Blog Archive - February 2014

Survived My First Video Chat, plus GRL News!

CharlieRoseHello all! Phew! Well today was kind of a crazy day. First, I registered for GRL, and this year I'll be going as a Featured Author. Woot! I heard the slots went in like 3 minutes, which is pretty insane. I know some folks are upset they couldn't get in, but I hope it doesn't stop them from attending. I had an amazing time last year as a general attendee.

The last two years, I got to hang out with some amazing folks: readers, reviewers, photographers, artists, fellow authors, publishers, you name it. Last year I fangirled over other authors, participated in a lot of hugs, had a haunted beer with Jordan Castillo Price, and Jordan L. Hawk, got to meet my awesome author bud Michael Rupured in person--and helped him with his Fabio wig for the costume party. My roomies rocked, the events were such fun, and I'd do it all over again.

By the time GRL comes along, 3 out of 4 of my THIRDS series should  be out both in eBook and paperback, providing all goes according to schedule. A Rose By Any Other Name should be available by then in eBook and paperback as well, so this year I'll actually have books on the Dreamspinner Press table, not to mention have books to sign!!

The last few days I've been working on the THIRDS series website, including three custom logos: the THIRDS logo, and the two uniform patches the team wears. I'm SO excited with how they came out. *happy dance* I'll be slapping them on swag for sure! So there's a lot happening with this series, and I'll start revealing bits and pieces soon. Now, the second thing that happened today:

I survived my first video chat!! Well, I was incredibly nervous. You might be able to tell from my little bits of stumbling, but it was a great experience. Amy Lane, Rhys Ford, and Ariel Tachna were so fantastic. I really enjoyed myself, and hope to make it more of a regular thing. I'm trying to work my way up to *gulp* an author reading. Here's the video. Be gentle. (If you're reading this on Goodreads, the video won't show, but you can see it on my blog or on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_k55GHGzj4


THIRDS Update, Book Covers, and General Shenanigans

CharlieRoseHello all! The last few days I've been recuperating after (finally!) turning in Blood & Thunder, THIRDS Book 2 in to my publisher over the weekend (plus finishing a whole bunch of other things, -_-). I'm now working on Book 3, and trying to figure out what kind of covers I want for the series [cue ominous music]. Sometimes I know exactly what I want for a cover, and then other times I want to curl up, and weep.

There are so many options to consider before you even get to the content. Like drawn or photo? People or graphics? What kind of style? Then trying to figure out what I actually want on the cover. I've been going back and forth for days. Dreamspinner has an awesome art department with equally awesome artists, so that's not the problem. I've just kept drawing a blank. NOW I think I've got it. I think my problem was establishing a tone for the covers, because although it's a romance series, there's an equal balance of comedy and drama, and I want that to be reflected on the covers. I want the covers to stand out, so I think I may be taking a chance on the road less traveled with these, but hopefully it'll work.

I'm working on Rack & Ruin, THIRDS Book 3, plus working on production for Book 1. I think with each book I complete, the more nervous I get. I've never finished writing a whole series before the first book even gets close to release. I'm also working on the website, and hope to get that up before June.

Now for other news, Some of you may or may not know I did a guest post on Guy Like Romance, Too! where I shared links to Love in Bloom - A Chance & Jacky Valentine's Day Special. If you missed it, you can still read or download the story from my Free Reads page. http://www.charliecochet.com/free-reads/

As part of my newsletter, I'm including exclusive content for readers, and February's newsletter included The Perfect Valentine's Day - A Little Bit of Love Valentine's Day Special, featuring Trip & Boone. If you fancy signing up to my newsletter, you can do so here: http://www.charliecochet.com/newsletter If you signed up too late to get the Feb newsletter, just let me know you signed up, and would like Feb's newsletter (drop me an email or fill out the contact form) and I'll forward you a copy.

Don't forget, this weekend is my live chat with the fantabulous Amy Lane, and Rhys Ford. We'll be answering reader questions live on Google Hangouts. So drop by at 5 pm (Eastern Time), this Sat Feb 22nd to see if we answered your questions. I'll be posting the  direct link as soon as I get it.

There's still time to submit questions for any or all of us. Just leave them here, on Amy or Rhy's blog, or the Dreamspinner blog: http://dreamspinnerpress.com/blog/2014/02/10/fireside-chat-february-22/ 

Also, the rights to quite a few of my stories are reverting to me for my Torquere Press books, so they start becoming unavailable from the end of this month. When Love Walked In will become unavailable from around the 27th of Feb, and The Amethyst Cat Caper will become unavailable around the same time. I'm hoping to revisit all my short stories, though I haven't decided whether to make them longer, and re-release them, or put them together in an anthology. The Amethyst Cat Caper I intend to re-edit, and turn it into a full length novel, but obviously it won't be re-released until next year.

What do you think? Should I re-edit, extend them to novellas. Or re-edit, and put them together in a short story anthology with a new short story or two?


Power of Love Blog Hop results!

Hello all! I want to thank everyone who stopped by on the hop. I truly appreciate you taking the time to do so, and thank you for sharing your guilty pleasures, everything from chocolate and boy bands to reality TV. You're all fantastic! If you didn't win this time around, don't you worry, there are plenty of opportunities to win some nifty stuff. Just check out my sidebar under Guest Spots & Giveaways!

And now, our winner. The Magic Hat has randomly chosen:

Valentine'sResults Congratulations, Wendy H!! I'll be contacting you shortly for delivery of your prizes! Again, thank you all for stopping by. Have a fantastic week!  

Welcome to the Power of Love Blog Hop!

