Blog Archive - March 2015

Disney Dreamer - All Those Disney Feels

Hello all! Thank you so much for joining us on our little Disney adventure. In this final post of our mini-series, we're chatting about experiences, and one of my favorite had to be one I experienced for the first time at Epcot Center. I hadn't been to Epcot in years, and even from my visits when I was a kid, there was one ride/show that was never available during my visits, and at one point removed. Well, now it's back. Captain EO. Yep, I'd never had the chance to see Captain EO, not back when it first opened its doors and not years later.

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The fab Lex Chase was the one who brought it to my attention. She knew it was right up my alley and just the sort of thing I'd like. Well, I didn't like it. I LOVED it. Don't care how cheesy it might seem, to me it was absolutely perfect. Anyone who's read the THIRDS series is well aware of Dex's 80s obsession, and I'm often asked about the research behind it or where I got the inspiration. Dex's love for 80s music and movies, his fond memories of the toys and candy involved very little research. I share his feelings on the subject. I may not have a basement full of 80s memorabilia including Rubiks Cubes and 3D glasses, but I have fond memories of my big hair band music, the original days (and still the best) of MTV, my Debbie Gibson cassette tapes, and Saturday Morning cartoons.

Upon entering the ride, you get to see behind the scenes videos of the shoot with all it's glorious big haired dancers sporting sweatbands and legwarmers. I had an idea of what to expect, or so I thought. The reality totally blew my expectations. Yes, I am that much of a nerd. Seriously, my eyes got all watery. It was like opening a time capsule or hopping in the Delorean and ending up back in time. The music was awesome, the dancing so much fun, and the fact that it was the original 1986 version made it that much more amazing. My only disappointment was that they didn't bring back the gift shop. My kingdom for a Captain EO T-shirt! If you're feeling nostalgic, check out the Captain EO movie here.

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Kim Fielding and the Disney Experience.

 

046Y’know, one of the things I like about Disney is that it appeals to such a wide range of humanity. Yeah, little kids of course. But teens too and grown-ups of all ages. You can visit a Disney park and hear a whole host of languages. You’ll see everyone from well-scrubbed kids in church choir t-shirts to tattooed tough guys, noisy frat boys, hand-holding gay couples, and too-cool hipsters. At one point, I stood in line for Tower of Terror (more on that in a minute) near a large family speaking loudly in Spanish, a goth couple in their early twenties, several young Japanese women, and some southern-accented grandparents with their gawky grandkids. You have to be able to pony up about a hundred bucks per person per day—not counting food and mouse ear hats—but047 that seems to be just about the only barrier to having fun at Disney.

Part of the appeal is that nearly everyone can find something to enjoy. I’m not much of a princessy person, but how cool that Lex got princesses to sign her book! Charlie could name every movie on the Great Movie Ride. And I got to see some of my favorite shows (Muppets! Indiana Jones!), watch manatees eat a whole lot of lettuce, and go on rides.

094Sadly, I didn’t get to go on one of my favorite rides, Tower of Terror. The line was supposed to be 60 minutes long. Charlie and Lex were not into riding haunted elevators, but were kindly willing to wait for me. But after about 10 minutes, an announcer informed us that half the ride was shut down. The wait was now 140 minutes. Sigh. Never mind.

Don’t worry---we found other ways to amuse ourselves. And I’m taking my younger daughter to California Disney for spring break, so we can ride Tower of Terror then. But while I’m sure the kid and I will have a good time, I’ll miss Lex and Charlie’s lovely company!

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veniceKim Fielding is the bestselling author of numerous m/m romance novels, novellas, and short stories. Like Kim herself, her work is eclectic, spanning genres such as contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and historical. Her stories are set in alternate worlds, in 15th century Bosnia, in modern-day Oregon. Her heroes are hipster architect werewolves, housekeepers, maimed giants, and conflicted graduate students. They’re usually flawed, they often encounter terrible obstacles, but they always find love.

After having migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States, Kim calls the boring part of California home. She lives there with her husband, her two daughters, and her day job as a university professor, but escapes as often as possible via car, train, plane, or boat. This may explain why her characters often seem to be in transit as well. She dreams of traveling and writing full-time.

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Lex Chase and Happily Ever After...

 

Now that we've reached the grand finale of our Disney Dreamer serial where Kim, Charlie and I have shared our experiences of the food over on my blog, and we talked about 'Murica the Stunt Squirrel and the budding transspecies m/m love of Princess Kitty Taylor and Spike over on Kim Fielding's blog. Now, here on Charlie Cochet's blog, we're here to talk about our special experiences that will always stick with us. I had quite a few!

