Friday, March 30, 2018

Why #Easter Moves Around Each Year ~ Finding the Date

It doesn't quite feel like spring yet here on Cape Cod, but Easter is almost here--a bit early this year.  Why does the date move around each year?  I'm pulling out my previous post on calculating Easter's date...but a little background first:  when my children were younger, I taught Sunday School (a passage from the Book of Genesis actually inspired one of my novels...Divine Fall is the story of the only surviving Nephilim--the offspring of heavenly angels and human women who roamed the earth before the Great Flood) 

As a Sunday School teacher, I was asked unusual questions, which I didn't always have the answer to.  Kids are unbelievably insightful sometimes.  Why, they wondered, was Christmas always December 25th, while Easter moved around?  Excellent question...and not a particularly easy one.

According to documents from the 3rd and 4th centuries, Christians relied on their Jewish neighbors to determine the week of the Unleavened Bread; the Sunday that fell within that week would be Easter.  Following the First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, the date of Easter was separated from the Jewish calendar and its computations for Passover.

Since then, Easter Day is always the Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or after the Northern spring equinox, which is based on an ancient ecclesiastical computation, and does not correspond to the astronomical equinox.  The church defines the spring, or vernal, equinox as falling on March 21st.  Easter falls on the Sunday following the first full moon after the equinox.  This full moon will occur somewhere between March 21st and April 18th, inclusive.  Therefore, Easter cannot be earlier than March 22nd or later than April 25th.  In 2008, Easter was particularly early, falling on March 23rd.  That hadn't happened since 1913, and will not happen again until 2160.

Of course, there are handy tables available to find the date.  But those tables are derived from something called "The Golden Number" and "The Sunday Letter".  The Golden Number is computed by taking the year, dividing it by 19, and adding 1 to the remainder.  For example, 2014 divided by 19 gives 106, with a remainder of 0. Adding 1 to the remainder gives a golden number of 1.  Finding the Sunday Letter involves determining the first Sunday of the year, with the choices ranging from A through G.  For example, if the first Sunday in January falls on the 1st, that year is an "A" year.

There are more computations, explanations, and nuances surrounding leap years, but for the purposes of the kids in my class, my summation was enough to explain the phenomenon.  The short answer, really, is that Easter moves around from year to year in order to maintain the connection between the astronomical events (the phase of the moon and the season) which would have occurred during the Resurrection and the annual date on which we celebrate this holiday.

Whatever spring holiday or event you celebrate, I hope it's filled with family and happiness.  Take some time to enjoy nature's resurrection--the new life, strengthening sun, and longer days that characterize this season.  And if the Easter bunny visits (that's a whole 'nother post for next Easter maybe?), remind him to put some paranormal romance reads in your basket!

SILVER LAKE ~ A haunting, an old flame, 
and secrets from the past ~ #1 Kindle Bestseller 

GULL HARBOR ~ A dangerous ghost and an ex-boyfriend await psychic Claire Linden in Cape Cod's Gull Harbor
#1 Kindle & Nook Bestseller, now on Audio too!

DIVINE FALL ~ Revenge, Romance, and 
a Rogue Fallen Angel 
(Award-winning YA Paranormal Romance)

HAUNTED SOULS ~ A damaged soldier, a secret baby,
and a haunting mystery ~ A Top 3 Read of 2016

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Three #Giveaways! Win a #Kindle, #giftcards, #books! #Rafflecopter

I'm helping sponsor THREE giveaways right now, two of which are offering multiple prizes!  As an author, visibility is key...especially in this incredibly crowded market.  A reader can't consider trying one of my books if he or she doesn't know it exists, so giveaways help bring exposure, plus entries often involve following an author or signing up for a newsletter.  Easy ways to learn about new reads, plus, you could win a lot of stuff!

The St. Patrick's Day Rafflecopter is almost done, so hurry ~ it ends on 3/29!  Up for grabs are a Kindle Paperwhite and choice of leather case, a Kindle Fire and $25 worth of ebooks (winners' choice), two more winners' choice ebook packages worth $35 and $20, and three $10 Amazon gift cards!  Enter the Rafflecopter by clicking here to get to the Rafflecopter page.

Still open, hurry!

