Tuesday, December 11, 2018

"A gripping story w/ plot twists and turns" Ghosts + #Romance #amreading #Book Review

It's always a thrill to hear a fellow author enjoyed your book!  Love this review left on BookBub for Gull Harbor, so I'm sharing it here!  Authors and editorial reviewers tend to leave more detailed reviews, since authors enjoy writing and editorial bloggers are doing their job...but we writers truly appreciate hearing someone liked a story even in a quick one-liner.  It's what keeps us going.  Writers often say they "write for themselves", and that was part of what started me on this journey with Silver Lake.  I had the plot in my head, I knew the characters intimately, scenes and dialog constantly ran through my mind, and in the end, my husband pushed me into trying.  I decided to see if I could do it, and I knew if I could get a publisher to contract my novel, I'd be fulfilling a lifelong dream.  

But even with that first book, my mantra was: "if one person contacts me to tell me they loved the story, I'll be happy" (and my friends and relatives, as much as I love them, didn't count for this).  And it happened.  The book didn't exactly go viral, but I did hear from a lot of readers and reviewers.  And eventually Amazon bought the rights to the book from my small publisher, and it got wider readership as a result of their marketing.  Truly a dream come true.

Nothing makes me happier than finding a great book that I can't put down.  I love racing through housework at night so I can snuggle under a blanket and read.  Even better is finding a book that's SO good I say "the dishes will still be there tomorrow" and keep turning the pages because I simply can't stop.  So now that I have readers asking for new stories, I write first and foremost for them.  Because writing is hard.  It's rewarding, to be sure, and a wonderful creative outlet, but writing a novel is not easy, and it takes precious time away from other things.  The majority of us don't make significant money in the process.  But as long as I have story ideas and readers asking for more, I'll try to keep at it, and hope my muse doesn't disappear completely!

I've gotten carried away writing here, as usual.  Please check out the review below, I hope anyone who enjoys some steamy romance with a spooky ghost mystery will give Gull Harbor a try!  It's a #1 Amazon and B&N Bestseller, and it's now available as an audiobook as well.  Thanks for stopping by! 

Gull Harbor is a gripping story with several plot twists and turns.  Claire, a former law student turned psychic, accepts a job to investigate an old mansion in a small Cape Cod town.  The experience turns out to be as much of a layered look into her own past as it is into the haunting of an empty house.  The last person she expects to meet in a town where all the locals know each other is the love of her life, Max, who walked out on her a few years earlier.  Claire never expected to see him again but now, being in such close proximity, all the questions, anger, and mixture of feelings she had for him have returned.

The ghost story and the renewed relationship of Claire and Max progress simultaneously and weave back and forth.  There is one other story though that neither Claire nor Max bargained on.  That is the one that puts Claire's life in danger, one that the ghost was trying to tell her about, and one that explains the dark secret of the mansion. 

~ Cynthia Collins, author of The Unicorn Tree

Thursday, December 6, 2018

#Book Signing in #Mashpee! #CapeCod Holiday Fair Cape Cod

The holiday season is a busy one for small business owners, and I will be at several events this month with my novels...a signed book makes a great gift!  This Saturday, Dec. the 8th, I'll be at an Open House and Holiday Bizarre in Mashpee.

The gym where I work (my day job, lol) is hosting this event from 11:00 - 3:00, and while it's a women's gym, this event is open to ALL, men shopping for gifts, non-members, etc., so come on by if you're in the area!  The Fit Co. is at 302 Main St. in Mashpee (Rt. 130).

I'll have my book table set up, and I can sign and personalize copies of any of my novels--a great and thoughtful gift, for yourself (we all deserve to de-stress during the holidays, and what better way than shutting the outside world down, putting your feet up, and getting lost in a page-turning story?) or for the readers on your list.  Two of my romance/ghost stories are set on Cape Cod (GULL HARBOR is set in the Wellfleet area, HAUNTED SOULS in Barnstable Village), which is a nice local tie-in, and Gull Harbor is both a #1 Amazon Bestseller and a #1 Barnes and Noble Bestseller!  My latest romantic suspense novel, DANGEROUS CURRENTS, will be available as well, and that is also set on Cape Cod, in a fictional representation of Mashpee.

Ahhh....bliss!  The best thing about reading is that you can't
think about anything else while you're doing it!  The only
multi-tasking needed is putting up your feet and sipping a beverage!

And if you're shopping for a younger reader, I do have one Young Adult book, DIVINE FALL...a traditional paranormal romance filled with forbidden love and supernatural secrets, appropriate for ages 13 and up.

