Saturday, December 31, 2011

Six Sunday--Lost in New Falls


HAPPY NEW YEAR! Now that I got that out, thanks to all who made 2011 a fantastic year for me by stopping by and commenting here and sharing such incredible talent week after week.  Hope 2012 blesses you all!


We're still in New Falls, Tennessee with Sara Delaney and Sheriff Quentin Taylor.  Sara has just reported a burglary during which her laptop was stolen (EEK!).  She's just finished explaining she's also missing her underwear and has her fingers crossed that the good sheriff won't recognize her.  But that's not how conflict works.  Here is another six from Lost in New Falls:


         
             “Sara Delaney? Your name is Sara?”

             Here it comes. “Yes.”

             He studied her again, disbelief apparent in his golden eyes. If he was waiting for her to confirm they knew each other, they’d be standing here until the cedar smell wore off the log walls around them.


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Happy Writing!

Cherie

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Monday, December 19, 2011

The Twelve Days of Writer's Christmas

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In the holiday spirit, here are twelve days of gifts for all your writer friends.


12. On the twelfth day of Christmas, my writer friend gave to me twelve perpetual ink pens

11.  On the eleventh day of Christmas, my writer friend gave to me eleven (thousand) new Twitter/Facebook/Goodreads/Linkdin/Google+ followers (tired yet?)

10.  On the tenth day of Christmas, my writer friend gave to me ten self-filling writing notebooks

9.  On the ninth day of Christmas, my writer friend gave to me nine blocks of post-its that can never be misplaced

8.  On the eighth day of Christmas, my writer friend gave to me eight unique, impervious-to-plot-holes story ideas

7.  On the seventh day of Christmas, my writer friend gave to me seven maids to clean my neglected house

6.  On the sixth day of Christmas, my writer friend gave to me six weeks of Nora Roberts' bootcamp

5.  On the fifth day of Christmas, my writer friend gave to me FIVE--UNINTERRUPTED--MINUTES

4.  On the fourth day of Christmas, my writer friend gave to me four containers of writing mojo

3.  On the third day of Christmas, my writer friend gave to me three perfect critiques

2.  On the second day of Christmas, my writer friend gave to me two new muses (a spare for when the other goes missing)

1.  On the first day of Christmas, my writer friend gave to me Ryan Reynolds in nothing Photobucket

Who could ask for more?  Happy Writing! 
Cherie
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Six Sunday--Lost in New Falls

A little late seems to be my theme.  In this week's snippet, we pick up with the sheriff's and his deputy's reaction to hearing what exactly had been stolen from Sara Delaney (besides her laptop--eek!):
     
        
            “You mean they took your underwear?”
            She sighed and rolled her eyes. “Do I have to spell it out for you? Panties, bras, and other lingerie, all gone.”
            Their looks were laughable, but she just wasn’t in the mood to yuk it up when someone out there had her life’s work in his or her grubby hands, and she was just desperate enough to want it back she was willing to work with Quentin. Once they closed their mouths, both suddenly became very interested in the report in the deputy’s hands.


Thank you to those who return week after week. I look forward to reading all the snippets from such talented authors.

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Happy Writing!


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Cherie
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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday--Lost in New Falls

We're back in New Falls this week.  This story was the 1st place winner in The Beacon Unpublished contest for category romance.  I was ecstatic to say the least.  The first two installments have introduced Sara Delaney, a writer living the nightmare of having her laptop stolen along with various other items--like her underwear--and now she has to tell her long-time crush exactly what she's missing.  Without further ado, here are six more lines from Lost in New Falls:

            “Well, Sheriff, someone waited until Ms. Delaney exited the premises and broke inside, taking various items that she’s currently listing for me. She was just going over the bedroom items. You were saying about your underwear drawer?”

             She could feel her cheeks heat, and she had a sudden nervous urge to reach for something unhealthy but oh-so-tasty. She’d left emotional eating behind long ago though, so instead, she inhaled deeply and answered, “No valuables missing from the drawer, just the,” she cleared her throat again, “contents.”

