Carpe Demon a-go-go! Kate's coming back!

Pax Demonica - Carpe Demon series, Book 6, picks up not long after Demon Ex Machina ended. Now Demon Hunting Soccer Mom Kate Connor must face one of her most trying challenges yet: international travel with a toddler!
I’ll admit it, I was totally bummed when Berkley decided to drop my demon hunting soccer mom series after book 5 despite decent sales and the fact that I know folks (me included!) want to keep following Kate’s adventures. (Thanks so much to everyone who sends me email about Kate and company!). That was the bad news. The good news is that the rise of indie publishing means that Kate’s stories don’t have to be stuck in my head and, yes, Kate is back in action!

If you’re not already familiar with the series, I hope you check it out, starting with CARPE DEMON (which, cross fingers, will be a movie soon! Andre Ovredal, whose Troll Hunter has been getting all sorts of buzz, is set to direct and is working on the script with producer Chris Columbus — you can read more about that by following the link in the sidebar to the right). I could give you a back cover copy blurb, but I think Charlaine Harris (the New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse novels now airing as True Blood on HBO) summed it up beautifully: “This book, as crammed with events as any suburban mom’s calendar, shows you what would happen if Buffy got married and kept her past a secret. It’s a hoot.”

I’m currently working on Book 6 in the series, PAX DEMONICA, which picks up not long after DEMON EX MACHINA ended. Kate and family are off to Rome, and I’m having way too much fun with this book and this setting.

I’ve also already started thinking about Book 7 (title ideas anyone?) so I’m hoping that this dive into the deep-end of the epub world works out, because Kate’s like a best friend to me now, and I don’t want to abandon her stories!

CALIFORNIA DEMON, Carpe Demon Book 2 re-release plus bonus content!

So, when is PAX DEMONICA coming out? I don’t have a firm release date, as I’m still navigating the epub and Print-On-Demand waters, but I’m shooting for late Spring, hopefully the last week of April.

THE DEMON YOU KNOW, a demon hunting soccer mom short story featuring Kate and allie
Before that, though, I should have some other Kate nuggets up, including a short story, THE DEMON YOU KNOW, and a digital release of CALIFORNIA DEMON with some bonus content added at the end.

I’m also working on THE TROUBLE WITH DEMONS, which will be an anthology of short stories featuring Kate, Allie, Eddie and others!

The Trouble With Demons, a demon hunting soccer mom anthology

The covers were done by Hot Damn Designs, and I think they rock.

I’m super excited about this venture…hope you are, too! And since TROUBLE isn’t finished, if you have characters you’d love to see in a story, hey, shout it out! For that matter, shout out titles (if I use it, you’ll get a the book free!). For that matter, feel free to comment about anything at all! I love to hear from you!

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Larry Knobloch

This has been a hard week for me and now it has brightened a little bit; this is really the best news I have had all week!
I can’t wait and will be in line when it comes out and when Carpe Demon hits the theaters!

Thank you for keeping the stories flowing. Keep us posted!

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Julie

I’m so sorry it’s been a hard week for you! Glad to know I brightened it up a bit, though!

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Barbara Forte Abate

More and more I’m hearing that these are the best times for writers, simply because we have opportunities to have control our works in ways that just weren’t on the table in years past. It’s indeed thrilling and I know we’ll all love to follow your book publishing adventure, so please do keep us posted. (Maybe a weekly post dedicated to updates/experiences of your great publishing adventure???)

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Julie

Funny you should mention that…I was thinking that it might be fun and interesting to do something like that. I wouldn’t be the first to document the process, but it would be a nice record for me and maybe provide some insight/help/way-to-avoid-pitfalls for someone else

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Julie

Oh, bummer! It is available on the Kindle–I’m surprised you can’t get it in Australia. That’s so bizarre.

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Nissa Collins

Oh Julie, this is FANTASTIC!! I’ve been going through withdraw…I need my demon-hunting soccer mom like I need my coffee! I’m so excited Kate is coming back! I so hope everything works out for you. Thanks for all you do to keep us entertained!

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Julie

Needing like coffee? now THAT is the highest compliment you could pay a gal like me (I say, as I sip my coffee!). thanks! And thanks for being a Kate fan!!

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WJvdR

Which idiot decided to stop publishing this great series??? At least it sounds like the effects are positive for you, giving you more control. I love Kate, her adventures and her (extended) family, so I’m very much lo0king forward to book 6. Btw, Charlaine Harris’ cover blurb was what led me to this series and from then on to the rest of your novels.
Will the anthology also contain the story included in Justin Gustainis’ Those Who Fight Monsters?????

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Julie

Hey, yup, that short story is The Demon You Know, and it’s going to be in the anthology, but I’m also going to release it first (hopefully in early February) as a short story. It’s going to be my formatting learning curve piece! (But that is an AWESOME anthology, so folks, if you haven’t grabbed a copy, do. I thoroughly enjoyed the other stories in there!)

I couldn’t have asked for a better quote than the one from Charlaine. I’ve since met her, very briefly, and she is such a nice woman!

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Kendra Mareva

Holy cow, Carpe Demon is being made into a movie!! Very noice. It’s probably old news, but congrats nevertheless! Looking forward to seeing it on the big screen.

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Julie

haha! I know! I’m looking forward to seeing it on the big screen too! Fingers sooooooo tightly crossed!

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Julie

Cool! I did that a week or so ago, but I’m always happy to have a pre-destined blog topic! Thanks!

