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2.25.2009

Guest Blog: Author Cheryl Brooks

Hello! I'm here to promote my new book, The Cat Star Chronicles: Rogue, which is due out the first of March.

Promoting a new book is harder than it sounds. You're asked to talk about how wonderful your book is and try to sell it. These days, money is tight all over, so why would anyone buy books? The answer? To take your mind off of your own problems, and when the book is set on another planet, it can divert your mind even further.

We all fantasize about romance, but in novels, that hint of danger and excitement has to be there to round out the story. In Rogue, the third book in the Cat Star Chronicles series, our heroine, Kyra Aramis faces a dilemma. She must choose between two irresistible alien lovers. She can't keep them—they are only on loan from the queen who owns them—but still, this is a problem plenty of women would absolutely love to have. To have two gorgeous brothers squabbling over which one gets you has to be a boost for any woman's self esteem.

And that's what women crave, you know. We all want to be admired and sought after; it's what makes us feel special, and we all like feeling special. Some ladies will tell you that they don't care for such things, but just take note of how they begin to glow whenever a man pays them a compliment. Even the toughest girl likes to hear that a man finds her attractive, but when that man is the sexiest thing she's ever seen in her life, and he has a brother who is just as hot, imagine the way it would make her feel. Beautiful. Desirable. Powerful.

With all the economic gloom and doom we hear on the news every day, we could all use a little something to make us smile. I try to incorporate as much humor into my novels as I can, and though my sense of humor might seem a little warped at times, for me, this writing adventure is about having fun. I might put something in there purely for the sake of laughter, and while it may not advance the story at all, I still believe it increases the enjoyment.

Sex is another thing to be enjoyed. As Rhianna has mentioned in her reviews of Slave and Warrior, my take on lovemaking is a bit more explicit than some, though there are other books out there that make mine seem tame. In my opinion, sex is the most fun adults can have. Period. It doesn't cost anything, and it can make you feel better than any drug, so why keep it hidden?

I try to incorporate as much fun, excitement, danger, romance, and hot sex in my stories to make for an enjoyable read. Books don't cost very much, and we could all use a little inexpensive fun these days. If I can take you away from your troubles for the time it takes to read a book and possibly longer—then I've done what I set out to do: Entertain.

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Cheryl Brooks
Author of The Cat Star Chronicles series
Slave, Warrior & Rogue
http://www.cherylbrooksonline.com/




To celebrate its March 1st release, I am giving away a copy of Rogue to one of my lucky readers! All you have to do is leave a comment to this entry letting Cheryl and I know what you're doing to make sure you don't miss out on new books during these uncertain economic times (ie. borrowing from the library) by midnight Saturday, February 28th, 2009. I will choose a winner at random using random.org from the eligible comments to be announced on Sunday.

Thanks for reading and don't forget to leave a comment!
-- Rhi

17 comments:

Mary Margret said...

Some fun and a few laughs are what we all need right now---and I know you deliver both in all your books. Looking forward to reading this one

Cheryl Brooks said...

Hi MM!
I'd much rather laugh, too. Hope you enjoy it!

Ana said...

No kidding about the economic thing. But the great thing about the bookstore I work at is the fact that it doesn't stop people. If people like authors they buy their books no matter what. So when you get great books like Slave and Warrior you just have to buy the next one and the one after that. And Rogue? Phew, irresistible.

Cheryl Brooks said...

Hi Ana,
All of us who write have been assuming that, not being necessities, books won't sell very well in bad economic times. It's nice to have that fear dispelled by someone who actually sells books and knows what the market is like. I don't depend on the income from publishing to pay my bills, but in order to keep a publisher interested, the books do have to sell!
Thanks for visiting!
Cheryl

Marta said...

Hi, Cheryl, I agree completely about the humor. But I felt that way, too, even in the good times. Nice to find you here and discover this blog. I'll mention the contest on my Vampire Wire blog, www.vampirewire.blogspot.com. I'm sure a lot of my readers will want to know more about the Cat Star Chronicles.

RachieG said...

I work in a library!! :) Even though money is tight, I always have save money from every check to buy at least one book...and then I can check out as many as I want from my Library! :)

donnas said...

Great post. Even in the current hard times I am buying the books by my favorite authors. I might not buy them all at Borders so I can save some money at stores like Walmart where they discount. The hardest part is I like to discover new authors and its hard to commit to buying a book by someone I dont know right now. But hopefully it all gets better soon and things can go back to normal.

Cathy said...

I still buy books from my favorite authors, sometimes ebook formats and sometimes in paperback.

tetewa said...

I've joined Paperback swap it's a great way to get and read books that you've been looking for!

Cheryl Brooks said...

Hi Marta!
Yes, a laugh is good anytime!
Thanks!
Cheryl

Cheryl Brooks said...

Hi Rachel,
I think a lot of us tend to forget that there are such things as libraries once we get out of school, but it's the cheapest way to feed your need to read!
Cheryl

Cheryl Brooks said...

Donnas,
We all hope things get back to normal soon, but in the meantime, we can read! Unfortunately, you won't find my books at Walmart, but there are always discounted copies on Amazon--and there are contests!
Thanks for commenting!
Cheryl

Cheryl Brooks said...

Cathy,
Yes, e-books are a great buy. Rogue is on some e-sites and Slave and Warrior are on Kindle.
Thanks!
Cheryl

Cheryl Brooks said...

Tetewa,
Once again, we all find a way to get books to read. Being in a group is a great way to trade books and recommendations.
Thanks for visiting!
Cheryl

okibi-insanity said...

Hi Cheryl,

I agree during hard times a good book that can make laugh, smile and giggle is a must-have. When someone from my family passed away, I turn to books to cope. I cant exactly say it was the best solution but it worked for me. These days the library has become my home. :D

Sue
okibi_insanity[at]yahoo[dot]com

Cheryl Brooks said...

Sue,
Books can be many things to many people, and helping you cope with tough times is just one of them. Hope you're feeling better now!
Cheryl

Cheryl Brooks said...

Congratulations donnas! I hope you enjoy the book!

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