Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Explore the Cape Cod Bookstore Trail for #IndieBookStoreDay! #CapeCod #IndependentBookstoreDay #books

Our local bookstore has been so supportive of's one
of my novels, Gull Harbor, on their Cape Cod shelf!
Gull Harbor is a fictional town on the Cape, based on
Wellfleet, and this novel combines a steamy
second-chance romance with a ghost mystery.
This Saturday, August 27th, is Independent Bookstore Day, and here on Cape Cod, we have a fabulous event for readers to explore 22 of the indie book stores found throughout Cape Cod and the Islands!  Maps can be picked up at participating bookstores (or downloaded on Saturday), and many of the stores will have special events and refreshments.

I'm thrilled that my town's independent bookstore, Market Street Bookshop in Mashpee Commons, is going to display my novels on their Local Author table!  You can visit the store at 31 Market St., in the beautiful shopping area known as Mashpee Commons, and enjoy some cookies while browsing.  This wonderful bookstore has been so supportive of me through the years, hosting me for book signings every time I have a new release, and I feel very fortunate to have this relationship, and to have this shop in our community.

Then pick up your map and continue your journey, supporting indie bookstores and seeing the different towns throughout the Cape (and the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, if you're feeling up for a ferry ride!  Here are some of my favorite sites on the Vineyard if your adventure takes you there ~ Visiting Martha's Vineyard)

Another one of my titles, Silver Lake, on the Local
Book Club picks shelf - what an honor!

I hope you'll check out my novels if you're in the Market Street Bookshop, and hopefully you'll take one home as your next beach read...many are set on Cape Cod, including my latest title, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, an award-winning romantic suspense/ghost mystery.  Signed copies will be available!  Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Reading!

Check out the details here

Find a list of participating bookstores here

Monday, April 22, 2019

The RONE Awards ~ Please Vote! #Paranormal Nominee #Books #amreading #RONE2019

"“Hillwood Farm” is the complete ghost-hunting
package: vengeful spirits, an isolated setting,
secrets, a sensual romance, and
an affable, brave heroine facing off
 against the dark underworld."
~ InD'Tale Magazine 
I'm thrilled to announce my latest release, a romantic suspense/ghost mystery novella, was selected by InD'Tale Magazine as a nominee for their prestigeous RONE Awards.  The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is in the Paranormal - Short Category, and voting begins April 22nd and lasts through the week until April 28th.  I'd love your vote if you have a moment to check out the site!

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm originally released in the Love Under Fire Romantic Thrillers Box Set, which was a limited edition set created to raise money for Pets For Vets.  I have the honor of presenting one of the checks we're distributing, in the amount of $1,000, to the Portland, Maine Chapter of Pets for Vets in person in a few weeks.  As someone who is passionate about rescuing shelter animals, and who has had many family members in the service, I was excited to be a part of this project.

The authors of Love Under Fire raised over $3,000 for
Pets For Vets, a wonderful nonprofit organization that pairs
shelter animals with veterans seeking companion animals

Now that the set's run is over, the rights to each individual story were returned to its author.  InD'Tale Magazine reviewed it when it was released on its own, and the Crowned Heart of Excellence Review it received led to the RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) Award Nomination.

Only a few of the nominated titles will make it to the final judging round, and the selection process to get there means earning enough votes from visitors to the site.  An account is necessary to vote--in fact, you can't see the nominees without one--but it's free, easy, and safe--to create one here.  Then you can vote in ALL the categories as the awards season continues!  Plus, this is a great site for readers and authors.  If you'd like to help The Haunting of Hillwood Farm move to the Finals round, please consider voting here--I'd so appreciate it!  Thank you and Happy Reading!

