Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Author Page at The Wild Rose Press

Today was a good day!  In the mail today, I received a large envelope of postcards with my book cover emblazoned on them.  Exciting!  Just in time for a booksigning, hopefully!

On top of that, I checked http://www.thewildrosepress.com for my author page, and surprise, surprise, it was there!  It can be found here :) if you're interested.

Hope your Wednesday was a good one too!  Comment on your good news here, too!

Happy Writing!

Cherie Marks
http://www.cheriemarks.com
Into the Fire available October 5, 2011 from The Wild Rose Press

Monday, August 29, 2011

Top Ten Worst Ice Cream Flavors

In honor of my father's favorite treat (his birthday), this week's Top Ten list is all about the worst ice cream flavors never invented (thank goodness).

10.  Earwax and chocolate swirl with nosehair sprinkles
9.    Sweaty, vanilla gym socks with bottom of the trashbag syrup
8.    Strawberry mayonnaise with caviar mix-ins
7.    Fudgy, belly-fat ripple
6.    Peanut butter and toe-jam with cricket leg toppings
5.    Belly-button lint and mint chip
4.    Sludge and onion pecan
3.    Elbow grease and gravy over mouse chip
2.    Liver and cherry with marshmallow syrup
1.  Cookies and Spleen

Yes, they are gross, but they were inspired by a picture of a topping choice at Orange Leaf Yogurt that looked very much like fish eggs.  Hopefully, I won't feel so guilty for the delicious peanut butter and chocolate yogurt with Reese Cup mix-ins I gobbled down tonight.  It could have been worse, I suppose.

Happy Writing!

Cherie
http://www.cheriemarks.com
Into the Fire releasing October 5, 2011 from The Wild Rose Press

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday--Into the Fire

Into the Fire's release date gets ever closer.  I'm anxiously awaiting October 5, 2011.  Until then, I hope to tempt readers with excerpts from this story about what happens when two chefs with a romantic past go head to head on a reality show.  In this scene, Shyann loses her focus on the competition because memories of Luke and her first kiss long ago invade her mind.


Goose bumps had run over her skin, as if announcing the significance of the kiss.  Now, as she came back to reality, she released a breath she hadn’t realized she’d been holding.  For a little while at least, they’d been great together.  But that kiss was nothing more than a memory now, and she would be better off forgetting it.

Mentally shaking herself, Shyann leaned her hands on the counter in front of her.  Its cool metal surface felt icy against her palms and reminded her that her company’s future was why she was really here. That was just what she needed, since she clearly didn’t have her head in the game.
Read more Six Sentence Sundays here, or sign up to participate next week.

Here's a little more information about Into the Fire:



Months after he stole her affections—then her executive chef position—Shyann and Luke meet again under sizzling circumstances, competing head-to-head on a televised cooking show called Kitchen Twist. Each arrives with a motive: Luke intends to win back Shyann’s heart, even as she wants closure on the not-so-tasty heartbreak he once served up.

Luke knows culinary masterpieces require a delicate touch, but that knowledge is tossed out with the leftovers as he works to show Shyann he’s not such a bad guy. Now he pushes his skills to the limit to win the competition and satisfy a bet.

Can two top chefs resist each other as they move out of the pan and into the fire?

Happy Writing!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Night, Ladies' Night

PhotobucketTonight's Ladies' Night is all about my current Work In Progress, Who's the Cake Boss.    My inspiration for the hero of the story is one hot Top Chef, and though he didn't win the title in his season, he won the hearts of so many.  Not only is he hot, hot, hot in and out of the kitchen, he is also diabetic and was able to use his platform as a Top Chef contestant to bring attention to this widspread medical condition.

So, here's a little about him:

Name:  Sam Talbot
Sign:  Capricorn
Born:  Charlotte, NC
Best Known:  Finalist on Season 2 of Top Chef

Hope you get a little inspiration too.

Happy Writing!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Top Ten Ways You Know You're A Writer

Tuesdays are for my Top Ten.  Sometimes funny, sometimes serious, but always relevant.

