Valentine's Blog Hop results!

Wow!! What an incredible turnout! I have to say that I have been blown away by all the wonderful folks who've dropped by!

Thank you all for making my first blog hop such a success, and I assure you, there's plenty more fun events and giveaways to come, so stay tuned!

Now onto the winner...

Actually... since my first hop went beyond my expectations, thanks to you folks, I've decided that there will be a 2nd and 3rd place, both who will win a free e-book copy of When Love Walked In and a bookmark!

To make it fair, I assigned folks a number in the order they posted and used to generate 3 numbers.

1st place goes to: June M! Congratulations June! I'll be sending you an email to confirm where you'd like your gift card, e-book, and bookmark delivered.

2nd place goes to: Nancy

3rd place goes to: Erica

Nancy and Erica, I'll email you to confirm where you'd like your e-books and bookmarks delivered.

Thanks again to everyone who participated. So many handsome heroes. We had everything from strong and sensitive alphas, to kilt wearing highlanders, smart and sexy geeks, firemen, doctors,  true gentlemen, tall, dark, and brooding fellas, vikings, detectives, and pirates. Just the thought has me feeling faint! If your number didn't come up this time around, have no fear. As I said, there's plenty more fun to be had. 

During the month of March The Romance Reviews will be having their 1st year anniversary party and there will be loads of fun games to play and hundreds of prizes to be won.To see participating authors and publishers, just click on the banner on the right. I'm one of the participating authors and one of my prizes will be a free copy of my upcoming novella, The Amethyst Cat Caper. (More info to come on that soon). Hope to see you there!

x Charlie x

4 Star review from Speak Its Name!

When Love Walked In has received 4 stars from Speak Its Name and I couldn't be more pleased!’s highly enjoyable, well-grounded in its period, written in a cinematic way that will make you relive the gritty days of the 1930′s depression and a solid little story.

Read the full review here:

As any new (or veteran) author will tell you, reviews are something that have us quaking in our shoes. I know it certainly does me! See, I LOVE the twenties and thirties. These periods fascinate me, and although my research is never ending, I enjoy learning all I can about these eras long gone.

My biggest worry about taking on historicals, was in regards to getting the feel of it right, as well as the voices of the characters, of the men who lived in a different time with a very different way of thinking. Not only do I hope that readers will enjoy themselves when they read my stories, but also that they'll feel immersed in the world these men live in, in their lives. 

When you love something, you want to do right by it. I know I still have a lot to learn and I'm certain mistakes will be made along the way, but I plan to learn from them and hopefully improve. From the comments I've received (which I'm very grateful for), it's clear I'm on the right track, which is what a newbie like me needs to know. I'm thrilled to see people responding to the characters I love so much and to know they're getting drawn into the period.

If you've read the story, feel free to drop me a line to tell me what you did or didn't like. I'd love to hear from you!

The Amethyst Cat Caper is out the 29th of Feb. As the title suggests, it's more of a caper/adventure than a gritty detective story, but lots of fun! With gentleman thieves, stolen Egyptian artifacts, and plenty of handsome heroes!

Events Coming Soon...

How doth the little busy bee...
And busy it's been! Ever since my debut story: When Love Walked In was released less than a week ago, all sorts of fun and exciting things have happened!

I've had some of my very first reader reviews over at Goodreads and I'm so pleased to see folks enjoying it.

February 8th: Erastes' review for When Love Walked In will be up on Speak Its Name this wed!

February 11th-14th: The Valentine's Day Blog Hop will be passing through here. Drop by for a chance to win some nifty stuff. Click on the With Love banner to your right to find out more.

February 17th: Look out for Joyfully Jay's review.

February 17th: I'll be guest blogging over at Guys Like Romance, Too! We'll be chatting about When Love Walked In, Valentine's Day, and I share a little about Bruce and Jace, and why I wrote about them.

February 18th: Join me over at Dawn's Reading Nook where I'll be a guest. We'll be talking about everything from inspiration to bad boys, perfect gentlemen, and more!

February 19th (this week. date tbc):  Juniper Gray has invited me over for a chat about my two releases, writing in the 1930s, inspiration, and what's coming next!

February 25th: Come join the release party over at The Romance Studio where Torquere Press and their authors will be taking over.

February 29th: My novella: The Amethyst Cat Caper is out! Join me over at Torquere's LiveJournal for a chat!

As we get closer to an event, I'll post reminders. It would be lovely to see you there! If you'd like to see upcoming months, check out my Event's Calendar on the sidebar. If you'd like to drop me a line, you can email me or drop me a line via the contact form, also on the sidebar. I'd love to hear from you!

x Charlie x

Java Addict or Tea Fiend?

