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Rowena Cherry, author of Forced Mate (November 1-15)

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Oct 31, 2008, 7:19pm Top

Join us here to talk to Rowena Cherry, author of Forced Mate. She'll be on LibraryThing to discuss her work and answer questions through November 15th.

Nov 1, 2008, 8:43am Top

Love your stories, Rowena. Any clue which of your stellar guys might get a story next? I'm waiting with bated breath...so, even if you don't know which yet...don't keep me waiting too long. Grinning...


Nov 1, 2008, 10:53am Top

Ah, Sonya, thank you for starting this chat. I was wondering where to go and what to do!

In my ignorance, I put up a message in the Chat Room, and I also posted a lot of controversial (I hope) material on my rowenacherry page and also on my rowena page.

In the comments are some suggested questions which I've been asked on blog tours, in case anyone would like to start a conversation, but has no ideas, but I see that BrennaLyons has kicked things off.

Nov 1, 2008, 10:57am Top


Thank you so much for your message, and also for your reviews of Forced Mate and Insufficient Mating Material and also Knight's Fork.

Have you read Mating Net ? Daft question. I know you have because you were the Eppie President who very kindly and humorously informed me that it was not erotica, and if I thought it was, I needed to go away and read some!


Nov 1, 2008, 11:12am Top

OK, now that I have the hang of the "Touchstones", I'll respond to your question.

Thank you for calling my god-Princes of Tigron and their hangers-on "stellar guys".

The possibilities would include Devoron, also his twin brother Deverill.

Devoron has been set up for a mate quest, and is even within Earth's solar system, but I haven't figured out how to tie in his talents and backstory with a visit to Earth.

Thor-quentin's adventures are going to be an absolute blast to write, but I'm not sure about a Romance.

I'm strongly tempted to "find" Djohn-Kronos. Of course, he would be a lot older--older even than Django-Ra.

What I am supposed to be doing is writing about "Demetra's Daughters"... a heroine-oriented series.

I don't believe in writing an endless series. 'Rhett's story was a natural stopping point for the god-Princes of Tigron series, because Tarrant-Arragon and his two sisters each settled down.

The other relatives are less powerful and politically significant, so I feel at the moment like I'd be scraping the barrel. Ideally, I think a series should have increasingly powerful heroes, not guys lower in the pecking order.

What do you think?

Nov 1, 2008, 11:27am Top

Having pondered for a moment, I think I will duplicate the material that I put on my two (or three) pages here.

It seems more convenient to have it all in one place, doesn't it?

With the economy the way it is, I think it's more important than ever that readers aren't misled by a hard sell from authors, so I like to share my personal mission statement.

My goal as an author is to give good value. I expect to provide my readers with six to eight hours of amusement, a couple of really good laughs, a romantic frisson or two from the sensual scenes, a thoroughly satisfying Happy-Ever-After, something to think –or talk--about when the book is finished.

The paperback books in my "god-Princes of Tigron" series are

#1. Forced Mate ISBN 978-0-505-52601-4

#2. Insufficient Mating Material, ISBN 978-0-505-52711-0
Recent winnerof the 2008 Hollywood Book Festival's Romance category
Recent winner of third place in the PRISM Awards

#3. KNIGHT’S FORK ISBN 978-0-505-52740-0
Recent winner of the pnr reviewers' "Top Pick for September 2008", also winner of a pnr reviewer's "Top Pick' for October 2008, and a PNR staff member's recommended read, and of a LASR "Readers' Choice Book of the Week"

All my titles are chess puns.

Nov 1, 2008, 11:28am Top

Ten Reasons Not To Read FORCED MATE

10. I'm told that it's not a bodice ripper, but it sounds like one.

9. PS. I like bodice rippers.

8. It's going to take about eight hours to read.

7. The hero is an alpha male. I don't like books that give male chauvinist pigs a happy ending.

6. I don't identify with beautiful, spirited, young, virginal heroines who have some funny ideas about sex.

5. I can't get my tongue around the Dj- names. I know that I simply pronouce them as if the D isn't there, but all the Ds bother me.

4. I've heard that if I read Forced Mate in bed, my giggles and guffaws will annoy my significant other.

3. The alien hero uses alien swear words. Moreover, his command of English grammar isn't perfect. He says unsense instead of nonsense. I hate that!

2. The spirited heroine uses her wits and her tongue. I can never have enough of heroines who kick the heroes in the goolies.

1. I don't like fantasy books set in England. Or in outer space.

Nov 1, 2008, 11:31am Top

Ten Good Reasons (and one very bad one) Not To Read Insufficient Mating Material

11. Insufficient Mating Material are not words I feel comfortable waving about in front of gentlemen on trains, buses or planes.

