Ace & King Interview

Charlie: Hello, all! Thank you for joining us today! In my Facebook Reader group, I asked readers to submit questions they’d like to ask King and/or Ace. We have the guys here today to answer some of those questions. Let’s get started, shall we? *waves at Ace and King* Hi, guys! Thanks for indulging us.

King: Of course.

Ace: Are you kidding? Like I would miss the opportunity to watch King squirm.

King: *looks unimpressed* I don’t squirm. When have I ever squirmed?

Ace: *a wide smile spreads across his face* How about last week when I walked into your office and Leo was on your lap—

King: *covers Ace’s mouth* It’s not what it sounds like. *narrows his eyes at Ace* Also, what have I told you about closed doors?

Ace: *moves King’s hand away* Hey, I knocked. It’s not my fault you couldn’t hear me over the sound of your boyfriend’s—

King: Voice. His voice. He was talking to me.

Ace: Is that what we’re calling it?

King: *arches an eyebrow* Can we get on with it?

Charlie: *tries not to laugh* Sure. First question is from Shannon for Ace. What’s the one devious thing you’ve done to King that he hasn’t figured out you did, or you got him to blame Lucky?

Ace: *blinks innocently* I don’t know what you’re talking about. I have never done anything devious to King.

King: He thinks he gets away with things, but he doesn’t. I always find out. Most of the time it backfires on him.

Ace: *snorts* Please. I’m a master of subtlety. When has any of my pranks backfired?

King: Last Thursday morning. You taped that aerosol air horn to the wall in my office so when I opened the door the handle hit the horn and it went off. Why don’t you tell them what happened next?

Ace: *pouts* It scared Jay so bad he threw his phone at my head.

Charlie: *cringes* Ouch. That had to hurt. Cell phones can be dangerous.

King: *snickers* Oh, Jay didn’t throw his cell phone at Ace. He threw his desk phone. First the base hit him then the corded phone. Actually, knocked him off his feet. You can’t see the bruise because his hair’s covering it up. Not only did his little prank backfire, but now he has to grovel to Jay until Jay decides to forgive him.

Ace: *eyes wide* You don’t want to get on Jay’s bad side. Believe me. He’s all cute and adorable, but he will bust your shit up and make life at the office miserable for you. He’s like the gate keeper, so anything you need will be denied until he deems your ass worthy again. He has a sweet tooth, so I’ve been bringing him baked goods every day since, but I’m still in the dog house.

King: *smiles brightly* If you’ve done something to piss off Jay then you deserve whatever he dishes out.

Ace: *rubs the back of his head* Next question.

Charlie: This one’s for King from Kelly. Have you watched all the Marvel movies with Leo yet? Which one is your favorite?

King: I’ve watched them all several times now. Personally, I enjoy the TV shows more than the movies. I enjoyed several aspects from the Punisher as well as Dare Devil. For the movies, I enjoy watching Leo’s favorites because he gets so enraptured, no matter how many times he’s seen them. He tells me all sorts of interesting facts about the characters and the movie storylines versus the comics.

Charlie: And how much of a bad influence do you think Ace will be on Leo? That question is from Jenn.

Ace: Hey! Why am I the bad influence? Maybe Leo’s the one who’ll be a bad influence on me.

*Charlie and King exchange glances before bursting into laughter*

Ace: *scowls* Whatever.

King: *wipes a tear from his eye* That was a good one.

Ace: *narrows his eyes at King* Your man escaped CIA surveillance using a handball, you think he’s not going to Houdini his way out of trouble again?

King: *shrugs* He might, but if he needs me, he knows I’m right here for him. And no, I don’t worry about Ace being a bad influence on Leo. The two might get up to their shenanigans, but Leo isn’t easily swayed. If he doesn’t see the logic in something, nothing is going to change his mind on the matter. 

Charlie: This question is for both of you and it’s from Kira Nieves. What did you first think of each other when you first met?

Ace: *snickers* When I first met King I thought, well this guy’s a barrel of laughs. *points to King’s face* There. That face right there. That’s the exact same face he was making when we met. The how have you survived this long face. I knew right away we were going to be best friends.

King: Meanwhile, I knew right away that he was going to be the cause of my having high blood pressure by the time I turned thirty.

Ace: *smiles wide* I grew on him.

King: I believed I could withstand most forms of torture. I was wrong.

Ace: What he’s trying to say in his own King way is that he loves me.

King: *grunts*

Ace: That’s his happy sound. He’s happy a lot. Like, all the time.

Charlie: *snickers* Okay. This question is for King from Emma Louise Burbidge. What went through your mind when you first realized it was Leo standing next to you with those goldfish snacks? Did you love him the moment you laid eyes on him?

