Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Community for #Book Lovers! #Mystery #Romance Reads + #Giveaways ~ Join the Fun! #amreading #ABA Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I’m ringing in 2018 with some exciting news for readers:  I’m one of 12 best-selling, award-winning authors involved in a fabulous new one-stop website to satisfy your every literary desire, and we want you to be a part of it, too!

Readers' Choice for the best Mystery, Suspense,
Romance, Paranormal, & Urban Fantasy

I’m thrilled to introduce Moonlight and Mystery, the premier online magazine site providing the best romantic suspense, mystery, and page-turning reads, some with a sprinkle of supernatural, time slips, urban fantasy, or magic.

What does the site offer?

• Fabulous reads
• Amazing prizes
• FUN games and contests
• Behind the scenes secrets
• FREE ongoing mystery reads
• Compelling articles

Be part of an inner circle where YOU contribute to the authors’ creative process. AND, share your own favorite books and authors.

There is NO cost, no commitment. Just fun and community! 

And for even more of an insiders’ view, join our Street Team:

We look forward to seeing you and saying hello! 

Make reading more one of your New Year's Resolutions!
Kathryn Knight
Casi McLean
Alicia Dean
Tamara Ferguson
Suzanne Jenkins 
Beth Trissel
Kim Hornsby
Brenda Whiteside
Renee Johnson
Emma Kaye
Maureen Bonatch
Sharon Buchbinder

Put your feet up, relax, & get lost in a new read!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Signed #Book #Giveaway! #Romance w/ Haunting #Mystery on #GoodReads

Another holiday giveaway to ring in the New Year!  A print copy of Haunted Souls, a steamy romance spiked with a haunting mystery, is up for grabs on Goodreads!  A damaged soldier, a secret baby, and a long-lost spirit collide in this page-turning novel voted the #2 Read of 2016 at Read, a site highlighting small-press and indie books.  Check out the blurb below, and if it sounds intriguing, enter to win!  Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Four years ago, Emily Shea and Staff Sergeant Brett Leeds agreed to part with no strings attached. Sparks flew during their brief affair, but fate intervened, sending Brett overseas. When an unexpected pregnancy derailed Emily's own plans, her attempts to locate Brett were soon overwhelmed by the challenges of single motherhood. Now, Brett has returned home, and Emily is forced to share her secret.

Despite feeling betrayed, Brett is determined to forge a relationship with their son, Tyler. As the former lovers battle both their inner demons and their mutual desire, another presence enters their lives—Tyler's imaginary friend. Soon, however, the chilling evidence points to a different conclusion: a ghost has formed a dangerous connection with their son. Emily's attempts to help both a lost soul and a friend in need spiral toward a deadly confrontation, and Brett must race to save Emily before he loses her again—forever.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Haunted Souls by Kathryn  Knight

Haunted Souls

by Kathryn Knight

Giveaway ends January 03, 2018.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

And if you noticed I said "another" above, you might be in time to still enter the Gull Harbor ends on Dec. 30th so hurry!  If you don't win, or you missed the deadline, mark your calendar for January 5th...the e-book version of this #1 Kindle Bestseller goes on sale for only 99 cents for a limited time!

Monday, December 25, 2017

The History of Saint Nick ~ Visit Winter Blogfest to Win #Giveaways #free #books #giftcards!

Happy Holidays!  We're having a wonderfully relaxing Christmas morning at my sister-and-brother-in-laws' house in Massachusetts, and we woke up to quite a snow storm!  We have power and food (too much food if the rest of the family can't get here!), so all is cozy and bright, thankfully.

St. Nicholas of Myra
My post on the History of St. Nick was selected as part of Long and Short Reviews' "Winter Blogfest", so if you have time, stop by!  All the posts are winter or holiday-themed, and every post offers a prize as well.  All you have to do to enter is comment over there!  My post offers a free e-book, either Silver Lake or Gull Harbor, both romance mixed with ghost stories, and both #1 Kindle Bestsellers!  Winner gets to choose, and the contests go on until December 29th, so visit when you have some downtime!  

