Monday, March 31, 2008


Now Men with Pens is promoting gotta read this post. HAHAHAHA!

Men With Pens--Colliding Fiction with Technology

Be sure to visit Seekerville...we're getting lots of great info...and laughs!


Sunday, March 30, 2008

Men with Pens!

Some of you know I'm also part of the Seeker blog.

Today and Tomorrow at Seekerville:

Here Comes Harry! Monday, March 31 and Tuesday, April 1, Harrison McLeod...the man behind the scenes at Men with Pens will be in Seekerville for a
two part series on building your fiction business.

The topic is blogs-- "More
than Words-Fiction Writing Meets Technology". Join us as Harry, a writer,
illustrator and web designer, shares how to go pro.

Are you ready to ride with
the big boys? We will be drawing names for a virtual ride on Harry's Honda VTX

Be sure to come join the fun!!!

Cheryl Wyatt

Friday, March 28, 2008

Techy Blush and Cringe

Let me begin by saying that I am technologically challenged. I even have trouble spelling that word. Spellchecker almost ALWAYS has to fix it for me. I put a worship CD in my computer because someone in my house who will remain nameless keeps "borrowing" my CD player for the studio and forgets to bring it back.

So, I've been missing listening to worship and tuning in while I write. So I thought I'd see if the music CD plays in my computer's CD drive.

Don't laugh. I seriously had no idea if it would work or not. did, but not until after I pushed a bunch of buttons. No idea how I got it to work but it did. So the music starts. The CD is Hold On (picture above) and one I've been using as a giveaway along with my Wings of Refuge books since the books are about military skydivers. And I have this bluish-silver theme going on with my promo stuff. I like stuff to match. Dunno why. It's the OCD rearing it's organizational head I guess.

The CD was made in New Zealand by the way. Not in Oregon or Fort Wayne. Trust me. This will be important later.

Anyway...all of a sudden..the NEATEST thing happened! (snickering as I type this) This slideshow of pictures started fading in and out on my screensaver to the tune of the music! I was SO impressed that not only will my computer PLAY MUSIC, the CD has pictures to go along with the music!

Then the weirdest thing happened...a picture of a little girl with a teddy bear came across the screen. Huh. That looks familiar. Looks like the picture I turned in to my editor for my last Art Fact Sheet. That picture fades out.

Next picture fades in...huh. Now that is really strange. It's a picture of a PJ (pararescue jumper) which I used to help me be able to describe a rescue using a hoist extraction. Very weird that the CD would have THESE pictures on it.

Then...Chip MacGregor's smiling face fills my entire computer screen. Now I'm really perplexed because I cannot figure out how Literary Agent Chip MacGregor, being Scottish, would be on a New Zealand Vineyard worship CD. And I am not exaggerating when I tell you I spent at least a minute trying to figure that out and make the mental connection between Scotland and New Zealand.

I know. Duh.

The stupid program was doing a slideshow of pictures I had on my computer!!! Not pictures on the music CD. Duh. Duh. Duh. LOL!

And in case you're wondering why I had a picture of Chipster on my puter..well that's because I interviewed him for the Seeker loop recently.

Okay..go ahead and ask....and yes, I had a total blonde moment.

But it's too funny (to me at least) not to share.

Thursday, March 27, 2008


Oh man. I've chewed my nails to nubs.

You know how I have this problem with NOT being able to see errors on a computer screen?

Well, that's why I always print out my submissions on hard copy. I can usually always catch errors on paper that I can't catch by proofreading by computer monitor.

Well, I have something I just submitted to my editor and to a prospective agent.

Only, because I was on jury duty for a criminal case, I wasn't allowed online. They wouldn't let me have my computer so I couldn't print out the mss to proofread it. My husband printed it and took it to the mail box for me.

Of friend Camy, who checks all my stuff to be sure it's structurally sound, asks..."why do you have the guy geared up in scuba gear and carrying two roaring twenties dancers during a water rescue?"



"Huh? Roaring twenties...what?"

So, on pins and needles, I yanked the laptop out and pulled open the file...

