Thursday, June 14, 2012

Kristina Knight Visits

Many years ago, I was blessed to find a friend and a critique partner, Kristina Knight.  One of the funniest, nicest people you could ever happen to meet, I am thrilled to announce Kristi's debut book, What A Texas Girl Wants, was released from Crimson Romance on June 4th.  Thanks for visiting me today!
D'Ann: M&Ms, Chips 'n Dip, Jell-O Shots…what's your snack of choice when you're on deadline?
 Kristina: thanks for having me today, D'Ann! Great conversation we're having! Ummm, I'll take a little of both, actually. I like a little salty and sweet together. So I throw a few chips in a bowl, crunch them up and toss some M&Ms over the top. I know. Weird. But it keeps me going.
 D'Ann: What most surprised you about the publishing process?
 Kristina -- so many things, but I think the biggest surprise was how approachable my editor was. From the beginning she has been available to answer my thousand questions...and she's never once told me to go away. At least not yet. Also, that it's so fast. I know print publishing is different, but Crimson is an e-house, so from the date of my acceptance, it was 4 months to publication!
D'Ann: When the writing gets tough, who do you lean on?
Kristina- my DH first. He always listens, although he has no idea what I'm talking about usually. His advice is usually to go with my gut, one of the many reasons I love him - he really believes in me. After that, I have a core group of online friends who are my go-to girls. They listen, celebrate, commiserate and then kick my butt to get going again.
 D'Ann:  What are you listening to right now and does your listening choice influence your writing?
 Kristina: I just made a new playlist, actually, because I've started a new book. It's eclectic, like all my playlists - a little Lady Antebellum, some Smokey Robinson, The Pogues,'s a little nutty. Music does influence my writing. For drafting, I listen to light jazz or moody blues (depending on where I'm at in the writing), when I'm planning a book and editing, I'll listen to my playlist over and over because the songs chosen for it reflect some aspect of the book for me. Music definitely keeps me on track.

Tell us one interesting thing about this book or its characters that didn't make in 'between the covers'?
Answer --- the original meet-cute! Jackson and Kathleen met in college but the book takes place 10 years later. I made the meeting - in which there is a collision - into a prequel, and it's a free read on my website.

Kathleen Witte is a down-to-earth girl. She has to be, with the family ranch on the verge of success. After seven months of keeping it all together by swearing off men, however, Kathleen needs a bit of fun in the sun. Waking up with a husband she can’t remember isn’t how she planned to blow off steam.

The last thing Jackson Taylor wants in his life is a down-to-earth girl. He has four weeks of freedom in which to find his birth mother. He’s done well avoiding commitment until now, so when he wakes up on a Mexican beach with Kathleen his first reaction is curiosity. When he spies the matching wedding rings on their left hands curiosity turns to concern.

Neither Jackson nor Kathleen want to stay married, but when her family shows up, they have no choice. Once back in Texas, however, can they keep this all-business marriage from turning into an all-consuming love?

Sensuality Level: Sensual

Bio:  Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police--no, she wasn't a troublemaker, she was a journalist. When the opportunity to focus a bit of energy on the stories in her head, she jumped at it. And she's never looked back. Now she writes magazine articles by day and romance novels with spice by night. She lives on Lake Erie with her husband and three-year-old daughter. Happily ever after.

This biography was provided by the author or their representative.

What a Texas Girl Wants is available now from

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday A Cowboy to Keep

Hi, everyone!
I've been gone for quite awhile, but am jumping back in with six sentenes from my just released book, A Cowboy To Keep...

        A bull snorted.
Laney froze.
Wyatt’s attention stayed with the antibiotic he was drawing into the syringe. “Ignore him, babe. He’s just talking.”
           The hairs standing straight up on the back of Laney’s neck told a different story, but she took a deep breath and tried to relax. She knew the bulls could sense her fear and, because her jumping nerves only added to their unease, she tried to calm her pounding pulse.

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