Monday, March 31, 2014

Out of Practice Aphrodite VBT

Abby’s major screw-up brings the wrath of Zeus upon her head. He offers her a choice – work for him or spend the rest of her days hanging out in Hades with her ex-husband. For Abby, this choice is a no-brainer, especially when Zeus says the only thing he wants her to do is make a love match.

She’s the Goddess of Love. What could go wrong?


Abby stumbles into an ex-lover, a dead demi-god and the realization that a crucial relic has been stolen right out from underneath Zeus’ nose. Eris, the Goddess of Chaos and Discord, is behind the theft and murder and the faltering powers Abby is trying to keep secret. With Zeus breathing down her neck, she’ll need to keep her wits about her as she races against the clock and Zeus’ imposed two-week time period.

Of course, this is easier said than done. Not only is she struggling with a budding attraction to a sexy lawman and feelings for long-time friend, Hermes, she’s also trying to keep everyone out of the path of a vengeful goddess while saving the Earth and Olympus from the reign of a tyrant. What’s a goddess to do when the fate of the world rests upon her fashionable shoulders?

“Ma’am, mind telling me why your little gang is here?” Although I loved his baritone, I took offense at his tone and felt myself bristle.

“We’re here to see a friend,” I said, my tone icy.

His face gave nothing away, but his cold eyes told me he knew there was much more I wasn’t telling him.

“We received a phone call about ten minutes ago about a disturbance in this area.”

Impossible, I thought. There’s no one around to see anything. “Who called you?”

“None of your business, ma’am.” He tipped his hat at me and turned to Artie.

“Hi, Officer,” Artie chirped a little too brightly, especially since there was a dead guy lying less than fifty feet from us.

He said nothing but whipped out a notebook from his pocket. He flipped it open to a clean page, extracted a pen from his uniform pocket, and barked, “Name.”

“Jane Smith,” Artie said.

At his tilted brow and look of disbelief, I groaned inwardly. This couldn’t go worse if we had planned it.

“Nice name,” he said, condescension dripping from his voice.

Artie, clueless to his sarcasm, grinned widely at him. “It’s a family name.”

“I’m sure it is.” He then turned to Ares.

“And you are?”

Ares offered him a superior smile and said, “John Smith.”

I choked on a hysterical giggle. We were about to get cuffed and thrown in the pokey if we weren’t careful. The officer let out a deep sigh and closed his notebook.

Sheryl, thanks so much for stopping by. So, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m 35, married and a mom of three. I’m a huge reader and I run a local book club!

How did you get started writing?
Reading was a gateway drug. Once I started reading, I wanted to see if I could write.

What was the inspiration for your book?
A Valentine’s Day Flash Fiction contest. I decided Aphrodite was the perfect subject to write about. I won that contest and decided to turn it into a book.

What’s the one genre you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to?
Urban fantasy! I have a story I’m working on right now that appears to be headed down that path.

Are there any genres you won’t read or write in? Why?
Nonfiction. I feel like much of it is super dry. I don’t find it interesting if it’s written like a textbook. I have to be constantly challenged when I’m reading. I want to be amused, frightened or enthralled, sometimes all three. Nonfiction just doesn’t do that for me.

So, what are you working on right now? Got any releases planned, or still writing?
I just finished a manuscript titled Plotting Mr. Perfect. It’s a cross between Bridget Jones and Weird Science. It’s with an editor right now, and I’m hoping for good news soon. I also have a book I’m writing on Wattpad (free!) titled The Hunt for Snow. It’s a reimagining of the traditional fairy tales. And, the sequel to my debut is just about finished.

Alright, now for some totally random, fun questions. Favorite color?       Definitely a royal blue.
Favorite movie?     Love, Actually.. *swoon*
Book that inspired you to become an author?     Message from ‘Nam by Danielle Steel.

Alright, you have one superpower. What is it?
My kids suspect I might already have a couple of superpowers. If I could choose I’d have to say Harmony! I always want people to get along when I’m around.

You can have dinner with any 3 people, dead, alive, fictitious, etc. Who are they?     Definitely Marilyn Monroe, Sherlock Holmes and Captain Mal Reynolds.

Last question: Which of your characters are you most like and how/why?     Artemis. She’s a giant geek…just like me!

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Author Bio and Links:
Sheryl has had a book in her hands pretty much from the time she could hold things with her hands. Her love of reading turned into a curious exploration to see whether or not she could write her own. Beginning with random, terrible poetry and a slightly popular reimagining of Beowulf’s Grendel in her high school English class, Sheryl ended up spending way too much time in the library, killing any chance of her becoming a cheerleader or anything even remotely cool.

Sheryl has a fondness for humorous, lighthearted stories but also secretly covets bad-ass leather wearing chicks who curse too much. It helps if they’re funny, too. She writes a little bit of everything but is currently focusing on light paranormal mysteries. Visit her at

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