And the needles turned to knives!

I DID do a spellcheck! I really, really did.

Oh man...I used the word "flappers" when I MEANT "flippers".

Ugh. And I didn't catch it before I mailed it out!

So unfortunately, the text, which could at any moment be gracing the eyes of my editor and a prospective agent...will read:

Snaps sounded as Vince adjusted his facemask. “I’ll meet up with you guys later. Beep if you need me before then.” Scuba gear donned, and sleek black flappers carried under each armpit, Vince tanked toward the water.


Lord, I pray they know what I meant to mean. EEEK. Maybe if that's the only mistake, mercy will triumph over judgement. LOL!

At least I fixed the memories. Remember that blog post? Where the stupid Spell Check changed the text TO "Mammories assaulted Nolan as he strode across the bridge toward her." When it was SUPPOSED to say, "Memories assaulted Nolan as he strode across the bridge toward her." Only I guess I stuck an "a" in memories by mistake.

That's THIS SAME STORY! Which I see is trying to be a royal thorn in my side...

Anyway..speaking of stories....

The moral of this blog story is....NEVER totally rely on your SpellChecker. ALWAYS go over it with human eyes...and a couple fresh sets of human eyes. Eyes that will pick out wrong word usage. Not misspellings.


Too embarrassed to sign my name here.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Okay..check it!

Okay...since posting that last blog...several of my friends have directed me to some stellar reviews of my book. What would I do without good friends to give me a boost when I most need it? LOL!
Here's one...check it out.
I LOVE her pink camo blog!!!!

I knew it was coming...

Wow, let me just preface this by saying that I'm not looking for compliments here. I'm just posting from a very raw moment in that I just received my first very public, very scathing review.

I knew it was coming.

No author can escape it.

Did I fall apart? Nope.

Did I quit writing? You're reading this aren't ya? ;-)

Did it sting? Very much.

At first.

BUT...I knew going into this that I wouldn't please every single person in the world. LOL!

Sure, a terrible feeling of dread came over me as I read the review. But then I felt God ask me some things:

"Did you write that book as worship?"
--"Yes, Lord."

"Do you think that pleased me?
--"Yes, Lord."

"Then why the sad face?"
--"Well, because I didn't want to let my editors down or embarrass them or my family by bad reviews."

"Did your editors publish the book in the first place?"
--"Yes, Lord."

"Don't you think that means they believe in you and in that book?"
--"Yes, Lord."

"Didn't I hear you telling another writer this week that 'you'll never be able to please every don't even try? And just be faithful to your core readership.'"
--Laughing now. "Yes, Lord. Yes. I get it."

"Do you know I'm your biggest fan?"
Gulp. One tear. Then another. Then another.
--"Please bless that person who gave me the bad review, and I mean this in Jesus' name."

And I REALLY did mean that prayer. The fact that my desire to WANT to pray blessings over that person eventually (I SAID EVENTUALLY!!! LOL!) won out over my urge to pray for their computer to explode is the true miracle. That God has my heart. As ugly and as nasty as I can be sometimes (Yes! Me, really!)...yet He's still faithful. Still loves me. Love always wins out. Always.

Guess that's why I'm so driven to write romance.

I KNOW the author of love. I KNOW Love, Himself.

I KNOW HIM! AND His lovingkindness!

To God:
I KNOW You. God Almighty who made me and gave me this gift and knew this review was coming before I did. Thank You for encouraging me. Thank You for giving me the grace to handle both praise for the talent You've given me, and thank you for giving me the grace to handle the criticism of my work. Help me always be humble...on both ends of that.

I have nothing to boast about, Lord except that I know You.

If I know my writing means something to You, then that's what really matters.

Yes, as my husband says, "Everyone is entitled to their opinion. A review is just the opinion of one person."

But...oh how much better it feels when that one person LOVES my stuff. LOL!

Thank You also, Lord for the gift of humor and for helping me be able to laugh at myself and at stings life hurls at me.

Cheryl...who is glad she got that (first bad review) out of the way. SHEW!


