Friday, May 5, 2017

Famous in a Small Town ~ @AuthorKristina Knight

You guys! It's here! It's finally here! This week the first book in my brand new here! I'm super-excited to share these books with you because Slippery Rock - while completely made up! - is really special to me. 

I grew up in a small Missouri lake town - the kind of town that rolls up the sidewalks by 8pm most nights, where in the summer the tourists can out-number the residents, and where everybody knows everybody else. 

I wouldn't trade that upbringing for anything - my brother and I would traipse across a field to go and play with our cousins, or we would walk the mile or so from my grandparents house to the corner store to pick up a gallon of milk for our grandmother...we spent afternoons fishing with our rancher grandfather or playing intricate games of cowboys-and-indians in our other grandfather's hay barn...

Writing about that kind of town has been on my mind for a while, and as I was writing Protecting the Quarterback, I decided my next book would be my based-on-my-town small town. I also wanted to write about family, but not just parents and siblings and cousins...I wanted to write about a family of the heart - people who choose to be family, because I think we all, at some point in our lives, choose who will be our family. That is where Collin, Levi, James, Adam, and Aiden came in. They were five guys who played football together, who took their team to state. All five of them, for reasons of their own, have come home, and while they are still very much the stars of their hometown, they are also figuring out who they want to be as adults. Enter Savanna, Mara, Jenny, Camden, and Julia - the women these guys will fight for. 

I'm hosting a fun giveaway throughout May to launch the series, you can enter on my blog (I can't get the silly rafflecopter widget thingy to do what it's supposed to do - sorry!). 

I hope you enjoy your visit to Slippery's a little peek into the first book:

He was probably in the orchard, anyway, but she could at least check the door near the back of the barn with the sign reading Office.
Before she could talk herself out of it, Savannah marched back into the barn and knocked on the door. No answer. Just like a man to not be around when a woman wanted him to see how not-hung-up-on-him she was.
Probably for the best, anyway. Chances were she’d say something she would regret later. Or find it impossible to not kiss him again.
“No one uses that office anymore,” Collin said from behind her.
Savannah whirled, putting her hand to her chest. “What are you doing here?”
“I work here, and I own the place. What are you doing here?” He looked scrumptious in another pair of cargo shorts, this time olive-colored, and a black T-shirt. The man had to have stock in some cargo shorts company, as often as he wore them. He had old Nikes on his feet, and a Slippery Rock High ball cap on his head. His sunglasses were perched on the bill. “Finished with your inspection?”
“I was buying apples.”
“Nice try. The apple stand is at the end of the drive.”
“I needed irregulars.” He raised one eyebrow in disbelief. “For Mama Hazel. She’s making pies. For the farmer’s market. Caramel apple.”
“And the apples are?”
“In the trunk.” She pointed to the blue sedan.
“And you’re knocking on the office door because?”
“Because I don’t want to have sex with you.” Savannah immediately wished the words back. “That came out wrong.” She fisted her hands at her sides. Well, she’d started this. She could finish it. “I, uh, wanted to let you know I’m okay about how things ended the other day. I’m not interested in starting anything up with you, either. So, we don’t have to avoid one another or feel weird around one another or…tell anyone else about what happened.”
There, that almost sounded like something a self-confident adult would say. Collin looked bewildered. Or something. She couldn’t quite read the expression in his clear, blue gaze. He tilted his head to the side and the movement reminded her of his sister. The Tyler family definitely had that resemblance thing down. Longing squeezed Savannah’s heart. She’d spent so long pretending to find resemblances between herself and her adoptive family, and then so long pretending it didn’t matter that she was so different from them. Her skin lighter, her hair different.
She wasn’t like them, though. Her parents and her brother always did the right thing. Savannah made all the wrong moves, although it was hard to remember that having sex with Collin was a wrong move when he was standing three feet away from her, the embodiment of a bunch of her teenage fantasies.

Kristina’s latest release is Famous in a SmallTown, the first in her brand new SlipperyRock series!
Lifestyles of the small-town famous
Forced to leave Nashville after a scandal, Savannah Walters has come home to Slippery Rock, Missouri, with a bruised ego and her singing career in jeopardy. As if that isn't humiliating enough, on her way into town she's rescued by her swoon-worthy childhood crush, Collin Tyler.

His hands are full running the family orchard and dealing with his delinquent teen sister, so Collin doesn't need to get involved with someone as fiery and unpredictable as Savannah. But the intense attraction between them can't be denied. And when disaster strikes, they'll both be surprised by who's still standing when the dust settles.

Kristina Knight is a contemporary romance author, part-time swim-kid wrangler, and full-time Thin Mints enthusiast. You can find out more the book and Kristina on her website, and feel free to stalk follow her on FacebookTwitter or Instagram


Unknown said...

Congratulations, Kristina! It looks like a great series!

Kristina Knight said...

thanks, Claire! I just love them all!

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