TEMPTATION’S TOUCH by CHERYL PIERSON

Today, I’m celebrating my latest novel release, TEMPTATION’S TOUCH. It’s a contemporary romantic suspense novel—not what I usually write. Though this is my second novel in that particular genre, and I have written numerous short stories in that classification, I seemed to struggle with this one. That’s part of what I wanted to talk about today—the struggle.

I began this novel four years ago. To be so short, you wouldn’t think it would have taken a person so long to get it written and get it “out there”—but things don’t always turn out like we expect them to.

I had this great idea—a young divorcee, living in the country near Dallas, awakens in the night to the sound of a truck motor running. She’s had trouble with the local high school wild bunch, throwing parties on her land down by the creek. Well, she has had enough of that! She takes off in the darkness to tell the teens their partying days on her land are over. But when she gets to the creek, the scene is nothing like what she had expected. No party. No kids.

A murder is about to take place, and even though she has her gun, she is so terrified, she can’t do anything to stop it. The two murderers drive away, and Kendi hurries to the man who has been shot.  But he’s not dead—only beaten within an inch of his life. Now, Kendi faces the biggest decision of her life—does she leave him exposed to the elements until an ambulance can get there? Or does she take him back home with her? No matter what she does, he’s demanded that she not call 911, telling her if she does, both of their lives could be in danger.

I wrote like crazy, but was interrupted by REAL LIFE over and over again. Finally, I put the book aside, even though I was nearly finished with it—with all the harrowing twists and turns and the wonderful roller coaster of emotions…I put it on the shelf until things calmed down.

Close to two-and-a-half years later, I pulled it out and began to work on it again, to get it finished, and then to edit the finished product. I submitted it to The Wild Rose Press, and my wonderful editor there, Lori Graham, was as excited about it as I was. Though we finished the edits on it and had it ready to go by early spring, the release date was not set until October 24, 2012.

Finally the day arrived…and none of my “buy” links were live at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or any of the other sites. I wanted to cry. But within another 48 hours most of the links had gone live, and it only meant putting off my announcement of my release date for a short time. I’m so thrilled that I went back to it and finished it up, and made sure it got published–it’s definitely a love story worth telling.

Now, TEMPTATION’S TOUCH is out there and though it’s not a western historical, it’s still a wonderful love story of two broken hearts that find each other under the oddest of circumstances, proving that love will find a way, even when it seems impossible.

Blurb:

When Kendi Morgan stumbles upon the victim of a would-be murder, she has no choice but to help him back to the safety of her home. Wounded DEA agent Jackson Taylor is a man with nothing to lose and nothing to fear. Can their newfound love survive as they are targeted by a powerful drug lord seeking revenge?

EXCERPT:

     Kendi glanced up the remaining five stairs. So close.

     She looked at Jackson again and saw the steel in his expression.

     “Just give me…a minute, Kendi.”

     “Don’t fall—”

     “I won’t. Not gonna break my neck…since you’ve gone to all this trouble.”

     He was teasing her. She heard it, but she was still worried. He looked unsteady, still—all six feet

two inches of him. Her eyes ranged over him, finally meeting his dark gaze. “I told you—don’t be so

scared.”

     “Aren’t you?” she breathed.

     “Uh-uh.” He gave her a quick semblance of a grin through swollen lips. “I’m still here—still standin’.”

     Not for long, Kendi wanted to retort.

     “You’re thinkin’ it’s a close thing,” he muttered, “me…standin’ yet.”

     “Well, I’m right, aren’t I?”

     “Maybe. But I’m not afraid.”

     “Why not, Jack? After what you’ve been through—”

     “Where I’m headed looks better than where I’ve been.”

     They took the last step, gaining the wide landing.

     “‘Where you’ve been…where was that?” She was moments away from tucking a stranger into her bed.

She moistened her lips, suddenly nervous. “I mean— you could be anybody.”

     “I’m a DEA agent.”  

     She let Jack’s weight shift to the side of the mattress, then bent to unbuckle his belt. She looked into his face, her fingers faltering at the button placket of the faded jeans he wore.

