Monday, November 30, 2009

Introducing Cheryl Pierson!


I happy to announce that Cheryl Pierson has joined us today for Monday's Author Interviews! Please make her feel welcome. Don't forget to leave a comment or if you have a question please ask away. Cheryl will be stopping by to answer them.

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Leave a comment for a chance to win an e-copy of A NIGHT FOR MIRACLES or TIME PLAINS DRIFTER,Cheryl' s two new releases that will be out THIS WEEK! Winner to be announced on Sunday, Dec. 6th!

Tell us a little about the author. (Bio, tidbits, likes, dislikes. If you use a pen name, why did you choose to do so?)I live in Oklahoma City with my husband of over 30 years. I have two grown children, Jessica, who is a wonderful artist, and Casey, my son, who is either always at work or in school. I have a feelance editing business and also teach fiction writing classes in the Oklahoma City metro area to all age groups. I've worked extensively with one of the local school districts in their Indian Education Department as a tutor and fiction writing workshop presenter. I love to talk writing with other writers and readers. I'm a classically trained pianist and used to teach that, too. Now, I seldom get to practice like I should. Before I published Fire Eyes this past May, I wrote and published many short stories through Adams Media (Rocking Chair Reader series) and Chicken Soup for the Soul. I don't have a pen name. I figure, I've worked hard enough to get to this point, I want people to know my name. LOL


You write romantic tales from the heart. Fire Eyes was a soulful tale about love, loyalty and friendships that last a lifetime. It’s now an Epic Finalist! How does that make you feel?WOW. You know, sometimes when I read it I have trouble believing I wrote it. LOL I sometimes get so engrossed in my characters, and what they are saying and doing that I will go back and read over what I've written and actually won't remember parts of it. But I really do love this story, and for it to be a finalist in the EPIC Competition is just unbelievable for me.


If you'd like to own a copy of Fire Eyes, here's the author's link at: Amazon


I have to say you did it again with your story, Time Plains Drifter. Thank you, Karen. I appreciate that!


Tell the readers about this unique time travel with ruggedly handsome angels and demons with deadly tricks to twist fate.

Substitute teacher Jenni Dalton is flung backward in time 115 years with seven of her students when a comet passes close enough to Earth to rearrange the bands of time. They find themselves in 1895, Indian Territory with no way back to 2010.

U.S. Territorial Marshal Rafe d'Angelico was murdered, along with his brother, sixteen years earlier, in 1879. Now, he finds himself a reluctant angel, brought through time to help Jenni Dalton and her students escape the Dark One who is after one of them. But which one? And for what evil purpose?

Rafe only knows he doesn't want to be an angel, now that he's found the woman he wants to spend his life with. Keeping one step ahead of Satan's man who's teamed up with Rafe's murderer proves to be the hardest thing he's ever faced--until he's forced to choose between saving the woman he loves and spending eternity in a Hell of his own making.

Will love be strong enough to save the Time Plains Drifter?

*This is a PNR Paranormal Romance Reviewers Top Pick for Nov. 2009 and will be posted on PNR Inklings in December.


What inspired you to write this story? This story came out of a desire to write something that my agent (at the time) would be able to sell. My first western was way too long, and the second one I wrote was shorter, but still not short enough. This book, Time Plains Drifter, was an idea that came to me from the desire to write something really different that would be intriguing and different. At the time I started it, I didn't realize how hard it was going to be for a "pantser" like me to make it all come about as it should with the time travel AND paranormal elements.


You have a wonderful book cover, too.THANK YOU! Who’s the cover artist? This cover is really special to me, because my daughter, Jessica Pierson, was my cover artist. This is the first cover she's ever done for me, and I'm so glad we got to work together on a project. We've talked about it since she was a little girl, and it's one of those "dreams come true."


Night for Miracles is a Cactus Rose release for The Wild Rose Press--perfect tale for the holidays. Tell us about Nick and Angela.

Angela Bentley is a widow in post- Civil War Indian Territory. On a snowy Christmas

Eve, just at dusk, she takes in a wounded gunman and thre

e children that are traveling in the raw cold. Nick Dalton, the outlaw, is wounded as much emotionally as he is physically. Angela discovers that things are not always what they seem, and that Christmas Eve will always be A NIGHT FOR MIRACLES.



Your heroes usually need mending by the heroine. What’s the story behind hurting these strong adorable guys? lol

LOL, Karen. I'm not really sure what that says about me. LOL I think for me, it's a gambit of putting the hero in a position where he MUST depend on the heroine. Lord knows, he wouldn't in any other circumstance. My guys are usually so hurt and closed up emotionally that being dependent on the heroine is the catalyst that makes them realize they can find love again--or for the first time.


