Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Kane's Redemption by Cheryl Pierson: Interview & Excerpt

A ten-year-old boy fights for his life when he is taken prisoner by a band of raiding Apache. Steeling himself for death, Will Green is shocked when a lone man walks into the Apache camp to rescue him several days later.

Driven by the secret he carries, Jacobi Kane has followed the Indians for days and needs to make his move to save the boy. With the odds stacked eight against one, his chances for success look pretty slim. But even if he's able to rescue the boy and they get out alive, what then?


I read this book yesterday and loved it! 
My Review should be posted within a few days.

Enter for a chance to win a  Print or PDF copy of Kane's Redemption. Print option is limited to US only; PDF option is open to everyone.  Comment on this post for a bonus entry.
Giveaway ends March 24th 11:59 PM Central Time


Red Eagle moved back just as fast as before and I felt my cheek burning. Blood dripped off his blade and that was it. I went after that red devil like I had lost my wits. I guess, truthfully, I had – because I don't remember anything about it, except how good the first smash of my fist in his face felt.

Blood ran from Red Eagle's nose and he cried out in a snarl of anger and pain and surprise.

I felt a pulse of energy rush through me, and I wrapped my fingers around his throat like he'd done to Mama. I tightened them and his blood streamed warm and slick over my grip. His eyes began to bulge, and I thought in another minute, maybe I could have the vengeance I had wanted so badly for the past week.

Papa always said a man's quick wits are sometimes his only defense. I was exultant. I may have been foolish for what I did, and I felt sure Papa and I would disagree sharply on the use of my wits. But I did what I had to do.

Suddenly, rough hands were upon me, pulling at me. But I was like a mad dog, snarling, and foaming at the mouth in my pent up anger and hatred that was finally spilling out. What a glorious opportunity! Even if I died for it, I knew I couldn't have passed it up – whether Papa might have approved, or not.

The Indians were all speaking at once, yelling, calling out, laughing. The moon was full, providing even more light than what the fire gave, making the night seem even hotter, as if the sun still shone on us. From somewhere in the distance of the woods beyond, I heard the call of the owls, and I knew enough Injun to know what that meant to them.

Someone was going to die. It might be me, but I was doing my damnedest to take Red Eagle with me.

A gunshot split the night air. "Dammit, stop it!" Hands like steel bands wrapped around my shoulders and jerked me off of Red Eagle. "Stop it!"

I couldn't answer. I was breathing too hard, panting like the mad dog I had become. My hands balled into fists and flexed open again and again, and my fingers were sticky with Red Eagle's blood. My own pulse sang through my veins in a triumph I had never experienced before.

"Boy, straighten up or you're gonna get us both killed." The voice was calm. I stopped struggling and looked up into the face of a white man. A white man had walked right into Red Eagle's camp. I figured, now, those owls would have plenty more to tell – at least one more death.

But he didn't seem worried. He held his rifle at the ready, pointed in the general direction of the group of eight Indians that rode in Red Eagle's band. I glanced around the half-circle of painted faces, and I couldn't help gloating. They all looked as if they'd met up with some kind of spirit or demon more wicked than they were. And that was going some.

"Can you ride bareback?"

I nodded. I guessed I could, I wanted to tell him. Been doin' it for a damn week.

"Need help getting on?"

I shook my head and he let me go real slow. "Pick the one you can manage best and get settled on him. Take Red Eagle's rifle and bullets."

"Wait!" Red Eagle challenged. He rolled onto his side, wiping the blood from his nose. It pleased me greatly to hear that he wheezed when he spoke. "You take our horses, our weapons—"

"I ain't takin' your lives, you bastard. And I ain't takin' all your weapons," the big man answered in a slow drawl. "Only yours. Pitch that knife over this way, and do it easy. My trigger finger is mighty nervous tonight."



How did you start your writing career?