Thank You!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Why Easter's Date Moves Around, + a #Giveaway! #Easter

I've had a busy spring, and I'm looking forward to seeing friends and family over our son's school vacation and Easter Weekend.  Plus, my college son will be home for Easter--yay!  My nephew's birthday lines up with Easter this year, so we'll celebrate that as well.  This is the first time this has happened in his life, so I'm reposting my blog on Why Easter's Date Changes (and how we find it!)...and I have a Spring gift for anyone who enjoys reading Romantic Suspense...and offer for 19 FREE books to fill your e-reader!  

With my usual disclaimer about being a novelist and not a historian, here's what I've discovered:  

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.

So...why not a fixed date?  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 new reads in your basket!

And on that note, as promised, I have a Spring Gift for Romantic Suspense fans!  Click on the event page below to visit the Sizzling Spring Romantic Suspense Giveaway, and find 19 free novels and 3 special excerpts up for grabs with author newsletter sign-ups.  My steamy second-chance romance Dangerous Currents is included in this promo, so I hope you'll grab your free copy and enjoy Dean and Malorie's story!  Happy Spring :)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm in #CapeCod News! #paranormal #Books #Mashpee #Barnstable #amreading

My latest release received a wonderful write-up in our local papers, and I'm posting the online version here...the reporter enjoyed this ghost story + romance and asked some great interview questions.  I'm thrilled my 6th novel has been named Best Romantic Suspense on one review site, among The Top 40 Paranormal Romances at another site, and is nominated for a prestigious RONE Award at InD'Tale.  This story was challenging to write, for many reasons, so I'm glad readers are finding it entertaining.  The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is available on Kindle, in paperback, and soon as an audiobook.  If you enjoy spooky hauntings and romantic suspense, I hope you'll give it a read (or a listen)!


After tragedy strikes, Callie Sinclair is left with a gift she never wanted--the ability to communicate with ghosts. But when a desperate widow begs for her help, she reluctantly agrees to investigate the strange occurrences at Hillwood Farm. She quickly realizes she's dealing with a dangerous presence beyond anything she's ever experienced, and something else becomes equally clear--the only other living person in the house, Mrs. Turner's handsome grandson, thinks she's a scam artist. While she'd prefer to just ignore him, her heart beats a little faster every time he's nearby. 

Luke Turner doesn't believe in spirits. He's moved back to restore the family farm, but living on the property serves a dual purpose--he can watch out for his grandmother. He's not happy about the sudden appearance of a self-described psychic, or his inexplicable attraction to her. His initial suspicions crumble as evidence points to an actual haunting, but he's still determined not to fall for Callie--the past has taught him it's best to avoid relationships.

As Callie is drawn deeper into the mystery, she becomes the target of a vengeful spirit, and Luke can no longer fight his feelings for her. Unable to resist their desire, passion ignites...even as the paranormal activity escalates to a final deadly confrontation. 

Grab a beach read set on Cape Cod!

Monday, April 8, 2019

19 #FREE Romantic Suspense #Books! #amreading #Romance #Suspense #Giveaway

One fateful night tore them apart...will
they get a second chance before a
killer strikes?  Steamy second chance
romance filled with secrets & suspense...
Want to read my steamy second-chance romantic suspense Dangerous Currents for free?  How about 18 other full length novels and 3 special excerpts, all by different authors?  The Sizzling Spring Romantic Suspense Giveaway is underway, so you're in luck!  Check out the 22 offering on our event page, and download the titles that spark your interest!  It's completely free...this is a newsletter builder, so you sign up for the author's newsletter to get your free copy, but you are able to unsubscribe at any time from any of the newsletters.  I hope if you sign up for mine you'll stick around, though...I often have giveaways to announce (like this one), I keep readers up-to-date on my book news and events, and I offer gift card raffles and free books and free audiobooks.

Check out the blurb for Dangerous Currents below, and find the link to the giveaway as well.  Feel free to forward the giveaway page to a friend or share on social media--the buttons are at the top beneath the banner.  Thanks and happy reading!

N.N. Light's Book Heaven Reviews on Dangerous Currents

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.

