New author Cheryl Yeko


I am honored and so pleased to have my crit partner (yes another great talent I’m blessed to work with), and super author, Cheryl Yeko on the ranch today! Plainly put- she ROCKS!!! Here she is to tell you about her, and her debut book, Protecting Rose. Check out the awesomeness of Jimmy on her cover!

My husband, Patrick, bought me a kindle for Christmas a few years ago and changed my world.  I rediscovered my love of reading all things romance. I stopped watching TV completely and started reading.  My Kindle library grew at a rapid rate as I read 2-3 books a week. Two years later when I finally came up for air, I decided I could do this, I could write a romance novel. I determinedly set out to learn the craft and signed up for online classes, buried myself in library books and started my manuscript for, Protecting Rose.

I wrote and learned at the same time. I went into total book mode and the next year was spent learning and writing. When not at my pesky day job, I was home immersed in the writing craft. When I would start to burn out I would pick up my Kindle and take time to read a book, once again filled with motivation. I wrote in the middle of the night, on my lunch hour, after work, on weekends, anytime I had a spare moment. I was consumed with it.

I had a vague idea of a plot and just put pen to paper and wrote. I learned later that the term for my writing style is ‘Pantser.”  Who knew?  The first time I heard that term I laughed my butt off. It is just so…descriptive! Because that is exactly how I did it. My story grew, sentence by sentence, chapter by chapter. A patchwork of small and large scenes, and at the end I went back through and fit all the pieces together.

A couple scenes were a direct result of class assignments. I figured if I was going to put all that effort into something it was going to be for my novel. Another little known fact, except amongst family and friends, is that the villain in, Protecting Rose, was named after Brett Favre. I was so mad at him when he left the Packers I decided to make him the bad guy, and then killed him off.  Sorry, Brett! I’m over it now. Go Aaron!

My current WIP is a bit different. I guess that comes with the learning process.  I do plan my scenes a little bit now, but I’m by no means a Plotter. When I started my current WIP I tried to give plotting a try. After a month of total frustration, and lacking my muse, I tore up my plotting notes and started over. Much better. My muse returned and I’m over the halfway mark, heading into the final plot scene. I just finished with my big sex scene.  That is always fun to write.

My goal is to write at least one novel a year…more if it ever gets to the point where I can quit my day job! Writing’s now in my blood. I love all things writing. I love formulating the story and getting it on paper. I love the writing community, the networking and critique groups. Especially my crit. group. Love you guys!

Building a romance is like falling in love all over again and I’ll never grow tired of it.

I hope everyone enjoys reading, Protecting Rose, as much as I enjoyed writing it.


Here’s a cute little scene I wrote with my husband in mind.  He’s a car guy and the green Mustang is actually one he owns:


They stopped at the weathered red barn. Nate reached into a flower-filled bucket, brought out a key and unlocked the full-sized double door. He threw the two sides open and Rose stepped inside.

It took a moment for her eyes to adjust to the dim lighting. The barn overflowed with equipment, cars, and snowmobiles.

She spotted a dark green Mustang in the corner. It reminded her of a car she’d recently seen in some movie on Turner Classic. “Wow, impressive.”

Nate seemed pleased. “Thanks.” He walked to the Mustang to stroke the hood. “This one’s my baby. I bought it about five years ago, and I’ve been restoring it ever since. At the moment, I’m rebuilding the carburetor. Well, at least I was before I went under cover.”

“How long were you undercover? No, never mind.” She snorted on a laugh. “If you tell me you’ll have to kill me, right?”

“That’s right, ma’am,” Nate deadpanned with a wink.

Rose counted five snowmobiles, including one child-sized machine and a motorcycle. She admired the gleaming black motorcycle. “What a beautiful bike,” she exclaimed. “Do you think we could take a ride?” She glanced at him hopefully.

The low sexy rumble of his laugh sent tingles down her spine. “That’s my brother Jerry’s Harley. But I’m sure he wouldn’t mind if we took it for a quick spin.”

Nate went to a cabinet on the wall and opened it to take a key off a hook. He picked up a red helmet from a bench on the way back and handed it to her. Then he retrieved the black helmet off the back of the bike and put it on before checking that hers was on properly. He tightened the strap securely under her chin and tweaked her nose with a grin.

“Are you ready?” His eyes gleamed with laughter and excitement.

Rose filled with anticipation as Nate lifted the bike off its kickstand and wheeled it outside before throwing his leg over the seat. It took only a moment to start the bike. The rumble of the powerful engine shook the air. He grinned and held out his hand to her.

The butterflies in her belly stirred. She placed her hand in his and swung her leg over the bike to settle behind him.

Nate reached back, placed his hands at her thighs, and pulled her close, until she was pressed intimately at his back. “Hang on tight, babe,” he said above the roar of the bike’s engine.

Here is my online sites:!/cherylyeko

Amazon link:


About Calisa Rhose

I'm a mother of three daughters and wife to a wonderful man of 35+ years. I'm also an avid seamstress, polymer clay artisan and die-hard crafter, always coming up with things to make with, and for, my six granddaughters and two grandsons. Check out my craft site when you have a moment. I'm also a small online business owner of Okie fLips on Etsy and Poshmark (eBay/Merkari coming soon), and I'm a published author of sensual romance. I write about stubborn men and women who don't take no for an answer, and there's always that golden HEA. Cowboys and first responders are my favorite contemporary heroes to write about. My light paranormal heroes are strong men ready to protect their women--not that they need protecting, since they are capable of caring for themselves.

Posted on 02/21/2012, in Welcome. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Oh I loved your post! I wish you many sales!!


  2. Loved the excerpt! Story sounds great. Wishing you luck and success 😀
    Sweet that you though of your hubby while writing 😉 does he know, lol


  3. Hi Cheryl! I love how you compare building a romance to falling in love. It’s so true. If we don’t fall in love with our characters no one else will either. Awesome excerpt. I wish you much luck and many sales!!


  4. So Brett got his due for deserting, hey? Good to know. LOL

    Loved the excerpt and wishing you much success! I hope your final plot scene explodes onto the page for you. (figuratively speaking, of course)


  5. Lovely interview, ladies! Protecting Rose is fabulous and I can’t wait to read your next book.


    • Thanks Ally, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. As you probably know from personal experience, it’s terrifying when people start to actually read your work. It becomes a little less nerve racking with every nice review that comes my way!



  6. So great to have you here, Cheryl! I love that excerpt– and the cover… *waves hand in front of face* Yowza!


  7. Love this post and all the great insights you share, Cheryl. And I adore that you called your villain Brett Favre! Hysterical! I wish you only the best with PROTECTING ROSE and other future projects!


  8. Wonderful energy in this blog: I congratulate you on your many successes.


  9. Hi Cheryl (waving): Another CP makes an appearance. Loved Protecting Rose, and loving your new one. Can’t wait for the next chapter. Brett Favre, huh? I didn’t know that.


    • Hi Callie! I’m still waiting for your final Chapter…*tapping foot*

      I’ll give you mine, if you give me yours :>)

      See ya around the crit. board.



  10. Loved your post Cheryl…I could almost hear and feel your enthusiasm! So happy about your success with Protecting Rose and I’m sure the story you’re working on now will be just as successful and more!

    Congrats 🙂


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