Friday, February 6, 2015

Going Against Type

With: Sharon Black

Congratulations to "Jo-Anne B.", the winner in Sharon's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!


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?


'Ow!' Charlotte yelled as the man in front of her stepped back heavily on her foot.  He turned quickly, scowling down at her from under a Panama hat.  Realizing she was clutching her foot in pain, his face cleared to concern.  

'I'm terribly sorry.  Were you standing very close to me?  Is your foot all right?'
Charlotte glared at him in disbelief.  

'Yes, that must have been it.  I got under your feet!  It was completely my fault,' she countered, massaging her foot.  He burst out laughing and regarded her small leather brogues.  

'You have very small feet, don't you?  I really am sorry, I didn't see you at all.'  

 What was so damned funny?  Charlotte drew herself up to her full five foot, three inches and continued to glare up at Panama Hat Man.  He had to be at least a foot taller than her.  
'You're as clumsy as an elephant,' Charlotte replied indignantly.

  'Actually, elephants aren't that clumsy.'  The man grinned as he swept off his Panama hat to reveal a shock of black, slightly curling hair.  

'Please accept my deepest apologies.'  He arched one dark eyebrow.  ‘Any tips for the next race?'

Charlotte hesitated.

'I'm not sure if you should listen to me...' 

'On the contrary,' he murmured, a faint Cork accent filtering through, 'Race looks wide open.’

'What's your bet?' shouted the bookie, and Charlotte suddenly realized they'd reached the top of the queue.  She nursed her sore foot as Mr Panama Hat muttered to the bookie, before taking his docket and turning briefly around.   

'Wish me luck!' he said, before disappearing to view the race.

Sharon will be giving away a digital copy of GOING AGAINST TYPE to one lucky person leaving a comment or email entry.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Feb. 7th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.


  1. I like the characters with non-traditional jobs. Sounds very interesting.
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  2. Hi Maureen,
    Thank you so much for having me here today on Just Contemporary Romance. Writing my characters was a lot of fun, even though it was quite challenging to write Charlotte. In the end, I was very happy with them both. I also felt I knew them very well!!

  3. interesting premise

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  4. After reading the excerpt, I think I would enjoy this book so I hope I win!

  5. After reading the excerpt, I think I would enjoy this book so I hope I win!

  6. It sounds like a very lively, fun read. No dark, grim secrets, but there's an amusing "secret garden" all right. Best of luck to you, Sharon.

  7. Thanks for all your kind comments so far. And no, there's definitely nothing grim in it. I'm not giving too much away by telling you that! My characters do reveal themselves as the book unfolds. But at the end of the day, it's escapism. We all need that from time to time.


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