Blog Archive - December 2012

Welcome to Charlie's Holiday Hijinks!

RJScottxmasBloghopHappy December everyone! We're here to kick off the holiday season with a Christmas Blog Hop, hosted by the lovely R.J. Scott! Everyone looks forward to something different during the holidays, and for most of us, it can be pretty stressful, though I imagine even more so for the folks who have kids. So I thought I would post a few things that help me relax during this time of in your face "buy me or your Christmas will suck!" advertisements, horrendous never-ending lines, and folks popping out of the woodwork at the most inopportune time to chat to you about your holiday plans.

 Movies! One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is watch movies. They go a long way in bringing a smile to my face, and making sure I don't flip out in epic proportions. They also make things feel more Christmasy when the weather outside can barely even be considered 'chilly'.

There are a few films I love to watch every year, most of them comedies. As much as I absolutely love It's a Wonderful Life, it makes me cry, and the last thing I want is turn into a blubbering mess of wet tissues. So here are some of the movies guaranteed to brighten my day, and yes, Die Hard is a Christmas tradition. Yippee Ki-yay!

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Christmas movies 2 Starbucks!

The holidays are the return of the red cups, and if you're a coffee addict like me, it means you get ridiculously excited. I mean look at it. The Peppermint Mocha. Oh. My. God. The Peppermint Mocha. Just holding one of these makes me all melty and happy. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, White Hot Chocolate, and the list goes on.

Coffee

If I can't get out to a Starbucks  then I make sure I'm stocked up on hot chocolate at home, especially mint hot chocolate as for me it's an absolute stable of wintry goodness.

Treats! Come on, after all the running around you've done, you deserve a treat.

reindeer cookies

If there's one thing you can count on is hundreds of recipes for all sorts of yummy treats, many of them so easy to follow, even I can do it! Soft, warm, chocolate chip cookies are my favorite. When I'm feeling lazy, I have Pillsbury croissants in my fridge, I pop some chocolate chips on them before rolling them up, and popping them in the oven. So good.

Mending Noel

Christmas Romance! Nothing like reading a feel good romance to put a smile on your face. I've read some wonderful M/M Romances set over the holidays, and still have quite a few left from last year I never got a chance to read, plus all the new ones out this year.

And speaking of feel good Christmas romances, my prize for this blog hop is a free eBook copy of my shiny, brand-spanking new Christmas novella Mending Noel. Yep, I totally sideswiped Contemporary and went straight to elves at the North Pole!

** Rules: All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on this post. The winner will be chosen via Random.org and announced Monday, Dec 3rd! Contest ends Midnight Sunday, Dec 2nd Eastern time. 

♥♥♥ So what do you do to relax during the holiday season?
Here are the links to the rest of the folks participating! Happy hopping!

Mending Noel Reviews and Branching Out!

NutcrackerHello all! Some of you may know that Mending Noel is my first little venture outside the realm of Historical. Even before I was published, I knew I didn't want to limit myself to just one genre. That said, I love Historical and have every intention of keeping up with those stories. In fact I'm working on them now! Johnnie, Remi, Danny, Bruce, and all the fellas are still eagerly awaiting their next books, while Julius's book is going through various stages of beta reading. There are certainly more to come.

I've been writing since I can remember. When I was a kid I'd make up my own characters, draw them, and write little stories to go with them. In high school I started my first novel. I didn't own a computer (few people did) so it was written across a bunch of journals. When I got my first computer in college, I rewrote it. I think I ended up rewriting it abut four times. Anyway, it was a Medieval fantasy of sorts. Let me tell you right now that I am rubbish at categorizing stories. I can't say my story is going to be this specific genre because it might have elements from various genres thrown in. Wherever the story wants to take me, providing I enjoy it, and it works, that's what I write. I like to make things different if I can, and I have a habit of ignoring the rules if I can find a new, interesting alternative. Mending Noel is one of those stories.

Even though I knew I was writing a sweet little story about elves at the North Pole, I wanted it to be different. I wanted to make up my own world using certain mythological beings from Christmas lore. It's fantasy but with a sort of urban twist because it takes place in a city, North Pole City, and like any other city, it can be dangerous. The enchanted creatures have jobs, there are misfits and outcasts, there's homophobia, drunkenness, scandal, and poverty. Don't get me wrong, it's not a gritty tale. I wanted something cheerful and cute for Christmas, but it does have a grittiness to it. Nothing is perfect, so I didn't want the North Pole to be either. Tim has a crappy job he hates, a supervisor who bullies him, and he's barely scraping by.

