RNIC is delighted to have Author Cheris Hodges stop by and tell us about her latest release, Forces of Nature. Cheris is also giving away an autographed copy of Forces of Nature to two lucky winners! We’ll tell you more about that shortly, but first, let’s get to know our featured author.
Cheris, how long have you been writing?
I have been writing professionally since 2003. My first romance novel, Revelations, was released June, 2003.
Do you have a single book or character that’s dear to your heart, and why?
Let’s Get It On is one of my favorite books and I think it’s because Maurice and Kenya went through a big storm to find their happily ever after. And Maurice, who is a successful NFL wide receiver, seems to have it all, but the one thing he really wants – Kenya’s love and forgiveness – he has to work for. Kenya is certainly a flawed heroine. She has to work through a lot of issues to give herself to Maurice.
Which heroine from your books do you most closely identify with and why?
Caprice from Cautious Heart is the heroine I most closely identify with, you know why? A cheating boyfriend inspired this book. I heard a voicemail message on his phone from another girl and said, he must think I’m crazy. That’s one of the first lines in the book. Caprice was able to do a majority of the things that I wanted to do to my ex. At the end of the day, I got to tell a great story and turn a heartbreak into a good book.
If you could date the hero from one of your books, who would it be and why?
If I could date a hero from my book, it would be Antonio Billups from His Sexy Bad Habit. This man was just cool and sexy. And the way he treated his son just made me melt. Not only would I date him, but we’d start a family together. Sorry, Serena.
Which hero from your books would you absolutely not date and why?
I could not date Cleveland Alexander from More Than He Can Handle. We’re too much alike. He’s the youngest in his family and he always wants to have his way. Our first date would be nothing but a long argument, because I always have to have my way.
If you could trade places with a character in one of your books (male or female), who would it be and why?
I would trade places with Marie Charles from Recipe For Desire. Not only does she have a wonderful shoe collection, she’s married to a chef! Hello. But the main reason I’d love to trade places with Marie is because she gets to live in one of my favorite cities in the world, Paris.
Is there such a thing as too much sex in a romance novel? Explain.
No. As long as the sex moves the story along, there can never be too much.
What is your dream car and why?
My dream car is a baby blue 1965 Ford Mustang. I have always loved a Mustang, I actually drive a 2005 Mustang now but I want a classic one.
Finish this sentence: I’m addicted to strong dark coffee, especially Starbucks’s French Roast.
Cheris, what can readers expect from you next?
Coming in November, Love After War. When club owner Adrian Bryant discovers his biological father is hotel magnate Elliot Crawford, his life unravels. Shunned by Crawford while he and his mother struggled, Adrian hatches a high-profile plan to destroy the Crawford name—and the reputations of his two half-brothers. But to shield the woman he loves from the hell he intends to unleash, Adrian has to let her go.
Photographer Dana Singleton is heartbroken and confused by Adrian’s behavior. But just when she’s given up on their relationship, she begins to discover the truth—and a dark side of Adrian she never knew existed. As the stakes get higher, she will have to ask herself if she can love a man who is capable of such vengeance—or if he can learn to forgive…
Forces of Nature – Description
Crystal Hughes is mad as hell…
No one is going to tear down the farmland that’s been in her family since the turn of the century—certainly not multimillion dollar Welco Industries. And until Welco’s president meets with her, Crystal will wage a fiery one woman protest to prove it! But when he finally appears, Douglas Wellington III is far from the elderly curmudgeon she expected…
Tall, lean, and fabulous, Douglas is in for a surprise of his own. Crystal’s cafe au lait beauty takes his breath away. Still, if she had any sense, she’d realize his project will save the impoverished community. With battle lines drawn, Crystal issues Douglas a challenge: spend one week on the land he wants to destroy. He agrees, if only to be alone with her. But when nature takes over amid North Carolina’s lush countryside, these two warriors just may discover what happens to even the best laid plans…
Crystal stood up to the towering guard. “If you want me to leave, get Wellington out here. Otherwise, I’m camping out.”
Moments later, a tall man, moving with the grace of a panther and the body of a Greek god, crossed the lobby and planted himself in front of her. Crystal gazed up at him, momentarily speechless as he stared at her with slate gray eyes. His full lips seemingly beckoned her to kiss them, and those hands—big and wide with long fingers—she wanted them on her body, caressing her breasts, thighs, and everything in between. She blinked and swallowed hard. She needed to get her hormones together; she wasn’t here to lust after this man, whoever he was. She was here to meet with Wellington and she didn’t give a damn if they sent Denzel Washington to the lobby to meet her–Crystal wasn’t moving until she got what she wanted. Still, the man looking at her was fine as hell.
His face told a story of annoyance, with a scowl darkening his handsome features and his wide nostrils flaring with anger. “Are you going to just stare at me or do you have something to say?” His voice reminded her of a sensual sax, hypnotic and melodic. Her body was electrified at the thought of him whispering sweet words of passion in her ear.
“I’m not talking to anyone but Douglas Wellington.” Crystal’s voice wavered, but not from fear. Carnal desire described what she was feeling as she stared into his eyes.
“I am Douglas Wellington,” he announced dryly.
Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prizes: two autographed copies of Forces of Nature
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to our newsletter.
How to enter: Leave a comment below (you do not have to include your email address).
Deadline to enter: Two winners will be selected on May 24, 2013.
Note: By participating in this contest, the winner has given permission to RNIC to share his/her name and email address with the person conducting the contest so they can forward the prize(s).
Cheris, how can readers contact you?
About the Author:
The writing bug bit hard and early for Bennettsville, SC native Cheris F. Hodges. As a student at Marlboro County High School, Hodges knew she was going to be a writer. She joined the school’s newspaper staff and decided journalism was the way to go.
Upon graduating in 1995, she enrolled at Johnson C. Smith University and majored in journalism, all the while working on her novels.
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”