Kerrelyn Sparks – Celebrating the Journey

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The Joy of an Intriguing Journey

Reading romance is an act of joy.marry vampire mm

For one thing, it’s a joyous occasion when you can set all your work and responsibilities aside and take the time to dive into a new book.  And with a romance book, you know the joy will last because you’re guaranteed a happy ending!

One of my favorite hobbies is travel.  I love seeing historic sights and beautiful natural settings.  And I love experiencing different cultures.  But who can afford to travel all the time?  The remedy for that– books!!  You can even travel through time!  Romance books have allowed me to experience different places, customs, and time periods.  My imagination has been fed and encouraged to blossom, and that, in turn, has inspired me to pen my own stories.

What else brings me joy in a romance book?  Strong, honorable heroes and CrouchingTiger mm cheroines.  I love a hero who respects and admires a woman for having the same mental strength and determination that he has.  Who doesn’t love a sexy, smart, strong hero?  And I adore the heroines who stand up to them, take charge of their life, and make their own choices.   

Romances, in general, give us honorable characters with enough integrity to face their challenges and enough courage to fight the odds.  In turn, they inspire us to respect ourselves and never give up.  For dreams do come true.  I know that every time I see my name on a book cover.

I love the process of falling in love.  What other human experience compares to the exhilaration and exasperation of finding your true mate?  Whom we choose to marry is one of our most important decisions, and we all want a happy ending.  Some complain that because of the happy ending, romances are all alike!  But the end product is not the full story.  It’s the journey that is so intriguing.  It’s the process that starts with a secretive glance and hesitant first touch, the tiny steps that lead to total trust, intimacy, and the commitment to grow old together—this is the journey that romance celebrates.  And it never fails to give me joy!


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy. 

Back in the year 2000 (yikes! 15 years ago?) I received what writers refer to as The Call.  That’s when an editor from a publishing house calls you and says they want to buy your book. Often it will come as a bit of a surprise since the publishing house may have had your manuscript for months.  And while those months creep by, you start to console yourself.  What’s one more rejection?  You have another book started, and maybe it will be the one to sell.  And then BAM!  The Call!!

I was in the kitchen folding laundry when the phone rang.  I don’t remember what I said on the phone. I was so stunned that I probably babbled like an idiot.  Even after I hung up, I stared at the laundry for a while before it really sank in.

Then I squealed and danced around the family room. Squealed some more.  By now, my son had wandered into the family room to see why his mother was behaving so strangely.

“I sold a book!”  I told him and squealed some more.

He watched me for a bit, then asked, “Does this mean you’re not cooking supper?”

Too full with joy, I could only laugh. (And yes, I still cook supper).

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

One of my favorite memories as a child was the week out of every summer that I spent with my grandmother.  She was a church librarian, and since she needed to get some work done during the week, I would go with her.  There were no customers on weekdays.  It was just me, my grandmother, and a library filled with books.  Heaven!

Now, years later, whenever I go into a library, I remember my grandmother’s love and how she taught me to revere books, and I’m filled with joy. 

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

Back to my grandmother (can you tell how much I loved her?), she used to give me what she called Eskimo kisses, where you rub your noses together.  My son (the one who was worried about his supper) is now grown and married and they have a three-month-old son.  Now that I’m the grandmother, I had to pass on the tradition of the Eskimo kiss.  So I rubbed noses with the baby and he laughed out loud.  And my heart nearly burst with joy!  It was the first time I’d heard him laugh.  Does anything sound more beautiful than the laughter of a small child?

What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

A Rose in Winter by Kathleen Woodiwiss.  Now, I love a lot of romance books, but this one hit that special chord.  It’s the one that brought me the most joy, the one I always remember, and the one that inspired me the most to write.  If I had to analyze why, other than the fabulous writing, characters, and story, I would say it was the theme of Beauty and the Beast. That’s romance at its best for me.  And it’s a theme I have repeated over and over with my Love at Stake books.  I can never grow tired of it.  It always brings me joy.

And for fun, the joy of choice ~

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) – trying for a little diversity! ;o)

I’m going with Christopher Plummer!  I would love to be like Maria and ask him how to whistle to call him to attention.  Or dance a folk dance with him in the garden. Or kiss in the glass summerhouse.  I loved that movie!!

Kerrelyn is generously giving away one signed copy of “How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire” and one signed copy of “Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire” to one US reader and one international reader. Entries below.

