Cheryl was born in Duncan, Oklahoma, and grew up in Seminole, Oklahoma. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma, and holds a B.A. in English. She has taught numerous writing classes and workshops over the past years and also works on an individual basis with many of her students, and other authors, locally and nationwide.
Cheryl's most recent novels include the brand new western historical romance, "THE HALF-BREED'S WOMAN", released through Prairie Rose Publications and "GABRIEL'S LAW", (PRP--May 2014). "RIDE THE WILD RANGE", the full story contained in the earlier Kane trilogy, released in August, 2014. FIRE STAR PRESS also re-released her first contemporary romantic suspense novels "SWEET DANGER" with a wonderful new cover in June, 2014. "A HERO FOR CHRISTMAS", which is a collection of four of Cheryl's historical western Christmas short stories (A Night for Miracles, Meant To Be, The Gunfighter's Girl and Homecoming)came out as a re-release in the summer of 2014 in her own single-author holiday anthology through Prairie Rose Publications. Her story from a previous Christmas anthology with another publisher, THE WISHING TREE, was released as a single sell story through FIRE STAR PRESS in October, 2014. Her debut novel, "FIRE EYES," was released in May, 2009, and was an EPIC AWARD FINALIST in 2010. With a brand new cover and a complete re-edit, "FIRE EYES" was re-released in April, 2014 through Prairie Rose Publications. Her second novel, "TIME PLAINS DRIFTER," was re-released through PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS in 2014, as well.
She has also sold numerous short stories, as a contributor for the Adams Media and Victory Tales Press anthologies. Adams Media anthologies include "The Rocking Chair Reader: Family Gatherings", as well as the earlier "The Rocking Chair Reader: Memories from the Attic." Her short stories also appear in the 2006-09 editions of the Adams Media Christmas anthologies, as well as various other publications, including "Chicken Soup for the Empty Nester's Soul" and "Chicken Soup Messages From Heaven."
Her Victory Tales Press stories include "TO MAKE THE MAGIC LAST," (A Summer Collection, 2010), "ALWAYS AND FOREVER," (A Halloween Collection-Stimulating, 2010), "HOMECOMING," (A Christmas Collection-Sweet, 2010), "SCARLET RIBBONS," (A Christmas Collection-Sensual, 2010), "WHITE CHRISTMAS," (A Christmas Collection-Spicy, 2010), "A HEART FOR A HEART," (A Valentine Collection), "THE LAST OF HER KIND," (A Mystery/Suspense Collection), "JASON'S ANGEL," (A Historical Collection), "EVERY GIRL'S DREAM," (A Western Saga), "ONE MAGIC NIGHT," (2011 SUMMER COLLECTION), "MEANT TO BE," (A 2011 Christmas Collection), and "THE WISHING TREE," which appears in the A 2012 Christmas Collection, and also as a .99 stand-alone short story as of October, 2014. "THE GUNFIGHTER'S GIRL" is a revised edition of "SCARLET RIBBONS" with a brand new title and cover, released in April, 2014, through PRP.
"HOMECOMING," "WHITE CHRISTMAS," "ALWAYS AND FOREVER," "A HEART FOR A HEART," "EVERY GIRL'S DREAM," "JASON'S ANGEL," and "ONE MAGIC NIGHT", "MEANT TO BE", and "A NIGHT FOR MIRACLES" are now available as "stand alone" .99 short stories, as are "THE WISHING TREE" and "THE GUNFIGHTER'S GIRL", a re-issue of "SCARLET RIBBONS" under a new title and cover.
Her paranormal western short story, "THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS," appears in the WESTERN FICTIONEERS ANTHOLOGY, "THE TRADITIONAL WEST," which was published in the summer of 2011. Another paranormal western story, "THE KEEPERS OF CAMELOT" appears in the WESTERN FICTIONEERS PARANORMAL CHRISTMAS WESTERN ANTHOLOGY, "SIX GUNS AND SLAY BELLS: A CREEPY COWBOY CHRISTMAS". "THE KEEPERS OF CAMELOT" was nominated for the 2012 WESTERN FICTIONEERS' PEACEMAKER AWARD in the short story category. It also appears in the WESTERN FICTIONEERS LIBRARY edition of PEACEMAKER TALES, an anthology of short stories that were nominated for or won the Peacemaker awards in the past, AND it appears in THE PEACEMAKERS Vol 4, which is available in digital format and features all the nominees and the winner of the short story PEACEMAKER award for 2012.
