Interview: Karilyn Bentley, Author of Paranormal Romance, DEMON KISSED

Please help me welcome today’s guest and her intriguing novel… Isn’t this a fantastic cover?





Gin Crawford, the world’s latest demon huntress, has no time to mourn her dead lover as she’s called in to determine why a demon attack occurred at the local medical school. And not just any demon, but the one demon that gives her demon-killing bracelet the shivers. A dead professor, a lab full of missing anthrax, and a demon who turns good people into minions complicate her life. Can Gin and her mentor Aidan Smythe solve the mystery of the missing anthrax and the identity of the demon before someone else dies?


The scent of sulfur hangs in the air like a demonic stink bomb. I want to slap a hand over my nose, but no one else seems affected by the stench. Must be a demon huntress thing.

Justitian,” Smythe mutters. “Not demon huntress.”

“If you don’t like my new title, then stay out of my mind.”

He glares. I swallow. Cross my arms. Refuse to take a step back. I’m learning not to be intimidated by his anger. Go me.

My justitia vibrates, throwing me out of my internal battle, pulling me back to the land of death and minions. The blob of colors pulsates, a glowing reminder of a moment of terror. The moment the demon appeared to the grad student.

Granted, I’m still taking Demons 101, but I thought demons formed minions in private.  Usually after the human committed a crime, not before. A tryout, so to speak. And maybe that happened, but it sure seems to me like the black blob of demon force appeared to the grad student smack in the middle of the hallway.

Or maybe that always happens, and I just now noticed it.

The justitia’s vibration grows stronger, trembling my arm, my veins. Not its normal excited tremor upon seeing a minion or demon. A rush of images spikes through my mind, scenes of terror coupled with blood and death, memories of the justitia’s former wearers captured in time by the entity in the bracelet.

I’m not the only one freaked out by the colored blob. How bad was this demon to scare a justitia?


Wow, chilling excerpt! Now, let’s get to know Karilyn…

Are there any tricks or habits you use when creating a story?

I have to drink hot tea when writing. I can’t seem to write without it.

What book have you read that you wish you would have written?

The Outlander series and the first few books of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward.

Do you have another occupation, other than writer? If so, what is it and do you like it?

I do! I’m a clinical research coordinator at a busy oncology clinic. This means I help run clinical trials. Sounds fancy. What it really involves is a bunch of paperwork. You can think of me as a glorified paper pusher. And yes, I do enjoy it. It makes me feel like I’m helping people. And isn’t that what we should all strive to do?

Yes, I agree. It’s great you have a job where you can help others. What’s the main thing that you could get rid of in your life that would give you more writing time?

The aforementioned job. As much as I like it if I could stay home and write (and make money writing), I’d gladly give it up.

What do you want readers to come away with after they read Demon Kissed?

Wanting to read the next in the series (or the first in the series if they haven’t already).

What is your favorite quote?

Anyone who thinks he’s too small to make a difference has never been bit by a mosquito – Lily Casey Smith in Half-Broke Horses

Love that quote!

What is your favorite…

MovieStar Wars

MusicMumford & Sons

Place you’ve visitedSweden

Place you’d like to visitScotland

TV show from childhoodLaverne & Shirley

TV show from adulthood Game of Thrones


Which do you prefer: Board games/card games or television? Board games/card games

Excellent! I enjoyed your answers, although, I bet you are the only person in the world whose favorite food is apples. 🙂 

Karilyn has a question for readers… What is your favorite genre to read?

(Mine is suspense…but paranormal is probably second.)



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 North Texas with her own hunky hero, a crazy dog nicknamed The Kraken, and a handful of colorful saltwater fish.



















Filed under Author Blog Post, New Release

17 responses to “Interview: Karilyn Bentley, Author of Paranormal Romance, DEMON KISSED

  1. Great interview! To answer your question, I like to read everything, as long as it has characters I care about. That said, I also love a good happily ever after!

    Best of luck with this new release, it sounds like a great read!


  2. Thank you for letting me blog with you today, Alicia!!! 🙂


  3. I really enjoyed the excerpt and interview, Karilyn. (Fantastic cover, BTW.) Is a “justitia” a live being that’s formed into an object, or maybe just a “thing” with organic components? I’m intrigued!


    • Thank you for stopping by Leah! The cover is fantastic! 🙂 A justitia is a demon hunting bracelet. The bracelet turns into a sword when in the presence of a demon or minion (the minion is a demon’s henchman). The first book in the series is Demon Lore, if you are interested! 🙂

      Happy Reading!


  4. My favorite genre is historical romance. I do think your concept for this series is very unique in that you use the bracelet.


  5. Great interview. New book for the TBR pile.


  6. Sandra Dailey

    Not fair. Asking a person’s favorite genre is like asking which of their kids they like best. Each has their own place in my heart. I like variety.
    Your excerpt is great. The cover is awesome. I wish you good luck and great sales for Demon Kiss.


  7. Good interview questions, Alicia! I enjoyed finding out more about Karilyn! I didn’t know you worked as a clinical research coordinator. It adds a little something to know what people do at their day jobs. I can now picture you there. I also liked all of your other answers, from drinking tea to your favorite quote. And I agree with Alicia, apples as a favorite food is very interesting!

    I like reading any book that has some sort of romance line. Or talks about family relationships. I guess I look for anything about relationships and people working through their differences to become happier together. I just find people interesting, what motivates them, what fuels them.

    Thanks for sharing, Karilyn! And best wishes for you and DEMON KISSED!


    • Thank you M.J.! It’s always fun to read the interview questions and find out more about authors! 🙂 I do love apples. I like to try different varieties, although I have my faves. Thanks for stopping by!

      Happy Reading!


  8. Had a little computer glitch, so hopefully this comment isn’t a duplicate…

    Great questions, Alicia! I feel like I learned a lot about Karilyn. Like I didn’t realize you worked as a clinical research coordinator. Now I can picture you at your day job. I liked all of your answers, from the tea drinking, to your favorite quote. And I have to agree with Alicia, apple for your favorite fruit is an interesting choice!

    I like to read anything with a little romance. Or, I like family relationships… I guess you could say that I enjoy reading about people and how they interact, what fuels them and what they’re passionate about.

    I love the sense of humor I sense behind this excerpt, the Demon 101, etc. Best wishes for you and DEMON KISSED!


    • Thank you! Sometimes computers are crazy! And they make me crazy! ha! I try to put in a little bit of humor in everything. Not sure though if my sense of humor is the same as others! 🙂

      Have a great weekend!


  9. Diane Burton

    Enjoyed the interview. So glad you explained what a justitia is. Cool. In Linnea Sinclair’s Gabriel’s Ghost, the heroine had a similar bracelet. Never knew it had a name. My fav genre: mysteries, rom suspense, & sci-fi romance. I know you only wanted one, but they’re the genres I write and love to read. Best wishes.


  10. Thank you for stopping by, Diane! I have not read Linnea Sinclair’s books, but will have to check them out. I too love mysteries!

    Happy Reading!


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