Tuesday, June 26, 2018

My #Books on Display in #Falmouth + A Signing Event ~ #CapeCod Beach Reads

This week, a local bank is highlighting my novels, with a big display table in their lobby!  I’m so thrilled at this chance to have more people learn about my novels, and the community support provided by Rockland Trust in Falmouth is truly appreciated.  Three of my novels are set on Cape Cod—the #1 Amazon and B&N Bestseller GULL HARBOR , award-winning military romance + ghost mystery HAUNTED SOULS and my brand new release, DANGEROUS CURRENTS, a steamy second-chance romance filled with secrets and suspense.  Both locals and visitors to the area will enjoy “seeing” some of the unique places on the Cape throughout the story, and these are all page-turning beach reads with plenty of twists.



I signed print copies for the bank in advance, so anyone can pick out and purchase a signed copy of all five of my novels during business hours (8:30 am to 4 pm).  On Friday, June 29, I’ll be there to personally sign books to include names if desired and to chat with readers, from noon til 2:00.  This branch of Rockland Trust in Falmouth is located at 20 Davis Straits (Route 28) near the 99 Restaurant.  Stop by if you can and grab a new beach read!  Happy Summer J




Sunday, June 24, 2018

My Favorite Heroine ~ #amreading #TheBronzeHorseman #HistoricalRomance #Books

I just kicked off a new blog series over at Moonlight and Mystery, and I thought I'd share it here as well.  Moonlight and Mystery is a new site for romance, suspense, and mystery, and 11 authors contribute to the content.  I'm one of the authors in charge of the blog topics and schedule, and I often start the series with the first post.  We've done a series on book settings and another on the book from our childhood that impacted our writing; this new series is on each author’s favorite hero or heroine, and this is the first time we’ve had to pick favorites!  I’m not going to lie, as an avid reader, it’s tough.  I did a post on my own blog years ago on my favorite fictional couples (note: I had not read the book I'm going to talk about at the time of that old post from Feb. of 2013, otherwise this couple would have made it...but I read it later that same year, and it's featured on my Favorite Books of 2013 post which came out in Dec.) and I forced myself to narrow it down to five.  But one hero OR heroine?  Nearly impossible.


But, since I have to, I’m going with the heroine of a book that made a huge impression on me, a historical romance novel that might not be on romance readers’ radar, since it’s not as well-known as Outlander or Whitney, My Love.  The novel is called The Bronze Horseman, and it only crossed into my To-Be-Read list because Goodreads has a feature that shows novels you might like based on your ratings of novels you’ve read.  The Bronze Horseman popped up as a popular choice for fans of Outlander, Pillars of the Earth, Gone with the Wind, and The Tea Rose…all books I loved. 

I’ll admit, I had my doubts when I started the book—WWII-era Leningrad does not have the same romantic flair as, say, the Scottish Highlands of the 18th century, but I am so, so glad I pushed through the opening scene as we meet the family and the Stalin regime announces the Soviet Union is at war.  I was literally captivated by this book.  Entranced.  Every romance author knows that conflict is key, and for a series like this one, multiple, believable conflicts are necessary.  Author Paullina Simons delivers this brilliantly, if painfully (for readers who want these characters to have their HEA).  My heart ached for what the two main characters (and many of the additional characters) had to go through—and the horrors of war are brought to life by the author’s attention to detail and meticulous research.  And yet through it all, a beautiful and poignant love between Tatiana and Alexander grows and endures.

Okay, so that’s a lot about why I loved the book.  What is it about the characters that made them favorites?  I did love the hero Alexander, don’t get me wrong.  Some readers were uncomfortable with some of his behavior early on in the book, when he’s trapped in a love triangle of sorts.  While it wasn’t the most admiral spot for him to be in, I tried to view it through a more favorable lens.  Tatiana was too young for him at the time, even though he loved her.  He also was trying to do as Tatiana directed, because she wanted Alexander’s current girlfriend to be happy.  Finally, he used the relationship to have frequent contact with Tatiana’s family as the war progressed and supplies grew tight, and it allowed him to bring them all food.

This initial conflict, with Tatiana worrying more about someone else’s happiness than her own, shows right off the bat how selfless she is.  As the borders are closed in an attempt to starve all the inhabitants of Leningrad, Tatiana, the youngest in the family, becomes the strong one, braving brutal cold and dangerous streets daily to find food for her family.  She cares for each of them even while she worries about Alexander fighting at the front.  She bears the load as each person gives up or dies from the cold and lack of nourishment, or the constant bombings.

