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History of St. Valentine's Day ~ Happy #ValentinesDay #ValentinesDay2019


Valentine's Day is here, and in the tradition of dedicating my blog to a bit of history about certain holidays and traditions, I decided to look into the facts behind St. Valentine and the reasons we celebrate love and romance on February 14th.  Turns out, there is quite a bit of conflicting information regarding this particular saint and the holiday named for him. Disclaimer: as always, please keep in mind I am a romance author, not a historian!   The name Valentine comes from the Latin word "valens" which means healthy or strong.  The derivation Valentine was a popular name between the 2nd and 8th centuries AD, which could explain part of the confusion surrounding this saint. St. Valentine...
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"Intense emotion" "Heart-stopping action" 5* #Review! #amreading #suspense #romance #book


A shiny new review from Page Princess for Dangerous Currents that has me grinning ear to ear!  Dangerous Currents is a steamy second-chance romance with suspense and dark secrets, and it's the only one of my novels without a paranormal element.  Of course, I have to tell the story that's in my head (or pick one of them, anyway), but I do like to challenge myself to try different things.  It definitely involves coming out of my comfort zone a bit.  For example, I have one Young Adult novel, Divine Fall , and I wrote that in first person POV (point-of-view) versus third, which involved a learning curve. So hearing that the suspense plot in Dangerous Currents was "well thought out" and that "th...
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Exploring #Bourne Farm for Inspiration #amwriting #Ghosts #CapeCod #Falmouth #Travel


Bourne Farm, or Crowell-Bourne Farm, circa 1775 You wouldn't think a ghost mystery would require much research--part of the fun of writing paranormal elements is using your imagination.  But I've had to do research for every one of my books...some more than others.  Haunted Souls , in particular, took a huge amount of research.  The initial inspiration for that story came from a visit to the Old Jail here on Cape Cod--the oldest wooden jailhouse in the country, built circa 1690 and reputedly haunted.  For this particular plot, historical research was necessary, and also a great deal of research into the military background of one of the characters, who was an EOD tech (Explosive Ordinance Di...
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Last Days on #NetGalley! Ghost Mystery + Romance ~ #books #bookreview


Short and sweet post:  The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is now available on  NetGalley !  If you're a reviewer and you enjoy paranormal suspense, ghost mysteries, and romance, please request a copy!  From NetGalley reviewer M.H.: "Romance, supernatural, and danger elements are all present in a champion plot."  And I loved this admission from reviewer P.K.: "I almost missed an appointment because I did not want to put this book down."  Made my day! Links, blurb, and excerpts below - Happy Haunted Reading! After tragedy strikes, Callie Sinclair is left with a gift she never wanted—the ability to communicate with ghosts.  But when a desperate widow begs for her help, she reluctantly agrees to inve...
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Reunion Romance + Ghost #Mystery~ Final #sale days! #99c #FridayReads #1 #Kindle Bestseller


Final days! My debut novel,  SILVER LAKE , is currently on sale for 99 cents, and this sale ends on Jan. 28.  P art reunion romance, part ghost story, Silver Lake is a second-chance romance between two friends who never acted on their feelings in high school...will they get a second chance at first love?  It's also a mystery revolving around the disappearance of another of their friends, Brandy, who may be haunting the lake house where the group reunites in a last ditch effort to discover what happened to her during their senior year.  Brandy's ghost has a message to share... A #1 Kindle Besteller ~ on SALE for 99 pennies! And there's *more*! This novel is part of a Limited Time Amazon Promo...
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Amazon #Kindle Promo! Buy 3 at #99c get a $3 credit! #amreading #books #KindleDeals


A #1 Kindle Bestseller on sale for 99c! I was so excited to learn that my debut novel, Silver Lake , was selected for one of the titles in this offer!  Right now, Amazon is offering a $3.00 credit toward a future Kindle selection purchase if you buy three titles from their list now--and there are over 550 books on the list, ALL on sale for 99 cents! If you're expecting snow today like me (or have already been hit!), take a moment to peruse the list and pick some new reads to curl up with!  I have some recommendations below as well.  And if you enjoy a mix of spooky suspense and second-chance romance, give Silver Lake a try while it's on sale for 99 pennies!  The sale is valid until 1/28, so ...
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The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is on #NetGalley! #Ghost #Mystery + #Romance #amreading #books #paranormal


Short and sweet post:  The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is now available on NetGalley !  If you're a reviewer and you enjoy paranormal suspense, ghost mysteries, and romance, please request a copy!   Links,blurb, and excerpts below - Happy Haunted Reading! After tragedy strikes, Callie Sinclair is left with a gift she never wanted—the ability to communicate with ghosts.  But when a desperate widow begs for her help, she reluctantly agrees to investigate the strange occurrences at Hillwood Farm.  She quickly realizes she’s dealing with a dangerous presence beyond anything she’s ever experienced, and something else becomes equally clear—the only other living person in the house, Mrs. Turner’s han...
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A Haunting, An Old Flame, + Secrets...#99c #SALE! #ghosts #romance #Kindle #KU


