May 182016

another author picWhy I write in the early morning hours

Okay, I don’t exactly write in the early morning hours. After all, I am intimately acquainted with getting up at o-dark-thirty. When I was in the military, a 6 a.m. start meant a wake-up call at 4 a.m. to get my hair braided, my weapon drawn, and my vehicle properly prepped. All so I could make the 5:30 a.m. formation. And then there was my time as a Bed & Breakfast owner. Breakfast started at 8 a.m. during the week, which meant I was up two hours earlier because serving breakfast in my pajamas with my hair uncombed just scared the daylights out of guests. Trust me, I tried. Even when I was an attorney, I got up early to get a run in before heading off to take the train for my morning commute.

And now I’m getting up at 7 a.m. and my commute consists of shuffling from my bedroom to the kitchen to make coffee and then to my office. I don’t bother opening my eyes beyond slits or combing my hair and I always write in my pajamas. In fact, I’m starting to think that I simply can’t be creative with ‘normal’ clothes on anymore. And yet I’m claiming that I write in the early morning hours.

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May 032016

Writing About Sport When You Don’t Actually Like It?  No Problem. Bring It On.

Thanks for inviting me along to bring my new book from Totally Bound, Scoring With Sir, with me. It’s really exciting to be out in public (as am I!)

I thought I’d make a bold confession here. Scoring With Sir is a book with a sports star hero about a female sports super fan. All good. The only problem being…um…I don’t watch sport. Or like it. None of it. Nothing. Not if I can help it.

Golf, can’t stand it. Not even tennis and I’m Scottish and watching Andy Murray is a national passion (um, not for me thanks! I’d rather eat the Wimbledon strawberries and watch a gardening or cooking show thanks for asking). Football, I really can’t stand it. Not even on the radio if I’m in earshot. So TV or live football? Let’s not even go there.

So what makes me think I can write with any conviction about a famed football star hero? And the mad fan love of his life. Am I mad?

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Apr 212016

We asked Cheryl who she envisioned as the main characters of her newest release, Want Ad Wedding.  Before we get to her choices, let’s learn a little more about the book.

When Daniel Gardner convinced the residents of his Kansas boomtown to advertise for mail-order brides, he never expected the woman he once loved to respond. But Leah Swann steps off the bride train…pregnant and widowed and in need of a husband. Drawn to protect his fragile childhood friend, Daniel proposes a marriage of convenience.

Seeing her onetime best friend waiting to meet the bride train is a wonderful shock for Leah. After her first rocky marriage, a practical partnership with Daniel sounds perfect—as long as her heart doesn’t get involved. But when she starts to fall for her husband, will her plans of a fresh start be ruined…or is a real marriage to Daniel exactly what she needs?

Cowboy Creek: Bringing mail-order brides, and new beginnings, to a Kansas boomtown.


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Apr 212016

I’m going to share one of my favorite nonalcoholic mixed drinks with you.

The Liliko’i Splash at Disney’s Aulani resort in Oahu is great, and even though I haven’t made it at home (yet) I have some drink making experience and the recipe I’m giving you is based on how I plan to make it when I scrounge up passion fruit syrup somewhere here in Oregon. ☺

To start, you need passion fruit syrup, club soda, mint and lime.

Start with about 2 ounces (or more, depending on how sweet you like your drinks!) of the passion fruit syrup.

Add about six mint leaves

Fill the cup a little over halfway with ice

Add club soda, an ounce of lime juice and a wedge of fresh lime.

Now you’re good to go!


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Apr 212016

BON APPETIT AND A BOOK:  Carmael Apple Pie
Photo Credit: James Roper

Flour, for dusting
1 recipe Buttery Pie Dough
8 tbsp. unsalted butter
1⁄2 cup packed light brown sugar
1⁄2 cup granulated sugar, plus 1 tbsp. for sprinkling
3 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
15 soft caramel cubes
8 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tbsp. water

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Apr 012016

FullSizeRender (1)_3Tips of the Trade

I’ve been a published author for eleven years and have learned a thing or two that have made a difference for me with regard to interest and the sale of my books. I honestly believe there is no fail proof formula that you can follow that will make you successful. Success is in the eye of the beholder. Since I’ve never looked at writing as anything more than a hobby, never had any great expectations, I feel successful with every royalty check I receive that proves some of you enjoy my books.

I wanted to share two of the things that I’ve noticed have made a difference.

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Mar 282016

Daire St. Denis_author photoToday welcome Daire St. Denis as her blog tour makes a stop at Romancing the Book.  Before we get to a recipe inspired by her newest release, let’s learn about Daire and Sweet Seduction.

DAIRE ST. DENIS was sure she was destined to be the next female Indiana Jones. That didn’t quite pan out but she still managed her fair share of exotic adventures. Some of her most daring escapades include skydiving in Canada, being trapped in the Great Pyramid of Giza, searching for tigers in the foothills of the Himalayas, touring Germany by motorbike, scuba diving off the coast of the Philippines, meeting Medusa in the bowels of Istanbul and climbing her way to the top of a number of mountains and crags in Canada and the US.

Daire loves to pen erotic tales full of passion and unexpected adventure and her colorful past has provided ample inspiration for her muse.

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Mar 142016


The first sexy contemporary romance in Sara Jane Stone’s brand new Second Shot series!

Five years ago, Josie Fairmore left timber country in search of a bright future. Now she’s back home with a mountain of debt and reeling from a loss that haunts her. Desperate for a job, she turns to the one man she wishes she could avoid. The man who rocked her world one wild night and then walked right out of it.

Former Marine Noah Tager is managing his dad’s bar and holding tight to the feeling that his time overseas led to failure. The members of his small town think he’s a war hero, but after everything he’s witnessed, Noah doesn’t want a pat on the back. The only thing he desires is a second chance with his best friend’s little sister.

Josie’s determined to hold onto her heart and not repeat her mistakes, but when danger arrives on Noah’s doorstep and takes aim at Josie, they just might discover that sometimes love is worth the risk.


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Mar 032016

My new novel, HEART’S DEBT, will be released on March 15th.  If you haven’t read one of my novels before (or if you have!), I’m renowned for creating some of the most macho heroes in women’s fiction.  Damian Drummond, the hero in HEART’S DEBT, is probably the most virile, macho character I’ve created so far.

He was betrayed as a boy and wrenched from the safe, stable life he’d always known.  He ended up being transported to the penal colonies in Australia where he survived in the most trying, desperate conditions.  In HEART’S DEBT, he’s an adult who’s returned to England and is bent on revenge against those who wronged him.

Of all the heroes I’ve created over the years, I think Damian Drummond is probably the most cynical and damaged, which makes him a hero any woman would want to save.  My heroine, Georgina Fogarty is the perfect person to teach him how to love and care.

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Feb 242016

Being a Published Author: A Few Misconceptions

I admit, when I signed my first contract with Entangled Publishing, I had no idea what the process would be like. I’d been writing for years, but being published is an entirely different animal. It’s something you can’t really prepare for. I think, in the back of my mind, I was holding on to some ideas (or maybe fanciful dreams that had no basis in reality is the better term) about what being published would mean. How things have actually turned out is quite a bit different.

First misconception: Writing gets easier. It has gotten easier in that the more I write, the more ideas I come up with for future projects. But, if anything, the writing itself has become more difficult. Back when I was writing with no audience and no pressure, I wasn’t as much of a perfectionist. There was no reason to be, since I was only writing for myself. Now that I know I have readers and a fan base (even if it’s a smaller one), I second guess myself a lot more, I pick apart my writing more, I try to do better each time I write. So, since I’ve been published, my writing speed and ease have actually taken a hit.

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