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‘The Dordogne Deception’ has it all

From page B10 | October 14, 2013 | 4 Comments

the dordogne deceptionBetween the covers

Book: “The Dordogne Deception”

Author: Sherry Joyce

Publisher: iUniverse, 2013, 274 pages, hardcover, soft-cover and Kindle versions

Love, murder, terror, mystery and hot sex set in a castle in the beautiful Dordogne region of France is Sherry Joyce’s first novel.

Newly divorced Cherise Eden leaves her Bay Area home and her job as an executive to follow her dream — chatelaine of a romantic castle in southwestern France.

Not only does the emotionally vulnerable Cherise meet the man of her dreams, but her gorgeous new home is a tremendous success as a bed and breakfast.

But, is everything as perfect as it seems? Who is the new concierge, really? And how does Cherise’s new husband know her?

As suspicions grow in Cherise’s mind, a retired detective arrives on her doorstep, tracking down a murderer.

Sherry Joyce, a former Silicon Valley executive, said the idea for the novel came while she and her husband, Jim, were on a dream vacation at a castle in the Dordogne region of France. While she was writing postcards in a turret tower of the castle they had rented, lighting struck the tower.

“It wasn’t even raining,” said Joyce. “I went screaming down the stairs.”

That night, a storm arrived and Joyce, worried about more lightning, was unable to sleep.

“I started thinking that such a dramatic experience would be a great setting for a murder,” she said.

The story formed in her head and after a few days, Joyce decided to write it down.

“I had the draft finished in two and half weeks. Once I visualized some movie stars as my characters, they kept talking to me and it just took off,” she said.

In her former career as vice-president of human resources and in her own business, SJDesigns Interiors, Joyce did a great deal of business writing which came easily to her.

“But I’d never had the perfect time to write or the perfect story,” said Joyce.

When she moved to El Dorado Hills in 2009, Joyce took a look at her three-year old manuscript and decided it was time to find a way to get it published.

Joyce said she is a night owl and when the creative juices are flowing, be it with oil painting or writing, she’s got to go with them.

“I can’t sleep and I just have to do it no matter how late it gets, but it’s a lot of fun,” she said.

After her August book launch and associated activities wind down, Joyce plans to take a celebratory vacation with her husband of 50 years. Then she’ll return to the pile of half-finished manuscripts and plot ideas for her next book.

“There’s a lot of creative thinking going on right now,” she said.

“Dordogne Deception” can be purchased online at, and Locally it is available at Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Boulevard in El Dorado Hills.

Joyce will be speaking at a variety of book clubs and events.

For more information visit the Website at

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530-344-5069 or Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.


Discussion | 4 comments

  • JohnOctober 11, 2013 - 1:24 pm

    Lighting struck on a clear day! Really? Methinks Ms. Joyce went to the castle's turret after imbibing some of that good Dordogne wine.

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  • Sherry JoyceOctober 20, 2013 - 5:14 pm

    It was a grey day, light thunder whatsoever...lightning struck the tower rod around 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon. Sounded like a WWII bomb had been dropped. All true. Hubby and 8 guests can testify. Castle was very large on a mountain side, partly in the clouds. Wild Dordogne weather. Wine awfully good as well.

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  • Phil VeerkampOctober 11, 2013 - 2:34 pm

    John, even your vast information base is incomplete. - LINK - When Lightning Strikes Out of a Blue Sky

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  • James E.October 11, 2013 - 2:36 pm

    Phil, the sky is not blue it's black. It only appears blue.

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