     His swollen eyes held hers. “You’re safe with me.”

What would you do if you were in Kendi’s place? Leave the “victim” out in the freezing rain, or bring him to the house? Now remember, even though he’s been severely beaten, there’s a spark of chemistry between them she can’t ignore…

My first venture into contemporary romantic suspense, SWEET DANGER, is also available at Amazon and B&N. http://www.amazon.com/author/cherylpierson

I will be giving away a copy of TEMPTATION’S TOUCH to one lucky commenter today! Thanks so much for coming by!

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: http://www.amazon.com/author/cherylpierson
I live in Oklahoma City with my husband of 40 years. I love to hear from readers and other authors--you can contact me here: fabkat_edit@yahoo.com
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56 Comments

  1. Congrats on the new release.. I am looking forward to reading this book.
    I am not sure what I would do to tell you the truth. I would want to be like your Heroine and bring him into my house, it is very selfless, but if I was honest with myself, I would call for help, even if I felt that certain spark between us. But as I have never been put to the test, who really knows for sure.

    Good luck with this book Cheryl and enjoy all the accolades that will be coming your way…

  2. Cheryl, congrats on your new release. The excerpt was really exciting. Great HOOK!

  3. You’re on a roll with new books, Cheryl. Congratulations on another great new release. Love the way your story starts off with a bang.
    Wishing you and the book every success. You know I’m a fan of your beautiful style.

  4. Of course you’d have to bring him in. And she brings a boatload of trouble right along with him.
    Poor girl.
    Great story idea, Cheryl

  5. Cheryl, congrats on the new release. Loved the excerpt. Oh man! Of course she’d have to haul his butt inside and treat his wounds. This is a romance and has to have the reader rooting for them. Isn’t it a law somewhere? LOL

  6. Hi Kathleen!
    Oh, that’s the wonderful thing about fiction, isn’t it? We can “think” we’d do what the heroine does.We can say, “YOU GO, GIRL!!!” and root for her and her bravery. And all the while we can think, “I’m not sure I would have been able to do that…”LOL The thing I really loved about writing this book was the fact that even though Kendi had every reason in the world NOT to trust Jack, she did. She took a chance on him, and it was life changing for her.

    Thanks so much for coming by Kathleen! And thanks for your very kind words.
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  7. This sounds like a very good book. I am going to look for it.

  8. Hi Renee,
    Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it!
    Cheryl

  9. Elizabeth,
    That means a lot to me, coming from you, my filly sister. You are a dear friend, and I appreciate all the good wishes and kind words!
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  10. Mary, as always, you crack me up. YES, who wouldn’t bring him in? LOL Never mind that it almost gets her killed…no, I said NEVER MIND THAT. LOL It’s worth it in the end. You always brighten my day with your sense of humor.
    Hugs!
    Cheryl

  11. Hi Linda!
    Well, it seems to be a law in my books/stories that the hero HAS to be wounded or recovering and the heroine has to tend his wounds and…well, yes, things lead to things…LOL Glad you enjoyed the excerpt!
    Hugs, my filly sis!
    Cheryl

  12. Hi Goldie,
    Thank you! You might want to hold off until after the drawing this evening–I’ll put your name in the Stetson! Thanks again for stopping by today.
    Cheryl

  13. Congrats on the new release. This book sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it.
    Of course, you’ve got to bring him inside, trouble or not. You can’t leave him outside.
    Thanks for the great post and excerpt.

  14. Congrats! I loved what I read and must have this title!
    I really feel that I would be a Good Christian and take in anyone who really needed my help but I don’t know if anyone REALLY knows how they would react.

  15. Great excerpt Cheryl, and it was fun to hear all the twists and turns it took for you to get that book to market. Lucky us that it finally made it!

  16. Hi Cheryl, what a terrific excerpt. Hubba hubba. And I love learning about those journeys to publication. Keep these great releases coming, filly sister! xoxo

  17. Congrats and best of luck!

  18. I am so glad this book came together for you even if it took time. Congrats on the release… it sounds wonderful… love romantic suspense books!

