Sam Cheever Kicks off a Great New Series With “The Demon’s Mate”


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 This post is part of The Romance Reviews’ Fall into Romance Blog Hop, which runs from September 13th (12:00 am EST) through the 21st (11:59 pm EST). Take your time and enjoy all the great posts, you have 9 days to get through this event.

SC_DemonsMate_largeThe Demon’s Mate — Demonically Fun and Sexy!

The Demon’s Mate is the first book in Sam Cheever’s brand new Royals of Sheoldris series. It was a great book to kick off what promises to be a fun series. The book has everything a romance reader wants. A sexy alpha male hero, an irreverent, independent heroine, and a world filled with danger, intrigue and magic. There’s even a fat, opinionated cat in the story!

The idea behind the series is a world that is created and managed through scribes with magical quills. Wars are fought in the pages of books, love is realized, and futures are built or destroyed with the swipe of a pen over paper. It’s a great premise and I enjoyed the world very much.  In The Demon’s Mate, Terra is reading her favorite paranormal romance when Demon King Jacobin walks out of the pages and knocks on her door. She doesn’t accept the fact that the sexy, green-eyed demon on her doorstep is her fated mate and tries to run from him and deny his charm. But she can’t escape the feelings he causes in her.  I highly recommend this book if you enjoy M/F erotic paranormal romance.  It’s a ton of fun!

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Monday Musings – Slogging Toward my Future


Change.

That’s the watchword for my life right now. I’ve undergone major changes that have all been self-instigated. I’ll admit I thrive on change. Change jazzes me…jolts my creative juices. I like to mix it up every once in a while because if I don’t I get complacent…lazy. But sometimes I instigate change because it’s necessary. In this case, I determined that both of my major changes were imperative. One was personal–an attempt to reduce my economic footprint so I could enjoy life more; and the other was professional–meant to remove a limiting and negative force from my writing world.

Both will be very good for me eventually. And both have been Hell on Earth initially. #:0)

My family recently downsized our home so we could spend less time doing things we don’t want to do and refocus our efforts on things we enjoy. By any measure that’s a good goal. But it’s definitely easier said than done. After several weeks we’re finally starting to feel settled and the house is beginning to feel like home.

The second change was an important professional one for me. For some time I’ve been frustrated by one of my publishers’ lack of professionalism. This publishing house had one of my favorite and most popular series but they weren’t doing anything to help me grow it. I had lots of ideas for how to make the series better but met with lukewarm interest and no follow-thru. So I bit the bullet and started the process to get my rights back. It’s been painful but I knew it was the right thing for the books, my readers, and my career as an author. The good news is that I finally got my rights back on the books and I’ve been busily working to make them available again.  It’s been a tedious but important process re-editing the books and getting them fresh new covers and I’m glad I’ve done it.  As I move the series into its next generation, I’ll do so with the knowledge that the books are the best I can make them.

So these days change rules my life. Everything changes. Life is a process after all. But how you fare under these changes depends on whether you embrace or resist them. I decided a long time ago to embrace change and wring everything I could from it. But having said that, I’ll admit the last couple have been hard on me emotionally. I’m sure I’ll come out of the experience stronger and feeling more settled, but for now I’ll have to be happy with the satisfaction of reaching for my goals and finding them within my grasp.

Not a bad goal in itself. #:0)

Happy reading everybody!

 

 

Monday Musings – What’s in a Name?


A comment from a new reader on Goodreads gave me the idea for this week’s post. (Hey, Ulysses! ..waving) Having a unique (and wonderful) name himself, Ulysses was curious about my name choice for Adam Hoale of my Hoale Construction Series. Responding to this question forced me to put into words what I’d instinctively believed as I’ve penned my stories. To me at least, names are important. Character names are a huge part of the character’s makeup and identity. When a reader begins reading my book, he or she has no idea who my characters are. It’s my job to introduce them on level deep enough to make them friends. No easy task within the space of a few hundred pages. This is especially difficult in a novella, which is what I write exclusively for one of my publishers. So every detail about a character is important. Every detail gives away a little bit of your character’s personality, his background, and what makes him tick.

I’ve always liked names. I enjoy finding names that roll off the tongue in a fun way, names that reflect genealogy (or species), and names that give clues. I’ve been known to flip words around and use them backwards as names and clues. In general, I wring the most I can from the names I pin to characters and locations in my books. I use names in several ways. First, the name I give my character forms a picture in the reader’s mind. Sometimes that picture is false, because the fun in the name is showing just how different my character is from the name I gave him. For example, in my Honeybun series (written as Sam Cheever) all of the Honeybun brothers have strange names. When you add first names like Heathcliffe or Edric to the last name, Honeybun, you picture some pale-skinned, snooty aristocrat who lives in a castle with servants. But what if your guy is exactly the opposite? What if he’s tall and sexy and strong enough to save a damsel in distress but secure enough to treat his mother like a (bossy) princess? At the very least you have a fun detail that creates challenges which your character can overcome and an interesting backstory to go along. As an illustration, here’s a snippet from one of my Honeybun books:

Angie asked, “Clovis?”

