Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Book Tour Saving Charlie by Anne Conley

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TITLE – Saving Charlie SERIES – Stories of Serendipity AUTHOR – Anne Conley GENRE – Contemporary Romance PUBLICATION DATE – Nov. 15, 2014 LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 75K PUBLISHER – Anne Conley COVER ARTIST – Vanessa Booke
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100,000 children are sexually trafficked every year in the US. In the 1990s, Charlie was one of those children. She’s spent her adult life getting past that, trying to become a successful business owner in Serendipity, TX. Relationships are not goals for her. In fact, she’s not even sure she has what it takes to be a part of one.
Les is a fool for love. All he’s ever wanted was a girl. Now that every last one of his friends are married, and in happy relationships with families, he can’t stop thinking about the sexy lady who sells house parts, even if everything about her screams at him to stay away. He just can’t.
When they are thrown together on a cross-country road trip, Charlie’s past comes back to her full-force, long-buried memories inundating her. Les seems to be the only thing grounding her to the present, when everything else seems to be trying to tear her apart.
While it has a HEA, the road getting there is long, rough, and dark. Enjoy the ride.
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They were passing a sign for White Sands when Les tugged gently on a piece of her hair. “Let’s stop here for a little bit and stretch.” She agreed and when they pulled into the national monument, Charlie was overwhelmed. “Wow…It looks like a beach with no water.” Les climbed out of the truck and walked into a pristine patch of sand, unmarred by footsteps. She laughed as he proceeded to mess up the unadulterated landscape by doing cartwheels and whooping. She watched his transformation with blatant amusement and a little bit of jealousy. He was so carefree in almost everything he did. It was breathtaking to watch this grown man play in the desert like a child. “Hey, Charlie! Come here!” He called her over to where he was making a snow angel in the sand, flapping his arms and legs wildly. She couldn’t help herself. She stood next to him and fell back with a thud, making her own angel in the sand. She was close enough that her hand brushed Les’s when she flapped, and he grabbed it and clasped. She turned her head to look at him and saw his face breaking into a smile that matched her own. They gallivanted around, Les piggy-backing her around the park, having sand fights, and stealing kisses. Charlie couldn’t stop the giddy feeling erupting from her. Her entire adult life, she’d tried to stay away from being a part of something like this, and now that she’d finally let herself do it, she felt like a teenager. She wanted to touch Les all the time, walking hand in hand, or better yet, with her arm around his torso. She stole looks at him, and the best were the kisses he pretended to steal from her when she wasn’t expecting them. She was a part of something special with Les, a half of a whole, and the possibilities she allowed herself to ponder filled her with an unfamiliar longing. They snapped photos of each other clowning around, and themselves together. Charlie couldn’t remember when she’d had more fun, just laughing at herself and someone else. Les deposited her on a hill, with her back to him and told her not to look until he said so. She closed her eyes and nodded, then with a mysterious grunt, he was gone. She waited, a small smile on her face, wondering what he was up to. When he finally called to her from some distance, she looked. Les was at the bottom of a hill in an enormous heart he’d made by shuffling his feet in the sand. Inside the heart were the initials, C + L. It was an impossibly juvenile endeavor, and it brought a tear to Charlie’s eyes. She pulled out her phone and snapped a picture. Back at the truck, she watched, amused, as Les tried to shake all of the sand out of his clothes before climbing into her truck. He stripped off his shirt, socks and shoes before shaking everything out. She ignored the flutter in her belly at the sight of his shirtless chest, and instead poked fun at him slapping at his jeans. “Are you always so anal about dirt in vehicles?” He looked at her, his eyebrows waggling, an impish smirk on his face. “Why, Sweetness, did you just suggest Anal?” She blushed furiously, “No.” Getting into the truck, she was suddenly worried. Did he do that sort of stuff? He seemed so sweet, like a missionary type guy, maybe doggy-style, but anal? Was he into the hard-core stuff? Would he want to tie her up? Charlie didn’t do bondage, in any form. Back on the road, the silence was uncomfortable for Charlie as she tried to wrap her mind around the alarming thoughts racing through her head. Finally, she decided to just put it out there. “Are you into stuff like that? Anal?” He snapped his head around, shock evident on his face. “It was a joke, Charlie. I didn’t mean anything by it.” His fingers reached over for a tendril of her hair, and she rested her cheek on his hand. “I was just checking. I don’t...” she took a deep breath. “I don’t like sex like that.” His hand drifted down to her leg. “I just like sex, Charlie. And I have an idea if it’s with you, it’ll be amazing, no matter what kind it is.” He squeezed where his hand was on her thigh. “I don’t need all that other stuff, blindfolds and toys and stuff. I just like your basic sex.” Just the image in her mind of the two of them together had a warm pool of moisture coating the inside of Charlie’s panties. “So, you’re a missionary man?” He chuckled and adjusted his crotch while an adorable blush crept up his neck. Charlie liked that the conversation was getting to him, too. “Missionary, cowgirl, doggy-style, I like it all, but I like using the correct holes, and have never felt the need for aids in the bedroom.” Charlie heard the exhale of relief from her mouth, as well as Les’s soft chuckle, but she couldn’t concentrate on the relief she felt, she was too busy tamping down the images of Les making love to her in ways she didn’t really want to think about right now. Oh hell, who was she kidding? She totally wanted to think about them.
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Anne has written her entire life and has the boxes of angst-filled journals and poetry to prove it. She's been writing for public consumption for the last four years. Currently she is writing two romance series. In Stories of Serendipity, she explores real people living real lives in small town Texas in a contemporary romance setting. In The Four Winds, she chronicles God's four closest archangels, Uriel, Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael, falling in love and becoming human. She lives in rural East Texas with her husband and children in her own private oasis, where she prides herself in her complete lack of social skills, choosing instead to live with the people inside her head.
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Author Interview:  
When did you discover you wanted to be an author?
 I’m not sure. When I quit teaching to stay at home with my kids, I started writing more, but it was just for myself. When I got my first kindle app on my phone, I read a lot of self­published stuff, and was appalled at the amount of unedited junk online, so I decided to write my first full length book. And then I saw just how easy it was to write garbage, because that’s exactly what it was. But I’d been bitten by the bug. Then, three years ago on my birthday, I was at a Romance Writer’s Association meeting, and Liliana Hart was there, speaking about the Indie Publishing industry. That day changed my life. I went home, talked to the hub­meister about it, and jumped in feet first. Reading the blurb, 

