How are you all doing? It's post turkey day here in the US. The Black Friday shopping madness is history. Need a few minutes of rest and relaxation? What says that more than a cozy fire, a warm beverage, and conversation. A book you say? That's true but stick your finger in the page and hang with us today for a few. My guest is eager to meet you and we may deal some cards and hang out. You in? Great, here we go...
Welcome Cherie. I'm so happy you are sharing my fire today. Let's pretend it's the two of us and tell me, who is the person behind the official bio?
Hi! And thanks for having me on your blog! I’m a wife and mother of four boys who are now amazing men, a subject matter excerpt for my day job, an avid reader, and a lover of nature. When the weather is nice, I like to be outside. I don’t care if it’s doing yard work, strolling through the arboretum, or wandering in and out of boutiques, as long as I’m enjoying the day. (Although, I’m sorry to say I’m not much of a camper. But I do have fond memories of camping with my aunt, uncle, and cousins when I was fourteen or fifteen-years-old.)
Oh, well we all can't be campers, but, we can all enjoy a toasty fire. Let's dig a little deeper into you and your life. Do you have a particular object like a piece of jewelry or a keepsake of some sort? Can you tell us what makes it special to you?
I believe that certain stones, herbs, and oils have calming properties. I have several bracelets and necklaces I love to wear, including amethyst (for inspiration and protection), lava stone (a grounding stone that gives strength and courage), and obsidian (shields against negative energy).
I have an aroma therapy infuser in my writing area I use for enhancing or calming and even at times inspiring me. What is your favorite mug?
I’m a proud Gryffindor, so it’s not surprise that my favorite mug is my Gryffindor mug. Although, what makes it so special is my son and his girlfriend gave it to me.
Hah, I'm a Hufflepuff. I've been tested. Do you have a favorite childhood book? Or writing that inspired you to become an author?
I have several. The first three to come to mind are Good Night Moon, Escape to Witch Mountain, and The Wizard of Oz.
If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?
If you ask me this in a year, it will probably change, but right now Brandy by Looking Glass.
Funny how life can change our song. What's your worst household chore?
Windows! No matter what I do, they end up streaked.
Ugh, I am continually searching for something to get the inside of my windshield clean. My trunk is filled with fails, so I get it. Let's ignore the streaks and tell me, would you rather have unlimited international first-class tickets or never have to pay for food at restaurants?
Unlimited international first-class tickets! I’d love to travel the world.
So far nobody wants to eat free. Writers are an adventurous bunch. Whether you are a camper or not board games have been around since the beginning of time. Do you play board games? What games do you like?
I would, but my family it’s big on them. But when my boys were little, we used to play all the time. Allowance and Monopoly were my favorite.
Oh, so sad. You come play with us, though I've never played Allowance. Let's change lanes. We all want to know about your writing. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I’m always researching the paranormal and witchcraft. I love to know the lore and then put a unique twist on it.
You have quite a few books, how do you select the names of your characters?
Each book is different. Sometimes, I name my characters after people I’ve met with interesting or pretty names. Other times, I’ll research names with specific meanings.
Reviews are a hot topic in the publishing world, do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I will read reviews, and I’m grateful for all reviews. The good ones I may share on my social media. Bad reviews I look at as a learning opportunity to see if there’s something I can do better next time. Or, if the person just didn’t like the book, I remind myself that not everyone is going to love every book they read.
As authors we invest so much of ourselves in the story and characters, what was your hardest scene to write?
This isn’t so much a scene, but lately I’ve been finding the middle of the book, just before the all is lost moment, the hardest to write.
Yes! Keeping up the momentum and tension is tricky. So many voices clamor for our hard earned cash. Can you share what the best money you ever spent as a writer was?
Over the years, I was able to attend several writing conferences in California and one in New York. It’s amazing to be able to spend several days with other writers and professionals in the field, and I came back energized and excited to dive into my WIP. (Those stick middles seem less daunting too!)
LOL, Cherie. Thank you for sharing my fire today. If you want, I grab a deck of cards and we can hang out. While I'm doing that, can you tell us where to find out about your latest book and where to find more about you?
Cherie shares one of her favorite places. An arboretum.
Merry Little Wishing Spritz.
Christmas Cookies series by The Wild Rose Press
Sweet Paranormal Romance
Can a cleverly cast spell save Cassie Moore’s home and job?
Modern-day witch Cassie Moore’s cozy life turns upside down when her friend foresees the wrecking ball that threatens to destroy Cassie’s home and workplace. But Cassie isn’t giving up without a fight. She casts a well-intended spell meant to save her apartment and her job. But magic is unpredictable, especially when her friend casts a little charm of her own that has Cassie lusting after the man she desperately wants to despise.
Jack Quinn has had his eyes on Lakeside Books for years, and he couldn’t be happier the owner is finally ready to sell. He has big plans for the cozy waterfront property, but he didn’t expect to care about the store or its employees. And he never imagined he’d be drawn to a certain brown-eyed saleswoman.
Almost as if by magic.
What others are saying.
*Merry Little Wishing Spritz made me smile, grin, giggle and thoroughly entertained me. ~ Long and Short Reviews
*This book is perfect for an afternoon read and has a spritz of magic and a sweet romantic ending. ~ Stillwater Magazine
*Merry Little Wishing Spritz is a happy romance story that includes a little paranormal zing of witchy wonderfulness ~ Goddess Fish Reviews
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More About the author
Professional network technician by day, novelist by night, Cherie lives a quiet life in the Chicago suburbs with her charming husband. She has four amazing sons who she loves dearly. Cherie magically weaves together stories with a paranormal twist. She’s the author of the Embrace series (Embrace, Hold Tight, and Entwined), Challenging Destiny, Damned When I Didn’t, and Friends to the End. She waltzes into the adult novel world with this enchanting holiday romance, Merry Little Wishing Spritz.
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