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Friday, August 13, 2010

Author Interview & Giveaway: Cheryl Brooks

Today I have the great pleasure of interviewing author Cheryl Brooks! She is the author of the Cat Star Chronicles!  Lets all welcome her to the blog and enjoy the interview!

1. To start off, welcome and can you tell the readers a little about yourself? 
I’m a horse crazy girl from Louisville, KY. My family moved to a farm when I was twelve, where we had horses and not much else. After high school, I went nursing school, got a job in the ICU, met the night shift orderly who was working his way through college, and married him three years later. Seeing Star Wars made me decide that what the world needed was a good, erotic sci-fi romance, so I started writing, but without a computer, it was very slow going. Later, I went back for my BSN, which got me a computer and a printer! I then had two children and we moved to a farm in Indiana so I could have horses again, but the writing bug was still there. I wrote three romance novels, sent a query letter to Harlequin, which was rejected, and didn’t write or submit anything for another ten or twelve years. Then I saw Under the Tuscan Sun, and said to my husband, “Wouldn’t it be cool to be a writer and live in Tuscany?” To which he replied: “Write!” 
So I wrote! I printed up manuscripts and put them in Amazon boxes for the gang at the hospital to read. I submitted my contemporary romances to several agents and editors and was repeatedly rejected. Later, I wrote The Rescue, which was the erotic sci-fi romance I’d always dreamed of writing. Then I joined RWA and saw in their magazine that Sourcebooks was accepting erotic paranormals, so I sent them The Rescue, which was later retitled The Cat Star Chronicles: Slave, and the rest is history!

2. Can you tell us a little about your upcoming or latest release?
The Cat Star Chronicles series follows the lives of six Zetithian men who were captured and sold into slavery near the end of the war in which their world was destroyed. With their handsome cat-like features, amazing sexual prowess, and the ability to purr, these men are so hot that someone got jealous enough to disintegrate their planet. Hero, the new release, is the sixth book, and features Trag, the younger brother of Tychar, who was the hero of the third book, Rogue. After twenty years as a slave, Trag is now a starship pilot and is searching the galaxy for a woman who can make him forget the love he feels for his brother’s wife, Kyra. He finally finds Micayla, a young Zetithian woman who was raised on Earth, ignorant of her homeworld and even her species. She has never met a man who can arouse her passions, and when she meets Trag, all she wants to do is bite him! When they’re thrown together in the quest to bring the bane of Zetith to justice, sparks fly and an exciting adventure begins!

3. I am a fly on your wall.  What would I report back to my master about the daily grind of Cheryl?
0800 She likes eggs and tea for breakfast.
0830 She reads blogs and comments while she drinks her tea, and then goes to the barn to feed the horses.
0900 She smells like a horse after she comes back from the barn.
0930 She might clean up the kitchen or pay some bills first, but then she’s right back at her computer until lunchtime. What the devil does she do that for????
1200 She’s eating lunch now, but it only took her about three minutes to eat it.
1230 to 1530 She’s still writing, and she drinks an awful lot of tea.
1530 to 1600. She’s walking on the treadmill, but she took her computer with her and is still writing!
1600 She went to the barn again and played with the dog on the way there. I know because I followed her once. On the way to and from the barn, she looks at the weeds in her garden and sighs with regret.
1630-1700 She fixes dinner. I really like to bug her while she’s cooking, too.
1700 She sits down to dinner.
1710 Wow, is dinner over already? She’s already putting dishes in the dishwasher!
1730 Oh, no! She’s back on the computer again, but is she blogging, or checking her email? I can’t tell, but afterward, she’s really stiff and it takes her a while to stand up straight.
2330 She almost fell asleep at her computer, but she’s taking a shower now.
0001 She checks to make sure her blog posted correctly and tweaks it a bit.
0010 She reads Harry Potter until she falls asleep a few times.
0030 Lights out! 

4. When you are not writing, what kind of books do you like to read?  
I love the Harry Potter series, and read it continuously. It’s what helps me wind down and fall asleep after I’ve been writing all day. I think I enjoy it mainly because it isn’t a romance, and I don’t have to compare it to my own writing, which I believe is something that every writer does.  
Do you have any favorite authors that are must reads? 
Not so much anymore, but in the past, I was a great fan of Mary Stewart, Daphne DuMaurier, and Georgette Heyer. I’m pretty sure I’ve read them all!

5. What are 3 things that are "must haves" for you when you sit down to write a new book?

My computer, my chair, and tea—hot or iced, depending on the season. The ideas come to me after that.