What made you choose human tracking experience for your leading lady? 
 Last summer, I was at a meeting of church women, listening to a lady speak from a local organization called The Refuge of Light. The stories she told about the children trafficked from small towns like the one I live in, children my daughter’s age, really broke my heart. I knew I needed to do more for these girls than just sit around, eating finger sandwiches, and “blessing their hearts.” So I decided to write this book. 

How did you come about the characters?
Charlie came from the meeting I just talked about. Les has been in several of the other Stories of Serendipity, as a sort of pathetic secondary love interest, bemoaning his lot in life. I really like the song, “Fool for Love,” and got a lot of his character from listening to that song at full volume. Charlie actually fleshed out a lot during some Nine Inch Nails songs, too. Since Les had already been running around in my head, I needed a good match for him, and Charlie seemed to fit the bill. The prologue sounds promising! 

Were there any bumps in writing this book? 
Not as many as I’d anticipated. The research is readily available, if not heartbreaking to read through. I had a lot of dark times writing both about a victim of Human Trafficking, and perpetrators of such crimes, I’m not going to lie. I really wanted this book to seem realistic, and not glorify Human Trafficking. I know other authors have written about it, with much success, but they just didn’t seem too real to me. (Of course, what romance is? I get that.) But I wanted readers to see long­term effects of Human Trafficking, and I’m not totally sure I captured it, but I tried. B

Being that it is the last book in your series, number 9, what can readers hope for next in your writing? 
 I have so many new things in the works! In January, I’m hoping to have a little stand­alone novella that I’m re­writing and adding to. It was previously published in an anthology I did, Angels Sinners, but it’s way short for me to sell (in my mind), so I’m adding a few scenes to it. And then after that is another stand­alone with a British MC, so that’s fun. After the seriousness of Saving Charlie, I’m writing some fluffy things, in a desperate attempt at sanity. Next year, though, I’ll be releasing a new series, totally new, about a security firm and their exploits. They’re going to be Romantic Suspense/Mystery, and they’re totally kicking my butt, but they’re way fun and totally sexy. I’m excited about them. 

My Review & Thoughts
Charlie has many inner demons that haunt her everyday life and moving on, specifically in relationship wise. Not knowing what it is meant to be loved or cared by someone, Les throws her in a mix of emotions; also dealing with the past coming to light. 

 I would suggest to read the series in order to understand the characters much better, especially the leading man in this book Les.  

A few things that had me rate the book 3.5 
-The back and forth with Les and Charlie, to date or not to date! 
-Charlies character I would think it would be more interrupted with the past  
-The  flashbacks were a bit difficult to understand

What I liked about Saving Charlie
-Les, he was swoon worthy! He was meant to be the last pick in the series, don't know how! 
-The storyline and how the author mixed it into her book

Warning, this book contains many steamy scenes 
 Recommend read!
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  1. Thank you for the review and author interview and participating in the Tour. Victoria at My Family's Heart

  2. Thanks so much for having me! I really appreciate it.

  3. Thank you for taking the time to review the book & for the interview - Tonya @ My Family's Heart