Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday Feature: Chatting with Karilyn Bentley about DEMON CURSED

My guest today is Karilyn Bentley, author of the awesome Demon Huntress series from The Wild Rose Press. She has a new installment to the series adn I was lucky enough to read an advance copy - I love her snarky heroine! Welcome to my blog, Karilyn!

First, can you tell us a little about yourself? What kind of books you like to read and write?

I'd be happy to! I write urban fantasy and paranormal romance (more UF lately, though) and I love to read what I write as well as mysteries, historical romance and the occasional thriller. Here's my official bio:
Karilyn Bentley's love of reading stories and preference of sitting in front of a computer at home instead of in a cube, drove her to pen her own works, blending fantasy and romance mixed with a touch of funny.

Her paranormal romance novella, Werewolves in London, placed in the Got Wolf contest and started her writing career as an author of sexy heroes and lush fantasy worlds.

Karilyn lives in Colorado with her own hunky hero, a crazy dog nicknamed The Kraken, a silly puppy, and a handful of colorful saltwater fish.
I've read your puppy blogs - Kraken sounds as crazy as my own oversized puppy. But back to writing.... What's your favorite part of being an author?

Getting to tell the stories of my heart. It's really special when readers tell me they enjoy my books.

What's your approach to writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?

I'm more of a go with the flow type of gal. I'm somewhat of a pantser, more of a hybrid author. Which means I need a beginning, an end and the character's motivation or a turning point. Other than that, I start writing and see where it takes me. Then I have to go back and tie up loose ends.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

So many to choose from! Let's see. I'd love to be able to wave my hand and get items to move. Then I could sit on the couch and read while the housework is being done. Wouldn't that be nice!

As long as it doesn't turn into The Sorcerer's Apprentice, with the mops taking over your house... Now, tell us about your new/latest release!

I'd love to! Demon Cursed is the third book in the Demon Huntress series. The series is five books and this one is the middle one. We all know what happens in the middle of books, right? So much for the tease, here's the blurb:
Gin Crawford, the world's newest demon huntress, just wants to enjoy a football game, but finds herself hunting a serial killer minion instead. When his victims turn out to be the local football star’s female fans, she must determine if the player has joined forces with the minion, but her efforts lead her deeper into danger. When her mentor, Aidan Smythe, is attacked, Gin resolves to go to any lengths to save him, even if it exposes her most tightly held secret. Minions and demons, however, aren't the only terrors she faces. Will she realize the greatest danger lies within—before it's too late?
And here's the excerpt:

     I shake my head at him before straightening my shoulders. And slapping a hand over my mouth and nose. Yuck. Hours-old death in humid Texas weather makes for a smelly situation. At least I’m not the only one with their hand, or handkerchief, over their mouths.
     “What happened?” Smythe meets the gaze of each guard and the hyperventilating janitorial women who clearly found the body.
     One of the women points to where the body lies in front of the Dumpster, flat on her back, hands resting in classic death pose on her bloody stabbed chest, a red rose clasped in her fingers. Her open eyes stare into the night, her mouth curled into a grimace of pain and death. Her clothes look like she came from a club: tight, short, and low-cut, with spiky heels. At one time, I would’ve been jealous of her hot-to-trot figure. Now all I notice is the pain and terror stamped on her face and the unfurling anger deep in my core.
     Fucking murderers. I might be a fancy-assed demon huntress, but I destroy minions, not human killers. Lucky for me, I can tell which type of kill this scene belongs to with little effort.
     Closing my eyes, I start to take a deep calming breath, think better of it, and focus on activating my minion sensors. Tapping into the power of the entity lying along my nerves, I open my eyes to a tactical grid display of reds and oranges, a clear indication of a minion’s presence at the scene.
     Looks like I’ll get my wish to annihilate the bastard who killed this poor woman.
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I so love your character's voice! Okay, you’re casting the movie version of your novel – who would you choose for the main characters? We’re talking dream cast.

Oh man. I am really bad at this. I can't tell actors apart (unless they are Robert Redford or Harrison Ford) and the only actress I can see in my mind is Nicole Kidman. You can ask my hubby. He'll say, so-and-so is on TV and I'll answer with a who's that? That's bad, isn't it? :)

Since none of them will fit my characters, I am at a loss.

Actually, Nicole Kidman would be great for the role of Samantha (who doesn't have a big part in this book, but still) and Robert Redford would be a great David, Smythe's father (he showed he could not-so-nice in the Avengers, right?) Maybe a snarky Emma Stone, circa Easy A, but with long dark hair for Gin?  We'll have to think about that. 

Okay, so Where can readers find your book and where can they find you online?
I'm all over the social media as is my book. But I'll list the top 4 places to get my book. Here goes!

Buy Links:

Where to find Karilyn

Thanks for being my guest today, Karilyn! Congrats on your latest release, and on the success of this series! Looking forward to book 4 (and 5!)

And if any of you are familiar with this series, feel free to give Karilyn suggestions for the movie version in the comments. Let's pick a cast for her, shall we?


  1. Great excerpt, Karilyn. And I love that superpower. I could definitely use it for my house, too!

    1. Thank you for stopping by K.K.! I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt! Cleaning house is a great use of that superpower. Although I'm sure we could think of a lot of fun uses for it. :)

      Happy Reading!

  2. Thank you for having me on today Katie!!

    1. Thanks for being my guest, Karilyn! I love the Demon Huntress series and can hardly wait for the next 2 books! Congrats on this latest release!

    2. Thank you Katie! I'm glad you enjoy my books! :) Don't worry, I'm almost finished with the 4th one. :)

  3. Loved the interview, Karilyn. As for your superpower--Perfect :) Let's see--casting the movie--maybe Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Evans? Best of luck!!

    1. Thank you for stopping by Barbara! Love your movie suggestions! :)

  4. Entertaining interview, Karilyn. I always remember Samantha from 'Bewitched'. With a twitch of her nose her house would be clean. Good luck with your release.

    1. Thank you C.B.! I loved Bewitched as a kid. That's probably where I came up with the superpower. That one always intrigued me. :)

      Happy Reading!

  5. The new book sounds as fantastic as the rest. Good luck and great sales Karilyn.

  6. Congrats on your new release! Look forward to reading your book!

  7. Great interview! How about Shailene Woodley for your heroine? Claire Marti

    1. Thank you Claire. I am so bad with names, I had to google her. :( But yes, she might work! Thank you for the suggestion!

      Happy Friday!


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