Monday, October 17, 2011

Guest - Kerri Nelson

Good morning all! We have the always entertaining Kerri Nelson visiting us today. Kerri has a giveaway AND a Book Tour Grand Prize so you'll want to check that out.


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High School Magical      

Were you popular in high school?  Run with the athletes?  A brilliant band member?  What about a wannabe wiccan?

Well, my character, Paisley Barton was in a new town and a becoming a new student during her last couple years of high school and made it tough for her to fit in.  So, she turned to the one other real social outcast who just so happened to be a powerful witch.

No, my story is not of the Young Adult variety but it does have an interesting back story that pays an important part in this book and will play an even bigger part in the sequel.  So, it got me to thinking.

What would my life have been like in high school if I’d known the ways of magic—just like Paisley did.  Just like all the characters in all the popular television shows and movies seem to have access to these days.  From the Twilight characters to The Vampire Diaries…these teens have the means to work magical mojo all while deciding what to wear to the school dance and whether or not to tell yet another lie to their parents.
If only I’d had these magical means back in the day.  What would it have meant for me?

Not having to study so hard.  Not having to sweat it out during summer band camp?  Not having to feel the embarrassment of a crush gone awry?

Or, would it have been just the opposite.  Would having these secrets on the mystical side have made me the outcast?  The odd girl with the dark eyeliner?  The one that everyone was afraid to talk to or the spooky girl that no guy wanted to kiss for fear of turning into a frog?

I’m not really sure but I know that even if I could go back in time, I wouldn’t change anything about high school.  I wasn’t all that popular but I was the one person who tried to view everyone as equals.  I was friends with everyone from the most popular, breathtakingly beautiful girls to the most poverty stricken and broken home-broken hearted folks who always sat at a lunch table by themselves.

I once got into a fight with one of my friends because she didn’t want me to sit at a different lunch table with “those people”.  I told her she was being ridiculous.  They’re good people, just like us…they don’t have great looks or happy homes but they are still nice people.  Unfortunately, that was the end of our friendship as she felt the need to no longer associate with someone (that would be me) who dared cross the invisible lines between social classes.

But I’m glad that I was this kind of person back then and I know it has made me the type of woman I am today.  Maybe if I’d had magical powers back then, I would have turned the tables on the snobby crowd and made them the rejects for the day.  Then again, maybe the negative karma they put forth back then has come back to haunt them later in life anyway.

What was life like for you in high school?  What would you have changed if you’d had magical powers back then?

Thanks for hosting me today at Star Crossed Romance.  Come join my clique.  All are welcome!


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Courting Demons

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

Author Bio:
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


Buy Links (print and e-book versions available 9/15 wherever books are sold but here’s the publisher link—free gift available with purchase of print copy—while supplies last):

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Amazon.com

Giveaway for the day:
Leave a question or comment, along with your email addy, to be entered to win today’s prize: Winner’s choice of Paranormal Category stories from my backlist!

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 ingredients did Paisley use for her spell in the attic?

Details on how to enter to win the GRAND PRIZE Kindle at the end of my “Dark Days of Demons Tour” located here:



Excerpt link for Courting Demons: http://www.jupitergardens.com/excerpts/kn_cd.html


©  Kerri Nelson 2011


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-- Lynda Again


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19 comments:

Rebecca said...

Hi Kerri - great post, as always! I can see you as a the type to treat everyone as equals. A great trait!

High school would have been a lot easier with magical powers - or at least a better ability to memorize Chaucer, foreign languages, math theorems, etc. Still, if you have to work hard at something, it means more to you and tends to stick better. Still, I do admit that there were a couple of girls I would have loved to turn into toads! ;-)

Have a great day!
Rebecca
rrgreene62(at)gmail.com

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Keri and Lynda,

Certainly high school would be easier with magic powers. I believe teens love books where this is possible.

Jacqueline Seewald
STACY'S SONG--YA coming of age/romance novel

kerribookwriter said...

@Rebecca~You and me both, my friend. Although toads are a little too high class. xoxo, K.

kerribookwriter said...

@Jacqueline~Thanks for stopping by and for the comment. I know. I'm sure my 10 year old already wishes she had magical powers to that would clean her room for her! I can only imagine what she'll be like as a teen. Oh no! :-)

Pauline B Jones said...

I would have been able to stop my brothers cornering any guy I went out with and them asking the guy if he kissed me! Would probably have enjoyed turning them into rats. LOL!

Victoria said...

Hi Kerri - Loved the interview. I too would have loved to have been able to do all that stuff when I was a teen. Oh well, I lived :).
I agree, how can you not want to read a story where a wife turns her husband into a rat :)! Thank you so much.

vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

kerribookwriter said...

@Pauline~I didn't have any brothers but I would have loved to have worked some voodoo on my big bossy sister! LOL Thanks for the comment.

kerribookwriter said...

@Victoria~Thank YOU for stopping by and the nice shout out about my book. Glad you could join us today. Hope to see you back on the tour again. :-)

Jean P said...

Enjoyed the interview. Can think of a few times having magical powers would have come in handy in high school! Would have made school work easier for one thing.

Jean
skpetal at hotmail dot com

Linda Andrews said...

Hi Kerri,

I wouldn't change a thing about high school, then again, I wouldn't go back either. The book sound great!

Julie Robinson said...

I knew I liked you, Kerri! We would have formed our own clique. I was never one of the beautiful people, the druggies, the athletes, or any group there was. Always a rebelatheart you know. I was a skinny nerd, which was very uncool. So I was shy too. But I wouldn't change it, because it has made me more kind-hearted to the outcast.

I like what you said about negative karma coming back. If only some of those lonely, struggling high schoolers knew that time will tell; all they have to do is wait for their 20-year high school reunion for an eye-opener!
LOL

Julie Robinson said...

P.S. I still don't like cliques. What would they do without each other? Hey, that'd be a good spell for a day!! hehehe

A.M, Burns said...

Would magic make high school or life itself any easier? It depends on the person. Kerri, nice post, and great outlook on things.
Thanks for sharing,
A.M. Burns

kerribookwriter said...

@Jean~Thanks for the comment. School work was never really hard for me but it was time consuming. Really cut down on my socialize on the phone time! LOL

@Linda~You've got that right! You wouldn't catch me back there for any reason. Thanks for stopping by!

kerribookwriter said...

@Julie~Awe. I know we would've been friends. Some people are just drawn to each other. I heart Julie! Thanks for the comment. Always good to hear from you. xo

@AMBurns~Thank you for the lovely comment and shout out for my book. Hope you'll get a chance to check it out soon.

desitheblonde said...

when i was school to long ago
and then i would and still read
a lot the kid now want to get out and party to much
desithelbonde@msn.com

kerribookwriter said...

@desi~I know what you mean. I've always been a book worm myself. I wasn't a big party girl in high school--too busy with other stuff. But you're right...the new generation is totally different.

Thanks for stopping by!

kerribookwriter said...

***WINNER***

We have a daily winner of Paranormal download from my backlist! And the winner is...

VICTORIA

Congrats and thanks to all who took the time to comment. Special thanks to my lovely, gracious hostess Lynda!

Hugs,
K.

Victoria said...

Thank you Kerri :)
vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com