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Friday, September 28, 2012

I CAN'T COMPLAIN! by Cheryl Pierson






When everything happens at once, sometimes you have to wonder if you will survive the madness—but when it’s all good, who can complain? Here’s what’s going on with me!

The release of a collaborative effort through the Western Fictioneers group came about on September 1. Our first of the series book, “WOLF CREEK: BOOK 1 BLOODY TRAIL” came out and has already had some wonderful reviews! This book was written by Jim Griffin, James Reasoner, Larry Martin, Troy Smith, Clay More, and me. The plot was outlined for us by Troy, who came up with this brilliant idea, and our characters’ parts took wing from our own plans for them within the guidelines of the story. There will be many more books to follow in this series, and there will be a slew of different authors working on each edition.


























Sometime in the next few days, I have two new .99 short stories that will be released through WESTERN TRAIL BLAZER. MEANT TO BE is a time travel Christmas story. The heroine, Robin Mallory, is stranded on Christmas Eve and begins to walk for help, only to find that she’s walked down a road to the past and into the arms of handsome a Confederate soldier, Jake Devlin. Will she stay in 1864, or will she return to the lonely life she left behind?










The other short story, A NIGHT FOR MIRACLES, is also a holiday tale about a wounded
gunslinger that winds up on the doorstep of widow Angela Bentley. She would patch him up and send him on his way, but for the three children he has with him. In the midst of a blinding snowstorm, what precious gifts can she contrive to make their Christmas special? Can she help them recover from the loss they’ve suffered? And what will become of her and Nick Dalton, the man with the dangerous reputation, on this…A NIGHT FOR MIRACLES?

In October, my contemporary novel, TEMPTATION’S TOUCH, will be released through The Wild Rose Press. TEMPTATION'S TOUCH gives Jack and Kendi a second chance at heaven...if they can manage to live long enough to enjoy it.


Two broken hearts find a second chance at love, but only if they manage to survive-- When Kendi Morgan witnesses an attempted murder near her home one night, she makes the only choice possible: help the victim. But bringing the handsome stranger into her home traps her in the middle of a deadly drug war. Wounded DEA agent Jackson Taylor is a man with nothing to lose and nothing to fear--until he falls for a beautiful woman who risked everything to save his life. With his sting operation gone awry, Jackson realizes he is all that stands between Kendi and a powerful drug lord seeking revenge. Can their newfound love survive? Or will Jackson sacrifice his partner's life and his own in exchange for Kendi's safety and their future together?

Also in October, my story THE KEEPERS OF CAMELOT will appear in the Western Fictioneers Christmas anthology, SIX GUNS AND SLAY BELLS: A CREEPY COWBOY CHRISTMAS. I am so honored to have my story in this collection.

This Western Fictioneers Christmas anthology is a new take on the old west, filled with Christmas stories that entertain you with a paranormal twist. This multi-authored collection includes short stories by some of the finest writers in the genre, and gives the reader something different in the way of holiday stories, while keeping to the 'old west' theme. Look for it on October 31.





Somewhere in all this, I’m trying to finish up a short story for another Christmas anthology, the last novella of the “Kane” series, and edit a novel manuscript. “Can she do it? Will she survive? How will she manage?”

That’s what’s happening with me—and I barely have time to turn around! I’ll keep you posted as release dates become available. For all of my current books and short stories, go to:
https://www.amazon.com/author/cherylpierson


19 comments:

  1. Man, you HAVE been busy! I just want to say what a pleasure it was working with you on the first Wolf Creek book- you went way beyond the call of duty on that one -and I look forward to your character appearing again in books 5 and 6. And I might add, your story in the Creepy Cowboy Christmas anthology has been impressing people -even getting a specific mention in the Publishers Weekly review! You really are on a roll, and I for one am delighted to see it.

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  2. Oh, Cheryl, how exciting for you--and for us, your readers. Keep it up, girl. This writing madness often occurs like a whirlwind. I'm thrilled for you. Simply thrilled.

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  3. You definitely are busy and we are so happy for all your accomplishments. You GO lady!!!

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  4. Whew! Take a breath, Cheryl...if you have time for it. LOL
    What great stories you have just put out there. I can't keep up with you, girl. Congratulations on your new releases and I have to tell ya, I am so looking forward to reading Bloody Creek, Book 1 and the Creepy Cristmas anthology. I can't wait until you finish the third book in Kane's story. I also hope you get around to writing that story about Travis some day, too.
    All the best to you.