Kerrelyn Sparks #2Kerrelyn Sparks is the bestselling author of the Love at Stake series, which has hit has high as #5 on the New York Times list and #22 on the USA Today list.  The Love at Stake series was used as a question on the television game show, Jeopardy!  Her paranormal and historical romances are published by Avon Books.  For more information, please visit her on Facebook or her website at kerrelynsparks.com.

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  • Marissa Yip-Young

    Looks interesting.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      I hope so! Thank you for dropping by!

  • Melisa Safchinsky

    Love your Love at Stake Series!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you so much, Melisa!

  • Lenora Bell

    What a beautiful story about your grandmother and the library full of books! Such a joyful celebration of romance and family. Thank you for bringing a smile to my day.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Ah, Lenora, you sweetie!! I am so enjoying reading your book right now!

  • Sheryl N

    I love The Love at Stake series!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you, Sheryl!

  • Pam Roberts

    One of my favorites series ever.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you, Pam!!

  • Stephanie limage

    I have loved reading the entire series. The last book was a great addition and a perfect ending. Thank you for having entertained us with your gift of writing. I cannot wait to see what else you have in store for us.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you so much, Stephanie! I hope you’ll enjoy the new series.

  • mariannewestrich

    I’m a huge fan! Thanks so much for sharing today!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you, Marianne!!

  • Jennifer C

    I loved reading your Eskimo Kisses story! Thanks for sharing!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you so much!

  • Tracey Parker

    Awesome post and thank you for sharing your answers to the questions!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      You’re welcome!

  • Dorothy Salvagin

    Eskimo kisses and a baby’s laugh, nothing better than that.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      So agree! Thank you for dropping by!

  • Amelia Lund

    thank you for a wonderful series. I listen to your books on the way to college every night.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      How fun!! Thank you!! And good luck with your classes!

  • catslady

    A new series for me – sounds like something I would enjoy.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      I hope you do! Thank you for stopping by!

  • thuy phan

    I love your Love at Stakes series. I actually have the whole collection but I’d love a book signed by you! Thanks.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Hi Thuy!! Thank you so much for supporting the series!!

  • kimberlyh81

    I’m just starting out with your series and can’t wait to read them all. 🙂

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thanks, Kimberly! I hope you enjoy them!

  • Kareni

    I love libraries; in fact, when my husband and I travel, he knows that we’ll generally stop in at any that I see.

    Enjoy your grandson and those Eskimo kisses!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Yes, one time I was in Norway in April, and it started snowing, so I took refuge in a library! Read Charlaine Harris, LOL.

  • Karen Mikusak

    Thanks for the giveaway. Would love to win!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Good luck!

  • Jamie Reynolds

    I love all of your books and never miss one!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      I appreciate that! Thank you!

  • Courtney Cogswell

    Love your books…pretty sure I own them all! I share your love for the library, my mom worked at our local library when I was growing up and it is such a place of comfort for me to this day. Whenever I have moved to a new place, the first thing I do is find the library 🙂 Great post and thanks for all you do!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you, Courtney!

  • Christyna

    Love the story about The Call! 🙂 A burst of excitement then back to reality. Thanks for taking your readers to different times and places, all for the sake of romance.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      You’re welcome! Thank you for stopping by!

  • Robin Malone

    I love all of your books, but since “How to marry a Millionaire Vampire”, was the first one I read of yours, it holds a special place in my heart! So much so, I have 2 copies of it! Lol I’m hoping to one day get one of them signed! ♡ Thank you for the series. ..it will be read many more times. But I look forward to seeing what else you have up that gifted l sleeve!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you so much, Robin!! I hope the next series pleases you, too!

  • Thank you for the journey, always rich in humor, that you are giving us!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you, Marinella! What a pretty name!

  • Stephanie F.

    Great Q&A, love the series.
    Does Christian Bale count as my favorite Chris, lol. Love Chris Evans, too.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      You have good taste in Chris’s!

  • Joan Varner

    “Eskimo kisses” were something that my mom used to do to me and my sister. Thank you for reminding me of that. I do love your whole vampire series. I am always on the lookout for your next book.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you, Joan! I appreciate your support!

  • Rashda/Mina Khan

    Love your books! Thank you for the laughs & wonderful stories 🙂

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you!! I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

  • Shyral Hyatt

    I have a signed copy of one of your books. I would love another one.
    Thanks for sharing your joyful moment with your grandbaby. I am envious.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you, Shyral! Grandbabies are a blessing!!

  • Larena Hubble

    I love the series. It is so good. 🙂

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you so much, Larena!

