LASR Anniversary: Charlotte Howard

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A Very British Summer

Living in Britain means that we get to experience all four seasons in the space of one day – and summer is no different. Just this weekend, I decided to take my family to the local air show. One minute we were wearing T-shirts and sunglasses, slapping on the sun cream and forcing baseball caps onto the children, the next we were pulling on waterproof coats and sheltering under an umbrella behind a large lorry, desperately trying to escape the gale-force wind and rain!

As a writer, I work from home, and when it’s glorious sunshine, the garden becomes my office. I get to sit outside and listen to the birds tweeting and the bees buzzing (and the traffic), while tapping away on my laptop. I am surrounded by the scents of mown grass and growing mint. When it comes to taking a break – it is important to step away from the computer for at least ten minutes every two hours – I can dig in the dirt and weed my herb garden, or play with the dog, or sunbathe and read a book. I love being a writer during the summer.

And then it rains.

rainy dayThis is the view from my kitchen window on a typical summer day. See that river? Yeah, that’s actually a road.

On days like this, I am stuck inside. It’s still warm, but it’s wet and grey and miserable. In the winter it’s not too bad, because the heating is on and I can snuggle under my slanket / snuggie, with a hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies, while I let inspiration run through me. But in the summer it’s humid, it’s sticky, and the pressure is intense as we all wait for the rain to pass. Unfortunately, the rain in this particular village can last weeks rather than hours.

One of the good things about the rain though, like today (it is tipping it down as I write this!), is that I cannot be distracted by the sunshine, and so I do get some writing done. In fact, it was during a wet and miserable week that I wrote my latest erotic romance novella, One Night in Aberdeen. So while I pray for sunshine, perhaps rain would be better for my career as an author.

OneNightinAberdeenbyCharlotteHoward-1800HRRoss McKinley and his personal assistant, Lee Bradshaw, have been invited to Aberdeen by Ross’s ex-wife, Anna, to participate in a charity ‘slave auction.’ He finds the whole thing embarrassing, and not wanting to be ‘won’ on the auction block, he asks Lee to bid on him, and win whatever the cost. After a bidding war between Lee and Anna, Lee wins. Being the spoilsport, Anna begins subtly threatening Lee.

Ross finally takes Lee away from the event . . . and back to his hotel room where things quickly change from the boss-employee role to lovers. The following day when Ross is showing Lee around the city, it becomes obvious she’s not enjoying the adventure. She tells him about Anna’s threatening texts—she’s to quit her job and never see Ross again, or Anna will ruin his business.

When Lee refuses to let Anna manipulate her into quitting, will she be strong enough to fight beside Ross for his company? Or will Anna get the upper hand?

About the Author: 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 Group.

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  1. Rita Wray says:

    I enjoyed the post.

  2. Thanks for the post and the pic. August is a rainy time where I live and when it rains especially hard in the mountains near our house, the rain comes pouring down the mountains and creates a river out our road and the wash behind our house. We can often hear the boulders crashing as they are pushed by water through the wash. The first time was kind of scary.

  3. Enjoyed reading your post, that must have been frustrating going to the airshow starting out with one type of weather and then having to deal with another.

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