Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tour: Nashville Nights Series by Cheryl Douglas (Guest Post)

Please give a warm welcome to romance author, Cheryl Douglas, who is joining us today on tour for her series, Nashville Nights!

Topic: Time Trap 
Author: Cheryl Douglas 
Series: Nashville Nights / Next Generation 
Book: Shameless, Book One

Today I read a blog post about an author who was speaking about the new breed of authors, the ‘super authors’ complete with the cape who churn out a book a month, all the while blogging, tweeting, facebooking, doing virtual tours, editing, responding to fan mail, perhaps even handling their own design and advertising. 

Sadly, I can’t count myself among this select group. I do blog, though not as often as I should. I don’t tweet. I do spend too much time on Facebook. I don’t even think about tackling cover design or designing marketing materials because I’m not willing to invest the time to learn how to use Photoshop competently. I don’t even format my own books. Sad, but true. 

I have a brilliant graphic design, three great editors, two competent virtual tour operators, a professional formatter, and I don’t feel an ounce of guilt about delegating those tasks. Why? Because like everyone, I only have twenty-four hours in a day, and when possible, I like to sleep for at least six. I have a husband and son who like to see me once a while, the odd friend who still speaks to me, a family who may have disowned me, and oh yeah, I’m committed to releasing a full length novel every month.

My first priority is writing books that will satisfy the readers who have already invested countless hours of their busy lives reading the books in my series. If I disappoint even one of them because I produce a book that is less than they expect, I’m disappointing myself. I’m not talking about the reader who reads the first book in my series and decided it’s not for them. I’m talking about the devoted fans who check in with me on Facebook every day to find out what’s new in my life. I’m talking about the people who take time out of their busy day to drop me an email and tell me how much they’re enjoying the series. It’s the people who sign up for my newsletters and tell all of their friends and family about my books that I want to please, because without them I wouldn’t be able to say that I have the coolest job in the world! 

So rest assured, dear readers, no matter how busy I get, I’ll never too busy for you. So long as you understand I can’t respond to that FB message or email until I’ve hit my word goal for the day!  

Careless (Nashville Nights #8)Careless
Nashville Nights, Book Eight 
Cheryl Douglas 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Number of pages: 207
Word Count: 69,019
Detective, Mike Cooper, loves a challenge. So when his father, Josh, asks him to consult on a tough case, he can’t resist the temptation. He agrees to take a brief leave of absense from the police force to accompany country singer, Tori Warner, on tour. His objective? To find the crazed fan who’s been stalking her. If only Tori wasn’t so determined to play hard and fast with the rules.
Tori is tired of living in a bubble. She’s been allowing this stalker to control her life for months, and she’s sick of it. So when some hotshot detective decides to become her self-appointed bodyguard, she’s determined to show him that she’s the one calling the shots.
Tori is the most infuriating woman Mike has ever met. She refuses to take orders, even when her life is at stake. He’s tempted to let her fend for herself, but Mike can’t walk away knowing some maniac is out to get her. Especially not after one explosive night makes him lose his objectivity. Suddenly, this case is personal, and Mike can’t rest until he knows Tori is safe.
Hopeless (Nashville Nights #7)Hopeless 
Nashville Nights Book  Seven 
Cheryl Douglas 
Number of pages: 199 
Word Count: 63,328
When Jay Cooper has to hire a new black belt instructor for his karate studio, he doesn’t expect the most promising applicant to come with a huge chip on her shoulder. He knows there must be a story behind those tortured brown eyes, if only she would let him get close enough to find out why she seems so determined to keep her past a secret.
Victoria Pierce grew up in the foster care system. For her, martial arts was more than a hobby, it was her best hope of survival. She learned at an early age that the only person she could count on was herself. She doesn’t let anyone get close enough to hurt her, not friends, boyfriends, and definitely not her new boss. She shuts Jay down at every opportunity, so why does he keep coming back for more?
Heartless (Nashville Nights #6)Heartless 
Book Six Nashville Nights 
Cheryl Douglas 
Number of pages: 181 
Word Count: 60,365
Derek McCall was devastated when his college girlfriend married his best friend, Josh Cooper. He respected the boundaries of friendship for years, but one night they gave in to temptation. Feeling guilty for betraying his best friend, Derek left town determined to put the past and Ashley behind him.
Ashley Cooper has loved two men in her life, her ex-husband, Josh, and her ex-boyfriend, Derek. The single mom of two grown boys is finally ready to start dating again when Derek comes back to town, eager to throw his hat in the ring. Her kids are against the relationship, but is she willing to risk their disapproval for a chance to re-write history?
Relentless (Nashville Nights #5)Relentless 
Book Five Nashville Nights
Cheryl Douglas
Print Length: 192 pages
Nikki Spencer is all grown up, but the world still sees her as the little girl she used to be. She's ready to prove to her adoring public, and a certain rough riding rodeo champion, that sweet little Nikki isn't as innocent as everyone seems to think.
J.T. McCall has a reputation as a rough rider, both on the bull-riding circuit, and in the bedroom. So what's he to do when an innocent, like country crooner, Nikki Spencer, sets her sights on him? He plans to do what any good old country boy would do, save the lady from herself. But who will save J.T. when this little firecracker sets his world on fire?