Over at the Torquere LiveJournal all day talking java, tea, groundhogs, and classic Hollywood hunks! Stop by for a chat or just say hello!

Yesterday at Romance for the Rest of Us we talked about the dirty 30s, detectives, and even pajamas. It's never too late to stop by! How do you like your detectives? Inquiring minds want to know.

Also, my shiny new Author Page is up on Goodreads! Hope to see you there!

A little preview of our classic 
Hollywood hunks discussion later on today. 
My all time favorite: Cary Grant. *swoon*

Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart!

Well, it's official. My first story When Love Walked In is out today! Woot! I'm so excited and incredibly nervous. It's being sent out to lots of reviewers and I'm quaking in my... uh, converse!

Thus begins my journey into the world of the published author. Join me over at the Torquere Press blog where I'm chatting about my new release, the dirty 30s, detectives, and more!

Happy Wednesday!

Read more about When Love Walked In here.

How Do You Like Your Detectives?


The young man's expression soon gave way to wariness as he looked Bruce over. There was a sudden alertness in those slim shoulders and Bruce figured the kid had seen some trouble. Enough to know Bruce looked like the kind of guy to be mixed up in it.

"Relax. I don't know you and no one's payin' me to." 

Bruce Shannon is rugged and rough around the edges. He drinks, he smokes, he has a healthy appetite (that goes for food, too), and he'll be damned if anyone's gonna give' im grief about it. He's lived too long and seen too much to worry about where he's gonna end up. The way he sees it, you're gonna reach the end of the line someday, so why not enjoy the ride?  He's an investigator for hire during the dirty 30s, doing what he needs to do to solve a case, but always in the interest of the client. For him, finding a balance between vice and virtue is a constant struggle.

In fiction and the movies, there are all kinds of detectives with a host of quirks and foibles. From Raymond Chandler's tarnished knight, Philip Marlowe; Dashiell Hammett's resilient, Sam Spade; to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous substance-abusing sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.

Philip Marlowe

Murder, My Sweet
Lindsay Marriott: I'm afraid I don't like your manner.
Philip Marlowe: Yeah, I've had complaints about it, but it keeps getting worse.

 Sam Spade

Brigid O'Shaughnessy: I haven't lived a good life. I've been bad, worse than you could know.
Sam Spade: You know, that's good, because if you actually were as innocent as you pretend to be, we'd never get anywhere.

 Nick Charles

Nick Charles: The murderer is right in this room. Sitting at this table. You may serve the fish.

Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes: ...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth...

Lt. Columbo

Paul Galesko: [gesturing at Columbo's camera] Lieutenant, may I ask, what's the meaning of that?
Lt. Columbo: You noticed. I'm sorry, sir, I tried to be inconspicuous.
Paul Galesko: Well, you failed, miserably.

Adrian Monk

Bingo Addict: Do you want to rub my lucky troll? It's good luck. 
Adrian Monk: Uh, no, thank you. 
Bingo Addict: Go ahead. Rub the troll. 
Adrian Monk: No thank you. Uh, I've been rubbing trolls all day. 
Bingo Addict: If you don't rub the troll, it's bad karma. 
[Adrian finally resorts to rubbing the troll aggressively with his shirt sleeve]

William Murdock

Constable George Crabtree: Oh, sir! You have to try one of these. I've had four already this morning; it's the damnedest stuff.
Inspector William Murdoch: What is it?
Constable George Crabtree: Coffee! I've only ever heard of it. Big in Europe, apparently.
Inspector William Murdoch: [Murdoch tastes it and grimaces] Terribly bitter.
Constable George Crabtree: I thought so too at first, but it grows on you.
Inspector William Murdoch: Why on earth would they serve this when we have tea? I don't see *this* catching on.
Constable George Crabtree: Oh, I wouldn't be so sure, sir."

So what's your favorite type of detective? Hardboiled PI? Victorian Sleuth? Urban Maverick? Do like them sinful or sweet? Inquiring minds want to know.

When Love Walked In now available.
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Tomorrow, you're only a day away...

It's almost here! *gasp*

Tomorrow is the release of my debut story: When Love Walked In
A Valentine's Day short story available from Torquere Press!

I'm so excited and equally nervous. I'll be over at the Torquere Press blog all day tomorrow chatting about all sorts of things, from my release, to detectives, to java! So whether you want to stop by and just say hi, or take a load off with a cuppa, it'll be grand to see you!

Read more about When Love Walked In

x Charlie x

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