Sunday, September 16, 2012

Karen Kelley: The Power of Words

In Where There's a Will Haley has been slowly brainwashed over the years by family and friends. They're all well-meaning suggestions and they only tell her where she can improve because they love her. By the time she's an adult Haley has low self-esteem and believes she's a frump. She's also become a people pleaser which only makes her situation worse.

Ouch! I remember growing up with some of the same problems. By the time I reached my teens I was so insecure! I think to a certain extent we've all been in some of the same situations Haley goes through. Don't you just hate being made to feel like you're not as good as everyone else?

Haley's situation is pretty bad. She does all this work for a coworker that she has a crush on. When he tells her that he owes her dinner, she gathers her courage and accepts. The night he's to take her out he calls and cancels. She's devastated and as she cries herself to sleep she prays for a miracle.

Have you ever waited on anyone to show up and they're really late or worse, they don't show? I have and I hate the feeling. More battle scars. I swear, I should be unrecognizable from all the nicks I've gotten over the years!

Haley's prayer is answered though when her doorbell rings the next morning and on her porch stands Ryder, a nephilim (half angel/half man), and he tells her that he's there to answer her prayer. She promptly slams the door in his face. But Ryder doesn't follow all the rules. He's only half angel.

I had so much fun writing this book. I loved watching Haley grow and the romance develop between her and Ryder. And I couldn't, just absolutely couldn't, leave out the coworker who stood her up. I also believe something my grandmother always told me: what goes around, comes around.

I hope you enjoy Where There's a Will. If you leave a comment I'll put your name in a drawing for a chance to win one copy of Where There's a Will. Be warned--this series is erotic romance so this story is very explicit. I won't send to anyone under 18 years of age. 

Karen Kelley

***Karen's winner is CathyP!  Please send an email with your mailing info to  Thanks!***


Mary Preston said...

I have had occasions when people turned up very late. It's horrible - not to mention very rude.

I look forward to reading WHERE THERE'S A WILL.

Eli Yanti said...

you are right, hate to feel like we're not as good as everyone else :(

love the cover of Where there's a will :)

Lory Lee said...

Holy cow, I thought you were referring to me and not to Haley. My self esteem during my younger years was so low, I was afraid to show my true emotions and facing other people. I was an ugly duckling and just managed to slowly build my self confidence nowadays. WHERE THERE'S A WILL sounds so good, it's like a chocolate that I can't wait to have (if I'll win) :D.

Linda Henderson said...

I was like that growing up too. All the other girls got to wear fashionable clothes and I had to wear dresses that mom had purchased from the catalog two sizes to big so I could wear them longer. I understand now that money was very tight, but back then it really hurt. I was lucky in high school to have a friend about the same size and when we went anywhere I went to her house first and wore some of her clothes. She got me through my high school years. Looking back now after all these years, it has made me a more understanding person and mother. I always let my daughters pick out their own clothes even if money was tight and they were second-hand. That way they could fit in better but not be spoiled and snobby about clothes. They are both grown with families of their own and both of them are smart savvy shoppers, especially my youngest. She is a real bargain shopper. I can't wait to read your book. I love your books and always anxiously await your latest.

Mary Kirkland said...

That sounds like a great story. Love the cover too.

I was insecure when I was younger but by the time I reached the end of high school I didn't let it bother me anymore.

Karen Kelley said...

Hi Marybelle. There is something to be said about age and wisdom. LOL

*yadkny* said...

Great cover! I hate being late for other people, so I wouldn't want them to do that to me.

Jodi said...

Great cover! I can't wait to read this book! To a point, I'm still the shy, insecure person. I'm working on it!

jlshadden @

Karen Kelley said...

First, sorry about the time span between post. I always make something simple into something difficult. LOL Lordy, I'm so not a techy person. For some reason I always have problems posting on blogs. I don't easily give up, either.

I'm glad you like the cover. I think the art dept did a wonderful job.

Karen Kelley said...

Or maybe I just needed to be on my own computer??? We were visiting our kids and they have Macs. BUT home now and I have my old faithful HP :)

Hi Lori, You would not believe how many people went through exactly the same thing. We should've all banded together. LOL Maybe we did???

Karen Kelley said...

I hate slow computers. I have read all the posts, I'm just having problems answering. Isn't it strange how so many of us were insecure growing up? I wonder if todays kids are going through the same things.

Pat Cochran said...

It wasn't low-esteem for me as a child, I
was just flat out shy! It took until I was
in high school & well into my college frosh
year before I began to leave shyness behind.
Marriage, motherhood, & an extensive volun-
teer "career" took care of the rest!

Pat Cochran

Jennie Coleen561 said...

This sounds like a great story! Please add my email to the drawing.

Unknown said...

Hey Karen!!! A lot of us were insecure growing up, and still are sometimes! I seem to be quite a bit here lately! Trying to move past it!
I started Where There's Smoke and sampled Where There's a Will! LOVE!!! But, makes me miss you! Keep writing great books!!

Di said...

I definitely relate to Haley with the self-esteem issue - took a lot of years to deal with it very well, still need to reassure myself when things aren't going well.
sallans d at yahoo dot com

Leni said...

I agree that we all have a bit of Haley in us and wouldn't it be nice to all have a Ryder, too :)
Looking forward to finding out what happens to the coworker.

June M. said...

Hi Karen! Congrats on the release of this second book of the series. I, too, can relate to Haley's self-esteem issues. I grew up with the "perfect" older sister. It took me years to realize that she is not perfect, no one is. Although it still kills me sometimes that she has had 3 kids, and eats a lot more than I do, yet she stays so skinny! LOL
I would love to win a copy of this book, and I am way over 18 (unfortunately)
manning_J2004 at yahoo dot com

Stefanie said...

Where there's a will sounds great, I'm looking forward to reading it.
I absolutely recognize the insecurity issues. I sometimes feel as if I'm not good enough: not smart enough, not skinny enough, etc.
I'm lucky to have a sweet husband who thinks I'm great just as I am (most of the time, lol).

pamerd said...


Great post. I am looking forward to reading this book as I like this type of story where someone helps someone rethink how they feel about themselves and others.

Thanks for the chance

Na said...

I like stories where I can see the character grow and find love. It sounds like your book has this and I want to read it!

Cathy P said...

I love the cover of Where There's A Will. I have suffered from feeling like I am not as good as everyone else for most of my life. I had a very physically abusive/mental abusive father who started me out very early in life.

Yes, I have been stood up for dates when I was much younger, and it only made me feel worse, as you mentioned.

Anne said...

I was an exchange student and was invited to a picnic. I got up early and waited two hours (it was a latin country and they can be really bad about time) and they never showed. They decided not to have it and no one bothered to tell me. The woman I was living with wasn't happy, but what could she do. I was quite hurt.