Monday, May 7, 2012

GUEST LAUNCH PARTY + GIVEAWAY: Where There’s Smoke by Karen Kelley

Please give a big Casa welcome to fellow Sourcebooks Casablanca author Karen Kelley, whose hot paranormal erotic romance, Where There’s Smoke, is in stores this month!

I’m thrilled the first book in my brand new erotic romance series, Where There’s Smoke, with Sourcebooks Casablanca my brand new publisher, launched this month! I’ve always loved writing hot paranormals, but when it comes to the heat level in Where There’s Smoke, I not only pushed the envelope, I stamped it and mailed it! Enjoy the fire!

Destiny brought the bottle of beer up to her mouth and closed her eyes as she took a long draw, draining it. The beer was still ice-cold and it had been a long time since she’d had alcohol. She lowered the bottle, already feeling a little tipsy.

Ah, hell, where was he anyway?

“Can I buy a lady a beer?” Chance asked in his slow, sexy drawl.

She stiffened, then relaxed. Her world felt right. She almost hated him for that.

The cowboy definitely had some moves. She hadn’t even seen the door open. Not that anything mattered right now. Chance was here. Destiny didn’t care about anything else.

“You’re late,” she told him as she swiveled her stool to face him. Her thighs tingled. He looked all cowboy in a deep blue button-down western shirt and snug-fitting jeans. And yum, he wore his black Stetson low on his forehead.

With one finger, he raised the brim and sat on the stool next to hers. His gaze roamed down her body, touching, caressing, before slowly moving back up and meeting her eyes once more.

“I didn’t know we had a date.” His words were low and husky, sending goose bumps spreading over her arms.

She drew in a deep breath, looking away. Chance had a way of making her want to strip out of her clothes and let him fuck her brains out. That thought had merit, except being discreet was a must so stripping probably wasn’t wise. Demons were touchy about people knowing they really did exist. Which was odd because they offered so much: No more pain, no sadness, a life of luxury even Donald Trump would envy. She frowned. Except she had yet to see any of it.

She shook away her doubts. As soon as she brought in one more soul, she would have everything she dreamed about. No one would ever be able to hurt her again. Besides, she had other things she wanted to think about—like the sexy man in front of her.

She slowly slid her fingers up and down the condensation on the empty bottle. “After last night, you and I both know we aren’t fin­ished.” She studied him for a moment. “Why did you leave? Surely you didn’t have a wife to get home to.” Perish the thought!

“No wife. I had to be someplace.”

Relief swept over her. Not that it mattered to her one way or the other if he was married. She was there for one thing and one thing only: to steal his soul. A wife didn’t play into her scheme of things. She rationalized that a wife would only have made her job more difficult, but secretly Destiny liked the idea that another woman hadn’t sunk her claws into him.

Chance looked around, then came to his feet.

Was he about to disappear again? Her heart pounded. Oh damn, she really needed him. The night before was just a teaser. She wanted the real thing—every delicious inch!

But Chance didn’t leave. He held out his hand. As if on cue, someone put money in the jukebox and a country ballad began to play.

“Dance with me.” His eyes bore into hers—hungry, as if he couldn’t stand not touching her one more second.

The air around them almost crackled from the passion building between them. She slid off the stool. He took her hand and led her to the dance floor. There were other couples moving to the rhythm of the music, not really dancing, just holding each other. It made the dance floor crowded. She didn’t care. She wanted to hold him close, feel his warmth.

Chance pulled her into his arms, her breasts pressed against his chest. Her nipples immediately tightened. It didn’t take much fric­tion for her body to come alive because her short black dress hugged every curve, and the material was so thin it bordered on naughty. But then, she liked being naughty. 

I hope you enjoyed the excerpt! To learn more about me and my books visit Check out the hot new video for Where There’s Smoke, the jewelry I’m giving away this year, the crafts, the recipes and lots more fun stuff. There’s always something happening on Kelley’s Korner!

To celebrate my new release I’ll be giving away a nephilim bracelet. (I don’t have a picture available but you can get an idea of the kind of bracelets I make by visiting my website. The one I made will be similar to #8: Sourcebooks will also be giving away 2 copies of Where There’s Smoke (1 to the winner of the bracelet, and 1 to another commenter), so be sure to leave a comment on today’s post with an email address so we can reach you directly (US and Canada addresses only)! Winners will be announced in the comments on Friday, May 11.