Oak Blush
Another one of our gym employees also has another business (Cape Cod Nail Company) and she'll be setting up a table as well, raffling off packages and offering specials.  Her company is unique in that she will travel to YOU for group events (bridal parties, ladies night out, etc.).  And she recently started her own line of nail polish, which makes a perfect stocking stuffer!  The logo on the bottle features the familiar outline of the Cape, and the names are plays on our local spots and sayings ("Oak Blush" instead of Oak Bluffs, "We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat", a nod to Jaws being filmed here on Martha's Vineyard as well as the recent influx of great white sharks in our waters!) 

We'll have other vendors as well (jewelry, clothing, etc.), food and drink, membership specials, salon, facial, and massage specials, gift certificates, and raffles, with proceeds going to Toy for Tots.  Hope to see you there! 

Visit Cape Cod in Dangerous Currents and get lost in a
steamy second-chance romance filled with secrets and suspense!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

"Impossible to Put Down!" #Romance #Ghosts #Audiobook Review

Last spring, my publisher released two of my romance/ghost mysteries in audio format, bringing my novels to a whole new market of readers who enjoy listening to books...I'm one of those myself, so I couldn't be more excited!  I love the narrator we chose, and the process of recording the books was fascinating...I have learned so much in this journey.  

I'm always thrilled to hear someone enjoyed one of my stories, so I'm sharing the fabulous review recently posted for Haunted Souls by Audiobook Addiction!  A few of my favorite quotes:

"I love romance books, but when paired with a good ghost story, it's like gold. Kathryn Knight has combined a little history, a little paranormal, some real life issues and a second chance at romance and given us just that!"

Haunted Souls came in at #2 in the Top 50 Books of 2016 at Read Free.ly!

"I love Emily, her character is full of passion, loves fiercely and will do anything to help her friend. Brett is a strong, alpha type make who has a loyalty and love like no other."

"Narrated by Kristen James, the story is brought to life with such wonderful voicing, it's impossible to put it down. She is a great storyteller and gave each character it's own voice and personality. She is a talent not to be missed."

I hope you'll check out the blurb and some of the other reviews and give Haunted Souls a try!  Links are below, and I love connecting with readers, so give me a shout ~ Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Signed #Books Make Great Gifts! #ShopSmall #SmallBusinessSaturday #ShopSmallSaturday

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and today is Small Business Saturday.  So I wanted to do a quick post to remind people that I will gladly send out signed and personalized books to give to readers as gifts!  It’s a thoughtful and unique gift that supports small business, and my books have something for everyone—steamy romance, spooky suspense, haunting mysteries, second chances, and the page-turning unraveling of secrets from the past.  Both SILVER LAKE and GULL HARBOR have been #1 Amazon Bestsellers on several occasions, and my Young Adult novel, DIVINE FALL (appropriate for teens), is an award-winning RomCon Reader-Rated pick.  HAUNTED SOULS, a Top 3 Read of 2016, combines a military romance with a ghost story in a Cape Cod setting.  DANGEROUS CURRENTS is a steamy second-chance romance filled with secrets and suspense, one of my 2018 releases.  

Gull Harbor and Haunted Souls are now on Audible as well!

I ship for FREE within the US, so if you are interested in purchasing a book, or books, as a gift, please contact me via the form on the tab above.  Payments are arranged via PayPal or Square.  

The new button says
"Buy for Others" and is no
longer orange...find it on the
right-hand side of the book's page 
and send an ebook for
less than the price of a card!
If you'd like to give someone an ebook, it makes a great gift and all you need is an email address!  On the book's Amazon page, there's a "Buy for Others" button on the right-hand side.  You can also send yourself free samples!  Why not pick up one for yourself, too, while you're at it...put your feet up and get lost in a page-turning read!

Friday, November 23, 2018

I'm a USA Today Bestselling #Author! #amwriting #books #Romance #Suspense

This will be a Thanksgiving to remember!  On Wednesday evening, as I was juggling peeling potatoes, chopping vegetables, and preparing stuffing, I got the news...the Love Under Fire Romantic Suspense Box Set I'm a part of made the USA Today Bestseller's List, coming in at #44 for the week!  One of the authors in the set discovered this online, and the screenshot and the pdf were easy to download, but the Top 50 Bestsellers also go into the print newspaper, and I really, really needed to have my copy.

So I dropped everything and ran out the door into the frigid darkness.  I'd already been the the grocery store twice that day for last minute food items, but I started there, braving the jammed parking lot.  No copies of USA Today left.  I tried the minimart/liquor store, the gas station store, and the other major grocery store in town, trying very hard not to have a fender bender in my anxious state.  Finally, striking out everywhere and not even 100% sure the Bestseller List would actually *be* in that day's paper, I decided I'd try one more store before returning home to get on with the abandoned meal prep.  Walgreens.  I found two copies left, and I frantically flipped through until I found the list.  It was there and Love Under Fire was there!  I bought both copies and navigated the traffic home a bit more calmly.

