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Sunday, March 18, 2012

TWO NEW RELEASES AND A GIVEAWAY!





Today, I’m blogging about my two most recent releases, JASON’S ANGEL and EVERY GIRL’S DREAM. In case these titles sound familiar to you, they were both previously released in anthologies with Victory Tales Press. JASON’S ANGEL appeared last year in A HISTORICAL COLLECTION, and EVERY GIRL’S DREAM appeared in A WESTERN SAGA.

I’m excited about both of these being released as “stand alone” stories, selling at only .99 each! I’m giving away two copies of JASON’S ANGEL today! Please leave a comment along with your contact info and you will be entered—it’s that simple.

Jason’s Angel takes on several issues with the society of that time. The story takes place just as the War Between the States is winding down. Jason wears Union blue, but speaks with a Georgia accent. To make things even more difficult, he’s half Cherokee, half Scottish! When he’s wounded and winds up at a Confederate hospital, there’s only one thing kind-hearted Sabrina Patrick can do…

Jason 's Angel by Cheryl Pierson
Two wounded Union soldiers will die without proper treatment. Sabrina Patrick realizes they won't get it at the Confederate army hospital where she helps nurse wounded men. She does the unthinkable and takes them to her home.
Jason McCain’s pain is eased by the feel of clean sheets, a soft bed, and a touch that surely must belong to an angel. But what reason could an angel have for bringing him and his brother here?


EXCERPT FROM JASON'S ANGEL:
It was only a brief touch of their lips, Sabrina told herself, and should not have caused the waves of trembling heat to rush over her. His lips were firm and strong. And she kissed him back.

He’d reached up and gently pulled her to him. As if he’d sensed her concern over Desi being in the room, he’d glanced to where she sat talking to Eli, once more engrossed in conversation, and when Sabrina had started to protest, he’d squeezed her shoulder in silent reassurance. And she had kissed him back.

He’d been so gentle and—oh Lord, had Eli seen that kiss? She had responded heartily to his brother. She had not pushed Jason away or protested in the least. She had welcomed it. There was no doubt for either of them. She had definitely kissed him back.

As she pulled away, she opened her lids to find him watching her. His dark eyes smoldered with desire. But it didn’t scare her. It excited her.
Good Lord. She stood quickly, her head spinning so that she almost missed her first step toward the door. When had she last eaten? That had to be the cause of her unsteadiness. But why was her heart pounding so frantically? It was only a kiss.

One kiss.

But she had kissed him back.


EVERY GIRL’S DREAM

Do you believe in love at first sight? Can it happen? More importantly, can it last over the long haul of the ups and downs of a relationship?

Throw in a few obstacles from the very first meeting of the hero/heroine, and the relationship becomes even more intriguing.

In my novella, EVERY GIRL’S DREAM, that’s just what happens.

Sheena McTavish, a young Irish girl, has been raped by the son of her father’s employer. Now, with a baby on the way, Sheena is given an unthinkable choice: give her baby to the father’s wealthy family to raise, or travel to New Mexico Territory by stagecoach to live with her aunt and uncle until her child is born. At that point, she will have to place it in a nearby orphanage.

Desperate to buy some time and protect her baby from its father, she chooses to travel west. Alone and afraid, she starts on the journey that will change her life forever. Before Sheena’s stage leaves, she meets handsome Army scout Callen Chandler. The attraction is there, even under difficult conditions.

As the story progresses, Sheena must learn to trust again, and Cal begins to realize he doesn’t have to live the solitary existence he’s endured up to now. Being half Comanche has left him with no place in either world—white or Indian. When Sheena comes along, everything changes…for both of them.

TO SET THE SCENE:

Cal is a half-breed U.S. Army scout, who has just rescued Sheena, the heroine, from a Kiowa attack on the stagecoach she was in. They had met briefly the morning before, and as luck would have it, Cal comes upon the stage after the Kiowas have attacked and are getting ready to ride away with Sheena. He tells them he and Sheena are married and the Kiowas reluctantly let him take Sheena, but then…

Cal felt…something. His back tingled as he waited for the stinging burn of a shale arrowhead. He risked a glance backward, and saw the Kiowa leader’s stare heavy upon him. “Sheena, hold on tight.”

“The baby—”

“I know, sweetheart. We won’t ride hard any longer’n we have to. Lowell’s Ridge is only about four miles away.” A very long four miles.

She nodded in understanding. “I’m sorry, Callen.”

“No call for that.”

“You came for me.”

He smiled at that. There was a small amount of disbelief in her tone, overshadowed by a huge amount of wonder. Who wouldn’t come for her?

“You could be killed because of me,” she said softly, as if she had only just realized it. She laid her hand over his, and in that moment, he wondered if dying for her would be worth the twenty-seven years he’d lived so far.

