Monday, May 25, 2009

Cheryl Brooks and her CAT STAR CHRONICLES!!!

Um..Can I get a little bit of him please?






































And add a little of that while you're at it





OK..he's not looking bad either..











BUT..he's the one I'm supposed to be talking about....

CHICKS, Can you say YUM?

OUTCAST..By Cheryl Brooks

Lynx lived a life of slavery for years after being taken prisoner in the war that destroyed his planet. Bought and sold to the highest bidders over and again and used as a slave of slaves. Having finally earned his freedom, but not knowing how to live on his own or what to do with it, he ends up on the planet Terra Minor penniless and with very few posessions.

Bonnie needs a man, her's up and left her pregnant taking with him all of her money and her only working mode of transportation. She's running a farm on her own on a planet far from Earth. Too bad she hates men. She hires Lynx to help her work the land, and surprises herself when she finds her heart starting to open up to this sad, quiet, wounded stranger who will give her anything, anything that is but himself.

Oh my God...this book is sexy

Let's just say my husband has been pretty happy the past few days.

But, it's not all sex...which is why it's the perfect formula...there is such a sweet love story here between Lynx and Bonnie two wounded hearts that finally find love and I swear it's totally not sappy...you know how I am about tough heroines!

This series is also very different from any other romances I've ever read, no vampires or werewolves or the usual paranormal faire...more of a SciFi/Fantasy twist and I really Love it!!

This is Book #4 in the Cat Star Chronicle Series, and it looks like I'll be reading them backwards. If you are a fan of paranormal romance you do not want to miss these books! I don't know how I did all this time!! Book #5 will be out Jan 2010.

Now I just have to get my hands on the first two...



Cheryl Brooks was kind enough to do an interview for me!!


1. Do you listen to music when you're writing? and if so what?

No, I don ' t, though I know of a plenty of writers who do. I am occasionally inspired by a song, but I find it distracting while I ' m actually writing. I tend to toss ideas around in my head while I ' m driving, too, and have been known to turn off the radio so I can focus better.

2. Name a book you ' ve read more than once.

The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart. In fact, her entire Merlin trilogy is something I used to read once a year. There are places in those books that give me tingles even though I ' ve read them at least a dozen times.

3. If you were doing the casting, who do see as playing Lynx and Bonnie?

Impossible to say. There are many good young actors who could play those roles, but I ' m not familiar with a lot of them. I ' d have to leave that up to the casting director, but it would be nice to be in on the approval process.

4. If you were stranded on a desert island, what book would you want with you? (you can only have one)

The Lord of the Rings. It would keep me endlessly entertained.

5. Have you ever read a book that changed your view on something? if so which book?

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. I wouldn ' t say it so much changed my view, but gave me a means to explain certain things. Granted, it is a work of fiction, but it still raised some interesting questions and provided some surprising answers.

6. Describe your favorite place to be.

Out in my yard on a cool, clear morning when the wild roses and honeysuckle are in bloom.

7. Did you have a literary mentor or role model when you began writing, who is it?

I ' d have to say it was Mary Stewart because I ' ve read her novels repeatedly throughout my life. I loved her first person point of view, and wasn ' t comfortable writing any other way when I first began to write. The fact that we all see the world in first person makes it seem more realistic, but I know that many romance readers don ' t care for it.
Outcast marks the first of my published novels to be written in third person, and I ' ve found many differences in writing in that style. It ' s more flexible, but not nearly as personal, though it does allow the reader to see inside the hero ' s head, which is something that romance readers crave.

8. Describe yourself in one word.

Versatile.

9. What are you reading right now?

Nothing at the moment, but I recently finished Too Hot to Handle by Robin Kaye, who is also a Sourcebooks author, and I enjoyed it very much.

10. Three things you ' ve read in the last year.
I read the Harry Potter series from beginning to end, and then I start over again. I normally read it before I go to sleep to help get my mind settled down so I CAN sleep. Other than that, I ' ve read books by my Sourcebooks Casablanca sisters, Kendra Leigh Castle, Marie Force, and Linda Wisdom to name a few!