The second giveaway offers the winner's choice of a Kindle Fire or an Echo Dot!  Click here to get to the Rafflecopter page.

A dangerous ghost & an ex-boyfriend await psychic Claire Linden
in Cape Cod's GULL HARBOR...
My #1 Amazon and Barnes & Nobel Bestseller is part of
the Love Under Fire book giveaway!

Finally, three chances to win a set of 21 e-books by the authors of Love Under Fire!  Fill your Kindle or Nook!  This is the Facebook page where you find the giveaway: Link to Rafflecopter on FB

Good Luck!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

"Heart-pounding tension" ~ #Audible #Review #ghosts #romance

I'm so excited to be entering the growing audio book market, with my first audiobook releasing a few weeks ago.  Gull Harbor has been a #1 Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestseller on several occasions, and I'm thrilled this second-chance romance + ghost mystery is now available on Audible and iTunes now, narrated by the very talented Kristin James. 

The reviews are just starting to come in, and I'm sharing a few lines from a fabulous one from Tome Tender. 

A little teaser....
"For Claire, winning a ghost's trust and helping it move on is part of her gift, having to face the man who shattered her heart is her curse."  What a delicious tag line!  I love it.

"The secrets buried in Gull Harbor by Kathryn Knight provide heart-pounding tension..."  Things that make a suspense and romance writer smile :)

"Not only can Kathryn Knight create a brilliant edge-of-your-seat tale of paranormal and romantic suspense, she has chosen the voice and vibrancy of Kristin James to bring each character to life".  As an avid listener of audiobooks myself, I know very well that a narrator can make or break a story.  I couldn't be more pleased with the talented KJ!

You can read the entire review on Tome Tender here.

If you have a membership with Audible available, give Gull Harbor a try here:  Gull Harbor on Audible.  And if you don't have a membership with Audible, your first book is FREE, so go try it out!  I love to listen while I'm driving, gardening, working out, cleaning, etc.  I'm thrilled to have another way to get more books "read", and I get hours of entertainment to look forward to with each new download.  Of course, you can also find it on Kindle and Nook as well.

Oh, and look for Haunted Souls to appear on Audible in the next month--it's coming to audio too!

Happy Listening :)

Friday, March 16, 2018

History of #StPatricksDay + a #Giveaway! Win a #Kindle!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  This year, St. Patrick's Day is taking on a little more meaning, because I recently got my DNA results back from 23andMe (an awesome birthday gift from my hubby) and I discovered I have a lot more Irish blood in me than I thought!  I did know I had a Sullivan on my father's side of the family a few generations back, but the results say I'm 61% British and Irish.  I've always enjoyed taking part in the holiday fun--wearing green, drinking beer, and serving a traditional Irish meal. You'll notice I said "serving", not "cooking" is not one of my strengths; however, writing is.  So rather than offering a recipe, I'm dedicating this blog post to some facts about St. Patrick and his holiday.

As a teenager, Patrick was captured by Irish pirates and taken from his home country of Great Britain to Ireland as a slave.  A rough start, for sure, but although he escaped after six years and returned home, eventually he went back to Ireland as a cleric.  The exact dates of his life are uncertain, but it is generally agreed that Patrick was an active missionary in Ireland during the second half of the 5th century.  He was also an ordained Bishop and eventually became the primary patron saint of Ireland.  St. Patrick's Day became an official Christian Feast Day in the early 17th century, observed on March 17th, the date of Patrick's death.

The day not only commemorates St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, it also celebrates Irish culture and heritage. There are parades and festivals to mark the occasion, as well as religious services.  Because the church lifts Lenten restrictions for the day, drinking alcohol has become a custom associated with St. Patrick's Day.

The shamrock as a symbol comes from legends involving St. Patrick using the three-leafed plant to describe the Holy Trinity--the concept of three persons in one God. Obviously, shamrocks are green, but the phrase "The Wearing of the Green" comes from an Irish ballad of the same name.  The song refers to the persecution of those who supported the 1798 rebellion against British rule. The lyrics state, "They are hanging men and women for the wearing of the green" - the color adopted by the revolutionary United Irishmen.

