Kerri Nelson’s Two Choices

Kerri Nelson is with us today, with word about her intriguing new book, Courting Demons, and a recipe that’s just like I like ’em–quick and easy!

Book Title:
Courting Demons

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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 Demons!” –Bestselling author, Linda Wisdom, Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend

Author Bio:
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 treats.  

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:
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Buy Links (print and e-book versions available 9/15 wherever books are sold but here’s the publisher link—free gift available with purchase of print copy—while supplies last):

Publisher–Jupiter Gardens

Giveaway for the day:
Leave a question or comment to be entered to win today’s prize: A Custom made Momwitch Bread Bag Clip and a choice of e-books 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 does Paisley cook for the kids for dinner before she makes her trip to the Underworld?

Details on how to enter to win the GRAND PRIZE Kindle at the end of my “Dark Days of Demons Tour” located here:
Blog Tour–Win A Kindle

Excerpt link for Courting Demons

But what about the choices? Oh, do you mean between the demon and the detective? No? You have a recipe? And two choices for dinner? Tell us more!

Two Choices for Dinner:  Take It or Leave It!

As a busy mom of three young children and step-mom to one college age son (who still comes by for dinner now and then), finding time to cook when all I want to do is write can be a challenge.

Now, I’ll admit something to you and it may gain me some hate mail—I have a hubby who loves to cook and does a brilliant job of it.  I’ll duck now from all the rotten tomatoes being thrown my way by the crowd.

But there are times when Mom has to cook—like when Dad is out of town with work or most recently when we had a severe illness in the family and Dad had to take off for days at a time to deal with it.

Now, I’m not a fan of cooking really.  Although, I do love to bake goodies.  You know, all those cute little cookies and cupcakes and I’m a huge fan of decorating cakes!  I think I might have been a professional  baker in a previous life time.  It just comes naturally to me.

The thing is…these kids need more than just dessert.  Not that they’d argue with me about eating dessert for dinner but that wouldn’t make me very good Mom.
In my book, Courting Demons, Paisley is a very good Mom.  Even with demons, rats, mayhem and nonsense running rampant in her home on a nightly basis—she always finds time to prepare something good for her kids (even if she can’t stomach eating any of it herself).

I thought it would be fun to share with you a fun (easy) recipe that I cook for my family quite often.  It is a big hit and super easy to prepare cause you basically dump the entire thing into a crock pot and voila!

So, here goes…

Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • 1 lb. shredded, cooked chicken (in a hurry?  Use 2 (8 oz. cans) of the white meat chicken)
  • 1 15 oz. whole, peeled tomatoes mashed
  • 1 10 oz. enchilada sauce (hot or mild, per your family’s preference)
  • 1 med. Onion, chopped
  • 1 4 oz. chopped green chili peppers
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 14.5 oz. can chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper (or more, if you like it spicy!)
  • 1 bay leaf (remove after cooking)
  • 1 10 oz. package frozen whole kernel corn (I use 1 14.5 oz. can instead)
  • 1 TBsp. chopped cilantro (I use fresh, if available)

Combine all in crock pot and simmer on low for 6 to 8 hours.

Serve with Tortilla chips from the bag (the easy way) or Cut soft, corn tortillas into ½ inch wide by 2 inch long strips and coat in olive oil, bake for 10 minutes @ 400 degrees (or until crispy) and sprinkle on top of individual bowls of soup.

If you do get a chance to try the recipe, let me know how it turns out for you.  Oh, and if you have a super easy recipe that can rescue me during a “Mom must cook” emergency, please do share.

Thanks for hosting today, Marian.  Enjoy!

©  Kerri Nelson 2011

Thanks for visiting, Kerri, and thanks for the recipe! Just search my tags for recipe, recipes, recipe (sort of) and recipes (sort of) and you’ll find that many of them are “in a hurry” recipes. So are the recipes you can get to by clicking on my Recipes tab on the blog menu. 🙂 Great to have you with us!

WRITING PROMPT: What would you feed your children, if you had to adjudicate between demons in half an hour?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Kerri Nelson’s Two Choices

  1. Margaret Fieland

    September 28, 2011 at 10:14am

    Love the writing prompt — I’d make grilled cheese sandwiches, accompanied by Campbell’s Tomato Soup (I used to make it with milk instead of water).

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  2. Kerri Nelson

    September 28, 2011 at 10:23am

    Hi Margaret~Oh yes! I had that so many time growing up. But, alas, my hubby can still make a grilled cheese sandwich almost as good as my grandmothers (and she used the real butter and stuff). :-p Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  3. Rebecca

    September 28, 2011 at 10:25am

    Hi Kerri, sounds like a great recipe! I’ll have to try it – actually, I’ll get my hubby to try it. He enjoys cooking and experimenting in the kitchen, so I’m happy to let him! 😉 I think more husbands are in the kitchen these days, so hopefully you won’t get any hate mail. A few jealous readers, perhaps…
    Really enjoying your tour!

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  4. Mona Karel

    September 28, 2011 at 10:43am

    For the instant meal, pasta and pretty much anything. If I have any leftovers, I’ll mix the meat with some frozen veggies, nuke it, roll out refrigerator biscuits and make meat pies.
    This is IF I have leftovers. If not generally we have great tomato soup in boxes, and it’s always good with — yep, some kind of pasta, usually a tortellini, which I usually have frozen.
    As far as Courting Demons, does the cat eat her husband? Or does she perform a do it yourself exorcism of 200 pounds of worthless flesh (AKA the cheating husband)

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  5. Kerri Nelson

    September 28, 2011 at 11:04am

    @Rebecca~Glad your hubby is handy in the kitchen too. I think it is super sexy. Hmm…maybe my next book should be about that. Thanks again for your comment and support. 🙂

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  6. Kerri Nelson

    September 28, 2011 at 11:26am

    @Mona~Thanks for stopping by and sharing your fast fix ideas. On the fate of hubby–oh…I can’t spoil the surprise but I will tell you that he experiences quite a few adventures during his “rathood”. 🙂

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    Marian Allen

    September 28, 2011 at 1:06pm

    Wonderful to see so many visitors. I’m scribbling these quick-fix ideas down as fast as I can read ’em! 😉

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  8. JeanP

    September 28, 2011 at 3:10pm

    Afraid would go the grilled cheese route or since we always have homemade pasta sauce in the house, a pasta dish. My husband is the cook in the house. I am going to tell him about the chicken tortilla soup recipe, it sounds so yummy.

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  9. Kerri Nelson

    September 28, 2011 at 5:01pm

    @Marian~Thanks again for hosting me. I really appreciate your support!

    @Jean~All these deliciously wonderful hubbies–cooking up a storm? Has anyone else bought their hubby an apron for a gift? I bought mine one that has “Gator stew” on it. He’s from Florida, of course. 🙂

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  10. Kerri Nelson

    October 2, 2011 at 2:05pm


    And via another random draw…the winner of today’s prize: A Custom made Momwitch Bread Bag Clip and a choice of e-books from my back list!

    Is none other than… Mona K.!

    Woot! Congrats!

    Special thanks to the lovely Marian for a wonderful guest spot.


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      Marian Allen

      October 2, 2011 at 2:20pm

      Congratulations, Mona!

      Thanks for visiting, Kerri–it was great having you here. 🙂

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