Blog Archive - August 2012

Absolutely Wonderful 5 star Review from Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews for The Auspicious Troubles of Chance!

Hello all! I just wanted to share my latest review for The Auspicious Troubles of Chance from the lovely Gennie Gee over at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews. Not only did she give it 5 stars, but a 'Purest Delight' award!

She had some great things to say: "The Auspicious Troubles of Chance by Charlie Cochet is a great heartwarming love story! This is the second book I have read by Ms. Cochet, and to be honest, this author can’t write fast enough for me! She is able to combine wit, charm and sexy males in the first part of the Twentieth Century like no other author I’ve read."

Click here to read the rest of the review.

x Charlie x

Coming Soon - In His Corner

Torquere Press Coming SoonHello all! Torquere PressAnnual Charity Sip Blitz is almost here, and I'm very proud to announce that my 1920s boxing, short story, In His Corner will be a part of this wonderful event.
For those not familiar, every year Torquere chooses a charity that works with the LGBTQ community and puts together an anthology where participating authors donate 100% of their royalties from these stories with Torque Press matching donations. This year, the charity is NOH8. Also, every year a theme is chosen, and as this year is Torquere's 9th anniversary, the theme is leather, which authors could reflect in the story in any way. I know when some folks think of leather in romance, they think of... well, something entirely different from what I did. I thought of boxing, and being a writer of Historical Romance, it was perfect, because in the 1920s, boxing was all the rage. So I went with a sweet little romance called In His Corner. Here's the blurb and an excerpt. Blurb: When Eli’s uncle Jasper mentions needing a cornerman for former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jessie “The Demon” Dalton, Eli jumps at the chance. Having had his heart broken by the man five years earlier, not only is Eli determined to get some answers, but he has no intention of letting Jessie push him out of his life a second time around. However when he comes to face to face with Jessie, it becomes very clear to Eli how much Jessie needs him in his corner, and in his life. All he has to do is convince Jessie of that. ♥♥♥ Excerpt: "You're going to freeze something off standing there like that." "Jesus!" With a sputter, Jessie pushed away from the wall, and instinctively threw his hands over his groin to maintain whatever dignity he had left. Despite being successful on that venture, he couldn't see a damned thing. His hair was plastered down over his eyes, and when he tried to blow it away, Eli's chuckle told him he was getting nowhere fast. "Here, let me help you." Eli's voice was soft, sweet, and not at all helpful to Jessie's current predicament. He felt tender fingers across his brow and soon he could see again. "What are you doing in here?" Jessie took a small step away from Eli, who was standing there giving him the up and down, which again, wasn't helping him any. "You forgot your towel," Eli replied innocently as he held out the item in question. Jessie quickly snatched it away, and looked down at himself. "You're going to need both hands," Eli added, a devilish gleam in his bright eyes. So much for the kid being shy around him. Ignoring Jessie's protest, Eli took the towel back from him, and closed the distance between them. As he wrapped the towel around Jessie's waist, Eli pressed himself against Jessie, and -- being the dope that he was -- Jessie couldn't keep himself from looking down at the kid, a gesture that had their lips nearly touching. All Eli had to do was lean in. To Jessie's relief, and perhaps even disappointment, Eli pulled away. "Pull your arms out." Jessie did as instructed, and Eli secured the towel tightly. With a nod of thanks, Jessie cleared his throat, and motioned toward the door. "You should go. Someone's bound to come in here any moment." "So? I'm your cornerman. Besides, it's not like you fellas don't all shower in front of each other." "That's different," Jessie murmured, telling himself he was too old to be getting sappy. Taking the initiative, he walked around Eli and back into the locker room where his clothes were. Again, the place was empty. Usually the closer it got to dinnertime, the busier the locker room was, but today, of all days, no one was goddamn hungry. Typical. "How's it different?" Eli asked, following close behind. "You know how so. Don't be a pill." Jessie swiped his underwear up from his stack of clothes, turned, and nearly collided with Eli. For crying out loud, why did he have to get so close? "No, I don't know," Eli said, crossing his arms over his chest. "I thought I did, but then I remember the blonde who opened your front door in her nightie." "What the hell are you talking about? What blonde?" "Nothing," Eli said with a sigh. "Never mind. I'll wait for you outside." Before Jessie could so much as utter a syllable, Eli was gone. Great, now the kid was in a lather with him and he had absolutely no idea why. Next time he saw Jasper, Jesse was going to strangle him. Quickly, he got dressed, then pulled his bag out of his locker, snatched up his jacket and cap from the coat rack, and thundered out of the gym. Now he had a nice long ride into Manhattan to look forward to. That wasn't going to be awkward at all. ♥♥♥ In His Corner as well as the complete charity anthology is due out September 15th. ♥♥♥ Comment prompt: So what's the first thing that springs to your mind when you think leather?

