Friday, November 1, 2013


 I'm very excited today to have  
as my guest. 
She's answered a few questions in regards to her  release of  
a free download
and her upcoming debut novel Reborn book one of the Fate Challenges

You're an editor, writer, Vice President of Valley Writer's and a member of several writing groups, was this always your goal? Please tell us a little about your writing journey and current goals.

I never thought I would do anything with books beyond read them. In high school and my first two years of college, my goal was to be an opera singer until I changed majors to Classics (Ancient Greeks/Romans). When I got my library job, I considered getting a Masters in Library Science, but then I started writing (beyond online roleplaying and fanfiction) because I had ideas and time at the new full-time day job. I'd love to eventually make enough money with my writing to supplement my library pay or even be a full-time writer, but that could take awhile.

What is speculative fiction, what made you choose it, and what are your goals for this or other genre's. 

Speculative fiction is an umbrella term for fantastical genres such as science fiction, fantasy, horror, and alternate history. Speculative fiction focuses on the question: what if. I have a tendency to jump between writing horror, fantasy, and science fiction, so it made sense that I was more of a speculative fiction author than just a fantasy author, etc. I have quite a few stories planned that involve speculative fiction, although I'd eventually like to branch out and write a few contemporaries and even mysteries.

You're offering your short story, Magna's Plea, as a free download. Is this part of a marketing plan for your book coming out in 2014 – Reborn, book one of the Fate Challenges. Is there a plan behind your 'madness'?

Yes, having Magna's Plea for free is part of my marketing plan for Reborn. In Magna's Plea, the reader will get a sense for the world in The Fate Challenges as well as be able to read a sneak peek of Reborn, which is the prologue. If the reader likes what she sees, then she'll be more likely to add Reborn on Goodreads or sign up for my newsletter. At least that's the plan. Plus, Magna's Plea is only 5500 words, so I feel a bit weird making people pay $0.99 for it, so free is an additional bonus. Right now, it's all about spreading the word, making connections, and gaining a few new fans here and there.

Tell us about Reborn and The Fate Challenges.

To save a kingdom, a prophetess must challenge Fate.

On the day of Yssa's death and rebirth, the god Apenth selected her as the Phoenix Prophetess.

Sea serpents and gods endanger the seventeen-year-old prophetess's journey and sour the omens. Yssa is cursed instead of blessed, and her duties at the Temple of Apenth prove it. She spends her days reading dusty scrolls, which does nothing to help her forget the boy she left at home. The ferryman's son won't leave Yssa alone for two grains of sand either and is a distraction she can't predict.

When visions of her parents' murders consume her, Yssa races across an ocean to stop the future. If she can't change Fate, then she'll refuse to be the Phoenix Prophetess any longer. Fate, however, has other plans for her and the kingdom.
Reborn is a 90,000+ word YA Epic Fantasy novel and the first book in The Fate Challenges. It was also my first novel I wrote back in 2009. The idea for Reborn came from a roleplaying character I had in a Harry Potter RPG. She was stillborn, but her father revived her. From then on, she had the gift of prophecy. I liked the idea, but I wanted to take a character with that premise and create my own world; thus, Yssa and the Kingdom of Amora was born. I knew from day one that The Fate Challenges would be a trilogy because of Yssa's character growth evolves well to fit three novels, and it's my goal to have at least the first drafts completed of Reforged (Book Two) and Redestined (Book Three) finished by May when Reborn releases.

An Excerpt:
12-13 Days of Luquiry
Year 1717 AUC

Tendrils of smoke swirled heavenward. The smoldering stench reached Princess Magna at the top of the palace’s northern tower. She wrinkled her nose at the unpleasant odor, yet it still smelled better than the filth plaguing the besieged seven-hilled city.

She’d vowed to protect Amora. Her heart shattered a little more each day at the devastation afflicting her kingdom.

The once grassy and flower-filled plain sprouted dust plumes from the trampling feet. As the sun neared the western horizon, a bloody hue washed over the battlefield. Tiny, metallic dins and men’s shouts rang out. Magical bursts flashed in the sky like Thean’s lightning, beautiful and deadly. A wooden catapult hurled a human-sized stone slab into the city’s wall. Magna jerked away from the opened window she stood before, as if the object had struck her instead. Rock crumbled from the impact, but the barrier held.