By the wasn't a reviewer. It was a reader who heard great buzz about the book but was sorely disappointed. The person did say they are gonna try my second book. EEEK. I almost wish they wouldn't. LOL! And I do kinda feel bad they spent money on the book only to feel it wasted. That's no fun.

Anyway, I do feel a sense of relief. I wonder if the next negative review will be easier to take? LOL!

Thus says the LORD, "Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things," declares the LORD. Jer 9:23-24

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


Hey all! I am as pleased as winter snap peas dipped in Wasabi to introduce my good friend and FABU author Camy Tang...and an interview with grandma Sakai from Camy's Sushi Series!

Everything you always wanted to know about an Asian grandma but were afraid to ask

Camy: Today we’re interviewing Chieko Sakai, who has starred in two of my books, SUSHI FOR ONE and ONLY UNI. Readers probably know her as Grandma Sakai. How are you today, Grandma?

Grandma Sakai: Fine, thank you. I appreciate you having me here today.

Camy: Anytime, Grandma. Now, our readers want to know how you feel about Lex’s new boyfriend Aiden.

Grandma Sakai: I’m very happy for Lex. Aiden is a nice boy. Steady job, good income.

Camy: How about the fact he’s not Asian?

Grandma Sakai: I am perfectly happy with her choice of significant other, regardless of ethnicity. Although I don’t quite understand why she couldn’t be happy with a nice Japanese boy.

Camy: How are things with you and Trish?

Grandma Sakai: Things are perfectly fine.

Camy: Uh ... they are?

Grandma Sakai: Of course. Trish is my favorite granddaughter.

Camy: Didn’t you tell that to Mimi at the last family gather—

Grandma Sakai: Trish is the only granddaughter who speaks Japanese. I’m very proud of her initiative to keep in touch with her heritage.

Camy: She doesn’t seem to like one particular Japanese boy too much. Not that in touch with her heritage, is she?

Grandma Sakai: She just needs to understand how perfect Kazuo is for her, that’s all. She’ll realize it eventually. Trish is a smart girl.

Camy: What if she doesn’t come around?

Grandma Sakai: (Huffily) Trish has always understood what’s expected of her from her family. She wouldn’t want to disappoint Grandma, now would she? Grandma’s good opinion is very important to her.

Camy: Grandma, you’re talking in third person again—

Grandma Sakai: Grandma would be extremely irritated if she didn’t oblige her family with a good match to a good Japanese boy like Kazuo.

Camy: But what if Trish doesn’t want—

Grandma Sakai: In fact, Grandma might resort to other measures if Trish did something to displease Grandma.

Camy: Hooboy, interview’s over. Thanks for being here, Grandma. (hissing) (You’re doing an interview! You can’t make threats on a blog!)

Grandma Sakai: (Well, you started it. If you’d just write the book differently—)

Camy: (We’ll discuss this later.) Thanks for having us here, Cheryl!

Camy Tang is the loud Asian chick who writes loud Asian chick lit. She used to be a biologist, but now she is a staff worker for her church youth group and leads a worship team for Sunday service. She also runs the Story Sensei fiction critique service. On her blog, she gives away Christian novels every Monday and Thursday, and she ponders frivolous things like dumb dogs (namely, hers), coffee-geek husbands (no resemblance to her own...), the writing journey, Asiana, and anything else that comes to mind. Visit her website at for a huge website contest going on right now, giving away five boxes of books and 25 copies of her latest release, ONLY UNI. on my blog...we're giving away TWO more copies of ONLY UNI!

Leave a comment with a valid e-mail address before April 1st so I can contact you if you win. Remember to leave spaces in it so the spiders don't phish your addy.

Cheryl Wyatt

Monday, March 24, 2008


HERE ARE THE WINNERS FOR ONLY UNI BY CAMY TANG! PLEASE E-mail ME PRIVATELY at Cheryl @ Cherylwyattdotcom (close spaces before and after "@" and replace "dot" with ".")ASAP TO RECEIVE YOUR COPY. Oh and by the way...due to the huge response, I'm drawing FIVE names...not just three.




