Weaving together the threads that make up my passion for the written word…as an author, editor, and follower of The Word.
Help us get to know you better! What do you write, and how do you describe yourself as an author?
I write fantasy/paranormal romance. For now… Who knows what I’ll write next. I guess I write like I draw. I was an artist before I was a writer and in art they teach you to scratch out the basic shape and then fill in the detail after that. Give it dimension, add shadows and highlights… So I crank out the basic story line—which is really the bones of the plot and dialogue. And then come back in and touch on all of the senses, add a light source to each scene, or describe what’s hiding in the shadows. Describe flavors, smells, sounds, and of course emotions. I feel it’s the author’s job to sketch emotion with words just like an artist would portray emotion with paint, but then it’s the reader’s job to bring it to life in their mind by feeling it.
Of all the characters you’ve created, which one do you wish you could hang out with in real life and why?
I guess I would have to say Ethan Deveroux because he’s a gentleman like Mr. Darcy. Although, maybe it would be better to choose Sir Max, the knight…hmmm. Not sure.
What innermost passion drives your writing, and what do you hope your readers feel or experience when they read your work?
I read to escape, and I write for the same reason. Sometimes life is difficult, so I hope to give readers a momentary break from the harsh realities of life. I hope to transport the reader and take them on a journey with my characters to a place where they can forget their troubles for just a little while.
A curse saves him. That curse makes him even more dangerous…and he likes it. To him, a new life as a vampire is an appealing thing.
The man who turned him into this great, fearsome warrior tasks him to watch over and protect his mortal daughter, Nadia. But the beautiful Nadia puts Max’s skills as a knight to the test, captures his heart, and bewitches him with eyes of emerald green. A power more potent than any magical curse.
Inspired by ballads of Robin Hood, Nadia is a bit too rebellious for her own good. And with a kind heart, she is much too trusting and forgiving for Max’s peace of mind, because those attributes get her into a great deal of peril. Deadly creatures surround her—some of them are there to protect her and some want to lure her into a trap—and she has no idea…
But can a knight in shining armor heal a lady’s heart when her love for the legend of Robin Hood is used against her?
Nadia felt her brows pinch together when she heard the sound of something chirping. It almost sounded like a frog, but she couldn’t fathom how such a creature could get into her third-story chamber. The fragrant warm water of her bath lapped around her as she leaned forward. “Do you hear that, Mirabelle?”
“Hear what, milady?”
The guilty tone in her maid’s query drew Nadia’s gaze. “Mirabelle?”
The young woman offered a broad grin, her freckled cheeks lifting. Mirabelle’s innocent blue eyes didn’t appear so innocent at the moment. And Nadia noticed the way her hands were cupped around something, probably whatever it was that was making the noise. Mirabelle’s words confirmed that. “If I put a frog in your bathwater, you’ll be sure to find a handsome suitor at court.”
Nadia laughed. “You’re making that up!” Leave it to Mirabelle to spout bits of superstition again, and Nadia was certain she’d never heard that one before. Her lady’s maid had to have conjured it up from her vivid imagination. For this wasn’t the first time Mirabelle had suggested something odd. In a way, it was comical, but in another way, it was also a bit distressing.
Adamantly shaking her head, Mirabelle said, “I swear I am not. Elizabet heard it from Isolda, who heard it from Margery, who everyone knows is an expert in these sorts of things. This is how she won that dashing Lord McLaren for Lady Collette. And—”
“Lady Collette bathed with a frog?” she asked in shock.
“Indeed she did!” Mirabelle nodded. The movement sent her mass of blonde curls bouncing. “It helps if there is a crescent moon, which I see there is tonight!” added Mirabelle excitedly. “So—”
Cheri is the bestselling author of Fateful. Think “The Vampire Diaries meets Jane Austen.” Fateful is followed by Fractured, Forever, and The Order of Curse-Bound Knights. And she has one other book in another series out entitled, Fair Maiden. Her Fateful Series has been a bestseller ever since she published it, and well over a 150 thousand copies have been downloaded worldwide. Cheri will say that her head is a very crowded place, and she wishes she could write faster. She will also tell you that if you do not like glittering fairies, hot vampires with British accents, knights in shining armor, the dashing Mr. Darcy, girly-girls who wear skirts, modern-day vigilantes, or large amounts of snogging, then perhaps her stories are not for you. Currently she is working on The Trapping Club, a sequel to Fair Maiden, a contemporary/spy romance series, and a Steampunk series.
Fateful, book one in the Fateful Series, is available for Free download and Whispersynced. This means you can pick up Fateful for free for Kindle and then get the audiobook for only $1.99!!!
For Danielle Darcey, when the sun sets in London the magic begins, but just as that magic begins, Danielle’s fairytale romance ends…because the hero of her story is a vampire.
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First, I am usually wary about listening to the audible version of books especially because I love to leave the character’s personalities to my own imagination. Schmidt (author) and Tristan (narrator) definitely changed my opinion for this book as I both read and listened to the story. I can’t express enough my unexpected surprise at how well the audio version portrayed the story SO closely to what I envisioned. ~The Book Stalker Reviewed
Tristan Hunt is, in my opinion, THE Jim Dale of Romance. ~Cassandra
The writing was thrilling and engaging all the way through! The narrator did an outstanding job with presenting emotions and mood of each character. Oh la la for sure! ~A. C.
It’s so romantic, and the narrator does a great job! Tristan brings emotion to the story. I love reading the book, but having a real person narrate the story really brings it to life. It makes it a lot more exciting. ~Heather
The narrator was great! I love when he switched to his “American Girly” voice! Great plot, Great characters, Great Narrator. What else can I say but GREAT! ~KSWilde
Which character – as performed by Tristan Hunt – was your favourite? Danielle’s uncle Nick, there was a part where he was telling a story and Tristan spoke in such a perfect tone that even I felt shivers. If you could sum up Fateful in three words, what would they be? Emotional, beautiful and soulful. If you prefer audio books then get the first book right now, narrated perfectly by Tristan Hunt. Definitely a 5 star rating from me. ~Beks in the UK
What does Tristan Hunt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book? I loved the way Tristan brought Max’s character to life in exactly the way I imagined it. Tristan told the story in a wonderful hybrid of watching a movie and listening to a friend that was easy and comfortable with the perfect amount of expression and performance… So beautifully written and performed that I shed a tear or two. ~Leanne in the UK
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