Pink Heart Society columnist Kristina Knight talks about making up her gambling, cowboying heroes in the Billionaire Cowboys trilogy.
There is nothing quite like the beginning stages of a book - when I'm setting up the characters and their journey, when I'm scouring Pinterest for some inspiration, and before I've started the actual drafting of the book. There is something very magical about that time because the characters and the plot can be anyone and anything at that point.
While I was in the developmental stages for my Billionaire Cowboys series, that magic was tripled because I had three heroes (and heroines) to work with, I had individual journeys for six characters, and plots for three books. It was a lot scary, but it was also a lot inspiring.
The inspiration started with classic Las Vegas - because that is where the books are set, albeit in the modern day. I wasn't alive for the hey day days of the Rat Pack, but the stories of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and Peter Lawford, and the craziness that they brought to Las Vegas have always fascinated me. I wanted my fictional brothers to have a bit of that flair, and so I created cowboys who are as comfortable in suits as they are in jeans and boots.
From the Rat Pack, I hit up a few favorite films - like 21 and The Gambler. While only one of my
These are just three examples of the hero inspiration for Gage, Connor and Jase in my Billionaire Cowboys series, and they happen to be three (well, five since I included Frank and Dean and Peter in that first picture) examples of fine male flesh, don't you think? What about you? Do you have a favorite gambling hero - share in the comments!
Kristina Knight's latest release, What the Heiress Wants, released May 23 from Crimson
Denver publishing heiress Miranda Clayton craves more from life than society parties and shopping sprees, but her tycoon father refuses to take her seriously. Her solution? Beat him at his own game by going to work for his top competitor, Connor Reeves, in Las Vegas.
Connor isn't fooled by Miranda's new plan for a second. He knows exactly who she is; what he doesn't know is why she's pulling him into her games. After their first meeting, Connor knows what he wants - Miranda in his bed! But the more he's around his new vice president, the more he wants something deeper than a short-term fling. The question is does the lady want Connor - or his business?
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