Friday, December 29, 2017

Sheryl Steines at Lit Fest Chicago 2017

It's hard to believe I first met and interviewed author Sheryl Steines at Wizard World over 6 years ago.  That interview can be found at On the Beat With Sheryl Steines.
Sheryl's first book, The Day of First Sun, had been published about a year prior and she was doing book promotion.  The story features a magical murder of a non-magical princess.  I admit, it really wasn't my usual choice for reading, but it sounded unique, the reviews were good and Sheryl showed so much passion for it.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Day of First Sun.  It delivered as advertised.  It was interesting and unique.  It was like a fantasy detective novel.  It balanced everything and kept me engrossed and not wanting to put it down.  I couldn't wait to finish it, but I didn't want it to end.  I was comforted thinking this would only be the first book in a series.
I followed Sheryl's progress via social media and her website.  A couple years later, I saw a special post on her site.  She discussed another book, Introvert to Sales Goddess.  Her explanation is open, honest and appealed to my inner introvert.  Despite being totally intrigued, somehow I never got around to buying that book.  I will get that book.
At last summer's Lit Fest, I did pick up the much-anticipated follow-up to The Day of First Sun. which is Black Market (The Wizard Hall Chronicles Book 2).  FBI Special Agent Jack Ramsey once again pulls Annie Pearce into a magical mystery.  I intentionally went slow with this one, to make it last.  It took me a few weeks, but I always looked forward to coming home and jumping back into the magical world Sheryl created.
I highly encourage everyone to check out Sheryl at  Along with info on her books, she updates it regularly.  It is a regular stop during my websurfing.
Aside from being a talented, passionate and hard-working author, Sheryl is a real sweetheart.  She has always made time to talk to me when we meet at various events.  I do my best to promote creative folks like Sheryl, because they deserve more eyes on their work and publishing is so difficult these days.  I also like to spread the word so more people can enjoy the tales she weaves.  I have no doubt you will enjoy her work as much as I do.
Sheryl Steines and me in Chicago, IL-June 2017.

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