First, as before mentioned, I was bit by Disney Princess Fever which everyone was very patient to put up with me. It was exciting to just be a kid again and experience the magic and wonder that Walt Disney all those decades ago had set out to do.

I should mention one of my first experiences happened early on. Because I had blown out my left knee a week before the trip, I had been confined to a scooter for the week. Talk about dropping a large sum of cash before my flight even left Pensacola! Charlie had been such a trooper with taking apart and reassembling the thing every single day. It got to a point she could do it under 30 seconds and off we went. We also got to go to the front of every line. Sometimes we were led right in, sometimes we had to wander through the standby line forever. Hello Haunted Mansion!

Among the awesomeness of Epcot and meeting the Disney Princesses (which I recapped on my blog), I indulged in further nerdiness by carrying around a copy of Americana Fairy Tale and taking photos of the book in various locations.

Of course there was the locations I had deemed "important" such as Germany for Snow White.

And another location was France for Princess Aurora. For Reasons that have been probably long spoiled by now. Thanks Internet!

As Charlie and I were on our way out of Epcot, we finally managed to meet Anna and Elsa of Frozen. In a sense anyway. Also Charlie fails at taking a bad photo ever.

I hadn't been to Magic Kingdom in years, and local gal as well as good Twitter buddy Jules Loves Books volunteered as tour guide. And trust me, Charlie and I seriously needed one for Magic Kingdom. It's huuuuge!

I made the brilliant decision in suggesting we all go on Splash Mountain. I was determined for Splash Mountain awesomeness. Thanks to my knee, my doctor gave a big nope to doing any rollercoasters. I thought I could totally do Splash Mountain. As we wound through the line that stretched on into eternity, the more anxious I got. Charlie assured me, "Oh come on. Look. Kids are going to do it. You'll be fine." I said, "Okay. I can do this. I'll be fine. If kids are going on it this is no big deal. I got it."

It was quite possibly the worst decision I could have ever made.

I was fine, I didn't injure my knee or anything. But HOLY JESUS I was terrified! What can I say, I'm a big wuss. LOL Charlie wanted to do it again and I was like "You go do that. I'll be over here on solid ground. Solid ground is awesome."

As Charlie and Jules decided to do Thunder Mountain Railroad, I took a chill and got my got my Mickey Ears Ice Cream to console my terror. I wasn't comfort eating or nothing. No way! Can't prove it!

Pictures happened while I waited. Like this one at the end of The Water Ride of Damnation—I mean, Splash Mountain. (I like my name waaaay better.)

But after a long day of Magic Kingdom-ing, it was time to head out. On our way out, Cinderella's Castle looked as true to form pretty damned magical.

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One day, we'll all go back. Disney is always best with family, friends, and a gaggle of authors who know what it is to dream.

What is your fondest memory of Disney? Was it a movie? Was it actually being there? Was it that time you realized you really wanted to be a storyteller weaving the magic and wonder of Disney himself? Let us know!

 

Lex Chase once heard Stephen King say in a commercial, “We’re all going to die, I’m just trying to make it a little more interesting.” She knew then she wanted to make the world a little more interesting too. Weaving tales of cinematic, sweeping adventure and epic love—and depending on how she feels that day—Lex sprinkles in high-speed chases, shower scenes, and more explosions than a Hollywood blockbuster. She loves tales of men who kiss as much as they kick ass. She believes if you’re going to going to march into the depths of hell, it better be beside the one you love. Lex is a pop culture diva and her DVR is constantly backlogged. She wouldn’t last five minutes without technology in the event of the apocalypse and has nightmares about refusing to leave her cats behind. She is incredibly sentimental, to the point that she gets choked up at holiday commercials. But like the lovers driven to extreme measures to get home for the holidays, Lex believes everyone deserves a happy ending. Lex also has a knack for sarcasm, never takes herself seriously, and has been nicknamed “The Next Alan Moore” by her friends for all the pain and suffering she inflicts on her characters. She is a Damned Yankee hailing from the frozen backwoods of Maine now residing in the burbs of Northwest Florida, where it could be 80F and she’d still be a popsicle.

   

Over at Kim Fielding's for another Disney Dreamer post!

Chinese TheaterHello all! Today I'm over at Kim Fielding's blog joining her and Lex Chase for another Disney Dreamer post. This time I'm chatting about Hollywood Studios and the fabulous Indiana Jones stunt spectacular, along with the appearance of an unexpected cast member. I think Dex would approve!