What are your current projects and works in progress? Right now, I have three things in the works. One is a contemporary romantic suspense involving a drug cartel and two DEA undercover agents, both of whom unknowingly have a connection to the heroine-- and boy, in danger.

The second thing I am working on is another western historical romance, Gabriel's Law. Brandon Gabriel is a half-Comanche gunfighter who is reunited with his childhood sweetheart, Allie Taylor, from the orphanage where they both spent several years. They're adults now, in an adult world--she's a white woman, and he's half Indian, but they are still in love. Can they find happiness together in the rough western area of Indian Territory? No matter what, Allie is determined to push forward with her dream of providing a working cattle ranch for orphaned boys to live on--whether Brandon stays or goes.

And last but not least, a little short story that would not leave me be until I sat down to write it, "Scarlet Ribbons." There's an old song by the same name that the story is loosely based upon, but it involves a cowboy's bid for redemption when he finds out he's the father of a little girl who's blind, and that her mother has waited for his return steadfastly--though he had no idea. It's a Christmas story with a paranormal element in it. I'm nearly done with it!


Tell the readers where they can find you: My main website is here:

http://www.cherylpierson.com

Most of my information about my books and short stories is here.


I have another older website that is sadly in need of a good overhaul at:

http://www.westwindsmedia.com that deals more with my editing and teaching business.


I have three blogs that I semi-maintain:

http://www.cherylpiersonbooks.blogspot.com


This one is mainly about my books, writing, reviews, excerpts and news.

http://www.westwindsromance.blogspot.com


This one is mainly about the information and history of the old west, though it does have some news and excerpts on it, as well.

http://cheryl.essentialwriters.com/2009/11/26/hello-world/#comments
This is one I just started a few days ago to experiment with. I love this site because you can open your own blog and blog on it about all kinds of stuff, and there are other writers there who have their blogs, which are great to explore.

If you want to e-mail me, and I LOVE to hear from people, my e-mail is:

cheryl@westwindsmedia.com OR

fabkat_edit@yahoo.com


Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?

If you’d like to add an excerpt, blurb or video link... Oh, how I wish I was computer savvy enough to do a video! LOL I'll leave you with a couple of excerpts instead.

This is from my upcoming release, A NIGHT FOR MIRACLES. It's a holiday short story that will be available this Wednesday, December 2nd. To buy link at: The Wild Rose Press.

FROM "A NIGHT FOR MIRACLES": Here it is:


He spoke first. “What…what’s your name?” His voice was raspy with pain, but held an underlying tone of gentleness. As if he were apologizing for putting her to this trouble, she thought. The sound of it comforted her. She didn’t know why, and she didn’t want to think about it. He’d be leaving soon.

“Angela.” She lifted his head and gently pressed the metal cup to his lips. “Angela Bentley.”

He took two deep swallows of the water. “Angel,” he said, as she drew the cup away and set it on the nightstand. “It fits.”

She looked down, unsure of the compliment and suddenly nervous. She walked to the low oak chest to retrieve the bandaging and dishpan. “And you are…”

“Nick Dalton, ma’am.” His eyes slid shut as she whirled to face him. A cynical smile touched his lips. “I see…you’ve heard of me.”

A killer. A gunfighter. A ruthless mercenary. What was he doing with these children? She’d heard of him, all right, bits and pieces, whispers at the back fence. Gossip, mainly. And the stories consisted of such variation there was no telling what was true and what wasn’t.

She’d heard. She just hadn’t expected him to be so handsome. Hadn’t expected to see kindness in his eyes. Hadn’t expected to have him show up on her doorstep carrying a piece of lead in him, and with three children in tow. She forced herself to respond through stiff lips. “Heard of you? Who hasn’t?”

He met her challenging stare. “I mean you no harm.”

She remained silent, and he closed his eyes once more. His hands rested on the edge of the sheet, and Angela noticed the traces of blood on his left thumb and index finger. He’d tried to stem the blood flow from his right side as he rode. “I’m only human, it seems, after all,” he muttered huskily. “Not a legend tonight. Just a man.”

He was too badly injured to be a threat, and somehow, looking into his face, she found herself trusting him despite his fearsome reputation. She kept her expression blank and approached the bed with the dishpan and the bandaging tucked beneath her arm. She fought off the wave of compassion that threatened to engulf her. It was too dangerous. When she spoke, her tone was curt. “A soldier of fortune, from what I hear.”