King: My first thought wasn’t a thought. When I laid eyes on him my mind went blank for a moment. Then I thought he was cute. When I realized it was Leo, I knew I was screwed. I kept telling myself it would be fine and whatever strange reaction I was having to him would sort itself out. There was a lot going on around us at the time and I was trying to focus on what the hell was going on around us. I’d never been in that position before. I’ve never doubted or second guessed myself or my actions. I made a decision and followed through. With Leo, it was different. Everything was different.

Ace: *snickers* It was so stinking cute I couldn’t stand it. Most entertaining months of my life.

King: I’m glad I amuse you.

Ace: You always amuse me. *pokes King’s cheek* If Grumpy Cat were a person, he’d look like you.

King: You know what amuses me?

Charlie: Uh-oh.

Ace: My playful and adorable antics?

King: *snatches Ace’s hand and twists it*

Ace: Ow, ow, ow!

King: *smiles* That. That amuses me. *let’s go of Ace’s hand* Poke me again.

Ace: *peers at him and slowly moves his fingers toward King’s cheek.

Charlie: Um, Ace, I have a question for you from Dani Fujikawa. What was your take on Leo and King's relationship? When you envisioned King dating, did you ever picture a Leo-type person?

Ace: *perks up and hand falls away*

Charlie: *sighs with relief*

Ace: It was clear there was something between them. I could tell the moment the two were in the same room together. Of course, I wasn’t expecting King to admit it. I mean, this is King we’re talking about. The more time I spent around them, the more obvious it was. I mean, King was always touching him.

King: No, I wasn’t.

Ace: Dude, you kept flinging him over your shoulder and carried him around the house. The last time you flung someone over your shoulder was to toss them over you to lay them out. You smiled and laughed all the time.

King: *sniffs* Not all the time. Don’t exaggerate.

Ace: *grins smugly* And he did this all the time. This whole evasive thing. Like we haven’t known him for freaking ever. Also, I never envisioned King dating. *shutters*

King: What the hell was that?

Ace: What?

King: You shuttered. You’ve met the guys I’ve dated.

Ace: Hence the shutter and why I don’t envision you dating.

King: *crosses his arms over his chest* What was wrong with them?

Ace: They were horrible! Remember that one guy who joined us for beers on that Friday night and spent two hours lecturing me and Lucky on why we shouldn’t eat meat? We’re Cuban, King. Ninety percent of our meals center around pork. He kept saying the ghosts of the little pigs were going to haunt us for the rest of our lives and then started oinking! Oinking, King. The guy had no idea how close he was to getting shanked with a buffalo chicken wing. Two hours. Two hours of my life I will never get back! *puts a hand to his heart* I think I’m having palpitations.

King: *pats Ace’s arm* Would a Cuban sandwich make you feel better?

Ace: *pouts* With fries?”

King: With fries.

Ace: And a pastelito?

King: *tries not to smile* And a pastelito.  

Ace: *jumps out of his seat* It was really nice talking to you, but we gotta go. 

Charlie: *smiles* Okay. Thanks for joining us. Maybe we’ll catch you again real soon.

Ace: You got it. *takes off like the wind*

King: Thank you for having us. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to catch up to him before he-- *horn honks repeatedly. King smiles and shakes his head*

Charlie: Admit it. You wouldn’t want him any other way.

King: *puts a finger to his lips before walking away*

A big thank you to everyone who submitted questions. We still have plenty more left, so I'll save those for the next time I corner the guys. I hope you enjoyed this interview with Ace and King! Let's see who else we can convince to sit down with us for a while. Until next time!


THIRDS Thursday Update

Hello, all! I hope you had a lovely weekend! After much deliberation, it saddens me to announce that THIRDS Thursday has officially come to an end. I had postponed it in the hopes of getting back to the regular schedule when my health and writing schedule permitted, but it's not fair to leave readers waiting and wondering, and as I had no idea when or if it would return, it was time to make a decision. This is not a decision I made lightly, but after 4 years and over 300,000 words plus extras, I can no longer keep up with the THIRDS Thursday schedule. It's not fair to ask readers to hang on, especially when the posting for THIRDS Thursday had started to become sporadic. THIRDS Thursday was always supposed to be something fun for readers.

I still plan on continuing to give readers THIRDS/TIN world flash fiction stories, freebies, and fun extras, just not on a set schedule, that way no one is disappointed. There are two more THIRDS Beyond the Books planned and ask for your patience in getting these released. They are coming, it's just taking a little time. I want to thank the THIRDS readers for all their amazing love and support over the years. I'm very excited to be starting a new chapter in Dex and Sloane's lives and hope you'll join me for the ride. I'm planning lots of fun stuff for these guys, and I'll be sure to post here and on Facebook when I have exciting extras for you. My readers continue to be a source of inspiration and amazing support, and I thank you with all my heart.

x Charlie


Diamond in the Rough Early Release!!

