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What a Texas Girl Wants

Kristina Knight, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, What a Texas Girl Wants.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Cover artist: Crimson Romance
Length: 52,000 words
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: What happens in Mexico
doesn’t always stay in Mexico
Blurb:
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?
Buy links:

Interview with Kathleen Witte

Kathleen, tell us about yourself. What are you like?
I’m a Texas
girl, born and bred, which makes it kind of funny that I fell for a city boy. But
then, Jackson was a Texas boy at one point! I train horses and live
on the same ranch where I grew up.
What do you think is your strongest point?
My determination. I set a goal and I go after it whole-heartedly.
Do you have a weakness? (If so, what do you think it is? What
does your lover think it is? What does your enemy think it is?)
Sometimes I become so focused on a goal that I miss the point
of living life. That’s what led me to Mexico, which wound up being a good
thing. But at the time, Mexico
felt like the biggest mistake of my life! Jackson
will say my greatest weakness comes when he does this kissing thing on the back
of my neck…
What drives you to do the things you do? What makes you want
to be the “good guy?”
Saint’s Devilish Deal
I think my drive comes from my grandfather, and my father to
a certain extent. Dad wasn’t always around when I was little, so I started trying
new things to get his attention. That didn’t always work, but my boldness did capture
my grandfather’s attention. Him being proud of my accomplishments keeps me trying
for even bigger goals.
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
Dark chocolate with sea salt. I know dark chocolate is technically
better for us than milk chocolate…but it tastes so good I feel guilty enjoying it.
If you didn’t know how old you were how old would you be?
Tough question. I think I’d like to be 28. Because at 28 I’d
be old enough to know better…and still young enough to get away with doing some
bad things…ha!
A biography has been written about you. What do you think
the title would be in six words or less?
Kathleen Witte, An Ordinary Girl.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to
live?
Texas,
exactly where I am. I’m a very lucky girl – I grew up in the best place in the world,
and now that I’m grown up I get to do the thing I love (train horses) and live there
with the best guy in the world (Jackson).
He comes and goes a little bit, because of his work, but Texas is definitely part of our lives.
What song would best describe your life?
I’m Just a Girl by Deana Carter
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
Get the job done! I’m the type of person who can’t quit on a
task. I’m a hard worker…so I guess I’d make a good hammer.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality
and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
A little bit of everything. Saddles and tack, girlie dresses,
boots. I’m a General Store kind of girl.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
The day being over! I wasn’t a bad student and school wasn’t
hard for me, but I had so much more fun on the ranch that I wished every day for
the 3 o’clock bell to ring.
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If
you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^
Probably one of my most embarrassing moments happened when I
was visiting U-TEP on a college preview weekend. I’m a small town girl and the campus
was huge, but I was so confident that I couldn’t do anything wrong! So I’m wandering
around the campus, not paying attention to where I’m going and I slammed into this
photographer guy – who was none other than my childhood crush, Jackson Taylor. I
had no idea what he was doing there and I was a little snippy with him. I broke
his camera…and it was just bad. That did not lead to us falling in love and living
happily ever after, not for a while. And he still teases me about that day!
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Warning: Contents are Combustible.

Please Fill in the Blanks as Kathleen

I love pizza with extra cheese.
I’m always ready for a picnic.
When I’m alone, I think about my next To Do list.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m usually nervous.
If I had a halo it would be crooked.
If I could turn back time I’d ask Jackson out way back in college.
I can never eat chocolate because I would never
stop.

About the Author

Kristina Knight
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.

Previous Books:

The Saint’s Devilish Deal

Books Coming Soon:

What a Texas
Girl Needs
What a Texas
Girl Dreams

Find Me Here

What a Texas Girl Wants.

Kristina Knight, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk
about your book, What a Texas Girl Wants.

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Buy links:
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Cover artist: Crimson Romance
Length: 52,000 words
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline: What happens in Mexico
doesn’t always stay in Mexico
Blurb:
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?

