Wednesday, February 15, 2012

New Short Story Releases To Warm Your Heart

Karen: Cheryl Pierson is here to share your new short story releases with us! I've had the honor of reading some of her fabulous tales. She knows how to draw you into a story and make you believe you're there. You'll love her rugged heroes, who oftentime need mending and her spirited heroines, who are willing to nurse them back to health! 
Feel free to comment and ask questions. Cheryl loves to hear from the readers!

Cheryl: I couldn’t let another day go by without showing off my new “stand alone” short stories.  Let me tell you why I’m so excited about these stories.
First of all, I love to read and write short stories as well as novels.  In today’s world, short stories are growing increasingly popular because they can be finished in one sitting, usually. Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery, and her imprints, Western Trail Blazer and Victory Tales Press, have been a fantastic source of anthologies and “stand alone” short stories in today’s growing market.
The anthologies are themed anthologies, based upon a season or holiday. The stories that are contracted for those anthologies cannot be reprinted anywhere else for six months. But, when their “time” is up, a contract may be put in place to continue to sell them in the anthologies and to also offer them as “single sell” .99 offerings, as well.
Three of my short stories came up for that option recently: ALWAYS AND FOREVER, which first appeared in A HALLOWEEN COLLECTION; THE LAST OF HER KIND, which came out in A MYSTERY/SUSPENSE COLLECTION; and A HEART FOR A HEART, which was first offered in A VALENTINE COLLECTION.
This growing short story market has been a great way for readers to sample different authors in sub-genres they love, or take a chance on an author that maybe they’ve never read before in a sub-genre they wouldn’t normally read—because the price is right.  At just .99 a story, you really can’t go wrong. And look at these fantastic covers, created by none other than KAREN M. NUTT! Aren’t they awesome?
All of my short stories are available on Nook, through Barnes and Noble, and on Kindle, through Amazon.   Here are some covers and blurbs for the latest short stories of mine that have come out recently as single-sell offerings.  I hope you enjoy!
THE LAST OF HER KIND (paranormal suspense):
An old Victrola is the cherished possession of Cassie’s grandmother.  Her father also seems oddly attached to the antique phonograph, but her new stepmother detests it and wants it gone.  Grandmother is sick, probably dying, and Cassie will be the only one left in the house who sees through Trish as Cassie’s brothers no longer live with them. 
Then Cassie discovers a wonderful, yet frightening secret.  Will her new knowledge save her family or destroy it?
ALWAYS AND FOREVER (contemporary “2nd chance at love”):

At a children’s Halloween carnival, a Gypsy fortuneteller predicts a new love for both Cindy and Gage.  When the two meet over a poorly carved pumpkin, love flickers to life and the stars begin to align.
But the odds of finding a new love later in life seem insurmountable and the prophecy seems too good to be true.  After all, Gage has been burned before and Cindy doesn’t believe in fortunes or second chances.
Will doubt overshadow their attraction or has love already been set in motion?  Can the star-crossed pair put their faith in the love that was foretold? Can they believe in each other?
A HEART FOR A HEART (a Valentine’s Day sweet romance):
 Kiera is all set to welcome Cory into her home as a foster child.  Orphaned and with a learning disability, Cory is looking forward to living with his tutor.  Until his uncle shows up…
Sam Tiger returns from military duty to find his deceased brother’s son being taken in by a stranger.  The boy needs his family and Sam is it.  He never expects the tutor to stand up to him and want to keep Cory.  Then the worst happens—he finds himself attracted to Kiera. It’s Valentine’s Day, and Cupid’s got deadly aim!
Cheryl's Amazon Author Page: 
Karen: Cheryl, I'm so glad you love your book covers. I had fun designing them. :) Thank you, again for stopping by and sharing your tales. 
Just a heads up readers, Cheryl will be back on March 5th with her new release Kane's Redemption! 


Ilona Fridl said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, Cheryl!
I've read some of your short stories and they are terrific! I may go into short stories again myself.

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Ilona!
Thank you sooooo much. I have loved writing short stories, and I didn't think I would when I first started doing it. But thank goodness, my first one I ever wrote and got published, A NIGHT FOR MIRACLES, did well and then when Rebecca Vickery started asking for short stories for her anthology series, I decided to submit to her. I've been writing them ever since, and love her idea for the .99 gallery. Karen has designed almost every cover I've had for my short stories, and they have all been fantastic! Thanks for coming by this morning!

Caroline Clemmonns said... Best Blogger Tips

Cheryl, you are a great writer. KANE'S REDEMPTION is a fave of mine. Great voice and style.

Maggie Toussaint said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm a Cheryl Pierson fan, and I just posted my review of her Kane's Redemption on Amazon last night.

These short stories sound like a ton of fun, and Cheryl's right. Nothing like a short story to fulfill a quick evening read.

Murder in the Buff, coming March 9

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much. I was worried about Kane's Redemption because it is so "out of the box" but I was thoroughly pleased with the end result, and I'm working on the second book in the series right now. Thanks so much for letting me know how much you enjoyed it!

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Maggie, God bless you for finding time to come by today and for posting a review on Amazon last night--now I must go read it! LOL I know you are super busy and have an exciting new project you are working on! Not to mention being a grandmother again. Thanks so much for all your support.

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Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

LOL LINDA! Well the good thing about all of these is that they are only .99 each. I've got your name in the drawing!

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

I like the short stories when I'm pressed for time.

Your books sound really good. I'll have to check them out.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Cheryl,

I'm so happy to have your here today. I love your stories. :)

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Cathy!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I love short stories, too--to read and to write.

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Karen thanks so much for having me and for sponsoring this cool Valentine's week "get together" for us all. I hope everyone will come bck on March 5 and join us here when I talk about Kane's Redemption.

I said I would give away 2 of my short stories, winners' choice, and here are my winners...ILONA and LINDA!!! So if you two will contact me at and let me know which of these stories you'd like to receive I will gladly send them to you!


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Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Linda, does he have a brother? Cause I think I might have married HIM! LOL You are one of my winners, so if you'll e-mail me and tell me which story you want I'll send it to you.