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 The Daughter He Wanted. It’s a fantastic contemporary romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Alex and Paige.
How did you first meet your writer? ~ PAIGE: She told me my daughter’s father was coming for a visit, and when I tried to convince her not to mess with my life, she gave me this evil laugh and said I’d love her for it in the end. ALEX INTERRUPTS: And do you? *paige beetles her brows* I don’t hate her for it…but I do think she could have been a little more delicate in the delivery. ALEX: True, but since we don’t want her to come up with any sequel ideas, let’s just say we’re all good with how this all went down.
What are your favorite scenes in your book: the action, the dialog or the romance? ~ ALEX: Now that I’m used to the idea, I like all of it. But, the romance was the most fun to, ah, act out. *paige slaps his arm* I can’t believe you just said that! We’re supposed to be serious adults. We’re parents, for crying out loud. *alex smirks and waggles his eyebrows* And just how did we become parents if not for the romance? *paige shakes her head* I liked the dialogue. Sparring with Alex is always fun. Next question.
What do you like most about where you live? PAIGE: I’ll take this one. We both love St. Francois County. It’s the only home I’ve ever known, even though I haven’t lived there nearly as long as Alex. It’s a beautiful area and the people are incredible. ALEX: I second everything Paige said. I grew up here, went to school not far from here and there is nowhere I’d rather be.
The Daddy Surprise
Since the loss of his wife, Alex Ryan has been living a half-life. But with one phone call, Alex discovers he’s the biological father of a four-year-old girl and everything changes.
Single mom Paige Kenner preferred to have a family without the man. Now suddenly there’s Alex, who desperately wants to be a father to her little girl. A gorgeous, kind and committed father. Letting a stranger into their lives is far too dangerous—especially if his presence stirs a part of Paige that she longs to forget.
“You don’t have to do this.”
“Make nice with me. Pretend you’re interested in my class. Just because we aren’t dating, it doesn’t mean I would keep Kaylie from you.”
Alex tilted his head. “That thought never entered my mind. As I said, I like talking to you.”
Paige bit her lower lip. “But, why? I’m not… You don’t…”
“You’re not my type? I don’t know you? True enough on the second. As for the first, I’ve never really had a type,” he lied. He had had a type and it was all Deanna from the first moment they met—freckles and short legs and blonde hair. Now it was all Paige, and that was unsettling. But the more he tried to push her from his mind the more firmly she seemed entrenched there.
“I was going to say it’s too soon. But I kind of feel like I’ve been saying that for a week.” The words were harsh but her voice wasn’t. There was a question there, one he couldn’t define. A curiosity.
He stepped closer and couldn’t resist touching his finger to the soft skin under her chin. He felt the touch like a lightning bolt burning along his nerve endings and when he spoke his voice was deeper than normal. “I like you, Paige Kenner, and if all I get are these chance meetings at the grocery store, that is okay with me.”
She wavered. Just for a second, but Alex was so focused on her he couldn’t miss it. For one second, she leaned slightly toward him and her mouth opened just a hair. He could feel her breath on his skin, could smell her fruity shampoo and something richer, darker beneath that. Perfume, maybe.
He leaned in, pressing his lips to hers. Just the slightest touch, and then she straightened and opened her car door.
“B-broken record or not, it is too soon.” She straightened her perfectly straight jacket and sat behind the wheel. “I won’t change my mind, you know. Not because you just kissed me under the parking lot light or because we buy the same brand of mac and cheese or because you asked about my work.”
Alex stepped back and flexed his hands against the cart handle as if that might ground him from the chemistry he was feeling. “I know.”
“Us going on a date is too much pressure. It’s too soon.”
“Okay.” He agreed because “too soon” was so much better than the never he got on Sunday.
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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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