Monday, October 14, 2019

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm WON! #RONE Best #Paranormal #Ghosts #Romance #RONE2019 Awards #Books

The long weekend was great for a lot of reasons--my college kid was home, we did family stuff both nights despite the horrible weather, and I had a lunch date with the president of my publishing company and some other local Cape Cod authors who write for the company.  And then, after a movie with the family on Saturday night, we were settling in to watch a TV show and I got a FB notification from an author friend:  "Congrats on the RONE Award!"  My heart did a cautious dance as I read it over a few times and responded "Wait, WHAT?"  I told my family to stand by as I tried to figure out if I was reading and interpreting the message correctly.

Turns out, I was-- The Haunting of Hillwood Farm WON the very prestigious RONE Award in the Paranormal-Short category!  This is a very big deal in the writing world, as the judging goes through three tough phases.  First, a book has to earn either a 4.5 or 5 star review from InD'Tale Magazine.  They review hundreds of books so this is no easy task, and I was so excited when my ghost mystery/romantic suspense was given a Crowned Heart of Excellence Review by InD'Tale Magazine and thus nominated for their RONE Award.  

Once the nominated titles for each category were announced, the second phase involved voting.  Readers visiting the site voted for nominated titles to move to the next round to become finalists, and I'm so grateful that The Haunting of Hillwood Farm gained the votes to become one of the six Finalists.

But even being one of six Finalists in the category did not make me think my title would win by any means.  The third phase was a panel of judges reading each book in the category and rating them.  To get the highest rating among six great books definitely felt like a long shot.  

But my author friend sent me the video of the awards presentation, and yes, my book did get the highest rating, along with another title in the category for a very unusual tie!  I am over the moon.  For me, the old cliche is true...I really did feel it's an honor just to be nominated, and to make it to the finals is incredible, so I would like to again take this opportunity to voice my appreciation for everyone who voted for The Haunting of Hillwood Farm...HUGE THANKS!

To win feels like a dream...I write my stories to entertain readers and give them (hopefully) a pull-you-in-on-page-one/can't-put-it-down book to help escape the everyday stresses of life.  There's not much I enjoy more myself than finding a book that does that for me.  Writing isn't easy, so every time I hear from a reader who enjoyed one of my books, I'm thrilled.  To have won an award through so many phases of judging will have me celebrating for quite some time!  

I get to change "FINALIST" to "WINNER"!
A dangerous ghost brings them together...
but will they survive long enough to find happiness?
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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Curse of #TheExorcist ~ #Paranormal Postings #Halloween #horror

I often blog about haunted places and spooky themes, since I write a lot of ghost mysteries into my novels.  Not surprisingly, I love October, because I’m a big fan of everything paranormal—books and movies especially. While I do read horror, the paranormal novels I write aren’t designed to fit into that genre. I aim to create mysterious, spooky, and suspenseful (but not gory) ghost stories. Thankfully, many readers have claimed certain scenes sent chills down their spine, which is exactly the kind of reaction I intend (and I include romance as well to heat things back up). Many have also said they stayed up all night reading one of my books--hopefully that was because they couldn’t put it down, and not because they were afraid to turn off the lights!

The scariest book I ever read was The Exorcist, by William Peter Blatty, in part because it’s based on a true incident that happened in the DC area, not far from where I grew up (the actual exorcism was performed on a young boy from Cottage City, MD). Part of the movie was filmed in Georgetown (I’ve visited the so-called “Exorcist steps” many’s definitely creepy), and I think the film is even scarier than the book. The terrifying visuals were heightened by the unconventional methods director William Friedkin used to get real reactions from the actors—slapping one actor in the face and firing a gun behind another are just two examples.