Who Was St. Nick?  Read The History of St. Nick here!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Send an e #Book for #Christmas! #LastMinuteGifts #Ghosts #Romance

Christmas is fast approaching!  It can be so overwhelming getting ready for the holidays...traveling or hosting relatives, finding and wrapping gifts, buying and preparing food...all added to the usual hectic pace of life.  If you've forgotten someone, run out of time, or just want to send something special to someone, why not consider an ebook?  It's easy, thoughtful, and instantaneous!  All you need is the recipient's email address to send an immediate gift.  Many ebooks cost less than the price of a card, and provide hours of enjoyment...not to mention relaxation, as reading is a proven stress-reliever.  Most of my novels combine a romantic plot-line with a haunting mystery, with first chapters designed to grab the reader and not let go.  You can even sample first chapters on Amazon for free to make sure you're going to be "hooked"!    

A FB message I received from a local celebrity,
after she bought my novel at a book signing!'s not too late, even if it's Christmas morning!  Even if someone slipped your mind, it's easy to say, "I picked out a few reads to send you, I just need your email address."  Done!  And don't forget to send one to yourself, for that amazing moment when everything settles down and you finally get to relax.  Then pour your favorite beverage, put your feet up, and experience the emotional roller coaster of falling in love, along with the spine-tingling suspense of a haunting mystery.

What happened to Brandy?
Five years later, a group of estranged friends reunites for
one last attempt to unravel the truth...

Both SILVER LAKE and GULL HARBOR combine the elements of a second-chance romance between first loves, a spooky ghost story, and a sultry summertime setting...a page-turning combination sure to please.  Both these books have been #1 Kindle Bestsellers on multiple occasions and have been Reader's Crown Finalists at the prestigious RomCon convention.

Like GULL HARBOR, my latest release, HAUNTED SOULS, is set on beautiful Cape Cod, and the haunting mystery in this steamy romance was inspired by the oldest wooden jailhouse in the country, which still stands along Rt. 6A in Barnstable Village.  Built in 1690, it's reputedly haunted.

Sending an ebook as a gift is easy on Amazon--you just click the books link (see the bolded titles above), go over to the silver "give as a gift" box on the right side of the page, and fill in your recipient's email address.  Then you can include a personal "Merry Christmas" note if you wish, and you're done!

Barnes and Nobel also has a similar "Buy as a Gift" option (to the right of the orange "Buy Now" button) if you need a Nook format!  Each book tab at the top of my blog has links for the different retailers under the book title.  (Silver Lake was acquired by Amazon's Encore imprint and is exclusive to Kindle now...all other titles available from B&N though!)

So treat the readers on your list--and yourself--to a love story this holiday season, and lose yourself in the passion, mystery, and suspense.  Happy Holidays!

A book, wine, and a cozy bed...These are a few of my favorite things!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Signed #Book #Giveaway! #Ghosts #Romance #Goodreads

I'm celebrating the holidays with a give-away!  If you're on Goodreads, click below (or here) to enter to win a signed copy of GULL HARBOR, a #1 Amazon Bestselling Romance/Ghost Mystery set on beautiful Cape Cod.  Who doesn't love a free book that promises hours of page-turning entertainment?  Steamy and spooky, this has something for everyone.  Check out the blurb below and click the Goodreads widget to enter!

When Claire Linden's job sends her to the sleepy town of Gull Harbor, she never expects to encounter her ex-boyfriend. As a medium, the prospect of tackling a haunted house is less daunting than seeing Max Baron again. Throughout their passionate college relationship, he promised to love her forever. Then, without explanation, he abandoned her on graduation day.

Max never intended to break Claire's heart--a cruel ultimatum forced him to disappear from her life. While he's shocked to find her in Gull Harbor, he isn't surprised by the bitter resentment she feels for him...or the fiery attraction that remains between them.

Claire is determined to rid her temporary home of its aggressive ghost, but Max soon realizes she's facing a danger beyond the paranormal. When Claire risks everything to help a desperate spirit, Max must race to save her--before another tragedy tears them apart forever.

"yes, 6 stars" of my favorite phrases ever!

