Knowing Gold

Delta Secrets Book 2
Harlequin Super Romance
ISBN: 037371744X
He's served his country and now Chase Reed is ready to serve his hometown. As sheriff, he can give back to the people who helped him and reconnect with his old friends. Landing in the middle of an incident between Jessica Keller and her ex, however, is definitely not how Chase imagined reconnecting with her. Even with all the time and experience between them, he has never forgotten their night together.  
But things are different now. Jess has a son. Despite the crazy attraction they share, Chase isn't ready to be a father. He might not have a choice, though. Because when she reveals the truth, he has to step up and be the man his son needs. 

Delta Secrets Book 1
Harlequin Super Romance
ISBN: 978-0373717323
You can go home again. 
At eighteen, Savannah Greer has a dream and one shot to make it happen. Choosing big-city success in corporate law means putting her family's farm—and Sam McBriar—in her past. Now, years later, she's on a path toward home. And she has every intention of keeping the visit brief. 
Too bad life gets in the way. 
With Sam managing the farm, Savannah can't help but see him—everywhere! He's as gorgeous as ever, and when he's with his little girl? Well, it would take a stronger woman than Savannah to resist him. It's not long before they're picking up where they left off…until old betrayals and long-buried secrets threaten to separate them for good.
Since her first venture into novel writing in the mid-nineties, Kristi Gold has greatly enjoyed weaving stories of love and commitment. She's an avid fan of baseball, beaches and bridal reality shows.  During her career, Kristi has been a National Readers Choice winner, Romantic Times award winner, and a three-time Romance Writers of America RITA finalist.  She currently resides in Central Texas in the proclaimed "Cowboy Capital of the World" where every other car is a truck and seeing spurs in the post office is a common occurrence.

ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
KRISTI: Many times, but one instance stands out in particular.  Several years ago, while on a vacation with the family, I left my books at home (oh, no!)  I found a mainstream romance at the local grocery store and although I didn't know the author, the story looked good and it seemed long enough to last for at least a couple of days.  I settled into a lounge chair on the beach to read while my husband and children played in the waves.  I kept right on reading until too much sun forced me back inside to finish it.  That fabulous book was Danny Boy by Leigh Riker. Let me tell you, if I ignore a beach for a book, that's rare because I'm a Pisces, and we're all about water.   
ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading? 
KRISTI: Gee, that's a tough one.  The biggest stand-out books from my youth are the Nancy Drew stories.  But the one that impacted me most was a book called Mr. and Mrs. Bojo Jones that I originally read in junior high.  I recently bought a reissue, re-read it on a plane, and was still impressed, even after many years. 
ANGI: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met?
KRISTI:  Easy enough.  That would be my husband, Steve.  He was a great husband, father, doctor, rancher and the love of my life.  While I was writing The One She Left Behind in 2010, he passed away after a lengthy illness, and I miss him terribly.  There's a little bit of him in every hero I write. 
ANGI: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
KRISTI:  Beauty and the Beast.  I have a thing for dark, wounded, alpha heroes and headstrong heroines. 
ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
KRISTI:  Wile E. Coyote.  He has extreme perseverance. 
ANGI: What turns you off like nothing else?
KRISTI:  I'm an obsessive baseball fan and I love every aspect of the game.  However, nothing turns me off more than to see a camera pan in on some gorgeous player in the dugout who happens to be spitting.  I don't care if it's only sunflower seed shells, all I can think is ewwww… I wouldn't want to clean that up.  
ANGI: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release?
KRISTI: I actually tailor my own playlist for almost every book I write and I usually designate one trademark tune.  For the Delta Secrets series, most of the songs are country music favorites, past and present.  The One She Left Behind was actually inspired by a classic—It's Been A Good Year for the Roses by George Jones.  Music is a mainstay in my writing routine. 
ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
KRISTI: As cliché as it may be, I love to hear the sound of waves.  See above comment about being a Pisces.
ANGI: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
KRISTI: Fairy Tale, without a doubt… with a little action adventure thrown in. 
ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
KRISTI:  I wrote a 'novel' with a friend in the 8th grade titled 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' featuring four incredibly gorgeous brothers that we admired from afar.  It will never see the light of day.
ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
KRISTI: It's impossible for me to choose just one, but I'll toss out my first favorite movie—Gone With The Wind. Nothing touched me more than seeing Rhett hold his daughter.
ANGI: Who’s your favorite villain?
KRISTI:  Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs.  Such a lovable, albeit creepy canibal. 
ANGI: Be honest, when reading...do you put yourself in the heroine’s role?
KRISTI: I can't say that I put myself in her role, but I can say every character I create is made up of bits and pieces of my life experience.  I do tend to 'filmstrip' when I write, meaning I see scenes featuring my characters and they usually look like famous people. 
ANGI: Is writing or story-telling easier for you?
KRISTI: Story-telling is much easier.  If I could have three hundred pages of nonstop dialogue, I'd be a happy camper.  It sometimes becomes a chore to come up with the technical aspects of a story—action, dialogue tags (he said, she said), etc.—that aren't repetitive.  I wrote one book (House of Midnight Fantasies—a gothic Silhouette Desire) where I used the word 'snap' numerous times, graciously pointed out to me during edits. It was definitely a 'snappy' book. 
ANGI: What’s something you’d like to tell your fans?
KRISTI: I'd like to address this to all fans—you'll never know how much authors appreciate you.  Nothing brightens my day more than to receive an email from a reader who's taken the time to ask a question or to simply say they've enjoyed my books.  Without readers, we would have little reason to continue to tell our stories.  Many thanks to all of you! 
ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: Give us a hint about Delta Secrets Book 3. **grin**  Care to share WHO the only Man is and tell us your favorite thing about this hero?
KRISTI’S GOTTA ANSWER: Well, The Only Man for Her involves a couple that married at eighteen and nearly fourteen years later, are contemplating divorce following a tragedy.  Matt Boyd, the 'only man,' is a sexy, handsome, charming, outgoing, man's man … on the surface.  Beneath that façade, he's probably the most wounded, emotionally closed-off—yet honorable—hero I've ever written.  He's carrying around a secret that could ultimately destroy not only his marriage, but his life if he doesn't come to terms with a choice he was forced to make.  Yes, I do like him a bunch.  Can you tell?   

