Sunday, September 18, 2011

Spotlight on Cheryl Pierson - Guest Post, Giveaway & Excerpt

I'm happy to welcome Cheryl Pierson as my Guest Author this week. She has a wonderful guest post for us and an excerpt from her new, exciting time travel historical, Time Plains Drifter.


Cheryl was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, and lived there until the summer she turned six years old. That summer, she and her family moved to Seminole, OK.

Being the much-younger sibling of the family, her two older sisters were off to college by the time she was eight, and Cheryl was feeling very much like an only child. The upside was, that by third grade, she had discovered her talent for writing and storytelling, and that deep love of putting words together entertained her (and hopefully others) through the years to come.

An oilfield engineer for Baroid, Cheryl’s father was transferred to West Virginia her senior year in high school. With sorrowful goodbyes, Cheryl left all of her friends behind and moved to West Virginia, where she met and fell in love with her husband, Gary. Coincidentally, Gary went to work for the Federal Aviation Administration whose training academy is in Oklahoma City.  Within a few years, Cheryl and Gary had relocated from Charleston, WV to Oklahoma City, OK, where he taught training classes at the FAA facility and Cheryl was back home again. Now, thirty years of marriage have passed and Cheryl’s children are grown.  

During the past many years, Cheryl has worked on a variety of novels, short stories and screenplays, as well as being co-owner of her own editing/teaching company.

In May of 2008, Cheryl signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press for her first full-length novel, Fire Eyes, which was released May 29, 2009 in both e-format and in print.  She has another manuscript under consideration with TWRP, and also works with an agent for some of her other novel-length manuscripts.

** A partial biography borrowed from Cheryl's website.

Time Plains Drifter Giveaway
Enter and comment for a chance to win a digital copy of Times Plains Drifter. This giveaway is open Internationally and ends September 24th at 11:59 PM CDT.
You do not have to follow my blog to enter but, as a reward, my awesome followers who enter will get an extra chance to win (both new and long-time friends). The winner will be randomly selected on September 25th and notified via email.





Time Plains Drifter is a different kind of romance novel than anything I’ve ever read.  I think that’s why I enjoyed writing it so much.

After being released in December of 2009 with an unscrupulous publisher, I took my rights back after only three months and spent the next year searching for another home for it.  Just this past spring, it was placed with WESTERN TRAIL BLAZER, an imprint of PUBLISHING BY REBECCA J. VICKERY.  This is a marvelous company that handles some much “bigger” names than I have, such as Peter Brandvold, Jory Sherman, and Madeline Baker, among others.  Print books are important to me, although I understand that e-publishing is growing by leaps and bounds.  I’m sure that WESTERN TRAIL BLAZER will prove to be the perfect place for Time Plains Drifter, and I’m glad to say I now have the sequel in the works.

That being said, let me tell you why Time Plains Drifter is so hard to pigeonhole and why that may be a bit scary in today’s market.

I knew Time Plains Drifter was going to have to be classified as a time-travel romance; that’s how the H/h meet one another.  She’s from 2010—he’s from 1879.  That was the easy part.  The part that was a bit harder to work around was that he was dead.  I just couldn’t get past the premise that Rafe d’Angelico was going to be the “paranormal element” of the story.  I didn’t want him to be a werewolf, vampire, or shapeshifter.  So that left angels, demons, zombies and so forth.  I chose for him to be an angel.

Working with Rafe—an angel who didn’t want to be an angel—was a challenge.  I told him he had a pretty good deal going.  He told me, “I want to be human again.”  In the end, I realized he was right, and that was the only way to resolve the issue of time-travel-paranormal-angel-demon-human issues.

Jenni Dalton, the heroine, was completely unsuspecting in all this.  She went out on a stargazing field trip with seven of her high school students one night and they never came home.  Instead, they ended up in Indian Territory, 1895; one hundred-fifteen years in the past.

Jenni’s got it rough, trying to deal with her seven charges, four of them the senior class troublemakers.  It takes Rafe to bring them to heel and get them to toe the mark, until the gravity of their situation causes them to all make some surprising adjustments.

As Rafe and Jenni realize their growing attraction to one another is fated, they also understand there is no way anything can come of it on a permanent basis—Rafe is an angel, and Jenni is human.

The twists and turns that finally bring the book around to the HEA were the most fun to come up with for me.  But the story itself, being so unique, is tough to categorize.

Time Plains Drifter is special to me because it’s the first project my daughter, Jessica, and I have had the chance to work on together.  She designed the cover art. I absolutely LOVE what she did.

