Blog Archive - August 2013

New Contract from DSP for The Heart of Frost!

recent news and updates150Woot woot! I just got a contract from Dreamspinner Press for my Christmas novella The Heart of Frost!

Ever since Mending Noel, I was itching to give Jack and Rudy their own story. Originally I figured it would be about the same length as Mending Noel, but of course it didn't work out that way and it ended up being twice as long, coming in at just over 30k. I had such a fun time these fellas.

Although we get more of Tim and Noel--now a year later into their relationship, the story mostly revolves around the imposing Prince of Frost and his sexy pilot, Rudy Rein Dear who's Captain of the Rein Dear Squadron. We met the two in Mending Noel and learned about their secret. Now we get to the see how Jack and Rudy are holding up a year after the scandal. I really enjoyed delving into their personalities, their relationship, and the magical world they live in up in North Pole City. I hope you will too! I'll post more about these fellas as we get closer to the release date so stay tuned.

x Charlie


Hello: Take Two!

weeklynewsupdateHello folks. It's been a while since I posted something new, but this month has been somewhat disastrous for writing what with family obligations among a host of other family shenanigans. Life is bound to happen.

It's been so crazy, I forgot my own birthday. Well, nearly. I happened to look at the calendar today and realized it's tomorrow. I've also got family visiting from out of town, and next week there's a bunch of house stuff that needs sorting. Hopefully I can get everything back on track for the new month, and maybe even get a couple of posts out before then. There are some awesome guests coming up at the Purple Rose Tea House, along with some great giveaways.

As for what I'm working on (or been attempting to work on) Hunter's book and a historical have both been fighting for center stage pretty much nonstop, which has made things a little tough as well. It's hard to concentrate on one story when your brain wanders off and starts thinking of another story, especially when they're such completely different genres. I have managed to get some reading in. I want to hone my craft and make it the best it can be, so I've been reading up on some recommended writing books. Most of them I found on Kristen Lamb's Blog. If you're an author, and you haven't checked out her blog, don't miss out!

Yes, there are LOADS of books on writing out there, and a lot will rehash the same "rules" or principles, tell you things you already know, but there are certain books which I have found to be very helpful, not just because of the content, but because of how it's presented. I admit, I prefer textbooks where the author "chats" to me rather than presenting paragraphs and paragraphs of clinical sounding information.

As an author, it's my job to know my strengths and weaknesses where my writing is concerned. It's pretty safe to say  that my strength lies in my characters. I LOVE creating characters and giving them life. My weakness, plot and structure, so I want to strengthen that. Here are the books that I've read/am reading:

Bob MayerTHE NOVEL WRITER'S TOOLKIT: From Idea to Best-Seller (Writing)

James Bell Scott - Plot & Structure: (Techniques And Exercises For Crafting A Plot That Grips Readers From Start To Finish) (Write Great Fiction)

Jessica page Morrell - Bullies, Bastards And Bitches: How To Write The Bad Guys Of Fiction (This one's more for bad guys. I want to improve my antagonists) I finished Bob Mayer's book and took lots of notes, and I'm halfway through James Bell Scott's book, highlighting and taking notes. Most of the information isn't new, but it's done in a way where I can pinpoint those weak spots and try to make them better. So far, I'm enjoying these books. On the publishing front, I reckon edits on Johnnie's book will be coming through anytime now, and then at some point, production will start on Jack's. I've also got to start thinking of what I'm going to do for The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe and The Heart of Frost once they're published. I want to come up with some creative promo, though with Jack it will be much easier since it's a Winter/Christmas story. Busy times ahead! x Charlie

The Auspicious Troubles of Chance is up for Book of the Month!

Hello all! I just found out some lovely reader has nominated The Auspicious Troubles of Chance to be September's Book of the Month over at the GoodReads M/M Romance Group. I'm up against some darn awesome authors, so it'll be tough, but if you fancy voting for Chance, I would greatly appreciate it. It's my first time being nominated, so thank you to the reader who nominated Chance, and the folks who have already voted.

 You can find the poll here: http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/89345-which-of-these-books-would-you-like-to-see-selected-as-one-of-our-septem Voting ends August 25th. Auspicious Troubles of Chance mini bookmarkthumbnail

Lex Chase is my guest at the Tea House & hosting a giveaway!

teahousebuttonHey all! Lex Chase is over at the Purple Rose Tea House chatting about her latest release Cashing the Reality Check, books, movies, and games, plus, she's offering one lucky winner a set of Series 1 and Series 2 Checkmate buttons, a Lex Chase.com pen, and both Checkmate covers!

August winners to be announced August 31st! Just drop by and leave a comment on her post for a chance to win.

http://purpleroseteahouse.charliecochet.com/author-lex-chase-books-movies-and-games-bridging-the-platform-gap/


Humor in Romance - Eli Easton over at the Tea House

teahousebuttonHello all! Eli Easton is over at the Tea House talking about humor in romance and offering some of her favorite snippets from some fantastic reads. You know me and humor. Love reading it, love writing it! Drop by and check it out. http://purpleroseteahouse.charliecochet.com/guest-author-eli-easton-har-dee-hot-har-humor-in-romance/

Also, there's still time to enter Lex Chase's swaggerific giveaway! Just leave a comment on her post for a chance to win. http://purpleroseteahouse.charliecochet.com/author-lex-chase-books-movies-and-games-bridging-the-platform-gap/

x Charlie

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