March 23, 2013

PROTECTING ROSE - Book Club Comments



- I never put my comment for the last question...about what emotion I felt...so here is my comment....The main emotion was, of course, love. But there was fear, hatred, anxiety, lust, and excitement. This was a very well-rounded book, with all kinds of emotions, sometimes all rolled into one scene. And there was also a sadness, on my part, when the book ended…I wanted it to continue!! That is the sign of a GREAT book – not wanting it to end. I feel that way when I read books by Dame Agatha Christie and Jonathan Kellerman…Cheryl is in wonderful company!!!! She is on my list of “Favorite” authors – and believe me, my list of favorite authors is very small. 

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- I was hooked by the middle of the 2nd page, when Nate whispered to Rick that his cover had been blown, I KNEW I wanted to see what happened. If a book doesn’t “grab” me by the 2nd or 3rd page I most likely won’t finish it. 

When I have the time to sit down and read a book I want to be involved from the very beginning otherwise I will go looking for a another book to try. Cheryl got my attention quickly and never lost that attention…from that point on there was a ton of action and I hated when I had to put it down to do something else, like make supper…LOL!!! I just wanted to continue to read it – to find out what would happen next.

March 11, 2013

NAME THAT NOVEL - CONTEST



Hi folks. I’ve completed my latest novel, but I’m struggling with a name for it. So I thought it’d be fun to have my readers help me name it.

I’ve just been referring to it as Rick & Sheila...not a very good title. LOL! The winner will receive an autographed copy of one of my books ... of their choice.

For those that read PROTECTING ROSE and/or A MAN TO TRUST, Rick and Sheila both were in PROTECTING ROSE, and Rick was also in A MAN TO TRUST.

I began building their relationship in PROTECTING ROSE, but Sheila was not a part of the A MAN TO TRUST storyline. That would be during the time she’d pushed Rick from her life, feeling too damaged emotionally to start any sort of relationship.

If you remember, in PROTECTING ROSE, Sheila is beaten in her home by the assassin who is looking for Rose, and Sheila knows where the safe house is. You don’t see this attack scene, only the scene where Rick finds her afterward in her home, near death. He feels guilty about not protecting her better.

Here is the blurb ... which may change, but it’s what I came up with for this contest. 

Sheila William’s fragile, emotional recovery from a brutal beating that nearly took her life is in jeopardy when she fears someone is watching her.

The woman Rick Smyth wants shuts him out of her life after being brutally attacked in her home. Now she feels threatened by a stalker and turns to him for protection. 

This time, not only does he vow to keep her safe, he’s determined to win her heart as well.  

So, what do you think? Can you think of a title for this novel? When leaving a suggestion, please be sure to include emails, so I can contact the winner.

And have fun!

-Cheryl

March 7, 2013

PROTECTING ROSE - Book Club Comments

- The characters of Nate and Rose. I love them both. Though Rose is sometimes just tooooo nice. : ) And Nate - ladies, I need to know: do men like that actually exist? here on Planet Earth I mean? in the flesh and blood? not just in our fantasies? cause wow - i"d like to have one of those! : )
As for Rose trusting Nate - I guess when you are in her situation you kind of have to. I also think that there was some strong gut instincts between these two - like soul mates, destiny etc - perhaps they knew each other in another life and hence the feeling of trust. 

And those intimate scenes - wow! hot! 

In all the scenes from action scenes to simply having lunch to the under the sheets scenes - I find Cheryl's writing so crystal clear and vivid you can really picture it. fast paced book, holds your attention. I'm not done yet but already want this to be a series.
So, I'm more than a little late with my thoughts on the first 2 ques. hopefully by the time Bagh is back in the swing of things I'll be done the book in full and will comment on the Mondays. : )

Have a lovely day, all!

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- I never put my comment for the last question...about what emotion I felt...so here is my comment....

The main emotion was, of course, love. But there was fear, hatred, anxiety, lust, and excitement. This was a very well-rounded book, with all kinds of emotions, sometimes all rolled into one scene. And there was also a sadness, on my part, when the book ended…I wanted it to continue!! That is the sign of a GREAT book – not wanting it to end. I feel that way when I read books by Dame Agatha Christie and Jonathan Kellerman…Cheryl is in wonderful company!!!! She is on my list of “Favorite” authors – and believe me, my list of favorite authors is very small.

