Blog Archive - April 2012

Easter Extravaganza! Updated

Hello folks! Well, it's been a bit of a crazy couple of weeks, hence my lack of posting lately. There will be more steady stuff coming soon, but here's what's coming this weekend!

The Hoppy Easter Blog Hop from The Blog Hop Spot: kicks off this Friday April 6th and runs through Sunday April 8th! The post will be up first thing Friday, and the winner will be announced first thing Monday, April 9th. One lucky winner will receive:

an eBook copy of The Amethyst Cat Caper and

an exclusive handmade Amethyst Cat Caper Bookmark and
handmade Amethyst Cat Caper charm keyring!
(Keyring is made of lavender ribbon with flowered, white teacups. Charms include: teapot, Art Deco purple jewel piece, and a yellow ducky)

* Thurs 5th of April Update *

Hero Hunt: I'll be hosting my own Easter giveaway on Sunday April 8th, where you'll get the chance to win some Amethyst Cat Caper merchandise!

The post will go up Sunday (9 am Eastern Time) with the instructions on how to win, so make sure you read carefully. It'll be something like this:

  • There will be one question, the answer which you will be able to find easily through this site. 
  • Once you have the answer to the question and know the location of either Remi or Hawk, just leave a comment with your answers on that day's Hero Hunt post. 
  • Rules: First person to have both correct answers wins (there will be a total of 2 winners). 1 hero and 1 entry per person. A reminder: Remi is the blond and he'll have the Amethyst Cat with him. Hawk is the grumpy detective with the rubber ducky. (pics will be in the post as well)

Here's what's up for grabs:

A handmade keyring with purple jewel, yellow ducky, and teapot charms;
handmade bookmark with ribbons and beads; magnetic flower notepad, 
small zipper bag with lavender flowers, and a mini purple frame. 

* Disclaimer: Should you feel the urge to chase your discovered hero, Remi will probably play along and find it fun. Hawk... I'd advise against it. One, he won't run. Two, he's armed and dangerous. If he's in a good mood, he may tell you some duck jokes. Fair warning, they're terrible.

 See you this weekend!

x Charlie x

If you don't win your own copy, fret not! Torquere Press is having an Easter Sale!

Get 20% off your purchases from now through the end of day Monday! Just put 'easter2012' in the coupon code box any time you check out at Torquere Books ( before
Monday at midnight to get 20% off your order.

Sale good now through Monday April 9 at Midnight (est).

Hoppy Easter Blog Hop is here!

Welcome to the Hoppy Easter Blog Hop from The Blog Hop Spot!

The Hop starts today, Friday April 6th and runs through Sunday April 8th until midnight (Est)! One winner will be chosen at random and announced first thing Monday, April 9th.

♥ To enter the hop, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post.

♥ Please make sure to leave your email address so I can send your eBook if you win. 

The winner will receive:

an eBook copy of The Amethyst Cat Caper and

an exclusive handmade Amethyst Cat Caper Bookmark and
handmade Amethyst Cat Caper charm keyring!

(Keyring is made of lavender ribbon with flowered, white teacups. Charms include: teapot, Art Deco purple jewel piece, and a yellow ducky)

Happy Hopping!

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Hero Hunt and Last Day of Hoppy Easter Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to Charlie's Hero Hunt!

Remi and Hawk have some swag to give away, and they're hiding somewhere on this blog, waiting to be found by 2 lucky people. But you've got to be quick!  Ready to nab yourself a handsome hero? Let's go!

* Rules * Please read carefully!

  • There will be a total of 2 winners (1 for finding Remi, and 1 for finding Hawk, as well as answering the question). 
  • The FIRST 2 people to comment on this post with the correct answer to the question and correct location of one hero, wins.
  • Please describe as best you can where you found your hero.
Question: Remi owns his own business. What is the name of that business? (answer must be exact) (Hint: The answer to the question can be accessed through a number of links on this site.)

Don't forget to say where you found your hero! (Hint: Remember, the fellas are hiding, so they're going to be smaller and using their wily ways to blend in. And don't worry, they're not hiding in any old posts, so you won't have to go shifting through those.)

Here's what's up for grabs:

A handmade keyring with purple jewel, yellow ducky, and teapot charms;
handmade bookmark with ribbons and beads; magnetic flower notepad, 
small zipper bag with lavender flowers, and a mini purple frame. 

This contest is now closed! Thanks so much for stopping by and a big well done to Shadow and Krysykat!

