Blog Archive - May 2012

Texty Tuesday: Handing the Blog to Remi

Hello everyone! Seeing as how I've got to finish up first edits for The Auspicious Troubles of Chance, I'm handing the blog over to Remi, who has been kind enough to accept my offer.

I did ask Hawk but he excused himself to get a cup of coffee from the kitchen and never came back. My guess is he's half way to Jersey by now, but that's okay, because it just means Remi can dish the dirt without having to worry about having the broody so and so hovering over his shoulder.

This is all rather new for him, so go easy on him. Remember, he's not accustomed to all the fancy technology jargon and whatnot, though I did give him a quick lesson. Go ahead and ask him questions and he'll answer them as best he can. Have fun!

x Charlie x

*ahem* Hello. My name is Remington, but you may call me Remi. Charlie has been most kind in allowing me to host her whatsit for the day. I've been informed that if I type what I'd like to say on this end, it will come out on your end. Hopefully, that shall be the case. Quite frankly, I have no notion as to how this all works, though it is rather fascinating!

I have seen some very lovely... um, photographs, about the place. Perhaps we shall keep them between you and I. I fear Hawk wouldn't be too pleased to find himself on display, no matter how... inspiring he may appear. Heaven knows the ruckus he would cause.

Speaking of... My study is back as it should be. I'm afraid I had to replace quite a few pieces of furniture thanks to Hawk and his little bout of fisticuffs. Oh, and I had the door replaced. It now shuts properly. And the carpet was cleaned as well. Good God, that man is a walking disaster! Have you any notion how many tea cups since I've met the man? He doesn't even drink tea!

Forgive me, I didn't mean to get so flustered. *smooths down suit* Well, it's been a year since our little adventure and in that time, Hawk has moved out of his somewhat cozy bachelor apartment above Benson's Drugstore, and into my own more spacious apartment. We both agreed there was little sense in him paying rent on the place when he slept... elsewhere. *blush* Yes, um, as I was saying.  Hawk has moved in. He has his own bedroom, which is essential for propriety's sake, of course, and for the reason that at times, things can get a little... how shall I put it... We have our differences, you see, and well... bloody hell. The man can be infuriating at times, and he has quite the talent for driving me to the brink of madness. When that happens, he says he 'feels safer' sleeping in his own room. Of all the-- *deep breath*

As promised, I am quite happy to take any questions, and shall answer them as honestly as possible. I have no notion where Hawk has gotten himself off to, so I imagine it's quite safe. I have been given one of those wonderful little pictures and what Charlie referred to as 'electronic post', so I shall reply to all comments and questions below.

With kind regards,

x Remington Trueblood


Dreamspinner 5th Anniversary Celebration




Dreamspinner Press turns five this month, and with it comes a huge, month-long celebration that includes sales, giveaways, prizes, and more!

Over the course of the month, all of Dreamspinner's titles will be discounted according to how long the author has been with them.

May 1-5, we will offer a 40% discount off all books (including in-stock paperbacks) by authors who signed with us during our first year of business: 
Rhianne Aile, Eric Arvin, Connie Bailey, Alix Bekins, Nicki Bennett, Giselle Ellis, Catt Ford, Shay Kincaid, Marguerite Labbe, Clare London, Dar Mavison, Anais Morten, Chrissy Munder, Zahra Owens, D.G. Parker, Abigail Roux, John Simpson, Fae Sutherland, Ariel Tachna, Madeleine Urban. CLICK A NAME TO VIEW THEIR TITLES.

May 6-12, we will offer a 35% discount off all books (including in-stock paperbacks)by authors who signed with us during our second year of business. Watch the web site for the list.

May 13-19, we will offer a 30% discount off all books (including in-stock paperbacks)by authors who signed with us during our third year of business. Watch the web site for the list.

May 20-26, we will offer a 25% discount off all books (including in-stock paperbacks)by authors who signed with us during our fourth year of business. Watch the web site for the list.

May 27-31, we will offer a 20% discount off all books (including in-stock paperbacks)by authors who signed with us during our fifth year of business. Watch the web site for the list.


In addition, they have three scheduled giveaways for the month!

One lucky participant in their Time Is Eternity Daily Dose chat at the Literary Nymphs Yahoo! group on May 5 will win a Kindle Fire!

One lucky participant in Jeremy Pack's Meet the Author at Dreamspinner Press's Facebook page on May 19 will win all the eBooks on his or her wishlist!

One lucky customer on their web site during the month of May will win an iPad! Each purchase from midnight EST May 1 to midnight EST May 31 constitutes an entry.

They'll also be doing special flash sales, so keep an eye on the web site for unannounced excitement!

Latest Reviews

This week I've had two very lovely reviews for The Amethyst Cat Caper from two very wonderful sites.

4 out 5 stars -- Erastes from Speak Its Name said:

"This is the second book I’ve read by Ms Cochet (When Love Walks In was the first) and like the first one, I was impressed, and also the author has a talent for creating characters and situations which we’d not only like to see more of – we can say that about many books – but which stories lead naturally to a conclusion, whilst still leaving the door open for More Adventures." Read the full review here.



Becky Condit from Mrs. Condit & Friends Read Books gave The Amethyst Cat Caper 4 blissful sweet peas, saying:

"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."

Read the full review here.

x Charlie x

Photo Friday: Better Than Makin' Whoopee?

Welcome to this week's Photo Friday. Unfortunately I missed my last two theme days due to internet issues, but it's all been sorted now. Today's post is about the next best thing to getting down and dirty: Chocolate!

