Friday, November 18, 2011

Have Yourself a Paranormal Holiday!

Love time travel? Crazy about holiday reads? Well, then, I’ve got some great short stories to tell you about, including my latest release, MEANT TO BE, that appears in a new Christmas anthology from VICTORY TALES PRESS.

MEANT TO BE is a time travel set on the last Christmas of the Civil War, in 1864. A young single woman, Robin Mallory, from present day sets out to pay a surprise holiday visit to her elderly relatives. When one of her tires blows out, she finds herself stranded on a lonely stretch of road with no one to call for help.

When a handsome ‘Confederate soldier’ tackles her in the early evening shadows, Robin is outraged and frightened. Jake Devlin is dressed from a time gone by, but what are re-enactors doing in these woods over the Christmas weekend? When the predicted winter storm moves in, Robin has no alternative but to take a chance and trust Jake.

Jake’s presence is comforting, and Robin welcomes the sanctuary from the raw night that his camp offers. But something isn’t right. Once they arrive at the camp, she realizes she’s walked down a gravel road that’s taken her backward in time nearly 150years. Jake is an officer of the Confederate Army, serving under Cherokee Chief, General Stand Watie.

Unsure of Robin’s motives and who she is, the general puts her in Jake’s care. When they are separated from the rest of the unit, Jake is severely wounded. What will Robin do? Will she seize the only opportunity she may have to return to her own time? Or will she stay in 1864 with Jake and take a chance on a love that was MEANT TO BE?

MEANT TO BE appears in the Victory Tales Press Sensual/Spicy 2011 Christmas Collection anthology, along with four other great stories by my fellow authors, Kit Prate, Stephanie Burkhart, Christine Schulze, and Sarah McNeal.

I also want to tell you about some great stand-alone paranormal holiday short stories that are available for only .99 through WESTERN TRAIL BLAZER PUBLISHING.

MEANT TO BE is not the only paranormal Civil War era holiday short story I’ve written. Another one, HOMECOMING, is a sweet love story that first appeared last year about this time in A Christmas Collection: Sweet through VICTORY TALES PRESS (VTP). It’s still available in the anthology, but now is also available in the .99 gallery at WESTERN TRAIL BLAZER as well. Though it’s a Civil War themed short story, it has a very different take and a surprise ending I hope you will enjoy.

Homecoming by Cheryl Pierson
A holiday skirmish sends Union officer, Jack Durham, on an unlikely mission to fulfill his promise of honor to a dying Confederate soldier—his enemy. In an odd twist of fate, a simple assurance to carry young Billy Anderson's meager belongings home to his family a few miles away becomes more than what it seems.
As he nears his destination, the memories of the soldier's final moments mingle with his own thoughts of the losses he's suffered because of the War, including his fiancee, Sarah. Despite his suffering, can Jack remember what it means to be fully human before he arrives at the end of his journey? Will the miracle of Christmas be able to heal his heart in the face of what awaits him?

SCARLET RIBBONS is a story of lost love regained through a holiday miracle. The hero, Miguel Rivera, is a bordertown gunslinger who believes his heart can’t be touched. Christmas brings him a miracle he never expected; one that can’t be ignored.

SCARLET RIBBONS by Cheryl Pierson
Miguel Rivera is known as El Diablo, The Devil. Men avoid meeting his eyes for fear of his gun. Upon returning to a town where he once knew a brief happiness, Miguel is persuaded by a street vendor to make a foolish holiday purchase; two scarlet ribbons.

When Catalina, his former lover, allows him to take a room at her boarding house, Miguel soon discovers a secret. Realizing that he needs the scarlet ribbons after all, he is stunned to find them missing. Can a meeting with a mysterious priest and the miracle of the Scarlet Ribbons set Miguel on a new path?

A NIGHT FOR MIRACLES is a novella available through THE WILD ROSE PRESS. This story takes place in Indian Territory of the 1800’s. A widow takes in a wounded gunman and three children on Christmas Eve. The small gifts she gives them all reveal something even more precious for all of them on A NIGHT FOR MIRACLES.

These are all great holiday short stories that will leave you wanting more. If this isn’t enough paranormal reading for you, try my latest novel, TIME PLAINS DRIFTER, a WESTERN TRAIL BLAZER publication. Here’s the blurb for this time travel story of good vs. evil.

Trapped in Indian Territory of 1895 by a quirk of nature, high school teacher Jenni Dalton must find a way to get her seven students back to 2010. Handsome U.S. Marshal Rafe d’Angelico seems like the answer to her prayers; he is, after all, an angel. In a race against time and evil, Rafe has one chance to save Jenni’s life and her soul from The Dark One—but can their love survive?

All my novels, short stories and the anthologies I am a part of can be found here, (including this latest release, 2011 Christmas Collection):

I write a mix of contemporary romantic suspense and historical western romance. Here’s wishing you a very happy holiday season with lots of great reading ahead!


Adele Dubois said...

I enjoyed reading about your books, Cheryl. I like holiday themed stories. Best of luck with your releases!


Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Adele,
Thanks so much. I love holiday stories, too. And I read them all year round, not just at Christmas time. LOL Thanks so much for coming by!

Tina Donahue said...

What awesome covers, Cheryl - your books sound delightful. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Brenda Hyde said...

Heading over to Amazon right now! You're going to make me weep like a big ole baby aren't you? I'll have to read them when the kids are in school. LOL

Cheryl Pierson said...

Thank you, Tina! I have to admit, I have been truly lucky with my covers. I have never had a bad one and hope I never do! LOL (Knock on wood.)I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too! Man, it's just around the corner, isn't it?

Cheryl Pierson said...

You crack me up, woman! OF COURSE I'M GOING TO MAKE YOU WEEP!!!! LOL Scarlet Ribbons was always a favorite folk song of mine, and I always wondered about the story behind it. I cry every time I hear the song! LOL So of course, with that kind of inspiration, I had to write a story about my "take" on it. Homecoming...That one will get you. It was one that I almost didn't submit because it's very odd, but it will stay with you, and it has gotten some good reviews. A Night For Miracles was my very first one, and yes...you might need a tissue or two with that one. Meant to Be is my latest one in the 2011 Christmas Collection--there are a lot of good stories in that anthology! OK, go for it, Brenda--and let me know how many tissues you needed.LOL

Sarah J. McNeal said...

You already know, Cheryl, that I love The Homecoming. That story stuck with. Scarlet Ribbons was such a wonderful, heartwarming holiday story--and I emember the song that inspired it. Just lovely--like everything you write. I am never disappointed by any of your stories, long or short.

Cheryl Pierson said...

That is so sweet of you to say. You are a dear friend. I always appreciate your support so much. Speaking of wonderful stories...guess what I'm about to open up????