Inheritance Books – Charlotte Hains

This week’s Inheritance Books are are from Charlotte Hains. 

Hi Charlotte, welcome to Inheritance Books. Please, tell us a bit about yourself.

I left the UK for France after deciding I needed a change, taking on the huge project of renovating a house. In the UK my life consisted of getting up, going to work, coming home, going to bed, and just surviving. I now enjoy French life within the community of the village in which I live, and feel privileged to be part of it. My French neighbours are fantastic, offering me help in every way they can. I would probably have given up long ago if they hadn’t been so understanding.
With the house nearly finished I found myself facing long nights and lots of thumb twiddling, reading anything that I could get on my iPad. In honesty, I openly admit it was here that Fifty Shades of Grey caught my eye. Unbeknownst to me, my sister was reading it to. My sister thought that, because I had such a creative side, maybe I’d be able to write a book too. As a joke, I started to email my sister stories, also written on my iPad. I researched blogs and BDSM sites on the internet, and so Introducing Charlotte came to life. Before I knew it, I had over 150,000 words from the email instalments I’d been sending to my sister, and there was more than enough for a book…or maybe even two!
Which book have you inherited from the generation above? Why is it special?
winnie the poohI don’t think I have ever truly inherited a book, although I have always loved books and if there is one book that stands out it would have to be, the favourite bear of most beloved childhood books; Winnie the Pooh. It just seems to be timeless, never dating or falling out of favour. It was first read to me by a librarian in the local library where I grew up, and it’s the book that opened my mind to a whole new world of imagination, that I still keep to this day. It’s also the first book I read to my children and we spent many hours when they were so tiny looking for Winnie the Pooh and all his friends in Hundred Acre Woods. So this book is special to me on so many levels and one to be shared with children and adults alike.


Which book would you like to leave to future generations? Why?
peter panAgain I have chosen a children’s book and it has to be Peter Pan. Its so full of adventures to unlock the imagination of any child, especially when listening to Peter Pan being well read. The reason why I choose this book is that it too has stood the test of time, with its make believe play. It symbolises innocence of children around the world.

A lot of people choose children’s books as Inheritance Books, I guess we like to pass on the books that shaped us, and children’s books are more influential than most!

Thank you very much for sharing your Inheritance Books with us, Charlotte. All the best with your book (books!).

book coverYou can find out more about Charlotte at her website, on Facebook or you can follow her on Twitter (@charlottehains).

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Inheritance Books – Toni Sands

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This week’s Inheritance Books are from Toni Sands, who is a fellow RNA member.

Hi Toni, welcome to Inheritance Books. Tell us a bit about yourself.

I enjoyed a boringly happy childhood in the Vale of Glamorgan. SandraMay12 031There were many hours of fun on the nearby beaches and I also spent time hand writing my own magazines, creating secret worlds and improbable characters. A secretarial course proved a springboard to jobs in hotels and in aviation as an airline receptionist and airhostess. Back on the ground I became a PA, then a wife and mother while running a guesthouse with my husband in a ‘chocolate box’ Wiltshire village. The writing bug struck again and some of my short stories were broadcast on BBC local radio. After being widowed then moving to mid Wales in December 2000, I began submitting stories to women’s magazines while also working as a minute taker. This was when I followed the advice of a famous author and wrote my first erotic romances! These stories, novellas and one novel are published by Xcite Books.

But there are two sides to me – the winceyette nightie and cocoa one as opposed to the black satin and bubbly side! I have two contemporary romances under consideration by publishers and have just had a WW2 sweet romance accepted as a D C Thomson pocket novel.


I love visiting the theatre, especially for a good musical or absorbing drama. Obviously reading is still important to me, including keeping up with my friends’ novels. They’re all such good writers, dang it! I enjoy cooking supper while listening to the radio and maybe with a glass of wine to hand. The Welsh countryside is perfect for walking in and that’s when I do a lot of my thinking. Sometimes I can hear my characters talking to one another and have to hurry home to write down the dialogue.

Which book have you inherited from generations above? Why is it special?

The Children of Wilton Chase, by L T Meade, was presented to my late mother as a prize for being an excellent school pupil. Mum didn’t have many books of her own, preferring to use the public library, so this one’s very precious to me. It has a real old school cover too.
Which book would you like to leave to future generations? Why?

Well this is extremely challenging! Sadly, my childhood set of Golden Pathway hardbacks must have vanished during one of our ChildrenOfWiltonChasemoves. These books provided a feast of information, fiction and fabulous pictures. I’m afraid of choosing one of my favourite novels for fear future generations might consider it yawn-inducing and my ghost would have to come back and haunt them. Food will always be a great leveller so I’m choosing a cookbook. No, it’s not by Nigella or Jamie or any other celebrity chef. I’m selecting ‘Tasty Dishes’ which belonged to my mother in law and which cost one shilling. Future generations will find that coin about as relevant to them as a groat is to us but the recipes are a delight. We’re talking one hundred year old instructions here and the dishes have great names like Palestine Soup, Camp Pie and Agra Pudding. On a literary note, the book catalogue included at the end of ‘Tasty Dishes’ makes fascinating reading. So a slice of social history to send into the future then!

It makes a nice change having a cookbook as an Inheritance Book. I like the idea. It sounds like a fascinating book too. Great choice!

51-wx2dVqQL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-67,22_AA300_SH20_OU02_Toni’s historical erotic romance, Orchid Pink, is available for pre-order in paperback form from Xcite Books. Or for your Kindle from Amazon UK. You can learn more about Toni on her website (, or you can follow her on Twitter (@tonisands) or find her on Facebook