And if you don't win (this one closes on 12/30), check back on my blog for a few upcoming offers.  A signed copy of HAUNTED SOULS goes up on Goodreads right after Christmas, and the Kindle and Nook version of Gull Harbor will go on sale for 2 weeks beginning January 5th...a mark-down from $4.99 to only 99 cents!  Happy Reading and good luck!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Gull Harbor by Kathryn  Knight

Gull Harbor

by Kathryn Knight

Giveaway ends December 30, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Anniversary of my 1st #Publishing Contract! #amwriting #saturdaymorning

I admit, I love the Facebook memories feature, where, when you log in, you see a post you made "on this day" sometime in the past.  Or, at least I love it when it was a post about something good--like today's!  Honestly, I may have forgotten this anniversary, being as it's so close to Christmas, New Year's, and two family birthdays, not to mention it was six years ago.  But I will never, ever forget that morning.  Only my younger son was still home when I clicked on the email...he would have been almost 10 years old and still in elementary school.  The subject line only included the name of my manuscript (SILVER LAKE submission), no indication of what news might be inside, and I'd already received 2 R&Rs (revise and resubmits) on my first manuscript from the publisher I longed to work with--and while R&Rs are a good thing, not a final rejection, they are no guarantee of a "yes" either.

Six years ago today...I even remember that it was a Friday!

So I clicked with shaking fingers and discovered, to my absolute delight, that this was the "yes" I'd been waiting for.  A publishing contract!  A company actually thought my work was a worthwhile investment, something they were willing to put money, time, and effort into.  I remember screaming with surprise and joy, my son racing into the kitchen, and the two of us hugging and dancing around the kitchen.  Both my sons knew how hard I'd been working, for years, and how much I wanted this.  I like to think my journey and tenacity sunk in as a lesson of sorts...keep working for your dreams, and don't give up.

Six years later, a lot has happened.  That first book, Silver Lake, has been a #1 Kindle Bestseller on several occasions.  A larger publisher purchased the electronic rights to the novel in 2015.  I've had 3 additional novels published, which have found their own success: another #1 Kindle Bestseller, various awards, and now my latest release, Haunted Souls, is being made into an audio book by my publisher.  I even got to sign books alongside one of my childhood idols, Mary Higgins Clark!  It's been a whirlwind six years!

Has it been all happiness and roses?  No, of course not.  Bad reviews are painful.  Sales slumps are disheartening.  Reaching new readers is a challenge.  And writer's block can be tortuous.  But I don't think I'd change my decision to write down my stories.  If I've given some people what I consider one of the ultimate forms of entertainment and pleasure--getting lost in an impossible-to-put-down book--then it's all been worth it.

How to make an author's day!

Now, back to my WIP, Dangerous Currents...only a few chapters to go!  But I'll treat myself to a little anniversary celebration today too...probably a mid-day break, where I climb under a blanket, pull up the covers, and read...bliss!  (Check back after the new year for my list of my favorite books of the year!  Here's my 2016 list.)

Probably will substitute water for wine in the middle of the day...
but then again, it's my anniversary!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Holiday Nut Mix ~ #recipes Homemade Gift idea #Christmas

I am not a crafty person.  I'm creative, in terms of dreaming up plot twists and developing characters, but the closest I usually get to designing gorgeous gifts or beautiful centerpieces is adding pictures I love with instructions I know I can't follow to my Pinterest boards.  I'm in awe of people who have that kind of talent.

But I *can* follow simple recipes, and a few years ago, my sister-in-law, who always hosts Christmas with a dazzling display of gourmet food and stunning displays, served a nut mix that I just couldn't get enough of.  And hey, it's nuts--a good for you food, packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.  Even with the seasoning, it's a better choice than baked goods filled with refined flour and sugar.

So I asked her for the recipe, and now, around the holidays, I make huge batches to send to friends and family.  It's both spicy and sweet, and--warning--highly addictive.  I buy cute jars with chalkboard labels to package them in, and I send them out to the people I won't be able to see over the holidays and to the people I want to thank for making my life easier throughout the year.  Here's her recipe, in case you want to try it:

Love these cute
chalkboard jars!