Top Ten Ways You Know You're A Writer

10.  Instead of the smell of coffee, it's the smell of paper that wakes you in the morning.
9.    The longest conversation you've had in a day was with a character in your story.
8.    When you open your desk drawer to add one more writing utensil, everything spills out like an overstuffed closet.
7.    Characters in your stories resemble real people you've encountered.
6.    When your Muse begins "talking," you pull your laptop from its case like a gunslinger.
5.    You can talk more in-depth about your characters' lives than you can your own.
4.    You randomly tell people, "Your dialogue doesn't feel authentic."
3.    People no longer ask you what you ride when you tell what you do for a living?
2.    Your idea of a perfect Saturday night involves closing plot holes.
1.    You finish every conversation with a very satisfying "The End."

Hope you like, and hope it made you smile.

Happy Writing!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday--Into the Fire

It's coming soon, so I'm going to be giving six sentence snippets from Into the Fire, my short story with The Wild Rose Press.  Looks like October 5, 2011 is the publication date, so my excitement is building like an adolescent shaking a soda pop (I teach this age; I would know).

“I honestly don’t want to hear any explanation from
you now or ever, but if I win? Which I will, of
course.”


“Then I’ll leave it up to you. If you want me to
walk away, I will.” He took a step closer, placed his
hand on her shoulder, and leaned down, his mouth
right next to her ear. “But if you want me to call you
darling, sweetheart, and sugar cheeks all night long,
I’ll do that too.”


Read more Six Sentence Sundays here, or sign up to participate next week.

Here's a little more information about Into the Fire:


Months after he stole her affections—then her executive chef position—Shyann and Luke meet again under sizzling circumstances, competing head-to-head on a televised cooking show called Kitchen Twist. Each arrives with a motive: Luke intends to win back Shyann’s heart, even as she wants closure on the not-so-tasty heartbreak he once served up.

Luke knows culinary masterpieces require a delicate touch, but that knowledge is tossed out with the leftovers as he works to show Shyann he’s not such a bad guy. Now he pushes his skills to the limit to win the competition and satisfy a bet.

Can two top chefs resist each other as they move out of the pan and into the fire?

Happy Writing!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Slow Go

The writing has been slow lately.  Between crazy health situations and the start-up of the ever-faithful day job again, I'm having trouble focusing.

I think some of it is also the fear that "I can't do it again."  You know, publication jitters and all.  My short story, Into the Fire, comes out in about a month, and I'm still trying to finish a follow up story, which I truly, truly like, but can't seem to make myself write.  Every time I sit down, I get about a page done, but a gazillion plot bunnies hopping around me, taking my focus again.

Today, I get to hang out with the ladies of Kentucky Romance Writers though, and I always walk away completely inspired.  So, I'm hoping my little fingers will be flying across the keyboard for a while after the meeting is over.  It's never failed me before.

Happy Writing!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Complications

Still kicking after all these complications, except I'm dealing with medical issues again.  Three weeks ago, I elected to have a breast reconstruction surgery.  It was supposed to be the happy ending to my breast cancer story.  Everything seemed to be going well, until it swelled.  That went down eventually, but then it began to get infected.  So that's where I am now--another complication.  And all along the way, little complications keep coming.  But what can I do?  People tell me I'm strong, that I'm a trouper who has gone through so much, but the truth is, there is no other option.  I have to keep praying, hoping, and trying until things work out.  And they will.  That's where my strength truly comes in.  I don't let myself think of any other option than things working out.

I can't help relating my medical struggle to the ultimate goal of being published in book-length fiction.  You see, I take chances, write a piece in which I have confidence, then put it out in front of others to see the reactions.  Along the way, there are complications--big and small--and my ability to push through the blocks, the lack of time, the unfortunate medical issues, the plot bunnies, or whatever happens to get in the way of the story is what will ultimately lead to success.  Regardless of all these possible problems, I don't let any other option other than pushing through and getting published even become a possibility.

Complications are going to happen, but they're merely bumps in the road.  Never full stops.

Happy Writing!