Blog Archive - June 2012

Weekly News Roundup: Jun 23rd to Jun 29th *Updated*

weekly news roundupWelcome to this week's News Roundup covering June 23rd to June 29th. It's been a fantastic and very busy week with The Auspicious Troubles of Chance released the 20th of June.
As with all my other releases, I have been doing my best to keep my nervousness from taking over. This is my longest work to date, pretty much a novel--which I will write at some point! But it's also been incredibly exciting, and I'm so so thrilled when I hear about folks enjoying it. So for everyone who's left me a comment, a tweet, a like, a review: Thank You! It really means a lot to me that you all take the time to say so. This week I've had not just one, but two beautifully written reviews, both giving The Auspicious Troubles of Chance 4.75 out 5 stars. If you have a moment to drop by those sites, please do, not just because of the review, but just the lovely way these reviews were written.
♥ The first is from Joyfully Jay. "Oh, this was such a good story — romantic, heartwarming, with a lovely epic feel. And once again Cochet gives us a historical that feels so rooted in the time period and allows the reader to really experience the world our characters inhabit." Read the rest of the review here. ♥ The second is from Camiele White over at YAM Magazine"Charlie Cochet’s debut effort is bold, intelligent. It’s of the caliber that bodes well for a brilliant career. From the moment the story begins, you get a precise sense of the distinctive voice of our character, and by extension the breadth of voice of the writer. Cochet’s use of language and diction makes the simple image of touch grand, audacious. Chance and Jacky’s relationship is so palpable, even the very breath between their bodies expands and reaches out to embrace the reader in its indigo hue." Read the rest of the review here. ♥ On Thursday, I posted the first of my Behind the Scenes series, giving inside info, photos, and just fun little facts about what went into one of my books. June 28th showed The Amethyst Cat Caper and you can find it here and in my blog archive on the sidebar. ♥ All Romance eBooks is having a Hottest Heroes contest, so if you fancy nominating Hawk or Remi (they're my only heroes eligible for the contest), I would be delighted. You can click the button on the sidebar, Contest ends July 4th. You can read all about it here. ♥ You may have noticed other authors asking folks to 'like' their Amazon page. Apparently once the author hits 50 'likes' it's supposed to help them out in some way. I'm not really sure, but I'm happy to do what I can. So if you all have an Amazon account and would like to help me reach that 50, I'd love for you to 'like' my page. ^__^ Maybe it'll help Chance move up from his #150,000 rank. lol. Who knows?  Last time I checked I was at 27 likes. Personally, all this social media is still new to me and I forget there's all these 'likes', google+, retweet thingies, but I'm very much into spreading the love, so I promise to get better at it. *Update*   The Auspicious Troubles of Chance is today's (June 30th) 'free' book over at Reviews by Jessewave. Drop by and leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy! Coming up next week: ♥ Visit Joyfully Jay on Thursday July 5th and leave a comment for a chance to win an eBook copy of The Auspicious Troubles of Chance.
x Charlie x

All Romance eBooks Hottest Hero Contest

Hello everyone! All Romance eBooks is having a Hottest Hero contest and although I know there are A LOT of hot heroes out there, and I only have two fellas who meet the criteria for nominations, I thought why not give them a chance? Personally, I wouldn't be able to choose between them, though I know folks have their favorite. So it's Hawk versus Remi!

If anyone is interested in nominating any of the boys here's all the info you need.

Stanley Hawk - The Amethyst Cat Caper
Remington Trueblood - The Amethyst Cat Caper

I'm afraid Chance and Jacky aren't in the running because the books have to have been published between Sept 2011 and before June 1st 2012. Here's what All Romance eBooks posted:

Seeking Nominations from YOU for...

It's going to be the battle of all battles this summer as 32 of 2012's hottest heroes suit up in their armor, fangs, fur, camouflage, fire -fighting gear, etc., and square off. There will be five rounds of elimination with prizes for voters along the way and prizes for the top 3 authors at the end. 

We realize what's "HOT" is completely subjective - alpha shifters, highlander warriors, loyal soldiers, the neighbor across the street - so many possibilities. We can't possibly be aware of all worthy contenders. We need your help!


You have until July 4th, 11:59 PM US Centra l time to nominate your favorites. To qualify for nomination a book must meet the following criteria:

The book must have been published between September 1, 2011 and June 1, 2012.
The eligible book must be longer than 10,000 words. 
The book is available for sale at or

Manga and Romance Blog Hop Winner

First I want to say thank you so so much to everyone who participated in the blog hop and took the time to drop by and leave a comment. Thank you for sharing your favorite yaoi titles--I know my tbr list has grown, and thank you for your sweet words.

If you didn't win, don't you worry. On my sidebar you'll see a schedule of dates with yet more giveaways. In fact coming up this week, Dreamspinner Press is offering a free eBook of The Auspicious Troubles of Chance at Reviews by Jessewave, so keep an eye out for a date.

And next Thursday, on July 5th, I'll be a guest over at Joyfully Jay offering another free eBook of The Auspicious Troubles of Chance, so drop on by.

  Remember, to find out if you're the Grand Prize winner, check in with Hayley B. James here. As for my personal prize, I've used to select a winner. Hawk and Remi will do the honors. Boys?


Congratulations, eeper!

You'll be receiving an email from me shortly to confirm your choice of eBook!

Again, thank you all so much for joining in on the fun, and remember you are always welcome here! You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads if anyone fancies a chat!

x Charlie x

Manga and Romance Blog Hop

Welcome to the Manga and Romance Blog Hop, celebrating all things Yaoi and MM Romance! The hop will run from today, June 22nd to Sunday June 24th.

