Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tuesday Tease

Well, Charlotte's website just got some much needed updates. So, if you're feeling a little lusty and want a teaser for Lust, the first book of the Sins and Virtues series, then head on over. There's also a little teaser from my upcoming novella, Perfumed Pleasure that is the Pleasure Garden anthology with fellow authors Kristi Cook and Amanda McIntyre.

So, check out all the new updates like news, and covers and excerpts.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Mists of Velvet Excerpt!

Hi guys!
Well, Sophie has some website updates, and a little glimpse of Mists of Velvet. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The House of Orpheous

It seems as though I've been gone forever, and I have by the looks of this blog. Where has the time gone? Summer just flew by, and I was home, just writing. I thought I should drop by the manor and do a bit of dusting. I'm sure cobwebs and spiders, and other frightening things are lurking in the curtains!

So, it's fall, and my favourite time of year. I love being able to wear a sweater outside, and to smell the crisp air and see the leaves change. I love the autumn skies as a storm begins to form. So it's no wonder then that I have set my first mainstream, mass market historical trilogy in the autumn.

I've never written a book set in the fall. Addicted took place in Winter, Sinful, in the Spring, and Lust takes place during that 'lusty' time of Beltane (May 1) But the first book in The House of Orpheous trilogy, entitled Seduction and Scandal is set in October. And I must admit, I'm loving writing it. The atmosphere is dark and gothic. The clothing so cool and fun to write--cloaks and heavy gowns...rippling lace and the gentle cascade of falling leaves upon half boots. It's my kind of book!

So, while I've not been gone over the summer I have been--arm chair research to the North Yorkshire Moors and its coast. The coastal town of Whitby has taken hold of me, and as this series is set in the Victorian period (1870's) there is a great deal of the gothic occult that is being filtered through.

My husband, daughter and I will be travelling to North Yorkshire next May, where I hope to be inspired for a new series. And you can bet that the first sign of a storm, we'll be heading to Whitby to see the ruined abbey--the very same one that inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula.

Soon, I hope to have something special on my website about this trilogy. But sooner than that, I'll be putting out a newsletter with all my news, and upcoming treats.

I hope all is well with you, and that fall brings you peace, joy, and comfort. There is nothing more luring than the thought of a quiet afternoon on the couch with book in hand, and a warm blanket....

I hope you enjoy the inspiring pictures of Yorkshire and Whitby. Come back for an intriguing glimpse of Lord Black, the mysterious, worldly hero in Seduction and Scandal.


Monday, May 17, 2010


Just a word of thanks for all the wonderful emails, reviews, and overall response for Sinful. It means so much to me to hear from readers. I'm overwhelmed by the support for this book, and the love so many readers have shown to Matthew and Jane. I swear, I have the best readers! An author could not wish for better!

I've been asked what I'm working on next, and the answer is, a bunch of stuff. I haven't been around for a while because I'm buried beneath three deadlines--all due June 1! :0

Lust, the hero of my first book in my Sins and Virtue series has kept me quite busy. Lust changed from a hunky, light sort of guy, to a darker, dangerous, more dominant type of Dark Fey. sigh....I just can't get away from writing those dark heroes! ;)
Here's Lust's inspiration....

For the Sophie Renwick fans, I'm busy writing book 2 of the Immortal of Annwyn series. Mists of Velvet is the title, and I'm excited to be back in the Annwyn world. In this book, the hunt for the Destroyer deepens, the prophecy further develops, and we spend some time learning about the order of the goddesses. That book releases in Feb 2011

So, lots of writing, and I'm not sure when I'll be back here, but I wanted to take some time out to thank you for picking up a copy of Sinful, and making its release a success!

Be Well!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

It's Here!!!

It's Sinful Saturday! YEAH!!!!!!!! I'm so excited for this release, it's felt like a long time coming! Thanks to everyone who followed my blog and ate up the Sinful crumbs I left!

So, as promised, the extended epilogue for Sinful is now available. Go to www.charlottefeatherstone.net and you'll see a white square box on my homepage. In that box there is news, and how to sign up for the epilogue. It's easy, just subscribe to my newsletter and you'll get the epilogue. I promise not inundate your inbox with stuff. I only send out a quarterly newsletter, or something special to announce the release of a new book, but that's all--oh, and there's usually a contest in it!

So, please do enjoy Sinful, and the epilogue. And remember, there's bound to be a few a typos. All my fault! When a book goes out, at least four sets of eyes have been through it at least three times. But this time, I didn't have the benefit of extra eyes! As well, be warned MAJOR spoilers in the epilogue, so if you haven't read Sinful, you might want to wait to read the epilogue!

