Monday Magic welcomes Kristina Knight!

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I’m excited to have a fellow Crimson Romance author with me today. Kristina’s book, What a Texas Girl Wants, sounds wonderful. After you read her blurb and excerpt, I’m sure you’ll agree. And now you can get your copy in either e-book or print form. But first, let’s hear what Kristina says about:

Books I Can’t Put Down
It’s kind of a push-pull, isn’t it? We all love those books we can’t put down, but at 4 in the morning the eyes get heavy and we start thinking about the next day at work….and eventually, you just have to put it down. Unless you only have about 20 pages left. Then, keep reading.
I’m in the middle of re-reading one of these books now. Word Gets Around by Lisa Wingate. I became a fan of Lisa’s with Texas Cooking, and this book doesn’t disappoint, either. I like the quiet spirituality of the book, I love the tension between the hero and heroine and I love the setting – Texas, horse ranch/movie set. I also like that she’s given both the hero and heroine some very deep-seated issues to work through and they are doing it, not just paying lip service to what has happened to them. Here’s one paragraph:

All these years, I’d been battering the same barriers over and over and over, thinking that the answer lay in breaking through and leaving the past behind. I’d looked for the answer somewhere outside – my work, my house, my car, my name in the credits…But every time I came up empty. The answer wasn’t there. One the way back to the hotel, it dawned on me: Maybe the answer isn’t in getting beyond where you come from but in learning to accept the things that went into your making.
I like that paragraph. I like the emotion, I like the idea of moving forward because of the past. I just really like it, as a person and as a writer.
As a writer, I want to dig this deep and bring the reader thisclose to the characters…isn’t that what we all want? A little direction now and then, even in the form of fiction?
What are you reading now? How is it affecting your sleep (or lack of sleep)? Are the books you can’t put down the books you keep?
What a Texas Girl Wants:  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

About the Author

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, three-year-old daughter, and twenty-year-old fur-kid. Happily ever after.
Excerpt: What a Texas Girl Wants:
 
“So the man calling you sweetheart on the patio isn’t your husband?”
 
Kathleen blanched. “No, idiot. He’s my grandfather. What do you think I am some Anna Nicole wannabe?”
 
 ”No, but. . .Well who else would call you sweetheart besides your husband?”
 
She glared at him. “Start talking, Cowboy. Am I remembering last night?”
 
“I’m not sure, either.” When Kathleen would have socked him in the shoulder, he continued. “I was sent down here on a photo shoot for Sports Weekly last Monday. It wrapped and I decided to stay for a few extra days. I have a show booked in New York in a couple of months and I thought some shots of the crowds on the Malecon would do well. That would have been. . .Wednesday. Then I woke up on the beach this morning with you. So assuming this is Thursday, yeah, we’re both remembering the same night.”
“Kathleen?”
 
She ignored Grandfather and focused on Jackson. “You seriously don’t remember how this”-she wagged her right index finger between their left hands-”happened?” His only response was a slow shaking of his head from side to side. Wonderful. Wait. Wouldn’t that make the annulment that much simpler? All the celebrities did it. Get drunk, get married, plead incompetence because of alcohol and get a quickie annulment. If it was good enough for Britney it was good enough for Kathleen. As long as she could get the annulment ball rolling before Grandfather found out.
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I want to thank Kristina for stopping by today, and sharing her book with us. Wasn’t I right?  Doesn’t it sound great?

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26 Responses to Monday Magic welcomes Kristina Knight!

  1. Callie says:

    Hi Kristina (she waves). So happy to have you here today. And I love the sound of your book. Have fun. I’m offline until after noon time (central). Catch y’all later.

  2. R.T. Wolfe says:

    Kristina,
    I’m glad I’m not the only one that’s been up at 4 a.m. reading a book I can’t put down. :) Congratulations on your new release!
    -R.T. Wolfe

  3. Thanks for having me over, Callie! These days I also find myself staying up late to write – it’s quiet and there are no interruptions when the rest of the house is asleep!

    Thanks for visiting, RT!

    • Callie says:

      I hear ya. Now if I could just get my dogs to quit banging on the door next to my desk to get in and out of the house I’d get more done.

  4. Ella Quinn says:

    Loved it all. Very good dialogue.

  5. Hi Kristi!

    Loved the paragraph you shared.

    As for what I’m reading right now, it’s not romance. I seem to flit back and forth from romance to true crime. I’m reading a true crime story that I won’t go into detail about because it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But when I get back into my romance phase, I have so many wonderful books waiting for me. Can’t wait :)

  6. Oh I love those books, don’t you…you go to bed nice and early thinking that you’ll have plenty of time to read before you should put the light out. But it doesn’t work that way, does it. You keep glancing at the clock, saying just until this chapter is over, or just until this 15 minutes/half hour/hour is up. Then when you finally turn the light out, you’re dead to the world. Great post thanks ladies!

  7. Fun excerpt, Kristina. Can’t wait to read it!

  8. Calisa Rhose says:

    Hi Kristi and Callie! I love books that keep me up…or I hate them, I’m not sure. lol But I have some and I do get caught in their web. I did that last night actually with a short story I started too late.

  9. Eliza Daly says:

    My earlier post didn’t seem to be accepted so going to try this again.

    Congrats on your new release Kristina! I’ve totally been up till all hours of the morning reading a book. My can’t put down books would have been the first few books in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series and Lawrence Sanders McNally’s series. I devoured those books. Congrats again and good luck with your book!

  10. PM Kavanaugh says:

    I love the humor in your excerpt…throughout your book, that was a major draw for me. I tend to write “dark and moody” so I envy writers who can write funny! Congrats on your book….and since my husband often says, “Sleep is for kids!” I say, “What better reason to stay up late than because of a great book!”

    • Callie says:

      You have the right idea. No better reason to be grouchy and tired in the morning that that you stayed up late to finish a book.

  11. Great post. I’ve read What A Texas Girl Wants and can tell you I really enjoyed it. Books I can’t put down – include anything by Kristan Higgens, Rachel Gibson, Nalini Singh. I love Janet Evanovich too. So many to love. So many to read.

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