Excerpt from Going Against Type by Sharon Black (@Authorsharonb)

Going Against Type by Sharon Black - 200Helen clapped her hands delightedly.

‘Oh Charlotte! Derry Cullinane? Don’t tell me you don’t know his by-line. I thought all you journalists knew each other.’

Charlotte looked bemused.

‘How do you know him?’

‘Well, I always read his mid-week fashion feature. He’s a terrific writer…what?’

‘You read him, but you never read me?’

Helen smiled a little sheepishly.

‘Hey, nothing personal. Sport just doesn’t do it for me…’

‘Anyway, Fiona was obviously playing matchmaker,’ Charlotte continued, ‘but I’m not sure about him…’

Helen frowned.

‘What’s he like? His picture looks really hot! Oh God, please don’t tell me it’s airbrushed! Is he a troll? Oh wait, is he gay? He does write about fashion…’

Charlotte rolled her eyes.

‘That would make the matchmaking a bit pointless. No, he’s definitely not gay.’

‘So, what…three ex-wives? Does he still live with his mother?’

Charlotte bit her lip thoughtfully.

‘It’s nothing like that. We’re just very different. We have nothing in common.’

Helen nodded sagely.

‘No chemistry?’

‘Um well, no. I think there probably was.’

Helen started to laugh.

‘Charlotte, you’re blushing! Let me get this straight: this guy is gorgeous, available and you’ve got the hots for him.’

Charlotte shrugged.

‘It doesn’t matter. I don’t think I’m his type at all.’

‘So you turned him down?’ Helen looked disappointed.

‘He hasn’t even asked me out.’

‘Not yet.’

Charlotte shook her head.

‘Not ever. He’s Saville Row. I’m Wrangler jeans……this guy won’t stray from his comfort zone.’

BLURB

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?

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SHARON Black grew up in Dublin. She studied history and politics at University College Dublin and then did post-graduate in journalism at Dublin City University.

She has worked for national newspapers, including The Evening Herald and The Irish Examiner.

She had short stories published in U Magazine and won the 2010 Dromineer Literary Festival short story competition.

When she is not writing, she reads, walks and sees friends. She co-founded a local book club 14 years ago. She loves theatre, old Hollywood films, science fiction and good stand-up comedy.

She lives in a Dublin coastal village, with her husband and their three children.

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4 Responses to “Excerpt from Going Against Type by Sharon Black (@Authorsharonb)”

  1. Sharon Black says:

    Morning Celia, thanks so much for having me here today. The inspiration for Going Against Type was the 1940s Hollywood film, Woman of the Year, starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey. They play warring columnists, but he is a sports journalist, and she is a high brow pundit who hates sport.
    I think I must be slightly hooked on the 1930s and 1940s Hollywood era. This year, for St Valentine’s Day, my husband and I went to see a big screen showing of The Philadelphia Story, with Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant.
    Best Valentine’s Day in ages!
    x Sharon.

  2. Really nice blog post on sharon, Celia. Always something new and interesting to learn about
    Tirgearr authors.

    Sharon, The best of luck with sales for “Going Against type”

  3. Sharon Black says:

    Morning Celia, thanks so much for having me here today. The inspiration for Going Against Type was the 1940s Hollywood film, Woman of the Year, starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey. They play warring columnists, but he is a sports journalist, and she is a high brow pundit who hates sport.
    I think I must be slightly hooked on the 1930s and 1940s Hollywood era. This year, for St Valentine’s Day, my husband and I went to see a big screen showing of The Philadelphia Story, with Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant.
    Best Valentine’s Day in ages!
    x Sharon.

  4. Looks good Sharon, congrats! Daithi

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