Author: Cherie Reich

A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her books include the horror collection Nightmare, a space fantasy novella collection titled Gravity, and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles and The Fate Challenges. Reborn is her debut novel. She is Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms.

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Reborn - The Fate Challenges, #1

Reborn
  • Number: B00K97YLSQ
  • Release: 2014-05-09
  • Author: Cherie Reich
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Young Adult, * Fantasy
  • Publisher: Surrounded by Books Publishing
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To save a kingdom, a prophetess must challenge Fate.

On the day of Yssa's death and rebirth, the god Apenth chose her as the Phoenix Prophetess.

Sea serpents and gods endanger the young prophetess's journey and sour the omens. Yssa is cursed instead of blessed, and her duties at the Temple of Apenth prove it. She spends her days reading dusty scrolls, which does nothing to help her forget Tym, the boy back home. But the annoying yet gorgeous ferryman's son Liam proves to be a distraction she can't predict, even though he rarely leaves her alone for two sand grains.

Her boring temple life screeches to a halt when visions of her parents' murders consume her. Yssa races across an ocean to stop the future. If she can't change Fate, she'll refuse to be the Phoenix Prophetess any longer. Fate, however, has other plans for her and the kingdom.

Yssa must either accept her destiny or fight to change Fate.


Nightmare Ever After - Nightmare #2

Nightmare Ever After
  • Number: B009YJKMH4
  • Release: 2014-01-13
  • Author: Cherie Reich
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Horror, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Surrounded by Books Publishing
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The Sequel to Once Upon a December Nightmare

Almost ten years have passed since that fateful December night.

But the monster is hungry again.

As the killings start again in New Haven, Virginia, FBI Agent Timothy "Tim" O'Conner sends for the lone survivor from the '02 murders to help him catch a killer. Cassie Richards wants nothing to do with the monster who killed her friends or the agent's investigation, but she can't forget the night that has haunted her nightmares. She returns to Virginia in search for closure, but will she be able to catch and kill a legend in time?

Nightmare Ever After is approximately 27,000 words or 90 pages in length.

The other stories in the Nightmare series include Nightmare at the Freak Show and Once Upon a December Nightmare, which can be found in Once Upon a December Nightmare as well as the entire collection The Nightmare Collection.


The Nightmare Collection

The Nightmare Collection
  • Number: B00A93EMNE
  • Release: 2014-01-13
  • Author: Cherie Reich
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Collections & Anthologies, Horror, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Surrounded by Books Publishing
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A legend is hungry tonight.

The only life he has ever known was living as a sideshow freak, but this child monster is ready to break free and get his first taste of blood in Nightmare at the Freak Show.

They were only going out to dinner and a movie.

But their plans go astray, and friends Cassie, Mary, Denise, and James decide to take a detour down a lonely mountain road. A felled tree blocks their passage and forces them to turn around in a clearing containing a disturbing arrangement of four deer carcasses.

Then their truck breaks down, and their cell phones don't work. They must brave the cold December air, nightfall, and a long hike. Yet their troubles are just beginning. Tension runs high between the four young friends ... and they are not alone. Each step brings them closer to safety, but will they make it to the main road alive in Once Upon a December Nightmare?

Almost ten years have passed since that fateful December night.

But the monster is still hungry.

As the killings start again in New Haven, Virginia, FBI Agent Timothy "Tim" O'Conner sends for the lone survivor from the '02 murders to help him catch a killer. Cassie Richards wants nothing to do with the monster that killed her friends or the agent's investigation, but she can't forget the night that has haunted her nightmares. She returns to Virginia in search for closure, but will she be able to catch and kill a legend in Nightmare Ever After?

This 40,000-word/192-page horror/thriller collection includes:

Nightmare at the Freak Show - A Short Story

Once Upon a December Nightmare - A Novelette

Nightmare Ever After - A Novella


Once Upon a December Nightmare - Nightmare #1

Once Upon a December Nightmare
  • Number: B009AHT1HC
  • Release: 2014-01-08
  • Author: Cherie Reich
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Horror, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Surrounded by Books Publishing
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They were only going out to dinner and a movie.

But their plans go astray, and friends Cassie, Mary, Denise, and James decide to take a detour down a lonely mountain road. A felled tree blocks their passage and forces them to turn around in a clearing containing a disturbing arrangement of four deer carcasses.

Then their truck breaks down, and their cell phones don't work. They must brave the cold December air, nightfall, and a long hike. Yet their troubles are just beginning. Tension runs high between the four young friends ... and they are not alone. Each step brings them closer to safety, but will they make it to the main road alive?

