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Friday, January 29, 2010

Author Cheryl Brooks - Guest Post and Giveaway

Today author Cheryl Brooks is here to celebrate her new release, FUGITIVE.  I just started reading this series and I am loving it! She is a talented author and wonderful person to chat with!  Here is what Ms. Brooks had to share with everyone!

Cheryl Brooks Guest Blog, author of Fugitive

Hello, there! My name is Cheryl Brooks, and I’m the author of The Cat Star Chronicles series of erotic futuristic romance. The latest installment, Fugitive, is now on the shelves, so I’m making the rounds of all the terrific romance blogs to promote its release. Today, My Overstuffed Bookshelf has asked me to discuss my favorite part about writing Fugitive and what my ideal writing day would be like.

Aside from all the steamy love scenes, my favorite part about writing Fugitive was creating the fun supporting characters. When I first began this series, I envisioned a species of alien men who were the best lovers in the galaxy, and I’ve got another hot one in Manx, but to add to the fun of Fugitive, I came up with the ultimate housekeeping droid, Klog. His name is an acronym for Keeping the Lid On the Garbage and though he doesn't talk, he's a terrific cook and always knows just exactly what you're craving. An astute judge of character, he instinctively knows the good guys from the bad, and if it comes down to a fight, he’s got your back. He can clean your house, wash and mend your clothes, smooth out the sand on the beach, squirt whipped cream out of his “finger,” and whip up one helluva margarita. And he does all of this while speaking only in beeps, chirps, buzzes, and mumbles. So far, every woman who has read the book wants a Klog and a Manx, in that order!

Then there is Zef, the eltran, who has a mouth like a drunken sailor and a heart of gold. He’s an ugly, lumpy, aging amphibian who looks like a mudskipper with a bad case of poison ivy. He loves to talk, and has taken on the role of matchmaker/go-between with Manx, the sexy Zetithian hero who has taken refuge in the jungle of Barada Seven, and Drusilla, a wildlife artist who has been too busy painting to notice the lack of love in her life. Writing Zef’s dialog was a liberating exercise in unrestrained comments on life, love, and the world in general.

As fun as it was to write Fugitive, the days that I spent writing it were far from ideal. Distractions and setbacks abound during the penning of a novel, but if I could just have that one perfect day—or two or three—just think how many books I could write in a year! I might even be able to keep up with my original attempt to write a 90,000 word book every three months. Alas, those days when I could just write books are a thing of the past. Now that I’m published, I’m writing blogs, editing, promoting, and revising all the time. But since I’ve been asked to describe my ideal writing day, I must ponder this question, so here goes:

That perfect day would be one in which I didn't get hungry—or at least had Klog here to do the shopping and prepare my meals for me. It would be a day in which the words would flow without interruption or hesitation. I wouldn't get tired and feel the need to dive into my bed (which is right next to my desk) when fatigue overcomes me. I would have brilliant ideas and always have just the right words to convey them to my readers. My feet would be warm. My hip wouldn't hurt. My chair would be comfortable. My computer wouldn't lock up. The phone wouldn't ring. Emails could pop up but would not tempt me away from my work. My puppy wouldn’t wet on the carpet, but would bark cheerfully to call me to the door to let her out. And above all, my house would be clean!

On that day, I wouldn't feel the need to check Facebook to feed my fish on Fishville or harvest my pineapples on Farm Town. I wouldn't fret over whether or not my editor will like what I've written; I would simply write it the way I want it and not get upset when I have to make revisions. I wouldn't think of something else I needed to do and have to stop in the middle of a sentence to address the situation—like I just did while I was writing this blog. I could focus on one thing at a time, instead of having to multitask.

All that being said, any day spent writing is a good one. I enjoy what I do and wouldn’t have missed this experience for the world. I’ve loved interacting with my readers and hearing their comments on what I’ve written. Romance readers are the best fans in the world and they make it all worthwhile.

Now, if I could only find a Klog of my very own…

About the Author
Cheryl Brooks is an Intensive Care Unit nurse by night and a romance writer by dayt. Previous books in The Cat Star Chronicles series include Slave, Warrior, Rogue and Outcast. Hero, book six, will be in stores August 2010. She is a member of the RWA and lives with her husband and sons in Bloomfield, Indiana. For more information, please visit http://cherylbrooksonline.com/


FUGITIVE BY CHERYL BROOKS—IN STORES JANUARY 2010
When a Zetithian fugitive meets a beautiful Earth woman, their passion may cost them both their lives...

