Friday, January 13, 2017

Hickory Dickory Dead - Chapter One Sneak Peek


Hickory Dickory Dead - Chapter One Sneak Peek 


At ten minutes past three in the morning a shrill, hair-raising scream woke seventy-year-old Maisie Fezzwig from a semi-sound sleep. Over the last half hour she’d drifted in and out of consciousness, trying to get some shut-eye while the male counterpart sleeping next to her sounded off like a wheezy, broken-down foghorn. It wasn’t his fault, of course. It was hers. She accepted the blame. After all, she’d broken rule number one: never, ever, under any circumstances, allow a man she was sleeping with to stay the night. Up to now, Maisie had never broken that rule, but after one too many glasses of red wine, she’d lost track of time and dozed off unintentionally.
            To rectify her mistake, Maisie decided swift action was the perfect remedy. She switched on the lamp next to her, and, using two fingers to remove the arm her date had draped over her chest, she lifted the hand cupping her right breast and deposited it back on Daniel’s chest. When the gesture didn’t wake him, yawned loud enough for the neighbors to hear. And when that didn’t wake him, she stabbed his shoulder repeatedly with her finger, aligned her mouth with his ear, and said, “Daniel, wake up!”
            Daniel partially lifted one eye, closed it, and rolled onto his other side. “What is it, Maisie? I’m trying to sleep.”
            “Did you hear that noise?”
            “What noise?”
            “It sounded like someone screamed.”
            “Maybe you should turn off the TV.”
            Maisie looked at the flat screen on the wall, failing to see why he didn’t see what she saw. The television wasn’t on. It was off. “The noise didn’t come from inside the house. It came from outside.”
            “If you really want me to get up and look around, I’ll do it.”
            Although the offer had been made, he made no attempt to get up, which suited Maisie just fine. She didn’t need him to do the dirty work. She was more than happy to do it herself.
Maisie rose from bed, walked to the dresser, and opened the top drawer. She pulled out a pair of binoculars, walked to the window, and peeked through them, canvassing each house in her neighborhood.
Daniel propped himself up on one arm, rubbing the sleep from his eyes. “What in the hell are you doing, Maisie?”
            She shooed a hand in his direction. “Shh. Stop talking. I’m trying to concentrate.”
            “There’s no need to get snippy with me. Come on now. Come back to bed.”
            Come back to bed?
He’d said the words like it was an order, as if the lackluster moment of passion they’d shared an hour before gave him permission to treat her like they were more familiar than they were. It was the very reason rule number one wasn’t meant to be broken.
            Maisie set the binoculars down, picked Daniel’s pants up off the floor, and hurled them in his direction. She attempted a smile, but felt certain it wasn’t very convincing. “Time for you to leave.”
            “What are you talking about?” He patted the side of the bed she’d just risen from. “Come on, baby. I could go for another round? Whadd’ya say?”
            Baby.
A word she hadn’t been called in some time.
A word that was just eww for a woman of her age.
They’d only been together twice. Both times his bedroom prowess had been mediocre at best. “You need to go, Daniel.”
            “Maisie—”
            Maisie pointed toward her living room door. “Out.”
            Daniel stood, taking his time pulling his pants back on like he was giving her a minute to change her mind. “I like you. We have a good things going here. Can I at least see you again?”    
            “Your fifty. I’m seventy. It was nice, but let’s call it what it was, shall we?”
            He scratched his head. “What was it?”
            “A one night stand. A bootie call. A hook up as the teenagers say.”   
            His eyes widened. “You’re not serious?”
            “Quite.”
            She escorted him to the front door, opened it, and kissed him on the cheek. “You’re very sweet, Daniel. Thanks for a nice night. Goodbye.”
            Daniel stood with his arms crossed in front of him, dumfounded and confused, making it all the more awkward for her to look him in the eye, so she didn’t. She offered the same smile she’d offered before and closed the door. As soon as his Subaru backed out of the driveway, she scurried back to the binoculars again, scanning the neighborhood a little longer than she had the first time. All was quiet now. Everything appeared normal except for one thing: Sylvia Frazier’s house was black, and Sylvia never retired to bed without switching the front porch light on.
            Maisie threw a robe over her short silk nightie, a coat over the robe, slipped into a pair of rubber-soled slippers, and opened the top drawer of her dresser once again. Besides the binoculars, the velvet-lined drawer also contained several relics left to her after her late husband passed five years earlier. Once such relic was a revolver. And not just any revolver. A Smith & Wesson 500 Magnum.
After completing a bullet check, Maisie scampered across the street to Sylvia’s place. Finding the front door unlocked, Maisie walked in, letting the revolver in her outstretched hand lead the way.
“Sylvia? Are you there? I’m coming in!”
As someone who’d familiarized herself with all of her neighbors, Maisie knew the layout of each house on the block. She paused for about ten seconds. When there was no reply, she flipped on the hall light and showed herself to Sylvia’s bedroom. Halfway down the hall it occurred to Maisie that Sylvia might not have replied when she’d called her name because Sylvia was sleeping. It further occurred to her that Sylvia may have forgotten to illuminate the porch light this one time. If true, the appearance of a gun-toting neighbor in the wee hours of the morning was likely to give the eighty-four-year-old woman a heart attack. Adversely, the lack of an illuminated front porch light was one thing; an unlocked front door was quite another.
Maisie entered Sylvia’s room, feeling her way up the wall until she felt the light switch. She flicked it on. A terrified Sylvia sat straight up in bed, yanking her blanket over her face like if Maisie was an intruder, she believed she could protect herself with it.
Sylvia looked at Maisie then the revolver. “Maisie? What the hell are you doing here? And what are you doing with a gun?”
Maisie lowered her weapon. “I apologize, Sylvia. I thought you needed help.”
“I’m in bed. Sleeping. What help could I possibly need?”
“I heard someone scream earlier, and when I saw your front porch light wasn’t on, I thought it may have been you. I called your name when I came in. You must not have heard me.”
Sylvia inserted her fingers into her ears, pulling out a pair of plugs. “I’m wearing these tonight. I don’t hear anything. My nephew’s staying here this week. He blasts the television. Without ear plugs, I don’t get any sleep.”
Maisie assumed Sylvia’s nephew was also to blame for the front porch light being off as well as the unlocked door. “I suppose it wasn’t you who screamed then.”
 She sighed. “Of course it wasn’t. And, by the way, you can’t just walk into my house whenever you want without knocking.”
“The front door was unlocked.”
“That’s not the point. This isn’t your house.”
Maisie stuffed the revolver into her jacket pocket and turned. “You should tell that nephew of yours to lock the front door.”
Sylvia grunted an inaudible reply.
She walked back down the hall confused. She had heard what sounded like a woman’s scream, and not just any scream; a desperate cry for help.
Stepping outside again, the air seemed staler tonight, like the atmosphere had sucked it all in and zipped it up tight.
Maisie may have been wrong about Sylvia, but someone, somewhere was in trouble.
She didn’t know how she knew.
She just knew it.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Join My Street Team/Fan Club!





