December 23, 2011

2011 is almost over


Hard to believe.  Where did the time go?

But, oh, what a difference a year makes. When my husband, Patrick, bought me a Kindle a few years back little did I know that it would change my life, rediscovering my love of reading.  After two years of marathon reading, I finally came up for air and was struck with an epiphany.  I wanted to write a romance novel and determinedly set out to learn the craft.  I signed up for some online classes and buried myself in library books and started my manuscript for Protecting Rose.

I went into total book mode and for the next year, I spent every spare moment learning and writing. It became my obsession, taking nearly a year to write and edit.

Imagine my joy and excitement when two out of the three publishers where I submitted, Protecting Rose, wanted to publish it.  Then, to top off the year, it was chosen as a finalist in the 2011 Launching a Star Contest.  Life is good!

I just added, Protecting Rose, to my bookshelf.  Whoo Hoo!  2011 has been a wild ride and I'm looking forward to seeing what 2012 brings. 

My goal for 2012 is to complete my second manuscript.  I'm about a third of the way into my first draft.  I'm also thinking about trying my hand at a couple Novellas.  They seem to be pretty popular on the Kindle.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

-Cheryl

December 5, 2011

Please Welcome my Special Guest - Callie Hutton

When Life Hands You Lemons−Write a Book!
By: Callie Hutton

When I left my last full time job, I decided to work as a substitute teacher until I decided what to do next. When the school year ended, and I found I had a lot of time on my hands, I came up with an idea to keep myself busy.

Over the years, I’d done a lot of writing. I had a job where I did interviews and wrote stories for the company newsletter. I also wrote stories and articles that were published in magazines. But never anything more extensive than that.

I put together a very short story, and paper in hand, entered the local newspaper office in my town and asked for the senior editor. He was pleasant man and listened as I gave him a brief outline of my writing history, and offered him the sample of my writing I’d brought with me. Then I asked if he would consider giving me an assignment or two−not necessarily for pay.

He indicated they had a current opening, and would read over my sample and get back with me. The next day he called, and offered me the job, and told me to come the next morning for my first assignment. For pay!

My appointment was at 10:30, and at 10:00 he called to say his boss wanted to interview other people, and he would get back with me. Hmm. I wasn’t exactly crushed, but seriously annoyed. 

I chewed on it for a bit, and decided to do what I’d always promised myself. I would write that romance novel! So I sat down at the computer and wrote a Historical romance. Then I wrote another one, and another one after that. I was having a ball. Friends and relatives read them and unless they were very good liars, really enjoyed them.

I started submitting one or two of them to publishers. Lots of rejections, but a few took the time to comment on what was wrong. I wrote two more. Re-wrote a lot. Entered contests and got more good advice. Finally, I joined a critique group and met the greatest ladies in the world, who reviewed, criticized, and in some cases, tore apart, the book I felt had the most potential, A Run For Love.  I re-wrote some more.

One year and three months after I wrote the first word of that first book, I was offered a contract. I continued to write and re-write and submit. Two months after the first contract, I got contracts on two different books in one weekend.

Now I have the pleasure of visiting my local newspaper office to present them with a press release about the release of A Run For Love, now available from Soul Mate Publishing, and its sequel, A Wife By Christmas, also available at Soul Mate Publishing. I may also mention the third book, Annie’s Attic, from The Wild Rose Press, coming out in 2012.

Yes, I’m smiling.

By the way, I’m still waiting for the editor to call.  I sure hope he’s there when I bring in my news. <evil grin>

Callie Hutton
A Wife by Christmas: www.soulmatepublishing.com

  

An excerpt from A Wife By Christmas:

Guthrie, OK
November, 1906
            Max Colbert glared at the woman perched on the edge of the chair across from him.  History teacher Ellie Henderson had been a thorn in his side the size of the Oklahoma sky ever since he’d been appointed principal of Logan County High School three months ago.

She sat there, humming. Humming! His gut twisted and he clenched his jaw.  Drat the woman for being so unconcerned while he fumed.  He needed  to draw on his years of experience in dealing with teachers to get his emotions under control.  He took a deep breath and leaned forward.  “Miss Henderson, your unapproved activities have gone too far. I am going to have to fire you.”

            Ellie’s right eyebrow rose, meeting him glare for glare. “No. You can’t.”