Shoot me your mailing addresses for your copies of Only Uni by Camy Tang.

Those who didn't win...I hope you'll purchase the book. It is FABULOUS!


Cheryl Wyatt

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Only one week left to enter March's prompt!

Just a reminder...

Only a week left to enter March's Prompt Contest.

Here's a link to that post. March's Prompt

If I didn't confirm your entry in Feb...sorry! Was serving on a jury for a criminal case and wasn't allowed online.

I WILL confirm all March entries. So if you've sent in your March entry and have not heard from me...e-mail me ASAP.

Thanks for entering! Some really great stories so far this year, which I hope you all will turn into full blown manuscripts.

Okay...jump on it! Get those entries in by the end of the month.

Cheryl Wyatt

Saturday, March 22, 2008

About that Jupiter thang...

This story is so cute I had to share. My middle child (Codename "Eno") snuggled in beside me today. Tears filled Eno's eyes and she said, "Mom, I love Jesus with all my heart. I love Jesus SO much that I would love Him even if I was poor and didn't have a thang. In fact, I love Jesus more than anythang in the entire world. I even love Him more than all the world. And even if there was no world to love and I was floating around in space even as far as by Jupiter...I'd still love Him more than anythang."

Thank you, Jesus, for wooing this child's heart to yourself. I know You love the songs she makes up for You every single day. I know You hear. And You've answered prayers I prayed over her when she was growing in my womb. That she would know you and love You more than anything.

Thank you. And about that Jupiter "thang"....I love you more than anything too.

Eno's very proud mommy.

Friday, March 21, 2008


Check out Janna's blog for a review! And she's hosting a giveaway which means another chance for you to win A Soldier's Family.
Dop by and see what she had to sure to leave a comment on her blog for a chance to win!
-- ~~High-Caliber Romance, High-Octane Faith~~  
Pouring my vial of words over Him.

A SOLDIER'S PROMISE~ Steeple Hill LI ~ Jan. 2008  RT Top Pick!
A SOLDIER'S FAMILY~ Steeple Hill LI~Mar. 2008 RT Top Pick!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Another Chance to Win A Soldier's Family!

Featured here and she's also doing a giveaway. You have until zip on over and leave a comment on Shauna's blog for a chance to win an autographed copy of my second book, A Soldier's Family!

-- ~~High-Caliber Romance, High-Octane Faith~~  
Pouring my vial of words over Him.

A SOLDIER'S PROMISE~ Steeple Hill LI ~ Jan. 2008  RT Top Pick!
A SOLDIER'S FAMILY~ Steeple Hill LI~Mar. 2008 RT Top Pick!


I'm spotlighted here today....she's also hosting a giveaway. Be sure to drop by!

-- ~~High-Caliber Romance, High-Octane Faith~~  
Pouring my vial of words over Him.

A SOLDIER'S PROMISE~ Steeple Hill LI ~ Jan. 2008  RT Top Pick!
A SOLDIER'S FAMILY~ Steeple Hill LI~Mar. 2008 RT Top Pick!


I'm pleased to announce that my debut novel received the honor of being one of the Top-Ten-Most-Blogged-About-Books on eHarlequin! Some other names on the list are New York Times Bestselling authors!
1. Taming Clint Westmoreland by Brenda Jackson
2. Mistress & a Million Dollars by Maxine Sullivan
3. Pride & a Pregnancy Secret by Tessa Radley
4. A Soldier's Promise by Cheryl Wyatt
5. The Dead Room by Heather Graham
6. Pickpocket Countess by Bronwyn Scott
7. At Your Command by Julie Miller
8. The Guardian's Forbidden Mistress by Miranda Lee
9. Last Wolf Standing by Rhyannon Byrd
10. Homespun Bride by Jillian Hart

Hey...I had to slip that in there. :-) Might be the only time my book gets listed among NYT Bestsellers! HE HE!
Would love to have you visit the forums at eharlequin. I stay pretty active there, and especially on the Steeple Hill discussion boards.

Notice there are TWO Steeple Hill authors on the list!


