Wednesday, September 9, 2020

"Unparalleled #RomanticSuspense...Eerie, romantic, + totally binge-worthy" 5* #Book #Review! #amreading

Hello from my quarantine world, where I am stuck because I was exposed to Covid.  So far, I've tested negative and am feeling just fine, but I have 10 more days to go.  Neither my husband or I can go anywhere, so I'm taking the opportunity to catch up on blog posts!  Short and sweet today ~ sharing a FABULOUS review from Nom de Plume Book Reviews for Dangerous Currents, my steamy second-chance romantic suspense.  If you need an escape, grab a copy and visit Cape Cod for hot romance mixed with page-turning suspense!

I had to copy one of my favorite quotes below--

"Kathryn Knight has done it again.  This woman is unparalleled in how she tells Romantic Suspense.  Eerie, romantic, and totally binge-worthy.  I'll feast my eyes on Kathryn Knight's books any. freaking. day."

**(things that make this author happy dance even in isolation!)

--you can read the full review on Nom de Plume here!





Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Two Acknowledgement Mentions! #writerslife #writingcommunity #amwriting #amreading


Maybe a sequel to GHOST MOON will occur...
but if you haven't read Lark and Jesse's story,
and you enjoy Romantic Suspense
 and Ghost Mysteries,
I hope you'll check it out by clicking this image! 
On Audio too now!
This past month has been extra STRESSFUL (see here), but I'm excited to have hit a new milestone...twice! I received messages from two debut authors who mentioned me in their new novels' acknowledgements section.  What a fantastic honor!  One of the authors drove hours to meet me at a book signing back in 2013, and we've stayed in touch ever since.  The other was a student in one of my local writing classes, which I've been teaching for years now, having had so many people contact me to ask about the process and the industry.



With so much uncertainty and anxiety surrounding day-to-day life right now, it's a gift to have been recognized by two people who have made their dream a reality...it's no easy task!  I'm thrilled to have been a part of their writing journey.  Stay well everyone :)

Sunday, August 16, 2020

College and Covid ~ #BacktoSchool2020 Stress and Anxiety

August of 2020 was always going to be an emotional time for me.  Our older son would head to off to his senior year of college, and our younger son would begin his freshman year...we'd be "empty nesters" for the first time in 21 years.  

But I could never have imagined this scenario.  In March, as schools began shutting down, I saw all the plans for college visits for my younger son vanish.  We crossed an entire Spring Break trip of "Accepted Students Day" events off our calendar.  Senior year of high school was a wash, along with all the fun social activities that bond the class, reward their efforts, and create memories.

We made the best choice we could in terms of which school to attend, hoping--perhaps naively--that by summer, things would be better, and visits could at least be made during orientation.

That, of course, didn't happen.  Virtual orientation and trying to register with little guidance was confusing and stressful.

A "Gap Year" for our rising freshman was discussed...again, with very little information to go on.  The constant uncertainty has made every decision fraught with sickening stress...how can we weigh the options, when every single day brings changes?  With travel limited, jobs difficult to come by, and our community college offering online classes only, a Gap Year didn't seem like a good idea.  Just being away from any type of classroom and peer group since March was taking its toll.

We still imagined a college experience with roommates, events, and face-to-face classes in the fall, at that point.  But every day, we took a hit to those expectations.  At the school we chose, he won't be given a roommate, there won't be live events to help freshmen connect and socialize, and most classes are now online.  The fatigue of constantly waiting for disappointing news has worn us all down, not to mention made us doubt all the decisions we've made since this began.

I'm not trying to compare my stress and sadness to someone who has suffered from Covid, or lost a loved one.  I'm grateful we've remained healthy, and I understand the choices being made by schools are designed to keep the students and staff healthy.  But I can't stop thinking of the mental health costs, the tuition costs compared to the educational experience, the social obstacles, and the loss of important moments and milestones.  And of course I worry about sending my kids at all, during a pandemic.  But I have to trust they will take precautions while also finding a way to make the best of the situation.

The two different colleges our sons are going to are handling things very differently, as they are located in different parts of the country.  And on social media, I see moms of all ages sharing similar news of different counties doing different things, and similar concerns about how they are going to handle their unique situations. 

