Today I'm happy to have one of my author buddies, Sheri Fredricks, on my blog. She's celebrating the new release of her second book in her Centaurs series, Troll-y Yours. (I couldn't help adding a photo of a California beach since she lives on the West Coast. Sorry, dudes. It had to be done.)
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Melissa: Welcome back, Sheri. So can you tell us what's been up in the land of Sheri Fredricks lately?
Sheri: If you’d asked me this two weeks ago, I’d have said not a whole hell of a lot. But that was then and this now. With the help of my awesome crit partners — Oh wait! That’d be YOU! — I completed Troll-y Yours, the second novel in The Centaurs series. It’s available in all the usual places. I finished a novella and, once again, my crit partner —Oh wait! That’d be YOU again! — will be going over the manuscript before it’s sent on to my editor. Such fun to be had in my mythic world.
Melissa: Ha, I sort of feel like I get around a lot now. And I am liking what I've read of your novella so far, too! :) Now how did you come up with the concept for the Centaurs series? Can you give the readers a bit of insight into the world of the Boronda Forest?
Sheri: The world of the Boronda Forest started with a single character: Rhycious. From this one male centaur, a supernatural species evolved until soon it encompassed wood nymphs, trolls, satyrs, and minotaurs. To make my characters special and unlike any seen before, I thought long and hard about what could make them different. Enter the sexy shape-shifting centaurs, exotic wood nymphs that shimmer into trees, and indestructible trolls who’re able to dive underground with merely a thought. Add a few hostile villains and undeniable love, and you’ve got yourself a modern mythic romance!
Melissa: Well, heck, count me on board! Though, you can keep the minotaurs. I think I'm a bit put off by them. So I was pretty happy to see you’d written Alek’s story. You know he’s one of my book boyfriends, right? So how did you decide on a suitable heroine for him?
Sheri: When we were introduced to Kempor Aleksander in Remedy Maker, we saw his patent charm and ability to turn female hearts and heads his way. It didn’t take much. Between his position of Head Centaur Guard at the Royal Centaur Palace and unstoppable good looks, he always had a date for Saturday night. So, I wondered what would happen to Alek if he met someone who knocked him down a few pegs. Someone he couldn’t coerce with his perfect smile and sweet words. Someone who was focused on a goal, and not him. Enter Ella — the perfect opposite to his charmed lifestyle.
Melissa: Ah, Ella. I loved her character. She's definitely a match for him. Can you share one of your favorite excerpts from Troll-y Yours? And why is it one of your favorite?
Sheri: I love this scene I’m about to share. It shows how confused Aleksander is when his handsome face gets him nowhere, and the dogged intent of Ella the Troll.
"“Look, unless you’re here on Her Majesty’s business, I’m busy.” She tilted her head and her little foot tapped the floor.
“You could say I am. What time—?”
“What are you, the Head Palace Guard or something?” Ella rolled her eyes and huffed out a laugh.
“I’m booked for tonight’s sessions. I’ll have another in a few weeks. Do you want to be on the waiting list for that?” Tiny red-gold tendrils escaped the silken mass pulled back from her oval face. Her pen clicked and she poised her hand over a sheet of lined paper. “Name?”
He shrugged to hide his confusion. Why weren’t his charms working? Didn’t his battery recharge this afternoon? “Kempor Aleksander. Head Cen—”
“Aleksander Hedson. Got it. Payment will be due prior to your session. And, Al…?” Her smile lacked warmth. “Please don’t be late.”
Ella’s bluntness and the slaying of his name dropped his jaw.
She turned on her practical, low-heeled shoe and walked briskly to speak with Sasha, who waited in the rear of the café.
No woman in memory had ever tossed him aside like an unwanted toy. Why, he’d been dismissed quicker than a new recruit."
Melissa: Great scene! Now are you planning novels for some of the characters we already know from the Centaurs series? Such as Nubbs and Eli? *hint hint, nudge nudge*
Sheri: Absolutely! Nubbs and a few other Centaurs will need their HEA, after all. I’m letting my characters battle it out over who will get their story next. Other series are in the planning stage, such as The Trolls and The Wood Nymphs.
Melissa: Ohhh well that's news to me! I'll quiz ya' later! ;) So if you were an inhabitant in the Boronda Forest, what sort of creature would you be? Personally, I’m not opposed to being a Troll and hanging out under rocks. Not really a drastic difference from my normal life. LOL.
