Sunday, July 23, 2017

#CoverReveal for Falling for You

Hey, WordWrangler Readers! I'm super-excited today because we're doing a cover reveal for a fab anthology that I'm lucky to be part of! It's called Falling for You, and it will be out this fall from a group of Harlequin Superromance authors. The best part? These novellas will be part of our on-going series - so for me, that means you get another Slippery Rock book!

My book in the set is called Outsider in a Small Town and features Aiden (Adam's twin, who has been gone from Slippery Rock for a long time) and newcomer Julia Colson, who runs a wedding/clothing boutique.

This is the cover - don't you just love it? I want to know what they're laughing about ... and the colors of the leaves - it's just perfectly fall, don't you think? The anthology is available for pre-order now, and will go on sale October 17, 2017.

Here's a bit more about the anthology:

This autumn, warm your heart with ten fall-themed novellas from some of your favorite USA Today bestselling, national bestselling, and award winning Harlequin Superromance authors.

Foreword by Brenda Novak.

When the weather cools down, hearts heat up…

Bonfires aren't the only things warming up the night. Across the land, hearts are falling along with the leaves. Curl up with a pumpkin spice latte and warm your heart with ten tales of autumn love.

It Was You by Tara Taylor Quinn:
He has no problem respecting the fact that she is off limits…until the one night he does.

The Right Man by Heatherly Bell:
When one long planned dream day veers wildly off-course, she must decide between the perfect wedding or the right man.

Her Hometown Cowboy by Claire McEwen:

Falling for him wasn’t part of her plan.

Meet Me in the Middle by Jo McNally:
She’s used to playing it safe, but when her old crush comes cruising back into town, she might have to risk it all.

Outsider in a Small Town by Kristina Knight:
She may hold the keys to his heart…and his future.

If I Fall by Kris Fletcher:
What goes up must fall…in love.

Finding Harmony by Janet Lee Nye:
Jericho was the last place she wanted to be, but it was becoming the best place for her.

Perfect Fit by Angel Smits:
She never forgot her first love…and though he never measured up, neither did he.

Home to You by Dana Nussio:
Can a woman who ran from home and a man who never had it ever hope to discover that home really is a place for hearts?

Can’t Help Falling in Love by Lisa Dyson:
She’s career-oriented. and he’s the one who just broke her boss’s heart.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

#NewRelease - Rebel in a Small Town by @AuthorKristina Knight

Hey, readers! I'm super-excited because it's a brand new month and I've got a brand new book out for you! It's the second in my new Slippery Rock series, and features interim town sheriff, James Calhoun and Mara Tyler, the absentee sister from Tyler Orchard!

One of the themes throughout the Slippery Rock series is home. Home can be a million different things to a million different people, but I think what it holds in common for all of us is a feeling of safety. Of belonging.

Home is something that Mara has been missing since leaving Slippery Rock in a misguided attempt to protect James ten years before; what is surprising to Mara is that she's missed home at all. Because, although she does love her family, she's always felt a little out of place in Slippery Rock. For a while, she and James had a secret affair, and when things got a little too hot for Mara to handle, she ran. Now, though, a tornado has torn the town apart and her family needs her...and she needs her family, too. There's just one little problem: when she ran from James the first time, she didn't know she was pregnant...and now, she's going to tell him.

My family's special project for this new series is continuing with the release of Rebel in a Small Town, too. We’re donating a portion of the proceeds from the Slippery Rock series toward providing Sweet Cases from TogetherWeRise to foster children. Most children going in to foster care have nothing but the clothes on their backs. Sweet Cases are duffel bags given to children coming in to care, and once given, the bags remain with that child, giving them a sense of home and, hopefully, a sense that they aren't alone. Each duffel includes a warm blanket, a teddy bear, hygiene kit, and art supplies.

To help kick off the new book, I'm holding a month-long giveaway - simply leave a comment below
to be entered to win a fab tote from Lori Foster's Reader & Author Get Together and some fab books...and you can earn extra entries by sharing the post pinned to the top of my author page on Facebook. Good luck!

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I hope you all enjoy James and Mara's story...happy reading!

