Friday, August 6, 2010

Having Fun With Cheryl Brooks

My guest is para romance author, Cheryl Brooks. I had the opportunity to meet Cheryl at RT, I love her sense of humor and that twinkle in her eye, like she knows a secret.

The secret is, or at least one of them, is her ability to write an enthralling fantasy set in a galaxy far away, peopled by hot Zetithian males and a cast of engrossing characters. I have a tendency to quickly zip through Cheryl's books because they're rather hard to set aside. :-) The heroes are hot and the sex even hotter. 

Another reason for the twinkle in her eye is Cheryl's Erotic Blog, but I warn you now, it's not rated PG-13 by any stretch of the imagination.   

Hi Sia!

Thanks so much for having me here on Over Coffee again. It was wonderful to finally meet you at the RT Booklover’s Convention, too!

For today’s blog, you asked me two very tough questions:

  • What do you do for fun aside from writing? Does writing get in the way of this other hobby?

The answer is that I have very little time to do anything fun, though we did have a blast at RT, didn’t we? Working full time as a critical care nurse and trying to keep up with my writing career has me sitting at a desk most of the time—so much, in fact, that my legs have been swollen for the past six months or so. I’ve tried all sorts of things—diuretics, support hose, limiting salt, and giving up tea entirely (which I was told would cause this problem, though I’d never heard of such a thing!), but nothing seemed to help.

Then on the Fourth of July, I took the day off and spent the entire day doing what I wanted to do. I was outside crawling around in the dirt, cleaning the weeds out of my rose beds and harvesting my garlic and then making it into braids—and my legs were still swollen. After grilling steaks out on the deck, to kill some time until it was dark enough for fireworks, I decided to watch a movie. I pulled my VHS tape of Cannery Row (yes, it really is a tape and is every bit of twenty years old) off the shelf and sat down in my recliner to watch it. Lo and behold, after two hours of sitting with my feet up, the swelling was gone. The simplest cure for swollen legs worked, I just hadn’t ever gotten around to trying it! The best part is, I can drink tea again!

Okay, so to recap, for fun, I cook, garden, drink tea, play guitar (which I haven’t touched in months), watch the occasional movie, and have three very large pasture pets that I visit twice a day to feed and clean up after. I have a riding lesson once a week, but my own horses haven’t been ridden in two or three years. Plus, I have two sons and a husband, who, fortunately, look after themselves most of the time and help out with the horses, the laundry, the cleaning, and the mowing. And yes, the writing gets in the way of all of this. In addition to the actual writing, editing, and proofreading, I’ve got a blog (sometimes two or three) going up every day—I even blog when I’m on vacation—plus there are emails to respond to, and promotional periods are very hectic. I’m also a member of the Indiana chapter of RWA, and the monthly meetings are a two hour drive from where I live, but even though it takes up almost an entire day, it’s worth it to be around other writers and learn more about the craft.

I love writing, and at one time, it was my hobby. Nothing can compare with the joy of creating strange new worlds, weird aliens, and, of course, my fabulously sexy Zetithian heroes. So, if I’m too busy to have fun, I guess we can blame it on The Cat Star Chronicles!

  • What about you? What gets in the way of your fun?

HERO (available in stores now)
The Cat Star Chronicles #6

He is the sexiest, most irksome man she’s ever encountered...

Micayla is the last Zetithian female left in the universe. She doesn’t know what’s normal for her species, but she knows when she sees Trag that all she wants to do is bite him…

He has searched all over the galaxy for a woman like her…

Trag has sworn he’ll never marry unless he can find a Zetithian female. But now that he’s finally found Micayla, she may be more of a challenge than even he’s able to take on...

Excerpt (Click on the excerpt tab below the book picture)

Two copies will be awarded to to commenters on today's blog. If you're interested in being considered for winning the book, please send me an email with Hero Drawing in the subject line. I will announce it here and send you an email.


Cheryl Brooks is an Intensive Care Unit nurse by night and a romance writer by day. Previous books in The Cat Star Chronicles series include Slave, Warrior, Rogue, Outcast and Fugitive. She is a member of the RWA and lives with her husband and sons in Indiana. For more information, please visit


~Sia McKye~ said...

Cheryl, I did have a blast at RT. I really wish I could have gone to Nationals, but next year I will.

I'm eagerly waiting for Hero to arrive. I'm looking forward to seeing how Zetithian women are. :-)

Houston A.W. Knight said...


Hey sweetie...I have to agree with a writer there is so little time for fun...if I find time in my pool for a quick swim I'm lucky!


suzy said...

Cheryl, I am a sincere fan of your Zetithians, and love the way your heroes are like real people, the sort I could respect and love.

I can hardly wait for my copy of HERO to arrive, and I'm already looking forward to VIRGIN, the next book in your series!! You just can't write fast enough for me!!

Tonya Kappes said...

Hi Cheryl. I'm sorry to hear about your legs. I can't imagine having to go to work as a critical care nurse (AT NIGHT) and have to get around sick people with swollen legs. The only time I had swollen legs was during pregnancy, AND my doctors told me to sit with my legs up and it was great. So tap, tap, tap away on a laptop and feet up to make another great novel!

Ana said...

Cheryl you have more Zetithian secrets I'm sure you'll never share lol.

Nancy said...

Cheryl, I'm so impressed with the promotion you're doing for Hero! You are an inspiration to those of us who are still waiting to be published...

Cheryl Brooks said...