The steps from the film...located in Georgetown, DC

Then of course there is the so-called curse surrounding the film. In the early 1970s, not everything was documented for reality TV, so there are conflicting accounts of the strange occurrences. It’s said that between 4 and 9 people associated with the film died during filming or shortly after the release. An unexplained fire destroyed the MacNeil residence movie set—with the odd exception of the character Regan’s bedroom—causing a six-week delay in production. At the Italian premier of the film, a 400-year-old cross near the theater was destroyed by a bolt of lightning.

My sister loves this movie too...check out
her Halloween costume from last year!
Can't wait to see what she comes up with
this year  :0
Re-watching The Exorcist is one of my favorite Halloween traditions, and the movie is on my list of five books and films that scared me...and I don't scare easily when it comes to this stuff usually!  If you're looking for an adrenaline fix, check out my list here.  I also have posts of my favorite ghost movies and ghost novels.  And if you enjoy steamy romance mixed with spooky suspense and mysterious hauntings, I hope you'll check out some of my books!  Happy Haunted Reading.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

I'm Featured in Uncaged Magazine! #Paranormal #Author #Ghosts #October #Halloween #Books

As a fan of all things spooky, October is my favorite month, and I'm thrilled to be a featured paranormal author in Uncaged Reviews October magazine!  There are some great interview questions and an excerpt from my latest novel, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm.  If you're looking to celebrate the season with some ghost mysteries that will send chills up your spine--along with some steamy romance to heat you back up--I hope you'll check out my novels!  To take a look at Uncaged's October issue, click the link'll find lots of fabulous authors and new reads :)  My interview begins on page 32...Happy Haunted Reading!

A few of my favorite and presenting a big
check to Pets for Vets from the authors of Love Under Fire!

P.S. Several of my novels are now available in audio format, too, if you prefer to listen...the narrator who does my books is amazing!

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My pets made the "Authors' Pets" article too! (page 65)

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Exploring #Truro for #Book 7! #CapeCod #Travel #ghosts #romance #amwriting

Spectacular view from the Pamet Cranberry Bog Trail
Truro, MA
Sometimes I get my inspiration from a place, like when I visited the Old Jailhouse and came up with the idea for Haunted Souls.  And sometimes I decide on the setting first...and on a few occasions, some very odd coincidences have made me believe I made the right choice.  Like when I decided my debut novel, Silver Lake, was going to be set in Connecticut, in a lake district outside of NYC.  In particular, I knew I was basing my fictional lake on some of the lakes surrounding Candlewood Lake.  Having never been there, I was a little nervous about this, but I had a good reason for choosing the location.  I started reading books on the area, and then the strangest thing 8-year-old's club baseball team qualified for a tournament...right near Candlewood Lake.  I did some research in advance, and between games, we visited the spots I needed to see to make the setting come to life.

Ballston Beach in Truro
My seventh book needed to be somewhere particularly isolated.  I set a lot of my books on Cape Cod, where I've lived for 20 years, and since our peninsula is already somewhat cut off from the mainland (you can only get here via car by crossing one of two bridges), I knew I could find a location that would work.  

Doing a few quick searches, I learned Truro is the least populated town on Cape Cod, with about 2,000 year-round residents.  It's not the smallest town land-wise, but over half the town is undeveloped, protected land, and the population density is less than 100 people per square mile.  To get there takes over an additional hour from the two Cape Cod bridges.

Pamet Trail...Pamet is a Native American word for the area

So, my story was set...but I hadn't spent much time in Truro.  We've been to Wellfleet, the town south of Truro, many times (Gull Harbor is set there, although the town of Gull Harbor is fictional).  Wellfleet not only boasts beautiful beaches that are part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, but it has a quaint harbor town, a drive-in movie theater, a big flea market, and the Beachcomber restaurant/bar.  North of Truro is Provincetown, another destination spot we enjoy.  P-Town offers vast, incredible sand dunes (also part of the protected National Seashore), Commercial St. with its colorful crowds, shops, restaurants, galleries, eclectic shows and street art, quaint houses, and wonderful bike trails.

