Author Vanessa M. Knight: Final Strike

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Final Strike

by Vanessa M. Knight


GENRE: Romantic Suspense



Julie Connolly thought she had perfected the art of emotional eating, but ever since she learned of her father’s passing, she’s taken it to new heights. The bastard has figured out how to destroy her life from the grave.

Her father’s proposal—abandon her son Cody, so someone else can raise him, or lose her inheritance. The outrageous condition doesn’t deserve a response but the lawyer her father hired demands an answer. Before she can tell the ambulance-chaser exactly where he can shove his demands, her worst fears come alive: Cody is kidnapped. Her only hope comes from Ben Mooring, a man she hates nearly as much as her father.

Though Ben Mooring lost his chance with Julie years ago, she and Cody still mean the world to him. He practically raised the kid for years when he was with Julie. When Cody goes missing, Ben drops everything to search for him. He might never win a spot in Julie’s life again, but he can’t rest while Cody is in danger and Julie needs him.

Julie and Ben join forces to find Cody, but they have to work quickly. If she doesn’t find him soon, she might lose her son forever.



“I know, but I need to do something.” Julie needed to keep busy. Anything besides worry about her son and what he was living through. Alone. “You could get dressed.” Loraine tipped her head toward Julie.

Pajama pants, T-shirt, and Snoopy slippers weren’t inappropriate morning kitchen wear, but Julie could admit they were a little midlife crisis. Cody had given her the slippers, though, and she needed a piece of him near her right now. And getting dressed in real clothes before the sun had risen hadn’t been on her radar. “I will.” Later.

“I could make you something to eat,” Loraine offered.

“I’m not really hungry.”

Loraine dragged the rag out of Julie’s hand and shook her head. Smiling, she drew Julie toward the kitchen table. “Have a seat. You have to eat something.” She opened the big box of pastries on the counter and took out a cruller. “Eat this and I’ll get you some coffee.”

Julie stared at the donut. Just stared. She’d spent a year exercising and eating healthy to lose weight. Because if she’d lost the weight, she’d be happy. And she had been. But it hadn’t stopped the pain from losing Ben. And it didn’t stop the pain from not knowing where her son was.

And here she was thinking about putting carbs in her body. A slippery slope for someone with a food addiction. But part of her didn’t care. What was the point of denying herself when everything could go to shit at any second? What was the point of taking care of herself?


Cody was the reason for most of what she did. The day he was born, her life had shifted. She’d gone from being the center of her world to protecting the center of her world. And he was the center. Without him she was hollow. Her heart was gone.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Who is Vanessa M. Knight?  Well, I’m an author.  Wow.  After years and years of wanting to use those words, that is fun to say.  It’s almost as fun as supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.  Did I spell that right?

I write contemporary romantic suspense.

I live in Chicagoland with my family and menagerie of four-legged friends.  In my mind, these lovely animals do everything as they should.  I’m the alpha, keeping peace and harmony amongst my humble servants.  In real life, they own me.  I’m the maid, here for their feeding pleasure.  Well, that and to clean up their messes.

When not catering to the needs of adorably-furry faces, I slug through the nine to five grind and head home so I can write.  Of course, that’s after I make dinner and clean the house and all the other tasks that go into family life.  So really, I work, cater to animals and my family… and then, if I don’t fall face first into bed, I write.  I love putting my characters into crazy situations and watching how they react. I hope you love reading about them. 

I love to hear from fans.  I can be found on Facebook at VanessaMKnight and at





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9 thoughts on “Author Vanessa M. Knight: Final Strike”

  1. Fun excerpt! I get it….not sure I can pass up a donut if it is put right in front of me! 😉

  2. Thank you so much for having me here. I hope you like the glimpse into Julie. She was fun to write.

  3. Happy Friday! I hope that you have enjoyed your book tour and I wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors, I am looking forward to reading your stories. Have a great weekend!

  4. It’s a pleasure to have you here Vanessa! Congrats! This sounds like a great read!

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