Alastair swung his gaze to her, a smile in his sexy blue eyes, “Third oldest brother, drill instructor, Marines.”

Angie made an oh with her mouth and nodded, then favored him with a mischievous grin. “With a name like Clovis Honeybun, I’ll bet he’s kicked a few Privates over the years huh? Pun intended.”

Alastair just shook his head.  “You have no idea.”

In my case, eight Honeybun brothers might just be suffering from the agony of a mother who only wanted one daughter, but who just kept having sons. #:0) Or it just might be that she liked old English names. The reader can decide which story makes more sense or creates more magic for them.

In my Hoale Construction mystery series, Adam Hoale has to suffer insensitive jokes from people who refer to him as A. Hoale. Adam handles the burden of his strange name with grace and good humor and that’s a point in his favor and a window into the strength of his personality. It’s one small detail that, mixed with all of the other things we learn about Adam in the course of these books, makes the reader understand him a bit better. And hopefully encourages them to see him as someone they want to spend more time with.

So, what’s in a name? Actually, just about everything!

Happy Reading everybody!

 

Book 1: Hoale Construction Mysteries

Book 1: Hoale Construction Mysteries

Sexy gay construction company owner, Adam Hoale, sometimes gets more than he bargained for when he flips a house!

Adam Hoale owns a construction company called, predictably, Hoale Construction. When he finds an eye opening surprise in the walls of a house he’s flipping, and a libido flaring surprise standing on the lawn, he’s willing to do the right thing with the surprise in the wall while entertaining dirty thoughts about the surprise on the lawn.

But as the world finds out what he discovered, and his new boy toy seems to be keeping too many secrets to make a relationship a reality, Adam soon realizes he may just get flipped himself if he’s not careful.

 

5 Stars from The Romance Studio: “This is a very good story from beginning to end and I thoroughly enjoyed the read. The author has written this one so well I could have sworn I was part of the story as the characters felt like old friends. They are well drawn in a clever, solid plot that is very inviting. The romantic aspect is charming and realistically written with some mysterious elements also. I really loved this book. The author took a simple theme and made it into something grand. A Hoale Lot of Trouble is the first in a new mystery series. I can’t wait to read what’s coming next.”

ARe Recommended Read! “I wholeheartedly recommend this delightful story. This one will leave you smiling.”

Monday Musings – Author Santa


Some authors like to give stuff away and some don’t. I personally know one author who refuses to give away copies of her books and just gives bookmarks and trading cards away at conferences. No bling for her. She’s not alone. Promotional items cost money, giving away books takes sales out of an author’s pocket. But what about the old business adage, you have to spend money to make it? Does it apply to creative businesses as much as traditional ones? I think it does.

Nobody can chart a direct affect from a promotional item to a book sale. It isn’t possible to identify a monetary result, because it’s not a direct transaction. It really isn’t even monetary. It’s emotional.

People love getting free stuff. They especially love getting clever and useful free stuff. And when they get something they really like they generally remember the person who gave it to them. That’s why I love fun promotional items. When I start researching a new item to take to conferences or give out to new fans in their goodie boxes, my first goal is to find something nobody else has thought of.  I rarely give out bookmarks anymore. I have boxes and boxes of them in my closet as proof! When I give away a print book I include a Romance Trading Card because those are collectors’ items and they’re more fun. For my Sam Cheever alias, I load heart-shaped memory sticks with free reads, book trailers, and first chapters and give those away. They’re useful, they bear my website and tagline on their shiny red surface, and they contain lots of fun reading and viewing that will hopefully inspire someone to buy one of my books. It’s a win-win! For my fun and sexy Hoale Construction Mystery series I found a tiny tool kit with four screwdrivers and  a tape measure. Again, useful, and bearing my website and tagline in case someone decides he/she needs a great book to read while repairing their computer with the toolset. #:0)

I have knit caps with my website on them, book lights with twisty stems, mouse pad planners that double as notepads, and lots of other fun stuff. Call me author Santa. Yeah, the stuff costs and I have no way of knowing if I’ll recoup my investment in book sales. But when people receive a goodie box or promo item from me they remember it and hopefully they’ll remember me. In fact, people often come up to me at conferences and exclaim, “Oh, you’re the one with the great promo stuff!”

I just grin and offer them something else from my red velvet bag. ‘Cause I’m selling fun and smiles…hopefully I’ll even sell some books!

Happy Reading Everybody!