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Meet Charlotte E Hart and Mr White

One thing that has struck me since stepping into the world of writing, is how supportive other authors are. Charlotte is one of those authors who champions others and I’m very pleased to call a friend. I got to ask her some fun questions a few weeks ago, to celebrate the imminent release of her latest book, Absorbing White.

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Firstly, a few questions to get to know Charlotte…

Favourite book?

CEH: Oh Lordy. I’ve been asked this question so many times and the simple answer is I haven’t got one, currently. There are far too many. However, if I was to name something that inspired me, or made me really believe in reading and the virtues of it, it would be The Silver Brumby Series by Elyne Mitchell. They were the first real books I chose and read all on my own when I was a child, and I still love them today.

Favourite drink?

CEH: Gin. Oh, do you mean every day? Coffee, I meant coffee. As if I’d drink Gin daily *winks

Your perfect weekend getaway?

CEH: I love city breaks. I’m not a huge fan of idling anywhere unless it involves a bustling street and coffee. If I could get to New York every weekend I would. There’s nothing quite like noise to make my brain a little clearer.

The White Trilogy books to-date have been dark and sexy with a lot going on. Way past the average boy meets girl, boy seduces girl, erotic tale. Did you plan the full story when you started writing or did it develop as you wrote?

CEH: No, no clue at all. It just came to some degree. I did know it would be complex because Mr White is anything but easy, and I wanted to write something people would have to get involved in, but I didn’t expect it to be quite so deep I suppose. I guess my love of Agatha Christie and Dan Brown crept in on me and made me write something other than just an erotic novel.

I get the feeling we haven’t seen all of Mr White’s dark side yet! What have you got in store for book 3, Absorbing White?

CEH: He really is a pain in the, well, you know…. His complexities make him a difficult man to love, and his past makes it even more difficult for Beth to accept him. But, in reality, he’s not been a very nice man, has he? And I can promise you he continues to not be very nice, depending on your point of view. The main issue is his constant pull back to the dark, the place he feels no moral restriction, his comfort zone really. His colours are all out there already, it just all depends on who steers his conscience most, and what positons he’s put in to challenge that conscience. After all, it’s the situations that determine what our behaviour needs to be, isn’t it? And as you said, his dark side is always there waiting for use.

What’s been your biggest influence when writing Beth and Alex?

CEH: Past experiences. Both characters hold an element of me inside them to some degree, the light and the dark so to speak. Their journey together comes from two completely differing standpoints, and as they try to find their way towards each other I feel myself writing past experiences into them, the hurdles, the give and take, the acceptance of another opinion. I think we all find something of ourselves in a character, that’s how they find us.

Who’s POV is easier to write? I know that Alex is often ‘talking to you’ but what about Beth or Conner?

CEH: Conner, who couldn’t write Conner? He’s an utter gent isn’t he? A sweety in bad boy clothing. He’s easy to write because he’s the decent one, the honest, reliable big brother type. Beth comes reasonably easy too, she’s such a strong girl and getting stronger by the day. I love that she constantly wants to prove that Alex is decent under all that exterior, that he is worthy of being loved. And I always look forward to Mr Van Der Braacks scenes, he’s where all the naughtiness flows from. I simply can’t help myself with him. However, if I’m really honest, it’s Alex I love writing. He flows out of me and pours onto the page. All his deviances, his nastiness, his inner loathing, it all manifests itself somehow and keeps me from falling into sappy happy ever afters. Which I generally don’t enjoy too much. Not that I’m saying anything there!

Alex isn’t your typical fantasy hero boyfriend. He’s a very very bad boy. What is it about the bad boy persona that holds so much appeal for us?

CEH: You want a dull man? Or woman for that matter?