Thanks for having me here on Chic Book Reviews!


Thank you Cheryl!!!





(be warned...hot naked men abound on the blog)


I HAVE ONE COPY OF OUTCAST To

GIVEAWAY

Courtesy of Danielle

at Sourcebooks!

us and canada only please

no po boxes!!


To Enter:

1. LEAVE A COMMENT with YOUR EMAIL!!

2. Please follow me +1 or already a follower +2!!

3. Please Blog about this author (with a link to her site) or book or contest +3 comment back with a link



Winners of MIXSHAKESTIR

are

Kytaira

Carlene

Mandy

Jay

Beth

You'll be getting an email from me chicks! Please respond with your address!!


That's it for today!!

READ ON CHICKS!!



92 comments:

Kitten22 said...

This looks yummy indeed! Please enter me!

BookCrossingKitten22[at]gmail[dot]com

Kitten22 said...

I'm already a subscriber (through Google Reader)!

BookCrossingKitten22[at]gmail[dot]com

Christi Snow said...

What a great interview and review. I am going to have to look these up the next time I am at the bookstore! smiles...

donna said...

I love This series. And I'm on chapter 14 in OUTCAST!!!! SHOWER and BEDSCENE!!!OMG
Ladies run don't walk to the bookstores. Read Outcast and all this Cat Star Chronicles. I recommend in order. Cheryl has created the most fabulous world and Cat Men.

military76brat said...

This looks simply steamy! Something I lack in my own personal life, so why not read it, right??

navybrat76@yahoo.com

military76brat said...

Continuing to show my love as a proud follower

navybrat76@yahoo.com

military76brat said...

Still showing my love as a follower reply 2

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Cheryl Brooks said...

Good morning, Military Brat, Christi, and Kitten! I wish you all the best of luck in the contest and I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank Amy for such a great review of Outcast!
Thanks to Donna for that exuberant recommendation! I hope those of you who are new to this series will find it as enjoyable as she has.
Thanks!
Cheryl

Leslie said...

For those who haven’t yet gone down to the book store to get your copy of Outcast all I have to say is you’re missing out in reading the best book of the year. Outcast will transport you to this magnificent future world that will leave you addicted for more. The entire series takes you on a journey throughout the galaxy where you will meet the most amazing heroines and their exotic heroes. The Cat Star Chronicles is simply an experience that one cannot let pass and Outcast being its latest release it’s the most outstanding book that you will find in the shelves right now. It is simply a most read! ;)

Kelly said...

Ooh la la! I wil have to check those books out! ;)

Cheryl Brooks said...

Whoo Hoo! Thanks, Leslie!

Cheryl Brooks said...

I hope you enjoy them, Kelly!

booklover1335 said...

I just got my copy of Rogue, so would love to win Outcast. Please enter me!

cldivineATyahooDOTcom

booklover1335 said...

I am also already a follower :)

cldivineATyahooDOTcom

Cheryl Brooks said...

booklover1335,
Ooo, you've got Rogue. That one was really FUN to write!!!!
Good luck!

Marie Force said...

Great interview, Cheryl!! Looking forward to reading Outcast!

Cheryl Brooks said...

Thanks, Marie! I hope you like it!

Pelehini said...

Hi Amy, great interview! I've only recently found Cheryl, but I will tell you that I drove around to every Borders and Barnes and Nobel in the area until I found the first three books and sat down and read them neglecting all else (except the kids of course-had to feed them, pick them up from school, but the books went with me.) I already have Outcast, so don't enter me!

Those Zetithians will get your blood going!
:)Lisa

Kendra Leigh Castle said...

Hi Cheryl! *sigh* Your covers are just delicious...and I HAVE to get my hands on this book! I love me some wounded heroes:-) I've never read the Merlin series, but after what you said, I'm going to have to. Books that give the tingles get a major thumbs up!

