Blog Archive - May 2014

Battle of the Sniffles and Update

puppypoxHello all! At the end of last week I was at the Dreamspinner Conference in Portland. Oregon is a long way from Miami for sure. I think the change in weather--I tend to forget everyone else in the country experiences seasons--plus a host of other things--including having gotten back from RainbowCon only three days prior--may have contributed to my coming down with an epic cold/flu/I-don't-know-what-it-is-but-argh illness. I started flagging Friday night with a sore throat and then it picked up strength a little on Saturday. I didn't even have coffee at breakfast on Saturday morning. That is the true sign I'm feeling unwell. No coffee. I'm pretty sure there were a few gasps from my fellow authors at my table upon the discovery.

I took plenty of Vitamin C in the hopes of keeping it away until I got home. My bug/virus was very accommodating, penciling me in for a full takeover from Sunday night, the moment I got home. It's been chicken soup, Vitamin C, liquids, medicine, and vasts amount of (attempted) sleep all week. I managed to get a few bits of work done in between. Last round of edits on Hell & High Water, woo! Done and sent. But before we get into that. The Dreamspinner Author's Workshop. It. Was. Awesome.

DSPCon200This was my first year attending and my second year with Dreamspinner Press. I have to say that in that time my experience with them has been nothing but fantastic. I enjoyed being there, getting to learn more about the company, how it operates, how it's doing, all the facts and figures. But mostly, I enjoyed getting to meet the folks who help me bring my books to life. Meeting a lot of the editorial staff who I'm often emailing back and forth, getting to chat with my editors was awesome. I got to meet new people who I'd only chatted to online or through email. I got to hang out with the rest of the Dreamspinner family--my fellow authors.  It was an amazing experience, and I hope I can make it to the workshop every year.

THIRDS logo 500pxNow, updates. Hell & High Water has been moved to an early July release, so about two weeks later than originally estimated. The reason for this is it's length, book 1 is over 100k as opposed to the rest of the series which runs in from 70-80k. There's a lot going on in that first book and everyone involved wants it to be as strong a release as it can be. This gives me more time to put together a rockin' blog tour, a cover reveal, and finish up the website. Blood & Thunder edits should be coming through any day now and A Rose by Any Other Name starts production on May 30th. By then hopefully I've had good news on Rack & Ruin. I'm currently working on Vixen's Valor, North Pole City Tales: Book Three. Lots going on, but I'll post it as we go. I'm also working on next year's release schedule, so more on that soon.


My New Kindle Fire HD

KindleFireHDI'll just come right out and say it, I'm an Amazon girl. I use Amazon A LOT. I get my books from there (and other places as well), and I get the majority of my research books from there. I shop for movies, music, and more. I have Amazon Prime. One-click is dangerous. Yes, there are a lot of things they can do better and a heck of a lot of things that are frustrating, but that's not what this post is about.

I got my first Kindle (the Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display) back in 2011. Shortly after, Amazon released the next generation of Kindle. This always happens to me so I wasn't surprised or upset. I'm always fashionably late to the party. Until recently I've been using the Kindle app on my Samsung tablet to read my eBooks, but with Prime, I have access to the lending library which isn't accessible from eReaders that aren't Kindle. I felt it was time to update.

Amazon are having a nifty little offer that allows you to get any Kindle eReader now and pay it over four monthly installments after an initial first payment. Pretty darn awesome. I didn't want to go crazy with one of the really expensive Kindles because I just don't need it. I already have a laptop and Samsung Galaxy tablet for other things. So I have my shiny new Kindle Fire HD with Wi-Fi and I've loaded it with my eBooks, and then Dreamspinner's having their awesome anniversary sale which means I then loaded it with MORE eBooks, and then a fabulous lady gifted me Joanna Chambers's Enlightenment series which I can't wait to get started on.

I've added a few key apps: Evernote, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, Pandora, Netflix are the ones I can remember off the top of my head. I'm slowly exploring the sending of eBooks to my Kindle and trying to work out the Cloud. Somehow I've ended up with eBooks under my Docs section? Anyway, I'm loving it. I just need to figure it all out.

Anyone have some helpful tips on the Kindle Fire HD? Any apps I simply MUST have? Best way to load non-Amazon .mobi books?


Trip & Boone's Valentine's Special Now Up! (was newsletter exclusive)

Trip&Robbie PlushyHello all! back in February I wrote an exclusive Trip & Boone Valentine's Day short for followers of my newsletter. The story was to remain exclusive to the newsletter until the end of April but then I had two conferences and came back with the dreaded con-crud. The good news, it's been uploaded to the site and is available as a free read for anyone who didn't get a chance to read it the first time around.

Read The Perfect Valentine's Day - A Little Bite of Love Special here: http://www.charliecochet.com/the-perfect-valentines-day-a-little-bite-of-love-special/ Enjoy!

Guest Blogging about the THIRDS series + a Giveaway over at Vastine Bondurant's Blog!

THIRDS logoHello all! This morning I'll be guest blogging with the lovely Vastine Bondurant! Drop by her blog and learn a little bit about my writing the THIRDS series, plus there's an exclusive excerpt and a nifty giveaway!

http://vastinebondurant1953.blogspot.com/

Mark Your Calendars! Hell & High Water Book Cover Reveal and Preorder Links Coming June 9th!

Cover Reveal Banner Hell or High Water by Charlie Cochet

Hello all! The time is drawing near! Everything is starting to fall into place for the release of the first book in the THIRDS series: Hell & High Water. On June 9th, Enchantress of Books Blog Tours will be hosting a cover reveal and giveaway. There will also be a shiny new excerpt.

Cover Reveal Banner

There's also a lot more giveaways and fun heading your way during the Hell & High Water blog tour, the release day party at the Dreamspinner Press blog, and Facebook chat, so stay tuned for more information on those!


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