Relentless and More with Cheyenne Meadows – Post + Giveaway

February 29, 2016

Relentless

Hi. I’m Cheyenne Meadows and wanted to stop by and share some goodies with you today. Namely, my latest release from Dreamspinner Press entitled Relentless.

This is a story near and dear to my heart. The idea came to me one day when I saw a documentary about the real world situation in Afghanistan with our military service men and woman and the daily fight they face. A section of the show addressed snipers, the role they play, and the training they receive. I saw the incredible shots they made and a story began to percolate, needing to be told, borrowing from reality to tell a heart wrenching, compelling tale about an incredible man. I considered the difficulties, the courage, the commitment a high level sniper must possess and knew I had to create a story that would portray that image in my main character along with a twist or three. That led to the usual ‘what if’ questions, my penchant for writing shifter romance, and voila, Jag was born.

He’s a jaguar shifter, working with a special military unit made up entirely of shifters. They are on loan to the regular military as special ops freelance guys who are highly trained for very unique and difficult missions. To boot, the human population doesn’t know that shifters exist, making the tenuous relationship a bit challenging at times. Just another complication in a whole nest of them when it comes to Jag and his assignments. He’s never had life easy, but has the balls to get the job done. No matter what.

Many readers ask what I listen to when writing, how I write, or come up with ideas. I’ll let you in on a little secret. The ideas come from everyday life. Sometimes, like with Relentless, a television show sparks an idea. Sometimes it’s a song or even the evening news. A character pops into my mind that demands to have his story told. Who am I to argue? I then start with the typical questions. Who is he? What does he do for a living? What is his background? If he’s a shifter, what variety? Each decision gets me closer to understanding the guy. Once that is all set, I start trying to create a scene around him. I’m a plotter, meaning that I like to iron out the important details of a story before really getting started. No, I don’t make an outline. I just jot down notes of what I know and then let it take me from there. Sometimes as I go, my story takes a bunny path, and that’s okay. It basically boils down to the fact that I know where I want to start and where I want to end. The middle gets a bit vague. But, that’s the fun of letting the story have a life of its own.

Oh, as far as listening to music? Nope. I like things to be perfectly quiet. I have an office where I write, a large wooden desk, with my desktop computer on top. The window next to me allows sunlight in and a glimpse of the outside world. I’m very formal about writing in the fact I have to treat it as a job. I try to keep a set schedule and writing at a desk helps to keep my mind on the “job” philosophy. If I only wrote when I felt like it, I’d never get anything done. Writing takes time, effort, and devotion. Thus, it’s butt in chair and fingers on keyboard. Oh, and the kitty sleeping in her hammock next to me doesn’t hurt, either.

What am I working on now? Well, I have a couple of other stories in progress. I can’t seem to stick to writing one at a time, so normally have a few in various stages of completion. Nice in a way because when I finish one, I can just go through my works in progress folder and pick another to work on again. Alleviates boredom that way, too!

Enough about me. Now back to Relentless. Jag meets his new spotter in Afghanistan. Sonar is an ocelot shifter with enough guts to stand up to Jag in his worst temper, yet still has enough compassion to see the man hurting deep inside and step up to help. He vows he’ll keep Jag on track, sane, and alive through this treacherous and emotional journey, no matter the cost to him.

The two kitties might start out flashing fangs but soon realize there’s much more than animosity driving them together.

Speaking of kitties, I have a big question for all of you. What is your favorite kind of shifter? Felines? Canines? Ursines? Be specific. Lions? Tigers? Wolves? Wild dogs? Another variety of shifter? What about hybrids? Tell me what you love to read in a shifter story, what mixes you crave, and what combinations you’d love to see. Comment on this question and you will be entered in the drawing to win a free ebook copy of one of my backlist stories from Dreamspinner. One winner will be chosen two days from now. So don’t be shy and don’t be tardy!

Don’t forget, you can check me out at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cheyenne.meadows.10

Blog: cheyennemeadows.blogspot.com

E-mail: Cheyenne1.meadows@yahoo.com

I love to hear from readers!

 

Check out Relentless today!

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Blurb: 

Jaguar shifter and sniper extraordinaire, Jag, is tasked with his most difficult and dangerous mission to date—take out the man responsible for his spotter and husband’s violent death. Again.

