Guest & Contest: Karen Kelley

Hi Everyone!

Thanks so much for having me.

So, how do I research a humorous paranormal erotic romance? I’m still trying to figure out how I wrote it! No, I did not spend a fun weekend in a cabin at Nocona lake with a bunch of other equally crazy writers and get a little tipsy and play the “what if” game—this time. Somehow I came up with this idea all on my own.

I did play the “what if” game, though. It started when I read about nephilim. Angels descended from Heaven and mated with beautiful mortal women. Children were born from the union, nephilim. There are different versions of the story, but all I read was, children were born from the union, nephilim. My brain cells began to explode with ideas.

Chance skirted the very edges of what was legal—for an angel…

Not actually an angel when he thought about it. A nephilim, to be exact. All their fathers were angels. Centuries before, they mated with mortal women. When the women bore children, a new race was created. Immortals with powers—demigods.

The children didn’t live by the same rules as mortals, nor that of the typical robe-wearing, bright-light-surrounding-them angels. Hell, most of the time the nephilim were breaking the rules and making up new ones as they went. As long as they didn’t cross over to the dark side, everyone pretty much stayed out of their way.

Vetis is the antagonist in Where There’s Smoke. He’s actually a demon or so I found when I looked up names of demons. To be exact: A demon of hell who corrupts and tempts the holy.

And then there’s Destiny, the heroine:

Destiny Carter was six years old when she had the first inkling that her life wouldn’t be a fairy tale. That was the day her mother left her in a grocery store and never came back. Destiny was right, her life went downhill from there. Bad foster homes, bad boyfriends, and really, really bad choices.

Then she died and went to Hell.

Until she was kicked out.

I think any time I can mix truth with fiction it breathes more life into the story.

As far as how I researched the erotic romance—I’m not talking. I hope you enjoy Where There’s Smoke.

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Karen Kelley is the author of over twenty-one books. I’m Your Santa spent three weeks on the USA Today bestseller list. Karen lives in a small Texas town with her very supportive husband, their spoiled Pekinese, a host of wild birds that eat way too much.

She makes jewelry as a hobby because she’s a firm believer that one can never have enough bling-bling. You can visit Karen at  where you’ll find lots of fun stuff!


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20 thoughts on “Guest & Contest: Karen Kelley

  1. Leann says:

    Good Morning, Ms. Karen! I’m looking forward to this book. You are a new author to me & I’ve heard lots of good things. 🙂 Which of your other books would you suggest I start with? Looking forward to a new author & a new friend!! LM

  2. Felicia M. Ciaudelli says:

    Humorous paranormal erotic romance…wow, that is great – I know that there are many sub-genres out there but I definitely love this one – but can’t you give us ANY hints on your research into the erotic romance aspects? LOL – pretty please?

  3. Wilma Frana says:

    This sounds like a very exciting book, I’d love to read it. I’m always looking for new to me authors.

  4. Maria D. says:

    Good post! I’ve never thought of “Nephilim” in the category of demi-gods but now that you’ve mentioned it ….I can see the correlation. Especially since they did seem to have extraordinary powers – though many of them weren’t mentioned in the bible. I’ve always thought that Golliath had to have been a member of the “Nephilim” or one of the second or third generations from them. “Where There’s Smoke” sounds like a very good read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. erinf1 says:

    Thanks for the fun post and giveaway! I’ve been reading such great buzz about this book, it’s already on my wishlist 🙂 I love the premise, how both Chance and Destiny are trying to “convert” the other. And I like how the Nephilim is the good guy in this story… usually they’re not…

  6. Destiny was sent to hell then kicked out?! How do you get kicked out of hell? Lol, they can’t handle her or something?

  7. HI Everyone! Sorry I’m so late getting here. When I’m not writing I play nurse. Hmm, that’s not the same thing as playing doctor. We’ve had awful storms in my part of Texas and it looks as though tonight is going to be more of the same. Last night we lost power and part of a big tree in our backyard.
    Hi Leann, I’m partial to Where There’s Smoke which came out May 1st. It’s definitely hot! If youy like a little less steam then Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind has won a lot of awards and it was great fun writing it. Thanks bunches for your interest!
    Hi Felicia, LOL You’re too funny! One hint–Cosmopolitan magazine. Lot’s of ideas there!
    Hi Wilma, I agree about loving new to me authors. I once bought an author’s book when a friend said I had to try her books. I bought one and glommed it. Then I went and bought every book she ever wrote.
    Hi Maria,I wondered the same thing about Goliath. That’s how books get started—I wonder…

  8. I was afraid I might lose my post with all the rumbling outside….
    Hi Erin, Buzz is good! LOL I’ve been really pleased with the reviews. The nephilim series has been a lot of fun to write, I hope the buzz continues 🙂
    Hi Viari, Okay, we’re officially best friends LOL I’m absolutely thrilled you love the story. And I love readers and writers. We can actually talk about books and we understand each other! LOL
    Hi Arianne, LOL I’ve heard about people getting kicked out of Heaven so I just turned the tables and had her kicked out of Hell. I have a warped sense of humor. Destiny actually works at a sorting station and just can’t get her quota so they kick her out.
    There are two more books in this series so I’m still having fun with the nephilim. LOL

  9. Carol L says:

    Hi Karen,
    Where There’s Smoke is already on my TRL. First I’d ever heard of Nephilim was in the book Angelogy. I’m really looking forward to reading your book Karen.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot)

  10. HI Carol, Another early riser, I see. I love this time of the morning when the house is quiet. I’ll have to check on the book. I’m a sucker for stuff like that. I have a book due Friday (ack!) but as soon as that’s on its way I’m going to take a week to catch up on my reading. And clean house. Have a massage. Make some jewelry.
    Speaking of jewelry, I’m having 12 months of book and a bling-bling contest on my site 11 months left, but if it goes over well I might extend the time. Besides, I love making jewelry 🙂 The info and pics are on my website.

  11. Diane Sallans says:

    I had decided that in 2012 I would pursue reading more paranormal romances, but some I’ve read made me cringe, so when I saw that this one is humorous it caught my eye. I’ve also not read one with angels, so I’m curious about that theme.
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  12. Jennifer Metz says:

    I love the idea behind this story – I’ve never heard of nephilim and now I’m seriously intrigued! Where There’s Smoke sounds like a fresh idea in the paranormal genre, thanks for the intro to a new to me author & book!

  13. Leni says:

    I’m looking forward to picking this one up. Paranormal romances have such a nice blend of intense drama, romance and suspense that let the imagination just go. And the humor is such a nice surprise that adds another element to the story. That’s how I fell in love with them.

  14. Lisa H says:

    “humorous paranormal erotic romance”??? haha Never heard of such a thing! Kicked out of Hell? Wow! I have got to get a read on this story! And its really not fair to put the picture of that cover there at the beginning. It makes it hard to focus!

  15. Artemis says:

    What got my attention first and foremost is the setting and the names. I love it that Destiny thinks she can waltz right in a honky-tonk and think she can romance a cowboy. Whose name is Chance! This story is right up my alley.

  16. JoAnne says:

    Love the cover – oh yeah, where there’s smoke there is in fact fire. Sounds like a great read. I look forward to adding it to my TBR pile.

  17. Jen @ RtB says:

    Our contest winner is Wilma, who has been contacted. As always, we thank you for supporting our guests and encourage you to go enter some other contests. 🙂

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