Sunday, June 14, 2015

Countdown to UtopYA Author Spotlight Series Day Five: Meet Sherry D. Ficklin

Hello friends and welcome to an exciting week here at One Guy's Guide to Good Reads. For the next week, my beautiful bookish soul-mate, Christina Marie from LuLo Fangirl and I will be hosting an incredible new feature series to get everyone PUMPED for UtopYAcon in Nashville, TN next week!

After WEEKS of deliberation, Christina and I have hand-picked FIFTEEN of our favorite authors attending UtopYA and will be spotlighting one each day for the next 7 days. These posts will include an interview with 15 special guests, ranging from seasoned literary vets to first-time debut authors. Each post will also feature a quick spotlight of the authors latest or upcoming works. You are not going to want to miss out on this awesome series!

Each day Christina and I will feature a different author on one of our blogs and will be cross promoting between the two. We really want to get the word out to all of our readers. As a special incentive, we are offering an exclusive UtopYA giveaway for a signed book from ANY participating UtopYA author! How exciting! We can't wait to share this awesome series with you all and look forward to an awesome time in Nashville!

Happy Reading!


Day One: Meet Sherry D. Ficklin

Sherry D. Ficklin

Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.

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Intro to Sherry D. Ficklin:

Folks. Wow. I have Sherry Ficklin on my blog. HOLY HELL! I am so honored to have one of my all time favorite authors here. From paranormal, to sci-fi, to historic fiction, I have yet to read a book by Sherry Ficklin that I didn't love. Not only am I grateful for her works, I'm also absolutely honored to call her a dear friend. We've bonded over our love of historic fiction during her writing of the absolutely incredible Stolen Empire series. Sherry knows how to warm by bookish heart and continues to blow me away page after page. She's also a Clean Teen/Crimson Tree Publishing author and you guys all know they are my safe space from the crazy in this bookish world I love! I have never gotten the chance to meet Mrs. Sherry before so I am beyond excited to spend some time with her next week!  

Let's learn a bit more about Sherry and her work:

Upcoming Release by Sherry D. Ficklin

Sophie—now Catherine, Grand Duchess of Russia—had a tough first year at Imperial Court. Married at sixteen to Grand Duke Peter, heir to the throne, and settled in their own palace, things are finally looking up. As a new day dawns, she thinks only of securing her future, and the future of their country, during one of the greatest political upheavals of her time. Fighting desperately against forces trying to depose the Empress Elizabeth and put the young Prince Ivan on her throne, Sophie soon finds herself in the middle of a war brewing between her beloved Prussia, and her new empire. But even as she navigates the fragile political landscape, she quickly realizes that she has only begun to discover the tangled web of deceit and infidelity woven over the lavish court of Oranienbaum Palace.

When a strange and delicate alliance forms between the young couple, she glimpses a future of happiness, only to see it lost in a moment at the hands of those who still seek to end her life—and prevent her reign. Out of favor with the empress and running out of options, Sophie will have to sacrifice her own innocence on the altar of Russia if she is to save the nation, and herself. To survive, she will have to do the unthinkable, betray those closest to her and become something greater and more dangerous than she ever imagined she could be… a queen.


I read this last weekend and I can say without a moment of hesitation that it's one of my favorite reads of 2015! Not to be missed!

Also by Sherry Ficklin

 I'm not kidding when I say every one of Sherry's reads are incredible!

Exclusive UtopYA Interview with Sherry Ficklin

1. Tell us about your experience with UtopYA. What's your history with UtopYA and why do you attend?

Well, this is only my second year at UtopYA. I was so impressed last year. The panels were great, and there was such an enthusiastic fan base attending. It was just really fun.

2.What is your favorite Nashville attraction and why? If this is your first time attending UtopYA/visiting Nashville, what are you most excited to see?

Honestly, I didn't get out much last year. We did end up an an Irish Pub and we convinced the band to play Baby Got Back which was funny as hell.

3.What makes UtopYA different from any other book convention/signing?

It's just more relaxed, I think. It was so much less stress than some other conventions.

4. When not attending the conference, where will you be spending your week in Nashville?

HAHA, in my hotel working on Queen of Always edits. The struggle is real, folks.

5. What are you reading right now?

I just read Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius and it was AMAZING. so really, really good.

6. What are some of your favorite summertime reads? What recs do you have for your readers to check out this summer?

I have a whole stack I got from BEA, I will get to them eventually. *eyes stack longingly*

7. What can we expect next from you?

Queen of Tomorrow releases July 14th! I'm so excited I can't even tell you.

Quick, don't think!

-Favorite summertime beverage? Sweet Tea

-Favorite Ice Cream flavor? Half-Baked

-Favorite part about summer? The beach.

-Lounging on the beach or summer road trip? Both.

-Favorite 'song of the summer’? I'm digging Honey I'm Good.

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Alright readers, that's all I have for you today during our UtopYAcon Author Spotlight Series! I hope you've learned a lot about our featured author, Mrs. Sherry Ficklin! Words cannot say how absolutely PUMPED I am to meet her next week!

Don't forget that Christina is also hosting an amazing spotlight over on her blog today, her guest is Mrs. N.L. Greene ! Click the LuLo FanGirl banner below to check out Christina's post!

Be sure to enter the giveaway before you leave! You won't want to miss another surprise guest tomorrow! Until next time, Happy Reading!


1 comment:

  1. Haha! Sherry is amazing. I have her book on my TBR, and I've been eyeballing it for a hot minute :) See you guys soon! WRITE ON!