Monday, September 10, 2012

GUEST LAUNCH PARTY + GIVEAWAY: Where There's a Will by Karen Kelley

 Please welcome back fellow Casablanca author, Karen Kelley! Her second erotic paranormal romance, Where There’s a Will, is in stores this month.

Thanks so much to the Casablanca authors for having me back! I love writing for Sourcebooks and have never met such a fantastic group of people.

A little about me: I look innocent. No, it’s true. Apparently something strange happened as I got older because when I was growing up I got blamed for everything. Even when I told the truth, Mom never believed me. I’m thinking I didn’t look all that innocent! Go figure.

Now, after friends buy my books they start giving me strange looks. It’s like they’re expecting a punk rocker or something instead of me, a frumpy grandmother. I did actually tell my hairdresser to go wild and put in blond streaks. My hair did not cooperate and I ended up with lovely golden highlights.

I really tried to fit the mold of erotic romance author and figured I could pull it off better if I lost weight. I dropped 100 pounds. Yeah, I can hear you cheering and saying way to go, Karen! I found where some of it dropped. I asked my daughter what the roll of fat was around my waist and she said it was a muffin top. I asked how I could get rid of it and she told me I had to exercise. I asked her if there was another way. She said no.

I don’t think I’ll ever fit into a mold, but I’m having great fun doing exactly what I want to do. I didn’t always do that. I tried to be what everyone wanted me to be and never believed I would amount to much. My heroine in Where There’s A Will is the same way. Haley lives her day to day dreary life until she’s stood up by a coworker. That night she cries herself to sleep and prays for a miracle.  The next morning a handsome nephilim (half angel/half man) rings her doorbell and promises to give her the miracle she’s been waiting for. Ryder rings more than her doorbell.

If you’ve ever felt like you were on the outside looking in or someone made you feel inferior, then you might enjoy Where There’s A Will. It’s a story about discovery and love and….well, I don’t want to give it all away. (And it’s not at all innocent!)

Be yourself, be happy!

Thank you, Karen, for joining us again! I’m already looking forward to the release of book 3, Where There’s Heat, in June 2013. To enter to win 1 of 2 copies of Where There’s a Will, please leave a comment for Karen in the comments. US and Canada only, and please leave an email address so we can contact you if you win. We’ll announce the winners on Tuesday, 9/11!

Her Fantasies Were Wild But Buried Deep...

Haley Tillman words hard at being a good girl, hiding her rich fantasy life in the pages of her diary. But being good doesnt' seem to get her anywhere with men, and her confidence is on a downward spiral. She's ready to try something altogether different, but hasn't a clue where to start. In a moment of desperation, she prays for a miracle...

He Might Take Her Beyond Them...

Ryder is the perfect combination of powerful angel plus normal hot–blooded man. Crossing into the mortal world could cost him his existence. But mortals are like a potent drug to Ryder, and Hayley is quickly becoming his drug of choice...

KAREN KELLEY is the award-winning, national bestselling author of twenty books ranging from romantic suspense to paranormal. She contributed to the USA Today bestseller I’m Your Santa. Her Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind has been nominated for a RT Book Review’s Reviewer’s Choice award and her books have placed first in numerous contests. She currently resides in Texas. For more information, please visit and check her out on Facebook:


  1. Cute post, Karen. My daughter just became a certified dietician, which means? She can officially tell me what I should and shouldn't be eating. LOL :)

    Love your cover!

  2. Hi Karen. Your book sounds great. I love the cover. Congratulations on your weight loss. That's an awesome achievement.

  3. Hi Karen! Oh, my I can sure relate to your post. Folks expect the author of cowboy romance to look like Dolly Parton or Miranda Lambert!
    Your cover is hot, hot, hot and they really should package at least one "hot flash prevention" pill on the back of the book.

  4. Anybody whose lost 100 pounds is qualified to write about miracles and wishes coming true. Might have to sleep with this book under my pillow. You say they're called Nephilim?

