Tuesday, January 3, 2012

This Week At The Tiki Hut - Sam Cheever

This week's guest at the AuthorIsland Tiki Hut is Sam Cheever and she stops in to talk about what she's looking forward to in 2012.

Sam writes fast paced fantasy and romantic fiction with feisty characters who deal with life's little challenges in unique and often hilarious ways. As a reader Sam is very impatient. She quickly loses interest if a story doesn't have a good pace and snappy dialogue. Sam's inability to focus in a backwash of human angst and subtleties works out well for her readers, since she writes the way she likes to read.

In her real life, Sam lives on a hobby farm in Indiana with 10 dogs, 4 horses, 2 barn cats, 2 daughters, and one husband. Not necessarily in that order.

Find out how you can get free goodies and many even your name in one of her books by joining her Fan Club!


Best of 2011? Not a chance!

Nothing makes me change stations faster on a radio or TV than those hated words, “And now for a look back over the year…”. I’m one of those people who hates repetition and rehashing things. I thrive on change, and once I’ve set off in a new direction, I rarely look back.

I never reread books, rarely see a movie more than one time, and can’t stand eating the same thing over and over again. Unlike my husband, who could eat the same thing three meals a day for a month before even starting to get tired of it. LOL. My oldest daughter reads her favorite books several times and watches movies and fave TV shows multiple times. And my youngest daughter HATES change. I mean…she gets heart palpitations if something changes.

So am I odd? Well…of course I’m odd. #:0) But, I mean, is my resistance to looking backward at all the key events and accomplishments of the previous year unique? Maybe, I don’t know. I’d love to hear from some of you. Are any of you the same way?

Don’t get me wrong, I love history and I think it’s vitally important. Despite the fact that every generation believes it’s smarter than and different from every generation that came before, the human race has stayed basically the same since its inception. Which means, though the clothes and music might change, we basically live through the same things and are capable of making the mistakes over and over again throughout history. If we don’t know what the earlier versions of us screwed up, we can’t avoid making the same mistakes. So knowing our history is very important. That’s not what I’m talking about. I’m referring to the human animal’s love of rehashing recent history.

My motto is, if I can still remember it clearly, I don’t want to go over it again. Yawn. And trust me, with my memory, the list of things I remember clearly is short. LOL!

So you won’t get a list of key 2011 events from me. But I will give you my list for the year coming up. Looking forward is a much more exciting proposition than rehashing where I’ve already been. Mind, this isn’t a list of resolutions, consider it my personal plan for the year. So what’s on my list for 2012?

World Peace…okay, just kidding…world peace would be GREAT but it’s just a tad unrealistic. Besides, I’m so NOT doing the swimsuit competition. Hehehe

Here’s the real list:

• Launching a totally new and exciting genre/theme under a new alias. Nope, not gonna spill the beans just yet. #:0)

• Writing/publishing 5 to 6 full length books and several shorter works.

• Finally losing those last, pesky pounds. Not a resolution, just a lifestyle change.

• Weaning myself completely off Corporate America so I can focus full time on my writing.

• Becoming more self sufficient, growing some of my own food, learning to can the food I grow, and finding ways to do with less.

• Reaching out to help others who are struggling.

• Taking the time to enjoy my family, my critters, and my life.

• And, kind of tied to the last one, forcing myself to relax about the writing enough to enjoy the successes and not focus on the sour points.

There you have it. I’m looking forward…not back. Isn’t that much more fun?

Have a great 2012, everybody! I know I plan to.


WIN - p.s. Send me your own “Plan for 2012” at samcheever at samcheever dot com, and I’ll drop your name into my gardening hat for a chance to win the book of your choice from my backlist. I’ll pick the winner on January 9th. Good luck!

My next release is a sexy Cupid story in Musa Publishing’s Love Notes Anthology, January 27th!

Cupid Only Rings Twice – Fantasy, IR/MC, Romance

Rori Foster overhears the Neanderthals at the bank where she works betting on one man’s ability to seduce her with a love note. She schemes to embarrass them at their own game, but she won’t stand a chance against a Love Demon’s spell. Lucky for her she has Cupid Damios Persis on her side. Damios is willing to go undercover, Super Cupid to save her from her office mates’ scheming.

But what happens when he starts to fall for her himself? Will he write her a love note of his own?

Stay tuned!


  1. Hello Sam and Happy New Year!

    I'm a day late in getting this posted, as I totally thought today was Monday....lol - the holidays get me so messed up - but the kid and hubby are back to school now, so life will get back to normal, whatever that is...

    Great list of goals for the new year, Sam...can't wait to find out what you have in store for us with the new genre - didn't know there was one you didn't hit yet ;0)

    I haven't sat down to write my goals for the new year out yet, but intend to soon. I like setting goals for myself, while I rarely hit them all, I like having something to strive for.

    The new release sounds great - love the blurb for your story in it. How are the stories connected and will it be in ebook and print?

    Thanks for being our guest this week and my wishes to you for the best the new year has to offer!

  2. Hey DeNita!

    No worries, I think having New Year's celebrated on the second put us all a little off kilter. Though I'm sure everybody appreciated the extra day off. LOL

    I'm really looking forward to this anthology. Not only is it the first story I've had at Musa, which seems like it's going to be a top-notch publishing house, but my fellow authors in the anthology are some of my favorites.

    The collection is centered around the theme of Love Notes, but each author's interpretation of that central theme will be unique. It will include all genres/heat levels too so it should be a very diverse and entertaining read.

    I believe the book will come out first in digital format and will eventually go into print.

    Thanks for hosting me this week, DeNita. Happy 2012!

  3. Congrats on the upcoming release! Hope it does great! I totally did the lose a day thing right before Christmas. I was thinking one day that it was Wednesday and I had a doctor's appointment on Thursday. I was half right, unfortunately I did not realize it was Thursday until about 6 pm that night, lol. Luckily, my doctor's office is cool and worked me in the next week.

  4. LOL, June, it's understandable you'd miss an appointment right before Christmas. I barely remember them when I have nothing else going on! I hope you have a great 2012!

  5. New genre? Oh! ;) *My lips are zipped* Great outlook and great list of goals for 2012. You’re going to have such a rocking good time in the coming months. I totally agree. Looking forward is so much more fun than looking back.

  6. Thanks Mel!!! Here's to at least a dozen more lunches for the year! And a few conferences too. Can you say frozen margaritas? Snorf!

    Thanks for stopping by!