Tuesday, September 30, 2008

August's Prompt Winner-Vincent Mooney

Interesting thing, I have nearly as many men authors as I do women authors who enter my prompt contests each month. There have been male winners before, but they've been too shy to have their names posted.

Last month's entry was ecclectic and out of this world. Seriously, it was a speculative fiction piece that captured my attention. Very intriguing work.

Please join me in congratulating Vincent Mooney for winning August's prompt contest.

Since I don't have his permission to post his e-mail address, leave your notes of congratulaions for Vincent here in the comment section of this blog post.

Only one day left to enter September's prompt. Get those entries in! :-)



Monday, September 29, 2008

Janet Dean-Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY!!!

I am VERY excited today to welcome Love Inspired debut Historical author, good friend and Seeker sister, Janet Dean. I LOVE her writing and suspect that you will too! Definitely pick up a copy of her debut novel, Courting Miss Adelaide if you haven't already.


Now, an exclusive interview with Janet:


If your heroine could blurb you, the author of her book, what might she say?

Adelaide waited a long time to see her story in print. She’d probably say, “It’s about time, JD!” Then she’d shake a finger at me for putting her through all that anguish. LOL. But Adelaide is a woman of gratitude so she’d see the positive side and thank me for giving her a HEA ending.

What are three things you have to have near you when you write, and why?

Water—nothing impressive about that, but if it’s not on my desk, I’m dying of thirst, yet put off getting it. Writing with a cotton mouth and my tongue hanging on the keyboard isn’t pretty.

Post It® notes—I use oodles of them, jotting reminders to myself about anything and everything. I toss them on the floor near my computer and take them downstairs when I refill my glass of water. See how I’m tying all this together? J Those notes keep me organized.

My Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary—I use it to check the year words came into usage, a must for historical writers. The word water dates to before the 12th Century. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

What resources do you use for your historical research for dress, language, etc.?

Besides my Webster’s Collegiate, I use American Heritage’s Dictionary of Idioms that dates expressions. I also refer to Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in the 1800s and The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in the Wild West for language and all aspects of life during that era. For clothing I use American Victorian Costume in Early Photographs by Priscilla Harris Dalrymple and Eyewitness Books’ Costume. And of course information is on the Internet, only a click away. If I’m not careful, I can spend hours researching online. Hours I don’t have.

What was your favorite scene to write and why?

My favorite scene to write in Courting Miss Adelaide was near the end of the book, between Charles and William. It’s a precious time of healing for both of them. Writing that scene was emotional for me. Though I also loved writing the ending and the scene where Adelaide had it out with Charles and-- I’ll shut up.

What do you have in the works right now?

I’m deep into promoting Courting Miss Adelaide. So that means setting up book signings, mailing bookmarks, posting on blogs—doing all I can get the word out. My second book Courting the Doctor’s Daughter will release in May 2009. I expect final edits in October. I’m working on the proposal for my third book.

How can readers visit you online?

My Web site: janetdean.net

E-mail me at janet@janetdean.net

My Blog: Cup of Faith

The Seeker group blog: Seekerville

If your hero time-traveled to modern day, where is the first place he'd go and what would he do and why?

As editor and owner of the Noblesville Ledger, Charles would head to the modern-day Ledger where he’d grab a chair in front of a computer and log on to the Internet. He’d be fascinated by the high-speed communication and connection with the world under his fingertips. And amazed his printing press had gone the way of the dinosaurs.

Thanks, Cheryl, for having me on your blog. I had a great time!

I enjoyed your visit! And I'm SO excited about the release of Courting Miss Adelaide as well as Courting the Doctor's daughter! I look forward to many, many more books from you!

Again, as a reminder, Janet's upcoming releases:
Courting Miss Adelaide, Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical, September 2008
Courting the Doctor's Daughter, Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical, May 2009
Come and enter our contests at Seekerville!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Visit Sistahfaith

Fellow author friend and sistah Marilynn Griffith developed a new social networking site named for her upcoming book Sistahfaith-- Believing Beyond Boundaries.