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Joining Lex Chase and Kim Fielding for the Disney Dreamer Post Mini-Series!

BBGlass400Hello all! Earlier this month I attended the Dreamspinner Press workshop where I had the chance to spend time with friends, and fellow authors. Since the workshop was held in Orlando near the Disney theme parks, it was a great opportunity to stay a few extra days and join some fab folks in the land of mouse ears and magic. Together with Lex Chase and Kim Fielding, we've put together a mini-series of posts based on some of our fave Disney moments.

Today we're over at Lex Chase's blog for a chat on our favorite dining experiences at the parks. Mine was the Be Our Guest restaurant. It was my first visit and I absolutely loved it, especially since it's made to look like parts of the  Beast's castle from Beauty and the Beast, one of my all time favorite Disney movies. I took plenty of pictures so come on buy and check them out. There's also some pics from Lex and Kim.

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Healing Hunter's Heart Cover Reveal, Exclusive Excerpt, & Exclusive Giveaways!

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Healing Hunter's Heart is Book 2 in the Little Bite of Love series. Book 1 An Intrepid Trip to Love is available for FREE download from All Romance eBooks in several formats. I'm also excited to be sharing an exclusive serialized excerpt. Below you'll find links to the five blogs hosting the five excerpt parts. Happy reading!

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Months after being forced to leave his lover and mate Ari Jannsen behind, Hunter Devin settles into his role as Enforcer for the newly formed Deagan Clan under the rule of his new Alpha and best friend Tristan ‘Trip’ Hagan. Along with Hunter’s brother Boone, their nephews, sister, and mother, Hunter finally has the family he’s always wanted, but without his little rebel Ari, his heart is incomplete.

The Hagan Clan is unable to accept the Deagan Clan’s betrayal for walking away and taking the clan’s pups with them. War looms. As both clans plan their attack, a greater enemy plots against them. But Hunter is determined to get his Ari back. Bonds are put to the test and unexpected alliances are made as Hunter and his clan set out to protect their own and end the spreading heartache.

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Charlie_Cochet_by_madison_parker150Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and boy, it’s hot! When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

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Different Tracks - Part 23 (NSFW)

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Hello all! Here's my chapter for this week's Different Tracks round robin story.

Here are the links to the current chapters and more info on the Round Robin story. http://www.charliecochet.com/free-reads/round-robin-free-reads/

This chapter is NSFW.

For the first time in Xander’s life, someone had actually taken the time to help him understand something. During most of his childhood and well into adolescence, he’d been afraid to ask for help or admit he didn’t understand something, because experience had taught him that reaching out resulted in him being made to feel stupid or worthless. On occasion he’d even been laughed at. He hated being laughed at.

When Xander knocked over the vase, he was sure Peter would get pissed off and yell at him, so he’d tried to leave before he could make a bigger mess of things. Instead, Peter had gone out of his way to help him get it. Jesus, the guy hammered a hole in his wall. After the initial shock wore off and Xander stared at the hole like his life depended on it, it suddenly hit him.

Xander’s smile couldn’t get any wider. He grabbed Peter, chuckling at his surprised yelp, and pushed him up against the wall, pinning him there with his body. Their lips came together with heated frenzy. They tore at each other’s clothes and Xander was pretty sure he’d heard something rip, but he didn’t care. It was fine. If Peter didn’t care, neither did he.

Their breaths grew ragged and their movements desperate as they finished stripping each other. Peter put a hand to Xander’s chest. “Hold up.”

Shit. “What’s wrong?” Xander swallowed hard and watched Peter swipe up his jacket. He rummaged through the pockets until he found whatever he’d been looking for. With a wicked grin, he handed Xander a packet of lube and a condom. Holy shit. Peter was carrying lube around? He arched an eyebrow at Peter who gave him a shrug, his smile still on his face.

“Positive thinking.”

With a low growl, Xander took the packet from him, his gaze meeting Peter’s. “Well, you’re positively about to get fucked.” The flush that spread over Peter’s skin from his face to his shoulders was adorable, and it had Xander crowding Peter against the wall again. He was painfully hard and when Peter got down onto his knees in front of him, Xander almost lost his load right there.

Teeth gritted, Xander flattened his palms against the wall—taking care not to crush the lube packet—and closed his eyes, a moan escaping him as he felt Peter’s hot mouth on his dick. Peter’s fingers dug into Xander’s ass cheeks as he sucked, licked, and made a meal out of Xander. He didn’t know how much longer he’d be able to take this despite it feeling so damn good. His muscles tensed and he pulled himself away from Peter.

