Karen Michelle Nutt (finally!) Gets the Bloglight!

Hello everyone!

Rafa Nadal won Wimbledon—and we all know how happy that makes Joanna! (Okay, ecstatic is the more precise word. There I am wishing I were there to see it!) I even got the best pancakes ever (courtesy of my older son) while enjoying Breakfast at Wimbledon. (Scroll down to the next post and see for yourself!)

Other than that, it has been TOO LONG since Joanna’s felt like she has even a semblance of a clear head—the last week of June and July to date have been insanely busy with extended school year program (a.k.a. “summer school)  and all my boys being home all the time. I’m tired, frustrated and WAY behind with my writing and related ventures. I’m hanging in there, though, and hoping to feel more connected to all of you very soon! Thanks for your patience and support!

Today I own the pleasure of introducing the very kind, very patient and much tolerant Karen Michelle Nutt. (I promised her a blogspot last month then lost track of my life as I knew it, lol!)

Karen Michelle Nutt and Jack

From what I’ve learned, Karen is quite intrigued with the concept of time travel and the possibility of reaching into the past and changing it. (I can think of a few things I’d like altered easy.) Her heart also holds a special, dark place for vampires and shapeshifters. When she isn’t writing, this dynamo reviews paranormals. When she can, she travels the world, too. Check out her website for some of the stops she’s made. Maybe she can coordinate your next tour, maybe even set it in a different time and place!

Okay, Karen, here we go. Tell me about your writing roots: what got you started and what gave you the confidence to persevere?   What can I say? I love books!! I started writing plays and short stories when I was ten. I still have those notebooks, lol, however, it wasn’t until I was married and had three children that I decided I wanted to seriously write and submit my work to a publisher. I’d finish one novel and send it out to a publisher. Then I’d start my next book. If I received a rejection letter, I sent it to the next publisher on my list. Perseverance finally paid off.  In 2006, I had my first time travel novel published.

How has your writing impacted other aspects of your life?  I’m a better writer now thanks to the wonderful editors I’ve worked with through the years. Learning POV was difficult for me. I wanted to head hop all the time. I’ve learned to control my characters. They hardly ever speak out of turn now.

Talk about current, past and future projects, upcoming releases, maybe your ‘dream novel’?  My current releases are:

Creighton Manor: a time travel romance.

Blurb: The last thing that Gillian Metcalf remembers before she passes out is being aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, where she witnessed a dog disappearing as if it were a phantom. Now she’s aboard the riverboat, Ida Belle, traveling down the muddy Mississippi. It is 1870, where men carry guns and throw knives. It is a time where reputations mean everything. Before she can determine how she’s miraculously stepped from one world into another, she is being forced to marry Zachary Creighton. Trouble follows the man and it looks like she’s along for the ride.

Moon Shifter: Irish werewolf romance

Blurb: It is forbidden for a moon shifter of The Mac Tíre clan to change a human and save them from death. Grayson Quinn, the alpha of the pack ignores the ancient rule when Sydney Carlisle, his fiancée is ravaged by one of his own kind. Sydney believes she is a monster, a werewolf. She flees before Grayson can help her adjust, but Grayson must find her. Sydney’s body is still changing and the were-lust will drive her crazy if not sated. He has until the full moon to help her tame the wolf inside and convince her she’s his soul mate. If he fails, he loses her forever. Sydney still craves Grayson’s touch, but can her heart forgive him for making her one of the Mac Tíre?

Heart of a Warrior: Goddess romance (fantasy)

Blurb: Scáthach is the warrior goddess from the Isle of Skye. When a young boy pleads for the goddess to help his Uncle Trey, his prayers do not go unheard. However, she is surprised to find Trey Brennan, not on a battlefield but in a hospital room, hooked to monitors, his body rejecting a bone marrow transplant. She would accept the challenge and educate Trey in the art of warfare. A war was a war no matter where the battle was held. Be it on the fields of heather with an army or an illness attacking the body. Both held the enemy that needed to be defeated. Trey Brennan knew he was dying, but he awakes in another realm where the goddess Scáthach wants to teach him to be a warrior. He is sure he’s dreaming, but what did he have to lose? He would train and he would fight. Perhaps his destiny on the Isle of Skye would also change his path in his world.