As she says, "SistahFaith is a multi-ethnic network of believers. We believe in God and in each other. We're holding hands and believing beyond boundaries. Join us!"

Take a look: Sistahfaith

Cheryl Wyatt

Friday, September 26, 2008


Heads up!!! the Pikes Peak Romance Writers and Pam McCutcheon are going
to be in Seekerville with their Portable Plotting Board.

Here is the blurb to share on your loops and blogs.

Friday, September 26th we are thrilled to welcome

Pam McCutcheon, and the Pikes Peak Romance Writers

to Seekerville to discuss their Portable Plotting Board-- as seen in
the RWR.

Don't miss it and a chance to win your own Portable Plotting Board!

Check it out at http://www.seekerville.blogspot.com/

If you're a writer...this will be of interest to you because you can use the board at any stage of the plotting game. Before you write a word or after you've written The End.

If you're a reader...this will give you insight into how MUCH WORK some of your favorite authors actually put into a book so you can enjoy it. My favorite authors make it look so seamless and that amazes me.


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Single Sashimi Blog Tour

I'm THRILLED beyond belief to welcome back my good friend and stellar writer...CAMY TANG!

I have SO looked forward to the release of this book and hope you have two. Her first two books, Sushi for One and Only Uni are still available whereever books are sold.

If ya haven't read these....go get 'em! :-)

And especially get this book...Camy named a character after me and Pammer!

Look for Pamela Wyatt....

How kewl is that? Pammer sez we're kinda flirty. How FUN! I did NOT know Camy was gonna do that.

Without further hoopla on my part...here's Camy:

Interview with Camy Tang

1. If your heroine for Single Sashimi could take you on a trip, where would you go and what would you do?

She’d probably take me to Comicon. Seriously. I mean, she’s involved in the video game industry—where else would she go to have fun?

2. If your hero was there, how would he strike up a conversation with your heroine?

He’d probably grab her and kiss her. :) Don’t you like him already???

3. What was the funnest scene for you to write in this book?

The first kiss. :) :) :) :) :)

4. Did you know the plot or the characters in this book first? Can you share a bit of this process?

I am very anal retentive about my plotting. I try to know absolutely everything ahead of time.

When I first start out, I use Post It notes that I stick all over my closet doors. This is my brainstorming time, and eventually I cull the ideas I don’t use.

Then I write a sketchy plot outline on an Excel spreadsheet.

Then I plot out each individual scene so I know what I’m trying to accomplish in each scene. (Did I mention I’m anal?)

Then I write the story.

5. Do you plot all your books the same? If so, how so?

Pretty much the same method. This current book I’m writing, Deadly Intent, is a little different. I’m in the writing phase, but I keep finding plot inconsistencies that I didn’t see when I was plotting, so I have to do some restructuring while I’m writing.

6. Who was the hardest character to flesh out in Single Sashimi and why?

Drake was hardest, I think. He ended up being a bit different than what I’d pictured him to be. In the book, he’s a lot stronger and yet more quiet than I had originally planned him. I like him better this way, but it was still surprising and difficult to write him.

7. What's in the works next for you? When can readers expect your next book?

My next book is Deadly Intent, a romantic suspense coming out from Steeple Hill’s Love Inspired Suspense line. I’m loving the storyline and the setting. Here’s a blurb, although I don’t think this will be the back cover blurb for the book:

Massage therapist Naomi Grant could use a massage herself.

With her father at home recovering from a stroke, Naomi is put in charge of the family’s elite day spa in Sonoma county. The new responsibilities sit awkwardly on her shoulders, and things only get worse when handsome Dr. Devon Knightley breezes into the spa, demanding to see one of the female clients.

And the woman is found dead in Naomi’s massage room.

Suddenly, Naomi is a suspect and her family’s spa is shut down. How could God let this awful thing happen?