Be well, and thanks for all the support! I hope you love Wallingford and Jane's story as much as I do!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sinful Interview

Sorry due to his lordship's inability to work a computer, the Sinful interview with Wallingford is temporarily delayed. News will be up soon as to when you can expect Lord Wallingford to make an appearance!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

It's Up!!!

Well.....my new website is up! Rae Monet did a fantastic job! She encorporated the sexiness of my Spice books, as well as the feel of my straight historicals which will be releasing from Harlequin HQN next year.

There's still some more content to come, but the Sinful stuff is all there....but not the epilogue--not yet! ;)

Let me know what you guys think!

Friday, April 9, 2010


Hi guys! Sorry I've been MIA lately. I've been chained up in my study, writing LUST. He's fun to write, especially because he's never had to work so hard for a woman before, but Chastity is making him earn every glance and touch! Vanity and Gluttony are making strong appearances in the book as well. I was hoping to have a cover for you, but so far, nothing yet.

In other news, my webmistress is busy re-doing my website. We're adding alot of new content and extra's to the site. I took all your recommendations to heart, and am making my place a fun spot to visit. One of the features I'm adding is an inspiration bit on each book or series.

So, for a little Friday tease, here's the inspiration for Sinful....if Wallingford could write a song to Jane, this is what he would say that Lifehouse's Everything is the perfect song for him and Jane!

I think the lyrics are so absolutely perfect for Wallingford!

Happy Friday!
Be Well!

Friday, April 2, 2010

A Sinfully Good Contest

Hi guys! Well, here's the second of two contests that I'm going to run for Sinful. The first will be at the Lovin Me Some Romance blog. Just follow this link, and see what kind of loot you can get! The Mystic Castle

In other news, I'm busy,busy writing Lust, the first book in the Sins and Virtues series. As well, I'm busy plotting out book two of the Immortals of Annwyn series, which now has a title, Mists of Velvet! So that's the reason I've been MIA at my blog.

If you celebrate Easter, Happy Easter, and if you don't, happy weekend!!!!!

Be Well!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tuesday Tease!

Well, I'm in the deadline dungeon. Lots of writing. I keep telling my husband, this is the year of writing, next year will be the year of promoting! lol! Some days the writing flows, others....ah....not so much.

So, because I'm so darn boring myself, I thought I'd enlighten you with a guy that people seem to be really liking!!! I found another picture for inspiration, and if you're very good, I'll let you know who he is.....

Okay, you're all interested in they bad boy Fey....


Okay, that's it....it's all I got!!!
Enjoy your Tuesday Tease!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Oh, I can't wait.....

For this!!!!!

Desire always wins.

Few outsiders will ever witness the dark misdeeds of the Heavenly Host. And among this secret society, where exiled Georgian aristocrats gather to indulge their carnal desires, fewer still can match the insatiable appetite of their chief provocateur, the mysterious Viscount Rohan.

Pursuit of physical pleasure is his both his preferred pastime and his most-pressing urge, until he encounters the fascination of a woman who won't be swayed. And while his dark seduction appalls the pure and impoverished Elinor Harriman, she finds herself intrigued...and secretly drawn to the man behind the desire.

New York Times bestselling author Anne Stuart masterfully weaves an irresistible tale of lust and privilege in decadent times. Passions will be loosed, egos will be tamed-This is Rohan.

Doesn't this look fab? It releases on Aug 1. I'm a big Anne Stuart fan. If you haven't read her other historicals you should. She writes those divinly possessive, old fashioned alpha type historical heroes! Love them. I understand that Ruthless if the first of a trilogy about the Rohan family!

Ooooh, it looks so good!

Happy weekend!
And sorry the pic of the cover is small, but this is the only one I could find!!!!

Monday, March 15, 2010


Just wanted to give a shout out to all my blogger buddies who spread the word--and the love about Velvet Haven. It's selling very well, and getting really good reviews! Also, a big thanks to all the readers who've gone out and bought a copy--THANKS!!!!!!

I'll be beginning book 2, which is tentatively titled Mists of Velvet next month. I've written a few scenes here and there, but I'll start the book when I'm finished with LUST, under the Charlotte Featherstone name!

I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate everyone's support for this series!!!! I hope Mists will live up to Velvet Haven! And, in case you're wondering, Rhys MacDonald, will be the hero of the next book. I've already had some readers ask if we'll see more of Suriel and Keir, and if we'll find out more about Rowan. The answer is YES!!!!

