Travel Route, Pen & Cup Book Tour, Spring 2015



Ok… I know…eight and twelve are not the same number. I promise, I CAN count. But how do you pass through a city and not stop and sign some books and drink some coffee?? Won’t add time or money to our trip….sooooo why not. I haven’t asked Pam….. 😉 cf


drum roll please….


“…if only I had some drums around here….”

Ahem. Pam & Cherilyn are proud to announce, they have decided the titles for their upcoming tour!!  Because we are over achievers, we will carry with us, barreling down the highway, boxes and boxes of SIX different titles!! We figure, why take two books when we can take six? We want to appeal to the masses. We want to offer something for everyone.

My OCD screams to sign them ahead of time, but no! Part of the thrill of a book signing is when the author asks your name and applies the wet ink to the crisp new page, right?

So here they are…

My Daughter Still

100% Non-Fiction ~ The plight of a young girl and her family, friends and community, over the first six-months of a life long journey, suffering a traumatic brain injury in a car accident. Her story is told by her mother, from the day of the crash, to the day her mother took her home.


Christian Fiction ~ Maggie would like nothing more than to bumble through her crazy life in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, as a barista at the Sacred Grounds coffee shop. Now that she’s broken off her tight wire relationship with the sexy playboy Marcus she should be free, right? Only she didn’t plan to have an artist from Down Under sweep her off her feet, without even trying. Throw a best friend pushing the boundaries of platonic into the mix and it’s enough to make any girl lose her mind.

When Marcus ups the stakes, will it be him, an Aussie surf-rat named Luke, or the loyal servant Evan who wins her heart?  Will it even matter if she’s going to lose her life to leukemia? Can she find true love before it’s too late? The real question is, when is it too late for love, and who says death is the end of a forever bond?

*New release debuting for the first time on Pen & Cup Book Tour!

The Senator’s Daughters

Fiction ~ set in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As if raising two young women isn’t challenging enough, can Lucinda Cooper-Lanning handle her demanding daughters and parlay her turbulent time in the State Senate into a seat in the U.S. Congress? It all seems attainable, until both of her daughters meet Alec Wilde.

The Quiet Republican

Non-Fiction ~ Can a Republican be quiet? Cover to cover commentary and comedy on the bumpy path to discovering one’s political affiliation. Designed to be a light read, but with true information and ideas. Can be enjoyed by adults of all class, race, gender and yes, political party.

*This is a new release, debuting on P&C Tour!! Just in time for 2016 Election!


Christian Non-Fiction ~ Searching for an infinite God in an empty culture.” How to let go of the stuff that’s holding you back from experiencing the purpose God intended for you; to know Him MORE.”

* This book will debut on the P&C Tour, 2015!!

Unlikely Provisions

Non-Fiction ~ Finding God’s gifts in small, everyday things. An interactive devotional for those who need to remind themselves and others that everything, yes everything is a gift. Wouldn’t life be so much easier if we could all see a generous God in the leaves and the laughter?

*New release debuting on tour!

whew!!!  the hardest part is over!! (jk)

soooo….. who wrote a chapter and a half of The Quiet Republican today??  This girl!!


How did I get here…from point A…to an eight city book tour!

Although no one really believes it, I’m a type A personality: organized, focused….okay, who am I kidding? That’s so not true. I’m more known for my fly-by-the-seat-of my-pants spontaneity than anything else. At times, I’m sure I seem flighty, flaky even. But I long for that organized spirit and drive, the one I see so poignantly displayed in my Pen and Cup partner in crime Cherilyn Fienen.

So, how did this all happen? This idea that we–two women with a love for words and thirst for adventure–could define our own destiny by orchestrating a major EIGHT (8!!!) city book tour of both coasts and major cities in between? You know, it baffles even me. One minute we’re laughing ourselves silly in the parking lot of Barnes & Noble, the next we’re conspiring to take the world (or at the least the U.S.) by storm. Life is funny like that. You can be just cruising along on random Thursday when the idea of a lifetime slaps you up side the head. That’s just how it happened.

Honestly, from the first minute I met Cherilyn, we connected. We are, in so many ways, soul sisters. We are both creatives down to our core; writers, artists, photographers. Yet, we each possess an identity that can’t be duplicated, or pinned down. We are wild at heart and gentle in spirit. We love people and the grand idea that we can change the world with our words and our stories. We feel the need to take the reins in our own hands and drive our dreams to the highest star. It’s who we are and how we approach life. And we want to take you along for the ride!

So, since Cherilyn already introduced herself, let me tell you who I am. I am a wife to the most handsome man in the world and mother to five amazing kids; the soldier, the scholar, the actress, the athlete, and the dreamer. I am a creative soul. I have found myself as a writer, photographer, artist, and traveler, but I am only wholly complete in my identity as a child of the One True King. In everything I do, I strive to please Him and tell His story to the world.

