Hi Kristina Knight, we are thrilled to have you with us today.
Today is a big day, its release day for you. And we all know here how fun those are. Are you doing anything special today? – I'm trying to stay sane, but that's an almost-everyday-occurrence! Lol I'm having a release day party on Facebook – and giving away some fun things…but I'm on deadline with my publisher right now, so no big parties. That sounds boring, doesn't it? Maybe I'll con my husband into a fun dinner out…
How did the idea come to you for this story? – I saw a picture in a magazine for a fabulous looking vacation villa near Cozumel and I kept staring at it! I'd turn back through the magazine just to see it again. A couple days and a few million glances and the character of Santiago came to me – he was laid back and almost beta in his appearance but I knew an alpha male was hiding out in there somewhere. That's where Esme came in – just the thought of her had Santiago on point. I knew the villa had to be the central focus for both of them and started writing. It just kind of fell into place.
Will it or is it part of a series? I noticed in the blurb the word brothers. – Right now a series isn't planned..but I never say never! Saint's brother, Eduardo, has been chattering at me a little so…it's definitely a possibility!
What is your favorite part of being an author? – Telling the stories in my head! I've been telling stories – to get myself out of trouble or to entertain – for as long as I can remember, so being able to share the stories with new people is amazing.
Now your least favorite part? – Editing. When I finish a story, no matter how rough, I just want to be done. New characters start talking to me, new stories want to be told. Editing is definitely the hardest part because it's so hard to focus!
What is one fun fact about yourself or something others might not know about you? – I hate public speaking. I was in television news for a lot of years, so most people think speaking in public must be easy. It's not. It's hard. I worry that I have spinach in my teeth or that my hair is doing something weird or that I'm actually saying all the random things in my head instead of whatever prepared topic I'm supposed to be talking about. My palms get sweaty, I forget to breath…I'm a mess!
And finally, we’d love a spicy excerpt.
"We're partners, remember? I figure that translates to seduction as well as business. Oh, do that kissing thing again."
Santiago complied. He pressed another kiss to the hollow at her throat, flicked his thumbs against her breasts and then sucked at the hollow. Every nerve in her body screamed to life. Hot sunlight warmed her skin, the lazy waves of the Bay suddenly pounded at the shore and the scents of lilies and jacaranda seemed to surround her. Above it all was Santiago. Touching her breasts, skimming the back of his hand along her belly, reaching below her silk skirt to tease her ankles. It was too much and too little. She wanted to feel his skin against hers, wanted to see the muscles that his clothes only hinted at. Wanted the overwhelming need to lessen so that she could deal with it, but with every kiss and caress the need only built.
It wasn't like this before. Certainly they turned one another on, but this all consuming need hadn't existed four years ago. Back then Santiago's touches were sweet instead of seductive; his kisses persuasive instead of demanding.
"You're wearing entirely too many clothes," he said and finally, slowly, began dragging the dress over her sensitized skin. Inch by inch, the dress lifted. Inch by inch her legs turned to flame.
"I'm not-" She couldn't think. Santiago's hands stilled with the dress at her hips. No, he couldn't do this. He couldn't stop. And then she realized why. He stopped because she inadvertently told him to. "Not that. God, if you stop now I might burn up on the spot. I'm not the only one," she finally managed. "Not the only one wearing entirely too many clothes."
"Dios, I thought-"
"Shut up," she said and kissed him happily. "Just shut up and kiss me." This time when she pressed against him he sank onto the chaise, putting his head on level with her belly.
Thank you for coming today!
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 dead-end 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 decides to retire - and leaves a joint interest in the villa to both Santiago and Esme.
Esme isn't thrilled to share ownership of the villa with the the youngest Cruz brother - especially when she learns Santiago's brother has been after the villa for years. But Santiago has grown up while she's been away at school and soon she finds herself falling for the rich boy down the hall.
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 trouble-maker she was a journalist. When the opportunity to write what she wanted - business and family/parenting articles - and to focus more energy on the stories in her head, she jumped at it. And she's never looked back. Now she writes articles for magazines and such by day and writes romance novels with spice by night. And any toddler-free, five minute break she has. She lives on Lake Erie with her husband and 4-year-old daughter. Happily ever after.
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