Monday, September 21, 2009

Guest - Kerri Nelson

Good morning everyone! Today's guest is Kerri Nelson, a terrific paranormal author. Ms Nelson has always been passionate about reading books but when she wrote her first poem in the second grade, she discovered her love of writing. At the age of sixteen, she became a columnist for her local newspaper as the high school correspondent for the weekly "Panther Tales" column. She won the Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year Award for her efforts.

After an education and career in the legal field, Kerri began to pen romantic suspense novels with a legal or law enforcement theme. She is a true southern belle and comes complete with her dashing southern gentleman husband and two little belles-in-training. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll find her baking homemade goodies for her family, feeding her addiction to blogging online or designing custom made book trailers. Kerri is an active member of Romance Writers of America as well as numerous Chapters including Southern Magic, Futuristic Fantasy & Paranormal, Hearts Through History, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers.

Kerri is offering a free story to one lucky reader so read her article to find out how to enter the drawing.

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What’s your Fave Paranormal Creature Feature?

When it comes to paranormal characters these days, it seems they are as many and as varied as the authors who create them. I, personally, find it difficult to choose a favorite. I guess it all depends on my mood at the moment and the story, of course!

My new book entitled Soul Searcher which is now available from Whispers Publishing features a shapeshifting mountain lion. He’s the son of a Native American medicine man and a white witch who may have cast one too many spells in her time. This was my first paranormal book but I’ve written several others since this one. I have a retired witch book, a ghost story, and even a set of Christmas short stories featuring a dragon fantasy and a time travel romance (which are set to release in December from Whispers). So, even within my own writing, the characters and creatures are multiple and plentiful.

When we look at the paranormal industry, you can hardly turn an isle in the book store without coming across a paranormal book. Whether you’re looking at mystery, romance, sci-fi, or even young adult, the paranormal are out in full force.

Although, lately I’m hearing some agents say that they are tired of vampires and psychics. I can’t help but to consider vampires and psychics two of my all time favorite creations. Because, let’s just face it...vampires are hot and there are times when we’d all like to be able to read minds or see the future.

So, today...share with me your favorite type of paranormal creature and tell me why they are your fave. I’ll draw a winner on Friday from all the comments to this post.

What can you win? A free book of your choice, featuring your favorite type of paranormal creature, of course! So, share your faves for a chance to win your fave!

Don’t forget to check out Soul Searcher and stay tuned for more paranormal fun from me coming soon!

Kerri Nelson


Links for Kerri Nelson sites and Soul Searcher:
Website: www.kerrinelson.com
Blog: www.kerribookwriter.blogspot.com
Book Trailer for Soul Searcher:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMxp1omUdzo

Buy Link for Soul Searcher:
http://whispershome.com/whispersstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=12&products_id=101




Blurb for Soul Searcher (now available from Whispers Publishing):

Faith Harper knew her night was bad when she agreed to have drinks with the Devil. She wasn’t all that surprised at her late night visitor because when you have the ability to look at a person and see their soul, strange things have a tendency of happening to you.

The very next day, she stumbles upon a mutilated corpse in the woods, things rapidly go from bad to worse. Soon, she’s being followed by a sexy forest ranger who has a soul unlike anything she’s ever seen before.

Chase Commanche Phillips has lived most of his life in the forest. He works as the county’s Chief Forest Ranger and is more comfortable interacting with animals than with people but when the beautiful Faith Harper comes running out of the woods and into his arms, he has no choice but to get involved.

After Chase discovers Faith’s special gift, he knows that he must protect her at any cost. With the Devil’s minions watching their every move, Faith must uncover what they're really after before it’s too late.

Sometimes in order to save your soul, you need more than just a little faith.

Excerpt from Soul Searcher:
Faith ran faster and further than she could ever remember running. She closed her mind off to all the thoughts that were nibbling at her brain. She expertly maneuvered her way through the thick brush of the forest. She didn’t know where she was running…she just knew she had to keep moving.

She dodged branches that hung low. She hurdled rocks and fallen limbs with a grace she didn’t know she possessed. She felt motivated to get the hell out of this area.
Suddenly, she thought she saw the glint of the sun reflecting off something shiny in the distance. She thought it might be a window. She headed towards the reflection and hoped that whatever she was seeing held a person with a weapon. She wouldn’t feel safe until she was armed.

Just then, she heard something rustle in the nearby fallen leaves. She turned her head to look, but kept up her quick sprint. She didn’t see anything around her but her loss of focus caused her to miss a ditch that was covered by overgrown vegetation.

Her shoe caught in the thick weeds and she lost her balance. For the second time today, she was falling. This time thick, strong hands grasped her shoulders and caught her with ease. She looked up at the face of her rescuer and a ruggedly handsome face stared down at her.

His dark eyes bore into her and her ragged breath caught in her throat. He had the exact same eyes as the lion.
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-- Lynda Again
Wow, what a great excerpt! I hope everyone enjoyed Kerri's column and that you enter her drawing by leaving a comment describing your favorite paranormal creature and why they are your fav's. Don't forget to check back on Friday to see if you've won.

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27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great interview and excerpt, Kerri!!!

Tessy

kerribookwriter said...

Tessy~~ Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to let me know your fave paranormal creature to be eligible for today's prize drawing!

kerribookwriter said...

Lynda~~Thanks for having me at Star Crossed today. Everything looks wonderful. I appreciate the opportunity!

susan said...

