Holiday Reading

As some of you know, I’m going off on my holibobs soon, and while DisneyLand promises to be filled with fun and excitement, I’m also going to need something to read. Here is a list of books that I have recently downloaded to take with me on holiday (Reviews to follow. Pictures and blurbs taken from Amazon.):

Not Juliet: Addicted to Love Romance Collection

By Ella Medler

Not Juliet: Addicted To Love Romance Collection

Riella Smith, an unconventional Romany Princess, travels to Tuscany on the trail of her father’s challenger, to delay him and prevent unnecessary bloodshed and humiliation. What she expects is trouble from a fearsome rival. But life is rarely that easy.

The trouble she finds is of a different kind. Soon, she faces the toughest decision of her life – again – though it should really be a no-brainer. All she has to do is choose between her people and a myth.

After all, there’s no such thing as love at first sight.

The Perfect Submissive Triology

By Kay Jaybee

The Perfect Submissive: - a full length erotic novel (The Perfect Submissive Trilogy Book 1)

Hidden behind the Fables Hotel’s respectable facade, five specially adapted rooms wait; ready to cater for the kinky requirements of its guests.

When Mrs Peters, the mistress of the hotel’s exclusive entertainment facility, meets the new booking clerk, Jess Sanders, she instantly recognises the young woman’s potential as a deliciously meek addition to her specialist staff. All it will take is a little education.

Under the tutelage of the dominatrix, Miss Sarah, Jess learns to cope with her unexpected training schedule, the increasingly erotic chill she experiences each time she survives a new level of correction, and a truly sexy exercise routine.

Temporarily distracted from her intimidating rule over Fable’s top floor by an enigmatic artist, Mrs Peters begins to plan how she can secure his obedient assistance, in grooming Jess into the perfect submissive…

One Night in Boise

By Troy Lambert

One Night in Boise (City Nights Series, book 1): A Dangerous Game

Detective Derek Marshek and his wife Cheri like to play games. It’s not that they don’t have a great sex life, but Cheri came up with the idea to keep things even spicier. Suddenly, events at the Seven Bells Motel reveal she may have had other motives.
Their son Alex, now in college and seeking to escape the shadow of his father has a new girlfriend. In their efforts to find privacy, he is drawn back into his parents’ lives, and sees a new side of Susie. Could she be the one?

On this night in Boise, will lives be ruined, hearts be broken? One thing is certain. It’s a dangerous game they all play.

An Executive Decision Trilogy

By Grace Marshall

An Executive Decision (An Executive Decision Trilogy Book 1)

Overworked CEO Ellison Thorne has no time for sex, let alone romance. The only answer, at least where his retiring business partner Beverly is concerned, is a no-strings sex clause in her replacement’s contract, designed to make Ellis’ busy life easier – and hotter. But she’s joking, right?

When Dee Henning takes over Beverly’s job, sparks fly between her and Ellis, but work takes priority in driven Dee’s life too. Can one night of passion in a Paris hotel room prove Beverly’s Sex Clause is their secret to success in the boardroom and the bedroom, and what will happen if that private clause becomes public knowledge?


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Holidays, publicity, and rescuing little sisters

Oh wow. Talk about busy month! With the release of The Black Door on 11th July, I have been manic with organising reviews and publicity. Sadly the publicity bit doesn’t seem to be going so well with local news being far from interested. (Apparently the market is flooded with contemporary / erotic romances, especially since a certain book is about to release it’s movie.) But, the fabulous Lucy Felthouse of Writer Marketing Services has been great with doing a release blitz, and I’ve been featured on some amazing and interesting blogs. I also have a blog tour set out for the near future, so keep an eye out for me!

The Black Door by Charlotte Howard - 1800HR

It’s also the summer holidays here in the UK. Finally! It’s been a loooooong term. We’re going to make the most of it by heading off to the wonderful bubble that is DisneyLand Paris for a few days. I’m both dreading it and excited. I haven’t been since I was 17-ish, so that’s… 15-ish years ago. This time though, I’m not going with my little sister, I’m taking my own kids. I know it’s going to be fun, but it’s already expensive, and already stressful. Having to sort out cat- and dog-sitters, pack the car, pack suitcases, is stressful. Packing the car has been the worst so far. I didn’t realise that France has so many rules! Our car already has a EU license plate (GB with the EU logo on it), but we’ve had to buy things to change the headlights so we don’t blind people, high-vis jackets, a warning triangle (to be fair, we should have had one of those already), and breathalisers! We got a road map as well since France apparently has rules on using SatNavs that have GPS locators on them to find speed cameras.

It’s going to take about 7 or 8 hours to drive from Somerset to DisneyLand, and yes we’re taking the Channel Tunnel. No way you’re getting me on a boat! So we’re going to pack the car full of snacks and drinks, and I’ve bought the kids a “Where’s Wally?” book to keep them amused. We’ve also got the Frozen soundtrack. Not sure I can cope with 8 hours of LET IT GO! LET IT GO! I AM ONE WITH THE WIND AND SKYYYY!

