Blog Archive - April 2012

Media Monday: The Avengers: Going Into Geek Overload

I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a geek. Perhaps not the hardcore comic book reading, world of Warcraft playing, Picard versus Kirk kind of geek, but I'm most definitely a geek. Especially when it comes to movies. And no summer release has me more excited than The Avengers.

Even if the movie tanks (which I seriously doubt it), there's still all that the eye-candy on offer. Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, and Scarlet Johansson, all occupying the same space. I'm surprised the universe hasn't collapsed onto itself. Surely that must be the equivalent of Doc Brown warning Marty what would happen to the time space continuum if he ran into his future self.

What I love most, is the chemistry between these guys. I've seen quite a bit of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews where they spend a great deal of time hugging, ass-grabbing, coming onto each other, and talking about adopting babies together. I can only imagine the jokes that must have run rampant on the set regarding Thor's 'hammer'. It certainly comes up during an interview with Ruffalo and Hemsworth.

As far as fandom goes? Oh, you bet these characters have been shipped. I always find it fascinating to see who the fans put together, especially with a cast this big. From what I've seen, it tends to be mostly the poster boy for goodness and virtue: Steve Rogers (Captain America), and bad boy Tony Starks (Iron Man). Then there's the mighty Thor and the god of mischief, Loki. I haven't seen much with Bruce (he's just so cute!), and I think most folks are quite happy to have Hawkeye and Black Widow together.

Anyway, this is what all the fuss is about:

 




 
 


Steve & Tony by Joanna.e - Because even super soldiers like Captain America need a hug sometimes.
 Visit Joannaestep.tumblr.com for not only some great Avengers shipping, but some amazing artwork, and lots of other fun stuff.



x Charlie x

Weekly News Roundup

weekly news roundupWelcome to this week's Weekly News Roundup covering Sunday, April 21st to Saturday, April 28th!

♥ My short story: Lost In My Waking Dream has been accepted by Torquere Press and is due for release May 23rd! Woot! It's Historical but a little different from my other stories as it also contains elements of Science Fiction. Hopefully folks will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. It's a little sad, but sweet, and of course has a HEA. Read an excerpt here ♥ Received my first edits for The Auspicious Troubles of Chance and the production is well under way. I'm so excited! Don't have a release date yet, but I will make sure to let you know soon as.

♥ The lovely Becky Condit from Mrs. Condit & Freinds Reads Books has reviewed The Amethyst Cat Caper. Here's the teaser:

Reading Charlie Cochet’s THE AMETHYST CAT CAPER is very much like watching a film noir. Set in the 1930s it is stylish, polished, and moody. The ending was absolutely thrilling in the take your breath away kind of action. It’s a short novella and I read it start to finish in one sitting. Ms Cochet got the feeling of the era spot on, including the dialog and descriptions of the city and what people were doing. I enjoyed THE AMETHYST CAT CAPER very much. 

The full review will be up on her site May 3rd! I'm so excited! So stay tuned for the link. For other great reviews, check out the website here.

♥ Don't forget the Hop Against Homophobia is coming May 17th to May 20th. So stay tuned for that. Over 200 authors, publishers, and reviewers participating!

Well, I think that wraps things up for this week. You all have a lovely weekend!

x Charlie x


Theme Thursday: Spring is in the Air... and Giving You the Sniffles.

Theme ThursAround Springtime, catching a Cold is inevitable. At least for me, it seems. For some screwy reason, it happens around the same time every year. I'm pretty good at avoiding the evil sniffles in the Winter. Might be because it's my favorite time of year. Don't know.

But no matter where in the world I am, (this has been tested in two countries), someone I know catches a Cold around this time, and no matter how far or how fast I run, it snares me in its clutches. Perhaps because of all my running, I've allowed the beast sufficient time to mutate into something of mythic proportions.

Where does this leave me? (Aside glaring at my PC because it can't communicate with me via telepathy and therefore not able to type what's in my head) It leaves me burying myself under my favorite cream colored microplush (they are the best!) blanket, surrounding myself with every pillow I own (and I own a lot) and cursing the vile taste of those instant flu packet things. Of course, that's once I've lost the battle, and I put up a pretty good fight. From that first throat tickle, I'm all over that trusty bottle of Echinacea, and making myself plenty of tea with lemon and honey. Coming from a Hispanic background, believe me, there's no shortage of homemade remedies. I tell you, should I let it slip to my mom that I'm catching a cold, suddenly the League of White-Haired Abuelitas is raining down upon me with recipes from the Cuban Civil War.

Some people have to sleep through their Flu/Cold (though if I got that kinda cuddling, I wouldn't mind so much). Some people just powerhouse through it.  I'm all about getting through it with natural remedies rather than lots of medication, but obviously everyone's different.

