Blog Archive - October 2015

Recent Reads - The Matter of Time series by Mary Calmes

RecentReads

Some time ago, I sadly fell very behind on my reading, but a conversation with the lovely Poppy Dennison reminded me of how important it is for an author to read. There really was no excuse for me not to be getting any reading done, and "haven't had time" was just not good enough. I schedule most everything in my planner, from edits, to pet grooming appointments, to blot tours and everything in between, so why not schedule reading time? Over the last few weeks, I've gotten back into the swing of things and realize how much I missed it. I'd been meaning to read the Matter of Times series by Mary Calmes for a long time, and by book 2 I was kicking myself that I hadn't.

Halfway through book one, I knew I'd be reading the rest of the series. The more I read, the more I wanted. First let me say that the way I approach reading a book hasn't changed since I was a kid. I read because I love stories. Love getting lost in the world and the characters. I'm not looking for the next award winning book, I'm not looking out for plot holes or grammar errors--unless they're so great that I can't even read the thing. I'm not looking for how it could have been improved or how I would have done it different because when I pick up a book, I'm reading for the pure enjoyment of it. Lucky for me, I can still separate myself from the technical side of things. It's not my job to edit. I'm not saying this because any of the books I'll be chatting about have issues, but to let you know that it's not what I'm looking at when I read, and that's just me. Everyone approaches reading differently. The romance genre is one of my favorite genres, and Gay Romance is especially a love of mine. So for me, it's all about love.

However books that really make me feel something, whose characters stick with me long after I've finished reading, who comfort me when I need to escape, those make it to my favorites list, and they're the ones I revisit time and time again. Like a favorite movie. Matter of Time is one of those series. I just adored it. I'd read Mary before and love every story, but I had some catching up to do. I read all eight books straight through, thrilled they were all there waiting for me to gobble up like a little greedy bunny. And boy did these books make me feel. I'm not a huge fan of  a lot of angst, so I tend not to look for books that try to crush my soul with pain. Real life can be tough enough, so I need my happily ever after, or at least know what I'm getting into. That's just me. With this series, I laughed, cried, and oh my God, I wanted to punch Sam in his dangly bits. Seriously, the man drove me nuts. One minute I wanted to cuddle him, the next I wanted to strangle him. I stayed up way past my bedtime reading these. But who needs sleep, right?

There were moments when I could feel Jory's pain deep in my chest because I'd been there. The heartache was excruciating. Yes, Jory is a trouble magnet, but that just made the whole thing more fun, and his character fascinating. I had moments where I gasped, burst out laughing, and on more than one occasion woke up poor Olly. I loved watching Jory and Sam grow, not just as a couple but individuals. The supporting characters were fantastic. On the surface it may seem like many of the characters are perfect, but beneath it all they're far from it. Each has their own flaws, their own heartaches, and secrets. Then in Parting Shot we got Duncan Stiel. I LOVE that man. I loved seeing things from Aaron's point of view, how different Duncan was to Jory. This was just such a good read. Duncan and Aaron are just smoking hot together.

Overall, this series had everything I wanted and loved. <3 Happy reading!


Vol. 1 (Books 1 and 2)

Jory Keyes leads a normal life as an architect’s assistant until he is witness to a brutal murder. Though initially saved by police Detective Sam Kage, Jory refuses protective custody—he has a life he loves that he won’t give up no matter who is after him. But Jory’s life is in real jeopardy, especially after he agrees to testify about what he saw.

While dealing with attempts on his life, well-meaning friends who want to see him happy, an overly protective boss, and a slowly unfolding mystery that is much more sinister than he could ever imagine, the young gay man finds himself getting involved with Sam, the conflicted and closeted detective. And though Jory may survive the danger, he may not survive a broken heart.

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Vol. 2 (Books 3 and 4)

Three years ago, Jory Harcourt changed his name and shut the door on a past full of pain, only to emerge stronger on the other side. He has a new career, a great working partner, and a satisfying life—except for the hole in his chest left behind when police Detective Sam Kage walked out with his heart.