Manx is a Zetithian fugitive with a feline gene that gives him remarkable sexual powers. He has been in hiding in the remote jungles of Barada Seven ever since being marked for extermination by the violent Nedwuts.

Artist Drusilla arrives on Barada Seven, enticed only by the promise of finding a nature paradise there. But she discovers a wildlife she wasn’t expecting when she encounters Manx. Reckless with desire for the beautiful Earth woman, Manx risks his life to win her as his mate.

It’s only a matter of time until the Nedwuts find them, but it will take all of Manx and Drusilla’s passion, skill, and ingenuity to survive.

 

GIVEAWAY:
Thanks to Soucebooks, I have 2 copies of Fugitive to giveaway.  This prize will come straight from the publisher!  So 2 copies means 2 winners!!

To enter the contest:

1. Be a follower of my blog!
2. Leave a comment with your email address and if you have a question for Cheryl or just want to say hi, give her a shout out!
3. USA and Canada only. No PO Boxes!
That's it! Contest will end on Feb. 1rst, 2010 with the winners being announced the following day!

GOOD LUCK!

Thank you so much Cheryl for joining me at My Overstuffed Bookshelf today! I wish you all the success with your current books and all future books!


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26 Comments:

Blogger jeanette8042 said...

I haven't read any of your books, but I've heard wonderful things about The Cat Star Chronicles!

I'm a follower!

lilazncutie1215 @ yahoo.com

January 29, 2010 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger rubynreba said...

I am a follower.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

January 29, 2010 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger rubynreba said...

Looks like a great book, Cheryl! Hope I'm lucky.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

January 29, 2010 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Virginia C said...

Hey, Cheryl & Amy! Thanks for providing a great giveaway sure to heat things up and shake off the Winter frost!

U.S. Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

January 29, 2010 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger I Heart Book Gossip said...

Hi Cheryl!

I love your books. I would like to know what is your muse when you are writing these books?

+1 Follower

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

January 29, 2010 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger StephTheBookworm said...

Cool, I'd definitely like to start reading her books! Please count me in. I'm a follower.

stephaniet117(at)yahoo(dot)com

January 29, 2010 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Sandy Jay said...

Hi, Cheryl! I haven't read any of your books yet but I'm putting this series on my TBR list. I'd love to win this. Thanks for the opportunity.

forwhlz at gmail dot com

January 29, 2010 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger Sandy Jay said...

I'm a follower.

forwhlz at gmail dot com

January 29, 2010 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger diva donna said...

I'm a Big Cheryl Brooks Fan. I've read them all.
She works her butt off to write the best and most erotic romance books ever. She's generous with her precious time. And I call her a friend. Because we've hung out together daily for over a year and it's been a fun fun ride. So you ladies who haven't read one of her books. You're our missing out. So get on my Cat Master's Literary Space Ship. And let's take off to The world of The Zetithians. The sexiest aliens you'll ever meet. Come along for the trip.

January 29, 2010 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger CallMeKayla said...

This sounds awesome!!! I love the cover.. Congrats on your new release Cheryl!

-follower

kaylajohnson3969@sbcglobal.net

January 29, 2010 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Ana said...

Awesome interview Cheryl, as always :D

I didn't know the acronym for Klog or maybe I forgot. But it's true. I wouldn't mind a Klog of my own and of course who wouldn't mind a Manx? Or Cat, Leo, Trag, Ty, or Lynx. Ah..LOl. Sorry my mind wandered. I get days where I want to write but then I feel too tired. So I can understand wanting a day where there were no interruptions, and just be able to write. Have a great day! :D

January 29, 2010 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Cheryl Brooks said...

Hi Jeanette & rubynreba!
A free book is a great way to get started on a series. Thanks and Good luck!

January 29, 2010 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Cheryl Brooks said...

Virginia C,
LOL! This one would warm up even the coldest winter! Just ask Diva Donna, who lives in Minnesota!

I Heart Book Gossip,
Glad you're enjoying the series! My muse? I think I use "muse" in its other form, meaning to ponder or ruminate. Just today, I was driving home from a doctor's appointment. I'd talked with my editor earlier and she's asked for a new opening scene for Hero. I had no clue, but I started thinking about things that happened leading up to the story and it just hit me out of the blue. Can't say I was truly inspired by anything in particular, but I was listening to Train's new album at the time!