We all want something that’s a little bit off the leash really, don’t we? It’s in our human nature to move on, find the stronger, braver, bigger boy, and accept the animal inside him. Perhaps challenge ourselves with the unattainable and relish our self-importance when we get them. The problem is that in this world we live in we have now overridden that natural human instinct to seek that which is strongest, we simply no longer need too. We have become happy to relax in the confines of suburban bliss and tolerate the inadequacies of our partners because we no longer hunt, fish, or maybe even kill to survive. We have adapted, evolved.

Unfortunately with this evolution of human behaviour comes drudgery and boredom, possibly even compliancy, and definitely the thought “Is this it?”.

Harsh, isn’t it? But mostly true, I think.

Books, and the fantasies within them, give us a chance to disregard reality. They give us an opportunity to believe we could have that very bad man and tame them to some degree without care to the consequence of our morals or hearts. That there’s a place where going back to our base instincts, and revelling in them, is okay, it’s safe, and the truth is it won’t damage our real life that way, will it?

Lessons to learn, it think.

What has been your favourite scene in the first two books? Either to write or to read?

CEH: Oh wow. Can I say all of it? Probably not. Ermm…

I adored writing the business lunch in Seeing White where Beth meets him for the first time, the outcome of that meeting was so typically Beth and it really made me giggle. The time at the club where Belle and Beth get drunk and try their hand at pole dancing had me crying with laughter in Feeling White, of course I then ruined it with something horrible, but then that’s me, sorry. I also loved writing the highly violent scene in Feeling White where Alex goes back to his old lifestyle for her. I can’t say anything else without giving that away, but writing that scene actually felt like I was there with him, like I could smell it and touch the ground beneath his feet, rub my hands in the soil and feel the lack of emotion involved in such a thing. It made me feel very close to actually being him.

And of course the sex, all of the sex, I love writing their differing POV’s during those scenes.

The trilogy is nearly complete with Absorbing White releasing soon. Will this tie up all of those sub-plots you’ve been building over the last instalments?

CEH: Ermm…. You’ve asked me this before. (I have! I may have quizzed her on the plot as well!)

From the moment I realised this was going to be a trilogy I always intended to tie up all sub plots. And for a while I stayed true to that. However there are parts of the three books that contain certain elements of the secondary characters lives, certain things that I simply can’t tie up in these three books. So I suppose I’ll have to write more books about those characters and what the future, and past, holds/held for them.

As far as the main plots go, yes, I will defiantly tie those in together and leave most questions answered. I’d hate to make it that easy though, so you never know what I might drop in at the last minute, or rather what he might drop in.

I truly believe that when you write such complex characters and lives you can’t just close the door on them, it’s unfair, and quite a disturbing thought really. I also doubt Mr White will ever stop talking to me regardless of how loud Mr Van Der Braack shouts, and I’d hate him too to be honest, I have too much love for him to let him go any time soon.

Any sneaky bits of Absorbing White you want to share?

CEH: Nope. Sorry, not sorry. Good job you’re one of my harlots, isn’t it? *winks.

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I’m currently offering Seeing and Feeling White up for grabs in my November Giveaway. Enter here. Or if you don’t want to risk it, get your hands on them today…

Seeing White – Amazon.co.uk   |   Amazon.com

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Feeling White – Amazon.co.uk   |   Amazon.com

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Absorbing White –   Amazon.co.uk   |   Amazon.com

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More – Read 4 Review event

I’m so pleased to invite you to take part in the Read 4 Review event for More: The Evermore Series (Book1). 

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If you’d like to take part you can sign up here: http://eepurl.com/by3TmL

You’ll be sent everything you need to know, including an ARC copy. All participants who leave a review on Amazon will be entered to win one of five signed paperbacks of More, a $10 Amazon gift card or a $25 Amazon gift card.

In case you need a little reminder…

Miserable and dejected in her marriage, Isabel Fields encounters a stranger in a bar promising an opportunity to change her life. Nonetheless, she must make a decision she thought was reserved for other women. 

Sexual dominant, Sebastian York, specializes in igniting passion in his lovers, but women always come and go, and he’s never had a woman to call his own.

