Blog Archive - June 2012

Photo Friday: Jensen Ackles

Welcome to this week's Photo Friday. In the spotlight this week is my latest obsession: Jensen Ackles.

When it comes to TV shows--unless they're sitcoms, I'm usually late to the party. Like years late. I have trouble with TV Dramas, because unlike sitcoms, you really have to commit yourself to spending a certain amount of your time to watching them and if you miss a few episodes, the next time you go to watch, you don't know what the heck's been going on.

In a way, it works out better, because I don't have to wait months while the show's on hiatus to find out what happens after that cliffhanger.

Anyway, my latest obsession, is Supernatural. Back when it started in 2005, I had no interest in it whatsoever. I guess at the time, it just wasn't my thing. Thanks to Netflix, and some much needed break time away from my PC, I decided to give it a go. Well, I'm about five episodes away from the end of season 1 and I am LOVING it. My favorite character is Dean Winchester. No surprise there. Aside being an awesome actor, he is... well, why don't I show you?
                                              
And he has the most AMAZING eyes....

I don't know what episode this is from, or if it's even from Supernatural, but I must find out! It's like he knows...


He also has a sexy muscle car in the show...


*sigh*


Next week: Sherlock

x Charlie x

Media Monday: New Cover Art for The Auspicious Troubles of Chance *Updates*

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Hello all! This weekend I received a special treat in the form of my shiny new cover for my upcoming release from Dreamspinenr Press: The Auspicious Troubles of Chance.

The cover was designed by Anne Cain and I couldn't have hoped for more. I haven't been able to stop looking at it since. She did an amazing job, and considering how little info I gave the poor woman, I'm even more impressed.

Unlike with The Amethyst Cat Caper where I pretty much knew exactly what I wanted, when it came to Chance's book, I drew a great big blank. There were so many elements in the story, that I didn't know what imagery to draw from. The only thing I kept getting was the emotional side of things.

So instead of telling her what I wanted, I gave her as much info on the feel and tone of the story, along as some key settings, and left the rest in her very capable hands. When I opened my inbox and found this, you can imagine my flailing:

I'm so looking forward to it's release, and hope you all will enjoy it. I had a great time writing it. Chance is a very special fella to me, so I hope he'll find a little spot in your heart, too.

*UPDATE*

The Auspicious Troubles of Chance has a release date and is now Dreamspinner's Coming Soon page! *happy dance* June 20th!! You can check it out here.

x Charlie x


WIP Wednesday: What Exactly ARE You Working On?

Hello all! Welcome to this week's WIP Wednesday. So I've been writing a lot lately and as I work on quite a few things at once, I realize I'm starting to confuse a few folks, especially with a new release coming out this month. Don't worry, I confuse myself all the time.

I decided today I would get a little organized so you all get an idea what's going on and don't feel overwhelmed by all them heroes popping out of the woodwork. Welcome to my world. Here's a compass, some maps, and instructions. Watch your step, and don't worry about signing any waivers, you'll be just fine.

Current Series in Progress: (The actual collections don't have names yet) I've listed them in the order I'm working on them, though that's subject to change and if deadlines and such come up, one story might be put on temporary hold.Anything that's listed as 'In queue' means it's on my to do list, just not sure when it'll be started yet.



♥ Book 1: Roses in the Devil's Garden (Short story. Part of the Goodreads MM Romance Group Love Is Always Write event. Available for free)

Main Characters:  Prohibition Agent Harlan Mackay Prohibition Agent Nathan Riley

Secondary Characters:
Julius Knight
Detective John Flynn
Prohibition Agent Danny Brogan

Year: 1925


♥ Book 2: A Rose by Any Other Name (Novella. Am working on this now, 26k written)

Main Characters:
Julius Knight (Eros)
Edward Joseph Clarence Jr.

Secondary Characters:
Lawry Reinhart (Himerus)
Maxfield Clarence (Edward's cousin) 
Terry Talbot (Pothos)
Albert Harrison (Edward's best friend)
Davie Williams (Anteros)
Christopher Masin (Ares)


Crossover Characters:
Harlan, Nathan (From Book 1)
Christopher Masin (mentioned in Book 1)

Year: 1927


♥ Book 3: Untitled (In queue)

Main Characters:
Danny Brogan
John Flynn

Secondary Characters:
Harlan, Nathan (From Book 1)

Year: Not yet decided.


♥ Book 1: The Amethyst Cat Caper (Available to buy)

Main Characters:
Remington Trueblood
Detective Stanley Hawk

Secondary Characters:
The Gentleman Thief
Tom Winchell

Year: 1934


♥ Book 2: Untitled (Am also working on this. Will be completed after A Rose by Any Other Name)

Main Characters:
Remington Trueblood
Detective Stanley Hawk
Chester Trueblood 

Secondary Characters:
Maxfield Clarence, Lawry Reinhart (also in A Rose by Any Other Name)
Tom Winchell
Clyde Morris

Year: 1935



♥ Book 1: The Auspicious Troubles of Chance (Available to buy from Dreamspinner Press June 20th)

Main Characters:
Chauncey 'Chance' Irving (Legionnaire)
Jacky Valentine (Commandant)

Secondary Characters:
Johnnie Wolfe (Legionnaire, part of Jacky's unofficially adopted brood)
Bobby Haven (Legionnaire, part of Jacky's unofficially adopted brood)
Alexander Read (Legionnaire, part of Jacky's unofficially adopted brood)
Dr. Henry Young

Year: Spans a good portion of Chance's life. Early 1900s, most takes place during the 1920s, up to early 1930s.


