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Cheryl St. John

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Cheryl is the author of more than fifty historical and contemporary romances. Her stories have earned numerous RITA nominations, Romantic Times awards and are published in over a dozen languages.

In describing her stories of second chances and redemption, readers and reviewers use words like, “emotional punch, hometown feel, core values, believable characters and real-life situations.”

With a 4.9 star rating on amazon, her bestselling non-fiction book, Writing With Emotion, Tension & Conflict by Writers Digest Books is available in print and digital.

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Cheryl St. John Thanks, Michelle! I don't think the emotions from my stories spill over into my life, but rather the other way around. I tend to remember and use emot…moreThanks, Michelle! I don't think the emotions from my stories spill over into my life, but rather the other way around. I tend to remember and use emotional experiences in my stories. Not the exact situations, of course, but the feelings they produced. I study books and movies for my emotional reactions to situations, the more emotional the better. And then I apply the things that make me feel strongly to my story.

If there's a lot at stake for the character, the reader's involvement is greater. I love a story that makes me laugh or cry, and I want to give my readers that experience. I think that's why we lose ourselves in books, because we can vicariously live those emotional highs and lows from the safety of our own rather normal lives.

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Cheryl St. John I'm working on a proposal for a story about a country music singer. I got the idea because I enjoy taking characters back to their small town roots an…moreI'm working on a proposal for a story about a country music singer. I got the idea because I enjoy taking characters back to their small town roots and having them figure out what to do with their lives. My next Harlequin Historical (Aug 2015) is about a singer in the 1880s. I thought a contemporary singer sounded fun.(less)
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“Look at all those stars. God has fireworks on display all the time, doesn't He?”
Cheryl St.John

“Death doesn't take away the impact they made on our lives or their importance to God. To be gone from here is to be present in glory. It doesn't feel like it now, but I assure you each day will get a little easier. Each week will add more distance from the pain.”
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“Readers often feel they know an author because they’ve read their books. To a degree, this is often true. We write from our individual worldviews, using the beliefs and understanding we have of the world and others.”
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Philippa Gregory presents the first of a new series set amid the deadly feuds of England known as the Wars of the Roses.
Brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne of England, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They are the claimants and kings who ruled England before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women, starting with Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen.

The White Queen tells the story of a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition who, catching the eye of the newly crowned boy king, marries him in secret and ascends to royalty. While Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the missing princes in the Tower of London whose fate is still unknown. From her uniquely qualified perspective, Philippa Gregory explores this most famous unsolved mystery of English history, informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills.

With The White Queen, Philippa Gregory brings the artistry and intellect of a master writer and storyteller to a new era in history and begins what is sure to be another bestselling classic series from this beloved author.
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Johanna Lindsey′s enchanting romantic adventure All I Need Is You is the sequel to her immensely popular A Heart So Wild. Lovely and tempestuous Casey Straton the headstrong child of Chandros Straton and Courtney Harte leaves her Texas home determined to prove to her parents that she can do more than "woman′s work."

Successful businessman Damien Rutledge III came west looking for vengeance. But though he is strong and fearless, the handsome Eastern "dude" would have surely been lost in the wild West were it not for the timely intervention of a half-pint bounty hunter called "Kid." but when Damien discovers his rescuer is, in fact, a stunningly sensuous young lady named Casey in disguise, he realises that there are going to be very serious complications on the rocky trail that is leading them both toward a dangerous, irrepressible love.
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Joe Roark's three daughters have just learned that the only way they will inherit their father's ranch is to drive a herd of 1,200 longhorns to Dodge City, Kansas and sell them there. If they fail, his wife Lola inherits everything. Terrified, but knowing they will be penniless without their inheritance, the girls decide to drive the cattle. What follows is an unparalleled adventure filled with the raw wildness of nature, the force of sheer determination, and an unexpected love that will change one sister's life...
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Scarred in body and soul, rancher Noah didn't consider himself fit company for anyone. But when his brother's philandering finally caught up with him, honor dictated that Noah claim his brother's widow as his own.

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And Kate suspected she'd be a fool this time if she didn't take a chance on Noah for the sake of herself-and her unborn child!
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Sonya Heaney Thanks for the friend invitation!

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Mary McCoy-Dressel Thanks for connecting here. I love your wagon wheel wreath!


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message 13: by Pamela

Pamela Hi...Thanks for accepting my friend request.

message 12: by Cheryl

Cheryl Great to meet you, Patricia!

Patricia Garlitz Thank You so much for adding me as a friend.

message 10: by Cheryl

Cheryl Thanks, Ruby! So glad to meet you here.

message 9: by Ruby

Ruby Emam Hi, Cheryl. It is an honor to be friends with such an accomplished author.

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Ida Plassay Thank you very much for befriending me, Cheryl!
I'm glad,and honoured to meet you.

Ida Plassay

Yvonne Thanks for adding me to your friends!

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Dawn Kunda Your books look like a great read. I'll watch for your updates!

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi Cheryl, thanks for the friendship!

Cheryl We just hop from one place to another, don't we?

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Holly Jacobs Hi, Cheryl!!


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