Sure, not all dames are into that gooey, melty, chocolatey goodness, but for this dame it's Kryptonite. The gooier the better!

Here's a little virtual taste.

 
Oh.My.God. I don't know what it is but I want one. I especially love chocolate desserts that mix textures, flavors, and temperatures. Warm chocolate sauce and cake with cool vanilla ice cream and crunchy walnuts. Mm...

 

Chocolate art: 

The detail on the middle shoe in particular is pretty darn impressive.









Sofa made out of chocolate by Galaxy for their 'Irresistible Reads' initiative in 2009.

This whole room is made of chocolate, from the wall art to the floor. 183 square feet, 611 pounds of chocolate. O_o












What's your Kryptonite?




x Charlie x

Weekly News Roundup *Updated*

weekly news roundupWelcome to this week's Weekly News Roundup covering Sunday, April 29th to Saturday, May 5th.

♥ My first edits for The Auspicious Troubles of Chance have been completed and turned in! Feeling a little nervous, (and excited!) about unleashing these fellas upon the world. More to come soon!

Dreamspinner Press turns five this month, and with it comes a huge, month-long celebration that includes sales, giveaways, prizes, and more! Over the course of the month, all of Dreamspinner's titles will be discounted according to how long the author has been with them. Learn more here.

Torquere Press 2012 Charity Sip Blitz: It's that time again, where all of our great authors get together to donate to a charity working within the GLBTQ community! This year, Torquere Press has chosen NOH8 as the donation charity, and authors who contribute agree to donate 100% of their royalties to NOH8, with Torquere Press matching the donation.

This year's theme, since this is Torquere Press' ninth anniversary as well, is leather. Nine is the leather anniversary, y'all! How cool is that?

Leather can be reflected in any way in the story. BDSM may immediately spring to mind, but leather can also mean cowboys, fast cars, Italian shoes, jewelry, or any of a million other things. We want stories that show LGBTQ characters in positive situations, and have strong stories with happy endings. (Or at least happy for now.)

Word count is 3000 to 8000 words, and those limits are firm. Please adjust your manuscripts accordingly before submission. Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2012. Please send all submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with Charity Sip Blitz in the subject line. For formatting questions or other content questions, please refer to our general guidelines, here: http://torquerepress.com/submissions.html

This is a great event, and although I hadn't been around to participate in the last two, I certainly intend to gve it my best shot. It would be great to be a part of this, so I'll let you know how it goes!

♥ This week I've had two very lovely reviews for The Amethyst Cat Caper from two very wonderful sites.

♥ 4 out 5 stars -- Erastes from Speak Its Name said:

"This is the second book I’ve read by Ms Cochet (When Love Walks In was the first) and like the first one, I was impressed, and also the author has a talent for creating characters and situations which we’d not only like to see more of – we can say that about many books – but which stories lead naturally to a conclusion, whilst still leaving the door open for More Adventures." Read the full review here.

Becky Condit from Mrs. Condit & Friends Read Books gave The Amethyst Cat Caper 4 blissful sweet peas, saying:

"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."

Read the full review here.

*Updated*

Well the post is up on Goodreads where my LiAW story is going to be! How exciting! You can see the photo, the original letter to the author, and story info including length, tags, and genre here. As soon as it goes up, I'll make sure to place a link on the side bar. In the meantime, you can post comments in the thread. If you're not a member of Goodreads, don't worry, you'll still get to read the story. More coming soon!

Oh, and the title of my story is: Roses In The Devil's Garden

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

x Charlie x


Media Monday: Recent Reads

Welcome to today's Media Monday. I don't get to read as much as I'd like, though I'm making a real effort to pry myself away from the PC every week to do some reading.

My tbr pile keeps growing, and as I tend to stock up on eBooks, I better get reading before I can't fit anymore on my kindle. Anyway, I'm going to share a few of the titles I read very recently that I personally enjoyed.



I love Eden Winter's writing style. Her books always hit the right spot for me. They have the perfect combination of heart, characters you can't help but fall in love with, drama, romance, and wonderful plot. In Settling the Score, Joey Nichols is a closeted mechanic in small town, one he plans to leave behind in order to join his actor boyfriend who's landed a major Hollywood role.

From the blurb, we know what's about to happen to poor Joey, and from the very beginning, your heart goes out to him knowing that his own is about to be smashed to pieces. On the other side, you have recluse author Troy Steele, who is no stranger to heartache. Watching these two meet, the vast differences in their worlds, and the way their relationship unfolds had me completely submerged in the story, and I didn't come back up until I'd read the whole thing. Settling the Score is available here.
 

Snow Day by Juniper Gray.

This was a wonderfully sweet and touching short story about two best friends, each secretly hoping for more, but too afraid to take that first step. I really enjoyed reading about these two regular guys with very real, every day problems, and how those problems can weigh you down. The balance of drama, sweet romance, and story was just right, and the message it gave left a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.   

Snow Day available here.

This story was beautiful. I just loved everything about it. The atmosphere was rich, and along with the little details made me feel like I was there in that period, on that beach with those fellas. You could practically feel the sand beneath your feet and smell the ocean. From the very beginning I was intrigued, and not long after, completely hooked. The writing itself was done in a very cinematic way.

The more I read, the more I was completely submerged in their world, wondering what had lead these men to this spot. I loved the characters, their attraction for each other, and especially the way they come together. I don't feel that my description does this story justice, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and it's definitely one of my favorites. Purly Gates is available here.





x Charlie x

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