Interview with Kathleen Witte

Kathleen, tell us about
yourself. What are you like?
I’m a Texas
girl, born and bred, which makes it kind of funny that I fell for a city boy. But
then, Jackson was a Texas boy at one point! I train horses and live
on the same ranch where I grew up.
What do you think is your
strongest point?
My determination. I set a goal and I go after it whole-heartedly.
Do you have a weakness?
(If so, what do you think it is? What does your lover think it is? What does your
enemy think it is?)
Sometimes I become so focused on a goal that I miss the point
of living life. That’s what led me to Mexico, which wound up being a good
thing. But at the time, Mexico
felt like the biggest mistake of my life! Jackson
will say my greatest weakness comes when he does this kissing thing on the back
of my neck…
Saint’s Devilish Deal
What drives you to do
the things you do? What makes you want to be the “good guy?”
I think my drive comes from my grandfather, and my father to
a certain extent. Dad wasn’t always around when I was little, so I started trying
new things to get his attention. That didn’t always work, but my boldness did capture
my grandfather’s attention. Him being proud of my accomplishments keeps me trying
for even bigger goals.
What’s your favorite guilty
pleasure?
Dark chocolate with sea salt. I know dark chocolate is technically
better for us than milk chocolate…but it tastes so good I feel guilty enjoying it.
If you didn’t know how
old you were how old would you be?
Tough question. I think I’d like to be 28. Because at 28 I’d
be old enough to know better…and still young enough to get away with doing some
bad things…ha!
A biography has been written
about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Kathleen Witte, An Ordinary Girl.
If money were not an object,
where would you most like to live?
Texas,
exactly where I am. I’m a very lucky girl – I grew up in the best place in the world,
and now that I’m grown up I get to do the thing I love (train horses) and live there
with the best guy in the world (Jackson).
He comes and goes a little bit, because of his work, but Texas is definitely part of our lives.
What song would best describe
your life?
I’m Just a Girl by Deana Carter
If you were a tool, what
would people use you to do?
Get the job done! I’m the type of person who can’t quit on a
task. I’m a hard worker…so I guess I’d make a good hammer.
Picture yourself as a
store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be
sold there?
A little bit of everything. Saddles and tack, girlie dresses,
boots. I’m a General Store kind of girl.
As a child, what was your
favorite thing about school?
The day being over! I wasn’t a bad student and school wasn’t
hard for me, but I had so much more fun on the ranch that I wished every day for
the 3 o’clock bell to ring.
Tell us an embarrassing
story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant
other will do. ^_^
Probably one of my most embarrassing moments happened when I
was visiting U-TEP on a college preview weekend. I’m a small town girl and the campus
was huge, but I was so confident that I couldn’t do anything wrong! So I’m wandering
around the campus, not paying attention to where I’m going and I slammed into this
photographer guy – who was none other than my childhood crush, Jackson Taylor. I
had no idea what he was doing there and I was a little snippy with him. I broke
his camera…and it was just bad. That did not lead to us falling in love and living
happily ever after, not for a while. And he still teases me about that day!
If you came with a warning
label, what would it say?
Warning: Contents are Combustible.

Please Fill in the Blanks as Kathleen

I love pizza with extra cheese.
I’m always ready for a picnic.
When I’m alone, I think about my next To Do list.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m usually nervous.
If I had a halo it would be crooked.
If I could turn back time I’d ask Jackson out way back in college.
Kristina Knight
I can never eat chocolate because I would never stop.

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 and three-year-old daughter. Happily
ever after.

Previous Books:

The Saint’s Devilish Deal

Books Coming Soon:

What a Texas
Girl Needs
What a Texas
Girl Dreams

Find Me Here

Website: http://kristinaknightauthor.com
Blog: http://kristiknight.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/authorkristina
Facebook: http://facebook.com/kristinaknightromanceauthor
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/authorkristina

Holding on to Heaven.

Please welcome Keta Diablo as she takes over Romance Lives Forever for the day.

 – – –

Hi everyone, and thank you so much for stopping by Romance Lives
Forever.

Some readers have asked me why I wrote Holding on to Heaven
so I thought I’d speak to that here. I’ve always loved history about the Civil War
– the battles, the thousands of lives lost and the boundaries that were often crossed
when family members choose sides. It wasn’t uncommon to find cousin fighting against
cousin or neighbor against neighbor. The Civil War was a deeply personal war for
many, and yet in the end, many didn’t know why they were fighting. I can’t think
of anything more horrible than to have our country divided over ideals, beliefs,
or principles to the point we take up arms against our brethren.
Dark Night of the Moon
Imagine drawing a line across the United States – the top half of the
states fight for one side and the bottom for the other. And suppose you had family
down in Texas when you live in Wisconsin? I’m sure you can
see what the Civil War was one of our darkest times in history.
Holding on two Heaven is, in essence, about a woman
named Lauren McCain who was raised in the deep South and moves to the North just
before the war broke out. Her loyalties are divided. She’s fallen in love with a
Northerner, carries his child, and yet her father and family hail from North Carolina. Now, toss
in the Dakota Sioux uprising in Minnesota
at the same time and the entire country is ablaze with fire and terror.
Holding on to Heaven is an emotional story about
betrayal, grief, fate, and abiding passion. If you like reading about the Civil
War, I think you’ll love the story of brothers who love the same woman and yet,
love each other too (note: this is not a ménage and not a gay fiction). Oh, yes,
and there are a few twists and turns in the story. There is a happily-for-now ending,
but here’s the good news: Dark Night of the Moon, the sequel to Holding on to Heaven
was released January 2012. I promise there is a happy resolution to
the continuing saga.
“Comanche Ghost”
Namaste, Keta