  19. Hi Joanne,
    Oh, yes, I totally agree! In my “heroine” shoes, I’d definitely have to bring him inside! LOL Thanks for stopping by today!
    Cheryl

  20. Hi Connie,
    What I loved about Kendi was that she saw what she thought was a murder, yet she still had the courage to go to the victim and then had to decide what to do. I could relate! But not sure I’d do the same thing.
    Cheryl

  21. Hi Winnie!
    Oh, it was a journey, all right! I really felt like I’d never get it published because it seemed like things kept happening in my life that were preventing me from writing for a while. Thank goodness life has smoothed out some! Thanks for your very kind words, my filly sister!
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  22. Tanya, I love to hear about other writers’ path to their writing careers too. And it’s not just like it happens and then you’re “set”–there are so many things that can change and the journey becomes “twisty”. But somehow, it all works out, doesn’t it? Congratulations to you on all your recent releases, too! You are a writing machine!
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  23. Hey Lisa!
    Thank you–gotcha entered in the drawing!
    Cheryl

  24. Colleen,
    Thank you! I’m glad it all worked out too–this cover is one of my all time favorites, and it’s fitting for a story that means so much to me, too. I love romantic suspense stories, too. Thanks for stopping by today!
    Cheryl

  25. Congrats on the release! The blurb is a great draw.

  26. Congratulations on the new release! And yes, I’d definitely enjoy rescuing such an interesting stranger.

  27. Cheryl, I HAVE to read this book. I’m so glad you persevered. I’ll definitely go check it out for my kindle.

  28. I must admit I don’t read a lot of contemporary but I make esceptions for romantic suspense. It’s always nice to have variety. I enjoyed hearing about your story and it sounds like something I would enjoy. Congratulations!

  29. WOW! What a scary way to meet. Yes, I definitely think you have to tend to the guy’s wounds then I’d seek help. I definitely want to find out how you allowed Kendi and Jack’s relationship to grow! Best wishes as you spread your wings!!I’d love to read this story. One of my favorite books is Karen Robard’s WALKING AFTER MIDNIGHT. In that book the woman is forced to help the almost dead ex-cop.

  30. Congrats on your new release! I love the cover and it sounds really awesome. I can’t wait to read it.

  31. Your book sounds really good and I have added it to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing your excerpt.

  32. Love the excerpt, Cheryl!! Sounds like a wonderful story!! Congrats on sticking with it and finally finishing it…best of luck!! BTW…love a hero named Jackson.

  33. Congrats, Cheryl! I loved your other releases and I know when you say “sizzling,” you aren’t kidding! Way to go!

  34. Hi Melissa! Thank you so much! I have to admit it was tough to choose an excerpt that wouldn’t give too much away but would pique the reader’s curiosity. I’m glad I did that!
    Cheryl

  35. Alison, I know you would do it, girl! LOL You’ve got that “pioneer spirit” and I think you’d go right out there like Kendi did and haul Jackson’s handsome self right back home with you! Thanks for stopping by!
    Cheryl

  36. Caroine, thank you so much for all your support. You are a dear friend, and I appreciate you. I hope you enjoy Temptation’s Touch!
    Cheryl

  37. Hi Catslady,
    I read a lot of it by certain authors, but still read a ton more historical than anything. I’m glad to know you think Temptation’s Touch might be something you’d like–and be sure to look at SWEET DANGER there on my author page, too. That’s one I really love–got a half Native-American undercover cop for the hero, and I truly had trouble letting go of that story… LOL
    Cheryl

  38. Oh Laurie, I love Karen Robards! I read all of her historical stuff years ago, but have not read her contemporary. I will go snap this one up, because I love a sexy wounded hero, for sure! Thanks so much for your kind words. I appreciate it!
    Cheryl

  39. Thank you, Quilt Lady. I really love this cover so much. It was not what I was expecting, but when they sent it to me, I was immediately in love with it (which doesn’t always happen!) It’s unusual and makes you wonder “what’s going on?”
    Cheryl

