Blog Archive - October 2012

Howloween Blog Hop Results!

Hello all! Thank you all so much for participating in the blog hop, and sharing your Halloween stories. Through, the winner of this blog hop is:

Congratulations, Misha! I'll be in contact soon to arrange delivery of your prizes!

Once again, thank you all so very much for taking time out to drop by and join the hop. Hope you all have a lovely, and safe Halloween, no matter which side of the door you're standing on! As a non-trick-or-treater, I still intend on treating myself to some yummy chocolate. 

Mmm... Caramel apples. They've always one of my favorites. 

Happy Halloween!

Welcome to the Howloween Blog Hop!

Hello all, and welcome to the Blog Hop Spot's Howloween Blog Hop! Join over 270 + authors for a chance to win lots of nifty prizes!

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The rules:

Starts: Friday October 26th
Ends: Monday October 29th @ Midnight Eastern Time
Winner: Will be posted Tuesday October 30th on the blog

To Enter: Just leave a comment on this post.

Prize:  An eBook of your choice, a signed print copy of the Masks Off! Anthology along with the swag pictured with it below. (Includes signed postcards of book covers & exclusive designs, vintage style mini card holder, vintage flower bookmark, When Love Walked In bookmark, Vintage style 'Capture the Magic' notebook, and handmade vintage style 2013 calendar)

To check out the rest of the folks taking part in the blog hop, just click on the blog hop poster up there on the left hand side.

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Now I don't go trick or treating these days, but when I was kid, that was the thing to do. I lived on a block filled with kids, so our parents would round us all up and a small group of them would take us from house to house for blocks while the rest of the parents sat chatting on someone's front steps. They'd also give out candy to the other kids that came by, and brought us cupcakes and refreshments when we came back for a rest before moving on in the other direction.

Yep, back in the 80s, our parents did Halloween in style. There was no egging going on, or toilet paper flinging. At least not in the little suburb town where I lived. It was a big ole block party where we ate candy until we got sick and ran around on a sugar high flailing and jumping, and scaring the bejesus out of folks every time they heard the phrase, "hey, mom, look at me!" And did I mention the money? Because everyobe knew everyone, we could always count on the apartment tenants who didn't have candy to give us a dollar or two. With costumes, moms went all out, because they all knew how to sew and didn't want to get outdone by Mary Sue next door. The mom rivalries were hilarious. If one baked chocolate frosted cupcakes, the other had to bake chocolate frosted cupcakes with sprinkles. The bling on some of those cupcakes could blind you if you weren't careful.

 So let's talk costumes! When I was a kid, I was something different every year, some of them rather questionable now that I think about it. Off the top of my head, I remember being: A pumpkin (yep, that's right), Raggedy Anne, a Cabbage Patch kid, a Care Bear (the pink one), an Egyptian princess, a ballerina, and who knows what else.

As I got older, I was a knight, a medieval princess, a soldier from the American Revolution (it coincided with a school project), a gypsy, a pirate, a 1930s gangster with Tommy gun (you were waiting for that one weren't you!) That's all I can remember at the moment. There's photographic evidence of course, but I have to hunt them down in my mom's Narnia-sized cupboard of family photos.   

Did you dress up for Halloween and go trick or treating? What were some of your costumes? 

*** Don't forget to leave an email address in your comment in case you win!

GayRomLit 2012!!

Hello all! Well I'm finally back home after an amazing experience at my very first GayRomLit Retreat. I was there for five days and I still didn't get to meet everyone!

As a newbie author, I was SO nervous, but soon the nervousness gave way to excitement, even if I was pretty much in a constant state of awe at everything and everyone. The organizers did the most amazing job, and I could honestly say I felt at ease there. It was just so incredible being surrounded by like-minded folks who had all gathered to celebrate the genre they love so much. Everyone was friendly and approachable, and the hotel staff totally rocked.