He gave a faint smile. “Things aren’t always what they seem, Miss Bentley.” From the hint of chiding tolerance in his voice, she knew she wasn’t the first to censure him to his face. Nor would she be the last. Somehow, the thought unsettled her.

Here's one last excerpt from my upcoming release, TIME PLAINS DRIFTER, which will be released this Tuesday, December 1st. To buy link is: Class Act Books.


Here's the short blurb: Ebook at Lulu

Trapped in Indian Territory of 1895 by a quirk of nature, Jenni Dalton must find a way back to 2010. Marshal Rafe d’Angelico seems like the answer to her prayers; he is, after all, an angel. Rafe’s only chance to save Jenni from The Dark One will be the death of him—again. Can their love survive?


In this excerpt, Rafe has prepared himself to be honest with Jenni and tell her who and what he is, fully expecting her to reject him. But she surprises him with her understanding and acceptance, and he realizes he's fallen a lot harder than he ever intended.

FROM TIME PLAINS DRIFTER:

He closed his eyes, letting the pleasurable feel of her wet mouth on his body wash over him, along with her voice. “Some things never change,”she’d said earlier. Her Oklahoma accent was a slow waltz to his mind, its lilting cadence urging him to accept what they had between them. Still, he couldn’t let it go. Couldn’t ever be dishonest with her, of all people.

“Don’t you want to know—”

She stopped him, placing two cool fingers across his lips, smiling at the tickle of his moustache against her skin. The smile faded as she absorbed the worry in his expression, the smoldering fire in his eyes, and made it her own.

“Not now, I don’t. You asked me—earlier—if I felt it. Whatever it is between us. I do.” Debating with herself, she hesitated a moment before coming to a decision. “I want you, Rafe,” she murmured. “I trust you.” She nuzzled his neck.“It doesn’t matter now, who—or what—you are.”

His hand closed in a fist around the shimmering satin of her copper hair, his chest filling with a sweet peace at her quiet words.

Dead...alive...Mexican...American...man...ghost...angel...

His mind churned as Jenni kissed him once again. Accepting him, for whoever he might be. She loved him. She hadn’t said it yet, but he knew it by the gentle way her lips grazed across his, then claimed his mouth completely, as if that was the only way she had to let him know how she felt. They breathed together, as one.

He answered her wordlessly, his tongue going into her mouth, fingers splaying and tightening against her scalp as he pulled her to him.

She came across his bare chest, the stiffness of the material of her own blouse gliding with gentle abrasion across his nipples. He groaned in pleasure and felt her smile against his mouth. She made the move again as she lifted her lips from his, emerald eyes sparkling into his searing gaze.

“We’ll talk later,” she assured him.

“It’ll be too late to change your mind about me then,” he said, half-jokingly.

“I won’t change my mind, Rafe.”

The sweet sincerity in her voice and the promise in her eyes reassured him. He pulled her down silently. As their mouths melded once more, he rolled, taking her with him, changing their positions so he lay atop her.

She gasped, yielding to him, her cool palms sliding over the fevered heat of his skin, across his chest and shoulders. He began to unbutton her blouse as he kissed her, his fingers moving deftly. He pushed away the first layer of material with his customary impatience, then started on the stays of her corset.

She twisted beneath him at the loosening of the undergarment. He pulled her upright momentarily, whisking blouse and corset over her head, dropping them in a heap on the floor.

In silent invitation, Jenni lifted her hand to him. She touched his side, and he flinched slightly as her fingers lingered over the very place the Bowie had gone into him earlier that day. Even though a red scar marked the spot, there was no pain for him, and he saw no puzzlement in her eyes...only concern.

“Does it hurt?”

It was as he had suspected. She’d seen what had happened, how bad it should have been...but wasn’t. And she had accepted it, unconditionally. They would talk later, as she’d said, but somehow, he felt he would find the words he needed to explain things to her. He shook his head slightly. “No.”

A vulnerable uncertainty crossed her face for a moment. “Well, then, Marshal—what’re you waiting for?” He unfastened her skirt and petticoat, then made short work of the stockings and underpants.

God. Rafe swallowed hard, reaching to trace the faded tan lines across her shoulders. He moistened his lips, his teeth sinking into the lower one momentarily. His pulse raced as his gaze moved over her face—then lower, to her breasts, her flat belly, and the triangle of soft hair, below.




Monday, November 23, 2009

Interview with Terry Spear


I'm pleased to announce one of my favorite authors decided to stop by and tell us about her wonderful tales! Let's give a warm welcome to Terry Spear!

Tell us a little about Author.