His heart jumped at her touch, then steadied. But as he risked another glance back, he saw exactly what he’d feared. Two of the braves were mounting up, and they weren’t riding the opposite way. “That still might happen,” he murmured.

He leaned forward, trying to protect Sheena with his body as he slapped the reins against the horse’s side, urging him into a lope, then a full-out run.

The Kiowas were close behind them. There must have been dissension among them. The leader had seemed content to let him take Sheena and ride away. One of the others must have disagreed with that decision.

Cal reached to pull his revolver from his holster.

They were strangely quiet, he thought.

The first bullet cracked from behind them, and Cal reflexively bent lower. The bullet whined past his ear like an angry bee.

Sheena gasped. He fired off a shot and got lucky. One of the warriors screamed in agony and fell from his saddle. But the other rode low, hanging onto the side of his mount. And he kept right on coming.

The next bullet sang over Cal’s head. He concentrated on eating up the miles to Lowell’s Ridge. Riding double was slowing them down considerably. Sheena’s body was tense beneath the shelter of his own. Fragile, but strong. Delicate, but determined. His hand splayed over her stomach, holding her close, cradling her from the jarring of their wild ride.

A whoop from behind them accompanied the crack of a rifle, and this time, the Kiowa warrior’s bullet found its mark. A bolt of fire seared through Cal’s right shoulder, and for a minute, the pain was so strong he almost sawed back on the reins. But at his harsh curse, Sheena glanced up at him, her hand instantly clamping tightly over his. The reins were still wrapped in his fingers, but Sheena kept her hand on his, reminding him to let the horse have his head and continue their flight for freedom.

“Hang on, Cal!”

The pain was so breathtaking he could do nothing but nod his understanding.
“Dammit!” she cursed. That almost made him smile, but the agony in his shoulder surged up and stole his breath again as the horse’s hooves pounded the ground below.
The road was not much more than a trail, and where it narrowed, branches reached out to scrape and snarl in hair and clothing, scratching their faces as they blindly rode toward safety.

As they broke through the brambles and low limbs into the clearing on the other side of the wooded section of road, Cal glimpsed the steeple of the church, then in a moment, the rooftops of houses.

He glanced behind him to see the Kiowa had stopped. He was taking careful, deadly aim with the Winchester he held. “Christ,” Cal muttered. “Keep down, Sheena.”

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE YOUR CONTACT INFO ALONG WITH A COMMENT TO BE ENTERED TO WIN JASON’S ANGEL!

If you enjoy anthologies, Jason's Angel appears in A HISTORICAL COLLECTION, and Every Girl's Dream appears in A WESTERN SAGA.


EVERY GIRL’S DREAM and JASON'S ANGEL are available here:
Cheryl's Amazon Author Page:
https://www.amazon.com/author/cherylpierson

28 comments:

Debby said...

How wonderful that they are out separately! Two such fantastic stories deserve their own covers.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Cheryl Pierson said...

Thank you, Debby. I am thrilled with the covers for the single releases I've had through Western Trail Blazer. They've all been fantastic, featuring Jimmy Thomas (of course!) and created by Karen Michelle Nutt. She does a fantastic job on them, I think. Thanks for coming by today!
Cheryl

Celia Yeary said...

Congratulations on getting these two out as 99cent Dime Novels. They will do great! Both are such good stories, just the right length to read in one setting--to get the full effect of your unique emotional writing. Wishing you good luck, Cheryl!

Sarah J. McNeal said...

I want to know if Jimmy Thomas is a relative--since he seems to appear on almost every one of your covers. LOL
I hate to say it, but I don't believe in love at first sight...such a cynic. But as wonderful as I know your stories to be, I'm sure I'll be converted by the end of the tale. I read the Western Saga Collection, but I haven't bought the Historical Collection from Victory Tales Press yet so I haven’t had a change to read Every Girl’s Dream. I know. Hard to imagine me missing one of your stories since I usually gobble them up as soon as they're out. LOL
Congratulations on your new releases. It's wonderful that your stories are on the 99 cent list. I wish you the very best.

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Celia! I sure hope they do great. Those dime novels were a fantastic idea that Rebecca came up with, weren't they? I know your ADDIE AND THE GUNSLINGER is doing great. I love both of these covers and hope they sell like hotcakes, of course. Thanks so much for coming by, Celia.
Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hey Sarah!
LOL no, Jimmy Thomas isn't a relative. I truly do just love his yummy covers, though, for sure! I do believe in love at first sight, but I think it's pretty rare. LOL I didn't fall in love with my husband at "first sight", but I knew the moment I realized I was going to marry him--on our first date. Every Girl's Dream was in the Western Saga, so you have read that one--Jason's Angel was in the Historical Collection--it's a Civil War story, which I don't write a lot of, but I'm partial to this one, for sure. Thanks so much for stopping by, Sarah. I've got you entered in the drawing!
Cheryl

Tina Donahue said...

