Friday, March 11, 2011


Dear fabulous book bloggers and followers!
It's time to start the buzz about "The Secret of A Spicy Jalapeno!" I would love to offer promotional copies of my third book FIRST to the wonderful book blogging and follower community. This is a no-strings-attached deal. I understand not every book appeals to all readers, and I really want people to feel free to request a copy.

Please take a glance at the synopsis, if it sounds interesting, go ahead and fill out the request form. If you like the book(s) I hope you'll write a review or a brief mention. If it doesn't suit your taste, then that's ok too. You don't have to do anything.  I truly appreciate you showing interest, taking a moment, and giving the stories a chance. That's all any author can hope for and I thank you in advance.

I assure you, I won't stalk track any of the people requesting a copy and I promise not to send emails asking why or where the review of the book is or expected. Of course, if you do like the book and mention it, I encourage you to let me know. I'll welcome the notice and gladly spread the word and direct people to your site, twitter, ect.

I can offer ARC's in Ebook format via Smashwords.  However, I have a limited supply of paperbacks.  Paperback requests will be filled on a first come basis until I run out.  I will notify recipients of paperback copies.  Please only request this format if you're truly interested.
The Secret of A Spicy Jalapeno

Paperback, First, 230 pages
Release April 2011 by BB Books Original Paperback Trade Co.
ISBN  1460977157

Beyond the urban sprawl of a Pacific Northwest city lurks the peculiar little town of Providence and in it, an organic farmer named Joe Parker. Joe’s lurid story, or rather this particular piece of it, begins when Sheriff Caine fashions the big idea to grow jalapenos, albeit with questionable methods. The gritty scheme is plucked from the undercurrent of the sheriff’s self-righteous mind and carried out with the help of Joe’s skill, two local agents, and a coroner. Everything is progressing as planned. That is, until Vera Cruz, a prostitute and girlfriend of a drug dealer, is delivered late one night on Joe’s doorstep. The new houseguest suddenly complicates his routine. The woman bunking on the rear porch not only threatens to upset the jalapeno operation, but also Joe’s conviction about what is rightly just and intrinsically wrong. Will Vera save Joe or lure him further into depravity?

The creation of The Secret of A Spicy Jalapeno derives from the unequivocal influence of acclaimed Southern gothic writer, Flannery O’Connor.

“Sometimes it takes a violent and grotesque act for a character to experience a moment of grace. Perhaps, this is the truest path toward fictional redemption.” ~ Charlie Courtland

Early Buzzzzzzz!
Review by: Joel Kirkpatrick on Mar. 09, 2011 : star star star star star
Charlie Courtland fans will be thrilled to have this new story. Altogether different from her Elizabeth Bathory series in style and tone, there are still precious Charlie moments within it. If you’ve never read her tales, The Secret of a Spicy Jalapeno is a spectacular place to begin to know her. She is wickedly inventive, and this new book is delicious.

So skilled at nuancing her characters, Charlie makes you desperate to figure them out. Some of us already love her most wicked character, the Blood Countess, but Joe Parker is a close second for being many things at once, some of them impossibly opposite. Charlie also understands the need to balance horror with humor, and she can dance the thinnest of lines between the two. She knows how to be overtly macabre and still keep you reading.

I’ve read the first draft, and this final release. I thought the first draft flawless, but she is passionate about what she’s put on the page. Charlie’s skill is so evident; her edits are seamless, and spare. It is a rare treat, to witness an author’s craft as closely as I’ve been able to do here. This earned five stars from me long ago; now you get to experience Joe Parker and Vera Cruz for yourself and see why I like them so much.


  1. Hi Charlie!
    I've filled out the form to request the book. It sounds like an interesting read, the actual review made me want to read your work even more! I hope I get the chance to read this.
    Thanks for the opportunity! (I should have made sure this was open for Canadians to request)

  2. Charlie, I would love to review it, but I am backlogged so it might be May or June until I can get to it. I filled out the form and if that time frame is okay with you, please send it on. Thanks!

  3. Also, I marked paperback, but if you have run out, I can take the ebook. Thx!

  4. Sounds great and I would enjoy reading and reviewing it. I marked Paperback but if you have run out, then ebook works great to :)