Monday, March 5, 2012

Guest Author: Cheryl Pierson Takes the Readers Behind the Scenes...

Karen: Cheryl Pierson is the Guest Author today with the behind the scenes of her new release Kane's Redemption.  Let's give her a warm welcome! ***Hint, hint: She loves to hear from readers!

Kane's Redemption by Cheryl Pierson

Rule #1 – I never write in first person.
Rule #2 – I never write from a child’s point of view.
Rule #3 – I always have romance somewhere in my stories.

Well…one out of three ain’t bad.

I threw Rule #1 out the window when I picked up my pen and started this book. I did write Kane’s Redemption in first person. It’s the first work of fiction I’ve ever written from this perspective, and after I wrote it, I knew there would be two more of these novellas to follow. There was no better way to tell this story of young Will Green and Jacobi Kane – and the secret that stands between them.

Will is a child when the story begins, but a young man by the conclusion. So, I guess you could say I broke my own “Rule #2” as well.

Growing up in the 1800’s on the prairie of the southwest would make an adult of you quickly; even quicker if you watched your entire family murdered in the space of five minutes. This story is not just about Will, though – it’s also about Jacobi Kane, who has some secrets of his own. Although he rescues Will, he wrestles with demons that can’t be fought alone – but how can Will help? In the end, who is the true rescuer – Will, or Jacobi Kane?

Romance? Well, there’s a bit of that. But it’s the romance that comes with new beginnings and the kiss of forgiveness. Come to think of it, the romance in Kane’s Redemption is different from anything else I’ve ever written, too.

This story came from somewhere deep; a place I didn’t know existed. It’s a gift I hope you will take as much pleasure in reading as I did in writing.

Look for Book 2 in the Kane trilogy, Kane’s Promise, in the fall of 2012.

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A ten-year-old boy fights for his life when he is taken prisoner by a band of raiding Apache. Steeling himself for death, Will Green is shocked when a lone man walks into the Apache camp to rescue him several days later.

Driven by the secret he carries, Jacobi Kane has followed the Indians for days and needs to make his move to save the boy. With the odds stacked eight against one, his chances for success look pretty slim. But even if he's able to rescue the boy and they get out alive, what then?


Red Eagle moved back just as fast as before and I felt my cheek burning. Blood dripped off his blade and that was it. I went after that red devil like I had lost my wits. I guess, truthfully, I had – because I don't remember anything about it, except how good the first smash of my fist in his face felt.

Blood ran from Red Eagle's nose and he cried out in a snarl of anger and pain and surprise.

I felt a pulse of energy rush through me, and I wrapped my fingers around his throat like he'd done to Mama. I tightened them and his blood streamed warm and slick over my grip. His eyes began to bulge, and I thought in another minute, maybe I could have the vengeance I had wanted so badly for the past week.

Papa always said a man's quick wits are sometimes his only defense. I was exultant. I may have been foolish for what I did, and I felt sure Papa and I would disagree sharply on the use of my wits. But I did what I had to do.
Suddenly, rough hands were upon me, pulling at me. But I was like a mad dog, snarling, and foaming at the mouth in my pent up anger and hatred that was finally spilling out. What a glorious opportunity! Even if I died for it, I knew I couldn't have passed it up – whether Papa might have approved, or not.

The Indians were all speaking at once, yelling, calling out, laughing. The moon was full, providing even more light than what the fire gave, making the night seem even hotter, as if the sun still shone on us. From somewhere in the distance of the woods beyond, I heard the call of the owls, and I knew enough Injun to know what that meant to them.

Someone was going to die. It might be me, but I was doing my damnedest to take Red Eagle with me.

A gunshot split the night air. "Dammit, stop it!" Hands like steel bands wrapped around my shoulders and jerked me off of Red Eagle. "Stop it!"

I couldn't answer. I was breathing too hard, panting like the mad dog I had become. My hands balled into fists and flexed open again and again, and my fingers were sticky with Red Eagle's blood. My own pulse sang through my veins in a triumph I had never experienced before.

"Boy, straighten up or you're gonna get us both killed." The voice was calm. I stopped struggling and looked up into the face of a white man. A white man had walked right into Red Eagle's camp. I figured, now, those owls would have plenty more to tell – at least one more death.

But he didn't seem worried. He held his rifle at the ready, pointed in the general direction of the group of eight Indians that rode in Red Eagle's band. I glanced around the half-circle of painted faces, and I couldn't help gloating. They all looked as if they'd met up with some kind of spirit or demon more wicked than they were. And that was going some.

