January 26, 2012

Pleast Give a Warm Welcome to Donna Shields.

Welcome to Cheryl’s place!  I’m thrilled to have you here.

  1. Please tell us a little about yourself. It’s so great being here Cheryl. Thanks for having me. I’m a mom of six and a Gramma of two. I live in the beautiful Upstate, South Carolina. I’m a pretty busy gal with my writing, a full time normal paying job (Warehouse Receiver), I co-own a motorcycle repair shop with my husband, and we’re working on opening another business-an auction site. 

    That's cool.  I have friends in South Carolina and my husband and I make a trip there every summer.

  2. What is your favorite pastime, other than writing? Reading! When we lived in CT, I enjoyed spending time with my mom and sisters playing cards such as Phase 10 and International Rummy. Also, my husband and I would take the kids camping, hiking, and four wheeling.

  3. When did you first get the writing bug? In 6th grade. My English teacher gave us an assignment where we had to write a short story with all the major elements. I instantly fell in love with writing right then.

  4. Any advice for new writers just starting out? Learn, learn, learn. Knowledge is a powerful thing, especially in writing. I guarantee you’ll always learn something new, something helpful. Also, never give up. Never stop writing, even with rejections.

  1. What is a typical writing day for you? Because of my full time job and the motorcycle shop, I squeeze in writing wherever I can, usually at night or on the weekends. A typical Saturday would be two cups of coffee and then I can focus!

  2. What genre or genres do you write? I write paranormal romance and romantic suspense.

    My Favorite!

  3. Do you see yourself trying any another genre in the future and if so which one? I would love to in the future. I want to try my hand at steampunk. One of my critique partners writes this and I find it fascinating.

  4. What makes your hero special?  He has come a long way from the young kid he had been. He’s battled and conquered his alcoholism and his selfish pride becoming a strong mature man.

  5. What makes your heroine special? She has undergone some changes recently even before Aly is kidnapped, but this one event causes her to realize she’s much stronger and independent then she’d believed.
  6. Tell us about your latest release? Secrets of Jenkins Bridge is Katherine and Mitchell’s story. They were high school sweethearts when tragedy struck causing a chain of events leading to Mitchell leaving town before he could find out he was going to be a Daddy. Years later, he has returned hunting down a dangerous mob boss who turns out to be a silent partner of Mitchell’s father. Katherine and Mitchell’s daughter is kidnapped and Katherine’s run off the road. Mitchell races against the clock to find their daughter and save her before it’s too late.

    That sounds like a good one.  I'll have to pick it up.

  7. Please share an excerpt of your book! 

    Hunting down a dangerous mob boss has brought FBI agent Mitchell Donovan home, reawakening an old flame, resurrecting a dead best friend, and discovering fatherhood. As if those aren’t enough, his new case will push everything else aside: finding the kidnappers who took the daughter he never knew he had.
    Katherine Delaney never forgot the heartbreak Mitchell had caused with his abrupt departure all those years ago. With her dead ex-husband accused of murder and her daughter kidnapped, she will place her trust in the one man who could trample her heart again if she gets too close. But, will the resurrection of Katherine’s ex-husband and Mitchell’s chase for a killer destroy their second chance at love and happiness?
  1. What book are you reading now? Patricia Cornwell’s Port Mortuary (Scarpetta series).

  2. What inspired you to write your latest story? I’ve always enjoyed the reunion type romances but I wanted suspense involved in mine. I’m a sucker for suspense. The more twists, the better for me. I figured what better way to turn it up a couple notches by having their teenage daughter kidnapped and bringing them close together once again?

  3. What’s your current WIP? Boneknapper, a paranormal romantic suspense. It’s about my hero, a doctor, who has a Voodoo curse placed on him due to a small boy’s accidental death and the doctor couldn’t save the boy’s life. Enters my heroine, a detective, when graves are desecrated including the doctor’s father. In each of the four graves, a pinky bone is missing. The hero and heroine are thrown into the world of Voodoo as the hero only has about a week to save himself from certain death.

  1. Tell us what excites you about writing and getting published. I love to spin a tale. I like every aspect of it – character development, throwing them into crazy senarios and see how they react and if they can survive, my heros and heroines falling in love despite fighting it tooth and nail. And having my book published for the world to see is both exciting and scary.

  2.  Do you prefer your men in boxers, briefs or commando? Well, that’s easy. I prefer commando, but since most men won’t, I’ll take the briefs.

  3. And finally, where can we stalk you?
On Twitter: @Donna_Shields
On SMP’s Author Blog: http://smpauthors.wordpress.com/

Thanks for visiting with us today, Donna.  It was nice to get to know you and to learn more about the Secrets of Jenkins Bridge.

January 25, 2012

Horny Hump Day

I had such fun last week, I decided to post another short sensual scene from, Protecting Rose.


Nate paused at her waist to place soft butterfly kisses across her belly. Her breath caught when he lifted his head to look into her eyes and, with a slow grin, slid her panties down her legs and off her body, tossing them on the floor along with their other clothes. She shivered in anticipation when he lowered his head and continued his sensual assault down to the very heart of her.

Hop on over to http://www.hornyhumpday.com/ for some more hump day fun!