Some stories credit St. Patrick with driving all the snakes from Ireland; however, all scientific evidence suggests no snakes ever existed on the Emerald Isle to begin with.  Another legend related to a serpent involves St. Patrick killing a large serpent in a lake, thus turning the water red with blood and creating the name "Red Lake" or Lough Derg.  It is said that God showed St. Patrick a cave or pit on an island in the lake, revealing the spot as an entrance to Purgatory.  St. Patrick's Purgatory is now an ancient pilgrimage site which still draws pilgrims annually.

Upon his death, the struggle over possession of the saintly corpse gave rise to the Battle for the Body of St. Patrick (according to the Annals of the Four Masters - chronicles of medieval Irish history).  He is said to be buried along with St. Brigid and St. Columbia at Down Cathedral in Downpatrick, County Down, but this has never been proven.

If you're feeling lucky, why not check out the huge St. Patrick's Day Giveaway and Facebook Hop I'm sponsoring along with 69 other authors?  We have two things going on...a Rafflecopter with prizes going to seven this link to see what's up for grabs and to enter.  And then there's the Facebook Hop ~ Hop along each author's Facebook Page, where you'll find a gift card giveaway entry at EVERY stop!  You can start here on my page with the top post, and please take a second to Like my page.  Good luck!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Reunion #Romance + Ghost #Mystery on #Sale! #99c #KindleDeals

I was thrilled to discover that Amazon has made SILVER LAKE one of its Romance Kindle Deals!  Amazon's Encore publishing imprint acquired the rights to my debut novel in 2015, and so the pricing is determined by their publishing house.  It's on sale right now for 99 cents for Kindle, and I have no idea how long the sale will last, so hurry and grab your copy for less than a buck!

Silver Lake combines second-chance romance with a haunting mystery, and it's been a #1 Bestseller on Amazon on several occasions.  Click on the link below to read the blurb on Amazon, and if it sounds intriguing, download a few hours of entertainment for 99 pennies, put your feet up, and find out what happened to Brandy...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A FB Party ~ #Giveaways #Giftcards #Books + Prizes! #Author Takeover

I'm excited to be doing a takeover of Kylie's Fiction Addiction Facebook page this Friday night!  What's a takeover?  Basically, I get to host a fun virtual party for both my fans and fans of the page for an hour, with giveaways, prizes, fun questions, and opportunities to make new friends and find new reads.  And it's a chance to celebrate the release of my steamy romance/ghost story Gull Harbor as an audio book.  Gull Harbor has been a #1 Bestseller on Kindle and Nook formats, so I'm thrilled it's now available in audio

A party to celebrate the release of Gull Harbor on audio!

If you've never been to a Facebook party, give it a try!  My takeover begins March 9th at 9 pm EST, and the best parts of a virtual party are (1) you can wear your pajamas and (2) if you're not online during the party hour from 9:00 - 10:00, you can still chime in for chances to win on your own time.  Here's the Event Invite for more info: Event Info on Facebook.

What's up for grabs?

Amazon gift cards, copies of Kindle or Nook formats of my novels, audio copies of Gull Harbor, and an ebook of your choice from any of the authors of Moonlight & Mystery! And, some bling...these beautiful drop earrings from Silpada!

One prizewinner will get to chose any ebook from the dozens offered by
9 Award-winning, Bestselling Authors!

Plus, meeting new authors and readers and fun games ~ so come by, and invite some friends along too!  It's a free event, all you have to do is join Kylie's Fiction Addiction Facebook page to attend.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

New #Review! Second-Chance #Romance + Ghost Story #Books

Reviews are often difficult to come by, with so many books out there, so new ones are reasons to celebrate, especially when the reviewer enjoyed the story!  I was thrilled with this fabulous new review of Haunted Souls, a combination of steamy, second-chance romance and a ghost mystery, at N.N. Light's Book Heaven!  

"A fantastic ghost story"...N.N. Light's Book Heaven

A few of my favorite lines that made me smile from ear-to-ear:

"Beautifully-written suspense by Kathryn Knight had me clinging to my tablet, wondering what would happen next!"

"Knight is a brilliant storyteller with a gift for creating realistic characters and events."

And...."Highly recommend!"  

Check out the full review here!

A little teaser from a steamy scene!