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. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way, she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she’s living her own happily ever after.
Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!
Tell us about “WHAT THE BACHELOR GETS”: What the Bachelor Gets is a friends-to-lovers story set in Las Vegas. Gage and Callie grew up together on neighboring ranches outside the city; Callie went off to college and Gage stayed in Vegas. Now, she’s made a few missteps in her career and her personal life and Gage holds the key to her comeback….if she can just stay out of his bed. WTBG is the first in my new Billionaire Cowboys trilogy – Gage has two cowboy brothers who are fighting for a happily ever after, too!
What made you want to write this book? I’ve always loved Las Vegas, and I knew I wanted to set a book there, but I also knew that not just any story would work. Gage, Connor and Jase were the right characters!
What is the easiest and hardest part about the writing/editing/publishing process? The easiest is the idea phase, for sure. Ideas come at me all the time – and I love that! Turning those ideas into full-blown books that will entertain readers is the hard part.
If your latest book were turned into a movie, who would you want to play the parts? I actually had people in mind (you can see them on my Pinterest board) for these two! There is a male model named Noah Mills that I had in mind as I wrote Gage. He’s scruffy and a little moody in his photos and that seemed to match Gage. And Kellie Pickler, the country music star, was a kind of model for Callie because she’s bubbly and excited and always ready for a challenge. At least, that’s how she seems to me.
If you were to meet any other author, who would it be? Gosh…I’d love to sit down and actually talk with Nora Roberts. I’ve said hello in passing at writer’s conferences, but I’d love to have an actual chat!
Between being an author, wife, and mother, how do you separate your time? It’s so hard! I really regiment my days – the bulk of my writing takes place when my daughter is at school and my husband is at work. Evenings are family time and so are weekends, but if I’m really behind on a deadline, I’ll write after they’re both in bed for the night.
What is the most rewarding part about being an author? Meeting readers!! That never gets old!
Describe what a day of your life is like: We wake up about 7, breakfast/shower/dress and get the kid off to school. RadioMan and I will either take a powerwalk or ride our bikes for an hour or so and then get ourselves cleaned up. If we’ve got time for lunch, we’ll go to our favorite Mexican place, or if he’s got an early day, he’ll head to work around 11. Then it’s writing time until the kiddo gets home from school. Homework, making dinner and family time until about 8 … then I decompress with some TV or reading. Bed around 11 and back at it by 7 the next morning.
What is your favorite quote? It’s from Nora Roberts: If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.
Do you have any writing rituals? Not really. I know, boring answer! As long as I’ve got my candle burning and something cold to drink, I’m good to go. Unless I hit a wall and then chocolate is mandatory.
Every author must have a: story!
What are you working on right now? I’m finishing up the second Billionaire Cowboy book, What the Heiress Wants, which comes out in May…and getting ready to start on a super-secret project that I’m sooo excited about!
“What the Bachelor Gets” by Kristina Knight
Blurb: The Billionaire Cowboys trilogy by best-selling author Kristina Knight kicks off with a seductive story of long-simmering feelings and hot Vegas nights.
When Vegas Nightly names local property developer Gage Reeves as its sexiest bachelor, he’s barraged with a stream of showgirls, local socialites, and entertainers who all expect something from him. But all Gage wants is to make a success of his new luxury shopping development.
Enter Callie Holliday. Callie dreams of having the hottest day spa in Vegas, but she’s saddled with a bad location and an account balance full of zeroes. When she walks into a last-chance meeting with an angel investor and finds herself face to face with Gage, the childhood friend on whom she had a huge crush, she’s not sure his reputation is the right match for her business. But then he offers her a storefront in his new high-end retail complex, and she has to admit it’s a thoroughly tempting proposition. But feelings she thought were long buried threaten to turn their deal from strictly professional to decidedly personal.
It’s risky business gambling on love . . .
Callie unlocked the front door but didn’t move to go inside. Instead, she stood beside him as if waiting. Their bodies didn’t touch, but he could feel a slight hum that seemed to connect him to her.
“Good night, Gage.”
“Good night, Cal.”
This time she moved, toward him. Gage stepped forward, too, and leaned in to press his lips to hers. She was soft, her full lips steady beneath his, and she tasted like the Corona and lime she’d been drinking. Gage slipped his hands to her neck to play his thumbs against the sensitive skin beneath her jaw, and Callie stepped forward again, this time bringing her body in full contact with his. His dick jumped in his jeans.
Her hands pressed against his chest and then pushed up around his neck. Callie slanted her head and opened her mouth to him. Gage pushed her against the doorframe, insinuating his leg between hers as he took the kiss deeper.
She drew him in, deep into the depths of her, and Gage didn’t care if they kissed like this for the rest of the night. He wanted to be near her. Wanted to feel her against him. Wanted to go on tasting her until he was positive he’d never forget any of it.
Finally, he broke the kiss, panting, his lips millimeters from hers.
Callie swallowed, and he watched the muscles in her throat slide down and then up slowly. She blew out a breath.
“Good night, Gage?” It was a question, and he didn’t want to answer it.
“Good night, Cal,” he said. “I’ll call you tomorrow.”
Before he could talk himself into her condo, Gage returned to the truck. He sat in the cab for a long moment, watching until Callie went inside and closed the door. Then he looked at his jeans and said, “Cold shower, buddy, ice-cold shower.”