Teaser Tuesday with Cherie Reich

Today’s Teaser Tuesday is from Author Cherie Reich.

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Book Description: A Fantasy Short Story Collection
Follow five women from Foxwick in this five-story fantasy collection.
A bard will lose her head, if she doesn’t find the correct notes. A dragon seer must decide whether to betray her dragons or her fair kingdom. An assassin will journey to the Shadowlands to destroy Death. Twins are selected for the Mage Game, and a princess will journey to Valdale in search of the sorceress who can save Foxwick.

Women of Foxwick Information 
Excerpt of Women of Foxwick from the short story “Dragon Seer”
With a table-sized cloth draped over her arm, Vesta tiptoed toward the wounded moss-colored dragon. The creature whimpered, and tendrils of smoke escaped from his flaring nostrils. He stomped his feet, nearly bumping against the trees. Black blood oozed from the wound where the short spear punctured and remained in his forearm. Vesta glanced toward her cottage, but she could barely see it in the nearby valley. Perhaps she should’ve brought some water to clean the dragon’s wound. Oh, well. She had no time to go back.
Get it out, Vesta. It hurts. The dragon’s words vibrated through her mind.
“Calm down, Attor, and let me help you. It’s your own fault, you know.” She grasped the spear in two hands. “Close your eyes. I’ll pull it out.”
It’s not my fault. He squeezed his eyelids shut. Be quick. Count to three.
“Who raided Donal’s flock?”
He snorted.
“Okay, one . . . two . . .” She dug her heels into the ground and yanked on the spear. “. . . three.” The spear loosened and popped out. The momentum forced her backward, and she fell on her behind.
He opened his eyes and peeked at the wound. It’s bleeding. Fix it.
“Don’t be so bossy, mister.” Dirt coated her dress, and she brushed it away as she stood. A breeze brushed against her uncovered head. She yanked her cloak’s hood over her hair. If anyone saw the violet strands . . . . Then, she fastened the cloth over the wound. “There. All better.”
Maybe.
“Don’t be so dubious. It’s unbecoming.”
His belly rumbled from laughter.
“And why were you in Donal’s fields? I thought we agreed you would track game in the forest.”
But sheep taste better.
“You’re just lazy. Other dragons are happy to hunt for their food instead of snatching a free meal.”
What do you know of other dragons? We all love easy meals. His forked-tongued darted out and licked his lips. He eyed her like a juicy morsel.
She shook her head and laughed. “You wouldn’t dare.”
Wouldn’t I?
“Nope.” She patted his paw. “Who would tend your wounds otherwise? Besides, my kind is even rarer than dragons.”
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Author Bio: A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies. Her e-books include a horror novelette titled Once Upon a December Nightmare, a short story collection with authors Aubrie Dionne and Lisa Rusczyk titled The Best of Raven and the Writing Desk, the futuristic space fantasy trilogy Gravity, and The Foxwick Chronicles, a series of fantasy short stories. She is a member of Valley Writers and the Virginia Writers Club.

Q&A Thursday – Interview with Cherie Reich

Today’s Q&A is the Wild Child Publishing Author Cherie Reich!

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Why did you start writing and when did you decide to go professional?

I started writing seriously in January 2009 when I started my first novel. I roleplayed since October 1999, and I had written some fan fiction and two original short stories (2005 and 2006). In 2009, I sent my friend and fellow author Christine Rains a short story I wrote. She suggested that I submit it. The story was accepted, and there was no looking back from there.
Do you write in more than one genre? Which ones and which do you like the best?

Yes, I write more than one genre. I tend to write horror, fantasy, and mystery, but I’ve branched out to science fiction, romance, and general fiction. I sometimes have historical or mythological elements in my writing as well. It’d be near impossible to determine which genre I like the best. I do like adding fantastical elements with a dash of suspense in forms of mystery and horror when I write. My fiction also ranges from children’s to adult.
Do you read other authors’ books when you’re writing? If so, do you read the same genre or something different?