Old King's Highway in Truro.  Not the usual version of a
highway!  Unsure what we would have done if faced with
a car coming the other way...but all was quiet.
But Truro has mostly, for us, been a town we drive through to get to P-Town.  And that's the way the majority of residents want it--there are no fast food chains, no shops, no main street to stroll along.  It almost like being in another world...a beautiful, peaceful oasis.

So, I put more exploration on my list of things to do, but again, it's not right around the corner.  But then an old friend (think 40 years...we've known each other since 6th grade) messaged me to let me know he was on Cape.  Staying at a relative's place, in Truro.  Another wow, that seems like fate moment.

First Congregational Church of Truro, founded 1709
My husband and I made plans to spend the day in Truro and meet up with my friend for dinner this past Sunday, and I'm sharing the pictures I took for research.  I'll avoid spoilers, but I will say this book is, like most of my novels, a ghost mystery/romance with some history sprinkled in.  So of course a graveyard was on the list of places we needed to go, in addition to the beaches and trails.  If you ever get a chance to visit this beautiful town, don't miss it!  And if you'd like to keep up with news about this new novel (Ghost Moon), sign up for my newsletter over on the right-hand side of this page!

Very old headstones at First Church of Truro

Thursday, September 19, 2019

"A fantastic #paranormal journey w/ intense #suspense + undeniable #romance" #Book #Review 5*s #Ghosts

A dangerous ghost brings them
together...but will they survive long
enough to find happiness?
Sharing a wonderful 5* review for The Haunting of Hillwood Farm today!  When this ghost mystery/romance was listed on NetGalley, a book review site, The Page Princess chose it for review, and I was thrilled with what she had to say about it.  I've linked her site below for the full review and quoted a few parts here...if you like paranormal romantic suspense, I hope you'll give it a try.  Halloween season is coming up, so what better way to get into the mood than with a scary ghost story spiked with romance and secrets?  

"I am never disappointed when I choose a Kathryn Knight book.  Suspense, romance, and just enough humor to keep it real."

"Luke and Callie were wonderful characters...I loved their story together."

"The mystery that brought them all together is beautifully woven..."

"The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is a fantastic paranormal journey with intense suspense and undeniable romance."

This title is available on Kindle and on Audible, and if you have a KU (Kindle Unlimited) membership, you get to read for free!

And if you enjoy the story, I have a number of other ghost mystery/romance titles to last until Halloween!  #1 Amazon Bestsellers Gull Harbor and Silver Lake, and Top 3 Read of 2016 at Read Haunted Souls!  Happy Haunted Reading!

A little teaser from Silver Lake...
A haunting, an old flame, and secrets from the past...

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Full Moon on #Fridaythe13th! ~ Why It's Rare + Extra-Spooky! #Friday13th History #Superstitions #FullMoon #Triskaidekaphobia

For fans of all things spooky, it doesn't get much more exciting than a Friday the 13th coinciding with a nationwide full occurrence that hasn't happened since 2000, and won't happen again until 2049!  A September full moon is known as the harvest moon, meaning it's the closest to the autumnal equinox on Sept. 23rd.  As someone who writes paranormal romantic suspense, usually involving desperate ghosts and mysterious hauntings, it's reason to celebrate.  Plus, you know, it's Friday! 

I embraced the number 13 long ago, since it is the date of my birth,
and there have been many years (including this one, in January) that my birthday fell on a Friday the 13th!  

A fear of the number 13 is known as Triskaidekaphobia.  I actually once worked in a building that lacked a 13th floor.  To me, this made little sense...did the people on the 14th floor not realize they were actually on the 13th floor?  Still, the button in the elevator did not exist.  Why does the number 13 get such a bad rap, anyway?

Some reasons stem from various religions.  In Christianity, for example, 13 people sat down to The Last Supper: Jesus Christ and 12 disciples.  The last to sit down, the 13th, was Judas Iscariot, who would betray Jesus. 

