Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Sweet Danger is my first contemporary romantic suspense novel. Up until this point, I have stuck with writing western historicals, though my third book, Time Plains Drifter, which is due to be released next month, is also a bit of a departure from that, venturing into the paranormal/time travel aspect, as well as historical.

Sweet Danger is the story of Jesse Nightwalker, an undercover cop, and Lindy Oliver, his beautiful next-door neighbor. They’ve been very much aware of one another for the past year or so, but have never formally met, until one fateful Friday morning when they both come into the local deli and end up next to each other in line.

But things turn deadly as a gang of criminals takes over the deli in what seems to be a robbery. Unfortunately for Jesse, the leader of the pack is Tabor Hardin, a vicious cop killer that Jesse helped put behind bars. Hardin’s purpose changes instantly. The robbery was only a fa├žade for a much more heinous crime—kidnapping the governor’s children from the adjoining daycare. Now, Hardin swears to make Jesse pay for his part in Hardin’s imprisonment before anything else takes place.

As if things couldn’t get worse, one of the other children in the daycare is Jesse’s own son, Nash. Jesse has to walk a fine line to figure out what he can do to save his son and Lindy, as well as the other hostages—even though it means certain death for himself.

When his wife died four years earlier, Jesse cut off all romantic feelings, immersing himself in his undercover work. Now, Lindy Oliver has reawakened those feelings at a most inopportune time, and Jesse is incredulous at what’s happening between them, now that he stands to lose it all at Hardin’s bloody hands.

I loved the premise of this book, and especially loved figuring out how to make it all “come around” so that Jesse and Lindy could have the HEA they so richly deserved.

Sweet Danger became available through the Wild Rose Press on October 1, 2010. It’s also available through Barnes and Noble and Amazon, among other distributors. I’ve posted the blurb and an excerpt below for your reading pleasure! Please leave a comment. Visit my website at http://www.cherylpierson.com E-mail me at fabkat_edit@yahoo.com


When undercover cop Jesse Nightwalker enters Silverman’s Deli, he doesn't expect to find himself at the mercy of Tabor Hardin, a sadistic murderer he helped put in prison five years earlier. Now, Hardin’s escaped, and he’s out for more blood—Jesse’s.

Lindy Oliver has had her eye on her handsome neighbor for several months. Fate provides the opportunity for them to finally meet when they both choose the same deli for breakfast. Becoming a hostage was not in Lindy’s plans when she sat down to share a pastry with Jesse, but neither was the hot kiss he gave her when bullets began to fly. That kiss seals both their fates, binding them to one another with the certainty of a vow.

But Jesse’s got some hard-hitting secrets. With both their lives at stake, Lindy has a plan that just might save them—if Hardin takes the bait. Will they find unending love in the midst of Sweet Danger?


This excerpt takes place in the first chapter. Jesse Nightwalker, an undercover cop, runs into his neighbor, Lindy Oliver, in the local deli. Though they've never met, they are very aware of one another. The deli owner introduces them officially and points them toward the only available booth. But their Friday morning takes a quick nosedive in the next few minutes. Here's what happens.

Jesse looked past her, his smile fading rapidly. As the flash of worry entered his expression, Lindy became aware of a sudden lull in the noisy racket of the deli. Jesse’s dark gaze was locked on the front door, a scowl twisting his features.
“Damn it,” he swore, reaching for her hand. “Get down! Under the table, Lindy…”
But she hesitated a second too long, not understanding what was happening. In the next instant, the sound of semi-automatic gunfire and shattering glass filled the air.

Lindy reflexively ducked, covering her head. The breath of a bullet fanned her cheek as Jesse dragged her down beneath the sparse cover of the small table. He shielded her, his hard body crushing against her, on top of her, pushing her to the floor. The breath rushed out of her, and she felt the hard bulge of the shoulder holster he wore beneath the denim jacket as it pressed against her back.

Her heart pounded wildly, realization of their situation flooding through her. A robbery! But why, at this hour of the morning when the take would be so low? The gunfire stopped as abruptly as it had started. From somewhere near the counter, a man shouted, “Come out and you won’t be hurt! Come out—now!”

Lindy looked up into Jesse’s face, scant inches from her own. What would he do? They were somewhat concealed here at the back of the deli, but these men were sporting semi-automatic weapons.

“There’s a back door,” Jesse whispered raggedly. “Get the hell out of here. I’m gonna be your diversion.” She didn’t answer; couldn’t answer. He was likely to be killed, helping her go free. He gave her a slight shake. “Okay?”