Kerri, as always I loved the excerpt and want to say hello as well. I think wolves were always the shifter image I related too but the idea of a large cat is great. I never read about a bear shifter..wonder if that could be possible. I have bears in my yard alot and think maybe it is a shifter. It loves to eat my bird seed. ha ha Have a great day here. susan L.

Gwynlyn MacKenzie said...

Nice interview, Kerri, and great excerpt. Best of luck with your book.

kerribookwriter said...

Susan~~a beat can definitely be a shifter. In fact there is a bear shifter in this book (he's also a cop)! We just have giant flying squirrels who eat all our birdseed but no bears! Thanks for stopping by!

Gwynlyn~~Great to see you here on Monday morning! I appreciate you stopping by.

Lynn Crain said...

My favorite paranormal creatures are dragons. Iwould have one in my back yard if I could find an egg! LOL!

Really. I've always had a fascination with the creatures. Some say they are evil, some say they aren't.

I truly think they are exactly what you make them when they are being nurtured.

I have quite a few dragon books I'm working on and I love each and every one of them.

kerribookwriter said...

Oooh Lynn C.! We've got to talk. I just finished my first dragon book (although my hero is the dragon slayer--so you might not like that as much!). That book comes out as a Christmas Around the World story from Whispers in December!

s7anna said...

Hi Kerri, I'm a huge fan of the paranormal genre...I'll read anything that has a modicum of content with the Otherworldly creatures...By far my absolute favourite paranormal creature would be a werewolf...I'm in total love with them...love their strength, their fierce loyalty to their pack & their mates...especially the deep loyalty that they have to their mates...Have I mentioned I am a total nut about paranormal romances? Well, I am...I love a true happy ending...more so when it is a werewolf Alpha character righting wrongs & saving the damsel in distress in the end :) I hope to explore more of your works now that I've had a chance to be introduced to your world. Ciao for now. Happy Reading!!!

conb00 said...

Hi Kerri, I'm fascinated with all shapeshifter books,whether it be Wolves,Bears or Cats because I Love a Dominant Male,their sexy way of taking charge and control when they find their Mate and she's helpless to even resist him.yummm.....how he treats her like,she's his everything, he's so good to her in all ways in and out of bed.Also he protects her and possesive of her in a good way.

LORETTA CANTON said...

I love them all but my favorite is the werewolves.

lorettaC,
lbcanton@verizon.net

kerribookwriter said...

s7anna~~Thanks for sharing your love of werewolves with us! I just wrote my first werewolf story last month. It started out as a sort of romantic comedy and suddenly turned a little darker than I'd originally intended. I've just had a request for a full manuscript from a publisher. So, keeping my fingers crossed on this one. I'll let you know if it sells. I'd love to have a hot doggie on the market! :-)

kerribookwriter said...

conb00~~You totally nailed your description of shifters. They fascinate me as well. All man on the outside with something darker and wilder on the inside. Nice! I hope you check out Soul Searcher and read about my hero shifter named Chase.

LorettaC~~Thanks for coming out to support me today, my friend. Another vote for werewolves, eh? They may be winning the creature feature vote today.

Razlover's Book Blog said...

Great interview and excerpt!

I love them all but my favorite is werewolves because they are brooding, loyal to their mates and pack, tall, dark, mysterious & handsome and would die for the ones they love.

Donna Goode said...

Great interview, Kerri! Frankly, I love the idea of the large cat best.

kerribookwriter said...

Raz~~Groovy! Werewolves are certainly howling through the votes today! Thanks for coming by to give me a shout out!

~~DonnaG! What's up, my friend? Cats and Dogs are ruling the roost today. Hugs to you and thanks for all your continued support and enthusiasm.

Clover Autrey said...

Sounds like a great story with many componets I love...shape-shifter, Native American, forest ranger. What's not to love?

Beth Caudill said...

Hey Kerri, congrats on the release.

I love werewolves. Can't help it, the wolf seems so wild and free but fierce. Also like Dragons and psi powers.

kerribookwriter said...

Clover~~Thank you so much! Glad you like my story premise and I hope you'll check it out.

BethC~~Thanks for stopping by Beth to share your fave creature with us. The wolves have it in the votes today for sure. Geez, I hope my new werewolf book is picked up for publication soon.

Thanks to everyone who came out to play today. I'll announce today's prize winner on Friday both here and on my blog to give others a chance to participate during the week.

Hugs to all and happy reading!

ddurance said...

Dude, vampires have always been close to my heart, they they have none. lol

Deidre

Pamk said...

I love the big cat shifters. I just think their sexy with the walk. Sort of a stalk. those eye are gorgeous. Also love dragon shifters but there are not too many of those out there. But I love them both.

Julie Robinson said...

Hi Kerri,

Didn't want to miss your day here, so popping in for a second. I don't know how editors would think vamps and psychics are on their way out. Especially with psychics. I think that psychic intuitives resonate with everyone on a higher level of consciousness, or perhaps the deeper aspects of our Jungian unconscious.

Julie

stacey said...

I like your Excerpt.my fav Paranormal Creature is the Vampire and secound fav is the Werewolf the both very Alpha male tipes and sexys and thay allways seem to need some body to love them more the life it self.its deep.
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annalisa said...

I have always loved the vamps and psychics, but lately I seem to read more shifter books. Love the wolf and cat shifters! I like that they're powerful and loyal to their mate.

Pat said...

I would have to the time travel
paranomaral because they can be from time and the other characther from a differnt period.


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kerribookwriter said...

**WINNER**

# Star Crossed Romance Blog Winner: DDurance

Congrats! Contact me via my website contact page with your snail mail!

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Julie Robinson said...

Cool DDurance. Congratulations!