Sunday, February 18, 2018

Now on #Audible! Ghosts + #Romance ~ #1 #Kindle + #Nook Bestseller Gull Harbor

I'm so excited to announce the release of my first audiobook!  I personally love listening to audiobooks, and I'm a member of Audible, which gives me a credit a month to download a new audiobook for a low monthly fee.  In fact, I'm so addicted to listening to books while I'm driving or doing chores, I often have to take advantage of the extra credit sales.  So I am thrilled that my publisher brought Gull Harbor to the audio format, and I'm even more thrilled that I love the talented narrator we chose, because the narration can often make a break a listener's experience.

Loved this review by NDP
Book Reviews, and at the
bottom that is says "yes, 6 stars" -
Things that make an author smile!
I hope all readers get swept up
into the romance + suspense!
Gull Harbor is a popular book that has hit the #1 Bestseller spot on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble on several occasions.  It's a mix of steamy romance and spooky suspense...a second-chance at first love with a ghost mystery, and two of my most popular characters ever.  Enough people wanted to hear more about Max and Claire that I had them appear in my latest release, Haunted Souls, so readers could catch up with them.  And it worked perfectly, since Claire is a psychic medium, and Emily from Haunted Souls, also set on Cape Cod, needed help trying to get rid of a ghost who'd attached itself to her young son.

Haunted Souls is up next for audio, and it's about to go into production.  In the meantime, if you're an audiobook fan with an Audible credit waiting, or you'd like to try your first audiobook, please check out Gull Harbor and listen to the sample!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

History of St. Valentine's Day ~ Happy #ValentinesDay

Valentine's Day is here, and in the tradition of dedicating my blog to a bit of history about certain holidays and traditions (See New Year'sSaint Nick and Santa ClausFinding Easter's Date, and Saint Patrick for a few others), 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 by trade, 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?  For steamy romance mixed with spooky suspense, try #1 Kindle and Nook Bestseller GULL HARBOR, where a medium encounters both a dangerous ghost and an ex-boyfriend in a sleepy Cape Cod town. #1 Kindle Bestseller SILVER LAKE also involves a haunting mystery as a group of estranged friends reunite to try to solve their friend's disappearance...and two star-crossed lovers fight for a second chance.  In HAUNTED SOULS, a damaged soldier, a secret baby, and a haunting mystery collide for a steamy and spooky read.  In DIVINE FALL, an award-winning Young Adult Paranormal Romance, forbidden first love meets supernatural secrets as the last Nephilim seeks his revenge.

Celebrate the steamy this Valentine's Day!
(Editorial Review quotes from reviews of Haunted Souls)

Sunday, February 11, 2018

#ValentinesDay #Book Signing! #Falmouth Cape Cod #Author Event #CapeCod

It's the perfect season for love stories!
Valentine's Day is a great time to celebrate love, and I'm thrilled to be discussing writing romance at the West Falmouth Library this week, on Tuesday, February 13th!  For an added treat, light refreshments will be served (read: chocolate!), and my books will be available for signing and purchase.  The press release is below; if you're in the area, I'd love to see you there!

Join local bestselling author Kathryn Knight for a Valentine’s Day book event!  Ms. Knight will discuss writing romantic suspense and paranormal romance, developing characters, and finding a publisher, as well as answer questions about her writing journey and the publishing industry.  Her books will also be available for purchase and signing; titles include Silver Lake, Gull Harbor, Divine Fall, and Haunted Souls, several of which have been #1 Bestsellers on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Ms. Knight also regularly teaches Fiction Writing and Publication courses throughout Cape Cod and speaks at conferences.  Tuesday, February 13th at 4:00 pm at the West Falmouth Library, located at 575 W. Falmouth Hwy (Rt. 28A).  Attendance is free; light refreshments will be served.  

Saturday, February 10, 2018

A Love Story w/ Haunting Suspense for #ValentinesDay! #Netgalley #Books #Romance #Ghosts

For a few more days, Haunted Souls is available for read and review on NetGalley!  So if you're in the mood for some steamy romance to celebrate Valentine's Day, check it out!  A hot (but damaged) military hero, a secret baby, and a haunting mystery collide for a page-turning, suspenseful read, perfect for a few hours of relaxation and escape!  

One of the Top 3 Reads of 2016 at Read!

You can get more info and put in a request at the link below, just make sure you hurry, it's only up there until 2/15!

NetGalley Link - Haunted Souls

If you're not on NetGalley or miss the deadline but would still like to read it, no worries, it's available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes, as are all my other novels (with the exception of Silver Lake, which is exclusively on Kindle as an ebook but is also available in print).  Happy Reading and Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Win a #Kindle, #giftcards, #books, + jewelry! #Raffle #Giveaways #Paranormal #Romance

I'm excited to be a part of the Mystic Worlds Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Giveaway, sponsored by 33 fabulous authors.  We have a bunch of great gifts up for grabs, including a Kindle Fire HD8, e-book prize packs (winner chooses the titles), Amazon gift cards, and a beautiful solid sterling silver Celtic wolf pendant.  

by artist Paul Borda
Dryad Design
You can enter the Rafflecopter below, or enter from our website and peruse our book fair as well!  We have titles featuring shifters, vampires, ghosts, psychics, angels, and witches, most under $2.99!  I featured Divine Fall, which is a YA Paranormal Romance filled with forbidden first love and supernatural secrets, available for less than a buck on Kindle!  But I also have some steamier novels that fall into the "Paranormal Romantic Suspense" genre ~ hot, tension-filled romance spiked with a mysterious haunting...two of which have hit the #1 spot on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  Those titles are Gull Harbor, Haunted Souls, and Silver Lake.

