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Cheryl Headford

Cheryl/Nephy was born into a poor mining family in the South Wales Valleys. Until she was 16, the toilet was at the bottom of the garden and the bath hung on the wall. Her refrigerator was a stone slab in the pantry and there was a black lead fireplace in the kitchen. They look lovely in a museum but aren’t so much fun to clean.

Cheryl/Nephy has always been a storyteller. As a child, she’d make up stories for her nieces, nephews and cousin and they’d explore the imaginary worlds she created, in play.

Later in life, Cheryl/Nephy became the storyteller for a re enactment group who travelled widely, giving a taste of life in the Iron Age. As well as having an opportunity to run around hitting people with a sword, she had an opportunity to tell stories of all kinds, sometimes of her own making, to all kinds of people. The criticism was sometimes harsh, especially from the children, but the reward enormous.

It was here she began to appreciate the power of stories and the primal need to hear them. In ancient times, the wandering bard was the only source of news, and the storyteller the heart of the village, keeping the lore and the magic alive. Although much of the magic has been lost, the stories still provide a link to the part of us that still wants to believe that it’s still there, somewhere.

In present times, Cheryl/Nephy lives in a terraced house in the valleys with her son, dog, bearded dragon and two cats. Her daughter has deserted her for the big city, but they’re still close. She’s never been happier since she was made redundant and is able to devote herself entirely to her twin loves of writing and art, with a healthy smattering of magic and mayhem

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Books By Cheryl Headford

Word Count: 75000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: The Von are on their way. With a recording contract under their belt and a tour opening for a popular band, the world is at their feet. For those left behind prospects are not so bright, especially with someone trying so hard to break them apart. With the spotlight on The Von, no one sees the evil waiting in the wings until it’s too late. For Asher and Vince, struggling with the separation from their boyfriends, nothing could have been worse than the mysterious photographs showing Erik and Billy in passionate kissed, first with each other, then with other people. Devastated they break of their relationships - until Connor travels thousands of miles to satisfy his honour and reassure Vince that Billy made a huge mistake for which he's now paying as he loves Vince so deeply. Asher isn't so lucky and by the time he hears Erik say he loves him, it might be too late for both of them. With a lunatic on the loose and both Asher and Erik caught in a trap it seems neither will escape it just goes to show that you can never ignore what might be Waiting in the Wings.

Waiting in the Wings - S.L. Danielson and Cheryl Headford
Waiting in the Wings (Upstaged #2)Pairings: M-M

Word Count: 75,385

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: Wannabe singer and band frontman Erik Von Nordgren hates snarky brit Asher Berkley with a passion. From the moment he turns up at practice with his twin sister Daisy, who is one of the band the two have hated each other. Through a series of 'tit for tat' incidents they annoy, frustrate and exasperated each other. The die-hard goth with purple eyes and the hardcore rocker with dreams of the big time have nothing in common and no need to cross paths. Except to wind each other up. Until the day that Erik throws Asher in the school pool when everything begins to change. Erik is so far in the closet he's in Narnia and Asher has a dark past and trust issues that stand in the way of any relationship, let alone one with the brash American who hurts him every time they try to get together. A relationship doomed from the start, or so you'd think.

Opening Act - S.L. Danielson
Upstaged - Opening ActPairings: M-M

Word Count: 85,000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: All Keiron wants is a quiet life. Fat chance with a boyfriend like Bren. But if he thought Bren complicated his life, that was nothing compared to the complications that begin when he opens the door to what he thinks is a naked boy claiming to be his slave. Draven is a fairy with his sights set on the handsome human who keeps a wild place in the garden for fairies. When Draven slips through a fairy gate into the city, he sets in motion a series of events that binds him to Keiron forever, and just might be the end of him. While Draven explores Keiron’s world with wide-eyed wonder, Keiron does everything he can to keep Draven’s at bay, until the only way to save Draven and bring him home is to step into a world that should exist only in children stories.

Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden - Cheryl Headford
Fairies At The Bottom Of The GardenPairings: M-M

Word Count: 78000

Character Identities: Gay

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Shade has spent years imprisoned in a dark cellar after being snatched as a young child. Events since his release have left him traumatized and desperate to die. Dory is a lively and engaging seventeen-year-old with mental health issues that make him a slave to his dangerously uncontrollable emotions. When Shade comes to Eastbrook secure children’s home because no place else wants him, the manager appoints Dory, for better or worse, to be his champion, an appointment Dory takes very seriously indeed. As friendship turns into something else, something new and exciting, they struggle to find their feet as every step leads to more complications. When a spiteful act separates them, it seems their love is doomed before it even has a chance. Then Dory falls ill and it’s up to Shade to take up the standard and be his champion, although it might already be too late.

Shade's Champion - Cheryl Headford
Shade's ChampionPairings: M-M