I love romance and since I was a teenager read historical romance. I loved everything about it, the time period, the clothes, the culture differences. But when I read my first paranormal about three years ago, I fell in love with the suspense and danger. When I got joined my critique group and starting reading and critiquing romantic suspense, I knew I found another romance genre to fall in love with.
Today I am happy to have debut RS author Cheryl Yeko with me today for an interview and to talk about her novel PROTECTING ROSE. She has brought along Rose and Nate as well.
First I’d like to start off with a quick review for I had the pleasure of reading PROTECTING ROSE. Cheryl did not disappoint.
Rescuing damsels in distress is all in a day’s work for Detective, Nate Stone. After saving a beautiful woman from a burning car and assassin’s bullet, he vows to protect her. But the determined assassin always seems to be one step ahead of the game. Suspecting a leak within his Department, Nate takes her and runs. He soon discovers that the hardest part of the mission is resisting his desire for the woman who trusts him with her life.
She awakes in a hospital with no memory, only to discover that someone tried to kill her. Her only chance to survive an assassin’s game of cat and mouse is the man who saved her and who has promised to protect her. She may not know her past, but she knows her heart, and it longs for her protective warrior who ignites a passion in her she can’t deny.
On the run from a mad man is bad enough, but doing it with no memory is worst. That’s what Rose has to do. At least she has a sexy Detective by her side, whom she must trust with her life.
Running for her life, Rose survives an auto accident and wakes up in the hospital with no memory and quickly finds out someone wants her dead. She is whisked away by the handsome Detective, Nate, to a safe house. While Nate’s team searches for answers, the couple discovers that Rose’s life isn’t the only thing at risk.
From the first page to the last page, I was intrigued. A true page turner. Cheryl did a wonderful job at storytelling and building tension with believable and likable characters.
Cheryl Yeko lives in Wisconsin with her husband Patrick. She loves to read, write, play piano and spend time with her grandchildren.
Although she has spent most of her professional life as a legal assistant, she can also include realtor, small business owner, and virtual assistant/mobile notary to her varied background. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America as well as the Wisconsin Chapter.
Cheryl is thrilled to be able to add author to her resume and would love to hear comments from readers.
Now lets find out a little more about Cheryl. She has graciously given me an interview.
Me: Hi Cheryl and Thanks for coming by. Tell us about your book/series and how did the idea come to you?
Cheryl: After I made the decision to write a novel, I just sat down with one day and put pen to paper and began to write. I had a very rough idea of what I was looking for, but it went basically from scene to scene. As I completed one scene, I would think what would be romantic and fun for the next scene and just kind of built the story.
It’s funny though, about half way through the story started to take over and picked up speed. For the first time I truly understood what people meant when they talked about their muse. I would get up and start writing in the middle of the night and hours later I would realize I had pages of kick butt plot. It was awesome!
As I’m working on my second manuscript I’m finding that the most time consuming is the first part of the story, where I’m laying the foundation. Once the foundation is done, the rest seems to just flow.
Me: When did the writing bug first bite?
Cheryl: Last winter. My husband bought me a Kindle a few years ago and I immersed myself in novels for the next two years. One day I decided I was going to give it a try. Although, when I was in high school I was an avid reader and thought about being an author then. But then life got in the way and it was just a memory of a dream. Until now.
Me: Who are you favorite authors, book/series?
Cheryl: There are many. I love to read romantic suspense and paranormal. Some authors that come to mind for suspense are Karen Rose, Christy Reece, Lori Foster, Marliss Melton, Suzanne Brockman, just to name a few.
Some of my favorite paranormal authors are Alexandra Ivy, her guardians of eternity series. J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and Larissa Ione…she does the best demons! I buy anything these authors write.
Me: Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spear time?
Cheryl: I play the piano. I use to play a lot…daily even. But then I started writing and it consumed every spare moment. But I plan to make time to play at least a couple hours a week from here on out.
Me: Any advice for new writers just starting out?
Cheryl: The best thing I ever did was join a critique group. Not only do they offer valuable advice, they act like a support group. Help navigate the winding road of authorhood. With the marketing and social media requirements, it’s pretty overwhelming.
Me: Boxers, brief or commando?
Cheryl: umm..yeah! All of the above.
Me: Favorite eye color?
Cheryl: Pale light blue…like my husband
Me: What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?
Cheryl: I saw eel like dragons swimming in the ocean once. They were really nice and swam right up to the windows of my house so I could pet them. It was in a dream, but it was still cool. Does that count?
Of course that counts! I also had the liberty to ask Rose and Nate and few questions.
Me: Tell us about the first time you saw Nate.
Rose: When I woke up in the hospital. I opened my eyes and he was standing next to my bed.
Me: What drew you to him?
Rose: His pale blue eyes and warm smile. And the fact that he was drop-dead gorgeous didn’t escape my attention.
Me: What is your favorite part of him?
Rose: I love it when he gets are protective warrior in my defense. Gives a girl the shivers. Yum.
Me: Care to share future plans?
Rose: Well, first I have to get my memory back and figure out why someone’s trying to kill me. Then we’ll see. A future with a particular blue eyed hero would be nice.
Me: Tell us about the first time you saw Rose.
Nate: I saw her car go over an embankment and pulled her from it, right before it exploded.
Me: What drew you to her?
Nate: Well, she’s beautiful of course. But it more the fact that she never gives up, or gives into fear. Even though someone is trying to kill her. Not only does she do whatever I asked of her to keep her safe, she keeps a positive attitude.
Me: What is your favorite part of her?
Nate: Her sweet nature.
Me: Care to share future plans?
Nate: After I stop any threats to her and she gets her memory back, I plan to get to know her better. Hopefully build a future with her.
Cheryl can be found at the following links.
Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/eOJ9Tk5OokM