AAD Author Spotlight: Kris Norris

Posted April 2, 2012 by Jen in Authors After Dark, Giveaway Tags: , , , ,

Hello Readers! Today I bring you romance author, Kris Norris. Kris sees herself as somewhat obsessive and feels she tends to push the boundaries of common sense sometimes. Her friends graciously see her as passionate and adventurous. After all, speed limits are only a guideline and shouting is just her way of rising above the chaos.
She loves the outdoors. If she’s not on her computer— or chasing after her three kids— you’ll find her out on a trail somewhere, either running or riding her mountain bike. She loves trying new challenges and completed the TransRockies Race this past year.
She started writing some years back, and it took her a while to realize she wasn’t destined for the padded room, and the voices chattering away in her head were really other characters trying to take shape. (And since they weren’t telling her to conquer the human race, she went with it. Though if they had…)  
She loves writing erotic novels. She loves heroines who kick butt, heroes who are larger than life, and sizzling love scenes that leave you feeling just a bit breathless. So stay tuned, and, as always, enjoy the ride…
Kris is a featured author attending Author’s After Dark in New Orleans. For more information about AAD2012, click HERE
Also, keep reading to learn more about Kris’s release, Playing Four Keeps, and enter to win a copy! GIVEAWAY details are below.
Please help me welcome Kris to That’s What I’m Talking About.
Smart is Sexy…
First off, thanks to Jen for having me here today…it’s great to be part of this fabulous blog. Now, when she originally asked me if I’d be interested, I was terrified… honestly, I’m horrible at coming up with blog ideas. It’s like every creative thought in my body just freezes and I’m left blabbering on about some inane topic no one really wants to read about. But Jen assured me I’d find something to chat about… so, consider yourself warned! (But there is a contest, so bare with me.)
There are lots of topics I thought about covering, but one stuck out. And it’s the basis behind my new novel, Playing Four Keeps. Smart is sexy. And I’m not just talking about a gal who can balance her cheque book…no honey, I mean photographic memory, statistic loving, could do your taxes in her sleep smart. All this, and she can shoot, too.
Now I realize times have changed, but it seems that some stereotypes still linger on. Let’s face it…when I say smart, most of us picture thick glasses, greasy hair and pimples. You know the look…the same kids you avoided in high school unless you needed help in algebra…those kids. But like most things, smart has a whole new look, and I’m here to tell you it will blow the old images out of the water.
To be honest, I was one of those brainy kids…now I don’t wear glasses (no, not yet, despite the increase in age, lol) and I’d like to think my shampoo doesn’t leave my hair greasy, but I know I was in that group as a teenager. Even today, my kids kind of give me that look when I do math in my head or glance at their homework and smile, the answer already poised on my tongue. But I no longer hide it. I embrace it, and quite honestly, I have Hollywood to thank for it.
I know…how on Earth did Hollywood break the nerd mold? In a word…Numbers. Now you may not be familiar with this TV show…it aired for 6 seasons and was cancelled a few years back, but in my opinion, it brought smart into the realm of sexy for an entire generation of viewers. The premise was simple…genius mathematician helps his FBI brother solve cases using math. Far-fetched you may say, but in reality, not so much. You’d be surprised how ingrained math, statistics, probability and the like are in our lives…but what was truly amazing was that for one of the first times, it made being smart attractive… heroic even. And I was hooked. I mean, after Revenge of the Nerds, it was such a huge step in the right direction. Smart was on the frontline, fighting the good fight—and it was winning.
Thus, when my gal pal, Bronwyn Green dared me to write a four-way ménage, I knew it’d take more than a pretty face to go up against three men. My heroine needed smarts, and she wasn’t going to be afraid to use them. Enter Reese Bailey. A woman after my own heart. With an IQ off the chart, and enough gall to stare down any Alpha male, she’s in a league all her own…one she’ll share with the right guy…or guys. She’s far from perfect, but she’s definitely a new brand of heroine. One where intelligence replaces lingerie and outsmarting the bad guy is a mathematical certainty.
Below is the blurb to my new novel…just out with Resplendence Publishing and available at ARe. Click HERE for more information.
Thanks again to Jen for having me stop by. And now that you’ve made it  through the entire post, I’m happy to offer a copy of my latest novel…Playing Four Keeps… Good luck and hope to meet many of you at AAD in NOLA this summer.
You can find Kris on line at 
More on Playing Four Keeps (Resplendence Publishing, March 2012)
If two’s company and three’s a crowd, then four is bound to be…deadly.
Special Agent Reese Bailey has a new assignment…one not under the jurisdiction of the federal bureau. She’s been hired to identify the person trying to kill the members of one of the hottest rock bands hitting the charts, and three of the hottest men she’s ever laid eyes on. Keeping her distance would be hard if she wasn’t certain they’d come to the same conclusion as all her past encounters…she’s just too different to make the cut.
Mace, Nash and Landon aren’t sure what to think of the incredibly smart federal agent who walks into their life, and into their hearts, they only know she’s the one they’ve been waiting for. It’s clear she’s a professional, not to mention a child protégé who can read their body language while figuring projectile paths in her head. And she’s not one to mix duty with pleasure. 
But they aren’t taking no for an answer, not when their souls are on the line. Reese proves to be everything they’ve ever imagined and more. But the stakes are higher than any of them realize and if she can’t track down the stalker in time, the boys won’t be the only ones playing for keeps. 
GIVEAWAY Thank you, Kris, for stopping by That’s What I’m Talking About.  Kris is graciously giving away one (1) e-copy of Playing Four Keeps. Please leave your comments for Kris by Wednesday April 4, 2012, at 9:00 PM EDT to be eligible for the contest. One entry per person, the winner will be selected from eligible entries using random.org. Contest is open internationally; please leave your email address so I can contact you. Thank you to Kris for this fun giveaway!

3 responses to “AAD Author Spotlight: Kris Norris

  1. I can’t wait to meet Kris (and TwiMom!!) at AADNOLA! You two are both such sweethearts!

    Smart is TOTALLY sexy! I might be horrid at math, but I’ll do your history or your English homework any day. (which is funny since I’m in a science-related field) and I wear glasses, but they’re cute and my hair is always shiny. And does anyone else remember Henry Grubstick from Ugly Betty? HELLO HOT NERD! Sexiest smart guy everrrr! 🙂

    I already have a copy of Playing Four Keeps. I was just stopping in to say hello and give some smart people love. Have a fabulous day! xoxo

  2. Thanks for the great post! This book sounds very interesting 😉

    I love smart characters and I think they are very sexy!!!!!