March 5, 2013

Please Give a Warm Welcome to Tracey Cramer-Kelly



Welcome to Cheryl’s place!  I’m thrilled to have you here.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
Hi Cheryl, and thank you for hosting me today! I’m writing from small-town Minnesota, where I live with my hubby and two kids, age 5 and 10. I work a full-time job, running our family motorcycle business.
At heart I am a storyteller; I love digging deep into a character and exploring how things that happen in their life impact and transform them. Although I’ve released two books (both of which have been winners or finalists in contests), today I hope to share information about my soon-to-be-released third novel, Take Two: a Hollywood Romance with a Twist.
What is your favorite pastime, other than writing?
My favorite way to spend time is riding my motorcycle, especially if my kids and hubby are with me. Unfortunately, here in Minnesota I’m lucky if I can stretch that to seven months of the year.
I’m also a vocalist (I’ve released two cover songs and been featured on other albums) and play taiko drums, which is like a cross between martial arts and banging on BIG drums (great exercise!). I’ve even toyed with video and production; in fact, my second music video, featuring a female motorcyclist, was just released: http://www.traceycramerkelly.com/cool-rider-music-video/
What is a typical writing day for you?
There is no such thing as a typical day when you own a business and have active kids! So my writing time is “stolen” hours whenever I can get them (I’m writing this in a coffee shop). It makes it harder to get into the “flow” but I’m proof it can be done if you want it badly enough! I also daydream anywhere and everywhere, so that when I do sit down to write I have an idea where I want to go.
Do you see yourself trying any another genre in the future and if so which one?
Right now I’m experimenting with short-story erotica, and I recently completed my first short script (a theater/film production). I’m trying to get back into writing music. And I’d love to write a movie script, but I only have so many hours in a day, so I’ve chosen to focus on novels.
Tell us about your latest release?
Oh, this is the fun stuff! Here’s why. Starting March 6, I’m sharing a new “installment” of Take Two (for FREE) on my blog every week. Click here for details: http://www.traceycramerkelly.com/read-my-next-novel-for-free-heres-how/

Take Two is about an up-and-coming actor who is poisoned on set and is forced to recover at the (rather older, ahem) director’s home with her two teenage daughters. There’s a tragic past and medical emergencies, sexual tension and other sumptuous writing fodder. Read the teaser here: http://www.TakeTwoNovel.com
Please share an excerpt of your book!
               When the technician brushed Zac’s arm with a dark liquid, he understood the unspoken question in Gina’s eyes. “Lidocaine,” he said. “It numbs the skin so the needles don’t hurt as much.”
               “Does it work?”
               “Some,” he said.
               He studied her as she watched that first needle insertion. He was determined not to flinch.
               But she did…and her features flooded with a mix of emotions he couldn’t identify. He caught her hand in his as she started to pull away.
               She met his eyes, and he recognized at least one emotion, because he’d felt it so often himself: anguish. But something else: it was as if she was looking into the depths of him. To see what is really there?
               For the first time in his life, he didn’t shy away. He held her gaze as that second fiery needle slipped into his vein. Held it and watched something flicker in her eyes and knew that he hadn’t succeeded in hiding the needle’s effect on him. But he felt no misgivings about allowing her to see that small vulnerability.
               “Zac…” It was only a whisper, but it held so much more. She tilted her head toward him as if to share a secret. He did the same, as if to receive that secret. She was so close he could smell her—a mixture of soap and baby oil.
               He desperately wished his left arm was free, because his one and only instinct was to run that hand up into her hair and pull her closer.
               Gina’s breath was like a feather against the side of his face. He sensed the technician testing the access lines, taping the tubing into place, and working with the machine, but he felt suspended…unwilling to move until Gina did.
               Only when the technician left did Gina finally speak. “I’m so sorry, Zac.”
               It was not what he’d expected, and it took an effort to keep his voice soft but firm. “You have nothing to be sorry for.”
               “If I hadn’t thought it was the flu… if I hadn’t pushed you that day...” Gina began to pull away.
               “Whoa, hey.” He brought his left hand to cover their hands.
               Gina looked down at his arm—at the tape and the tubes and the blood. “If I’d taken you to the hospital sooner…”
               “Gina, stop.” She could not really think this…could she? “You’ve got it all wrong.”

What inspired you to write Take Two?
 I like to say that my second book (True Surrender) led to my third. The first video I produced (“The Rose / Surrender Version”) features scenes from True Surrender (which is a wounded veteran’s personal journey and transformation). The experience of seeing my writing come to life was exhilarating and empowering but also humbling. The seed for Take Two was planted then, but as if often the case, the characters told me what would happen next!
Tell us what excites you about writing and getting published.
When I hear from readers that my writing touched them in some way, that really makes my day. Sometimes it is hard to keep going. But ultimately, I have this need to share, and hopefully I’ll find readers who are receptive to my style of writing, which is not your formulaic romance.
 Do you prefer your men in boxers, briefs or commando?
Hmm…I like ‘em all, but I think briefs show off a nice ass the best.
And finally, where can we stalk you?
My “hub” is my web site (www.TraceyCramerKelly.com)
The installments will be posted to my blog: http://www.TraceyCramerKelly.com/blog


March 3, 2013

2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence

I am very excited and pleased to announce that my romantic suspense novel, A MAN TO TRUST, is a finalist in the 2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. 

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Congratulations to all the Finalist. Winners will be selected April 1, 2013.

-Cheryl