Me at my author signing table. I promise I will have
print books for Atlanta next year, and not just postcards!
I wish I would have taken more pictures, but I was so busy gaping and gawking at everyone most of the time, I kept forgetting I had a camera with me.  I had also intended on posting and tweeting, but sadly my phone had no signal unless I stood outside the hotel. Next year I plan on having a much better provider. Anyway, it was a fantastic event with a little bit of everything for everyone, from Q&A's with your favorite authors to publisher sponsored events that included go-go boys and a piano cabaret.

The most exciting thing of all, was standing in the hall on the very first day, and having a small group of readers come up to me to tell me how much they loved my swag, and how they loved my stories. That was when it really hit home that I was a published author. I must have looked like a crazy person, just smiling from ear to ear and thanking them. Getting to chat with folks about my books, and hearing them asking for more was an over-the-moon moment for me. Now, onto some pictures!

I just had to have a picture with Damon Suede in his kilt. The man has an incredible amount of energy and good cheer. I really don't know how he does it. I also got to hear all about how he got his very first kilt, and the seven that came after.

I also have to mention Jacob Flores because aside the fact that he and his husband are just so sweet, Jacob has the most amazing smile. You just can't help but smile when he's around you. It's infectious.

Also, Aleksandr Voinov who is as charming and wonderful in person as he is online. I was so happy he was able to attend GRL and that I got to meet him, and hug him!

I was so happy that I got to meet and hug Cole Riann from The Armchair Reader. He is without a doubt one of the sweetest guys I've met! There were plenty of folks I wish I'd had the chance to sit down and chat with much longer, and Cole is certainly one of them. Not that I don't plan on chatting with him online. (Now that we've met, Cole, there's no escaping me!)

You'd think it would be easy to find the time to sit and chat with everyone, but there were hundreds of attendees, plus non-stop events going on inside and outside the hotel. Also, I spent a good deal of time discreetly staring at people's name tags, which hopefully I won't have to do so much next year!

I was so excited to finally meet Jay from Joyfully Jay, and Lisa from The Novel Approach. Two amazing ladies who I have every intention of cornering next year for longer chats!

My author posse, though we're missing the lovely Kim Fielding, and Lorraine Ulrich. From left to right, Hayley B. James, S.A. Garcia, me, and Ana Bosch. Behind the camera, the awesome Manda Krowhop.

I roomed with Kim Fielding (can't believe I didn't get a picture of you, Kim!), and S.A. Garcia who I had such a great time chatting with.

I got to meet my online buddy Hayley B. James, and oh my god, she had me in tears at one point during the bowling party. I'll never look at a smurf the same way again. She also had some fantastic swag, and a talent for sketching classy penis's. We're talking top hat, tails, and monocles folks.

We all took a field trip to Old Town, which is filled with charming little gift shops. This particular shop had lots of um.. interesting gifts. One of them being this little bug type thing with a wobbly head poking out of it's body. We couldn't work out what it was, but it looked like fun!

This is the extremely talented Ana Bosch. It's no secret I'm a fan of both her writing, and her art. I bought my copy of Bonds of Death where she sketched Riley for me. Total fan-girl moment. She bought these special fellas. We thought maybe they were some spiritual deities or something of that nature, but apparently when she asked the shop lady they were just angel drag queens. Yep, that shop had it all!

This car was parked on the sidewalk at Old Town, so of course I had to have a picture of me standing next to it. It's gorgeous and I want.

Another classic car parked just across the street. It's like they knew I would be there. My sparkly senses also tingled, leading me to a shop filled with all sorts of jewelry. I bought a huge gaudy yellow owl ring with rinestones. It's amazing, and takes up most of my ring finger! If you don't believe me, scroll back up to the photo of me sitting at the book signing table. That huge yellow thing is the ring.

Chili garden next to one of the shops in Old Town. Of course everything we ordered to eat while in Albuquerque had peppers in it, even the mash potatoes, and sushi!

One of the three delicious cakes provided by MLR Press for their hosted Day of the Dead party. They didn't just look yummy, but tasted yummy, too! We also had some equally yummy Sangria. A big congrats to the lovely Kaje Harper for her award from MLR for being their highest eBook sales author!
MLR also had some amazing Sugar Skulls, but unfortunately I could only admire them as I'm still not allowed to eat anything hard or too crunchy due to my recent dental surgery, but aren't they just so pretty?

