Mystery, suspense, thrillers, paranormal, horror & YA by "Cheryl Kaye Tardif" & romance by "Cherish D'Angelo". Cheryl is represented by Trident Media Group in NY.

Monday, April 14, 2014

New release: THE ELFLING PRINCESS, a charming, inspiring picture book for ages 4-8

Perfect for bedtime or classroom reading, THE ELFLING PRINCESS illustrated picture book explores themes of imagination and belief in oneself and is suitable for ages 4-8.

Once upon a time, in a world full of magic, there was a kingdom that only few humans had ever seen―the Elfling Kingdom.

Elflings are tiny creatures, the children of the world's first elves. They have pointed ears and hair that is a darker shade than their skin. Their bodies glow any color you can imagine. Elfling girls have silvery wings that shine like satin spider webs. Very few Elfling boys have wings, so they must fly on the backs of birds. But if they are small enough, their sisters will piggy-back them.

Have you ever seen an Elfling?

I know a golden-haired girl named Jessica, who met some Elflings while playing behind her house with her brother, Sebastien. This is her story.

Available at:
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Special Guest: New York Times Bestselling Author Heather Graham Talks About WAKING THE DEAD

Waking the Dead follows Let the Dead Sleep. (I guess they’ve slept long enough!) But the book is the second in the Cafferty and Quinn series. The seed for this story came from a fantastic show on one of the educational channels about the “year without a summer.” 

To explain that quickly, there was once what they called a “mini” ice age and the show I saw related many historical events to the weather. In fact, we might have the United States of America because of the cold that descended for several hundred years (some say between 1350 and 1850 while others say it didn’t really begin until about 1550!) At any rate, no one expected Washington to cross a river when it was so flipping cold, but he did, and saved his army—and we went on to be the USA!

But, in the midst of all this, there was a massive volcanic eruption at Mount Tambora. The ash covered the globe. And, combined with the cold, created the “year without a summer.”

Lord Byron, Shelley, and Mary Godwin (later Mary Shelley!) were on the continent; Lord Byron was at Villa Diodati with his doctor/writer friend Polidori. They couldn’t engage in the outdoor activities they might have enjoyed because it was always dark and it was so cold that no one wanted to go out.

Thus, a great work was born—Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus.

I absolutely loved the concept that weather could bring about horrible events that also created things that were, in a way, wonders in the world. (The Irish have peopled most of the world because the weather brought about the great potato famine that sent them seeking better lives in 1849.)

Danni Cafferty and Michael Quinn collect objects that create havoc. Can objects actually be evil?

In my story, Mary and her group of friends visit an artist and engage him in their bet regarding creation during the terrible cold summer. But, Hubert is an artist; they will write, and he will paint.

And years and years later, in modern day New Orleans, that painting will make an appearance . . . .

The death toll will mount up, and they’ll have to discover the painting.

I hope you enjoy Waking the Dead!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Conmen, liars, cowards, bullies and blood-sucking vampires - the trolls of the internet

Why can't we learn to get along, to be friends, to forgive and let go? We have become a very judgmental world filled with online cyber bullies. We're too quick to assume, too quick to judge others based on what someone else says, even without proof. We pounce on each other rather than take the time to learn the facts.

Don't you think that's sad? I know I do.

I'm saying this based on my observations of certain situations involving some of my author friends. Frankly, I'm really tired of it. Fed up!

A group of author friends have been harassed by a bully who slandered them online, and others jumped on the bandwagon to lend their voice to his false claims--even though they had zero facts. They trashed and bashed the authors, believing this malignant person, who shows not one shred of evidence to support his claims. He can't. Because he lied. But some people would rather believe an anonymous coward than a group of prominent, hard-working writers. Why?

One of my author friends was pounced on when something she said was misinterpreted, leading to a lot of bad feelings. Even when she apologized for it and tried to explain, people judged rather than accept the apology, forgive and move on. Where has compassion gone?

One of my author friends was duped into believing something wonderful, and she was so excited about it that she shared that info publicly, and she's being pounced on by others who are calling her a liar and other rotten names. They'd prefer to ASSume the worst. The people spreading rumors that the author lied are nothing more than bullies. Why not wait until you have ALL the facts?

Another group of author friends were conned by a very intelligent sociopath who has been scamming authors for a while. He provided publicist services, a common service in our industry. Others have judged these authors as being stupid, naive amateurs rather than understand how this conman was able to provide all the answers to questions plus endorsements that these authors then checked. These authors did their homework. Some have been in the industry for many years. They did their due diligence. But they were still conned. Believe me, this could happen to anyone, no matter how prepared you think you are. Ever buy ANYTHING online or by phone or in a store that came with a money-back return or guarantee? What if they refused to give you your money back?

Others were convinced to use an author "service" that guaranteed success and is now being considered unethical. It's not something I'd use because it involves a huge amount of money upfront and I personally don't find it ethical, but at one point many considered it okay. Many BIG name authors and even publishers used this service. What was acceptable a while ago might not be today. Do we judge those authors/publishers too and call them unethical?

On this Sunday evening, I urge you all to consider how you judge others. Because one day, YOU may be on the other side trying to defend yourself to people who'd rather judge you than believe you or even listen to the facts. To my friends who have been dealing with these issues, please remind yourself that as long as you stand in your truth, that's all that matters. Conmen, liars, cowards, bullies and blood-sucking vampires will come to light eventually. Until then, may Karma bring you lots of sparkly great opportunities. :-)

Update on Kerry Jacobson "publicist" scam (April 20, 2014):

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Cheryl is Interviewed by Conrad Hall and talks about SUBMERGED, her Army and her New York Times dream

Interviewed by Conrad Hall, much is revealed in three audio interviews with Cheryl Kaye Tardif, author of the gripping psychological suspense, SUBMERGED.