When it becomes clear her brother may have been in a battle, she goes looking for him.  When the hospital fill with wounded and dying, she’s there, volunteering as a nurse.  And lest it sound like she’s too nice, too sweet, we eventually see what she’ll do to save Alexander from behind enemy lines.  Nothing stops her, and the determination and cunning she shows to rescue her love make for an edge-of-your-seat plotline.  Beyond that, I don’t want to say too much, because, spoilers!  And if I’m making it seem like too depressing a read, remember that is *is* a romance, which means a Happily Ever After (eventually)…and there are some wonderful times of joy in simply being alive (and steamy encounters) when Alexander is given leave.




I’d add that the first two books, The Bronze Horseman and Tatiana and Alexander, are worth the read if you like epic Historical Romance.  The last in the series was extremely disappointing to many fans and didn’t seem to fit, as if it had to be tacked on as the third book in the series per a contract.  Although there is an exciting scene at the end, if you’re determined to see the series through!

Have you read these books?  What were your takes on the characters?  Please share your favorite heroes and heroines!


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Cover Reveal! #RomanticSuspense #LoveUnderFire #99c Pre-Order #books

Who doesn’t love a cover reveal?  It’s so exciting to see the “face” of a book you’ve been working on, or in this case, the box set you’re contributing to.  That’s right, I am part of a fabulous Romantic Suspense Box Set, 21 tales of thrilling romantic suspense, mystery, and danger—all NEW stories from USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Bestselling Authors!  The best part?  We’re donating a large portion of our proceeds to Pets for Vets, a charity that pairs rescued animals with military vets in need of companion animals.  I am so, so happy about this.  As a huge fan of rescuing animals, and a daughter/granddaughter/wife of military veterans, this is so important to me.


Two of my three rescues -
Otis and Jinx
To get the ball rolling and maximize visibility, we’re offering the entire set for 99 cents—yes, 99 pennies for 21 books—if you Pre-order NOW.  That means you can order the set today, and have it hit your e-reader on release day, November 13, automatically—a fun surprise just in time for holiday travels and a little escapism when the chaos of the season gets too stressful, or a snowstorm gives you some time to unwind.  While it’s true that just a few 99 cent purchases might not make up a considerable donation, we’re going for thousands of downloads, with so many authors participating and a deal too good to pass up.  We hope you’ll help us meet our goal, and enjoy the stories and perhaps find some new authors to love!

Okay, without further ado…here it is, the box set cover of LOVE UNDER FIRE! 



What do you think?  I love it!  And I also adore my personal cover for the story I’m contributing, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm.  Stay tuned for that cover reveal, and the cover reveals of each of the stories in the next few months!  Here’s a rundown of the authors and titles:

Kathryn Knight - The Haunting of Hillwood Farm
Stephanie Queen - Ace Under Fire
Casi McLean - Reign Of Fire
Valerie J. Clarizio – The Code Enforcer
Chris Patchell - Deception Bay
Aaron Paul Lazar - The Asylum: a Carmen Garcia romantic suspense novel
Alyssa Richards - Chasing Secrets
K.M. Hodge - Summer of ‘78
Pamela Fagan Hutchins - Buckle Bunny
Judith Lucci – RUN for your life
Stephany Tullis – Blue Lady’s MISSION UNDER FIRE
Fiona Quinn – Cold Red
Anna Celeste Burke – Lily’s Homecoming Under Fire
Margaret A. Daly- Monsters in my Closet
Linda Watkins - The Witches of Storm Island, Book I: The Turning
Tamara Ferguson - Two Hearts Under Fire
Suzanne Jenkins - Running with Horses
Inge-Lise Goss – Diamonds and Lies
S.R. Mallery – Tender Enemies
Jinx Schwartz - Baja Get Away
Uvi Poznansky - Virtually Lace

Pre-order links are now up for Love Under Fire, everywhere but Amazon, which will go live on August 13.  If you have a Nook, iTunes, or Kobo account, help us—and Pets for Vets--out and get your copy today!  Thanks and please share the news to all your reader friends!

Available to Pre-Order on Kindle beginning August 13th!

Thank you and Happy Reading!