             Both men went still, their faces frozen, mouths open and for the briefest of moments, Quentin’s gaze roamed down her body and back up, lingering in a couple places.

Thank you to those who return week after week. I look forward to reading all the snippets from such talented authors.

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Happy Writing!


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Cherie
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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday--Lost in New Falls

Sorry about the lateness of this post, but I received some awesome news about this piece yesterday, and lost my mind for a little while.  More on that later.  For now, here are six more lines from Lost in New Falls:

She took a deep breath, but the breath caught in her throat at the sight of the hulking man who stepped through her door, one shoulder at a time. Anybody but him. Her heart began to pound. Quentin Taylor’s badge glinted on his shirt as he nodded to a few men in her kitchen, then he sauntered over to her and the young deputy standing beside her. He was the sheriff, his looks had grown more devastating over the past ten years, and she was going to have to tell him exactly what the thief had taken out of her underwear drawer. Whoever it was ran away with all her silky lingerie, leaving her with only the bra and panties she currently wore.

Thank you to those who return week after week.  I look forward to reading all the little snippets.

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Happy Writing!


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Cherie
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Top Ten Best Things About Being a Writer


Gravity has ceased working around here because I am walking on air.

Into the Fire got a fantastic 4 1/2 star review at Night Owl Reviews.

The reviewer said, "there are a few tantalizing scenes that are as steamy as the food cooking in the kitchen. A quick easy read, but beware of feeling hungry afterwords!"

You can read the whole review HERE.

Also, if you'll hang around just a little longer, I've created a new top ten list for you to enjoy.  Hope it gives you a giggle or two.

Here are the top ten best things about being a writer:


10.Yeah, that villain I killed in a most heinous way might be you. Did you tick me off recently?

9. I'm on vacation every time I jump into the setting of my current story.

8. All the wild and crazy monthly writer meetings that get sooo out of hand.

7. The cool writer decoder ring I got through the mail when I hit 5000 friends on Facebook (maybe I dreamt this).

6. I get to be an office supply whore because now they're necessities.

5. The best part of my work attire are the house slippers and pj's.

4. People other than my mother and I have read my writing (some even liked it).

3. Fiction writer is just a nice way to say I'm full of it but know how to make it sound good.

2. I get to selfishly indulge in all my own interests and call it research for a book.

1. Now all those voices in my head are characters--not proof of insanity.

So, there you are--the top ten best things about being a writer.  Did I miss any?  Leave any I missed in the comments.

And just in case you missed the other amazing reviews of Into the Fire...

Sizzling Hot Book Reviews said "Into the Fire gives us a wonderful concept, great conflict and adoring characters. Don’t miss Into the Fire when you are looking for a new book." For the entire review, go here: http://tinyurl.com/3zgagc4

Got Erotic Romance said "Into the Fire is a fast and fun read. Is it getting hot in here? This kitchen is on fire!" For the entire review, go here: http://tinyurl.com/4y2ntz2

Happy Writing!

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday--Lost in New Falls

In last week's post, Sara Delaney exemplified every writer's worst nightmare--she'd lost all her written work.  We pick up as a deputy asks if she's noticed anything else missing.


She unfolded her hands from her mouth and nodded. She cleared her throat and bit her lip. It was a little embarrassing. “An alarm clock, a pillow, and…uh, well, whoever it was, cleared out my underwear drawer.”

 "You had valuables hidden there?”

If only.


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Happy Writing!

Cherie
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Top Ten Things Not Overheard on Black Friday

Oh yes, it's that time of year again.  First, Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  Hope your holiday is oh, so delicious.  Second, my top ten list is timely.  If you've never experienced a Friday with the shopping masses, you don't know what you're missing.  There are deals to be found, right?  Well, I've only ever been once, but I can assure you that these are ten things you'll never hear while shopping on Black Friday.  Hope you enjoy!

