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Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf

Flash Sale! Snow White Celebrates an Anniversary!

Is it a flash sale if it lasts 10 days? Who knows? Not me, I don’t even know the date I first published Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf. I had it planned that when Snow White celebrates an anniversary, I’d put her (and the eighth dwarf) on sale for 99¢. When I looked on Amazon for the sale date, I read March 15th, so I hurried and changed the price. Today, I looked again and read the 25th. Is Amazon wrong or am I?

Either way, here’s the link: http://amzn.to/2nKyL0N

Get Snow White and Red Riding Hood together for $3.98

Instead of $2.99 each, now through the 25th, buy book one and two in the Enchanted series for $3.98. Read how Lex the Dwarf (Spoilers: he’s not a dwarf and that’s not his real name) helps Snow White flee from the Evil Queen (Spoilers: she’s misunderstood, not evil). Then read how Rosewyn, a.k.a. Red Riding Hood, helps the new king (with a mysterious secret, but aren’t all secrets mysterious?) fight the threats against his new kingdom.

Book Three Coming Soon

I’m working on The Brass Slipper:Enchanted Book Three, a romantic re-telling of Cinderella, only in my version, Ella is a blacksmith! I’ve written nine thousand words, but I’ve joined CampNaNo with the objective of completing it by the end of May.

Snow White blurb:

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?

Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf

Purchase here: http://amzn.to/2nKyL0N

Read an excerpt here.

Red Riding Hood and the Lone Wolfe Blurb:

Rosewyn lives a precarious existence as village baker on the edge of the Enchanted Forest. Any setback—an illness, a fire—threatens her ability to care for her Grandmother. After both strike, her desperation climbs. When the handsome, newly crowned King lands at her feet, she sees a clear path ahead. Using charm and a little magic, she inflames his desire.
Oliver Wolfe has lived with the secret of his werewolf blood for years. When he returns home from the exile his father imposed, he seizes the opportunity to restore the neglected realm and make a difference. While sweet Rosie eases his nights, a missing treasury and his subjects’ unrest hamper his plans. Then his right to the throne is challenged. With his future dependent on an unreliable witness, and his trial set the night of a full moon, can he trust Rosewyn with his secret?
With the fate of the man she loves weighing on her, Rosewyn must test the limits of the power buried within her. Is it strong enough to break his ancient curse, or will she lose everything?

Red Riding Hood and the Lone Wolfe

Purchase here: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0768TDZV5

Read an excerpt here.

Blessings,

Cheryl

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Red Riding Hood and the Lone Wolfe

Red Riding Hood and the Lone Wolfe

What began as my first official entry in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month www.Nanowrimo.org) has culminated in the second book in The Enchanted Series, Red Riding Hood and the Lone Wolfe.

Red Riding Hood and the Lone Wolfe

Though I’ve written numerous books in NaNo fashion (50K in 30 days), last year I officially signed up and completed 57K words in November, 2016. Further writing in December capped the word count at 82K. Revisions from July-October cleaned up my lightning speed first draft.

Red Riding Hood and the Lone Wolfe is now available for purchase

Amazon link: http://tinyurl.com/RedLoneWolfe

ibooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and other distributors: http://tinyurl.com/RedRidingWolfe

In the second book in The Enchanted Series, Cheryl Sterling once again follows a commoner in pursuit of a better future and a royal fighting for his place.

Rosewyn lives a precarious existence as village baker on the edge of the Enchanted Forest.Click To TweetAny setback—an illness, a fire—threatens her ability to care for her Grandmother. After both strike, her desperation climbs. When the handsome, newly crowned King lands at her feet, she sees a clear path ahead. Using charm and a little magic, she inflames his desire.

Oliver Wolfe has lived with the secret of his werewolf blood for years. When he returns home from the exile his father imposed, he seizes the opportunity to restore the neglected realm and make a difference. While sweet Rosie eases his nights, a missing treasury and his subjects’ unrest hamper his plans. Then his right to the throne is challenged. With his future dependent on an unreliable witness, and his trial set the night of a full moon, can he trust Rosewyn with his secret?

With the fate of the man she loves weighing on her, Rosewyn must test the limits of the power buried within her. Is it strong enough to break his ancient curse, or will she lose everything?