Saturday Snark!

Welcome to another Saturday Snark! I had such a great time last week, that I thought I'd try to go ahead and join weekly.

This week's snark is from the kings of snark, Chance and Johnnie from The Auspicious Troubles of Chance.






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Johnnie looked thoughtful. “I don’t see how Chance’s talent for driving people off their nut is going to be of any use in this situation. In fact, it may just exacerbate things.”

I sat up and glared at him. “First off, you can shut your big trap. Second of all—” I turned to Alexander. “What the hell does exacerbate mean?”

“It means to aggravate or intensify, to worsen.”

“Right.” I turned back to Johnnie. “Second of all, you’re exacerbating my urge to sock you.” Where the hell had he learned a word like that anyway? Something occurred to me, and I grinned. “You better be nice to me, or I might just tell my new friend Henry about how you sleep with a teddy bear. Savvy?”

Johnnie jumped from his chair so quickly it toppled over. “That’s a lie!”

I felt my grin becoming truly wicked. “Is it?”

“I don’t sleep with it! He just sits by my bed,” he whined. “It was a present from Jacky, you crumb!” When he turned to Jacky, he was practically bouncing. “Jacky, make him promise he won’t tell Henry!”

I arched an eyebrow at Jacky. “Go ahead, Jacky. Make me promise.” Jacky looked from me to Johnnie and groaned. Poor guy, I couldn’t let him suffer like this. Not until he was fully recovered, anyway. “All right, fine. I promise I won’t reveal to Henry any of your secrets. But you have to promise to think before you open that big mouth of yours.”

“Fine,” Johnnie grumbled, grabbing his toppled chair off the floor, and resuming his seat.

The room was quiet again, and I contentedly settled back against Jacky. I smiled sweetly at him. “You still think having us all under the same roof is a good idea?”

♥♥♥

The Auspicious Troubles of Chance is available from Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, All Romance eBooks, Barnes & Noble, & iTunes.


To visit the rest of the authors taking part in this week's Saturday Snark, click here.

Weekly News Round-Up: Aug 5th - Aug11th

Hello all! Welcome to this week's news round-up. It's been a pretty incredible week with all sorts of great things going on. I've had some wonderful reviews, and even my weird little Sci-fi Historical Romance has been receiving some love.

I want to say a big thank you everyone who's taken the time to not only read my books, but to leave a review, whether on Goodreads, Amazon, their website, or anywhere else. I truly appreciate it. Not only do your lovely words bring encouragement, but your feedback is always noted, and helps me take the next steps in improving my craft. If you ever have any questions, want to know about any WIP, or just want to say hi, please feel free to leave a comment here on my blog, facebook, twitter, wherever you like. I don't bite, and if you like biting, well, you'll have to at least buy me a coffee first. ;)

On a side note: If anyone's bought The Auspicious Troubles of Chance from Amazon and fancies leaving a review on there, I would be eternally grateful. Chance keeps sitting on the 300k rank like he's settling in for the winter, so I'm trying to figure out how to kick his pretty keister higher up the rankings. Maybe it's his grumpy puss scaring people off. I knew that cheeky fella was trouble from the start.

Wonderful 5 Sweet Pea review from Pippa over at Mrs. Condit & Friends Read Books for The Auspicious Troubles of Chance. Just reading Pippa's opening sentences was enough to have me smiling silly all day.

5 stars from Gennie Gee over at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews for The Auspicious Troubles of Chance. As soon as the review goes up, I'll post it here, but she had some absolutely wonderful things to say about it, so stay tuned!


♥ My short story In His Corner has been accepted by Torquere Press for it's annual Charity Sip event!

