Thursday, February 26, 2009

Author Guest Post - Cheryl Brooks (and Giveaway!)

384 pages, 
Sourcebooks Casablanca, 
ISBN-10: 1402217625
Today I'm pleased to welcome Cheryl Brooks, author of Rogue (Third book in The Cat Star Chronicles series). Her guest post here today is part of this book's virtual tour, courtesy Danielle of Sourcebooks Publicity.

About the Book
Trag and Tychar are brothers sold into slavery when their planet was destroyed. Their race carries a feline gene, giving them sinuous beauty and extraordinary sexual powers. Tychar's female conquests are legendary, but they never meant much to him, and Trag just laughs at his playboy brother. Living on Darconia, a planet of friendly but unattractive lizards, neither has been with a woman in many years. When the queen hires Kyra Aramis, a human from Earth, to teach piano to her children, Trag and Tychar agree to share the female and set out to win her over.

But suddenly Tychar becomes possessive - Kyra is unlike any woman he's ever known. But he's sure he's ruined any chance of her trusting him with her heart...

About the Author
Cheryl Brooks is a critical care nurse by night and a romance writer by day. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and lives in Indiana along with her husband, two sons, five cats, five horses, and one dog. She is the author of The Cat Star Chronicles: Slave. Rogue is the third book in The Cat Star Chronicles series.

Author's Guest Post

On February 4th, I received an email from a reader who had already read Slave and Warrior, but didn't know that Rogue was already in stores a full month in advance of its March 1 release date. I, of course, emailed her back to tell her the good news. On February 11th, she wrote back to say she'd finished it—and loved it!—and that her husband was now halfway through Warrior. Wow! If that doesn't make a writer feel good, nothing will.

I think my books could have a strong appeal to male readers if they could manage to overcome the aversion to reading a book with a hunky naked man on the cover. After all, science fiction readers (and writers) are traditionally male.

But let's not forget that I wrote my Cat Star Chronicles series for the enjoyment of all of us sci-fi-lovin' women! We want our heroes big, strong, handsome—purring if possible!—sexy (of course!) and alien.

The idea of sex with an alien has appealed to me since my early Star Trek days. If I'd been aboard the Enterprise, Mr. Spock wouldn't have been safe. This sentiment brings to mind the number of alien women who fooled around with Captain Kirk, and I'm sure they felt the same way. Sex with an alien. What could be more unique?

Writing about aliens is a blast because there are no limits to what my imagination can invent. For example, my Zetithian men are so hot that someone was jealous enough to try to exterminate them. There aren't many of them left, but those survivors have made a number of human women extremely happy. You may have met Cat in Slave and Leo in Warrior, but now, you'll meet Tychar and Trag, two hot, Zetithian brothers who go on the prowl when their owner, the lizard Queen Scalia of Darconia, hires Kyra Aramis, a young pianist from Earth to teach her daughter the piano. Sparks fly when the two sexy tigers vie for her affections. The trouble is, having been slaves on a planet populated by reptiles, neither of them have had sex in twenty years. Kyra faces a serious dilemma: the Queen is willing for her to “borrow” one or both of her precious slaves. Without her, they will both be condemned to a lifetime of celibacy. Will the love she has for one be jeopardized if she gives in to the other? For that matter, what will happen to a human female who when she gets together with two Zetithians? What's a girl to do? For that matter, what would you do?

Building new worlds is a fascinating experience, too. On a desert planet with little in the way of modern technology, the Darconians have a different type of stone to fill almost every need from time-keeping to dusting the palace. I also incorporated my love of music and humor—just imagine a miniature T-Rex playing the piano and you’ll get some idea of what I mean by that. Add political upheaval, a group of bizarre alien slaves, some super-hot romance, gun runners, a few old friends, and a tense desert conflict, and you’ve got The Cat Star Chronicles: Rogue.

So come on along on a journey to distant Darconia, where the natives are lizards, the desert is hot, and the Zetithian slave boys are even hotter!

Thank you for that entertaining post, Cheryl! Readers, your thoughts / comments are most welcome.

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GIVEAWAY

One lucky commenter will also win a copy of this book, which will be mailed directly to the winner by the publisher. You have until midnight CST of March12th to get those comments and questions in! US & Canada only. Good luck!

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48 comments :

  1. Hello everyone!
    I'm here to respond to comments and questions, so fire away!
    Cheryl

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  2. Great post Cheryl! I can't wait to dig into Rogue!

    Linda

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  3. This sounds like a awesome book! Also sounds like you have a very full life! my question is how do you find time to squeeze everything in? Do you think by you also being a critical care nurse that writting is a wonderful outlet for you? I would think that kind of job could be emotional at times which i really envy all you do.
    Lori Barnes
    photoquest(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  4. This book sounds wonderful! I'd love to win it, read it and pass it on to my dad. Dad looks after mom, who has alzheimers and he reads when he is alone at night.

    Thanks very much! (I wish I were so talented a writer)

    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  5. Lori,
    I'm finding that the writing and promoting have crowded out a lot of things I used to do. I used to spend all of my spare time with my horses, but they see me less and less all the time!
    I took up writing as a way to reduce the stress of nursing, but in some ways, it's even more stressful. I can leave work behind at the hospital, but worrying about plots, edits, revisions, etc., is with me all the time!
    Thanks for commenting!