** A big congratulations to Shadow who found our hot-blooded English hero Remi! Shadow: I've left a comment for you below.  **

**Congrats to Krysykat for finding the elusive Hawk! I've left your comment below. ** 

Don't forget it's the last day of the Hoppy Easter Blog Hop tour, so if you haven't entered to win, just check out the post before this one and leave a comment! Happy Hopping!

x Charlie x

Hoppy Easter Blog Hop Winner!

What a fantastic hop! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and had fun taking part.

I want to thank you all so very much for taking the time to stop by and comment! It's been a real treat having you and I can't wait for the next time!

If you didn't win, don't you worry. Here at the Cat's Pajamas, there's a giveaway every month, with some additional contests and giveaways thrown in, so make sure to stay tuned!

Now onto the winner! Using, this month's blog hop winner is:
Congratulations qbee2!

Again, I want to thank everyone who participated. I truly appreciate the wonderful comments and am touched by all your lovely compliments. I love chatting with folks, so you're all more than welcome to get in touch anytime.

Now that my website is up, I have lots more planned for my blog, so if there's anything you'd like to see more of: How to's, more about my writing process, behind the scenes, and more, feel free to leave a comment any time.

Have a wonderful week!

x Charlie x 

WIP Wednesday: Between the Devil and the Pacific Blue

Today I'm sharing a little snippet from a short story I'm writing called: Between the Devil and the Pacific Blue.

I'm trying to really find my noir voice with this one. This is just a first draft, no editing yet. It's about a hotel house dick named Humphrey Ralston who meets a young man named Franklin Fairchild.

Franklin has been staying at the Pacific Blue Hotel waiting for his fate to arrive. He knows wherever he ends up, it'll be unpleasant. Not long ago, he escaped from a volatile relationship he'd never intended to have, and after gaining his freedom, he's about to lose it again, only this time, he doesn't feel he can stand the loss.

Humphrey is just coasting through life. He's had enough unpleasantness in his past to last him a lifetime, and believes if he doesn't expect anything from anyone, then he's less likely to be disappointed. The last thing he needs is to get involved with a hotel guest as balled up as Franklin, but the longer he's around the troubled man, the more he starts to realize he doesn't really have a choice.

From Chapter 1

Walking down the deserted hall, I stopped just short of the stone archway and listened. It was a waltz, one of those sweeping, haunting ones that carried memories of a distant past. The kind whose imprint lingered well after its final note had faded, much like the man in the gray, three-piece suit settled on the salmon-colored armchair listening to it. His eyes were closed, long lashes resting on fair cheeks, a smooth angular face with a strong jaw and a good mouth. He was tall, slender, fine looking. The sort of fellow who only stopped in dives like this on his way to something better, except Franklin Fairchild had gotten lost along the way.  His hair was black and neatly styled, his eyes dark and bright as a midnight sky. How did I know about his eyes? I had seen them every night for the last six months.

“Mr. Ralston,” Fairchild greeted quietly, his nice lips lifting slightly on one side. His eyes were still closed, but I knew once they were open, they would be intense and haunting, kind of like that waltz. “Your lurking is distracting.” He opened those impressive peepers and turned his head slightly, his gaze capturing mine and holding on tight. “Much about you distracts me.”

The way his voice subtly dipped in pitch had me taking an interest in the faded blue-green carpet at my feet.
“I didn’t mean to disturb you, Mr. Fairchild. I was just doing my rounds.”

Fairchild gave a soft laugh that crawled up under my skin and made itself at home. He had a nice voice. Lulling, quiet, and in no hurry to get to where it was going, much like Fairchild himself.  

“Funny how your rounds lead you here every night just before two. Worried I’ll skip out on the bill?” He was razzing me, I knew, but it somehow fell flat. My guess was that insomnia wasn’t the only thing keeping Fairchild up at this hour.

“Not really,” I replied, and that was the honest truth. Though if he did try, I reckoned I wouldn’t be too sore about it. That alone should have been my warning to stay away from the mug.

“Just worried then?”

Franklin Fairchild had been here six months, only leaving his room late in the evening after everyone had gone to bed, and then all he did was come downstairs to listen to the radio. He took all his meals in his room, didn’t talk to anyone, didn’t have visitors, and didn’t interact with another soul other than to say the cursory ‘thank you’ when necessary. I seemed to be the exception to the rule. It made me feel kind of responsible. I didn’t much care for that. “You seem like a smart fella, Mr. Fairchild. I’d hate to see those smarts splattered all over the pavement.”

His big, dark eyes widened and his cheeks went rosy in hue. It was a good look for him. Obviously, he didn’t think so, because those nice full lips frowned at me. “I see,” was all he said. He turned his gaze back to the radio, which was now playing a lovely little melody about The Day You Came Along.

How apropos.

