Tomorrow is the day…

City Nights: One Night in Edinburgh

IS RELEASED TOMORROW!!

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It’s all over Facebook and Twitter that tomorrow is an important day in publishing, because Sylvia Day’s next Crossfire novel is out, and I am just as excited as the other Gideon Cross fans. But, for me, tomorrow is more important because it is also the release date of my first short erotic story, One Night in Edinburgh, a part of Tirgearr Publishing’s City Night series.

It was a challenge to write. The brief was to pick a city, anywhere in the world that hasn’t been a part of the series already, and write a short story / novella of around 25k words. It must be a contemporary erotic tale that takes place over a period of 12 – 24 hours. I already knew that I would choose Edinburgh. It’s one of my favourite cities to visit, and I have some great memories of time spent there. The problem was to have a whole day spread over 25,000 words! If you’ve read any of my other books you’ll know that a day usually takes up two or three chapters, perhaps four or five depending on the scene. That works out around 7,500 words – nowhere near the 25k guideline!

Once I sat down and thought about the story though, it flowed. I wrote the entire first draft in the space of three days. It took a while longer to edit and polish, but by the end of the month I had a novella that I was happy to submit.

The Story:

The story centres around Chloe Shade, who has travelled to Edinburgh in order to meet with a potential client. Lowe ‘n Beholden are one of the adult shops, and Chloe’s company is desperate to get their line of sex toys stocked with them. Unfortunately the travel arrangements didn’t take Chloe’s fear of flying into account. It’s on the plane that she meets Ethan, a sexy American who takes her completely by surprise. It’s not long before Chloe is seduce by his charm and ends up in his car, bed, and everywhere else he can get her. But there are bigger surprises to come and Chloe will have 24 hours to make some life-changing decisions.

Review:

“This is a short erotica novella that will only take most readers about an hour to read, but it is packed with hot and steamy scenes of making love….

…Considering how much had to be done for the set up and plot, then adding in the needed love scenes (because all good romances these days have hot private times written in), I believe the author has done an outstanding job with this tale. Charlotte Howard has a talent for storytelling and I will be keeping a close eye on her in the future.”

Read the full review by Huntress Reviews here.

Buy Links:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Smashwords

Smashwords Series Link

Apple iBook

Kobo

Nook

Tirgearr Publishing

Charlotte’s Website

Book Release: THE BURLINGTON MANOR AFFAIR by Saskia Walker

 THE BURLINGTON MANOR AFFAIR by Saskia Walker

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A legendary family estate.

A mutual longing.
A bargain struck.

Carmen Shelby wants what’s been left to her—the valuable estate that she once called home. Rex Carruthers is the heir to Burlington Manor, a ruthless playboy who enjoys playing games, and all he wants is for Carmen to surrender. There can be only one winner…

“Walker deftly spins a captivating tale that will have readers holding their collective breath until the last page is turned.”—Publishers Weekly on The Libertine

“Saskia Walker is one on the top erotic writers of the millennium.” – Alison Tyler

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Buy links:

Amazon UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00IPKBI2G/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=B00IPKBI2G&linkCode=as2&tag=lucyfelthouse-21

Amazon com:

http://www.amazon.com/Burlington-Manor-Affair-Mills-Spice-ebook/dp/B00IPKBI2G/ref=la_B001IXUBI4_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397646234&sr=1-1

Direct from Harlequin US:

http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=51765  (only $3.99 direct price)

All romance ebooks:  https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-theburlingtonmanoraffair-1457132-149.html

Direct Mills and Boon UK: http://www.millsandboon.co.uk/the-burlington-manor-affair  (out now)

“As the kiss deepened, her body trembled—which only made his grip on her tighten. He wanted to keep his little bird…make her sing out with pleasure.” –The Burlington Manor Affair, Saskia Walker

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Excerpt:

“The trouble with this arrangement,” Rex commented as he walked across the room, “is that I’m enjoying it rather too much.” He watched her reaction.

Carmen stopped dead, standing on the patterned rug in the middle of the room. “What are you saying?”

Rex sat down in a winged armchair.  “For a month you do everything I want, every weekend, absolutely anything and everything.” He paused, allowing his message to sink in. “And in return for that you get my half of the property.”

“I told you I’d pay.”

Those eyes of hers, such defiance. How delicious it was to see her fire.

“That won’t be necessary. You will have earned every tiny part of the property by the time I hand it over. Don’t worry about the money.”

She knotted her fingers together. “You’re trying to embarrass me. That wasn’t part of the bargain.”

“I don’t agree. Mostly because I don’t seem to have to try very hard before you get embarrassed. I think you’re embarrassment trigger and your arousal trigger are very close together.” He lifted his shoulders in a shrug. “I can’t help that, and neither can you.”

She pressed her lips together. She was clearly annoyed, and yet he could also see that she was acutely aroused. The hands-on treatment he’d given her out in the grounds had her poised for action. She was taut and watchful, barely waiting to be instructed.

Rex took a deep breath and savored the heady atmosphere of sexual anticipation.

When she noticed, she hissed as if in objection.