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  5. Troy, my dear friend, it was a thrill to get to take part in the Wolf Creek series. I'm SO looking forward to the next installments, and to writing my part for our Demon's Drop book and the short stories, as well. Many of these things have been "in the works" for several months now, but all came out at the same time. ("Lucy, you got some promotin' to do!!!!")LOL Thanks so much for your very kind words and for all YOUR hard work on the Wolf Creek books, too. Great idea you had! I know it's going to do very very well. I was so excited about the mention in PW, too. I'm really looking forward to our Creepy Cowboy Christmas book hitting the market.
    Cheryl

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  6. Vonnie, you are a such a good friend, and always there to be so supportive. I appreciate you. I tried to get over to your blog the other day on wounded heroes, because that's about all I write. I read it and tried to comment twice and it just wouldn't let me, but I wanted to tell you how I loved your excerpt and I fully intend to get that book. (In case you didn't know, I happen to LOVE wounded heroes!)LOL Thanks so much for coming by and for your very much-needed support!
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

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  7. Rebecca, what would we do without you? I want to say how much I appreciate all your hard work behind the scenes and the support and encouragement and OPPORTUNITIES that you have provided each and every one of us. Can't say it enough. Thanks for all of these, and for being above all, a wonderful friend.
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

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  8. Sarah,it's so good to see you! I hope things are going better for you and that you are feeling better by now. I've not been on the computer as much myself because of this dang eye infection I've had, and the steroids make me not fit company for anyone, either. LOL I'm working hard on the third Kane story--a little more than halfway done on it, but I'm taking time out to work on a Christmas short story right now, then it'll be back to finish that one up. What are you working on right now?
    HUGS TO YOU!
    Cheryl

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  9. Best of luck with all of your stories, Cheryl! It's great to have so much good news all at once.

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  10. Thank you, Susan! Wow, it sure is great. Now I've gotta start getting busy on next year's stuff. LOL

    Cheryl

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  11. It's exciting, if exhausting, to have a lot of things come together at the same time. Congratultions and happy sleeping...maybe!

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  12. Hi Lisa! Thanks so much--it's really exciting to have all this coming together at once.
    Cheryl

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  13. Hi Nancy--
    Well, I must confess, I DID go buy one of those wonderful adjustable beds and I love it. Wish I could just camp out in there all day, some days. LOL I sleep better than I ever have in my entire life. And it's a good thing, with all this going on and me burning the midnight oil. LOL Thanks so much for coming by!
    Cheryl

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    1. Hey Cheryl, you are certainly one prolific writer. And a very fine one, too. I enjoyed working on the first Wolf Creek book with you and enjoyed your short story in the spooky Christmas anthology Six-guns and Slay Bells. The Arthurian theme made me wonder whether your heroine Robin Mallory in Meant To Be is 'related to' or inspired by Sir Thomas Malory, the great author of Le Mort d'Arthur?
      Keith

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  14. Hi Keith,
    Thanks so much for those very very kind words. I enjoyed working with you, too, on the Wolf Creek book, and have heard MANY good things about your beginning section of that book--no easy feat! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story in Six Guns and Slay Bells, "The Keepers of Camelot". That was one story that was just "there" for the most part, in my mind, and a joy to write. Well, I'll tell you a secret--I used to be in LOVE with King Arthur...then with Lancelot. I couldn't decide who I was most in love with, but after I saw the film version of Camelot, I decided that there was no way I could have ever borne to have betrayed someone as in love with me as Arthur was with Guinevere--it simply would not have been worth it, to have to live with that. Many years ago, I read Le Mort d'Arthur, and loved The Once and Future King--I read all of Mary Stewart's books on the subject--The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Wicked Day--can't remember the other one--SO GOOD. And Susan Clark (think that was her name) wrote a series of young adult books (The Dark is Rising was the first one) that I read to my kids and that was how they became enchanted with the Arthurian legends. It's a tale that never grows old. Now see, if I had made that story longer, I could have tied in the fact that Robin Mallory was, indeed, related to Sir Thomas Malory and woven a tale about that, as well! I guess maybe I was thinking of him in the back of my mind, because I have never named another character "Mallory or Malory". LOL Thanks so much for coming by here today, Keith--I know you are very busy today.
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

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  15. wowsa. You're burning the midnight oil and something else too to get all that going at once.

    I'm very happy that your books are going to be so affordable and accessible now. You have a real talent, Cheryl. I'm glad to know ya.

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  16. Maggie, thanks so much! You are always so supportive and I can't tell you how I appreciate that. I'm really excited about all these projects.
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

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  17. Cheryl, my head is spinning just reading about all of your releases! Congratulations! I wish you great sales with all of these books. Linda

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