Around The Fire Welcomes Cherie Colyer
Hello all you lovely people! It's Wednesday and a big day for me. Jazz House releases today and I'd love for you to pop in on my Facebook party at www.facebook.com/events/362139512766952 It should be a hoot. I've made some videos. There will be games and giveaways. But I'm not the only one with a new release. Today's guest just released her book on August 24th. I can't wait for you to meet her.
Let's give a big ole howdy and hey to Cherie. And while you all get acquainted I'm going to pour some beverages. Cheryl tell them who you are outside of the usual bio.Like most people, I wear many hats. I’m a mother, a senior network technician, a gardener (mostly flowers), a believer in magic, and I might just be a little telepathic. I enjoy nature so I love being outside. One of my favorite places to go is the botanical gardens. I have to start my day with a good cup of coffee and end it curled up in bed with a book.
We recently visited Maines botanical garden and got up close and personal with a few trolls. Do you have any other interests besides writing you enjoy?
I love to discover new books and to help spread the words about the books I’ve read or want to read on my blog (cheriecolyer.blogspot.com) and my bookstagram account (@bookish_cheire). I hope you’ll stop by, and be sure to leave a comment so I know you visited.
Lots of people help me to do what I do. Who is your network or support system?
I have two very dear friends who are also writers. We’ve been in critique groups together for many years now and I can’t imagine life without them.
Many of my inspirations come from places, or authors like Lewis and Tolkien. Who or what books or authors inspire you?
This list is so very long, so I’ll name just a few. My favorite book as a kid was Escape to Witch Mountain. I was fascinated with the idea of kids having magical powers. I was a fan of the Hardy Boys and when my boys were younger discovered Barbara Parks’ book Skinny Bones. Some of my favorite YA authors are Maggie Steifvater, Melissa Marr, and Kiera Cass. Fast forward to being an adult, I devoured James Patterson’s Alex Cross series and Jeanienne Frost The Night Huntress series. All of these authors and more gave (give) me inspiration.
I adore Cat and Bones in Jeanienne's series. Cat has quite a few tricks up her sleeve, do you have any fun or outrageous talent?
Does writing count? Based on some of my friends expressions when I say I write books, it should.
Recently I looked at some author statistics to see how many writers finish through to publication. Even though it seems overwhelming on places like Amazon and Bookbub, the percentages are actually less than I thought. So yes. You get to claim that. What is your neighborhood like?
I live in a suburb west of Chicago. It’s peaceful here. Far enough from the cement jungle that is the city that I can see the stars and breath fresh air, but close enough that I can visit Chicago whenever I want.
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?
My BFF from high school and I each had a half of one of those necklaces that make a whole when put together. Life caused us to drift apart, but I still have my half of the necklace. She got me, and I will always have a special place in my heart for her.
Maybe you'll reconnect someday. I did that with a friend I hadn't seen in 20 years. What is your favorite mug or teacup?
My Gryffindor mug. I hand wash it each day so that it’s clean for the next morning. No waiting for the dishwasher to be turned on for that mug.
Favorite childhood book?
I mentioned this early, but I loved Escape to Witch Mountain. If you’re not familiar with the story, it’s about two siblings with supernatural powers. They end up trapped in a facility by bad men who want to use them for their powers. And as the title suggest, the must escape and find their true home. The book was made into a movie back in the nineteen seventies and then remade in 2009. The original was so much better.
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?
Bubbly by Colbie Caillat. That song always makes me smile.
I have a magic pantry. If you could eat anything in the world right now, what would it be?
Loaded French fries.
Worst household chore?
Cleaning toilets, or maybe folding laundry.
Next to that magic pantry is my time machine. Where would you go and when? Why?
To a masquerade ball in the late 1800s. I think it would be fun to be dressed up, wear a mask, and dance the night away.
Would you rather have unlimited international first-class tickets or never have to pay for food at restaurants?
Unlimited international first-class tickets!
Cherie, thanks for sharing my fire today. Will you leave us a little about your new release and where we can find out more about it and you?
Salted Caramel Bliss with a Wedding Kiss
A One Scoop or Two Book
A kiss to remember... If only she could.
Roman Briggs built a life for himself in Siren’s Cove. He restored the Sugar Cones Ice Cream Parlor and turned it into a popular stop along the boardwalk. He has everything he needs until a certain blue-eyed woman wanders back into his life.