Sonar, an ocelot shifter, is assigned as the new spotter to the surly and scowling feline alpha. He’s impressed with Jag’s skills but sees more beneath the surface: a grief-stricken and furious man on a trail of vengeance.

Together Sonar and Jag face perils and challenges that test their skills, resolve, and the budding feelings they have for each other. As the death toll rises, so does the heat between them. Their longings could give them the strength needed to persevere, but it also might force them to succumb and sacrifice everything. One thing’s for certain: someone won’t be making it back alive.

 

Author bio:

Growing up in the Midwest, I began reading romance novels in high school, immediately falling in love with the genre, to the point where I decided to write professionally for a career. However, that dream splattered against a brick wall and resulting quick death in my first writing class in college when my professor told me bluntly that I wasn’t any good at it.

I shifted gears quickly, and left my writing dreams behind, eventually settling on being a nurse. A few years back, I stumbled across a fan-fiction writing site on a favorite author’s webpage. I began to read stories others wrote, not only making some wonderful close friends from the experience, but also, really learning to write for the very first time. Here I was able to share short stories, practice my writing skills, and truly develop into a writer. More than that, the experience allowed me to revitalize my dream, as I rediscovered joy in writing.

When I’m not working or writing, I enjoy working in the garden, canning, and seeing my backyard as a living canvas for my whimsical landscaping, and, of course, reading romance novels.

 

10 Responses to “Relentless and More with Cheyenne Meadows – Post + Giveaway”

  1. H.B. says:

    Congrats on the new release! It looks and sounds fantastic.

    I love all types of shifter stories but always find myself gravitating towards wolf shifter stories. I like seeing the protective instincts that come out and mating for life.

  2. Susan says:

    Oh feline shifters without a doubt, especially tigers or jaquars, so I know I’d love Relentless. It’s fun when humanity does know about shifters and the felines mate with humans. But cat on cat is fun too.

  3. Michelle says:

    Oh yeah! I am going to need to read Relentless for sure. It sounds greeeeaat! Being a cat person, of course I love all cat shifters. That being said, my favorites are the more unusual/interesting ones. The house cat in love with a tiger or bear. Something like that. I am also partial to Dragons, otters and dogs or wolves! I haven’t seen many horse shifters either, which is a shame. I’m off to put Relentless on my wish list. Thanks for the insight into your process. I love hearing the inside scoop :)

  4. Cheyenne Meadows says:

    H.B. I know what you mean about the wolf shifters. They are so much fun with their penchant for status levels and for their protective attitudes. Michelle and Susan, thank you for your compliments. Kitties are great fun to work with. So many varieties and possibilities. Not to mention cats are quirky. Lots of fun with those. Thank you all for commenting and for your interest!

  5. Cheyenne Meadows says:

    H.B. Do you prefer alpha males? Perhaps a pairing of less than alpha males? Or no real status level for either of the wolf shifters?

  6. Angela says:

    Congrats on the release of Relentless and a happy release day :) Thanks for sharing this post, it is always nice to see how an author gets the ideas for their books.
    When reading shifter books i mostly read about wolf shifters, i really like the BIG alpha male and the somewhat shy, nerdy/geeky human.

  7. Trix says:

    I’d love to see more bird shifters (especially a hummingbird)! I usually don’t like cut-and-dried status situations, since I like a less predictable arc between mates, but I’m sure there can be exceptions!

  8. Cheyenne Meadows says:

    Thanks, Angela! LOL. The alpha and the nerdy human, huh? Good combo. I haven’t written one of those yet, but that’s good idea to put on the list. Thanks for answering!

  9. Cheyenne Meadows says:

    Hi Trix. Hummingbirds, huh? I really hadn’t thought of that before. Interesting. Not sure if it’s been done, but that would be a very different shifter story.

  10. michael says:

    Congrats on the new release! It looks and sounds fantastic.
    I love all types of shifter stories but always find myself gravitating towards wolf shifter stories.
    LOL. The alpha and the nerdy human, huh? Good combo. I haven’t written one of those yet, but that’s good idea to put on the list. Thanks for answering!

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