Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Charlotte Howard: One Night in Edinburgh

While Charlotte Howard now calls Somerset, England home, she was actually born in Oman and spent her youth traveling between there and Scotland. She says she's always been a writer, and that's easy to believe, given her youthful travels and experience with various cultures. Charlotte has written poetry over the years, and now has three published novels to her credit.

When Charlotte visited us in July this year, we helped her welcome The Black Door, and erotic romance about a recently divorced woman with children who's finding it challenging to make ends meet. At 40, she struggles at work, as younger staff with more energy, and time, threaten her job security. When her boss gives her an account for an adult shop, her curiosity is piqued when she discovered the private club behind the black door in the shop.

Today, Charlotte steps up her game with her next release. This one is part of the City Nights series from Tirgearr Publishing -- One Night in Edinburgh.

City Nights is a unique erotic romance series with authors contributing to the collection. Each book title starts One Night in . . . and takes place within a 24 hour time frame in a city somewhere in the world. Previous cities include Boise, Idaho; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; New Orleans, Louisiana; San Francisco, California; Amsterdam, Holland; and today, Edinburgh, Scotland.

This story begins on a flight to Edinburgh. Chloe is headed to the city to meet a client. She travels a lot for her job so she only has one night in the city before turning around for home again. While her job means she flies a lot, she's a nervous passenger who wonders, on every take off and landing, why she ever chose such a career path for herself. When she meets the handsome Ethan on board this flight, he proves to be a delicious distraction to her normal anxious state while in the air, and on the ground.

One Night in Edinburgh is the perfect blend of classic Charlotte Howard storytelling and a wonderful edition into this really sexy series. Her characters are genuine and the storyline is believable. And though the series format is very short, Ms Howard packs a lot into a few short pages while giving us a full and well-rounded edition that balances the intimate scenes within the plot itself. A job well-done.

Please join us in the comments where Charlotte and I will be chatting this afternoon. Feel free to leave your own questions or comments. And as always, there's a free book on offer today. All you need to do is comment with your email address to put your name into the draw for an ebook copy of this book. If you can't wait, just click here to grab your copy.

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Chloe Shard has travelled to Edinburgh to meet up with a potential client, and has just twenty-four hours to convince them to sign her contract. But when she meets the delicious Ethan, he proves to be so much more than an enticing distraction. It’s not long before Chloe has some life changing decisions to make, and less than a day to make them.

Chloe squeezed her eyes shut as the plane’s wheels bumped along the tarmac, and her stomach lurched into her chest as the brakes were applied. Her ears flooded with the sound of her own heart beating louder than the squealing and screeching of the landing gear. Pressure built in her cheeks as she clenched her teeth together.

The worst hour in her life was almost over.

“Welcome to Edinburgh,” said the captain over the speaker system. “We hope you had a pleasant journey and enjoyed the flight. Please remain seated with your seat belts fastened until the light is turned off.”

A chuckle emanated from nearby. Chloe opened one eye and peered at the man in the seat across the aisle from her.

“You can breathe again,” he said in an American accent, flashing her a grin.

“I think I’ll wait until my feet are actually on the ground if it’s all the same to you,” she replied, leaning back into the headrest.

A loud ping was followed by a Mexican wave of clicking as the passengers released their seat belts and fought to get their bags and rush off the plane. Chloe undid her own belt then hurriedly squished herself into the seat as an oversized belly, violently stretching at a pale green shirt, began its invasion of her breathing space. Her shoulder was nudged as the impatient woman beside her stood up, hunching under the overhead compartment.

She waited for the plane to empty. The impatient woman started huffing and tutting. Chloe looked up apologetically, but was met with a hardened glare.

“Here,” said the man from opposite. She turned her gaze towards him and was grateful to see him holding back a herd of cattle desperate to depart. She drank him in for a second. He was broad enough to act as a barrier between her and the crowd. A very attractive barrier. From the way his T-shirt stretched over his biceps, she could tell that his width was certainly not due to being overweight. Ink spiralled around his skin from beneath the short sleeve, tracing down to his elbow.

“Thank you.” She stepped into the aisle. Immediately, the woman from beside her shoved herself through the gap, knocking Chloe into the man’s chest with an oof!

“I’m so sorry!” she said, stepping back and turning to the overhead compartments, feeling her cheeks heat. Her fingers tingled with the memory of his muscular chest beneath them.

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British author, Charlotte Howard, was born in Oman and spent much of the first part of her life flitting between Oman, Scotland, and England. Now settled in Somerset, Charlotte lives with her husband, two children, and growing menagerie of pets.

