Saturday, January 28, 2012


Sorry for taking so long to announce this one, guys. I've been busy, toiling away in a despair pit. But I'm here now, and I've mixed the name around in a hat (or in this case, an old ice-cream tub), and then for total fairness Husband drew the name out. He felt very important, as he announced the winner:

Dee Carney!

Hooray! Just email me at to claim your prize, Dee.

And as ever, thank you everyone for entering and making me feel like I have fans.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Hot Steamy Twin Menage!

Yep, that's right, my new book was released a few days ago! And it features some hunky twins, a lot of hot menage action, and of course one lucky girl. Sounds orsum, right? I know I had an orsum time writing it. In fact, I don't think any of my other books...ahem...affected me in quite the same way as this one did. And if you want to be affected, too, you can buy it here:

(where you can also find a delicious excerpt)

Or here, on the Kindle:



And here's the blurb for it:

Bobbi has been friends with the Hoffman twins for one long, glorious year. They’re sweet, funny and kind, but there’s a problem…they’re also hotness personified. Times two. And when they lure her into a kinky little game involving a blindfold and some rather unexpected fondling, she finds them much harder to resist than she’d imagined.

It seems they want to be something other than just good friends. They want a hot, steamy ménage, and all Bobbi has to do is decide if she’s up to the challenge. One big, gorgeous guy is enough for her.

Two might be more than she can handle…

Hooray for hot twins doing loads of kinky things to a girl!

Oh, and I am of course doing my usual competition. Just leave a comment, and I'll put your name into the hat. Then I'll pick a random winner to receive a copy of Doubled, on Friday. Hurrah!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

A Big Thing What Happened

Okay, so I don't think I've mentioned this actually on my blog, yet, which is a big oversight on my behalf, I know. Especially as it's probably one of the most exciting things to have happened to me to date in my writing career.

I got an agent.

No, no - really, I did. Don't go away laughing. I honestly got an agent - little tiny old me!

And it happened in this really overwhelming way, too. I queried an agent cos I managed somehow to get this big contract, and I thought to myself: well. I'll probably hear back after Christmas. Undoubtedly this agent is very busy and likely on holiday, now, so there's no way I'm going to hear immediatly.

And then two hours later, the phone rang. Yeah, you heard that right. THE PHONE RANG. Husband actually picked up and because there was a delay, he thought there was no one there. So I picked it up the second time and then heard this lovely American voice coming down the phone at me like a terrifying but wonderful dream of all the things my life could possibly be.

The agent in question didn't offer representation immediatly. She asked me questions, and I probably answered them like a maniac. I tried to outline my career goals without sounding like some jackass who has a headset phone and a marketing dossier and says yar, instead of yes.

And then she asked me to send her some material, and I did.

And yet again I thought: well, I'll probably have to sit tight, now. She's a very busy lady. She needs time to mull my work.

Only she got back to me about three days later, with an email that had the most beautiful words in the English language: "I'd be happy to offer you representation". Just like that! There weren't even any trumpets sounding from the heavens! I don't know what I did at this point. I think I fell back on my default position: I must have it wrong. She probably doesn't mean that. Find out more.

So I did. I asked questions, with the help of the fabulous Katie Reus. And then a day later I signed the contract. It's done. I am now represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyons agency.

And the big contract I needed help with? She looked it over within 24 hours, got it all sorted, negotiated things for me, and I sent it back within two days. So that's all done, too!

MAN I had a good Christmas. Of course, now I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop...

Friday, January 6, 2012

Heart of Flame

So guess what? Because of the magicalness of epublishers like Samhain and Ellora's Cave, we get to have loads more Janine Ashbless books than ever before! Oh, I remember the days when I had to wait a whole year for a new Janine Ashbless book, back when Black Lace was still around. But no longer!

Behold, her new book from Samhain!

And she's here, on my little blog, as part of her blog tour for it! Hooray!

Take it away, Janine:

Hey Charlotte – it’s lovely to be here on your blog!

I’m approaching the middle of a blog tour for my Arabian Nights e-novel Heart of Flame, and I’ve already gabbed so much my throat is sore. So I thought that what I’d do here is give you a recipe for a fantastic refreshing drink I’ve enjoyed supping in Damascus. It’s a crazy vivid green, it’s frothy… it’s:

Laymoun Bi-Na’ Na’

(though no, there are no bananas involved)

6 lemons
1 pint cold water
225g / ½ lb powdered/icing sugar
2 fistfuls of fresh mint leaves

• Wash and slice two of the lemons and discard pips. Blitz them in a blender – yes, rind, pith and all.
• Add the juice of the other 4 lemons
• Add the water
• Blitz
• Add sugar to taste
• Add mint, blitz again until smooth. Drink fresh.
• Enjoy the sugar rush!

And if this is too sweet, then the other appropriate beverage for reading Arabian Nights stories to, is - of course - coffee. Take it strong, black and flavoured with cardamom. That’s how my heroine makes it :)

Have fun!

Janine Ashbless

Orsum, right? Fab books AND drinks!

Here's the info for Heart of Flame, cos I know you want to run out and buy it immediately:

And on the One-Thousand-and-Second night, Scheherazade told this story…

By day, Taqla uses her forbidden sorcery to move freely about the city of Damascusin the guise of an old sage. Her true identity known only by her faithful servant woman, Taqla is content with the comfortable, if restrictive, life that keeps her safe from the control of any man. Until she lays eyes on a handsome merchant-traveler. Suddenly her magical disguise doesn’t rest so easily on her shoulders.

When long-time widower, Rafiq, hears that the Amir’s beautiful daughter has been kidnapped by a scheming djinni—and that she will be given in marriage to her rescuer—he seeks the help of “Umar the Wise” to ensure he will be that man. Yet as he and the disguised Taqla set off, he senses that his prickly male companion is hiding something.

In a moment of dire peril, all of Taqla’s secrets are stripped bare—her fears, her sorcery and, worst of all, her love for Rafiq. Yet the princess’s life hangs in the balance, and there is no running away or turning back. Even though passion may yet betray them all...

Product Warning: Scary monsters and creepy ruins in the desert—check. Pagan gods that demand blood-sacrifices—double check. A handsome hero who looks good in a robe and even better out of it—oh yeah. Check, check and check. That’s worth a heroine dropping a veil or two.

Heart of Flame sale link:

What are you waiting for??