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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Turn the Page...

On a long and lonesome highway, east of Omaha
You can listen to the engine moanin' out it's one note song
You can think about the woman, 
or the girl you knew the night before...
But your thoughts will soon be wandering, 

the way they always do
When you're riding sixteen hours and there's nothing much to do
And you don't feel much like riding, you just wish the trip was through...

Richard Armitage isn't a rock star. But he's an artist. He's a human being. And like anyone, he has his breaking point...


Well you walk into a restaurant, strung out from the road...
And you feel the eyes upon you as you're shaking off the cold
You pretend it doesn't bother you, but you just want to explode...
Most times you can't hear 'em talk, other times you can
All the same old cliches, is that a woman or a man?
But you always seem outnumbered...you don't dare make a stand...

For any artist, the journey is essentially the same. The grind of touring, the lack of privacy, the constant scrutiny and loss of anonymity. Celebrity is the ultimate double-edged sword. They hunger for the fame...and yet, it can eat them alive...                                        
Out there in the spotlight you're a million miles away
Every ounce of energy you try to give away
As the sweat pours out your body like the music that you play...
Later in the evening as you lie awake in bed

With the echoes from the amplifiers ringin' in your head
You smoke the days last cigarette, remembering what she said...

Whatever sort of stage an artist steps onto, they're putting their entire body and soul out there for the masses. Whether they're loved or hated, they go out there. Always there's the deep down fear of failure or inadequacy. And yet, they take that stage and give their all...

*****

Since 2006, when I first discovered Richard's work, I can't think of a time when he wasn't in a constant frenzy of perfecting his craft. Always it seemed he was doing at least two projects at once. (Robin Hood and Spooks, anyone?) We heard about his crazy traveling schedule, traveling from one corner of the world to another, and sometimes staying for only a day before jetting off again. In between all of this, he somehow managed to make time for his fans, and always with a generosity I've not known with other celebs. The occasional letters he wrote to his "Well Wishers" were so wonderfully kind and funny. 

But now, I say to you Richard...

It's OK to stop indulging everyone, whether it's just for a little while, or even if it's forever. You've given so much to make your fans happy. But the true fans will be happy just admiring your work from a distance. As you once said, "If it isn't fun anymore, it needs to stop." I think this point may have finally been reached, and I can't speak for every single fan out there, but I'm perfectly fine with that. I know you'll continue to wow me with your splendid acting and your always delightful interviews. That's enough for me, really! And if I happen to pass you on the street one day, I won't ask for a picture or an autograph. I don't need them. The body of work you're creating will always be the true gift you give me.

Turn the page, Richard. You've earned the right to do so.




*Lyrics from "Turn the Page" by Bob Seager*


Friday, July 4, 2014

Goodreads Giveaway for "The Tempest - A Gisborne Novel"

Take a look, fans and friends. Here is the info on the Goodreads giveaway. As most of you probably know, the EBook version is currently free on Kindle, Nook, etc. But if you would like an opportunity to own a paperback, this is your chance. Good luck, everyone!



Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Tempest by Charlotte Hawkins

The Tempest

by Charlotte Hawkins

Giveaway ends August 15, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Monday, June 23, 2014

An update on "The Tempest," the second edition - and a note to my fans...


A BIT OF BACKSTORY ON THE TEMPEST…

Ah, The Tempest. Or as some like to call it, The Guy and Cassia Story.

What started out as a simple fanfic in 2009 has snowballed into a series that
has found a worldwide following. Even as I type that, I still find it hard to believe. These two lovers have fans as far away as Austrailia and New Zealand, which is amazing. Of course, I have to give most of the credit to RA. Without his beautiful performance, this story wouldn’t have happened.

I never intended for this to be a published work. I posted it on a few forums as it was being written, just like a lot of Guy fanfics that were being created at the time. But for some reason, the audience kept growing and growing and soon I was being asked if it was available in print form. At the time, I had already self-published two books so I knew I could do the same with The Tempest. I only intended to have it printed for my family and the fans who were looking to buy a paperback copy. I also discovered EBook publishing around that time, and I learned how to make it available in several channels, such as Kindle and Nook. I knew the hardcore Gisborne fans would enjoy it, but I didn’t expect much interest beyond that.

Boy, was I in for a shock!

To date, this story has sold over 30,000 copies in EBook format. To be sure, that may not sound like much to a professional author, but for an obscure little writer like myself, that’s A LOT! What shocked me even more was that the sequels, My Lady Gisborne and The Baron’s Lady have been equally successful, and there is still a demand for more of Guy and Cassia. In the near future, I hope to start work on another book in the series.

As many people know, while the story has its fans, there has also been some backlash. The biggest criticism has been about the love scenes, which I’ve always found hard to understand. In this day and age, when 50 Shades of Grey is a bestseller, some readers are shocked and offended by what some refer to as “Graphic Sex Scenes” in The Tempest. While I certainly value everyone’s opinion, I must say that I still don’t see what the fuss is about. Yes, the scenes are a bit steamy and descriptive, but I’ve tried to make sure that they’re not gratuitous. They’re part of the relationship between two people who are deeply in love and deeply passionate in their natures. In my opinion, the intense physical relationship is merely an expression of their love for one another, and if that happens to offend some readers…well, that’s unfortunate, but I won’t apologize for it.

ABOUT THE SECOND EDITION

While the first edition was a success, I am the first to admit that it had its flaws. It was written several years ago, and at the time, my writing skills were not nearly as developed. The story needed a bit of work, especially in the middle section, and many fans were asking for a deeper development of the characters and their backgrounds. So, this is why earlier this year, I set out to rewriting the story. In all honesty, I had been contemplating a rewrite for a long time, as I was never completely satisfied with the original version. Due to some real-life difficulties and a lack of time, it took much longer than I had hoped. But FINALLY, it’s here! As you can see from the pic on the left, I've changed the title a tiny bit. Since this is now an ongoing series, I've added the subtitle "A Gisborne Novel" to this book and to the others in the series. I hope my readers don't mind the change. And that brings me to my next subject…



THE FANS

What can I say that I haven’t said before? I have the most incredible fanbase. My “Gisborne Ladies” have been beyond amazing, and some of them have been with me since day one. I can’t thank these lovely ladies enough, but I can make an attempt...

If you’re one of my “Gisborne Ladies” (And you know who you are) I have a special gift in the works for you. All I need is your contact information, and as soon as your gift is ready, I’ll be mailing it out. PLEASE don’t worry about what it costs. Not only do I consider it a an honor to send you this present, but it’s all part of my business expenses, which I get back at the end of the year. How cool is that?

You can contact me through Twitter, or email me at Charlotte1194@hotmail.com

If you’re not one of my Gisborne Ladies but you’re still a fan, don’t think I’ve forgotten you! Starting in early July, for a limited time, the second edition of The Tempest will be FREE on Kindle, Nook, and in other EBook formats. Goodreads will also be doing a book giveaway in July, so stay tuned.

The fans have spoken, and the Gisbornes aren’t going away anytime soon. So look for a new story to come towards the end of the year.

Thank you to everyone for all of the love and support you’ve shown me. You’re awesome.
Happy Reading!

Love,
Charlotte

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