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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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~ 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.
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