Saturday, June 11, 2011

Book Presentation with Indie Writer CHERYL SHIREMAN

Cheryl is very down to earth and it shows in the variety and believability of her books.  She’s a mother and grandmother and simply enjoys life and all it has to offer.  As she says, she’s a strong, independent woman and hates to be told what to do but daily seeks and surrenders to the will of God. 

Check out her current book selections available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Broken Resolutions
Six long-time friends gather for their annual New Year’s Eve party. They are meeting at Craig and Hannah’s spectacular home in the country. Hannah is a best-selling romance novelist. Craig is her adoring husband. All seems perfect.

Except nothing is. No one knows that Craig left Hannah several months ago and is living across town with another woman. Tonight, Craig and Hannah will play the part one more time. Because tomorrow will be soon enough for broken dreams and reality. Tonight, they just have to get through the party.

But they didn’t plan on the snowstorm. A snowstorm that will keep them all snowed in together for the next three days. Which is plenty of time for secrets to be discovered, for illusions to be shattered, and for resolutions to be broken.  
So, dab a little perfume behind your ear, put your party dress on, and slip into your favorite heels.

You’re invited to the party!

Life Is But A Dream

Imagine going alone to a secluded lake cabin to redefine your life. In this stunning debut novel by writer Cheryl Shireman, the main character, Grace Adams, is a woman who faces an uncertain future. Despite the fact that she built her life around them, her daughter and husband have created lives that no longer include her.

The novel is written for women and through a woman’s point of view. Grace is easy to identify with and easy to understand; for at some point, we have all felt the emotions she is experiencing. Thought provoking, sometimes frightening, and often funny, Life Is But a Dream is the story of a woman redefining herself and taking control of her life as she struggles to understand her present circumstances. It is the story of the power of love, the devastating consequences of depression, and the strength of the human spirit.

Ready to get lost in the pages of a novel? Life is But a Dream will capture your attention from the first word to the last.

Be swept away today!

You Don't Need a Prince
This book began as an email from a mother to a daughter in college. The daughter was going through a tough time in her relationship. She had mixed emotions about ending her current relationship because she simply did not want to hurt him. To make matters worse, she had just met another man. A man she was head over heels in love with. Amid this turmoil, her mother sent her an email with words of advice about love and relationships. About the myth that every girl needs a Prince.

The daughter loved the email so much that she began forwarding it to her friends. And so the chain began, women reaching out to women.

And now that email has been turned into a book for you to share with the women in your life.

What's Your Story?
You do not know a person until you know their story. We each have a story and it is filled with both factual details and personal details. I believe the amount we are willing to reveal to another is in direct proportion to the amount they are able to love us. You cannot love what you do not know.  When a group of people get together, one of the quickest and easiest ways to get to know one another is through the use of questions that prompt us to tell our story. That is the purpose of this book. The material is divided into three sections.
  • Getting to Know You is a series of factual questions that will allow you to know someone at a surface level.
  • Getting to Know What You Think questions are a bit deeper and allow you to begin to know a person’s experiences as well as their thoughts on various subjects.
  • Getting to Know What You Feel questions often require a bit more thought before answering. New groups might want to start near the front of the book with questions that are easier to answer.
Character Profile for Fiction Writing
At the heart of every novel is a captivating and unforgettable character. Such a character is rich in detail and jumps from the pages of the novel and right into the reader's heart. Create your own memorable characters by using this workbook.

The Character Profile for Fiction Writing is a workbook full of questions about your fictional character. It allows the writer to "step into" the role of the character and answer questions such as:

  • If your house caught on fire and you could carry out one item, what would it be?
  • As a child, what games did you like to play?
  • What is your favorite way to spend Sunday morning?
  • If you could live your life over, what event would you erase?
As the writer answers these questions, the character comes to life, which not only makes the writing of the novel easier, but also creates a memorable experience for the reader.

Heart Breathings
Use this writing workbook to
  • Combat writing block
  • Improve your writing skills
  • As a warm up for daily writing
  • Learn basic skills used by every writer
  • Expand your arsenal of words and thought
  • Gather ideas for new stories
One of the toughest things about writing is getting those first words on paper. Whether you are looking for new ideas for a short story or novel, or at work on a long term project, facing those blank pages can be intimidating.

This feeling is not unique to the novice writer, but also plagues some of the most creative minds to ever place pen to paper. Facing the writing of a new novel, John Steinbeck wrote, "Now as always - humility and terror. Fear that the working of my pen cannot capture the grinding of my brain." He often found it necessary to write letters as a "warm up" to the daily writing.

Heart Breathings will give you your own place to not only "warm up" your writing, but ignite it and fill your words with fire. Use these writing prompts on various topics (character, setting, details, beginnings, etc.) to limber and stretch your writing muscles so that you may fill your paper with the breathings of your heart!

Writer's Web Site:   Cheryl Shireman

This is part one of a series of interviews for my blog tour through Indie Writers Unite.  Look for the Support Indie Authors logo for further submissions.  Please support these authors, check out their blogs and purchase their books.  They are the best of the best.  /Sue Owen.

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