2 1/2 cups of assorted unsalted nuts - I used cashews, almonds, walnuts, and pecans

2 T fresh coarsely chopped rosemary - luckily, I have a rosemary plant on my patio!

1/2 t cayenne pepper - use less or leave out if you're adverse to spicy

2 t dark brown sugar

2 t sea salt

1 T melted (unsalted) butter

Spread the nuts on a baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.  Mix the remaining ingredients.  Toss the nuts with the mixture in a large bowl.

Yes, that easy!  Enjoy :)

And remember - reading is the ultimate stress-reliever, so if you need a good book to help de-stress during the holiday rush, try one of my romance/ghost mystery mixes...many of them have been #1 Kindle Bestsellers, and they offer hours of page-turning relaxation and entertainment.  Gull Harbor is everyone's favorite--arriving in Cape Cod, psychic medium Claire Linden is ready to try to rid her temporary home of a dangerous poltergeist...but she's stunned to find her ex-boyfriend, the man who once promised to love her forever, hiding out in the same small town.

A #1 Bestseller, a Top 10 Read at MyShelf Reviews, a Reader's Crown Finalist

Claire was such a popular character, she returns for a cameo in Haunted Souls, my most recent release...but the main characters have their own story that revolves around a soldier returning from combat to discover he has a son, and a desperate single mom trying to make things right as she confronts a haunting mystery.  

A #1 Bestseller, a Reader's Crown Finalist, an Amazon Encore selection

Silver Lake brings a group of former friends back together to try to solve the mystery of their friend's disappearance, after they begin to suspect she's trying to communicate from beyond the grave.  What really happened to Brandy?  (Read for free if you're a Kindle Unlimited member!)

And if you enjoy Young Adult novels and/or more traditional paranormal romance, try Divine Fall, a story about the world's last an outcast from both worlds, he'll risk his life to seek his revenge...but will he risk hers?  Relive first love and lose yourself in supernatural secrets and suspense! (Only 99c on Kindle!)

Winner of the Reader's Choice Award in Young Adult and a Reader's Crown Finalist

Look for the "Give as
a Gift" button on the left!
If you have readers on your list, you can also send an e-book as a thoughtful holiday gift for less than a card!  Happy reading and happy holidays!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Signing #Books in #Mashpee! Holiday Fair - Open House #CapeCod #Fitness Co.

As promised earlier in the week in my post on my local events, I'm doing a quick update on the Holiday Vendor Fair and Open House we're doing tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. the 9th, at the gym where I work (my day job, lol) - Fitness Company for Women on Rt. 130 in Mashpee.  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!

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 that shutting the outside world down, putting your feet up, and getting lost in a page-turning story?) or for the readers on your list.  In particular, 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.  A little steamy and a little spooky...there's something for everyone!

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, food and drink, membership specials, salon and massage specials, gift certificates, and raffles, with proceeds going to Toy for Tots.  

11:00 - 3:00 at The Fitness Company!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Signing #Books in #Falmouth! Holiday Shopping, Bingo, Raffles #CapeCod Cape Cod

I have a couple of events coming up this week...Wednesday the 6th, I'll be in Falmouth, at a Bingo Night and Holiday Shopping Event.  This is always a good time!  The suggested donation is $20 (proceeds this month go to West Falmouth Preschool), and that gets you 20 games (wear red and green or something holiday-themed for a bonus card!). Complimentary light appetizers and a cash bar and buffet too!

The entire room is lined with vendor and artist tables, and in December,
the shopping will extend to other rooms as well!

Where do I fit in to this event?  There are a whole bunch of local artists and vendors setting up for shopping before and in between the games, and we've all donated to the cause as well as offered prizes for raffles. The complete list of vendors is below, so if you're in the area, please consider stopping by!  

Wednesday, December 6th
5:00 at the Holiday Inn Cape Cod
291 Jones Road Falmouth

Enjoy a fun night out for a great cause ~ Play bingo and shop for the holidays with local vendors and artists, with a portion of the proceeds going to West Falmouth Preschool!  *Complimentary light appetizers, CASH bar and food buffet available!* Hundreds of Dollars in vendors' products will be 20 games for the suggested donation of JUST $20!

Shop with our vendors and artisans throughout the night before and in between Bingo games! 

Doors open at 5:00 pm & BINGO begins @ 6:30 SHARP!

