Hello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Characters! Today I am featuring a guest blogger who has graciously agreed to let me do a character interview, which is my favorite kind of interview. Join me in welcoming author, Kristina Knight, and her characters from What a Texas Girl Dreams. It’s a fantastic contemporary romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Trick and Monica.
Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book? (Trick) No, I’m not all that interesting, and truthfully, I’d be fine not having everything laid out for the public to see. (Monica) But then we might not have gotten our happy ending… (Trick) True. So, maybe it’s that double-edged sword thing, good and bad in one.
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance? (Trick) I’m a romance guy, so when Kristina let me take Monica on that picnic to Cave Lake…(Monica, interrupts) That was definitely a good moment.
Do you like the way the book ended? (Trick) What’s not to love? Monica and I are in a good place now, and we don’t have to be poked and prodded by Kristina anymore!
What do you do for a living? (Monica) I’m a barrel racer. (Trick) One of the best in the world, don’t let her go all modest on you. (Monica, whisper) Triiiick!
What is your most prized possession? (Monica touches an emerald ring on her finger) My engagement ring. It’s…just perfect.
What are you proudest of? (Monica) That I faced my demons and didn’t let them win. (Holds Trick’s hand) I was running from my past for a long time before I really looked at what happened and decided not to let it rule my world any longer. (Trick, with love shining in his eyes) You did great, babe.
Monica Witte has life the way she likes it. She comes home to be babied every few months and the rest of the time she has no strings holding her back. But after her horse is injured in a rodeo performance, Monica knows it’s time to come home and face her family – warts and all. Trickett Samuels works best on his own. The large-animal vet likes his quiet life in the Texas countryside. When Monica Witte blows into town, demanding a quick fix to her horse’s big issues, his life is turned upside down. Trickett doesn’t understand Monica’s need to perform before perfect strangers or why she wants to keep the truth of their relationship from her family. And the more he gets to know her, the more he wonders if he can convince this Texas girl that having roots will only help her soar higher.
“Trick…” She flicked a glance at him from under her lashes.
“Live dangerously, Mon. Kiss me, in the middle of the parking lot. Where anyone could see us.” His hand snaked out to capture hers, linking their fingers together. He leaned forward, his lips a breath away from hers. “Dare you.”
Monica swayed. Trick’s gray gaze twinkled in the twilight, and he grinned.
“You know you want to,” he whispered the words in her ear as his thumb drew intricate designs on the back of her palm.
She did want to. That kiss in the back of her horse trailer had started a hot burning in her stomach that still hadn’t faded a day later. It had blazed hotter the moment their gazes had met in the bar mirror, and now that Trick was mere inches from her, it threatened to consume her.
She wanted him. So badly.
There were no trucks on the road, no windows for the bar patrons to look through, no sound from the bar at all, since she’d followed him out the front door. Why not tempt fate, just a little?
Maybe, if someone saw, it would help her get control of this burning urge to be with Trick.
And if they didn’t, maybe one more night with him would ease the ache.
Monica reached up on her toes, the slick soles of her boots sliding a little against the gravel at her feet. She placed both hands on his shoulders, feeling hot, tight muscle beneath the thin cotton of his bright, red tee with Lockhardt Veterinary Services printed over his left pec. A light musk of beer hung in the air between them, but alcohol didn’t cloud his gray gaze and Monica had barely taken a sip of her beverage.
“I won’t kiss you because I’ve had a drink,” she said, nipping at his full, lower lip. “I won’t kiss you because you dared me.” She licked her lips, slow, and watched as his pupils dilated. “I’ll kiss you because it’s what I’ve wanted to do since the night I backed into your truck. Even after I left for that damned Utah rodeo all I could think about was you.”
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. When the opportunity to focus a bit of energy on the stories in her head, she jumped at it. And she’s never looked back. Now she writes magazine articles by day and romance novels with spice by night. She lives on Lake Erie with her husband and four-year-old daughter. Happily ever after.
Thank you for joining us today! I hope you enjoyed this round of Meet the Characters and will join us again next week!