10.  No, go ahead of me in line.  I don't mind.
9.    We're only going to two stores--three tops.
8.    I'm confused.  It's midnight...are we shopping late or early?
7.    I sure hope I spend enough money to recover the economy.
6.    Ooooh, Jingle Bells, Wal-mart smells, granny got a gun...
5.    Who really needs a 48-inch, plazma, HD TV for $200 dollars?  Really?
4.    Boy, wonder why the mall's so crowded?
3.    I'll just be in here a minute.
2.    I'll never see a deal like this again!
1.    I'll take a Gerard Butler in a size 10 *wink*

There you go.  Top Ten Things Not Overheard on Black Friday.  For a little more information about myths of Black Friday, check out the following Fox News clip.

Black Friday Myths

Happy Writing!

Cherie
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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday--Lost in New Falls

Thank you so much to all the sixers who continue to pop in, read, and comment each week.  It is a great way to go into Monday.  Here are six from my current wip--Lost in New Falls.  It's un-edited for the most part, but the opening is a nightmare for any writer and especially for Sara Delaney, the heroine of this story:


Over…so over.  Her life was over.  Her career was over.  As the sheriff’s deputies tromped around the little cabin her grandfather left her several years ago, they catalogued her missing items, but all Sara Delaney could focus on was the one major electronic that was everything to her—her laptop.  She wasn’t sure how she’d managed to swallow a barbell, but it felt like one was lodged in her chest.  Her laptop was gone, along with her all she’d written over the years.


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Happy Writing,

Cherie

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Top Ten Sites This Week

Usually, I work out a few giggles with a humorous top ten list, but this week, I thought I'd do something a little different.  Here are ten sites that I've visited recently and would recommend to others.  If you have a moment, check them out for some good information.

1.    www.kmart.com     You can do layaway on line.  Cool way to cover some Christmas items without leaving home until it's time to pick up your items.
2.    http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/     Kristin Lamb's writerly advice with an emphasis on social media.
3.    http://favstar.fm/     Supposed to give you the best tweets (the ones that are RT'd the most)
4.    http://www.youtube.com/user/LauraZigman     Cute and funny YouTube videos by Laura Zigman
5.    http://www.xtranormal.com/     Make fun movies to upload to YouTube.  They say, "If you can type, you can make a movie."
6.    http://www.xtranormal.com/     Some Twitter advice from chick-lit author, Jennifer Weiner
7.    http://www.jennycrusie.com/for-writers/essays/     Essays from Jennifer Crusie about writing, publishing, and other topics.
8.    http://www.craftingfiction.com/2010/02/kat-oreilly-on-writing-romance.html  Kat O'Reilly weighs in on writing romance
9.    http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com/    One source for descriptive writing ideas.
10.  http://lydiakang.blogspot.com/    Need some medical info?  Check out Medical Mondays on this blog.

There you go.  A short list of references for various needs.  Any interesting sites I missed?

Happy Writing!

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Six Sunday--Into the Fire

I've been away for a couple weeks, but I'm back to share six sentences from Into the Fire, my short story with The Wild Rose Press.  Here is a romantic moment after the reality show competition has wrapped.  Hope you enjoy.

     Her gaze hit his, and the pit of his stomach twisted as the heat melted him like butter on a hot roll.

     "I can’t promise anything, Luke. You’ve given me every reason not to trust you, but after what you made me feel in the pantry, I know I want at least one more night with you.”

     “I’ll take that.” He leaned forward and reached a hand under her ponytail to cup the back of her neck and pull her toward him as he lowered his lips to meet hers. The minute their mouths touched, he was in heaven.

 
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Cherie
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Monday, November 7, 2011

Please Welcome Elke Feuer

I'm so excited to welcome fellow Angel Elke Feuer to the blog today.  One of the original Angels who met at RWA10, she is often the first one to congratulate or promote, and I, for one, couldn't appreciate knowing her more.

She agreed to answer a few questions and let us know about her current project.

Tell us a little about your writing routine...

I write at least two hours every day during the week and two-four hours on the weekends. I get to work early in the morning, so I write in the evening after my son goes to bed. On the weekends it’s at my favorite coffee shop.


