Saturday, October 2, 2010

Cherish D'Angelo

With us today is Cherish D'Angelo. Cherish has some golden words for us.

Welcome Cherish.

Golden Words: From Reader to Author

Thank you for hosting me on my Cherish the Romance Virtual Book Tour, which launches my contemporary romantic suspense, Lancelot's Lady, a novel filled with sexual chemistry, tension and lots of sizzle, not to mention looming danger. It'll take more than beauty and brains for Rhianna to become Lancelot's Lady. But let's go back to where it all began…

I was born with a passion for books that started at a young age. One day, when I was about three, my mother caught me scribbling lines under each sentence of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat. She was appalled. She thought I was defacing the book. When she asked me what I was doing, I said, “I’m writing the story.” I think even then I realized how important books would become in my life.

About ten years passed and I had a book collection that was the envy of my friends. I had every Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys book, plus numerous Bobbsey Twins novels and others. Every word was like gold to me―something to be treasured. While my mother read her romance novels and my father read his science fiction tomes, I slipped away into the world of youthful investigations, following clues and solving mysteries―often with a flashlight under my blanket. I was captivated by these authors’ golden words and often stayed way past my bedtime.

Reading is very therapeutic and can take your mind off stress and pain, so my books became my best friends, always there when times were rough. What better way to escape the mundane life of a pre-teen and forget about chores, school and low self-esteem issues than to bury oneself in an intriguing book? These stories took me away to other worlds, to ‘live’ other lives, if only for an hour or two.

As a young teen, I collected Barbara Cartland and Harlequin romances and other adult fiction. One day I was offered a job as a journalist for a small BC newspaper. I was thrilled. Masset Meanderings became my column and I was paid about $5.00/week. Years later, I wrote a health and beauty column for another newspaper. But my deepest passion rested in fiction and books.

At fifteen, I had a growing collection of Stephen King, John Saul and Dean Koontz books and was fascinated by stories of suspense and horror. Inspired, I began to write my first novel. It took me a year to complete and I was proud of that accomplishment. Yearning for someone to tell me it was good, I brought the typewritten manuscript to school and kept it in my locker until I could show it to my language arts teacher.

However, when I returned to my locker, someone had broken in and my manuscript was gone, and since this was well before home computers and laptops, it was my only copy. I was devastated. This time, they were my golden words. And someone had stolen them. That day I learned that there is a deeper connection to the words we write. We own each word. If we have written something, those words have stemmed from our thoughts and feelings.

As a bestselling author of Canadian suspense novels (and now romance) who went from avid reader to avid writer, I have been blessed by words. I am not only a woman who loves to read, but an author who loves to impact other readers. After growing up reading books of every genre, I have learned to appreciate and respect those golden words as gifts given by an author.

Books educate, motivate, inspire and enrich, and every one you read has the power to stretch your mind and imagination in ways that challenge you. A good book can make you shake with fear and check your doors and windows, make you question ethical practices, or make you feel better about yourself. Books can make you laugh out loud…or reach for a tissue. Words have power and reading is an investment, one that I believe is worth more than gold.

~Cherish D'Angelo

Lancelot's Lady ~ A Bahamas holiday from dying billionaire JT Lance, a man with a dark secret, leads palliative nurse Rhianna McLeod to Jonathan, a man with his own troubled past, and Rhianna finds herself drawn to the handsome recluse, while unbeknownst to her, someone with a horrific plan is hunting her down.

Lancelot's Lady is available in ebook edition at KoboBooks, Amazon's Kindle Store, Smashwords and other ebook retailers. Help me celebrate by picking up a copy today and "Cherish the romance..."

You can learn more about Lancelot's Lady and Cherish D'Angelo (aka Cheryl Kaye Tardif) at and Follow Cherish from September 27 to October 10 on her Cherish the Romance Virtual Book Tour and win prizes.

Do you have the desire to write a novel or book? What's holding you back?

Leave a comment here, with email address, to be entered into the prize draws. You're guaranteed to receive at least 1 free ebook just for doing so. Plus you'll be entered to win a Kobo ereader. Winners will be announced after October 10th.


Anonymous said...

I am always fascinated by the genres we move through as we grow up - reading and writing, interpreting the world in the ways that make the most sense to us.

Sarah Coulsey said...

I lost count as to how many blogs I have hit!! lol This is fun!!!

Good luck with the tour!! I am following you around!! (More like stalking!!! lol)

I am enjoying finding all sorts of new blogs to follow!!

All my best,

sarahcoulsey03 at gmail dot com

pippirose said...

It's fascinating, getting insight on the writer...the whole process.
Good luck!
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

Cheryl Tardif said...

So very true, Jaime. :-)


Unknown said...

"Do you have the desire to write a novel or book? What's holding you back?" - Exactly - anyone can write.

Cheryl Tardif said...

Amarinda, I would clarify that slightly. Anyone can write and if they have the interest they should do it.

That doesn't mean anyone can write something worth publishing, though. That needs some skill, which can be learned to some degree, though I believe natural storytellers will see success sooner and easier. :-)

I do believe those with the dream of writing should follow it through and see where it leads.


Tannu said...

Really Nice Blog!:)

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Great take on books! I had an entire collection of Nancy Drew and Cherry Ames, Student Nurse (solving crimes in a hospital setting)!

I'm glad you are pursuing your dream.

Pam S (pams00) said...

Yes I've thought of and tried to write a book several times over the years. I've had several poems and short stories published. However, I can't seem to discipline myself to pull together a storyline and stay focused for a complete novel.

Pam S
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