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Final #NetGalley days + Audio #Book Tour! #Romance #Suspense

"A real page-turner"
~ Net Galley reviewer, 5*s
First up: Last call for Net Galley requests for my new release! Dangerous Currents is a steamy second-chance romance filled with suspense and secrets.  Set on Cape Cod, it's an entertaining beach read with some edge-of-your seat twists.  If you're a NetGalley reviewer, I hope you'll check out the blurb and request the title here if you're interested--it comes down from NetGalley on 6/15.  One fateful night tore them apart...will they get a second chance before a killer strikes?

In other news, this past Sunday kicked off a week-long blog tour for Gull Harbor, a steamy romance mixed with a haunting mystery.  This title has been out for a while as both a print and a #1 Bestselling e-book, but it's brand new as an audio book, thanks to my publisher's decision to enter this growing market.  I'm very excited, as I listen to audio books all the time now, and it helps me get through twice as many books on my To-Be-Read list.  

A dangerous ghost and an ex-boyfriend await psychic Claire Linden...
Steamy Romance meets Spooky Suspense

After 5 novels and 7 years in this business, I'm having trouble believing this is my first book tour ever.  So far, I'm really enjoying it!  Gull Harbor has had multiple stops per day, a I'm quoting some of my favorite lines from a few of the reviews here.  Page Princess gave it 5 *s and said, "I was actually kind of sad when I got to the end of this story.  Not because it doesn't have an HEA (Happily Ever After).  It does.  The story is more than wonderful.  I just didn't want to leave this world, this town, and these people.  So let me tell you about my friends."  Happy dance!  See the entire review here.

Lilly's Book World said, "I loved it and I loved the characters.  In regards to the overall story, Knight added the exact amount of mystery, the perfect dose of thrills and emotions.  Having the romance side also well created, I can say this is a complete book for me.  5 stars - great!"  See entire review here.




The entire audio book tour schedule for Gull Harbor can be found here.  Hope readers and listeners will stop by along the way and support all these great sites!  I'll be visiting and chatting at each site as well.  To grab your own copy of Gull Harbor on Audible (if you're just joining, you can get it FREE!), find it here.  

Happy Reading/Listening!



Sunday, June 10, 2018

Audio #Book Tour, #Review Wars, + #NetGalley! Busy #amwriting week

A tremendously busy week begins today, and I'm excited, nervous, and trying to keep up while also doing everything else that needs to be done, like my other job, feeding kids and pets, laundry, etc.  Wish me luck!




Today, Sunday, kicks off a week-long blog tour for Gull Harbor, a steamy romance mixed with a haunting mystery.  This title has been out for a while as both a print and a #1 Bestselling e-book, but it's brand new as an audio book, thanks to my publisher's decision to enter this growing market.  I'm very excited, as I listen to audio books all the time now, and it helps me get through twice as many books on my To-Be-Read list.  

After 5 novels and 7 years in this business, I'm having trouble believing this is my first book tour ever.  So far, I'm really enjoying it!  Gull Harbor received two new reviews today, both of which made me smile!  Page Princess gave it 5 *s and said, "I was actually kind of sad when I got to the end of this story.  Not because it doesn't have an HEA (Happily Ever After).  It does.  The story is more than wonderful.  I just didn't want to leave this world, this town, and these people.  So let me tell you about my friends."  Happy dance!  See the entire review here.

The Book Junkie Reads said, "you get that heart-pounding intensity of drama with this paranormal romantic suspense with a mystery of flavor sprinkled in by the various twists and turns that are presented.  You could feel the skin chill and the goose bumps rise with the way things were unfolding."  And for the fabulous narrator, Kristin James, "There was something in the quality of her voice that drew you in and allowed one to feel connected."  Read the entire review here.




The entire audio book tour schedule for Gull Harbor can be found here.  Hope readers and listeners will stop by along the way and support all these great sites!  I'll be visiting and chatting at each site as well.  To grab your own copy of Gull Harbor on Audible (if you're just joining, you can get it FREE!), find it here.  


In my other writerly news, my latest release, Dangerous Currents, was selected to be reviewed by The Reading Review Wars, a site offering not one but two reviews of the same book, from His and Hers points of view.  I've been waiting nearly a month to see what everyone has to say, and the "war" goes live tomorrow, with a guest author serving as a judge to declare which reviewer does a better job defending their position on the plot, characterization, and writing style.  Look for it to go live tomorrow, Monday the 11th, here.  I hope for a lively discussion!

Dangerous Currents is a steamy second-chance romance filled with secrets and suspense, set on the sandy shores of Cape Cod.  In other words, an excellent beach read!  You can grab a copy on Amazon or, if you're a Net Galley reviewer, this title will be available to request until 6/15, and you can find it here.  Thanks for stopping by!  Now, back to that manuscript that's due to release in November...