  40. Thanks, Joye! I’m adding you to the drawing!
    Cheryl

  41. Hey, Char! I’ll tell you a secret–9 times out of 10, I will start my story with the hero named Jack, Jackson, or Jake. LOL As time goes by, the “real” name will come to me, but in this case, Jackson had to be Jackson or Jack. It just fit him better than anything else. I’m so glad I stuck with it and kept on until I got it out there. It was soooo worth it!
    Cheryl

  42. Aw, Amber! Thank you so much, girlfriend. You are always so supportive, and such a good friend. Thank you for coming by today and commenting! Oh, yes, Jackson and Kendi are totally sizzling, aren’t they? LOL SIGH.
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  43. Wow, I see a whole lot of folks have already dashed over here. LOL I really admire how you stretch to reach into areas untried. I have this story (thank you) and I know I’m going to love it because your characters always win my heart.
    I wish you every success and I know you certainly deserve it.

  44. Hi Sarah! Thanks so much for coming by and commenting! You are such a good friend. Sometimes it IS hard to reach into yourself and try to write something different, but most times I’ve ever done it, I have enjoyed myself so much. Will e-mail you soon, dear!
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  45. Oh, Cheryl, I am so in awe of your talent. It doesn’t matter which genre you write in (remember I met you writing about angels!), it’s going to be good. I know this one is just perfect for you, I can tell from the summary. What would I do if I were her? My common sense would kick in and I would more than likely call 911. Sometimes you gotta hate it when common sense does that to ya! LOL! Can’t wait to read this one! Hugs to you!

    Carol

  46. Hey Carol!
    Yep! I hate it when common sense takes over! LOL Thank you for stopping by today Carol! I’ve been wondering how you were doing. So good to see you here! Thank you for your kind words, Carol!
    Hugs, my friend!
    Cheryl

  47. Cheryl, I’m not a romance reader, but something with your name on it is worth a look and I wasn’t disappointed. The story of how a story came to life is not unlike my own experience. It sounds like a great story and the way you right, I’d bet a dollar to a doughnut it is just that. Nice blog.

  48. Scary situation but of course the heroine does the right thing!

    Lovely cover!!!

    Morgan Mandel
    http://morganmandel.blogspot.com

  49. What can I say other than I am sure you have another hit on your hands! Love the name Kendi. Just from the little bit I read, it sounds perfect. Well worth the wait, I am sure…congratulations on your latest release. There are certain authors who are absolute treat to read every time, no matter what the genre, and you are one of them.

  50. Cheryl, this was a great excerpt for a fascinating plot. I can relate to the agony of a book unfinished because of interruptions. Life happens. My just-released historical had the same problem. And it was a sequel to another book which was frustrating. I wish you success with this book and all your writing. You deserve it. Linda

  51. Hey, Rod! Good to see you here. Thanks so much for your kind words. I appreciate that!
    Cheryl

  52. Hi Morgan!
    Oh, yes…very scary, for sure. I probably would have turned tail and run for cover, in “real life.” LOL Thanks so much for stopping by! I know you are busy.
    Cheryl

  53. Liana,
    That is really one of the nicest compliments ever. THANK YOU! And thanks for taking the time to stop by here at Petticoats and Pistols! (I love that name Kendi, too.)
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  54. Hi Linda!
    I’m so glad you got it out there! It’s such a relief when it finally happens, isn’t it? But this one was one I just knew would do well if I just kept plugging away at it. Let’s hope my thoughts about it bear out! LOL
    Congratulations on your new release!
    Cheryl

  55. I am late stopping by – missed the stagecoach apparently – but I wanted to congratulate you on the release of Temptation’s Touch! This is a great book, and I can say that with authority, since I read it and posted my review on Amazon.

    Cheryl’s books really pull at the heartstrings. The only thing wrong with finishing one of them is having to wait until the next one comes along.

    Happy sales, Cheryl!

  56. Thank you, Maggie! You are toooooo kind, my friend. Thanks again for that wonderful review, too–I’m so glad you enjoyed the book!
    Cheryl

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