Thank you for your interest in joining Team Bradshaw, my street team/fan club for avid fans of my books. We are now open for new members, but will only take the FIRST 15-20 who sign up! In other words...you better sign up posthaste!

WHAT IS THE TEAM BRADSHAW STREET TEAM?

Cheryl's Street Team is an exclusive club for her most dedicated fans. Fans receive perks and swag throughout the year in exchange for doing what they already do best ... reading her books and spreading the word. Sound like fun? Great! Now let's get to those perks...

THE PERKS!

Just for joining Team Bradshaw, you'll receive a welcome kit in the mail. By mail, we mean the snail kind, the one that involves the postman stopping by your house. The kit includes bookmarks for you to pass around to anyone you like. You will also receive some really fun author swag for YOU to keep to show her appreciation for becoming part of her team.

And that's not all...!

Exclusive for street team members only, you'll be invited to join a private Facebook team page (for team members ONLY). On the Team Bradshaw Facebook Page you can interact with Cheryl personally, ask questions, take part in drawings and giveaways only for street team members, and be the first to find out about upcoming projects.

And that's not all...!

When new books are released, Team Bradshaw street team members will get the chance to read them FIRST, and most will be gifted to you FREE.

And that's not all...!

As a member of Team Bradshaw you'll want to check your snail mail throughout the year because you never know when you'll receive a little something extra just for being a member of the team. Over the last year team members received books, swag, mugs, calendars, tote bags, notebooks, etc. Cheryl loves giving back and interacting with her team!

HOW DO I JOIN?

