Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Blog Tour: Guest Post w/ Christina McKnight!


WELCOME TO THE BLOG, CHRISTINA! :)


Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since. 
 
In college, Christina took many courses to help develop and enhance her writing skills. She completed a seventy-page dissertation on the need for community policing in American society. Now, she focuses on Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance. Her debut Urban Fantasy novel, Only in Her Dreams, will be released on September 1, 2012.
 
Christina lives in Northern California with her husband, daughter, two boxers, two cats, and a Beta fish named Marmaduke.  If she’s not behind a computer screen or book, she’s busy leading her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. She is very active in several writing groups and a local book group.

 
 
 
Where to Find Christina:

 
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Top 5 Signs You’re Dating a Guy NOT of this World
 
5. He arrives with ZERO baggage
Come on! If he shows up sans crazy ex-girlfriends and luggage the chances he’s been in physical contact with the human world is slim. How to proceed? Be his first girlfriend…and get the guy some pajamas!  Next, remove said pajamas from your HOT new boyfriend.
 
4. He has nothing better to do than watch you while you work
Unless you’re a stripper…this is NOT good. But this can turn into something amazing! Hear me out here, ladies! Even doing dishes is exciting for him because he’s never done it before. Enjoy it while it lasts…and stay off the pole!
 
3. He disappears into thin air and his eyes glow in the dark
Okay, the glowing eyes are a bit of a no brainer…if his eyes turn an iridescent blue at night YOU have a big problem on your hands. Now, the disappearing into thin air is a little trickier. I’m not talking about going out for milk and returning three days later…this guy just has commitment issues and probably another girlfriend tucked away. I’m talking about he’s there, in the flesh, next to you and then he’s gone…poof! Word of advice: locking your doors and windows will NOT be enough to keep him out when he needs to come back.
 
2. He doesn’t drink coffee
Be still my HEART! I know, who doesn’t drink coffee? Starbucks, 7-Eleven, Peet’s, or Dunkin Donuts…pick your poison! And he wants TEA, really? Okay, DON’T panic. This is a blessing in disguise. Look in your kitchen…see the 12 cup coffee pot? You never have to share it and chances are he will become an expert coffee maker just for you!
 
1. The only place you’ve ever seen him is in your dreams!
You thought the last one was the most obvious sign he’s not of this world…so did I! But no…it gets MORE obvious than that! First you must admit to yourself that you’ve seen him before…if ONLY IN YOUR DREAMS. I can’t stress this enough, if your dream guy shows up in the flesh it doesn’t matter if he’s not of this world! You can explain to your family his lack of a past, why they next see him after dark (tell them he’s a vampire…that may be awkward but more believable than the truth), and why he rebuffs your grandmother’s prized Brazilian coffee. Only question left is…what if your family already knows?
 
~Christina McKnight 
 
 
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Only in Her Dreams by Christina McKnight
Publisher: La Loma Elite Publishing (August 31, 2012)
Series: The Oneirol, 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
When Lucessa Sarcona awakes from a recurring dream, she has no idea her life is about to be turned upside down. A stranger, familiar to her dreams, shows up in the flesh, and Lucessa knows she’s either crazy or experiencing something not of this world.

A war ensues between three demigod brothers.  One, trained to rule Erebos, is violently replaced. One forced to return to his homeland and lead the dream-gods of the Oneiroi. And one is charged with the impossible task of protecting Lucessa. How is she linked to the Oneiroi? Why do two brothers seek to keep her hidden and protected? And how does another plan to use her against the two demigods who love her?

Will Lucessa’s dream man have the courage to claim her as his own or will he bow to the command of another, forsaking the one he loves?


Only in Her Dreams is a modern spin on a Greek legend--the new direction of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance, moving from angels, demons, vampires, and witches and toward the realm of demigods.
 


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Only in Her Dreams by Christina McKnight
Excerpt
 

Chapter One

 

Lucessa stared at her bed. It was time to sleep again, but it was getting harder to succumb to it. She started to think the day would never come when she could abandon herself to sleep without the feeling of being watched. He was always there--haunting her dreams. Her dreams hadn’t been her own in such a long time.

He was always there. Never talking but always watching. Intently. As if he knew her. Security, even in sleep, eluded her.

She’d lost her father and her husband. Her mother was slipping away, battling a memory loss that was progressing daily. Her dreams were the only place she could remember a family, someone who cared. But he insisted on intruding. Every happy memory and every nightmare included his presence. Why did he always show up? How could she get rid of him?

Lucessa tried for the millionth time to find a solution as she climbed under the covers. Who am I kidding? There was nothing she could do. He was a dream! A figment of her imagination. She sighed and resigned herself to another restless night.

 

Lucessa was a child again. The cold, pine-scented wind tangled her hair as she descended the mountain path in front of her parents. Her family’s annual summer camping trip to Yosemite National Park was in its third day, and that meant they’d conquered Half Dome for the third year straight. Ever since her parents deemed her old and skilled enough for the challenge, they hiked it together.  As a family.

She looked back at her smiling parents as they held hands and strolled down the path after her. Her mother, Marie, looked casual in her jeans and the blue “Keep Lake Tahoe Blue” shirt that hugged her frame. Her father wore a San Francisco Giants baseball cap, a wisp of salt and pepper hair showing through. They looked like a couple out of the travel magazine that Lucessa had seen in her father’s study weeks ago.

“Dear, watch where you’re going!”

Lucessa turned back to the trail, nearly colliding with a man lounging against a tree just off the path. Dressed in a thigh-hugging pair of dark pants and a billowy tunic that had to be from at least a century ago, he pushed off the tree trunk and tipped his hat. His blue eyes sparkled with mischief in the evening twilight, letting off a faint glow. The man looked eerily recognizable.

She looked back to reassure her mother that she was okay. Lucessa scanned the woods behind her.

But they were gone. Only the familiar stranger remained.


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Thanks for stopping by, Christina! :) I LOVED your list, and I cannot wait to read OIHD!
 
 
Okay ladies--do you have any other "hints" that
 
let you know your man may not be, ahem,
 
normal? :D
 

Enjoy!




Until Next Time,


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