According to Norse legends, the 13th (uninvited) guest to arrive at a banquet of the gods was Loki, who then killed another god and set in motion a series of tragedies.

Historically, condemned people climbed 13 steps to the gallows.

A coven was traditionally made up of 13 witches.

In the deck of tarot cards, XIII is the card of death - a pale horse and rider.

Apollo 13 was the only unsuccessful mission to the moon; the oxygen tank exploded, putting the lives of the astronauts at risk.

Finally, 12 is considered a perfect and magical number in many disciplines and traditions.  There are 12 months, 12 zodiac signs, 12 days of Christmas, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles of Christ, 12 principal Olympian gods of the pantheon...the list goes on and on.  It follows, then, in some people's minds, that to add a number to 12 would make it unlucky.

That Friday the 13th is particularly scary may be the result of Friday's connection with executions.  The Crucifixion took place on a Friday, which was the day of the week executions were generally carried out in Rome.  America also has a history of holding executions on Fridays; thus, a day that combines two "unlucky" features becomes even more ominous.

If you feel like a full moon Friday the 13th is the perfect time for a ghost mystery, try one of my paranormal romantic suspense novels ~ many of them #1 Amazon and B&N Bestsellers:  Silver Lake, Gull Harbor, Haunted Souls, and The Haunting of Hillwood Farm.

And, one of my titles is FREE today on Kindle!  It happens to be the only book I've written without paranormal elements, but in this steamy romantic suspense, there's a very real killer...along with dark secrets and chilling revelations.  Grab your copy of Dangerous Currents on Kindle while it's free!  Happy Reading and Happy Friday the 13th ~ stay safe!

Ghost Mystery/Reunion Romance SILVER LAKE
has the perfect cover for today!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Dangerous Currents is #FREE on #Kindle! Second-Chance #Romance #Suspense #FridayReads #CapeCod #Books

One fateful night tore them apart...
will they get a second chance
before a killer strikes?
Kindle FREE days are here for Dangerous Currents ~ a steamy second-chance romance filled with secrets and suspense.  Grab your free copy from 9/11 to 9/15 and get lost in Malorie and Dean's story!  One fateful night tore them apart...will they get a second chance before a killer strikes?  

This Romantic Suspense is a bookstore recommended summer read, and I've included a few of my favorite review site quotes below.  Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!

"The suspense of who-done-it leaves you on the edge of your seat.  If you enjoy a romantic suspense that plays with your mind while the romance tugs at your heart, Dangerous Currents needs to be on your TBR list!" ~  Forget the Housework, I'm Reading (5*s)

"I'm a huge Romantic Suspense fan, and I must admit, Dangerous Currents kept me guessing until the very end.  Malorie and Dean are addictive to read...The second chance romance lit up my e-reader.  Talk about intense!  I started reading and couldn't stop...yes, it was that good!  Highly recommend." ~ N.N. Light's Book Heaven (5*s)

"Ms. Knight knows how to bring her characters to life!  We are invited into their heads, their hearts, to hear their thoughts, feel their fears...The tension that runs through Kathryn Knight's words, each page and scene, is razor sharp.  I love a story where I can honestly say 'I didn't see THAT coming!'  A second chance at romance, layers of suspense...priceless reading!" ~ Tome Tender Book Blog (5*s)

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Final #FirstDayofSchool Photo ~ #BacktoSchool Where Did the Time Go? #MomLife

First day of Kindergarten and first day of Senior Year!
Same tree in the background...I had a cherry blossom tree
in my yard growing up that I loved to climb (those were
the days) and this tree was my first Mother's Day present
when we moved to Cape Cod and bought a house.
I'm struggling this week, having to confront the fact that yesterday I took the final "Back-to-School" photo of my younger son heading into senior year.  I really don't understand where the time has gone!  Of course, I hope he'll go "back to school" to college many times in the next few years, but it's not the same as having them leave from our house after breakfast, juggling their backpack, lunch, and clothes for practice.