For this round of sign-ups, Cheryl's accepting the first 15-20 fans who complete these tasks:  

  • Leave at least two reviews for any of Cheryl's novels that you have read. Links to all her novels can be found HERE(Already read and reviewed Cheryl's books? Just let us know when you sign up which books you reviewed and where).
  • Follow Cheryl on Facebook by clicking HERE.

Once you've completed the two tasks above, email us HERE. (cherylbradshawbooks(at)hotmail(dotcom)

In the subject line write: JOIN TEAM BRADSHAW

In the body of your email, let Lily (Cheryl's assistant), know what you have done to complete the tasks. Also include your full name and home address for our mailing list and the email address you use for Facebook so we can invite you to join our secret team Facebook page.

Once we have filled the slots, we'll mention we are closed for new members at the top of this post and on Cheryl's Facebook author page, so if you don't see that yet, go ahead and sign up. And if you didn't make it into the street team this month, we'll have sign-ups again in about six months.

Once we've received your email, you'll receive a reply so you know we received it.

READY...SET...GO!!!


Thursday, March 31, 2016

$3,000 Big Romance Author Spring Giveaway!

Welcome to the Spring Fling $3,000 Giveaway! 



This month is a cool time to be a reader. 101 of your favorite authors contributed to one massive giveaway! Giveaway rules are listed on the rafflecopter. International participants can play as well! Got any questions? Feel free to ask. There are 100 ways to enter for a maximum possible 500+ entries per person. The giveaway lasts the entire month of April, so come back every day and hammer away at a few more entries until you’re all done!
ONE PERSON WILL WIN $3,000 USD! So ... tell your friends, an don’t miss out! 
Terms & conditions are listed on the rafflecopter. Read it for full details. The winner will be chosen on May 1, 2016 and contacted via the email address they used to enter. CHECK YOUR EMAIL! The winner’s name will also be posted on the rafflecopter widget above.
Participating Romance Authors:
101 different authors came together to make this giveaway possible. If you’ve been looking for a hot, new read, there are some fantastic authors featured in this giveaway, writing in the genres of contemporary romance, new adult romance, erotic romance, steamy romance, urban fantasy romance, dystopian romance, historical romance, futuristic/ sci-fi/ fantasy romance, Teen/ YA romance, inspirational romance and time travel romance!


H.M. Ward
Kim Golden
Drew Jordan
Christi Caldwell
Scarlett Metal
Chris Almeida & Cecilia Aubrey
Heidi McLaughlin
Jenny Gardiner
Stacey Joy Netzel
Merry Farmer
Mallory Crowe
Julia Kent
Jean Oram
Vella Day
Meli Raine
Sherri Hayes
Jayne Rylon
Sarah M. Cradit
Erica Ridley
Christine Zolendz
Beverly Preston
Marquita Valentine
Melissa Storm
Dana Marton
Amy Bartol
Michelle Fox
Magan Vernon
Ainsley Booth
Venessa Kimball
Sidney Bristol
K.M. Scott
C.C.Wood
J.M. Miller
Zara Keane
Eliza Knight
L.P. Dover
Sadie Haller
Patricia McLinn
Suzanne Rock
Katherine Lowry Logan
Erin Richards
Tori Scott
Danielle Stewart
P.T. Michelle
Suzan Tisdale
T.M. Franklin
Evelyn Adams
S.E. Hall
Lauren Hawkeye
Josie Bordeaux
Melanie Marchande
Raci Ames
Catherine Gayle
Sam Cheever
J.M Cole
Brooke Blaine
Ella Frank
Allison Bell
Cristin Harber
Jacki Delecki
Tawdra Kandle
Sydney Logan
Laura Kaye
Laura Kamoie
Evie Harper
Patti Fiala
Taylor Law
Pamela DuMond
D.L. Roan
Jenni Moen
LG Castillo
Rachel Schurig
Nina Levine
Rachel Hanna
Cheryl Bradshaw
Jessica Scott
Beth Yarnall
J.T. Geissinger
Stacey Mosteller
Kylie Gilmore
Maryann Jordan
Cari Quinn
Lauren Royal
Renea Mason
Christine Bell
Felicia Tatum
Fabio Bueno
RaShelle Workman
Nana Malone
Annika Martin
Sophia Knightly
Nikki Lynn Barrett
Marian Tee
Sarah Castille
Allyn Lesley
Ambrielle Kirk
Jami Davenport
Bonnie R. Paulson
Laura Stapleton
Kennedy Layne
TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Must be 18 years of age or older to win. No cash value. Void where prohibited. Open to international & US residents. *The winner will receive an e-gift card via PayPal in the amount of $3000USD for this prize.* Winner must have: 1. an email account, 2. may be requested to fill out additional paperwork for tax purposes, and 3. must have a PayPal account to accept the prize. We are not responsible for fees taken by PayPal for this transaction, nor are we in any way responsible for VAT and/ or taxes. We are not responsible for items damaged or lost in the e-mail. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability.  By entering you agree that we are in no way to be held liable for anything pertaining to this giveaway. Winner(s) will be contacted by email 72 hours after the giveaway ends. You must claim your prize within 48 hours or it is forfeited and another winner will be selected. If you have any additional questions - feel free to send us an email!

