Friday, December 1, 2017

#NewRelease: Christmas in a Small Town by @AuthorKristina Knight

It's release day! It's release day!!!! Christmas in a Small Town is LIVE - you can pick it up in print and e formats, from your favorite book retailer, so go forth!

I'm super excited for this book, it's my first 'official' Christmas-themed book, and it's my fifth Slippery Rock title...and it's my 7th Harlequin Suprromance...but it's also bittersweet, because this is my last Superromance title. I'm still so sad that Harlequin has decided to close this line of rich, deep, thoughtful books, but I'm also feeling blessed that I've been able to write these books for the past three years. It has seriously been one of the best times in my life - I've learned a LOT from my editors, and I think I'm a better writer after it all. And Christmas won't be my last book - I've got more coming for you guys, and I can't wait to share that news!

For now, here's a little bit about Christmas in a Small Town:

Running out on her wedding was the best decision ever!

A cheating fiancĂ© sends Camden Harris fleeing to her grandparents’ home in Missouri. When her ex follows, determined to win her back, Camden makes a deal with neighbor Levi Walters: they’ll pretend to be in love and she’ll support his plan to buy her grandparents’ land.

The boy from her childhood has grown up into an impressive man. His charm, good looks and sweet gestures make it difficult for Camden to remember this is fake. And Levi’s kisses only confuse her more. 

Buy Christmas in a Small Town: Amazon  B&N  iBooks  Kobo  Harlequin/paperback  Harlequin/e-copy

If you're ready for a fun, holiday read, pick up Christmas in a Small Town. Happy holidays!  ~Kristina

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Favorite Christmas Songs

I talk about favorite things a lot - favorite foods, TV shows, movies, Christmas decorations...the list goes on. But we're in the middle of the Week Before Release Week - for my book Christmas in a Small Town, and that has me thinking about one specific set of favorites - my favorite Christmas songs, and yes, a few of them are from Christmas specials.

Y'all know by now that I adore Christmas music. I start listening to it sporadically around July and once Halloween is over, it's playing pretty much non-stop in my house and on my radio (SIRIUS/XM Holly is my favorite radio channel. Like, ever).

My favorite songs of the season vary by year and week and, sometimes, by the day. But as I'm writing this blog on Monday night, after spending most of the day watching bebe swim and looking out the window and wishing I was seeing lots of snow on the ground, these are the three that are giving me the most feels. So they're my (current) favorites:

Wham! "Last Christmas" -- this one has been re-done until it's almost overdone...and none of the new versions is as good as the first. At least, in my opinion. George Michael singing about holiday heartbreak is just...sighworthy. Here's the video:

Bing Crosby "White Christmas" -- I love the musical, which is probably why I really love this song. The melancholy of Bing's voice, though, just takes me away. And I'm right there with him, wishing for yesterday, hoping for...something, I'm not quite sure what. A close runner up to 'White Christmas' (naturally) is Judy Garland's version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". I just saw the movie 'Meet Me in St. Louis' a couple of years ago (I know, where have I been?!?), and that movie made me love this song even more. When she sings Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas to her sister, I just melt. I also love that these are two of the most-used Christmas Special songs - be those specials special holiday episodes of favorite shows or straight-up, music-only special events.

Josh Groban "Believe" -- I adore Josh Groban. I love the way his voice can hit the highs and just destroy those low notes, and I love that most of his music seems to have a message. Believe is my favorite of his songs, and that's partially because I also adore 'The Polar Express'. I think, especially these days, that the message of believing in and having faith in something that is bigger than we are is important. I also feel like part of the message of this song is about believing in ourselves, and who can't use a little more of that kind of belief?

Here's the video:

And then there is my favorite (at least this year) and it's from what is probably my favorite Christmas Special of my childhood: the Muppet's 12 Days of Christmas. I adored the Muppets when I was a kid, and their Christmas Specials were definitely must-see-TV. This one is filled with Fozzy being a little fuzzy on his part, and there is Piggy making a spectacle of herself and John Denver looking a little bit surprised through the whole thing. It's just perfect - as a Christmas Special and as a favorite song. Here's a little video (you knew I had to find one, didn't you?):

So, that's my list. A few of my favorite Christmas songs - and we didn't even get to the carols - "Silent Night" is a particular favorite, along with "The First Noel" and "O Holy Night". 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

We're in the last minute rush before Thanksgiving - our house is decorated for Christmas, because that's part of our Thanksgiving tradition, and RadioMan and I made our last minute trip to the grocery store this morning for a couple of things I swear were in the pantry last week, but are suddenly gone, and tomorrow morning the cooking and the baking will commence!

One more thing that is getting me in the holiday mood: the Hallmark Channel! They've started running all of their holiday original movies, and I just love them. I can't say I have a favorite, because that kind of depends on my mood, but I'll be bingeing on the Hallmark channel from now until...well, probably New Year's.

While I have you here, make sure you save the link below - I'm joining up with more than seventy author friends to give away free books this holiday weekend! Some are holiday themed, some aren't, but they're all great reads. The beauty part is you can start downloading while the turkey is still cooking tomorrow, and in the midst of all that cooking madness, maybe steal a few calming minutes to dive into a new read! Just click here to get to the download page, it goes live Thanksgiving Morning! 

My book, The Saint's Devilish Deal, is part of the fun - so if you're looking to get out of the cold, definitely pick up this beach read that features former professional surfer Santiago Cruz and hotelier Esmerelda Quinn - he's making her a deal she should refuse...but what fun would that be?

"The Saint's Devilish Deal is a passionate re-union story; The characters sizzle at every meeting and their hot, biting dialogue leaves you wanting to read more. The Saint's Devilish Deal is definitely a recommended read." ~ Harlequin Junkie blog

Wherever you are this Thanksgiving, I hope you're surrounded by friends, family, and great food! Happy Thanksgiving!