About the Author

Keta Diablo lives in the Midwest
part of the country on six acres of woodland. When she isn’t writing or gardening
she loves to commune with nature.
Keta is a multi-published author in both erotic romance and gay
fiction. Her latest paranormal novel, Where The Rain Is Made, has been nominated
for a Bookie Award by Authors After Dark in the Best e-novel category. Keta’s books
have also received numerous Top Pick, Book of the Month, and Recommended Read awards
from the top professional review sites.
You can find her on the net at the following places:
The Stuff of Myth and Men, http://thestuffofmythandmen.blogspot.com

Bull Rider’s Brother.
Welcome
to Romance Lives Forever.
Tell us about your latest book, including its genre.
Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
The Bull Rider’s Brother is a
series contemporary romance. It’s been called a modern western – but I think of
it as a book about home.
Shawnee, Idaho is known for two things. Amazing
salmon fishing and the first local rodeo of the summer. For four friends,
growing up in Shawnee,
meant one thing, making plans to get out. Five years later, that wish has been
granted for all but one. What happens when they all get together again changes
five lives.
When James Sullivan visits his hometown’s rodeo
weekend and learns that his high school sweetheart had his child – six years
ago – Lizzie’s world is thrown into turmoil. In The Bull Rider’s Brother, James
struggles with family and Lizzie questions the risk of love.
What is the most important thing you do for your
career?
Do things outside of writing.
I just went to Cincinnati
with my husband for a baseball weekend. We laughed, talked, and he listened
while I plotted through the new book in my minimalist way. And when I left, I
knew what the story was about. Finally.
But I have to say being part
of a writing community is important as well. People to cheer you, critique your
work, and pass on opportunities are vital. I love my RWA chapter, MORWA. I
think being part of your community marks you as a professional.
If you could give the younger version of yourself
advice what would it be?
How long do we have? Okay, I
won’t talk about the running screaming from the first husband, or taking the
plunge to do something crazy rather than always taking the safe road.
Or maybe that’s the answer. I’d
tell my teenage self to pack up your car the minute you graduate and head to California to live with
your big sister until you get a job or get into college. Then, get your advance
degree first, before having a child or getting married.
So in other words, put
yourself first for once, especially when it matters.
Is your muse demanding?
My muse isn’t demanding, she
lets me get away with murder most of the time. I can push off writing without
repercussion. The problem occurs when the story’s not working. I got about
10,000 words into my most recent WIP and knew it wasn’t right. Something was
missing. Since I’m not a plotter, I had to go back and figure out what in the
goals and motivations was hanging me up.
Once I found it, I rewrote
most of that story in my head before I went to sleep that night. The next day,
I was at the computer bright and early and pounded out the words.
Are your stories driven by plot
or character?
How do you balance a life outside of writing with
deadlines and writing muses?
I’m a true believer in goal
setting, time management, and baby steps. When you look at the enormity of
writing a book, the number of words and scenes, it can over whelm even the most
confident author. So I set daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals. I just
reviewed 2012 and planned out my intended writing projects for the rest of the
year.
What is the craziest thing
you did as a kid, and would it ever end up in a book?
What are some jobs you’ve done that would end up in a
book?
The first book I wrote (and
finished) was a romance about a training designer. I’ve worked in training for
over ten years with a state agency so the material was easy to access. I knew
Melinda and her daily routine. But Melinda got to develop and implement
training for a corporate accounting software division. I got to write about
welfare rules and regulations.
I’m thinking my stint waiting
tables during my divorce for food money may make it into a book or a story.
If money were not an object, where would you most like
to live?
I’d love to live in Seattle. A small condo
near the center of the city. If I had a yard, the maintenance is part of the
rent or condo fees. I like the energy of the city. I used to think NYC – but
money would really have to be not an object to live where I want to around 72nd
street.
What song would best describe
your life?
Rodney Atkins, If you’re
going through Hell – It’s a country song (naturally) and came out just about
the time I was doing chemo. I remember crossing the Mississippi
river on my way to get a shot to build up my blood count, the song
came on, and I just bawled. And then I followed the advice. I didn’t look back,
I just kept going.
Funny, the big decisions of
my life all have a soundtrack. My divorce? Please Remember Me by Tim McGraw.
Picture yourself as a store.
Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold
there?
I’d be a country craft store.
I loved quilts and yarn and projects and antiques. That’s me.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with everything but olives.
I’m always ready for talking about books.
When I’m alone, I try to get a lot done.
You’d never be able to tell, but I was a flag corp member
in high school
.
If I had a halo it would be
lopsided
.
If I could go to school forever, I’d be happy.
I can never run for office because I can’t work a crowd
like the professionals
.