Hello, all! I'm happy to announce that Diamond in the Rough (Four Kings, Security Book 4) is out now! What better way to spend Valentine's Day than with a sexy King? The timeline for the release of Diamond in the Rough was pushed up, so we have a happy love day surprise! I hope you enjoy King and Leo's adventures in love!

AVAILABLE FROM AMAZON AND KU: http://mybook.to/DiamondInTheRough_CC

PAPERBACK: (Should be up soon)
 

SYNOPSIS

For Ward “King” Kingston the role of protector, forged by fire and tragedy, is one he takes seriously. When King is asked to safeguard the son of a four-star general and friend, he is pulled back into the world of government black ops on a mission that raises painful memories from his past. The moment King meets Leo, amid the chaos of a lockdown at a secret black site, it’s clear he’s never faced a challenge like this—one that will test his unwavering sense of control. 
   
Leopold de Loughrey is a misunderstood genius whose anxiety and insecurities are sent into overdrive when he is forcefully recruited to work on a top-secret project. Terrified of what his role as "invaluable asset" means, Leo’s stress leads to disappearances, arguments, and blowups that threaten the project and Leo’s future. King’s arrival is a calm in the storm for Leo and his frenetic thoughts.

King and Leo couldn’t be more different, yet as they navigate the dangers of a secret multi-agency operation and face unknown threats, their differences could be what saves them. Neither man believes a happily ever after is in the cards, but their hearts might just prove them wrong… if they can survive a deadly betrayal.

DETAILS

  • Word Count: 75,754
  • Published: February, 13 2019
  • Cover Artist: Reese Dante
  • ISBN: 978-1-73153-214-5
  • Price: $3.99

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Diamond in the Rough Cover Reveal and Blurb!

Hello, all! I'm super excited to be sharing with you the gorgeous cover for Diamond in the Rough (Four Kings Security, Book 4) created by the wonderfully talented Reese Dante. It came out even more awesome than I imagined. If all goes according to schedule, Diamond in the Rough should be out this Friday, February 15th!!

 

SYNOPSIS

For Ward “King” Kingston the role of protector, forged by fire and tragedy, is one he takes seriously. When King is asked to safeguard the son of a four-star general and friend, he is pulled back into the world of government black ops on a mission that raises painful memories from his past. The moment King meets Leo, amid the chaos of a lockdown at a secret black site, it’s clear he’s never faced a challenge like this—one that will test his unwavering sense of control. 
   
Leopold de Loughrey is a misunderstood genius whose anxiety and insecurities are sent into overdrive when he is forcefully recruited to work on a top-secret project. Terrified of what his role as "invaluable asset means", Leo’s stress leads to disappearances, arguments, and blowups that threaten the project and Leo’s future. King’s arrival is a calm in the storm for Leo and his frenetic thoughts.

King and Leo couldn’t be more different, yet as they navigate the dangers of a secret multi-agency operation and face unknown threats, their differences could be what saves them. Neither man believes a happily ever after is in the cards, but their hearts might just prove them wrong… if they can survive a deadly betrayal.


Shiny New Website and Updates!

Hello, all! Welcome to my shiny new website! A few months back I started having all kinds of problems with my WordPress site and it was eating up hours of my time that I needed for more important things, like writing books. Deciding I'd had enough, I chatted with an author friend who recommended her web designers KMD Web Designs. These amazing and talented folks worked with me over several months to put together a site that didn't just look the way I wanted, but that saved me so much time on the backend of things. I no longer have to add or update info in a bunch of different places because the website does it for me. So freaking cool! I couldn't be more excited! 

Along with ah ost of fun new features, my branding also received an update thanks to the lovely Jay Aheer. Some of the new features added to the website are playlists/playlist links, Pinterest boards, character bios, and character relationships. I'll be adding more bios when time permits, seeing as how I have a lot of characters. A really cool new feature is the linking of books and characters. You won't just see the series order when you click on a book, you'll see the list of connected books, characters, and more. The whole site had been revamped to make it fun and easy for readers to navigate.

For those who were signed up to receive blog posts via email, you'll need to sign up again on the FOLLOW THE BLOG box in the sidebar. The reason for this is that the site was moved away from WordPress. I apologize for any inconvenience caused. This does not effect newsletter subscribers.

UPDATES

As far as updates, there's so much going on over the next few months that I'll do my best to keep you all posted. The best way to stay up to date with everything going on is via my website--which I'll be doing more posting on now that it actually works how it's supposed to--and via my newsletter. If you haven't signed up for my newsletter, you can do so here:

Newsletter signup: http://bit.ly/CharlieCochetNews 

Here are the latest updates on some of the things I'm getting most asked for at the moment: 

Diamond in the Rough (Four Kings Security, Book 4) - is currently in edits, so if all goes well, we're looking at a February 19th release date. Once this is released I should have an idea about the audiobook as well.

