TWO NEW RELEASES! (AND A GIVEAWAY OR TWO!)

Today, I’m blogging about my two most recent releases, JASON’S ANGEL and EVERY GIRL’S DREAM. In case these titles sound familiar to you, they are historical short stories that were both previously released in anthologies with Victory Tales Press. JASON’S ANGEL appeared last year in A HISTORICAL COLLECTION, and EVERY GIRL’S DREAM appeared in A WESTERN SAGA.

I’m excited about both of these being released as “stand alone” stories, selling at only .99 each! And since this is “read an e-book” week…I’m giving away two copies of JASON’S ANGEL today! Please leave a comment along with your contact info and you will be entered—it’s that simple.

Jason’s Angel takes on several issues with the society of that time. The story takes place just as the War Between the States is winding down. Jason McCain wears Union blue, but speaks with a Georgia accent. To make things even more difficult, he’s half Cherokee, half Scottish! When he’s wounded and winds up at a Confederate hospital, there’s only one thing kind-hearted Sabrina Patrick can do…

Jason ‘s Angel by Cheryl Pierson

Two wounded Union soldiers will die without proper treatment. Sabrina Patrick realizes they won’t get it at the Confederate army hospital where she helps nurse wounded men. She does the unthinkable and takes them to her home.

Jason McCain’s pain is eased by the feel of clean sheets, a soft bed, and a touch that surely must belong to an angel. But what reason could an angel have for bringing him and his brother here?

EXCERPT FROM JASON’S ANGEL:  

It was only a brief touch of their lips, Sabrina told herself, and should not have caused the waves of trembling heat to rush over her.  His lips were firm and strong.  And she kissed him back.  

He’d reached up and gently pulled her to him.  As if he’d sensed her concern over Desi being in the room, he’d glanced to where she sat talking to Eli, once more engrossed in conversation, and when Sabrina had started to protest, he’d squeezed her shoulder in silent reassurance.  And she had kissed him back. 

  He’d been so gentle and—oh Lord, had Eli seen that kiss?  She had responded heartily to his brother.  She had not pushed Jason away or protested in the least.  She had welcomed it.  There was no doubt for either of them.  She had definitely kissed him back. 

As she pulled away, she opened her lids to find him watching her.  His dark eyes smoldered with desire.  But it didn’t scare her.  It excited her.  

Good Lord.  She stood quickly, her head spinning so that she almost missed her first step toward the door.  When had she last eaten?  That had to be the cause of her unsteadiness.  But why was her heart pounding so frantically?  It was only a kiss.  One kiss.  

But she had kissed him back.

 

EVERY GIRL’S DREAM

Do you believe in love at first sight?  Can it happen?  More importantly, can it last over the long haul of the ups and downs of a relationship?

Throw in a few obstacles from the very first meeting of the hero/heroine, and the relationship becomes even more intriguing.

In my novella, EVERY GIRL’S DREAM, that’s just what happens.

Sheena McTavish, a young Irish girl, has been raped by the son of her father’s employer. Now, with a baby on the way, Sheena is given an unthinkable choice:  give her baby to the father’s wealthy family to raise, or travel to New Mexico Territory by stagecoach to live with her aunt and uncle until her child is born.  At that point, she will have to place it in a nearby orphanage.

Desperate to buy some time and protect her baby from its father, she chooses to travel west.  Alone and afraid, she starts on the journey that will change her life forever.  Before Sheena’s stage leaves, she meets handsome Army scout Callen Chandler.  The attraction is there, even under difficult conditions.

As the story progresses, Sheena must learn to trust again, and Cal begins to realize he doesn’t have to live the solitary existence he’s endured up to now.  Being half Comanche has left him with no place in either world—white or Indian.  When Sheena comes along, everything changes…for both of them.