It brings to mind other rites of passage, like my post on Saying Goodbye to Our Backyard Swingset.  But you can't stop time, apparently.  I'll never forget the day I received a publishing contract offer for my first book, Silver Lake--a goal my whole family knew I'd been working on for years.  It was a Friday in December of 2011 when I received the news, and only my younger son was still home, due to his later start time for grade school.  When I shrieked with joy, he came running, and we danced around the kitchen together.

One thing I think I did right!  He's
always love to read.  In fact, this is a
pic from an amusement park, we were
taking a break from rides and he pulled
a book from his backpack!
Now, his hugs are few and far between, but I think that will change as he grows older.  When my older son comes back from college, he's genuinely happy to see us and to be home.  It's all a part of growing up, and I'm hoping I'm doing something right along the way.

But it doesn't make it any easier as a parent!  I know that, with this being my final year as the mom of a high school kid, there's not one game or event I'll miss.  And just like that final first day photo, I'm taking pics, whether he likes it or not!   

Saturday, August 31, 2019

New to #KU! Steamy Second-Chance Romantic Suspense #free with #KindleUnlimited! #amreading #romance

I'm excited to announce that Dangerous Currents is now enrolled in Amazon's Kindle Unlimited!  For those unfamiliar with the program, what does that mean?

Basically, if you are a Kindle Unlimited member, you get to choose from over one million titles on Amazon that are part of the program and read them for free!  Members receive a free trial month, then it's $9.99 a month.

One fateful night tore them apart...
will they get a second chance
before a killer strikes?
If you're NOT a member, you still benefit if you have an Amazon account, because Kindle Unlimited books can be FREE TO EVERYONE for select days, and all you have to do is click to download your free book.  I'm excited that Dangerous Currents has some free days already scheduled, from Sept. 11 to Sept. 15.

So, if you have KU and you enjoy steamy second-chance romance filled with secrets and suspense, you can grab your free copy now!  If you don't have KU, sign up for my twice-a-month newsletter to get a reminder for the Dangerous Currents Kindle Free days for everyone!  

Dangerous Currents made Cape Cod's IN SEASON Magazine
as one Market Street Bookshop's picks for summer reads!
This Romantic Suspense is a bookstore recommended summer read, and I've included a few of my favorite review site quotes below.  Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!

"The suspense of who-done-it leaves you on the edge of your seat.  If you enjoy a romantic suspense that plays with your mind while the romance tugs at your heart, Dangerous Currents needs to be on your TBR list!" ~  Forget the Housework, I'm Reading (5*s)

"I'm a huge Romantic Suspense fan, and I must admit, Dangerous Currents kept me guessing until the very end.  Malorie and Dean are addictive to read...The second chance romance lit up my e-reader.  Talk about intense!  I started reading and couldn't stop...yes, it was that good!  Highly recommend." ~ N.N. Light's Book Heaven (5*s)

"Ms. Knight knows how to bring her characters to life!  We are invited into their heads, their hearts, to hear their thoughts, feel their fears...The tension that runs through Kathryn Knight's words, each page and scene, is razor sharp.  I love a story where I can honestly say 'I didn't see THAT coming!'  A second chance at romance, layers of suspense...priceless reading!" ~ Tome Tender Book Blog (5*s)

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Jumping Off the #Jaws Bridge! Visiting #MarthasVineyard #Edgartown #OakBluffs #CapeCod

My younger son in mid-jump off the "Jaws Bridge" on MV.
Beneath him landing in the water is my nephew.
Living on Cape Cod, we always have busy summers filled with visitors.  This August, we had back-to-back guests for two weeks--our best friends, and then my brother and sister and their families.  I've done posts in the past on some of our favorite places to visit with guests, but we also always try to fit in one or two new things.  Yesterday, we finally got my sister and her young kids to Martha's Vineyard, which has never worked out in the past due to the age of her children and the logistics of getting everyone onto a ferry on time to head over to this beautiful island off the Cape.

