#Review: The Black Door by Charlotte Howard @Shy_Tiger
The opening line in this book is so very true. It seems like 95% of the men in this world are only concerned with playing in the grass on the other side of the fence. It amazing me that little tarts like Holly think they are faultless when that are caught. I guess the bottle bleach blond hair has messed with their brains. To call someone that willing enters a relationship with someone married a skank is nice, very nice. The words I used are not repeatable on-line.
Men. All the bloody same.
I honestly do not see anything wrong with the way Imogen stuck up for herself during the advert showing. Really wondering why type of image the adult toy store thought to project or what type of client they were hoping to wish a Merry Christmas.
We will not even go in to what was once a friendship with Caroline. She was not any type of friend. She does not deserve any respect. Okay leaving it before I start going off.
Connor’s character is the typical male. Only interested in himself and forget anything he does or who he hurts in the process including his own children. A man of this caliber does not deserve to even breathe the same air as the wife he messed around on. Someone like this would blame his cheating on the wife.
I am trying to figure out why Imogen was so uptight about a little erotic sex. If it is consenting and between adults why even get bothered about someone else.
This was an interesting book but left me lacking. I did not get or see anything erotic about the book.
The bunnies and I give this book carrots.
Hello and thanks for stopping by and visiting with me and the bunnies. It is so nice to have Charlotte Howard here. Readers I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. Oh, hold on Charlotte every time someone new stops by the dogs and bunnies go crazy.
What do you do when you are not writing?
Not writing?? I’m not sure there is a time when I’m not writing! I always have a book in my head, but if I’m not sat at my laptop, you can find me running around after one of my children. Between swimming lessons, gymnastics, recorders, singing, and school runs, I don’t have much time to myself. When I do though, I’m sat on the sofa drinking tea, and reading a book.
Where do you get your ideas?
Everywhere. I am that really annoying person who listens in to conversations or looks at other people’s shopping trolleys and then makes up stories as to who those people are and why they’re doing what they’re doing. But I also read and watch movies a lot, picking up inspiration from others.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
As a child I read Roald Dahl, almost obsessively. He definitely influenced me in the sense that I don’t particular want to grow up and be mature. I’d much prefer to teach my children bad habits, like how to jump off a swing when it’s at its highest point.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Everything was a challenge! I didn’t realize how much marketing I would need to do, and one of my biggest challenges was creating a public presence. I’m not the sort of person who wants the limelight. Even now when I’m stood on a stage, about to do a reading, even if the crowd is no more than 12 people, I feel physically sick. I’m also rubbish at updating blogs and going into forums, so making sure that I actually connect to people online has been difficult too.
How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?
Social media has worked wonders. I have a Facebook page, Twitter account, and a blog that I try to update regularly. I have been in the local papers and on local radio, and have attended numerous author events, but I think the power of Facebook and Twitter has to be the best form of marketing I’ve encountered so far.
Did you have a favorite toy as a child?
I am a mad Hello Kitty fan, and have had a stuffed Hello Kitty for 32 years. She still ‘sleeps’ by my bed on the bedside table, and when I’m ill (or my husband is away), she does get used as a pillow!
One of your favorite quotes –
Douglas Adams – “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be”. I would love to have that tattooed somewhere.
Do you prefer coffee, tea, or hot cocoa?
Tea. Definitely tea. I drink up to 10 cups a day. Although when it’s very cold (especially after walking the dog or doing the school run) I do love hot chocolate with whipped cream and sprinkles.
What is your favorite movie?
Bad Boys. I am a HUGE Will Smith fan and have been since the late 80s / early 90s and his Fresh Prince days, but Bad Boys is most definitely my favourite film of all times. I even want a Posche 911 because of that film.
Do you play an instrument? If so what?
Recorder (from back when I was 6, but my daughter has started learning and I can still play it!), electric keyboard, piano, flute (although I don’t own one at the moment), and guitar (currently trying to teach myself).
Please tell the readers a bit more about you.
I was born in Oman, but grew up in small village on the Nottinghamshire / Lincolnshire border in England before leaving home when I was about 18/19. I met my husband in 2003 and moved to Somerset. In 2006 we got married, moved to the Channel Islands and started our family, but have since moved back to Somerset. We have two children and a growing menagerie of pets, and I think I am finally settled! My debut novel, Seven Dirty Words, was published in 2013, with the sequel, Four Letter Words, published in January 2014. Since then I have also had The Black Door published, with a short story, One Night in Edinburgh, due out in November.