I'm very proud to have my romantic little 1920s boxing story join the host of other stories written by all those other great authors, and all for a good cause. The stories will be available as a complete package, as well as individually, with all the contributing authors donating 100% of the royalties to NOH8, and Torquere Press matching the authors' donations. So stay tuned for more on that soon!

A Rose by Any Other Name, Book 2 in the Fallen Rose series (Book 1 being Roses in the Devil's Garden) is coming along nicely. I've had a few folks asking about Julius' book, so I thought I'd post a little update, and yes, Harley and Nate will make an appearance. Hopefully I'll be wrapping it up soon, so stay tuned for more updates.



August 24th-26th, I'll be taking part in the Follow the Rainbow Book Reviews Blog Hop. Visit their page here if you want to take part or to view more information.




Birthday Bonanza!

With my birthday coming up--as well as Remi's, I've started putting together a little virtual birthday party with a host of prizes up for grabs! There will be free eBooks, Vintage style goodies, and more! The birthday bash will run from Aug 16th-Aug 18th midnight, so plenty of chances to drop by and comment. You can see a few of the prizes on this post here.

The newest addition to the list of prizes is this exclusive Amethyst Cat Caper 11oz ceramic mug, designed by little ole me. More prizes to come soon!

It's a wraparound design, so whether you're right-handed or left-handed, you'll have a lovely, purpley image.

Just click on the picture for a larger image.

































So that's everything for this week's news round-up!

x Charlie x

Win a Free eBook Copy of the Masks Off! Anthology over at Babes in Boyland!

Hello everyone! Hop on over to Babes in Boyland for some fun facts about jaguars and a little bit about my 1930s shifter story, Believe Me, Beloved. 

We're also offering one lucky winner a free eBook copy of the Masks Off! anthology! 168 pages of sexy, shape-shifter goodness!

Just stop by the post, and leave a comment for a chance to win. Contest is open until Aug 12th, 9PM CDT.






x Charlie x

Wonderful 5 Sweet Peas Review for The Auspicious Troubles of Chance

The lovely Pippa Wood over at Mrs. Condit & Friends Read Books has given The Auspicious Troubles of Chance 5 Sweet Peas, and had some very lovely things to say:


"The Auspicious Troubles of Chance is a gorgeous tale about Chauncey Irving, a young man abandoned by his parents, who runs away from the orphanage at the age of seven, and survives by using his wits and his brains, until he meets Marie, the leading lady at the Cleopatra who introduces him to a whole new life in the theatre. Love, camaraderie, angst and powerful storytelling. All combined to make The Auspicious Troubles of Chance a wonderful tale."

Click here to read the rest of the review, which is an absolute treat!

x Charlie x  

Crafty Creation - Prizes

Hello all! So lately I've been feeling very crafty, and no, not in an evil- genius sort of way, but in an itchy-to-make-things kind of way, and with my little birthday celebration looming near, I thought why not give some of these vintage style crafty things away as prizes.

I've also had a few specially made book related prizes to giveaway, but I'll put those up soon as they've arrived. Anyway, in the meantime, here are three of the prizes up for grabs--two of which I made, and don't worry, there will be plenty more. These will also go up on the Birthday Bonanza page as it gets closer to the day. For larger images, just click on the pic!

If you have any ideas for crafty prizes, just leave it in the comment box and we'll see what I can do. The colors are also much nicer in real life. I'm no good with digital cameras.

 3D Vintage Mini tear off calendar. Measures 5" x 7" and as we're getting late in the year, it's for 2013.











Paper bag Mini album. Measures 5"x 5" with ribbon and bead toggle to close.

Inside pages are down below. It has loads of little pockets on the pages, as well as 3 large pockets on the edges of 3 pages. There's lots of little tags you can write on as well. Plenty of space for storing photos or mementos.




Back
Page 1 & 2
Page 2 has a larger pocket and includes a large paper tag which is poking out of the bottom right. Page 4 has the same, which you can see poking out at the top right.





Page 3 & 4











Page 5 & 6

Page 7 & 8

Page 9 & 10










The following I didn't make, but will also be one of the prizes up for grabs at mine and Remi's Birthday Bonanza. It's an adorable vintage style notebook 5" x 7" with matching sticky notes and flags.















Make sure you don't miss the party. August 16th - August 18th! Right here at the Cat's Pajamas!

x Charlie x

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