I want to welcome Author Kerri Nelson to Wicked Romance today to celebrate the launching of her new book, Courting Demons, from Jupiter Gardens Press (& Pink Petal Books). Her book releases today and to celebrate she is giving away an author signed print copy of her book to one lucky commenter. So let’s not delay and get things rolling.
Paisley Barton was already having a bad day before she turned her husband into a rat.
First, she was fired by her boss and then came home to find hubby in the shower with a naked blonde chick. They say that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned but this break-up may just unleash hell on Earth when Paisley casts a spell of vengeance against her philandering husband.
After her spell casting inadvertently opens a portal between dimensions, Paisley finds her family home transformed into a nightly courtroom for settling disputes between demons of the underworld and she’s the judge! If that’s not enough, she’s got to deal with a charming, ancient demon named Camden who wants to be her personal bodyguard while trying to explain her husband’s sudden, mysterious disappearance to sexy police Detective Dalton Briggs.
But Paisley will show them all that an everyday working mom is better equipped than most to deal with the mystical mayhem…and with a tempting demon hottie and a flirtatious young detective vying for her affection, she soon learns that being single again isn’t so bad after all.
“When a wronged wife turns her cheating husband into a rat, you know you have to keep reading! Kerri Nelson offers up a lot of fun and wild magic in Courting Demons!” —Bestselling author Linda Wisdom, Demons
are a Girl’s Best Friend
Kerri Nelson discovered her love of writing at an early age and soon became a columnist for her local newspaper winning the Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year Award for her efforts. After a fifteen year career in the legal field, Kerri fulfilled her lifelong dream of publication and is now an award winning multi-published author of nearly every genre under the sun (and moon) and also writes young adult fiction under the penname K.G. Summers. A true southern belle, she comes complete with a dashing southern gentleman and three adorable children for whom she often bakes many homemade treats.
Kerri is an active member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America as well as numerous chapters including Futuristic Fantasy & Paranormal Writers and her Presidency of Celtic Hearts Romance Writers.
Read more about Kerri’s books at her website: www.kerrinelson.com
Follow her on Twitter here: www.twitter.com/kerribookwriter
Visit her industry blog here: www.thebookboost.blogspot.com
Please give a warm welcome to Kerri.
JM: Let’s start off by meeting my guest author Kerri Nelson. Kerri tell us a little about yourself and what you write.
KN: Hi, Jean. Thanks for having me at your lovely blog today. I’m just a southern gal with a houseful of kids and just like the variety of personalities that inhabit my home—I write just about every genre out there. Although, most of my novels have a legal or law enforcement theme because of my background in Criminal Justice. Courting Demons is no exception. It features a regular southern mom who suddenly finds herself as a judge for the underworld of demons!
JM: What drew you to the romance genre?
KN: I’ve always been a romantic at heart. I still cry at chick movies. Heck, sometimes I cry at commercials. Like the one where the guy proposes to his girlfriend by putting the little charm around the cat’s neck on its collar. I’m such a sucker for romance—just ask my hubby. So, it is natural that I’ll always include some romance in my writing.
JM: Are there any other hobbies you enjoy besides writing?
KN: Yes. I’m an avid baker. I love to make dessert creations in my kitchen. Particularly, I enjoy coming up with unique cake designs. I once made vampire bunny cupcakes and a gator cake. I love a baking challenge. In addition to that, I’m addicted to television shows on DVD. I rarely have time to watch shows during their first run on television. so these commercial free collections are right
up my alley.
JM: You have a new book, Courting Demons, that is releasing today. Can you tell us about the book and its characters?
KN: Paisley is a mother of two kids and currently down on her luck when it comes to men. After her hubby cheats on her, she turns to magic as a remedy for her aching heart. Only then does she find out what real trouble can become when you mix black magic with vengeance…all hell breaks loose…literally. Soon she’s holding court in her home and working with demons and witches and guardians…it is a virtual smorgasbord of creatures of the night. She has to learn to be Judge Mom while trying to regain control of her life. A combination of humor, romance, and pure insanity abounds in Courting Demons.
JM: When you envision Paisley, who in the public eye would best represent her characteristics?
KN: I gave my cover artist an image of actress Jami Gertz (http://jamigertz.org/) as she is who I envision in my mind’s eye starring in the movie version of Courting Demons (in my dreams)! I think my very talented cover artist, Christine Griffin, did a fabulous job creating her on the cover.
JM: Without revealing too much, what part of the book did you have the most fun writing and why?
KN: My favorite parts of the book are the actual court cases that Paisley must preside over throughout the story. I had a blast coming up with what possible issues demons might have in their world and how a “regular” mom might solve such problems.