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Chelo

I am SO EXCITED about this. Can’t wait for the next book. I’ll go collect the books I lent out and start rereading in preparation now. 🙂

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Julie

Yay!! And thanks for spreading the word about the books on your blog and twitter. In this day and age word of mouth is sooo important!

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Wendy

one word only… YAY!!!!!!!

Been loving the books and really looking forward to more stories. Berkeley’s loss, our gain. Thanks.

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Marci Olson

I just pinned Carpe Demon into my Pinterest boards. This is the first time that I have visited your site. I had NO IDEA that you have (and will have) more books about Kate. I SO have been missing out! Time to rectify that! 🙂

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Lisa

I am soooo excited to hear that you are coming out with new books with Kate. I have been reading these from the start and I am always looking for the next book. It has been way to long. So glad you are going to be able to go on with it. Can’t wait for them I am so looking forward to it. Back in school but I WILL find time to read them…. Cheers, and keep up the great work.

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Julie

Thanks for letting me know!! I really has been way, way too long, and I’m so glad that now venues exist where authors can continue with a series they (and readers!) love! glad you’re looking forward to it, and hope to have more updates soon!

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Adam Martin

Julie my wife loves your books and they always brighten her day, thanks for giving me something to give her.

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Becca

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series!! I was very sad when I kept going online and was unable to get info for the next book!! I’ve been wondering what happened in Rome?? I’m very sorry to hear that company did not renew..but it is their loss! As a Huge fan of Buffy and Charmaine Harris..Ive always agreed with her comments about your series!! So glad u haven’t forgotten poor Kate and her lol “love triangle”..your next book can’t come out fast enough!! It’s been too long. You are a wonderfully gifted writer and thank you for allowing us the privilege of enjoying your talent!!:-)

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Julie

Thanks so much, Becca! And I’m so glad you’re excited! I hope the books do well doing the indie/digital things; I’m hoping to be able to continue the series for a long time! I’ve got lots of Kate/Allie/etc. stories in me!!

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Becca

Thank goodness! It is so nice that u take the time to reply with your readers..it means alot to us! Ps..did u say “the demon you know” is already out? How’d I miss that!:-) and April would be a GREAT release for the next Kate book( my birthday is the 19th) what a great way to spend my bday morning..Kate and coffee!!

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Julie

It is, but it’s a short story in an anthology, so would have been easy to miss. The antho is awesome (called, Those Who Fight Monsters, and I highly recommend it). But just so you know, I’m going to be releasing it in a couple of weeks as a stand alone digital short story (it’s my formatting test case, LOL!) for 99 cents. Coming soon….

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Sarah

Okay, so I <3 your Kate books. I picked one up years ago in a bargin bin and have been hooked ever since. I have been devestated not knowing when the next book is coming out! Keep 'em coming and we'll keep reading!

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Julie

That’s so great to hear since I have plots outlined for the four after PAX DEMONICA … and ideas for at least a dozen short stories, LOL!

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Terrie

So excited that Kate is back!!! I’m a huge fan of this series!! Can’t wait to read the new books!:)

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Ricieri

I’d like to suggest a prequel series, telling (1) her training in vatican, (2) her first adventures, (3) her first husband the birth of her daughter and so on.

And another series like a Tales of Demons Hunters, telling about other hunters in the past and in the present, maybe with a victorian age demon hunter.

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Julie

You know, all of those ideas are awesome and are very similar to some of the things I already have brewing … if only there were more hours in a day I could get more stuff out faster!

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Jori

I was going crazy waiting for another demon book to come out! I am so anxious to see what kind of trouble Kate gets in to. You rock! 🙂

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Alllison

Hurray for more Kate books! I have missed them and look forward to buying and devouring them 🙂 Thanks for keeping us in the loop!

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Emilie

Julie,
I really can’t wait to read the next book! Do you have a definate date it will be released?

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Julie

I don’t have a definitive date yet as I’m still new to this indie pub thing. I am *hoping* for about 6 weeks from now, so cross your fingers! This one will be the loosest date-wise since the learning curve is steep. But I plan on more Kate novels after PAX DEMONICA, and once I’ve done it the first time I’ll be able to give a firm release date early on (and maybe even allow for pre-orders…not sure how that works!)

Thanks to everyone for being so patient!!

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Julie

Oh, I hadn’t heard about that! Going to go follow the links! Thanks for the heads-up!

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amara

Yay! So excited-love the series and was wondering what had happened to it. Thank you for bringing it back.

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Adventures in eBooking | JULIE KENNER/J.K. BECK

[…] I’ve mentioned before that I’m diving into the eBook waters. So why did I say the journey kicked into high gear yesterday? Because I am holding in my hot little virtual hands the actual Kindle version of The Demon You Know (and no, it’s not yet available to readers–this week is proofreading week). But for the first time since I started to stick my toe in, it really felt real! It’s a BOOK, people! Yay!!! (And California Demon and The Cat’s Fancy are both coming along nicely — they were scanned in and need more clean-up — but I think I should be calling them both a book by the weekend!) […]

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Liza

I’m so excited we will get more books in this series. I’m the one who asked you for more Kate books at RWA in Orlando. Still my favorite series from you.

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Julie

Hey Liza!! Waving hi!! I’m excited you’re excited 🙂 And if you didn’t see already, the short story went live today! I’m blogging about it tomorrow, and will include a link, but it’s THE DEMON YOU KNOW. Hope you check it out if you haven’t already!

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Rebecca

I just discovered this series. I tore through the first book, and I loved it! I can’t wait to read the rest of the books!

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