Monday, October 17, 2011

Cheryl Pierson's Angels, Demons and Cowboys!

Cheryl Pierson pens wonderful tales with heroines you'll admire as worthy matches for her strong rugged heroes. Let's give her a warm welcome as she tells us about her journey in publishing Time Plains Drifter. Though I've enjoyed all Cheryl's tales I've read, this one is my personal favorite. There are angels, demons and cowboys. What's not to love. lol

**Contest: Cheryl is giving away a copy of her Time Plains Drifter. Read on to find out how you can be a winner!



Did someone say ‘paranormal time travel historical western’? That’s what my novel, Time Plains Drifter, is—a very different kind of romance novel than anything I’ve ever read.  I think that’s why I enjoyed writing it so much.

The publication of Time Plains Drifter is a story unto itself—but it has its very own ‘happily ever after’ ending.  Here’s what happened. After being released in December of 2009 with an unscrupulous publisher, I took my rights back after only three months and spent the next year searching for another home for it.  Just this past spring, it was placed with WESTERN TRAIL BLAZER, an imprint of PUBLISHING BY REBECCA J. VICKERY.  This is a marvelous company that handles some much “bigger” names than I have, such as Peter Brandvold, Jory Sherman, and Madeline Baker, among others.  Print books are important to me, although I understand that e-publishing is growing by leaps and bounds.  I’m sure that WESTERN TRAIL BLAZER will prove to be the perfect place for Time Plains Drifter, and I’m glad to say I now have the sequel in the works.

That being said, let me tell you why Time Plains Drifter is so hard to pigeonhole and why that may be a bit scary in today’s market.

I knew Time Plains Drifter was going to have to be classified as a time-travel romance; that’s how the H/h meet one another.  She’s from 2010—he’s from 1879.  That was the easy part.  The part that was a bit harder to work around was that he was dead.  I just couldn’t get past the premise that Rafe d’Angelico was going to be the “paranormal element” of the story.  I didn’t want him to be a werewolf, vampire, or shapeshifter.  So that left angels, demons, zombies and so forth.  I chose for him to be an angel.

Working with Rafe—an angel who didn’t want to be an angel—was a challenge.  I told him he had a pretty good deal going.  He told me, “I want to be human again.”  In the end, I realized he was right, and that was the only way to resolve the issue of time-travel-paranormal-angel-demon-human issues.

Jenni Dalton, the heroine, was completely unsuspecting in all this.  She went out on a stargazing field trip with seven of her high school students one night and they never came home.  Instead, they ended up in Indian Territory, 1895; one hundred-fifteen years in the past.

Jenni’s got it rough, trying to deal with her seven charges, four of them the senior class troublemakers.  It takes Rafe to bring them to heel and get them to toe the mark, until the gravity of their situation causes them to all make some surprising adjustments.

As Rafe and Jenni realize their growing attraction to one another is fated, they also understand there is no way anything can come of it on a permanent basis—Rafe is an angel, and Jenni is human.

The twists and turns that finally bring the book around to the HEA were the most fun to come up with for me.  But the story itself, being so unique, is tough to categorize.

Time Plains Drifter is special to me because it’s the first project my daughter, Jessica, and I have had the chance to work on together.  She designed the cover art. I absolutely LOVE what she did.

Time Plains Drifter was the recipient of The Reviewer’s Top Pick Award by Karen M. Nutt, PNR reviews.  It also received a 4.5 star review from Romantic Times Magazine.  I was selected as the recipient of the Honorable Mention—Best New Paranormal Author category in PNR’s PEARL Awards last year (March 2010), for Time Plains Drifter.

The sequel has been a delight to work on, with a different twist than the first book, and some familiar characters will be the stars of the show this time around since the story is built around Rafe’s brother, Cris, and Jenni’s sister, Victoria.

Time Plains Drifter is now available in all formats, including print, Kindle, and Nook. I’ve also written some short stories that have a paranormal twist to them: A NIGHT FOR MIRACLES, SCARLET RIBBONS, HOMECOMING, (these three are Christmas stories) ALWAYS AND FOREVER, (Halloween story) and THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS (THE TRADITIONAL WEST ANTHOLOGY). Take a look at my Amazon page to order. (See link below.)
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I’ve included the blurb and an excerpt of Time Plains Drifter below.  Please leave a comment!  I always love to hear from readers and other authors.  Visit my website at


***Contest: All you have to do to be entered in the contest is to ask a question or leave a comment. One lucky winner will receive a digital copy of Time Plains Drifter for their very own. Don't forget to leave your email address so Cheryl may contact you if you should win! Good Luck! 