But it will be fun. IT. WILL. BE. FUN.

Then when we get back, I’m rescuing my little sister. I say little. She’s at least 9 inches taller than me. Younger though, by nearly 9 years. She’s been working in Ibiza for nearly 2 months and it’s time to return home. Except with our Mum moving house, and my other sister moving house, I seem to be the only person with a spare room. Plus there are jobs down this end of the country at the moment.

So 4 days in DisneyLand, an 8 hour trek each way, followed by a 4 hour trek each way up to Lincoln. I’m going to need a holiday once I’ve finished. Except August is looking to be just as busy with birthday parties, sleepovers, and work planned.

Sleep is so overrated.

**I’m still looking for reviewers for both The Black Door and Seven Dirty Words. If you are a prolific blogger with a good following, FB page, Twitter account, and able to post reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, please email me: charlotte@charlottehowardauthor with links to your sites. The Black Door is available in PDF or mobi version, worldwide. Seven Dirty Words is available in print to UK readers.**

**All books are available to buy via the publishers websites, and through Amazon.**

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Here is my interview with Charlotte Howard

Originally posted on authorsinterviews:

Name: Charlotte Howard
Age: 29 with several years experience!!
Where are you from: Ooh that’s a complicated one. I was born in Oman to British parents (my Dad worked the oil rigs). We moved back to the UK in 1989, and I spent three years in Aberdeenshire, before moving to Nottinghamshire.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Exciting times are ahead! My latest contemporary / erotic romance, The Black Door, was released on 11th July by Tirgearr Publishing. It’s my third full-length novel, but certainly not my last.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. My first poem was published when I was 14, although I’d written it 4 years earlier. Since then I’ve had poetry and chapters published in anthologies, and I began working as a freelance writer in 2008.
I write because I can. It’s an outlet…

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Why I don’t use a pen name (but might one day)

Not long ago I was asked why I don’t use a pen name, especially as many contemporary / erotic writers do. It took me a while to come up with an answer, but I’ve finally thought of one and here it is. I don’t use a pen name, because I don’t have to. It really is as simple as that.

I know a lot of writers who choose to use one for a variety of reasons: They write to different genres, they don’t want the public to know who they really are (they don’t want “celebrity” status), and they don’t think their real name is suitable for their genre are among the most popular. And I completely support their choice to use a pen name. Heck, there are “writer acquaintances” that I have, and I don’t even know their real names!! It’s whatever is right for you. For me, I have no reason to use one.

Currently I only write to one genre – romance. Although the lines between contemporary and erotic are a bit blurry, it is still romance. So I don’t need readers to be able to differentiate between titles. If you pick up a book by me, you know it’s going to be a basic love story with plenty of sex. However, if I ever get this paranormal / fantasy idea onto paper, then I will choose a pen name.

I don’t care if the public know who I am. I’m not afraid of publicity. I don’t particularly want to be the centre of attention, and I don’t like crowds or being up on stage in front of an audience (an audience of 12 was enough to make me feel sick a few weeks ago), but I want to be able to hold my own interviews. I want my readers to put a face to my name. I’m not famous, I’m not a celebrity, I’m an average woman who has written a few books. I don’t have to worry about paparazzi hounding me, so why not let everyone see who I am? If my books go viral and I start earning a reputation or status, then I’ll hire a bodyguard.

Finally, my name is fine for romance. Charlotte Howard is a good name (or at least I think so). Slightly pretentious perhaps, but I didn’t choose it – my parents chose my first name, and being a traditional person, I took my husband’s name when we got married. I’m proud of who I am, and why shouldn’t I slap it on my work? I don’t want someone else taking the credit for the weeks / months / years of slogging my guts out!

Another question I get asked it about my children. I have two young children, and I often get asked if I’m worried about what they’ll think when they’re older, or what if one of them pick up my book and start reading it.

Firstly, I’m not worried what they’ll think. Yes, they might be slightly embarrassed when it comes to telling their friends “My Mum writes sex books”, but we’re an open-minded family and I don’t think it is something to be ashamed of. However, they will not be reading it until they are legally old enough – 35 in the mind of my husband.

My son (who is 5) knows I write books for grown-ups, and that’s all he needs to know. Not being a big reader, he’s simply not interested. My daughter, a little bookworm at nearly 7, knows the titles and is proud to tell her teachers and any other adult she meets that I’ve written SEVEN DIRTY WORDS and FOUR LETTER WORDS. She knows that they are books for grown ups because they have naughty words in them, and that she’s not allowed to read them, and she accepts that. So I don’t worry about her picking them up and reading any of them, because I know she won’t. Not yet.

So that is why I use my real name when I’m writing. I’m proud of who I am, and what I’ve accomplished, and I don’t feel the need to hide behind a pseudonym. One day, when it’s needed I will use a pen name. I have several ideas floating about my head, but for now, I like my name and plan on using it.