            “Yes I can, and I am.” Blood rushed to his face.

            She stood and placed both palms on his desk, and leaned in. “I will tell my Uncle Jesse.”

            Max pushed his chair back and got to his feet. He moved close enough to see the light dusting of freckles across her nose. “It won’t make any difference.”

            “It will if you plan to be Territorial Superintendent of Schools.” They were now almost nose-to-nose.

            Beads of sweat broke out on his forehead. “I will get that job on my own merit.”

Not without Senator Jesse Cochran’s endorsement.”  Her hazel eyes narrowed.
His jaw tightened, his mouth working as if to say something. Then like a rag doll, he collapsed into his seat and leaned back, eyes closed. “Miss Henderson, you are a pebble in my shoe.”

            “And you, Mr. Colbert, are a horse’s behind.”

            He opened one eye. She again sat primly on the edge of her seat, adjusting her skirts.  The two red dots on her cheeks the only indication of her anger.

“You may leave now,” he said through gritted teeth.

            Ellie bowed her head slightly. “As you wish.” She stood, smoothed back the hair always loose from her bun.  With head held high, she sailed from the room, closing the door softly. Her skirt stuck in the door. She re-opened it, yanked the skirt, and banged the door shut.

Max winced at the sound.  His left eye twitched.


December 2, 2011

Protecting Rose Release Date is Scheduled for December 14th!

You can find it on the Soul Mate website.

It will be released to other sites a few days after that, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Hard copies will be available sometime in July, 2012.  I will keep you updated. 

Whoo Hoo!

November 29, 2011

AUTHOR'S HOLIDAY EVENT!

Please stop by Mare's Place and visit me on my first guest blog on December 1st.

Prizes will be award.  Join in the fun!

I look forward to seeing you there.


-Cheryl

 

November 13, 2011

November 10, 2011

Contest News!


In honor of the Oct and Nov releases, the SMP Thurs blog group http://smpauthors.wordpress.com/ is running a Thanksgiving Contest.

How do you enter? The answer is simple.

Tell us who inspired you…your real life hero or heroine, and your name will be entered in our contest.
Stop by the blog during the month of Nov to comment on our blog and your name will be entered to win.

If you buy one of the new releases or one of the e-books from Oct and leave us your thoughts, you will also be eligible.

Tell us what you are thankful for and you will be entered to win.

Each person who does any of the above will be entered in our contest. The winner will be chosen at random from those who qualify and announced on Thurs. Dec 1st.

A travel mug with the Soul Mate logo, a mouse pad featuring the covers of Nov releases, $25 Soul Mate gift certificate, a variety of e-book downloads, pens, bookmarks, mug, Christmas ornament and other great gifts donated by our talented authors will be awarded. See the Contest section in the main menu for full details.

The more you visit the SMP Authors  blog and leave a comment, the better your chances
of winning. Tell your friends and stop by often.

*PLEASE NOTE: There will be a limit of one entry per person, per day. Employees and authors of Soul Mate Publishing are not eligible to win.

November 7, 2011

What Kind of Vacationer Are You?

Just a short little blog about fun and relaxation.

We all need time to unwind. Put the daily stresses of work and writing aside and relax. Refuel our imaginations.

I'm writing this blog from Las Vegas, where I'm enjoying an anniversary celebration with my husband Patrick. I love Vegas. It has so much to offer. I've always loved the excitement of the casinos, relaxing at the spa, the bright lights and shows, afternoons in the pool and romantic dinners with my husband.

My brother, David, on the other hand, is what I call an extreme vacationer. His idea of a good time is skydiving, hiking out of the Grand Canyon, flying to Fuji to go snorkeling, or traveling deep into the jungle to visit a hidden ruins. 

Not my idea of a good time.

So, what kind of vacationer are you?

October 30, 2011

It's that time again.

This week's Six Sentence Sunday is a scene from, Protecting Rose, due out in December.  Nate believes Rose is dead.  Killed in a house fire set by the bad guys.


“Get out of my way, Rick,” he ordered through gritted teeth. 

Retribution.  He wanted it, and he was going to get it.  With fists flexed angrily at his sides he glared at Rick and took a threatening step forward.  

Rick reached out and gripped him by the shoulders.  Nate went taut, his anguish and grief vibrated in the air.