So what do you do when you've been jumped by the evil flu beast? What makes you feel all warm and fuzzy? Chicken soup in bed? Do you go into hibernation mode and banish all breathing beings from your cave? Or do you pout and sniffle, and secretly enjoy the pampering?

x Charlie x


WIP Wednesday: (Remi & Hawk Book 2)

Hello all! Today I'm sharing a snippet from Remi and Hawk's next adventure.

I've slowly been working on this between other deadlines but I'm hoping to get a lot more of it done soon.

Remi has had a lot on his plate lately, and his stress levels have been somewhat high, to say the least. He's spent the last six months putting together a very important society ball which will be held at his tea house less than a month from now. Also, his younger brother Chess, has just arrived from England and is living with him and Hawk. If that wasn't enough, Remi and Hawk have to hide their relationship from Chess, until Remi figures out a way to tell his brother that Hawk is more than just his roommate-- if he can bring himself to tell him at all.

Add that to the fact that Hawk has been acting rather strange lately, snapping at Remi and distancing himself. Remi is starting to wonder if their social differences is finally starting to get to Hawk, despite his lover's insistence that it's not. What's an Englishman to do?


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Chess placed his tea cup gently on his saucer and looked up at his brother with those big, innocent sapphire eyes, bringing the hair on the back of Hawk’s neck to stand on end. “Remi?”

“Hm?” Remi replied, lifting his own tea cup to his lips and taking a sip.

“Do you believe that men who bugger other men are condemned to hell?”

What followed would have put the Marx Brothers to shame. Remi spat out a mouthful of tea, and in an effort not get any of the stuff on him, Hawk shoved himself away from the table, unaware of how close his chair was to the carpet. As soon as the back legs hit, he toppled backward. No amount of flailing helped him regain his balance, and in an effort to save himself, he made a grab for the table leg, snatching a fistful of tablecloth instead. Everything came crashing to the floor with him, the moving tablecloth jerking Remi’s elbow from under him and sending the entire contents of the water pitcher in his hand into his face.

In a tangle of cloth, Hawk scrambled to his feet, cursing under his breath as china crunched beneath him, and silverware poked his backside. Finally on his feet, he looked over at Remi who was sputtering and parting his now drenched hair away from his eyes. They both turned to Chess who sat wide-eyed, rosy-cheeked, and immaculate at the end of the table. How could something so small unleash so much chaos? Chess tilted his head to one side and studied them.

“Is that a yes?”

***

x Charlie x

Getting All My Heroes In a Row

charliewritingHello!  I'm going to share the beginnings of my story bible. When I decided I wanted to make a career out of writing fiction, I did  A LOT of research. I read the blogs, websites, advice columns of other writers who wrote in all genres.

I may be a pantser most of the time with my writing, but everything around it, is incredibly organized. I wanted to make sure I started things off right, so that down the line, I wouldn't be going crazy, sifting through manuscripts trying to remember what fella was from where, what color eyes he had, and who he'd had a past relationship with.

Now, one thing you may not know, but might have had an inkling about, is that the majority of my Historical MM Romance characters live in the same city, within the same time frame, and the reason for that is that I've created my own little gay enclave in New York City. In the 1930s, in New York City especially, the gay male world was very much existent, even if it was hidden. Through certain dress, speech, and communication, gay men could not only identify other gay men, but to do so in safety, and bringing about a thriving gay community. As such, it's common sense to me, that many of my characters would have crossed paths at some point or another in their lives.

Some characters might make small appearances, some might merely be mentioned, and some might have a good deal to do with the plot. Regardless, they're all part of one big timeline. Now, how to keep track of all those handsome heroes, especially when some of their stories haven't been written yet.

Character spreadsheets!

You can click on the image for a larger version. Sheet 1, which is this one, covers physical traits so I can easily go back and check. Here I have the characters together by story. Each story is a different color. It has their age for whatever year their story takes place (the 20s) and what age they are in 1934. Then we've got eye color, hair color, skin, height, weight, and a brief description just for reminders.

These are just the main protagonist and important secondary characters. It's always being tweaked and added to. On Sheet 2, I have the fellas' occupations, who they've had a past relationship with, who they're friends with, and who their love interest is. I haven't put that one up because it has spoilers *grin*.

But an example, Hawk is friends with Bruce (they met years before Hawk met Remi). Hawk talks about him in The Amethyst Cat Caper. Bruce and Joe (whose pie shop Bruce visits in When Love Walked In) are friends, and also used to be lovers *gasp*. That will show up in Bruce's book next. Anyway, Hawk--through Bruce, gets help from Joe, who's friends with Jacky. Jacky is friends with Alexander, who is friends with Chess. Those of you who read The Amethyst Cat Caper, know of Hawk's gift to Remi. Well, that's how he managed it. Hawk's whole attitude toward high society folks, has to do with Maxfield, who's cousins with Edward. Edward is the love interest for Julius, who was in my LiAW story.

