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#NaNoHop, Social Media Buzz and Networking

Welcome, new followers from #NaNoHop! @RaimeyGallant has done an awesome job of creating social media, buzz, and networking opportunities for the 400+ writers who signed up for the NaNo Blog and Social Media Hop. I imagine her hunkering down in a bunker, living off coffee and stale Girl Scout cookies until all the lists were complete. <insert round of cyber applause here for her hard work>.

I’ve made my way through the Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram lists and am waiting for Goodreads to open its gates to follow the rest of you. I’ve tried to leave comments, retweets and reposts instead of zipping down the lists. Getting to know you is the main reason for #NaNoHop. I hope you’ll visit my “About Me” page or shoot me a question if you’re curious about what a full-time writer of paranormal/fantasy romantic comedies (with occasional forays into light sci-fi) does with her time.

What We’re Doing Right, What We’re Doing Wrong with Social Media.

The range of NaNo Hoppers is astounding. As isolated as we writers are (quiet applause for us introverts), it’s easy to forget there is a world of diversity, genres, experience, and hopes and fears among us. A few things have caught my attention as I visited hundreds of social media accounts. Continue reading #NaNoHop, Social Media Buzz and Networking

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Quotes from The Alien and the CEO, a short story alien romance

5 Quotes from The Alien and the CEO

Quotes from The Alien and the CEO, a short story alien romanceThe Alien and the CEO is the third installment in the short story Slakerian Empire series. Quotes from the first, Mr. Right, Mr. Wrong, Mr. Alien, can be found here. Quotes from the second, The Alien and the Girl in the Rain, can be found here.

If you’re not familiar with the series, the Slakerian Empire has been decimated by war. In an attempt to rebuild after their victory, they send a ship, The Baldain, to Earth to search for human females. Using a matchmaking software program, Searching4TrueLove.com, they recruit women of child-bearing age who have little or no family and are ready for adventure.

In Mr. Right, Mr. Wrong, Mr. Alien, Sage Harding, an ex-trophy wife, changes from mocking the subscribers to contemplating a relationship with one of them—spaceman Lt. Dax Richque.

In The Alien and the Girl in the Rain, alien recruiter Lt. Paul Landaeta sees Natalie Cardellini dancing in the rain and tries to convince her to join him.

The Alien and the CEO takes place shortly before and after The Baldain leaves Earth on its return journey. A glitch in the software program forces The Baldain’s commander, Jakes Echabarne, to recruit CEO and Hunting4TrueLove software developer, Vivi Soria, aboard The Baldain.
Read an excerpt here:
http://cherylsterlingbooks.com/cheryl-sterling-books/the-alien-and-the-ceo/


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Future writing plans

In 2017, I’ll write at least four more books in the series. The next one, The Alien and the Chef, will be released in February or March. I’m devoting the month of November and part of December to NaNoWriMo, to write write the second book in The Enchanted Forest series, Red Riding Hood and the Very Bad Wolfe. The first in the series, Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf, is written but needs to be edited. I hope I’ll be able to squeeze time from NaNo (ha, ha, ha) to edit it and get it to my beta readers. I’m planning on a late January release.

Ambitious? Yes, but I love all the characters and can’t wait to get into their idiosyncracies then present them to my readers.

Wish me luck in NaNo. I’m excited to put a new twist on the Little Red Riding Hood classic.

Blessings.

 

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Quote from The Alien and the Girl in the Rain, an alien short story

The Alien and the Girl in the Rain was an Oops! kind of story. It almost didn’t make it into the Slakerian Empire series. After writing Mr. Right, Mr. Wrong, Mr. Alien, I had no intention of writing a series. It was a simple tale of an alien race that had traveled to Earth to find women to help repopulate their world, Slakeria, after a devastating war. The aliens used an online matchmaking service, Hunting4TrueLove.net, to find single women of childbearing age who had little if no family and sought adventure. The Alien and the Girl in the Rain, an alien short story romance

Done deal. One short story, go on with writing. (At the time I had plans for a full-length Snow White fairy tale romance, now completed and available in January).

But one day, I wondered about Jakes Echabarne, the commander in Mr. Right. I paired him with the developer of the matchmaking software, Vivi Soria. Why not? I could get her on board the alien ship to “fix” a problem in the software.

About halfway through writing The Alien and the CEO, I remembered Lt. Paul Landaeta of the alien ship and a snippet of a story I’d once read about a dying woman. I decided to pair them as well. One problem—if I wanted the stories to be released chronologically, I’d have to write The Alien and the Girl in the Rain first, as it took place on Earth. The Alien and the CEO takes place on the way to the planet the aliens and humans will colonize.

I wrote The Alien and the Girl in the Rain, returned to The Alien and the CEO, created covers on canva.com, and released them together.

If you haven’t ordered The Alien and the Girl in the Rain, I hope these quotes will interest you in purchasing it. An excerpt can be read here.Quote from The Alien and the Girl in the Rain, an alien short story Quote from The Alien and the Girl in the Rain, an alien short story Quote from The Alien and the Girl in the Rain, an alien short story Quote from The Alien and the Girl in the Rain, an alien short story Quote from The Alien and the Girl in the Rain, an alien short story

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