Rex lifted an eyebrow. She lowered her eyelids, but watched him from beneath her lashes. Rex laughed. Had Carmen Shelby always had these withheld submissive desires? It hadn’t been obvious before, of that he was certain. And the constant battle she was having with her needs—was that part of the package? Or was this dilemma of hers because she’d revealed her trigger to him, perhaps inadvertently? Whatever the reason, neither of them could put it back in the box now. No way. Now that he knew her little kinks and foibles he intended to play them out to their full extent.

“So what is the problem?” she demanded after he left her standing there in silence while he admired her.

“A month might not be enough.”

She glared at him.

“It’s day two and I’m loving every moment,” he continued. “Seems such a shame to put an end date on it.”

“You’re winding me up.”

“I’m being honest.” He was. This was too good.

“In which case you lied to me. If you don’t intend to stand up to your end of the deal, I’m walking out of here right now, and if I have to do that I promise you I will only deal with you through a solicitor!”

Angry Carmen was hellishly hot.

“Is this the ballsy businesswoman speaking now, or are you saying you can’t handle more than a month of this?”

Her eyes blazed.

“Seriously, aren’t you enjoying our time together?”

“You know I am, in some weird fucked-up way.” She folded her arms across her chest. “But I want a limit on it, for the sake of my sanity.”

Sanity? What did that really mean? He’d find out, all in good time. He knew he’d pushed her on the terms. “Fair enough. I suppose I’ll have to stick to my word.”

“It’s only sex,” she blurted, as if it was an afterthought.

“It is…and I must say I’m liking these kinky sex games of yours.”

“Mine?”

“Yes. Yours. Okay, let’s begin.”

She rolled her eyes.

“I’d like you to prove to me how much you want the house and how hard you’d work to get it.”

“Now you really are trying to humiliate me.”

“Not at all. You said it made it easier for you when I took charge. Although I do think there’s a part of you that likes that…the humiliation.”

Oh, how her cheeks flamed.

Rex smiled. “Strip for me.”

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Long bio:

Award-winning British author Saskia Walker first dreamed of writing her own stories when she discovered a handful of romance novels stashed away in her school library. An avid reader, she lapped up the adventures and the life-affirming emotion of these stories, but always felt dismay when the bedroom door closed the reader out. She vowed that in her stories all the passion would be right there on the page!

Saskia began writing in the late 1990s. By that time she’d traveled the world, gained a B.A. in art history, an M.A. in literature and the visual arts and she’d worked in several diverse careers—but the stories in her head simply had to be written.

It is the combination of potent eroticism and strong storytelling that has become the leading characteristic of Saskia’s work. Fascinated with seduction, she loves to explore how and why we get from saying “hello” to sharing our most intimate selves in moments of extreme passion. She writes across genres, often incorporating elements of history, the paranormal and the fantastic in her work. As well as many novel- and novella-length publications, Saskia’s work has now appeared in more than seventy international anthologies. Her debut novel received the Passionate Plume award for the Best Contemporary Erotic Romance of 2006, and two of her novels have been nominated for a RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award.

Nowadays Saskia is happily settled in Yorkshire, in the north of England, with her real-life hero, Mark, and a houseful of stray felines. You can visit her website for more info.

http://www.saskiawalker.co.uk

https://twitter.com/saskiawalker

http://www.saskiawalker.blogspot.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/saskia.walker.965

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/saskiawalker_news/info

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/104558.Saskia_Walker

 

What does it take to open a bookshop?

I have been self-employed for nearly 5 years as a freelance writer. Unfortunately it doesn’t bring in enough to support a family, and while my husband does work full-time, he would like to pursue a career as a self-employed photographer. Our son is due to start school in September, and so the subject of me going back to work has cropped up a number of times. But, I don’t like the idea of going to work for someone else so have been looking at other options. One of these options includes opening my own bookshop.

Now this is where all my Indie friends decide they hate me. You know that person who only buys books from Amazon, WH Smiths, Waterstones or eBay, charity shops and carboot sales? Yeah… That’s me… Sorry!! However, I do know that Indie bookshops in my area are few and far between, and most of those that are around only sell second-hand, antique, or Christian related books. So getting my brand new contemporary romance in there, well… It ain’t happening. There are a few nearby, but you’re talking 5 miles and a drive to find them. (I know 5 miles doesn’t sound all that far, but when you live in the back end of beyond…) All of this is why I ask the question: “What does it take to open a bookshop in the UK?”

I know the basics of self-employment and running your own business thanks to a college course in business management, and having spent the past 5 years filling in self-employment forms, sorting out tax, and dealing with HMRC. But what about the cost of running a bookshop? That’s where I come unstuck. I have no funds that I am able to risk, which is a big part of starting a new business. Risk. Will it work? Won’t it? And that’s where the next list of questions come from.

I am hopeless at sales. I couldn’t sell toffee to children. There is a reason I only lasted a few days in a sales office before being moved to customer services. I am crap. When it comes to retail sales, I’m fine, but selling myself to the public, or a business idea to a bank manager… Nah. Thankfully I have a husband who is good at sales so I suppose I could use him… I digress.

Time. Do I have time? Yes and no. I’m a busy Mum, with children who do afterschool clubs, and I volunteer for the local Rainbows group as part of the Girl Guiding Association. But during the day I’m free. Almost. Plus, if I was in a bookshop with access to a laptop then at least I can write during the quiet periods. That’s the theory anyway.

Looks like I already know the basics of what is required. So I guess the true question is: “Where do I find the funds from?!”