Welcome contemporary romance author, Charmaine Ross...

Hi Charmaine, great to have you here and to be a part of your ongoing tour! Looking forward to learning more about you and your work. Wishing you lots of success and sales with your latest release, TAKE ME AS I AM...

1.)            What is the strangest talent you have?

I can tickle my children with one finger. I know how to crook it right in their armpit for maximum impact. Don’t worry, they love it J

2.)            What is the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?

We really don’t do Halloween very well in Australia, but last year I followed my children with a glass of champagne in my hand while they were trick-or-treating. It was the best Halloween ever!

3.)            Are the titles of your books important?

I think titles are as important as the cover of the book. You get 1 millisecond for a potential reader to be interested in your book. They can just as easily slide the finger to the next book if they find another title captures their attention just that little bit better.

4.)            If you’re struggling with a scene or difficult character, what methods help you through it?

I usually stop writing and go on to something else. If I’m stuck, usually there’s something wrong with the scene and I need some distance first. Sometimes I get so stuck, I write a whole other book before I can go back and see how to fix it. I used to try and push through, now I don’t.

5.)            Do you prefer dog, cats or none of the above?

Cats. We have two of them. One of them is a sook and needs to be patted all the time. If he doesn’t get attention he runs about the place until you have no choice but to pick him up and pat him, then he dribbles all over you. Noice. Our other cat only goes to my son. He ignores everyone else, even me, who feeds him all of the time. He’s black and white and reminds me of a panther. Shy and not quite tame.

6.)            Who’s your favourite author? Why?

I have lots of favourite authors. Maya Banks. Keri Arthur. The authors from the RWA. I also like different genres and will consume everything from contemporary romance, paranormal, erotic, historical, time travel, action, adventure, romantic suspense, murder mystery. I also like non-fiction books. Never know what you’ll learn.

7.)            Do you have a pet peeve?

My mother repeating everything verbatim in two different phone calls on two different days. I have to listen and pretend she’s told me for the first time otherwise she tells me off! Imagine that!

8.)            Do you remember your dreams when you wake up in the morning?

Yes, I do. All the time. In fact, my thriller, ‘The Unforgotten’ – coming soon through Ellora’s Cave, was a dream in its entirety. Not sure if that’s a good thought or not.

Thank you so much for having me here and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a bit about me. As a thank you to your readers I’m offering two free fun and flirty novellas on my web site when you subscribe to my very sporadic email. I also have free sample chapters on my web site. It’s worth a lookwww.charmaineross.com

Take Me As I Am
by Charmaine Ross


GENRE: Contemporary Romance


Forget the whole billionaire tycoon thing: Kate Moore is a billionaire’s daughter, and she knows first-hand that they’re not all romance novel worthy. Her father is brilliant, inflexible, and brutal – and nothing she’s ever done has been good enough for him.  Her one chance to take over the massive Moore’s Hotel Corporation is restoring the run-down Burnham Beeches in beautiful Sassafras to its former glory. To that end, she hires David Wright, a talented landscaper with an unparalleled eye for beauty and an unparalleled talent for distracting her from her goal. 

David really needs this job. He needs the contract, the Moore’s name on his portfolio, and the money to pay for his ailing father’s health. Everything he’s worked for is now within his grasp, and he’s going to reach for it with both hands. What he doesn’t need is the diversion, or the temptation, presented by his new boss. 

Neither David nor Kate are free to follow their own desires, but they’re powerless to fight their growing attraction. But they come from very different places; perceptions will have to crash, misconceptions will have to collapse, and they will have to face their own personal challenges before they find their space to meet in the middle.


EXCERPTS (Please choose only ONE to use with your post):

She rested the side of her head on the doorframe and yawned. Her eyes half closed as she watched him and he was caught in a lasting gaze that made his stomach clench. She was all soft and luscious and a sexy woman beneath that bristly exterior.


He hadn’t realised he’d been standing here, staring at her. ‘I want to talk to you about tomorrow’s plans. I need to make an early start. I want you to tell me if you don’t like something. I like to be up-front.’ He stepped towards her. One small step. So close he felt her body warmth reaching for him.

‘So do I.’ Her voice was so soft. So gentle it seemed as though it caressed him.

He shouldn’t be standing here so close to her because that would mean he had no control over what his body wanted and he couldn’t let that happen. The reasons. Remember them. His mind searched desperately. The first one. It was …

But when he breathed in, her scent was in the air. It was sweet and feminine and warm and set his blood on fire so that it raced through his veins screaming with an unquenchable need. He couldn’t move, was hypnotised beyond physical ability.

‘If there’s anything you think of I can do …’ Like take her in his arms and kiss her. Just a little kiss. A taste. The slightest of touches. Lips to lips.

‘I’ll tell you.’ Kate’s gaze dropped to his mouth and flicked back to his eyes. A quick movement, but one he didn’t miss.

Feminine perfume stirred in a slight breeze. He almost groaned out loud. He needed to keep space between them. She was off-limits. Beyond touch. He needed to keep himself in line. Reaching to the depths of his most steadfast will he stepped back.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

My first foray into romance was as a fourteen year old where I fell hopelessly and eternally in love with my hero as only a teenager can. Instead of watching movies and staying up late, I would go to bed at eight thirty and continue my very romantic, very safe, love affair.

Since then, I have fallen in love with many heroes, some less safe than what my teenage brain could possibly imagine. After earning a Fine Art’s Degree, a Diploma of Secondary Education and a Diploma of Marketing, I worked as a Graphic Designer in various advertising agencies as well as in-house marketing roles and am currently involved with digital marketing and everything web in my current position. But I always return to writing.

Although I have travelled, I always return to my home town of Melbourne and live with my husband, two children and two cats in the ferny-greens of the Dandenongs. If I'm not working on my latest romance and falling in love with yet another hero, you’ll find me reading, watching and basically indulging in my addiction to any story on any media type I can get my fingers on.

Check out my web site to download and read two fun, flirty novellas - the best news is they're free - plus free chapter downloads from all of my books, as well as updates on my latest news @ www.charmaineross.com

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Charmaine Ross will be awarding a copy of the e-book Take Me As I Am (international) to three randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.