Leading Izzy, a natural submissive, on a journey of sexual awakening, their casual arrangement soon grows too confining. Seb satisfies everything Izzy has craved and she instinctively bows to his dominant personality, fulfilling his every desire.

Their casual arrangement ignites Isabel’s long-buried passion and touches her heart, but Izzy struggles with the emotional turmoil that plagues her soul.

Sacrifices will have to be made by both, putting their love to the test. Izzy stands to lose the marriage she dedicated years of her life to, but has a chance to gain a relationship she’s always longed for. All depends on whether Sebastian proves to be the love of Izzy’s life, or leaves her wanting more…

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Author Interview for More: The Evermore Series (Book 1)

The lovely Stephy from Troll River Publications asked me a few questions to help get to know more about my new release. I hope you enjoy!

  1. You seemed to have been able to reach into the minds of unsatisfied married women everywhere. What was your inspiration for Izzy, Seb and “More”?

I love reading, especially books in the erotic romance genre. I often get swept up in the fantasy of what these romances portray and I love the escapism that they provide me. However, I wanted to feel like these fantasies, these stories, could happen.

Unfortunately, adultery, divorce or un-happy relationships are a common aspect of life. If you haven’t been effected directly by it, the likelihood is, you know someone who has. While I don’t condone Izzy’s actions in the book (I’d like to say I am happily married!), I think there are elements that are very relatable to women everywhere.

We’ve all fantasied over the tall, dark and handsome (please add your own physical traits to suit) stranger, whisking us off our feet and showering us with love and affection. That remains in my story. It’s just a little more real.

I was also sure that I wanted Izzy and Seb to have to fight. That it wouldn’t be an easy relationship and that simple and often small things could unsettle them, again, much like real life.

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  1. Will there be a sequel?

Oh yes! I’m finishing it off at the moment. Izzy and Seb’s journey isn’t over yet.

  1. What are you writing after that?

Well, there are a few projects underway but I will be continuing with The Evermore Series. Jess will be getting her story soon. In fact, I’m really excited to get to her. I had only originally planned to write Izzy and Seb. Then one evening, stuck in traffic, Jess’ whole romance came to me. I had to dictate it into a voice memo on my phone as I didn’t want to forget it.

  1. What kind of Dom is Seb?

Seb has a line in More, where he tells Izzy that he considers himself a considerate Dom. For me, I wanted him to have authority but also have a likeable side. Not too intimidating. He’s also got his own flaws. One thing about this story that I wanted to come through was that the characters aren’t perfect. I wanted it to feel grounded in real life. A Dom who has struggled to find his perfect match, in and out of the bedroom. That’s how i’ve pictured Seb. Confident and successful, but with something missing in his life.

It’s all part of the fantasy of it. That there is this amazing man out there ready to swoop in and rescue you and offer you everything you’ve ever dreamed of!

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  1. What traits do you think are needed for a relationship to work?

Love, understanding and communication. Oh and laughter! We see Izzy struggle in her relationship and a lot of that can be put down to her issues with communication. Sometimes it can be hard. Relationships aren’t easy but those four things will certainly help.

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  1. What would you say to all those on Ashley-Madison?

I find it quite amusing that there’s even a dating sight for married people. ‘Life is short. Have an affair.’ Really?? If you’re that un-happy in your marriage, then talk to your partner and try to sort it out. An affair isn’t going to be your answer.

And if your name was leaked, serves you right!

cropped-FB-Banner-Final.jpgMore: The Evermore Series (Book 1) will be released 25th September. 

Read 4 Review

If you like what you’ve read so far, you can take part in my Read 4 Review event by signing up here: http://eepurl.com/by3TmL

You’ll be sent everything you need to know, including an ARC copy. All participants who leave a review on Amazon will be entered to win one of five signed paperbacks of More, a $10 Amazon gift card or a $25 Amazon gift card.

