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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461103991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461103998
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,946,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Cheri is a mother of four beautiful girls, a wife to a loving computer geek, a writer, an artist, a photographer, a lover of words, and a lover of reading books. Cheri went to Brigham Young University in 1988 where she majored in photography and design. She has worked as a portrait photographer and artist for twenty years. She has only recently realized that she can share the stories constantly playing through her thoughts, and added writing to her list of creative endeavors. She always did well in English, but never realized she could write as her other talents seemed to overshadow that hidden skill. She has always had an interest in fairies, mermaids, vampires, witches, and, in truth, just about any type of fantasy or myth. She started out in elementary school drawing mermaids, fairies, and witches, and has since sold paintings of them on eBay. As computer technology advanced, she began digitally enhancing photographs into those magical creatures as well. When stories of these beings continued to entertain her thoughts, to the point of almost haunting her, she decided it was time to start writing them down. FATEFUL is her first finished work, though other stories had come to her before that. She has seven other books in the plans, including: some on vampires, some on fairies, and all of them with a romantic twist.

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Cheri lives in Virginia with her husband, her four daughters, and two Pomeranians. She's a lover of words, and a lover of reading books, as long as there is a lot of romance in the story. She's an artist, and a photographer. She also loves to cook, and is quite well known for her amazing fairy cakes.

She has always had an interest in fairies, mermaids, vampires, witches, and, in truth, just about any type of fantasy or myth. When she was young, she spent a lot of time drawing these beings and has since sold paintings of them on eBay. As computer technology advanced, she began digitally enhancing photographs into those magical creatures as well. These artistic skills of her past have helped her design her own book covers.

When stories of these fictional beings continued to entertain her thoughts, to the point of almost haunting her, she decided it was time to start writing them down instead of just drawing them. FATEFUL is her first finished work, although other stories had come to her before that. She has several other books in the plans, and will say that her head is a very crowded place. She will also tell you that if you do not like glittering fairies, hot vampires with British accents, knights in shining armor, the dashing Mr. Darcy, girly-girls who wear skirts, or large amounts of snogging, then perhaps her stories are not for you.

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By malomia on May 3, 2011
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I REALLY enjoyed this book. I loved it! It was very well written. I am constantly on the look out for a really good story, with great characters, well developed plot and of course a melt your heart romance. Believe me it doesn't happen often. But I was soooo happy to find Fateful met and exceeded all of my criteria. I'm still smiling about it :). O.k as for the comments that it is a Twilight copy. Please. Yes there are some similarities. There is a vampire who is good, who falls in love with a human and there are some bad vampires. And that's about it. Everything else (which there is a lot more) is not only unique to Fateful but makes it so much more and different than anything else out there. Lastly, for all of us thousands of readers who were searching for something as good (if not better) to read after Twilight. This is IT!
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Justin Frandsen on May 8, 2011
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Loved It! I thought it was 100 times better than twilight. I couldn't put it down. Great Writing style, Very easy to follow. The ending was a complete surprise and i have a knack for guessing endings. I highly recommend it totally worth it. I can't wait for the others.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rants, Raves and Reviews on March 19, 2012
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I just finished "Fateful" and thought I should write a review before going on to the rest of the series. First of all, I just have to get this out of the way...I'm somewhat confused by the reviews that said the book was a Twilight copy, because nothing about the story (aside from the fact that it has vampires and romance) was similar. Okay, yes, it's a love story between a human girl and a vampire boy who wants to protect her. However, never for a moment, did I flash to "Twilight". I loved "Twilight" as a story in its own right, as much as I loved "Fateful", but I saw little actual comparison that people are speaking negatively of. It is similar to "Twilight" in the sense that there are hot vampire dudes and lots of really sweet romance. Therefore, if you like stories like that, you'll love this!

The romance was well-written and so very hot (in a clean YA way). I was feeling the characters' passion for each other and swooning the entire time. If you love sweet romances, you'll like Danielle and Ethan's story. Ch. 8 was probably my favorite. I could envision myself right there with the characters! The descriptions are breathtaking.

The writing really makes you feel like you're part of the story. In fact, it made me wish I was in London with Ethan...Sigh! The vampire lore (as well as that of the other creatures) is so unique. I found some great twists, especially the comparison between vampires during the day and those at night. I also liked that the setting of the story took place far away from Danielle's comfort-zone, especially since she's so prone to getting lost.

I really enjoyed the dialogue - it was so well-written, as were the action scenes. The story was long. In a good way.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Natalie on February 16, 2012
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Fateful has everything I love in a book:

*vampires (I never get enough)
*romance
*mature characters
*fantastic setting
*no love triangle
*very likable side characters
*no foul language
*nothing crude / clean read
*great writing / error free
*lovable hero (addressed below)

Ethan is more believable than most characters that are supposed to have lived many years. I love that the author was able to convey this. The things he says and does fit a character from a different time. I also love his manners and the respect he has for Danielle.

Fateful has made Cheri Schmidt one of my favorite self-published authors. She even has a great blog and website where she sells autographed copies of her beautiful books and jewlery inspired by the Fateful trilogy. I love book inspired jewlery! A well-deserved 5 stars!
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Len on April 20, 2011
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Fateful is an easy 5 star romantic love story, that is so entertaining, you may not put it down, and read the book in one sitting. The book is so well written, as you read the book, it is like watching a movie.
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52 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Kerry A. Bangs on July 26, 2011
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Boring, boring, boring. Some of it is just ridiculous. Considering Ethan is supposed to be over a hundred years old, he acts like a jerky teenager. Case in point: he allows her to get spellbound by another guy and pass out at a party, and laughs about it. He keeps doing cool things like treating her like a princess, and then stupid things like that, back and forth. Early on, she gets attacked in his home by another vampire (Celeste) and is seriously injured, and then the only thing they tell her later is that "don't worry, she's not invited to the party." And then she just says ok, and keeps going back to his house, not knowing if that Celeste is around?? That doesn't make any sense. If I was attacked and seriously injured by ANYONE, I would want to know they were dealt with by whatever authorities are available to do so.

And what was so important about her attending this ball and getting all dressed in their special clothes? No one wanted her there or treated her nicely, and of course there was the inevitable "oops, I broke a glass then cut myself trying to clean it up" business. Come ON!!

This book was all this fluffed up nonsense that made no sense and was totally unsatisfying to read. Whoever liked this book... I'm not sure what they found interesting about long descriptions of what food tasted like, or boring annoying conversations that went nowhere, or situations that were obviously contrived just to set up some kind of conflict... but none of it flowed. It sucked.
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