♥ Book 2: Untitled (Next in queue)

Main Characters:
Johnnie Wolfe
Dr. Henry Young


Secondary Characters:

Chauncey 'Chance' Irving
Jacky Valentine
Bobby Haven
Alexander Read

Crossover Characters:
Julius Knight 
Edward Joseph Clarence Jr.

Year: 1934

♥ Book 3: Untitled (In queue)

Main Characters:
Bobby Haven
Alexander Read

Secondary Characters:
Chauncey 'Chance' Irving
Jacky Valentine
Johnnie Wolfe
Dr. Henry Young

Crossover Characters:
Chester Trueblood
TBC

Year: Not sure yet

♥ Intro: When Love Walked In (Available to buy)

Main Characters:
Private Investigator Bruce Shannon
Jace Scarret

Secondary Characters:
Mittens
Joe Applin (from the pie shop)

Year: 1933



♥ Book 1: Untitled (In queue) The first book in Bruce's PI series

Main Characters:
Private Investigator Bruce Shannon
Jace Scarret

Secondary Characters:
Mittens
Joe Applin
TBC


Year: 1934


So.... Dizzy yet?  There are a couple of others that are maybes for now, so I won't list them here yet as I won't even be looking at them until I've let these fellas say their piece.

Here's the list of what I'm working on in order. Anything 'In queue' may be shuffled about. There could possible also be some short stories in between. We'll see.

1. A Rose by Any Other Name (Julius' book)
2. Remi and Hawk Book 2
3. Johnnie and Henry's book (In queue)
4. Bruce's Series, Book 1 (In queue)
5. Bobby and Alexander (In queue)
6. Danny and John's Book (In queue)

Phew! Glad we made it out of that one. If anyone has any questions about any of the fellas or their stories, feel free to ask. Also, if you're wondering what the whole 'crossover characters' is about, you can read all about it here. Warning, you might want to keep that compass at the ready.

* link is all fixed now. Sorry about that! :D

x Charlie x






Photo Friday: Sherlock

Welcome to this week's Photo Friday, featuring my second TV series obsession: Sherlock, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. (If you're reading on Goodreads, please excuse the formatting).









I admit, Benedict Cumberbatch is a new to me actor. He's been in a good deal of British shows and films, but unfortunately, I haven't caught many/if any of them. Personally, I think Cumberbatch (and what an awesome name is that?!) makes an amazing Sherlock Holmes, because although it's a modern adaptation, Cumberbatch still brings to the role a very Victorian feel, and his voice is just dreamy. He plays the combination of genius and socially inept perfectly. Love it.


I love his expressions throughout the show, when he throws a tantrum or pouts, not to mention poor John's reactions to his shenanigans.











Martin Freeman I am much more familiar with. I was first introduced to him back when he was in the British series of The Office, and I thought he was adorable. His character's will-he or won't-he relationship with Dawn was almost too heartbreaking at times. He was funny without trying to be so, and one of the best characters on the show.

He was hilarious as Ricky C, part of Ali G's Westside crew in Ali G Indahouse. If you haven't seen that movie, and you've watched Martin Freeman in Sherlock, you'll never see him in the same light again. For those brave souls who want to see a clip, I direct you here. Don't say I didn't warn you. Oh yeah, and he's Beatboxing in that clip.


He was also in Shaun of the Dead, but if I remember correctly, it was a brief cameo. He was also in Hot Fuzz a little. He appeared quite a few times on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, which is a fun show. And now he's going to be Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, which will also have Benedict Cumberbatch.

I have to admit, I have a little crush on John more than Sherlock. He's just such a cutie!
Together, Sherlock and John have amazing chemistry, and I love watching how John slowly starts to crawl under Sherlock's skin. They're opposites in every way, but John is far from an idiot or simply someone placed there so that Sherlock can bounce his genius off him.

He's a strong man, a former soldier with a big heart who won't hesitate to throw himself in the line of fire. He quickly starts to see things in Sherlock that others don't. Watching their friendship grow has been one of the best parts of the show. 



You can check out John Watson's blog here. I love all the little comments between John, Mrs. Hudson, and Sherlock. Such as:

It's all very clever isn't it! Do you think in the future people will stop talking to each other face to face?
Mrs Hudson 12 March 11:50

That's something to live and hope for.
Sherlock Holmes 12 March 11:55




For some amazing Sherlock fanart and shipping, check out the Mysterylock tumblr, as well as the SPNandSherlock tumblr.

x Charlie x

Weekly News Roundup

weekly news roundupHello! Welcome to this week's Weekly News Roundup covering Sunday June 3rd to Saturday June 9th!

