July 25, 2012

excerpt: seattle delight

Bloggers note: I am pleased to welcome Seattle Delight author Charlotte Stout to Change the Word as part of her Goddess Fish blog tour. Charlotte will be giving away a $75 Amazon gift card and encourage your readers to follow the tour and comment; the more they comment, the better their chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here.

Excerpt of Seattle Delight
Charly walked into Shuckers at precisely seven o’clock in an emerald green silk dress, her sister found on the sale rack in Nordstrom’s Individualist and gold stiletto heels from her own closet. Charly had almost choked at the original price of the silk dress but she knew that at one hundred dollars it was a bargain and more in line with what she could afford.

Charly saw her parents and Lisa and made her way over to their table. She sat down feeling a bit glamorous and sexy – not that she wanted to feel sexy in front of her parents. Ew!

Seated between her parents Charly looked for the waiter. A glass of wine was just what she needed to add a little natural glow to her cheeks.

“For heaven’s sake, what are you looking for?” her mother asked, as she sat primly in the high-back armchair.

“The waiter, I’d like a glass of wine.” Charly replied.

“Charly honey–we are in one of the finest restaurants in Seattle, please show some decorum and manners, for me.”

“Sorry. But you each have a drink,” she replied somewhat defensively.

Josie sat forward, “Yes dear, but we got here at seven – you did not. So, you’ll have to wait for your drink until the waiter comes by.”

“Hey, it was seven by my clock when I parked the car.”

“Then your clock is off – my dear. You really should have all your time pieces synchronized.” Her mother said with a smile and a wink.

Her dad didn’t say anything. He just listened and grunted periodically, which left everyone wondering whose side he was on. Then he started sniffing the air around him. “Do any of you smell that?”
Read an interview with Charlotte Stout here.

About the Author
Charlotte lives in Arizona with her hunky husband Warren, and her spoiled Silky Terrier, Tess. Her life has been filled with serious endeavors, including earning a Master's degree, owning her own business, consulting and working in the corporate world as a human resources executive. Before penning her first novel, Charlotte had written several practical guides for business applications, not exactly steamy stuff. Luckily, she never lost sight of her dream to write a novel that would encompass her passion for gorgeous men, adventure and a love of life. Enjoy.

Website: http://www.charlotteastout.com
Blog: http://www.charlotteastout.com/blog

About the Book
Charly’s life was simple and uncomplicated, just like she wanted it. Or so she thought! One chance encounter with a devilishly handsome stranger in her local coffee shop would turn her world, and her heart, upside down. She would be thrown into a realm of privilege and romance, and more than just a little danger.

How will she handle the dark gorgeous man who has inserted himself into her domain? When danger threatens those she loves, will she have the strength of heart and spirit to do whatever it takes to save them? Share Charly’s adventures as she navigates through the quickly changing landscape that has become her life.
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  1. Great interview. It must be great to lose yourself in the story as it develops. That is the beauty of the panster approach.

    Loved the book and look forward to your next one!

  2. Good heavens, you had a terrible battle for your health. You had a wonderful husband by your side to help fight. His helping make certain SEATLE DELIGHT got published was likely some of the best medicine you got. I hope your health has stabilized and you continue to be well and write.

  3. hmmm...thought I left a comment on 7-25 but I don't see it now. Google Gremlins at work again? Now, I can't remember what I wrote so I'll think of something else.

    When you are writing, do you replay the conversation you are writing only in your head or do you speak the words out loud?

    1. Karen - You posted a message yesterday on the interview, so hopefully Charlotte will see it. Thanks for posting!

    2. Well, what do you know? A Senior Moment in spades! LOL Didn't realize you had a separate comment box for the interview and another for the excerpt! Thanks for reminding me!

  4. The excerpt was very good. :)