What to Read Wednesday

16 May

Another Wednesday is under way…and what does that mean?  Time for WHAT TO READ WEDNESDAYToday we have romantic suspense author CHERYL YEKO visiting.  She’s here today telling us all about herself and she’s brought along an ebook copy of her book PROTECTING ROSE, which she’ll be giving to one lucky commenter!

Welcome to What to Read Wednesday Cheryl!  I’m thrilled to have you here.  In five sentences tell us about you the person and not the author. 🙂

I’m happily married to my hero, with two children and three grandchildren.
I love to read, write and play piano. I’m a lucky woman and my life is filled with a loving family and good friends. I’ve entered a very exciting time in my life with the release of, Protecting Rose. With raising a family behind me, I’m looking forward to concentrating on a fulfilling writing career.

It’s great to be in a such a good place in your life to pursue what you want 🙂  What’s your favorite word?


I LOVE that word too!  Three things you never leave home without?

My clothes, my cell phone and my Kindle.

Have you always wanted to be an author or what made you become an author?

I dreamed of being an author when I was in high school, but ended up as a legal assistant instead. Not as much fun, believe me.  Last year I decided to try my hand at writing, and Protecting Rose is my reward.  How fun is that!!

That’s an awesome achievement Cheryl!  What is a typical writing day for you?

I recently left my day job and restarted my mobile notary/virtual assistant business that I started about ten years ago. Although I’ve been out of it for about three years, my client base was still there and I’m getting back into the swing of things. This also allows me to write more, as I’m in charge of my own schedule.

As such, I’m up in the middle of the night doing a lot of writing. My muse loves to get up around 1:00 a.m. and write until 4:00 or 5:00. Then back to bed for a nap before starting my day. When I’m not conducting business, I’m writing.  I probably devote 6 – 8 hours a day with writing activities. Some days longer. I’ll write for a few hours then take a break to devote some time to my other business, work out, play the piano, or do some housework, and then it’s back to writing. When I’m not working on my WIP, I’m working with my Crit. partners, or taking a writing class. My life revolves around ‘all things writing’ now. It’s an obsession.

On the weekends, I take time out to enjoy my grandchildren, who usually spend their weekends with us. Although I still find time to sneak away and write, at least a little. LOL!

Now that summer is arriving, I plan take a few hours a day and laze in the pool my husband bought for me last year.  Even while lazing in the pool though, I’ll be plotting in my head!

I’m the same…writing is 24 – 7…just a minor obsession.  LOL  What genre or genres do you write?
Romantic Suspense.

Do you see yourself trying another one in the future and if so which one?

Yes.  I have two more books planned with characters from Protecting Rose. The second in the trilogy was just contracted with Soul Mate Publishing and the release date is early Fall. It is titled A Man To Trust.  Look for it!

Here’s a short blurb of A Man To Trust:
She barely survived an abusive marriage and didn’t mourn the death of her husband in a drug deal gone bad. But can she survive losing her heart to the handsome detective who thinks she’s a criminal? He soon discovers the beautiful widow is not what she seems. As his distrust of her ebbs, his desire to possess her grows.

Passions soon collides when he’s entrusted with her safety after she’s targeted by an unknown enemy. Now it’s up to him to keep both her and their chance at happiness alive.

Then I would love to give a paranormal book a shot. I absolutely love Vampire and Werewolf books.  Total Alpha men, with a heart of gold.  Yummy.

Although, I have something rather unique in mind…still in the early plotting stage.

Congrats on your shiny new contract (awesome blurb too) and good luck with your paranormal plotting!  Tell us about your latest release?

2012 Winner of the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and
Finalist in the 2011 Launching a Star Contest

Rescuing damsels in distress is all in a day’s work for Detective Nate Stone. After saving a beautiful woman from a burning car and an assassin’s bullet, he vows to protect her. But the determined assassin always seems to be one step ahead of the game. Suspecting a leak within his Department, Nate takes Rose and runs. He soon discovers that the hardest part of the mission is resisting his desire for the woman who trusts him with her life.

Rose awakes in a hospital with no memory, only to discover that someone tried to kill her. Her only chance to survive an assassin’s game of cat and mouse is the man who saved her and who has promised to protect her. She may not know her past, but she knows her heart, and it longs for her protective warrior, who ignites a passion in her she can’t deny.

Share with us two things you loved about your hero?

My hero is tough and kind. Not only does he offer Rose his full protection, he treats her with gentle tenderness.  A warrior and a gentleman all wrapped up into one totally scrumptious guy.

Your heroine?

I love the way she manages to overcome her memory loss and fear to enjoy life.

Now let’s play LUCKY SEVEN….Pick seven words to describe your book.

Action, Suspenseful, Thrilling, Roller Coaster, Love, Sweet, Tender.

Great words!  Describe your hero through your heroine’s eyes (and feel free to quote her)J

Nate is handsome, sweet and gentle. Unless I’m in danger. Then he turns into the fiercest warrior.  I love that about him!

Yummy…me too!  Lol  What book are you reading now?

J.R. Ward – Lover Reborn

What inspired you to write your latest story?