In addition to just wanting to see the Vineyard, my sister loves scary movies like I do, in particular, the movie Jaws, which made my list of scariest movies and books (here).  She is fascinated by sharks in general.  Since Martha's Vineyard was the site where this 1975 movie was filmed, it was especially important to see the sites.  A few years ago, we'd been over to see some of the towns in the movie with friends, but we'd never been on an actual Jaws-themed tour, so this time, I arranged it, complete with a small private bus for all 11 of us.  Martha's Vineyard Tours and Excursions was the company that ended up taking us on the tour, and I highly recommend them.  They are the #1 tour company on Trip Advisor, and they rescued us when the tour we originally booked in advance (with a different company) literally cancelled on us last minute.  I have to give them a shout-out, as we had 11 people, including a toddler, assembled for a scheduled private tour, and they came in and accommodated us last minute.

Menemsha, the fishing village from which Quint's
boat the Orca left to find Jaws.
The two-hour tour included a lot of interesting information about the island in addition to scenes from Jaws.  We saw Sheriff Brody's house in East Chop in Oak Bluffs, Quint's Shack in Menemsha in Chilmark, and Edgartown, which basically served as the fictional town of Amity Island (which is actually supposed to be off Long Island, NY, at least in the novel).

We basically circled the island, making our way back toward Oak Bluffs (and the ferry terminal) along Beach Road and Syliva State Beach, which was where many of the beach scenes--and shark attacks--were filmed.  The most famous landmark there is the "Jaws Bridge", which carries traffic over the channel separating the Atlantic from Sengekontacket Pond--the pond in which a particularly gruesome death takes place, when the Great White shark severs the leg of a sailing instructor as a group of young boys huddle on a sailboat.  The actual name of the bridge is the American Legion Memorial Bridge, also known as the "Big Bridge" by locals.  But its fame from the movie has led to a time-honored tradition that involves climbing over the railing and plunging 15 to 20 feet into the waters below.

I can only assume this was a small crowd for
this spot, considering it's now late August and
tourist season is winding down.
One of the best things about this, aside from the cinematic history and the adrenaline rush, is the sign prohibiting jumping or diving off the bridge, posted in front of a huge crowd of people of all ages doing exactly that.  

It's a rite of passage around here, and a bucket-list item for many New Englanders.  We had little time to spend there, but we got it done!  

In the future, I'd love to just spend a day there, alongside the rock jetties, and watch everyone have fun jumping and diving in.  Although we live on Cape Cod, spending the day on one of these islands feels like being in another world!  I set most of my novels on the Cape, but one day I'd love to write a story set on Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket...maybe I could figure out a way to stay for a few weeks in the name of research?

Back to entertaining the family...thanks for stopping by!  

My younger son taking flight as one of his cousins plunges
in, and another younger one looks on.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Celebrating #BlackCatAppreciationDay and Researching Superstitions ~ Love My #BlackCats #Rescue #Cats

Max and Jinx <3
It’s black cat appreciation day!  I absolutely love black cats…I have had many in the past, and I have two right now.  Most people ask if this is due to my fascination with the paranormal, as most of my novels involve spooky ghost mysteries.  And that’s probably part of it—but a few other things weigh in.  For one thing, I think black cats are beautiful.  But I also am a strong supporter of pet rescue and adoption, and black cats are over-represented at shelters, which could be in part because many people are consciously or even subconsciously affected by the superstition surrounding black cats.  So, today’s post is dedicated to how this idea that black cats are unlucky came about.

The ancient Egyptians believed cats had magical powers, and regarded them as sacred.  In fact, they worshiped a feline goddess known as Bastet.  On the other hand, Druids feared cats.  All cats are nocturnal and appear dark as they creep through the night, sure-footed and stealthy even with no light to see by.  This gave all cats a mystical aura, but the color black has often been associated with sinister forces.