Mmmm...coffee.  Add a little chocolate, and you got a perfect writing environment.  What inspires you?

I’d have to say fellow writers. Their enthusiasm, support and encouragement of each other and of course their success. They’re real people and if they can have success then maybe I can too.


With a story like your current project, there's no doubt you can have success.  Let's take a look at the blurb...

             
For the Love of Jazz

To launch her restoration architecture company, Josie Fagan must convince Patrick Pullman she’s the only one who can restore his unique 1940s bungalow. She gets more than she bargains for when a condition of the contract is that she stays at the house with him, and what Patrick Pullman wants, Patrick Pullman gets…

She feels an immediate connection not only to Patrick and his house, but to the previous tenants, Patrick’s uncle and his lover, Lola, who disappeared fifty years ago. Is the attraction between Patrick and Josie real, are Lola and William still acting out their unfinished lives or is the house just haunted?

Patrick Pullman doesn’t believe in ghosts or that his house is haunted, but when he starts having visions of Lola; maybe Josie isn’t crazy after all. Will they find out the truth before she disappears too?


Oooh, this sounds like such a great story, but I digress.

Where in the world would you want to visit (all in the name of research, of course) and why?

At the top of my list is Chicago where my current story is based. But I’d love to visit Petra, Florence, Peru and China. You can’t help but think stories are there waiting to be discovered and told.


Do your characters reveal themselves before or during your draft and how?

Sometimes they reveal themselves before the story starts through a dream or a glimpse of someone in the store or coffee shop. Other times they don’t reveal themselves until the story begins to unfold and at that point I have to interrogate them. J
Isn't that the truth?  What works one time, doesn't always work the next. 

What was your first writing piece and where is it now?

It was the story of a woman whose ship is captured by a Pirate and they fall in love despite their differences in background. I was twelve at the time and wrote it on the typewriter my parents gave me for my birthday. Unfortunately it disappeared when I was editing it at school.


Can you share an excerpt from your current work?


Excerpt

“I want you stay at the house during the renovations and not take on any other jobs until mine is done.”  

“What?” He couldn’t be serious. She searched his face. He was. “Why do I need to stay at the house?”

“I need this project finished in ten months and that will mean having you close to discuss design and restoration changes. Living at the house is the best option and also eliminates the risk of theft.” He leaned back in his chair. “Room and board is free. You don’t want to waste money your business needs, do you?”

Damn, he knew about her finances and was going to play hard ball. She had no intention of letting him use it against her or backing down. She was the best candidate and they both knew it. If she wasn’t he would have hired another company. “I want a flattering personal reference,” she countered.

A cocky grin curved his lips. “Then I want guarantees.”

She held his gaze.

“You’ll get your reference if you meet my ten month deadline, if I’m satisfied with the quality of the work, and if the job comes within budget.” He moved his chair back into the upright position.

“That will not include changes you make to my original estimate or if you select inferior products,” she added quickly. 

His smile broadened and his boyish dimple winked at her. 

Was he enjoying this?

Damn him, he was! 

She didn’t like it one bit. He was taking away the control she wanted, needed to have. The excitement she felt when he agreed to hire her vanished. The masculine atmosphere that had floated in the air like cheap cologne when she arrived squeezed around her to uncomfortable. 

“Do we have a deal?” His confident tone implied he knew the answer.

Thanks Cherie for being a wonderful host and supporter.  

Aaah, my pleasure, sweetie.  Thanks for being my guest today.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Weekend Dirty Dozen for Into the Fire