A new novel of romantic suspense from USA TODAY Bestselling Author Kathryn Knight

Forget the Housework, I'm Reading Reviews on Dangerous Currents

visit the giveaway:

Friday, April 5, 2019

Love #Books + #Giveaways? Play the Spring Scavenger Hunt! #giftcards #FridayReads #amreading

Join the Hunt!  Discover new authors,
win prizes...and be sure to tell a friend!
Spring is the sweetest time of year!  Join the Hunt and enter to win sweet prizes...including a See's Candy Gift Basket of treats valued over $100, two $15 Amazon gift cards, and 30 additional prizes offered by the authors along the way...mine's a $10 Amazon gift card.  Playing the game is easy and fun, and all you need to do is visit each author's FaceBook page to find their hidden image.

This event begins TODAY, April 5th, and runs through April 8th, so hurry!  Just visit the event home page to get started.  Please consider "Liking" the Author Pages as you search for images, and don't forget to check out the 30 bonus giveaways along the way.

Basket includes: Assorted Chocolates (1 lb); Springtime Truffles,
white chocolate w/ raspberry and lemon centers (5 oz);
Sweet Bouquet Keepsake Tin w/ milk, dark, and white chocolates (11.5 oz);
Chocolate Truffles (8 oz); Chocolate Buttercream Egg
w/ walnuts and candy flowers (7.5 oz); Peanut Brittle (10 oz);
CafĂ© LattĂ© Chocolate Covered Krispys (8 oz);
and Non-Pareil Jelly Eggs (12 oz).
Participating Authors:  

Alex Gordon • Amanda Uhl • Angela Roquet • Angelica R. Jackson • Angie Wilder • Anna Durand • Anne McClane • Ben Westerham • Cailin Briste • Casi McLean • Christine Grabowski • CM Lally • Donna R. Mercer • Honey Phillips • J.M. Walker • Jacqueline Diamond • Jacquie Biggar • Jim Stein • Joanne Dannon • Judith Sterling • Katherine Gilbert • Kathryn Knight • Kerry Blaisdell • Kristine Smith • Lia Davis • Lisanne Harrington • Michelle Jo Quinn • Shae Banks • Shereen Vedam • Soraya Naomi • Stephanie Queen • Taylor Marsh • Viola Calvary • Zoe Dawson • Zoe Forward

Feed your Kindle!

Monday, April 1, 2019

A Stranger in Alcott Manor ~ #Gothic #Romance #Ghosts #Books

I have another chance to feature one of my author friends today on my blog, and I'm very excited to showcase Alyssa Richard's third book in The Haunting of Alcott Manor series.  Ghost mysteries, Gothic settings, and romance are a few of my favorite things--most of my own books combine those elements--so this is a great trilogy to highlight here!  Please check out the blurb for A Stranger in Alcott Manor below:

From USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR, ALYSSA RICHARDS, an addictive, Gothic romance filled with mysteries, ghosts and passion…

She thought she had escaped her past. But her haunted homecoming could resurrect an old flame and buried secrets…

Peyton Alcott thought she put the past behind her. Years after being stood up on her wedding day, she’s finally found a dependable new love and a sense of purpose with her high-powered big city lifestyle. So when she returns to help her family open the newly renovated Alcott Manor, she never expected to awaken old feelings she thought were long dead…
When Peyton discovers a tintype photo of her ancestor’s 19th century wedding, she thinks she’s found the perfect decoration for the gothic estate. Until, hidden among the guests, she recognizes the all-too-familiar face of her missing ex-fiance… Determined to solve the mystery, she’s drawn into a hidden dimension where time and truth are twisted. Confronted by secrets that threaten to unravel her bright future, she’s forced to choose between old feelings and new possibilities.
Torn between an old flame and a new beginning, can Peyton navigate a realm of dark forces without losing her way?
A Stranger in Alcott Manor is the third and final standalone book in a riveting paranormal romance trilogy. If you like contemporary gothic settings, romantic ghostly tales, and simmering chemistry, then you’ll love Alyssa Richards’ otherworldly conclusion.