So, for the next six weeks, I'll be in my historical fantasy world, with the Dark Fey Princes. We see a bit of Niall, the King of the Unseelie Court in Lust. But first and foremost, we meet Lust, whose name is Thane. Joining Thane on his escapades to the mortal realm is Envy;Thane's Twin brother. As well as Vanity, and also Gluttony. I can't tell you how typing Gluttony makes me smile. He's a not a corpulent guy, but an absolute hedonist! lol! Here's some inspiring pics of the princes. As well, the photo at the top is of the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey. It figures heavily in the opening of Vanity's book. I hope to get to see it--and Glastonbury in real life. I'm planning a research trip to England next May, and I'm going to spend quite a bit of my time between London and Glastonbury!

Anyway....enjoy the Monday Man Candy!
Be Well!!!

Thane, The Fey Prince of Lust

The Fey Prince of Envy

The Fey Prince of Vanity

The Fey Prince of Gluttony

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

New Series Alert...Beating VFG to the Punch!

Hey gang! Well, I'm busy writing, but not busy enough it seems! I found a new series that looks really cool, and I'm dying for July to get here. VFG from Lovin Me Some Romance blog ALWAYS gets the deets on covers, and series first. So, this time, I'm gonna beat her!

I would like to say that this little gem was found due to my stellar sleuthing abilities, but I'll admit that I saw it on Anna's To Read update at Goodreads. I was intrigued by the series title, and then I went to the author's website to learn more. I've been searching for a good historical fantasy, that's sexy and romantic. I hope this one fits the bill!

So, without further adieu........

Kathryne Kennedy's historical fantasy romances have garnered awards and a growing readership. This exciting new series, set against the lavish backdrops of Georgian and Victorian England so beloved by romance readers, is deliciously dark and exciting.

Fighting for control of a kingdom that is split into seven domains, Elven warlords use their human slaves to breed an endless supply of soldiers for their armies. Dominic Raikes, the half-blood son of the Elven Lord himself is one such warrior. Betrothed to Lady Cassandra, who has been raised in a convent to keep her pure, he little suspects that she's been secretly trained as an assassin to murder his father…and him. Dominic and Cassandra soon discover that each one is not what they seem, but the price of trust may be their very lives, and the destruction of the magical realm each is desperately trying to save…

What do think? Fun read? I think it could be sexy, too! You know me, the inner hussy NEEDS sexy!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Liar, Liar Pants on Fire....

Okay, so Barbara tagged me for this, and I thought it'd be fun to do. You know me and my writer's imagination....

Okay, so here is the deal. I write down seven things about me, five of which are lies, and two that are the truth. I'm gonna do a twist though, I'm gonna add a big fat secret to the end, and you're gonna tell me if it's true...or false...

Here goes.....

1. I love my job as a nurse

2. Sophie is my REAL first name

3. My favorite time to read is late at night.

4. My favorite time to write is very early in the morning when it's still dark outside.

5. I LUV brussels sprouts

6. My favorite drink in the morning is milk

7. Out of all the heroes I've written, Lord Wallingford is my least favorite.

And for the big fat secret...I once had a one night stand with a guy who I had met just that night, and now I can't remember his name......... :) True or Big Fat Lie????


Friday, March 5, 2010

Velvet Haven.....Last Call!!!

Well, the first week of release is nearing it's end, and I have to get back to writing Lust, and book 2 of the Immortals of Annwyn! So, I'm making two last stops today in blogland, giving away a signed copy of Velvet Haven.

If you want two more chances to win, visit me at Tracy Wolff, and Shayla Black's Delicious Tease contest, and also, if you want some real good dirt on me and Velvet Haven, visit me at Lovin Me Some Romance blog, where VampFanGirl asks some really good questions!

have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Want Some of Bran???

I'm over at Seductive Musings today chatting and giving away a signed copy! See you there!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

He's here at last and you can win him!!!

Yep, it's Bran, and his book Velvet Haven releases today! To celebrate, I'm over at RomCon Inc on their fantasy, futuristic and parnormal blog, talking about the inspiration behind the whole Annwyn world. I'm also giving a way a copy!
Come by and visit me!

See ya there!
Be Well!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday Fluff....

Yeah, this title is literal, I'm afraid. There's A LOT of the white stuff floating around in the air and covering the ground this morning! This is typical where I live, but damn, I'm sick of this stuff. I'm SO ready for spring. ACK!

