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Monday, October 10, 2011

GUEST AUTHOR: Kerri Williams

Kerri is an Australian Author with a love for romance and suspense.

She lives on the Mid North Coast of NSW (Australia) with the luxury of the lush country with it's rolling green and golden hills and the coast with its sparkling sea and clean beaches at her doorstep. With such beauty readily available it made it easy to incorporated what Australia has to offer in her novels scenery.

She has been writing on and off since she was sixteen when she met the love of her life-her dear husband, and between having two beautiful daughters Kerri kept on writing with the dream of sharing her love for all things romance and suspense with other readers.

Kerri, welcome to my blog! It's great to have you here. Let's start with learning a bit about your book.

Setting - Think perfect match/Farmer Wants a Wife (match making TV programs in Australia).
Three sexy as sin bachelors have to find love amongst thirteen female contestants with all Australia watching. But what happens when the Producer falls in love with one of the bachelors?
A journey of finding love where you least expect it and the fight to keep it. Between secret agendas, lies, irrevocable bonds and straight out fervent desire, this couple have you believing love concurs all.

Hero – Owen Radcliffe- doctor, sexy bachelor, dependable but has a secret agenda.

Heroine – Ivy Mason- producer, sweet, hot and despite her production, doesn’t believe there is love in the world for her.

Scene you would never cut -  It’s too hard to explain so I’ll give you a piece of it...

She shook her head and he could see she was trying not to laugh as she continued, “There needs to be a favorite and I think it will be you. I had a feeling it would be you when I studied your profile but I am absolutely sure now that we have shared a...err, spent time together. I think if you came into that room as yourself it will change how they all think this game was going to be played. I think your contenders are going to feel a little threatened, but that makes the show more interesting.”

Interesting. “So let me get this straight.” He felt torn between her obvious attraction to him and her willingness to use him to boost her ratings.

She nodded.
“You think I’m attractive?” He waited cheekily for her to confirm, hoping she would remain as candid as she had started.

Bingo. He flashed his 250-watt smile. “You believe I am more attractive than any man here?”
She laughed lightly as he waited once again for confirmation. “Yes, I said that.”

“So much so, every woman here will want me.” This is fun.

This time she couldn’t help but wholeheartedly laugh before she could answer and the sound made him warm.

He took the small space that stood between them until he was a mere breath away. “Does that mean you want me?”

Something your hero or heroine would never do or say – They would never say: “I don’t care.”

What's one quirky thing about your hero/heroine? These aren’t exactly quirky but they definitely give you some insight into their characters - Ivy has no qualms in sacrificing her happiness for the greater cause to the point you want to shake her and Owen’s unrelenting belief in their love even when it looks hopeless is inspiring.

What do you think the readers will like about this book? I hope that they will love being swept up in the journey of unequivocal love that Owen and Ivy share, that despite all odds, plans and promises there is no future without the other. I loved writing this one, it was quite different to what I normally write but it just flowed - a story that just had to be told.

It’s lights, camera and love on the set of Nudging Cupid - Australia’s new television show and Ivy Mason has big plans.

Unfortunately, when it comes to love, nothing goes to plan.

Nudging Cupid was to be Ivy’s first production, the ladder to her success. All she had to do was get three sexy as sin bachelors to find love in a mansion of thirteen beautiful woman and capture it all on film for Australia to watch. How hard could that be?

But all Ivy’s plans go awry when she comes into contact with the dark haired, blue eyed, Owen Radcliff. Somehow, against all her best judgment, Ivy falls for one of her bachelors.

Owen Radcliff wasn’t looking for love – he was looking for revenge. Infiltrating the latest Australian reality TV show was his only way to do it. But when he saves the life of the show’s producer, Owen is suddenly torn between the vow of revenge for his sister and the need to protect Ivy- even from himself.

Click here for the NUDGING CUPID Trailer.

So, Kerri, what's next for you? I hope that I can find a home for my new suspense series - a three book plan with loads of suspense, romance, action and emotion. I've just started the second one and I’m loving the development of the characters and plot. 
It’s quite exciting.

Kerri, I hope you don't mind but you're now in my virtual 'hotseat' :-).
About you...
I’m a mother of two beautiful girls who are known as the ‘Lollies’ due to the ‘Lily & Olivia’ combining with their sweetness. I’m quite proud of their rep. LOL.

