Blog Archive - September 2012

Recent Reads - The Art of Death by Ana Bosch

Hello all! Over the last few days, writing has been a little slow on account of being on antibiotics that make me sleepy and the whole ball of pain thing going on in my face after my dental surgery. Sadly, this will continue into next week when the second half of the procedure gets done, followed by more liquid diets, mushy food diets, and blah, blah, blah. Anyway, this means I've been able to get back into reading which I have missed very much. Hopefully I'll be able to post more about what I read as I go along.

Now some of you have probably noticed that I don't rate books on Goodreads and I don't know if that may change further down the line or not, but as it stands at the moment, I don't really feel comfortable rating my fellow authors' books. Hopefully folks will understand and respect that. That doesn't mean I won't chat about books that I've enjoyed, or post about them on my blog, because although I'm an author, I have been and always will be a reader. When I come across a book I've enjoyed, I'm happy to gush about it.

Originally I had picked up another MM book on Thursday night before I picked up Art of Death, but it started off with a lot of sexy sex, and I just wasn't in the mood. I know what you're thinking, and no I'm not running a fever. At least not that I know of. I wanted to read something that would draw me in and just make off with my brain. Well, Art of Death did that.  I was completely swept away with the murder/mystery and the characters wondering what was going on, and what was going to happen next. I was up until very late Thursday night, and had to read the book in two sittings only because I had started it in the late evening, otherwise I would have easily read straight through.

Art of Death is not your typical MM Romance. In fact the story really isn't about the romance at all. This is a wonderful, plot heavy book about Riley Burke--a starving artist, and the series of gory murders he finds himself mixed up in. I'm really excited to know there's going to be a second book, because I really enjoyed reading about these characters. Riley especially reminded me of people I've known over the years, even a little of myself. He's hardly the perfect prince, but his flaws were very real. There are occasions when you think he's being an insensitive jerk, but I liked the fact that we were seeing a part of him that maybe wasn't so pretty, because hey, people can be insensitive at times, even if they don't mean to be. It's something we've all experienced at some point, and I like that the author didn't shy away from those uncomfortable situations. 

The sexual tension between Riley and Westwood was incredible, and although my heart went out to Nick--at first, I could understand Riley's actions. I don't want to give too much away, as it'll ruin the sweet little surprises you get throughout the book, but I will say: I loved Porter who was absolutely adorable, so much that I couldn't believe I was on a mini emotional roller-coaster with him until it was too late. Westwood intrigued me from the start, grew on me, and by the end I wanted to know a whole lot more about him. Coliaro was a fantastic villain, sophisticated, smooth, and creepy.

I found myself at times as confused as Riley, unable to decide between Nick and Westwood. Just when I started to make up my mind about one, the other would do something to make me reconsider. I was thrilled with the way it all unraveled. It was very well written, and personally I thought the author did a wonderful job in remaining true to the characters and the story. Definitely a great book to curl up with under a fuzzy blanket and cup of something hot and yummy.

Art of Death by Ana Bosch is 256pages, and available in eBook or paperback from Dreamspinner Press, and



x Charlie x 

Saturday Snark!

Hello all! I'm joining in the Saturday Snark goodness this week, as last week I didn't take part due to the blog hop. So here's a little snark from my novella The Amethyst Cat Caper, and Remi my little British bundle of snarkasm.

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Hawk's laugh was low and throaty, sending a dizzying current racing through Remi's body, despite his irritation. "And you are even more adorable than I thought you were." Hawk pulled Remi against him and gave his lips a quick but thorough kiss. "I like it when you get all hot and bothered. You're a feisty little thing, aren't you?"

"I am not little," Remi replied, slightly affronted, not to mention cross with himself for allowing the man to kiss him so easily.

"You're littler than I am," Hawk insisted, his grin irresistibly devastating.

Remi rolled his eyes. "That's a moot point. Everyone is littler than you are." Hawk reached for the suitcase and Remi slapped his hand away. "I can carry it myself. You seem to be under the misconception that I'm some sort of damsel in distress."