Now Sam's back and he knows what he wants... and what he wants is Jory. Jory, who doesn't know if he can survive another break up or losing Sam to his dangerous job, resists returning to the arms of the only man he has ever truly loved. But when a serial killer with a score to settle targets Jory, he will have to decide if love is worth the danger as he tries to solve the case and keep Sam safe.

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Sequel to A Matter of Time Vol. 1 and 2 (Book 5)

Jory Harcourt doesn't have to go looking for trouble. Wherever he goes, it seems to find him—particularly when his partner, Sam Kage, is working undercover on a federal task force.

After the recession forces him to close his business, Jory goes to work as a matchmaker and event planner. From there, it's only a matter of time before his big mouth and up-front attitude make him the rope in a tug-of-war between a trust fund baby and a drug-smuggling criminal. Then, as if that situation weren't delicate enough, Jory's undercover lover shows up working for the smuggler.

Between the men who want him and the men who just want him dead, Chicago is getting a little crowded for Jory, so on the advice of his brother, his boyfriend, and the FBI task force, he heads for Hawaii... where a serious accident threatens his quality of life. Can Sam and Jory keep the faith and prove that their relationship really is bulletproof?

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Just Jory - A Sam & Jory Ficlet (Book 5.5)


Sequel to Bulletproof (Book 6)

Jory Harcourt is finally living the dream. Being married to US Marshal Sam Kage has changed him—it’s settled the tumult of their past and changed Jory from a guy who bails at the first sign of trouble to a man who stays and weathers the storm. He and Sam have two kids, a house in the burbs, and a badass minivan. Jory’s days of being an epicenter for disaster are over. Domestic life is good.

Which means it's exactly the right time for a shakeup on the home front. Sam’s ex turns up in an unexpected place. A hit man climbs up their balcony at a family reunion. And maybe both of those things have something to do with a witness who disappeared a year ago. Marital bliss just got a kick in the pants, but Jory won’t let anyone take his family away from him. Before he knew what it felt like to have a home, he would have run. Not anymore. He knows he and Sam need to handle things together, because that’s the only way they’re going to make it.

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Ears, Eggs, and Bunnies - A Sam and Jory Easter Ficlet (Book 6.5)
A Matter of Time Story (Books 7)

Life has never been easy for Duncan Stiel. His childhood was the stuff of nightmares, and his day job as an undercover police officer forces him to hide his true self and occasionally lands him in the hospital. So when he finally meets the perfect man, it comes as no surprise that everything falls apart around him. What Duncan doesn’t expect is that the hardest hurdle to get over before he can make a life with Aaron Sutter is the one inside himself.

Everyone thinks Aaron has it all—looks, money, fame, and success beyond measure. Everyone, that is, except Aaron. At the end of the day, the cameras stop flashing, friends go back to their own lives, company business is handled, and Aaron is always alone. The moment he meets Duncan Stiel, Aaron knows he’ll do anything to hold onto the larger-than-life detective. But when he realizes money won’t buy him the ultimate happiness, Aaron needs to find the strength to give Duncan something much more important—his heart.

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A Matter of Time Story (Book 8)

After years of domestic partnership, Jory Harcourt and Sam Kage are finally going to make it official in their home state of Illinois. It’s been a long and rocky road, and nothing—not disasters at work, not the weather, not a possible stalker, not even getting beat up and having to attend the ceremony looking like he just got mugged—will make Jory wait one more day to make an honest man of the love of his life.

Should be a piece of cake, right?

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THIRDS Thursday - Hot Seat 10/29/15

THIRDS Thursday Hot Seat

Hello all! Since we had a THIRDS Halloween flash fiction this week over at the DSP blog, which you can find here if you missed it, I thought we’d get the team in the hot seat again! Today we have with us Hudson, Lou, and Austen who are going to answer some of your questions. Remember, if you’d like to leave a question for any of the cast, you can do so here. Let the fun begin!

Charlie: Hi! Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedules to be here with us. Why don’t we start with Hudson? This question is from Katelyn. I was wondering if Hudson was near or far sighted, and then my thought progression made me wonder if visual impairments transferred to Therian forms.