Yes, I do read while writing, not technically simultaneously, though. I am a book blogger and reviewer at my blog Surrounded by Books Reviews (http://surroundedbybooksreviews.blogspot.com). Authors send me books to review in all different types of genres. Sometimes I read in the genre I’m currently writing in, such as Young Adult. Other times, I don’t. I find it very important to read as a writer. You learn about the craft by reading others. Sometimes I find I have to be a bit careful reading some authors’ works. If they have such a strong voice, it can be difficult to get back into your own writing. Yet, sometimes it helps when you’re stuck to read something else.
What is the most difficult part of the entire writing process for you? Queries, pitches, editing..etc.

Writing isn’t easy, especially writing well. I have more ideas than time to write. As an editor, I feel more comfortable editing my own work, although I always have my critique partners look for things I might miss, particularly story-wise. I think the hardest thing is querying and pitching. You figure out your book, write it, work hard to edit and polish it. Then you have to craft something interesting that tells what your book is about in a wow factor with the hope an agent or publisher feels the same about your book as you do. It’s intimidating. I haven’t had a work ready quite yet to query, but soon, very soon. I’ll find out if I can pass that difficult part.
Bio:  Cherie Reich is a writer, freelance editor, and library assistant living in Virginia. Her works have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, and her horror ebook Once Upon a December Nightmare is published by Wild Child Publishing. She is a member of Valley Writers and the Virginia Writers Club and placed third in Roanoke Valley’s Big Read writing contest.

Once Upon a December Nightmare

They were only going out to dinner and a movie.

But when their plans go astray, friends Cassie, Mary, Denise, and James decide to take a detour down a lonely mountain road. A felled tree blocks their passage and forces them to turn around in a clearing containing a disturbing arrangement of four deer carcasses.

Their truck breaks down, their cell phones don’t work, and they must brave the cold December air, nightfall, and a long hike. Yet this is the least of their troubles. Tension runs high between the four young friends…and they are not alone. Each step brings them closer to safety, but will they make it to the main road alive?


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Teaser Tuesday! Featuring…Once Upon a December Nightmare by Cherie Reich

Once Upon a December Nightmare: They were only going out to dinner and a movie.

But when their plans go astray, friends Cassie, Mary, Denise, and James decide to take a detour down a lonely mountain road. A felled tree blocks their passage and forces them to turn around in a clearing containing a disturbing arrangement of four deer carcasses.

Their truck breaks down, their cell phones don’t work, and they must brave the cold December air, nightfall, and a long hike. Yet this is the least of their troubles. Tension runs high between the four young friends…and they are not alone. Each step brings them closer to safety, but will they make it to the main road alive?

Excerpt:
“I think we should stay together,” Cassie spoke up. “The lights went out. The cell phones don’t work. We’re stuck in the middle of freaking nowhere. This has all the makings of a horror movie, and I know something about horror movies. You never split up.”

“I don’t want to stay here,” Mary squeaked. She trembled, looking cold and scared.

“What if someone comes up here after we leave? Then we’ll miss out on a ride back,” Denise said and wrapped an arm around her sister. “Mary, we’ll be fine if we stay here. It’s safe in the truck.” She didn’t think she could walk three or four miles to the main road. Despite being twenty-years-old, she was more than forty pounds overweight and always a little out of breath from smoking.

“No one will be coming up here.” Cassie laughed, although the sound held no mirth. “James said that the forestry service checks this road once a week. It could be several days before they check the road again. The road behind us is blocked, and very few people will come out here during the winter season, as well,” she argued. “I’m going with James. I won’t stay here.” She began to put on her gloves. It was already getting cold in the truck.

“Cassie has a point,” James admitted. “We don’t know when they’ll check the road, but we all don’t have to go.”

“Well, I’m staying here,” Denise said, crossing her arms. Cassie may be a few months older than she was, but it didn’t mean she had to listen to her, and there was no way she was going to walk out there in the dark. Besides, Cassie was being childish with that horror movie nonsense. “There could be wild animals out there and who knows what else.”

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