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