Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Guest Blogger: Kerri Nelson- How Being a Paranormal Author is Better than Having Super Powers
In Courting Demons, I turn a cheating husband into a rat (literally). I kill people, bring people back from the dead, open portals between dimensions, and much more. All of this right from the comfort of my own kitchen bar stool.
I can do all that without even having to raise so much as an eyebrow (or maneuver a nose twitch—shout out to Samantha from Bewitched).
Now, what do you say to that superheroes? You’ve got nothing on me, eh?
Recently, I’ve been infatuated with the television show Heroes. Somehow, throughout having all these children in the last 3 years, I totally missed this series. But thanks to the technology of Netflix instant viewing, I’m now able to catch up on every thrilling episode. I’m currently on Season 2 so if you’ve seen past that, please no spoilers.
If you haven’t seen it, boy are you in for a treat. The premise is the idea that there are just a plethora of so-called “regular folks” who happen to have super abilities walking among us. Only they either don’t know about or understand their abilities. Or, in some cases, they are simply frightened by their abilities because they don’t know that there are others out there like them.
Now, as a paranormal author, this show really speaks to me because the writers are great at juggling a multitude of characters in a variety of settings with a lot of plots and sub-plots interwoven in every single episode. You really have to be on your toes to keep up with this one.
But it got me to thinking about whether or not I’d really like to be one of these people with super powers. What if my genetics were somehow evolved to a level that I possessed super human strength, the ability to fly, or spontaneous regeneration? Would that be cool?
Well, perhaps. But as a writer, I can have all these same powers with none of the potential downfalls. I mean, what if others found out about your powers and wanted to lock you away and study you? Or, what if you were constantly being hounded to heal people or save people? It might be neat for a while but you’d never really get to lead your own life once the secret was out there.
Now, think about being a paranormal author. I can give my characters any powers I want. I can put them through the ringer with challenges and conflicts. I can live vicariously through them without ever breaking a sweat or so much as a fingernail.
Then, at the end of the day…I can still go to the grocery store without being hounded by the paparazzi. I can tuck my kids in at night knowing that I don’t have to shuffle off the save the world before dawn. And I can even keep my manicure in good shape for longer—even with all that typing I have to do. You know, all the important stuff in life.
Thanks for hosting today, Marie. And to everyone who drops by, don’t forget to enter my Kindle contest no later than November 7th! The grand prize winner will be announced at my Twitter Party on November 8th.
Book Title: 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
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):
Giveaway for the day:
Leave a question or comment to be entered to win today’s prize: A choice of e-books from my back list!
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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Hey Kerri - I totally agree. I'd love to have secret powers, but it's hard to keep a secret these days! We can enjoy the trials and tribulations of our characters instead. They're a whole lot tougher than we mere mortals are! ;-)ReplyDelete
Great post. Though I would rather read about super powers than have them.ReplyDelete
Hi Kerri, I managed to watch all of season 1 & most of season 2 of Heroes when it aired & I even bought season 1 on DVD. Unfortunately I ran into schedule issues midway through season 2 & never bought that season. Now that I know it's available through Netflix, I'll have to see what happened.ReplyDelete
I'm glad I don't have super powers, but can enjoy the concept vicariously through the characters in my favorite novels. Keeping something like that secret would really wear on me, I'm sure some idiot would make me spill the beans.
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Thanks for coming by Kerri and folks!ReplyDelete
@Rebecca~Exactly and we don't even have to get our hands dirty! That's my fave part. LOLReplyDelete
Thanks for all your support!
@Jean~Yep--me too. Or really, I'd rather watch them. With special effects as top notch as they are these days--they can do such magic on screen.ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by, my friend!
@Kathryn~I know what you mean about spilling the beans. I'm sure my 3 year old who I've nicknamed "the informer" would out me in a heart beat! LOLReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by and glad to know we are "Heroes" watchers together.
Thank YOU for hosting me as I wrote you about on e-mail--I apologize for my delay in response due to injury.
I appreciate you and your offer to host--greatly, my lovely chapter mate!
**All Winners from my Post Tour**ReplyDelete
Will be announced at my Twitter Party on 11/8. Hope to see you there!
Where'd you get that nano cartoon. I'd like one to go.
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