Like most writers, I had written stories and even some poetry from the time I was a child. But I always thought I would write a novel and sell it before anything else—in fact, I never even considered writing anything else for publication. One day, a woman in one of the writing classes I was teaching brought in some information on an anthology that Adams Media was putting out. It was the 2nd of the series, called The Rocking Chair Reader: Memories From The Attic. I submitted a short story to them and they bought it. Since then, I’ve gone on to sell four novels and many short stories, but there is nothing like the thrill of that first sale.

Tell us about your current release.
I actually have two current releases.  The first one is Kane’s Redemption, the first in a trilogy of stories about a young boy, Will Green, who has seen his entire family murdered by Apache Indians and been taken hostage by them.  He has lost all hope when a white man, Jacobi Kane, comes right into the Apache camp and rescues him. It’s Kane’s plan to get Will to safety and find his relatives from Boston in order to send him to live with them, but Will has his own ideas. It’s a very poignant coming of age story told through Will’s eyes, and I’m happy to say, I’ve heard nothing but good comments about it. 
The other release is a short story in the latest Chicken Soup For The Soul book, Messages From Heaven.  My mother passed in January 2008, just three weeks after my dad, and this story is about how her presence has given me comfort on several occasions since then. This is a wonderful collection of uplifting stories about occurrences that have happened after our loved ones have passed. My story in this volume is called A Touch From Heaven.

Tell us about your next release.

I actually have three upcoming releases over the next few months. These are short stories that will sell for .99 through Rebecca Vickery’s company, Western Trail Blazers. The first one is called Jason’s Angel and takes place at the very end of the Civil War, for anyone who likes Civil War era stories. It will be released the 1st of March and will be available on Amazon as well as many other e-book venues.  The 2nd release will come on May 1st, another short story called Every Girl’s Dream.  It’s the story of a young unwed pregnant woman who goes west to live with her aunt and uncle, but is nearly abducted by hostile Indians on the way. She is rescued by a half-Indian army scout and the unthinkable happens for both of them—he falls in love with a white woman, and she with the man of her dreams—but will the world allow it? (HINT: All my stories have an HEA!) LOL The third release, One Magic Night, will be on July 1st . It’s also a western historical that I based on an incident in my own ancestor’s past—my great-great-great grandfather, who was stolen from his Indian family and given to a white Presbyterian minister to raise and “assimilate” into the white way of living. He was sent to medical school and then came back to Indian Territory to live. But what world did he fit into? In this fictionalized account, I made sure he got the happy ending he so deserved.  These all sell for .99 and I’m looking forward to their releases!

Tell us about a favorite character from a book. 
One of my favorite characters from my books is Jesse Nightwalker. He’s the hero in Sweet Danger, my first contemporary romantic suspense story that was published through The Wild Rose Press. He’s an undercover cop who has got some demons of his own in his past—one especially haunting one: he gave his infant son to his brother and sister-in-law to raise after his wife died. Four years later, Jesse is regretting that decision, but never more than the day when he and his son both end up as hostages at the hands of a man he put in prison a few years earlier. Now that he’s discovered a new chance at love with his next door neighbor, and wants to have a regular life with his son as well, will it all be taken from him by the vengeful murderer he helped to put in prison?

If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?

Probably my mother. I was quite the rebellious child, having grown up during the 60’s and being the youngest in my family. By the time I came along, my sisters were 10 and 12! So I think my parents were very tired. LOL Anyhow, I realized after having my own children how deep a mother’s love truly is, and how I had tried her patience for so many of my younger years.

What is the next big thing?

I just signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press for a novella in the Crimson line, a romantic suspense called Temptation’s Touch. Don’t have a release date yet. Also, I’m working on a “round robin” type western novel with several other western writers that will be out probably sometime in the fall, and I’m writing the last chapter of the first book of the series.  This book is called Wolf Creek: The Bloody Trail. And, last but not least, I have a paranormal historical western short story, The Keepers Of Camelot, that will appear in the Western Fictioneers collection, Six Guns And Slay Bells: A Creepy Cowboy Christmas.