I married my teenage boyfriend who I have been with since I was sixteen and we’re still going strong-despite my love for the Winchester Boys of Supernatural. *grin

NUDGING CUPID is my second book to be published and yet I still can’t believe I have accomplished my dream, if I was good with pain, I would pinch myself.

Favorite movie of all time – I am a movie buff so I have many but growing up it would  have been Stand By Me and 16 Candles and they still makes me warm. The Notebook and P.S I Love You still makes me cry and Sweet Home Alabama makes me wish I grew up with my husband from an earlier age.

Favorite fairytale – Oh, come on. Who the heck doesn’t want to be swept up by a prince? And they all have those, but I have to say I love the idea of blue birds braiding my hair so Cinderella I guess is what I would go for.

Favorite story to disappear into – All things romantic. I don’t think there is a book that I read that doesn’t have some sort of romantic element in it where I’m rooting for them to get together.

Favorite TV program – Supernatural for the perv and Bones. Oh my gosh, who doesn’t want Bones and Booth to get their act together and just get married.
I know that it could ruin it like ‘Moonlighting’ we all wanted Bruce Willis to get his act together and then when they did get together- they canned the show from lack of emotional conflict, but I think Bones could survive it.

First book you remember reading – Peter Pan

Dog or cat person (or other) – Dog, I have three.

Author (living or dead) you'd most like to meet – Shakespeare.

A romantic retreat for you would be...on a secluded island with my husband.
 What do you do to unwind or relax? Camping, I love camping.

What era would you like to time travel and visit? And why? I never thought about it before but I think I woud like to visit the late 60’s early 70’s which is only ten years before my time but it just looked so free and loving.

What does love mean to you? This is the hardest to explain, there really are not efficient words in the world that can explain when I look at my husband I can feel this swell in my chest, he is my bestest friend and I would do anything for him and he would do the same. We share a life and plan on doing so forever. 

Kerri's first novel, TAKING BACK HIS WIDOW, was released in February 2011 from Eternal Press.

Click here for Taking Back His Widow Trailer.

Now for the really fun part - Kerri has offered a signed copy of NUDGING CUPID!

Keeping to the theme of Kerri's books (ie. a match-making show set in Australia), answer this question and you'll go into the draw for it...

"Where in Australia would you go on a romantic weekend date and why?"

Comment by 12 noon, Friday 14th October (Aussie time). The winner will be announced that evening.

If you'd like to know more about Kerri, she has a website. You can also follow her on Facebook or Twitter


  1. Hi Kylie and Kerri,
    I just had to google Farmer Wants a Wife......snort!!
    I think they did a similar show here in NZ that flopped badly.
    That being said I really like the sound of the book. The behind the scenes stuff you wouldn't normally see and the relationships behind the camera intrigues me more so than the actual show would. From the excerpt it sounds like you've got it exactly right. Sexy, squirm in your seat stuff. Nice :)
    I would like to have a romantic weekend aboard a paddle steamer on the Murray River. There's just something about the scenery there that calls to me, and steamy nights in a cabin with the sounds of the water and wildlife serenading us....perfect!!!
    Thanks for the great interview :)

  2. Thanks Cath. The show made a hit here but I screamed when I saw the new season advet because it was similar to my tag line. Thank god I went with the behind the scenes concept. It was fun to write and I loved using scenery of places I enjoy spending time in. There's one where they have a date at my local waterhole.
    Thanks for popping over.

  3. hi kylie and kerri,
    I have read kerri's first book taking back his widow and i absolutely loved it! i highly recommend it to everyone. I have been dying for the her next release and cannot wait to read this one too! reality t.v and romance mix so nicely i think!!
    i love your answer to what does love mean to you!!
    fun interview kerri!!
    melissa from the central coast.

  4. Posting for a friend who's having issues with Blogger, Kerri - Kylie.

    Kaz Delaney says: OMG - I adore the sound of this book! I am a self confessed TV addict - have always been fascinated by all aspects of it - not just the pretty things that move around on the screen - behind the scenes stuff totally intrigues me. I've been to a few tapings of shows, and I spend the whole time gawking around at what the directors and crew are doing! How did you do your research, Kerri? Or did you have enough insights from what we see ourselves on various TV shows? My dream is to be at a taping of a drama or soap.