TO SET THE SCENE:

Cal is a half-breed U.S. Army scout, who has just rescued Sheena, the heroine, from a Kiowa attack on the stagecoach she was in. They had met briefly the morning before, and as luck would have it, Cal comes upon the stage after the Kiowas have attacked and are getting ready to ride away with Sheena. He tells them he and Sheena are married and the Kiowas reluctantly let him take Sheena, but then… 

Cal felt…something.  His back tingled as he waited for the stinging burn of a shale arrowhead.  He risked a glance backward, and saw the Kiowa leader’s stare heavy upon him. “Sheena, hold on tight.”

“The baby—”

“I know, sweetheart.  We won’t ride hard any longer’n we have to.   Lowell’s Ridge is only about four miles away.” A very long four miles.

She nodded in understanding.  “I’m sorry, Callen.”

“No call for that.”

“You came for me.”

He smiled at that.  There was a small amount of disbelief in her tone, overshadowed by a huge amount of wonder.  Who wouldn’t come for her?

“You could be killed because of me,” she said softly, as if she had only just realized it.  She laid her hand over his, and in that moment, he wondered if dying for her would be worth the twenty-seven years he’d lived so far.

His heart jumped at her touch, then steadied.  But as he risked another glance back, he saw exactly what he’d feared.  Two of the braves were mounting up, and they weren’t riding the opposite way.  “That still might happen,” he murmured.

He leaned forward, trying to protect Sheena with his body as he slapped the reins against the horse’s side, urging him into a lope, then a full-out run.

The Kiowas were close behind them.  There must have been dissension among them. The leader had seemed content to let him take Sheena and ride away.  One of the others must have disagreed with that decision.

Cal reached to pull his revolver from his holster.

They were strangely quiet, he thought. 

The first bullet cracked from behind them, and Cal reflexively bent lower.  The bullet whined past his ear like an angry bee.

Sheena gasped.  He fired off a shot and got lucky.  One of the warriors screamed in agony and fell from his saddle.  But the other rode low, hanging onto the side of his mount. And he kept right on coming.

The next bullet sang over Cal’s head.  He concentrated on eating up the miles to Lowell’s Ridge.  Riding double was slowing them down considerably.  Sheena’s body was tense beneath the shelter of his own.  Fragile, but strong.  Delicate, but determined.  His hand splayed over her stomach, holding her close, cradling her from the jarring of their wild ride.

A whoop from behind them accompanied the crack of a rifle, and this time, the Kiowa warrior’s bullet found its mark.  A bolt of fire seared through Cal’s right shoulder, and for a minute, the pain was so strong he almost sawed back on the reins. But at his harsh curse, Sheena glanced up at him, her hand instantly clamping tightly over his. The reins were still wrapped in his fingers, but Sheena kept her hand on his, reminding him to let the horse have his head and continue their flight for freedom.

“Hang on, Cal!”

The pain was so breathtaking he could do nothing but nod his understanding.

“Dammit!” she cursed.  That almost made him smile, but the agony in his shoulder surged up and stole his breath again as the horse’s hooves pounded the ground below.

The road was not much more than a trail, and where it narrowed, branches reached out to scrape and snarl in hair and clothing, scratching their faces as they blindly rode toward safety.

As they broke through the brambles and low limbs into the clearing on the other side of the wooded section of road, Cal glimpsed the steeple of the church, then in a moment, the rooftops of houses.

He glanced behind him to see the Kiowa had stopped.  He was taking careful, deadly aim with the Winchester he held. “Christ,” Cal muttered.  “Keep down, Sheena.”    

         JASON’S ANGEL is available now at Amazon and other e-book retailers.

http://www.amazon.com/Jasons-Angel-ebook/dp/B007H14KGU/

 DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE YOU CONTACT INFO ALONG WITH A COMMENT TO BE ENTERED TO WIN JASON’S ANGEL!

 EVERY GIRL’S DREAM WILL BE AVAILABLE BY THE END OF THE WEEK, AS WELL! If you enjoy anthologies, you might be interested in these:

Cheryl Pierson
A native Oklahoman, I've been influenced by the west all my life. I love to write short stories and novels in the historical western and western romance genres, as well as contemporary romantic suspense! Check my Amazon author page to see my work: https://www.amazon.com/author/cherylpierson
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40 Comments

  1. Cheryl,

    I loved both of these stories!! JASON’S ANGEL was so sweet and I loved the characters so much I wished it was a full-length book. :o)

    Congratulations on these wonderful stories coming out in stand-alone versions.