Devon only needed to see his ex-wife about a family necklace she still hadn’t returned, but when she dies and it’s discovered that her necklace—his family’s necklace—has been stolen, he’s the prime suspect.

Naomi and her family’s calm faith in this situation baffles him, but he’s more than willing to pair with the vivacious massage therapist to try to prove they’re both innocent.

However, the real murderer is still in Sonoma ... and their work isn’t done yet.

Thanks for having me on your blog, Cheryl!

Camy Tang writes romance with a kick of wasabi. 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 http://www.camytang.com/ (or click header link above) for a huge website contest going on right now, giving away ten boxes of books and 30 copies of her latest release, SINGLE SASHIMI.

Thanks for being here Camy!

Hugs all


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Funny Typo Day

Okay so it's not an official holiday...except in Seekerville.

But, humor me okay? LOL!

I'm guestblogging in Seekerville today.

Zip on over to hear (and contribute to) a list of funny typos I've done and read lately. Come on y'all...don't let me be embarrassed alone.

Thanks all!

Cheryl Wyatt

Monday, September 15, 2008

Miscellaneous Mondays--Kewl Pararescue Stuff

As you may know, my Wings of Refuge Series, being released by Steeple Hill, features a team of U.S. Air Force Pararescue Jumpers...PJs for short.

Did you know that in addition to doing military-sanctioned rescues such as jumping behind enemy lines to rescue downed pilots, PJs also participate in humanitarian civilian rescues?

In fact, many PJs are converging on flooded coastal areas flooded by hurricane Ike to help rescue people.

Here are some articles you might enjoy:

Pararescue Article 1

Pararescue Article 2

Pararescue Article 3

Pararescue Article 4

My prayers are with all hurricane victims. I'm thanking God today that things weren't as bad as expected.

For more information on where to purchase my PJ series, visit my Website


Cheryl Wyatt

Saturday, September 13, 2008

ACFW Conference and Booksigning PRESS RELEASE

I'll be MIA next week at the American Christian Fiction Writers conference. I'm also participating in this mega booksigning. There will also be author panels (info below). Hope to see some of you there! I'm teaching a late night chat on Thursday with Editor Emily Rodmell and fellow Steeple Hill author Dana Mentink on how to rise from the slush pile at Steeple Hill. I'm sitting at table 66 at the signing in the mall rotunda. Hope you will come out and meet some of your favorite authors. They'd love to meet you.

What: Booksigning and Author Panels at Mall of America (Bloomington, MN)
Who: 130-ish Christian novelists
Where: Bloomingdale's court, 1st floor
When: 1-3 p.m., Saturday, September 20, 2008
Why: To meet your favorite Christian authors and because we love our readers

Authors participating:

Tamera Alexander
Jennifer AlLee
A.K. Arenz
Diane Ashley
Karen Ball
Janet Lee Barton
James Scott Bell
Joseph Bentz
Terri Blackstock
Robin Caroll
Patricia PacJac Carroll
Jeanie Smith Cash
Eleanor Clark
Debra Clopton
Gloria Clover
Brandilyn Collins
Mary Connealy
Lyn Cote
Kathryn Cushman
Margaret Daley
KM Daughters
Susan Page Davis
Mary Davis
Janet Dean
Megan DiMaria
Brandt Dodson
Lena Nelson Dooley
Cecelia Dowdy
Sharon Dunn
Wanda Dyson
Lynette Eason
Meredith Efken
Leanna Ellis
Sharon Ewell Foster
Miralee Ferrell
Tina Ann Forkner
Darlene Franklin
Jonathan Friesen
Rhonda Gibson
Terri Gillespie
Debby Giusti
Beth Goddard
Cathy Gohlke
Rene Gutteridge
Cathy Marie Hake
Rachel Hauck
Roxanne Henke
Cynthia Hickey
Patti Hill
Sharon Hinck
Joan Hochstetler
Steven Hunt
Angela Hunt
Denise Hunter
Annette Irby
Jennifer Johnson
Jenny B. Jones
Golden Keyes Parsons
Deb Kinnard
Julie Klassen
Kathleen Kovach
Harry Kraus
Patti Lacy Maureen Lang
Jeanne Marie Leach
Tosca Lee
Julie Lessman
Michelle Levigne
Sherri L. Lewis
Elizabeth Ludwig
Christine Lynxwiler
Richard L. Mabry
Sharlene MacLaren
Gail Martin
Debby Mayne
Vickie McDonough
Andrew McGuire
Susan Meissner
Becky Melby
Dana Mentink
Amber Miller
Judith Miller
Sara Mills
Siri Mitchell
Nancy Moser
Janelle Mowery
Elizabeth Musser
Mark Mynheir
Jill Nelson
Mae Nunn
John Olson
Donita K. Paul
Trish Perry
Marta Perry
Allie Pleiter
Cara Putman
Deborah Raney
Sandra Robbins
Paul Robertson
John Robinson
Martha Rogers
Cynthia Ruchti
Gail Sattler
Kim Vogel Sawyer
Shelley Shephard Gray
Virginia Smith
Lynette Sowell
Candice Speare
Kathryn Springer
Denice Stewart
Sarah Anne Sumpolec
Michelle Sutton
Camy Tang
Donn Taylor
Janice Thompson
Cindy Thomson
Missy Tippens
Carrie Turansky
ML Tyndall
Amy Wallace
Susan May Warren
Linda Wichman
Beth Wiseman
Cheryl Wyatt
Kathleen Y'Barbo

Many authors will have contests and giveaways and lots of good freebies. I'm hosting a drawing myself for an Amazon Kindle and will have the sign up sheet there.

Here's more info...an official press release:


Glass Road Public Relations, LLC
fax (615) 986-9517
September 8, 2008
Contact: Rebeca Seitz
(615) 986-9516; rebeca@glassroadpr.com
Booksigning by 100+ novelists at Mall of America September 20
(MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.) Hundreds of authors and aspiring authors will attend the annual
American Christian Fiction Writers conference at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel September
18-21, 2008. They'll study the craft of writing from a Christian worldview, get the word out
about their books, and meet with editors from nearly every major publishing house in their in-
They're also coming to get signed books. On Saturday, September 20, 1:00-3:00pm in the Best
Buy® Rotunda and Bloomingdale's Court of the Mall of America, over 100 bestselling and
award-winning authors such as Angela Hunt, James Scott Bell, Rene Gutteridge, Deborah Ra-
ney, Tamera Alexander, Judith Miller, Nancy Moser, and Brandt Dodson will sign copies of
their books for conference attendees and the public.
"ACFW is very excited to partner with the Mall of America in hosting a booksigning of such
magnitude," said ACFW President Robin Miller. "As a reader myself, I'm thrilled at the oppor-
tunity to meet so many authors and have my books autographed. I intend to do much of my
Christmas shopping at the booksigning."
For more information regarding the signing or conference, please contact Cara Putman at pr@acfw.com. To learn more about ACFW, visit www.acfw.com.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Wacky Wednesdays--Theft Problem--IMPORTANT MESSAGE:

I'm sorry but, as a woman heading into middle age, this was too funny not to pass along.



You've heard about people who have been abducted and had their kidneys removed by black-market organ thieves.

My thighs were stolen from me during the night a few years ago. I went to sleep and woke up with someone else's thighs. It was just that quick. The replacements had the texture of cooked oatmeal. Whose thighs were these and what happened to mine? I spent the entire summer looking for my thighs. Finally, hurt and angry, I resigned myself to living out my life in jeans. And then the thieves struck again.

My butt was next. I knew it was the same gang, because they took pains to match my new rear-end to the thighs they had stuck me with earlier. But my new butt was attached at least three inches lower than my original! I realized I'd have to give up my jeans in favor of long skirts.

