C. K. Thomas


C.K. Thomas lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, Frank, and Chihuahuas, Cleo and Peanut. She earned her first dollar writing a poem for a teen magazine when she was 14 years old. As an adult she continued to write freelance book reviews and articles for various publications, including Rider motorcycle magazine and The Arizona Republic’s weekly Arizona Magazine.

Arrowstar is her second novel and marks the first in a series of novels set in Mineral City, a fictional town situated in the southeast corner of Arizona. Cheryl and her husband own ranch-land near Willcox, Arizona and roaming that area often serves as inspiration for her writing.

While not claiming to be a cowgirl herself, she continues to admire the independent spirits of women who ride horseback and hold their own on ranches all over the state of Arizona. She intends for her stories about adventurous women not only to entertain, but also to inspire each woman who reads the books of the Arrowstar series to … Take a chance, amaze yourself!

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
I enjoy reading novels set in the American South. Among my favorites are The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, Saving CeeCee Honeycut: A Novel by Beth Hoffman, and Fried Green Tomatoes by Fannie Flagg. The Mitford Series by Jan Karon also ranks among my favorite southern novels. The first in the series is At Home in Mitford. I enjoy all these books so much because quirky southern characters touch the part of me that longs to be zany and out of the ordinary. I grew up in Indiana, but my family's history in the United States includes Virginia where my mother's father was born. I often heard southern expressions like, "Circumstances alter cases," "Take a tater and wait" and "Sleep two rows at a time." Southern fare like fried chicken and sweet tea were regulars at our table. I also enjoy reading thrillers, mysteries and novels set in Arizona like the Joanna Brady series by J. A. Jance that takes place in Cochise County. I could add many more books among my favorites, but it is impossible for me to limit my choices to just five favorites.
What do you read for pleasure?
Every book I read, I read for pleasure! I'm not necessarily after a learning experience when I choose a book, but each book I read holds an opportunity for learning something new. I gained so much insight into the Kennedy family while reading Mrs. Kennedy and Me written by Clint Hill, her body guard during the White House years.
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The Storm Women
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The Storm Women
Series: Arrowstar, Book 3. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 60,220. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Set in rural Arizona’s southeastern corner near Willcox, the novel’s Storm women take you on a uniquely-feminine journey though the Wild West of 19th Century Arizona. Find out why the Storm women must navigate this dangerous era without the men who fathered their babies. From the early days of burlesque right up to present day Arizona, travel the back roads with these courageous women.
Honor Bound
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 52,500. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Honor Bound, a suspense novel introducing Kate Dalton an investigative reporter for the Phoenix Daily News, moves at a fast pace from the scene of a traumatic event behind a waterfall in the Midwest to the searing deserts of the Southwest.
Series: Arrowstar, Book 2. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 67,860. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Star Lance runs an antique store named Arrowstar in the sleepy southwestern town of Mineral City, Arizona. You’d guess her life might be rather quiet. However, when Star uncovers events back in the 1800s leading to the Storm family’s men abandoning their families, her life gets turned upside down.
Series: Arrowstar, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 75,640. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Set in a small southeastern Arizona mining town, Arrowstar revolves around the success or failure of Arrowstar Antiques and the woman who owns it. Star Lance likes to drive her Jeep in the fast lane, but can she outrun whoever wants something from her store's inventory, purchased from the estate of a rumored old-time train robber?