Red Riding Hood and the Lone Wolfe is an adult fantasy loosely based on enchanting fairy tales. Strong heroines and sexy heroes battle outside forces that threaten their love story.
It's too hot in the kitchen for village baker Rosewyn, aka Red Riding Hood. The sexy new king is interested in more than her baked goods!Click To Tweet

 

Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf

Amazon link: http://amzn.to/2nKyL0N

ibooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other distributors: http://tinyurl.com/SnowWhite8

In the first book in The Enchanted Series, Cheryl Sterling follows a commoner in pursuit of a better future and a royal fighting for his place.

Marked for death by her stepmother’s manic jealousy, Princess Snow White of Enchanted narrowly escapes the huntsman’s ax.Click To Tweet 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?

Snow White and the Eighth Dwarf is an adult fantasy loosely based on enchanting fairy tales. Strong heroines and sexy heroes battle outside forces that threaten their love story.

In addition:

Throughout the next week, I’ll be posting Red Riding Hood images and quotes on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Thank you for your support on this fairy tale journey!

Blessings,

Cheryl

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Writing a book blurb is very difficult if not impossible for writers.

The pain of writing a book blurb

Writing a book blurb or description for book distribution sites such as Amazon, ibook, Kobo, etc. is a painful process for writers. You might as well ask us to stop writing. The process of distilling our 80K, 90K, 100K+ book into 100-150 words is impossible. Writing a book blurb is a thousand times harder than writing a synopsis because a) it’s shorter b) it’s on public display forever.

Writing a book blurb is very difficult if not impossible for writers.

The easy way to write a book blurb

Like all writers (or all that I know), I’m on a continual hunt to find the easiest, fastest, less brain disrupting way to do any writing related task. Including writing a book blurb. So, I did a little research (Pinterest is my go-to search engine now). The best book I’ve found so far on writing an effective book blurb is Libbie Hawker’s Gotta Read It! 

Gotta Read It outlines 5 steps to take in writing a perfect book blurb

For an easily affordable 99 cents, you’ll learn the five steps to a perfect pitch:

  1. A character who
  2. Wants something, but
  3. someone or something stands in her way, so she
  4. struggles against that force and
  5. something important is at stake

Ms. Hawker goes into more detail, including why you shouldn’t write the blurb as a mini-synopsis; what not to write; what elements you need to flesh out your basic blurb; and how to write a book blurb with more than one protagonist, including romances.

My early attempts at writing a book blurb for my upcoming release, Red Riding Hood and the Lone Wolfe

Red Riding Hood and the Lone Wolfe

(New attempts are separated by *****)

Rosewyn loved her family, but love wasn’t enough to give her brothers and grandmother a better live.

*****

As village baker on the edge of the Enchanted Forest, Roseweyn struggled to keep her family afloat.

*****

For Rosewyn, baking for the village on the edge of the Enchanted Forest isn’t enough to give for her brothers and grandmother a better life. So far, her ambition and what little magic she possesses means they barely scrape by.

When the newly crowned King lands at her feet, she sees a clear path ahead. What could be more simple than seducing a King with her charms and a little magic?

Living with the deceit he won’t understand, Rosewyn must face the reality of her decisions. Has she jeopardized their relationship? Is her magic strong enough to stop his change? Or do mysterious forces in the Enchanted Forest control them both?

Final copy

I spent a couple of hours arriving at this, and I bent a rule, but this is what will appear on Amazon, etc

In the second book in The Enchanted Series, Cheryl Sterling once again follows a commoner in pursuit of a better future and a royal fighting for his place.

Rosewyn lives a precarious existence as village baker on the edge of the Enchanted Forest. Any setback—an illness, a fire—threatens her ability to care for her Grandmother. After both strike, her desperation climbs. When the handsome, newly crowned King lands at her feet, she sees a clear path ahead. Using charm and a little magic, she inflames his desire.

Oliver Wolfe has lived with the secret of his werewolf blood for years. When he returns home from the exile his father imposed, he seizes the opportunity to restore the neglected realm and make a difference. While sweet Rosie eases his nights, a missing treasury and his subjects’ unrest hamper his plans. Then his right to the throne is challenged. With his future dependent on an unreliable witness, and his trial set the night of a full moon, can he trust Rosewyn with his secret?

With the fate of the man she loves weighing on her, Rosewyn must test the limits of the power buried within her. Is it strong enough to break his ancient curse, or will she lose everything?

Red Riding Hood and the Lone Wolfe is an adult fantasy loosely based on enchanting fairy tales. Strong heroines and sexy heroes battle outside forces that threaten their love story.

Tell me what you think in the comments.

p.s. Stay tuned in the next day or two to receive news of the official launch of Red Riding Hood and the Lone Wolfe and a special offer.

Blessings,

Cheryl

 

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