Cheryl Brooks said...

Now, THAT's dedication, Lisa! Thanks for your support!

Cheryl Brooks said...

Hi Kendra!
Lynx is certainly wounded. There was a time there when I wasn't sure he'd recover!
I LOVE that Merlin trilogy, and highly recommend it. Yeah, tingles every time!

Ana said...

I agree with Kendra Cheryl. Your covers are just so yummylicious.

It adds more to how amazing you are when the books are open and read XD

scrappintrish said...

Would love to be entered into this. :)

lovestoread0708(at)yahoo(dot)com

bridget3420 said...

Count me in.

bjhopper(at)me(dot)com

bridget3420 said...

I'm already a follower.

bjhopper(at)me(dot)com

bridget3420 said...

I posted this on my sidebar, not sure if that counts.

bjhopper(at)me(dot)com

Cheryl Brooks said...

Thanks for stopping by, Ana! And good luck to Bridget and Scrappintrish!

donnas said...

Looks great!

I am already a follower.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Cheryl Brooks said...

Thanks, donnas, and good luck!

throuthehaze said...

this looks great
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

throuthehaze said...

already a follower #1
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

throuthehaze said...

already a follower #2
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

throuthehaze said...

blogged 1
http://throuthehaze.blogspot.com/2009/05/cheryl-brooks-book-giveaway.html

throuthehaze said...

blogged 2
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throuthehaze said...

blogged 3
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Cheryl Brooks said...

Great Mother of the Desert! Throuthehaze is really serious about this!!!!

chey said...

Hi Cheryl,
Sounds like a great series! More for my tbr list!

chey127 at hotmail dot com

Cheryl Brooks said...

Thanks, Chey! I hope you enjoy them!

Ashley said...

I don't normally read this type of book but I need a little break from all the serious. :)

actressangel @ gmail

Ashley said...

and I follow you

kalea_kane said...

What a wonderful interview! And I must say that any book that would make my husband happy too (wink) is the book for me! Please enter me in the giveaway! Thanks

kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

kalea_kane said...

I am also a follower.

kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

Great covers!!!!!

kalea_kane said...

I should have said already a follower for the +2 :)

kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jackie said...

+2--I already follow. (through my blogger site).

Jackie

Packerchick216(at)live(dot)com

Cheryl Brooks said...

Ashley,
Outcast is a little more serious than some of the others in the series, but they all have their humorous moments...

Cheryl Brooks said...

Hi Kalea,
I hope your husband enjoys the experience!

Cheryl Brooks said...

Good luck, Jackie!

nightdweller20 said...

Ooh, *fans self* that's HAWT!

jaam121388 at yahoo dot com

nightdweller20 said...

Already a subscriber :)

jaam121388 at yahoo dot com

Cheryl Brooks said...

Thanks, Nightdweller. I do my best to write them that way!

Cheryl S. said...

+1 I enjoyed the pictures!

Please count me in - Thanks.
megalon22[at]yahoo[dot]com

Cheryl S. said...

+2 I'm already a follower

megalon22[at]yahoo[dot]com

Sue A. said...

Count me in too! I enjoyed the interview!

magenta 2 red [at] gmail [dot] com

Sue A. said...

I'm already a follower with google reader.

magenta 2 red [at] gmail [dot] com

Enid Wilson said...

Cheryl, did you have to go through thousands of HOT SEXY sixpacks before you decided on which one to use for your covers? Do you have a certain criteria how you vet these yummy chests? LOL, I need to turn up the air conditioning now!

Steamy Darcy

Kytaira said...

I'm really excited about this series but didn't know about it until book 3. So, I've got Rogue but not the first two. Do I need to read them in order?

+2 I'm a loyal google follower.

BTW, Amy Thanks so much for the win! I email you.

lynda98662 at yahoo dot com

Cheryl Brooks said...

