Charlie Courtland

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I graduated with honors from the University of Washington with a B.A. in English Literature with an emphasis on Creative Writing and a minor in Criminology, but apparently I can't spell or edit. I know, it's a mystery! However, I'm terribly gifted when it comes to critiquing works of fiction, writing reviews, promoting and making other writers famous. It's a gift really...just don't ask me to proofread or facebook without committing typos. If you feel the need to point out a typo, I will feel the need to defriend you immediately.

I am the voice and founder behind the international blog sensation, "Bitsy Bling Books."

I've written 3 genius books although not everyone seems to think so (those people are idiots) and have reviewed hundreds (and


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Published on December 09, 2012 18:25 Tags: bitsyblingbooks, book-bash, book-readathon, read-a-thon, readathon
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Dandelions in the Garden (C...

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The Secret of A Spicy Jalapeno (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Lurking beyond the urban sprawl of a Pacific Northwest city exists the peculiar little town of Providence and in it, an organic farmer named Joe Parker. Joe’s story, or rather this particular piece of it, begins when Sheriff Caine fashions the big idea to grow jalapenos. The gritty scheme is plucked from the undercurrent of the sheriff’s 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 appears 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 obscurity? 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
The Hidden Will of The Dragon (book #2) (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: The year is 1628, Vienna, and the aging Lady Amara Borbala has collapsed before fulfilling her promise to Count Drugeth to record the historical truth about the infamous Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory. In her last entry, Amara writes, "It'd been nearly 130 years since Vlad Tepes, known as the Dragon, arranged the secret agreement." Was it truly possible that the kin of his ancient advisor would honor the contract? And if so, how would it change history? In the sequel to "Dandelions in the Garden," the journey of history's most intriguing noble female murderer continues. Come following Elizabeth and Amara through the canals of Venice and high into the Carpathian Mountains to discover the inevitable. How the story of the Blood Countess really ends!
Dandelions In The Garden (Book #1) (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Amara Borbala is certain she is the only living person in the sane world with intimate knowledge concerning the life and exploits of the Countess Elizabeth Bathory. After all, she was Elizabeth s companion and confidant since her eleventh year. In 1573, after the death of her mother, Amara is sent by her cousin to serve as a lady-in-waiting at the castles of Sarvar, Varanno, and Cachtice. Now it is years later, 1628, and Amara is aging, alone, and reduced to eavesdropping at her favorite cafe around the corner from her townhouse in Vienna. Befuddled by gossiping ladies, Amara determines perhaps it is time to finally put a stop to the rumors and once and for all, answer the question, Is it true? Did Elizabeth Bathory, a descendant of Vlad Tepes really commit the horrible acts of torture, bathe in the blood of slaughtered virgins, and dabble in the dark magic that she was accused of during her trial? One thing is certain, Amara knows the truth, but will it be enough to explain the habits of her friend? Dandelions In The Garden is book one in a two-part series that begins with the journey of Amara, an impressionable girl who follows the Blood Countess through all the horrid events that lead to her rise and secure her place in history.
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“How could I insist on equality when I was unwilling to do what life demanded to be equal?”
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message 21: by Debbi

Debbi Thank you for friendship Charlie :)

message 19: by Anthony

Anthony Chavez Happy early birthday Charlie! Always enjoy your bitsy bling reviews =)

message 18: by Milton

Milton Esitubi Mary Anita And The Second Liberation In Kenya Consider reading this book for dramatic entertainment full of African passion and flavour, culture, social life and politics.

message 17: by Graham

Graham Parke Hey! Good to have you aboard ;)

message 16: by Thomas

Thomas Amo Hi Charlie! Thanks for the friendship, Look forward to reading you soon!

message 15: by Ed

Ed Rambeau Thanks for accepting my friend request, Charlie. You seem like an interesting person and quite an accomplished author as well, so feel free to tell me more about yourself and perhaps we can grow to become even greater friends. I, myself, am a singer/songwriter/actor who has recently turned author. My 2 top ten recordings were CONCRETE & CLAY (as a singer) and NAVY BLUE (as a writer)...both in the early 1960's.

Regards, and have a great day, Ed

Katherine Marple I like the new profile pic

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P.Q. Glisson Hi Charlie!
Her Sanctuary by P.Q. Glisson
Thanks so much for becoming my friend on goodreads. I would love for you to check out my debut novel, Her Sanctuary, which is available at over 25,000 bookstore websites worldwide including and The Book Depository and just recently,

As my friend, please feel free to peruse my profile and see what I'm currently working on.

Please help me spread the word by recommending it to your friends and if you are a member of a book club, perhaps you could suggest they put it on their reading list?

Being a self-published author, I AM the marketing team so any help you could give, would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again!

message 12: by Kate

Kate Thank you so much for the add!

message 11: by Regulo (last edited Jun 17, 2010 07:04AM)

Regulo Jr. Hi Charlie, Thanks for the friend add on and I look forward to reading your two books. I also look forward to talking to you some more on your Blog Sites. Drop me a message on my "Comment Wall" when you geat a chance.

Desperate Lands The War on Terror Through the Eyes of a Special Forces Soldier by Regulo Zapata Jr. Regulo Zapata Jr.

Katherine Marple I just got Dandelions in the mail. I will be finishing the PIF Book of the Month "Heartless" this week and will start yours this weekend. Can't wait. I love the cover.

message 9: by Jaree

Jaree Francis Cool pic ;) Thanks for accepting the friend-vite, hope all's well with you

- Jay

Katherine Marple Just ordered a copy of Dandelions in the Garden. Will review it probably within the next three weeks. I'm really starting to get stacked up with these PIF books! :) Yours was the one I was most interested in because the front cover picture is stellar.

Shalonda Williams-McClendon Just grabbed a copy of your book Charlie. I do hope that all is well. Peace

Shalonda Williams-McClendon Hey There, Thank you so much for the friendship. I am glad that we are. Have an awesome weekend! Peace

Stuart Hi Charlie, Truly delighted to be one of your friends on GoodReads.

To happiness and success, Stuart

Kensington Roth Hi Charlie,

I respectfully would like you to consider my spy-thriller for your next review.
"Able Danger" sets the international espionage spectrum of sequels for avid readers and has been adapted to film by the author for moviegoers to view agent Harrison Court-006 on the silver screen. The book-to-film project is in development for production. I can provide the PDF file for your review. I value your consideration and await your response.

Kensington RothAble Danger Able Danger by Kensington Roth

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Jen Knox I look forward to reading your work

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