Two spots beneath the Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins
who I once signed books next to at an event!

Many thousands of copies have to be sold to make this list, and I'm so proud of the promotional work all the authors on the team did to spread the word about our collection.  We each contributed a brand new, never-before-published novel or novella to the set, and all the stories have elements of romance, suspense, and mystery, with various subgenres represented as well (paranormal romantic suspense, historical romantic suspense, romance/cozy mystery, etc.).  In line with our release near Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving, we decided to donate 50% of our profits to Pets for Vets, a wonderful charity pairing shelter animals with veterans seeking companion animals.  So this was very much an author give-back as well as cross-promotion for all of us, with the opportunity to share our work with thousands of new readers.

Love Under Fire is a limited-edition collection, which will only be available until the end of January.  After that, the set will break up and the books will become available individually.  You can still purchase a copy of the set or get it free with Kindle Unlimited here.

My book in the set is The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, and the first editorial review from N.N. Light's Book Heaven gave it 5+ stars!  It's spooky, as it's a ghost mystery, but the good thing about the Romance genre is that Happy Endings are a must (at least for the main characters...we're not making promises beyond that!).

My ghost mystery/romance in the set

You can see a great round-up of all the titles in the set, along with each cover and blurb, here.  So many great stories!

When I started this journey 11 years ago, writing the opening lines (later cut!) of Silver Lake on a long car ride, I never dared to dream about something like this!  Over the years, I've experienced many highs and lows associated with writing, and I've spent several Novembers in the throes of NaNoWriMo, forcing myself past writer's block by getting in the required daily word count.  So it will be nice to associate Thanksgiving with this year's memory now!  As I reflect on the most important things I'm thankful for--family, friends, health, a roof over my head--I'm also thankful to have reached this personal milestone and to have helped raise so much money for Pets for Vets.  Time to open the champagne!   

Jinx wanted to help celebrate too!  All 3 of my
rescue pets love the charity we supported!

Monday, November 19, 2018

First Review! The Haunting of Hillwood Farm #Ghosts #Romance #Paranormal #Horror

The first review is in, and it's 5+ stars!

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, my latest ghost mystery mixed with romance, just released a week ago, exclusively in a Romantic Suspense Box Set entitled Love Under Fire.  Here is the review of my book, one of 21 total in the set, from N.N. Light's Book Heaven.

"Once the haunting began, I clung to my tablet and couldn't look away.  The paranormal descriptions were so realistic and life-like, my significant other had to keep telling me to breathe."

"If you're looking for spooky romantic suspense, you'll love The Haunting of Hillwood Farm.  Kathryn Knight has mastered the art of paranormal romantic suspense, and it's a must-read!"

"Think Samara from The Ring" ~ N.N. Light's Book Heaven on the ghost in
The Haunting of Hillwood Farm

This book is definitely for people who don't mind a few shivers up their spine while they're reading.  I was going for eerie imagery along with an intriguing story, and it looks like I found that mix!  However, the romance piece adds some sweet and sexy moments as Luke and Callie fight to unravel the mystery...and save their lives.  

Check out the full review here, and you can view the blurbs of all the stories inside here.  

The special release week sale price only lasts one more day (hurry!), but this set is a steal even at $3.99!  Twenty-one novels and novellas from USA Today and WSJ Bestselling Authors, with 50% of proceeds going to Pets for Vets.  The set has been a #1 Bestseller on Kindle and Nook all week.  Grab your copy before the set breaks up and each individual story will have to be purchased separately!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Love Under Fire Release Day! 21 #Book Romantic Suspense Set ~ #99c! New Release #Sale ~ Bestseller

A 21-Book Birthday!  It's release day for LOVE UNDER FIRE, a limited edition box set of 21 Romantic Suspense Thrillers, and it's hard for me to believe it finally here!  Do you have your copy yet?  It's only available at the 99 cent price point for a few more days, and the entire set will break up after a few weeks, so now's your chance to grab this incredible deal and help a wonderful charity.

Want to see all the stories inside?  I'm borrowing the wonderful summation one of our box set authors, Casi McLean, already did for her newsletter.  In it, you can see each individual cover of the stories included in the set, along with the blurb.  Every sale of this box set helps a veteran get a pet, too...we're donating 50% of the profits to Pets for Vets!

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is my romance +
ghost mystery in the Love Under Fire Box Set

So check out all the amazing titles in the set by clicking this link, and hurry and grab your copy while the deal is available!  You'll have 21 new reads filled with mystery, romance, suspense, and danger to carry you through the hectic holiday season, when everyone needs a little downtime to themselves.