A dangerous ghost & an ex-boyfriend await Claire
in Cape Cod's GULL HARBOR...

Thanks for stopping by ~ good luck all!

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Last Day to Enter! #Giveaway #Goodreads #YA #Paranormal #Romance

Ahhhh I've been SO busy--just finished novel #5, working on the editing and synopsis (ugh), gearing up for an audiobook release (yay), and starting a new writing class, I nearly forgot about this Goodreads Giveaway I scheduled to coincide with Valentine's Day!  Hurry if you'd like to enter, Feb. 4th is the last day!  You'll get a signed paperback during the perfect month for love stories.


Divine Fall is a Young Adult Paranormal Romance featuring forbidden first love and supernatural secrets:

After tragedy tears Jamie Brandt's life apart, her only goal is to finish high school so she can leave her small hometown behind. In the meantime, riding her horse is her main source of solace, until a mysterious stable hand shows up at the barn. There's something not quite right about the handsome new employee, and the more Jamie sees of him, the more determined she becomes to figure out what he's hiding. 

Dothan Reed came to historic Huntsville, Maryland, for one reason--revenge. But his plan can't move forward until he finds the missing piece he needs to enhance his powers. As the only surviving Nephilim, Dothan is not only weaker than full-blooded angels; his forbidden lineage makes him an outcast in both worlds. When he discovers Jamie is the key to locating an ancient weapon, he's forced to interact with a vulnerable human girl--a task that becomes more appealing with each encounter. 

Jamie soon learns Dothan isn't the only one with a dark secret. Each new revelation further threatens her safety, and Dothan's betrayal shatters her heart. Forgiving him seems impossible, but the thought of turning her back on him is equally painful. 

As their connection deepens, Dothan will have to make his own difficult choice: continue on his path of vengeance, or protect the girl he loves. And when Dothan's actions thrust Jamie into an unforeseen danger, he must seek the help of his enemy...or risk losing her forever.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Divine Fall by Kathryn  Knight

Divine Fall

by Kathryn Knight

Giveaway ends February 04, 2018.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

If you missed the deadline or want to make sure you grab your copy, you can also get the ebook on Kindle or Nook for less than a buck!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Haunted History of #theDakota ~ #NYC #NewYork #Travel #paranormal #ghosts

View of the Dakota from Central Park
Because I have a strong fascination with all things spooky, I tend to seek out haunted places to visit when we go on trips.  When we spent a day in Paris during a London trip, I insisted on exploring the Catacombs.  We also spent a day at the Tower of London, which is surely home to some restless spirits.  In Maryland, I've explored the abandoned Glenn Dale TB Hospital.  Closer to home, I've taken tours of the Old Jail (oldest wooden jail in the entire country), and haunted locations around Barnstable Village

More recently, between Christmas and New Year's this winter, we went to New York City to spend some time with our best friends again...with our family in MA, and theirs in VA, NYC is an excellent--albeit expensive--half-way point.  And there's so much to see packed into such a small area!

Looking up from the street...I can believe this building is haunted

When I looked up a list of haunted places in NYC to see what would come up, I was intrigued by The Dakota.  This is an exclusive apartment building on Manhattan's Upper West Side, built in 1884 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The list of celebrities who have lived--or currently live--here is very long, but one of the most well-known residents was John Lennon of the Beatles, who was murdered at the entrance of the building in 1980.  Some claim to see Lennon's ghost, but John Lennon himself apparently spoke of some supernatural encounters in the building before his assassination.  He mentioned an encounter with an apparition in the hallway, who he dubbed "the Crying Lady Ghost".

Site of John Lennon's assassination
Another frequently seen spirit is a little blonde girl dressed in early 1900s clothing, sometimes bouncing a ball.  There have been reports of other apparitions, including a figure resembling Edward Clark, head of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, who built the Dakota but died before the building's completion.

Residents and employees have reported seeing objects move on their own, including things too heavy for a person to lift.

The exterior of the building is a Gothic blend of gables and dormers, arches and balustrades, with ornate iron details.  It is imposing and intimidating enough to have been chosen to represent The Bramford in the horror movie Rosemary's Baby, in which a Satanic cult in the building try to impregnate a new resident with the Devil's baby.  Thankfully, that is a fictitious tale created by Ira Levin in his book of the same name.

This intricate & somewhat sinister ironwork goes all the way around the building

I would have loved to explore the interior of the building, but as I mentioned, it's the home of many famous and affluent residents, and there is security at the entrances.  But I took plenty of photos of from outside, and while I don't think I caught any ghosts on camera, it did give off a spooky vibe that sent a few shivers down my spine.

This was as close as I could one time,
these arched entrances allowed carriages inside.
A Christmas tree was still on display in the courtyard.