I love dogs, lip-gloss, and good coffee. If my heart were a chalkboard, it would read “Welcome!” Please come in and see my inner world, take a peek at my thoughts and share in my dreams and struggles. I want to know and be known by my Creator and the world. I want to share with you all that I go through as I work towards a final published edit of the novel I have spent the last four and half years writing, as well as the non-fiction book I am beginning just now for release on this tour. Come with me–come with us–as we push past fear and failure into a new dream of creating and sharing our hearts, and our words, with the world. No holds barred!!!

See you on the tour! #pen&cup2015

Yes, Dear

Let’s pause for a moment to give credit where credit is due.

This tour is sponsored by John & Brandon. Who? That’s ok, they prefer you really have no idea who they are, but they are the behind the scenes…the key holders…the checkbooks. I make light of it, but seriously. We are stay-at-home, awesome-as-we-may-be…mothers. Between us we manage nine children, two of them with special needs. We pay bills and run a business. We clean two big houses, prepare about two hundred portions of food a week, receive at least ten phone calls a day, drive countless miles…

Taking on this tour meant going to the men and our lives, flashing those pearly whites and saying “please?” There will be gasoline, food, housing and inventory to pay for. There will be cooking and cleaning and laundry and children to wrestle while we’re gone…and though the dogs may enjoy the extra room, two empty spaces in the master suites! They are strong, capable men, completely competent enough to handle it, but they are our responsibilities and we know many men who would have said “no,” and quickly.

Ours did not hesitate. We won’t post pictures so we don’t have to deal with the women trekking to Kansas to sneak a peek at the marvel that is our men. 😉  

Good Morning!!!!!!!

Yes…. 6 hours later…here I am. Warning: Sometimes I’ll be an over-achiever and post five times in 48 hours and then ignore the world for five days. LOL! I’ll try not to do that. 🙂

Today I present the blog & logo to Pamela! She gave me free artistic license, so cross your fingers! No turning back now!

I’m leaning towards The Quiet Republican for my tour title. Hmmmmm….. thoughts?

All About Us…

Hi, I’m Cherilyn…one half of the Pen & Cup Book Tour, travelling eight U.S. venues in the Spring of 2015. I know, a year away??  We could have started this blog later on, but we want to get everyone fired up as you join us on our journey. I mean that literally. Today is the first post, the first blog. No venues have been reserved, no hotels have been booked… we’re building our fan base and sharing the process from start to finish…including maintaining the blog, photos and even video posts ON TOUR!!

My other half is Pamela, but I will let her introduce herself. We WILL post at least three times a week. We WILL answer questions, engage in conversation and not just envelope our readers in our blog preparation, but in our writing as well, our triumphs and challenges and the love and agony of balancing busy lives with the voices in our heads. We will be professional, but writing is a life, not a job. We might as well share our spilled milk and flat tires along the way! We will both post at will, so you  never know when one of us might pop in and complicate your day!

Cherilyn ~

I am a 38-year-old mother of one grown daughter with special needs, one daughter with a beautiful baby girl and two teenage sons. I am also the mama to a Doberman, one duck, two goats, one cat and let’s see, thirty-seven chickens? I lose count. There’s this handsome farmer around here somewhere who handles the animals outside and I handle the ones in the house! He actually works for the city while I teach and write, but we also have a furniture business, a research firm and I am working on my degree online. My Facebook page is linked below and has a much broader bio, but that’s a little about me.

The book I take on tour HAS NOT YET BEEN WRITTEN!!!  You heard correctly. It will be my eleventh or twelfth book and I have many ideas and WILL nail one down here quickly. So….not only will you enjoy as we plan our tour, go on our tour, raise children, wash dishes and miss hair appointments… you will ride along as our books develop into literary masterpieces I know they will be!! Check out my Facebook page for links to some of my other books on Amazon, as well as lots of plans for future work and work in progress! I wonder if we should take all of our work on tour…for sure focus on our newest release, but why not have others on hand?

So… since we have so much to do… I know what you’re thinking. YES! Yes, we would love suggestions, encouragement, questions and ideas!!  We are looking for eight venues for book signings in the following nine cities….. Dallas, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, St. Louis, New York, Boston, Atlanta & Chicago. As our name may have hinted…we would love book stores that also double as coffee shops, art galleries, open mics or anything else that inspires people, the arts and add to their surrounding communities. We are very aware of the coffee shop madness that is sweeping the nation and we are on board! Do you know of a place near you, in one of these cities, that sounds like it would fit the bill? Let us know!!!

Well it’s 3:40 am, so I guess I’ll go for now. See my link below and look forward to hearing from Pam soon!

Goodnight and Good morning!!! 🙂