So, I do have some fluffy details to hand out. First, have you signed up for Sophie's newsletter? Because a special announcement newsletter is going out next week, and there's a contest for just newsletter subscribers! If you want in on some of the goods, sign up. I promise not to flood your inbox with newsletters, because one, I'm really unimaginative when it comes to my newsletter, and two, I'm lazy when I have to gather up all that information and shoot it off to my most excellent newsletter mistress!

So...more fluff....hmmmm. I'm running a contest for Charlotte on Goodreads. Two advanced (and mailed early, too) copies of Sinful. I'm shipping to US, Canada, Great Britain, and parts of Europe. So, if you're wanting to fondle Wallingford weeks before other readers will get to, go to Goodreads and sign up for the contest!

In other good news, and because of all the incredible support from the blogging community, and all those pre-orders of Velvet Haven, NAL has contracted me to write the second book of the Immortals of Annwyn series. Thus far there is no title as yet, but we did talk cover art yesterday. I can't wait to see it, and I hope, hope, hope that it compares to Velvet Haven's cover.

I can tell you that most of the book will be spent in Annwyn. The heroine is a goddess, and her name is Bronwnn. The hero, is Bran's cousin, Rhys, who is a mortal and runs Velvet Haven. I've added a few pics of what I imagine the goddesses temple to look like. Basically my inspiration was where the Elves live in Lord of the Rings, but in my vision, it's definitely more Celtic, with a heavy dose of mysticism and female sensuality. Bronwnn is the goddess of sexuality and fertility, so I'm envisioning some very sexy scenes! I'm using the music of Lorenna McKennitt to insprire my Annwyn world.

Currently I'm writing Lust. It's going well. Also, a little birdie told me that Spice is working on the cover of Lust. I can't wait to see what they're going to give me! I'm also working on the proposal for Vanity, and I'm really happy with it. It's going well, and there's a scene that I've written for the book that has me realy excited. The iron was hot and I had to strike. I love, love, love this scene. And I have to thank Barbara, and Ashley for giving me the kick in the ass I needed to believe that this scene could work, and fire up the reader! So, thanks guys!!!

Well, I'm all fluffed out! I hope everyone has a great weekend! And don't forget to sign up for my newsletter. There's a good contest, and some chances coming up to win some signed copies of Velvet Haven!

Be Well!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Delicious Tease!!!

My buds Shayla Black and Tracy Wolff are giving away a cool, cool prize~An iPod Touch! Not to mention they've gathered up some great writers for days of prizes. I'll be among them on March 5th, chatting about Velvet Haven.

Stop by for some great teasin'!!!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Slow news day...

Well, guess what? Sinful is up and available for pre-order at all the usual suspect places. Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Amazon.ca, Chapters.... Just a few more months.

And...have you seen that countdown widget for Velvet Haven? Holy hell, where did the months go? We're talking DAYS now before it releases! EEEEK!!!

Good news, though, my publisher asked for a proposal for book 2 of the Annwyn Chronicles. I happily obliged them and am waiting on word.

Let's see, what else...hmm, Lust has successfully seduced Chastity (man, he had to work hard for it) and Vanity has finally located his virtue, who, I'm afraid isn't all he thought her to be.

Also, found some cool promo stuff for the Sins, and an equally cool quote by the bard--Commit the oldest sins the newest kind of ways--William Shakespeare.I love that quote. I have to use it!

Okay, that's it. I'm boring.....

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Meet Sinful's Jane Rankin

What's in a name? I've asked myself that question numerous times, especially as I lament a character's name. To me, naming a character is vital. The name is the character. Some writers just pick a name they like and run with it--and I admire those writers who don't get caught up in the name game. I'm afraid I'm not one of them. Currently, I'm going over names for a hero for my HQN book. His title is the Earl of Black. He has no Christian name. I feel his name needs to start with a J....I have a name in mind, but I'm still savoring it, making sure it feels right!

Now, honestly, sometimes I find it very easy to pick a name. Others not so much. With Addicted, Lindsay was just born Lindsay. His name fits--passionate, emotional, poetic. The name fits the man (and yes, in those olden days, men had names like Shelley, and Lindsay and Ashley...) As well, Anais, (Lindsay's heroine) has a very lovely, passionate name. The names fit the couple and their love, which is soft and romantic and well....passionate. Sinful's characters however are another matter entirely. Wallingford is a gruff no nonsense man. I was 3/4 finished Addicted before I even knew what his name would be. Matthew kept popping into my head, and I resisted it for days. He didn't seem to be a Matthew to me. He was only just Wallingford. But then I began to really think on it. Matthew can be a strong name. It seems the sort of name that a duke might give his son. And Matty whispered by the heroine would be the most intimate of sounds, especially to a man who never hears his Christian name. So, Matthew Wallingford became.