  5. Way to go, losing 100 pounds, that is awesome! Thanks for the chance to win your book, which sounds like a yummy read!!

    luv2scrap22 at yahoo dot com

  6. Good Morning! Thanks so much for the warm welcome!
    I loved writing this book because so much did hit home. With age comes a little wisdom :) I've been having so much trying new and different things, though. No one should ever limit theirselves. Right now I'm having a blast learning Zumba. I'm terrible about exercising but I love to dance so this is working out great. What have you tried recently or want to try?

  7. First off, congratulations on the weight hubby has made a lifestyle change and has lost 38 pounds since, well, I'm maintaining the weight gain I acquired within a 3 yr period until I can get my thyroid under control. As for your latest book, I have been waiting for this it seems forever. It would sit very nicely next to my copy of Where There's Smoke! And I can relate to someone who's always felt like an outsider looking in even having grown up with 4 siblings. I was the innocent one that got blamed for misdeeds my other siblings did mostly due to birth order. I was the oldest girl/live-in babysitter! hahaha

  8. Hi Karen! Can't wait for my copy of your book to arrive so I can dive into another of your wonderful books.

    I am really enjoying this series!

    Huge congrats on the weight loss! That is awesome!

  9. Congrats on the weight loss. I'm trying, but not succeeding so well. (I just like to eat! lol)
    I'd love to win this book! Love the cover!

    jlshadden @

  10. Congratulations on the book and losing 100 pounds - both hard earned! I love it that you're outside of the box so to speak and dare to do what you want. I've spent way to much of my life trying to please everyone and as they say, you end up pleasing no one, least of all yourself. I have work to do!!!

  11. Thanks again for the congrats on the weight loss. I'm trying to maintain this weight but then I'll need to get busy and lose some more. The reasoning behind buying the Zumba CD's LOL.
    Yes, the heroes are Nephilim. They're actually mentioned in the Bible. I just played the what if game :)
    I was a people pleaser, just like my heroine. I feel so much more free since I stopped and took on the attitude of "this is who I am, take me or leave me". I didn't think people would like me without the mask. It was amazing when I discovered most people like the real me.

  12. Congratulations on the 100 pound loss! It's so hard the older we get to drop those unwanted pounds! I've loved every book I've read by you, and look forward to this new release.

  13. Congratulations on the weight loss.
    Do you have any dreams projects that are part of a different genre that you would like to write?

  14. Congrats on the book and weight loss!


  15. HI Karen, I can't wait to read this.

    Thanks Judy F

  16. Congrats Karen on your latest (and the 100 lb weight loss)! And may I just say that your covers are smokin'!!

    I think I will definitely enjoy reading this story since there are definitely times where I feel like I am on the outside looking in. Can't wait to meet Ryder:)

  17. Great blog, Karen, you had me chuckling asking your daughter if there was another way to lose the muffin top :)

  18. Congrats on the latest release, Karen! Love the cover for this and it looks like it's one hot read! :)


  19. I love the cover. I am looking forward to reading this.

  20. Thanks, y'all! LOL My Texan came out :)

  21. Hi Karen, Congrats on the new release, I can not wait to read it. I wasn't good at looking innocent growing up either. After I got grown, I guess I started to look a little more innocent, except to those who really know me ;)
    Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

  22. Looks like a vg read. Thanks for the contest.

  23. Congrats on the release! And the weight loss.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  24. I can't wait to read this one, Oh Texas Queen of Not-Quite-Human hotties. And congrats on the weight loss...all that hard-work and determination and you look fabulous! And thank you for all you do in your other profession...nurses are the angels among us.


  25. I have frequently felt like I was on the outside looking in but books have always saved me from feeling sorry for myself. Congrats on the weight loss, I chuckled and identified with you and your response to the recommendation for exercise (yes, I can watch exercise shows but have no inclination to join in!). Good luck on the new release, it sounds great!

  26. Thanks to everyone who commented! Our winners are

    Christine Mead
    Lisa F.

    I'll be emailing you both shortly.