Cherie Colyer - Hold Tight (Book #2, Embrace Series)

Fans of Cherie Colyer's were captivated by the first book in the Embrace series -- the thrilling story of Madison as she came to terms with becoming a witch and set out to save her best friend from evil, and earn the love of newcomer and witch, Isaac.

Less than two years later, Cherie Colyer has done it again!

The release of her second book, Hold Tight, comes at the perfect time. As winter s-l-o-w-l-y comes to an end (at least here in Chicago!), fans of this series are eagerly grabbing at anything in which to warm up to, and Hold Tight is one HOT commodity! I had the pleasure of interviewing Cherie once again and got a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of her new release as well as what is in store for fans in the near future!

Katie Sparks: Congratulations on
Hold Tight, the second novel in your Embrace series! Can you tell us a little about what this sequel is about?  

Cherie Colyer: Thanks! Madison is learning to control the Powers, and she’s getting pretty good at it, but with school, chores, and being stuck watching her little brother, Madison is short on time. When she learns that faeries are rumored help human, she does a spell to conjure help around the house. You know that saying, careful what you wish for? Well, Madison unknowingly invites a pair of dangerous yet enticing beings into her life, and one of them will kill whoever it takes to make Madison his. Caught in the crossfire between two dashing but deadly creatures, Madison must figure out which one to trust and how to rid her world of the other before one of them destroys her and everyone she cares about.

KS: Authors can take stories in many various, unique directions. How did you get your idea(s) for the sequel? 

CC: I saw the pieces to Hold Tight falling in place as I was writing Embrace. I knew witches weren’t the only supernatural beings in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and I knew Madison would face a creature who she would find hard to resist.

KS: Who doesn’t love a series!?  Rumor has it that a third book is planned -- What information can you share at this time? Any fun hints about what we can expect? :)

CC: I am working on a third book. I absolutely love being back with Madison and her friends, and in book three Caden plays a bigger role. I can’t say too much without giving away spoilers to Hold Tight, but in book three, magic isn’t going to be the only thing that tests Madison’s loyalty to her friends and to her boyfriend, Isaac.

KS: As a published author, what have you learned throughout the process that you didn’t know before? Any valuable lessons? 

CC: I learned I’m comma challenged. That’s probably not what you meant, but on my final revisions I pay close attention to those little punctuation marks. As far as lessons, dreams do come true if you work hard and never give up.

KS: Do you have a writing mantra? 

CC: Not really. I work on the story that’s characters  are constantly chattering in my head. Sometimes that means I’m starting in the middle of the book, because that’s the scene I’m the most familiar with, like I did with Embrace, and then other times I knew exactly where my main character is when his or her life changes and I start at the beginning and work my way to the end.

KS: Do you believe in writer’s block? If so, how do you combat it? 

CC: Oh yes! And it’s horrible when it happens. I have a few ways of getting past it. The first is to take a break from my work and do something else. You’d be surprised how pulling weeds or dusting the house can clear your mind and get the creative juices flowing again. When that doesn’t work I start asking myself what if. I jot down ideas with different options and keep building on them until I have direction. When that fails, I talk to my husband about a scene that isn’t working and he’ll throw out ideas until that light bulb goes on above my head and I’m running out of the room to find a pen and paper. 

KS: What’s in store for your fans and new readers? Any new books we can look forward to? 

CC: Challenging Destiny, my upper teen thriller/romance about a brother and sister who must outsmart both Heaven and Hell if they hope to remain human and avoid being pawns in a coming war will be released later this year. While I don’t have an official release date from my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, I think it will be out in spring. 

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As usual – the Word Spark! (Try to answer these in five words or less!)

1) Favorite go-to food Raisinets & French Fries
2) Last book that made you cry? A Fault in Our Stars by John Green
3) Best part of summer?  Fireflies, warm nights, ice cream
4) Celebrity (dead or alive) you wish you could have lunch with? This changes weekly. Right now, Robert Downey Jr.
5) If you weren’t a writer, what else do you think you’d do? Read.
6) What makes you laugh every time? Strolling down memory lane. :) 

A huge thank you to Cherie for stopping by! For more information on the Embrace series and her upcoming stories, please click on the links below!

Find Cherie!
Twitter - @CherieColyer

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