There are no easy choices, and no easy answers.  So I'm sending support to all the parents wrestling with these decisions, and trying to have faith that we've done the best we can, given the circumstances.  

Now, back to packing...and then diving into a book, because getting lost in a good story has always been a proven stress reliever for me.  In fact, with the amount of stress I'm feeling, I'm doing two books right now...one on Kindle, and one on Audible as I walk or fold laundry.  If anyone has a recommendation for a page-turning read, I'd love to hear it...we have long car rides ahead in the next few weeks as we step into this new phase of our lives. 

Doing my best to take things day-by-day...but getting lost in a
fictional world now and then is a relief!






Friday, August 7, 2020

A Film Option for The Haunting of Hillwood Farm! #books #ghosts #paranormal #romance #FridayReads

Exciting news!  The Haunting of Hillwood Farm has been optioned for film!!!!  It's now been listed on IMDb (Internet Movie Database) as "in development"!  Of course, that's where many options linger--an option to make a book into a movie is just that: an option.  A lot of things would need to come together, including financing.  But, during these crazy times, I'll take any good news I can get, and I'm excited to share it with you all!  If I have any updates, I'll be sure to blog about them in the future...if a movie deal does in fact happen, it will be fascinating to learn more about the process.  And, of course, it's an honor to have had my story discovered by a potential producer.  Happy Dancing!

A dangerous ghost brings them together...
but will they survive long enough to find happiness?


If you enjoy Romantic Suspense and spooky Ghost Mysteries, you can check out the book on Amazon (free with KU!) or on Audible ~ I hope you enjoy the story if you give it a read :)

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

5*s for GHOST MOON "So addicting" #ghosts #romance #review #paranormal #books

When Lark inherits an old home, she finds a
chance at new love...but will she survive the
haunting of Holloway House?
A fabulous 5 star review for Ghost Moon from Read by Court!  This is my first book reviewed by this site, and I'm thrilled at the comments:  "I absolutely adored this novel!"

"This novel hooked me right from the beginning!"

"The creepy vibes and suspense were written so well, it was almost like I was in Lark's shoes..."

"I truly felt the chemistry come off the pages, and I was rooting for [Jesse and Lark] so hard."

Check out the rest of the review at Read by Court!  And if you enjoy audio books, I'm excited to announce Ghost Moon is now available on Audible.  You can also find it on Kindle (free with Kindle Unlimited) and in print on Amazon.  If you like captivating romance, haunting mysteries, and page-turning suspense, I hope you'll download a sample and give it a try...Happy Haunted Reading!

Friday, July 17, 2020

New on #Audible! GHOST MOON #ghosts #romance #paranormal #mystery #audiobooks

Happy Audio Release Day to Ghost Moon!  I'm so excited that my latest romantic suspense/ghost mystery is available as an audiobook!  If you enjoy steamy romance, haunting mysteries, and heart-pounding suspense, I hope you'll grab a copy for your weekend listen!

GHOST MOON ON AUDIBLE

Like my other audiobooks, this one is narrated by the fabulous Kristin James, or KJ the Voice Actor.  She does such an amazing job bringing the story to audio.  If you've never listened to an audiobook, it's a great way to get more reading in while you're walking or driving, and a fabulous way to stay entertained while doing mundane chores.  Audible even gives new members the first book free!

Find the audible version here or all the various formats on Amazon here.  Happy Listening!  


Sunday, July 12, 2020

My #Author Interview at #Paranormal #Romance Guild #ghosts #supernatural #amwriting

A few months ago, I was honored to be interviewed at the Paranormal Romance Guild, right before quarantine hit and life suddenly became very different.  I'm sharing it today, and I'm thrilled to note that the pre-order I discuss in the interview, GHOST MOON, is now live...and the audiobook is coming soon!


In the interview, I delve into when I wanted to become a writer, how I came up with the idea for my debut novel, SILVER LAKE, and my experiences with ghosts (a main theme in my novels).


The Haunting of Hillwood Farm also recently won
The Reviewer's Choice Award
from Paranormal Romance Guild!
This great site reviews a lot of books, and I was so excited when my book THE HAUNTING OF HILLWOOD FARM won their 2019 Reviewer's Choice Award...such an honor!

Stop by their site and check out the entire interview here!