Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Guest Blogger, Cherish D'Angelo

Please join me in giving a warm welcome to author Cherish D’Angelo as the special guest blogger here today at Thoughts in Progress as she stops on her 15-day blog tour.

Cherish’s latest release is LANCELOT’S LADY. She’s drop by today to talk about “what’s in a name” and “creating pseudonyms with meaning.” Did I mention, Cherish has a second name? I’ll let her explain.

Thanks so much for featuring me here on your blog during my Cherish the Romance Virtual Book Tour, which launches my contemporary romantic suspense, LANCELOT'S LADY. Please call me Cherish; I prefer first names. You could also call me Cheryl, since that’s my real name. No, I'm not a witness to a mob hit and in the witness protection program, and I'm not guilty of identity theft. Well, not really.

Cherish D'Angelo is the name I’ve adopted as my pseudonym, so that I can detour from writing mainly suspense and venture into the romance genre. Cherish D’Angelo is a flowery, romantic pen name. I selected it a few years ago when I started writing my first romance novel. Since my real name is Cheryl, which means “dear one” or “beloved,” I wanted something similar, and “Cherish” came to mind.

Finding a last name to go with Cherish proved to be trickier. After all, when I make it big in romance, I’ll have to sign that name on thousands of books. Hundreds of thousands, hopefully. So I wanted something that would feel and flow naturally. But which last name do I pick? Do I keep my initials? Do I choose a last name beginning with 'A' so I'm first on a list?

I wanted a last name that meant something to me, so I reflected on my past. I started an angel collection years ago as a memorial for my son, who died at birth. Prior to his birth and death, I’d ordered two angels from a friend who made ceramics. She wasn’t sure if I’d want them after he died, but I did, and this started a collection that grew every year around his birthday and at Christmas.

Now I have a special wall in my house called my "Stairway to
Heaven," where I keep all my angel ornaments and photos of family members who have died. I'm surrounded by angels. Angels…hmmm…Cherish Angel? No. Cherish D’Angelo. YES! I’d found my new name. It means: “beloved angel” or "cherished one of the angels". Yeah, that’s me.

After Cherish D’Angelo was “born”, she went to work on her first contemporary romance ― REFLECTIONS. It was a story of a woman stranded on a tropical island with a reclusive rich guy, who wasn't happy to have company. Cherish wrote about half of it, then hid it away on my computer.

I had other stories that were demanding my attention ― darker, more suspenseful stories. It wasn’t the right time for Cherish. So she slipped into a kind of coma, though every now and then she opened her eyes and said, “What about me?” before slipping back to sleep.

In June 2009, I heard about a contest over at I’m really not much of a contest person, but what drew me to this one was the fact that Dorchester Publishing, the oldest independent mass-market publisher in the US, had paired with Textnovel and was offering a small advance and a book contract.

Cherish took a huge breath of relief as I released her to work on her old novel, REFLECTIONS. The story changed; it became darker in places, steamier in others and much better than the original. Finally, it merged into what is now LANCELOT’S LADY. Cherish D'Angelo's deep sleep is over. She's now plotting her next romantic suspense.

LANCELOT’S LADY ~ A Bahamas holiday from dying billionaire JT Lance, a man with a dark secret, leads palliative nurse Rhianna McLeod to Jonathan, a man with his own troubled
past, and Rhianna finds herself drawn to the handsome recluse, while unbeknownst to her, someone with a horrific plan is hunting her down.

LANCELOT’S LADY is available in ebook edition at KoboBooks, Amazon's Kindle Store, Smashwords and other
ebook retailers. Help me celebrate by picking up a copy today and "Cherish the romance..."

You can learn more about LANCELOT’S LADY and Cherish D'Angelo (aka Cheryl Kaye Tardif) at and Follow Cherish from now until October 10 on her Cherish the Romance Virtual Book Tour and win prizes.

If you were to write a romance novel, what pen name would you choose?