Seer and witch Peyton Woods isn’t sure why her latest visions feature a man and boy she’s never met. Determined to find out, she casts a spell that leads her to a small beach town in Maine and, to her utter surprise, the man who broke her heart eight years earlier.
Peyton's left with one question. Why didn't her magic show her him?
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“We’re meeting up with Henry and some friends,” Roman said. “We always watch the fireworks together during the summer festival. You’re welcome to join us.”
Since I was there to see Henry and Travis, I couldn’t say no.
I expected to stop at a picnic table, but Roman strolled past them on his way to the docks.
“We’re going on a boat?” I asked. On land, if the metaphorical shield protecting my heart from breaking cracked, I could leave. But on a boat, I’d be trapped.
“Just a mile out. We can see the fireworks better. Come on.” He jerked his head to the side. When I still hesitated, he added, “I don’t bite.”
I remembered him nibbling all the right places when we dated. The memories sent an elated shiver through me. Sex with Roman had always been amazing. At least, I thought it was. Roman obviously enjoyed love-making with Travis’s mom more. The thought added a new layer of protection around my heart. I reminded myself that I was over him. His endless brown eyes and smoky voice no longer had any sway over me. Now, if I could just convince the fireflies in my stomach to settle down, I’d be okay.
I could do this. I could be held captive on a boat with Roman and not let old emotions ruin the evening. Maybe we were destined to be friends all along.
That thought had me agreeing to go with them to watch the fireworks.
Roman led the way to the pier and a battered blue- and-white fishing boat. I stumbled. The boat looked as if it had made hundreds of exhausting voyages and was ready to sink.
“She isn’t pretty,” Roman said as he lifted Travis onboard. “But she’s safe.”
“Sturdiest fishing boats on these waters,” Henry said from the back of the boat. He sat on a folding chair next to an older Black couple.
“It’s the only fishing boat docked in this harbor,” a white-haired man said, clapping Henry on the back as he walked by.
“Don’t listen to Mattie.” Roman climbed in and then held his hand out to help me.
I glanced over my shoulder, finally second-guessing this whole trip. What had I been thinking, racing off to follow a vision and then sticking around even after I found out Roman was here? I should have fled Siren’s Cove the moment Karly said his name.
But then Henry coughed as if choking, and Travis patted his back, just like I’d seen in a vision.
Jinx jumped on my legs. She wasn’t worried about boarding the vessel. I scooped her up and whispered, “Don’t get attached to these people. Hanging with them is a onetime thing.”
Jinx licked my face. I seriously wondered if I should trust the instincts of such a young familiar. Maybe magical companions grew into their sixth sense instead of being born with it. Past the boat, a spark shimmered above the water. Was the spell that led me here telling me this was the right course to take? Or was the glow of the evening sun reflecting off a buoy? I hoped to soon find out.
More about the author.
Award winning author of fiction with a paranormal twist.
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, Challenging Destiny, Damned When I Didn’t, and Friends to the End. She waltzed into the adult novel world with Merry Little Wishing Spritz. She’s delighted to be back with Salted Caramel Bliss with a Wedding Kiss.
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8/31/2022 10:49:39 am
I love nature and believe in magic too, Cherie and I remember Escape to Witch Mountain!
8/31/2022 06:31:56 pm
It was such a fun book and movie! When we had the Disney channel, it was the first movie I looked for.
8/31/2022 10:58:51 am
Terrific interview. Good to get to know you better Cherie! Your book is getting closer to the top of TBR pile. Enjoy!
8/31/2022 06:32:24 pm
Yay! I hope you enjoy it!
8/31/2022 11:18:27 am
What a great chat! Cherie, we love visiting botanical gardens, too, and I could eat loaded french fries every day! Enjoyed the excerpt, too -- enjoyed the whole book!
8/31/2022 06:32:57 pm
8/31/2022 02:48:54 pm
Great interview, DV and Cherie!I love to visit our local botanical gardens but unfortunately, I don't seem to have the touch that allows my flowers to flourish. But I still try! Wishing you the very best with your new book.
8/31/2022 06:33:51 pm
Thanks so much!
8/31/2022 06:34:18 pm
Thanks so much for having me on your blog! This was a fun interview!!
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