Shyann and Luke are two professional chefs going head-to-head on a televised cooking competition.  This kitchen is too hot for TV.  We pick up where we left off last week.  (See last week's dirty dozen here)
And though they say revenge is best served cold, their relationship hadn’t been on ice long enough to chill her anger yet.
       She’d managed to avoid him most of the evening as she went through hair and makeup, but the earlier rehearsal was another story. It had been pure torture, being forced to endure his presence, walking through the opening face-off, and prepping their cooking stations within inches of each other. It was bad enough that he looked better than she trying to dismiss him from her thoughts, she reached for her chef’s jacket and began to wrap herself in her white cotton armor for the upcoming battle. She needed to win today, hands down. When she’d quit her job at the restaurant, thanks to Luke, she’d begun working on something she’d never imagined. A win on this show would launch her tiny event planning company into an actual business, and she liked the idea of being an independent business owner, never having to rely on the chefs above her to make or break her career. Never having someone you trust break your heart.
        “What has you so distracted, darling?”
        She startled and cursed herself for reacting to his deep timbre. Chills ran down her spine at the thought of him at her back. Steeling her body, she turned to face him and sucked in a breath at the sight of his gorgeous face up close, with its perfect angles and wake-and-run stubble.

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Top Five Misconceptions About Romance Writers

If you're interested, come visit me at A. J. Nuest's Tattered Pages blog today. I'm discussing that dreaded manuscript-under-the-bed.  Then come back and take a look at some common misconceptions about romance writers.

I write romance, and I mostly share this information with other romance writers or readers.  Occasionally though, I tell someone who is not necessarily familiar with the genre, and their misconceptions are laughable.  You'll notice there are only five items on the list this time.  This is because I had to have some space to clear up the misconceptions.  So, here are the top five misconceptions about romance writers.  I might have exaggerated...just...a...smidge ;-)

5.  Misconception--The ideas for stories come from our little, secret perversions.

     Reality--My perversions are BIG and out there, baby! (Okay, I've been married to the same man for fifteen years, and he's still my best friend and fave person to be with, so no hidden perversions here).

4.  Misconception--All romance writers are un-happy, love-starved housewives who need an outlet for all their pent-up frustration before they explode.

     Reality--I have a Master's Degree and a professional day job.  See previous item concerning my level of happiness and frustration concerning my love life.

3.  Misconception--All romance books are full of heaving bosoms, throbbing loins, and wistful sighs.

     Reality--As a genre, romance has come a long way.  There are many types of romance for all kinds of readers.  From chick lit to urban fantasy to romantic suspense to Inspirational, the choices are endless, and the heroines are multifaceted.  Gone are the simpering damsels in distress.  Now, she'd be more likely to kick his throbbing loins just for looking at her heaving bosoms until he was wistfully sighing for his crushed boys below, if you know what I mean.

2.  Misconception--Romance stories are the easiest genre to write, and anyone can write one.

     Reality--Pull all your fingernails and toenails out with a pair of pliers, pluck each of your hairs out one at a time with a pair of tweezers, and pull your bottom lip over your head until you can taste the back of your neck(I stole and modified that last one from Bill Cosby), then you'll know the pain and frustration a romance writer encounters trying to write a publishable story that appeals to a wide audience of readers and might make a little money.

1.  Misconception--Romance writers sit around in feather boas, pink fuzzy slippers, and eat bon-bons all day.

     Reality--Okay, this one is soooo true (or at least I wish it were).

There you have it.  Five misconceptions about being a romance writer.  To hear more from other romance writers, watch this short video:




You can also read author Alexandra Ivy's opinion on the topic here.

Happy Writing!
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Friday, October 28, 2011

I'm Elsewhere

CRAZY!!  That's where I'm going today.  Turns out I signed up for Weekend Dirty Dozen, b-u-t I realized I wouldn't be able to participate because of all the guesting I'm doing this weekend, so I e-mailed to tell the admin to remove me for this weekend.  Eeeennnhhh (buzzer sound).  Just got an e-mail back that says my first one didn't go through.  So, here it is--a rushed dirty dozen from Into the Fire.  These are the first twelve lines of this short story from The Wild Rose Press.  The buy links are at the bottom of this post, if you are interested.