Yeah, so you see, I thought it best I get organized now, while there are still roughly two dozen fellas. I love expanding their world and making connections. It's so much fun! I figured spreadsheet would be my best bet, because that way I could move, insert, and easily change things, which wouldn't be as easy if it was all written down. I do keep a printed copy in a notebook, though, for quick access. Any questions, class? :D

x Charlie x


Media Monday: Rockin' MM Romance - JCP's PsyCop Series

Hello all! On today's Media Monday, I'm going to share with you a series of MM Romance books that I've thoroughly enjoyed. 

Now, I'm not here to review, because quite frankly, I personally don't feel comfortable doing it, and there are plenty of people out there who do it better, but I'm always happy to share with folks books I've personally enjoyed. Please keep in mind, that what I enjoy may not be your cup of tea, but that's the great thing about books, there's something for everyone!

I've read a great deal of MM Romance, so there are titles I read years ago that I should probably revisit. There's also a whole heap of great authors I just haven't gotten around to reading yet, but there will be plenty more authors and books discussed on upcoming Media Mondays.
 
This week, I'm going to start off with Jordan Castillo-Price and her PsyCop series. Now, before JCP, I admit that I'd read close to nill on Paranormal stuff. It just wasn't a genre I thought I'd be interested in. (I'm not big on horror and such) but when I read the blurbs and excerpts, they really piqued my interest, and then of course, there were all the reviews (though I was careful not to read reviews that gave too much away). I thought--as I usually do with a lot of books I'm unsure about-- why not? I'll give it go. So, I bought the first in the series, Among the Living.

Well, let me tell you. As soon as I had finished it, I was online buying the rest. I LOVED it! The characters, the plot, the style, the relationships. I enjoyed everything about this series, and each book just seemed to get better than the last. I read them all in one week, one book a day. I stayed up until ridiculous hours of the morning, because I didn't want to put them down. One of them even had a scene that scared my socks off. Granted, it doesn't take much in my case, but picturing it in my little brain unaccustomed to the Paranormal and horrory bits, I actually closed my eyes. Then I remembered I wasn't watching a movie and that that wouldn't stop me from picturing the scene.

Anyway, Victor Bayne is an AMAZING character, and one I haven't forgotten even all this while after reading the books. Aside the great premise of PsCops itself, Victor is incredibly flawed, socially awkward, sarcastic, clever, moody, troubled, and has no clue why his hunk of a boyfriend Jacob is so into him. There's action, sexy sex, suspense, and loads of fun. It's not a traditional romance in the sense that it's not all about Vic and Jacob's relationship. After all, these fellas have cases to solve, but personally, I think JCP gets the balance of romance and crime-solving just right, and I know when it came to the parts about their relationship, there was a whole load of 'squeee' coming from me. If you haven't read any of the books, you can read the first half of Among the Living for free on JCP's site here. Enjoy!


x Charlie x

Weekly News Roundup

Welcome to this week's Weekly News Roundup covering Sunday, April 15th to Saturday, April 20th!

This week was a bit of slow one, and I spent it mostly attempting to get somewhere with one of the many stories I'm working on.

LiAW - The teasers are up! Get an extra teaser on the original thread here! So far, I've had some wonderful feedback from folks, and I'm so pleased they've enjoyed the teasers. I'm really looking forward to seeing it up there on the MM Romance Group thread. I'm also hoping to give the secondary characters, Danny and John, their own story, because the two just really took on a life of their own, and Danny turned out to be a lot more complex than I'd originally planned. Julius' story I actually started before I ever wrote about Harlan and Nathan. In my WIP section, you'll see a couple Eros and Edward. Well, who do you think Eros has been this whole time? ;) Julius' story takes place two years after my LiAW story, and you can bet that Harlan and Nathan are going to make a guest appearance.

The Auspicious Troubles of Chance - Production is well under way and I'm so excited! You can find a couple of sneak peaks in the updated Excerpts page. This one's a long novella, and my longest work yet.It's also the first of three books. So we'll see how it goes!

Believe Me, Beloved - Last week I mentioned my short story being contracted by Torquere Press for their Masks Off! anthology, and I'm so excited, because I really had a lot of fun with it. It's different to anything I've written so far. Yep, Believe Me, Beloved is a Historical Shifter story! It's a glimpse into a shifter society of the 1930s. I'm awfully tempted to write more about those characters. We'll see how folks take to them. I'll be putting up a snippet soon!

That's pretty much it for this week. Other than that, it's been write, write, write! Hopefully I'll have more updates next week. Have a great weekend!

x Charlie x

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