Friday, January 1, 2016

#SweetRomance #FridayReads Guest: Cheryl Norman

Happy New Year, everyone!

On Fridays I introduce you to friends of mine, and their sweet romance books. Some of the authors may write all sweet, others may write hotter stuff. But for the purposes of this blog we'll just be learning about their sweet (G/PG rated) tales. 

Please welcome today's guest, my friend Cheryl Norman! Although in the past we lived in the same area, we know some of the same people, and used to be with the same publisher, Cheryl and I have never met in person. I hope that will change sometime. She's always super nice online, and I betcha she's that way in person, too!

Take it away, Cheryl!

Happy New Year! I hope you’re ready for 2016. I like to kick off the new year with traditional food—pork, black eye-peas, and greens. I wouldn’t touch the stuff when my mother tried to tell me it was good luck. But, hey, I was a kid. As an adult, I’ve expanded my palate and my traditions.
Where did the pork-greens-peas originate? I did a little research and, surprisingly, it isn’t just a Southern United States thing. It’s multi-cultural and global, although with some variations. The pork represents progress because pigs eat in a forward motion. Peas or beans represent coins, and greens represent paper currency. In theory, if you eat pork, peas, and greens on New Year’s Day, you’ll enjoy progress and wealth all year. I just think it’s tasty food.

This year, I’m cooking my family mixed greens (collards and mustard), a ham, and black eye-peas. We’re already making plans for the leftovers (peas and greens mixed together make a good side dish). Pork is limitless, starting with the bone. I’m saving that for some bean soup later in the month. Whatever you eat today, I wish you progress, wealth, and good health in the coming year.

Okay, now to the writing stuff. When I wrote the Drake Springs category series, I had in mind the romance stories I read and loved as a younger reader. I revisited popular themes like love triangles, ugly duckling, secret baby, and amnesia while adding my own twist. Thanks to my romantic suspense background, I sneak in an occasional crime or two, but it’s traditional sweet romance. These stories are suitable for your granddaughter or your grandmother.

Unfortunately, the publisher for the series closed its business right before book five released. It had been edited and formatted, so I released it myself. Additionally, I self-published a print version and am in the process of placing the first four romance novels into print. Whether you’re an electronic reader or traditional print reader, give Drake Springs a try. The little town is Florida’s best kept secret.


In Cari Mercer’s universe, the best-laid plans were not subject to change. She has her future mapped out with her fiancé Buzz Blanco. But US Army Private Blanco suffers an accident in jump school that leaves his body broken and his memory damaged. He’s forgotten their engagement, plans for the future, or even their romance. Cari’s future plans are put on hold indefinitely. As Buzz struggles to rehabilitate, he can’t recapture the memories that would restore the past five or six years. He feels like a seventeen-year-old in a twenty-three-year-old’s battered body. Military service and marriage hold no appeal for him, yet he’s committed to both.

Cari’s patience is tested, and her future with Buzz is in jeopardy until a tragic event brings them together in a new way. And Cari learns life is an adventure, not a blueprint.


Cari refused to take no for an answer when she arrived at Martin Army Community Hospital
and demanded to see her fiancé. Deputy Blanco called last night to say he’d awakened from the coma. She had to see her sweet Buzz, and no uniform would stand in her way. Finally, a soldier who identified himself as Sergeant Whitten escorted her through the medical center to Buzz’s room.
She stepped inside the threshold and froze. Buzz had bandages and casts on his arm and leg. Weights and pulleys suspended parts of his body over the bed. Faded bruising still marred his handsome face, but his gorgeous brown eyes widened at the sight of her. He seemed alert, although his brother had warned her of possible brain damage. Time and more testing would tell if Buzz could make a full recovery.
“Buzz.” She smiled at him, blinking back tears of pure relief. “Oh, Buzz, it’s so good to see you awake. I came as soon as I could.”
Buzz gave her a quizzical grin. “Honey, it’s good to see you, too.”
She stepped closer to the bed. “How do you feel?”
His grin widened. “Dopey. I think I’m on pain meds ’cause I’m having hallucinations.”
His brother frowned. “Hallucinations?”
“Yeah, like this beauty standing here. What’s your name, angel?”
“You’re kidding, right?” Cari asked. “I’m Cari Mercer. Your fiancée.”
“I know who you are, sweetheart, but don’t tease me. I’m not your fiancé. You won’t even go out with me, remember?”
Her gaze landed on his brother, who gave a slight shake of his head. He’d warned her Buzz might be disoriented, so she played along. “I remember. But then you won me over.”
“That’s great. But don’t jump from a date to the pep rally to a walk down the aisle, angel. I have to get through school first.”
“I understand.” Not. “You’re talking about jump school.”
“Huh? I’m talking about high school. What the hell is jump school?”
Buzz wasn’t simply disoriented. He’d lost his memory.
Or at least he’d lost all memory of her.



Cheryl Norman is the author of romantic suspense novels, category romance novels, short fiction, and cookbooks. She lives in Florida with her husband and spoiled poodle. Her latest novel is the fifth romance in her Drake Springs series titled Drake Springs Memories, available now through and other eBook retailers.


Well, Cheryl - you've sucked me in. Drake Springs Memories sounds great! Thank you for visiting the blog today to tell us about it. Happy New Year, and Happy Friday!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for having me as your guest. Happy 2016! 🎉