An interminable moment passed between them before she finally nodded. “Get going as soon as I get their attention.” He reached to brush a strand of hair out of her eyes, his own gaze softening as he leaned toward her and closed the gap between them. “Take care of yourself, Lindy,” he whispered, just before his mouth closed over hers.

The instant their lips met shook her solidly. Every coherent thought fled, leaving nothing but the smoldering touch of his lips on hers, burning like wildfire through her mind. Soft, yet firm. Insistent and insolent. His teeth skimmed her lower lip, followed by his tongue, as he tasted her. Then, he pulled away from her, their eyes connecting for a heart-wrenching second.

“Safe passage,” he whispered.

Lindy didn’t answer, more stunned by the sudden sweet kiss than by the madness surrounding them. Jesse pushed himself out from under the table and stood up, directly in front of where Lindy crouched. Only then did she hear his muted groan of pain, his sharp, hissing intake of breath. The blossoming red stain of crimson contrasted starkly with the pale blue of his faded denim jacket as his blood sprang from the bullet wound, soaking the material.

He’d been shot!

Lindy gasped softly at the realization. How could she leave him now?

You can order SWEET DANGER here: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002JV8GUE


Tina Donahue said...

Major congrats, Cheryl!! Your story sounds wonderful - here's to many happy sales. :)

Sarah J. McNeal said...

I loved this story. Hardin is one of the most treacherous villains I've ever read--like a psycho case. The only villain worse than him is in your book Fire Eyes. The hero, Jesse, really had to stretch to the limit to defeat Hardin and that's what makes this story so outstanding. It doesn't hurt that Jesse is sexy as hell either.

jean hart stewart said...

Wow, and that's just the first chapter. Talk about a hook! Know you'll have much luck with this one.

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Tina,
Thanks so much. It's been out about a year now and has done fairly well--even had some interest from a German company!

Cheryl Pierson said...

LOL SARAH! You crack me up, girl! So glad you enjoyed my villains so much. Yes, Hardin is just awful--he IS a psycho. The thing that scared me about him was that Lindy began to (almost) be swayed into trying to understand him. There is just no way to do that with people like him. Yes. Jesse is just so damn fine. I had a hard time letting go of him. Thanks for your very very kind words and support!


Cheryl Pierson said...

Aw, thanks Jean! I appreciate that. I really enjoyed writing this book--it seemed like it all just 'came together' as it needed to.

Renee Vincent said...

Congrats on your new release and I love that cover!! Wishing you all the best and many many sales!

Judging by what Sarah McNeal said, I can't wait to pick it up myself.

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Renee!
Thanks so much for coming by! Sarah loves my villains as well as my heroes. LOL She's a great supporter and a wonderful friend. I hope you do get it and that you love it as much as she did!

Brenda Hyde said...

How the heck did I miss you had this out? Dang, I really need to catch up. Congrats and I can't wait to read it, and Fire Eyes. Hmmm...payday is coming up:)

You have really been cranking out the stories! Or at least it seems that way to me:)

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hey Brenda!

SWEET DANGER has been out for a year - this month is the one-year anniversary. I hope you pick it up (and Fire Eyes, too!) and that you enjoy them. The reason it probably seems as if I have lots of stuff out is because I have had a ton of short stories come out this year, and I've also had some re-publications of the short stories that appeared in anthologies as stand-alone short stories in the
.99 category. I'm really excited about those, because they have the gorgeous JIMMY THOMAS on the covers of them. WHITE CHRISTMAS, HOMECOMING, and SCARLET RIBBONS all are Christmas short stories. ALWAYS AND FOREVER is a Halloween-themed short story, and A HEART FOR A HEART is a Valentine-themed one. All have JT as the cover model
and Karen Nutt created the covers--did a fantastic job of it, too. TO MAKE THE MAGIC LAST is another .99 offering and my daughter Jessica did the cover for that one--awesome cover there, too. I also had a short story that came out in a western anthology called THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS that has a paranormal twist to it, but is not a romance. And then, of course, my paranormal time travel western historical novel (say that fast 3 times!) TIME PLAINS DRIFTER was released through Western Trail Blazer Publishing in July. So although some of the stories had been previously released in anthologies, they reappeared in a new format, and then I also had some stories that appeared in anthologies for the first time, too. I have been BUSY this year. LOL Next year, it's back to the longer projects though. Thanks so much for coming by, Brenda!