What books have most influenced your life?
Probably those would be synonymous with books that have influenced my writing, or made me want to keep writing.  My all time favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. It just doesn’t get any better than that, and I think that was what made me want to try to write something in first person, from a child’s POV—which is why I wrote Kane’s Redemption. Another beautifully written, powerful book is St. Agnes’ Stand, by Thomas Eidson—it’s a western about a man who is a very unlikely hero, who doesn’t WANT to be a hero, but tries to do what he knows is right, and I just love the way the author writes his character. I hope all my heroes are half that good.  Others that have influenced me are: Shane, Thirteen Moons, The Education of Little Tree, One Thousand White Women, and oh…I have to mention, my all time favorite romance by Christine Monson, Stormfire! SUCH A GOOD BOOK! Well, there are others, but too many to mention here.  This inspires me to put together a book list. LOL
Laurie, thank you so much for having me today. I have enjoyed being your guest and look forward to giving away a copy of Kane’s Redemption to one lucky commenter!

You can reach me at fabkat_edit@yahoo.com as well, and my website (that is sadly in need of updating) is www.cherylpierson.com
You can go to Cheryl's Amazon Author Page:   
for all my work, except the earlier anthologies, which are sold at Amazon but don’t appear on my author page for some very weird reason. I will leave you with a blurb and excerpt from Kane’s Redemption!



Sandy said...

This book sounds wonderful! I'd love to win a copy of it! Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity.

Laurie said...

Good luck winning it, Sandy! :) I know you'd like it.
BTW, I started Justice for Emily last night......finally. Sorry it's taken so long but I wanted to let you know.

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Sandy, and thanks for popping in. I'm so glad to hear Laurie say she enjoyed Kane's Redemption so much! I'm working on the second book of the series right now, and hope to have it finished WAY ahead of when I thought it would be available. So far, I have three books planned in the series, but...who knows?

Sarah J. McNeal said...

I follow you and your work so much I feel like a rock star groupie. LOL
Any day now Kane;s Redemption is going to drop into my mailbox--since I was lucky enough to win it (thank you very much for it, too) and I can't wait to dig into it. I bought the Cup of Soup Messages From Heaven with your story in it but I haven't gotten into it yet.
I don't think I can keep up with you, Cheryl. You are so prolific. Now I have a whole series to look forward to.

Helen Hardt said...

Hi Cheryl! You've been all over the place lately :). Great to see you, as always. As you know, I love your work! I applaud you for trying first person. It's tougher than most people think.

Paty Jager said...

Hi Cheryl, Using first person is tricking and it looks like you did a great job.

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Sarah! Man, that's wonderful, I love having a groupie! LOLLOL (I used to play in a band but don't believe I had any groupies then...)LOL Yes, you should be getting Kane's Redemption today or tomorrow, I would think. I mailed it on Friday. I know you will like the Chicken Soup: MESSAGES FROM HEAVEN book. It's one of my favorites of theirs, and I'm so glad to be a part of it.
Thanks so much for coming by, Sarah. I appreciate you!

Cheryl Pierson said...

Helen, you are a dear. I appreciate you and what you did for me as an editor at The Wild Rose Press, but I'm so glad to be able to call you "friend" as well as mentor. First person was daunting, but since you cured me of my "headhopping" tendencies, (big grin), this novella was surprisingly easier than I had at first thought it might be. It started off as a short story for an anthology with the WESTERN FICTIONEERS group, and let me tell you, that was even MORE daunting than first person...Robert Randisi, Peter Brandvold, James Reasoner...and tons of other names that are in that group that are far more experienced writers than I am. BUT, I saw this story was going to be too long for the anthology and had to put it aside to write something shorter--THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS. Then when I went back to this one, I knew I had to do a series. So I'm halfway through the second one! Thanks so much for coming by today, Helen!
Hugs, Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said...

Thank you, Paty. I'm not sure if I'd be as successful at it if it was written from one of my romance novels' H/h's POV, but Will, the boy, just seemed to speak to me and it flowed (I know people say that a lot, but it really did, in this case) and it has been very well received, so I have high hopes for the series.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Cheryl, loved KANE'S REDEMPTION, as I've mentioned to anyone who would listen!

