Fan Friday—9/11


We were getting ready to go to our first client’s home for the day. The TV was on and our youngest was playing on the bedroom floor. The older kids were at school.

My husband called out, “Hey, what’s going on? Looks like a plane just hit a building in New York!”

I came out of the bathroom just in time to see the second plane hit the World Trade Center.

We stood there, staring, trying to make sense of it. For almost an hour.

We wondered if we should pick up the kids from school; we wondered if we should go to work.

I called our client and asked if we should come—she said sure, why not? I couldn’t tell her.

We managed to gather our supplies and the three-year-old and left the house. By the time we arrived at the client’s house, she was glued to the TV.

Halfway through the job, we left. We couldn’t stay. She barely noticed.

We spent the next week, probably, watching TV and wondering what to do, if anything. We wondered what it all meant. What would happen next. We called friends who flew, making sure they were safe.

My mother was stuck in France. No flights.


Every year on this date, things are tense. Here, I mean. At home. Not just across the USA. It’s an overall feeling of doom, a sense of waiting and watching. And remembering.

Even fourteen years later.




Seven Dirty Words

Since the release date of Seven Dirty Words is just around the corner – four days from this morning, to be exact – I’m going to take this opportunity to first tell you all ways you can get your own copy of this great romantic read:

You can enter the giveaway over at Goodreads – nearly 300 other people have done it!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Seven Dirty Words by Charlotte V. Howard

Seven Dirty Words

by Charlotte V. Howard

Giveaway ends January 29, 2013.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

You can go directly to the publisher’s website – and get an autographed copy.


You can download for Kindle… or Kobo. AND, you can get that signed too, very soon, through Authorgraph!

You can go to Amazon or Amazon UK for a paperback.

And, by Monday, you can download for your Nook!

Of course, there’s a link on Charlotte’s website too….

Moving right along, let me tell how Seven Dirty Words came to be a book:

I met Charlotte several years ago, online of course, where we both wrote non-fiction articles for a certain unnamed website. Last fall, when I was slightly bored one day, I decided to start a publishing house. For my own two books, of course, and why yes, I will name them, thankyouverymuch: REDUCED and REUSED, but also for other authors – authors who may or may not be able or interested in self-publishing but who were possibly having trouble finding an agent or traditional publisher. And as I’ve mentioned before, RHP is a traditional publisher.

So, never one to let grass grow under my feet, I put out a call for submissions. Initially, I received two: one from a gentleman in Oklahoma, and Charlotte’s manuscript. Now, the gentleman from Oklahoma called me after receiving my email. I had made some suggestions/corrections and told him I’d be happy to look at it again after he made those changes. It was a good story, but needed some work. Two beta readers had gone over it, and I based the requests on their comments.

And there was Charlotte’s book. Seven Dirty Words. Our beta readers really liked this one! The only issue was to tone down some of the “Britishisms.” I have no idea if that’s a real word, but I like it. As you know, English is not always English on both sides of the pond – and that’s all I’m going to say about that!

At any rate, Charlotte was awesome about all this – she listened to what I had to say, made a few changes, and presto: we had a workable manuscript which went off promptly to editing. I will say that our  editor was a little flummoxed over a few of those “Britishisms” which remained, the ones that I felt were essential to the story; it does, after all, take place in the UK. Shannon Yarbrough was busy during this time designing the amazing cover…. And then we had a book. To sell.

Charlotte is an absolute joy to work with – she follows through almost immediately on any marketing ideas and suggestions that I throw her direction. This is particularly remarkable when you consider the time zone differences – which I frequently forget about – and the fact that I’m very off-the-cuff about such things: when I think of them, I shoot off an email before I forget!

Besides selling and promoting Seven Dirty Words, though, I really do want to thank Charlotte for taking a chance on a new publishing house – and for helping me learn A LOT MORE about this business. And I’m really glad that I got her on board with RHP before anyone else came along and snatched up her very talented writing!