Top 5 Places to Visit
I love to travel—short trips, long trips (but, really, are any trips long enough?), weekend trips and daytrips. If it involves a plane, train, car or cruise ship, I’m in! I also love coming home, because the best thing about going on a trip is coming home to your own bed and your own chair and your own cooking. We’ll ignore the laundry for just a bit. Here are five of my favorite places to visit:
- Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri — This one isn’t exotic, but it’s home for me. I was raised in a small town on a farm/ranch near the Lake of the Ozarks. RadioMan, bebe and I call Lake Erie home now, but it’s always so much fun to go back to Missouri, see the extended family and spend an afternoon or three cruising Lake of the Ozarks on a pontoon.
- Chicago — I know, I know, traffic. But the train system is amazing and can get you wherever you need to go without battling other cars or trucks. Plus, there is Navy Pier with all the people watching anyone could ever want.
- Mexico — Cozumel is one of my favorite places, ever. Seriously. It’s warm, the locals are friendly and the beaches are pristine. I absolutely love that I can wear flipflops all day, every day and no one cares.
- Bermuda — Snorkling! It’s a newfound pleasure, and I just might take up SCUBA, too.
- Las Vegas — There is something other-worldly about Las Vegas. You get a taste of the pyramids at the Luxor, there is a mini-Eiffel Tower, there is Cesar’s Palace. And on Fremont, you can walk outside with a neon roof over your head. Street performers will greet you on the streets, and you can gamble all day and all night if you want…or you can escape the crowds into the desert or the Grand Canyon. It’s amazing, and when I needed a place to set my Billionaire Cowboy’s series I knew Vegas had to be part of it!
What the Bachelor Gets is the first in my Billionaire Cowboys series, and I can’t wait to share these books with you! The book features Gage and Callie, childhood friends who are thrust into business together, but the more they’re around one another, the more sparks fly between them.
I love Las Vegas, as I mentioned above, and I had this idea for a series focused on three brothers, but I didn’t want them to be the typical cowboy/ranch books we all know and love. On a visit to Vegas with RadioMan, I thought, what if the brothers were raised just outside Vegas but don’t live in the city? Who would those men be and what demons might they face? Gage, Connor and Jase filled out the books from there.
Here’s a short excerpt:
Standing still in an elevator really shouldn’t be this hard. The mirrored doors had swooshed closed about five seconds before. Callie stood beside him, leather attaché slung over her shoulder and hands clasped before her, watching the numbers count down, down, down.
Gage resisted the urge to pull at his tie. But counting down the numbers on the elevator screen wasn’t nearly as interesting as watching Callie.
He’d been watching her, goading her a little, since he’d realized it was her across the table from him and not a stranger. Not that he could call Callie a friend when he hadn’t spoken to her in ten years. She was an acquaintance. That was a good word.
The fact did nothing to temper his response to her. She’d heated up the office. Now she was turning the elevator into a veritable inferno. From the top of her oh-so-blonde head—had her hair always been this shimmery?—to the tips of her oh-so-red toenails, she made him want things.
Drinks on the beach. A quiet dinner by candlelight.
He’d never thought of her this way in the past. She was just Callie. The girl who helped him master calculus, cheered at his football games, and rode her favorite horse beside his lake on hot summer days. The gorgeous woman standing beside him was so different from the buddy he remembered.
The old Callie was smart and tenacious, which made the new Callie a good investment. The old Callie was dedicated to her work—another mark in New Callie’s favor. The biggest mark in her favor, though, was the empty space in his new development. A space that would be perfect for Callie’s business, while also filling a hole in his.
Plus, under the polish of her suit, he could still see his friend. The mistiness of her gaze when she talked about her parents leaving town, the fierce grip when she squeezed her hands together as she made her pitch.
“Have you been to a Rebels game since you got back?” he asked.
Small talk. He hated small talk.
“I’m not much for basketball.”
“It’s actually still football season, but the first preseason basketball games start in a couple weeks. We should catch a game sometime.”
Shut up, Gage. Just shut up. He didn’t ask business associates out. What the hell was wrong with him?
“You love football.”
A smile spread across her face. “Mostly I loved the space that cheerleading took up in the ‘extracurricular’ column of my college applications.”
“Oh.” How had he never caught that she wasn’t into sports?
Better question: how had his radar missed Callie, in general, all those years ago?
I’m finishing up book two in the Billionaire Cowboys series, What the Heiress Wants. That book will release in May. I’m also starting to dig deeper into book 3, What the Gambler Risks, which will release in September. I can’t wait!!
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!