  2. Cheryl, both of these stories are just WOW. I wish you great sucsess with both of these books.

    Congrats on these great strories brough to life in their own books..

  3. Cheryl,thanks for sharing those yummy books with us,they sound so good,,Congratulations

  4. Both of these books sound fantastic. Can’t wait to read them. Thanks for the giveaway. Congrats on these books coming out in stand alone versions.

  5. Congratulations Cheryl! Both books sound wonderful. I especially love books set during the Civil War era. I’m looking forward to reading both of these.

  6. Hi Kirsten,
    Thank you so much! You know, I hated to leave those characters behind too–that’s the problem with a short story. I’ve been thinking about maybe revisiting them and doing a novel length story about them, maybe going into Eli and Desi a bit more, etc. I’ve had a couple of other people tell me that same thing (which isn’t always the caase with short story characters!) so I think there might be something to it.
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  7. Hi Kathleen,
    Thank you for coming by and letting me know how much you enjoyed these stories. I appreciate all your support, Kathleen!
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  8. Thanks, Vickie! I’m always glad to share my characters and stories — and those COVERS are what is so yummy, right? LOL
    Cheryl

  9. Hi Joanne,
    Thanks for the congrats. I’m really glad to see my publisher doing that because many of these stand-alone .99 stories do very well. I’m glad you stopped in!
    Cheryl

  10. I just went and bought Jason’s Angel, Cheryl. YAY, it sounds great.

  11. Lori,
    I always have trouble with myself, wondering how I’m going to make ANYTHING in the Civil War time period have a happy ending. But I always manage it! LOL I don’t write anything I can’t leave with a happy ending. These short stories are near and dear to my heart because it is very hard to write something short, let people get to know the characters well enough to CARE about them, and have a crisis that can end happily in a few pages. Every Girl’s Dream was a bit longer, more novella length, because there were several issues that had to be resolved. I hope you enjoy them both!
    Cheryl

  12. Great, Mary! I hope you enjoy it! If you like Civil War era short stories, I have another one called HOMECOMING that is very different, with a bit of a twist at the end–also .99, and MEANT TO BE that is available in the 2011 Christmas Anthology from VTP. I’m hoping to get my buy links by the end of today for Every Girl’s Dream, so maybe I’ll have a chance to post them.

    I hope you enjoy JASON’S ANGEL!
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  13. Thanks for sharing the excerpts. Both books sound really good.
    I have yet to read a book by Cheryl so would welcome the chance to do so.

  14. Congratulations on your new releases!

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  15. Hi Joye,
    Thanks so much for coming by. I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpts–I always have trouble picking just what I want to use as an excerpt, there are so many parts of the story I love.
    Cheryl

  16. Hi Pageturner,
    Thank you, and thanks for stopping by!
    Cheryl

  17. Congratulations on the new releases! Woo-Hoo! They both look like excellent stories. And those excerpts. Wow, what a way to entice your readers! I think I’ve got to have both.

    Wishing you much success, dear Filly sister.

  18. Love your books Cheryl and am always ready to read new ones, or even revisit the ones I really enjoyed.
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  19. Both of these stories sound awesome. I would love to read them. I really enjoy short stories from time to time.

  20. Hey, Linda,
    Thanks so much! I’m hoping to get the buy link for EVERY GIRL’S DREAM sometime today so I can post it, but if not, it should be on my Amazon author page by the end of the week.