Now, his heroine. I'm not sure how many of you know this, but I tossed out the first 200pgs of Sinful. It wasn't working. And it was the heroine who wasn't doing it for me. She was all wrong for my Wallingford. In short, she was a ball breaker. She never backed down. She was contempous, hard headed, and I really didn't like her, but I thought she was the sort that Wallingford needed. And her name...GAWD...Emma just didn't work.

I kept wanting to call her Jane. The trouble was, I had used that name for a heroine in a novella--Tutoring Lady Jane. I didn't want readers to think that I was struggling for names--or ideas. But the truth was, she was Jane to me, and worse, she was Jane to Matthew as well. I could hear him speaking her name, whether in longing or in anger or exasperation. I wanted a common name, a strong name that spoke of the kind of woman she was. In the end, I captiulated and decided that Jane she was, and I've never looked back.

Jane Austen once said (and I'm paraphrasing here) that she would be in essence devastated if readers did not like her Elizabeth Bennett. Jane Austen found Lizzy 'quite a delightful character', and I agree with her. I also feel much the same about Jane Rankin.

I find heroines rather difficult to pen. The men are always the first to come to me, but the women...sigh...I usually struggle with them. I think it's me. I have a hard time relating to some heroines. My editor once told me that heroines are wall paper for us. And I agree. In the beginning when you're learning who these characters are, they're just fictional people. But then they begin to take on a life of their own, and the women become us--or rather, we magically become the heroine, experiencing love and passion with the hero. When you can't relate to the heroine, that's bad. And sometimes I have a very difficult time identifying with female leads. I don't know if it's because I'm a complicated person, or because I'm just naturally inclined to be put off by silliness, vanity, and too much bravado. Whatever it is, those sorts of heroines immediately put me off because I can't identify with their thoughts, motivations and behaviors.

To me, Jane Rankin is as 'normal' a woman as we can have, and truth be told, Jane is the heroine most like my true nature. She's a mixture of strength and vulnerability, who possesses nearly as sharp a tongue as Wallingford, but who has such a capacity to heal and nurture. She is a woman who longs, but who tempers that longing with practicality. I guess, what I like the most about Jane is that I admire her. If she were a live person, I could be friends with her. We could take tea and chat, or we could stroll through the gardens and I could speak of my biggest secrets, and know that Jane would never tell another soul. That's the kind of person Jane Rankin is. That's what drives Wallingford to possess her at all costs, the hidden essence of Jane which is nothing short of magical as he slowly encourages her set her innermost thoughts, fears and longings free.

In my mind, Jane is plain. Not ugly, mind. Just....average. I went trolling through pictures trying to find something suitable, and nothing was right. Except, I happened across this image and thought it perfect for one particular scene in Sinful. It's with Jane, and her employer, Lady Blackwood. Jane in this scene, is trying to maintain composure. Trying to be strong and dignified. But she is a woman who is hurting, and it's this picture, that reminds me so much of what Jane embodies. The woman holding Jane is too young to be Lady Blackwood, but the mood and emotions conveyed are very reminscent of the scene. The picture made me sigh, and hope that readers will like Jane as much as I do.

So tell me. Have you ever read a book where the name of the hero or heroine didn't match the character's personality? And, what fictional heroine have you most identified with?

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Beefcake Bran

Hey guys, just wanted to give you the heads up that Bran, my hero from Velvet Haven, is the beefcake for February over at Leontine's Book Realm.

Join Bran on Monday, February 8th, for his interview, and to ask him some questions. As well, I'll be giving away a copy of Velvet Haven to a lucky winner.

See you there!!!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Friday Feel Good

So, I've met my word goals for this week! YEAH!!! LUST is coming along quite well, and I've even penned a scene for Vanity's book. So, I'm treating myself this weekend to reading for pleasure.

This is what I'm diving into....

VFG has been on me for AGES to get my arse in gear and read Nalini! I know, what rock have been living under to not have read anything by her? lol! I started chapter one earlier this week, but got distracted by writing stuff. This weekend, I'm totally devoting myself to this book. And it's about angels, you know I love me some bad boy angels!!!

Next up is a fun reseach book I found on-line. What a treasure it is. Filled with really neat ancetodal information on the Fae. It even has a fab chapter on faery sex! lol!

Seducing virgins, preying upon hapless travelers, luring mortals toward madness and death . . . What are faeries really like?