Buy A Stranger in Alcott Manor to uncover secrets of the past today!

Intrigued?  Fresh Fiction Reviews calls it "a stellar bit of storytelling" and "a cauldron of secrets, death, and strong emotions".  Recommended for readers who enjoy "ghostly romances, suspense, and complex mysteries" (*raises hand and adds to TBR list*).  The full review is here.

This novel is a standalone, but if you'd like to check out the entire series, please find below links to Books 1 and 2 on Amazon.  Thanks for stopping by, and happy reading!

P.S. If you'd like to get semi-monthly updates on my book news and more features on other authors as well, sign up for my newsletter!  I have two big events coming this month...An offer for 22 free Romantic Suspense novels and exclusive excerpts (including a free copy of my Steamy Romantic Suspense Dangerous Currents) *and* a fun FaceBook Scavenger Hunt with tons of giveaways and a huge grand prize.  Sign up here!

Sign up for my newsletter or check back here to
participate in the multi-genre Spring Scavenger Hunt
on FaceBook ~ starts April 5th!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Sweet v. Steamy #Romance #Giveaway! #Books #amreading #FridayReads

A few of my favorite quotes on Haunted Souls
from review sites!
Romance readers, do you prefer sweet, steamy, or both?  We've got a giveaway with titles across the spectrum!  Up for grabs are two Grand Prize Baskets of e-books of all the titles - over 15 stories!  Plus, over 15 additional winners will win randomly selected individual titles, and there are some bonus paperbacks in the drawing as well (including a signed print copy of Haunted Souls, my steamy romance + ghost mystery).  Entering will also allow you to access the Book Fair, with links to 99c and free books!

Personally, I'll read both sweet and steamy - for me, it's all about the story.  I write both, as well.  Three of my novels, Haunted Souls, Gull Harbor, and Dangerous Currents are pretty steamy...Silver Lake is a "new adult" reunion romance + ghost mystery that's somewhere in the middle of the heat charts.  My Young Adult Paranormal Romance, Divine Fall, keeps things on the cleaner side while exploring forbidden first love, and my latest spooky novella, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, is a closed-door romance that still delivers passion...out only a few short months, it's already been named Best Romantic Suspense on one review site, and one of the 40 Best Paranormal Romances out there on another!

So don't miss this giveaway!  Entering will add you to my mailing list, which comes out twice a month with book news and giveaways.  

Head over to the Giveaway Page to check out the titles and enter the giveaway!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Literacy Night in Dennis-Yarmouth! #CapeCod #Author Event #Books #Barnstable

Forbidden First Love and Supernatural
Secrets in DIVINE FALL
I'm excited to be a part of the upcoming celebration of reading at the Dennis-Yarmouth High School this weekend!  Discover New Worlds at the Library will take place on Friday evening, March 29th, from 5 - 7 pm.  This is a free event open to all ages and communities, and the theme of the night is Sci-Fi and Outer Space (costumes optional!).

I will be part of the Author Panel, answering questions and signing books.  While my books aren't considered Science Fiction, I do home my stories take readers to new worlds...including some supernatural worlds, as most of my novels have paranormal elements.  Since this is a school-sponsored event, I'll be highlighting my Young Adult novel, DIVINE FALL, which is an award-winning Paranormal Romance featuring revenge, romance, and a rogue fallen angel.  If you've never heard of the half-human, half angel Nephilim, check out the book's blurb below!  

Some of the other exhibits and guests!
I'm excited to see some of my Cape author friends at this event - at the table with me will be K.R. Conway, author of the Urban Fantasy series UNDERTOW, Mick Carlon, author of GIRL SINGER and other books featuring history and music, and Jim Hill, author of an upcoming graphic novel.  So there will be plenty of new worlds to visit, both fictional and real!