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  6. Hi Annie!
    I certainly don't envy your father that job. It can be very trying to take care of someone with Alzheimer's--especially if it's someone you love.
    Please give him my warmest regards--and the book if you win!
    Good luck!
    Cheryl

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  7. I think every time you speak about your book Cheryl you get better and better at promoting it lol. Well it's wonderful to introduce your books everywhere you can because sometimes just talking about a book gets people hooked.

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  8. Hi Ana,
    I hope I'm getting better at promoting, but, trust me, it's hard not to write the same thing over and over again when you guest blog on several sites. Keeping it fresh is tough, but if I can hook even one new reader, it's worth the time and effort.
    Thanks for stopping by!
    Cheryl

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  9. I've never gotten into alien stuff but this sounds great, espaecially the slave boys...:)

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  10. Hi MJ!
    The best part about alien slave boys is that there are no rules. ;-)

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  11. So how do I go about getting an alien slave boy? What? Read your book? I'd love to.

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  12. Love the concept of this series. Finally have the first one in my tbr pile. Looking forward to reading it as soon as get to it lol. Need to juggle some books around
    scrtsbpal(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  13. Oh alien slave boys huh? sounds like a wild ride!! Thanks.
    pamelashockley(at)netscape(dot)net

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  14. Pamk,
    Slave was a fun one. I hope you enjoy it!

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  15. Pam,
    Gotta love those naked alien slave boys! Yummm!

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  16. Where did you get your inspiration for this? It sounds like a wonderful read! If I dont win, I definitely will be picking up a copy.

    Thanks

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  17. I havent really read any scifi (unless paranormal counts) but your book Rogue looks great. I think I just may have to check it out!

    jill.watkins@gmail.com

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  18. Wow! Sounds like a really good and interesting book. It's very different than the type of romance novel I usually read.

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  19. This sounds like such a great book. The characters are very interesting. I would love to read this book.

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  20. hiya
    i would love a chance to win this book.

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  21. I'd love to win this, but if I don't I'll keep my eyes open for it next time I'm out bookshopping.

    rsgrandinetti(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. Sounds like an awesome book. I'll have to add it to my reading list

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  23. Lady Roxy,
    My inspiration for Tychar's roguish personaility came from a picture of Jack Davenport I saw once in EW. He had this terrific expression that just said, "Baby, I know I can make you scream," and I took it from there. Other than that, most of my ideas come straight from my own head, but the experiences of a lifetime are stored there, along with the influences from a multitude of books, movies, and TV shows.
    I hope you enjoy the book, whether you win or not!

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  24. Jill,
    It's funny, but one author I know once said she'd never read any sci-fi, and when I told her that yes, she had, unless she was lying about having read mine, she said she didn't think of them as sci-fi. Perhaps they truly aren't because there isn't a lot of technobabble in them, but they are set in the distant future and in space, so I think they qualify.
    Thanks for commenting!

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  25. Paula H,
    I was certainly aiming for "different" when I wrote the first one. Hopefully I've succeeded, but I'll let you be the judge!
    Thanks for visiting!

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  26. Thanks, Anita!
    Good luck in the contest!

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  27. Thanks, Amanda! I hope you enjoy it!

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  28. I love Sci-Fi and this sounds great. Good Luck with the promotion. I can't wait to read it.

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  29. I love the cover of your books. I can't wait to read them and Outcast looks good too.
    Do you research for your books or are there other researches that you do? (smile)

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  30. Great post. I love reading science fiction genre. Thanks for the giveaway.

    misadventures.of.me (at) gmail (dot) com

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  31. this does not sound like your typical sci fi but it sounds wonderful thanks for the giveaway minsthins(at)optonline(dot)net

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  32. Looks like a great book - thanks for the giveaway

    msboatgal at aol dot com

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  33. Hi Kimmyl,
    Even though the books are set in space, I do have to do some research. And yes, I do "other" research, too. I have a research assistant for that....

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  34. Hi Mindy, Scottsgal, Baba, and Bohemiangypsy.
    I'm so pleased that the books sound interesting to all of you! Good luck in the contest!

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  35. I'd love to be included in the drawing.

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  36. Hi Cheryl,
    This book likes like a real winner. I would love to win this giveaway!
    Keeping my fingers crossed,
    Jackie B.

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  37. I'd love tor read this :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
    blog[at]theluckyladybug[dot]org

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  38. I'm just getting into this type of romance book so I'd love to read this one. I enjoy sci-fi in general & I think it makes an interesting combo with romance.

    Thanks,
    megalon22 at yahoo dot com

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  39. I'd lo to read this book. aitmama (at) (gmail)

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  40. Please include me in your giveaway. What a great review and question answering.
    Thanks
    Debbie
    debdesk9@verizon.net

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  41. It looks like the contest is just about over. Many thanks to all of you who commented and good luck in the drawing!

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  42. This giveaway is now closed. Thank you all for participating. And special thanks to Cheryl for stopping by and responding to the readers!

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