Hudson: Well, Katelyn, our Therian DNA may set us apart from Humans in many ways, such as strength, resilience, and of course the existence of our feral side, but whether we’re Therian or Human, we’re very much susceptible to the same ailments. However, there are certain conditions specific to Therians as these are directly linked to the effects of the vaccine which brought about our mutation. As for my vision, I’m nearsighted. Occasionally I wear contacts, when I can get the blasted things in, but I much prefer glasses.

Charlie: Our next question is from Jacob for Austen. How long after Sloane got him hired by the THIRDS did he join TIN? And is spying on the team for TIN or for him?

Austen: *arches an eyebrow* That depends. Is anything I saying going to leave this room?

Charlie: Um, no. Just me, you, and our readers.

Austen: *smiles brightly* Good, because if anyone spills the jelly beans, I’ll find out, and it won’t be pretty.

Charlie: *smiles sweetly* I think you forget your book’s not written yet. It could get pretty hairy.

Austen: *lets out a snort* Please, like it won’t anyway. How many times have you blown up or shot Destructive Delta?

Charlie: *clears throat* Let’s move on shall we?

Austen: Yeah, I thought so. Bring it. Right, TIN. I don’t have an exact date of when I joined TIN. I was working for them before I even knew I was. A few months in, Sparks started training me herself, so that’s probably when it happened. Also, I need to point out that I’m not one of their operatives. I’m a freelancer. You have to be pretty fucking scary to be an operative, and as long as I have people I care about, I can’t be an operative, not just for the safety of those I care about, but for my own. TIN doesn’t mess around. The job always comes first. And as for the spying, that’s usually either for Sparks—off the books—or for me. These guys grow on you, you know? I might work for TIN but I don’t trust them. Hell, there are few people I do trust. I need to make sure they’re okay.

Charlie: Next question is from Carol Ann for Lou. How did you feel when you saw Dex again once he was a thirds agent? Regrets? And what was your first thought when you caught him and Sloane making up?

Lou: *sighs* I did have regrets at first. At the time I just couldn’t handle the media hounding me, the phone calls at all hours, the threats. The walls were closing in on me and I’m not very good when that happens. *looks embarrassed* I’ve been accused of being flighty and a bit of a drama queen, and maybe that’s true. Dex was always caring and sweet, though. Of course, he had his moments. Dios mio! There is no man more stubborn than Dexter J. Daley. When I saw him at the bar, I was a little breathless. He looked so fantastic, but I wasn’t surprised. No matter what life throws at him, he finds a way to pick himself up. My first thought when I saw him and Sloane kissing? Initially it was mostly curse words that crossed my mind. I just couldn’t believe it. I mean, Dex had always been fighting for Therian rights, something he got from his parents, but he’d never been involved with a Therian before. It made me wonder if that was why things didn’t work out between us, because I wasn’t… enough for him. But I quickly realized we wouldn’t have worked in the long run.

Charlie: Okay, next question is for Hudson from Jazette. I was wondering if Hudson only dates humans, now because of his mating marks?

Hudson: *shifts uncomfortably* I, um, I’m afraid my career doesn’t leave much room for dating. It’s been a while.

Austen: *frowns* Hold up, by while, do you mean years? As in since you and a certain beefy tiger Therian broke up?

Hudson: *sniffs* I don’t think that’s any of your business.

Austen: *shakes his head sadly* Man, you have got it bad. It’s been years. Are you at least getting laid?

Hudson: *glares at Austen* That is most certainly none of your business.

Lou: *eyes go wide* You haven’t had sex in years? *pats Hudson’s leg sympathetically* Oh, honey.

Hudson: Why are we bloody talking about my sex life? No one says I haven’t had sex. The question was in regards to my dating, not sex.

Austen: Well the two kind of go together, don’t they?

Hudson: They most certainly do not. Not everyone has sex you know, and that’s perfectly acceptable. Besides, I don’t hop into bed with every man who takes me out.

Austen: And how many is that, because form what I can tell—

Hudson: *goes pale* You’ve been spying on me?

Austen: Well, yeah, duh. We pretty much established that. You are part of Destructive Delta.

Hudson: *gets flustered and crosses his arms over his chest* I am not discussing my love life—

Austen: Or lack thereof

Hudson: Piss off! Bloody wanker.