January 20, 2012

Please Give a Warm Welcome to Jenna Jaxon!

Please welcome Jenna to Cheryl's Place.  Jenna Jaxon is a newly published author of historical  and contemporary romance who has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager.  A romantic herself, Jenna has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise.  She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own writing. 

Jenna lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets.  When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director.  She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage. She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.

What is your favorite pastime, other than writing?  Reading of course, reading historical romance in particular (with forays into Stephen King), and directing in the theatre.

When did you first get the writing bug?  I remember writing a story when I was in third grade that I made hand written copies of for a 1st grade class.  I’ve always loved writing, but started seriously almost exactly three years ago.

Any advice for new writers just starting out?  Write every day.  Learn to take criticism.  Never give up.

What is a typical writing day for you? Well, writing gets sandwiched around my day job.  An ideal day would be start at about 8:30 am and stop around 12:00 midnight.  With suitable potty breaks of course.  My real day is come home at 6pm, start writing by 6:30, go to bed by 1am.

What genre or genres do you write? I write erotic contemporary and historical romance.  But historical is my first love.

Do you see yourself trying any another genre in the future and if so which one?  If I had to choose one I’d choose western, if that’s a sub-genre.  But it would be western historical.

What book are you reading now? I just this morning finished Outlander.  My new favorite romance of all time.  Now I’m on to Outlander 2.
What’s your current WIP?  I’m finishing two ms right now.  One erotic contemporary called 7 Days of Seduction and an historical I’ve been writing on for two years but it always kept getting pushed aside by other works.  Now is As Long As You’re Mine’s time to shine!

Do you prefer your men in boxers, briefs or commando?  Boxers

Tell us about your latest release?  My latest release is Almost Perfect from Decadent Publishing for their 1Night Stand series.  It’s about a woman who’s trying to jump-start a new life after a messy divorce.  She’s given a 1NS as a birthday gift and wants a pirate adventure.  Trouble is, she’s marooned on a not-quite deserted island--with her ex-husband.

What inspired you to write Almost Perfect? Almost Perfect was summoned on a Metro train in DC last summer.  I’d been toying with the idea of writing a 1NS so on the ride I started playing the “Magic If’ game.  If I wanted to put the two most unlikely people together, who and where would they be?  I also had the idea of Fantasy Island, so the deserted island came up pretty quick.  Then the characters just started talking to me and that was that.
What makes your hero special?  He’s really a good guy, with a single purpose.  He’s got something to make up for and he goes in with a one-track mind about getting it.  And I love a geek at heart. Er, hot! 

What makes your heroine special?  She’s brash and know-it-all, but unfailingly optimistic.  I love her quirk of spouting movies and movie trivia.  And she’s big enough to say I’m sorry.

And finally, where can we stalk you?  I hang out a lot at my blog, Jenna’s Journal  I also have a Jenna Jaxon Facebook Page, and you can Tweet me @Jenna_Jaxon.

Thank you for visiting today, Jenna!

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January 17, 2012

Welcome to Horny Hump Day!

A fellow author has started something fun for middle of the week boredom.  

I'm posting a short sensual scene from, Protecting Rose in honor of Horny Hump Day!

Rose closed her eyes and a moan of pure pleasure passed her lips as Nate gently kneaded her breasts. With an “oh, baby,” he removed the barrier of her bra. His tongue eagerly stroked a taut nipple before sucking it into his warm, hungry mouth.

Click on the author's listed below to read more steamy hump day fun!

Patricia Green

Jenna Jaxon

Kathryn R. Blake

Warning: Cold Shower May Be Required.

January 1, 2012

My New Years Eve Celebration

2011 was an eventful year, full of excitement as well as sorrows. 
My novel, Protecting Rose, was published with Soul Mate Publishing and also a finalist in the 2011 Launching a Star contest.  I haven’t been this excited about something since my wedding day.

I also said goodbye to some very dear friends and relatives in 2011, and I’m still mourning their passing. So, 2011 was a mixed bag.

But, that’s life. We just press on and try to make the best use of every wonderful moments that life offers us.

This New Year’s Eve was spent with some of our dearest friends. Sandy and Dennis.  My husband has known Dennis for nearly 30 years, ever since they were teenagers working together at the Ponderosa Steakhouse.  Dennis met his wife Sandy eight years ago, and we are very lucky to have her in our lives.

We arrived at their house around 7:00, greeted with warm hugs and cool drinks. Sandy is an awesome cook and the drinks were soon followed up with a scrumptious meal of French onion soup, twice-baked potatoes, and steak & lobster, along with a fine bottle of wine.

It doesn’t get much better than that.

We then proceeded into the living room where we watched the countdown to the New Year on their wide screen TV and spent the next four hours laughing and reminiscing until after 1:00 in the morning. So I’m happy to say we actually managed to stay up this year and ring in the New Year.

We spent the night in their guest room and the next morning we took them out for a leisurely breakfast before heading home.

I’m looking forward to more good times with family and friends in 2012. I also hope Protecting Rose is well received.  

I'm about at the mid-point on my first draft of my second manuscript.  The goal is to have it completed by winter’s end.

So, how did you ring in the New Year?