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Thursday, 14 November 2013
While that book never sold, her second novel did. Tender Touch became a Golden Heart finalist and earned her an agent who signed the book, and two others, in a three book contract with Kensington Publishing. Kensington went onto publish five of Charlene's western historical romances: Taming Jenna (1994); Tender Touch (1994 Golden Heart Finalist); Forever Mine (1996 Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee and Affaire de Coeur Reader/Writer Poll finalist); To Have and To Hold (1997); and as Rachel Summers, The Scent of Roses (1999).
Charlene took a break from publishing, but not from writing. A Kiss and A Dare is Charlene's first paranormal romance.
Divine Gamble is Charlene's latest work and won first place in the western historical category of the 2010 Romance Through The Ages contest.
When Charlene isn't writing, she loves to travel, do genealogy, digital scrapbooking and dyes eggs in the Ukrainian style. And she enjoys camping and fishing with her husband in the Utah wilderness.
THE WRONG MAN
Jenna scowled as she studied the man
by the flickering glare of his campfire. He had the right build and appeared
close to thirty, Mendoza's age. But something didn't fit.
The Denver police chief had
described her quarry as a spoiled aristocrat, too busy wooing Lady Luck and
every other female to be much of a train robber, let alone a killer. But the
rogue in front of Jenna looked too lean and hard to be spoiled, too wary and
aloof to be a ladies' man.
To Jenna he seemed the perfect gunslinger:
cold, tough, and ready to spring. Like a big yellow cougar perched on a ledge.
Or a rattler, tightly coiled. Either way, his bite would be deadly.
In spite of the cool night breeze,
sweat oozed from her pores. She couldn't forget that lightning draw. Why had
she come here? How had she expected to take an outlaw Pinkerton's other agents
had failed to bring in? No, she refused to think that way. She was every bit as
capable as any man to capture Mendoza. She had to believe that, the same way
she had to do what she'd set out to do. Only one question remained: Was this
Mendoza or not?
"Who are you, mister?"
"Who am I? Hell, who are you? "
Blast! Did no male exist in this
empty wilderness who wasn't so taken with himself that he couldn't cooperate
for a change?
She took a calming breath. A body
could catch more flies with honey than vinegar, old Charley Long Bow used to
say. Jenna figured flies might fancy the hairy creature facing her, so she
decided to try being friendly. "Listen, I smelled your coffee and hoped
you might spare a cup, is all. You can understand me being a mite leery of
walking into a stranger's camp without knowing who I'm hooking up with."
Firelight glinted on the man's
straight white teeth as his whiskers parted in a cold smile. "Don't recall
inviting company, but I'll play your game. Name's Branch McCauley. Now it's
His smile unnerved her. It held no
humor, only a lethal sort of grimness that cannoned her stomach into her throat
and made her wish she'd wired William Pinkerton for instructions instead of
going off half-cocked this way. "I'm Jim...Jim White," she lied.
"All right, Jim, how about some
honesty? You come here looking for me?"
"I'm not looking for anyone
named Branch McCauley. If that's who you are, you've nothing to worry
The wide, innocent eyes McCauley
studied held honesty. He relaxed. "In that case...be glad to pour you some
coffee." He reached for the battered graniteware pot. His visitor's next
words froze him in a half-stoop: "I'd feel more welcome if you'd set aside
your gun first."
Cool as Montana sleet, McCauley
straightened, hand poised above his holster. "Reckon you would. Wouldn't
do much for my sense of well-being, though."
So much for trying to be friendly,
Jenna thought. What now? She clenched her knees together to still their shaking
and swallowed the fear knotted in her throat.
"Look." McCauley shifted
his weight to one leg. "Why don't you put your gun away and have a sit?
Could be I might know something about the hombre you're hunting.
Hombre. Sounded Spanish. Like
Mendoza. It must be him. She had to get his gun away from him. Surprise seemed
the best means. She squeezed the trigger of the .44 Starr. The bullet kicked
dirt onto the man's scuffed boots. He jumped and let out a yelp as though she'd
set his feet afire.
"Dammit, kid, going up against
me won't get you anything but a six-foot hole in the ground."
"Shut up and toss over your gun
or I'll turn them boots into sieves. 'Course, my sights might be a bit
off." She raised the muzzle toward his groin.
"You made your point," he
growled as he unbuckled his gun belt and tossed it over.
Instead of the fancy weapon she had
expected a gunslinger to own, an ordinary, six-gun lay at her feet. No ivory
handle or engraved barrel. Only an ordinary .44 Peacemaker, crafted and worn
for one reason—to kill. The thought did funny things to her innards.