With a heavy sigh, Hawk stepped aside and let him pass. "There you go, putting words in my mouth again." He trailed after Remi, who chose to ignore Hawk's playful tone as they entered the living room. "Of course I don't think you're a dame. I wouldn't be as impressed by the view if you were."

Wondering what on earth Hawk was on about now, Remi made the mistake of looking over his shoulder and was horrified to find Hawk's gaze planted right on his backside.

"Honestly," Remi gasped, his face flushed as he used his suitcase to conceal his virtue. "Have you any manners at all?"

"'Course I do," Hawk replied, reaching behind the couch to reveal the small trunk containing the amethyst cat. Remi stared at him.

"Please tell me you didn't put that filthy box down on my carpet."

"You're more interested in your carpet than how I found your hidey hole? I'm disappointed."

"Not as disappointed as your employer is going to be when he receives my cleaning bill," Remi muttered, stopping at the coat rack by the front door. Which reminded him. "And the bill for a new door." He draped his overcoat over his arm and grabbed his hat before opening the door for Hawk, who chuckled as he walked through.

"Ouch. I thought you English guys were supposed to be all gentlemanly-like."

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You can buy The Amethyst Cat Caper here or from Amazon.

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Recent Reads: Speechless by Kim Fielding

Hello all! Last night I was up until the wee hours once again, though mainly due to writing. But when I was finished, just before going to bed, I had the urge to read something. No surprise there. Everything seems to strike me just as I'm climbing into bed.

I'm a big fan of short stories and novellas--that's a post for another day, so I picked up Kim Fielding's Speechless which I'd been meaning to read over the three day weekend. This was such a wonderful and sweet story. I'm a sucker for sweet stories, and was completely absorbed in these two men's lives.

Travis Miller is a machinist who is shy, and lonely with only his cat Elwood to keep him company. The description of Travis' life, his job, and his shuffling home dead on his feet touched a special place in my heart because I grew up around a lot of factory workers, my dad being a machinist himself. It's grimy, physically and mentally exhausting work, and add to the fact that Travis was all alone made it even more heartbreaking.

Travis walks the same route home from work everyday, usually too tired to even look up, but one day he does, and to his surprise sees Drew, sitting on his steps playing his guitar. Drew has Aphasia and can neither speak nor write. He can understand Travis perfectly, but communicating is difficult, yet the two men quickly embark on a wonderful friendship and soon a beautiful relationship. Their caring for each other is tender, sweet, and evolves slowly. Both Travis and Drew's personal stories are terribly sad, and your heart can't help but go out to them.

As in real life, things rarely go as planned. Complications that are very true to life spring up, and the two men are forced to make choices they don't want to make. I completely understood both Travis' and Drew's choices, even getting teary eyed by the results. I was glued to my kindle wondering how things were going to get resolved. In the end it worked out beautifully. This is a romantic story void of angst and heavy drama about two men who have been dealt heavy blows in their lives, overcame them, struggle with them, and now have the chance at love. The subtlety of this very well written story adds to its warmth, and by the end I was smiling like a dope. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Speechless by Kim Fielding is 62 pages and available in eBook formats from Dreamspinner Press and


Men From Mars! No, Not Really.

retro aliens smallHello all! I know, it's been a few days since my last post, and I assure you I was not abducted by Martians. Aside recuperating from my happy fun time surgery, I've been working on A Rose By Any Other Name (Julius' Book), which I promise I am very close to finishing. I know I keep saying that, but I really am, and you know why it's been taking me this long? Because it's my first full-length novel at 60,000 words, and hopefully (fingers crossed), it'll be my first print book! I promise to keep you updated.

♥ I've also been putting together all sorts of nifty little bits of swag for GayRomLit, which I am so excited about.

♥ Make sure to drop by SJD Peterson's blog this Thursday the 13th where she's asked me some fun questions about my first time attending GRL, including my thoughts on Damon Suede's Kilt!

♥ Wednesday September 12th, my Historical short boxing story In His Corner will be released as part of the Torquere Press Charity Sip Blitz. Not only are all the royalties from this story being donated to NOH8 (as with the rest of the stories in this event and the anthology) but Torquere Press will be matching the donations. If you'd like to find out more about In His Corner, just click here.