Hi CherylS, Sue, and Enid!
I'm so glad you like my covers, but I must admit *sigh* that I have absolutely nothing to do with choosing the models they use. I've never met them or even seen photos. All I do is write a character description and the art department takes it from there.
I know. It's a big letdown, isn't it?

Cheryl Brooks said...

Hi Kytaira,
I've tried very hard to make each of the books stand alone, but, as with any series, it's really best to read them from the beginning!
I hope you enjoy them!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

OMG, the covers! Amy, that's awesome!

No need to enter me, much as I'd like to (she says, guiltily glancing at Mt. TBR).

I'm dropping in to rave about the covers. And to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for ya!

Cheryl Brooks said...

Thank you, Susan!

nfmgirl said...

Wow! Sounds like a great story! Please count me in.

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

nfmgirl said...

I'm a follower

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

nfmgirl said...

I blogged it:

http://cerebralgirl.blogspot.com/2009/05/book-giveaways-in-blogworld-05-23-09.html

Jess said...

This book sounds delicious.

I'm already a follower :)
EMAIL: Bulletandbulleye at gmail dot com

-Jess

scottsgal said...

Wow - maybe we'd need to have a plastic cover since it'd get ruined from all the drooling going on :-) Count me in - sounds like a great series

msboatgal at aol.com

scottsgal said...

already a follower

msboatgal at aol.com

Cheryl Brooks said...

Hey, Nfmgirl, Jess, and scottsgal!
Thanks, and good luck in the contest!

Jake L said...

Looks like a good one.

thanks,
jake.lsewhwere[at]gmail.com

I Heart Book Gossip said...

What a great contest. Count me in.

I Heart Book Gossip said...

I am a follower. Please add extra entry.

I Heart Book Gossip said...

I have blogged about this on my site.

cindyc725 at gmail dot com

Cheryl Brooks said...

Thanks, Jake and I Heart Book Gossip. Good luck in the contest!

gaby317 said...

Cool!! Please count me in!

gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

gaby317 said...

I'm a new follower

gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

Cheryl Brooks said...

Good luck, Gaby!

photoquest said...

I would LOVE to win a copy of this I am definatley putting these books on my wish list. please enter me in : )
photoquest(at)bellsouth(dot)net

photoquest said...

I am a new follower : )
photoquest(at)bellsouth(dot)net

Cheryl Brooks said...

Thanks photoquest, and good luck!

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi Cheryl and Amy!

I would love a copy of Cheryl's book, I'm a frequent lurker on her blog. I can't wait to peek in this book.

Please count me in.

Dottie :)

gymmom_027@yahoo.com

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

I am already a follower of your blog and Cheryl's blog where many hot bodies and stories can be found.

Dottie :)

gymmom_027@yahoo.com

Cheryl Brooks said...

Hi Dottie! Thanks for visiting. Good luck!

Karen in TN said...

I'd love to give this book a try.

I subscribe via rss

kolists a/t gmail d/t com

Book Junkie said...

YEA! I love your blog, now a follower!!
brandewaldron(at)yahoo(dot)com

Marie said...

This sounds like a great book, I'd love to read it -- and I love the cover!!

marielay@gmail.com

Marie said...

I am a follower.

marielay@gmail.com

Enid Wilson said...

"It's a big letdown, isn't it?"

But you still get to keep them bare chested at home, Cheryl, so you can touch them from time to time *wink* if you want.

Steamy Darcy

Sarah said...

That was cool of her to do an interview.

supersarah216@comcast.net

Cheryl Brooks said...

Very true, Enid!

Good luck to Sarah, Marie, Karen, and Book Junkie!

Alexa said...

This book looks amazing and I love the cover. Enter me please!

lovinfitch(at)aol(dot)com

Alexa said...

I'm a follower.

lovinfitch(at)aol(dot)com

Cheryl Brooks said...

Thanks, Alexa! Good luck!

harrys-potter said...

I hope you enjoy them