Thursday, October 13, 2011

Into The Fire blog tour with Cherie Marks

Hi, everyone! Please join me in welcoming author Cherie Marks as she talks about her latest release, Into The Fire. Make sure to check out the giveaway details at the end of the post!

What does it take to be the top?

Bestselling authors, CEO’s, professional athletes, celebrity actors and singers all have one thing in common—they didn’t stop until they were at the top. But how did they make it? What did it take?

One of my favorite shows to watch on television is a reality-show cooking competition called Top Chef. On this fast-paced show, sixteen top-notch chefs compete in weekly challenges in which they must be on top or be eliminated until there is only one chef remaining. This one outstanding chef is then deemed Top Chef.

It takes skill and a whole lot of luck to make it to the top in this show, much like any endeavor in life. If you want to be accomplished, you first have to set your sights on a goal. With a little hard work and, yes, quite a bit of luck, it’s possible to be the best. Les Brown said, “Shoot for the moon; even if you miss, you’ll be among the stars.” What are you shooting for?

Luke Tracy, the hero of Into the Fire, has his mind made up. While Shyann is determined to be the top chef on the show, his goal is to be the top man in her life. He’s got the skills, but his luck might just run out before he can prove himself worthy to be the best.


Months after he stole her affections—then her executive chef position—Shyann and Luke meet again under sizzling circumstances, competing head-to-head on a televised cooking show called Kitchen Twist.

Each arrives with a motive: Luke intends to win back Shyann’s heart, even as she wants closure on the not-so-tasty heartbreak he once served up.Luke knows culinary masterpieces require a delicate touch, but that knowledge is tossed out with the leftovers as he works to show Shyann he’s not such a bad guy.

Now he pushes his skills to the limit to win the competition and satisfy a bet. Can two top chefs resist each other as they move out of the pan and into the fire?


Silence reigned for half a minute before he reached out a hand and touched hers like a breezy whisper. Her head went a little fuzzy at the warm contact. He shouldn’t still be able to affect her so strongly.

“I regret it went down the way it did, but why did you show me the exit before giving me a chance to explain, not to mention—dress? Enlighten me, sugar cheeks?”

With a jerk, she pulled her hand free. He was really asking for it. Sugar cheeks? Seriously? Now she knew he was only messing with her. She could give as well as she got.

“Tell you what. You win tonight, and I’ll give you your chance. You lose, we go our separate ways, and you walk out all by yourself, big boy.”

A crooked grin formed on his face as he reached a hand toward her hair. He fingered an escaping curl before she pulled away, leaving his hand hanging in midair.“You can call me big boy all you want, but I’ll do you one better. How about if I win, I take you to dinner, and you let me explain the whole situation?”

She felt her eyebrow rise and knew he’d read it as interest, but she didn’t care at the moment. “I honestly don’t want to hear any explanation from you now or ever, but if I win? Which I will, of course.”

“Then I’ll leave it up to you. If you want me to walk away, I will.” He took a step closer, placed his hand on her shoulder, and leaned down, his mouth right next to her ear. “But if you want me to call you darling, sweetheart, and sugar cheeks all night long, I’ll do that too.” 

About the author:

It all started with an old fashioned typewriter. When my family brought it home, all those stories and characters rolling around in my head could finally get out. The press and click of the keys satisfied in their own right, but when I pulled out a finished page, I knew this was for me. Since then, I’ve graduated to a laptop, but the stories still find a way out.

I’m a breast cancer survivor, a teacher, a wife, a mother, and from the very beginning—a storyteller. Always a hint humorous and honest to a fault, I love to make people lau
gh and smile.  My goal in life is to achieve tact and stop procrastinating.  The battle wages on.    

Important links:!/pages/Cherie-Marks/112358508843288

Giveaway details:

Cherie is giving away two $10 GC to The Wild Rose Press, and one $10 Amazon GC to randomly drawn commenters allong the tour. Make sure to comment below for a chance to win! To up your chances, stop by the other blogs on the tour and comment there as well! You can find additional information about tour stops here:



marybelle said...

I know I will love reading about two chefs competing.


Cherie Marks said...

Hi, Mary!

Very excited to be here today.

booklover0226 said...

Loved the excerpt and I can't wait to read Into the Fire. I know I'm going to enjoy it.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Calisa Rhose said...

This is so true. I haven't made it to the moon yet, but I'm flying high with my first book soon to be released. Thanks Cherie. Great post.

Kallypso Masters said...

Love the excerpt--and have it on my TBR pile. Soon! All the best, Cherise, on your rise to the top!


Jennifer Lane said...

I love shows like Top Chef and Chopped so this book sounds great!

Kasey said...

It sounds like a great book! I can't wait to read it, Cherie.

Patricia said...

Wow! I'm impressed, Cherie, not only with what you've overcome in your personal life - being a breast cancer survivor- but in following your passion for writing. Graduating from a typewriter to a laptop! How cool. Congratulations on your book!

Cherie Marks said...

Great to see some familiar names. Thanks for stopping in and saying hi!

GraceDZ said...

Your book one sounds very interesting! Loved the excerpt.

Nightingale said...

Nice excerpt!

Cherie Marks said...

Thanks to everyone for a fantastic stop on the blog tour.

One more day to the giveaway!

Willa Edwards said...

Excerpt looks great, I'll have to put it on my TBR pile. I wish you lots of sales.

latishajean said...

I loved it was so good would love to read more Thank you for sharing!

Krysykat said...

I just love excerpts :)

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