Good morning, Sia! I could sure use a cup of tea! My first night back at work after being off for the RWA conference and I'm just about to conk out!

I'd love to have a pool, but that would be one more thing I'd have to take care of! And you're right, writers have very little time off!

I know what you mean about the "pregnant" legs. They were even worse! And, yes, you're right; I should use my laptop in my lap!

Thanks, Suzy! I try to make my heroes easy to love, and though there are moments when you'd like to smack Trag, it's part of his charm!

I have to keep coming up with new secrets, Ana. One of these days, I'll run out!

Thanks, Nancy! I have to hand it to our Sourcebooks publicist, Danielle Jackson, for setting all of these guest blogs up for me. I'd probably never get it done on my own!

diva donna said...

Cheryl, You're my Idol. That Twinkle of mischief and your imaginative books have inspired me to reach for the Stars. And channel my inner Diva. I've had more fun reading your books about yor Zetithians and their strange friends. And sharing the fun on CBEB. In Hero the Characters are hysterical. Life is good.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Oh sure Diva, you just had to rub it in you already got the book to read, lol!

I haven't read one of Cheryl's book yet that I have laughed at and taken delight in one of her secondary *alien* characters. :-)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Cheryl, you know the coffee bar always has tea brewing for tea drinkers.

I bet it was hard to go back to work arter being off. That first shift is a killer because your body has to get accustomed to it usual sleep patterns all over again.

If you need to sleep, go ahead and just check back in later.

VA said...

No matter how wonderful the male there are always times when you feel like giving them a smack upside the head. The things even a practically perfect male will do just make you go, "Really?". Then again, I'm sure he says the same about me. So, I'm good with imperfection, less for me to live up to. Lazy, right?

As far as time sucks, my practically perfect male and I purchased a 1952 beach cottage. The good news, it is authentic. The bad news, so is the electrical. My life revolves around trying to keep up with the house as it falls around our ears- as long as the termites hold hands while they're dancing, we should be fine.

Cheryl, love the blog. Gotta ask...where do you get all the goody shots?

Off to grab a chilled glass of sweeten tea called Secrets of a Geisha, it's suppose to be high in antioxidants. Sneaking a pain au chocolate from the spread Sia.

Stephanie said...

I have not read one of your books before but it seems really interesting and I am always looking for new and exciting para romance novels.

~Sia McKye~ said...

I'll have to check out Secrets Of A Geisha. Right now I'm doing all I can to build up my immune system again. I swear it's knocked me flat on my arse the past month and I'm so over it all. I hate feeling puny. Good news is, it gives me a chance to read a bit more since my muse works in short spurts and insists upon my resting. She is letting me work a bit more though. So I must be getting better.

VA said...

Sia, it is a green tea, Japanese Sencha with cherry notes. Perfectly delightful hot or cold and jam-packed with vitamin C.

Intriguing excerpt, Cheryl. Hmmm...I'm liking Micayla. Good to see that Starbucks has gone universal, where would we be without our Non-fat chai lattes? Wondering if that is a nod to Battlestar Galatica, too.

Cheryl Brooks said...

Okay, I'm up again. No tea yet, though. That Japanese Sencha sounds delicious!

Donna, if the blog is fun, you're one of the reasons why. Your comments always make me smile. It's been fun sharing the laughs with you!

I can barely keep up with my little house that's only about thirty years old. A beach house sounds like it would be worth the time, though. It's in the summer when I feel the most behind on things because the weeds and grass just keep growing and growing and growing....

The goody shots mostly come from other blogs. I've been places on the internet that few women have gone before! I have various "contributors" too. They send me batches of pics and I get to pick and choose.

Thanks, Stephanie! The giveaway might be your chance to get started on the series. Good luck!

I like to think that there are some things that will stand the test of time, VA. When you consider that Twinnings tea has been around for about 300 years, a Starbucks in the distant future isn't all that far-fetched. As long as civilization doesn't collapse entirely, I bet many of the names we know today will endure!

VA said...

I understand the premise of continuity Cheryl, but isn't it more likely to be a company that is involved in production, like Twinnings' tea, rather than Starbucks which is more accurately defined as a service industry company?

The manner in which people pay for services change and it takes an extremely agile company to keep pace and relevancy with its customers. I am trying to think of a service industry company that has been around and I'm thinking the department stores, there are a few from the 1830s. Almost 200 years, not bad.

Anyway, these are the things that wander through my brain as I read. Good excerpt, I love identity crises books.

Nancy Bristow said...

Hey Cheryl...Surprise anal rundown on your blog when you get a chance;)

My name is Queen Yah-Yah and I'm a member of Cheryl Brooks Erotic Blogspot. I'm a big fan of Cheryl's work and have all of her books. I'm a book a day reader so I don't endorse authors lightly. Reading is very subjective so my caveat is that if you enjoy humor, hotness, and character depth wrapped in science fiction, you'll no doubt love Cheryl's entire series. Her books include LOL funny moments along with everything else and if you treasure that aspect of reading then she's got it in spades.

Not only do I think she is an outstanding author with a wonderful voice, she's just a damn nice person on top of it.

It's a shame she has to work a full time job instead of writing full time but hopefully the day will come. Meanwhile, one has to take their fun where they find it and that's where I see her blog fitting in. I know it's good for me.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Nancy, you're preaching to the choir here. I love Cheryl's books too! Just haven't read this one and one other.

Cheryl is a damn fine person and an excellent writer.

Thanks for stopping by! :-)

Cheryl Brooks said...

Aw, shucks....