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

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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
!” —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

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.  
Follow her on Twitter.
Visit her industry blog.

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. Rebecca says:

    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. Jean P says:

    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. SiNn says:

    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. SiNn says:

    not strip poker prolly been more understandable then lol

  9. Kari Thomas says:

    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. Jean P says:

    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.

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