Upcoming: I’m working on a fallen angel series called the Warriors for the Light. It will consist of five short stories all released as e-books then later all stories will be compiled into one print anthology. I’m very excited about this project.

Warriors for the Light: Eli’s Story is the first and is now going thought edits.

Blurb: At a very young age the Rules of Conduct for the Fallen Angels were drummed into Eli Grigori’s head. Rule number one: Do not befriend a human. Rule number two: Do not interfere in their lives. Rule number three: Do not have relations with a human. Rule number four: Under no circumstances will you ever reveal your true self. He managed to break all of the above.

Ol’ Hallow’s Eve is the day the veil between worlds are thin. It’s the only day out of the year the preternatural beings are allowed to walk among the humans as their true selves. With Eli’s wings bound and his glamour stripped, the Elders send him back in time before Ryden O’Sullivan knew the truth about him. If she is truly his soul mate, then her heart should recognize him.

There are those among the Watchers who are afraid Eli might succeed in his quest for love. If he does, everything will change within the brethren. Hashasheen demons that are assassins for hire are sent to take out Eli and Ryden. Eli is a warrior and will fight to keep Ryden safe, but time may be their biggest enemy. The Elders gave him until the end of Ol’ Hallow’s Eve. Ryden must fall in love with him by then or his life will be forfeited.

You gave so much to tantalize us—thank you! Next, please tell our readers how you juggle work (other than writing, assuming you work ‘outside the home,’ as a patient aptly asked me many years ago J), time to write and all that goes along with it, especially as a published author (i.e., promo, etc). I do have a day job. I’m a financial secretary at a dental office and have been in the field for twenty-seven years. Monday is my day off and I dedicate the day for my writing. There may be a few days during the week I can manage an hour or two, but not always. It is my dream to one day write full time. (Amen! What a lovely thought for those of us so inclined…)

How do I fit in promo time? I prepare ahead for promos, having all my book covers, blurbs, excerpts, etc in a file and ready to go for when I need it.  Then all I have to do is copy and paste. It saves a lot of time.

I know it does as I’ve employed some of these tips myself. Please share the three ways you find most effective to promote your work: Join yahoo groups that feature your genre. Don’t just post your information and disappear. Try to check back to see if anyone commented or asked a question about your work. If at all possible, set up a website that is free of advertisements. You want your site to look professional. Join Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. These are places you can network with other authors. You can also post your news like upcoming events, blog dates, book releases, etc. You want to reach as many people as possible. Unfortunately, your book doesn’t magically find their way to a reader’s hand. You have to let them know you wrote one, lol!  At my website (http://www.kmnbooks.com) under LINKS, I’ve listed resources for authors. All the direct links are there for easy access.

I want to thank you so much for letting me be your guest author today and letting me share my books with everyone. I’d also like to offer another opportunity to share my books: leave a comment and be entered in a drawing for an e-copy (pdf) of one of my stories! (Drawing will be held on Wednesday evening, July 21, 7 PM EST, USA).

You are most welcome, Karen, and very gracious! Thanks so much for visiting with us and letting us get to know you.

Learn more about Karen at her website and blog.

As always, I thank all of you who took time out of your daily grind to stop by!  Look for at least one awesome zucchini and chicken taco recipe I recently tossed together to be posted at my website soon. And on July 23rd look for an interview with Pamela Thidbodeux. Her newest release, In His Sight, an inspirational romance, is due to release—you guessed it: July 23rd! Join us on her launch day! We’ll make it special!

Until next time,

Joanna

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37 thoughts on “Karen Michelle Nutt (finally!) Gets the Bloglight!

  1. Wow Karen, all your projects sound so intriguing! Kudos to you for persisting in following your dream. Congrats on all your success, and wishing you much more.

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      1. I’m amazed at how Cate handles everything she handles AND stops by blogs too! I’m overwhelmed and inspired when I think about it!

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    1. You are very welcome, Karen. So happy to finally get you on the screen, lol. Makes me feel like I may get my act together sometime soon!

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  2. Hey Karen,

    Great interview and wonderful excerpts! The Warriors for the Light series really has me intrigued. Eli’s story sounds great, as I’m sure they all will be. I love to read interviews by my friends–I always learn something new about them! Very interesting stuff!