In case you need a little reminder…

Miserable and dejected in her marriage, Isabel Fields encounters a stranger in a bar promising an opportunity to change her life. Nonetheless, she must make a decision she thought was reserved for other women. 

Sexual dominant, Sebastian York, specializes in igniting passion in his lovers, but women always come and go, and he’s never had a woman to call his own.

Leading Izzy, a natural submissive, on a journey of sexual awakening, their casual arrangement soon grows too confining. Seb satisfies everything Izzy has craved and she instinctively bows to his dominant personality, fulfilling his every desire.

Their casual arrangement ignites Isabel’s long-buried passion and touches her heart, but Izzy struggles with the emotional turmoil that plagues her soul.

Sacrifices will have to be made by both, putting their love to the test. Izzy stands to lose the marriage she dedicated years of her life to, but has a chance to gain a relationship she’s always longed for. All depends on whether Sebastian proves to be the love of Izzy’s life, or leaves her wanting more…

 

 

 

Cover Reveal – Undertow – A new release in erotic romance

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My first short story and my first cover reveal – OMG!

Undertow is a collection of four short hot and steamy romances. Get ready to meet Cole, Aeron, Bret and Max. Four very… interesting men.

I loved writing The Break. As a newbie writer, putting pen to paper for characters other than those from my Evermore series was daunting. I’m so pleased with this little story and hope you enjoy it.

Undertow is available on Amazon now. My email subscribers will receive The Break for FREE. Just sign up here.

The Break isn’t the only novella you’ll get to enjoy in Undertow. If you’re not already familiar with the other fabulous authors then go check them out. Kris Michaels, Elizabeth SaFleur and Patricia A Knight.

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Dear Readers,

Welcome to a Troll River Publication collection of short stories. This is the perfect introduction to some of the lovely authors in our romance group. Their styles are unique to them. But whether in the far distant future on an alien planet, jostling down the streets of Regency London in a carriage or fighting the congestion of modern Washington D.C. traffic, their stories share a common theme: strong heroes, hot sex and happily-ever-afters.

I’ve put together a sampler box of their short stories that are perfect for those lazy days at the beach, or poolside, when you want something to read that’s not too heavy, never sad and guaranteed to end well. So, slather on the sunscreen, slip those sunglasses on and let us entertain you.

Warm regards,

Stephanie McKibben
Troll River Publications


 Blurbs and Excerpts 


Backwater Blessing
by Kris Michaels

Blurb:
When Cole, Mr. FBI, and Logan, local cop and reigning Ice Princess, hook up to solve a case of Mississippi corruption at the highest judicial levels, sparks fly. Their attraction is hotter than the sultry southern sun. She wants to hate him—but she can’t. And Cole would never commit career suicide by staying in a backwater Mississippi town…not for any woman…especially not for Isabella Logan Church.

Excerpt:
A single eyebrow arched and a small smile tugged up the corner of Cole’s mouth. Logan leaned forward and brushed her lips against his. He held still and that control won him some points in her book. The Fed had restraint. The question was how much?

Deliberately she pushed her bikini clad breasts against his hard muscled chest and lifted her hand to caress his cheek.

“If you are worrying about me being able to sell it…don’t. I don’t have to like you to act like I am making love to you.” Her purred words sounded breathless and needy even to her own ears. She turned and walked out of the cabin before she did something stupid. Like crawl up his big sexy body and kiss him until his federal reserve broke.

 

The Break
by Rachel De Lune

Blurb:

When Victoria Abbott makes the hard journey back to her quaint, seaside hometown in Wales, she’s unprepared for the guilt that claws at her. At the same time, she’s instantly calmed by being on the sands where she spent time as a child. Her self-imposed rules never before gave her a shot at true happiness and she’s not sure if she can face a second chance. But when she walks into Aeron Morgan’s life, all that changes.