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Cover Reveal: One Night in San Francisco, by Cass Peterson

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City Nights: One Night in San Francisco by Cass Peterson


One Night in San Francisco

Blurb: Nicky and Liam have only twenty four short hours to find out if their instantaneous attraction can develop into something more than an electric mile-high fumble. San Francisco has everything they need to put their previous disastrous relationships behind them but when they lose touch with each other almost immediately, fate seems to have other ideas. As the precious hours tick away, Liam moves heaven and earth to find the woman of his (filthiest) dreams before she leaves the city. Will he get to her in time?

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About the Author: Cass Peterson is passionate about many things; her family, writing, chocolate, wine, cake, curry, gin, sunlit beaches, moonlit bedrooms and good novels to name but a few. At the moment she spends a good chunk of her time working on the day job, but she tries to fit the other passions in as often as possible. She is a cat lover, an all-weather walker, a reader and reviewer of contemporary romance and an enthusiastic cook. Cass likes to laugh, especially at Bill Bailey, Victoria Wood, Michael Palin and Eddie Izzard. She would happily live next door to any of these comedians.

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The Black Door – An Extract

Chapter One

Men. All the bloody same.
My mind traced back to the day I had given up on one-sided monogamous relationships.
The children were at school or work, and the sun was beating down. It was a glorious day, and I had decided to go home for lunch, rather than spend it in a stuffy office.
I pulled up outside the house and a fleeting thought passed through my mind when I saw Connor’s car sitting in the driveway. My husband of eighteen years had had the same idea.
I crept into the house, hoping to surprise him. But, it turned out that his idea had involved a slutty bottle-blonde.
I wanted to blame the events that followed on a red mist descending over me. The truth is that in the time it took for my mind to register that some tart was riding my husband in what I later found out was known as reverse cowgirl, my mind had calculated the necessary response.
The skank lost a good handful of bleached hair, roots and all. I allowed her to gather her clothes and watched as she tugged her pants on whilst running out of the house. If nothing else, the neighbours got a good show.
Connor yelled at me. But his words were drowned out by the blood pumping in my ears. I marched back up the stairs and into his little study. Opening the window, I saw Miss Slut stood in the middle of the road, screeching obscenities at me. I looked at the Ferrari in our driveway and smiled.
I think his Xbox enjoyed its first and final flying lesson as it sailed out of the window. The fact that it landed in the bonnet of his prized mid-life crisis proved that Karma does exist.
Connor. Holly.
I made a mental note of the two names at the top of my imaginary hit list.
I blinked and I was back in the boardroom.


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Guest Blog, Cathy Mansell

Cathy Mansell

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Member of Leicester Writers Club, Life President of Lutterworth Writers’ Group, member of NAWG, Just Write, Romantic Novelist Association and past president of Leicester Riverside Speakers club.

Cathy is an experienced writer of romantic fiction. Her early work was competition short stories and articles published in national magazines. She was Editor in Chief of the Leicestershire Anthology, ‘Taking Off’, a book promoted and supported by Arts Council UK.

In recent times Cathy has turned to writing full length novels that are set in Ireland/England in 19c. Having lived her childhood years in Ireland, all of her work has that touch of authenticity, faithfully depicting the lifestyle and hardship of Irish families in those days, together with the passions and emotions of her characters, when they become wound up in intricate criminal plots.

Readers of Cathy’s novels are transported to a distant time, with page turning tension, holding tears and laughter in equal measure.

Cathy debut novel, “Shadow across the Liffey,” was a finalist in the R.N.A.’s Joan Hessayon Award in 2013 and she was a contender in the TV programme Food Glorious Food with her recipe Cathy’s Crumbs Crumble.

Nowadays, Cathy lives in rural Leicestershire with her husband, where she writes daily in her ‘Loft Study’ overlooking fields and trees.

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I was born in Ireland, in the friendly neighbourhood of Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.  I grew up to be a robust and adventurous child, and I found all the fun and excitement I needed along the Dodder River.

When I was eleven, my family moved to Donnybrook, a short distance from Ballsbridge.  Here I spent my teenage years until I married at twenty-one.  My husband, Jim, was in the hosiery trade so; Leicester in the UK was the ideal place to move to.

Tragically, Jim died ten years later of leukaemia. It was a devastating blow when both my children, Jason and Sharon, were very young.  Life was tough, but life also works in mysterious ways.  Five years after the loss of my first husband, I found love again and married Dennis. I now have another daughter, Samantha.

Around that time I started to put pen to paper and published articles in newspapers and magazines.  I wrote children’s stories that were regularly broadcast on local radio.

I began writing fiction, romantic suspense, ten years ago, using my Irish background as a base. I found I enjoyed it and couldn’t stop. I’m now plotting my fifth novel.  Writing is now like a drug that I can’t live without.

I hail from a family of writers so; it was inevitable that I was always going to be a writer. My great aunt, Maryanne, was a storyteller and a published poet. She immigrated to the Bronx and while she was there, she wrote a poem for President Roosevelt and he replied to her by letter. We never found out what happened to that letter after she died.

My fourth novel “Where the Shamrock Grows “ is partly based on her life in America, and is due for release on 2nd. September.


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