“Stone,” Rick said, his tone low and calm. “We think she’s alive.”
 
Enjoy! And thank you for stopping by. For more great previews from other authors please click on SIX SENTENCE SUNDAY.

October 15, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday

Here is a fun little scene from my upcoming debut novel, Protecting Rose, and it goes out to all the women who love car guys.    
“So."  She turned to him with one delicately raised brow.  "When do you expect to have your car done?”

He grabbed his chest in mock horror.  “That’s not just a car, sweetheart.”  He grinned.  “It's a '65 Mustang fastback with a hopped up Cobra engine.  It’s a classic.”
Enjoy! And thank you for stopping by. For more great previews from other authors please click on SIX SENTENCE SUNDAY.



October 12, 2011

Time to Party - Launch Day for Soul Mate Publishing!

Hi, I’m glad you could stop by.

 I have to say it’s been a whirlwind of excitement for me since Soul Mate offered me a contract for, PROTECTING ROSE.  I went from being an aspiring writer to being a published author.  In addition, I learned that my work on, PROTECTING ROSE, isn't over yet.  I need to become a computer geek, as well as a social networking guru.

I now have a website/blog, a Facebook fan page, and a twitter account where people are actually following me!!?   How cool is that!  I want to give a special shout-out to my Virtual Assistant Florence at My Girl Friday who put it all together and is coaching me on how to navigate the internet highway.

And of course, the Soul Mate Author Group has a blog page where one of the Soul Mate authors (including yours truly) blogs each day for your reading enjoyment.

Please check out the other author’s blogs at the hop and leave a comment if you have time.  Then stop off at Soul Mate Publishing to peruse the great books it has to offer.  Including my debut novel, PROTECTING ROSE, which will be released in December.

I hope you visit often.
 



October 10, 2011

You're Invited to a Party!

Soul Mate Publishing will be launching their site this coming Wednesday, October 12th. So my fellow Soul Mate Author, Donna, is hosting a Launch Party on Wednesday.

Hop on over to donna-realworldwriting.blogspot.com and join in the fun.
 
Be sure to check out the great books that Soul Mate Publishing has to offer. Including my debut novel, Protecting Rose, due out in December!

I hope to see you there. Bring your party hats and good cheer!

Whoo Hoo!

-Cheryl

October 9, 2011

Welcome to Six Sentence Sunday. Today I have a cute little scene from my book Protecting Rose that is due out in December.

The hero and heroine are in Chicago having lunch at an Italian restaurant and he's comforting her.

            Nate leaned forward and touched her cheek lightly with the back of his hand. “We’ll figure this out.”

            “Thank you." Her tension receded. "Thank you for saving me, and thank you for protecting me now.”

            “It’s my job.” He grinned and lightly chucked her under the chin. “Saving damsels in distress is my specialty.”

            Rose laughed. “I just bet it is, Detective Stone.”

Enjoy! And thank you for stopping by. For more great previews from other authors please click on SIX SENTENCE SUNDAY.

October 2, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday

Hi everyone!  Welcome to my Six Sentence Sunday.  What is Six Sentence Sunday you ask?  Well, let me tell you. 

Each Sunday I plan to post six sentences from my work in progress or a finished manuscript for your reading enjoyment.  This is my first week participating in Six Sentence Sunday and I have included six sentences from my book Protecting Rose, which is due for release in December by Soul Mate Publishing.

Here is a fun little scene from the first Chapter of Protecting Rose where my hero, Nate Stone, is taking down a car theft ring.  He is undercover and inside a warehouse where the operation is based.  He has just been ID'd as a cop and his team is storming the building.

Nate reached for his Glock and dove behind a car, trying not to get his ass blown off as Davis’ men opened fire.

“Now, Rick!” He slammed his back up against the car that shielded him. Bullets rained down around him as the sound of gunfire reverberated through the building. Multiple explosions rocked the air with enough force to shake his balls when the warehouse doors were blown open.

Enjoy!  And thank you for stopping by.  For more great previews from other authors please click on SIX SENTENCE SUNDAY.

September 26, 2011

I'm happy to announce that Soul Mate Publishing will be releasing PROTECTING ROSE in December 2011!


Stay tuned ~ More news soon!

September 24, 2011

Hi Everyone!

I've got lots of exciting things going on ~ Stay tuned for more information soon!