Friday, October 13, 2017


Legacy of a Wallflower

A heart-wrenching story of love and loss set in the mountains of rural Vermont.

Flashing blue lights and a pink sandal in the middle of a rural Vermont road mark the end of a dream for Mina Mason. The tragic accident halts her elopement to Sam Miller and takes her family—all except her peculiar mother. Left as the sole caregiver to her aging parent amid piles of hoarded possessions with no respite in sight, Mina breaks her engagement to Sam. He deserves the normal life he’ll never find with her.

Half a world away, Sam’s life as a military sniper turns out to be anything but normal. The ruthless chaos of war leaves him drowning in a haze of booze and blood. Nights are a blur. Days, he does his job, mission after mission. Until the day he squeezes the trigger and not only destroys his target, but any hope for inner peace as well. Haunted and adrift, Sam returns just as the world Mina’s dedicated herself to crumbles.

He offers strength; she offers healing, but Mina and Sam must learn to trust each other with their secrets or lose their second chance at a life together.

Praise for C.L. Howland

"Howland's debut novel is a coming of age story that keeps readers hungering for the next page, the next chapter, indeed, the next book." — Marisa Miller

"Clear depictions of Vermont rural life: tough upbringing in beautiful natural surroundings. Highly recommended!" — Charlotte R. Williams

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cover Reveal: Legacy of a Wallflower

For those of you who've been waiting so patiently for the continuation of Mina's and Sam's story--we are a step closer...

Take a peek at the gorgeous cover designed by the talented Jessica Bell.

Flashing blue lights along a rural Vermont road change Mina Mason's life forever. She breaks her engagement to Sam Miller. He deserves a chance at happiness.

Half a world away, the pull of a trigger shatters Sam's existence.
Haunted and adrift, he returns just as the world Mina's dedicated herself to crumbles...

Look for Legacy of a Wallflower coming soon from Random Tangent Press.

Sunday, June 18, 2017


It’s my great pleasure to announce Legacy of a Wallflower, the next book in the Northam series, is slated for release this fall. 

 Mina Mason and Sam Miller must navigate the sometimes difficult dynamics of family life while finding their place in the world.

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Coming this fall: C. L. Howland’s second novel, Legacy of a Wallflower from Random Tangent Press. 

 And if you haven't had a chance to read it yet, please pick up the first book in the series, My Mother Grows Wallflowers, the story of a lonely girl in a small Vermont town who finds her worth, even as she hides her mother’s hoarding from the world. 
Available through: Amazon , Barnes & Noble or your local bookstore.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Can We Talk?

If your book club/group is reading My Mother Grows Wallflowers, I'd love to talk to you. Contact me with "BOOK CLUB" in the message topic. If I'm available and your event is within a reasonable traveling distance, we can schedule a time. Otherwise, I would be happy to make arrangements for a speakerphone conversation with your group.

My Mother Grows Wallflowers is available in ebook and print formats on:

To purchase a signed copy or for more information, please contact me

Happy reading!