Join us from 5:00 - 7:00 pm at the Dennis Yarmouth High School, 210 Station Ave., South Yarmouth.

If you're nowhere near Cape Cod, you can still check out the titles by following the links!  DIVINE FALL is available on Kindle, Nook, and iTunes for only 99 cents!  Check out the blurb below, and hope to see Cape Codders on Friday night!

After tragedy tears Jamie Brandt’s life apart, her only goal is to finish high school so she can leave her small hometown behind.  In the meantime, riding her horse is her main source of solace, until a mysterious stable hand shows up at the barn.  There’s something not quite right about the handsome new employee, and the more Jamie sees of him, the more determined she becomes to figure out what he’s hiding.
Dothan Reed came to historic Huntsville, Maryland, for one reason—revenge.  But his plan can’t move forward until he finds the missing piece he needs to enhance his powers.  As the only surviving Nephilim, Dothan is not only weaker than full-blooded angels; his forbidden lineage makes him an outcast in both worlds.  When he discovers Jamie is the key to locating an ancient weapon, he’s forced to interact with a vulnerable human girl—a task that becomes more appealing with each encounter.

Jamie soon learns Dothan isn’t the only one with a dark secret.  Each new revelation further threatens her safety, and Dothan’s betrayal shatters her heart.  Forgiving him seems impossible, but the thought of turning her back on him is equally painful.

As their connection deepens, Dothan will have to make his own difficult choice: continue on his path of vengeance, or protect the girl he loves.  And when Dothan’s actions thrust Jamie into an unforeseen danger, he must seek the help of his enemy…or risk losing her forever.   

Thursday, March 21, 2019

I'm on the List! Top 40 #Paranormal #Romance #Books! #FridayReads #amreading #PNR

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm has had an exciting few months since its release!  This title is my latest romantic suspense/ghost mystery, and it first released in November as part of a Romantic Thrillers Box Set (Love Under Fire), and the set hit the USA TODAY Bestseller list at #44!  My story was then reviewed at N.N. Light's Book Heaven, and it ended up winning Best Romantic Suspense of 2018 on their site.  Since the box set was a limited edition, this title was re-released as a stand-alone a few months ago, in January.  Because it's part of the Kindle Unlimited Program, it was free on Kindle for a few days in early March, and it hit #1 in three categories on Amazon!

I managed to screen cap the exciting moment!

This week, I received an email letting me know The Haunting of Hillwood Farm was chosen as one of Reedsy's 40+ Paranormal Romances with Bite, which is their compilation of "40 of the best paranormal books out there."  What a thrill to see my name on the same list as hugely popular authors such as Nora Roberts, Karen Marie Moning, J.R. Ward, Nalini Singh, Laurell K. Hamilton, Ilona Andrews...just to name a few.  The list is full of well-known and well-loved authors, and I'm humbled to be on it.  

If you're a fan of Paranormal Romance and/or Romantic Suspense, check out the list here and see if there are some titles you've missed that catch your interest!  You can find The Haunting of Hillwood Farm on Kindle or in print on Amazon, and the audio book is currently in production!  I also have some steamier romance + ghost mysteries available, including Gull Harbor, Haunted Souls, and Silver Lake.  

Now, I'm off to dive into the titles on the list that I haven't read yet!  Happy Reading!

Friday, March 15, 2019

The History of St. Patricks Day ~ #StPatricksDay #StPatricksDay2019

Look at this adorable cup of clover my girlfriend gave
me for St. Patrick's Day!  So cute.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!  These past few years, St. Patrick's Day has taken on a little more meaning for me, after I got my DNA results back and 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.

Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day, and thanks for stopping by!