    Thanks again, FILLY SIS!
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  21. Connie, now that makes my day! I’m so glad to hear that you love my books and stories that much. Thanks for coming by today and commenting!
    Cheryl

  22. Hi Quilt Lady,
    I love short stories. I remember in high school how so many times everyone else would heave a big sigh at having to read another short story, but I enjoyed them. Since then, I find I really enjoy reading them as much as novels, and so writing them was the next “leap”. Thanks so much for coming by today and commenting!
    Cheryl

  23. Two beautiful stories, Cheryl, and you know I’m a big fan of your writing.
    Great that these are available to readers again.

  24. I jave been looking at these two anthologies. It is a format I enjoy for the variety in authors and styles as well as being able to finish the stories quickly (and get back to work). I like the sound of both of these stories. They seem to show that the heart of the person will win out over other considerations when it is most important. The artificial barriers society imposes can not always stop what is right from happening.

    Thank you for the excerpts.
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  25. I do not have those anthologies, so it is nice that the stories can be bought individually… thanks for sharing the excerpts!

  26. Hi Elizabeth! Thank you so much for stopping in today–I know you are over at RIDING WITH THE TOP DOWN today talking about your new release, THE LAWMAN’S VOW. I”m dying to get my hands on that one, too! I appreciate you, my Filly Sister!
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  27. Hi Patricia,
    I guess most everything I write is like what you are talking about–going against the grain of what society expects, because love is stronger than those expectations. It helps that, because I have a lot of mixed Indian heritage and know a lot of the family tales of how things came to be in our own fmmily history, I’m able to kind of intertwine some of it in my stories I write. I hope you enjoy the stories. Thanks so much for your insightful comment!
    Cheryl

  28. Hi Colleen,
    I like that option, too, and it’s a bit cheaper on the pocketbook. LOL But the anthologies are good and a nice way to try out several authors. The Western Saga was fun to write because we were given a backstory and had to pick a character that was somehow related to the people in the backstory. One of the ladies in that anthology wrote a time travel story for her tale. So there are all kinds of “takes” on what was going on.
    Thanks for stopping by today, Colleen!
    Cheryl

  29. Congrats on your new releases!

  30. Enjoyed reading the blog today. I do believe in Love at first sight altho I’m not sure it is the lasting kind of love. I guess I’d have to wait a few years and see. Would love to read this story.

  31. I really enjoyed both excerpts! I must admit it’s been a while since I’ve read this genre and I miss it. And sometimes a short story is just what you need and have time for!

  32. Hi Minna! Thanks so much! And thanks for stopping by!
    Cheryl

  33. Hi Jackie,
    I believe in love at first sight–and sometimes it does last, I believe. So as long as there’s a few cases of it still around, I will still write a story now and then where that happens. LOL Thanks so much for stopping by the Junction today and commenting.
    Cheryl

  34. Hi Catslady,
    I’m so glad to know you enjoyed the excerpts. I always have a bit of trouble deciding on which excerpt to use. LOL But I’m glad to know you enjoyed them, and maybe this will get you hooked back into the genre again!
    Cheryl

  35. Both of these books sound fantastic!
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  36. Hi Chey,
    Thanks! And thanks for stopping by today, too!
    Cheryl

  37. Cheryl — your covers are steaming hot. Is that Jimmy Thomas, cover model? Both books sound like wonderful reads!!

  38. I am wild for western romance and I wish they published MORE! JASON’S ANGEL sounds like a perfect example of this beloved genre. I want this book. Please enter me and thank you!

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  39. Hi Charlene,
    Yep that’s Jimmy Thomas. I asked for him on all my short story releases that have come out through Western Trail Blazer Publishing. Karen Nutt is the cover artist on all those short story covers, and I think she does a fantastic job. These two are among my very favorites of anything she’s ever done for me or anyone else. LOL I wish these were full length novels and those covers were in PRINT. LOL
    Cheryl

  40. Hi Anne,
    You are a girl after my own heart! I love western romance, too! I wish I could have these covers on my bookshelf, but alas, they won’t go to actual print since they are short stories. HOWEVER, I did make the one for EVERY GIRL’S DREAM into my screen saver. LOL Thanks, Anne. You are ENTERED! I’ll be drawing the names here in just a bit.
    Cheryl

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