Sun, sea, sand and hot, hot stories! #BeachHolidays #EroticRomance #eBooks #Mallorca

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I’ve just returned from a fabulous family holiday in Mallorca (or Majorca, however you want to spell it), and feel so relaxed it’s ridiculous. Not only did I get some quality time with Hubby and the two sproglings, but I also conquered a fear or two, and read FIVE book – count ’em, FIVE. Okay, so four of them were more novellas than full-on books, but they still count!

When we arrived at Iberostar Club Cala Barca, it was early evening and after we’d unpacked and eaten, we headed for the beach. The hotel is set in it’s own private Cala, and at sunset is so quiet and peaceful, and beautiful. While the kids paddled, I sat back on the sand and soaked it all in. For months I’d been planning this holiday, packing, ensuring passports and insurances were all up-to-date, having panic attacks about all sorts of possible scenarios (the kids drowning or being kidnapped being the two most common), and we were finally there. So far, no incidents.

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Before we left, I asked for recommendations to download onto my Kindle, and was inundated with suggestions. Kindle loaded with a range of books from erotica to paranormal, I settled myself into the holiday.

I have a fear of the sea – well not the sea per se, but being out of my depth with things touching my legs. It comes after a few incidents at the beach stemming back to my childhood, when holidaying in Wales I was playing in the sea and a big wave crashed over me, leaving me with worm-like eels in my hair. Follow that with a honeymoon in Mexico, snorkelling three miles off-shore, with heatstroke and nearly drowning, and my fear was set in. So while Hubby took the kids out to look at the pretty silver fish swimming over the rocks, I unfolded a towel and started working on my tan. I was soon joined by a shark (originally named Sharky by Boy-Child).

Over the period of three days I managed to read four books in Tirgearr Publishing’s City Nights Series, a series I have two books in myself. I read Rome, New Orleans, San Francisco and Amsterdam, and for a while Hubby thought he was married to my Kindle.

In between reading books, we moved around the hotel and tried various pools. But while the children swam and played, I read and drank. Club Cala Barca is an all-inclusive hotel and so plenty of cocktails were consumed, including a Caipirinha de Fresa and many, many Pina Coladas! Of course the children stuck to raspberry and cola slushies. Food was plentiful as well, and I think I may have consumed my weight in paella.

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During one day by the beach though, I was all on my own, reading my Kindle, when a ball came screaming through the air and landed by my side, narrowly missing my whiter-than-white stomach. The gorgeous dad who’d been playing with his son, apologised profusely, and inspiration struck! WIP5 is currently being worked on… This did not go down well with the family, who now not only believe they’ve lost me to my books, but also to my notepad. Well of course I always carry one with me, I am a writer after all!

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To apologise to the small-people, I decided to bite the bullet and get in the water. The pool was first. We found one close to the bars and restaurants, with a shallow end for me to dip my toe in. Bloody hell it was cold! But soon, I was splashing and playing with the children, book forgotten. We needed to dry off though, so I sent hubby into the pool, switched the Kindle back on and read book number 5 – a paranormal romance ‘Shadows of Jane’ by Amy Hale.

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And then came the conquering of fears. I really should try my hand at snorkelling. And I did! Complete with lilo to keep me afloat, and mask, I went out of my depth, stuck my head in the water and swam with the fishes. GO ME!

But the week is over now, and we’re back home. It took getting up at 4.30am, a 2 hour bus-journey, queuing at Palma, a 2 hour flight (delayed by an hour), and a 2 hour drive from Cardiff to Somerset, but we are home. I’m less white than I was – although unlike Girl-Child who goes brown just looking at the sun, I’m a red-head and it’s more a case of freckles joining together.

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And so begins work on WIP5, and planning next year’s holiday…

All reviews can be read on my latest blog: heartthrobs.wordpress.com 

The hotel review will be available on my TripAdvisor account shortly.

Find your perfect #summer #romance – #Amazon #Nook #Kobo #iBooks #Smashwords

Load up your e-reader, ready for the beach!

The summer holidays are in full-swing, and I am currently planning my trip to Majorca (3 weeks today!). One of the things at the top of my checklist is my Kindle, pre-loaded with books to read by the pool / on the beach / at the airport. I’m happily married, so I’m not after a real summer fling, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to find a book boyfriend or five to spend my holiday with!