Aeron Morgan has all he wants from life. A financially successful business and the house of his dreams sitting on the cliff overlooking Oxwich bay. Until Victoria Abbott walks into sight. Not content with a one night stand, he wants Victoria to accept him and his darkest desires, forcing her to become the woman he knows is under her suit of armor. With her independence on the line Victoria grapples with choosing her dreams over what she’s worked so hard for all her life.

Excerpt:
I tease my skirt a little higher, revealing some flesh before slipping the first button on the front of my dress. Without knowing, I chose the perfect outfit. Once the second button is free, I look up at Aeron. Lust gleams from his eyes, and they drink in the body I’m slowly revealing to him, button by button.

I slink closer, standing a fraction out of reach as I undo the last button. I slip the dress slowly off my shoulders and let it drop to my feet. I step out, and close the final gap between us. He straightens and once more he sweeps my body with lust filled eyes. I take a breath and unhook the back of my bra and slip it off my shoulders. Hooking the sides of my thong, I inch my knickers down my legs as seductively as possible. The appreciation on Aeron’s face is all I need to bolster my confidence. I bend down, collect my knickers from the floor and strut to him. Dangling them over his lap, I drop them.

“Straddle me.” Aeron’s smoky voice is deeper than before. My little strip show has definitely affected him. The knowledge he is aroused spurs me on. Swinging my leg to sit on his lap, I position myself on his thighs. He has a clear view of my pussy. He hasn’t tried to touch me. His hands remain firmly by his side. I’m amazed… and disappointed.

“Make yourself come for me. I’m going to watch you come undone on my lap before I take you.”

 

Riptide
by Elizabeth SaFleur

Blurb:
Cheated on, dumped and fired—all by the same man—Ava Hollins’ only goal on her Caribbean vacation was to forget men existed. When she wins hot, wealthy, resort owner, Bret Wright, during a charity “man auction,” she’s not sure what to do with her suddenly acquired “love slave.” Fortunately, for Ava, Bret knows exactly what to do with her.

Excerpt:
Bret kept his eyes on Ava’s face as he looped two lengths of rope around her rib cage, one on the fleshy mound of her breasts, the other underneath. A gentle yank and the two pieces squeezed her breasts outward. The rough rope bit into her skin, and her breathing sped up.

“If you ever feel dizzy, tell me,” he said.
All she could do was nod. Her power of speech had fled.

“If it comes to it, I’ll cut the rope. Do you understand?”

“Yes.” She barely breathed the word. She tuned into the full length of his body now pressed closer against her, as if he meant to keep her steady and present. Even with rope biting into her skin, she loved being this close to his body. And, what a body. Even clothed she could tell some serious muscle lived behind those pants and shirt.

More pulls around her ribcage shifted her focus. She dropped her chin, fascinated by the beautiful knot he’d formed on her sternum. The ends dangled, tickling her belly. He lifted her chin and looked deeply into her eyes. Keep your eyes on me, they transmitted.
Yes, sir.

His hands returned to their work. In seconds he had her wrists crossed and tied together with another short length of rope. He tugged her closer. She blinked but didn’t dare break his gaze. He sealed his lips to hers, and his tongue moved slowly while his capable hands explored her body, fingers slipping under the ropes as if checking the level of restriction.

He released her mouth. She felt more, gentle, scratching pulls on the rope. A downward glance revealed her chest and belly encased in an intricate diamond pattern make of jute. She inhaled deeply, testing the restriction of her rope top. Could she get out of it, if needed? She expanded her chest again. No, I can’t. Moisture gathered between her legs in response. She looked back up at his face, now tilted in question. Without him having to ask, she knew what he sought.

“Amazing,” she said.

He smiled. “I’m glad you appreciate my work.”

The relief in his eyes spurred her courage. “Will you do more?” she asked.

“Oh yes, baby. So much more.”