“I’m sorry if I offended you.” I realized then how much that sounded like an apology. Aside the fact that it was about as common an occurrence with me as a government tax break, I had no clue what the hell I was apologizing for. I wasn’t the one thinking about taking a swan dive off an eighth floor balcony, passing my misery onto some sap who didn’t know when to leave well enough alone.  Well, that was just ace.

Fairchild stood, his slender frame rising from the chair with all the ease and grace of a dancer. He was about my height and size, without the added bulk. There was the slightest bit of crookedness to his nose, one noticeable only to a mug like me who had suffered from his fair share of them. What I didn’t understand was how a handsome and refined fella like Fairchild had ended up with a broken nose. I was pretty good at sizing people up, finding their angle. It was my job, had been my job once. Six months and all I knew about the guy was what my gut told me. And that was that Fairchild was a man at the end of his rope.


Weekly News Roundup

Welcome to this week's Weekly News Roundup covering Sunday, April 8th to Saturday, April 14th!

GRL - I'm so excited to be going to this year's GRL, and as an author no less! I can't wait to meet all the wonderful folks I've chatted to online. It's going to be tough, separating my author side from the fan-girl side once I see so many of my favorite authors in one place. Especially after Jessewave so kindly pointed me to a link on her site containing some of last year's GRL pics and I saw Damon Suede in a kilt. Personally, I think that's newsworthy. Moving on...

LiAW - I finally finished my story! Yay! So, you know how I planned on cutting it off at around 10k? Well, it ended up 18k. Yeah, those boys just took on a life of their own and pulled the rug out from under me. Harlan and Nathan ended up a lot more troubled and complex. Even some secondary characters like Danny, just stepped up to bat and decided they wanted in on the action. You might see more from these fellas in the future.

♥ My submission to the Torquere Press Masks Off! anthology has been accepted! Woot! My very first anthology story. I hadn't been too sure about writing it because it contained elements that stretched beyond Historical, but then I remembered that I'd told myself when I'd first decided to write Historical, that I wouldn't limit myself within the genre. I wanted to be able to experiment if it struck my fancy, so I decided to give this a shot, and I had so much fun writing it! It is Historical of course, but uh... with a little twist. Tee Hee. ;)

♥ Edits for my summer release The Auspicious Troubles of Chance should be coming in any time now and I'm so excited! This story was submitted as part of Dreamspinner's Timeless Dreams, so it is a little different to my other stories as well. *Updated* You can now read a sneak peak on the Excerpts page or click here!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

x Charlie x

LiAW Tease

workinprogressWelcome! Today I'll be teasing you with a little snippet from my LiAW story. I'm afraid the title is still hush hush, but all shall be revealed soon. In the meantime, hope you enjoy this little taste, and if you fancy taking a guess at which title is mine, you can check out the list of titles here.

As far as when stories will become available, Jen has stated that in the next few weeks, she'll be starting the story folder and the pre-threads for all the stories, including the original request/prompt and header data we've provided, as well as genre, word count, tags, and such. Stories will start getting posted in about 4 weeks. 2 per day for about 10 weeks. Awesome stuff.

If you'd like to try and coax a little more out of me (or just want to ogle Harley some more), you can post in the original thread here.

(From Chapter 3)

For a guy Harlan’s size, he moved damned quick. He had a fistful of Danny’s shirt and was dragging him across the room before Nathan had even gotten to his feet. “Harley, wait!” Nathan took off after them. He didn’t know how the hell he was going to fix this; he just knew he had to.

“Get the fuck out,” Harlan growled and all but tossed Danny down the front steps and onto the pavement, where he hit the concrete path hard, accompanied by a string of curses.

Nathan ran out the door and down the steps to help Danny to his feet. “Jesus, Harley. Was that really necessary?” When he received no reply, he looked up and his heart all but stopped. The expression on Harlan’s face was one Nathan had never witnessed from his lover before, and the gravity of the situation struck him like a jolt of electricity. He ran to catch Harlan before he could disappear into the house. The moment he touched Harlan’s arm, his back was slammed into the wall.

“You too.”

“What?” A lump formed in his throat at the anger and pain in Harlan’s eyes. “Harley, please, let me explain.” One minute his lover’s hand was around his neck, the next minute the barrel of a revolver had joined it.

“Get out of my sight, or I swear the next thing you’ll be kissing is the bullet that comes out of my gun.”

Nathan had never seen Harlan like this. There was no telling what he would do if Nathan pushed him enough. When he spoke, he did his best to sound calm. “It wasn’t what it looked like.”


Jen has updated the tags. Mine you'll be able to figure out quite quickly. Lol. Now the title. Well, we'll if anyone manages to guess that one! ;)

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