Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Okay, we're coming up to the end of the month. My first blog in November will give the name of whoever wins the earrings. Not many entrants so everyone has a good chance.

And I'll be doing this again next month. So if you don't win this month, try again!

Here are the earrings for October. They're tied to my romantic mystery SET UP. Callaway loves trashy women with green eyeshadow, dangling earrings, and plunging necklines. The prim Amanda dons all of them to seduce Cal. Because if she doesn't, her sister's marriage will go down the tubes.

These earrings could be some she chooses to entice him.

SET UP will be free for Kindle on November 17th and 18th from Amazon. Last time. So anyone who didn't get it, this will be your chance.

Thursday, October 25, 2012


I gave away two Advanced Reader Copy proofs of TAXED TO THE MAX in GoodReads. The giveaway ended October 23rd. This morning I sent off ARCs to the two winners. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they like it.

The Publishers Weekly review was not bad but not great. Kirkus Reviews was much kinder. Lines from both are going to go on the final book cover, I learned yesterday.

So now I'm thinking since I have more ARCs, why not give away five more on GoodReads? It was really easy to set it up; GR did all the work. The book won't be available till the end of December so why not? Seems to me the more ARCs out there, the more chance for people to recommend it to friends and family.

I also have an ebook gothic with paranormal elements, THE WARWICKS OF SLUMBER MOUNTAIN, coming out in November. I'm wondering whether to try to give away some advanced copies of it, too. A little more difficult since it's an ebook. I'm not sure GoodReads handles them. Guess I'll have to check.

And I'm also giving away earrings on the blog, remember! Anyone who comments with the word 'earrings' somewhere in it will be entered.

A different set will be given away next month, too. I believe they'll be tied in with my re-release of TREACHEROUS BEAUTIES.

A lot going on. And I still have to write!

Sunday, October 21, 2012


Yesterday, the Turtle Center on Jekyll Island held their Turtle-Ween. We rode over to check it out.

The activities were mostly geared to kids. Face painting, making a Halloween bag, pumpkin, and turtle; fishing for treats (pulling up cans, newspapers, and plastic at first so the kid could sort; making a turtle cookie (green icing, gummies for barnacles, sprinkles for algae, that type of thing); a magician; and of course, a hayride. Oops, that's a Turtle Ride!

There were also critters to pet: things like a baby alligator, a tortoise and lots of snakes! Ugh! The kids loved the awful things, though. Here's a photo of the tortoise making its bid for freedom!

And when things palled, we went back inside and visited the patients in the turtle hospital!

Perfect weather, not too hot and not too cold. All in all, a great day!

Thursday, October 18, 2012


I'm very excited since I just got the final cover for TAXED TO THE MAX coming out in late December from Five Star/Cengage. Since it's a hardback, the cover's kind of wide. I'm hoping I can get it all in here!

Here's what it's about in case you can't read the blurb:

Auto tag clerk Corrie Caters hates the tax office. The customers are irate and her co-worker Delores is grouchy. If Corrie ever gets through college, she's waving bye-bye.

When rumored arsonist and delinquent taxpayer Billy Lee Woodhallen attacks the tax commissioner, Corrie decides to call it quits. Too late. The next morning she and Delores find their boss murdered.  Billy Lee must have done it to keep his property from being sold.

County officials want to appoint Corrie tax commissioner, but she's not that stupid. Then the man who jilted her at the altar in front of two hundred people—most of them local—shows up.  A Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent, Bodie Fairhust thinks Billy Lee will strike again and tells her to refuse the job.

Like any self-respecting north Georgia woman, Corrie won't listen to a sneaky snake-in-the-grass. She takes the job to spite Bodie. But the snake was right. Billy Lee comes up with an alibi and is free to go after the new tax commissioner. Her.

Now obtuse deputies guard her 24/7, a state auditor breathes down her neck, and a pothead IT guy is doing heaven knows what to the tax digest she's responsible for. Not to mention Delores snubbing her and the weird tax office customers trying to do all kinds of illegal things. If Billy Lee doesn't do her in, the stress will.

A light mystery, TAXED TO THE MAX shows what really happens in property tax and tag offices.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Just reminding anyone who didn't see it. I'm giving away a pair of earrings this month. Anyone who posts a comment any time during the month will be entered so long as they include the word EARRINGS in the post.  Winner will be announced the first blog in November and can privately email me info re shipping address.

Here's what the earrings look like.

In SET UP, Cal loves flashy redheads with lots of makeup and dangling earrings. That's why Amanda dyed her hair, put on lots of green eyeshadow, and chose earrings that might have looked something like these.

Poor Cal took the bait, hook line and sinker!

Sunday, October 14, 2012


The local art association sponsored an arts/crafts fair in Postell Park today. We got there right before the vendors opened. The old oaks and the neat tents made for pretty pictures.

This is when we were approaching, looking at it from between the trees.

This was the first section in front of the casino.

This is the back view of booths facing the sidewalk.

And this is the last section backing up to the local bar and tea shop.

Gorgeous day to be out! A shame I didn't have enough money to buy anything.

Monday, October 8, 2012


We had occasion to visit the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville last week. Besides being a great medical research facility, it has a beautiful campus. I took some pictures of a few of the fountains.

Yes, the campus is beautiful but the cafeteria isn't nearly so noteworthy!

Friday, October 5, 2012


Ugh, I really hate this marketing stuff but here goes...

Again, my steamy romantic mystery SET UP will be free from Amazon tomorrow, October 6th. If anyone hasn't read it, this is your chance.

The earring giveaway kind of ties in with it, so this is a good time for it to be free again!

And here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/Set-Up-ebook/dp/B008QWTYIS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349450325&sr=1-1&keywords=set+up+by+cheryl+b+dale

Monday, October 1, 2012


Okay, today starts the earring giveaway. I won't say BIG giveaway because it obviously isn't. Just something to thank people for reading the blog.

These are some of the dangling types Cal goes for in SET UP. Amanda could have worn them when she first set out to seduce him. Or she might have worn them later, once she found out he was a really nice guy that she liked a lot.

If you're interested, enter up to one comment a day through the month of October with the word EARRINGS in it. (That's to save someone who doesn't want them from winning!) At the end of the month, I'll draw one person, tell the winner on my first November blog, and s/he can email me the specifics of where to have them mailed.

Curious about the link where they're sold? Go here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/110428222/crystal-chandelier