I am a member of the Virginia Writers Club (virginiawritersclub.org), Valley Writers Chapter (roanokevalleywriters.org). I have written several winning entries for the Chautauqua Writers Festival. I earned a BSBA from the University of Central Florida and now live in Roanoke, VA.
I have published three e-books on Amazon.com: Home Again, a story about a family with an abusive father, in 1954 with Appalachian town Narrows, VA providing the historical backdrop; and Kill Me Once Again, an action/thriller mystery that takes place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. my latest is The Back Nine, a sequel to To Kill Me Once Again.
I'm hooked on action thrillers and mystery stories and mainly write novels, although I sometimes get sidetracked by my inner muse to write a satirical essay or a poem.
Favorite books: the Robert Ludlum Jason Bourne series (movie with Matt Damon); James Patterson's Alex Cross series; Tom Clancy's series with Jack Ryan; and Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird.
My advice to novice writers: Get help ASAP. Join a writers club, take a college course in creative writing, and don't waste time trying to follow all the advice you find on the Internet.
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Kill Me Once Again
Major Scott Wilson is fragged during a CIA black ops mission when he refuses to help his mutinous men smuggle captured Afghan heroin to the States. Scott dies in the med-evac chopper, but a determined Army field surgeon revives him. He recovers except for PTSD and any specific memory of the fragging. Now, after 5 years in the witness protection program, someone is trying to kill him again.
Reverend Thornton Randolph raises a family with 6 children in a small Appalachian town in the mid-1950s. When he learns his eldest daughter Abby is pregnant, he holds the neighbor’s son Buck Simpson responsible, marries them in a shotgun wedding and runs them into exile to hide the shocking truth.
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- Once Upon a December Nightmare
on Feb. 15, 2013
Once Upon a December Nightmare
Reviewed by Wayne L. White
A planned winter evening at the movies for four adventurous young adults takes an unexpected turn when their venue is sold out. On a lark, James takes his three female companions for a ride along a dark, single-lane gravel road in an unknown wilderness. Denise confides to Cassie that she and James had enjoyed traveling this trail and not to worry, it comes back out on the main road up ahead.
After seven miles along the rough trail, a fallen tree blocks the road and forces them to back up to a place wide enough to turn around. The carcases of four deer lying side by side along the road in the clearing brings the first touch of fright to the girls. James turns the truck around and starts back the way they came. The uneasiness in the girl's stomachs turns to fear when the truck's lights fail. With only the thin beam of a flashlight to penetrate the darkness, James is unable to find the problem. When he returns to the driver's seat, the truck won't start.
At this point, Ms. Reich turns up the terror as the girls realize they'll have to spend the night cramped in the cold truck or walk the seven miles of dark trail back to the highway. The only thing they can agree on is that―from their collective experience with horror movies―you never leave the group. Whatever they do, they must do together. They abandon the truck and press into the night.
Unrecognizable sounds punctuate the darkness, heightening the tension as something appears to be following them, getting closer as they move along.
Cherie is no newbie to the fantasy genre, but jeepers creepers! with Once Upon a December Nightmare, she brings new heights to her portfolio of scare tactics, keeping her readers feasting on their fingernails. This tale is not for bedtime reading if you want to “sleep tight.” Those won't be bedbugs biting in your nightmares.
Perhaps Ms. Reich's home in Catawba, Virginia, sandwiched between the Appalachian Trail and the Otherworlds, has embellished her life with vivid childhood memories―memories of journeys to places like Dragon's Tooth and Foxwick where the lines between fantasy and reality dim. Regardless, she's at it again, and tantalizingly so. Pick up a copy of Once Upon a December Nightmare and get yourself a good five-star read and a darkened closet full of nightmares for weeks thereafter. Chills guaranteed.