Contrary to today’s sanitized depictions, the hobgoblins, imps, sprites, elves, and other magical creatures embodied in folklore can be quite nasty. Kenny Klein draws on folkloric record—ancient songs, stories of forest and field, legends, myths, and sagas—to reveal faeries’ true nature: where they live; what they do; their desires, fears, powers, proclivities, and enchantments.

Entertaining and enlightening, this unique guide explores human interactions with Mab the Faerie Queen, Puck the prankster, Reynardine the fox man, Jenny Green Teeth, and an array of other legendary fey. It includes rituals and spells for faerie protection, tells the reader how to enlist faerie help in finding lost objects or gaining inspiration, and offers practical tips for those who dare to venture into the world of the Faerie.

“Think you know faeries? This well-researched, compelling book will have you looking twice at shadows and tying bits of red thread around your bedposts for protection.”—Jennifer McMahon, author of Promise Not to Tell

So, I'll be finishing up this little gem and diving into Angel's Kiss.

What's everyone reading?

Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday Treat and Tidbit

It's Friday, thought I'd treat all you hussies to a little hotness....

Wallingford and Jane (at least in my mind)

Matthew slid in beside her, his hand resting beneath her breast. The breeze blew across them, sending a few blossoms wafting down,landing on the exposed flesh of her chest. She moved her hand to brush them off, and Matthew clasped her hand in his, threading his long fingers slowly between hers.
"Let me." Then, lowering his head, he gently blew the blossoms off
her gown. Jane couldn't smother the small cry that escaped her, nor could she
hide the goose bumps that sprang up to cover her flesh. His hand tightened on hers, then his lips brushed over her skin in much the same way as his breath had. Her skin tingled, and an ache developed in her breasts.
"You taste so sweet," he breathed against her flesh. "Your skin is so soft, so warm."
Jane cried out when he unlocked his hand from hers, but her protests ceased when she felt his fingers beneath the edge of her bodice.
"It all went so wrong last night, Jane. So wrong," he murmured as he tugged the bodice lower and ran his tongue along the edge. "You thought I believed you insignificant, but the truth is, I find you fascinating. You think I suppose you're not pretty, but, Jane," he said, looking up, "I find you stunning. Your eyes…your imperfect mouth. It's beautiful, and I want to paint you how I see you, sensual and womanly, dying to break free of an ideal that imprisons you."
His fingers unhooked the top buttons of her gown, and she glanced over to Sarah, who was quite a way away, partially concealed by the trunk of a tree.
"She sleeps deep," he whispered as he parted her bodice to reveal the swells of her breasts, "and I need you. I know your body is not mine, that you will not give it wholly, but could you give me something of you, Jane?"
She closed her eyes and allowed him to bend his head to her breasts. He nudged the gown lower with his mouth, nipping her skin.
"Yes," she murmured. Tentatively, she ran her fingers through his hair.
"Matty," she whispered in ascent, holding hiim close to her, "please..."

Bran (the hair is wrong, but boy oh boy, the pose is dead on!)

In three strides he was at Mairi's side, pulling her away from Suriel.
“Come with me,” he growled.
She dug the heels of her shoes into the carpet. “I don’t think so.”
Bran’s mood blackened and he picked her up, carrying her out of the room and to the stairs that led to his bedroom.
“Put me down,” she yelped, hitting his back with her fists. He did, but then all but dragged her up the stairs before shoving open the bedroom door. He slammed it shut and pressed her against it with his body. He was hot. Hard. And dying for her.
“If you want it so bad,” he growled, “I’ll give it to you.”
Roughly, Bran crushed his mouth against Mairi’s, forcing her to accept him, wiping away all traces of Suriel. Moaning, Mairi wrapped her arms around his neck, bringing the mounds of her breasts up against his chest. His body tightened, his cock swelling. Their kiss was unbroken as he crossed the floor and pushed her on to the bed. Her body was restless against his, her fingers clenching in his hair, bringing him closer to her. Bran’s kiss turned more carnal, and Mairi returned it with exuberance, matching his rhythm and allowing her tongue to dance with his.
“I want you naked,” he said in a gruff voice. He wanted to tear that dress from her body but he didn’t want to spare the time, so he waved his hand and the fabric melted away. He smiled in triumph before lowering his head, preparing to devour her whole...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

He's Here....

OMG, I just opened the door to the hottie FedEX guy, bearing Bran. Wow, I thought the cover was great in jpef form, but wait till you see him in real life! And gold foil, too! (I'm easily impressed!)

Joey Hill had this to say about Velvet Haven--"Sophie Renwick has created a sexy cast of heroes and loads of intriguing story twists."