  • I bought How To Marry A Millionaire Vampire at a yard sale. I read it and that started my love of the series. I think I went and bought all the books available in the series the following week. It’s totally addicting.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      LOL, that’s great!! Thank you, Amy!

  • Sheila M

    I loved the story of you and your grandmother.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you, Sheila!

  • Chelsea B.

    Kerrelyn Sparks! *fangirls* Your Love at Stake series was one of the very first books I started reading when I started reading romance and is still one of my very favorite series!! 🙂 <3

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you, Chelsea! I’m delighted you enjoyed them!

  • BookLady

    Your Love at Stake series is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing the wonderful stories about your son and grandmother.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you, Booklady!! Great name you have there!

  • kirsten west

    Throughly enjoy your books! My mom use to give me Eskimo kisses when I was little.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you, Kirsten! My grandson is only 4 months old, so I hope to get several years of Eskimo kisses with him!

  • Marcy Shuler

    I love the journey of the characters towards their HEA.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Me, too!! Thank you for dropping by, Marcy!

  • Patty Vasquez

    I have a daughter in college and so my husband I aren’t traveling very much right now. But one of my very favorite things to do when I finish a book, is look at my eclectic stack of TBR romance books and decide what romantic journey I’m going to go on next!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Romance books are great for feeling like you’ve taken a journey. Thanks for stopping by, Patty!

  • Melissa Robin

    My book that brought me great joy is your How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire. Ever since I read it I can’t get enough of your characters and your wonderful sense of humor. I absolutely fell in love with Roman and constantly tell people about it going they’ll have the same great experience. I also agree with you on Christopher Plummer! The Sound of Music is my favorite movie which my grandmother introduced me to. I have wonderful memories of the movie and of her. I already knew you were my favorite author, but reading interviews from you like this make me even more certain and super glad I follow you and your work!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you so much, Melissa! I owe so much to my grandmother.

  • K Davis

    I loved the entire Love at Stake series, but How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire is one of my all time favorite books. It makes me happy to read it. 🙂 I’m looking forward to your next series.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you so much!!

  • Aleen D

    Love Christopher Plummer too 🙂

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Oh yeah!! Thanks for dropping by!!

  • Linda Blackshaw

    Love the vampires and the Hathaways. Diverse books and characters.. great reads. Loved the way Christopher Plummer played the Captain and the humour in his character

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you, Linda!

  • Seanna Yeager

    I love to genre hop within romances. So many different types of romances to read, I can’t choose just one.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      That is one of the great things about romance!! Within the genre, there is something for everyone!

  • Beth K. Vogt

    Oh, the special joy of Eskimo kisses! Thanks for reminding me of those today!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      You’re welcome!! Thank you for stopping by!

  • Mary McCoy

    I shared Eskimo kisses with my mom and grandmother, thanks for bringing back special childhood moments!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Aw! Thanks, Mary!

  • Diane Blaser

    I enjoy this genre of romance very much! Thank you!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      You’re welcome!

  • Texas Book Lover

    Glad to know I’m not alone in the giving of Eskimo kisses!

    Loved your Love at stake series…really looking forward to see what you do next.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you so much!! I hope you’ll like the next series!

  • marcia

    Love this series and I have enjoyed every single Love At Stake book since discovering it!!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you, Marcia!

      • marcia

        <3

  • Dawn Anderson

    I remember the Jeopardy question about you. I hadn’t heard of you then, but I’m happy to say I know who you are now.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      LOL, that’s great! Thank you!

  • Linda Henderson

    I feel the same way about traveling through books. I have severe RA and don’t get to travel much anymore, so all my traveling is through books. One of these days I want to travel and see some lighthouses, but until then I enjoy them in books.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Sounds like a good plan! Thank you for dropping by!

  • Cindy A

    My grandma used to make the most wonderful birthday cake for me – angel food with 7 minute icing. Still a favorite. Love of books came from my mom.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Weren’t grandmothers the best cooks? Mine made the best apple pie and chocolate pie. And pancakes so big they filled the entire plate. Thanks for stopping by and sharing the memories!

  • flchen1

    What a wonderful sweet memory of library days with your grandmother! I’m sure she’d be overjoyed at the legacy you’re living out now, Kerrelyn!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you so much! You just made my heart do a flip…

  • MadCase0990

    I have loved Sound of Music since watching it in the early 80’s, and even bought the special anniversary edition from iTunes! Wasn’t their dance together beautiful?

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      When I saw it as a kid, I think I cried through the entire second half! Thank you for stopping by!

