Wednesday, February 7, 2018

#NewRelease: Lost on Anna Maria Island by @AuthorKristina Knight

It's release day, readers, and I'm so excited about it! Today my book in the Sullivan's Sons continuity hits store shelves! Colby and Madalyn were so much fun to write, and I hope you have a ball reading all about them! Here's a peek inside the book!

Florida Warriors star defensive end, Colby Sullivan, is the best in the business, but since his parents dropped the news that he not only had a biological sister but a biological twin sister, he’s been on his heels. He feels like he’s in the middle of a cover defense with no one backing him on the strong side. Colby knows, as the eldest, it is his job to keep the family going, but he can’t figure out what all this means to him with the daily interruptions from either his well-meaning parents or his rallying brothers. A flirtation with the girl next door is the perfect distraction, but all too soon she’s way past his defenses and heading for a touchdown that his heart just isn’t ready for.

Between her baby sister’s wedding and her job rehabbing Colby’s image, Madalyn Hunter is holding on by a thread. Mad understands football, cover defenses, and option offenses, but dealing with sneaky paparazzi, her sister’s obsession with the perfect wedding, and Colby’s not-friend-like kisses has her ready to throw a Hail Mary. The more time she spends with Colby, the harder it is to resist the gorgeous man who has always been her best friend. It’s fourth and goal with love on the line, but can Madalyn teach this star defender that the best way to protect his heart is to give it to her?

Pick up your copy today, it's only 99¢ for a limited time! BN  iBooks  Kobo

You can pick up the two other books in the series for only 99¢, too!


Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 Word For the Year

A new year means a new year's least it does for a lot of people. For me, I gave up on resolutions years ago when I realized I was breaking them within a few weeks, feeling badly about it, circling around the guilt drain, and then resetting the resolution/breaking it/circling the drain again.

I thought, there has to be a better way to do this whole new year/new you thing. That's when I stumbled upon the Word of the Year theme - a word that I ruminate upon and think about and use to put my goals for the year into the action. I thought that was a much more effective way of approaching goal setting, and I liked that it wasn't something that could easily be broken because the word I choose is something that can be reset throughout the year. Just as my goals are reset on a monthly and quarterly basis.

That resetting is key, at least for me. Because I can see where I've been, I can see what has been or hasn't been working, and I can adjust accordingly. Five years later, I'm still doing the word of the year thing, and I'm liking it. In the past, I've chosen words like Focus and Enjoy and Think.

Last year, I chose GROW because I wanted to expand my career, my personal life, and my interests. And in a lot of ways grow was a great choice - thanks to a couple of reading challenges, I broke out of a reading rut, and renewed my interest in reading so many things - non-fiction, biographies, memoirs, romantic suspense...and, yes, contemporary romance. I saw my first big series (more than 3) of books published, I had a total of 5 books published in 2017 (which is a big total for me), I branched out a bit on the indie side of publishing, and in my personal life, I found better ways of juggling my mom and wife duties with my author duties. But, I also saw my last book for the Harlequin Superromance line publish, and learned that the line will be closing in a couple of more months, and that has been an incredibly sad experience. I have loved working with my editors and the art team and my author friends...and that made 2017 a year of ups and downs, albeit with more in the up column than the down column.

In a way, I feel as if the growth I experienced last year isn't finished. I feel like there is still more to be done, as there will always be. There will always be more books to write, more mothering to be done, more date nights with RadioMan, more struggles with the juggling thing. But I want to continue growing and creating and I feel like, in this growth mindset, that the perfect word for 2018 is BLOOM. It feels like the perfect word because I'm still growing in this writing career, I'm still growing as a mother, as a wife, as a friend, but I'm also rooted. I know the stories that I want to tell. I know the daughter I want to raise. I know the woman I want to be, for RadioMan, for me, for my friends...and so, while I'm still growing, I also want to bloom. I want to bloom larger, with more color, with more strength.

There is a quote from William Wordsworth, one of my favorites, that goes, "How does the Meadow flower its bloom unfold? Because the lovely little flower is free down to its root, and in that freedom bold." And there is one more, from Masaru Emoto, "If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong."

2017 was a year of growth and change and several unknowns and parts of it still feel a little muddled, and I'm still figuring out my exact path. But I can see the outline of the path, and I know where I am right now, and I know who I am, and so I'm going to continue the growth mindset of last year, and add a bit of color, and we'll see where it leads in 2018.

What about you? What are your goals (or resolutions, if you prefer) for the new year? 

Friday, December 29, 2017

The Best of 2017 ~ @AuthorKristina Knight

It's time for another best of list...these are a few of my favorite movies/songs/TV shows/books. Chosen not because they hit a best sellers list or made a bajillion dollars on opening weekend...but because I've found myself thinking of them - often - even after finishing the book or movie or TV show or...fill in the blank.

Favorite Song: I'm taking a little license with this one because I first heard it just before Christmas last year, but since it didn't officially release until March of this year, I feel like it can be a 2017 song. It's Maren Morris, I Could Use a Love Song. I adore Maren's singing voice, I think her writing skills are amazing, and the hook of this one is so true - even for those of us not in the middle of a break up. Because who couldn't use a love song?

Favorite TV Show: Y'all know my adoration of all things Big Bang Theory (and that adoration hasn't waned) but we cut the cable cord this year, which threw me into streaming and Netflix/HBO/Hulu-first viewing. I loved Big Little Lies, and I finally watched all of Sex in the City, but the show that really grabbed me was Ozark. Maybe because I'm from that area, but I thought the writing of the show was very true to the area, the family dynamics were hair-raising, and it renewed my teenage crush on Jason Batemen. Who doesn't need a little teen-crush-revisiting thing now and then?

Favorite Movie: Can it be anything other than Wonder Woman? I've been a fan of Gal Gadot for a long time, and I loved everything about the movie - every aspect of it. It was (and is) everything.

Favorite Book: Okay, I'm fudging this one because there were two books that keep me coming back to them throughout the year. The first is a romance (could it be anything but?), but it's not La Nora (and y'all know how I love my NORA!)! It's Sarah MacLean's Day of the Duchess -- what I loved about this book was how Sarah turned a trope (alpha male) upside down and made the man go chasing after an alpha woman who wants nothing to do with him. We don't see enough of that in romance, and especially in historical romance. If you haven't picked up Sarah's book, definitely give it a try. The second book is a memoir, Nina Riggs' Bright Hour; it's a memoir of her fight against breast cancer, but it's also a book about the importance of the small moments in our lives, the ones we don't always notice. It's both uplifting and heartbreaking, filled with laughter and tears. It's a life-changer, and if you haven't read it, you need to pick it up.

Those are a few of my favorite things from 2017. What are your favorites?