    Sounds like huge fun - both the book and the research. Where do we buy this book in hard copy, Kerri?

    And hmmmnnn - weekend away? Well, like you I met my husband when I as very young – in fct I was only 15! And many, many years on, we're still going strong. I think I'd be happy to be away anywhere with him but - my preference would be somewhere tropical. I make no apology for this, but I'm a sucker for the clichéd romance of a swaying palm, a long lonely stretch of golden sand, an ocean breeze tickling my hair and the sun warming my skin while I sip on something lethal that's served in a carved-out pineapple shell. So, let's head for somewhere up Port Douglas way. Okay?


    LOL. Well done, Kerri; great interview again, Kylie. And Kerri? I wish you loads of success and I hope you find a home for the suspense series. Such an exciting time – enjoy!

  5. Thanks so much Mel from central coast, It's so nice to see that a reader follow my work. This whole thing has been a dream come true.
    Fellow Kez, I met my DH when I was sixteen and I love him to bits. As for research, the only research I did really was for the tech gadgets, everything else was just from my imagination- but thats the great thing about fiction! And don't worry I'm a tv junky too especially a series.
    Its almost seven days until print available and we are all excited.
    Thanks guys for popping in

  6. Anywhere really, though I'd love a cozy cabin near the beach and not in summer but in Autumn or spring when the nights are cooler but it's not too cold. Can even light that fireplace perhaps?

    And not to the more important matter at hand - Congrats on the new book, Kerri.

  7. I love an open campfire and a night full of stars above! :-) And Kaz'a Tassie sounds a great place to have it!

  8. Great interview, Kylie. Your books sounds great, Kerri. Is it available for purchase in print?

    I have also married my childhood sweetheart. We met when I was 15 and he was 18. Nearly 13 years of marriage and 5 children later, we're still going strong. I'd be happy to take him away anywhere, but a tropical paradise with an endless supply of cocktails sounds like a good idea to me.

  9. Aww Kerri, you are such a romantic. Reading about you and your hubby is just as heart warming as any novel.

    And the seventies were great fun. Not being able to see from one end of the room to the other because of the funny smelling smoke, all sitting in a circle, sharing one cigarette,head banging music, drug , sex and rock'n roll
    At least that's what my mum told me ,

  10. Hey Kerri,

    I've got a reality TV ms as well, which one day I'll get back to. (though got my wrist slapped in a contest because the TV director and the soon to be star slept together on their first date and -gasp- he's 28 and she's 19. Shame on me! Then before the show starts they sign a contract not to sleep with anyone on the show. I'm so cruel. )

    so romantic retreat? I've always loved the look of the Clarendon Forest Retreat at Taree. (google it) Damn, I just did google it - The Chapel would be lovely for a romantic weekend. Guess I need to find my own batchelor.

  11. Chris- thanks and it will be available in print in amcouple of days. Yay!
    Elle- my hubby says I'm mushy lol.
    Di- mine sleep together first night too against contracts. Tv producer and bachelor is a huge no no! How funny a coincidence
    Thanks for popping over

  12. geez i would love to go anywhere in Australia! diving off the great barrier reef, go photographing those awesome red canyons.. not too familiar with specific places to stay, though if i ever made it out there i would want to go to North ROckhampton (i have relatives there!!)

  13. I would want to visit a charming, cozy inn with a lakeside or ocenside view. I have seen pictures of Australian beaches and they are beautiful.

  14. Alainala, I've been snorkling off the Great Barrier Reef near Townsville (QLD), which isn't far from Rocky where your rello's live - it's incredible, so colorful and the diversity of marine life is amazing.

    Na, Aussie beaches are the best (not that I'm biased or anything), but come summer they can be a tad crowded (LOL). Perhaps a nice secluded inn with a waterview would hit the spot! :-)

  15. Diane, I grew up not that far from Taree (near Coffs Harbour). The North Coast has its beautiful spots, doesn't it? And The Chapel sounds lovely! Nice suggestion. :-)

  16. Chris, a tropical retreat sounds heavenly. I'd love to find a small island to call my own for a retreat. Sigh.

  17. Kylie, I'm in Coffs but grew up in Sydney. Where did you grow up?

  18. Diane, I spent my primary school years in Bellingen, then kept returning to visit family there after we moved inland.