Austen: *cackles* I love when he gets all indignant. He’s so proper even when he’s cursing you out.

Charlie: Okay, next question. This one is from Pam for Lou. I was wondering when u left Dex you really had a problem with Therians but that seemed to changed. What happened to change your mind?

Lou: I guess it was a few things. It had taken a while to get used to Cael. He’s such a sweetheart, but he’s a Therian. At first, I hadn’t been sure if I could be in a relationship with Dex knowing he had a Therian brother. I won’t go into why I felt the way I did about Therians, but I will tell you what changed. Once I saw what a genuinely sweet guy Cael was, I started to relax around him. I admit, Sloane scared the life out of me. I mean, the guy is huge. On top of that, he’s lethal, and not just because he’s a THIRDS agent. Jaguar Therians are some of the most dangerous Felids out there. He also wasn’t the most pleasant, at the time. But then I saw how he was with Dex and how crazy Dex was about him. Sloane was gentle. Passionate. Not traits I associated with Therians. He also let me be a part of Dex’s life. I respect him. Then I met Bradley. *sighs* He’s so handsome and sweet. I was so surprised that when he started talking to me, I wasn’t as nervous as I thought. I mean, I still am, but it’s more because I like him rather than because he scares me. We’re still getting to know each other, but between Cael, Sloane, Bradley, and some of the other members of Destructive Delta, how they’re a family, take care of each other, it really changed my perspective on Therians.

Charlie: Last question. This is for Austen from Shania. Has Austen seen Zachary again after being protected by him?  

Hudson: *smiles knowingly at Austen* Zachary? As in Agent Osmond Zachary from Unit Beta?

Austen: *narrows his eyes at Hudson* I got mauled and Sloane had Zach babysit. What?

Hudson: *holds his hands up in surrender* Nothing.

Austen: *grumbles incoherently* Yeah, I’ve seen him. He did me a solid, so I occasionally check up on him. It’s no big deal.

Lou: *coughs* Isn’t he, like a three hundred pound bear Therian?

Austen: Your point, cupcake?

Lou: *rolls his eyes* You’re not fooling anyone.

Austen: Like I give a shit what you think. Trust is a luxury I don’t get to have in my line of work, so when someone puts themselves on the line for me, I don’t take that lightly.

Hudson: It doesn’t hurt he’s a rather strapping lad.

Austen: You know what, you two can bite me. I’d don’t get all melty and swoony over a pair of beefy biceps and a nice ass. Unlike you two goody two-shoes. I also have sex whenever the hell I want, and I have fun doing it. I don’t need to be tied down by any one guy. Besides, Zach’s too nice. I check he’s okay, and that’s it. He never even knows I was there.

Lou: So, you’re spying on him.

Austen: *throws his hands up* What is this, the Spanish Inquisition? *jumps out of his chair* I’ll see you nerds later.

Lou: *chuckles* He’s so full of it.

Austen: *calls out from the hall* I heard that, Lou, and I just want you to know I’m flipping you off right now.

Hudson: *smiles* That went well, didn’t it?


Chatting about my To Be Read list over at Sinfully for my monthly author column!

Men & Mischief SA

Hello all! It's time for my monthly author column over at Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance where I'm chatting about keeping organized and tackling my TBR list! How do you choose your next read? Drop by and share! Plus there's a chance to win an eBook from you TBR list!

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Bugs and Hisses THIRDS Flash Fiction over at the DSP Blog!

Team Cash

Hello all! I've joined several authors in Dreamspinner's Bugs and Hisses Flash Fiction event. For the whole of October you can find all kinds of Paranormal flash fiction on the Dreamspinner Press blog, and today you'll find Dex, Sloane, and the gang in their very own Halloween flash fiction exclusively for DSP.

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GRL Post & Giveaway Winners!

