Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Char Chaffin and Cheryl Yeko and Rodeo King

Posted by Susan B James on 2:30:00 AM with 12 comments
Love Cowboys? 
So do Char Chaffin and Cheryl Yeko. They collaborated on Rodeo King, a warmhearted, sexy novella. And they plan to do it again. Here's the blurb, and then I will introduce you to dashing duo. Char Chaffin and Cheryl Yeko are, individually, multi published and award winning authors. They are also acquiring editors for Soul. Mate Publishing.

Rodeo King is book one in their Dustin Lovers series.
BLURB:  Caleb Johnson, 'King of the Rodeo,' is on his way to becoming Wyoming's National Champion. Until an ornery bull sidelines him with a potentially career-ending injury. Returning home to Dustin to recuperate puts him in the path of Rosemary Carmichael, the girl he deserted to become a rodeo star.
Now he's got to figure out what he really wants: returning to the rodeo circuit and going for that big, National prize, or convincing the woman he loves that he wants a life with her . . . and the son he never knew he had.

Cheryl and Char, where did you two first meet?

CHERYL:  I first met Char (virtually) working with her as editors for Soul Mate Publishing . . . Then the first year I went to Nationals we were roomies, along with our Power of Three BFF, Callie Hutton. I had known Callie virtually, as a crit partner, before either of us were signed by Soul Mate. Callie and Char were already virtual friends, and it was as if all three of us had known each other forever. Lifelong friendships were established.

CHAR:  We absolutely meshed instantly when we all first met in Atlanta! Up until then we kept in touch online as a threesome. Callie and I were amongst the first sixteen authors released with Soul Mate, and I had started critting for Callie as well, later editing two books in her very successful Oklahoma Lovers Series. Cheryl and I not only found a great deal of editing support when we first started comparing notes, but discovered we had a lot in common, too.
I find duo writing fascinating. How do you split the writing chores? Do you each take a go at the same chapter? Each take a chapter and then send it to the other for revision? Split the POV? It’s so seamless, I can’t tell. I know you also sent Rodeo King to your third Musketeer, Callie Hutton for an outside pair of eyes.
CHERYL:  We take turns writing a chapter, then it goes to the other for a critique. Then, they take over the story and write the next chapter. We do have a tentative outline to help guide us. Very tentative.

CHAR: Ha, can you tell Cheryl’s not about the outline? She’s a pantster and I’m the outline fiend. We ended up compromising, with me easing up on the whole outline-thing, and Cheryl trying her hand at structuring a bit more. What works the best is when we can either sit down face to face and pound it out together (which rarely happens!), or we can schedule a phone chat and get a great deal of it done that way. We talk on the phone almost every day. We do write seamlessly and we’re both proud of that. If a reader can tell who wrote what, then we haven’t done our job well enough!

 It seems obvious that you share a love of the cowboy and rodeo life style. Where did that start for each of you? (I’m older than you, so I will confess I fell in love with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.) Your turns. Got a favorite cowboy hero in book, movies or real life? Or All three?

CHERYL:  I was raised on John Wayne movies. 
I'm pretty sure there isn't a single one I've missed.

CHAR:  For me it was old Western TV shows. Gunsmoke, Alias Smith and Jones, The Big Valley, The Rifleman, Lancer. Newer western flicks such as Young Guns, Tombstone, and Silverado also got me into the western theme. I’m not big on country music so I can’t say it influenced me at all. But rodeos? Yep, I’ve been to a few. I have had to educate Cheryl a bit on western gear. Boot rands, bolo ties, Tony Lamas and Dingo, things like that. I sent her boot-scootin’ tunes to listen to as music does figure in our second in the series, Roping Her In. I may have changed her life forever. *grin*
You did an excellent job educating her. Great details.

CHAR and CHERYL:  We’re offering a three prizes: an eBook of Rodeo King and a giveaway on our solo books. Winners’ choice! Two drawings, and each winner gets to choose one of Cheryl’s e-releases and one of Char's.
Go ahead. Hit those links and look at all the wonderful books they's written. Then enter below. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thank you so much for being here, Char and Cheryl. Their personal links are below the Rafflecopter thingy. Your chance to know them better. Happy Reading to you until we meet again.

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  1. Thanks for having us over Susan...see you in New York... Yeah!!


  2. Great interview, ladies, Yay! for Rodeo King, a great book.

  3. Fun interview and great cover!

  4. Terrific interview. It was very interesting learning about how to write as a duo. I also love westerns : )

    1. Thanks, Allison. I think duo writing is fascinating too.

    2. Hi, Allison. It's great fun writing with a friend... :)

  5. Thanks so much for having us, Susan!

  6. Cheryl, Char and I spend the week at the RWA 2015 National conference and we were all three so busy, we rarely checked the Post. Thanks to everyone who droped by. Contest ends at 11:59 July 27th. This was the first time I got to meet Cheryl and Char in person and I had a blast..

    1. Yes, that it true...lol. We were off playing. It was great seeing you Susan...



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