Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Is the Devil in the Details or is it the Bath Water?

Courting Demons
Morning Daily Dosers, we have a bit of treat for you today!  Welcome guest blogger Kerri Nelson who is dropping by to chat up her new release Courting Demons and much more.  The Daily Dose is delighted to host Kerri on her blog tour and I hope you'll find her as enchanting as I do and don't miss the giveaway opportunities at the end of the blog!

Is the Devil in the Details?

This book came to me one day while I was lounging in the bathtub.  I stared up at the ceiling and thought “what if I there was a court that ruled over demons and what if I held just such a court in my attic?”  And that’s how the concept for my latest release, Courting Demons, was born.  A water birth right there in my bathtub on a pure whim. 

Then, of course, I just so happened to find this website online called TextNovel and they had a contest where you could post small excerpts of your book (easily digestible amounts that could be ‘texted’) and you could receive valuable feedback from subscribers.  Free and helpful feedback from both readers and your peers in the industry—plus a chance to win—how could I say no? 

This seemed like a great idea.  I’d just post some sample (first draft) snippets from my new idea and see what folks had to say about it.  A few months later, I was wrapped up in a nearly year-long contest.  I had to post a certain number of words by a certain date and the general public could follow my novel along and comment and vote on which novels they liked best (hopefully mine).

When all was said and done, I came in number 6 with votes, had hundreds and hundreds of followers, my book was a Top Editor Pick and this book was ultimately chosen as a Top 10 (out of hundreds of novels) Finalist by a major NY publisher!  And that’s just the beginning of the story of how this book came to be.  The rest of the whirlwind story some of you know and some of you don’t know but let’s just suffice to say that all that drama started with a bath. 

 One which I sometimes, in retrospect, wonder might have been possessed by the devil.  After all, I just had one little idea while floating amongst my rubber duckies in the tub.  As they say, the devil is in the details or is it the bath water?  So, as I launch my massive book release tour for Courting Demons, I’m giving away a devil duck to help inspire you during one of those possessed…err…I mean “productive” baths in your future.

And tell me about where you are when you get your ideas?  If you’re a writer, where are you most often inspired with new story ideas?  If you’re a reader, what are some of the most ‘devilish’ story ideas you’d like to see written about from your fave authors?

Thanks for joining me today and a special shout out to my paranormal hostess with the mostess, Heather.

©  Kerri Nelson 2011

Giveaway for the Day:

Leave a question or comment to be entered to win today’s prize: A Devil Duck + Winner’s choice of a free download from my back list! 
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 job does Paisley get fired from?

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

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

Read an excerpt for Courting Demons.

Print and eBook versions available wherever books are sold, but a free gift is available for a purchased print copy from the publisher.

Meet Kerri Nelson

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.  
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Don't forget to leave a question or comment to be entered to win today’s prize: A Devil Duck + Winner’s choice of a free download from my back list!


  1. Hi Kerri!
    Really enjoying your book tour! Super blog entry today! It’s amazing how and when ideas appear! Very cool story about your book’s evolution. Guess it’s just one of those things that’s meant to be! ;-)
    I often get ideas when I'm in the shower or doing mundane chores like washing dishes. (Maybe water is the key?) Seriously, any time I let my brain coast and let my imagination come to the forefront, there's no telling what will pop out!
    Rebecca (rrgreene62(at)

  2. @Rebecca~So true. Hopefully the fact that it was a LONG time coming means it will be well received. I hope. I totally believe in the water as an inspirational conduit--wonder if anyone has ever tried to do a study on that? Hmmm... Thanks again for your continued support.

    --K. :-)

  3. Love that I'm not the only one who gets ideas at odd moments! I've definitely got to get this book

    Margie H (margie2092(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. Have always found water very soothing, often wished lived near water, found great inspiration by water. Great post!

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  5. @Margie~Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by the book tour. Hope you'll get a chance to check it out.

    @Jean~Always good to see you out in the blog-o-sphere. I appreciate your comments and support.


  6. i get ideas at odd times the bathtub usen the bathroom washing my hands just waking up sometimesother times itpops ij durringa card game so im glad im not the only one who gets ideas at odd times

  7. @SiNn~A card game? Hmmm...what kind of cards are we talking about? Not strip poker is it? LOL Hugs & thanks for the comment. --K.

  8. not strip poker prolly been more understandable then lol

  9. GREAT post, Kerri! Im a DayDreamer ....Im constantly thinking "what if" ideas. Some people might say THATS a good thing for an author ---but its not so great when you cant shut your mind down at night to sleep! LOL!

    Love the sound of your new book!

    hugs, Kari Thomas,

  10. @SiNn~Awe shucks! *snaps fingers* ;-)

    @Kari~Thanks for all your support, my talented paranormal author friend (who has a name almost exactly like mine!) xoxo Great to see you, as always!

  11. ***WINNER***

    Today's prize was A Devil Duck + Winner’s choice of a free download from my back list!

    Winner selected via random draw...and the winner is...JEAN P!


    Thanks to all for stopping by again and again. And to the adorable Daily Dose...muchas gracias!


  12. Cool! Thanks so much. Been enjoying the blog tour

  13. I can see a bubble bath being a great place for inspiration. I would think a hot tub would be a pretty good place to brain storm.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at

  14. @Kathryn~Yes, I often joke that my muse is a water nymph or something of that nature! Thanks for catching up with me here.

    Best, K.