Hello all! I’m finally getting back into the swing of things after returning from my trip to San Diego. It always takes a few days to catch up, sort through all the emails, and compile the massive To-Do list before I start working my way through it. I couldn't hope to chronicle everything I did during that amazing week or this post would be ginormous. I had an amazing time at GRL in San Diego. It was so great to see old friends and meet new ones. There were folks I chat to online who were able to make it for the first time, so I got to put more faces to names and give them hugs. One of my lovely readers cosplayed as Dex from the THIRDS and I was just completely in awe. I never thought I’d see the day someone would dress up as one of my characters. I was just blown away, and I was gifted Dex’s name badge which was just the ultimate awesomeness.

Regina Dex cosplay

Getting to meet my readers was just the most wonderful experience. It always is. I was touched by everyone's love for these books. Regina—our cosplaying THIRDS Nerd—gifted me a 5lb bag of gummy bears which I munched during my signing and the rest I shared with folks--because we all know I would have eaten them otherwise. Mmm, gummy bears. I was also gifted this fabulous T-shirt by Cathy and Lindsey, which had me laughing often. Dex wants to steal it to bug Sloane with it but he can't have it.

Poop shirt by Cathy and Lindsey800

Dex made it to the con in one piece and he was loving the attention. Ash will never hear the end of it. Thank you so much to the lovely ladies who volunteered to have me ship swag and poles to them and then carted all my swag to the hotel. I got to take a picture with the adorable Skip & Pip, and just swooned over my Dex & Sloane pony buttons made by the amazing Catherine Dair who I got to hang out with.

On Wednesday I went to San Diego and had a fabulous time with an amazing group of folks. I saw this fella soon as we walked in and knew I had to have a picture, especially since I’d dubbed him Ash.

Charlie Ash SDZoo

We got to ride a purple bus around the park which was so much fun. I felt like a kid drinking my lemonade ICEE—which was so good in the heat—and taking pictures with the gang in the photo op spots. We ate at the tastiest Mexican food restaurant after a trip to the Hotel del Coronado.

On Thursday the events began. I was a little nervous about my Q&A with awesome authors Rhys Ford and Lisa Henry. But when I sat down behind the mic, Rhys presented me with my little T-Rex friend, complete with flower and dinosaur sound effects—because Rhys is just amazing and I love her to bits—and I was just so happy and moved. The Q&A was fantastic. Not only did I have a great time chatting to folks about my books, but I got to listen to Rhys and Lisa talk about their stories, characters, and writing process.

T-Rex Love

On Friday I had some mouthwatering Korean Food with a fantastic group of folks over at the Zion Market before heading to Big Joy Family Inc where I was introduced to Vietnamese coffee A.K.A Nectar of the Gods. I got to hear Greg Tremblay read from some fabulous books by Rhys Ford, Mary Calmes, and Jamie Samms.

The events were fabulous and I had a wonderful time at everything from the panels, to the signing, to the parties. I got to dance along to songs from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, danced with the amazing Z.A. Maxfield—who didn’t recognized me in my costume. It was fun seeing folks not realize it was me in the white bob. MJ O'Shea did an amazing job with everyone's makeup. I was Mr. Freeze (Mrs. Freeze?) as part of the DC Villains costume collective. Everyone looked so amazing! My own mom didn't recognize me in the photo which says something. LOL. For more fabulous pics of the costume party, you can find them in my Facebook album here: https://www.facebook.com/charliecochet

Hollywood Party by Amy DiMartino400 I often get asked what my favorite part of GRL is, and I have to say it’s the people. As a full time writer, this is my career, but who says I can’t have fun while working? After all, I’m very lucky that I get to do what I love. Just meeting and hanging out with all these folks who love our genre is a gift. This is a place where you can be surrounded by like-minded people who have come together to celebrate this incredible genre, and I hope to never lose sight of that.

A big thank you to Barb and Mary Taylor who were always ready for a Starbucks run, always there to lend a helping hand, and are just the sweetest people. To my awesome roomie Kim Fielding, it's always a pleasure. To all the THIRDS Nerds and readers who came to see me, who said hello, asked for a hug or a photo, who chatted, brought cookies, laughed with me about Dex’s antics, who offered their support, or a shy smile, I thank you. I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing group. I am in awe of the love and support you’ve given me and my books.