    HUGS,
    Cheryl

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    1. Waving to you Cheryl. I agree, it’s fun to read friend’s interviews.

      I’m glad Eli has you intrigued. I’m really excited about this series. I’m biting my nails waiting for the first reviews.

      Thanks for coming by.

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  3. You are one busy lady! Thank you for the three tips. I agree with you. It’s great to be on the web, but if no one knows what exit to take off the information superhighway, no one will find you. Tooteth thine horn! =^_^=

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  4. Hi Karen,
    You are such a busy person. I hope someday you can devote your time full-time to writing. With all the amazing things you’ve written in your “spare time” I can’t wait to see what would happen. Congrats on all your releases.

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  5. Excellent post! The pic of Karen and Jack is very cute:) My heart also holds a special place for vampires and shapeshifters. The blurbs were great and I am excited to add another author to my TBR list.

    yadkny@hotmail.com

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  6. Yadira,

    Re pic–thank you. (blush) Jack is my writing buddy. Sit with me while I type on the computer. He’s a sweetie.

    I’m with you. You gotta love a vamp and a man who can shape shift. 🙂

    If you had to choose one, which preternatural being would you go for?

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    1. That’s a tough one because both have some great qualities, but I think I would go with… a shapeshifter… no wait… a vampire! I guess it depends on what I am in the mood for. I find myself reading more shifter stories than vampire ones, but I think I would want a vampire to bite me if one or the other was going to… LOL!

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        1. Does being a Team-Jacober qualify me as prefering a shifter? Though I do agree with the intensity that a vampire can bring to a given situation…

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  7. Great interview, Karen! I enjoyed your blurbs! And you have wonderful, eye-catching book covers.

    Btw, Joanna and Karen, I’m impressed by any author published by The Wild Rose Press. I’ve been rejected by them and each time I’ve been told my writing is good, but not enough romance. LOL I’ve been asked to submit again but we’ll see.

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    1. Best wishes, Diane. I plan on resubmitting myself sometime soon. The editors tend to be very nice overall and help to grow writers as well as stories 🙂

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  8. Good morning! Loved all the blurbs. I commiserate on the multi-tasking – been my life lately. But we persevere. Congratulations on all the releases, Karen, and many sales.

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  9. Hi Karen and Joanna,

    Great interview, ladies. Sorry I didn’t get over sooner, my computer has been “troublesome” lately.

    Vampires are on the top of my list of faves, but there are a few shifters who make it up there as well. I can’t say I’m a Jacob fan, but now Alcide? There’s a were I can sink my teeth into!

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  10. What a great show of support for Karen so far, everyone–thanks so much! Remind your friends: there is until tomorrow night, 7 PM, EST to leave a comment and be eligible for Karen’s digi-book giveaway!

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  11. Hi Karen and Joanna,

    I wanted to pop on over to say hi to both of you. I love Karen’s books and I am so glad she is getting the recognition she deserves.

    Joanna, you have a lovely site and nice interview!

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  12. all your books sound good I realy think i would love to read your Moon shifter.Love those types of book.
    sasluvbooks(at)yahoo.com

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  13. And the winner is….

    The lovely and prolific Cate Masters!

    Congratulations, Cate! Karen will contact you so that you can make your choice!

    Thanks to you and everyone for stopping by!

    Thanks to everyone, too.

    Joanna

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  14. Joanna,
    Thank you for having me on your blog and being such a gracious host.

    Thank you to everyone who stopped by. A party is only fun if others join in! It’s been a blast. 🙂

    Congratulations, Cate! I hope you enjoy Eli: Warriors for the Light.

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  15. You’re so welcome, Karen. As the guest of honor, you drew in the masses, which says a whole lot for you! Thanks again, to all of you–whether we heard from you or not.

    As Karen stated, a party is only fun when others join, so mark your calendars! Next party is Friday and the guest of honor is white-rose author Pamela Thidbodeaux! (Hey, I spelled that correctly w/o looking, lol.) She’s got a brand new release and will be here to tell us all about it–let’s make her celebration a memorable one!

    Thanks again and tty all soon!

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