Brief Encounters has given it a wonderful 5 star review here, and the reviewer goes a little into the world I built, which was a real treat to read. For all of you who have enjoyed Mending Noel, for all the lovely ratings and reviews you've left, thank you so much. It really means a lot to me to know you've enjoyed my first non-historical title. I have a few more stories in the works that range anywhere from contemporary comedy/adventure to urban fantasy. I've been told Mending Noel still sounds distinctly me, which I couldn't be happier with. I have a certain style I suppose, and it'll be following me into whatever genre I venture into. Hope you're all ready for that ride!


The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

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I've been tagged by the awesome Hayley B. James to join the fun on the Next Big Thing Blog Hop and share a little about my current work-in-progress, so here we go!

What is the working title of your book? A Rose By Any Other Name

Where did the idea come from for the book? I had actually started it before Roses in the Devil's Garden, which is book 1 of the series, while this is book 2. When I was writing Harlan and Nathan's novella, I knew the fellas were all going to tie in together, and I had a certain character in mind who was going to share a few words of wisdom with Harlan. That fella turned out to be Julius. He fit in perfectly with Harlan and Nathan, and the pieces all started falling into place.

What genre does your book fall under? Historical Gay Romance

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie? Wow, that is incredibly tough. Finding the right actors would take me way too long. I'm a big movie buff, so I'd have to find just the right guy, with the right look, and a whole bunch of other stuff to make things fit. So instead, I've written a little about each character.

Julius is the lead act at the Pantheon, a private Ancient Greek themed cabaret for gentleman of a certain inclination. In other words, a gay club. He's one of the Erotes (a group of Love Gods) and plays the part of Eros, God of love. mischief, lust and beauty. Blond, blue eyes, and a pout that can send a certain sensible man off the deep end.

Edward Jospeh Clarence Junior is the very picture of the perfect gentleman. He's the heir to the Clarence & Co. fortune but is a wealthy man in his own right. There's more to Edward than the unassuming high-society sweetheart everyone sees.

Maxfield Clarence is Edward's cousin and best friend. He's also the heir to the Regalia Hotel empire. He's an extremely difficult one to find the right fit for. One minute you think he's awesome, the next minute you want to push him off a cliff because he's being a complete bastard. He's sexy, infuriating, arrogant, and doesn't feel the need to censor his opinions.

Lawry Reinhart is one of Julius's best friends. He plays Himerus, God of sexual desire and unrequited love. Lawry is elegant, level-headed, the go-to guy of Julius's little trio, and there's nothing he wouldn't do to keep his friends safe. He's the oldest of the three, the wisest, and has had the misfortune of taking an interest in Maxfield. He has his work cut out for him.

Albert Harrison has been best friends with Edward and Maxfield since childhood, and Edward's father is Albert's godfather. Albert is the more timid of the the three and the most bashful. Sometimes he can be too kindhearted and it leads to folks trying to take advantage of him, especially since he's also wealthy. He can usually be found arguing with Maxfield.

Terry Talbot plays the Love God Pothos, who represents longing or yearning. He's mischievous, mouthy, flirtatious, and can usually be found exchanging snarky insults with Maxfield.

Aphrodite is the manageress of the Pantheon. She's a sharp shooter with an eye for business and men. The Erotes (Eros, Himerus, and Pothos) and the rest of the cupids are her boys. She's in charge of making sure the Pantheon's clients are happy, collecting the cash, and getting her way. Her life however is made difficult by Ares, bastard extraordinaire.

What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?

One sentence? It takes me ages to write a full synopsis much less sum up a whole book in one sentence. My book is going to be represented through a publisher.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? This is my first full length novel, so it's taken about 8 months though I've had to take breaks due to surgery and other shenanigans.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre. I have absolutely no idea. O_o

Who or What inspired you to write this book? I was watching the first season of Boardwalk Empire and there was a scene where the main characters were gathered inside the hotel's nightclub. The music was great, the costumes amazing, and it had a real intoxicating feel of the period. I knew I wanted to write something that captured a little of that glamorous side of the Jazz age. Dancers, extravagant costumes, bootlegged liquor, and folks just being frivolous and naughty.

What else about your book might interest the reader? Aside the fact you get six handsome heroes for the price of two, you also get an appearance from Harlan and Nathan. Edward and Harlan's meeting was particularly fun. The story has a bit of everything, comedy, angst, tears, punch-ups, sex, drama, romance, action, so hopefully folks will enjoy it.

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The following brave souls are posting about their works-in-progress and continuing the Next Big Thing Blog Hop!

Today Hayley B. James Shira Anthony JR Loveless December 19th Ana Bosch Michael Rupured S.A. Garcia Jordan L. Hawk

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