Wednesday, March 19, 2008


I'm being spotlighted here....
Also...her book was the other May book chosen for ACFWs May book selection...mine was the other book chosen!
How fun that will be! Hope you all will join the fun. I'll post ACFW bookclub links in another post.

Up on Jenn AlLee's Blog with Giveaway

Jenn AlLee's featuring me on her blog for A Soldier's Family. She's hosting a drawing for the skip on over there and leave a comment to enter!

-- ~~High-Caliber Romance, High-Octane Faith~~  
Gal. 2:20 Pouring my vial of words over Him.

Wings of Refuge...Available now!
A SOLDIER'S PROMISE~ Steeple Hill LI ~ Jan. 2008  RT TOP PICK!
A SOLDIER'S FAMILY~ Steeple Hill LI~Mar. 2008 RT TOP PICK!


Sorry I've been sparse...been serving time......
On a jury. I'd never been summoned and was quite excited about it actually...but I had NO clue how time-consuming it was going to be. Everything not only got pushed onto a backburner....I had to turn off the stove. LOL!
Unfortunately that also meant I couldn't let you guys know about the stops on my March blog tour. So this week, I will post some of those links.
Here's one of them now:

-- ~~High-Caliber Romance, High-Octane Faith~~  
Gal. 2:20 Pouring my vial of words over Him.

Wings of Refuge...Available now!
A SOLDIER'S PROMISE~ Steeple Hill LI ~ Jan. 2008  RT TOP PICK!
A SOLDIER'S FAMILY~ Steeple Hill LI~Mar. 2008 RT TOP PICK!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

More March Reviews and Giveaways for A Soldier's Promise!

More stops on my blog tour for my second novel OUT NOW with Steeple Hill Love Inspired.
Sorry I've been serving jury time.

-- ~~High-Caliber Romance, High-Octane Faith~~  
Gal. 2:20 Pouring my vial of words over Him.

Wings of Refuge...Available now!
A SOLDIER'S PROMISE~ Steeple Hill LI ~ Jan. 2008  RT TOP PICK!
A SOLDIER'S FAMILY~ Steeple Hill LI~Mar. 2008 RT TOP PICK!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Another Review of A Soldier's Family

Drop by Susan Stitch's Great Blog for a review of author Cheryl Wyatt's A Soldier's Family.

This book is a March release from Steeple Hill Love Inspired.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Another chance to win A Soldier's Family by Cheryl Wyatt!

Another stop on Cheryl's March tour..and..YES! Another chance to win a copy of her second novel in the Wings of Refuge series from Steeple Hill Love Inspired.

Kit Wilkinson's Blog


HERE's another.....(Review and Book Giveaway)

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Featured Here - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY!

Hey all...announcing other stop in my March Blog Tour for A Soldier's Family with a chance to win a free, autographed copy of this latest Steeple Hill Love Inspired book.

Visit Patti's Blog for the chance to enter her drawing, and to check out her review of my book.

Thanks for supporting my tour and my writing with your readership!

Cheryl Wyatt

Wednesday, March 05, 2008


Great site...

check out what they had to say about A Soldier's Promise & A Soldier's two debuts!


It's true! My aussie friend has graciously agreed to feature me on her blog for my March tour for A Soldier's Family. She's also hosting a giveaway for a free, autographed copy of my second book, which is a March release from Steeple Hill Love Inspired.


Check it out!

One day before my life is over, I'm going to Australia to a real Cricket game with her...



Cheryl Wyatt


ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) has a book club and they feature one or two books a month. This month they're featuring Steeple Hill books and Heartsong Presents of each.

My book was chosen as one of the nominees!

I hope you will go and cast your vote. You have to join the book club in order to vote (it's free to join ACFW's Book club) and there are some great books up this month, including A Love Inspired Historical by Ruth Axtell Morren and Missy Tippens' debut novel Her Unlikely Family from Steeple Hill Love Inspired.

The very awesome thing is there are FOUR debut novelists competing in the polls this month. The two Heartsong Presents books up are debut novels as well. (Tiff Miller and Beth Goddard...who sold her first book right around the time I did)

That speaks highly of ACFW and how they serve to grow authors.