Reckless (Nashville Nights #4)Reckless 
Book Four
Nashville Nights Series
By Cheryl Douglas
As a publicist, Avery Collins knows that mixing business with pleasure is a recipe for disaster so she has one rule. Her bedroom is off limits to clients, no matter how enticing and persistent they may be.
Ty McCall is country music’s newest rising star, but he needs the best team in the business to help him make it to the top. That team includes Avery, the woman who gave him the most unforgettable night of his life only to disappear the next morning.
Avery agrees to work with him, but Ty isn’t willing to settle for a professional relationship with the woman of his dreams. Can this sexy cowboy convince her that rules were made to be broken?

Ruthless (Nashville Nights #3)Ruthless
Book Three 
Nashville Nights Series
By Cheryl Douglas
Marisa Turner has wanted Luc Spencer forever, but she also wants a baby, and it seems Luc isn’t up to the challenge. She has to choose between the man she loves and the family she hopes to have. Fortunately, there’s another man waiting in the wings who would love to make her baby fantasy a reality. Luc Spencer is tired of hearing about marriage and babies. He loves Marisa, but he’s not a forever kind of guy. After two years together, she tells him it’s over. He’s not worried; he believes she’ll be back. But what will happen when he finds out there’s another man waiting to take his place? 
Fearless (Nashville Nights, #2)Fearless 
Book Two 
Nashville Nights Series 
By Cheryl Douglas
Lexi Brooks has overcome adversity to build a successful real estate business that will enable her live life on her terms. The life she envisions includes travel, fun, and excitement, not marriage, kids or commitment. But will Trey’s sexy bodyguard throw a wrench into her plans?
Being a cop taught Josh Cooper to take calculated risks, but he’s tired of living with the daily threat of danger. He’s ready to settle down with someone who wants to be a step-mother to his two teenage sons. Too bad Lexi isn’t that woman.
She’s smart, sexy, and head-strong, and they’re totally in sync in the bedroom, but she isn’t willing to ‘settle’ for a life of domestic bliss. Or is she? 

Shameless (Nashville Nights #1)Shameless
Book One 
Nashville Nights Series
By Cheryl Douglas 
Trey Turner may be topping the country music charts but his life has been going downhill since his wife left him five years ago. He’s desperate to make amends for the mistakes he’s made and convince Sierra their love deserves a second chance.
Sierra Brooks is happy for the first time since her divorce. She has a career she loves and a fiancé who loves her.
Unfortunately, her fiancé isn’t the only man professing his love. He may be able to offer her safety and security but will she decide to risk everything for another chance with the man who broke her heart? 

About the Author: 

Cheryl began her professional career as a nutritionist, but her love of books started at an early age. She studied writing for many years before she decided to pursue her passion as a full-time career. After receiving constructive criticism from several well-known authors, Cheryl finally had the confidence to write her first romance novel.
The first book in the Nashville Nights series, Shameless, was a book that had been dwelling in Cheryl’s subconscious for years. For her, the surprise came when the manuscript began taking on a life of it’s own. Characters came to life, secondary characters became more prominent, outlines were forgotten, and a single title evolved into an eight book series, and another eight book spin-off series entitled Nashville Nights, Next Generation.
One word would aptly describe Cheryl: workaholic. She lives and breathes her writing, when she’s sleeping, watching TV, driving, reading… it’s always in the periphery of her mind. Her imagination rarely takes a holiday, even when she escapes to a sandy beach with her husband and son, she’s planning, plotting, outlining, and daydreaming.
Cheryl feels blessed to be able to get up every day and do something she loves. The thousands of fans who have embraced the Nashville Nights have made that possible. She writes for the readers who ask for more, she writes to satisfy the muse residing inside of her, but most of all, she writes because she couldn’t imagine doing anything else with her life. It took her thirty-seven years to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up, but now that she knows, she’s convinced she’s found her purpose. 
Website: www.cheryldouglasbooks.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cheryldouglasbooks
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5761770.Cheryl_Douglas
Blog: http://www.cheryldouglasbooks.com/updates.html

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