Heat-ray vision would be so perfect right about now. Shyann Devere crossed her arms and glared.
The man sitting five feet to the right of her, legs sprawled, Sudoku puzzle book in hand, looked like
he didn’t have a care in the world. She imagined hot beams burning from her eyes, searing him to
cinders. But barring any sudden toxic waste incidents or radioactive insect encounters, she’d just
have to be satisfied with her disappointingly unsuper-powered, but ├╝ber-angry gaze. There was one
dilemma, though. She had no intention of actually looking directly at him, but an out-of-the-corner eye stare didn’t have quite the burn-him-to-ash punch she was going for. And what was worse, he didn’t even seem to know she was in the room.

The last time Shyann had seen Luke Tracy, it’d been raining, he’d been naked, juggling his clothes,
and she’d been pushing him out her door for what she’d hoped was the last time. She’d spent the last
month and a half in California wine country, researching an article and creatively avoiding him.
Now, they were competitors on a nationally aired television cooking show. Vengeance was hers with a win.

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ALSO...

I'm with the very lovely and talented Jennifer Jakes today.  She has so graciously agreed to host me, and I hope it's no secret I think the world of her.  Stop by and comment, if you get a chance.

http://www.authorjenniferjakes.blogspot.com

Oh, and here's a little Ladies' Night love...just because I can:

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Happy Writing!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

On the Road Again

I'm at the lovely blog of Elke Feuer today.  She is a fellow member of ACA and a great person to know.  Stop by if you get the chance.

http://elkefeuer.wordpress.com/

I'm also the weekly poster at http://www.asscheekangels.blogspot.com/ and I'm writing about the mainstream vs. indie debate.  Come by and put in your two cents worth if you'd like.

Happy Writing!

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Top Ten Reasons Vampires Will Never Die

I write contemporary, but it is scaring season, so today's Top Ten is all about vampires.  And, though book industry people say the market is saturated, there will always be romance books with vampires and here's why.  Hope you enjoy.

10.  Turns out, a diet of blood results in less tummy upset (any vamps fart in the books you've read?).
9.    Bad boys in black...need I say more?
8.    No wrinkles due to sunbathing.
7.    Garlic-breath is never a problem.
6.    You'll never have to share mirror-space.
5.    Your PMS chocolate stash is safe around him.
4.   Authentic Halloween decorations from his creepy castle.
3.  Tight, leather pants don't provide enough room for the whole embarrasing (and gross) hand-down-the-pants guy-thing.
2.  Robert Pattinson, Brad Pitt, Alexander Skarsgard, Ian Somerhalder, and Tom Cruise (before the crazy).
1.  The sexy bedroom voice created with those fangs never gets old.

So, there you have it!  Top ten reasons vampires will never die.  Hope you enjoyed.

Just a little FYI, Into the Fire, recently received a couple good reviews.  Check them out, if you get a chance.

Sizzling Hot Book Reviews said "Into the Fire gives us a wonderful concept, great conflict and adoring characters. Don’t miss Into the Fire when you are looking for a new book."  For the entire review, go here:  http://tinyurl.com/3zgagc4

Got Erotic Romance said "Into the Fire is a fast and fun read. Is it getting hot in here? This kitchen is on fire!" For the entire review, go here:  http://tinyurl.com/4y2ntz2

Happy Writing!

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Six Sunday--Who's the Cake Boss

Into the Fire is out there, and I didn't participate in Six Sentence Sunday last week because I was hosting an awesome angel and author, Kellie Kamryn, but I couldn't wait to get back to it.  This week, I thought I'd post an excerpt from a different MS.  Another look at what happens behind the scenes on a reality show with my current WIP, Who's the Cake Boss.


            Freaked-out of his mind was not a feeling he felt—ever.  He’d parachuted out of planes, base-jumped from cliff-sides, swum with sharks in open water.  You name it, he’d done it.  But the feisty female rolling fondant and mixing all sorts of sweet concoctions at the station next to him scared him like nothing else.  She was mystery and perfection rolled into one, and though at one time she thought he could do no wrong, now nothing was further from the truth.  His one time apprentice had improved her skills over the last year, but it was obvious she’d just as soon toast his lower marshmallows than talk to him now.
            Considering they were stuck together in a traveling kitchen trailer that made the family camper look like a mansion, how they felt about each other didn’t matter though. 
 