Black cats, along with bats and spiders, have long been considered by some to be bad omens.  Some cultures believed witches could turn into cats in order to avoid capture.  Black cats were also thought to be familiars—low ranking demons tasked with serving and protecting a witch.

Even with a limited understanding of diseases, societies throughout history were also able to see the connection between cats and outbreaks of plague.  Cats control rodent populations, and rats are carriers of many diseases deadly to humans.  This added to the idea that cats had powers beyond human comprehension.

Thus, an association with witchcraft and the occult, superstition, fear, and awe combined to make black cats a symbol of Halloween, the night when the barrier between the paranormal and physical worlds grows thin.

So, there you have it…a few reasons black cats are considered unlucky by some.  Personally, I cross paths with my Max and Jinx dozens of times each day, and so far I’m no worse for the wear.  So celebrate your beautiful black cats!  And, if you enjoy a little spooky suspense like me, try one of my books…there’s some steamy romance in their as well, so something for everyone!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

My Teen is Reading Again! #Books for Boys #amreading #YA

My son reading one of the ASOIAF
books on the London tube during a 2016 trip

Hands down, reading is my favorite pastime, and I love books so much, I write them as well.  I've always tried to get my two sons into reading, with varying results.  My younger son, who is now 17 (!!!!) was always the bigger reader, but they both could be hooked with a really great story.  The problem is, I can't always find those really compelling novels that will pull them in immediately.  And because I'm an author, they know terms like "the hook", "the conflict", "the author's voice", etc.  It's hard to argue if they tell me they can't connect with the characters or the pacing is slow. 

So, five years ago, I started blogging about some of the books and series they really loved (links to those posts are below).  I have three posts over the years with titles they've enjoyed.  My oldest son is now in college, with a summer internship in full swing as well, so his time is limited.  But my younger son has a lot of downtime this summer, and I really wanted to get him reading again.  I say "again", because we hit a roadblock a few years ago.  In 2016, he read the A Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones), tearing through all five enormous books currently out (and I'd read them as well, so I do know there are adult scenes but my feeling has always been if my kids are reading, I'm happy, whatever it is).  The problem arose because those books are so incredible, so intricately plotted, so full of danger and battles and dragons and betrayals, so exciting and action-packed, that nothing he started reading afterwards could compare.  I tried several books that are similar in theme or genre, but he just kept saying they weren't as good and losing interest.   

I'm sad to say this went on for almost 3 years.  We tried The Dark Tower series, other Stephen King books, River God, Swan Song...all great books that I loved.  He would put them down after the first chapter.  The only novels he read were for school, and I generally don't find our school makes very compelling picks.

But this summer, I said we're going to get back into reading for pleasure.  I started with an Amazon search of books related in purchase history to the Quarantine series, which both my kids loved and couldn't put down.  I found a title called Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne.  He loved it!  This is a YA thriller revolving around a busload of kids of different ages trying to survive in a supermarket after an apocalyptic event.  Thankfully, there were two more books in the series, so we had July covered.

A few of my next picks didn't grab his attention, but another thing happened...he rented the first Lord of the Rings movie.  I was surprised he hadn't seen those movies already with his brother or his friends.  But now he's saying he'd like to read the books too (despite already seeing the movies)...yay!  That's how he got into the Game of Thrones books, so I'm hopeful.  And when a series is *his* idea, and not mine, it makes it all the more likely he'll keep reading.  And here on Cape, the kids don't go back to school until after Labor Day, so we have a few more weeks of beach reading relaxation!