"All right," she said,
getting back to business. "You aren't going to like this, mister, but I
don't know any other way to be sure who you are. Drop them trousers to your
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Wednesday, 13 November 2013
I have been lucky enough to be interviewed by two fantastic sites this week. Check out the links below to read the interviews. There is also a new excerpt from my book, Hidden in Shadows, that has never been posted on my blog before.
I feel very honoured to have been hosted by two such wonderful authors and thank them both very much for their time and effort.
Peggy L Henderson: http://peggylhenderson.blogspot.co.uk/
Thursday, 7 November 2013
I am really happy to be joining the 2013 Great Big Holiday Book Preview event hosted by Robert Stanek. It is now open and many great authors are posting their books for your enjoyment. There is a lot of talent joining the event and you're sure to find something to suit all tastes.
If you would like to join the event and maybe find some great new Indie Authors, please go to https://www.facebook.com/
It's a great event and I'll look forward to seeing you there!
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Book #1 in the Discovered Series
Monday, 21 October 2013
When did you start writing?
Seriously 2008, but i have naturally written all my Life.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
Alchemy is about two souls meeting due to a pathway that is similar. Paths crossing so that something greater can occur that also is about love and karma to ‘meet’. It is about the transmutation into the Alchemical changes of ‘gold’. How ‘energies’ in one’s own aura reflects this chemical transformation of the spirit into the divine ethers. She approaches this for enlightenment her thesis. He approaches Alchemy for his escape into immortality. What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When a ‘reader’ contacts me, when a book sells, when i know someone is actually reading my words and when the reader and i talk about the characters and the story. I love that sharing.
What are you working on next?
Gothic Gates which i just launched the Short Story for Halloween for this series.
Who are your favourite authors?
Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Keats, and Louisa May Alcott. Toilken, R R Martin, Phillip Pullman ( The Golden Compass series) and C.S.Lewis. I miss read this...i wrote this first LOL...I thought you asked me what are my Favourite book characters i wrote so far....So far in two books. Novella Alleandrea, his Beloved is my Venus on a Half Shell. I love this character, her world, mind and how her visions mixed with her feelings and her dreams are leading her to her Beloved. The other character i just love is Dante’, a contemporary Goth that is Immortal that is in a world of the secret groups globally. This character as i work with him further is so complex, dark light layered and of course in a Goth work which he has as his business franchise.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love art, theatre, reading other new authors, meditation, walking in nature, listening to classic music or jazz and horseback riding. I love the Sacred mountains like Mt. Shasta draws me or the quiet forest with rivers or the ocean beach.
How do you approach cover design for your books?
Art and Character drives this. I find or ‘buy’ an image that speaks to me or inspires me to be a visual doorway into the book story. Now i do my covers immediately after the inspiration comes to me. I feel my Book covers then ‘hold the idea’ of the inspiration and i am then ready to fill it with the writing. I love designing the covers.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Chicago. Church, Catholic grade school art was iconic and huge for me. I also listened to Latin in the mass. Even my penmenship was influence with a feeling of ‘writing’ and calligraphy. Most of that really seemed to trigger my gifts of writing, articulation, and the ‘other worlds’. Spiritual environments that are quiet or nature gave me this influence of the inner connection to the world of writing I would say. I also day dreamed a lot so that was all part of it as well.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I did a drama play in the backyard of my neighbourhood. It was actually a young version of Taming of the Shrew. It turned into a Punch and Judy puppet show.
What is your writing process?
Inspiration comes to me first of an idea or a character. I then open up my lap top to let whatever that is ‘flow’. I don’t think when i write and it sort of just comes in as a download. I also put aside two periods a day for my alone time to follow up on new ideas or further current projects. Two hours two times a day. That does not count edit for completion of a book or blogging on it.
What do you read for pleasure?
The classics often, poetry, fairy tale myths with new twists, any kind of love story, mysteries, fan fiction, spiritual fiction/fantasy and historical nonfiction. I also will get into reading up on a real historical character or spiritual / political leader. Famous past artists, art periods, architecture and cathedral history also moves me into knowing them along with the complexity of the interchanging relationships of environment with persons.
How much research goes into your books, and how do you tackle that?
I find myself doing research when i need to place my fictional characters into a location. I always use real architectural buildings, will look up lay out floor plans for accuracy of my characters moving through a structure and i also look to the history of the period. I research deeply into a background additional story for the reader. I feel this makes my stories more ‘real’ and the reader can experience information that is factual.
Tell us a little about your writing style?
My writing style is highly romantic. People say i write like an author of another time? I also am writing with a distinct style that seems to trigger visions or energy for the reader. People say it is very much of a magical feel and enchantment. I would agree, this is how i feel when i am in my writing flow. Do you plan and plot your stories, or do you just start writing them? I never plan or write out a plot. I allow it to guide me along with a key character. I have had one character that came in a chapter of a previous book that just took me into ‘his story’. That is my Book V and the Alleandrea novella. I truly just let the ‘writing take over me’ with its flow along with how it makes me feel. I trust that. So far it has worked perfectly along with my enthusiasm as i ‘write’ i am too on the ride with the story. I discover it as i flow with it.