Includes the monster's origin story "Nightmare at the Freak Show."

Once Upon a December Nightmare is approximately 15,000 words or 53 pages in length.

The other stories in the Nightmare series include Nightmare Ever After as well as the entire collection The Nightmare Collection.


Women of Foxwick - The Foxwick Chronicles

Women of Foxwick
  • Number: B008EENC7W
  • Release: 2013-11-08
  • Author: Cherie Reich
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: Collections & Anthologies, * Fantasy, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Surrounded by Books Publishing
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A Fantasy Short Story Collection

Follow five women from Foxwick in this five-story fantasy collection.

A bard will lose her head, if she doesn't find the correct notes. A dragon seer must decide whether to betray her dragons or her fair kingdom. An assassin will journey to the Shadowlands to destroy Death. Twins are selected for the Mage Game, and a princess will journey to Valdale in search of the sorceress who can save Foxwick.

Short Stories in this Collection:

Lady Bard

Dragon Seer

Lady Death

Mage Game

Magic SeekerWomen of Foxwick is approximately 22,000 words or 71 pages in length.

The companion short story collections include A to Z Flashes of Foxwick and Men of Foxwick.


A to Z Flashes of Foxwick - The Foxwick Chronicles

A to Z Flashes of Foxwick
  • Number: B007USUANC
  • Release: 2013-11-07
  • Author: Cherie Reich
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: Collections & Anthologies, * Fantasy, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Surrounded by Books Publishing
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A Fantasy Flash Fiction Collection

In honor of the A to Z Blogging Challenge, A to Z Flashes of Foxwick? gives a glimpse to the characters, magical creatures, and lands in the fantasy world of the Kingdom of Foxwick.

A young dragon befriends a dragon seer. A phoenix bursts into flames in mid-flight. A man must choose between his simple life and one of fame. A queen will find her heart turned into ice and many more!

This collection includes the bonus short story "Lady Death" from Women of Foxwick.

A to Z Flashes of Foxwick is approximately 12,000 words or 55 pages in length.

The companion short story collections include Women of Foxwick and Men of Foxwick.


Spells - Ten Tales of Magic

Spells
  • Number: B009YKBT34
  • Release: 2012-10-28
  • Authors: Pamela Turner, Tara Maya, Cherie Reich, C.J. Burright, Ciara Ballintyne, Rayne Hall, Jeff Hargett, T.D. Edge, Douglas Kolacki, David D. Levine
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: Collections & Anthologies, * Fantasy
  • Publisher: Scimitar Press
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Ten short story of fantasy, edited by Rayne Hall.

The authors of these ten tales have spun yarns based on the premise that magic is real, but it requires skill to harness its force, and abuse brings danger. Suspend your disbelief, and find out what happens when people use magic to gain power, healing, wisdom or love.

Some stories take place in fantasy lands, others in the world you know. Some are short, others long; some are funny, others poignant; some aim to entertain, others to make you think. Each author has a different vision of magic, a different way of telling a story, and a different writing style. See which of them resonate with you.

Read about wizardry, witchcraft and sorcery. Let the stories guide you into worlds where magic is real, and enjoy the enchantment.

1. SYSTEM, MAGIC, SPIRIT by T.D. Edge

Will Ambrose betray his magic system just to save an idiot prince?

2. OBSESSION by Pamela Turner

Some questions are best left unasked.

3. LADY BARD by Cherie Reich

A love song may be the only cure for a cursed prince.

4. THE FINAL SPARK by CJ Burright

She couldn't afford to fail again.

5. ST JAKE OF THE FUNHOUSE by Douglas Kolacki

For Edward, the 'saint' part was the scariest.

6. BARNABAS by Jeff Hargett

Sixty years, Barnabas has searched for his magic. Will he finally find it in Matilda’s Magic Shop?

7. BY YOUR OWN FREE WILL by Rayne Hall

What price would you pay to get your heart's desire?

8. A MAGICAL MELODY by Ciara Ballintyne

In a world where magic is in the music, Avram must settle the score before it's too late.

9. BRAINS, SEX OR MONEY? by Tara Maya

What would you choose?

10. THE WHITE RAVEN'S FEATHER by David D. Levine

Ibude is a warm-weather wizard held hostage in a frozen land, but his troubles can still get worse.

To reflect the author's individual voices, you will find British and American English words and spellings in this book, as well as different styles of punctuation. Some of these stories have been previously published in books, magazines and ezines.


