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Spotlight with Cheryl St.John

Tanner by Cheryl St.John: Spotlight and Excerpt

Excerpt Teaser Tanner

Mr. Bell was sitting comfortably on the porch with Vivian lying on his chest when she arrived home from the school meeting. “How was your meeting?”

“It went well. I’ll be teaching reading and writing two mornings a week.”

“That’s generous of you, Mrs. Cranford. What you’re doing will make a difference in those children’s futures.”

She perched on the railing. “I hope so.”

“I know so. Sometimes having one person who cares makes all the difference. You care and you are intelligent. They will shine.”

Raylene often had the sense that Tanner considered her frivolous, but his remark revealed honest appreciation for what she was doing. “Thank you.” She glanced aside at the stars visible from their position under the porch roof. “I want to do something important.”

“Taking care of Lillian is important too. It’s important to me, and it will be important to her and to her development. Running this boarding house is important. Where would your boarders be if your home wasn’t available? Where would Lillian and I be for that matter?”

She looked back at him in the near-darkness. He wasn’t what she’d expected from the owner of the livery. He was educated, well-mannered, kind…and he loved that baby. Something about that fact threatened to peel back a couple of her protective layers.

“What do you want to do, Mr. Bell?”

He glanced aside as though considering what to say and then looked at her again. “I’m waiting for the right piece of land to become available. I came back to Colorado planning to start a ranch.”

That news didn’t really surprise her, but it did make her feel oddly left out. She was nothing to him. She rented him a room and took care of his niece. Why she’d feel deserted if he bought land and moved away couldn’t be justified with coherent thought. He would need a woman to run a ranch beside him, someone to help plant and harvest as he’d mentioned his mother doing…a woman to make jam and have more babies.

“That sounds nice,” she said.

Octavia Gaines wouldn’t blow away in a stiff wind. She was ranch wife material. And she was pretty. Very pretty.

His plans were none of Raylene’s business.


Tanner earned an #1 amazon release banner on its first day!

“Cheryl St.John has a real knack for storytelling. I couldn’t put down this book. The richness of the author’s writing is amazing, with very in-depth characters, plot and setting, full of descriptions and emotion, a caliber of writing usually only seen in a much longer book.”  – amazon reviewer

“…a lovely, timely read.”  – amazon reviewer

“…a captivating, well-written story with charismatic characters.”  – amazon reviewer


Cheryl St.John is the author of over fifty novels, both historical and contemporary, print and indie published. Her stories have earned numerous RITA nominations, Romantic Times awards and are published in over a dozen languages. One thing all reviewers and readers agree on regarding Cheryl’s work is the degree of emotion and believability. Words like ‘heart-warming, emotional depth, touches your soul, tugs your heart, endearing characters and on my keeper shelf’ are commonly used to describe her work.

In describing Cheryl’s stories of second chances and redemption, readers and reviewers use words like, “emotional punch, hometown feel, core values, believable characters and real-life situations.” Amazon and Goodreads reviews show her popularity with readers.

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