When the reddish orb sank lower, the fighting ceased. War’s chaos parted into two orderly sides, and soldiers crossed the field to gather their dead.

She brushed a shaky hand over her cheeks. Tears dampened her face, and she struggled to turn away from the battle before her. Almost two months had passed since the Apenthans had begun their attack Amora. How much longer could the Amorans—she—stay safe behind their impenetrable wall?

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To download this short story for free: Amazon / Nook / iTunes / Kobo / Smashwords / Goodreads
Read online at Wattpad
Add to Goodreads

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About the Author: A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her books include the horror series Nightmare, a space fantasy novella trilogy titled Gravity, and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles. She is Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms.

Her debut YA Epic Fantasy novel Reborn, book one in The Fate Challenges, will be released on May 23, 2014.

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This Friday, the first day of November 
I am thankful for early Christmas presents,
for the NANO challenge that is all about focus and WRITING!
and for the beginning of a holiday season that's all about family!

Wishing you all a great, great beginning to the 


  1. Cherie is one sharp writer. Love the cover too. Isn't it wonderful? I must read this. I do enjoy spec fic when it's done well.

    Hello Yolanda! That colour post is up just now on my blog. Tell me about your colour change. And are you doing NaNo?


    1. Thank you, Denise! Hope you enjoy the story, if you get a chance to read it.

  2. Good strategy to offer the download free as a sneak peek for your upcoming book, Cherie. I wish you well with it.

    Tossing It Out

  3. Offering a free short story that leads into a novel is a smart idea. Good luck when the full novel launches.

  4. Nice idea for a marketing plan indeed

  5. That's cool you can write in so many genres. Hope Magna's Plea launches Reborn in style!

    1. My ideas like to genre hop. Bad ideas! LOL! ;) Thanks, Alex!

  6. An opera singer? Way too cool, Cherie! Congrats on yet another release. :)))

    1. Yes, I used to sing opera. Thank you, Candilynn!

  7. From opera singer to writer. That kind of fits since opera tends to be about classic stories and larger than life situations. Great interview Yolanda.

    1. It definitely does fit. Opera is all about the drama. :)

  8. Wow, from opera singer to speculative fiction writer. Although Cherie's writing voice is intriguing, I sure hope she's still exercising her singing voice, too. Singing beautiful music can be so exhilarating and uplifting. (THEN she can sit down and torture her characters...)

    It's a fantastic idea to offer a free story to promote an upcoming release. (I wish I woulda thought of it...) Good luck!

    Nice interview, ladies.

    1. Aww, thanks, Susan! I don't do too much singing anymore, except in the car.

  9. Opera Singer? Well, now, there's something I didn't know. I can see you going full-time, especially if you keep pumping out the quality and quantity. Great interview Yolanda.

    1. Thanks, Cher! Full-time writer is the current dream, but it might be more than a few years away.

  10. I think it's so interesting that Cherie wanted to be an opera singer. She's a woman of many talents. :)

    Happy November, Yolanda.

    1. Aww, thanks, Julie! All those talents help with writing. :)

  11. Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Yolanda!

    1. You're welcome Cherie!

      I hope the world accepts your work with open arms and while free right now, I do hope that later it all translates to enormous success! Wishing you all the best!

      Thanks everyone for coming by and supporting Cherie after such a busy Halloween!

  12. Hi Yolanda and Cherie,

    And from opera singing to having your words sing out to your reader from your wonderfully articulate thoughts. The future is looking very good, dear human, Cherie.

    Thank you for this superb interview and further awareness of Cherie, Yolanda.

    Pawsitive wishes and happy longer weekend,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :)

  13. Yay for Cherie - it's a great story, and I recommend everyone get it! Very interesting you were almost an opera singer. Cool!

    Good luck with NaNo, Yolanda! :-)

  14. Focus and Writing is a great way of describing Nano.

  15. Awesome interview! Cherie's story is fantastic. I need to get writing for NaNo too. Have a good weekend. :)


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