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Giveaway is Imminent!

One final stop on the blog tour where I talk about my favorite scene from Into the Fire.  Stop by and comment for a final chance to win one of two GC's to The Wild Rose Press or a gift card to Amazon.  A BIG thanks to those who followed along the way and a HUGE thanks to the hosts.  You folks made my year.

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Cherie Marks

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Let's Talk About Being On Top

I'm visiting Lisa Sanchez today where I discuss what it takes to be the best at what you do.  The tour is winding down, so come by for a chance to win one of two GC's to The Wild Rose Press or a GC for Amazon.

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Cherie Marks

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I'm Traveling Again

Today, I'm traveling to Black Velvet Seductions. Come with and comment for a chance to win one of two GC's to The Wild Rose Press and a GC to Amazon. The opportunities are dwindling.

Black Velvet Seductions

Here is the remaining schedule for the blog tour:
Oct 13 Lisa Sanchez Romance
Oct 14 Delaney Diamond's Blog
Oct 28 Jennifer Jakes' Blog

Happy Writing!

Cherie Marks

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Beginning the Last Leg of the Tour

Tuesday Top Ten will return next week.  Today, I'm traveling to Nancy G's Odd Little World.  Come with and comment for a chance to win one of two GC's to The Wild Rose Press and a GC to Amazon.  The opportunities are dwindling.

My Odd Little World

Here is the remaining schedule for the blog tour:


Oct 12 Black Velvet Seductions
Oct 13 Lisa Sanchez Romance
Oct 14 Delaney Diamond's Blog
Oct 28 Jennifer Jakes' Blog

*****I can also be found at Rachel Leigh's blog today.  Busy, busy, busy!  Stop by and comment.  I might just give away a free copy of Into the Fire.*****

Rachel Leigh Romance






Cherie Marks

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Monday, October 10, 2011

I'm Visiting Megan Johns Today!

I stop by Megan Johns' blog today, and I've posted a new excerpt from Into the Fire.  This week is the last chance to win 2 GC's to The Wild Rose Press or 1 GC to Amazon.  Come by and comment for your chance to win.

Megan Johns Invites

Here are the remaining stops:

Oct 11 My Odd Little World
Oct 11 Rachel Leigh Romance
Oct 12 Black Velvet Seductions
Oct 13 Lisa Sanchez Romance
Oct 14 Delaney Diamond's Blog
Oct 28 Jennifer Jakes' Blog

Happy Writing!




Cherie Marks

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Welcome Kellie Kamryn!

For my first ever guest on the blog, I'm welcoming good friend and amazing author--Kellie Kamryn.  She is multi-talented and a multi-published romance writer, and I can't tell you enough how excited I am to have her here today.

So, Kellie, tell us a bit about your writing routine.


I try to write first thing in the morning when things are fresh. Then I’ll do promotion in the afternoon.
Aaah, to have a plan.  Sounds smart.  Which comes first for you--plot or characters?


First it’s an idea for a scenario, then I create the characters. They tell me the story while I write.
I love a chatty character.  Do your characters reveal themselves before or during your draft?


             I think my characters reveal a bit about themselves a little at a time.

As far as the other aspects of writing, does your editor cheer or cringe when your manuscript crosses his/her desk?


So far, I’ve had great compliments on my writing mechanics and edits haven’t been too painful. Crossing fingers it stays that way! LOL

Tell us a bit about your latest release, Going for Gold.  What did you enjoy most about writing this piece?


I needed something to inspire me, something to get me back into the swing of writing. So, my friend suggested a short Christmas themed read just to get the muse working again.
Let's give the readers a taste of what Going for Gold is about.  Here's a blurb for the book:


It was an office Christmas party filled with sexual tension. Gymnastics coach Grant Howard couldn’t keep his eyes off the newly-hired cheerleader coach. And sultry Teena Adams felt the same way.  The “rah-rah-rahs” she felt were cheers of unbridled lust. From punch and cookies to sexual escapades on a gym apparatus, you’ll never look at Christmas parties or a trampoline the same way again. It’s winner-take-all, when lovers are Going for Gold.