Congrats, Cheryl - both titles sound awesome!! :)

Cheryl Pierson said...

Thank you, Tina! I really have enjoyed writing short stories. It's probably something I wouldn't have done if it hadn't been for Rebecca's anthologies, and I want to thank her for giving so many of us a chance to try something different.
Cheryl

Keena Kincaid said...

Oooh....three wounded heroes (OK, may only be the brother, but he counts). I'm so excited. I love your wounded heroes.

Congrats on the new releases, Cheryl. They're going in my TBR queue.

Cheryl Pierson said...

KEENA!
How in the world are you!????I have not talked to you in forever. We need to catch up.Oh, yes, the brother will count, because at some point, I may have to write about him again. I have just had this feeling I wasn't done with the characters in Jason's Angel, and I need to write them a longer story. LOL I hope you enjoy these wounded guys, Keena. I always love to hear your thoughts.
Cheryl

Tore said...

I would love to read both of these wonderful books. Congratulations on your new releases. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Sarah J. McNeal said...

Turns out I both of these anthologies but I haven't read Every Girl's Dream yet. And I can't believe that I haven't. LOL

Cheryl Pierson said...

Thanks, Tore! Gotcha covered (and entered!) Thanks again for coming by and for the congrats!
Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said...

Well, Miss Sarah, you are in for a treat with EVERY GIRL'S DREAM, let me tell you! See? It's like getting a birthday present you didn't know you had coming. LOL I hope you enjoy it.
Hugs,
Cheryl

jean hart stewart said...

Wow, those excerpts are really great. Do you have some Indian blood in you too? Since both your heroes do I wondered? And my husband and I fell in love at first sight, too many years ago for me to admit too, so I definitely believe in it.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Cheryl, I'm not waiting to win these, so don't enter me. I'll buy them. I love your writing. If these are even half as good as KANE'S REDEMPTION, then I'll be thrilled with them. By the way, I do believe in love at first sight and angels. I remember clearly the day I met my husband, as if that moment in time was a photo in my mind. He remembers clearly, too.

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Jean,
Yes, I do have Indian blood on both sides of my family. As part of Andrew Jacison's "assimilation" program, my mother's great grandfather was actually stolen from his Indian family/tribe and placed with a white Presbyterian miinister's family to be raised. When he was old enough, they sent him to Missouri to medical school. I have a short story about that called ONE MAGIC NIGHT that will be released as a single sell story sometime in June or so, and is available in the 2011 Summer Collection anthology. I love family stories! LOL I do believe in love at first sight, for sure. Thanks so much for coming by today!
Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said...

Oh, Caroline, bless your heart. I hope you enjoy these stories. I was so thrilled to learn how much you loved Kane's Redemption. BTW, I'm nearly done with Kane's Promise! Not long to wait, I'm hoping. I'm like you, I believe in angels and in love at first sight. (My husband calls me Pollyanna, but that's okay!)LOL That is so cool that you and your husband both remember that moment so clearly--it was truly a case of something just "meant to be." Thanks again for your very very kind words.
Hugs,
Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said...

Jean,
That should have read Andrew Jackson. Dern typos! LOL
Cheryl

Joyce Henderson said...

Love at first sight? I was introduced my husband by my uncle. As he drove away, I said, "I'm going to marry him someday."

My skeptical uncle said, "Oh, sure." Btw, I was fourteen.

Three years later we married. On June 29, we will celebrate our 60th anniversary. And everyone said it wouldn't last... :)

So, do I believe in love at first sight? You bet your sweet bippy I do!

Your covers beautiful and the stories sound fabulous, Cheryl. Immediately on my buy list. Cheers

*yadkny* said...

Both stories sound great and at great prices too! Congrats on your recent releases!!!

yadkny@hotmail.com

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Joyce,
That is a FANTASTIC true life love story! You knew what you wanted, didn't you? Thanks so much for your very kind words--I will e-mail you later if the weather holds--we are supposed to "get it" in a little while. Thanks so much for coming by--I appreciate it.
Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hi Yadkny
Thanks so much for dropping by--I appreciate it, and I've got you entered in the drawing!
Cheryl

Calisa Rhose said...

Great post, Cheryl! Congrats on your babies rebirth!

Cheryl Pierson said...

Hey y'all,
Just want to say, my winners are Debby and Tore! You'll be hearing from me soon!
Cheryl

Cheryl Pierson said...

Thank you, Calisa! I am thrilled!
Cheryl

Sarah J. McNeal said...

Congratulations Debbie and Tore--you lucky ladies. Ya'll are going to love these stories.

Joanna Aislinn said...

Your excerpts look very enticing, Cheryl. I'm always a sucker for angels and anything Civil War.

Love at first sight? Hmm. Maybe overwhelming attraction/intrigue at first sight?

As per angels, I'm a firm believer in them and have written a post or two on the topic myself.

Best wishes!