To all my fellow authors and friends—too many to list here, but you know who you are—who have inspired me, supported me, offered me comfort and kindness, who’ve made me laugh, smile, and provided a steady stream of amazing hugs. To Poppy and Amy, my mama bears whose smiles alone brighten my day. I never feel lost when you're around. A thank you to my awesome publisher Dreamspinner who’s helped put me on this path. To everyone who hung out with me, who shared a little piece of their hearts with me.

Thank you to everyone, whether we met in person or chat virtually, I appreciate you being there. You’re all stars in the night sky shining bright, don’t let anyone make you feel less than radiant. <3

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GRL Giveaway Winners

A huge thank you to everyone who entered the GRL giveaway for those who were unable to attend. I have two GRL Swag bags, plus four tote bags with character cards as runner up prizes. I’ll be emailing everyone by the end of the weekend to arrange delivery of your goodies.

GRL Swag tote bag 1: meljtyeauthor

GRL Swag tote bag 2: Meredith King

Tote bag + character cards: Verena

Tote bag + character cards: babybw

Tote bag + character cards: fede1974

Tote bag + character cards: Katelyn S.

If you didn’t win, have no fear, there will be plenty more giveaways coming soon. Thank you!


Against the Grain now available on Audiobook!

AgainstTheGrainAudiobook

Hello all! I'm super excited to announce that Against the Grain, narrated by the fabulous Mark Westfield, has just been released in audiobook format! It's currently available from Audible and within the next day or two, iTunes.

AUDIBLE: http://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/Against-the-Grain-Audiobook/B016YXIMVA/

AUDIOBOOK DETAILS

Title: Against the Grain Series: THIRDS, Book #5 Genre: M/M Paranormal, Shifter Romance Length: Unabridged, 7 hrs and 58 mins Published: October 22nd, 2015 Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Cover Artist: LC Chase Narrator: Mark Westfield

THIRDS Thursday - Hot Seat 10/22/15

THIRDS Thursday Hot Seat

Hello all! Welcome to another edition of THIRDS Thursdays’ Hot Seat! Today we have with us Cael, Calvin, and Seb who are going to answer some of your questions. Each edition of THIRDS Thursdays Hot Seat will feature three cast members who will be asked questions by our lovely readers. The same question may be asked to all three members. Let the fun begin!

Charlie: Hi, fellas! Thanks so much for being here today. Our first question is from SK and it’s for all three of you. We all know about Dex's guilty pleasures (although he doesn't show guilt about them at all). What are yours?

Cael: Hm, I don’t know that I necessarily feel guilty about anything that brings me pleasure, but there’s some stuff I have to stay away from because my self-control isn’t so great. Like cookies. I love cookies. So I enjoy baking all kinds of cookies and if I’m nervous about something I end up eating all the cookies. I’m lucky I have cheetah Therian metabolism because oh my God, I’d have been in trouble otherwise. It’s also a tough guilty pleasure to have when you have a brother who’s like a black hole when it comes to food. Anything remotely edible around him gets sucked into his mouth. Also, I um *blushes* do this thing when I’m making dinner where I pretend I’m doing a cooking show and I narrate what I’m doing, and sometimes I’ll use accents.

Seb: *laughs* That’s adorable. *clears his throat* I uh, I like photography. *fidgets in his chair* I have a really amazing camera that Hudson gave me on our one year anniversary. I used to take pictures of him all the time on my crappy camera. The shots always looked great, but I put that down to the subject matter. He said I was really good at it and if I enjoyed it I should do it more often. I liked taking shots of every day moments though, nothing posed. I’d take those too, but it was the little moments in between, the moments when people let down their guard. That smile just for a lover, or a laugh, a moment of genuine surprise. All those instances that show us how fragile and beautiful life is.

Calvin: *stares at Seb* Wow. Okay. So, you’re all poignant and eloquent and my answer’s going to sound dumb in comparison.

Seb: No it’s not, Cal. *nudges Cal playfully* I know what your answer is and it’s sweet.

Calvin: *sighs* I like falling asleep against Ethan when he’s in his Therian form. We used to do it all the time when we were kids. Find some big grassy hill away from everyone and everything where we could just look down at the world. I’d lay on my back and he’d be my pillow. We’d look up at the clouds and I’d talk about all the cool things we’d do when we grew up. It became a habit and we still do that.

