Winter Blogfest: Charlotte O’Shay

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Attitude Is Everything

2020 has been one giant round of cancelled plans and foiled celebrations. I don’t know about you but sometimes it’s hard to find a silver lining. But I believe attitude is everything. With the winter holiday season upon us, I’m eager to celebrate.

Our family continues to search for ways to connect while still protecting those most vulnerable— elderly grandparents, immune comprised family and friends, new moms and babies. 

Do I dare complain when so far our family has maintained our good health when so many others worldwide have suffered devasting loss? Absolutely not. Attitude is everything.

Fingers crossed we’ll enjoy a ten person gathering for Thanksgiving, an outdoors, back porch celebration. Christmas and New Year celebrations will look different—smaller, but whatever we do, we will look forward to better times. We’re determined to adapt and be grateful. We’ll share music, stories, recipes and laughter, via Zoom and FaceTime, if necessary. 

In FOREVER IN A MOMENT, Samantha De Martino is jilted two weeks before her Christmas wedding. But when life hands Samantha a giant lemon, Samantha is all about attitude. Yes, she’s crushed, she’s disappointed, in fact she’s downright angry her fiancé dumped her but she refuses to let it ruin the holiday season for her. She decides to get out of her comfort zone by traveling alone on her honeymoon to a remote country inn during the week between Christmas and New Year. And wouldn’t you know it, her decision to have a good attitude, to adapt to circumstances is key. Her attitude leads Sam toward a future she never expected.

In FOREVER IN A MOMENT, Samantha takes a leap of faith. She faces an unknown future with positivity. She takes the pain of being a jilted bride, and chooses to learn from it. Samantha finds love again and a new career. Sam takes the lemons life and her fiancé threw at her and turns them into… lemon bars.

My family is blessed with great cooks and bakers on both sides, oldest to youngest and among all of the branches. My gift to you is guaranteed to sweeten your holiday celebrations. 

Aunt Chris’s Lemon Bars


1 C. all purpose flour

¼ C. sifted powdered sugar

½ C. butter

2 eggs

¾  C. granulated sugar

½ t. shredded lemon peel

3 T. lemon juice

2 T. all purpose flour

¼ t. baking powder
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powdered sugar


Stir 1 C. flour and ¼ C. powdered sugar.

Cut in butter till mixture clings together.

Pat into ungreased 8 x 8 x 2 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.


In mixer bowl beat eggs: add granulated sugar, lemon peel, and juice.

Beat till slightly thick and smooth, 8 -10 minutes. Stir together 2 T. flour and baking powder. Add to egg mixture. Blend just till all is moistened.

Pour over baked layer. Bake at 350 for 20 -25 minutes.

Sift powdered sugar over the top. Cool. 

Cut into bars. Makes 20.


A stormy encounter…

Samantha DeMartino’s Christmas wedding is two weeks away when her fiancé calls the whole thing off. Word on the street: his cold feet are being heated by an old flame. With her well-ordered world in complete disarray, Sam's friends convince her to go on her honeymoon—alone. A week at a charming Vermont inn away from the city and her demanding corporate career could be just what she needs to figure out her next steps.

Between his twenty-four seven work schedule on his family's dairy farm and teaching tourists to ski, Jed Armstrong's too busy to think about how lonely he is…until Sam sings her way into his life during a Christmas blizzard. Now he has to figure out a way to convince her to stay.

Can a vivacious city girl find forever with a reclusive farmer?
Will her secret keep her from trying?

The only thing Charlotte O’Shay loves more than reading steamy, emotional romance is writing them.

Award winning author Charlotte O’Shay’s writing has been called “intoxicating, emotional and irresistible.”

Charlotte believes home is where the heart is and hers is in NYC. She lives with Mac, her IRL hero, 3 subway stops from her childhood neighborhood, where walks along the Hudson River serve up fresh story ideas every day.


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A Model Engagement by Charlotte O’Shay – Spotlight and Giveaway

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Lacey Reed jumps at the chance for independence with a career in the big city. But her naivety and ambition blind her to the lure of a blackmailer. With her savings gone, she has nowhere to turn when she literally runs into financier Connor Devlin.

Though dazzled by Lace y, Connor sees the desperation she tries to hide. His gut tells him to help, and he hires her as his fake fiancée. Now Lacey has a job, and Connor has put a bandage on a family crisis.

When the blackmailer ups the ante, Lacey resolves to face him down—no matter what the consequences. Does that mean Lacey will lose the only man who’s ever seen who she truly is?

Enjoy an Excerpt

What Part of No Don’t You Understand?

Lacey Lee Reed was at the type of event, which for years had been, if not her life’s blood, then at least her meal ticket. Anyone who knew her, or thought they did, would say she was in her element—smack dab in the middle of a society party with every A-lister in New York in attendance.

But she couldn’t breathe.

The combination of exotic perfumes and expensive colognes in the warm room hit her harder than the kick of a mule. She swayed on her five-inch heels.

Focus, Lacey. You will not have a panic attack in the middle of your best friend’s wedding.

She pasted on a smile as she scanned the sparkling sea of Prada, Gucci and Dior visible over his head, scoping out her escape.

She inhaled again, slower this time, then eased out a steady, candle-extinguishing breath. Ridiculous to feel trapped. Another focused breath. She wasn’t alone. Not by a long shot.

She was in the middle of the most enormous ballroom the Pierre Hotel possessed at one of the splashiest New York City weddings in decades. The VIP crowd was nothing new, nothing she couldn’t handle.

It was individual people that creeped her out.

The old Lacey would have told this SOB staring straight into her cleavage where to go. Politely and with every bit of the charm her mama taught her. But that was the old Lacey. Current day Lacey’s head was spinning, just like it had that one time when they were thirteen and she and Mandy snuck a cigarette out by Mandy’s grandparents’ barn. That memory put a genuine smile on her lips.

Against her every instinct she extended her hand.

“It was a pleasure to meet you, Mr. Calloway.” The manners drummed into her through generations of Reed grandmas meant she remembered his name, met his lascivious eyes, and continued to smile even as she yanked her chilled hand from his too-familiar grip.

Their three-minute conversation had gone two and half minutes too long. Lacey had learned, at long last, to trust her intuition, and she needed to be gone.


About the Author: NYC girl Charlotte O’Shay was born into a big family and married into another big family.

The drama! The noise! The inspiration!

Negotiating skills honed at the dinner table led her to a career in the law. After four beautiful children joined the crowded family tree, Charlotte gladly traded her legal career to write about happily ever afters set in and around NYC.

When Charlotte isn’t reading or writing steamy contemporaries featuring heroines in crisis and swoony heroes, she’s on the hunt for that perfect pair of sunglasses. She loves to hear from readers.

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The City of Dreams series are all standalone books linked by the wedding that takes place in The Marriage Ultimatum.

Book 1, The Marriage Ultimatum ~ Sabrina & Vlad
Book 2, A Model Engagement ~ Lacey & Connor
Book 3, An Illicit Affair ~ Honey & Jake

Buy the book at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

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