Monday, March 30, 2009

Author Rowena Cherry To Be Featured On Authors Show Radio

Award winning author discusses her newest novel, 'Knights Fork'

Rowena Cherry, author of a number of award winning futuristic romances, will be featured on The Authors Show Radio through June 19, 2009.

On the show, she discusses the importance to her of humor, political satire and ethics in her latest award-winning novel entitled Knights Fork.

Released in October 2008 by Dorchester Publishing's LoveSpell imprint, KNIGHT'S FORK has already garned a "Readers' Choice Book of the Week" award on the basis of an advance review, two consecutive PNR Reviewer's "Top Pick" awards for September 2008 and also October 2008, in addition to a PNR Staff "mention".

Knight's Fork is a hilarious love story about a very virtuous knight on a quest and an alien's queen who realizes that only a discreet sperm donor can save her world from a constitutional crisis. A right royal scandal and interstellar political chicanery result when the queen is accused of adultery.

Rowena Cherry was offered her first New York publishing contract in 2004 after her debut novel, Forced Mate won third place in the global Romantic Times and Dorchester Publishing's New Voice in Romance contest, forerunner of the current American Title Contest.

To date, Ms. Cherry is the author of four titles: Forced Mate, Mating, and Insufficient Mating Material, and Knight's Fork, all of which have won awards. In the interview, Rowena Cherry explains how she came up with her branding strategy to base all her titles on chess terms. "I like chess," says Rowena Cherry, "I think it's sexy, intellectually stimulating and fun." She continues, "Especially when, instead of learning something during sex that changes his mind about whether or not the heroine is a flake or a bore or a shrew, my arrogant hero discovers that there is more to the heroine than meet the eye when she beats him at chess."

"The Enchanted Quill" is Ms Cherry's most treasured award of more than half a dozen first place Romance Writers Of America award wins for Forced Mate before it was published.

"It's a real red feather quill pen mounted on a heart-shaped Perspex inkstand," she beams.

Since publication, Forced Mate's honors include a place in the finals of the 2006 EPPIES (for the electronic version), finalist status in the 2005 Affaire De Coeur Readers/Reviewers Choice Awards; an Honorable Mention in the 2004 JADA Press Book Of The Year Awards; kudos as a finalist in the Best SF Romance or Futuristic category of the prestigious PEARL awards, and also the Honorable Mention as Best New Author in the same 2005 PEARL Awards.

A year later, the short e-book, Mating Net won the USABookNews "Best Books" award for electronic fiction in 2006; it also gained a PEARL nod, and came fourth in the Romance category in the 2005 Preditors and Editors poll.

Insufficient Mating Material was judged the winner in the Romance category of the 2008 Hollywood Book Festival. It was voted the Cupid And Psyche Award Award for Fantasy Romance by readers and members of The Romance Studio, and was a Fantasm Award winner in the Best Futuristic Romance category. It took First Place in the Author Reader's Choice Awards and was named Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Romance in the 2007 Spring Night Owl Romance Awards. Insufficient Mating Material also was a finalist in the Golden Quill awards, and in the Most Humorous category of the Anne Bonney Awards, and finaled in the prestigious PEARL AWARDS Futuristic category.

"My goal as an author," states Rowena Cherry, "is to give good value. I expect to provide my readers with six to eight hours of amusement, a couple of really good laughs, a romantic frisson or two from the sensual scenes, a thoroughly satisfying Happy-Ever-After, and perhaps, something to think about after the book is finished."

In the case of Insufficient Mating Material --which draws on Rowena Cherry's life-saving qualifications and adventure experiences while doing The Duke Of Edinburgh's Award-- the author consciously set out to write an entertaining book which included information that might change or save a life. Insufficient Mating Material was endorsed by TV "Survivorman" Les Stroud.

The interview can be found at the Authors Show Radio site at Rowena Cherry's featured interview will run through June 19, 2009.

Titles By Rowena Cherry

Forced Mate (e-book, January 2005)
Forced Mate (paperback, November 2004)
Mating Net (e-book, short, October 2005)
Insufficient Mating Material (paperback, February 2007, Kindle)
KNIGHT’S FORK (paperback, newly released on Amazon 2008)

1. Forced Mate, ISBN 978-0-505-52601-4
2. Insufficient Mating Material ISBN 978-0-505-52711-0
3. KNIGHT’S FORK, ISBN 978-0-505-52740-0

Visit Rowena Cherry online at a Preditors-and-Editors award-winning "Author's Site of Excellence."

Rowena Cherry
PO Box 554
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303

Sample Reviews

“Another wacky and wicked romantic romp from the talented keyboard of Rowena Cherry! With her trademark droll humor, she attacks intergalactic politics, sets up a sizzling romance and throws in a colorful—and memorable—cast of characters that rivals the best that Monty Python ever produced. A wonderfully fun read.”
~Linnea Sinclair, RITA® award winning author of SHADES OF DARK

“Rowena Cherry is a brilliant writer. Blending humor and romance is much harder then most people believe and she does it effortlessly.”
—Sarah Gentili,

"I think Rowena's true skill is that she weaves this intricate world of aliens and sex just the same way J.K. Rowling weaves the world of Wizards,"
~Des DiFabio, bookclubqueen

"If you look up the word spellbinding in the dictionary of authors - Rowena Cherry is right at the very top."
~M.J. Rose - international bestselling author of THE REINCARNATIONIST

"She writes about alien universes as if they exist, she's lived there and characters as if they are real and she's know them. Fantasy fiction at its very best."
~M.J. Rose - international bestselling author of THE REINCARNATIONIST

"I really like Cherry's writing; it is literate and fast moving, with active imagery, and it challenges the reader."
~ Jean Cooper, reviewer, Fallen Angel Reviews