How do You Spend Thanksgiving? #holidaygatherings #NormanRockwell #giveaway

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Wow, It’s November and the Holidays are looming. This month I thought we would talk about some of our favorite parts of the Holidays so you can learn more about your favorite authors and how they celebrate. You may even get a character or two! Today’s Guest is you, Dee S. Knight

Cat: Thank for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us.

Dee: Thank you Cat for inviting me. Today I have come to talk about my new book One Woman Only, Book 2 of the Good Man series. The story opens on the day before Thanksgiving, so it ties in well with the holiday theme.

The heroine of One Woman Only is Kelly Shepherd, and the hero is Jonah Goodman. The differences in their characters is evident in their family holiday dinners. At Kelly’s big house, there is a full spread—a big turkey and several side dishes served in Limoges bowls—gleaming silver and gold-rimmed plates. Candlelight reflects off the diamonds in her mother’s earrings and necklace. Her father sits at one end of the table, her mother at the other. Her brother has chosen not to be home—if her house could even be called a “home.” At her table there is no conversation, no feeling. No love. She pictures the dinner at Jonah’s, where he and his two brothers, his brother’s new spouse and child, and his parents gather around a large table full of food. Of course, their meal also has all the fixings, a nice centerpiece, and rolls fresh from the oven. But there is also laughter, voices raised above each other to be heard, and sharing about what each has done since they were last together. After dinner, Kelly’s parents will remove to their own places—her mother to a sitting room and her father to his office or maybe out with “friends.” At Jonah’s, everyone pitches in to clear the table and straighten the kitchen before the men go to the family room for football. Dessert will come later, but the laughter and conversation as they catch up with each other continues long after their meal. Which is the Noman Rockwell painting? Not Kelly’s meal or house, and she longs to be with the Goodman clan.

Title: One Woman Only

Series: The Good Man series, Book 2

Author: Dee S. Knight

Publisher, release date: Nomad Author Publishing, November 3, 2019

Cover artist: Dee S. Knight

Pages: 301

Category, heat rating: X

As one of a set of triplets, Jonah always felt the need to make his individuality known. So where his brother Daniel was serious and completely focused, Jonah shunned commitment. Where his genius brother Mark was hailed in the scientific world, Jonah hid beneath a car tinkering. Thing is, being different wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. It took a woman—the right woman—to make him see that focused and recognized in his field could turn a “good man” into a better man.

How about a little teaser?

“May I have this dance?”

Kelly turned at the sound of Jonah’s voice behind her. Dinner had ended. All three of the boys had given best man speeches and Eve had even given a very creditable matron of honor speech, considering she had only known Marilyn and Caleb a short time. Lots of toasts had been raised and finally the live band had struck up the music. Caleb led his bride onto the floor for a foxtrot—a dance more than half of the guests had no idea how to do, including her.

Facing Jonah she sighed inwardly at how scrumptious he looked. Sure, his face was pretty much displayed on his brothers’ heads, too, but there was something different about Jonah. His nose was just a little crooked from when Bobby Hendricks had broken it in ninth grade and his eyes held an especially bright sparkle in his eyes when he smiled. Maybe… Well, she didn’t know what caused the difference between Jonah and his brothers. Whatever it was, she had never been fooled by the so-called identical nature of the identical triplets. She’d wanted to be his girl since elementary school. Thought she would be in high school. And then forced every last thought of him from her mind from senior year on.

Until now.

“I don’t know how to foxtrot.”

He shrugged. “Who does except those over fifty?” He glanced at his folks, still alone on the dancefloor, although a few couples were wandering out to join them now. “We can pretend.”

She mentally compared standing on the sidelines alone now that Mama Rio left the party, or being held in Jonah’s arms. Smiling, Kelly held out her hands. “Just don’t step on my toes, Jonah Goodman, or there’ll be hell to pay.”

“Yes, ma’am.” Together they walked onto the dancefloor. He took her right hand in his left and placed his right hand on her waist. Fortunately for them, the music changed to a slow tempo. Kelly laid her head on Jonah’s shoulder, and he tugged her closer as they swayed to the music.

“This is nice,” he murmured.

“Yes it is,” she replied. So very nice. He smelled good. Beneath the light citrus fragrance of his aftershave was a slight whiff of pure man with maybe a twinge of motor oil or something so Jonah it brought tears to her eyes.

He rubbed a path up to her shoulder blades and gave a squeeze. “You fit me perfectly, Kelly.”

“I do?”

“You sure do. I think our hearts can feel each other beat.”

Kelly chuckled. “Smooth talker. Face to face like this our hearts are on opposite sides.”

“Hey! I’m trying to be romantic here.”

She sighed. “Keep on. It’s appreciated.”