Trapped in Indian Territory of 1895 by a quirk of nature, high school teacher Jenni Dalton must find a way to get her seven students back to 2005. Handsome U.S. Marshal Rafe d’Angelico seems like the answer to her prayers; he is, after all, an angel. In a race against time and evil, Rafe has one chance to save Jenni’s life and her soul from The Dark One—but can their love survive?


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.
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.


desitheblonde said... Best Blogger Tips

wow the book looks great and then the cover is great i would love to read and blog on it for you

Miriam Newman said... Best Blogger Tips

I love that you have conversations with Rafe! I'm happy that you found a good home for this one and wish you luck with it.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


Thanks so much for being here today. I loved this story! I'm glad you found a home for it!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Hello Desitheblonde,

You'll love this book. All Cheryl's Tales have heroes you'll fall in love with.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Miriam,

Thanks so much for popping in and saying hi!

Debra St. John said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Cheryl,

Wow, "Times Plain Drifter" sure does sound unique. And anything that has a cowboy it in is my kind of matter if he's dead or alive!

So glad you found the perfect home for your story.


Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Desi,
Thank you so much! I'm sorry I was out of pocket yesterday. I was in the southeast corner of Oklahoma visiting my sister and internet connection!!! YIKES!!!! Thank you so much for commenting.

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Miriam,
Yeah, this was one of those books that has really had a rough go of it, but is now going great guns at WESTERN TRAIL BLAZER Publishing. Man, Rafe was one tough cookie. I had it planned how I wanted it to go, and he was just not having it. I finally let him have his way with me...LOL

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so sorry I was not able to respond yesterday to comments. I was visiting my sister (also named Karen) and we were not home most of the time and when we were the internet was not working. living at its finest!

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Debra,
I loved writing this story. It was just one of those ideas that wouldn't leave me alone until I quit what I was working on and wrote it instead. I've got tons of ideas for the sequel and have started on it, but probably won't really "get down to business" on it until after the holidays are overwith. Thanks for coming by and commenting!

Calisa Rhose said... Best Blogger Tips

I love reading about new books and this one sounds interesting, Karen. I'm in.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds intriguing, Cheryl. Good luck with it!

Lilly Gayle said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the premise of your book. I love the title too. Reminds me of High Plains Drifter, one of my favorite Clint Eastwood movies, in which Clint plays the avenging ghost of a murdered sheriff. Except your book has a romance theme, which IMHO, makes every story better.

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Calisa,
I'm so glad you are interested in Time Plains Drifter. This was one of my favorite books to write and I've had a lot of interest in it since it's been out (came out in July) as well as a fantastic review or two!

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Julianne,
Thanks so much--I can't thank Karen enough for having me here at her blog and helping Time Plains Drifter "take off" like it did.

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Lilly,
That movie is my all time favorite western movie, bar none. What a wonderful plot! I have the sequel in the works too, but it takes a little different twist since it's set in contemporary times for the most part.

Lilly Gayle said... Best Blogger Tips

Western time travel and a Clint Eastwood fan? Yep. I'm putting this on my TBR list.

Calisa Rhose said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on the reviews as well, Cheryl!

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Lilly, thank you so much! I hope you do read it--I think you will love it if you love time travel and sexy heroes. LOL Yes, Clint Eastwood. A man of little words in those movies, but the looks he could give...oh my. He was a hottie for sure. I loved High Plains Drifter so much--just the whole concept of it. It remains my all time favorite western to this day.

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, Calisa--I got a 4.5 from Romantic Times and was really excited over that, but Karen's review for it really was awesome and being the Hon. Mention in the PEARL AWARDS for Best New Paranormal Author took the cake for me. That was one of the best things that has ever happened to me--and the competition was really stiff.

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

Hello Cheryl,

Your book sounds really good. Westerns are my favorite, but I have to say the time travel and angel hero makes it truly interesting.

I love all your covers, too.

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Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Cathy,

I love western romance too. That was what I set out to write in the beginning, then also branched out into contemporary. Yes, the cover gods have been extremely fantastic to me. LOL I think...Karen Nutt might have had something to say about that....LOL

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

OK, everyone, I put all the names into a big ol' hat and drew one out, and that one was....
So Debra, I will be sending your pdf of TIME PLAINS DRIFTER to you very shortly. Thanks so much to everyone for coming by and commenting! And a big thanks to Karen for having me here on her fantabulous blog!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations, DEBRA ST. JOHN!!!

You're going to love this story!

Thanks again Cheryl for joining us. It's been a pleasure.