My debut novel, SILVER LAKE , is currently on sale for 99 cents, *and* it's part of a Limited Time Amazon Promotion...purchase three of their selected titles at 99 cents by 1/28/2019, get a $3.00 credit for a purchase of another Kindle Exclusive Title.  There are over 550 titles available to choose from in this promo, with all sorts of genres represented, so take advantage of the sale prices and the future credit while the deal is still available! A #1 Kindle Besteller ~ on SALE for 99 pennies! Silver Lake is my debut novel, a mix of a reunion romance and a ghost mystery, and a #1 Amazon Bestseller several times over.  It's usually priced at $3.99, so this is a great sale...and if you grab t...
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My Favorite Reads of 2018! #amreading #books #Kindle


Time for my annual round-up of my favorite reads of 2018!  As the term "annual" suggests, I do this every year, or at least I have for as long as I've been blogging.  I tend to get most of my book recommendations from suggestions, whether it's from a friend, social media, or a list, so I like to share my own list each January. I had two new releases this year--a first for me, two in one year, so my reading time was a little more limited.  Writing and editing takes a lot of time, but I'm thrilled that one of my 2018 titles made its way onto a different 2018 list, at a prolific review site... The Haunting of Hillwood Farm was chosen as Best Romantic Suspense of 2018 at N.N. Light's Book Heaven...
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The Haunting of Hillwood Farm ~ #Book Bday! #NewRelease #FridayReads #paranormal #KU


"I clung to my tablet...Kathryn Knight has mastered the art of paranormal romantic suspense, and it's a must-read!" ~ N.N. Light's Book Heaven, 5+ stars Chosen as Best Romantic Suspense Not only is it Friday, it's both my son's birthday (17!  How is that possible?) and my latest book's birthday!  The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is now available on Kindle and in print!  This title initially released as part of the USA TODAY Bestselling Love Under Fire Box Set, which was a limited edition and is no longer available.  Now that the rights have reverted, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is available on it's own...and for anyone who likes ghost mysteries, this should be a good fit!  In fact, the prolif...
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Happy New Year! ~ Why We Celebrate #NewYearsDay ~ #HappyNewYear2019


Happy New Year!   Although often bitterly cold on Cape Cod, where I live, I like January.   It’s my birthday month, and my son’s, and it can be a chance to relax and unwind after the frenetic pace of the holidays.   Plus, there’s the whole idea of a fresh start and making resolutions. 2018 had some wonderful moments in my writerly life... I became a USA Bestselling Author , and one of my books was named Best Romantic Suspense of 2018 at a prolific review site.  But 2019 will start off with the release of The Haunting of Hillwood Farm , and book birthdays are always exciting! So, why do we celebrate the start of a new year?  Here's a few facts I found about New Year's Day and January in gener...
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My #Book WON Best Romantic Suspense of 2018! #Ghosts #Romance #Paranormal #amreading


"I clung to my tablet... Kathryn Knight has mastered the art of Paranormal Romantic Suspense, and it's a must-read!" ~ N.N. Light's Book Heaven 5 + stars I got such a WONDERFUL Christmas gift this year...my latest novel, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm , was chosen as Best Romantic Suspense of 2018 at a very prolific review site, N.N. Light's Book Heaven .  Throughout the year, 1,500 books were reviewed, and a selection of 15 made it to the Finals, separated by genres.  Just making the cut as one of the finalists in Romantic Suspense was thrilling.  But then I got the news that I won, which was even more exciting!  The list of all the winning titles can be found here . The Haunting of Hillwood...
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The History of St. Nick ~ Merry #Christmas #ChristmasEve Santa Claus


The writer in me loves crafting posts about the origins of our holidays and the reasons we celebrate in certain ways or fear certain dates. Some of my most popular posts have been on the  Origin of Halloween ,  Finding Easter's Date ,  The Number 13 , and  Origins of Superstitions . While most people are familiar with the story of Jesus's birth in Bethlehem, many are unaware of how a 4th century Bishop influenced the legend of Santa Claus. Saint Nicholas, or Nikolaos of Myra, was a bishop in an ancient town in Lycia--now Demre, in the Antalya Province of Turkey. One of his most well-known deeds involved giving unexpected gifts, one of which landed in a stocking.  In the story, Nicholas wante...
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Huge #Giveaway! #Books, Jewelry, #Giftcards, #Wine Glass + more! #amreading #Kindle


