Friday, February 7, 2014

First Kiss: Temptations Arise in Reconstructing Charlie by Charmaine Gordon @CharJGordon @KMNbooks #firstkiss #giveaway

The CONTEST has ended! The winner of an eBook copy of Reconstructing Charlie is Debra St. John! Congrats!

KAREN: In RECONSTRUCTING CHARLIE by Charmaine Gordon, temptations arise when Tom's all so convincing lips encourage Charlie to say, 'yes'. Will Charlie stay fast to her convictions to wait when no one has ever said no to Tom?

***GIVEAWAY: Charmaine Gordon is giving away an eBook copy of Reconstructing Charlie to a special commenter. 

by Charmaine Gordon

Charmaine Gordon: I'm posting a snippet from Reconstructing Charlie, a young woman determined to be one of the rare creatures who still retains her virginity, unheard of at a time when THE PILL freed sexuality from the dark ages. Hmm. Or so history proclaims.

Set up for the scene: Charlie is at a New Year's Eve party with her first boyfriend, captain of the football team at Northwestern U where she's a star athlete in cross country. Even though she's explained to Tom she intends to remain a virgin, he has other plans. No one ever says no to him. They're outside on this cold night before the stroke of midnight.

He began with little kisses all over my face, neck, ears and my mouth reached for his, lips parted, not yet touching. Somewhere deep inside I warned myself to know when to say no because he must have majored in making out while I majored in survival skills. His hardness against my thigh told me what he had in mind but so far he didn't try to go under my dress for easy access where I tingled and my belly hurt with desire. I prayed he wouldn't go there on his own or at best ask my permission. Oh Tom, I caught my breath with the yearning for him. Don't spoil us before we've begun.

The porch door banged open and his brother Pat and my best friend Shelley handed over two glasses of champagne saying, "Happy New Year, you two."

Saved by the ball.

About the book: Reconstructing Charlie

Charlie Costigan has a secret. Home life gone from bad to the worst when she protects her mother
from another vicious attack by her drunken father. Midnight. Clothes thrown into an old suitcase, she races for the bus with a letter to an unknown aunt and uncle. "This is my daughter. Embrace her as if she were your own." Determined, Charlie begins again. Alone with her secret.

Purchase a copy here:
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 ***GIVEAWAY: eBook copy of Reconstructing Charlie to a special commenter.

A bit about the author...

Charmaine Gordon writes books about women who Survive and Thrive.  Her motto is take one To Be Continued, Starting Over, Now What?, Reconstructing Charlie, Sin of Omission and The Catch and now a long/short story series of Mature Romance/Suspense under the umbrella title of The Beginning. . .Not the End. The latest title is She Didn’t Say No.
step and then another to leave your past behind and begin again. Six books and several short stories in three years, she’s always at work on the next story. The books include
“I didn’t realize at the time while working as an actor in NYC, I’d become a sponge soaking up dialogue, setting, and stage directions. I learned many tools of writing during the years watching directors like Mike Nichols and actors including Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, and Billy Crystal. And would you believe, I was Geraldine Ferraro’s stand-in leg model, my first job giving me entrĂ©e into all the Unions needed to work. When the sweet time ended, I began another career and creative juices flowed.”
You can reach Charmaine at And on her FB page
Twitter @CharJGordon


Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


Thanks so much for participating in the First Kiss Event! I'm enjoying all the snippets!

I want to know more about Charlie and her decisions. :) Love the book cover, too. Was it all you imagined it would look like?

Charmaine Gordon said... Best Blogger Tips

Kimberlee Williams, Vanilla Heart Publishing read the book, designed the cover and there was Charlie except for one thing. She had brown eyes. "Green," she has green eyes," I said. And with a few magical clicks, Charlie was there. Wary, thoughtful, triumphant.
Thanks, Karen. I'm thrilled to be a guest on your First Kiss.

Kathleen Rice Adams said... Best Blogger Tips

Charmaine, I love your philosophy. So many women need to take those steps.

RECONSTRUCTING CHARLIE certainly has an interesting -- and mysterious -- premise. If I don't quit getting sucked in by all these great books Karen is featuring on her site this month, my poor Kindle is going to suffer a nervous breakdown. :-D

I wish you oodles of success. :-)

Jacqueline Seewald said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice to know Vanilla Heart is still thriving. Congrats on the new novel, Charmaine.

Gerald Costlow said... Best Blogger Tips

Woah! Saved by the bell, indeed.

Debra St. John said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Charmaine,

Wow. I am totally intrigued by your excerpt and blurb. I must know more!

Charmaine Gordon said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kathleen Rice Adams

Kathleen, you're not getting sucked in. Oh no. These are all super good books. Pick ones that appeal to you and you'll have quite a selection. hanks for your comment.

Charmaine Gordon said... Best Blogger Tips

Jacqueline, Vanilla Heart is the best thing that's happened to me since I started writing. Reconstructing Charlie was my third book and I've since written four more plus a series of Mature Romances under the umbrella title The Beginning. . .Not The End. Just got a 5 star review from Long and Short on No Time for Green Bananas. So gratifying and fun. Thanks for your comment.

Charmaine Gordon said... Best Blogger Tips

Debra, I'm so pleased you want to know more. Stay tuned. Best, Charmaine

Charmaine Gordon said... Best Blogger Tips

Gerald, it's New Years Eve. She's saved by the BALL! Thanks for stopping by.

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice scene

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Charmaine Gordon said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for commenting.

Charmaine Gordon said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks to everyone for commenting. Debra St. John, if you'll send your email adddy to, I'll send a code for your ecopy of Reconstructing Charlie.