Laurie, love your blogsite.

Tanya Hanson said...

Hi Cheryl, my friend. You are so busy and talented! Congratulations on past and future releases. I will always love Fire Eyes!

joye said...

Enjoyed reading the comments. I have yet to read a book by Cheryl so would like to win this one. It sounds really good.

Vonnie said...

D'you know, the book, or series of books, that altered my life was when I was a child. I was about six, living in a pretty wild neighborhood, and I got Enid Blyton's Secret Seven and Famous Five books out the library. I was shattered to find that there were kids in those books who lived life in the fresh air, had harmless adventures and best of all, a friendly dog that didn't live inside a barbed wire enclosure. My view on life changed at that early age when I discovered a sort of goodness out there.

Cheryl Pierson said...

Oh, thank you Caroline! Keep mentioning it! LOL I hope to have that second book finished by the middle of next month, so maybe we 'll be able to get it out there by June, and then the third one will be the fall one rather than the second one as I'd planned. LOL I love Laurie's blogsite, too. It's wonderful. Wish I was that talented--mine needs so much work. LOL

Cheryl Pierson said...

Tanya, my dear, you seem to be just as busy as I am, and I have to say what a beautiful cover your new Christmas release has on it! I would buy it for the cover alone. And no, it's not a half-naked man, either. LOL I just saw that on FB and went to comment on it when my computer crashed and I haven't gotten back over there to it. I'm so glad you enjoyed Fire Eyes so much--I've had tons of wonderful comments on that. You are going great guns, too, girlfriend!

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Joye,
Thank you so much for coming by today and commenting! I appreciate your kind words.

Cheryl Pierson said...

Vonnie...that is sooo touching it brought tears to my eyes. We just never know what we do with our writing, do we? Or whose lives we touch. I had left a copy of one of my anthologies I was in with my doctor in his waiting room. A MAN e-mailed me out of the blue and told me he had picked up that book and read my story out of it and was buying a copy of it for his brother. My character in that story was a police officer in Oklahoma City. This man's brother was also a police officer. He said it was so good to read a story about an "everyday hero" and his brother was, to him, an everyday hero, so he wanted him to know that others thought so,too. I was really touched by that. I'm so glad that you found those books that gave you hope and new view on the world at such a young age. I'm sure that's a big part of what made you want to write, wasn't it? Thank you so much for sharing that touching story.

Debby said...

This book sounds amazing. The plot is so intriguing that I am ading it to my list.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Debby!
Thanks! I hope you like it--I've got two more in the series in the works right now. I'm really excited about it.

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Jenny Twist said...

Hi Cheryl
Good interview! I like HEAs too!

Laurean Brooks said...

I enjoyed learning more about you, Cheryl. You are a talented writer. I enjoyed these blurbs and excerpts. Keep those stories coming!

It's hard to believe you were a rebellious child. You look so sweet.

One of the most memorable books I've read is Victoria Holt's "On The Night Of The Seventh Moon."

Cheryl Pierson said...

Jenny, I just have to have an HEA. If I don't I'm soooo disappointed. Remember that movie with Jodie Foster and Richard Gere, Summersby? I loved that movie, all the way until the end. I kept thinking, something will happen. Somehow, he'll be saved. I was so mad when he wasn't! I wished I'd never started watching it. LOL Thanks for coming by!

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Laurean!
Oh, that is so nice of you to say! I grew up in the 60's and my parents were of the "old school" so a lot of the rules they had were, to me, ridiculous. I think my mom finally just got tired and gave up when I was about 16 or so. LOL She was older when she had me, by the standards of the time (35) and I had two older sisters she was also trying to keep up with. LOL

Thanks so much for your very kind words and for coming over to comment. I will have to get a copy of ON THE NIGHT OF THE SEVENTH MOON! So many books, so little time.

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Laurie said...

A new giveaway winner has been selected. Congrats to: Laurean Brooks :)