And Sylvia Day said, "Steeped in dark dangers and blistering sensuality, Annwyn is a world not to be missed. Renwick Rocks!"

Okay, swallowing back the emotion. I'm so grateful that two authors whom I really love to read, and respect so much for their art had those nice things to say about my writing, and that surely assed, Bran!!!

Wow, can't believe he'll be out for all you guys to fondle in a little over a month!!!!

Be well.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Idle Hands...

It's amazing the sort of fodder that can run through one's mind while idling away the hours on the couch. I've spent the last four days doing just that, lounging, reading, watching movies...thinking. Always dangerous thinking. At least for me. YOu see, a writer's mind is never still. It is always churning, formulating, thinking....at least mine is. I'm either highly creative or I have ADHD! lol!

My four day sabbatical was rather rejuvenating, despite the nosebleeds and headaches that came along with this illness! Most inspiring was a documentary I watched on BBC Canada about the Celts. Fascinating stuff, and they talked in depth about the kind of warriors the men were, and how they revered their females. Did you know, that way back when the Celts roamed Britain, that when a woman came to her marriage with money and lands that she kept them?! I mean, this is HUGE! Another fascinating detail was the expose the documentary went into about the how the Celts worshipped not only the moon and sun but the seasons and well. They talked about the great hunt, and the great marriage, and that immediately sparked a very naughty scene in my mind. I jotted it down and thoughtit perfect for Vanity's book. Those Fey princes are perfectly naughty!!!

I also came up with an idea for a new series--a straight historical series that I'd like to pitch to HQN once the as yet un-named trilogy is nearing completion. Amazing that I could still think while whining on the couch!

Also while lounging on my sickbed, I felt this overwhelming need to get back to England. I need research! I need creative visuals! One place I must get to (and I've never been despite numerous tripsto England) is Glastonbury Tor. So much fascinating information to be had there. It's reported that this was once the Island of Avalon, also, home to King Arthur's Camelot. It's also purported to be a Faery Mound. Whatever it is, I have to get there! It feels mystical and some place where I could sit with my notebook and pen and jot down pages and pages of inspiring description.

That led me to think of money...writing conferencesvs. research trip. What is in my best interests? This corrundrum made me question numerous things involved in marketing a book. It made me think back to the days when I didn't go to the net for books and to look up hors. And then I had a bit of a panic when I realized that I didn't know how I bought books before the internet and blogging and RT Magazine. Good Lord, I suppose I just went to the bookstore and started pulling out books. If I liked the cover I flipped it over to the back cover copy. If I liked the sounds of the plot,I skimmed a bit of the writing, deciding if I liked it. Is so, I bought it. If I loved it, I immediately bought the author's entire back list. This is how I discovered Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh, Julie Garwood and Amanda Quick.

So, this has been a very long rambling post (remember, idle hands, idle mind!) and I wantd to ask you how you buy your books. Before blogging, how did we find our romances?

Because tomorrow is Wednesday, and it's hump day, here's a hunk for you!!!
This is Irian, the Fey Prince of Sloth...I could totally stay in bed with him for four days!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

This Is Me...

Blech. I woke up this morning with a hell of a headache. Thought it was caffeine withdrawl, and it ended up being the beginning of a sinus headache. Now my throat hurts, I'm coughing, and I'm starting with the shakes. Boooo!!!

So, hubby is taking over dinner for me...chicken strips and fries--his speciality! And I'm heading for the couch with my special blankie, a steaming hot toddy (hubby makes the best toddies!) and a good book.

When I'm sick, I don't like to start a new book, instead, I reach for a comfort read. Tonight, I feel like some Lisa Kleypas. I know it'll depress me because when I grow up, I want to write as good as she does! :)

So, I went upstairs to my study to the keeper shelf and placed my fingers on the spines of my Lisa K books and closed my eyes, letting my fingers do the choosing. Index finger landed on Tempt Me At Midnight! Oh, goodie. I love me some Harry and Poppy. I really adore Harry's character in this novel, as well, I love all the Hathaway's. I'm so eager for Leo's book. I know it's going to be nice and emotional. And Beatrix's should be really sweet. I wonder who her hero will be. Anyone know?

Well...I'm off to snuggle up and feel better.
So, who or what is your comfort read?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pure Bliss

Okay, I promised that if the dessert I was making the other night was good, I'd post the recipe. Well...it was decadent, and I loved it, so did the hubby and the kidlet. I'm actually going to make it again this weekend for my family when they come for Sunday dinner.

