Saturday, January 28, 2012


Hey everyone, I have a new release out this week and wanted to tell you a little bit about it. It's a departure for me--and I broke several of my own rules to write it.

Rule #1 – I never write in first person.
Rule #2 – I never write from a child’s point of view.
Rule #3 – I always have romance somewhere in my stories.

Well…one out of three ain’t bad.

I threw Rule #1 out the window when I picked up my pen and started this book. I did write Kane’s Redemption in first person. It’s the first work of fiction I’ve ever written from this perspective, and after I wrote it, I knew there would be two more of these novellas to follow. There was no better way to tell this story of young Will Green and Jacobi Kane – and the secret that stands between them.

Will is a child when the story begins, but a young man by the conclusion. So, I guess you could say I broke my own “Rule #2” as well.

Growing up in the 1800’s on the prairie of the southwest would make an adult of you quickly; even quicker if you watched your entire family murdered in the space of five minutes. This story is not just about Will, though – it’s also about Jacobi Kane, who has some secrets of his own. Although he rescues Will, he wrestles with demons that can’t be fought alone – but how can Will help? In the end, who is the true rescuer – Will, or Jacobi Kane?

Romance? Well, there’s a bit of that. But it’s the romance that comes with new beginnings and the kiss of forgiveness. Come to think of it, the romance in Kane’s Redemption is different from anything else I’ve ever written, too.

This story came from somewhere deep; a place I didn’t know existed. It’s a gift I hope you will take as much pleasure in reading as I did in writing.

Look for Book 2 in the Kane trilogy, Kane’s Promise, in the fall of 2012.

Here's the blurb:Novella - 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?

EXCERPT from Chapter 1:Tonight would be my night to die. Red Eagle and his men had kept me alive to their own end, for the last several days. Now, they argued, and though I didn't speak Apache, it wasn't hard to tell what they meant. We had ridden across endless miles of desert, populated only by saguaro cactus and rattlesnakes for days. I wasn't sure how many. The men talked amongst themselves, their faces smeared with war paint. Garish and frightening, they had seemed to me from the moment they took me. Now, they seemed hideous, almost laughable.

The sun was setting on another day among endless time – six days; seven? I wasn't sure how long we'd ridden. On and on, it seemed as if we'd ride until we came to the end of the earth. But I knew the ocean surrounded the continent on three sides, and we were far from the cooling spray of ocean water my father had often spoken of.

I was in Hell, and I knew it. But not the why. Why was I even still alive?

Available for Kindle here at Amazon, and in print next week!


  1. Cheryl--I do remember reading parts of this for you, but now I'll get the entire story. I love to see how one looks on the Kindle rather than a document in Word.
    I've done that with my own and another friend--email it to my Kindle to see how it reads there. Have you done that? I catch errors that I don't catch in a document.
    Anyway, this story is so wonderful in concept, I hardly know what to say. The word Redemption catches my attention, because that's the best kind of romance novel, in my eyes. I love to "save" or "redeem" a character.
    Good luck with this one...I'll bet it's a real seller.

  2. Hey Celia,
    I hope you enjoy it. I started writing it and it just flowed--I thought it might be hard, but it seemed to want to just be one of those books that wrote itself. I don't know how to e-mail stuff to my kindle. How does that work? Yes, this story is really one of those about the characters being able to resolve some hard issues and go on with life. I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Cheryl--everyone who has a Kindle has a Kindle email address. They use your name as it is on your Amazon Account @
    So yours would be
    You open a new message--
    ...and attach your Word document-whatever it is.
    Turn on your Kindle--I have wireless--and it appears, but since it's being converted it often takes 30-60 seconds.
    Try it--it's a hand tool.

    Also, if someone gives you a pdf of their book, you can email it, too. Now sometimes the formatting is too small or something, but if that happens, I use Calibre to reformat it to Mobi.

    I load the pdfs of my own books on the Kindle..always trying the easy way of emailing...or go to Calibre. I like to see them in ebook form without buying my own book!
    Gee, you didn't ask for all that, did you?

  4. yes I did, Celia! LOL I will try it --I'm going to copy and paste your instructions so I'll have them handy. Everything is crazy today, but maybe tomorrow or next week I can play around with it.

  5. This sounds like a change from your usual and a good change. Congrats!

  6. Thanks, Paty. It is a huge change for me, but I did enjoy writing it. I've already heard a lot of good things about it in the short time it's been out so I'm hoping that will continue! LOL

  7. Sounds like a fantastic trilogy, Cheryl and breaking the rules can take you to new places, as it did for you. Good luck, my friend

  8. This looks like a really good read. I enjoyed Fire Eyes so I'll be looking for this. I would be curious to know how self-publishing this one compares to your other books. Best of luck in sales. :)

  9. This looks like a really good read. I enjoyed Fire Eyes so I'll be looking for this. I would be curious to know how self-publishing this one compares to your other books. Best of luck in sales. :)

  10. Tanya,
    Hey girl! Thank you so much for the kind words. Kane's Redemption just came out in print today, so I'm thrilled about that--I've heard some good things from people about it, so I'm breathing easy now.
    HUGS, and hope you are feeling better now,

  11. Hi Kathy,
    Thank you so much! I'm so glad to know you enjoyed Fire Eyes so much. I am not self publishing Kane's Redemption--it's published through Western Trail Blazer publishing which also publishes books for people with much bigger names than mine such as Troy Smith, Kit Prate and Peter Brandvold.


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