This sounds like a hot read!  After finishing Monkey's, Sex, and Other Birthday Surprises, I'm ready for another, so this is on my TBR ASAP list. 

Speaking of your other work, what was your first writing piece and where is it now?

The first thing I ever wrote is somewhere in a folder on my computer! I may drag it out again some day and polish it up, LOL But what I really am looking forward to promoting are my novels – The Love and Balance series – set to come out in January and February from Secret Cravings Publishing. I also have an erotic short story, Pleasure Island, coming out in October as well with The Wild Rose Press (www.wilderroses.com) that will forever be my favorite as it was the first thing I wrote after my marriage ended.

Oh, I hate waiting!  To soothe my impatience, can you share an excerpt from Going for the Gold?


His balls ached. He contemplated discreetly adjusting his junk to assuage his discomfort but decided against it. It wouldn't help matters. At least not when the reason for it stood across the room, all sleek muscle and pleated, short skirt. She had been taunting him with that cheerleader body of hers since the day she'd come to work at the gym back in the fall. 

Raucous laughter made Grant Howard glance over just in time to see Teena Adams tip her head back, laughing at whatever had caused the uproar. At the sight of her beautiful profile, his cock jumped to attention. Her Christmas attire—red and green plaid skirt, green knee-high stockings, fire engine red heels, and white button-down blouse—was sexy as hell. He wouldn’t be able to endure this torture much longer.

It’s not like he didn’t get any on a regular basis. His reputation circulating as a “ladies man” with his female co-workers hadn’t escaped his attention. He neither perpetuated the myth nor did anything to dispel it. He got his fair share of pussy, but not from any of the women he coached with. Not that they weren’t hot—most gymnasts had a body a man would kill to get his hands on. But it was only common sense that if you wanted a good gym atmosphere, you didn’t fuck around with the girls on staff.

Grant sipped his drink, eyeing Teena over the rim of his glass. She laughed again, and his groin tightened. Huffing out a breath, he set his glass down on the table with a little more force than necessary. Christ. He stared at the clock on the wall, ignoring the festive mood of the partygoers, barely noticing how the boardroom had been decorated with mistletoe, garland and other Christmas decorations. Only one hour in. He hadn’t been at the party long enough to call it a night and head to the bar to find some real action.

Teena caught his eye from across the room. He held her gaze, barely able to breathe. Electricity crackled between them. One corner of her mouth quirked upward in a half smile, and she threw him a surreptitious wink. A friend nudged her arm, and he swore she grudgingly allowed herself to be pulled back into the conversation.

His heart thudded in his chest. Is she flirting with me? Was she interested in him too? She hadn’t given him any indication before tonight, and she couldn’t be drunk. Due to some of the underage coaches in attendance, the party was dry.

Grant threw back the rest of his punch, wondering if he should just go for it. Then one way or another, he could get over the affect she had on him. One way would be to sink my cock into her— He cut that train of thought off at the pass. Bad idea, man. If things didn’t go well, work would be hell.


You write in the male POV so well!  I can't wait to get my hands on this one!

Other than impatience for the next read, is there any particular emotional reaction you're trying to evoke with your writing?


I want them to laugh, cry, get aroused, or feel whatever the characters are feeling in a given moment.

Let's finish up with a few questions just for fun:


1.       Boxers or briefs on your man and why?

Boxer briefs – they are totally sexy. Although, commando is great too.

2.       Dog, cat, or neither? dog

3.       Favorite movie and why? The Saint – Val Kilmer, need I say more?

4.       Who or what would you walk over hot coals, climb a mountain, or swim an ocean to get to and why? My children. They are the best part of me.

5.       Salty, sweet, or both? Both depending on what it is!

Where can readers get a copy of their own?
Where can readers find you and  your other great reads?
Thanks for joining me today, Kellie.  I look forward to many more releases.
Happy Writing!