Monday, June 17, 2013

UnRealms Spotlight: Cherie Reich and Men of Foxwick

I'm really excited to be spotlighting another one of my Untethered Realms buddies, the wonderful Cherie Reich, and help spread the word about her latest release, the short story collection Men of Foxwick. Congratulations to Cherie!!

Here is the info on her latest, including an excerpt from one of the fantastic stories in the collection:

Men of Foxwick by Cherie Reich is now available! This fantasy short story collection features five men from the Kingdom of Foxwick.

A blind teen seeks a place in the kingdom. A dragon seer journeys to Wintermill to spy on the queen. A sword master’s worst fear comes true when he fails to protect the royal family. A king falls in love with an herb witch, but will she feel the same way? A hunter will rise to the challenge to hunt down a man-eating monster.

Short stories in this collection: Blind Scribe, Dragon Spy, Sword Master, Courting Magic, and Monster Hunter

An Excerpt from “Blind Scribe” in Men of Foxwick

Dallan counted his steps as his mama and he weaved through the busy streets of Foxwick. Twenty-six, twenty-seven. They’d passed the fruit stand and were now farther into Foxwick than he’d ever been in his fifteen summers. People, just moving shadows, brushed against his shoulder. He scrunched toward Mama to make his lanky frame smaller. The odor of sweat and manure combated the more pleasant scents of flowers and baking bread. A bead of sweat trickled into his hairline, and he longed for the comfort of their small house.

“Keep up, Dallan.” Mama’s skirts brushed against his pants’ legs.

“Where are you taking me?” He clung to her arm and dragged his feet. They’d gone too far. The shadows darkened, as if the sun had slipped behind the horizon, and he had no clue where he was now.

She halted mid-step before yanking him forward. “I do not wish to do this, but we have little c-choice.”

“Do what, Mama?” He wanted to dig his heels into the pavement and halt their progress. Had she decided he was more trouble than he was worth? Times were tough, and he was such little help. He tried to plow straight—despite counting his steps and placing one foot in front of the other—but he often tripped over the rocky soil. He tried cooking, but he couldn’t even boil water without scorching it. Though he wasn’t too bad as a tailor because he could count stitches and feel where he needed to go, he still needed guidance.

She pulled him closer. Rough stone rubbed against his arm through his thin shirt. A sob hitched in Mama’s throat as she emitted a mouse-like squeak. She embraced him tightly and then smoothed his damp hair from his face. “My sweet boy, I’m so, so sorry.”

“What’s wrong?” His heart pounded like a horse galloping across an open field, each hoof beating the ground in a frantic rhythm.

To purchase: Amazon / Amazon UK / Smashwords / Kobo / Nook

Click here to add on Goodreads.

About the Author: A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer, freelance editor, book blogger, and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her books include the horror series Nightmare, a space fantasy trilogy titled Gravity, and a fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles. She is Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms.

Her debut YA Epic Fantasy novel Reborn, book one in The Fate Challenges, will be released on May 23, 2014.

For more information, please visit Cherie’s website and blog.

Also, Cherie has a special announcement for her email newsletter subscribers. Click here to sign up for her updates and receive a coupon for a free copy of Women of Foxwick.

If you haven't already read Cherie's work you're really missing out. I don't think there are really any limits to her imagination, and each of her stories promises a great read. I haven't read Men of Foxwick yet but to get an idea of my thoughts on Cherie's writing, check out my review of The Nightmare Collection here. Cherie is also a super nice person who is always willing to help other writers out, so it's a pleasure to be able to help spread the word about her fantastic work. Yay Cherie! :)

Today is also Writers4Writers day and Marta Szemik is this month's featured writer. Visit Marta's page to congratulate her and pick up some tweets and posts to help spread the word about her work all over social media. If you're new to Writers4Writers, click here to learn about how it works and to sign up to participate in this fun monthly event.

Happy Monday, all! :)


  1. Congratulations, Cherie! The cover rocks.
    And already sending out Tweets for Marta.

  2. I love the cover of Foxwick by Cherie, and I'm also sending out Tweets for Marta.

  3. She's turning into a very prolific writer! Congrats to Cherie on the release. I do love that cover.

  4. cherie is so talented! congrats on another success!
    and miss you! sorry i havent been around!

  5. Cherie, that is an awesome cover! Congrats on the new release. I'll tweet!!

  6. That's an awesome cover Cherie, Congrats!
    Julie, thank you for your support with W4Ws <3

  7. Men of Foxwick? *fans self* The title alone is swoon-worthy. LOL

    Love the excerpt!
    Best of luck, Cherie. :)

  8. Aww! Thank you so much for your kind words, Julie! You're the best!

    I'm getting my tweets ready for Marta!

    Thank you, everyone! I'm very pleased with how the cover turned out.

    Hehe! You should read Brum's story "Courting Magic" from Men of Foxwick, Melissa. Brum's so adorable.

  9. Cherie is a wonderful person.

  10. I can testify first-hand that Cherie's work is top-notch. Everyone should own a copy.

  11. Aww, thank you, Summer and Michael! :D

  12. Yay for Cherie! It's an awesome collection of stories. Thank you for giving a shout-out for the W4WS too.

  13. Congrats to Cherie! What an eye-catching cover!


  14. Oooh, I love that excerpt! Thanks for sharing here, Julie. Good luck to Cherie!

  15. Woo hoo for Cherie! A very happy Monday to you, Julie :)

  16. Always good to see another author putting herself out there, and with a short story collection. Very cool. Writer’s Mark

  17. Absolutely awesome cover! Love it. Excerpt read very well. I've had Women of F, on my to read list and now I'll add this one too. Great job, Cherie.

  18. Thank you, Christine! I couldn't have had nearly an awesome collection without your critique!

    Thank you, Julie!

    Aww, thanks, Carol!

    Thank you, Mary!

    Thank you, Nancy! I do enjoy writing short stories, although I'm slowly focusing more on novels.

    Thank you, LD!

    Aww, thanks, Graeme!

    Thank you, Michelle!

  19. This book def has my interest!

    Best of luck to Cherie!

  20. I love her stories! Congrats Cherie. *Big hugs to you both*

  21. I love reading Cherie's stories. Congrats to her on her latest release.

  22. I've been seeing Men of Foxwick pop up everywhere this week. Hurray for Cherie! This book looks awesome. :)

  23. Thank you, Elizabeth!

    Aww, thanks, Gwen! :)

    Thank you, Medeia! :D

    Thanks, Heather! I hope the collection lives up to its awesome cover.

  24. Hi, Julie,

    Congrats to Cherie...

    I featured her today with one of my fun intros...

    Wishing Cherie ALL THE BEST!!!!!


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