P.S. This year, I get to wear *this* green for the first time!  Woo hoo! --------->

Sunday, March 10, 2019

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm hit #1! #Ghosts #Paranormal #Romance #Kindle #books

#1 in Paranormal Ghost Romance and Psychic Romance,
and The Haunting of Hillwood Farm also hit #1 in that
third category Paranormal Suspense that weekend!
A big thank you to everyone who took advantage of the Kindle Free Days for my latest release, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm!  The amount of downloads drove the title to #1 in two categories on Amazon in the free store, and with so many books out there, that's a big deal, even in the Free Store!  I hope everyone grabbed a copy enjoys the story...and if you missed the free days, no worries--there will be another opportunity in the next few months.  And next month, Dangerous Currents will be available for free (along with about 40 other Romantic Suspense titles!), so if you want to make sure you get the details, you can sign up for my newsletter here.  I only send out a newsletter twice per month, and I would never share emails from my list.  Be the first to get book news, giveaway offers, and sales and new releases from myself and other authors I feature.

This is my first experience with Kindle Free Days since 2013, when my publisher decided to partner with the new (at the time) program on Amazon called Kindle Select.  Basically, to take advantage of "free days" within the Kindle Select program, a title has to be available exclusively (at that time) on Amazon.  Gull Harbor had free days in 2013, and hit #1 as well.  It's gone on since to hit #1 in the paid store on many occasions, which is a *really* exciting event, so I'm hopeful this new book will have similar good fortune.

Why give a book away for free, anyway?  It certainly seems counter-intuitive, based on the amount of work that goes into writing a novel.  But it's a way to gain exposure in an extremely crowded marketplace, and the hope is that readers who enjoy the free story will become fans of other titles by the same author.  

It was certainly an exciting weekend and I'm grateful to all the readers who made it happen!  Happy Reading :)  

Friday, March 8, 2019

#FridayReads Feature ~ Missing Out on Life #RomanticSuspense #Romance #Books

I'm pleased to be featuring one of my author friends, Valerie J. Clarizio, on my blog today...we were part of the USA TODAY Bestselling Romantic Suspense Thrillers Box Set Love Under Fire, and I'm highlighting her steamy Romantic Suspense novel Missing Out on Life today.  Check out the blurb and links if you're looking for a great new read!

Jaded by the Past. Closed to a Future. Shocked by Unveiled Secrets. They Were Meant to be Together

Meredith Wellington receives a call that her sister has been murdered. Her two young nieces land on her doorstep. An instant family is the last thing she needs as she reaches for the top rung of the corporate ladder.

An Unexpected Visitor from His Past Shakes Up His Simple Ranch Life

Jeremiah Crown, aka Coach, lives a simple life managing his family’s Kentucky horse ranch. When a damsel in distress decked out in a suit and spiked heels needs assistance, he’s more than happy to help, and happier still to realize this corporate powerhouse doesn’t recognize him as the man she'd deemed an enemy in high school twenty years earlier.

Overcoming Old Enmity

Once she realizes Coach’s identity, any chance of a romantic relationship disappears. When Meredith places her nieces low on her priority list, Jeremiah reconsiders his attraction to her. When danger comes calling, Meredith realizes this kindhearted veteran has the skill set to help her, if only she could set aside her pride to ask.
Can two people overcome past misunderstandings in time to thwart approaching danger?

About the Author:

Valerie Clarizio lives in romantic Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two extremely spoiled cats. She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual. Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into an outdoors enthusiast, of which her favorite activity is hiking in national parks. While out on the trails, she has plenty of time to conjure up irresistible characters and unique storylines for her next romantic suspense or sweet contemporary romance novel.

Friday, March 1, 2019

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is #FREE on #Kindle! #FridayReads #Books #amreading #paranormal

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm originally
released Nov. 2018 in Love Under Fire,
a USA TODAY Bestselling box set of
Romantic Suspense Thrillers
3/4/2019 Edit:  Thank you for visiting!  If you're here after Sunday evening, please note that the Kindle Free Days for The Haunting of Hillwood Farm are over.  If you are a Kindle Unlimited Member, you can still get your copy free.  If you'd like to be informed about the next free days, sign up for my newsletter!  I email it out twice a month and I keep all email addresses private.  The sign up form is here or along the right side bar.