Time Plains Drifter was the recipient of The Reviewer’s Top Pick Award by Karen M. Nutt, PNR reviews.  It also received a 4.5 star review from Romantic Times Magazine.  I was selected as the recipient of the Honorable Mention—Best New Paranormal Author category in PNR’s PEARL Awards last year (March 2010), based on Time Plains Drifter.

The sequel has been a delight to work on, with a different twist than the first book, and some familiar characters will be the stars of the show this time around since the story is built around Rafe’s brother, Cris, and Jenni’s sister, Victoria.

Time Plains Drifter is now available in all formats, including print, Kindle, and Nook. Take a look at my Amazon page to order. (See link below.)

I’ve included the blurb and an excerpt below.  Please leave a comment!  I always love to hear from readers and other authors.  Visit my website at

See Cheryl's other Links HERE.

Trapped in Indian Territory of 1895 by a quirk of nature, high school teacher Jenni Dalton must find a way to get her seven students back to 2010. Handsome U.S. Marshal Rafe d’Angelico seems like the answer to her prayers; he is, after all, an angel. In a race against time and evil, Rafe has one chance to save Jenni’s life and her soul from The Dark One—but can their love survive?


He closed his eyes, letting the pleasurable feel of her wet mouth on his body wash over him, along with her voice. “Some things never change,”she’d said earlier. Her Oklahoma accent was a slow waltz to his mind, its lilting cadence urging him to accept what they had between them. Still, he couldn’t let it go. Couldn’t ever be dishonest with her, of all people.

“Don’t you want to know—”

She stopped him, placing two cool fingers across his lips, smiling at the tickle of his moustache against her skin. The smile faded as she absorbed the worry in his expression, the smoldering fire in his eyes, and made it her own.

“Not now, I don’t. You asked me—earlier—if I felt it. Whatever it is between us. I do.” Debating with herself, she hesitated a moment before coming to a decision. “I want you, Rafe,” she murmured. “I trust you.” She nuzzled his neck.“It doesn’t matter now, who—or what—you are.”

His hand closed in a fist around the shimmering satin of her copper hair, his chest filling with a sweet peace at her quiet words. 

His mind churned as Jenni kissed him once again. Accepting him, for whoever he might be. She loved him. She hadn’t said it yet, but he knew it by the gentle way her lips grazed across his, then claimed his mouth completely, as if that was the only way she had to let him know how she felt. They breathed together, as one.

He answered her wordlessly, his tongue going into her mouth, fingers splaying and tightening against her scalp as he pulled her to him.

She came across his bare chest, the stiffness of the material of her own blouse gliding with gentle abrasion across his nipples. He groaned in pleasure and felt her smile against his mouth. She made the move again as she lifted her lips from his, emerald eyes sparkling into his searing gaze.

“We’ll talk later,” she assured him.

“It’ll be too late to change your mind about me then,” he said, half-jokingly. 

“I won’t change my mind, Rafe.”

The sweet sincerity in her voice and the promise in her eyes reassured him. He pulled her down silently. As their mouths melded once more, he rolled, taking her with him, changing their positions so he lay atop her.

She gasped, yielding to him, her cool palms sliding over the fevered heat of his skin, across his chest and shoulders. He began to unbutton her blouse as he kissed her, his fingers moving deftly. He pushed away the first layer of material with his customary impatience, then started on the stays of her corset.

She twisted beneath him at the loosening of the undergarment. He pulled her upright momentarily, whisking blouse and corset over her head, dropping them in a heap on the floor. 

In silent invitation, Jenni lifted her hand to him. She touched his side, and he flinched slightly as her fingers lingered over the very place the Bowie had gone into him earlier that day. Even though a red scar marked the spot, there was no pain for him, and he saw no puzzlement in her eyes...only concern. 

“Does it hurt?”

It was as he had suspected. She’d seen what had happened, how bad it should have been...but wasn’t. And she had accepted it, unconditionally. They would talk later, as she’d said, but somehow, he felt he would find the words he needed to explain things to her. He shook his head slightly. “No.”

A vulnerable uncertainty crossed her face for a moment. “Well, then, Marshal—what’re you waiting for?” He unfastened her skirt and petticoat, then made short work of the stockings and underpants.

God. Rafe swallowed hard, reaching to trace the faded tan lines across her shoulders. He moistened his lips, his teeth sinking into the lower one momentarily. His pulse raced as his gaze moved over her face—then lower, to her breasts, her flat belly, and the triangle of soft hair, below.
------end of Excerpt----- 



Robin said...

This story looks great!

Robin D
robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Robin, I'm so glad you enjoyed the excerpt! And a big ol' thanks to Laurie for having me today!

Yto said...

interesting plot ^^ i like it.

witchvela at web dot de

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Yto,

Thanks so much! I've got a sequel "in the works."

Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself Cheryl, and your books are so enjoyable.
The excerpt was wonderful and certainly an excellent tease...*S*
I've put this book on my gotta have list too..*S*
I am a GFC follower too.
Thank you for the contest!
Please add me to the list please..*S*


Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Hi Cheryl!

I just had to come by and say how much I love this story. Readers you don't want to miss this one. It's a keeper. :)

Caroline Clemmons said...

Cheryl, I didn't realize the book had been contracted by someone unscrupulous. What a blow. At least you recovered well and the book is out now. Best of luck. My folks lived in TX four miles from the OK line when I was born, so I share great empathy with Oklahomans.

Cheryl Pierson said...

Oh, Darcy, that is so sweet of you to say! I'm so glad you enjoy my work so much. This book was so fun to write and I have been itching to "get to work" on the sequel once I finish up some other writing commitments I've got to do. I will definitely enter your name in the drawing! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

Cheryl Pierson said...

KAREN! Thank you my dear friend for coming by and saying something so sweet. You are always so supportive, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate that. THANK YOU!

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Caroline,
Yes, and I don't mind saying it was Class Act Books that published it first and then pirated it without paying me a dime of royalties on it EVER. About 6 of us had to threaten legal action against them to make them take it down off the links they'd gone back and reopened several months after we all had gotten our rights back. But you're right--I'm so glad it is out with Western Trail Blazer, a WONDERFUL company that I would recommend to anyone. They have been fantastic to work with and I'm hoping that Time Plains Drifter will finally get the chance it deserves. I've got the sequel boiling in my brain and I've been wishing for 50 hour days now for about 2 years, but so far that hasn't happened.LOL Where was it your folks lived in TX, Caroline? My family came from TX and then settled down in Durant just miles from the Red River, so like you feel about OK, I feel like my 2nd home is TX.

Diane Craver said...

Great excerpt, Cheryl! Glad you have it published with Rebecca Vickery - she's a wonderful publisher! Just from reading the excerpt, I know you'll sell tons of copies!

Linda Andrews said...

The story sounds great. Although I think being sent back in time with teenagers would also qualify as a horror story.:-)


Sarah J. McNeal said...

I love how your life came full circle. It's as if your family moved to West Virginia just so you meet your husband. I think that's amazing.
So far, I have read every book you've published including your short stories in anthologies. I love them all. You create villains that make your heroes have to really stretch. I see you like to wound the heroes, too. LOL
I wish you every success, Cheryl.

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Diane,
I can't say enough good things about Rebecca Vickery. She is a wonderful person, and the "silver lining" to my time at Class Act Books. She was one of the other authors who was cheated by them. So good things did come of that experience. Thanks so much for coming by and commenting here!It means a lot.

Cheryl Pierson said...

LOL LInda, that's funny. Especially since Jenni is not much older than those teenagers herself, and feels such a responsibility for them. I loved working on this book, because of course, the group of troublemaking boys in the school are in the small band of kids that is transported back in time with her. It was interesting to see what happened to them when they weren't in their own time anymore. Did you want to be entered into the drawing? If so, would you please pop back in and leave your e-mail addy? Thanks so much for commenting!

Cheryl Pierson said...

I have often thought about the odd chances of what happened in my life actually "happening"--truth IS stranger than fiction sometimes!LOL WOW, Sarah, you are now officially my NUMBER ONE FAN. I am so honored to know you have enjoyed my work so much! Thanks for letting me know! And thanks for taking time out of working on Banjo's story to come by and comment, too.

Maggie Toussaint said...

I love this book, and of course I've always loved the cover. I'm excited that you've brought this out with Rebecca Vickery.

Hot excerpt, BTW! Maggie

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Maggie,

And bless your heart for always being so supportive. I don't know how you do all that you do. Congratulations to you on your latest awards and accolades, as well! You are on a roll!Thanks so much for your kind words--I've always loved this book so much because it was so different and had such a rough time getting "out there"--but it has done so well ever since it did! LOL

Jacquie Rogers said...

I have TIME PLAINS DRIFTER in my TBR pile (I should say Category LOL). So do you have a release date for the sequel yet? We don't want to be kept waiting too long! :)

Cheryl Pierson said...

Oh, no, Jacquie! LOL I'm still working on that one. I have to get some of this other stuff off my plate first--clear my brain. But I know what you mean about not wanting to wait too long. Thanks for coming by and commenting!
You have a new release coming before too much longer, too, don't you?

Darlene said...

I like that the book isn't a traditional romance and that it crosses genres. Sounds great!

Thanks for the giveaway!

darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com
GFC Darlene

Cheryl Pierson said...

Thanks, Darlene. I really enjoyed working on that one, and have a lot of great ideas for the sequel.