Friday, December 2, 2011

Celebrating A New Release For Sam Cheever

Today on our Cyber LaunchParty Blog we're celebrating the release of Sam Cheever's first book with Changeling Press, RIDING THE PULSE.

Sam writes fast paced fantasy and romantic fiction with feisty characters who deal with life's little challenges in unique and often hilarious ways. As a reader Sam is very impatient. She quickly loses interest if a story doesn't have a good pace and snappy dialogue. Sam's inability to focus in a backwash of human angst and subtleties works out well for her readers, since she writes the way she likes to read.

In her real life, Sam lives on a hobby farm in Indiana with 10 dogs, 4 horses, 2 barn cats, 2 daughters, and one husband. Not necessarily in that order.

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Marissa O'Neill and Jurden Bailey share a past they don't remember, though it's haunted their dreams for a decade. In their teens, they encountered something powerful in a cave in Mexico, and it changed them forever. But it isn't until they meet again, years later, that they realize just how much they've changed.

Suddenly they have powers -- super powers -- and they don't know how they're supposed to use them or why they have them. All they know is that sex seems to trigger the power and enhance it. And that's one trigger they're happy to explore.

But something alien and terrifying is trying to kill them, and it won't give up until it gets what they don't even know they have -- the single remaining object that can tie an advanced, alien race to much of Earth's history.

If only Rissa weren't so distracted by the things Jurden's vibrating finger can do!


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  1. Woo Hoo Sam - super congrats on your first Changeling Press release and is this your first Sci Fi Romance?

    I can't wait to read it - what a fun way for one to discover you have super it!

    Tell us all about the new book and, while I didn't mentioned anywhere, this sure seems like the start of a great new series....hint, hint, nudge, nudge ;)

    What else have you been working on and what's up next?

    Have a wonderful release day and hope RIDING THE PULSE is a huge bestseller for you!

  2. Thanks DeNita!

    This is a great start to my Changeling Press career! What a great company, with some extremely talented authors. If you like fun, sexy fantasy, romantic suspense, or science fiction, you should definitely check Changeling out! I feel like part of the family already!

    Funny you should ask about the series, my editor asked me the same thing! ROFL! Right now I'm working on something else for Changeling, for their Dire Wolf (can you say werewolf? Yum!) series, but who knows, I might have more of these stories in me.

    Actually, the Dancin' With the Devil series is technically science fiction. It's really futuristic urban fantasy. But this is the first story I've written that really has a sci/fi feel to it. And super heroes, how fun is that?

    What's up next? Good heavens, how much time do you have? LOL! I have an extremely busy next few months ahead of me. My editor currently has her hot little hands on another Honeybun cousin, my first Musa Publishing story, part of a Love Notes, Valentine's anthology will release on January 27th...Yay! I'm really excited about that story, it's gonna be so much fun! There's another Astra Q Phelps story with my editor, and I have a new project with RRP, for a brand new series, that will come out in January.


    In addition to the above, I'm currently working on four more stories...yee ha! And I need to start my next Honeybun Hunk soon. Snorf!

    Sorry you asked? Har!

  3. Oh WOW, Sam! I love the premise of this! Scifi is one of my favorite genres to read, so I'm thrilled to hear this might possibly be the start of a series! Woot! ;) (Not that you aren't busy at all ;))

    Is it a challenge writing for the different publishers? Are there things you have to keep in mind that affect how you approach a story? Or do you write first, and find the right publisher after?

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  4. LOL, yeah, I'm just sitting around eating bon bons all the time. Snorf!

    These are great questions. Actually it's a combination of both. Some stories just come to me and I write them, and then look for a publisher that the story fits.

    Once I'm with a publishing house I'll generally write and submit stuff that fits their tastes and market. As you can imagine, each publisher has different things they're looking for and different approaches in story telling. That can be a bit of a challenge the first time you write for them. But the up side is that writing to match those expectations really stretches me as a writer, and gives me an opportunity to reach a whole new set of readers. I love that! And it's the biggest reason I publish for several different houses.

    What you might not know unless you've experienced it yourself, is that each publisher has a certain genre that is stronger than the others, kind of a specialty. Though they might publish several different genres, one or two of those will be their hot spots.

    For example, I discovered that RRP has a large and hungry interracial romance readership. So I write a lot of IR for them. EC has always focused on the heat level of their stories and seems to do well with contemporaries and shifter stories. Changeling likes stories that are ultra hot and kind of edgy...different. That's really fun and I'm getting into the flow of that right now.