Other recommendations over the years:

Books for Boys

Books for Boys 2

Books for Boys 3

Friday, August 9, 2019

5* #Review! "Passion...past hurts...Brilliant" Reunion #Romance + #Ghost Mystery #FridayReads #Paranormal

Sharing a review of Silver Lake I *LOVE* from the Nom de Plume Book Review site!  This book has a special place in my heart, as it was my debut novel and I lived with the characters and the plot growing in my imagination for years before I decided to try to write it.  Then I spent years editing and revising it until I received my first publishing contract (December 16, 2011...not that the date is seared in my brain or anything :) )

Silver Lake is a reunion romance and ghost mystery...a story of second chances, painful secrets, friendship, loss, and the desire to solve a five-year-old disappearance, even in the face of frightening paranormal activity.  

I've pulled out a few favorite quotes (I wish this review had been around when my editor and I were working on the novel's blurb and tag lines...NDP Reviews has a real talent for creating enticing summaries!).  

"Chills, people!"

"Kathryn Knight is my go-to author for romantic suspense because this is just WHAT. SHE. DOES. BEST."

"Brandy had disappeared years before, and it tore their group of friends apart.  Rain, Allie, A.J., and Jason all went their separate ways, unable to face the trauma of their loss.  Now, though, it's time to find the truth, even if that means facing the truth of their own lives as well."

"For Rain, seeing Jason again means facing their inescapable attraction and the reality that he will likely never forgive her.  While mysterious puddles of water appear, doors slam, and the ghost appears again and again, Jason and Rain wade through the intensity of passion and past hurts to find justice for Brandy."

"How does someone come up with a plot like this?  This isn't normal.  It's brilliant."

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Bathroom Makeover ~ From 90s Mauve to #FarmHouse Coastal! #FixerUpper Style Cape Cod #Remodel

So thrilled with how it all came together!  Wall color is Hale Navy.
After months of delays, the glass for our master bathroom shower was just installed, which means the entire remodel is officially DONE!  I couldn't wait to post the pics of the bedroom, so they're already up, but now I can share the bathroom pics as well.

One of the things I asked to have to
remind me of my grandparents...for
reason I always like this painting, and
if the medium was right, so did my
Grandma Renie.
I can't find any before pics, which is a was just as bad as the master bedroom in both decor and design.  For one thing, I still had the ratty (but frequently washed) shower curtain from our first house...I couldn't seem to part with it because it matched this watercolor painting I'd brought from my grandparent's house after my grandmother passed away.  And I was so attached to the painting...not just because I liked it enough to ask my uncle, when they were cleaning out the house, if I could have it.  But also because it reminded me of my grandparents, and even more compelling, because one time when I was at a psychic medium show (researching my main character's abilities for Gull Harbor), a medium picked me out of the crowd and told me my grandmother "was happy I had the painting."  My mind was blown...I'd never seen this medium, I hadn't signed up for anything, it was cash at the door and an auditorium full of people.  And I don't think it was a lucky guess, as she also talked about the charm bracelet of my grandmother's that I held on to as well.  

So, the shower curtain and painting matched, although they were both a somewhat dated combination of mauve and green.  Our vanity was small, one sink, and my husband had long since relinquished all the counter space to me and moved his things into the hall bathroom, sharing space with our teen boys.  As the only female in the house, this struck me as fair.  But our bathroom sink didn't work very well, and the shower itself was a nightmare that I can't bear to elaborate on.

As I mentioned when posting about the bedroom, decorating doesn't come easily to me, but researching things does.  Again, I relied a lot on Pinterest!  Here's a link to the specific board for the bathroom.  Pics below...thanks for coming by and let me know what you think in the comments section!

I'm proud of the tobacco basket/wreath design...I found the
metal tobacco basket at a vintage re-sale shop, and the
wreath came from Luckett's in Virginia.

Bottles collected from flea markets and antique shops.
Terrarium and faux plant from Marshall's.

To view the bedroom pics, click here.

And I should not forget the closet space...the before closet and after is below!

A photo from demo-day. 
That narrow space under the eves was the closet...sloped ceilings and
a hidden window, with folding doors that took up space.

New closet area in a different part of the room!
So much more storage, better use of space, and a little
bench and window <3  Color is Lakeshore Green.