Yet Kathryn's instincts tell her Lord Litchfield is a man of honor-and her only salvation. Desperate to save herself, she attempts to seduce him and forces him into marriage. But she couldn't take his heart. The moment Lucien encounters the ragged, hungry waif with the dignity of a queen, he fights against wanting her. Though captivated by her intellect, strong will, and beauty, he will never love the woman who has deceived him. Or so he thought... Though their battle of wills grows stronger every day, desire threatens to overpower his fury. Can this maddening woman who is now his bride melt his heart of steel? Or will her silken touch only strengthen his vow never to fall prey to the dangers of love?


Book Cover of Against the Heart by Martin, Kat

Some Women Find Trouble Wherever They Go. Some Are Lucky Enough To Find A Man Tough Enough To Handle It. When Meriwether Jones takes her four-year-old daughter and runs from trouble in L.A., that trouble follows. By the time Meri reaches rural Spokane, she’s out of gas, out of money, and out of ideas. Ian Brodie has troubles of his own. His father is the shell of the man he once was, lonely, bitter and determined to stay that way--even after Ian, an ex-cop, now the owner of Brodie Security in Seattle, shows up to help him get his farmhouse clean and his life back in order. Hiring Meriwether Jones to help seems the answer to Ian’s prayers. But Meri is keeping a dangerous secret, one that poses a threat to all of them. As Ian delves deeper, the danger increases. But the biggest threat he faces is losing his heart to Meriwether Jones and her sweet little girl.


Book Cover of Captain's Bride by Martin, Kat

Captain Blackwell was a rake and rogue...a devilishly handsome scoundrel who used women and tossed them aside. Marriage was the last thing on his mind. Then a wealthy plantation owner invited the captain to his daughter's nineteenth birthday party - an obvious attempt at matchmaking. Young Glory Summerfield was spoiled, pampered...and breathtakingly beautiful. Surrounded by suitors, she was captivated by the one man who treated her with bold arrogance and undressed her with his eyes - the infuriating captain! Theirs was a battle of wits, sparked with a naked passion that surged through their bodies, aching for release. The captain vowed he'd teach this insolent girl a lesson in lovemaking she'd never forget! But the captain never realized that he himself would become a slave to desire...trapped in the sensual embrace of a woman he could never deny.


Book Cover of Devil's Prize by Martin, Kat

HER VIRTUE COMES AT A HIGH COST At a gaming table where he cheated Lady Alexa Garrick  out of a fortune, Damien, Lord Falon, made a scandalous proposal to the exquisite young heiress—one night in his bed would discharge her debt. Yet, as he claimed his prize, the handsome earl fought a craving for more than Alexa’s body. When a twist of fate turned seduction into matrimony, rapture and rage warred within him. How could he love the woman whose flirtation had destroyed his brother? HIS DESIRE: PRICELESS… Alexa knew of Damien’s French blood, scandalous liaisons, and the whispers that branded him a smuggler. Though she was playing with fire, the dark, devil-earl’s hungry embrace plucked at her heartstrings with a haunting song of desire. But how could she be sure whether Damien was drawing her into a web of danger and deceit…or offering her his true and lasting love? “Kat Martin is a premier historical romance author…and Devil’s Prize enhances her first-class reputation.” —Affaire de Coeur **


Book Cover of Sweet Vengeance by Martin, Kat

THE FIRES OF VENGEANCEWith her cascading raven curls and sleek, sinewy curves, Jocelyn Asbury is a woman any man would want. And Rayne Garrick, 4th Viscount Stoneleigh, wants Jocelyn...in his arms, and in his bed. He found her among a ragtag band of scamps and cutthroats—and saved her from a fate worse than death. But even as she yielded to him with a blazing hunger that matched his, she would soon betray him…in a night of shocking violence that would plunge them both into a world of treachery, danger, and all-consuming passion.THE FLAMES OF DESIREFrom the teeming slums of London to its scandalous salons and dazzling ballrooms, from a vast estate on Hampstead Heath to the stone walls of Newgate Prison and a magnificent plantation on the shores of Jamaica, two lovers are about to embark on an unforgettable journey—one that is as dangerous as it is irresistible… in Sweet Vengeance.“Magnificent reading and filled with hot and wonderful passion. Martin is superb!” —Romance Reviews


Gypsy Lord

Written By: Martin, Kat

Book Cover of Gypsy Lord by Martin, Kat

He was Dominic Edgemont, Lord Nightwyck, heir to the Marquis of Gravenwold. But he was also a dark-eyed, half-gypsy bastard....When tall, handsome Dominic sees one of his Romany band whipping a beautiful, flame-haired captive, he never dreams she is a pampered heiress stolen fro the English court. To have her, he will pay a king's ransom and make himself her lord.Lovely Catrina forbids Dominic her bed, but her fiery temper is no match for his cool determination to take her as his lover. Still, in this novel from Kat Martin, she will not be passion's slave forever. She and her Gypsy Lord will meet again-in a glittering London setting, far from the rustic tent they shared. Will her desire for revenge overwhelm her natural urge to love?


Hot Rain

Written By: Martin, Kat

Book Cover of Hot Rain by Martin, Kat

THE HEART OF DARKNESS ... AND DESIRE Allie Parker knows her best friend's death was no accident, and her quest to find the truth soon puts her in the wrong place --- at the worst possible time ... An unwilling passenger on a boat carrying deadly cargo and dangerous men, her only ally is mysterious Jake Dawson, who warns her that she must play the role of his reluctant bedmate ... if she wants to stay alive. Before long, the heat rising between Allie and Jake has drawn them into the heart of the steamy Mexican jungle --- and into something deeper than they ever imagined. Now, as Allie places her trust --- and herself --- in the hands of a total stranger, she wonders if this desperate gamble will be her last .


Book Cover of Midnight Rider by Martin, Kat

She was his captive. As soon as the tall, handsome Spaniard leaned down from his stallion to offer her a rose, Caralee McConnell knew California held danger. But all too quickly she was forced to deny the heat Ramon de la Guerra had sparked. Determined to please her uncle who had saved her from poverty, she must resign herself to marrying a man he has chosen for her...and ignore what is in her heart. He was the one man she was forbidden to have... Behind Ramon’s dark eyes throbbed the memory of his lands, stolen by the beautiful Americana’s uncle. He had sworn to reclaim them—riding by night as the ruthless outlaw, El Dragón. In a moment of rage and revenge, he stole Caralee away to his mountain lair...but there, in a passion as sweet as California wine, he would reveal a secret that could cost him his life—and his heart’s freedom—in Midnight Rider. "Kat Martin dishes up sizzling passions and true love."—*Los Angeles Daily News


Book Cover of Nothing but Velvet by Martin, Kat

From the glittering ballrooms to the scaffold’s dark shadow, Lovely Velvet Moran has renounced all thoughts of love. To save her family from ruin, she will wed the hard-faced Duke of Carlyle. But instead of becoming a nobleman’s bride, Velvet finds herself a notorious highwayman’s prize—her resolve to escape his forest lair warring with the wicked heat sparked by his caresses. the path of temptation keeps unfolding… Falsely branded a murderer, Jason Sinclair has secretly returned to clear his name and stop the wedding that would deny him his stolen dukedom. In an outlaw masquerade, he’ll kidnap this sensuous minx and detain her as long as is necessary. But can he bridle the surge of passion that has captured his soul...and could imperil them both? "Kat Martin dishes up sizzling passions and true love."—Los Angeles Daily News **