Charlie: Aw. Okay, the next question is from Naoki and it’s for all three of you. When animals (especially dogs and cats) sense you around them, do they steer clear from you, or do they follow you around?

Cael: If Ash is near me then they stay clear of me. *shakes his head in amusement* Seriously, it’s funny to watch. With cats especially. They hiss at him and if he’s in his Therian form he hisses back. Actually, he hisses back in his Human form too. *laughs* Weird, considering we’re Felids, but Ash is not a fan of other Felids approaching my space, no matter how small they may be. Dogs he’s okay with. If I’m on my own they sometimes look for a scratch behind the ear. The cats won’t rub up against me though because they’ll smell Ash on me.

Seb: Dogs generally are okay. Cats tend to stay away from me once they catch my scent. They’re pretty wary of tiger Therians, though not as much as jaguar Therians. A cat will get a whiff of Sloane and bolt like someone set its tail on fire. Though that could have something to do with a grumpy jaguar Therian in particular.

Cael: *eyes widen* Sloane does not like cats around Dex.

Calvin: *shrugs* I don’ get it. Like a housecat is going to lure Dex away or something.

Seb: Well, Dex is easily distracted.

Calvin: Good point. As for me, they don’t care because I’m Human. If Ethan is with me, they both tend to stay away. Sometimes a cat might wander over but Ethan’s friendly even in his tiger Therian form, so I guess maybe they sense that.

Charlie: Next question is for Cael from Linda. How do you stay calm with both Dex and Ash around you?

Cael: *arches an eyebrow* There is no calm when my brother and Ash are in the same room. There’s only chaos. Unless we’re in assembly where they’re not allowed to talk, then there’s calm, but even then they’re bugging the hell out of each other. Every time Intel has a presentation it’s like Kindergarten. Dex throws something at Ash, Ash gets up to go to the bathroom and smacks Dex in the back of the head on the way out. Dex throws spitballs, Ash sticks his leg out when Dex walks by on his way to bathroom and trips him. Sloane and I have to sit between them just so they don’t tackle each other in the middle of the auditorium.

Calvin: *snickers* I’d pay money to see that.

Seb: It’d be a hell of a lot more entertaining than any of Intel’s presentations, that’s for sure. *his eyes glaze over at the thought* It’s like they’re talking another language.

Charlie: Okay, next question is for Seb from Naoki. Have you ever tried to deal with a very drunk Hudson? If you have, how was it?

Seb: *laughs softly* Yeah, I have. Quite a few times. He’s a very happy feely drunk. You know the kind. They love everyone and everything. He’ll want to hug everyone. He’s also a lot bolder, so he’ll want to dance even if there’s no music playing. He’s normally very reserved and shy, so he’s not big on public displays of affection, but that kind of goes out the window when he’s drunk. *blushes* He used to like crawling onto my lap when we were out at a bar or a club and he’d had a few too many. It was kind of nice, seeing him get all possessive. He’s not a lightweight either. As a Therian, and a Brit, he can drink most anyone under the table. He doesn’t get drunk often, though. Only if he feels safe or if something is really troubling him.

Charlie: Last question. This one’s for Calvin. How would you describe a perfect date or vacation?

Calvin: *looks thoughtful* I guess just me and Ethan somewhere on our own. Maybe a private beach. Somewhere he’d feel safe. It’s hard for Ethan to get comfortable, especially if we’re somewhere unfamiliar. A private beach or secluded beach would be okay for him once he got into the right headspace. We’d just play on the beach, swim in the ocean—Ethan loves the ocean—and fall asleep together under the stars.

Charlie: Aw, I bet he’d love that. Thanks, guys, for joining us today. You should probably get back. Considering you three are probably the most level-headed of the bunch, there’s no telling what the rest of your teammates are getting up to.

Seb: *wriggles his eyebrows, a wicked grin coming onto his face* Not my team, so I get to stand back and watch the gummy bears fly. I heard there’s another assembly on “Safety at the Workplace” tomorrow.

Cael: *groans*

Calvin: *shakes his head in amusement at Seb* You’re evil.


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