Friday, February 14, 2020

Be My Steamy Valentine Book Fair! #ValentinesDay #KU #KindleUnlimited #books #FridayReads

One fateful night tore them apart...will they get a second
chance before a killer strikes?

Steamy second-chance romance filled with
dark secrets and heart-pounding suspense
set on the shores of Cape Cod
A Valentine's Day treat for fans of romance who are part of Amazon's Kindle Unlimited program!  The Be My Steamy Valentine Book Fair has 93 titles, all enrolled in KU, which means FREE to KU members!  My second-chance romantic suspense, Dangerous Currents, is featured...and it's on sale for only 99c, so if you're not a part of KU, you can grab a copy for less than a buck right now!

Check out the hot titles via the link below, but be aware some covers are NSFW (not safe for work!)  

Reading Review Wars Book Reviews on Dangerous Currents ~
a book store recommended read! (Cape Cod In Season Magazine)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

History of St. Valentine's Day ~ #ValentinesDay #Valentines2020 #romance

Valentine's Day is almost here, and in the tradition of dedicating my blog to a bit of history about certain holidays and traditions, I decided to look into the facts behind St. Valentine and the reasons we celebrate love and romance on February 14th.  Turns out, there is quite a bit of conflicting information regarding this particular saint and the holiday named for him. Disclaimer: as always, please keep in mind I am a romance author, not a historian!  

The name Valentine comes from the Latin word "valens" which means healthy or strong.  The derivation Valentine was a popular name between the 2nd and 8th centuries AD, which could explain part of the confusion surrounding this saint.

St. Valentine Kneeling in
Supplication by
David Teniers III
Public Domain
The Valentine remembered on February 14 was a third century Roman Saint martyred and buried in a cemetery on the Via Flaminia, an ancient Roman Road.  It's possible that early references to Saint Valentine actually referred to several saints with the same name.  Sources including The Catholic Encyclopedia mention three Saint Valentines connected to the February date: a Roman priest and a bishop, both buried along the Via Flaminia, and a saint in a Roman province of Africa. Some information points to the first two Valentines actually being the same person.

The details surrounding the acts and eventual martyrdom of Valentine are also hazy.  Common threads point to an account of Valentine performing a miracle (restoring the sight of a young girl), aiding Christians and encouraging others to embrace Christianity.  While imprisoned, he refused to renounce his faith and was executed.  

Pope Gelasius I established the Feast of Saint Valentine on February 14 in 496, acknowledging that while not many details were known about Valentine, his acts were known to God.

The more modern traditions connecting Saint Valentine's Day to romantic love date to the fourteenth century and are generally attributed to Geoffrey Chaucer, "the Father of English Literature", and his circle of friends.  In the Middle Ages, birds were thought to pair in mid-February, and in his poem "Parliament of Foules" there is mention of February 14th being the day birds as well as humans find a mate.  
Now that St. Valentine's Day is linked to celebrating romance, common themes include cards, flowers, candy, hearts, and of course, a focus on love stories.  Why not download a page-turning romance novel and enjoy the thrill of the characters' journeys as they fall in love?  Or send an e-copy to a friend or relative for less than the cost of a card!  All of my titles involve romance--first love, second chances, secret babies, forbidden love, and suspenseful, heart-pounding scenes can all be found between the pages.  Take a peek at the tag lines below, and click any image to bring you to that book's blurb on Amazon!  Don't forget Amazon allows a free sample download, so you can check out the first few chapters.  Happy Valentine's Day :)

On sale for 99c on Kindle for Valentine's Day!
A book store recommended read (Cape Cod In Season Magazine)

A damaged soldier, a secret baby, and a haunting mystery
collide in Haunted Souls...also on Audible!

Will Rain and Jason get a second chance at first love
before a desperate spirit tears them apart...forever?

Forbidden First Love & Supernatural Secrets...
Revenge, Romance, and a Rogue Fallen Angel
(YA Paranormal Romance, suitable for teens)

Latest Awards include 1st Place Reviewer's Choice Award at
Paranormal Romance Guild,
and A Top 3 Book of 2019 at Read!
Also available on Audio

He had to leave her once before...can he save her now?
Available as an audiobook too!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Reviewer's Choice Award Winner! #Paranormal #Romance Guild #Book Awards #ghosts #haunting

A dangerous ghost brings them together...
but will they survive long enough to find happiness?
I'm excited to announce that The Haunting of Hillwood Farm WON first place in the 2019 Reviewer's Awards at the Paranormal Romance Guild!  This was such an amazing thrill, and it was honor simply to be nominated by the reviewers at PRG.

This is this title's 4th award, and I'm so happy Luke, Callie, and Alice's story has struck a note with readers and reviewers.  

If you enjoy spooky suspense, ghost mysteries, and romantic suspense, I hope you'll give it a read (or a listen, it's on Audible too!)

