Saturday, April 22, 2017

Kristina's Summer Plans

The countdown is on - but not just for summer this time, although I can't express with words just how excited I am for summer to get here. It's been especially gray and dreary in my part of the world (although we skipped most of the ultra-cold snaps this winter), so now that the weather is finally warming up, it's nice to see the skies so blue and the clouds floating by. Even the rain isn't that bad because it brings with it greener grass and mud puddles to stomp in. Not that I stomp in mud puddles. That would be childish.

I'm looking forward to summer for a couple of other reasons, too: conferences and book releases!

In May my new series with Harlequin Superromance starts, and I can't wait to share these books with you guys. All 5 (4 full length and 1 novella) are set in a small lake town in Missouri, and they star 5 members of the state's high school football championship team. Collin, James, Levi, and twins Adam and Aiden have captured my heart...and so have Savannah (Levi's sister and Collin's girl), Mara (Collin's sister and James' girl), Jenny (Adam's estranged wife), Camden (a newcomer to Slippery Rock who falls for Levi), and Becca (another newcomer, although not quite as recent, who falls for Aiden).

Another new thing that's happening this summer: I'm attending 2 conferences! I'll be one of the authors at Lori Foster's Reader-Author Get Together in June (I'm an RAGT first-timer, so come find me if you're there...I don't want to be lonely!), and I'll be at the RWA conference in July. I'll be signing copies of my Slippery Rock books at both conferences and I'll have some fun swag, too -- like these little flash drives that will have a sampling of Famous in a Small Town on them!

Aren't they cute? And they have 8 Gigs of memory so you can store all kinds of things on, here's my pitch to you authors: if you're looking for something special to use as conference swag, take a look at the different options they have. The prices are great, and I just love these little book-shaped custom or wholesale memory drives.

One more thing I'm looking forward to this summer: Having the kiddo home! (remind me I said this around July, when she's bored of vacation, okay?) We'll spend most of the summer lazing in the pool, but we also have a couple of quilting projects on tap, and she's excited about the summer reading program at the library...and 3rd grade has been rough on her, so it will be nice to really focus our energies on helping her return to bebe-normal, if you know what I mean!

What are you up to this summer?                                                                                   ~Kristina

Monday, April 17, 2017

My Favorite Books

I saw this quote by Judy Blume recently and it struck me...that one of the greatest gifts my parents ever gave me was a love of books.

Growing up I classified myself a middle class, but looking back we were probably more like lower-middle class. Not that that matters, really. We had plenty of food to eat, clothes to wear and a home to live in. My siblings and I argued, our parents argued. It was a normal upbringing. I have favorite memories with each of my siblings, but my most vibrant memories are of sitting in our parlor (we lived in an old Victorian house in the country) in an over-stuffed chair with a velveteen finish. Legs slung over one arm, back resting against the other and a book in my hand.

The books changed over the years. One of the first books I remember reading alone is In a People House. I graduated from single-sentence books fairly quickly and moved on to chapter books like Ramona Quimby, Age 8 or Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. I loved those books. I liked the adventures that kids were having and I couldn't help wondering if I would have more adventures if we lived in a huge city like New York or Chicago instead of our small town in Missouri.

Because my brother was reading it, I decided to try out The Chronicles of Narnia when I was about 9. I hated it. I didn't understand a lot of what the books were about (I got the adventure, but the sub-text was lost on me), but I diligently sat in my reading chair and struggled through books 1-3 before giving up. I would take aim at them later on and love them. Still do.

And then, around age 10, I discovered Dear Mr. Henshaw. Oh, how I loved that book. I think I checked it out of the school library about six times when I was in 4th grade. It was (also) a little above my reading level, but I didn't care. I liked how this boy would write to his favorite author and his favorite author would (sometimes) write back.

I wondered if I should write to my favorite author, which brought on about a week of debating the merits of Beverly Cleary vs. Judy Blume. In the end I decided I couldn't choose and I wrote two incredibly over the top letters to both of the authors about how they'd changed my life. At the age of 9. I'm positive they were impressed with my devotion to them and my wielding of the literary pen.