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Arise: Stories of Hope and Encouragement (Written for Divorced Women, by Divorced Women)




Recently I was listening to a religious program on television. The preacher was talking about the responsibility we all have to help one another, lift one another, and make a difference whenever we can. His words moved me. I started thinking about the things I've always wanted to accomplish as an author--not just with my writing, and not just with my career, but with making a difference in the lives of others.

As a woman who's gone through divorce and has watched many of my friends and family members go through it too, one thing I've noticed time and time again is how long it takes many of my loved ones to bounce back again once the mirror shatters. I've watched them struggle. Sometimes for months, sometimes for years as they try to pick up the pieces, find their identities, and figure out how to be happy again.

Though some of us do pick up and bounce back quickly and fully, it's a rare phenomenon. Many people get stuck, unsure about what they need to do to feel whole again. Sometimes all a person really needs is inspiration and support, to feel a sense of hope and encouragement, to be shown how to free themselves from their unhealthy past so they can step into the light and never look back again.

This month I started a new book project called Arise: Stories of hope and encouragement, written for divorced women, by divorced women. My goal is to empower and support women going through divorce or those who have recently divorced by creating a collection of inspiring stories of women discussing what they did to get through it.

For this first volume, we're focusing on women, and I'm looking for women to contribute who have gone through divorce at some point, whether it be recent, or years ago.

If you're interested in submitting your story to the first volume, here's what you need to know

1. Want to participate? Email us HERE, and include the word Arise in the subject line.

2. Stories need to be approximately 2,000 words in length or less. We will edit/proof selected stories and email the final/revised submission back to the submitter so she can see the final result before it's printed.

3. Contributors are welcome/encouraged to write anything they like, and to write from the heart, but you must include a message of hope, encouragement, or advice, anything to explain how you were able to move on/the one thing that got you through it.

4. Only your first name will be included, or if you prefer, we can create an alias to protect your anonymity.

5. Deadline for submissions is March 31.

6. 25% of profits from the collection will go to the Live Your Dream foundation, which helps to improve and empower the lives of women and girls through education, grants, and counseling. This program is geared toward single women trying to find their way again after divorce, and abused women and teens who have come from an unhealthy environment.

7. All contributors included in the collection will receive three free print copies of the paperback book once it comes out, and the option of buying as many more as they like at cost (the publisher's discount plus shipping).

Questions? Don't hesitate to ask!

And again, if you'd like to participate, email us HERE.






Thursday, December 3, 2015

Holiday Sale! Sloane Monroe Series Boxed Set Books 1-6

THIS WEEK ONLY!

Get the complete series, the Sloane Monroe Series Boxed Set Books 1-6 for the sale price of $9.99. 


SLOANE MONROE SERIES BOOKS 1-6


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Includes:

Book 1: Black Diamond Death
Book 2: Murder in Mind
Book 3: I Have a Secret 
Book 4:Stranger in Town
Book 5: Bed of Bones
Book 6: Hush Now Baby


Monday, September 28, 2015

Get Eye for Revenge for .99 THIS WEEK ONLY!

My newest novel, Eye for Revenge, is .99 this week on eBook (regular $5.99). 


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Something unusual is happening to Quinn Montgomery. Trapped inside her unconscious mind, the sound of her father’s soothing voice seeps through, and the past twenty-four hours comes flooding back. She wakes to find herself in the hospital. Her childhood best friend Evie is dead. But not just dead, murdered, and Evie’s four-year-old son witnessed it all. Traumatized over what he saw, he’s not talking. And when Evie’s cold-blooded killer goes into hiding, Quinn isn’t only out for justice, she’s out for revenge.
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