The original review at the Paranormal Romance Guild that put The Haunting of Hillwood Farm into the running for a Reviewer's Choice Award can be found here, and I'm honored to see a shiny new first place badge on the page!

It's now been a year since I've had a new book out, but I'm nearing completion of Ghost Moon...whew!  Tough to find writing time these days, with younger son's senior year of high school and all those decisions for the future looming.  Please check back (or sign up for my newletter over on the right-hand sidebar of this blog) for news (and hopefully a cover reveal coming soon :) ).  Huge thanks to everyone who voted in the awards, and Happy Reading!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

#Author Event at S. #Yarmouth Library! #Book Talk + Signing #CapeCod #Romance #amwriting #ValentinesDay

I'm thrilled to be kicking off South Yarmouth Library's 2020 Sunday Author Series this weekend!  The event is entitled "Romance is in the Air", and I'll be joined with another Cape Cod Author, CeCe deLuc.  We'll be sharing our writing journeys, and I'm going to be discussing the topics of writing Romantic Suspense and traditional publishing vs. self-publishing in this rapidly changing industry.  We'll have plenty of time for Q&A, and books will be available for sale and signing!  If you are in the Cape Cod area, please join us at 2 pm on Sunday, February 9th.  This event is free and open to all.  South Yarmouth Library, 312 Old Main Street, S. Yarmouth, MA.

Many of my titles are set on Cape Cod,
including Dangerous Currents,
a steamy second-chance romance filled with
dark secrets and page-turning suspense

Additional info can be found on the Town of Yarmouth's Chamber of Commerce website

If you're hooked on audio books like me,
you can find many of my titles on Audible as well!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

#Kindle #FREE Days! Steamy #RomanticSuspense #books #amreading Hurry!

Kindle FREE days are here for Dangerous Currents ~ a steamy second-chance romance filled with dark secrets and heart-pounding suspense.  Grab your free copy from 2/1 to 2/5 and get lost in Malorie and Dean's story!  One fateful night tore them apart...will they get a second chance before a killer strikes?  

This Romantic Suspense is a bookstore recommended summer read, and I've included a few of my favorite review site quotes below.  Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!

"The suspense of who-done-it leaves you on the edge of your seat.  If you enjoy a romantic suspense that plays with your mind while the romance tugs at your heart, Dangerous Currents needs to be on your TBR list!" ~  Forget the Housework, I'm Reading (5*s)

"I'm a huge Romantic Suspense fan, and I must admit, Dangerous Currents kept me guessing until the very end.  Malorie and Dean are addictive to read...The second chance romance lit up my e-reader.  Talk about intense!  I started reading and couldn't stop...yes, it was that good!  Highly recommend." ~ N.N. Light's Book Heaven (5*s)

"Ms. Knight knows how to bring her characters to life!  We are invited into their heads, their hearts, to hear their thoughts, feel their fears...The tension that runs through Kathryn Knight's words, each page and scene, is razor sharp.  I love a story where I can honestly say 'I didn't see THAT coming!'  A second chance at romance, layers of suspense...priceless reading!" ~ Tome Tender Book Blog (5*s)

Thursday, January 30, 2020

My Favorite Reads of 2019 ~ #amreading #books #FridayReads #Kindle

Time for my annual round-up of my favorite reads of 2019!  As the term "annual" suggests, I do this every year, or at least I have for as long as I've been blogging.  I tend to get most of my book recommendations from suggestions, whether it's from a friend, social media, or a list, so I like to share my own list each January.

According to Goodreads, I read (and listened to) a total of 36 books this year.  Not too bad considering writing and editing my own books takes a lot of time.  I'm thrilled my own 2019 release, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, has made it onto best book lists or won awards this year at five different review sites!  If you enjoy romantic suspense and/or ghost mysteries, I hope you'll give it a try!  This title is now on Audible too.

I should give a shout-out to Dangerous Currents steamy second-chance Romantic Suspense made it into Cape Cod's 2019 In Season Magazine as a book store recommended read!

For this post, I usually pick five to seven books I really enjoyed and separate them out by genres, and link prior years as well at the bottom.  I should note that while I read many genres, I'm primarily drawn to Gothic, dark, and atmospheric stories.  Not particularly surprising since I write eerie ghost mysteries, but in my novels, I like to balance out the spooky with romance...which by definition, to be published as a romance, must have a "Happily Ever After" for the two main characters.  But since I have lots of books on this list that are not romance, I'll point out that HEAs are not guaranteed for the other genre listings! 

I'm leaving out the Romance genre this year, because my policy on these annual posts is that I cannot know the author of a book I choose, or have any relationship other than being a fan of his or her work...I don't want to pick amongst friends or have any bias for this blog series.  That said, I'll note when a title had romantic elements.