Join Us Early and Shop from our Amazing Vendors:

PartyLite ~ Christina McMenamy & Michael Murphy; LuLaRoe by Brooke ~ Brooke Wood; Thirty One ~ Diane Leal; The Pampered Chef ~ Kelly Washburn; Paparazzi Jewelry ~ Annabelle Morrison; Younique ~ Leah Lutke & Aimee Cheney; Ruby Ribbon ~ Amy Levitt; Reine's Creations ~ Tariesa J. Reine; Nanny's Knits ~ Tariesa A. Reine; Limelight by Alcone ~ Kerry Houde; LuLaRoe by Heather ~ Heather Hurley; Tupperware ~ Michelle Brown; Dragonfly Dreams ~ Jodi Thompson; Mary Kay ~ Mary Pollard; Usborne Books ~ Melissa Zawadskido; TERRA ~ Jennifer Glydon; Athenas ~ Meaghan Mort; Avon ~ Kim Dawson; K.G. Bodyworks ~ Kate Grant; Kathryn Knight Books ~ Kathryn Knight; Painted Fancies ~ Susan Hawley; Designs by Priscilla ~ Priscilla Alden; Rodan + Fields ~ Katy Lankford; Stampin' Up! ~ Ginger Rabesa; Nerium International ~ Linda O' Neill & Sharon Ghelfi Adams; Beachbody ~ Jenna Horne; Katie Frey Photography ~ Katie Frey; Park Lane ~ Tiffaney Dieter; It Works! ~ Nicky Fountain; Silpada ~ Barbara Surrette; Cape Cod Comfort Therapy Bags ~ Lisa Houde; LulaRoe with Kayla and Jo ~ Jody Coyman; Origami Owl ~ Ellie Russo; Wreaths by Holly ~ Holly O'Keefe; Premier Designs Jewelry ~ Lisa Morris; Traveling Vineyard ~ Kim Aliczi; The Pirate's Treasure & Cindy's Creations ~ Cindy Gould; Sylvia Clan Studio ~ Kathleen Sylvia

***Receive a 'Bonus Bingo Card' when wear red & green or your favorite festive attire!  All participants must be at least 18 year of age​​​.

On Saturday, I'll be participating at an Open House and Holiday Shopping Event at the gym where I work, The Fitness Company on Rt. 130 in Mashpee.  It's open to the public, and we're offering raffles, prizes, and gym specials in addition to the holiday shopping tables and healthy treats!  11:00 - 3:00.

I'm also DETERMINED to finish my 5th manuscript this month, and my first audio book, Haunted Souls, will be coming to me for review before it goes up on Audible for purchase.  I'm also gearing up for a new joint venture with 11 other authors...stay tuned!  Somehow, during all this, I'll have to get my own family ready for the holidays!  Wish me luck, and hope to see you at the events if you're in the area.

Haunted Souls will be available on Audible in 2018!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

A #Free #Book of "Hacks" for the Holidays! #Recipes #Christmas #Lifehacks

Every year, my publisher offers a free recipe book, as a gift to our readers, filled with contributions from the authors of The Wild Rose Press.  We vote on different themes each year, and we've offered Garden Gourmet collections featuring easy meals and snacks, international recipes, cookies and cocktails, and healthy recipes in the past...these books are still available, for free, on our website!  This year, we did something a little different...our "recipes" for Garden Gourmet 2017 are actually "hacks" - shortcuts or tricks to make tasks more simple, whether they involve cooking, cleaning, or just life in general.

So grab you free ebook here: A Holiday of Hacks, and discover some new ways to save time and effort!  You can easily check out on our website via Amazon, and we offer downloads for Kindle (mobi), Nook (epub), and for your laptop (pdf).

Here are the previous years' recipe books as well...Enjoy!  Happy Holidays!

2016 Holiday Garden Gourmet ~ Comfort Foods

2015 Holiday Garden Gourmet ~ Cookies and Cocktails

2014 Holiday Garden Gourmet ~ Quick and Easy

2013 Holiday Garden Gourmet ~ International

Also, if you're looking for simple recipes for goodies that can serve as edible gifts, check out my go-to: Rosemary Nut Mix.