10. If it's about a man with a small penis, I don't want to read that... I see enough of that at home/at the office/on TV.

9. It's going to take about eight hours to read.

8. I find it totally implausible that a male could have a tattoo on his male body parts... and as for one that flashes in the dark, I'm not interested in the slightest.

7. The hero is a loser. I don't like books that take the antagonist from a previous book and give him a happy ending.

6. I don't identify with a heroine who is a little bit overweight, and who wears a corset (or any other tummy taming garment).

5. The family tree is at the back of the book. I'll be furious when I find that I wasted all that energy trying to memorize the characters' names and relationships.

4. I've heard that if I read Insufficient Mating Material in bed, my giggles and guffaws will annoy my significant other.

3. The F- word is used by the hero both as an expletive and as a verb.

2. If "Survivorman" Les Stroud loved it, there's probably too much information about hunting, fishing, camping, and surviving in the wilderness.

1. Apparently, it contains "a sizzling passion hot enough to singe" my "fingers as I turn the pages".... that sounds uncomfortable

These lists were written by me Rowena Cherry as a more amusing way of staying the same thing as is in my mission statement.


Nov 1, 2008, 11:33am Top


11. Disrespectful words such as tallywacker and joystick are used with reference to male body parts

10. It's long. (Not the tallywacker—well, it is, but you don't wish to know that—I meant the book.) Knight's Fork has 340 pages, and most new Chapters do not begin on a fresh page. Moreover, the print is much too small!

9. It has a Prologue and an Epilogue. That's two beginnings, and two endings!

8. It's going to take about eight hours to read.

7. The hero is a 28-year old virgin and proud of it.

6. The heroine is locked in a chastity belt, and she doesn't have a key

5. The family tree is so complicated they needed to spread it over two pages.

4. If you read in bed, your significant other might be disturbed by your giggles and snorts.

3. The F- word is used, but only by villains, and only in conversation

2. If you read it in public, someone may ask why the naked man on the cover is lying in a puddle

1. If you don't read every paragraph, you may ask yourself why the naked man is lying in a puddle


Nov 1, 2008, 11:41am Top

For anyone interested in e-books, I'd like to mention that Insufficient Mating Material is available as a Kindle book.


Forced Mate by Rowena Beaumont Cherry is an e-book which can be found on my website
http://www.rowenacherry.com and also at http://ebookisle.net

Mating Net is an ebook, only 58 pages short, and not worth more than the $2.50 they charge at http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/matingnet.htm


Nov 1, 2008, 1:18pm Top

Mistakes I probably regret.

I painted myself into a corner with some pretty hokey names and titles in Forced Mate, and I'm stuck with them for as long as I write in the alien djinn world I've built.

Nevertheless, I knew the rules about similar names and deliberately broke them. Here's why I thought I could get away with it.

The characters who are part of the royal family all have six names. One name is a "Djinn" name, and begins with Dj- (The D is silent).

I chose Dj- because it gave me a wide range of names beginning with J or G sounds: John, Jeff, James, Gerald, George and so on.

There's at least one "god" (or immortal, or hero) name from one of the dozens of mythologies. It might be misspelled, but it's there, whether Kronos, Ra, Thor, Perspehone, Demetra, Caissa, Electra, Isis, Vulcan, Perseus, Jason, etc.

I leave room to allege that some names may be gods from other planets. My premise is that my gods from outer space visited our planet, among many, and gave us Latin, Chess, myths and legends of gods and much more.

Often, there is a sovereign name, again from around the world and beyond. James, John, Juan, Ramses, Arthur, Pendragon, Malcolm, Helen, Julia, Genevieve, Justin.

There's a body-of-water name (lake, sea, river) not necessarily from Earth: Aragon, Avon, Tarrant, Cam, Lucerne.

That’s four. There might be recurring family favorite names, such as Djetthro.

The sixth name is my free choice.

And, they are all Djinnmagisters.

Many of the names I use are predictive either of how their story will unfold, which myth I'm retelling with their story, or of some aspect of their character.

Djetthro for instance has an echo of the farmer and inventor Jethro Tull (author of Horse Hoeing husbandry). Kronos was the god who castrated his father.

Most readers don't notice, but that's OK. There's a lot of subliminal content in my books.

I like to compare my stories to an onion. There are layers. I hope that it would be possible for readers to read my stories a second or third time, and still find (enjoy) something they missed on first reading.

And, I beg forgiveness for any annoyance or inconvenience caused by my idiotic name choices.

