Furbaby Friday with Author Kathryn Knight!

I’m glad to welcome fellow Wild Rose Press author, the talented Kathryn Knight, to share her beloved furbabies and paranormal romance, Haunted Souls.

Kathryn: I come from a long line of animal lovers, and growing up, we never had less than three pets at a time.  Generally, in my adult home, that’s how many we still have, although we’ve occasionally had four.  I’m passionate about rescuing shelter animals, so I try to balance my desire to “save them all” versus the reality of the size of our house, but right now we have two cats and one dog, and everyone gets along well.

Beth: Wonderful pic. They do look happy together.
(Otis and Jinx)

Otis came to us via PetFinder, a wonderful website that connects people looking to adopt a pet with animals available either in their area or even farther away, if transportation is available.  When we found Otis, I was looking for a younger dog, since we already had an older dog at home.  With two teenage boys and a husband who loves to jog long distances, we thought we would be a good fit for a more active dog that needed plenty of exercise.  Otis at the time was a 6-week-old puppy, likely a Border collie mix, who was found by the side of a highway in Alabama, along with his brother and mother.  A kind person brought them to a vet before they could get hit by a car, and from there, they made their way to foster care and were put up for adoption.  Once our application was approved, Otis (and his brother, Milo) were transported to New England via an amazing tag team of volunteers who take turns driving animals from states with overpopulated shelters to states with room to spare or new families already waiting.

(Pic of Otis and his handiwork)

As a puppy, Otis would nap under the stool I sit on at the kitchen island that serves as my writing desk.  Knowing my tendency to lose myself in my fictional world, I would make sure a leash connected him to the stool’s leg so I would know he wasn’t sneaking off and getting into trouble.  Apparently he’s smarter than I am, because he quietly chewed though three leashes to sneak off without me knowing.  For the most part, socks, gloves, and papers were the only losses, but those were the puppy days of mischief and teething.  Now, Otis is a well-mannered and beloved part of our household.

(The cats and Otis on the couch)

Our cats came to us via a local shelter.  About a year after Otis joined us, our beloved 17-year-old cat passed away, 4 years after his brother.  I was devastated.  But I knew it was an opportunity to provide a forever home to some cats in need.  I like to adopt cats who are already in bonded pairs, as they can sometimes be more difficult to place.  And I particularly love black cats, which might be related to my affinity for all things considered spooky and mysterious.  After all, I do write stories set in haunted houses.

Jinx and Max were another set of brothers, littermates who shelter volunteers hoped could be adopted together.  They keep each other entertained with their sneak attacks and their wrestling matches, and one thing they can agree on is that they’re always hungry.  They know how to bring that to my attention, too—they take over my writing space if they feel I’m not getting the message.

(Pic of Cats at computer)

Because I love pets so much, I tend to have characters that also have animals.  The heroine of Haunted Souls is actually a vet tech, and she and her son have a rescued tabby cat named Terrance.  And when a ghost follows them home from a haunted tour of an old jail, Terrance is immediately aware that an otherworldly presence is in the house…

Haunted Souls blurb:

Four years ago, Emily Shea and Staff Sergeant Brett Leeds agreed to part with no strings attached. Sparks flew during their brief affair, but fate intervened, sending Brett overseas. When an unexpected pregnancy derailed Emily’s own plans, her attempts to locate Brett were soon overwhelmed by the challenges of single motherhood. Now, Brett has returned home, and Emily is forced to share her secret.

Despite feeling betrayed, Brett is determined to forge a relationship with their son, Tyler. As the former lovers battle both their inner demons and their mutual desire, another presence enters their lives—Tyler’s imaginary friend. Soon, however, the chilling evidence points to a different conclusion: a ghost has formed a dangerous connection with their son. Emily’s attempts to help both a lost soul and a friend in need spiral toward a deadly confrontation, and Brett must race to save Emily before he loses her again—forever.

