For my “A Chat With. . . ” I have the very great honor of welcoming up and coming new author Cheri Champayne to Chicks Rogues and Scandals so take a seat and lets get to know a bit about the absolutely lovely Cheri.
Cheri Champagne has had a passion for the written word since she was a child; even before she learned to write, she would scribble “stories” into notebooks and read the imaginary words aloud for all to hear. As a child and preteen, Cheri wrote adventurous short stories and heartfelt poetry, filling her notebooks with writing she would enjoy for years to come.
Reading Chick : Hi Cheri, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals, Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today! Firstly what five words would you use to describe yourself?
Cheri : Hi! Thank you for having me! That’s a great question. I would have to say: nerdgirl, passionate, stubborn, polite, and creative.
Reading Chick : Very nice, If you could live in any era and place, When and where would it be? And Why?
Cheri : Truthfully? I’d live in the present. As much as I would love to experience first-hand what it was like in the Regency era, their life expectancy was shorter than ours, I am a fan of modern medicine, I like having flushing toilets and running water, and I quite enjoy breathing without the restriction of a corset! As for a place, I love being a Canadian, but if I had to choose somewhere else, I would live in the UK. That’s where my novels take place and the rolling hills, castles, and grand estates are breathtaking.
Reading Chick : Ohh! That is very interesting and insightful, Thank you Ok, Who was your childhood hero?
Cheri : Apart from my parents, I would say my Mémé (my grandmother). She was the most amazing woman. I will forever remember my time spent with her. I miss her terribly. If we’re talking about someone fictional, though, I would probably say the Care Bears.
Reading Chick : Ahhh, That is so lovely, Thank you for your honesty and I absolutely love the care Bears one. Brilliant *Grin* OK another question, What is your favorite time of the year?
Cheri : Autumn! I love cool weather and the anticipation of the coming holidays.
Reading Chick : I completely agree with you there, I absolutely love Autumn too, OK time for a bit of a toughie, Out of all your work, who is your favorite character and why?
Cheri : That’s a difficult question! I found that with each novel I wrote, the newest characters were my favorite. Every one of my heroines is strong and flirts with the boundary’s of what is accepted by society in Regency England. They don’t follow blindly along with the rules, but pave their own paths, which is what I love about each of them. My heroes likewise bring me joy. They each have their own secrets and mystery about them, some accepting love as the inevitable while others fight with the irksome emotion.
Reading Chick : That is such a brilliant answer Cheri, I do try and sneak a couple of tough ones in there, just to keep the little grey cells active *Grin* OK on we go, Your books are incredible, where does your inspiration for them come from?
Cheri : Thank you! I get inspiration from a variety of places, really. I have many ideas that pop into my head and notebooks filled with plots. Most of my inspiration comes from dreams, music, pictures of scenery, estates, castles, or cottages, and sometimes it’s something someone has said that struck a chord in me. My mind then snow-balls the small spark of an idea into an entire novel.
Reading Chick : Very interesting, What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?
Cheri : 1. Always keep writing.
2. Do your research when submitting to publishers and agents, and keep track of who you’ve queried.
3. If you can, seek a professional editor’s advice. We are often unable to remain unbiased when looking at our own work, and while friends and family might be a great help with finding spelling or grammatical errors, they might not feel comfortable discussing a flaw in your characters or plot. It was only when I signed on with Pandamoon and got together with my editor, that I saw how many mistakes I’d originally made, but couldn’t see.
Reading Chick : Wow!! Those are three brilliant tip’s, Thank you Cheri, If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, dead or alive)
Cheri : Ooh, that’s another tough one! With the idea that my husband and kids would be at the dinner party I host, I believe it would have to be: 1. Sherlock Holmes. 2. Mr. Darcy. 3. The Doctor.
Reading Chick : Ooh I like those, a nice mix. Thank you again Cheri for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today! I have one more cheeky question, just for fun. . .What is your all-time favorite naughty but nice food?
Cheri : Chocolate! Not just any chocolate, though. I love dark chocolate and, more specifically, Lindt dark chocolate strawberry (or mint) bars. I could easily binge on chocolate (particularly Fererro Rochets), but I find that with the Lindt dark chocolate bars, the thin little squares will satisfy my desire for chocolate without having to binge.
Reading Chick : Mmmm! Yummy!! Thank you again Cheri, it has been lovely meeting you.
Cheri : Thank you so much for having me! It’s been a pleasure!
If you want to learn more about Cheri and her new release then click on the links below, Cheri would love to hear from you.
Excerpt for Love’s Misadventure by Cheri Champagne
“You did hurt me, Lane. But more than that, I am so…” she took a shuddered breath, “cross with you! You are my closest friend; I thought you would understand my desire, nay, my need to have children.” Anna’s eyes began to fog over with unshed tears, and she cursed herself for her weakness. “I am not prepared to become a lonely spinster. I am not prepared to watch life pass me by as acquaintances and friends parent children of their own and live rich, fulfilling lives while I moulder away as someone’s companion or unfortunate relation. I cannot. I will not.” She swiped angrily at her eyes and stiffened her spine. “I have made a decision about my life, and I shall not waver from my path. If Anthony should deign to propose marriage, I will accept him.”
“Anna, I…” Lane put a hand to her elbow, his eyes troubled. “I wish you the greatest happiness in life, you know that, don’t you?”
She nodded, unable to speak through the lump in her throat.
“I did not mean to cause you distress.” His hand caressed her upper arm, spreading gooseflesh over her skin. “For that I am truly sorry.”
She let out a long breath. “Thank you, Lane.”
His jaw tightened for a moment, his gaze calculating. “What of your desire for adventure, Anna?”
She let out an undignified scoff. “What woman — outside the realm of fiction — ever truly has an adventure?” Her lips curved in a mirthless smile. “I fear my childhood fancies of being whisked away in some melodrama or another have long since passed.”
He nodded his understanding, releasing her arm. She suddenly felt cold without his touch, and the sadness that had settled in her heart gave a decidedly sharp pang.
“I had best return to the ballroom. Anthony and my family will most assuredly be wondering where I am.”
“Of course,” he murmured.
Anna hesitated for a moment longer, part of her hoping that he would claim a dance with her. When no request was forthcoming, Anna sent him another small smile and returned to the ballroom, leaving him standing alone on the balcony.
How had she allowed herself to be so open to heartbreak when it came to Lane Mason, Earl of Devon? And why had she not moved past these feelings long ago? Whatever the reason was, she would be free of them from that moment on. Lane was, and would remain, her friend and nothing more.
Hell and blazes
. Lane raked his fingers through his hair as he pondered the insanity of his newly forming plan.
Anna’s intention for her future was a noble one, and his heart ached to see her in pain. But he could not allow her to live her expected, mundane life without first having a taste of the sort of excitement she found in her novels.
He would give her what she had always wanted.
He would give her an adventure.