JM: I love the tagline on the front cover. “When you break the laws of magic be prepared to serve the sentence from hell…” What do you like best about your cover? Did you have any input into its development?
KN: Thanks, Jean. I love that tagline too and I appreciate the compliment. I did work closely with both my cover artist and the publisher on developing this cover. It was extremely important to me when attempting to capture the essence of this story. When you have a story that is both humorous and dark fantasy—it is quite a challenge to mix together. My fave part about this cover is the way the
colors are so rich and warm. It really draws you in.
JM: What inspired you to use the State of Georgia for the backdrop of the book?
KN: Well, as I mentioned above, I’m a southern gal born and bred. Although, I currently reside in the neighboring state of Alabama, I visit the areas of Georgia mentioned in this book quite often. This area of the country is beautiful and the history is rich with wicked details. I couldn’t resist setting it in the south. After all, isn’t it the perfect place for hot demons?
JM: Was there a lot of research that went into this book? Did you create your own Code of Justice for your world?
KN: There wasn’t really much research on this story. With my degree in Criminal Justice and my 15 years working in the legal and law enforcement fields, I was pretty up to date on the ways of the law. But since we are dealing with supernatural court and maintaining the law and order of demons, I mostly used my imagination as my guide here. I do make reference to some specific Codes of Law within the story. I’ll leave it up to the readers to see if anyone can figure out why I chose to give them those particular names/numbers.
JM: Where can readers find out more about you and your book? What formats and locations can they purchase your book?
KN: You can keep up with all my current mayhem and chaos by following me on Twitter (@kerribookwriter); by following my author blog (www.kerribookwriter.blogspot.com); and by checking my website for updates (www.kerrinelson.com).
My book is available for order in both e-book and print formats through my publisher Jupiter Gardens Press (& Pink Petal Books). They are offering a free gift with purchase if you get the print version.
Also, the book will also be available pretty much wherever books are sold (from Amazon.com to Barnes & Noble and beyond). I hope you’ll pick up a copy!
Pre-Order Buy Link (releases on 9/15 and available everywhere books are sold): http://jupitergardens.com/Kerri-Nelson/
JM: I noticed on your website, you sponsor A Cure for Diabetes. Can you tell us a little about this charity and why it is so important to you?
KN: Yes! I’m a huge advocate for finding a cure for juvenile diabetes. My 10 year old daughter was diagnosed at the age of 2 with this terrible disease and it is something we face on a daily basis. A
lot of people consider insulin a cure but I’m here to tell you—Insulin Is NOT a cure. It is merely a life support system for my daughter and all the other innocent children like her. There is currently no cure but research is growing and developing new treatments every day. I hope you’ll all jump on the bandwagon and support efforts for a cure.
JM: Tell us quickly, what other novels or series you have available? Do you use a pen name?
KN: Courting Demons is my 17th release! I have 16 other novels and novellas in every genre from inspirational and young adult (written under pen name K.G. Summers) to erotic and paranormal and much more. Check out the Books page on my website for a full list of everything currently available.
JM: Do you have an excerpt/book trailer from Courting Demons you would like to share with readers today?
KN: Yes, a sneak peak excerpt is available on my publisher’s website and another one will come out on their upcoming Newsletter so be sure to get on the mailing list for that and much more fun stuff. Here are the links:
Excerpt for Courting Demons: http://www.jupitergardens.com/excerpts/kn_cd.html
Join the Jupiter Gardens Mail List here: http://jupitergardens.com/Subscribe-to-our-newsletter.html
Thanks for having me today, Jean. Hope to hear from some readers.
© Kerri Nelson 2011
I want to thank Kerri for visiting Wicked Romance today. Her book, Courting Demons, is a fabulous read that everyone will enjoy. Wicked Romance is just one of the stops on her Book Launching Tour. If you want a chance to win an author signed print copy of Courting Demons today, leave a comment or question. See rules and more prize opportunities below.
Kerri’s Giveaway for the day:
- Leave a question or comment for Ms. Nelson on Wicked Romance to be entered to win a signed, print copy of Courting Demons.
- Then, enter to win my book tour Grand Prize Kindle by following me on tour and e-mailing me the answers to each question of the day at the end of tour. The more questions you answer, the more entries you gain.
Question of the Day:
What is the name of Paisley’s son and what type of new pet does he get?
Details on how to enter to win the GRAND PRIZE Kindle at the end of Ms. Nelson’s “Dark Days of Demons Tour” are located here: http://kerribookwriter.blogspot.com/2011/09/courting-demons-blog-tour-win-kindle.html