Gravity - The Complete Trilogy / Gravity, #1-3

Gravity
  • Number: B0098MMB4E
  • Release: 2012-09-09
  • Author: Cherie Reich
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * Science Fiction
  • Publisher: Surrounded by Books Publishing
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A Space Fantasy Collection including DEFYING GRAVITY, FIGHTING GRAVITY, and PULL OF GRAVITY

Three alien couples in three space fantasy novelettes fall in love in this complete trilogy.

A Persean and a Medusan crash land on a post-apocalyptic Earth and must escape their prison cells in DEFYING GRAVITY. An Earthling and an Aresian flee their vicious peoples and fight for the right to live and love in FIGHTING GRAVITY. A Cupidian and an Earthling can't ignore the pull of love while they battle to save their home in PULL OF GRAVITY.


Pull of Gravity

Pull of Gravity
  • Number: B008X82U5O
  • Release: 2012-08-12
  • Author: Cherie Reich
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Science Fiction, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Surrounded by Books Publishing
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A no-nonsense Earthling corporal, twenty-one-year-old Nike accepts a mission to destroy the winged-people of Cupidis to give her species a new home planet.

A spoiled Cupidian prince, twenty-one-year-old Edonys gets whatever he wants until his dying father tells him he must choose a mate and take his rightful place as king.

Nike and her reconnaissance crew's space cruiser lands upon Cupidis, and they are taken to the royal palace. The king's decline leads her to believe Mission: Conquest will be easy. Edonys refuses his father's last request to fall in love, but Nike isn't just anyone. She's bold and different than any Cupidian female. As Nike and Edonys's quests intertwine, an Earthling and a Cupidian will find it easier to ignore the pull of gravity than the pull of love.

Pull of Gravity is approximately 20,000 words or 77 pages.

Other books in the Gravity series include Defying Gravity and Fighting Gravity as well as the complete collection Gravity: The Complete Trilogy.


Fighting Gravity

Fighting Gravity
  • Number: B007X7POZ4
  • Release: 2012-04-24
  • Author: Cherie Reich
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * Science Fiction, * Under 45k Words
  • Publisher: Surrounded by Books Publishing
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Forced into executing Aresia's people, eighteen-year-old Phoebus escapes the Aresian Guard by flying his spaceship through a wormhole.

The only single woman of marrying age, eighteen-year-old Marissa flees town instead of becoming a third wife.

When Phoebus's spacecraft crashes upon an asteroid-ravaged Earth, he is captured by a rogue Earthling youth and thrown into a cellar. Marissa stumbles upon the spacecraft, but it explodes before she can find any sign of the alien. When she awakens, she discovers the alien's whereabouts and vows to help him. But the Aresians have landed and are searching for him. Phoebus and Marissa must battle against their peoples in a quest for freedom. And through it all, an Earthling and an Aresian will find it easier to fight gravity than their love for each other.

Fighting Gravity is approximately 15,000 words or 63 pages.

Other books in the Gravity series include Defying Gravity and Pull of Gravity as well as the complete collection Gravity: The Complete Trilogy.


The Best of Raven and the Writing Desk

The Best of Raven and the Writing Desk
  • Number: B006YIIB30
  • Release: 2012-01-16
  • Authors: Aubrie Dionne, Cherie Reich, Lisa Rusczyk
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: Collections & Anthologies, * Fantasy
  • Publisher: Hazard Publishing
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Once upon a time, in an Internet that is everywhere and nowhere, blogging writers joined keyboards and computer screens to create a blog of free short stories for the masses. Themes, ideas and morning coffee were plenty. A noisy Siamese cat was let outside. A flute trilled over young students’ heads. A library book was carefully placed in the proper shelf.

With an idea and a dream, Raven and the Writing Desk blog was born. Lisa Rusczyk, Cherie Reich, and Aubrie Dionne created these short stories and poetry within, now in book form.

We hope you enjoy them.


Book Library

  • Reborn Reborn
  • The Nightmare Collection The Nightmare Collection
  • Nightmare Ever After Nightmare Ever After
  • Once Upon a December Nightmare Once Upon a December Nightmare
  • Women of Foxwick Women of Foxwick
  • A to Z Flashes of Foxwick A to Z Flashes of Foxwick
  • Spells Spells
  • Gravity Gravity
  • Pull of Gravity Pull of Gravity
  • Fighting Gravity Fighting Gravity
  • The Best of Raven and the Writing Desk The Best of Raven and the Writing Desk