Hubby is always moaning at me that my To-Be-Read (TBR) list is ridiculous – and he’s probably right – but this time of year is prime release time for authors. I’m no exception. I’ve had two new releases and one re-release this summer already. So while he’s at work, and the kids are busy enjoying themselves in the back garden, I’m sat on Amazon, fulfilling my one-click addiction.

Don’t risk being stranded with nothing to read! Follow one of the links below to find your perfect summer read, and possibly a new book boyfriend.

BUY LINKS:

Tirgearr Publishing

Totally Bound Publishing

Charlotte Howard – Author

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Smashwords

iBooks / Apple

Kobo

Barnes & Noble / Nook

Waterstones

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Mince Pies and Mulled Wine (18+ Only!)

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‘Tis the time to snuggle up on the sofa, in front of a roaring fire, with a good book, eating mince pies and drinking mulled wine. I can name several good books you could read over this jolly season, one of which you can read a snippet of below (18+ only!!). Now, while I make a mean mince pie, and love nothing more than mulled wine, unfortunately I don’t have an open fireplace. Or a closed one. I have radiators and drafty windows instead. Poor Santa has to send his elves over on Christmas Eve to pick up a “special key” so he can get in and leave the presents!

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My Cointreau Mince Pies

As I said, I make a mean mince pie, and I thought I’d share my secret with you today… The secret is… Cointreau. Rather than using a general shortcrust pastry recipe, I make a rich, sweet pastry with sugar and egg yolks as well as flour & butter. But while it’s all mixing together, I add a couple of shots of Cointreau into the dough, and grated orange peel. On top of that, I add some more Cointreau into the mincemeat, and once they’re cooked, sprinkle them with icing sugar. DELICIOUS.

One Night in Edinburghby Charlotte Howard - 200

Need a good book? Try One Night in Edinburgh…

Oh yes, that good book… Ready for an excerpt?

Excerpt (18+ ONLY!):

  Ethan watched as Chloe walked in front of him towards the black limo. Her ass was so round and firm, perfect in that pair of tight jeans. He wondered if she realised how tempting she looked. Probably not, he decided. She was a complete airhead, but there was something about her that had drawn him in. He’d always been a sucker for the damsel in distress type.
They got into the car and he sank back into the seat, taking out his phone. With a glance to the side, he could see his mysterious maiden staring out of the window.
He fired a quick text to his personal assistant.
Get me a room at the Radisson Blu, Edinburgh. Now.
“Is this your car then?” she asked.
He looked up to see large green eyes questioning his intentions.
“It’s a company car,” he explained. “I get to use it when I’m here.”
“So you do come to Edinburgh a lot then,” she said with a teasing smile.
“I guess you could say that.” He stretched his arms across the back of the seat and his legs out in front of him. It was good not to be cramped into such a small space like he had been on the plane. He made a mental note to insist on either a first class train carriage, or a private flight next time.
His guest didn’t seem as comfortable. She had scrunched herself next to the privacy window between them and the driver, but her posture did nothing to hide her figure. His cock twitched at the thought of running his fingers over her luscious curves. There was a desperate desire filling him that was so blinding he hadn’t realised he’d moved until he could feel the soft skin of her elbow against his fingertips.

Buy Links:

Kindle US

Kindle UK

Apple

Nook

Kobo

Smashwords

Living in a Disney Bubble

For four days I did exactly that. Everything was perfect, everybody was happy and friendly, everyone got their happily ever after. Then we came home. Boy am I knackered!

I’m afraid to say that I didn’t get much reading done – perhaps a couple of chapters on the train – because walking from park to park, queuing for hours on end, and staying up until 11.30pm to watch the fireworks display was exhausting. To be fair, we only stayed up to watch the fireworks once, but it was enough! As soon as my head hit the pillow – Zzzzzzzz.

We did have fun though. Despite the 110 minute wait to get on Ratatouille (we walked away, went on something else, and came back when it was down to 50 minutes), despite being scaring the kids half to death with a couple of ride (what? They wanted to go on them…), despite spending close to £500 on snacks, lunch, and souvenirs (we were half-board), we had fun.

But I have to say that I’m glad to be home. I just wish that I hadn’t opened my emails and seen the 160 replies, 15 guest blogs and 5 interviews that needed doing so soon… Is it bedtime yet?

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?