♥ I'm also pleased to announce that starting at the end of the month, I'll be having guest authors dropping by  to chat about everything from their writing process to the inspiration behind their latest releases. You'll find the schedule on the sidebar, so make sure to keep checking back for new additions.

** M/M Authors: if you have a Historical you'd like to chat about here at The Cat's Pajamas, just drop me an email! At the moment, it's all about Historicals, whether they have elements of paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, or any sub-genre, but I will be opening the blog to guest authors of all other genres soon, so stay tuned!

x Charlie x  


In His Corner is now available!

Hello everyone! I'm pleased to announce that my short story In His Corner is now available for purchase from Torquere Press as part of their Annual Charity Sip Event.

100% of the proceeds from the sale of this story is going to NOH8 with Torquere Press matching the donations. Check out all the authors who are taking part in this wonderful event here.

In His Corner takes place during the 1920s at the height of boxing, and centers around Eli and his hero-- a rough-around-the-edges boxer, whose career is a far cry from what it was five years ago when he was the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion.

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?"&nbsp

"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.

Available for purchase from Torquere Press here. and Rainbow eBooks here.
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For 2012-2013, Torquere's authors have chosen the theme "Leather Bound" in honor of Torquere’s ninth anniversary. The ninth is traditionally the leather anniversary, what better theme to let GLBTQ writers go wild. The charity which will benefit from this year’s Charity Blitz is NOH8, whose mission is to promote marriage, gender and human equality through education, advocacy, social media, and visual protest. More than twenty five authors have written short fiction pieces and have agreed to donate all proceeds of the sales of these stories to this year's charitable organization. Torquere Press Inc. will match the authors' donations completely.

This year, we're also pleased to announce that our distribution partner, Rainbow eBooks, has agreed to once again be the title sponsor of our Sip collection, and will be our sole distributor outside of the Torquere Books website. Please support our sponsor by visiting them at www.rainbowebooks.com


Cowboys and Kilts! Oh My!

Hello all! I am so excited about attending this year's GayRomLit, and as an author no less! I've been a busy bunny getting all my swag ready while simultaneously trying not to get all swoony over the fact that I'll get to meet all those amazing authors and publishers whose books I love. I'm sure there will be many a fan girl moments.

Join me over at SJD Peterson's Blog where I'll be answering some fun questions about my first time at GRL! There's talk about stalking, cowboys, and Damon Suede's kilt! Don't miss it!

x Charlie x 

Recent News, Updates, & Free Printables!

Hello everyone! I thought I'd post a little update of what's been going on in Charlie's world over the past few days. I know my posts have been sparse, but I've been tap, tap, tapping away at my keyboard getting some writing done.

♥ First, I'm super excited to announce that my Christmas story Mending Noel has been contracted to be part of Dreamspinner's Evergreen Advent Calendar anthology. It will also be sold on it's own afterward. There will be more about this story soon, including sneak peeks, so keep an eye out for that!

♥ While working to finish Julius' book, I've also finally finished my short story Between the Devil and the Pacific Blue which I started back in March. I'm always working on more than one thing at a time, but if I get stuck, I don't push it, because I know I'll get back to it eventually. That happened with this little noirish tale, but the other day out of the blue it hit me, and I managed to finish it. It's off to the betas now before I submit it, but I'll make sure to keep you all updated. You can read an excerpt on this post here.

♥ I've also been getting all my swag together for GRL, slowly but surely, and I put together some mini bookmarks. I might get some additional ones made to give out on the blog, but in the meantime, I thought I'd post them for folks who fancied printing them at home on a piece of card. They measure 1.18 x 5.313 inches and the resolution is 300 dpi, so should come out nice and crisp. Check them out on the Freebies page or click here.

♥ Don't forget you have until Thursday, Sept 20th to enter H.C. Brown's giveaway. Just leave a comment on her post for a chance to win a book from her backlist! Check out her post here.

Hope you're all having a great week!

x Charlie x

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