Even with everything I have to do, I still find time to de-stress with a book!







Thursday, June 7, 2018

Review Wars #Book Discussion goes live 6/11 - Read Along! #Romance #Suspense #NetGalley #amreading

I'm over the moon that my new Romantic Suspense release, Dangerous Currents, has been picked to be reviewed at Reading Review Wars, a site that offers His and Hers viewpoints in dual reviews of the same book!  This is a steamy second-chance romance, filled with suspense and secrets, set on the sandy shores of Cape Cod...a perfect beach read to get ready for the summer--so read along with us and join the conversation to see which review matches up with your feelings on the plot, world building, and overall writing style.  The "War" goes live on Monday, June 11, so you can make it your weekend read...in fact, the first three editorial reviews that have come in have called it a pretty quick read: 

"The suspense of who-done-it leaves you on the edge of your seat." (Forget the Housework, I'm Reading)  

"I found myself being pulled into the story at the beginning and never coming up for air until I finished the entire book."  (A Soccer Mom's Book Blog

"The tension that runs through Kathryn Knight's words, each scene and page, is razor-sharp...I love a story where I can honestly say 'I didn't see THAT coming!'"  (Tome Tender Book Reviews)

And, if you're a Net Galley reviewer, this title is up for request until 6/15, so you can grab your own review copy here.  One fateful night tore them apart...will they get a second chance before a killer strikes?

When a costly mistake ends Malorie Montgomery’s career, she returns to Cape Cod in search of a fresh start.  But her plans for a new—and quiet—life are quickly derailed when she makes a grisly discovery in the woods, and her screams bring the one person from her past she’d hoped to avoid.  Dean Slater, the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart in high school, now lives in the beachfront community that was supposed to be her haven…and he’s just as hot as he was six years ago.

With his rough background, Dean always knew he wasn’t good enough for the kind, intelligent beauty who claimed his heart, but somehow he’d believed their love was strong enough to survive anything—until the tragic night she turned her back on him when he needed her trust the most.  Despite their painful history, Dean can’t resist the instinct to protect her, especially when it becomes apparent there’s a killer in their town.

Their former chemistry soon reignites, but Malorie has long accepted that her dark family secret has destined her to a life alone.  And when she uncovers evidence that makes her the killer’s target, a deadly confrontation threatens to destroy any possibility of a second chance.


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Friday, June 1, 2018

Dangerous Currents on #NetGalley! Second-chance #Romance filled w/ Secrets + #Suspense

My new release, Dangerous Currents, is now available on Net Galley!  This is a steamy second-chance romance, filled with suspense and secrets, set on the sandy shores of Cape Cod...a perfect beach read!  If you're a Net Galley reviewer, I hope you'll check out the blurb below and request the title here if you're interested.  One fateful night tore them apart...will they get a second chance before a killer strikes?


When a costly mistake ends Malorie Montgomery’s career, she returns to Cape Cod in search of a fresh start.  But her plans for a new—and quiet—life are quickly derailed when she makes a grisly discovery in the woods, and her screams bring the one person from her past she’d hoped to avoid.  Dean Slater, the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart in high school, now lives in the beachfront community that was supposed to be her haven…and he’s just as hot as he was six years ago.

With his rough background, Dean always knew he wasn’t good enough for the kind, intelligent beauty who claimed his heart, but somehow he’d believed their love was strong enough to survive anything—until the tragic night she turned her back on him when he needed her trust the most.  Despite their painful history, Dean can’t resist the instinct to protect her, especially when it becomes apparent there’s a killer in their town.

Their former chemistry soon reignites, but Malorie has long accepted that her dark family secret has destined her to a life alone.  And when she uncovers evidence that makes her the killer’s target, a deadly confrontation threatens to destroy any possibility of a second chance.

I am also thrilled to share the news that Dangerous Currents has been picked to be reviewed at Reading Review Wars, a site that offers His and Hers viewpoints in dual reviews of the same book!  A guest judge then weighs in as well, so come join in the conversation and see which review matches up with your feelings on the plot, world building, and overall writing style.  The "War" goes live on June 11 on their site...exciting and a bit nerve-wracking!  I hope anyone reading and/or reviewing it will stop by and chime in.  


Request a review copy on Net Galley here

Buy Links:

Amazon

B&N

iTunes

Paperback copies are available on Amazon and B&N sites too!

Ahhh Bliss!