It's been a pretty quiet week, but an exciting one. I received the most amazing cover from Anne Cain for my newest book, a release date, and have seen it go up on the coming soon page. Plus it already has a few pre-orders which I hadn't expected. So onto this week's roundup.

The Auspicious Troubles of Chance is up on Dreamspinner's 'Coming Soon' page! You can check it out here. It's also up on Goodreads if you'd like to add it to your tbr list here.

June 12th- June 19th The lovely Chris over at Stumbling Over Chaos is going to be hosting a pre-release contest for The Auspicious Troubles of Chance which will start at 2am CDT Tuesday June 12th and end 7pm CDT Tuesday June 19th where you can enter to win a free eBook copy. Rules will be posted on the Stumbling Over Chaos site. Link to come soon.

June 20th - I'll be a spotlight author over at Top 2 Bottom Reviews where you can read an in-depth interview with me as well as review of one of my Torquere books. You'll find  the post here on that date. From June 11th, you'll be able to find interviews and reviews from loads of fantastic Torquere Press authors.

June 21st - Come join the Summer Fling fun over at SJD Peterson's blog where I'll be sharing with folks which one of my characters I'd have a summer fling with, and why. Shame I could only pick one! ;) From June 11th, you'll be able to read which characters some of your favorite authors would have summer flings with. You'll be able to find it all here. July 11th - Join Remi over at the Carrying the Torch website where he'll be sharing with you a little about his childhood growing up in Berkshire where he was born. I'm sure there will be some tales of boyhood mischief involving him and Chess, so don't miss it!

July20th - I'll be a guest over at Guys Like Romance, Too! where I'll be talking about my Historical Shifter short story Believe Me, Beloved, due out in August as part of Torquere Press' Masks Off! anthology. It's a fun short story that will hopefully turn into more. I think you'll enjoy reading about Gabriel and Robert as much as I enjoyed writing them! Sneak peak coming soon!

Well that's what I've got lined up so far, but stay tuned as I'm sure more will pop up due to Chance being unleashed upon the world. Hold onto your socks! x Charlie x


Monday Media: Music Video Fun

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Hello all! Welcome to this week's Media Monday. Today I thought I'd share some music videos from artists I enjoy. I love music almost as much as I love movies, and listen to pretty much anything that catches my ear. I listen to everything from 20s Jazz to Lady Gaga, and everything in between. (Please note if you're reading this on Goodreads, the videos won't show up. Thanks)

Many times, I use music to write to, sometimes to set a mood. It certainly inspires me. Sometimes I just sit listening to something, and scenes start forming in my head, dialogue begins to flow, or that brick wall I'd hit starts to crumble.  Sometimes it just relaxes me. When I have my headphones in, there's nothing but me and the music, I'm in my own little world and all is right.

I also love being introduced to new artists. When I was younger, I worked for Virgin Megastores and HMV, so I was always surrounded by music and movies. It was a lot easier at the time to keep up with new artists, especially since so many of the folks I worked with were either musicians themselves or part of the going to gigs scene, plus there were always bands being promoted who came to play at the stores. Now I mostly rely on the internet, radio, or friends, but I try to keep up.

This first artist, the lovely Hayley B. James introduced me to recently. She liked this video and thought I would too. I absolutely love it. I'd seen the artist's name here and there, saw a picture on someone's tumblr somewhere, but didn't think to investigate. As you can imagine, I'm all over videos that have a 40s or 50s vibe to them. This one happens to be an awesome video and equally awesome song.

Kimbra: Good Intent Kimbra: Cameo Lover. I love the fella at the desk(s). The colors!

The lovely C. Zampa sent me a link to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. I enjoy swing music, lots. I'd listened to fellas like the Cherry Poppin' Daddies and Brian Setzer Orchestra (and of course there's no one like Benny Goodman and Glen Miller), but I hadn't heard much from these fellas. Their videos are a bit tough to find, but I found this one. I love the sound of his voice, and the beat is just infectious.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Mr. Pinstripe Suit

Paloma Faith: Do You Want The Truth or Something Beautiful. I love her voice and her style. She's just awesomesauce.

Paloma Faith: Picking Up The Pieces

Scissor Sisters: Any Which Way. Lots of fun and plenty naughty. Also, Jake Shears is fit. That is all.

Fun: We Are Young ft. Janelle Monáe

Mumford & Sons: The Cave. Love his voice, love the sound.

x Charlie x

Ebook Giveaway: The Auspicious Troubles of Chance

Hello all!

The lovely Chris over at Stumbling Over Chaos is hosting a giveaway contest for The Auspicious Troubles of Chance which is due for release from Dreamspinner Press June 20th!

Contest is open worldwide and all you have to do is leave a comment on her post HERE. Rules are also on the post.

The contest closes 7pm CDT time, Tuesday June 19th. Good luck!



x Charlie x




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