StephTheBookworm,
Gotta love a self-proclaimed bookworm! Bookworms rule!

January 29, 2010 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Cheryl Brooks said...

Sandy J,
Those TBR lists just keep right on growing, don't they? Good luck in the contest!

CallMeKayla,
Yes, my covers are defintely hot! I can't say enough good things about the art department at Sourcebooks. They've given me a great one every time!

Thanks, Diva Donna!
We've had a blast this year, haven't we? Let's hope it continues!

Hi Ana,
If I'm too tired, it's pointless to keep trying, but sometimes, I have no choice! That's the bad thing about having deadlines. Good luck finding your own Klog! Or Manx, or Leo, or Cat....

January 29, 2010 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger throuthehaze said...

This series sounds really interesting. I will have to check it out :)

follower

Raelena
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

January 29, 2010 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger misskallie2000 said...

I have not read any of your books Cheryl but I am a cat person and this book is screaming it me to read. The Cat Star Chronicles series is a must read. I have added them to my to buy list.
Thanks for your great post and the great giveaway. Pls add my name to the hat.

I am a follower of your blog

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

January 29, 2010 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger Nancy Bristow said...

I'm a book junkie with tons of favorite authors among many genres and as part of my addiction I frequently try new-to-me authors. It's how I discovered Cheryl...on an impulse from reading the cover blurb on "Warrior" back in 2008. I'm not even a huge sci-fi fan but I liked what I read and I bought it. Long story short, I have now acquired and read all of Cheryl's books. Her books meet my criteria for a good read: hot romance, humor, good story that pulls me in and an HEA. "Fugitive" was a particularly terrific read that gave me multiple LOL moments and had me in the love scenes with the hot sex instead of Drusilla. You see, Manx didn't like a lot of clothes...something I could get totally on board with at a scrumptious tropical island location. Sigh.

I've become a member at Cheryl's personal blog because she's a wonderfully creative author and past awesome as a down to earth real live person...even if I only know her virtually. Her blog members rock equally and we enjoy many "for adult only" comments with one another. Can I ask for a moment of silence and gratitude for Wednesdays...they're very special and close to our hearts:D

January 29, 2010 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger sherry said...

Sounds like a great book and I can't wait to read it.

follower

sstrode@scrtc.com

January 29, 2010 at 6:06 PM  
Blogger Cheryl Brooks said...

Thanks, throuthehaze, sherry, and misskallie2000!
It's always a pleasure to recruit new readers the The Cat Star Chronicles, whether you're cat people or not! Good luck in the drawing!

Thanks, Nancy!
LOL! I promise to keep Wednesdays as special as I possibly can. Wouldn't want anyone to feel deprived....

January 29, 2010 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger justpeachy36 said...

justpeachy36@yahoo.com

Please enter me in the giveaway.

January 29, 2010 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger dor said...

Sounds like a book I could get lost in. I really enjoyed this post.
I follow on google friend...dor

dorcontest at gmail dot com

January 30, 2010 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Cheryl Brooks said...

Hi justpeachy!
Good luck in the contest!

January 30, 2010 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger ck.twilighter (Chasity) said...

ALoha Cheryl!!!!=)


I just wanted to stop in and say hello *waving*
Recently, I found your books in my local book store. The blurbs are excellent.

I would love to be an entrant in the contest!!

ck.twilighter (at) gmail (dot) com


Mahalo for the great interview.... I enjoy reading you talk about your characters.

January 30, 2010 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Mitzi H. said...

Hi Cheryl....As an avid reader I don't know how I've missed your books. They sound awesome and I'm heading to the bookstore today. Hope I can find one on the shelf!!!

I'd love to be entered into your contest!!!

mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

I'm a follower.

Congrats on your new release!!!

January 30, 2010 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger Martha Lawson said...

Please enter me for this one. It looks like a great read.

I am a follower

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

January 30, 2010 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger CherylS22 said...

I haven't read any of Cheryl's books but I'd love to read them - they sound fascinating.

I follow in GFC

Thanks ~megalon22 at yahoo dot com

January 31, 2010 at 12:14 PM  

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