I've tried out every genre since those childhood days in my favorite chair and I can say that I love them all. But romance is the genre of my choice, both as a reader and as a writer and I think those early reading days are part of the reason. Because whether I was reading about a kid who hated his younger brother or living through the trials of school bullying, I was also finding a happy ending. Not always the love-kisses-sex happy endings of romance novels, but a sense of completion and acceptance that I equate with happiness.

And I'm also grateful to my parents who put limits on how much television we watched (of course, we found ways around their rules) and encouraged us to adventure through books...

Did you have a favorite author/book as a child? 

Monday, March 27, 2017

#NewRelease ~ Billionaire Cowboys Bundle

Hi, everyone! I have exciting news today: my Billionaire Cowboys Trilogy has been bundled into an anthology! What the Bachelor Gets, What the Heiress Wants, and What the Gambler Risks are now available in bundle format - and on sale for only 99 cents for a limited time! That's three full length romances for less than a buck - what a deal!

Don't you just love the cover? It screams 'Las Vegas' to me...good thing since all three books are set in Vegas, right?

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Here's what a few reviewers are saying about the book:

OneClickAddict Blog: 5 stars for What the Bachelor Gets ~ "This was my first book by Kristina Knight but it certainly won't be the last. She had me hooked in just a few short chapters, made me fall in love with her characters and stay glued to my seat until the very last page.... Loved Callie, she's strong and self sufficient, not happy about getting help from a friend. And Gage, not a shark or playboy as some would make him out to be, he's got a heart of gold and a pocket full of cash that gets him what he wants in business. I read this one in one sitting, it will suck you in and keep you turning the pages til the end!"

Jennifer from The Power of 3 Readers gives What the Heiress Wants 5 stars ~ " I enjoyed this sweet read a lot! This story was super easy to get reeled into. The character development is good, with a sweet, and well written storyline that flows smoothly. Kristina Knight's easy writing style kept my attention throughout the whole story, and I read it in one sitting. A couple of twists made for good shocking moments... Bottom line, I am excited to read more about these sexy brothers in the near future."

Angie with Hot Box Reviews: 5 stars for What the Gambler Risks ~ “..this is one amazing book it starts off with a great story line and characters and doesn't stop it keep me on the edge of my seat I could not put it down..”

Amy P says, about all three books: "This is one of the best trilogies I've read in a while. I've only ever been to Vegas once but I love how Knight brings it alive and makes it integral to the story. This series couldn't have taken place anywhere else." 

About the Billionaire Cowboys Trilogy: 

The second bestselling series from Kristina Knight marries two consistently popular romance trends: billionaires and cowboys.

Hot Las Vegas nights get even steamier for these three powerful, wealthy businessmen with cowboy roots and the strong, independent women who fall for them. What happens in Vegas certainly won’t stay there as these successful tycoons win at love.

What the Bachelor Gets: Local property developer and sexy Vegas bachelor Gage Reeves is bombarded with a stream of showgirls, local socialites, and entertainers who all expect something from him. All Gage wants is to help an old high school friend, Callie Holliday, make a go of her new spa in his high-end retail complex. But their wheeling and dealing soon turns from strictly professional to decidedly personal.

What the Heiress Wants: Denver publishing heiress Miranda Clayton is tired of society parties and shopping, but her tycoon father refuses to take her seriously. Her solution? Beat him at his own game by going to work for his top competitor, Connor Reeves. Connor isn’t fooled by Miranda’s act for a second. He knows exactly who she is; the question is what does the lady want?

What the Gambler Risks: Twenty-something ice queen Sabrina York enjoys fame and fortune writing self-help books for a largely female audience—but she could do without her reputation as the Oldest Living (Supposed) Virgin in Vegas. Jase Reeves knows Sabrina’s not nearly as cold as she would like people to think. He didn’t intend to have a one-night stand with the Vegas Virgin, but he can’t get her out of his head. Now Sabrina has one goal: stay away from the handsome gambler before he melts her career—and her heart.

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