Find Me Here

Shawnee, Idaho is known for two things. Amazing salmon fishing and
the first local rodeo of the summer. For four friends, growing up in Shawnee,
meant one thing, making plans to get out. Five years later, that wish has been
granted for all but one. What happens when they all get together again changes
five lives.

When James Sullivan visits his hometown’s rodeo weekend and learns
that his high school sweetheart had his child – six years ago – Lizzie’s world
is thrown into turmoil. In The Bull Rider’s Brother, James struggles with
family and Lizzie questions the risk of love.
Suzie, welcome to Romance Lives Forever! Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
My publisher listed it as Romantic Suspense and as erotica. Maybe it’s me, but I never considered it either of those. The focus is on the couple more than anything else, and while I don’t close the bedroom door, I don’t think it’s any hotter than, say, one of Toni Blake’s main stream romances. It certain doesn’t come close to Emma Holly’s eroticas. In my mind, my stories are romantic comedies. That’s kind of scary to admit, because I feel like I’ve just opened myself up to people saying it’s not funny.
How do you come up with ideas?
One of my favorite writer games is “What if?” For instance, what if a character has a touch of second sight? Then, what if the woman he’s interested in has a mother who calls the psychic network and as a result she’s convinced all psychics are charlatans? And then I explore all the fun conflict they’d have reaching their Happily Ever After. (That story, BTW, is in my queue of stories.)
What is the single most important part of writing for you?
The most important part is that I have fun with what I’m writing. If it’s not fun for me to write, I know it won’t be fun for the reader to read.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Aside from the having fun part mentioned above, I love hearing from readers. Writing is a solitary activity (except, of course, for the people in my head), so when people tell me they enjoyed it and my characters came to life for them, I’m delighted. I could get seriously addicted to that.
Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or…?
I usually start with characters in a situation. Except for knowing where the characters will end up (together, of course; this is romance after all), I don’t plot much. Writing is a journey of discovery for me. That’s what keeps it fun and interesting. I’m constantly asking myself, “What next?” keeping in mind that it had better be fun.
List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Two? I have to narrow this down to two? Okay. I reread Jennifer Crusie’s early romances about once a year. She’s laugh out loud funny to me, even after the first time. I also love Toni Blake’s books. They’re hot and, if you look closely, she sneaks serious themes into some of her books.
If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?
So far, there’s only one: A Knight in Cowboy Boots. In November, Knight of Hearts is being release. I still recommend A Knight in Cowboy Boots first though, because while the stories can stand alone, they are interrelated. I’m also have a short(ish) story called All’s Fair that ties into the McKnight series available in ebook format.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work?
I’d love to give nice, fluffy answers to this. Things like “hope” and “optimism.” There’s some truth in those answers, but they’re too stock to make me happy. I’ve noticed an underlying theme in my writing. I’m fascinated with how family shapes you into the person you become. It would be lovely if all families were happy, supportive, and functional, but they’re not. God knows mine wasn’t. (Not that they were terrible, but I have my share of tics that I can trace right back to the loving family nest.) What I hope people take away from my work as a whole is to be grateful for the good, supportive people in your life whether they’re blood kin or family you’ve chosen to adopt. If you’re in toxic relationships, you can change that. Surround yourself with people who will be there for you, as Maddie does in A Knight in Cowboy Boots. She learns the lesson that you can’t do it all on your own and that having people who will stand with you is priceless. I want that for all of us.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Fiercely loyal friend.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Spain. The Costa del Sol, preferably. I think a country isn’t civilized unless they have siestas.
What song would best describe your life?
For a lot of years, it would have been On the Road Again. For now, since I’m just starting to get published, I guess it could be New Kid in Town.
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
I’d be a grammar checker. In fact, people do use me for that in my day job all the time. They’re constantly asking me to proof something they’ve written.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
A music store. Someplace that sold a lot of ballads.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Danger. Warped Humor.
What is the one question you wish an interviewer would ask you?
I have no idea. Sometimes the simplest seeming questions pull out the most interesting answers.

More info about Suzie Quint

Leather or lace? Lace
Black or red? Black
Satin sheets or Egyptian cotton? Cotton
Ocean or mountains? Mountains
City life or country life? Can I pick “small city?”
Hunky heroes or average Joe? Average Joe
Party life or quiet dinner for two? Quiet dinner for two
Dogs or cats? Cats. Absolutely cats.
I love pizza with bacon. (The real thing, not the Canadian variety.)
I’m always ready for lobster.
When I’m alone, I write
You’d never be able to tell, but I actually have shy moments .
If I could win the lottery I’d write full time and never retire.
I can never skydive because I’m terrified of heights.

Booklist

A Knight in Cowboy Boots
All’s Fair (short story)

Books Coming Soon

Knight of Hearts (November)

Contacts

Buy links

 
 
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