Heather C. sent me this amazing photo of my Torquere Press Bowling Party Team. From left to right: Gyn, Heather C., Hayley B. James, Manda Krowhop, Me, and our amazing cheerleader Joyfully Jay! They all kicked my keister in bowling, but I had so much fun!

This experience has been unlike any other. I got to meet my publishers, and some of the wonderful folks who make my books happen. The Torquere Press bowling party was so much fun. A big thank you to everyone who played, and those who came to cheer us on. I'm big enough to admit that I totally had my keister handed to me at bowling by the rest of my team. The Dreamspinner Press Cabaret was so much fun, and I got a hoarse voice from all the singing. The piano player was amazing, and whenever I hear Barbie Girl, I'll be thinking of GRL. Ariel, you looked amazing!

Thank you so much to everyone who made my first GayRomLit so spectacular, and a big thank you to all the organizers who worked so hard, to all the publishers, reviewers, authors, and readers I met. To those of you I chat to online, you are even more awesome in person. To those who didn't get to go this year, I hope we meet next year.

Much love!

Ongoing Writer Shenanigans & GRL

recent news and updates

Hello all! I thought it was time to post a little update of what's been happening and what's coming up. I've been a little quiet social media wise as I've been getting everything ready for my first time at GayRomLit! I am so excited, and nervous, it's crazy. I can't wait to meet everyone! Oh my god, exclamation marks on everything!!! Okay, I'm calm now.

By Monday I know I'll be trying not to freak out over things like connecting flights, swag arrival, making an arse out of myself, and so on. I'm also doubly nervous, because it will be my first ever public appearance as published author Charlie Cochet! I have had lots of fun shopping for this trip, and have even bought myself a cowgirl hat for the Gentleman's Juke Joint Wild Wild West Party! Woot! I love hats, so how could I resist? Also I'll be taking along my favorite hat, this gray little number with black feathers:

 ♥ On the story front, I've completed the first edits for Mending Noel, my sweet little Christmas novella from DSP, and I've picked my cover art. So stay tuned for some sneak peeks soon!

Just some artwork I put together for it. The necklace is featured in the story, so I made myself a replica which I'll be wearing at GRL! I know, I'm such a geek.

♥ Julius's book, A Rose by Any Other Name has passed 60,000 words, and is officially a novel. It's also entering the beta-reading stage, and should be ready to send off to the pubs any time now. I hope you all will enjoy reading about Julius as much as I enjoyed writing about him. I tell you, the little so-and-so did not make it easy!

 ♥ Johnnie's book is also under way, and I'm fixing up Between the Devil and the Pacific Blue, which has gone from a short story to a novella.

 ♥ October 26th-29th is the Blog Hop Spot's Halloween Blog Hop, so make sure to drop on by for a chance to win some nifty prizes. More info to come soon!

 ♥ A big, BIG thank you to all the lovely folks who have left reviews over the past few weeks, and for my most recent release In His Corner. I'm always so very grateful for reviews whether they be glowing or not, because it helps me get an idea of what I may be doing right or not so right. Also I know writing a review isn't easy, and I appreciate the time and effort put into them. I always enjoy chatting to people and hearing their opinions, and if I don't comment, it's not because I don't care. I'm a new author, and somewhat camera shy, so I'm still feeling my way around, and I certainly don't want to step on anyone's toes. That's just the way I am. But if anyone wants to chat, discuss one of my books, or ask questions, I'm very approachable, and you can find me in about a dozen social media spots, including right here on my blog.

 ♥ Since I'll be at GRL from Wed the 17th of October until Monday the 22nd, it'll probably a little quiet around here. I'll have my netbook with me, so I might be able to post a few things, but we'll have to see how it goes. I'll most likely be tweeting. I think that pretty much covers everything. Stay tuned for some nifty stuff coming up in November, including more special guests!

x Charlie

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