  • helenlsmith

    thank you to my mum for passing on her love of books xx

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you, Helen!

  • Carol Luciano

    After raising my 7 children I picked up a Nora Roberts book and I’ve been reading all genres since. I don’t travel anymore but reading all the books I do I’ve gone to times and places I never imagined. And all because of an Authors writing & research. I love your Love At Stake series. Thank you for all those wonderful hours of reading enjoyment.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you, Carol!! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the full gamut of romance. There are so many kinds to choose from!

  • Elizabeth Acosta

    I got my love of books from my mother and grandmother – its great to pass on traditions 🙂

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Yes, I think parents who read end up with children who read. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Janie McGaugh

    I was a big fan of The Sound of Music, too, and loved Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp. I really enjoy your books and look forward to many more.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you, Janie!

  • Nicole Potter

    I think I said this before on another post – but one of your books is what actually got me started reading romance! A friend had mentioned she just read one of your books, and when I had asked about it she wouldn’t give me any details – she said “I wouldn’t like this type of book”. Indignant, I instantly bought the first in the series off Amazon, which ended up being How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire. I loved it so much, I bought the next 2 in the series immediately! And well, the rest is history! There’s a reason that paranormal romance is my favorite genre, and it’s all thanks to you! 🙂

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Great story!! Thank you, Nicole! I’m so glad you started with that first book!

  • Pamby50

    I think I would have been squealing if my writing made it on Jeopardy. I love that your son had no idea how important that day was to you.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      LOL! My son has actually started writing now, so he would definitely understand it now!

  • Cassandra

    I LOVE KERRELYN SPARKS BOOKS! I have read all The Love AT Stake Novels!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you so much, Cassandra!

  • Mel K.

    I’ve spent a lifetime traveling. That’s the main reason I read romance. To go to places I’ve been, haven’t been, and places that don’t exist. My birthday is Aug. 11. I would love to win. Thank you!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Happy birthday, Mel!! And happy travels!

      • Mel K.

        Thanks, Kerrelyn! I appreciate it. 🙂

  • LaGina Keisha Hagerman Reese

    Kerrelyn’s books were my escape after I had my heart attack 2yrs ago.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Oh my! I hope you’re doing better now! I’m honored and humbled that my books were able to help you get through it.

  • orelukjp0

    Thank you for the great contest. I love your books and have read everyone.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you so much! Good luck with the contest!

  • Erin F

    oooh… that is so true… reading is such a joy 🙂 thanks so much for sharing!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you, Erin!

  • julie

    I love your books! My grandmother and mother fostered my love of reading, and I have passed that on to my kids. I love my library.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      That’s wonderful, Julie! Thank you for stopping by!

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    I too remember the Jeopardy question. I loved Kathleen Woodiwiss’s books. I cut my teeth on them, so to say. I look forward to checking out your historical romances.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Oh, thank you, Eileen! The Jeopardy thing was such a surprise. They never warned me about it in advance. I hope you’ll enjoy my historicals!

  • Michele Hayes

    I love finding authors that are new to me. Thanks for the
    chance to win.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      You’re welcome! Good luck!

  • Glenda

    I love to travel too, and most of my travel has to be through books since I’m not one of those fictional billionaires. 😉 And it is the journey to the HEA that makes the final destination worthwhile. 🙂

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Then I will wish you many happy journeys in the future! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Netasha Patywich

    Tks for sponsoring this contest with your books. The only tweeting I know is the birds outside my window. I was lucky growing up being the youngest of 6 so I learned to read at about 3 and inherited all their school books, novels and comics (which I still have 55 yrs later..lol). Good luck everyone.

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you for dropping by, Netasha!

  • Betül

    I love A Rose in Winter <3 I need ro reread that book

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      I may need to, too!! Thank you, Betul, for stopping by!

  • Amy Medeiros

    Love your books but Vampire Mine has to be my favorite right now 🙂

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Aw, I love Connor, too!! Thank you!

  • sin

    Love your books. Thanks for the chance at an awesome prize

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you! Good luck!

  • BJ

    OMG…I almost missed it…only six hours left…..I guess could come back and write a comment ever hour…LMAO.
    Lots of <3

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Thank you, BJ! Good luck with the contest!

  • rebecca moe

    “Does this mean you’re not cooking supper?”

    LOL! 🙂

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      Kids always know where their priorities lie! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Anca B.

    Love your books! Thank you for the chance!

    • Kerrelyn Sparks

      You’re welcome, Anca! Good luck!