    What this means is that you might not hit the mark with your first story at a new publisher, but once you get the pulse of it, you can craft stories that will do well there. That's really the biggest challenge.

    I hope that answers your question. Sorry to blather on. LOL

  5. Congrats on your latest release! I love SF romance and this sounds like a good one :-) Do you have a fave scene from Riding?

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  6. LOL! Love your "blathering," Sam--please, blather away! And thanks for taking the time to give such a thoughtful answer! That makes a lot of sense!

  7. My you are a busy one. Just seeing what all you have going on is making me tired!

    Do you write full time? And how many hours do you write each day?

    Best of luck with your new book, I'm off to read the excerpt.

  8. My favorite scene:

    She looked at him, a plea in her eyes. “Something’s not right.”

    He nodded, climbing out of bed. “We’ll get you to the hospital.”

    She grabbed his arm as he started to drag his jeans on over a semi-erect penis. He didn’t even take the time to grab his boxers. He glanced at her. “What is it, Rissa?”

    “Something’s wrong…”

    “I know, that’s why we’re going…”

    “No! Not with me. Out there.” She lifted a hand toward the window as a knot twisted hard in her belly, causing her to cry out and double over in pain. Rissa didn’t know how she knew it, but she knew that someone needed their help. And she also knew that the pain wouldn’t stop until she listened to the warning her body was giving her. “I have to help them…”

    “Help who?” Jurden glanced toward the window and then back at her, unsure what to address first. But when Rissa cried out and dropped into a fetal position on the bed, his decision was made. He hurried around the bed and scooped her up into his arms. “I’m taking you to the hospital, now. We’ll deal with everything else later.”

    “No!” She pushed at his chest. “Let me get dressed.”

    He looked down and realized she was naked. “Yeah. That’s probably a good idea.” He settled her on the edge of the bed and turned away to collect some jeans and a T-shirt.

    As he yanked drawers open, flinging garments around the room in his rush to select clothing he could easily drag over her legs and arms, the room exploded in light and throbbed with a concussive wind sound. He wrenched around, horror tightening his throat in anticipation of what he would find. He gaped, his mouth hanging open. A pair of fire engine red, silk panties dropped from his suddenly nerveless fingers.

    “I know where we need to go,” Rissa told him.

    “Arggh, gurgle, gack…” was all Jurden could manage.

    She stomped a foot impatiently -- or rather a giant claw. “This is no time to screw around, Jurden!”

    “Uggle, bleurgh, cuggg…”

    “Jurden!” An enormous pair of silvery wings flapped angrily, and Rissa’s stunningly beautiful face went still. She turned her head slowly and took note of the wings flapping behind her.

    “Wha… What the hell!” She looked down and took in the giant claws at the end of a pair of deformed, silver legs. “I’m a flippin’ bird?” Her voice screeched painfully. Jurden dropped the clothes and covered his ears.

    “From my college days studying mythology, I’d say you’re more like a harpy,” he told her in as soothing a tone as he could manage under the circumstances.

    She was beautiful, and slightly terrifying. When she opened her mouth he saw that it was filled with rows of jagged teeth, which looked like they’d be good at ripping flesh -- or metal -- into ribbons. Her torso and head were covered in shimmery silver feathers, and her arms, which were human-shaped to the elbows, flared into wings from the elbows down. Her torso was human-shaped too, but her thighs were massive, and her slender calves ended in enormous, clawed feet.

    Rissa’s mouth opened to argue with him, but in her agitation she flapped her wings, knocking the bedside lamp to the floor and lifting her off the ground several inches.

    She panicked and threw her upper body forward, plunging toward the ground. As she fell, she whacked Jurden in the face with a wing. He was knocked to his knees from the powerful strike. “Holy crap, girl, get control of those things!” Blood trickled down his face from his nose.

    “Sorry!” She tried to push herself off the ground with her hands but realized too late that she didn’t have any. She made a sound of frustration, and her wings flapped again, knocking the bottles and a couple of pictures off the top of her dresser. “Argh!”

    Jurden ducked beneath her wings and grabbed her around the waist, dragging her back to her feet. He held her waist until she lowered her wings. “I guess you figured out how to turn into something else.” He grinned at her. “I’m finding myself strangely attracted to you in your new form.”

  9. Hey Katie!

    I do write pretty much full time. I do some consulting work too, but I spend most of my time writing these days.

    I generally get into my office between 4 and 5 am and pry myself out of the chair around dinner time. But I take a lot of breaks in between...walk the some yoga...LOL I tend to write in chunks of about a thousand to fifteen hundred words at a time and then take a mini-break before starting again.

    Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed the excerpt!