“You smell…good.”

She felt his smile. Raising her head she gave him a mock glare. “Watch it with those pregnant pauses, buster.”

He used his hand to press her head back to his shoulder. “You do smell good, though. This isn’t the same perfume you wore in high school. That was—”

“Lilac,” they said at the same time. Once more she raised her head to look at him. “How did you remember that?”

“I remember much more than you might think.” He turned her and moved her closer to the door onto the patio. “Each spring when lilacs are in bloom memories come flooding back. Does that surprise you?”

“More like shocks me,” she said, grinning. And then she laid her head on his shoulder once more, finding she liked it more and more there in his arms. She stepped slightly closer and his arm tightened about her.

“Well, after a while I thought lilac seemed too girlish. I like the vintage scents, so in college I wore Wind Song. Then Shalimar was the scent Brad liked me to wear.” She felt Jonah stiffen when she mentioned her ex, and really she didn’t blame him. “But when I grew up enough finally to take charge of my own life, I started wearing Chanel No 5. A complex fragrance for what I hope is a complex woman.”

“It suits you. Complex and beautiful.” He kissed her temple. “Want to step outside for a minute?”

“Sure. It is a little warm in here.”

On the patio, they could hear the sounds of the people from the television networks packing up equipment, chatting and laughing. Stars shone brightly in the clear night sky. Wood smoke from someone’s fireplace wafted through the air and static electricity fairly crackled in the crispness of the autumn air.

“This is my favorite time of year,” Kelly said. “The heat of summer is gone and winter nights curled up with a hot drink and blazing fire are ahead.”

“Not me. I’m a summer boy all the way.”

“A hothead you mean?” she teased.

“Oh, I’m hot all right.” He waggled his brows at her. Kelly laughed.

“I do seem to remember that about you.”

“You used to be pretty hot yourself. Still are.” He leaned in. His eyes flicked down to her lips. Kelly sucked in a breath. She should stop him, she really should.

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Meet Dee S. Knight:
A few years ago, Dee S. Knight began writing, making getting up in the morning fun. During the day, her characters killed people, fell in love, became drunk with power, or sober with responsibility. And they had sex, lots of sex. Writing was so much fun Dee decided to keep at it. That’s how she spends her days. Her nights? Well, she’s lucky that her dream man, childhood sweetheart, and long-time hubby are all the same guy, and nights are their secret. For romance ranging from sweet to historical, contemporary to paranormal and more join Dee on Nomad Authors. Contact Dee at [email protected].

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21 thoughts on “How do You Spend Thanksgiving? #holidaygatherings #NormanRockwell #giveaway

  1. Hi, Ed. Thank you! This is my first attempt at cover design. I wanted it to be along the same style as the cover on Only a Good Man Will Do. I’m so happy it caught your attention!

  2. Hi Dee:
    You’re making me hungry. Congrats on your new novel I’m sure it’s as good as Only A Good Man Will Do.
    Callie

  3. Love the excerpt Dee. So much passion between these two. I just adore a man whose skilled with his hands and tinkers with cars. Lol. I have always loved Thanksgiving. I must admit my gatherings are small but friendly. I’ve never been one for big crowds.

  4. Sometimes I wish I could be a fly on other people’s walls to see how they celebrate this holidays. I know in my house we are generally pretty laid back on the holidays unless I have my parents over. But instead of gathering around to eat, we sit in the comfort of the living room.

    If we go to my brother’s house, it’s usually the bigger family affair. Multiple tables are pulled together and a big fancy meal it made.

    Looking forward to reading this book as well. Love the uniqueness of the cover.

  5. Congratulations Dee, I was waiting for Book Two of the Good Man Series, and as usual, you didn’t disappoint. A heart warming story of a reunion of two people who couldn’t forget each other, despite their anger, and the difficult circumstances which rekindles that love. I can’t wait to meet Mark in Book Three.

  6. Thanks, Patricia! We are a small family, so we never had more than 7-8 at the Thanksgiving family, and even that was rare. There was always good food, though, and lots of laughter.

  7. This looks like such a great series. We don’t have Thanksgiving in the UK – we just start Christmas mid November! Festivals are such great opportunities for writers to bring families together and show them interacting.

  8. I love the contrast between the two family dinners. I grew up in a large and loud family. Thanksgiving was my mum’s favorite holiday. We watched football before the meal, took a family walk after, and played board games all night long. I miss those family get-togethers and the lady who inspired them.

  9. Any day is a good day to set aside for family and giving thanks. We just make it an official holiday with an overabundance of food! 😉

  10. What wonderful memories you have, Gibby! Very special. My mom is still with us and she still makes a fuss over the holidays, but unfortunately I’m too far away to be part of them.

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