Friday, December 12, 2014

INTERVIEW: Derrick Knight plus #Giveaway! #MMRomance #Holiday

Hello Derrick and welcome to The Hat Party! <3 Thank you so much for subjecting yourself to the RANDOMNESS that is a Raine O'Tierney interview! Please don your best hat, and let's get started!

On a scale 1 (super chill) to 10 (falling apart at the seams) how cool are you when it comes to reviews?! 


You’ve been given the opportunity to go back in time and give your 13-year-old self a message. What do you say?

Don’t be such a naïve fool.  Keep your mouth shut!

So, you were editing along and zombies attack. And they are on fire! What do you do?

Look for some urns. Lol

What one food item do you consider to be your arch nemesis?

Diet Colas

Describe yourself using a literary quote.

Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” —Gone With the Wind

You have 200 words—Make. Me. Swoon. (PLEASE!)  

I have been told I look like a Baldwin brother. 

What makes you inexplicably happy?


Sing us a song! 
You’re so vain by Carly Simon

Biggest mistake you’ve made in your writing career and what you’ve learned from it.

Telling a story and not showing

And finally, for THE most important question of all: what kinds of dachshunds are the BEST kinds of dachshunds? 


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Book Name: Miracle on Mistletoe Lane
Author Name:  Derrick Knight
Publisher: Self-published
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Pages: 163 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance, Holiday

Joe Koehler and his six-year old son, Joey, are down on their luck. Currently, Joe is unemployed due to a bad economy and taking care of a medically complex son.  Recently father and son become homeless due to their apartment catching on fire and Joe being without any insurance. They are forced to live in Joe's old red pick-up truck. Eventually father and son take refuge at Hope House, a local homeless shelter, which is run by a kindly, yet mysterious, elderly woman named Emily.

Sidney Maier recently inherited his grandparents home but the house is in desperate need of repair. Skills Sidney greatly lacks. He befriends a fellow church member Emily who is the Interim Director at Hope House.  Sidney tells Emily that he needs help with remodeling his new home. Also, he confides in her, that he is lonely and wishes he could meet someone special.

Emily and her assistants orchestrate for Joe and Sidney to meet where an instant attraction forms between both men. Joe and Sidney embark on a journey of courtship, but soon a negative force learns of their budding romance and wants to stop it at any cost. Emily and her assistants must all use their special talents if Joe and Sidney are meant to live happily ever after.


When Joe lifted his head, he saw the man he had been fantasizing about since Joey was discharged from the hospital.  He quickly stood up then nervously swayed back and forth.  Partly because he was nervous seeing the man whom he secretly desired, but also because he did not want Sidney to know that he was living here at a homeless shelter.  He did not want Sidney’s pity. 
“Oh, I…” Joe struggled to find the right words. 
“The church hired Mr. Koehler to finish remodeling our library,” Emily said smoothly. “We needed someone right away and by the Lord’s work Mr. Koehler was available.   My assistants and I think he is a Godsend.”  Emily’s cell phone began to ring.  “I need to take this call.  It’s my husband.”  She looked at Joe.  “Would you be willing to give Mr. Maier a tour of Hope House while I take this call?”
          Before Joe could respond, Sidney interjected.
“I would like that very much.” 
          The excitement in Sidney’s voice did not go unnoticed by either Joe or Emily.
“Good,” Emily said, taking her husband’s call as she walked away. 
          For a few moments Joe and Sidney just stared at each other, both men wanting to say something but too afraid.  Finally, Joe mustered up the courage to start the conversation. 

Available from Amazon


*What inspired you to write Miracle on Mistletoe Lane
The story just came to me.  Originally, I wasn’t planning on writing a Christmas-themed novel, but then my character Emily revealed to me who she was and that is when Christmas came. 

*Is there anything special you’d like us to know about your book? 

Sidney’s house and garden is actually based on a real home and wonderful garden.  Also, Emily and her assistants are very special people. 

*What are your hopes for this title?

I plan on writing a sequel with Emily and her ladies. 

About the Author:

Derrick Knight was born and grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin. Derrick earned a Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a Master's Degree in Health Services Administration from University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. For the last seventeen years, Derrick has been employed as a neonatal nutritionist in a neonatal intensive care unit at the largest teaching hospital in Illinois outside of Chicago.

Growing up Derrick was an avid reader of mystery novels. Agatha Christie was his favorite author. Ever since childhood Derrick dreamed of becoming a writer. He planned on writing mystery novels until a couple of years ago he read his first gay romance novel and he became hooked on the genre.

When Derrick is not writing, he is working on restoring his Arts & Crafts home, tending to his garden, and being an advocate for improving infant nutrition. Currently. Derrick resides in Peoria, Illinois with his two cats Iris and Madison Grace.

Tour Dates/Tour Stops:

5-Dec Molly Lolly
18-Dec Iyana Jenna
19-Dec Love Bytes

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  1. My Christmas' wish: spending Christmas with both my parents at the same time.
    Thank you for this cool giveaway:)

  2. Thank you for this post. My X-mas wish is to complete my final project for College graduation in January.
    Thank you for the giveaway.