What’s your all time favorite book?
Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy: A Trilogy of Four. I’ve read all four books so many times that I’ve lost count, but I was disappointed by the film.
Do you use your OWN experiences?
Yes, although exaggerated. With The Black Door, I am a mum with everything going south, so I know what it’s like to have your identity as a woman go missing, and I also know the struggle to find it again. However, I’m not a single mum so that part of the character was researched. I spoke to a lot of friends and family about what it was like to juggle work, kids, and exes!
How long did it take you to publish your first book, after you started trying?
Seven Dirty Words was written in 21 days. But it took several months to edit and polish. Four Letter Words took a couple of months to write, and The Black Door was written in about the same time. One Night in Edinburgh though only took a week to write! It is definitely the editing and re-writing that takes up the most amount of time.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
The Black Door is a contemporary romance / light erotic romance – I never know which genre to throw it into. It’s written in first person from the perspective of Imogen Pearce, a single mum of four, who is trying to redefine herself as a woman. She has to fight the younger and (in her opinion) sexier generation in order to get where she wants to at work, and to begin with she doesn’t realize how attractive she is. It’s only when she gains the attention of her boss that she starts to understand that just because you’re a mum, doesn’t mean that you’re not a sexy woman as well.
Are you currently working on any new projects? What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m currently writing another contemporary / erotic romance, but it’s not new. I wrote it before Seven Dirty Words but it was a very rough draft and a lot has changed since then! It’s now in its third round of editing, and doesn’t have a title. It’s based in the equestrian industry and follows the story of April Miller who is torn between love and business.
Do you have any advice for new writers and something that a seasoned vet can learn?
You never stop learning. I love going to my local writers group and learning something new, but I’ve heard a few authors say they don’t need to go to anything like that because they’re published authors and can’t learn any more. I think that’s arrogant and short-sighted. We can always learn something new, and our writing always needs critiquing. Even best-selling authors have editors!
Where can your followers find you?
Any last words?
Please buy my book?
Thank you for hosting me today, I really appreciate it.
Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today Charlotte. It’s been a pleasure having you and I wish you much success in the future.
Charlotte will be awarding an eBook of The Black Door, a signed print copy of Seven Dirty Words with a bookmark, and a $10 Amazon gift card (£10 Amazon gift card if UK winner) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $10 Amazon gift card (£10 if they’re UK) to a randomly drawn host. Click on the banner to follow the tour. Comment at all tour stops to increase your chance in winning. To enter scroll down and leave a comment then enter the rafflecopter. While waiting to win click on over to Amazon and buy your copy. Thanks for visiting.
The Black Door
by Charlotte Howard
Imogen Pearce is a single mum of four children and fast approaching 40, she works at Ryedale Incorporated where she has to battle a younger and smarter generation to get to where she wants to go. If that means taking on the account of Cherry and Sean Rubin’s adult shop, then she will. But what happens when Imogen discovers the private club that they run at the back? And what happens when she realizes she knows quite a few members?
We sat down on a pair of large leather sofas and prepared to play our usual game of ‘who says what’. I looked around and spied a young woman with a laptop open, and a tall, skinny, something hot by her arm. The woman was in her late twenties, perhaps early thirties, with pale skin, dark hair that had been let loose around her shoulders, and a slick of crimson lipstick.
“She’s a writer,” I said, leaning close to Caroline so that nobody could overhear. “She’s writing a hot, steamy, romance where the two main characters are having a clandestine affair, and it’s all based on her life.”
Caroline tried to hide her giggle by taking a sip of her drink before hunting out a new victim.
“Okay, him,” Caroline said, pointing towards a man standing at the counter. “He works in a bank, but is trying to remain discreet and blend in with us common folk, not give away his fabulously wealthy background. He’s having an affair with a married man, and secretly likes to wax his legs.”
The man turned around. “Oh no,” I said, adding a few choice curses under my breath.
“What’s the matter?” Caroline asked, watching as I tried to shrink into the sofa and blend with my surroundings.
“That’s my boss,” I whispered.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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.
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