Learn about the book, her SUBMERGED Army and her big dream to make the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers lists.

Check out Cheryl's audio interviews...



Cheryl's BIG Dream & Goals:

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Join Cheryl Kaye Tardif's SUBMERGED Army today!

Do you read suspense, mystery, thriller, paranormal/supernatural? Have you checked out the works of Cheryl Kaye Tardif? Want to be part of something HUGE?

Cheryl is recruiting members for her SUBMERGED Army (or what others call a "street team.") Her goal: to make USA Today and New York Times bestsellers lists between March 2-8, 2014.

What’s in it for YOU?

Not only will you get the satisfaction in knowing you helped Cheryl achieve her goals, you'll be entered in exclusive random draws for all sorts of awesome prizes, including the chance to have YOUR name featured as a character in Cheryl's upcoming summer release, DIVINE SANCTUARY.

What do you have to do?

First, join her SUBMERGED Army event. Next, share Cheryl's posts on your Facebook page, Facebook groups (that allow promotion), Twitter, your website and blog--basically anywhere you can. Then invite all your friends--there's an easy Invite button on the page--and ask them to do the same.

You can also buy Cheryl's thriller SUBMERGED on special dates from specific retailers, and ask your friends to do the same. This is the perfect time to reward friends and family with gifted copies of SUBMERGED (it's only $0.99!)

Cheryl will appreciate everything you do to help her reach her goals, and you'll be helping to grow her audience, which ultimately means more books for you to read!

So come on! Enlist in the SUBMERGED Army today! Cheryl needs YOU!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

3 Days 'til SUBMERGED hits Nooks, Kobos, iPads & iPhones everywhere!

Nook, Kobo, iBooks owners: Pre-order today for only $0.99 US and receive it on March 2nd via:

Barnes and Noble (Nook):

Kobo Books (Kobo):

iTunes (iBooks):

And don't forget, from March 2-8th, pick up the Kindle edition on Amazon and your purchase will help Cheryl reach her BIG goal--New York Times and USA Today bestsellers lists.

Plus, join Cheryl's SUBMERGED Army on Facebook and support her BIG dream while winning great prizes!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Guest Author: Eileen Schuh, author of FIREWALLS, talks suspense

"Sergeant Kindle wants us in his office," Syd said. The tension inside her coiled tighter. She glued her eyes to her computer monitor and slipped the black Jack onto the red Queen. Syd’s announcement ended her doubt; she was just moments away from losing her job. “Katrina?”

So begins my newest release, FIREWALLS – Book 3 in the BackTracker Series. It’s an opening that reflects what I’ve learned over the years from my mentor, publisher and best-selling author, Cheryl Kaye Tardif.

Thank you, Cheryl, for inviting me to guest on “The Suspense is Killing Me”, an appropriate title for your blog since you’re the master of the Suspense novel.

Although my books aren’t in the Suspense genre, every good book must have suspense—that ‘what-will-happen-next?’ feeling that drives readers to turn the page, read one more chapter, put dinner on hold, stay up until the sun rises in order to finish the novel.

For FIREWALLS, it’s my hope that Katrina’s coiling tension immediately becomes my readers’, that they will want to walk down the hall with her to Sergeant Kindle’s office—eager to find out what the heck she did that got her fired...if she gets fired.

I hope that by the end of the first page, my readers’ pulses and breathing have quickened, their jaws have tightened and their blood pressures have risen (only to safe levels, though, please).

In this opening chapter of FIREWALLS “What happens next?” is closely related to “What happened before?”—a very useful type of suspense when beginning a tale that requires background information. In writing a series like BackTracker, there’s a lot of back story from THE TRAZ and FATAL ERROR that has to get relayed in an entertaining manner.

Although what Katrina did to put her in danger of losing her job isn’t part of the preceding novels, Sergeant Kindle’s interrogation in the opening chapters of FIREWALLS reveals important details about her past that were. These details will hopefully help those who read previous novels remember the important stuff and make those who haven’t read them, want to.

It’s not just the suspense, though, that is important to a story; the resolution is, too. When the novel ends, the readers must feel satisfied. There has to be a wonderful, glorious, “Ah ha!” feeling when one finds out the past—“Now I know why that happened! Understand why she did that, why he said that, why he didn’t do what she wanted him to...”

And when all the ‘what happens next’s?’ are answered, readers should be left with a sense of fulfillment, of accomplishment and satisfaction—a feeling that reading this book was not a waste of time. That everything makes sense, even the surprises.

It’s not just at the beginning of FIREWALLS that I use the “What happened before?” suspense-building technique, I use it throughout the book, throughout the series. Several of my main characters, most notably Katrina and Shrug, have dark secrets, concealed motives, painful hidden pasts that readers want them to share. Some of those secrets remained veiled for many books to come.

In the BackTracker series, although each novel is a complete story, there are always lingering questions, that arise not from the plot (those questions are all answered) but from the characters themselves. We love them so much we just have to know what happened to them before we met them in THE TRAZ and what happens to them next?

What kind of kid were they? What kind of mother, husband, wife, boss will each of them become? Will the romance last forever? Will lost loves be reignited? Will Katrina ever be safe from the bikers? Will Shrug ever (please!) reveal his past?

Tell me more. Keep telling me more...


"Be prepared for a rollercoaster of emotions..."

"Packed with humanity, crafted with insight."

"Schuh has created a character worthy of being called a hero."

"A tale of comfort and hope that we, too, can slay our own dragons."

"A gritty, fast-paced thriller"

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Eileen Schuh, author


THE TRAZ School Edition