Monday, July 29, 2013

Author Interview and Free Download

I would  like to introduce to you, Cher'ley Grogg. She has written a children's novel, The Secret in Grandma's Trunk and today through  Wednesday you can download it for free on Amazon.

I’m so glad to have this opportunity to share a little about myself and my children’s novel “The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk”, which is free to download from Amazon for a limited time.   The inspiration for the book came from my grandsons. I have three grandsons and a granddaughter. My granddaughter loves to read, but the boys do not, so I decided to write a book they would love to read. I knew it would have to have strong kids in it, strong physically and head strong too.  The characters would all have to be realistic with problems and scuffles among themselves, it would have to be fast paced and full of adventure.  Plus my grandsons like sports and girls so I needed to put that in there as well. I could not leave my granddaughter without someone to relate to, so I gave the brothers in the story a female cousin who could keep up with them in most things and top them in other things. In addition to the children, there are some strong, funny and interesting adult characters. This book appeals to people of all ages. 

                The main character in “The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk”, Brandon is not quiet. He’s very outgoing and loud. He’s a leader and his outgoing boisterous personality works well for him, but not listening also gets him into a lot of trouble. Jordan, his cousin, is a female version of Brandon, but Jacob, his brother, is the opposite. He’s a quiet listener and a thinker. The 13 year olds get in a passel of trouble because of not listening, and Jacob quietly follows them. 

Here’s the Blurb: A teen's life disrupts when his Great-Grandmother, a stranger, comes to live with him and his family. She upsets his life so much that he stoops pretty low to get rid of her, including trying to find a way to get into the over-sized trunk she has stored in his garage. Spunky Grandma keeps the key in a special place.

The kids expect treasure, but discover a terrible secret instead, which puts Grandma in danger’s way. Will she turn to her grandchildren for help or to a young ghost?

This is an excerpt from Chapter Fourteen:
Jacob looked astounded. "How in the world did you pull that off?"    
             "A girl has to have stuff." She grinned. "You know girl's stuff."      
              "No, we don't know, and we don't want to know. The important thing is you got the card." Brandon reached for the credit card.  
               "I want to know," Jacob said.    
               "Believe me, you don't want to know," Jordan laughed as she handed the card to Brandon. "Hurry up. I need to get Dad's card back to him before Mom's out of the shower."

                In the next chapter, the kids went to play soccer. Grandma went with them. Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 15:
                Lilly turned to Grandma. "It doesn't matter what she thinks, she's not on our team. I don't know why the coach favors Jordan. Maybe he feels sorry for her. She's so big and clunky."        
               Grandma's eyes flashed, and her little fist doubled up.  Brandon hoped she wouldn't spit. He put his hand on Grandma's shoulder. "Let's go."                          
 "I'll go, but I want her to know that Jordan sure is big.   She has a big heart, and a big personality, and she's twice the lady that girl is. She would never put someone else down to try to make herself look better."    
  "I don't need to put her down to make myself look better. I always look good."    
  Grandma turned her head and spit.

“The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” is free on Amazon for a limited time; I hope you will enjoy it. 

Click here to order. The Kindle Edition is  Free on Amazon-limited time

Cher'ley's other Books are listed below and on sale at Amazon and local bookstores. 

"The Secret in Grandma's Trunk" This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren.

And please join me on my Facebook Fanpage, that's managed by one of my most faithful fans: Cindy Ferrell

Here's a link to Cher’ley’s  WEBSITE

 I hope you enjoyed reading a little about Cher'ley and her book, The Secret in Grandma's Trunk. It is free for download for three days - so hurry!

Posted by Janet Smart  on Creative Writing in the Blackberry Patch.


  1. Janet, thank you so much for having me. I hope you and many of your friends will download and enjoy "The Secret in Grandma's Trunk".

    1. Thanks for popping in, Cher'ley. I've downloaded it and I hope my readers do too.

  2. Wow! Fascinating premise! Thanks for sharing about it, Janet and Cher'ley.

    1. Thank you Barbara, I hope you enjoy "The Secret in Grandma's Trunk". Cher'ley

  3. I just got my copy! It sounds so good. I can imagine how curious kids would be (or adults) about what is in an old trunk! Thanks for sharing and for the book.

    Wishing Ms. Grogg the best of luck! :)

    1. Thank you Stephanie. I really appreciate your interest in "The Secret in Grandma's Trunk". I hope you enjoy it. Cher'ley

  4. Sounds interesting. Love the idea of the old trunk. Thanks for sharing about it.

  5. Sounds very interesting. There's always something intriguing about old trunks!

  6. Wow! What an interesting book. I'm so glad you've shared it with us. Grandma was an outstanding character. I can hardly wait to get a copy of the book.
    Thanks so much for sharing this author with us!


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