6. Do you have a blog or website that your readers can keep up with you and your books? 
I don’t update my website as often as I should, but my blog has a new entry every day. If you have any questions and don’t mind a few sexy hunk pictures, come on over anytime and post a comment!
I blog twice a month on Casablanca Authors Blog and every Sunday on Wickedly Romantic, but for the really hot stuff, come to http://cherylbrookserotic.blogspot.com/ Try not to let the warning page scare you too much. It is, as the title would suggest, very erotic, but we have loads of fun! 
Nope, I don’t tweet, but I am on Facebook and I love to friend people!
Now for some fun stuff:

1. What came first--the chicken or the egg?
The chicken; eggs don’t lay themselves 

2. Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
It does when it dries! 

3. If you choke a Smurf, what color do they turn?
Orange or red; sort of like how leaves change color when they lose their chlorophyll in the fall.  

4. If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?
Only the writer of the song didn’t care. He wrote it because Jimmy paid him a big advance!

Favorite perfume: Don’t wear it, but I have this acai pomegranate soap that I absolutely love!
Favorite TV show: Don’t watch it much anymore, but my last favorite show was Farscape
Favorite Movie: Hmm, that’s a tough one, but probably Moonstruck.
Favorite Drink: Margaritas!
Favorite Dessert: Chocolate pie

Thanks for joining us on My Overstuffed Bookshelf!!
The Cat Star Chronicles #6 
He is the sexiest, most irksome man she’s ever encountered...
Micayla is the last Zetithian female left in the universe. She doesn’t know what’s normal for her species, but she knows when she sees Trag that all she wants to do is bite him… 
He has searched all over the galaxy for a woman like her…
Trag has sworn he’ll never marry unless he can find a Zetithian female. But now that he’s finally found Micayla, she may be more of a challenge than even he’s able to take on... 
About the Author
Cheryl Brooks is an Intensive Care Unit nurse by night and a romance writer by day. Previous books in The Cat Star Chronicles series include Slave, Warrior, Rogue, Outcast and Fugitive. She is a member of the RWA and lives with her husband and sons in rural Indiana. For more information, please visit http://cherylbrooksonline.com/.  

Would you like a copy of Hero? Well, thanks to Sourcebooks, they are going to send a copy to 2 of my lucky readers!  Here are the rules:

1. USA and Canada only.
2. Leave a comment with an email address for me to contact you if you win!
3. No need to be a follower, but I would love it if you would be!

Contest will end Monday, August 16th, 2010. 
Winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010.


Blogger Robin K said...

I am a follower and would love to be entered in the contest. I have been collecting Cheryl Brooks books to read all at once :)

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

August 13, 2010 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger jedisakora @ The Little Corner of the World said...

I would love to read the book to review for my blog. ^^ I've never read a Cheryl book and would love to try it.

I am a follower

August 13, 2010 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Dawn ♥ romance said...

I did enjoy Slave and would love to win Hero.

d53a @ aol.com

August 13, 2010 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Nancy Bristow said...

First of all a shout-out to Amy. I had no idea you had this blog spot but know you from Debbie Wallace aka Tory Richards blog. Small world:)

I'm already a big fan of Cheryl's and have all of her books. That's not to say that I'm ever adverse to winning another copy of her book...I have friends I want to introduce to her voice:)

Now that I've found this blog, I will certainly research it more thoroughly at the first opportunity....Ciao for now, ~Nancy


August 13, 2010 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Nancy Bristow said...

P.S. I got so excited about finding you here Amy that I forgot to say what a terrific interview you did with Cheryl. I've followed her for a long time and still learned something new today. Now I must return to her blog where there's a hunk there that needs rescuing but I'll be back to check out some of your other reviews. *grin*

August 13, 2010 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Cheryl Brooks said...

Good afternoon to everyone here at the OS Bookshelf!

Have fun reading, Robin K! One of the nurses I work with recently bought books 1-5 from me. I was gone about a week for the RWA conference, and when I went back to work a few nights ago and she was like, "WELL!!??? Where is it?" I was mystified at first, then come to find out she'd already read 1-5 and was chomping at the bit for Hero--and I hadn't even cashed her check yet!

Hi Melissa,
Good luck in the giveaway! It's always fun to introduce new readers to the series. I love my Zetithian guys to pieces!

Hello Dawn,
Glad you enjoyed Slave. The style has changed a bit since then, but I'm still having fun with Cat and Jack! Good luck!

Hey Nancy!
LOL! Good luck again, and thanks for your support!

August 13, 2010 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Sandy Jay said...

I'm a follower. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks

forwhlz at gmail dot com

August 13, 2010 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I've been following Cheryl for a while now and love the CSC! I was lucky enough to read an early copy of Hero and I can honestly say you will love it! It all comes together in this book and I cannot wait to see where Cheryl takes us with the next installment!

I love these guest blogs you do Cheryl...I always learn something new about how the CSC got started!

August 13, 2010 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Cheryl Brooks said...

Good luck, Sandy!

Thanks for dropping by, Lisa! Amy asked some good questions, didn't she?

August 13, 2010 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger lulilut said...