My latest release, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, is free on Kindle for a limited time!  You can download your free copy from Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3...then enjoy this ghost mystery + romance named Best Romantic Suspense of 2018 out of hundreds of books read over the past year at N.N. Light's Book Heaven Reviews.

Blurb, link, and a few review quotes below!  If you give it a read, I hope you enjoy Callie and Luke's story.  All my other titles combine romance and suspense as well...some steamier than others, some spookier than others, most with paranormal elements, and I even have one Young Adult novel...but in every book, I aim to pull readers into the story from page one and then keep the pages turning!  What I love most about finding a good book is getting caught up to the point that I can't put it down, so that's always my goal as a writer.

After tragedy strikes, Callie Sinclair is left with a gift she never wanted—the ability to communicate with ghosts.  But when a desperate widow begs for her help, she reluctantly agrees to investigate the strange occurrences at Hillwood Farm.  She quickly realizes she’s dealing with a dangerous presence beyond anything she’s ever experienced, and something else becomes equally clear—the only other living person in the house, Mrs. Turner’s handsome grandson, thinks she’s a scam artist.  While she’d prefer to just ignore him, her heart beats a little faster every time he’s nearby.

Luke Turner doesn’t believe in spirits.  He’s moved back to restore the family farm, but living on the property serves a dual purpose—he can watch out for his grandmother.  He’s not happy about the sudden appearance of a self-described psychic, or his inexplicable attraction to her.  His initial suspicions crumble as evidence points to an actual haunting, but he’s still determined not to fall for Callie—the past has taught him it’s best to avoid relationships.

As Callie is drawn deeper into the mystery, she becomes the target of a vengeful spirit, and Luke can no longer fight his feelings for her.  Unable to resist their desire, passion ignites…even as the paranormal activity escalates to a final deadly confrontation.   

"I clung to my tablet and couldn't look away.  The paranormal descriptions were so realistic and lifelike, 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!"

~ N.N. Light's Book Heaven ~ 5*s

"I LOVED THIS BOOK!  Seriously, this was brilliant.  Not a very long story (3 1/2 hours reading time), but just perfect.  A classic paranormal story like we love them."

Full Review at Ateana Reads ~ 5*s

A fast-paced paranormal romance with a strong sense of suspense!  Very well-written...the characters are all well-rounded, and Alice is going to be a readers' favorite.  A thoroughly enjoyable story with suspense, romance, and plenty of paranormal activity." The Romance Reviews

"A fantastic paranormal journey with intense suspense and undeniable romance." ~ Page Princess

"The kind of story that once you start reading it, you will not want to put it down." ~ The Genre Minx

Hurry and grab your copy while it's free - regular price is $3.99 so take advantage of the deal and tell a friend!  Thanks for stopping by & Happy Reading

Monday, February 25, 2019

Touring Historic Mt. Washington Hotel #NH Mount Washington Resort #travel

Unfortunately, the fog completely obscured the majestic
Mt. Washington behind the hotel...but it also
added to the spooky The Shining atmosphere!
A few weekends ago, my husband and I traveled to North Conway, NH, for a fun-filled skiing weekend with friends.  Now, I only cross-country ski at this point in my life, thanks to a certain disastrous skiing weekend in 2013.  But, that's okay, because I was able to cross country right from the back door of our friends' condo, while most of the others drove to a nearby mountain.  But as we all shared coffee and chatted that first morning, the subject of having drinks later at Mount Washington came up.  I had no idea what everyone was referring to, but by the time I'd learned this grand hotel was built from 1900 to 1902, had an amazing view of the highest mountain in the Northeastern U.S., boasted a fascinating--some say haunting-- history, and eerily resembled the hotel in The Shining, I knew I had to get myself there, and not just for drinks.  I called to inquire about the daily tour schedule, and three of us made the short trip to Bretton Woods early to learn more about Mount Washington.  
**Disclaimer...I took photos and notes from the tour and backed it up with research, but any mistakes are mine.

