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Cheryl St. John

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Cheryl is the author of more than fifty books. Her first book, Rain Shadow was nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award for Best First Book, by Romantic Times Magazine for Best Western Historical, and by Affaire de Coeur readers as Best American Historical Romance. Since then she has received three more RITA nominations, a Writer’s Digest award for a feature article, and several Romantic Times Reviewers Choice awards. Many of her books made the Waldenbooks Top Ten lists, USA Today, and Big Sky Brides climbed to #35 on the NYT list.

Cheryl has been a keynote speaker numerous times and has taught workshops at: Romance Writers of America National Conference, American Christian Fiction Writers National Conference, Romantic Times Bo

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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…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…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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Thank you, Cheryl, for inviting me to your Christmas Tree Tour, 2016.

Christmas is dear to my heart. Moving about as we have over the last 40+ years, decorating our homes invokes memories of Christmases past…from our childhoods, to our parenting days, to missing those who “have gone before us.” Our nest is empty now. We live 500 miles away from any family. It would be easy to not hang a single... Read more of this blog post »
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“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.”
Cheryl St. John

“Look at all those stars. God has fireworks on display all the time, doesn't He?”
Cheryl St. John

“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.”
Cheryl St. John, Writing with Emotion, Tension, and Conflict: Techniques for Crafting an Expressive and Compelling Novel


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The White Queen (The Cousins' War, #1) by Philippa Gregory The White Queen, by Philippa Gregory
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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All I Need Is You (Straton Family, #2) by Johanna Lindsey All I Need Is You, by Johanna Lindsey
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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The Best Man by Maggie Osborne The Best Man, by Maggie Osborne
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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His Secondhand Wife (The Copper Creek Brides, #2) by Cheryl St.John His Secondhand Wife, by Cheryl St.John
Noah Cutter was a man of his word-
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.

Noah was about the most intimidating man Katherine had ever seen. Yet though one man's false promises had already dashed her dreams, she instinctively trusted this stranger.

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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Parting Gifts by Lorraine Heath Parting Gifts, by Lorraine Heath
Marrying Maddie, a woman who works in a brothel in order to survive, widower Charles Lawson hopes to provide his three children with a loving mother until his terminal illness causes him to arrange a match between Maddie and his brother.
  3 votes, 10.3%

Annabeth's War by Jessica GreysonAnnabeth's War, by Jessica Greyson
With King Harold away at war Lord Raburn has his eye on the throne. Those who dare to stand in his way fall beneath his power. All but one. A girl named Annabeth. Can a common, ordinary girl, with love for king, country, and her father, achieve the impossible?

Trained by her father, a master swordsman, outlawed Annabeth has only her sword, her wits, and her disguises to keep Belterra from falling entirely into Lord Raburn's clutches. Can she rescue her captured father and Prince Alfred? Will one girl keep the kingdom from falling?
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Pamela Hi...Thanks for accepting my friend request.

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Cheryl Great to meet you, Patricia!

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

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

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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.

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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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