Historical Fiction: White Rose, Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey

Set in Hitler's Germany, this book contains not just elements of fascinating historical fiction, but also romance and suspense.  Franka is a German citizen and a member of the Nazi resistance, hiding out in her family's summer cabin in the Black Forest.  When she finds an injured Nazi airman, her medical training and her innate compassion compel her to bring him to the isolated cabin.  Without going into spoilers, the external conflict between the main characters is unique and intense, with life-threatening consequences for each of them as they struggle with whom to trust with their secrets.  The desire to learn each character's past, along with the chillingly suspenseful scenes, kept the pages turning rapidly.   

Legal Thriller: Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

The premise of this book is a trial following a fatal explosion at a privately-owned alternative-medicine treatment facility.  Who was responsible, and was it murder?  A lot of people have described this book as something similar to what would happen if Celeste Ng (author of Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You) wrote a legal thriller, and that feels accurate.  It blends mystery, courtroom drama, and family secrets and dynamics while also exploring subjects like caring for special needs children, adapting to America as immigrants, and marriage and parenting.  A lot is packed into this novel, along with beautiful, emotional writing.  

Psychological Suspense/Horror:  Here to Stay by Mark Edwards

It's nearly impossible to look away as a newly married couple's life spirals into a horrific disaster when the wife's family comes to stay for a short visit.  As the title suggests, the visitors actually have no intention of leaving, and the situation goes from bad to worse as mysteries surface, tragedies occur, tempers rise, and a once-peaceful life and home become unrecognizable.  A dark and twisty thriller.

Historical Fiction:  The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

The trope here is familiar...something happens in the present that uncovers a past mystery, and the story is told in dual timelines as secrets are uncovered.  While I've read a lot of these as a fan of historical fiction, this one stood out.  The main character in the present, Alice, faces daily struggles with her family, including her autistic son, as she also tries to spend time with her terminally ill grandmother.  As her grandmother tries to communicate her dying wishes, Alice begins to unravel the threads of the past, in a journey that takes her to Poland.  In alternating chapters, readers are immersed in Alina's coming of age in Nazi-occupied Poland and the horrors that she and her family and friends endured.  This story is full of hope and heartbreak, love and loss, strength and perseverance.     

Young Adult Dystopian: Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

This is a YA post-apocalyptic thriller, and I tend to be a fan of survivalist type stories.  A group of kids ranging from 1st graders to high schoolers become trapped in a superstore (think Target or Walmart) after a series of disasters.  The story hooked me right away, but I have to say one of my favorite things about this book/series is that *both* my sons (age 18 and 21) read it--quickly--at my suggestion, and let's just say it's very difficult to get them reading at this stage in their lives.  I've dedicated posts to finding books for boys in the past, and I'd add this in a heartbeat.  This is a 3 book trilogy and I'm excited to get to the next in the series.

Nonfiction: Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas

This is part memoir and part case-studies, and completely fascinating to anyone interested in profiling killers, criminal psychology, and true crime.  Fair warning--the subject matter dictates some very gruesome and disturbing would be difficult to describe the crime scenes and the behavioral markers without some graphic details.  As an author who incorporates bad guys and serial killers into plots, this also served as an amazing reference book as well as a unique look inside the development of profiling.  John Douglas was one of the founders of the FBI's modern profiling unit, and the character of Jack Crawford in Silence of the Lambs is based on Douglas.  Throughout 25 years with the FBI, Douglas was involved in some very high-profile cases, and the methods he developed helped find and convict serial rapists and killers.

Psychological Suspense: The Housemate by C.L. Pattison

A thriller set around two old friends who invite a third roommate to share their London flat to keep expenses down.  Strange and mysterious things begin happening, and this book has a "Single White Female" vibe.  I listened to the audio version and the narration was top-notch.  

There you have it, seven titles I really enjoyed from five genres.  Now, I want to hear some of your favorite reads...feel free to comment below!  And check out the links to some prior years for more recommendations.  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading!

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Calling Readers + Reviewers! Join Winter Games ~ #free #books #giveaways #amreading

If you love to read and enjoy discovering new authors, we have an event for you!  Winter Games is a month-long, fun-filled event designed to bring readers willing to review books together with authors who can supply free review copies of their titles.  It all takes place in our Facebook group, where readers get to view titles and select the ones that interest them!  Plus, it's a community affair, with FB parties, games with the authors, gift card giveaways, book swag, etc.  How many of the 60 titles can you read?

As one of the participating authors, I'm helping spread the word--I also participated in the same type of event last summer, and it was a blast.

I'll be offering Dangerous Currents to Winter Games readers!

All that's required to sign up is a Facebook account (even if you don't use it all that frequently, that's how you'll see what books are up for grabs and post your review links), the ability to download e-books, and a willingness to post honest reviews on several sites.

Direct link to Reader sign-up form is here

Full details & FAQs can be found on our host's website here.  

If you're an author interested in participating, we have a few (very few!) spots left.  Please see the FAQs link above, and the direct link to Author sign-up is here

The Winter Games begin Feb. 1st, so if you're interested, hurry!