Friday, January 23, 2015

Book Spotlight~ Going Against Type

Going Against Type by Sharon Black
Contemporary Romance
Tirgearr Publishing

Currently Going Against Type is on sale on Amazon for 99c.

Some would say Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Regan has it all. Beautiful, smart, athletic and a great job working as a journalist – in the almost exclusively male sports department. But Charlotte is not quite as sure as she seems. Recently split from her overbearing boyfriend, she escapes for weekends, surfing in the Atlantic, and spends her free nights watching sports, roaring at the TV.

Derry Cullinane is a fashion writer, gossip columnist and sophisticated man-about-town. The go-to guy for any woman seeking expert advice on what fabulous outfit to wear for any given occasion. He’s also tall, dark, good looking – and straight! So what’s the snag? He has a track record of dating glamorous, vain and shallow women.


Charlie gets an opportunity to write a new column under the pen name Side Swipe, but is soon drawn into a war of words and wit with a rival paper’s columnist The Squire – and their verbal fireworks get readers and editors talking. Yet neither Charlie nor Derry knows just whom the opponent is...


When Charlotte and Derry meet at the Races, the attraction is instant. As their relationship develops, so much more proves at stake, than protecting their alter egos. But a blunder puts Charlotte’s job in jeopardy just as Derry’s past makes front page, and Charlotte begins to doubt her feelings. 


When Side Swipe and The Squire are finally forced to reveal themselves, will they revert to type – or confound everyone’s expectations?

Teaser:


'So, did you get lucky?' a deep voice drawled.
Charlotte spun to find Mr Panama Hat grinning down at her. Bloody hell, she thought, smiling back despite herself. Any other man she knew would look utterly ridiculous in what seemed to be a tailor made, striped linen jacket and trousers, combined with that damned hat. But he carried it off with a self-confidence that bordered on swagger.
            'Yes actually, I did,' she admitted, still smiling. 'What about you?'
He grimaced. 
            'I lost. My own fault. I took a flier on somebody else's tip.'
Charlotte grinned sympathetically. 
            'Oh?'
Mr Panama Hat shook his head, scowling briefly. 
            ‘I read some bloody sports columnist from Ireland Today. Had a few winners earlier this week. As I said, it's my own fault. I never normally bother with racing tips. Whoever it is, he obviously doesn’t know a horse from a three-legged stool.'
Charlotte swallowed hard.
            'So how much did you lose?' she managed, trying to sound casual. 
            'A thousand.' He caught Charlotte's horrified expression and laughed. 'Hey, don't look so worried! I'm a big boy.'
Charlotte stared at him in amazement. Who did that? Maybe he was a rich eccentric, the kind of guy who hung around the race courses, betting big. Not caring whether or not he won – or lost everything on the day. That said, she was damned if she’d come clean!
            ‘So do you normally gamble this recklessly Mr…?’ Charlotte trailed away meaninglfully, biro poised over her notebook. He stuck out his hand, a warm smile forming.
            ‘Sorry I should have introduced myself. I’m…’
            ‘Derry! Where have you been? They’re just about to start the judging. Come on darling, I have to go line up. I want you to be able to see!’
A tall blonde, wearing a rose pink knee-length dress with tiny matching jacket, pink stiletto sling-back shoes and a dizzy spiral of cream and pink headwear, teetered over and clung to Derry’s arm. She looked, Charlotte thought, vaguely familiar. The blonde smiled tightly at Charlotte and then noticed her press badge.
            ‘Oooh, you’re from the papers! Maybe I could talk to you when the judging’s over. Do you have a photographer with you?’ She didn’t wait for Charlotte to answer, but rushed on. ‘You’ll have to uxcuse us right now, okay?’
            ‘Of course, don’t let me delay you,’ Charlotte said, stepping back.
            ‘Wait,’ Derry began, shooting her a sudden intrigued look. ‘You’re not with Ireland Today, are you?’
            ‘Shit. Charlotte managed a surprised laugh.
            ‘Um, yes,’ she squeaked. ‘I’m er, writing a piece on Ladies Day.’
            ‘Oh right.’ He frowned. ‘What about their Side Swipe columnist? Do you know him?’
Lie Charlotte. And do it well.
            ‘No. It’s being written anonymously. I think the writer works from home…’ She smiled brightly at him. Behind Derry, the blonde shot Charlotte a steely glare. Charlotte glanced one last time at Derry.
            ‘You should go. And I have to work. Nice to meet you.’ She turned and walked away.


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About the Author

SHARON Black grew up in Dublin. She studied history and politics at University College Dublin and then did post-graduate in journalism at Dublin City University. 

She has worked for national newspapers, including The Evening Herald and The Irish Examiner.
 She had short stories published in U Magazine and won the 2010 Dromineer Literary Festival short story competition.  


When she is not writing, she reads, walks and sees friends. She co-founded a local book club 14 years ago. She loves theatre, old Hollywood films, science fiction and good stand-up comedy. 


She lives in Sandymount, Dublin, with her husband and their three children


Sharon Black Author Page

sharonblackauthor.blogspot.com

Author Central: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B00RPI1I10

@Authorsharonb on Twitter. 

1 comment:

Sharon Black said...


Hi Dawn, thank you so much for having me on your great reading spot. I just wanted to add that my debut, which is published by Tirgearr Publishing, is on sale on Amazon until the end of January. For about 99p/$1.50 incl tax.
Thanks a million,
Sharon. x

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