I love reading and wanted to see if I could do it.  I’m happy to say, it seems, I can!

Please share an excerpt of your book!

Here’s a cute little scene I wrote with my husband in mind.  He’s a car guy and the green Mustang is actually one he owns:

They stopped at the weathered red barn. Nate reached into a flower-filled bucket, brought out a key and unlocked the full-sized double door. He threw the two sides open and Rose stepped inside.

It took a moment for her eyes to adjust to the dim lighting. The barn overflowed with equipment, cars, and snowmobiles.

She spotted a dark green Mustang in the corner. It reminded her of a car she’d recently seen in some movie on Turner Classic. “Wow, impressive.”

Nate seemed pleased. “Thanks.” He walked to the Mustang to stroke the hood. “This one’s my baby. I bought it about five years ago, and I’ve been restoring it ever since. At the moment, I’m rebuilding the carburetor. Well, at least I was before I went under cover.”

“How long were you undercover? No, never mind.” She snorted on a laugh. “If you tell me you’ll have to kill me, right?”

“That’s right, ma’am,” Nate deadpanned with a wink.

Rose counted five snowmobiles, including one child-sized machine and a motorcycle. She admired the gleaming black motorcycle. “What a beautiful bike,” she exclaimed. “Do you think we could take a ride?” She glanced at him hopefully.

The low sexy rumble of his laugh sent tingles down her spine. “That’s my brother Jerry’s Harley. But I’m sure he wouldn’t mind if we took it for a quick spin.”

Nate went to a cabinet on the wall and opened it to take a key off a hook. He picked up a red helmet from a bench on the way back and handed it to her. Then he retrieved the black helmet off the back of the bike and put it on before checking that hers was on properly. He tightened the strap securely under her chin and tweaked her nose with a grin.

“Are you ready?” His eyes gleamed with laughter and excitement.

Rose filled with anticipation as Nate lifted the bike off its kickstand and wheeled it outside before throwing his leg over the seat. It took only a moment to start the bike. The rumble of the powerful engine shook the air. He grinned and held out his hand to her.

The butterflies in her belly stirred. She placed her hand in his and swung her leg over the bike to settle behind him.

Nate reached back, placed his hands at her thighs, and pulled her close, until she was pressed intimately at his back. “Hang on tight, babe,” he said above the roar of the bike’s engine.

Wonderful excerpt!  What’s your current WIP?

I just finished with “A Man To Trust” and as mentioned above, the release date is anticipated sometime in October.

It’s loosely based on a two-week double murder trial that I was a Juror on last summer.  It was a fascinating case and touched every emotion imaginable.

Two young men from decent families became drug dealers.  Another young man of a local well respected and wealthy family became a user and also stored drugs on his property for his dealer.  He then skimmed drugs off the top and was caught.  High on drugs, and feeling threatened by the men, he planned their murder.  Luring them into the woods on his 300 acre sod farm, he shot them with a sawed off shot gun and slit their throats.  Wrapped them in chains and moving blankets and dumped them in his private lake on the farm.

It was a very high profile and emotional case.  Families were devastated, children were left fatherless.  This case had a little of everything.

Taking many liberties with the case, my goal is to build a romance between the lead detective on the case and the widow of one of the murdered drug dealers.

I’m also just finishing up a Novella tentatively entitled “Taken”. It’s my first attempt at a Novella and I’m having a lot of fun with it.

Once the Novella is completed, I plan to write the last in the, Protecting Rose, series. Rick and Sheila’s story. No title yet.

Tell us what excites you about writing and getting published.

Well, of course I love the fact that I’m published.  Very exciting.  But the knowledge that I actually did it. Was actually able to write an entertaining story that people are enjoying is really the prize for me. It’s just way cool.

The possibility that I could make a living at it is also exciting.

Congrats, it’s an awesome feeling for sure!  Finally Cheryl, where can we find you and your book?!/pages/Cheryl-Yeko/167503089995030!/cherylyeko

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32 responses to “What to Read Wednesday

  1. Tereasa Bellew

    May 16, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Cheryl, the blurb and excerpt sounds wonderful. I can see that old mustang! I love old cars and am looking at a few muscle cars for my current wip. “Protecting Rose” has a beautiful cover and I gotta say “A Man to Trust” would be my next choice. : ) Wishing you many sales!

    • Cheryl Yeko

      May 16, 2012 at 8:55 am

      Thank you for stopping by, Tereasa. Good luck on the muscle car hunt. They are lots of fun.

      Our mustang is currently in the shop getting a car show paint job…then we will be having fun with it entering car shows. My husband, Patrick, has owned this car since his late teens. I plan to have book signings next to the ‘stang and a Jimmy Thomas cutout.

      How fun is that!??


  2. Nettle

    May 16, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Hey Cheryl, I love the sound of Protecting Rose! Nice one. Congratulations on both books — fan news!! Good luck with them both.

    • Cheryl Yeko

      May 16, 2012 at 9:07 am

      Thanks, Nettle. I had a lot of fun writing Protecting Rose and was thrilled when it got contracted. And then, to get a second contract for, A Man to Trust!…pinch me now!