Have you ever had writer’s block? How do you deal with it?
Not really but editing block for sure. I have had moments where it is a very emotionally draining story; i do have to step away from it to let it sit. When i am feeling clear, I can be more the ‘observer’ to the process of character.
Describe a favourite scene in your current novel?
The Costes Boutique Hotel, where Astin takes Alexia for lunch on a rainy afternoon in Paris. The hotel is original from the `1600’s in Paris, and it is reportedly a ‘vampire’ hang out with a lot of ghosts, movie media folks now, and very avant-garde clientele. They go to enjoy lunch; they stay for an afternoon delight. He orders three dozen assorted shades of red roses for her. They are extremely spontaneous and playful. They are exploring ‘trust’ now and a ‘red silk cord’. She wears it out of the hotel the next day as a belt on her honey beige silk camisole as he smiles at her ingenuity. I loved writing those three chapters on their intimacy and trust. ( I am not into bondage but this wrote in such a wonderful visual along with a playfulness between them) What is the best comment you ever received from a reader? One reader told me she loved how i ‘wrote, how i described my characters lives and details. She added that she loved my books so much it was opening up ‘visions’ for her so much she could feel the weather in the books. She told me she would be buying ever book i write. That made my day for an entire week. The worst or weirdest? Lol, on fan fiction, i got slammed, omg. She was so upset that i had the character with two females while she wanted him to be with the original one. I got slammed with her anger, point of view and the way she wanted me to write what the story was. I smiled a lot after reader how passionately she felt. LOL Oh, one other reader on fan fiction, said my synopsis sucked? I wrote her back to dialogue which turned into a very nasty but interesting interaction. So far in the book world it is going well on my readers, but in fan fiction i had a few bumps. All part of learning about who is reading you and why.
What else do you have in store for your readers?
Le Club, a series of 4 Ace Cards that are light dark underworld fantasy love test series. Including the Oracle’ is part of that. I also have my original four books that is called, Of Her Journey, that is my leaving my marriage when a vision came to me in Spain. I put this series then into a fictional character being guided to begin her spiritual journey and from Spain to New Orleans. I liked this a lot. I want to publish this too.
How did you come up with the hero and heroine for your latest book?
I wanted to do a book on Alchemy. For some reason the male character seemed to be pronounced as he was in Paris exploring the secret energy doorways of the past Alchemist Nicolas Flamel from the 1400’s. It began with a clear vision of his sitting in a dark shadow of the cafe awning as a weather front came in. He sat there observing this female in the evening dash between traffic coming to the shelter of this cafe. He was hidden in the shadows there quietly observing her. I realized as i wrote the opening first chapter the stage was set for their mutual paths crossing along with a love romance neither planned for. Part of the journey along with the mystery of the events they would go through.
Why are your hero and heroine perfect for each other?
Great question. First because they are the same but different sides of one gold coin. She is very much into her visions, her intuitive side while he is mysterious drawn back into his own shadow side as a way he functions with occult areas. He also was not expecting her to fall into his hands or life. She is extremely independent as well, but on her quest. He is sensitive, well mannered, intellectually well educated, she is extremely bright, spontaneous, free-spirited, but grounded. They are very well suited but different along with learning how to exchange, balance but be who each are, which is whole unto themselves.
Do you plan several books ahead or do you work on one book at a time?
I work on a variety of projects while also going into fan fiction at times. Right now i have three main works in process. Ideas come to me when i drive too on how to expand the book series. I let my heart guide me though. I can only write what inspires me and i feel in love with along with enthusiastic.
I would like to thank Roshandra for doing this interview with me. Please see below for details of her book and links.
An Adventure Love series of ALCHEMY is about the GOLD that is activated within a person on a path of Enlightenment. The occult pathway was 'his' path to escape his family connections. He was working with Alchemy. She came to Paris to work on research for her PhD thesis on Alchemy as a Pathway of Enlightenment and spiritual growth. This mystery of the old 'Alchemists, Art, Ley Lines, and Secrets guided both of them. The Golden Ring is the first of the series and ALL THAT GLITTERS is not GOLD and all that GLISTENS is the GOLD WITHIN. This Love Story opens a Love story neither expected but that ALCHEMY of their karma brought them together. They both make discoveries from different angles and a romance love story unfolding. Roshandra warmly writing on
Links for Roshandra Simone: http://www.lulu.com/shop/
Roshandra's BLOG http://booksbyroshandra.