Book Giveaway & Author Interview: Fateful, Fair Maiden or Fractured by Cheri Schmidt

Welcome to Author Cheri Schmidt


Bio:

Cheri is a mother of four beautiful girls, a wife to a loving computer geek, a writer, an artist, a photographer, a lover of words, and a lover of reading books.
Cheri went to Brigham Young University in 1988 where she majored in photography and design. She has worked as a portrait photographer and artist for twenty years. She has only recently realized that she can share the stories constantly playing through her thoughts, and added writing to her list of creative endeavors. She always did well in English, but never realized she could write as her other talents seemed to overshadow that hidden skill.
She has always had an interest in fairies, mermaids, vampires, witches, and, in truth, just about any type of fantasy or myth. She started out in elementary school drawing mermaids, fairies, and witches, and has since sold paintings of them on eBay. As computer technology advanced, she began digitally enhancing photographs into those magical creatures as well.
When stories of these beings continued to entertain her thoughts, to the point of almost haunting her, she decided it was time to start writing them down. FATEFUL is her first finished work, though other stories had come to her before that. She has seven other books in the plans, including: some on vampires, some on fairies, and all of them with a romantic twist.

Interview:

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I’d go back to the past, for sure. I’d love to see what life was like in Victorian times, especially in London.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
My great, great grandfather, Edward Pugh. He was the first of my family to come to the USA from England at the age of 17. He bought a wheat thrasher, some cattle, and horses, and drove those to Utah to help settle there. He was a real cowboy, and an American hero in my book.

Night owl, or early bird?
Totally a night owl.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
At the moment, I’m working on Forever, book 3 in the Fateful trilogy. I have plans for at least 9 or 10 more books, all of them will be YA fantasy romance.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
Disappoint in the books I had been reading, and the stories constantly haunting my thoughts. It took me a while to figure out those weren’t just for my own personal entertainment.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
When I found that people had actually put me as their favorite author in their profile. I never really thought I would ever be anyone’s favorite author.

What is your dream cast for your book?
I’d love to see Ed Speleers play Ethan Deveroux, and Leighton Meester play Danielle Darcey.

Favorite places to travel?
England, or anywhere in that area, like Ireland or France…

What do you do in your free time?
I love to take pictures of my girls, make beaded jewelry, decorate, cook, and read.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
Definitely the movie Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows. I’ve watched the trailer a few times.

If you like vampires, you may like Fateful:

A huge fan of Jane Austen, Danielle hopes to find her own Mr. Darcy when she leaves Colorado to attend art school in London. Of course she knows it’s silly to wish for that, naive even. But she’s met enough males who lacked respect for women, a growing trend it seemed. And at nineteen…well…. However, on only her second night there she gets lost and is threatened by a stalker who proves to be immune to her martial arts training. Before she is completely overpowered, she is then saved by Ethan Deveroux.

While Danielle does find the romance she seeks in Ethan, he’s no Mr. Darcy. Her hero is held by a spell which fractures their chance at a happy ending. During the day Ethan is closer to mortal than immortal and can date her like any other man. Yet, as the sun sets, the powerful magic of an ancient curse returns and the evil of that spell is revealed. When that magic begins, Danielle’s fairytale romance ends because Ethan Deveroux is a vampire.

If you’re kind of done with vampires, you might prefer Fair Maiden:

It’s the Victorian era in England, but Tessa is from the medieval past. She awakens within a castle she has never seen before. Knowledge of her name also evades her. However, even worse than not knowing who or where she is, she cannot recall how she died or why she is dressed as a bride.

Along with Christian, the earl of the castle she haunts, Tessa tries to discover who she is and break the spell holding her in a prison of death. They never imagined the curse keeping them apart is the only thing protecting her, until it’s too late.

Fractured:

The Fateful Trilogy continues with Fractured. No, it’s not called Fractured because Ethan and Danielle break up…in case you were wondering.
They had thought they’d escaped most of the danger surrounding them, when in truth they’ve made it worse by unintentionally sparking a civil war amongst vampires. Many vampires want to protect them for discovering the cure to the curse binding their kind. However many more want to destroy them for that same discovery.
Ethan’s and Danielle’s struggle for survival intensifies while they sink deeper into the midst of this danger. The romantic fairytale bliss they once had will soon fracture under the pressure of the curse….

Giveaway Details:
1 signed copy of Fateful or Fair Maiden + a matching beaded bookmark open to US only
1 Kindle copy of Fateful, Fair Maiden or Fractured sent as a gift through amazon.com (you must have an amazon.com account to claim it).
Ends 11/28/11

WINNERS
Paperback: Sierra(:
Ebook: Memory Aviles