Friday, November 11, 2016

Charity Blog Tour ~ Ask Me Again & Run Away Charlotte by H. M. Shander


For the first two weeks of
November, all PROFITS from the sales of ASK ME AGAIN are being donated to SAIF
- Stop Abuse in Families - Society. (www.stopabuse.ca).  

This
not-for-profit organization provides services and counselling to its clients
(and families) who are experiencing abuse. They also have support groups, and
have partnered with schools and community groups to provide education and
prevention. Locally run and operated, they are an organization near and dear to
H.M.'s heart.


ASK ME AGAIN
The Courting of Charlotte Cooper #2
H.M. Shander



After years of feeling alone and unwanted in her
unhappy marriage, Charlotte longs for a time when she was happy and truly
loved. When her world is turned upside down by a broken water main, the true
loneliness of her life becomes overbearing.

When Andrew shows up on her doorstep as Project Manager
in charge of repairing her home, Charlotte’s heart come alive after years of it
slowly tapping along.




It’s been more than 13 years since they broke up, she’s
married and he’s engaged, but that doesn’t mean the past is forgotten. The more
time they spend together repairing the house, the harder it becomes to resist
their intoxicating chemistry.



From ASK ME AGAIN
She reached for her phone and as he slid it into her hands, he wrapped his around hers. It was warm and soft, and for a moment made her forget where she was.
Slowly and gently, he turned her left hand over and stroked the inside of her wrist with his thumb. “What happened to your tattoo?”
A white scar looked burned into her skin, hiding the blue and red blood lines that ran beneath. She closed her eyes. “I had it removed.”
“You did, or Jack did?” He released her hand gently although his stubble covered face had disgust written all over it.
“Stop painting him in such a negative light. You don’t know anything.”
“Please, enlighten me then? Everything that I’ve seen, as of late, has not been the picture of romantic bliss.”
Charlotte swallowed hard. “We’re having a dry spell right now. There’s a lot going on, Drew. Between the house and his caseload, and work functions, and galas and hobnobbing, there’s barely time to breathe. He’s even at work today – it’s a Saturday for crying out loud.”
Andrew sat and stared at her.
She lifted the cup to her lips, and allowed the warm fluid to wet her parched throat.
“What’s happened to you?” His voice warm with concern.
“Nothing.”
“Your spirit, that amazing spirit, seems pushed down, far away.”
“It’s called life, Drew. You might want to look into getting one.” She sneered at him.
“Cat.” His voice was hushed and soft, emotion ringing through it.
“What?” she said joylessly.
“When was the last time you two went dancing, just for yourselves?” She said nothing. “When was the last time you watched the sunset? I remember how much you loved doing that. It was almost like the highlight of your day – those fifteen minutes of serenity.”
Charlotte closed her eyes, trying to visually block out the look of sadness Andrew mirrored. She didn’t want to see it. She knew what her life had become, and she felt helpless to do anything about it.
“I’ve got it.” Andrew snapped his fingers, springing open Charlotte’s eyes. “I’m going to make you feel alive again.”
Many thoughts crossed her mind, unsure of Andrew’s plan. Some were dirty, some were clean, but almost every thought made her shudder with excitement.
“Come with me.” His smile was contagious, but she crossed her arms.
“Why? What are you going to do?” Sitting firmly in her place, she refused to move.
“Not just me, us.” He rose. “Do you trust me?” He extended his hand to her.
She placed a trembling hand into his, and stood.
           “Let’s go.”







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RUN AWAY CHARLOTTE
The Courting of Charlotte Cooper #1
H.M. Shander



Trusting and depending on others has never suited
nineteen-year-old Charlotte Cooper, who believes she’s unworthy of a happily
ever after. She’s fiercely loyal to one - her BFF Joe. Afterall, Joe’s the only
one who knows everything about Charlotte and he’s sworn to protect her heart,
and her deep dark secrets.

Until Andrew Wagner walks into her life.

Despite his attempts to court Charlotte, she pushes him
away, believing he can’t handle her past shadows. After a horrible accident,
she slowly learns to trust and depend on him. As she shares her darkest
secrets, he falls in love with her. Several incidents thrust the young lovers
together, and Charlotte falls hard, giving her whole being to Andrew. While
trying to be everything he can for Charlotte, he struggles to find the balance
between family, school, love and commitment.

However, their different definitions of love and what
it means to love unconditionally come to a head after Andrew spends a summer
abroad and Charlotte crosses a line. His reaction sends a devastated Charlotte
into the arms of Jack, an older man who can successfully balance what Andrew
failed to do. He puts Charlotte first, treating her like a princess while
capitalizing on her vulnerability. He gives her everything her heart desires… except
Andrew.








When it comes to matters of the heart and mind, which
direction do you follow? Love or Logic?

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I have been writing since I was fourteen – I’m
not going to tell you how many years that’s been (haha) but it’s a few. (wink
wink) My original stories were handwritten on loose-leaf paper tied together
with yarn, and each story has its own custom cover courtesy of whatever
magazine I had around. I’d cut out the main character and tape her onto the
cover, and decorate around her with the title and other pictures. Oh, the days
before photoshop and awesome cover designers… Anyways. I developed a deep love
of romance books, as I always loved it when the heroine overcame the odds to
get the man of her dreams.

That early love has developed into a passion –
I continue to write contemporary romance novels. Now, as an adult who has
experienced reality (not like my wildly naïve fourteen-year-old self) my
characters still overcome those tough odds, but their obstacles are also very
real, and sometimes very dark. However, the rewards are even sweeter.

My heroes who are swoon-worthy and handsome
and gentle, who have their own issues. No domineering alpha-males from me –
I’ll leave those to many other wonderful authors I know and adore. My heroines
are those women who are less than perfect, with a very select few she’ll call
friends. She is neither popular nor outgoing but deeply loved by those lucky
enough to know her.

Right now I am hard at work on a sequel to Duly Noted as well as a second-chance
romance story. I’m also tinkering on a novella which follows after Ask Me Again as many emails have come in
from readers saying they hope for more from Charlotte and Company.

It’s because of wonderful readers that I
continue to write and develop my stories. I absolutely adore it when fans connect with me on twitter (@HM_Shander) because
I’m very chatty on there, more so than my Facebook page (hmshander). Regardless
of the way you contact me, I’m sure to respond.





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