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Hello all! Welcome to The Power of Love Blog Hop! For many of you, it's still winter, so to warm up your Valentine's Day, I'm offering some heartwarming stories, and a chance to win some nifty prizes! Grab yourself a cup of cocoa, coffee, tea, whatever gives you that fuzzy, yummy feeling, and let's get started!

Ah, Valentine's Day. Love it or Loathe it, it's inescapable. Not even my fellas can get away from it. Personally, I'm a very low-key kinda gal. I prefer a cozy night in with some good food, great company, and a little fun. When it comes to Valentine's Day, I tend to approach it the way my character Trip from An Intrepid Trip to Love does: with caution, distrust, and one eye on the door, ready to make a break for it. Let me explain.

For my newsletter, I wrote a short story for my subscribers featuring characters they voted for. Trip won, so he and the love of his life, Boone, got their own Valentine's Day story. Like Trip, I was thinking of what sort of Valentine's Day gift Boone would like. I shopped around online, while Trip shopped around in his fictional greeting card stores. We browsed. And browsed. And browsed. And Oh. My. God. Well, Trip's horror reflects my own.

Aside the onslaught of merchandise, most places divide everything up into gifts for him, and gifts for her. The majority of gifts for her consisted of lingerie, roses, chocolate, jewelry, stuffed animals, and the racier gift like nipple tassels (O.o) or uh, edible underwear. The guys got jewelry, and underwear, sure, but they got iPods, and red Converse sneakers, and electronics, and strawberries dipped in chocolate made to look like footballs.

Now, I have nothing against chocolate (I live for it), and I wouldn't say no to some bling, but if I got a pair of red Converse sneakers from someone on Valentine's Day, I would be all over that. There's just so much stuff, it's overwhelming. On the plus side, there are some... disturbing gifts our there, which makes for not only entertaining viewing, but writing. Here are some interesting gifts I came across:

Sexy underwear doesn't do it for you? How about underwear for two?

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Or how about the Girlfriend Pillow?

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Or for your lover of horror, how about this heart cake from Lil Vanilli?

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Want to hold hands this winter, but those pesky gloves get in the way? Share a heart-shaped mitten!

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If all else fails, nothing beats a good old fashioned greeting card.

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Happy Valentine's Day!

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Fancy some free reads? Did you know I have several m/m romance stories available for free download?

An Intrepid Trip to Love Roses in the Devil's Garden The Only Star Love in Bloom - A Chance & Jacky Valentine's Day special

[Trip and Boone's Valentine's Day story is one of many exclusive freebies offered to subscribers of my newsletter. If you'd like to sign up, you can do so here: http://www.charliecochet.com/newsletter/ 

The newsletter went out today, so if you signed up, and would still like to receive February's newsletter containing the story, just let me know through the contact form and I'll email it to you: ] http://www.charliecochet.com/contact/ 

Giveaway: A $10 Amazon Gift Card   Ccochet GiftCardthmb AND A Charlie Cochet Swag Bag (click for larger view)  ValentinesHopGiveawayCC Includes:
  • The Auspicious Troubles of Chance "Snugglepup" tote bag
  • Rudy's Red ReinDear keyring w/snowflake charm
  • Jack Frost's snowflake ribbon bookmark w/snowflake & heart charms
  • Notepads, postcards, bookmarks, magnets
  • Hot cocoa & mini marshmallows
To Enter: Just leave a comment on this post stating what your guilty pleasure is. Is it chocolate? Reality TV? Something naughty? Winner will be chosen at random, and announced here on the blog on Monday, February 17th (Eastern Time). To continue on with the rest of the blog hop, just click the link below. http://powerofgaylove.blogspot.com/p/the-main-event-page.html

Love in Bloom - A Chance & Jacky Valentine's Day Short over at Guys Like Romance, Too!

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Hello all! Today I'm over at Guys Like Romance, Too! offering a special Valentine's Day treat: a short story with Chance & Jacky! It's available to read online or you can download a PDF if that's easier. You'll find my little intro and the links over at Guys Like Romance, Too! Enjoy!

http://guyslikeromancetoo.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/love-in-bloom.html


Next Weekend: My Video Chat with Amy Lane & Rhys Ford!!

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Hello all! I am SUPER excited to announce that on Saturday, Feb 22nd at 5 PM (EST), I'll be taking part in a video chat with the fabulous Amy Lane and Rhys Ford! [insert fangirl squee here]

Dreamspinner Press has introduced these video chats as a way for readers to get to know their favorite authors. The best part (aside getting to hang with these awesome ladies), is you get to ask YOUR questions. All you have to do is leave your question on the Fireside Chats post at the Dreamspinner blog. You can ask a question for all three or for individual authors. ** If you have a question for a particular author, make sure you specify which author, or all three will consider the question.

http://dreamspinnerpress.com/blog/2014/02/10/fireside-chat-february-22/ You can also leave your questions here, and I'll forward them onto Dreamspinner. As soon as I have the link to the chat, I'll post it, and the video should be available on YouTube not long after.

Valentine's Day special treats!

1137562_book_of_love_1Hello everyone! Valentine's Day is almost upon us, which means lots of lovey dovey goodness. What will I be offering during this time of chocolate hearts and candy kisses? Let's see...

Trip and Boone won the poll for the exclusive Valentine's Day flash fic available in February's newsletter (will be sent out on the 14th especially for Valentine's Day. Every month after that, newsletters will go out the 15th).

Jacky and Chance were runners up, so you'll get to see how these two spend their Valentine's day over at Guys Like Romance, Too! on Feb 12th!

Feb 14th - 16th is the Power of Love m/m romance blog hop. Stop by for some fun and a giveaway!


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