I’ve made a name for myself in the publishing industry as a historical romance writer.  And many of my books have skated into erotic romance, so I’m acclaimed for writing very fast-paced, very sexy historical novels.

But after the economy crashed in 2008, I lost my spot with the New York publishers.  I quit writing for a few years, and when I started in again, the New York publishers had pretty much imploded, and there was no longer a spot for someone like me with any of those companies.  So I started self-publishing my own books and releasing them as e-books.

One of the great benefits of self-publishing is that I’m not bound by a publisher’s criteria, choices, or schedule.  I can write any type of novel that I want, and I can release it as fast as I can get it finished.  I’m not limited to one or two books being released per year, and I can switch genres and try new things without having to get an editor’s permission.

I had a huge success this past summer with the release of my “Lord Trent” trilogy.  The three books—LOVE’S PROMISELOVE’S PRICE, and LOVE’S PERIL—were released back to back, and I was very exhausted when I finished with the whole thing.  I needed to give my romance “juices” a break.

I have always wanted to write some contemporary women’s fiction so that I could appeal to a broader base of readers and take myself outside my usual romance audience.  With self-publishing, I finally had the chance to do just that with my new novel, THE WEDDING.

The novel is a very complex art form, and it’s hard to learn how to write a novel and to write it so that it’s interesting and fun to read.  It takes years of practice.  I’ve been writing novels for about 15 years now—I’ve got thirty-six of them under my belt—and I’m getting really good at it.  I can develop extremely intricate plotlines and insert a ton of characters, which is a skill that grows as an author gains more experience.

Last year, I read a novel by Jackie Collins, and she has a very elevated style of writing that I like very much.  She uses short scenes, wild plot scenarios, and dozens of characters who all have defined stories that carry the action.

When I finished reading the book, I thought to myself, “I bet I could do that now.”  Five years ago, I couldn’t have.  Two years ago, I couldn’t have.  But now, I’m a better writer than I was back then.  I thought I could mimic her thematic style as well as her use of many characters and plotlines.  I tried it—and it worked!

THE WEDDING is very different from anything I’ve written before.  It’s about an uber-rich California family that hosts a quickie wedding for their daughter at their private resort down on the Baja in Mexico.  There isn’t really a hero or heroine, and it isn’t really about the bride and groom.  It’s about all the crazy guests who were invited to attend the ceremony.

There are twenty-two characters and twenty-two plot threads that all have to culminate at the end.  It’s very intricate style of writing, a very complex and difficult style of writing, and it was fun to try it and to see that I could actually do it.

THE WEDDING is a wild, fast-paced, and fun story full of my usual plot surprises, driven characters, exotic situations, and infuriating villains.  The dialogue is snappy and quick, the characters exotic and intriguing, and the plot situations hilarious and shocking and sometimes downright bizarre.

If you’re looking for something different to read, I hope you’ll give it a try.  It’s fun, and I don’t think you’ll have ever read anything like it before.

In the meantime, I’m back at work, and just today, I started the first book in my next historical romance trilogy.  Romances are my love and my joy, and it’s always so much fun to write them, so I’m glad to get started again.

But I’m glad, too, that I had the chance to write THE WEDDING.  Will the bride make it to the altar?  I won’t tell.  You’ll have to read it to find out!

the weddingLinda Bennett has lived a charmed life.  With her husband being a rich tycoon, she’s been showered for decades with wealth and privilege.  While the bad economy has ruined many of their acquaintances, they’ve been extremely lucky, both in their marriage and their finances.  Or so she thinks.

When her daughter decides to marry—too young and too fast for Linda’s liking—Linda’s husband claims he doesn’t want to flaunt the family’s good fortune.  He convinces the bride to skip the expensive, ostentatious ceremony and instead host a small, intimate affair at his members-only private club located on the Mexican coast.  But from the moment the guests begin to arrive, the entire event seems cursed.  Linda’s husband keeps disappearing for hours on end, the groom’s divorced parents are certifiable, and the groomsmen drunken idiots.  And when one of the bridesmaids sets her sights on the sexy groom, all bets are off.

Will the bride make it to the altar?  New York Times bestselling author CHERYL HOLT—with her fast pacing, dazzling dialogue, fascinating characters, and infuriating villains—will keep readers guessing to the last page.

“This book was brilliant…”

Harlie’s Book Reviews

“…an amazingly fun escapist read.”

Manic Readers

cheryl in pearlsCHERYL HOLT is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon “Top 100” bestselling author of over thirty novels.

She’s also a lawyer and mom, and at age forty, with two babies at home, she started a new career as a commercial fiction writer.  She’d hoped to be a suspense novelist, but couldn’t sell any of her manuscripts, so she ended up taking a detour into romance where she was stunned to discover that she has a knack for writing some of the world’s greatest love stories.

Her books have been released to wide acclaim, and she has won or been nominated for many national awards.  She has been hailed as “The Queen of Erotic Romance” as well as “The International Queen of Villains.”  She is particularly proud to have been named “Best Storyteller of the Year” by the trade magazine Romantic Times BOOK Reviews.

She lives and writes in Hollywood, California, and she loves to hear from fans.  Visit her website.    Facebook