KAT CANTRELL "took a complete new world with new possibilities and let it all blend into a mesmerizing, captivating world of danger…showing trust is the ultimate reason for love when you find right person.”  
~5 of 5 stars from Fantasy Romance Reviews

Carina Press

Determined to revitalize her imploding career, blacklisted movie star Ashley V takes on her biggest role yet: posing as one of ten scientists invited by aliens to a universal summit. But when the aliens seize, strip and implant the entire delegation to extract their knowledge, she is quickly found out and sent to a cell to await recycling.

The alien research director designated ZXQ-One devised a plan to let the humans volunteer their best and brightest in a gamble to solve his people’s energy crisis. But he fails to find anything useful and winds up imprisoned alongside the fiery human woman who refuses to give up, and who insists on calling him Sam.

After an accidental link between their implants lets them share their thoughts, they find themselves drawn to each other. Sam will have to trust in her human compassion and forgiveness for his role in her capture, and Ashley will have to trust him with her deepest secrets if they are to have any chance at survival…

read her first Harlequin novel in third grade and has been scribbling in notebooks since she learned to spell. What else would she write but romance? She majored in Literature, officially with the intent to teach, but somehow ended up buried in middle management at Corporate America, Inc.

Kat became a stay-at-home mom in 2009 and devoted nap time to writing. After three years and many thousands of words, her dream of publication finally came true. When she’s not writing about characters on the journey to happily ever after, she can be found at a soccer game, watching Friends or dancing with her kids to Duran Duran and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Kat, her husband and their two boys live in North Texas. She’s a proud member of Romance Writers of America®. Kat was the 2011 Harlequin So You Think You Can Write winner and a 2012 RWA® Golden Heart® finalist for best unpublished series contemporary manuscript.

We are so lucky to have a famous actress with us today. Her newest role landed her in a heap of trouble with aliens! I couldn't resist this interview.

ANGI: Who was your favorite character you portrayed?
ASHLEY: Ashley V. No really. In Hollywood, you’re never off camera and the me sitting here right now is as much an invention as any movie character. That’s how you survive the casting jungle.

ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading? 
ASHLEY: The first thing I remember reading is the script for the first commercial I did when I was six. Does that count? I didn’t go to school like normal kids, so it was pretty much all about the script from way back.

ANGI: What’s your favorite “love” word?
ASHLEY: Jewelry. The more sparkle, the more love. ;)

ANGI: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met?
ASHLEY: My mom. She raised me after my dad left and without her pushing me through Hollywood's closed doors, I’d be a nobody.

ANGI: What was your first thought meeting Sam?
ASHLEY: Here’s someone who can help me escape. Fantastic. And I keep forgetting he’s not human. What is with that?

ANGI: Which is your favorite movie?
ASHLEY: The one that grosses the highest. Oh, did you mean one that I wasn’t in? I watched Contact a bunch of times for research. It was pretty cool.

ANGI: Who’s your favorite villain?
ASHLEY: Voldemort. He was virtually invisible and slowly clawed his way back into existence and power, despite not even having a body. You have to admire that kind of resolve.

ANGI: What's your least favorite thing about aliens?
ASHLEY: (makes a face) That they exist. And do horrific things to humans. And lie to everybody. Oh, and they’re bossy.

ANGI: What is your biggest vice?
ASHLEY: Seriously? You know I had to go to court-ordered rehab, right? That’s code for never-met-a-vice-I-didn’t-like.

ANGI: What role do you wish you could have snagged?
ASHLEY: You’ll think it’s silly, but I’m really mad I didn’t get The Ugly Truth. Stupid Katherine Heigl. She used to be an alien on that show Roswell, you know.

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: While creating your world for MINDLINK, what stumped you the most?
KAT'S GOTTA ANSWER: Oh, man. I hate to tell you…it’s kind of the crux of the alien’s secret. Let’s just say the alien world is a derivative of another society and it was a challenge to envision how the original society might reasonably evolve and change over time. I had to think about culture, government, politics, economics, technology, etc. It’s not an exaggeration when I say I had seventy-five pages of notes for this book before I wrote the first word.

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KAT WANTS TO KNOW: Ashley, the heroine of MINDLINK, is kind of a mess and has a reputation for being difficult on the set. But she knows she caused her own problems and desperately wants a second chance. Do you think people can really change?


  1. As a general rule people don't change. I couldn't resist the interview either. I just loved it.


    1. Aww, thanks Mary! :) Ashley was in rare form...but then she always is. LOL

  2. Kinda depends to what level. i know of people who've managed to stop smoking - I consider that a (most positive!) change.


    1. Ooh, good point Linda! That is a positive change and not easy to do. Thanks for coming by!!

  3. So fun to have you here. I just finished Marriage with Benefits and loved it!

    Yes, I think people can and do change, but the key is that they have to decide that for themselves. If you're expecting someone to change because you want them to, better lower your expectations cuz that's not going to happen.

    1. Ditto
      ...what Clover said!

    2. *blush* Thank you both!!

      Clover, I think you've hit the nail on the head. Change has to come from within or it doesn't stick...thanks for hanging out with me today. :)

  4. Welcome back to GLIAS, Kat.

    Do we change? Or do we change our view of the way others perceive us? Or are we changing our view of the way we THINK others perceive us? I can ask this several different ways. LOL

    All I know is that it takes a lot of effort to change. I think most people are satisfied and it's not worth the hard effort. But, yes, people can and do change.

    1. Thanks Angi!! Glad to be here. Hmm. You do provoke thought with your questions. You're probably right to a degree. Back on Clover's point. If you stop smoking, you've caused others to perceive you as a non-smoker, but the personality trait that caused you to start in the first place is probably still alive and well. Yes?

    2. Uh...sorry, I meant LINDA with the smoking comment. Sheesh.

  5. Fun interview

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. I picked a winner at random and it's bn100! Congratulations! I'll be in touch via email. Thank you everyone for stopping by.

  7. THANKS FOR the great giveaway, Kat and for spending the day with us. Always a pleasure.

  8. LOL, Kat. I wish you would have got the part in The Ugly Truth too, just so I could say WAY To Go. Welcome once again to Get Lost in a Story!