“Okay, you gotta stop that.” He helped Peter up and kissed him, sucking on Peter’s tongue and then his bottom lip before he pulled back. “I need to fuck you now.”

Peter nodded, his lustful gaze threatening to set Xander on fire. He handed Xander the condom and turned to brace his hands on the wall. He arched his back, his plump ass on offer.

“Fuck.” Xander didn’t waste any time ripping through the condom packet or slathering himself up with lube. He planted a kiss on Peter’s shoulder as he lined himself up. Slowly he pushed himself inside Peter, pausing now and then to let him adjust until Peter thrust back the rest of the way, drawing a gasp from Xander. “Fuck. Are you trying to kill me?”

Peter glanced over his shoulder at him. “Come on, tough guy. You promised me a fucking.”

“That I did.” And Xander had every intention of keeping his word. He pushed Peter up against the wall and kicked his legs wide enough for him to step between. He snapped his hips forward, loving the moans and whimpers Peter let out as Xander thrust into him. He drove himself in deep, the sound of skin against skin music to Xander’s ears, along with Peter’s grunts and pleas for more.

Xander loved this side of Peter. “You’re so fucking hot,” Xander murmured against Peter’s ear. He threaded his fingers through Peter’s hair and held on tight as Peter slipped a hand down to his cock. Damn, he was gorgeous. Peter’s kiss-swollen lips parted in ecstasy, his brow was beaded with sweat, and his skin was warm all over. As Xander lost all rhythm to his hips and pounded into Peter, he couldn’t help feeling hopeful.

“Oh God,” Peter warned. “I’m gonna come.”

Xander was right on Peter’s heels, his orgasm hitting him so hard his knees buckled. He thrust hard one last time as he emptied himself into the condom, his low groan matching Peter’s as he came. He wrapped his arms around Peter’s middle, his chest plastered against Peter’s back, and he pulled Peter with him as he turned and slid down the wall to the floor. He didn’t think about what he was doing, just held onto Peter, pulling him onto his lap. He closed his eyes, his breath still coming out ragged. He could get used to this. It scared the ever living shit out of him, but fuck, he could so get used to this. Not just the sex, but everything that came before and after.

Peter didn’t say a word. He curled himself up against Xander, a contended sigh escaping him. They stayed there on the floor in each other’s arms until their skin began to cool. Even then, Xander wasn’t ready to move. He wanted to hold onto Peter just a little bit longer. He reached out and grabbed his jacket to drape over them for the time being. He’d never done this before. Not just the fucking someone in their hallway, but just sitting here like this.

“Thanks,” Xander murmured.

“For what?”

Xander felt embarrassed admitting it, but he did it anyway. “For being so patient with me. For taking the time. Anyone else would’ve given up a long time ago.”

“Well I’m not just anyone,” Peter said, his hand coming to rest on Xander’s cheek.

“I’m starting to see that.”

“I can also be pretty stubborn.”

“I’m starting to see that too.”

Peter’s laugh had Xander smiling like an idiot. He loved that sound. He loved that he was the one who’d caused it. Peter went quiet and Xander noticed the bashful look that came onto his face.

“What?”

“I was thinking that maybe I’d be that annoying morning person tomorrow and get up early to make coffee and breakfast.” He worried his bottom lip with his teeth for a moment before looking at Xander. “I thought maybe you could join me? I make some pretty good scrambled eggs. If you want. No pressure.”

Xander could see how much Peter wanted him to stay and the truth was, Xander wanted to stay just as much. He gently pushed Peter off him and they stood. As he took Peter’s hand, he happened to glance over his shoulder and spot the damaged wall. He moved his gaze back to Peter and smiled.

“Sure. Then maybe afterward we can fix that wall?”

Peter’s smile stole his breath away. “You got it.”

With a big dopey grin, Xander followed Peter to the bedroom. Unable to resist, he gave Peter’s ass a smack, making him jump. Peter gaped at him and Xander wriggled his brows. “Just because we’re heading for the bedroom doesn’t mean we have to sleep.”



Author Chat over at Goodreads THIRDS Nerds group 12-3pm (Est)

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Hello all! Today from 12 noon to 3 pm (US Eastern time) I'm over at the THIRDS Nerds Goodreads group to chat about the THIRDS and the next book in the Little Bite of Love series Healing Hunter's Heart. So if you have any burning questions on either, on the characters, where the series is heading, what you can't wait to see, pop on over for a chat!

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