'Rhett and Electra from Knight's Fork are probably easier on the eye!

Nov 2, 2008, 5:34pm Top

I don't think I QUITE said that, but yes... I've read Mating Net. This entire series is on my autobuy list! I have you on author alerts. So, yes...I don't miss an installment.


Nov 2, 2008, 5:35pm Top

Oh, absolutely! I think Demetra's daughters is a great way to keep going. After all, the females are in short supply, so they are, by design, very powerful characters.


Nov 2, 2008, 6:15pm Top

LOL. Brenna,

I apologize most humbly if I misreported your remarks. I remember being highly amused and delighted by what you said.

Best wishes, and thanks so much for returning to give me some company here!


Nov 4, 2008, 8:58am Top

I've enjoyed your books and even printed out the family tree for when I go back to re-read a book so I was so excited when I received a comment to check out your chat. I'll definitely be putting Knight's Fork and the "Demetra's Daughters" on my wishlist. I thought I'd also jump in here with a couple of questions myself and will probably be returning with more...

1. I enjoyed checking your profile and when I saw that your goal as an author is to provide your readers with good value (listing several features), what motivated you to choose those features for your writing? And do you specifically set out to make sure that you cover them in your writing (*tongue in cheek question*)?

2. I know this is probably a common question, but what do you read yourself? And does what you are reading sometimes have an influence on a particular scene you may be writing at that time?

Nov 4, 2008, 10:14am Top

Good morning, seawalker0903.

What a super moniker!

Thank you for supporting this event, and for posting two questions.

Answer to #1.
To be honest, I wrote the mission statement after writing the books. It isn't what I want to do, it's what I do.

The key words are "value", "six-to-eight hours", "sensual scenes", "laughter", "Happy Ever After", "think".

I believe that a Romance should have a thoroughly satisfying happy ending, and that the happy ending is the best bit of the book, so should not be rushed.

This review snip from Insufficient Mating Material absolutely thrilled me, because the reviewer noticed the effort that went into that novel's ending.

"This book also has one of the best ending sequences. …. Ms. Cherry has created a seriously evil villain. What goes around comes around, and it definitely came back on this villainous specimen…. Trust me, INSUFFICIENT MATING MATERIAL is a book you don't want to miss. Be sure to check out the back-story in Rowena Cherry's previous book, Forced Mate."
~Heather http://www.ibookdb.net/review/58607

I don't want to write the sort of novel where everything is sorted out and wrapped up in a couple of pages. If I were to compare reading my books to a dining experience, I'd be the sort of establishment that didn't hurry to clear away the plates, but allowed the guests to linger over their coffee and liqueurs. In fact, I'd give them complimentary chocolates.

However, if the ending is going to be a decent length, that means that an author usually has to write the first draft, then go back to the beginning and rebalance

Six-to-eight hours.
That's a caveat, really. There's a lot of content and nuance in my stories, and I simply don't have the page count to say everything twice.

I don't cook for competitive eaters, and I don't write for competitive readers.

In fact, I try to write in layers, so that readers who keep my books, and re-read them will find something extra (not essential, but a nice bonus) that they might have missed the first time around.

That all goes to value, too. $1.50 an hour isn't bad value for entertainment.

The "laughter" and the "sensual" are warnings that my books are filled with humor (some of it rather low), and there are some fairly sexy scenes.

Nov 4, 2008, 10:28am Top


Question 2.
I deliberately do not read other people's works while I am writing because I do not want to be influenced.

Occasionally, this means that I happen to have an original idea that is similar to someone else's. It happens. Great minds think alike. (LOL). For instance, Linnea, Deborah (I think it was Deborah) and I all had virgin heroes recently.

Accident. Coincidence. No doubt, we all noticed some threads on reader boards. In the case of my male virgin, 'Rhett, chastity has been baked into his cake since 1994 (when I introduced him in my first draft of Forced Mate).

I read all sorts of things. My preference is John Grisham, Tom Clancy, Arthur Hailey, Georgette Heyer, Vivian Vande Valde, Lord Archer, Agatha Christie... not necessarily in that order, and I'm sure I've forgotten someone really important and delightful.

Generally, I avoid mentioning my friends' and colleagues' books on principle, because of the possibility of being misunderstood.

I judge my fair share of contests (and I'm not supposed to talk about those), and I interview a lot of authors on my radio shows. After a bit, it can get pretty confusing which I'm allowed to talk about, and which I'm not.

Nov 15, 2008, 5:52pm Top

My fortnight is up, so I'd like to thank everyone who stopped by and read my ramblings, whether or not they commented.

Best wishes
Rowena Cherry

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