Leave a comment here, with email address, to be entered into the prize draws. You're guaranteed to receive at least 1 free ebook just for doing so. Plus you'll be entered to win a Kobo ereader. Winners will be announced after October 10th.

Cherish, thanks so much for stopping by today. It is fun to have a pseudonyms even if you’re just writing a blog (like in my case). Now a pen name for a romance author, I’ll have to think on that one a bit. Okay, who’s taking a guess at a romance novelist pen name?


  1. Thanks, Mason, for hosting Cherish.

    I love the story of how you got your name, Cherish (would rather call you that, than the other name that reminds me of a rather unpleasant girl I know). May your collection of angles keep growing.

  2. I'm glad Cherish woke up from her coma and wrote a book! Very creative the way you came up with your pen name. :)

  3. Cherish, thanks again for guest blogging here today. Wishing you much success with your tour and book.

    Rayna, Elizabeth, and Teresa - thanks for stopping by today. Have a great day.

  4. I love how you came up with your pen name. Very creative. Have fun with your blog tour and make lots of sales.

  5. It sounds like a fun process, really finetuning your pen name to have such significant meaning in your life. Happy touring :)

  6. Mason - thank you for introducing me to yet another terrific author!

  7. Thank you for sharing Cherish with us, Mason.

    I use my own name for my adult work, but created Nissi Peters for my children's book. Nissi from the end of Glynis and Peter is DH, and our surname starts with S.
    I think the way Cherish came about is far more creative.

  8. You have a very nice and appropriate pen name. I have no idea what I would choose if I had to find one but I hope it's as creative as yours.


  9. I love your pen name and it is a wonderful story about how it came about! If I was to give myself a pen name it would be Blue Wolfe, because I feel a connection with wolves and have always loved blue as a first name. I use my own name however for my books, it's okay because I have Wolfe as a last name.
    I wanted to say your romance sounds intriguing and I love that it has secrets to unfold and a darker side!

  10. Another interesting article Cheryl. I enjoyed reading it. I have my writing name. If I were to change genres? Not sure what I would choose.

    Mason, entertaining blog today. :-)

  11. I enjoyed your column. It’s always interesting to read about an author’s thought process. If I was looking for a pseudonym, I think I'd go for a blend that evokes my writing and is easy to remember (and spell—my real name isn’t!) Maybe I’d choose something like Jane Darcy if I was writing historicals or J.G. Holmes if I was writing suspense.

  12. Thank you all for such great comments. I enjoyed reading each one. I hope my post made you each consider what pseudonym you'd choose and whether it would be random or have a special meaning.

    Glynis, I like the way you picked Nissi Peters. :-)

    I hope you'll all check out Lancelot's Lady on Amazon, KoboBooks or Smashwords. Let me know what you think.

    Oh, and don't forget to leave your email address so you can be entered into all my daily draws. :-)


  13. I enjoyed learning about you. Your book looks very good. Very interesting how you came about your new name!! I love the name of Cherish!! I have a friend named that and I do cherish her!! Good luck with your sales.

    Judy Cox

  14. Thank you, Judy.

    Alex, what contest did I win?


  15. I hope that if I ever wanted a pen name, I could come up with as good a name as you did!
    chey127 at hotmail dot com

  16. *hugs* That is such a beautiful post.

    jmfictionscribe at

  17. Thank you, Chey and Jaime. Chey, I'm sure you'll come up with a great name when you need one. :-) Jaime, hugs back and thanks for following/stalking. lol


  18. Writing would be a wonderful and creative process but I read and enjoy it greatly. A pen name that I would choose would be Allie Jewel. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. I enjoyed your post and how you chose your pen name!

    I would pick Emma St.Claire - Emma is a spin off my grandmom's name and St. Claire is a spin off my last name ;).

    Pam S
    pams00 @

  20. I am playing catch up!! I had a wedding to go to and got behind. Sometimes even stalkers take a break!!!

    sarahcoulsey03 at gmail dot com


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