Thursday, April 26, 2012

Book Tour for Fearless by Cheryl Douglas (Guest Post)

After reading the first book in Cheryl Douglas' Nashville Nights series I knew I had to revisit the world she created with her newest release Fearless.  Cheryl is here again today giving us a glimpse of her new book as well as talking about her favorite book, so get comfy and join me in welcoming Cheryl Douglas............

Writers are often asked to name their favorite book of all time. I’ve been a voracious reader since I was nine, so I’ve read thousands of books in the past thirty years, but the one that stands out was a game changer for me, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the book, it’s about the Law of Attraction, and is based on the premise that we can attract anything we want into our lives using the power of our conscious mind.

I’ve always believed in the power of positive thinking and read the book on the topic by Norman Vincent Peale years ago. It was informative, but I don’t think I would remember specific details of the book, if asked. In other words, it was just another one of many books I’ve read on the subject. I love authors Louise Hay, Cheryl Richardson, Wayne Dyer, Shakti Gawain, Jack Canfield, and Robin Sharma. I have read dozens of their books over the years. I’ve been practicing visualization, affirmations, and journaling for years, and have read hundreds of books on these subjects.

I have a degree in psychology, so I know how powerful the mind can be, yet this book broke it down in terms that resonated with me. I will never forget the simple message, ask, believe, achieve. It’s not the message that’s important, but the energy we put into creating the belief. Our conscious mind is inundated with thousands of thoughts every day. The majority of them are negative, perhaps because of conditioning or our lot in life, but if we use the power of our mind to replace the negative thoughts with positive thoughts, amazing things begin to happen. We begin to feel better, more positive and energetic, as though we are creating a new reality.

The Secret has evoked powerful responses from readers who either loved the book, as I did, or hated it. Naysayers may tell you it’s New Age garbage designed to sell books or brainwash the masses. Is it? Let’s consider the successful people who have used these techniques. Olympians have used visualization techniques for years, professional athletes; Jack Canfield credits the Law of Attraction for helping them sell a million books when they couldn’t get a publisher for their Chicken Soup for the Soul series. So does it work? That depends on who you’re asking. Jack Canfield swears it does. My next door neighbor swears it doesn’t. Jack has sold millions of books, achieved International acclaim, and won the support of millions of adoring fans. My neighbor? Not so much. Guess who I’m going to believe?

Seriously, these techniques will work only if you put them into practice. The Secret is a book just like any other. Either we close the book and forget about it or use it as a tool to help us change our lives. I’ve used the principles in this book to change my life. Am I selling as many books as Jack Canfield. No. Will I, someday? Who knows, but as long as I believe it’s possible, it is. In my mind, that beats the alternative…believing it’s impossible.


Lexi Brooks has overcome adversity to build a successful real estate business that will enable her to enjoy life on her terms. She envisions travel, fun, and excitement, not marriage, kids or commitment. But will Trey's sexy bodyguard, Josh, throw a wrench into her plans?

Being a cop taught Josh Cooper to take calculated risks, but he's tired of living with the daily threat of danger. He's ready to settle down with someone who wants to be a step-mother to his two teenage sons. Too bad Lexi isn't that woman. She's sexy, smart, head-strong, and they're totally in sync in the bedroom, but she isn't willing to settle for a life of domestic bliss. Or is she?



It took me thirty-seven years to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. I thought I'd found my calling. In fact, I worked as a nutritionist for twelve years before I finally admitted to myself that while I enjoyed my work, I couldn't imagine doing it for the next thirty years.

My sub-conscious knew that I wanted to be a writer long before the conscious part of my mind decided to get with the program. While my sub-conscious was hard at work creating character profiles, plots and storylines, my conscious mind was telling me it was crazy to give up a successful business on the off-chance one of my manuscripts might rise to the top of someone's never-ending slush pile. After years of listening to that negative voice, I was finally ready to stop making excuses, face the fear and follow my dream of becoming a full-time writer, no matter the outcome. I'm so thankful I did.

I love bringing my characters to life and I am so grateful to have readers who love those characters as much as I do.

When I take a break from writing it's to spend time with my husband (a.k.a. my real life hero), my son, and my writing partner, Tia, a spirited Havanese who enjoys tapping her paw on my keyboard whenever I need a little comic relief.


  1. Thanks so much for having me today. I appreciate you taking the time to read and review the second book in this series, Fearless. Have a great day!

    1. I'm so excited to have you here again today in support of Fearless. I thank you for letting me review it and I'm currently reading Ruthless, the third book in the series. I look forward to you returning next Tuesday when we can talk more about it.