Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf, an adult fairy tale recreation

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Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf



I am proud to announce the publication of my thirteenth (13th) book, the first in the Enchanted series: Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf.

Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf, an adult fantasy romance, is now available for pre-order at Amazon and Smashwords. Available for purchase now, with delivery on March 25, 2017.

Marked for death by her stepmother’s manic jealousy, Princess Snow White of Enchanted narrowly escapes the huntsman’s ax. Plunged into a treacherous blizzard, she stumbles across a cottage deep in the forest. But the owners, seven dwarfs and their adopted (and cute) human brother, cannot offer Snow refuge for long.
Snow, who’s never done anything more arduous than princessing, must brave grueling weather, cross two kingdoms, and reach her only living relative ahead of the Evil Queen’s army. If Snow fails, she loses more than her throne . . .
Lex Sands, always out of place within his family, has his world turned upside down when a woman with skin as white as snow and hair as black as coal—and a curve or two—breaks into his house. Suddenly, he’s responsible for her safety. With nature against them and time running out, can he prove his worth to his family, and, more importantly, to Snow White?

Playing “What if?” leads to a novel

Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf was born from a writer’s favorite game—”what if?” What if there had been an eighth dwarf? If he was human, would the story change? What were his roots? How is he different (besides the obvious) in his family dynamics? And how does that shape him as a man and potential lover to Snow White?

How is Snow White different than any other version? Can she change throughout the story?

How is the Evil Queen not so evil? To tell the truth, I had a lot of fun writing Sabine. Villains are so complex, and she has more than her share of complexities.

Other characters who were fun to write were Ethyl and Azalea, twin sisters who are witches and who were enslaved by the Evil Queen as Mirror, Mirror. They have an interesting tale, which will be woven throughout the planned five books of the Enchanted series. They are my non-narrators, the common denominator in the series. I love their devotion to each other and their sense of humor.

The second book in the series, Red Riding Hood and the Very Bad Wolfe will be released in August. It was written in 2016’s NaNoWriMo, but the first draft is a bag of hot mess. I’d best get to the editing desk!

I hope you enjoy Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf. Please leave a review if you did (or didn’t).


Cheryl Sterling






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

The Alien and the Girl in the Rain

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My newest short story, The Alien and the Girl in the Rain, Book 2 of the Slakerian Empire series, is now available for purchase on Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo and other venues!

Curiosity overcomes any moral objections Natalie Cardellini has at meeting an on-line dating match. After all, a cup of coffee and a few minutes of conversation isn’t a lifetime commitment.

Natalie doesn’t have a lifetime. The diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumor gives her less than six months to live. What harm can come of a glimpse into what-might-have-been?

Lt. Paul Landaeta is on a recruiting mission to Earth, using a computerized dating service to fill his quota for new Slakerian citizens. When a woman matching his date’s description leaves without contact, he figures he’s been stood up.

The next day he sees her dancing in the rain and is instantly smitten. Can he convince her to leave Earth and join him?

Is Natalie’s conversation with him real or a figment of her tumor’s cruel sense of humor? Hope is a precious thing to a dying woman. Dare she risk reaching out for it?

Author note:

Mr. Right, Mr. Wrong, Mr. Alien, the first Slakerian Empire book, was to be a stand-alone short story. I never expected to turn it into a series. One day, I wondered about Dax Richque’s commanding officer. Was there a story for Jakes Echabarne? I paired him with the CEO of the matchmaking software the Slakerians needed to link their citizens with human mates.

Paul Landaeta was to be #3, but halfway through Jakes story, I realized, chronologically, Paul’s story had to be #2. How could his Earth-bound story happen before Jake’s ship-bound story?

Natalie is based off a story I heard about a dying woman telling her co-workers she was moving abroad for a job. She just didn’t tell them abroad was heaven.

That nugget stayed in my computer’s notes section, simmering and waiting for the perfect story to appear.

Future stories will include Ivy Mitchel, our bad I.T. chief; an architect; and possibly the Slakerian Emperor himself.

I’ll keep you updated of future releases.






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Mr. Right, Mr. Wrong, Mr. Alien

Mr. Right, Mr. Wrong, Mr. Alien

Mr. Right, Mr. Wrong, Mr. Alien has been available for purchase since April 2016. It was meant to be a stand-alone short story. But, as all writers do, I started playing the “what if” game. What if Dax and Sage’s story wasn’t the only one to be told? What if Dax’s commander, Jakes Echabarne, had his own story? Who would be the perfect companion for him?

The Slakerians used an Earth-based internet dating site to find humans willing, if not eager, to explore another planet and take part in settling it. Who better to butt heads with Jakes than the CEO of the dating site, Vivi Soria?

So, I started to write their story, The Alien and the CEO. And, as any writer will tell you, the characters had a mind of their own. The only way for Jakes and Vivi to meet is if something happened with the software the Slakerians needed.

I saw Jakes as a straight shooter, a kind of John Walton (I used Ralph Waite as his avatar). He wouldn’t deceive Vivi into boarding The Baldain. But what if someone else was behind the deception?

Her story will be book #4, but in the meantime, the casual mention of Lt. Paul Landaeta of The Baldain sparked another story, The Alien and the Girl in the Rain. The timeline of Paul and Natalie Cardellini’s story had to take place before Jake and Vivi’s. What to do?

I wrote both. They will be released as separate stories next week. I’ll post when and how you can purchase them. In the meantime, enjoy quotes from Mr. Right, Mr. Wrong, Mr. Alien.

An excerpt can be read here.

It’s available on Amazon here.

It’s available on Nook, Kobo, ibooks and other sites through this link.

I hope you enjoy it, and if you do purchase it, please consider leaving a review.



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