Blog Archive - January 2014

The THIRDS: Dream Team

Hello all! Many authors turn to various sources for visual inspiration. TV and movie actors, musicians, models, photography, and so on. For me, it's always been difficult to cast actors as characters in my stories. Mostly, because when I write, I tend to have an image in my head of what they're like, and trying to find the right visual inspiration to fit my image is a lot of work.

It's just tough finding actors who I think not only look the part, but who I could see playing the role. Well, with my THIRDS series, I found my dream team pretty quick. Obviously everyone will see the characters differently, and I may end up changing an actor or two along the way, but I managed to find my cast. Woo!

The hardest to find was Dex, but I think Chris Pine would be a perfect fit. He has the exact color eyes, has played a blond, is adorable, sexy, and silly. He also has a gorgeous smile. I needed an actor who could pull off Dex's energy--not to mention shenanigans, and I think he can. You can check out my dream team on my THIRDS Pinterest board here: www.pinterest.com/charliecochet/thirds/

M.A. Church talks submission and Wrapped in Leather at the Tea House

CharlieRoseHey all! M.A. Church is my guest over at the Tea House, and she's talking about her latest release Wrapped in Leather. For anyone who wants to know a little more about submission, head on over. Plus there's a great excerpt!

http://purpleroseteahouse.charliecochet.com/m-a-church-wrapped-in-leather-4-submission/


The Heart of Frost Review, Interview, & Giveaway!

CharlieRoseHey all! I've been interviewed by the fab Brandilyn over at Prism Book Alliance. She's asked some really fun questions about Jack & Rudy, along with what's coming up next in the series and my writing. Plus there's a giveaway! I'm offering any eBook from my current releases and a $10 Amazon gift card.

Ends Jan 14th at 11:59 pm, CST

Find the interview & giveaway here: http://prismbookalliance.com/2014/01/charlie-cochet-stops-by-to-talk-with-pba-and-give-you-stuff-interview-by-brandilyn/

She's also reviewed The Heart of Frost! Check out her fantastic review here:

http://prismbookalliance.com/2014/01/the-heart-of-frost-by-charlie-cochet-review-by-brandilyn/


WIP Excerpt: Blood & Thunder, Book 2 in the THIRDS series

I often post excerpts of my current work in progress on Facebook, so I thought I'd post them on the blog as well for those who don't have Facebook accounts. Here's a little excerpt from the second book of my THIRDS series which I'm working on now tentatively titled Blood & Thunder, and what Dex's poor team has to deal with:

*****

“Oh my god. Turn around. Quick.” Sloane tried pushing Cael back out the bar’s entrance, but Rosa and Letty were crowded around him with Hobbs blocking the doorway.

“Why?” Cael stood on his toes, trying to look around Ash, and Sloane.

Damn it, there was no time. “Just get out, go, go, go.” He grabbed Ash’s arm, hissing in his ear. “Threat Level Fuchsia. Fuchsia!”

Ash’s eyes widened, and he turned to usher everyone toward the door. “Shit. Everyone out before—”

“What?” Dex swept passed them, slowing when he saw what Sloane had been trying so hard to avoid. He turned and threw his arms up with a loud ‘woop’ in victory, followed by a sing song, “Karaoke night!”

Ash delivered a punch to Sloane’s arm. “What the fuck, man? You couldn’t have said something sooner?”

“Damn it, Ash.” Sloane rubbed his arm, glaring at his best friend, and replying through his teeth. “I didn’t see the equipment until it was too late.” He returned Ash’s punch to the arm. “You’re the one who wanted to come here.”

“I didn’t know they’d started doing that shit. Now what?”

“Now we get drunk. He’s already checking out the playlist. It’s too late.”

“We could knock him out.”

“That’s your answer to everything isn’t it?” Sloane lowered his voice to mimic Ash’s growl. “Dex is singing in the shower, you want me to knock him out? Dex is eating gummy bears during the briefing, you want me to knock him out? Dex is napping during the assembly, you want me to knock him out?” Sloane shook his head. “How can you knock him out if he’s already out!”

“Chill, man. Don’t get your fucking panties in a bunch. I suggest you skip the beer and go straight to the vodka.” Ash held a finger out to signal the barman. “Also I could have woken him up, and then knocked him out. Just saying.”