Her career as a writer began at an early age, with a poem being featured in an anthology for the East Midlands. Since then Charlotte has written many short stories and poems, and finally wrote her first full-length piece of fiction in 2010.

During what little spare time she has, Charlotte enjoys reading and writing (of course), spending time with her family, and watching action movies whilst eating curry and drinking tea.

Charlotte is an active member of Yeovil Creative Writers Group.

Find Charlotte Online --

Website - http://www.charlottehowardauthor.co.uk
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/charlottehowardauthor
Twitter - https://twitter.com/Shy_Tiger
Blog - http://choward2614.wordpress.com
Tirgearr Publishing - http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Howard_Charlotte

Buy your copy here: http://tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Howard_Charlotte/one-night-in-edinburgh.htm

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20 comments:

  1. Thanks for joining us today, Charlotte. Congrats on the release of your latest book.

    Please tell our readers, what inspired this story?

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  2. Thanks for hosting me! I guess it was the city overall that inspired me. I've visited Edinburgh a few times, and I've always found it to be a beautiful city with a rich history. As soon as I found out about the City Nights series, I knew Edinburgh would be where I placed it.

    With regards to the actual story line, that was more about lust and love at first sight. Not many people think you can fall in love straight away, but I'm a true believer and wanted to show that in the story.

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    1. I absolutely agree. It's totally possible to fall in love at first sight. Or at least lust at first sight, which can lead to love. The naysayers have just never experienced it.

      Edinburgh is a fabulous city. Wonderful history, as you say, and fabulous architecture. The people are nice, and those occasional kilts aren't bad either ;-)

      Was there a particular scene that came to you before writing the story that said, 'This is why I want to tell this particular story in this particular way'? Some part of the plot, or a setting or scene?

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    2. I don't think there was a particular scene in mind, but I do remember flying from the Channel Islands to the mainland with a box of stock for the company my husband worked for, and the airline losing it! The hotel, and the drink she has in the bar, are all stolen from a hen-weekend in Edinburgh about five years ago.

      I do this with all of my books - take snippets of my life and inject them into the stories. My closest friends have picked up on several real life scenarios and I doubt One Night in Edinburgh will be any different.

      The plot is based on pure fantasy - beautiful city, hot guy with muscles and tattoos...

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    3. That was my next question -- do you take experiences from your own life and put them in your stories? Maybe now we need to have a list of those hen party friends we can ask about real life scenarios in your stories ;-)

      Was there one particularly favorite scene that you wrote in this story? (no spoilers please ;-) ) Is so, what was it and why?

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  3. Urgh! Where did my response go?!

    I don't think I have a favourite scene, but there is one involving Ethan and a shower that I had fun writing. It was my first time writing a scene like that!

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    1. Do you find writing erotica or erotic romance gives you an outlet to experiment with your writing? You said the shower scene with Ethan was new for you. How does the genre allow your overall writing to grow?

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    2. There is so much you can do with erotica and erotic romance, there is always something new to write about. There are a lot of sub-genres as well. I'd love to try and write a paranormal novel at some point.

      My first books were more contemporary than erotic, but after writing ONIE, I think I have definitely found my niche.

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    3. I've heard something similar from men who dip their hand into erotic romance. They think it's all about sex until they try writing it but end up opening up a more emotional side to the act that they feel enriches all of their writing. I like that! I especially like when men admit that! ;-)

      What's next for you on the writing front? Anything we can look forward to that you can give us a hint at?

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    4. I always have at least one WIP, at the moment I have about three or four. I was trying to concentrate on a new erotic romance about a teacher who embarks on an affair with a colleague and gets a lot more than she bargained for! However, I've also been trying to write a series of books (trilogy, possibly, maybe) for the past year, but haven't been able to get it quite right.

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    5. Maybe you have a solution staring you in the face...teacher who gets involved with a colleague...series: Naught Teachers ;-) Opens the campus up to all kinds of goings on ;-)

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    6. Haha! I have to be very careful though - I know a lot of teachers!

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    7. Sounds like a new writing exercise...restraint! (from writing about people you know ;-) )

      As an author, is there one question you always wished an author or interviewer would ask you? If so, what is it?

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    8. I think I've been asked pretty much everything before! Although I never get asked about my first attempt at novel writing - a self-published 45k murder mystery / romance.

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  4. I am excited to read this. Congratulations on the release of One night in Edinburgh, Charlotte! !

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  5. Lovely interview, Charlotte. Good luck with the book ...

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  6. great interview, Charlotte. Best of luck with it.

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