Award-winning author of urban fantasy and medieval historical romantic suspense, Heart of the Wolf just named in Publishers Weekly's BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR, NOR Reader Choice for BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE.


Terry Spear also writes true stories for adult and young adult audiences. She’s a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and has an MBA from Monmouth University and a Bachelors in Business and Distinguished Military Graduate of West Texas A & M. She also creates award-winning teddy bears, Wilde & Woolly Bears, to include personalized bears designed to commemorate authors’ books. When she’s not writing or making bears, she’s teaching online writing courses.


With all your published works and different genres, who’s your favorite character? The hero I'm just getting to know. :) So right now, it's Chester McKinley in Wolf Fever, Book 6. I love it when they start out as a virtually unknown character, although he has a part in Destiny of the Wolf, then add more layers to the character until he's complicated, sexy, and real. :)

How many books will be in your lupus garou/werewolf series? ??? As many as my publisher will allow! :) Right now I have sold 8. But my editor asked if I'd consider writing two more in the Highland wolf stories, so once I get somewhere in Taming the Highland Wolf, I'll be sending her a couple of more proposals.

In Deadly Liaisons, you have more than a few hunky vampires. Are there more stories in the works that involve your vampires? Will there be mystery and intrigue involved in these stories as well? I have Huntress for Hire I'm still editing, and Forbidden Love. Both chocked full of sexy vampires and yep, both romantic suspenses!

Who is your favorite vampire of all time? Frank Langella as Dracula. He's getting old now, but he's pretty sexy. Although I loved the ones in Interview with a Vampire also. Your favorite werewolf? (Other than your hunky heroes) I never read any werewolf stories before I wrote my own, just saw some in horror pictures, or spoofs on horror pictures. So can't say that I've had any favorite werewolf characters from other books. The ones I saw were definitely the monster kind, not romantic in the least. :)

(This is a fan question from my daughter and her friends)-- :) You write about werewolves and vampires. If you found out your soul mate happened to be one or the other of these supernatural creatures, which one would you prefer he’d be and why? *sigh* I should have known the girls would give me a really tough question like that. Hmm, okay, I asked my son and he said that he thought that vampires were more sophisticated, which made me think thus--if I preferred elegant balls and the opera, and the more sophisticated way of life--the vampire would be my soul mate. If I were more of a rugged type who loved to hike and live in the wilderness, who preferred out of the way taverns, and folk music and tenting, my soul mate would be a werewolf. :) And if I'm like me who loves both, I'd have a really tough time choosing between the two! Tell your daughter and her friends that that was a terrific question! :)

Tell us about your new murder mystery with The Wild Rose Press: Relative Danger. I've always loved Agatha Christie and her whodunits, but I wanted to write something that was sexy and romantic.

Blurb:
Murder, mayhem, and sexual intrigue take root in a family affair when some of the beneficiaries of a will plot to get their money early. McKenna Sutherland has to deal with Thomas Hampton, the ex-love of her life, who had stolen her heart and some of her uncle’s money five years earlier, or she’ll lose her inheritance to him. She and Thomas must learn who the villain is from a cast of colorful characters, each of whom has a stake in the ultimate outcome--the uncle’s money, and loads of it. Most of all, Thomas vows to regain McKenna’s love and trust in this twisting Agatha Christie-like tale of suspense!

What do you find most rewarding about your writing? Sharing my stories with the world, hearing back from fans who want to read more, creating other worlds readers get lost in. Just like I love to read other authors' works and fall into their worlds.

What are your current projects and works in progress? Right now I'm working on Wolf Fever, Book 6 in the werewolf series. I want to write The Vampire...In My Nightmares, but I also have two more contracted books to write: Taming the Highland Wolf and Dreaming of the Wolf.

Tell the readers where they can find you: www.terryspear.com

Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers? If there are characters you want to see more of, I'd love to hear it! Sometimes they end up having their own books, like Carol Wood in Wolf Fever, and Jake Silver in Dreaming of the Wolf, both of Destiny of the Wolf. This was based on fans' requests. :)


Thanks so much for having me, Karen! Hope everyone has a terrific holiday season!

To Tempt the Wolf
Sourcebooks Casablanca
September 1, 2009 Release!
Wildlife photographer, Tessa Anderson has to prove her brother is innocent of the murder charges against him. But when she discovers a half-dead, naked man on her beach who looks like a mythical Greek god, she’s got a whole world of new troubles to deal with, least of all how he affects her with just a look, a touch, a whispered word.