To enter the monthly contest on my website you only have to join my free newsletter group, then send an e-mail to with May contest in the subject line. Each month I’ll let you know when to enter the next one.  

Best Wishes & Happy Reading!
Karen Kelley


The Devil Went Down to Texas...
Sexy wannabe demon Destiny Carter has pissed off the people downstairs and has been kicked out of hell.

Now she's in Ft. Worth, Texas with one week to corrupt a soul. Or else.

Lookin' For Just One Soul to Steal...
When smokin' hot Destiny strolls into the Stompin' Ground bar in a slinky red dress, she has a feeling her assignment might not be so bad. The cowboy at the bar looks pretty darn delicious and oh–so–corruptible.

But Chance Bellew is no ordinary cowboy, and Destiny gets away more than she bargained for when she rubs up against the sexy dark angel perched on a barstool like sin just waiting to happen...

Praise for Where There’s Smoke:
"You'll read this book in no time, enjoying every minute.and be dreaming of the next book in the series. Ms. Kelley knows her stuff when writing erotic romance. I highly recommend Where There's Smoke and I look forward to reading more!" - Night Owl Reviews

"Kelley burns up the pages... This book is witty, sexy and a lot of fun. Readers won't be able to wait to read the next installment! 4 Stars" - RT Book Reviews

"Bestseller Kelley (the Princes of Symtaria series) launches a sultry paranormal series with this smoky, sweet, and surprisingly touching tale. " - Publishers Weekly

Karen Kelley is the award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of 20 books ranging from romantic suspense to paranormal. She has been nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award and her books have placed first in numerous contests. She currently resides in Texas.


  1. Karen, congrats on the launch of your new series and welcome to Sourcebooks!!

  2. Good luck with your new book, Karen!

  3. Welcome to Sourcebooks, Karen! Wonderful reviews...great cover...steamy don't get no better than that!

  4. Good Morning!
    Thanks so much for the warm welcome. I'm so excited to be here and to be a Casablanca author. I hope everyone enjoys Where There's Smoke!

  5. And a literally smokin' hot cover to go with that steamy excerpt. THAT's going to get a lot of Monday's off to a kickstart.
    Congratulations on the launch, and many happy returns of the day.

  6. Hi Karen. Congratulations on your new book. Sounds great. I love the cover.

  7. Whoa. That sounds so steamy! I definitely want! Thanks for the contest!

  8. Welcome! Love the cover! Very steamy :-)

  9. Congrats on the new release and new series! Hot cover and great excerpt! Great way to start off my sleepy day!
    jlshadden @

  10. Well it definitely leaves you wanting more :) Congratulations on your new series and a gorgeous cover it is! I loved your jewelry (especially the one with the cat :)


  11. Thanks for the compliment about my jewelry. I'm totally addicted to bling-bling :)
    And yes, the cover for Where There's Smoke is smoking hot LOL You can check out the hot new video on my website, too, along with a lot of other fun stuff
    And I'm glad I could wake everyone up!

  12. Congrats on the latest release, Karen!

    Great excerpt and awesome cover - thanks for sharing! :) This new read definitely caught my attention, lol!


  13. Looks like a fun read. Thanks for visiting and for sharing your excerpt. Good luck with the new release!

  14. Congrats on the new release! I love handmade jewelery! Thanks for the excerpt and the cover is HOT. Best of luck with your new book!

    kliu107 (at) gmail (dot) com

  15. Congratulations on your new series, Karen. Where There's Smoke sounds awesome. I like that she is on a mission. I'm pretty sure she is going to get more than she bargained for though. ;-)

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

  16. Hi Karen!
    I am very eager to read WHERE THERE'S SMOKE! I do so love a great paranormal, and demon wanna be's who need to steal souls and sexy dark angels sound so great. This book is definitely on my must read list.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com
    (it is a j after the _)

  17. Congratulations on the book! I enjoyed the excerpt. The book sounds good.


  18. Thanks for stopping by. I've enjoyed reading all the comments. I'm having a blast writing this series!

  19. The winner of the bracelet and copy of Where There's Smoke is Arely Zimmermann and the winner of the second copy of Where There's Smoke is June M. I'll be emailing you both shortly. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to comment!