Thursday, February 11, 2016

What the Bachelor Gets


Music plays a big part in my life. From the time we're all awake until our heads hit the pillows at night, some kind of music is playing in our house. When I'm working, the music plays a big part. While I'm drafting, I'll listen to light classical or jazz, but once that draft is down, I bring in a playlist. This playlist is filled with songs that remind me of the hero and heroine, their love story, the setting, and many other aspects of the book.

With my Billionaire Cowboys series, a few songs will overlap between all of the books, songs like Elvis' A Little Less Conversation (a song that always reminds me of Las Vegas) and Dierks Bentley's Sounds of Summer (a song I'm slightly obsessed with right now. Here are a few of the songs that are specific to What the Bachelor Gets, the first book in the series:

Dierks Bentley ~ I Hold On (this is Gage's theme, he definitely holds on to the past)
Deana Carter ~ I'm Just a Girl (this is Callie's theme)
Shania Twain ~ I'm Holding On To Love
Sugarland ~ Something More (the theme to the book - both Gage and Callie are looking for something more)
Kylie Minogue ~ Can't Get You Out Of My Head
Kenny Chesney ~ American Kids
Maroon 5 ~ Daylight
Chase Daniels ~ Gonna Wanna Tonight

What the Bachelor Gets is the first in my Billionaire Cowboys series, and I can't wait to share these books with you! The book features Gage and Callie, childhood friends who are thrust into business together, but the more they're around one another, the more sparks fly between them. 

I love Las Vegas, as I mentioned above, and I had this idea for a series focused on three brothers, but I didn't want them to be the typical cowboy/ranch books we all know and love. On a visit to Vegas with RadioMan, I thought what if the brothers were raised just outside Vegas, but not live in the city? Who would those men be and what demons might they face? Gage, Connor and Jase filled out the books from there.

WHAT THE BACHELOR GETS

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 . . .



Excerpt:
Standing still in an elevator really shouldn’t be this hard. The mirrored doors had swooshed closed about five seconds before. Callie stood beside him, leather attaché slung over her shoulder and hands clasped before her, watching the numbers count down, down, down.
Gage resisted the urge to pull at his tie. But counting down the numbers on the elevator screen wasn’t nearly as interesting as watching Callie.

He’d been watching her, goading her a little, since he’d realized it was her across the table from him and not a stranger. Not that he could call Callie a friend when he hadn’t spoken to her in ten years. She was an acquaintance. That was a good word.

The fact did nothing to temper his response to her. She’d heated up the office. Now she was turning the elevator into a veritable inferno. From the top of her oh-so-blonde head—had her hair always been this shimmery?—to the tips of her oh-so-red toenails, she made him want things.

Drinks on the beach. A quiet dinner by candlelight.

He’d never thought of her this way in the past. She was just Callie. The girl who helped him master calculus, cheered at his football games, and rode her favorite horse beside his lake on hot summer days. The gorgeous woman standing beside him was so different from the buddy he remembered.

The old Callie was smart and tenacious, which made the new Callie a good investment. The old Callie was dedicated to her work—another mark in New Callie’s favor. The biggest mark in her favor, though, was the empty space in his new development. A space that would be perfect for Callie’s business, while also filling a hole in his.

Plus, under the polish of her suit, he could still see his friend. The mistiness of her gaze when she talked about her parents leaving town, the fierce grip when she squeezed her hands together as she made her pitch.

“Have you been to a Rebels game since you got back?” he asked.

Small talk. He hated small talk.

“I’m not much for basketball.”

“It’s actually still football season, but the first preseason basketball games start in a couple weeks. We should catch a game sometime.”

Shut up, Gage. Just shut up. He didn’t ask business associates out. What the hell was wrong with him?

“Oh.”

“You love football.”

A smile spread across her face. “Mostly I loved the space that cheerleading took up in the ‘extracurricular’ column of my college applications.”

“Oh.” How had he never caught that she wasn’t into sports?

Better question: how had his radar missed Callie, in general, all those years ago?

What's next for Kristina?
I'm finishing up book two in the Billionaire Cowboys series, What the Heiress Wants. That book will release in May. I'm also starting to dig deeper into book 3, What the Gambler Risks, which will release in September. I can't wait!!

QUESTION: What type of music takes you to your happy place?

Author Links:
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Author Bio:
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!

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