First impression is that the hotel does indeed look like the Overlook Hotel from Stephen King's The Shining, both outside and in some parts of the interior.  And due to efforts to return the decor to the vintage splendor of the opening season in 1902, walking through the doors feels like stepping back into the past.  As our guide began the tour, we learned that this hotel was indeed the height of luxury even when it was one of the first hotels to have electric lights and private bathrooms.  In fact, Thomas Edison himself designed the lights that still grace the lobby.

A portrait of "The Princess" now hangs above the
original balcony that was part of her rooms.

The original owner and builder, Joseph Stickney, saw only one season before he passed away, leaving his young bride Carolyn to inherit the property.  Carolyn eventually remarried a prince and was hence known as "The Princess".  During her years of presiding over the hotel, she became known for some eccentric habits...for example, she would sit in a balcony of her room, overlooking the staircase leading to the dining room, to watch the guests descend for dinner.  If any of the ladies were dressed more elegantly than she was, she would change.  If she dined in the dining room, she was the last to enter, and she ate alone at a small table by the door, which was closed after her entrance.  No one was permitted to leave until she did.

Apparently, she also was quite attached to her large four poster bed...which I understand completely.  But she went a step above and beyond and took it with her wherever she went...having it disassembled and then reassembled during her travels.  She died in the bed, and it now welcomes guests who opt to stay in "The Princess Suite" (Room 314)...the haunted room, or at least one of them, according to gossip.  Where can I sign up?

We asked if we could open
the trapdoor...and we did!
Prohibition in the 1920s put a damper on the hospitality industry, but on the tour, we were introduced to an area, now The Cellar bar, where a plan existed to circumvent the national law.  Guests drank liquor out of teacups, and a lookout sent up an alarm in the event of an impending raid.  The liquor was dumped and the bottles were tossed into a barrel, which was lowered into this trapdoor in the floor.

Entrance to The Cellar

After The Princess passed, her nephew inherited the hotel, but he wasn't particularly dedicated to managing a resort, and financial struggles and WWII resulted in closure in 1942.  Shuttered, the abandoned property stood vacant until 1944, when it was purchased and renovated in preparation to serve as the site for the Bretton Woods monetary conference.  During the clean-up, workers were instructed to paint everything white...which resulted in gilded artwork and trim, stained glass windows, and original brass lighting being coated in white paint...the great "White-out".  Much of this has been restored, except the gold leaf paint, which is now lost forever.  Thankfully, one room was left alone, the gold paint intact, for reasons unknown.

Countries present at the Bretton Woods Conference...some of
which no longer exist anymore as countries
The Bretton Woods conference hosted 730 delegates from all 44 Allied countries while the world was still at war. Part of the reason Mt. Washington was chosen as the site involved security...with so many leaders of different countries in one location and WWII raging, security was a major concern, and the hotel surrounded by mountains had limited access.  The conference resulted in the establishment of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Now the hotel has been restored to its original glory as closely as possible, and it is owned by Omni.  It's on the US National Register of Historic Places and is a US National Historic Landmark.

The rest of the group joined us after
skiing at the hotel pub for a fun night!
Closer to my passion for spooky things, the hotel has been featured in two episodes of Ghost, yeah...I hope one day I can actually stay overnight.  But even just a day trip for the tour, the breathtaking view, and a fun time in the pub made for a memorable weekend!

If you enjoyed this post, check out some of my other posts on my visits to haunted historical places:  The Catacombs of Paris, The Dakota Hotel in NYC, The Old Jailhouse in Barnstable, and The Abandoned Glenn Dale TB name a few!

And I hope you'll check out my novels in the tabs above if you enjoy spooky suspense!

I was hoping I might catch an image in my pic down the hall...