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Hello, my name is Cheryl Brooks, and I’d like to thank you all for allowing me to visit with you here at Star-Crossed Romance!
Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, I’ve been asked what Lucy and Tarq, the heroine and hero of my latest release, The Cat Star Chronicles: Stud would do for one another on Valentine’s Day. I could probably tell you in a few sentences, but since authors are always told to “show, don’t tell,” here goes…
Once upon a time during their happily ever after in their home in Nimbaza on the planet Terra Minor…
Lucy gazed into the glowing feline eyes of her tiny daughter, completely captivated. With the two boys already fast asleep in their crib, she could now focus her attention on her adorable Elaira. She’d often wished for a third arm so she could rock them all at once, but she did the best she could, getting the boys to sleep before focusing her attention on the girl baby.
She glanced up as her husband walked in with a puzzled frown on his handsome face. “Did you know today is Valentine’s Day?”
Lucy nodded, a smile touching her lips. “Yeah, I knew.” Obviously, Tarq had forgotten, but whether he’d bought her a gift or not didn’t matter. He and their children were more than enough to satisfy her. Love itself was enough. In all her life, she’d never dreamed that fate could’ve had such happiness in store for her.
It wasn’t always like that. Many a Valentine’s Day had come and gone without notice—except for her own wistful sigh whenever she spotted it on the calendar.
He hesitated, capturing his sensuous lip with a fang. “I should have gotten you something.”
“Oh, and what could you possibly give me that I don’t already have?” Her tall, blond husband was still the hottest thing she’d ever seen, not to mention the sweetest. But then, she tended to be somewhat prejudiced in his favor. Since she’d met and married Tarq, she could honestly say that life had taken a definite turn for the better—despite a few hair-raising adventures along the way.
The corners of his mouth turned up slightly. “Diamonds, rubies, pearls…”
Lucy snickered. “Yeah, right. What would I do with those?”
He shrugged. “Wear them?”
She shook her head. “Not my style. I’m much more practical than that.”
“Then you’ll probably like what I made for you.”
Her eyes narrowed in suspicion, but she couldn’t suppress her smile. “You’ve been pulling my leg, haven’t you?”
“Only a little,” he said with a wink.
“Uh-huh. Guess you were just fishing to see if I’d gotten anything for you.”
“No, it was just a question.”
He looked so innocent, Lucy wanted to pinch him. This wasn’t the first time he’d teased her. “Yeah, right. I know you better than that. And yes, I have a present for you too. Come on, ’fess up. What infinitely practical thing have you made for me?”
Although Tarq had once believed that his only worth was to sire sons to increase the numbers of his nearly extinct species, he never ceased to astonish her with his talents. Whatever he’d made for her was sure to be special.
“Well, you know how you’re always saying you’d like to be able to rock all three babies at once?”
“Well, now you can.” He left the room for a moment, returning with a rocking chair that had a cradle built into the armrest on either side. “You can hold one and still rock the other two.”
Lucy was speechless. She got up from her chair and sat down in the rocker. “Feels like it was made for me.”
Tarq chuckled. “That’s because it was made for you.” Leaning down, his lips brushed her cheek. “I love you so much, Lucy. I’ll do anything I possibly can to make your life easier, better, and happier.”
She knew he wasn’t simply feeding her a line. Her life was no longer one of drudgery and longing for things she could never have. Thanks to him, she had everything her heart desired, and then some. But most of all, she had Tarq.
Purring as his lips made their way across her cheek, he began to melt her with his kiss. Desire flooded her and her eyes fluttered shut, making her long to wrap her arms around his neck and pull him down—but there was a baby in her arms.
“Guess I’d better put Elaira down before I drop her.” She settled the child into one of the cradles. “Don’t you want to see your present?”
“So you didn’t forget what day it is.”
“Of course I didn’t. And if you’ll check in the stasis unit, you’ll find a chocolate pie in there with your name on it.”
His eyes lit up. “A whole pie? Just for me?” If Tarq had a weakness, it was for Lucy’s chocolate pie. After the first taste of it in her father’s restaurant, he’d asked her to marry him. He’d been kidding, of course, but that proposal marked the beginning of their journey toward finding love.
“Just for you.”
“Ah, Lucy. You spoil me.”
Tarq was perhaps the most unspoiled man she’d ever encountered. “Can’t be done.” Sighing, she pulled him down for another kiss. “But I keep trying.”
That’s what Lucy and Tarq would’ve done for each other on Valentine’s Day. Now it’s your turn. How would you and your sweetie celebrate the day?
STUD BY CHERYL BROOKS – IN STORES FEBRUARY 2012
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cheryl Brooks is a critical care nurse by night and a romance writer by day. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America. She is the author of The Cat Star Chronicles series and lives with her husband, two sons, five cats, five horses and one dog in Indiana. For more information, please visit http://cherylbrooksonline.com/ or follower her on Twitter: @CherylCatMaster.
-- Lynda Again
Wasn't that a fabulous story? It's always nice to see our loving heroes and heroines in their Happy Ever After. Especially when it gives me the idea for how to enter the drawing, lol! Here's what you do...
1) Send me an email at Lynda@LyndaKScott.com
2) Put STUD in the subject line
3) Answer the question: What is the name of Tarq and Lucy's daughter?
4) Give me your name and address (the drawing is only open to the USA and Canada readers, Sorry!)
5) Send the email to me by Friday, Feb 17
6) Leave a comment for Cheryl to let her know how much you enjoyed her Valentine's Day story or her books.
When I get all the entries together, I'll have my alien kitten, Wookie, pick the winner. She so loves playing with the bits of paper with the names on it so I hope a lot of you enter the drawing ;-)
But wait! Would you like an extra chance to win? Send a second email to me, just like the first(Steps 1-6), but in this email answer the question What does Tarq have for dessert when he meets Lucy the first time? (Hint: You'll find the answer in my review of Stud here)
Have a Blessed Day!