Friday, November 2, 2012

VBT with Kristina Knight

I'm pleased to have author Kristina Knight on the blog again, on tour with her second book, The Saint's Devilish Deal. Kristina has a topic to talk about, and then I'm posting my review for the book. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the post. Now, I'm going to turn the blog over to Kristina.

My mom likes to tell people, now that I'm a published author and all, that I was born writing. I'm pretty sure that isn't true. I mean, I've seen newborns and not one has been holding a pencil with the intention of writing. The intention of poking something – likely their own eye -, yes. The intention of writing? No.

But I did start reading early and as soon as I started reading I started getting these ideas for my own stories. So I'd tell myself a story as I fell asleep (who needs a 9PM bedtime, I mean, the scandal!) or while we were on long car trips or while I was bored in church (shhhhh, don't tell my mom that part) or really any other time I wanted to be somewhere else. And, yeah, that includes spelling time and math time and pretty much any other time that didn't involve a fun book to read.

I read the Ramona books and I was Ramona. The Fudge books and I could so relate. Then I graduated to the Sweet Valley High books and thought, those girls have the life! I wanted to be one of those girls until I stumbled upon a stash of Lois Duncan books in the school library and then I wanted to be a kind of girl detective (Nancy Drew was an inspiration, too).

Somewhere along the line I realized I wanted to experience all of the stories in those books and that in one lifetime, well, there just wasn't enough time. So I started writing my stories down. As soon as I set pencil to paper to write a story of my own, I was hooked. I'd write pirate adventures and first romances (you know, the kind where a teenage girl meets a teenage boy? Sigh) and coming of age stories.

It wasn't until after I'd worked in TV for a while that I thought seriously of writing my own books and actually sending them to an editor and may, possibly (dare I hope) one of those editors would like what I wrote and maybe turn it into a 'real' book.

My road has taken a few detours – TV reporting, PR person for a non-profit, freelance writer, mom – but all of those roads were lined with books. I have my mother to thank for that, because although I'm positive I wasn't born writing…I'm also positive that my love of books comes from her.

 Esmerelda Quinn has been looking for a place to belong since her parents were killed in a car crash when she was young. The closest thing to home has always been Aunt Constance's villa in Puerto Vallarta, so after a string of hotellier jobs, she's coming home to run the villa.
Santiago Cruz has called the villa home for as long as he can remember. In between surfing events, Constance has always had a room for him. Color him surprised when Constance leaves him with a joint interest in the villa - along with her niece Esmerelda.
Esme isn't thrilled to share ownership of the villa with the the youngest Cruz brother - especially as the Cruz family has been after the villa for years. But Santiago has grown up while she's been away and soon she finds herself falling for the rich boy down the hall - all over again.

Review Rating: 4 LIGHTNING BOLTS

Review:  Kristina Knight writes emotional romances with plenty of conflict and drama. In The Saint's Devilish Deal, readers meet Esmeralda and Santiago, a couple with a past that now meets face to face again because they  learn that together, they must help run a villa. 

Do the sparks fly? Yeah, they do, but neither is sure about things. They've gone on with their lives, they aren't too happy about having to share the responsibilities.

Reading this story kept me engaged and hooked! I love the way the characters  are so well fleshed out. Ms. Knight's voice is fresh. It's easy to relate to the characters because they've got situations that are like any real life. Stubborn and strong willed, Santiago and Esmeralda have a lot to overcome, and the story to get there has so much to offer. 

Are you a fan of contemporary romances? You don't know what you're missing if you haven't picked up a book by Kristina Knight yet. What are you waiting for?

Author 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 trouble-maker she was a journalist. When the opportunity to write what she wanted – business and family/parenting articles – and to focus more energy on the stories in her head, she jumped at it.
 And she’s never looked back. Now she writes articles for magazines and such by day and writes romance novels with spice by night. And any toddler-free, five minute break she has. She lives on Lake Erie with her husband and 4 year old daughter. Happily ever after.
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  1. Kristina, I love the story of your writing. Wishing you much success on your new book.

  2. Lovely story about your writing journey Kristi! Congrats on your book :)

  3. Fun post! I got my love of reading from my mom too - I'm not good at making up my own stories though. Thanks for the review on the book - sounds like it's fun to read and I'll add it to my list

  4. I loved reading about your journey--I'll bet your mom does, too.

  5. Thank you for inviting me over today, StormGoddess! :) I'm so happy you enjoyed the book!!!

  6. I tell myself stories in church too. Shhhh. Don't tell. Great post!

  7. Congrats, Kristi! I love your books!

  8. Great story, Kristi! Wishing you nothing but the best with your writing career.

  9. Amazing story Kristi! Good luck with The Saint!

  10. LOL, Sharon, the only time I feel *reallllly* guilty about the church thing is when I get, ahem, the sexier ideas...

    Liz, D'Ann, Jerri and Lynn, thank you so much for your support!!!

  11. Although I didn't start reading until I was a teenager, I did the same thing as you. I'd read a book and soon came up with my own stories. Even the years that I had done much reading or any writing, I was still making up stories in my head.

    Congrats, Kristi!

  12. Fun interview, Kristi! I work in a newsroom now, and all the "fun" mail goes to our cops reporter! (Usually it has a return address from a local prison.) When I took the job, I thought I'd get story ideas from the news we were covering, but it turns out, I get more ideas from the "characters" who come in and call (from the public) than from the news itself! People are fascinating.