Oh, things in common - I was also horse crazy as a little girl; I wonder if it's mandatory in Kentucky? And chocolate pie!
Thanks for the review and giveaway!
I am a follower.

August 13, 2010 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger diva donna said...

Well Hallejah!! A great day to say. Dang Cheryl you eat too fast. I love her Books and have also read them all. And getting to know her and her Quirks are so much fun.
Give the books away to a newbie Amy. I praise and bow to the greatness of my Cat Master. She knows how to put Sizzle in the books. CHECK them out.

August 13, 2010 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Virginia C said...

Hi, Cheryl & Amy! Thanks for a great interview. Cheryl, you are a down-to-earth person who appreciates the finer things in life. I read your blog, so I know how much you love pretty and delicious things! Thank you for the great photos and recipes that you feature on your blog ; )Thanks also for your unique heroes and story lines!

Please enter my name in the drawing. US Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber.

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

August 13, 2010 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Cheryl Brooks said...

LOL! If it isn't mandatory, it ought to be, Lulilut, but I knew plenty of girls who couldn't care less about horses. Imagine that! Good luck in the book giveaway!

I've always eaten too fast, even when I was a kid. It's a talent that has come in very handy in my professional life, for, unlike some of my coworkers, I rarely go hungry. If I've got a minute to spare, I can make the food disappear!

Thanks, Virginia! Glad you enjoy the blog and the books. Good luck in the drawing!

August 13, 2010 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger My name means Wisdom said...

Great interview. I havent read any of her books yet, but now I am interested!

August 13, 2010 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger chey said...

Hero sounds great! How have I missed this series until book 6?
I follow.
chey127 at hotmail dot com

August 13, 2010 at 6:31 PM  
Blogger Cheryl Brooks said...

Chey and Wisdom,
This could be your big chance! Good luck in the giveaway!

August 13, 2010 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger mbreakfield said...

Great interview! I loved Farscape, too. I'm a follower.

August 13, 2010 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

I love that Star Wars led you to write erotic romances! :)

meredithfl at gmail dot com

August 13, 2010 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Cindy W. said...

I am a follower of your blog already and I would love to be entered into your drawing for Cheryl Brooks book. Thank you so very much for the chance to win a copy.

Cindy W.


August 14, 2010 at 3:28 AM  
Blogger Cheryl Brooks said...

Farscape was simply the best! I really miss that show! I have it on DVD, but don't get to watch it much. Jacinth, the heroine in Slave was derived from a mix of John Crichton, Han Solo, and Captain Jack Sparrow. She is SO much fun to write!

Yeah, wouldn't you have just killed for a really hot Han/Leia love scene? We never got it!!!

Hi, Cindy! Good luck to you! (and Meredith and Marlene, too!)

August 14, 2010 at 5:20 AM  
Blogger Tore said...

I am a follower. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

August 14, 2010 at 6:34 AM  
Blogger Maureen said...

It looks like a fun story. I am a follower.
mce1011 AT aol DOT com

August 14, 2010 at 6:57 AM  
Blogger Victoria said...

I am a follower. This sounds like a really HOT series. I love the question about the Smurf ;). vslobda@gmail.com

August 14, 2010 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger katsrus said...

Hi Cheryl. You are a new author to me. Your book sound wonderful. I love the cover. I would love a chance to win.
I am a follower.
Sue B

August 14, 2010 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Cheryl Brooks said...

Sue, love your Katsrus name and the pic! Good luck to you, Maureen, Victoria, and Tore in the drawing!

August 14, 2010 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger dor said...

Wow. What a post! I enjoyed it...alot.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

August 14, 2010 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger Cheryl Brooks said...

Thanks dor! Good luck in the contest!

August 15, 2010 at 5:44 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Congratulations on your new release! I loved Slave, but haven't caught up with the series yet. Oh if I win it'll be a great excuse to have the hubby up my book budget!! *wink*

August 15, 2010 at 10:21 PM  
Blogger Cheryl Brooks said...

LOL! Go for it, Nicole!

August 16, 2010 at 5:46 AM  
Blogger CherylS22 said...

I haven't had the pleasure of reading any of Cheryl Brooks' books & am looking forward to reading this series. Thanks for the giveaway!

GFC follower ~
megalon22 at yahoo dot com

August 16, 2010 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Cheryl Brooks said...

Good luck, CherylS22!

August 16, 2010 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. I only have two books in the series so far.

August 16, 2010 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger Christine H said...

I'd love to be entered to win! Thanks for the awesome contest!


August 17, 2010 at 3:50 AM  
Blogger Cheryl Brooks said...

Good luck Christine and Beth!

August 17, 2010 at 5:23 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

I would love to win a copy of this book! Sounds wonderful! Thanks for the interview!

TaraTagli at gmail dot com

August 17, 2010 at 8:07 AM  

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