Friday, August 9, 2013


My guest is debut author, Cherie Colyer, and she's written an intriguing thriller about a young woman faced with too many changes. Does she embrace those changes or run away?  

As a writer, thoughts of What if? are always popping into my head.

What if a girl could embrace magical powers? 
What if she could conjure up a little help around the house? 
What if wishes could be granted? 
What if that wish came with a price?

That type of thinking led to this post. I’d like to thank Sia for having me here today.

We’re all faced with difficult decisions. When we are in school we have to decide how much of our free time to give up for our studies. Those of us with jobs have to decide just what we are willing to sacrifice to get ahead in our career. Parents sacrifice their time and often some of their interests for their children. Siblings protect each other from outside ridicule. But just how much would you give for the people and things that are important to you?

I think about this a lot when I’m writing. Madison Riley, my sixteen-year-old protagonist in the Embrace Series, finds herself faced with difficult decisions all the time. And since the job of a writer is to make things difficult for their characters, she isn't given time to weigh the pros and cons of her choices. Instead, she’s thrown into a situation and forced to react.

I had to get their attention. I had to make them hear me.
“Stop it!” I screamed as I ran between them, my arms out to my side, one hand on each of their chests.
When a life-threatening situation presents itself we often react first and think about what we've done later.  Madison’s quick reaction to a fight between her friends almost costs her life. Luckily for us, she survives or there wouldn't be a book two.

I admire Madison’s courage not only in that scene, but also throughout the books. She risks her life to save the people she loves without hesitation. I’d like to think I’d be just as brave, and yet I’m thankful that I've never been put in a position where I’d have to find out.

Hard choices, putting characters into situations that make them have to give up something big, is one way to up tension, but it also mimics real life. Every day we are faced with choices.  As I wrote Hold Tight I started to wonder just how much would a person give up for something they wanted.

Would you give up your dream job for love?

  • Happiness for money?
  • Your life for another’s?
Just how far would you go to save the people you love?

Some of the answers to the questions above are easy for me. If I loved someone, then I think I would give up my dream job for him. Fortunately my honey wouldn't ask that of me, and I can write just about anywhere I can plug in my laptop. No, I wouldn't give up happiness for money, because what good is all the money in the world if you’re miserable? The hard one is how far I’d go to save the people I love. I do know I’d give just about anything to save my family.

  • How about you? How would you answer the questions above?


How far would you go to save the people you love?

Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve.

Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him.

Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own.

Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.
Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound.


Cherie Colyer is the author of  YA paranormal thriller/romance, EMBRACE (available now), and HOLD TIGHT (August 2013), from Omnific Publishing. Check out her website and blog for news on her books and bonus material. Follow Cherie on Twitter and/or Facebook for updates on writing, book and special offers. 

You can read the synopsis here


~Sia McKye~ said...

Cherie, welcome to Over Coffee. I love the cover for your book and I like the cover for the next one, too! Very nicely done.

To answer your questions:

If someone really loved me they wouldn't ask me to give up a dream job.

Money is good for taking of needs. I certainly wouldn't give up happiness for a few or a lot of extra dollar bills.

I would do all I could to save someone's life. I don't think one really thinks overly much about consequences in a crisis situation. On one level, in a dangerous situation (I've been in a few and tend to keep a cool head),one's mind is weighing the pros and cons of the situation and how best to handle it.

As for my family? Like you, there isn't much I wouldn't do to save the people I love.

I'm working today so I'll be popping in and out as I can. I'm so glad to have you visiting!

Jo said...

Trouble is in many life threatening situations people panic and don't think. Recent instance, kid caught in a swimming pool drain. Turn off the pool machinery. Simple, but panic set in, kid was lucky not to die.

Everyone thinks they would do everything they could to save other people's lives, particularly loved ones, but I am not sure how many people actually would if it came down to it particularly if they would put themselves at major risk.

Cherie Colyer said...

Hi! I'm visiting Over Coffee. You can find me on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

Sia, thanks for having me here today. You have a very good point-- "If someone really loved me they wouldn't ask me to give up a dream job."

Jo, you're right about panic setting in. People don't always think straight in emergencies. And I agree that it's easy to say we'd run in front of a car to save a child, but in the heat of the moment we may freeze.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Often people panic, or worse, they freeze. We'd like to think we'd react if a loved one was in danger, but we won't know unless placed in that situation - and I'd rather not find out.

Michael Di Gesu said...

I've been in that position a few times... And yes, I gave up the dream job to be with the one I loved, at the time.

IT's was a tough decision. The long distance thing was getting real old and after two years of traveling back on forth (mostly on me), I had decided to move.

Would I do it again? Tough call. My income was dropped so drastically, I'm not sure I would survive another hit like that.

But when it comes to the heart... it rules!

Good luck, Cherie with your new book!!!!!

Mason Canyon said...

Cherie, such thought provoking questions. I don't think all the money in the world could make you happy, comfortable maybe, but not happy. A dream job wouldn't be much if you didn't have someone special to share it with. I'd do whatever it took to keep my family safe. Your protagonist sounds like an intriguing character. Wishing you much success.

Sia, thanks for the introduction to another delightful author and another book to add to my TBR stack.

Thoughts in Progress

Cherie Colyer said...

L. Diane, I agree.

"When it comes to the heart... it rules" I like that. I do think happiness starts in the heart. Michael, I hope you and your special someone are happy!

Mason, we think alike =)

Nicki Elson said...

Hi Sia & Cherie! I agree that one never knows exactly what they'll do in a situation until they're in it.

There was one spring/summer when I twice came across large birds carrying baby bunnies in their claws, and both times my instant reaction was to go after the birds until they dropped the bunnies...I hope that means I'd do the same for my kids.

I don't mind everything I've sacrificed for the sake of my kids - I guess I don't really think of it as a sacrifice since I get so much in return, but I think it's also important and healthy, for them and me, that I cling to a bit of something that's just for me. So I love that your honey wouldn't ever ask you to give up your dream job. :) (Plus that means more books for us. :D)

Cherie Colyer said...

Nicki, I can see you chasing the bird until it let go of the bunny. =)

I'm lucky to have the guy I do. He's always encouraging me to keep writing.