Two years ago I realized my arms had been switched. One morning I was fixing my hair and was horrified to see the flesh of my upper arm swing to and fro with the motion of the hairbrush. This was really getting scary - my body was being replaced one section at a time. What could they do to me next?

When my poor neck suddenly disappeared and was replaced with a turkey neck, I decided to tell my story. Women of the world, wake up and smell the coffee! Those 'plastic' surgeons are using REAL replacement body parts -stolen from you and me! The next time someone you know has something 'lifted', look again - was it lifted from you?

THIS IS NOT A HOAX. This is happening to women everywhere every night.


P. S. Last year I thought some one had stolen my Boobs. I was lying in bed and they were gone! But when I jumped out of bed, I was relieved to see that they had just been hiding in my armpits as I slept. Now I keep them hidden in my waistband.

Thought this was too 'important' not to pass on.

These same thieves come in my closet and shrink my clothes! How do they do it????

Monday, September 08, 2008




Cheryl Wyatt

1. The nicest thing about the future is it always starts tomorrow.
2. Money will buy a fine dog but only kindness will make him wag his tail.
3. If you don't have a sense of humor, you probably don't have any sense at all.
4. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.
5. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water.
6. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?
7. Business conventions are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.
8. Why is it that, at class reunions, you feel younger than everyone else looks?
9. Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job.
10. No one has more driving ambition than the boy who anxiously awaits his 16th birthday.
11. There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity.
12. There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4AM: It could be a right number.
13. No one ever says "It's only a game" when their team's winning.
14. I've reached the age where the happy hour is a nap.
15. Be careful reading the fine print. There's no way you're going to like it.
16. The trouble with bucket seats is not everybody has the same size bucket.
17. Do you realize in about 40 years we'll have millions of old ladies running around with tattoos? (And rap music will be the Golden Oldies!)
18. Money can't buy happiness - but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than in a Kia..
19. After 70 if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you are probably dead .
20. Adage - byword (a condensed but memorable saying embodying some important fact of experience that is taken as true by many people)

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Wacky Wednesdays-The Difference Between Men and Women

I'm doing amusing (at least to me!) stuff on Wednesdays on my blog. Wacky Wednesdays will also include Funeez, Fru-Fru Forwards, and my Famous (Ha-ha!) Blush & Cringe.




Cheryl Wyatt


If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other
Laura, Kate and Sarah.
If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately
refer to each
other as Fat Boy, Godzilla and Four-eyes.

When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw
in $20, even
though it's only for $32.50. None of them will have
anything smaller and
none will actually admit they want change back.
When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket

A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need
but it's on sale.

A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and
toothpaste, shaving
cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel .
The average number of items in the typical woman's
bathroom is 337. A man
would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.

A woman has the last word in any argument.
Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new

A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife
can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man.

A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he
A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change,
but she does.

A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants,
empty the trash,
answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.

Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
Women somehow deteriorate during the night.

Ah, children. A woman knows all about her chil dren. She
knows about
dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite
foods, secret
fears and hopes and dreams.
A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the

A married man should forget his mistakes. There's no
use in two people
remembering the same thing!

SO, send this to the women who have a sense of humor and
who can handle it
... and to the men who will enjoy reading it.

Monday, September 01, 2008

September 2008 Prompt

September 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 “.”) If the e-mail bounces back to you, please let me know in the comment of this post.
• Put “September 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.
• New prompts will be posted on the first of the month.
• Most of all, have fun!

September Prompt Words
1. Hear
2. Here
3. Higher
4. Hire
5. Heir
6. Air
7. Pear
8. Pare
9. Pair
10. Meeting

Happy writing!

Cheryl Wyatt

September Scene Starter Sentences:
“That doesn’t make sense.”
“I never met that uncle.”
“You’ve got to be kidding me.”