 

Undertow
by Patricia A. Knight

Blurb:
Former Army Ranger, Max Harper, didn’t know the young woman playing fetch on the beach with his therapy dog—but he wanted to. From his first meeting with Holiday Jones, her fresh beauty and soft heart swept him away. The wounded veteran knew he wanted forever with Holiday. There was just one small problem. She thinks he’s someone he’s not. When his down-to-earth Holiday learns who Max really is, love might not be enough—for no matter how generous a woman’s heart, it’s difficult to forgive deception.
Excerpt:
After he covers Miss Kitty and her surrounding cast in white foam, Max sits back and inspects the area he’s prepped. He rinses his hands in the water bowl, dries them on the sofa cushions and then selects a razor as if he were an open-heart surgeon selecting a scalpel.

I wiggle a little and whimper, “Max, pleeease, finger fuck me…please, please, finger fuck me.”
He shoots me a happy little smile, flourishes the razor and begins gently scraping my groin with the care of a jeweler faceting a diamond. My inner slut gets on stage and shouts cuss words. I have no excuses. She has a potty-mouth. By the time Miss Kitty is as bald as Vin Diesel, Max has teased me to the brink of orgasm. The soft strokes that almost touch my clit are the worst. When Max finishes and drops the third razor in the water bowl and rinses his hands, I could come if he breathed on me. Max simply grins, parts my swollen lower lips with his thumbs, and exposes my aching clit. “God damn, Holiday. You’re so pretty.” He holds me with an intent stare and gravely announces, “Rangers lead the way,” before closing his lips and tongue over my clit and sucking gently.

I go off like the A-bomb dropped on Hiroshima in those old newsreels from WWII. Yeah. That could have been me. When I regain conscious thought, Snafu is raising a ruckus at the door, barking and scratching to be let in, and Max slumps on the ottoman in front of me with a look of gloating male satisfaction.

“I woke the dog?”

“You were pretty loud, babe.”

“Did I scream your name?”
He gravely shakes his head. “No, babe. You didn’t scream my name and you know what that means.”

My eyes widen.

“We have to do it again.”

Max kept his promise.


Disclaimer – the final manuscripts are still being edited so some language may change. 

June 2015

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A Lovely treat!

If you have read my previous post Thank the Holiday’s for Holiday Ties, you’ll know that Elizabeth SaFleur holds a special place in my heart.

She releases her first full length novel Lovely in January and to wet your appetite she’s shared this book trailer!

 

You can order Lovely here:

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Elizabeth SaFleur

Elizabeth SaFleur is an erotic romance author who is finally sharing what simmers in her imagination—lots of alpha males, seductive encounters, and love. For many years she lived and worked in her novels’ setting, Washington, D.C., in public relations. In her thirty-year career, she represented or encountered some of the city’s powerful insiders.

Elizabeth now writes, tweets and posts under her pseudonym, Elizabeth SaFleur, since her former clients might be a little shocked at their past PR counselor’s new career choice. Then again, perhaps they would fear they provided inspiration. (She has sworn secrecy.)

Her series, the Elite Doms of Washington, is contemporary erotic romance for the progressive woman—unafraid and unencumbered by society’s boundaries.

Lovely, the first novel in the series debuting in January 2015, was inspired one sunny day at an outside café in Washington Harbor where Elizabeth swore she witnessed a woman being lashed to a sailboat mast, happily. Lovely’s hero, Jonathan Brond, was born that day when he silently answered her unspoken question, “does she like that?” with yet another question: “Would you like to find out?”

Today Elizabeth shares twenty-eight, wildlife-filled acres in Central Virginia with her husband and dog, and is sometimes separated from her laptop to indulge in dance classes and visits to wineries and hiking trails with friends. She lives by one quote: “If you really want to be happy, nobody can stop you.”

Elizabeth is a member of the Romance Writers Association, the Washington Romance Writers, and avid reader of all fiction genres, but especially books with a happily-ever-after ending. Visit www.ElizabethSaFleur.com to drop her a note.

Author Website: http://www.elizabethsafleur.com/

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