KRISTI’s GOLD GIVE-AWAY three sets of the first two Delta Secrets books. We’ll be drawing Sunday, giving everyone time to leave a comment.

Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America addresses only unless specifically mentioned in the post. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants. Winners of drawings are responsible for checking this site in a timely manner. If prizes are not claimed in a timely manner, the author may not have a prize available. Get Lost In A Story cannot be responsible for an author's failure to mail the listed prize. GLIAS does not automatically pass email addresses to guest authors unless the commenter publicly posts their email address.

KRISTI WANTS TO KNOWABOUT YOUR GOLD: Delta Secrets involves three reunion stories with distinctly different plot devices—first love, friends to lovers, and a broken marriage.  Which of the three is your favorite? 

FIND MORE GOLD by sending her an email: kgoldauthor@aol.com 
Or visiting her Website  
She’ll be on Facebook soon.

UP NEXT: The Only Man for Her, Delta Secrets Book 3, June 2012  

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  1. I'll pick friends to lovers...love to watch it all unfold.

    Your "Snappy" book made me grin. I do that all the time. My last word obsession was "dazzling". I would have needed sunglasses to read that chapter. :)

    Beauty and the Beast is one of my very favorite stories, too. I remember going to buy the Disney release when I was pregnant with my first daughter, and then watching it with her when she was a newborn. My husband laughed. I told him it's never too early for romance or heroines who stand up for themselves.

    My sincere condolences on the loss of your husband.

    Blessings, Gillian

  2. Hi Kristi ! Good morning and welcome to GLIAS. My favorite plot device is 'friends to lovers' --especially in a book. So very believeable for me (happened to me and my hubby).

    Hugs to you!!

  3. Hi, Kristi,

    Sometimes I have problems with reunion books, especially if the couple had a thing in high school and even if it's ten years later, they get treated as if they were still in high school. Throwing a baby into the mix changes it up, though.

    Even though my own marriage is a friends-to-lovers story, I think I like the broken marriage theme best.

  4. Friends to Lovers is also my favorite. That is how my husband and i got together. I enjoyed your interview, Kristi and I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. It is so sweet that he is a part of all your heros.

    Tammy Y

  5. Hi Kristi,

    Hands down friends to lovers, but I also enjoy estranged lovers, who get tossed back together and have to 'work it out.'

