Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I Kill People Off for a Living

I have another treat for you today. Please welcome my guest blogger, Cherish D'Angelo and her new contemporary suspense release! My blog is now hers.
Thank you so much for hosting me during my Cherish the Romance Virtual Book Tour, which launches my contemporary romantic suspense, Lancelot's Lady.

When people ask me what I do, I like to say, "I kill people off for a living." It's amazing the responses I get. Sometimes, I'll get a nervous laugh, a snicker, widened eyes, shocked expressions or just looks of confusion.

I know what they're thinking.

Really? She kills people off? Is she joking? What does she mean by that?

Yes, I'm a bit of a mind reader. But with this, it's not too difficult. Besides, I do it on purpose. I have a desire to shock people every now and then. Some may think it's a sadistic tendency; I just think it's kind of fun. And funny.

Most times, I'll clarify my answer. "I write suspense. I kill people off...fictitiously."

Their response. "Oh!" I'll hear a sigh of relief most times, then another laugh as they explain they weren't too sure about me.

I started saying this as a reply after my first thriller Divine Intervention was released back in 2004. As Cheryl Kaye Tardif, I've killed off someone in every novel. And not always people who deserve to die. I don't intentionally go looking for someone to write off; it just happens as a natural result of the direction the plot is going in.

So what about Cherish D'Angelo, my alter-ego who writes romantic suspense? Well, it seems even Cherish isn't immune to the need to write someone off--permanently. She tried to keep the victim alive. At least, in the second draft. But the victim, who wasn't a nice person at all, just begged to be killed. So I did this person in. Or, I should say, Cherish did.

Sure, Cherish may have the flowery name and she may write scintillating romance scenes and flowery descriptive prose, but she's also aware that once a character has fulfilled their destiny, we don't always need them around. And sometimes bad things happen to bad people.

In Lancelot's Lady, I can guarantee you one thing. There's a corpse. Now you just have to read it to find it. ;-)

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..."

~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.

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

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.

Thanks for being my guest today, Cherish. Best wishes for your new release!


Barbara Britton said...

I love the name Cherish and your occupation of killing people off for a living. Bet that's a real conversation starter!
Your wit really comes through on this blog and makes me want to read your prose.

EmilyBryan said...

I'm glad you're offering an ebook to my readers, Cherish. Just this week, I took the ebook plunge and I now have 4 books stored on my cellphone, of all things.

I'm loving reading this way. It's so convenient. If I'm out and about and have to wait somewhere, I always have something to read. And the backlight means I can read in bed without disturbing the DH.

As it turns out, I like ebooks. No one is more surprised than me.

Karri Lyn Halley said...

Telling people you kill people for a living is a great way to let people know about your occupation as a writer. Since my "real jobs" are civil engineer and dance teacher, it's hard to let people know that I also write. Since I don't kill people off in my stories, I'll have to think of another interesting way of introducing my other profession. I can't wait to read one of your books.

Linda Henderson said...

I enjoy reading romantic suspense, I'll have to read your book to see who you kill off.

seriousreader at live dot com

Cheryl Tardif said...

Thank you, Barbara. If you want to learn more about how I chose my pen name, I'm blogging about that on some future tour stops. You can see my schedule HERE. And you're right, when I tell people what I do, they give me weird looks. I love it! :-)

Emily, thank YOU for hosting me during my tour. And how cool is it that you've taken the plunge into the world of ebooks. I had the same reaction when I first started reading ebooks. I was sure I'd be a die-hard print lover. Then I got an iPhone and downloaded Kindle, Kobo and Stanza apps. It's so convenient, especially if you're waiting at the doctor's office. :-)

Karri, you can always say you're a writing dancer. Your profile pic could be you in a dance outfit, posing over a laptop or PC. I'm imagining a ballerina pose...lol

Linda, Thanks for dropping by. Since you've left your email in your comment, you'll be receiving at least 1 free ebook, plus you'll be entered in all my prize draws. Good luck!! :-)

I do hope you'll all consider picking up a copy of Lancelot's Lady from Amazon, KoboBooks or Smashwords. It's only $4.99.

Happy reading!


EmilyBryan said...

Oh, yes. Important to note that we need to leave our email addies to receive the ebook.

emily at emilybrya dot com

Karri Lyn Halley said...

I'll get my husband to add Lancelot's Lady to his Amazon cart. He always has a cart going. And I'm leaving my e-mail this time, if I can figure out how.

I like the writing dancer idea and I'd love to have a picture with a ballerina pose over a PC, but only if it's a picture from say, 20 years ago! :-)

Karri Lyn Halley said...

Okay, one more try on the e-mail address.


Cheryl Tardif said...

Yes, email addresses get you entered in my draws, Karri. I see yours, so you're good! :-)

Good luck!!


Cheryl Tardif said...

Emily, as one of my hosts, you'll be getting a virtual basket of free ebooks to thank you. :-)

EmilyBryan said...

Why, thank you, Cherish. How sweet!

Anonymous said...

People need to be shaken up a bit out of the bubble of their personal universe every now and then. :) I think you do a good job.


Cheryl Tardif said...

LOL, JM. Yeah, it does shake them up when I say I kill people off for a living. Especially when I can deliver that line so seriously.

Sometimes I don't elaborate. hehe


Sarah Coulsey said...

This is stop #16 for me!! This is fun!!!

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

All my best,


sarahcoulsey03 at gmail dot com

Laurel Bradley said...

Lancelot's Lady sounds good. I also like that you intimate that you're a hit man when people ask what you do. How fun. I'm looking forward to the e-book. I love finding new authors. I love the free sample aspect of my e-reader. I've learned of many new authors that way.

Laurel Bradley said...

I forgot the email address: laurel at laurel bradley dot com

Cheryl Tardif said...

Hello Sarah and Laurel!

Sarah, I know now to expect to see your comments. When I find a blog you've missed, I'll have to email you to make sure you're okay. lol

Laurel, thank you for all your comments and I'm so glad you left your email address. Now you'll receive a free ebook. :-)

Check out my other posts for more chances to win. If you get lost, ask Sarah for directions. :-)


EmilyBryan said...

A blog tour is such fun, isn't it? Back in 2008, I did a 50 day/ 50 blog tour for VEXING THE VISCOUNT and gathered a merry band of Blog Touristas with me for that trek through cyber-space. I'm planning something similar for the release of my first Mia Marlowe Brava title, TOUCH OF A THIEF. Probably for the month of April.

It's a great way to find new blogs you enjoy and want to follow as well as learn more about the author you're following.

Pam S (pams00) said...

Loved the title of your post on this one :). Thanks for sharing! Trying to catch up on your wonderful tour.

Pam S
pams00 @ aol.com