TIN Book 1 - is in the works, and if all goes according to the schedule we're looking at a May release date. More info on that soon.

Four Kings Security spin-off series - kicks off this year with Jack & Fitz's book being the first book, followed by Frank & Joshua, Ryden & Jay, and Joker & Gio

Hell & High Water Manga - I'm still working on this and hope to get it done as soon as possible. With my schedule falling behind in November and December of 2018 due to the holidays and illnesses, it's been delayed more than I wanted, but we'll get there, I promise!

THIRDS Thursday - is still on hiatus. With the new TIN series starting soon, I hope to put together some fun THIRDS/TIN stuff, but with me falling behind schedule, I need to catch up on my writing before I can do any flash fiction. I'll be sure to post more sneak peeks and snippets here. 

THIRDS Beyond the Books - I'll also be submitting the next two volumes to Dreamspinner Press in Feb/March. Once I have and know more, I'll be sure to share it here.  

These are my scheduled plans for the first half of 2019, but you can always check my Coming Soon page for the most updated schedule. Remember that the schedule is subject to change and get moved, but I try not to do that unless absolutely necessary.

Charlie's Facebook Reader group! If you're not already a member of my Facebook reader group, join us for exclusive giveaways, exclusive excerpts, sneak peeks, books chats, and more! https://www.facebook.com/groups/charliecochet/

EVENTS

So far I'm booked for the following conferences: Coastal Magic, BookLovers, RWA Conference, and RARE London. For more info, check out my events page. I also have plans to attend GRL this year. 

I think that's it for now! Don't forget the MM Valentine's Day short story giveaway is happening now until February 15th. You can find all the stories here: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/gBNSONLfVZwtRSir2oFM 

Due to the sheer volume of folks downloading, we kinda broke Prolific Works, but we've been told it's all sorted now. Happy Reading!

 

 


MM Valentine's Day Short Story Giveaway!

Hello, all! I'm super excited to be joining this fabulous list of authors for a fun MM Valentine's Day short story giveaway! My contribution is In the Cards, A Four Kings Security Short. Although this story is releasing before Diamond in the Rough, Four Kings Security Book 4, it actually takes place after in the timeline, but don't worry, this short has no spoilers or even mentions of anything that happens in Diamond in the Rough, so you can read it without worry. Why the weirdness? Well, Diamond in the Rough was supposed to be released before the Valentine's Day short, but sometimes--many times--schedules go wonky and it is what it is. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this fun little story of Ace and the guys down in South Florida for Spencer and Quinn's wedding. 

If you don't know who Spencer and Quinn are, they're from my cute little Dreamspinner Press novella Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts. You can find out more about it here

To claim your copy of In the Cards, along with a host of fabulous freebies, just follow this link here: https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/gBNSONLfVZwtRSir2oFM

In the Cards Blurb:

Love is in the air, and what says ‘romance’ more than a Valentine’s Day wedding? Anston “Ace” Sharpe’s is down in South Florida for his cousin’s wedding, and with his boyfriend Colton accompanying him, Ace has some Valentine’s Day plans of his own. Surrounded by his huge Cuban family, his brothers-in-arms from Four Kings Security, and a groom with a penchant for chaos, what could possibly go wrong?

 

 

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY RUNS FEBRUARY 8TH THROUGH FEBRUARY 15TH


Love and Payne now available on audio!

Hello, all! Love and Payne is now available on audio!

Love and Payne (A THIRDS Universe Novel)

Narrated by: Mark Westfield
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 12-07-18
Language: English Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Audible.com:

http://bit.ly/LoveAndPayneAudible

SUMMARY

Austen Payne, THIRDS Squadron Specialist Agent (SSA) for Destructive Delta and TIN operative, has seen the worst the world has to offer, faced lethal killers, and helped bring down dangerous organizations. But nothing terrifies him more than falling in love. After years of undercover work, Austen is a master at defending himself and protecting his heart...until he meets Osmond Zachary.

THIRDS Defense Agent Osmond Zachary has a huge, doting family, yet something is missing in his life. After meeting grumpy, foul-mouthed, jittery cheetah Therian Austen Payne, Zach knows exactly what that something - or someone - is. Unfortunately Austen seems determined to avoid Zach at all costs.

When Zach foils an assassination attempt, he ends up in the killer’s crosshairs, and Austen is Zach’s best chance at staying alive. Zach hopes the crisis will bring them closer, but Austen has every intention of walking away as soon as the danger is over.

Happily ever after isn’t for guys like Austen, but Zach is determined to show him it can be....


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