Welcome to What to Read Wednesday! Today I’m thrilled to have my Words With Friends sistah addict, fellow Inkie and fun friend visiting 🙂 Please help me in welcoming Kristina Knight. She’s going to share some facts about herself and her latest release THE SAINT’S DEVILISH DEAL and if that wasn’t enough she’s also generously offered to give away a copy of her awesome debut novel WHAT A TEXAS GIRL WANTS to one lucky commenter!
So let’s get started 🙂
What 5 words describe you the best?
silly, loyal, creative, mom, friend
What’s a talent you wish you had but don’t?
I so wish I could sing. My husband is lovely and tells me I can…but I just know the voice I hear in my head is sooooo not what the rest of the world hears when I sing!
I feel the same way about my singing…but when I’m alone in the car I let it out! Lol Tell us your favorite thing to eat for breakfast.
Cereal. The specific kind depends on the day but lately I’ve been slightlymorethanaddicted to Peanut Butter Cheerios. And Golden Grahams. Not at the same time, though.
Cereal is awesome and, like you, I switch preferences. What genre (s) do you write?
I write contemporary romance with sass, a little sex and lot of heart.
Love it! Describe your writing space.
Messy, which is a bad thing because my office is in our living room. Currently on my desk: computer, printer, iPod speakers, Internet modem, a stack of notes, 5 manila folders, a stack of bebe’s drawings and school papers, about 4 months worth of RWR magazines (none have been read, bad Kristina!) and several mailings that really need to go out to contest winners. Oh, and an empty bowl. I have no idea who put the bowl there.
Sounds like you’re keeping it real! Lol Share the blurb from The Saint’s Devilish Deal.
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 dead-end 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 decides to retire – and leaves a joint interest in the villa to both Santiago and Esme.
Esme isn’t thrilled to share ownership of the villa with the the youngest Cruz brother – especially when she learns Santiago’s brother has been after the villa for years. But Santiago has grown up while she’s been away at school and soon she finds herself falling for the rich boy down the hall.
What character did you identify with most in your story?
Both Saint and Esme got to me for different reasons. I could identify with the injured-athlete part of Santiago and I totally got Esme, when it came to her family.
I love coming up with titles for my stories, how did you come up with yours?
Trial and error and alcohol! I’ve called this book The Surfer Goes Home for a long time, but it wasn’t just about Santiago and it wasn’t just about going home and it needed to be a LOT more romancey. So I started thinking about his nickname and playing on that…and it just hit me. I’m so glad my editor liked the title!!
Describe your hero in 3 words.
Santiago: charming, loyal, driven.
Now your heroine.
Esmerelda: smart, lonely, driven
What’s the first line of your book?
The outer office door opened and shut with authority and the hot lawyer’s office instantly shrank in size.
“…With everything thing I am, I will always love you.”
Oooh, love that last line! LOVE IT! Please share an excerpt From THE SAINT’S DEVLISH DEAL.
“As long as we’re both on the property, though, we meet Constance’s demands, correct? So how about keeping him on in an advisory capacity, while I run things?”
“Constance was clear. She wants you and Santiago to run the villa. As I’ve said, for three months you will be in control, for three months Santiago will run things. If either of you leave, I’m to auction the property.”
“We all know the highest bidder at any auction will be Eduardo Cruz. Why would I work with one Cruz while another is already waiting to take my property?” Crossing her arms over her chest, Esme sat back. Santiago shifted and she cut her eyes to the sofa, focusing on her nemesis. “Look, you may have conned Aunt Constance with your surfer boy routine, but I don’t buy it. You don’t want to run a hotel. You don’t even want to be here, so why don’t you go buy a coffee downstairs while the adults talk?”
The lawyer gasped but Santiago only grinned. Just like him not to get an insult when aimed directly at him. Or his feet, since she found it hard to look directly into those deep brown eyes without wanting to drown in them. God, she thought she was past the point of being charmed by The Saint.
“I see the kitten has sharpened her claws,” he drawled. Each syllable rolled off his tongue like honey. Despite the heat of the day, Esme shivered. Annoyed, she snapped, “Yes and this time around I’m willing to use them.”
“That sounds promising.” His left eyebrow quirked and another flash of heat hit her belly.
Esme swallowed. Ignore the brow. Ignore the brow. Focus on Velazquez. With effort she turned back to the lawyer. “There is no way my aunt would have set her villa up for failure like this. I need to speak with her.”
She should have come running home the second Constance told her Santiago had moved in. God, I shouldn’t have stayed away so long. Although her job was the perfect position to learn everything university didn’t teach her about hotel management, she was so busy running the Northern California B&B she’d neglected the only family she had. Now, here she was playing resort manager with a property developer clothed in surfer’s gear.
“Did they not teach you listening skills in your fancy university up north?” Santiago’s words flowed from his well-shaped mouth like molten chocolate. Ignoring the rumbling in her tummy, she vowed to stop comparing Santiago’s speech to her favorite comfort foods. “Velazquez has said ten times already Constance is in need of rest now.” Santiago’s voice focused her back on the task. “The cancer has been eradicated, and the private hospital will ensure she gets that rest. Causing her stress because you don’t want to share your toys isn’t exactly what the doctor ordered, now is it?”
“Shut up.” Esme immediately wished the words back. It wasn’t his fault that she hadn’t known how sick Con was; it was her own. She had to stop reacting to him and starting acting for her own benefit.
“I see your profesors universitarios did teach you incredible conversational skills, though.” That smug grin widened and his eyes danced. Esme’s toes curled against the leather of her Jimmy Choos.
Do you find it easier to write male POV or female POV and why?
It’s a little easier for me to write from the male POV, and I have no idea why…but until I know the characters it’s hard to write either the male or female POV. For me, I have to have a good handle on the characters – where they’ve come from, what they need, etc. – before I can write them.
What surprised you the most about becoming published?
That I didn’t magically get an extra hour or two in each day. I really did expect to wake up and find I had a couple extra hours but it turns out I actually have fewer hours now! lol
Now that’s the truth and I think all writer’s can easily relate to that 🙂 Can you share one piece of valuable advice to encourage a newbie author? 🙂
Keep pushing yourself. The road to publication is, in almost every case, long and winding but the key is to keep pushing yourself forward. Keep writing new books, better books and better characters…and an editor will see the brilliance that is you!
Lovely advice Kristi! And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?
You can find me on social media, I’m a little bit of an addict! I’m on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest a little too often and when I’m not on those sites I’m blogging about my books or silly things that have happened or some of my favorite things. And I love talking to people, so don’t hesitate to reach out and cyber-touch! My links are:
And buy links for the books: Buy Links: Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Saints-Devilish-Deal-ebook/dp/B0096D6WFE/ref=la_B0081LO6DM_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1349205407&sr=1-2