All Hunter Greymere remembers when the enticing female human rescues him is a he’s lupus garou. Whether he was pushed from the Oregon cliffs or fell is a mystery. Intending to keep a low profile at Tessa’s cabin on the coast, he’s drawn into her troubles while investigating the truth about his own past. But he finds that living with humans causes more problems than he ever believed possible. His animal instincts war with his human half–he wants the intriguing woman, who attracts male lupus garous like one of his own kind, but he knows he can’t have her for good–unless she becomes one of them.

Secrets abound in the quiet coastal community, but can Tessa and Hunter uncover the truths before it’s too late?

Buy Terry Spear Books at Amazon


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Find Out Where the Story Began...

My story The Spirit of Love is featured in my new release "Second Time Around Anthology" with five other authors and their fabulous tales.

The setting for my story takes place aboard the historical Queen Mary docked in Long Beach, California. The museum/hotel is a personal favorite of mine. Perhaps it's the art deco decor or the atmosphere of the place that draws me back time and again. Both give a person a glimpse of days long past. Along with the exhibits and the special events, they also offer a ghost tour. In honor of The Spirit of Love, I would like to offer a tour of my own.

The Queen Mary is known to have "hot" spots or places where spirits have appeared to guests and employees.

Our first stop will be in the pool room where Travis and Brynna set up their equipment to find a ghost of their own. The dim lighting and empty pool are an
eerie reminder of what the pool room once looked like in its heyday. There's no shallow end and the deepest point of the pool is fourteen feet deep.





The dressing room is noted as being a "vortex of energy" where psychics have felt a negative energy. The picture to the right is the my digital photo of the room lighted by my flash, but the room was dark on our tour. The dressing room line both sides of the room. The doors are no longer attached, leaving each tiled room open for view. We were asked to step into one of the rooms while we waited to see if anyone sensed a presence. I didn't feel a hostile entity, but I did have an experience. A dark shadow stood in front of me, blinding what little vision I had in the room. I thought at first the dim lights were turned off, making it impossible to see anything. Then scent of a woman's perfume hit my nostrils. By the time I voiced what happened, both had vanished. Did I experience a visit from a ghost? Perhaps, who's to say for sure. To my disappointment, my photos didn't catch the ghostly encounter.

In front of the dressing room, wet footprints have been seen. Also the gate has opened and shut without anyone being there. An apparition of a woman in a bathing suit and a little girl have also appeared, transparent but still able to make out the old time bathing suit and the little girl's dress. A psychic believes the little girl's name is Jackie.

On the tour, we used the dowsing rods to see if the Jackie would communicate with us, but she didn't want to cooperate that night. The dowsing rods had worked in other areas of the ship, moving with a quick movement to answer yes and no questions. I was skeptical about the rods and volunteered to hold the rods myself in the engine room. When we asked the yes and no questions, the rods moved in a direction with a quick movement to respond. I had no control of the movement whatsoever. Very strange to say the least.

Our tour guide for the evening, Erika Frost is a paranormal personality and psychic. She's been on the Sci Fi Channel with the Ghost Hunters and the National Geographic Discovery's "Haunted Ships." She's also been on Coast to Coast with AM with George Norry. We also had Erika's good friend, Jack Rourke with us as well. He's a Psychical researcher and psychic consultant who preforms readings in LA. (Erika Frost is on the far right and Jack Rourke is standing on the stairs.)

I hope you enjoyed the virtual tour of where my tale, The Spirit of Love, will unfold.

If you would like to be entered in the contest to win a copy of the anthology featuring The Spirit of Love, please leave a comment about your favorite place to visit. Tell me why you're drawn to the place.

All names will be put into a hat and my daughter will have the honor of drawing the lucky winner.

Contest begins Nov. 9th and ends Nov. 29th. Winner to be announced on November 30th.

*Note: Only US and Canadian residence are eligible for print or pdf version of Second Time Around. All other countries are eligible for pdf version only.

Second Time around is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Enjoy the book video.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Winner in the "Are Vampires Villains or Heroes?" Contest

My daughter picked the name from the cauldron and the winner is...SiNn.
I'm sending the pdf of Autumn Moon now.

Congratulations!

Looks like Mick St. John won in the polls for most liked vampire.
2. Eric Northman
tied for 3rd
3. Lestat (Stuart Townsend)
3. Angel
tied for 4th
4. Lost Boys- Kiefer Sutherland
4 Dracula- Bela Lugosi

I want to thank everyone online and on the blog who participated. I've enjoyed meeting new friends and chatting with friends who have been buds on the yahoo groups. There were some wonderful discussions about books, vampires and movies. I have my TBL for books and the list to watch some movies.

Take Care,

Karen