I found this recipe in the Feb 2010 issue of Rachel Ray's Everyday. I really like her, and like the magazine as well. I cook alot of her dishes, and my family really loves them. So, without further ado.....here's


1 stick (4oz) of unsalted butter, plus more greasing
1/4 cup of sugar, plus more for coating
4 ounces of bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 large egss, plus 2 large yolks, at room temperature
1 tablespoon flour
3 tablespoons heavy cream
2/3 cup marshmallow cream
1 graha;m cracker cheet (2 squares), finely chopped. (instead, I used a homemade choclate chip cookie that was nice and soft)

Preheat oven to 425.

Grease four 6 ounces custard cups or ramekins, then coat with sugar

place on a baking sheet

In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg yolks and sugar until foamy. Whisk in the chocolate mixture, then the flour.

Fill the prepared cups 2/3 full with the batter.

Bake until the edges are puffy (13-15 mins)

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, microwave the heavy cream at high power for 30 secs. Stir in marshmallow cream until smooth

Carefully invert cakes onto plates and drizzle the marshmallow sauce on the side, top with graham cracker crumbs. (instead, I place the cookie on the plate, then inverted the lava cake so the cookie got nice and soft with the heat of the cake.

Mmmmm, this was so good, easy, and really quite elegant looking. Easy to make for company and romantic to share for Valentine's Day!!!

And happy hump day! Oh, and I'm blogging today over at Lust In Time!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Good News!

The Romance Studio has nominated Addicted for a Cappa in their erotic historical romance category!!! Cool beans!!! I'm really fortunate, and tickled pink by the great response this book has gotten.

In other news...just finished writing a scene where Lust and Gluttony have a heated tete a tete about Glusttony's appetite for all things he shouldn't consume...namely Lust's heroine! ;)

I was at a bit of a roadblock with this book, but this new scene has opened the creative gates! It's good to be back!!!

I'm also making a treat for dessert tonight for the hubby and kidlet. If it's good, I'll share the recipe!

Happy Monday!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

News!!! And Got Men Contest!!!

Hey! How's everybody doing? I hope 2010 is treating you right and that you've all recovered from the holidays!

I'm busy writing--the Fey Princes. Lust is behaving just as he should; Lusty! He's alot of fun to write, and I've enjoyed getting to discover the other six sinful princes. Two of them have really captured my imagination--Envy and Gluttony! Gluttony, he's a total hedonist. I had toyed with the idea of calling him Avarice, because I wasn't sure what readers would think of the word gluttony. I didn't want them think of a fat, pompous princeling. But you know, gluttony totally fits him, and I might just keep him the Harbinger of Gluttony! (wait till you see the inspiration for him!)

So, I've been busy with the sins, and also with trying to come up with a trilogy name and a new title for the three book deal with Harlequin's HQN line. Right now, titles are up in the air, but we're thinking of 'Seduce Me With Words'. The heroine is a Victorian Lady Novelist, and she really does seduce the hero with her story. Any thoughts? Suggestions? The name we're leaning to for the trilogy is Brethren Guardians. Not sure if it would be 'A Brethren Guardian Novel' or something like Book One of the Brethren Guardians.

I'm completely lame with titles!!!!

So, other than writing, I've been slavering over these pictures you guys sent me. WOW!!!! I had no idea it would so damn hard to pick a winner. I do have a winner, but I feel compelled to offer a conciliatory prize for all the hard work you guys did sending me all those hunks.

Well, without prolonging the agony, I'd like to introduce you to the Fey Prince of Gluttony (formally known as Avarice) This guy has it all. I can totally picture him in some opulent room with decadent pillows and cushions, while dining on aphrodisiacs and women! What do you think?

Thank you to Ms. Moonlight who provided this most inspiring picture! You've won a $25Amazon gift certificate. Congrats!!!

Now, to the other prize. Whoever is the first to email me at charlotte@charlottefeatherstone.net can have a book of your choosing. ALSO, since Velvet Haven is only a short six weeks away, you can opt to choose it, as long as you know you might have to wait a few weeks to get it (author copies have not yet arrived--but soon they'll be here) The only caveat is, you must have sent me pics for the Got Men contest...and ahem...I know who you are, so no cheating.

Okay, so these are the books: Charlotte's--Addicted, Naughty Bits, Winter's Desire or Sophie's: Hot In Here, A Highlander Christmas, or...Velvet Haven.

And Ms. Moonlight, please email me at charlotte@charlottefeatherstone.net and we'll get the ball rolling on the gift certicate!

Happy Thursday everyone!