    What a wonderful idea to put a little of your husband in each hero you write!

  6. Hi All!
    So sorry for the delayed response. I've been trying to comment for over an hour and finally worked out some technical issues. Just call me a techo goober.:)

    First of all, thanks for the warm welcome and hugs, Angi! I'm very happy to be here!

    Gillian, your 'dazzling' story brightened my day. And I wholeheartedly agree with heroines standing up for themselves, and sometimes even saving their guy, if not physically, emotionally. In the second Delta book, my heroine has a knee that should be registered as a lethal weapon.:)
    And I truly appreciate your condolences.

    Abigail, I agree that reuniting a couple after ten years can be a slippery slope. I tried to remedy that by including adult issues, i.e. small-town corruption and politics, deadly secrets both past and present, and a very vile villain. As far as broken marriages are concerned, IMO they can be extremely tough to write. I've done two now and I don't think I'll do another in the near future (famous last words.:)

    Tammy, how wonderful you have your very own friends to lovers story (you, too Angi!) And thanks so much for your condolences as well. My husband was a cowboy neurosurgeon, so what's not to love?

    Gjillian, the first Delta Secrets book was actually as you described so wonderfully. My dh was an alpha kind of guy with a heart of gold and definitely my hero.

    Looks like friends-to-lovers is winning out for now.

    Anyone care to comment on their favorite hero occupation? Millionaires, cowboys,doctors, cops, military, none of the above? Bet you can guess my fave.:)


  7. Yeah! Kristi worked out the problem before I even read the email telling me she was having a problem posting!

    Woo Hoo!

  8. Hi Kristi, I love all reunion stories especially for first love. I like stories that have secret babies or a young child and Chase sounds like a great hero. He's realistic as well not being ready to be a father and it'll be interesting to see his journey to HEA with Jess. Great interview!


  9. Hi Kristi! I love all three, but if I had to pick one it would be Friends to Lovers. I just started writing a broke marrige story. As for favorite Hero occupation, I have to go with Military. It could have something to do with the fact that my own hero is a Marine, but I don't know :)

    I am also so sorry to hear of the loss of your Husband.


  10. Hi, Kristi, I love second chance stories and what Gillian indicated above. How cute about your eighth grade romance that you wrote. Who knows it may be better than you give it credit for. And what an inspiration to young authors. Something to think about. Thanks for being with us today on Get Lost in a Story.

  11. Hi, Na,
    Chase was a joy to create, but Jess was equally fun. She's the accelerator in the relationship, he's the brake.:)

    Gotta love those Marines, Alina! Good luck with the broken marriage book. They can be challenging but rewarding.

    Donnell, I have no idea where that poor book went, but I do hope it doesn't surface in cyberspace.:) And you're welcome!


  12. I am here to declare that I have read every book Kristi Gold has ever written (some a couple times) and I can't wait to read Delta Secrets 3 (I already read 1 and 2 cause I'm special ~grin~). Friends to lovers is my fave and I'll admit after going through my own horrible, devastating, self-esteen-destroying, muse-killing, heartbreaking broken marriage two years ago (can ya tell it was bad???), I'm a bit hesitant about that plot device. But if anyone can handle it with sensitivity and turn it into a romance, I think Kristi can.


  13. This sounds really good, I love reading books with kids in them


    The winners of Kristi's GOLD GIVE-AWAY are:
    Marilyn, Tammy Y, and Virginia.

    You each will receive the first two books in the Delta Secrets Series. Just send your information to GetLostInAStory@gmail.com and we'll connect you with Kristi.

    Thanks for stopping by GLIAS !

    (numbers were selected by RANDOM.ORG)

  15. Congrats Marilyn, Tammy and Virginia! And thanks so much for having me GLIAS gang! I truly appreciate everyone who took time out of their day to comment.

    Happy Reading!


  16. Late to the party, but I wanted to say I LOVE friends to lovers stories!!

  17. oops, guess it didn't matter if I was late or not. the party is already over. thought I had til sunday to make a comment.

    either way - still love the friends to lovers plot device.

  18. Kristi,
    Have to say estranged lovers is my favorite. Love all of your books I have read. Cant wait to read your new ones. Will read Danny Boy also since you said you could not put it down.
    I hope you have a wonderful Holiday with your family.