There's also the opportunity to chat with an author once a month.

Even if you don't vote for me, I hope you'll check out the book club and join it if it interests you.

ACFW Bookclub

To join, send a blank e-mail to or visit and click "join this group." You will receive a confirmation e-mail after joining. Follow the instructions given in the e-mail to complete your subscription to this e-mail list.

Cheryl Wyatt

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Featured Here + Review + Giveaway

Honored to be on Brittanie's blog today.

Check it out.


Britt's Xanga Blog

She's also hosting a drawing for a chance to win A Soldier's two in my Wings of Refuge with Steeple Hill.

Cheryl Wyatt


Here's another chance to win a free, autographed copy of A Soldier's Family, a March release from Steeple Hill publishers.

For those of you who read book one in Wings of Refuge, this is book two..and Manny and Celia's story. This book, like its predecessor, was fortunate enough to have received a March 2008 Top Pick from Romantic Times.

Deena's Blog

Cheryl Wyatt


WHOOPS! I'm a few days late posting this. Last month was short...threw me totally off. LOL!

Without further's the March Prompt. (February's winner will be notified this week so stay tuned).

March Prompt Contest
• Write a 500 word scene using all ten Prompt Words.
• Begin each scene using one of three Scene Starter Sentences.
• Mail your scenes in the body of an e-mail to Cheryl @ CherylWyatt . com (close spaces before and after “@” and “.”)
• Put “March Prompt Contest” in the subject line.
• Entry deadline is the last day of the month.
• Winners will be notified the first week of the next month.
• Winners will receive a free Steeple Hill book, mailed the month winners are notified.
• All monthly entrants (not just winners) will be entered into the annual contest for one of several chances to win a six month subscription to any Steeple Hill line of their choice.
• Entries will not be posted or published anywhere and entrants retain all rights to their work.
• I will post winners’ names each month if permission is granted either at the time of entry, or upon notification of placement.
• New prompts will be posted on the first of the month.
• Most of all, have fun!

March Prompt Words
1. further
2. farther
3. brevity
4. gravity
5. patience
6. patients
7. counsel
8. council
9. fearful
10. case

March Scene Starter Sentences:
“Be there at nine sharp or else.”
“I didn’t know he’d go to them with the info.”
“Never trust a woman in uniform.”


Cheryl Wyatt aka Squirrel

Monday, March 03, 2008


I'm also featured today on my good friend Camy Tang's blog Camy's Loft. We had a fun interview. Best part?

She's giving away FIVE copies of my second book A Soldier's Family from Steeple Hill Love Inspired.


Seekerville is also giving away THREE copies of the book this week for those who leave comments IN THE SEEKER BLOGPOSTS.

That's EIGHT chances to win an autographed copy of my second book. Hit the links and join the fun!

Cheryl Wyatt aka Squirrel


Hey's that time again.

Here we go--

Kicking off my blog tour for my second book is AMY's BLOG

She has posted a review of A Soldier's Family (Steeple Hill-Love Inspired March)and is hosting a drawing for a free, autographed copy of the book.

Zip on over to her blog and join the fun!

Cheryl Wyatt

Sunday, March 02, 2008


Hey all, exciting news!

I am the featured author on American Christian Fiction Writers' Web site ( for the month of March. Hope you'll drop by and check out the interview and the site.

American Christian Fiction Writers

Cheryl Wyatt

Saturday, March 01, 2008


Hey all...TODAY is the official release date of my second book.

A Soldier's Family-Steeple Hill Love Inspired-is IN STORES NOW wherever books are sold, including Wal-Mart, K-mart, etc.

If the bookstore doesn't have it...go to the counter and ask for it. They will often order it for you if they don't carry it.

ISBN-10: 037387474X
ISBN-13: 978-0373874743

The book is also available on:, and all other online booksellers.

You can also still order my January release. (A Soldier's Promise-Steeple Hill Love Inspired.)

Hope you will pick up a copy of A Soldier's Family and let me know what you think.


Cheryl Wyatt