Sheri: That’s a good question. With each mythic creature, there’s a positive and negative side to each. I think I’d want to be a centaur, but they’re helpless during transitions from horse body to human (or vice-versa). A troll diving underground is cool, unless you’re unable to form a disintegration back to the earth’s surface. Because then you’re stuck where you are. Shimmering into a tree as a wood nymph might come in handy, but not if the tree you’re bonded with somehow becomes sick. If the tree dies, so would you.
Melissa: Well dang, I sort of feel like you took a little of the fun out of that! :) But I suppose you made a good point. They may be mythics, but that doesn't make them immortal. Here's a question for you. So if a Centaur and a Troll were to have a baby Cen-troll, what would it look like?
Sheri: Buahaha! Only YOU would think to ask this question. Since trolls look humanish, then I’d say the offspring wouldn’t look much different. BUT what mythic powers would they hold??
Melissa: Well that has to be more attractive than a minotaur crossbreed. *shudders* Alright so what does the future hold for you? What are you currently working on? Can you share a teaser with us? You know I love teasers.
Sheri: Lemme grab my crystal ball and take a gander…I hope to have at least two more novels in The Centaurs series finished before I start on The Wood Nymph books. I’d like to complete a couple other unfinished projects (like that time-travel western!), and maybe fit a vacation in there somewhere!
Currently, I’m working on a quickie Wood Nymph novella. Here’s an excerpt:
""Jack. We need to talk."
Some sixth sense brought his scrambled brain back into the moment, though his thrumming body suggested other ideas. Her eyes held a guarded look, and she worried her bottom lip. A lip that was full and red from his kiss. He didn't want to let her go; she fit so perfect against him. But whatever Abelia needed to say, it appeared important.
Jack forced himself to widen the space between them. Heat from her body disappeared the moment he took a step back.
The last bloody thing he wanted to do was fucking talk. And fucking was all he wanted to do.
With her. Right here.
Frustration edged around his arousal, his words came rougher than intended. "I'm all ears." Making each movement controlled and casual, Jack picked up his beer and stood next to the bonsai on the counter. "Lay it on me."
"You want to know how I got here?" At his nod, Abelia pointed at the little tree on the tray. "I was inside of that.""
Melissa: Ha, I can just imagine his reaction to that! I suppose that's all my questions for today! So glad to have you back on the blog, Sheri. You're a super awesome lady and author.
Blurb: SHE TAKES A CHANCE.
Determined to forge a better life, Ella launches her new business with high hopes—until a sexy Centaur bumps into her and throws her life off course forever. Voted “Most Eligible Bachelor in Boronda”, Aleksander shakes up her world and tilts her in more ways than one.
HE’S IN DANGEROUS TERRITORY.
Years of warfare and countless bedroom encounters have stolen Kempor Aleksander’s luster for life. He never expects to rediscover his zeal in the small, redheaded form of Ella the Troll, who fires his blood hotter than the deepest caverns in the forest.
A PASSION SO HOT.
But as trouble lingers in their midst—and edges ever closer—Alek and Ella spiral into troubled terrain. Turning to each other, the pair face down dangers that run impenetrably deep in their mythological world. But will the two lovers discover a passion that runs even deeper?
Review: I've never been a heavy fantasy or mythic reader, but I'm really digging this series. I was especially anxious to read this book because I had to know more about Alek after reading Remedy Maker. And I wasn't disappointed with his character in Troll-y Yours.
I absolutely enjoyed Alek and Ella together. He was just the sort of hero she needed in her life, and he definitely needed her prickly, sharp tongue in his. Their differences are what make them a perfect couple in my opinion. Plus, I just loved how sweet Alek was to Ella. He really pulled her out of her depressed shell of self-loathing her family caused her to develop over time.
This author is great with detailed descriptions which really puts you in the middle of the Boronda Forest with the characters in the story. It's quite easy to visualize the world these mythics live in.
All in all, I thought this was a great read with a sweet hero, devoted heroine, and beautiful scenery. If you're looking to escape for a while in a fantasy world full of mythics, shape-shifting beings, a bit of humor, and some sexy bedroom encounters, look no further.
Available for purchase at: Amazon
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Author Bio: Always on the hunt for the uncommon things in life, award-winning author Sheri Fredricks thrives on creating adventures in her mythological kingdom for her readers.
A former engineering secretary, Sheri lives on the beautiful central coast of California. "I wanted to move away from inflexible right angles and create an unboxed world with no boundaries." A voracious reader since her early years, Sheri found her brain crowded with stories and characters of her own. "Ultimately," she says, "my husband encouraged me to write them all down."
Sheri loves to spend time at home. A computer hutch keeps her focused on creating stories, but the panoramic view of life on a ranch will call her outside to play in the sun.
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