  3. Jennifer Lowery

    May 16, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Great interview! Book sounds like a keeper! Gonna read for sure!

    • Cheryl Yeko

      May 16, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Hi, Jennifer. I hope you enjoy it!

      Thanks for stopping by!


  4. Mae Clair

    May 16, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Sexy, yummy excerpt. Love the cover too. I’m going to be looking this one up! Nate sounds like a modern day knight in shining armor. Makes my heart melt 🙂

    • Cheryl Yeko

      May 16, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Thanks, Mae. He kinda makes my heart melt as well. LOL!


  5. divavixenqueen

    May 16, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Very nice interview. Book sounds like it’ll be a great read, Definetely one for my TBR list

    • Cheryl Yeko

      May 16, 2012 at 10:00 am

      I love being on TBR lists!

      Thanks for stopping in :>)


  6. sarahballance

    May 16, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Hi, Cheryl. It’s great to meet you! I enjoyed your interview (and vicariously enjoyed your pool a little as well). Your book sounds wonderful, and I *love* the plot for Taken. Congrats on your new career! ;c)

    • Cheryl Yeko

      May 16, 2012 at 10:07 am

      Thank you, Sarah. It’s unreal to be entering into such an exciting new career at my age. As the saying goes…it’s never too late.

      Funny…we actually bought the pool for our grandchildren, but me and my husband spend way more time in it. It’s like date night every night during the summer. I get his undivided attention while we float around in the pool with a Mojito!

      Love it!


  7. Callie Hutton

    May 16, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Hey Cheryl, Good to ‘see’ you again. Best of luck with A Man To Trust, I know it will be a seller.

    • Cheryl Yeko

      May 16, 2012 at 10:16 am

      Right back atcha, girlfriend. An Angel in the Mail is awesome!

      Thanks for stopping by.


  8. Calisa Rhose

    May 16, 2012 at 10:08 am

    What a great and informative interview ladies. I’m glad to get to know more about you Cheryl. Now go sign up for SSS! Consider this your last reminder this week. lol

    Oh, and send me PR in PDF, please. 😛

    • Cheryl Yeko

      May 16, 2012 at 10:21 am

      Hi, Calisa.

      Thanks for the reminder. I just signed up for SSS and will put together the blog right now and schedule it. I’ve had the worst luck trying to set my blogs up in advance. Ugh!

      Glad you popped in!


  9. Brenda

    May 16, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Ooooooooh, I’d love to win a copy.

    • Cheryl Yeko

      May 16, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Thanks for stopping Brenda.

      Good luck!


  10. D'Ann Lindun

    May 16, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Hi Cheryl.
    I remember reading/critting your first chapter. Congrats on the release!

    • Cheryl Yeko

      May 16, 2012 at 10:59 am

      LOL…yes you did. I remember that time well.

      I was just learning the craft, and my critique groups were invaluable in my learning process.

      So, to all you wonderful critters out there…thank you!


  11. ravenraye

    May 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Cheryl! Just finished reading Protecting Rose. I loved it and can’t wait for A Man to Trust. Congrats on having it picked up by our wonderful publisher.


    • Cheryl Yeko

      May 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      Cool. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of hearing that!

      So glad you enjoyed it. :>)

      And thanks for stopping in!


  12. jannashay

    May 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Great interview. I loved Protecting Rose and can hardly wait to read A Man To Trust. Much success in everything you do.

    • Cheryl Yeko

      May 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you Janna. I love that you loved it…LOL!

      Thanks for stopping.


  13. chitsuen

    May 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Great interview! And the books sounds awesome. Definitely my kind of hero! 🙂 Wishing you tons of success, Cheryl!

    • Cheryl Yeko

      May 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      Thank you. Your kind words are appreciated.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  14. Ally Broadfield

    May 16, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Fun interview, ladies! I can assure everyone that the book is fabulous because I already have a copy (so no need to enter me in the drawing).

    • Cheryl Yeko

      May 16, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      Hey, Ally! Thanks for stopping.

      And thanks for the nice plug…LOL!


  15. ChristineWarner

    May 16, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Hi Everyone…thank you for making Cheryl feel so welcome and all the awesome support. I love the comments.

    Cheryl…thank you again for visiting What to Read Wednesday…it was terrific to have you on the hot seat today and I know without a doubt you’ll do amazing things with your writing career! You’re welcome back anytime!

  16. stevenloweryauthor

    May 17, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Cheryl, good luck with this book! Just added it to my reading list. And I can’t wait to see what stories You’d create with Vampires and/or Werewolves… Some of my best friends have roots with them in their bloodlines. Best of Writing to You!

    • Cheryl Yeko

      May 17, 2012 at 10:32 am

      Thanks, Steven!

      I’m looking forward to getting started on the paranormal. I have all kinds of stuff whirling around in my brain. It’s gonna be fun!!


  17. ChristineWarner

    May 17, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Our LUCKY commenter and winner of Cheryl’s book PROTECTING ROSE is Jennifer Lowery! Congrats Jennifer…hope you enjoy the book 🙂


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