"THE KEEPERS OF CAMELOT" and "THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS" are both available as single sell short stories here at Amazon now for only .99 each!
The young adult western historical trilogy of novellas, "RED EAGLE'S WAR", "RED EAGLE'S REVENGE", and "TEXAS FOREVER" are available through Amazon from PAINTED PONY BOOKS (PPB), as is the entire re-edited collection under one cover, "RIDE THE WILD RANGE", through PPB.
Cheryl also penned two of the chapters in the WESTERN FICTIONEERS publication "WOLF CREEK Book 1: BLOODY TRAIL", the first in a series of novels written by members of the WESTERN FICTIONEERS under the pen name, FORD FARGO. "WOLF CREEK Book 5: SHOWDOWN AT DEMON'S DROP", released in June of 2013 featuring Cheryl's character, Derrick McCain and his sister, Kathleen. She contributed two chapters to this latest FORD FARGO venture, as well. In July 2013, the first anthology of Wolf Creek stories was released, entitled: "WOLF CREEK Book 6: HELL ON THE PRAIRIE". Her short story, IT TAKES A MAN, is included. "IT TAKES A MAN" was also nominated for the Western Fictioneers Peacemaker short fiction award for 2013. In November, her Wolf Creek Christmas story, "A HOME FOR CHRISTMAS" appeared in one of the two Wolf Creek Christmas anthologies, "O DEADLY NIGHT". Look for more of her contributions to the Wolf Creek Book 12 story.
Her contemporary romantic suspense novel, "TEMPTATION'S TOUCH", released on October 24, 2012, through The Wild Rose Press.
Although Cheryl has written and sold articles to local newspapers as well as these short stories, her first love remains romance and western novel writing. With the release of "TIME PLAINS DRIFTER", her debut novel in the speculative romance genre of paranormal/time travel, she garnered the Honorable Mention Award in the "Best New Paranormal Author" category in the prestigious PEARL contest, presented 3/21/10.
TIME PLAINS DRIFTER also received a 4.5 review from Romantic Times Magazine. She's now at work on another novel, TIME PLAINS GUARDIAN, in the speculative romance genre of western historical paranormal/time travel.
Her recent western historical romance novel, GABRIEL'S LAW(3rd place in the historical category, SARA MERRITT COMPETITION, 2010)is now available here at Amazon!
Cheryl and her long time friend and fellow author Livia J. Washburn recently founded their own publishing house, PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS. Their first anthology, WISHING FOR A COWBOY, debuted for Christmas in 2013. Cheryl's Christmas story, "OUTLAW'S KISS", was featured along with seven other wonderful western historical romance holiday stories, complete with Christmas recipes that are used in the stories.
PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS (PRP) followed up with another stellar anthology for Valentine's Day, HEARTS AND SPURS, featuring stories by nine authors, including Cheryl's story, FOUND HEARTS. FOUND HEARTS is now also available as a single release for only .99!
More wonderful western romance stories from Cheryl appeared in the 2014 summer PRP anthologies COWBOY CRAVINGS (Hearts and Diamonds) and LASSOING A MAIL ORDER BRIDE (These Rough Dreams).
In the fall of 2014, Cheryl contributed a paranormal western story, Spellbound, to the PRP Halloween anthology, COWBOYS, CREATURES and CALICO Vol. 2. Her contribution to the "spicy" Christmas anthology, WILD TEXAS CHRISTMAS, was a story called Luck of the Draw.
2015 promises to be a full year of fun and rewards with the publishing company imprints that Cheryl and Livia have developed! PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS publishes only fiction by women--historical period romance with a main focus on western romance; FIRE STAR PRESS publishes contemporary, fantasy and sci-fi stories submitted by men and women; TORNADO ALLEY PUBLICATIONS is an imprint for contemporary, fantasy and sci-fi stories for middle grade readers (9-12), young adult (13-17) and new adult (18-24); PAINTED PONY BOOKS is the imprint for historical with a focus on western period fiction for middle grade readers, young adult, and new adult; PRAYERS AND PROMISES PUBLICATIONS is the imprint for inspirational fiction for adults, and SUNDOWN PRESS is the imprint for non-fiction works for adults.
Cheryl lives with her husband in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where she has been for the past 30 years. She has two grown children, ages 25 and 28.
You can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can visit the website for her new publishing enterprise, PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS, here: http://prairierosepublications.com/