*****


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Newsletter sign up!

CharlieRoseHello all! I'm very excited to announce my author newsletter is ready for sign up! Just enter your email address under the "Subscribe to Charlie's Newsletter" on my blog's sidebar or on the 'Home' page footer, and click the 'Subscribe' button. You'll receive a confirmation email with a link to activate your subscription. Once you do, that's it!

It'll be once a month starting February 15th, and you'll receive a newsletter the 15th every month after that. This newsletter is all about you: the reader, so it won't be filled with nothing but promo or ads. It'll include all kinds of fun and exclusive goodies like giveaways, swag, flash fiction & free reads, news, updates, current projects, random chatter, & whatever nifty ideas pop into my head.

The February 2014 newsletter will include a short but sweet Valentine's Day story featuring one of my couples chosen by readers. Runners-up will get the next holiday story. There will also be a giveaway and more!

You can find the poll here: http://opst.co/KpcxJE  -or- on this post here: http://www.charliecochet.com/author-newsletter-a-quick-poll/

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Author Newsletter & a Quick Poll!

CharlieRoseHello all! I'm excited to announce that I'll be starting my author newsletter in February, but first, a quick poll! As a thank you for those who sign up, I'm going to include a short but sweet little Valentine's story. Here's the poll:

http://opst.co/KpcxJE

Voting is anonymous so no need to sign up for anything. Just click a button and you're all set! Voting open until Jan 15th.


New Year, New Look, New Goals!

CharlieRoseHello all! I hope everyone had a safe and merry New year's Eve. It's hard to believe another year has gone by. I don't know why it's so exciting to be staring down at another year, or why we get the feeling of everything being shiny and new. (If you're reading this on Goodreads, it's probably destroyed my lovely layout, so I apologize if there are roses all over there place.)

As you may have noticed, the website has changed some. I'm one of those annoying people that needs change every so often or I go nuts. So despite my crazy schedule, I needed to give the website and the Tea House a makeover. I wasn't crazy about the old purple color scheme for the Tea House, so I changed the hues, and I love the colors much better now. I added a little more pink and white to my personal site here because it was too blue, and I like the way the salmon color makes it pop a little. Anyway, I hope you like it!

Okay, 2014. What's in store? OMG LOADS! Check out my crazy goals. Of course this doesn't account for all those random things that pop up during the year. I think I may just need to get my coffee hooked up to me by IV.

One of the main things I'm working on is the THIRDS series which I've mentioned. I have a tentative schedule, and if all goes well, the first four books will be out this year between June and Dec. It's a Contemporary/Alternate History Shifter series centering around two agents: Dexter J. Daley "Dex" (Human), and Sloane Brodie (Therian a.k.a Shifter). They're all full length novels. The first one came in roughly around 103k, but I'm not sure the others will be that long. First book is submitted, and now I'm working on the second, due by the 1st of Feb *fingers crossed*. I am SO excited about this series, and I'm having so much fun with these guys.

I'm also putting together a website for this series because there are playlists for all the books, lots of characters, I'm planning at least two spin-offs, plus loads of other stuff (Dex's shenanigans alone means these guys need their own blog), so there's no way all that could fit in here, plus it has a dark color scheme that doesn't fit in with all the pink and baby blues. So, 4 full length novels, plus whatever crazy blog tours, parties, running around like crazy person their releases will entail. We're talking BIG here people!

At some point I have to fit in Hunter's book, and the next book in the North Pole City Tales series with Vixen and Vale.

I'm also hoping to get a thumbs up from Dreamspinner on A Rose by Any Other Name: Fallen Rose series, Book 2 (Julius's book). *more crossed fingers*

There's also my backlist titles which I'll be getting the rights back to, and I'd like to fix them up, but that may have to wait.

I'll be attending RainbowCon, and fingers crossed that I can get into GRL as an author this year. Last year I went as a reader and it was AWESOME, but I'd really like to go as an author this year, so we'll see.

Obviously mixed up in there is writing, editing, releases, promoting, jury duty, book artwork, web stuff, and... I'm gonna stop there before I scare myself.  2014 Woot!


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