For those of you who may not know me, my name is Charlie and I'm an author of MM Historical Romance set mainly in the 1920s and 1930s.

My heroes range from whiskey guzzling, grumpy Private Investigators to refined English Tea House proprietors. From the Jazzy 20s to the Big Band 30s, my fellas get themselves into all sorts of trouble, but I guarantee there will always be a handsome fella at his side--though he might just be the source of that trouble.

There's also plenty of romance, humor, and even some naughtiness. From Prohibition agents chasing down bootleggers, to Legionnaires trekking across dusty deserts, I love writing in these eras long gone. I love the music, the fashion, the movies, everything! You might be asking, what does MM Romance have to do with yaoi? Sure, they are two very distinct art forms with their own sets of rules, but there IS one key element they both share: boys in love.

I know when it comes to my characters, no matter how some of them might fight it, they all give in to love. They might go kicking and screaming, they might just dreamily throw themselves into it without so much as dipping a toe to test the waters, but in the end, they get their happily ever after, and  that's a big part of why I write MM Romance--to see these fellas fall in love.

Now although my writing didn't stem from yaoi, I've always enjoyed reading yaoi manga and watching the animes, with my ultimate favorite always being Junjou Romantica. It's sweet, funny, and I love the artwork--not to mention Misaki is ADORABLE. It's no surprise that my second favorite is by the same folks,  Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi. I've read so much yaoi manga, I've kind of lost count! What are some of your favorites?

Onto the hop!

How to Enter  

Leave a comment on this post with your email addressso you can be contacted. (One comment is counted per blog post.)

On websites without a comment section you have the option to participate in the “scavenger hunt” for one entry per site. (See here for instructions)

    Manga and Romance Grand Prize:

    One ebook (7 in total) from each of the following authors:

    H.C. Brown
    RJ Scott
    Sara York
    Shira Anthony
    JR Loveless
    Hayley B. James
    Kerry Freeman

      Two Yaoi Press titles.

      Snatched Hero
      Tender Master

        Winner's pick of one Boy’s Love Bang Bang title:

        Awakened Dreamer by Azusa Kurokawa
        Fantasy Paradise by Rokka Sugiura
        Healing Music by Tatsumi Kaiya
        If I Take Your Hand by Ryoko Chiba
        Moon Centaur by Ayumi Sasaki
        OverDrive by Koume Nakamura
        Sentimental Garden Lover by Muku Ogura
        Silly Gossip by Suzume Nogaki
        Tweeting Love Birds 1 by Kotetsuko Yamamoto
        Tweeting Love Birds 2 by Kotetsuko Yamamoto
        Want to Depend on You by Keiko Kinoshita

        The winner will be chosen by Hayley B. James

        Charlie's Prize:
          An eBook copy of The Amethyst Cat Caper in either Epub, HTML, or Adobe Acrobat, Mobipocket (.prc)


          An eBook copy of The Auspicious Troubles of Chance in either HTML, Epub, Adobe Acrobat, Mobipocket (.prc), Kindle (.Mobi) or PDF.

          Winner for my prize will be chosen via and announced on this blog Monday June 25th.

          By leaving a comment below, not only are you entering for a chance to win the grand prize, but another prize! Happy hopping!

          * Also if any yaoi authors would like to do a book swap, I'm all for it! ^__^

          Participating Blogs:

          Summer Fling

          The lovely SJD Peterson has invited a host of great authors to share with folks which character of theirs they would have a summer fling with and why. Today is my day!

          So why not drop on by her blog for some Summer Fling fun and find out a little bit about why I would so have a summer fling with Chance, his romantic side, and what he's like under the covers! Happy reading! ;)

          What about you? Which one of the fellas wouldyou have a summer fling with? Hawk? Remi? Bruce? Harley? Nate?

          Hm... shame you can only pick one.

          x Charlie x

          The Auspicious Troubles of Chance Release Day & More

          Hello all! Today's a busy day with not only a release going on, but an author spotlight. First things first, I'm so excited because The Auspicious Troubles of Chance is out today from Dreamspinner Press!

          It's been a long while since I've been this nervous, watching as Chance and the fellas are unleashed upon the world. This is my longest novella to date and my first Dreamspinner title. I hope you all will enjoy it.  Here's the blurb, and you can find it on the Dreamspinner website here.


          Chance Irving is a young man with a gift for getting into trouble—not surprising, as trouble is all he’s ever known. After losing everything he held dear one fateful night, he decides to leave New York and his past behind, and joins the French Foreign Legion. But even in Algiers, Chance can’t seem to shake his old ways, and he ends up being transferred to a unit made up of misfits and rabble-rousers like him—a unit he finds just in time to be captured and thrown into a cell with his new commandant, Jacky Valentine.

          A highly respected commandant with a soft spot for hard luck cases, Jacky is the kind of guy who would go to war for you, and the three equally troubled youths from his unit he’s more or less adopted feel the same way about him. Suddenly Chance starts to think that his life doesn’t have to be as desolate and barren as the wastelands around him.

          But even after their escape, with the promise of a future with Jacky to buoy his spirits, or maybe because of it, Chance can’t stop making mistakes. He disobeys orders, lashes out at the boys in Jacky’s care, and blazes a trail of self-destruction across the desert—until someone makes him realize he’s hurting more than just himself.

          A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma.

          Today I'm a spotlight author over at Top 2 Bottom Reviews where they have a fantastic in-depth interview with me on everything from my writing, to research, to characters, and more! Go here for the interview. You can also read the great review for The Amethyst Cat Caper here. Five kisses from Top 2 Bottom Reviews!

          x Charlie x

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