Here's a peek at their first kiss: 

James cupped his hands around her neck, pulling her to him. Mara squeaked as he laid his lips on hers, silencing her before she could say, for the fifteenth time, that she could be everything for the little boy in the picture. That James could walk away and never feel guilty about it. As if that would ever happen.
Her mouth was soft against his, and she opened to him, her tongue tangling with his. She tasted like banana, and her hair was silky against the back of his hand. James wrapped the length around his fist, holding her in place so that his mouth could plunder hers. Mara wrapped her arms around his neck in response, rising on tiptoe and slanting her head.
This they could do and it would be simple and easy. Just like it had been right up until Nashville. Kissing Mara was the easiest thing in the world for James. It was coming home while also having an adventure—familiar but exciting at the same time.
She made a low sound in her throat, pressing her body against his. Her breasts were fuller than he remembered. He reached to cup her rear with his hand. Her hips were rounder, sexier. She wove her fingers through the short hair at the back of his head, sending another shiver of awareness through his body. Then she pushed her hips against his.
God, he knew what she would feel like beneath him. He knew what to do to make that low sound come from her throat. How to kiss her so that she was weak with wanting. He knew that she liked to be ravished, but that she liked to do the ravishing from time to time, too.
And she wasn’t serious about him. Didn’t want him in her life. Was giving him an out to continue on with the life that had been planned for him since the day he was born.
He wanted that familiar, planned-out life.
James broke the kiss and rested his forehead against hers for a long moment.

He also wanted the unfamiliar, unplanned life that came with accepting responsibility for the baby they made in Nashville.

Blurb for Rebel in a Small Town:

He's not giving up his family without a fight

James Calhoun has never been able to resist Mara Tyler, or her knack for mischief. Her reputation as a reckless teenager drove Mara from their hometown. So Slippery Rock is the last place James ever expected to see her, and Mara's timing couldn't be worse. With the upcoming election for sheriff, she threatens the squeaky-clean image James needs to win. Because Mara has brought with her the result of their steamy affair: his two-year-old son, Zeke. After the initial shock, James is determined to have both his family and career. He just needs to convince Mara that her home is where it's always been. With him.

Buy Links for Rebel in a Small Town: 

Amazon   B&N   iBooks   KOBO   Harlequin

Monday, June 12, 2017

#FridayReads: A Reader Journal

For the past couple of years, I've been on a bit of an organization kick. I'm blogger - probably too many times - about my love for my Happy Planner, and talked about goal setting, and shared my motivation/goal-inspired Words of the Year.

This year, I'm adding to that with something totally new - a reader's journal. I'm doing a reader challenge - actually 2 - this year. The first is a 50 books in 50 weeks challenge I'm behind and we're not even halfway through the year...but I have hopes I'll catch up. Why a 50 book challenge? It sounded like fun and, well, why not give it a go? But apparently, when I decide to do something now I go all out - because I'm not just doing the 50 book challenge, I'm doing a read/watch challenge. In which I read a book and watch a movie/documentary/tv show all with the same theme -- themes like 'New Beginnings' and 'Retro' and 'Unusual'. That challenge I'm keeping up with, possibly because it's one theme per month, believe it if it was a theme a week, I'd be so far behind. Anywho, with these reading challenges, I decided I didn't only want to read, I wanted to think about what I was reading - what I liked/didn't like, how what I'm reading is changing my thoughts about...oh, everything and anything. A journal is what I needed, but I needed a journal that wasn't just blank or I knew I wouldn't use it. Or that it would wind up with a simple listing of book titles and authors, and I wanted more than that.

I found this little goodie at BooksAMillion, thumbed through it a little and realized this is exactly what I was looking for - a reader's journal with just enough direction. There is a place for the title and author (naturally) along with follow-up
books (assuming it's a series book) or just more books by that author that seem interesting. But, the journal also prompts for favorite quotes from the books, plot things I liked/didn't, and character things I liked/didn't.

But what I like best about this journal is the pictures. Samantha Hahn is the journal 'author' and along with the journaling part, she's included her watercolors of famous literary women - Wendy from the Peter Pan books, Emma Bovary, Hester Prynne, Ophelia, and even little Mary Lennox from "The Secret Garden". There is also a quote from each book (y'all know how I love a favorite quote)...and I'm already considering re-reading a few of these favorites as the year goes on.

I'm excited to start both reading challenges, but now I'm just as excited to start my very first reader's journal...I can't wait for all the adventures I'll find between the pages this year.