Oct 15, 2012

Author Spotlight with Kristina Knight

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.

Esmerelda whirled on Santiago.  "I realize your type never looks a gift-horse in the mouth, but sharing a villa with you for the next six months isn't my idea of a good time.  It isn't even my idea of what the nice side of Hades looks like, so stop speaking for me."  Esme returned her gaze to the lawyer.  "I'd like to see my letter.  Now."  She held out her hand, barely keeping it from trembling in anger but Velazquez only shook his head.
"Dios, you were never this uptight before you left Mexico for your fancy boarding schools and university.  We will read our letters as Constance requested, after three months," he told the lawyer, standing from the sofa as if that was the end of it.
Then he firmly grasped Esme's elbow, pulled her to her feet and frog-marched her out of the stuffy office before she could protest.
The air on the street was blessedly cool, a brisk breeze blowing in from the ocean, but that did nothing to cool Esme's temper.
"How dare you?  You do not speak for me, Santiago, you didn't when we were kids, you didn't in Napa and you won't now."  She jerked her arm from his grasp and turned back to the office but he stopped her by positioning his body in front of the door.
"You still do not listen, pequena.  Constance has asked you to give her three months to recuperate, do you not see that?  She has given you three months to prove yourself."  He stepped forward, crowding her against the adobe wall, his voice softening.  "You have not been here as I have."  The words lashed at her heart but Esme refused to let Santiago see that he had the power to hurt her. 
"No, I haven't been here, watching her condition deteriorate without doing anything as you have," she said acidly.  "I only had phone calls, where it is an easy thing to sound healthy even as illness is beating you down.  How would you react if your father pulled a vanishing act, leaving me to run your hotels around the world while you sat on your thumbs in the corner?"
Santiago shrugged.  "I expect Tobias would have more issue with Father's decisions than I.  I would welcome the additional time to enjoy the finer things in life."
She scoffed.  "Like you did in Napa?"
"I did enjoy you, pequena."

Author: Kristina Knight
Book: The Saint's Devilish Deal
Release Date: October 1, 2012
Publisher: Crimson Romance
ISBN1440552355 (ISBN13: 9781440552359)
Genre: Contemporary
Heat Level: Sensual, Sex on the Page
Format: E-Book in Multiple Formats
Author Blog(s):   http://www.kristiknight.blogspot.com
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/kristinaknightromanceauthor
Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/authorkristina
Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/authorkristina
IMG credit: http://www.crimsonromance.com

Oct 10, 2012

An Interview With Lizzie T. Leaf

Today we have the wonderful Lizzie T. Leaf with us. Let’s give her a warm MFRWA welcome!

Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they? 

The DEAD series is in re-release through Musa Publishing and a new book in the series is scheduled to release in October, 2012.  The series is paranormal romance with humor and spice.

What can we expect from you in the future?

The seconded book in the Magical Love series at Passion in Print Press is in for edits, but don’t have a release date yet.  Also, possibly another DEAD in addition to the October release by the end of the year.

How do we find out about you and your books?

My website www.lizzietleaf.com will have all the books that are available, coming soon books and scheduled appearances.

How many readers/fans contact you?


Do your fans' comments and letters influence you in any way?

Fans turned the first DEAD book into a series.  I’d only planned to write the one, but kept getting asked “When is the next one going to be out?”

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

I’ve been told by some who know me well that my writing if me.  They think I’m a combination of snarky, fun and angst. If that’s a case, then I guess a bit of ‘me’ is in my writing.  And yes, I do draw on life experience, or at least the emotions, at times.  The saying of, be careful or you’ll end up in my book can come, into play especially with some of those from my past.

What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?

I love to travel.  It’s fun to experience new cultures and meet new people.  When I really need downtime a cruise gives me some of both worlds.  Time spent relaxing in the cabin or by the pool when I’m in a quiet mood, or joining in the social activities when the mood strikes.  Plus, the ports of call gives the connection to the new cultures and people.

Do you feel humor is important in fiction and why?

If I don’t feel humor is important then I’m in trouble since most of my books contain humor.  I enjoy reading it too.  After a stressful day nothing is better than to laugh.  Laughter is a way to bring ‘me’ out of the dumps, either with a book that brings a smile, a TV show or a movie.  It’s amazing how much better a good belly laugh can make one feel!!!

Would you like to write a different genre than you do now, or sub-genre?

Yes, totally different.  In fact, I’m working on a Young Adult (love the angst) and a Women’s Fiction.  Both are on hold at the moment because of the two series I’m working on, but when I need a change of pace writing a little on one of them is the way I go.

Where can your readers find you?

Where’s your favorite place to hang out online?

I’m on Facebook & Twitter most week days and my blog a few times a week.

Bio: Award winning author, Lizzie T. Leaf started life in Kansas, continued her growing in North Carolina, and currently shivers through the winters in Colorado.  She has numerous e-books in varying lengths and her first print book, Struck by Lightning, won dual 2007 Beacon awards, in addition to being a finalist in two other contests.

In addition, Making Christmas, a Christmas Historical novella set during the Civil War won Love Romances Café Best Historical for 2011 and is a finalist in the Aspen Gold for Best Novella.

Beyond Magic, the first book in the Magical Love series won the 2012 Award of Excellence Best Paranormal/Fantasy/Sy-Fi, as well as a finalist for Best Paranormal in the Aspen Gold.  Winners are announced in mid to late October.
 Since discovering the fun of writing paranormal, she plays with creating vampires, faeries and other immortals. Her current focus is the DEAD series.  Musa Publishing has re-released the first four novellas in the series and DEAD Hot, a new novella, is scheduled to release in October.  Emerging Magic, the second novel in the Magical Love series will also release in late October or early November with Passion in Print Press.

When not creating mischief for paranormal beings, she can be found exploring the other genres she wants to write.  She also serves as the 2012 President for the Heart of Denver Romance Writers.

Lizzie loves to read, spend time with her family and travel with her best friend husband during her free time, on which most of friends ask…“what free time?”


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