Haunted Souls Amazon Link: http://a.co/bXF9S4j

Other retail links: http://kathrynknightbooks.blogspot.com/p/haunted-souls.html

~ A Top 3 Read of 2016 at Read Free.ly ~

Author bio and links:

Kathryn Knight spends a great deal of time in her fictional world, where mundane chores don’t exist and daily life involves steamy romance, dangerous secrets, and spooky suspense. Kathryn writes contemporary romance spiked with mysterious hauntings as well as YA paranormal romance filled with forbidden love. Her novels are award-winning #1 Kindle bestsellers and RomCon Reader Rated picks. When she’s not reading or writing, Kathryn spends her time catching up on those mundane chores, driving kids around, and teaching fitness classes. She lives on beautiful Cape Cod with her husband, their two sons, and a number of rescued pets. Please visit her at http://www.kathrynknightbooks.blogspot.com.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/KathrynKnightbooks/

Blog:  http://kathrynknightbooks.blogspot.com/

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6477115.Kathryn_Knight

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Kathryn-Knight/e/B00919ENJA/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/k_knightbooks

Thanks for stopping by!~Please leave Kathryn a comment.

26 responses to “Furbaby Friday with Author Kathryn Knight!

  1. Oh, I love how you rescued them–we have a rescue dog too and she’s the best!

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  2. Thanks for having me here today, Beth! This is such great series.

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  3. What beautiful pets and what lovely rescue stories. It’s wonderful to see them happy and settled into a gorgeous home.

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  4. Your book sounds so intriguing. I love how your title hints of a double meaning. And I love your cover. In fact, I love ghost stories! This is a must read for me.

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  5. Kathryn, Just like you, I’d like to be able to adopt all the animals I see on local rescue sites. Oh, if only I had the room and the money for vet charges! But as I think Otis’s story proves, the ones who do come to us are the ones we’re “meant” to have. Your story sounds like a great read!

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  6. What a grand post, Kathryn. Thanks for sharing with us, and for adopting those precious critters into your lives 🙂 I’m a firm believer that the pets in our lives are meant to be with us for a reason. They give so much and ask for so little in return. I’d be lost without mine 🙂 Congratulations on your release, and I’m looking forward to reading it!


  7. Adorable pictures of your pet family. How wonderful of you to adopt rescue animals and give them a forever home.


  8. So wonderful about the pet adoptions and adopting black pets. Black pets tend to be overlooked which is sad. I had a black cat that lived for 22 years. The book sounds so interesting! Much luck with sales.

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  9. Your fur babie pictures are adorable.
    Who doesn’t love a pet , love and a ghost in the same story?

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  10. Your furbabies are adorable! I come from a family of pet lovers too. Black cats are my favorite. I share your love of spookiness too! LOL Several of my characters have their own pets. I’ve Haunted Souls on my ipad waiting to be read. Never enough hours in the day. I’m sure you know how that is. Wishing you lots of sales.

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  11. Thanks Tena and yes I’m right there with you, we all have long lists of TBR books and not enough time – and mine keeps getting longer! I’m not surprised you’re a fellow fan of black cats lol! Thanks for coming by!


  12. How wonderful that you are one of those who champion the underdogs, or cats as the case may be. We have a beautiful black cat here we rescued from the desert (Nevada) and she is such a special addition to our life. Your pictures capture the essence of black cat, “I’m watching you and you know what I want, food!” Your book sounds great. I must read that, I love a good ghost story, and I love romance, mix them up and you have a winner!

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    • Aren’t our kitties funny? They always find a way to tell us what they want. Love that you have a black rescue cat too! Hope you enjoy Haunted Souls if you give it a read…I love the romance/ghost story combo, especially around Halloween! Thanks for stopping by 😀

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  13. My daughter adopted a little black kitten, who was living in a woodpile at on ranch where my husband had his game processed. We would have taken her siblings, too, but we couldn’t coax them out. Cooper/Velvet (we were confused about her sex at first) is the sweetest, most lovable cat imaginable. I definitely have a thing for black cats now. Great how your cats tie into the theme of your book. Fun post!

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  14. Kathryn, lovely to “meet” you on Beth’s blog. We also have rescued pets. Wishing you continued success with your writing.

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