Last month, our Love Under Fire Romantic Thrillers Box Set released, hitting the USA Today Bestseller List at #44!  This is a limited edition set, and the 21-book collection is only available until Dec. 31.  Our big tagline giveaway, with a prize from each of the 21 authors, is still open until Christmas, so if you have not entered, there's still time! I love this bracelet! When the set comes down, the individual books will be available, but no longer bundled together at one low price.  My title in the set, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, just WON Best Romantic Suspense of 2018 at N.N. Light's Book Heaven review site !  I am still over the moon about this news, since the site reviewed 1,500 b...
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The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is a Finalist! #RomanticSuspense Awards #Books


I love this cover so much! ETA:  The Haunting of Hillwood Farm *WON* Best Romantic Suspense of 2018...with 1500 books reviewed at this fabulous site over the year, this is such a thrill! I'm over the moon that my latest novel, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm, is one of just three finalists for the 2018 annual Book Awards at N.N. Light's Book Heaven Reviews .  With a year's worth of great reads to choose from, to have my romance/ghost mystery make the top 3 is thrilling!  This book is currently included in the USA TODAY Bestselling Box Set Love Under Fire , a collection of 21 Romantic Suspense Thrillers.  The box set is a limited edition, so in 2019, The Haunting of Hillwood Farm will be publis...
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"A gripping story w/ plot twists and turns" Ghosts + #Romance #amreading #Book Review


It's always a thrill to hear a fellow author enjoyed your book!  Love this review left on BookBub for Gull Harbor , so I'm sharing it here!  Authors and editorial reviewers tend to leave more detailed reviews, since authors enjoy writing and editorial bloggers are doing their job...but we writers truly appreciate hearing someone liked a story even in a quick one-liner.  It's what keeps us going.  Writers often say they "write for themselves", and that was part of what started me on this journey with Silver Lake .  I had the plot in my head, I knew the characters intimately, scenes and dialog constantly ran through my mind, and in the end, my husband pushed me into trying.  I decided to see i...
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#Book Signing in #Mashpee! #CapeCod Holiday Fair Cape Cod


The holiday season is a busy one for small business owners, and I will be at several events this month with my novels...a signed book makes a great gift!  This Saturday, Dec. the 8th, I'll be at an Open House and Holiday Bizarre in Mashpee. The gym where I work (my day job, lol) is hosting this event from 11:00 - 3:00, and while it's a women's gym, this event is open to ALL, men shopping for gifts, non-members, etc., so come on by if you're in the area!  The Fit Co. is at 302 Main St. in Mashpee (Rt. 130). I'll have my book table set up, and I can sign and personalize copies of any of my novels--a great and thoughtful gift, for yourself (we all deserve to de-stress during the holidays, and w...
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"Impossible to Put Down!" #Romance #Ghosts #Audiobook Review


Last spring, my publisher released two of my romance/ghost mysteries in audio format, bringing my novels to a whole new market of readers who enjoy listening to books...I'm one of those myself, so I couldn't be more excited!  I love the narrator we chose, and the process of recording the books was fascinating...I have learned so much in this journey.   I'm always thrilled to hear someone enjoyed one of my stories, so I'm sharing the fabulous review recently posted for Haunted Souls by  Audiobook Addiction !  A few of my favorite quotes: "I love romance books, but when paired with a good ghost story, it's like gold. Kathryn Knight has combined a little history, a little paranormal, some real ...
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Signed #Books Make Great Gifts! #ShopSmall #SmallBusinessSaturday #ShopSmallSaturday


The holiday shopping season is upon us, and today is Small Business Saturday.  So I wanted to do a quick post to remind people that I will gladly send out signed and personalized books to give to readers as gifts!  It’s a thoughtful and unique gift that supports small business, and my books have something for everyone—steamy romance, spooky suspense, haunting mysteries, second chances, and the page-turning unraveling of secrets from the past.  Both  SILVER LAKE  and  GULL HARBOR  have been #1 Amazon Bestsellers on several occasions, and my Young Adult novel,  DIVINE FALL  (appropriate for teens), is an award-winning RomCon Reader-Rated pick.   HAUNTED SOULS , a Top 3 Read of 2016, combines a...
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I'm a USA Today Bestselling #Author! #amwriting #books #Romance #Suspense


This will be a Thanksgiving to remember!  On Wednesday evening, as I was juggling peeling potatoes, chopping vegetables, and preparing stuffing, I got the news...the Love Under Fire Romantic Suspense Box Set I'm a part of made the USA Today Bestseller's List, coming in at #44 for the week!  One of the authors in the set discovered this online, and the screenshot and the pdf were easy to download, but the Top 50 Bestsellers also go into the print newspaper, and I really, really needed to have my copy. So I dropped everything and ran out the door into the frigid darkness.  I'd already been the the grocery store twice that day for last minute food items, but I started there, braving the jammed ...
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