"Can you ride bareback?"

I nodded. I guessed I could, I wanted to tell him. Been doin' it for a damn week.

"Need help getting on?"

I shook my head and he let me go real slow. "Pick the one you can manage best and get settled on him. Take Red Eagle's rifle and bullets."

"Wait!" Red Eagle challenged. He rolled onto his side, wiping the blood from his nose. It pleased me greatly to hear that he wheezed when he spoke. "You take our horses, our weapons—"

"I ain't takin' your lives, you bastard. And I ain't takin' all your weapons," the big man answered in a slow drawl. "Only yours. Pitch that knife over this way, and do it easy. My trigger finger is mighty nervous tonight."



Laurie said... Best Blogger Tips

What an insightful guest post! This book sounds so good to me and I am really looking forward to reading it very soon (It's high on my TBR). Exciting and touching!

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Laurie! I am anxious to hear your thoughts on it--I've been on pins and needles about this one since it was written a little "out of my comfort zone." LOL Thanks so much for coming by today!

PS, I also have a new release, a short story that takes place during the Civil War, that just came out yesterday called JASON'S ANGEL that Karen did the cover for--it is just an awesome cover, and it's availale for only (drum roll please) .99! Here's the link in case you are interested.

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

I know that Kane's Dedemption is going to be one of those books that lives in my heart forever. I can't wait to read it.
I wish you all the very best, Cheryl.

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Sarah, I sure do hope so. It's meant to be one of those that just grabs you, but not through the romance part of it. Thanks for coming by--I think people are out and about today--we have some wonderful weather here for the 2nd day in a row--in the 70s.

Miriam Newman said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm glad you took the plunge into everything, Cheryl. There are some books that beg to be told in first person and this is one of them. I'm not too far into your book, but so far it's a real humdinger! (You can tell the language is affecting me.) Keep going, girl!

Anne Patrick said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on your new book, Cheryl. I'm sure it's a wonderful read. You're a very talented writer. Best of luck with sales!

Celia Yeary said... Best Blogger Tips

Besides Fire Eyes and Homecoming, I think Kane's Redemption was next on my list of favorites. It's such a wonderful story, very touching and emotional.
So, good for you breaking the rules. If anyone can and get by with it, you can!

Maggie Toussaint said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Cheryl,you rule breaker you,

One of my rules about writing is to not make rules because I always end up eating them. Rules are not quite so tasty or useful to your stomach as it turns out.

I've read Kane's Redemption and I found it to be a page-turner. And FWIW, I read your new one today at the eye doctor's and there was one major thing wrong with it - I wanted it to go on and on! You have such a way of pulling me into your story worlds. Love it.


Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm big fan of Cheryl's. I haven't read this tale, but I'm sure it's just as fantastic as her others.

Hi Laurie,
If you haven't read one of Cheryl's tales your in for a treat. :)

Hi Sarah,
Thanks for coming by. I still gotta read Banjo's tale. :)

Hi Miriam,
Thanks for stopping by. "Humdinger" Gotta love that word. lol

So good to see you here. I agree, Cheryl is one talented lady.

I loved Homecoming. What a unique tale. It wasn't what I expected.

You know the author's good when you don't want the story to end. lol

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Miriam! Oh, I'm glad you are enjoying it. Speaking of language, I was worried a bit about Will's, but I know how 10 year old boys ANY time period. LOL
Thanks for coming by, I'll be anxious to hear your thoughts.

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Anne, thank you so much. I appreciate those very kind words!

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

CELIA!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! I know how much you loved FIRE EYES and HOMECOMING, so I am glad to know that KANE'S REDEMPTION is "up there" with those two. Thank you for stopping by!

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

AWWWW, MAGGIE! Girl, you just warmed the cockles of my heart. I'm soooo glad you enjoyed Jason's Angel. I haven't done a lot of promo on it yet, because I have another .99 story coming out in the next day or two and wanted to promo them together. I agree with you about wanting more from those characters, though...after I wrote it I started thing of ways to revisit it and expand it. One of these days I just might. And I'm thrilled that you loved Kane's Redemption, too--I was really scared about that one.

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Karen, thank you so much for allowing me to be your guest today and talk about Kane's Redemption. I appreciate it so much--I always love coming to visit here at your blog.