Blog Archive - January 2016

THIRDS Thursday - 1/14/16

Prompt: Is there any way we can get a story from Zach's POV? Does he think about Austen? Does he think about Dex and the Cheesy Doodles? I just want to know what he thinks about.


Thank goodness that was over.

As much as Zach enjoyed working protective detail for Unit Beta, babysitting the Therian teenagers of visiting foreign dignitaries was not his favorite. Most were no trouble, but occasionally some of them regarded themselves as celebrities, and their entourage had a habit of treating him like he was their personal butler instead of the highly trained THIRDS agent he was. This time around was the worst yet. The eighteen-year-old leopard Therian and her half a dozen friends were terrifying.

They kept poking his abs, making him hold out his arms to see how many of them could hang off his biceps. One of them even grabbed his butt. Five hours of giggling, of being made to show how strong he was, of being asked completely inappropriate questions about his anatomy, had exhausted him. It was all submitted in his report, and his sergeant was very good at following up on claims of impropriety. The hiring agency would be warned about conduct for future contracts. The THIRDS wouldn’t permit their agents to be harassed, no matter who they were working with.

Zach didn’t want to get the girls in trouble, but his partner had told him it was an important lesson they needed to learn. At least it was over. Now he could enjoy his break and his favorite—

“You,” Zach muttered, his eyes narrowed at the blond Human.

Dex looked up, pale blue eyes wide. “Me.”

Zach didn’t know what to do with agent Dexter J. Daley. He was strange. No. That wasn’t right. Even strange wasn’t strange enough for him. Of all the vending machines at HQ, why did Dex always end up at the same one Zach intended to use? And why was there only ever one darn packet of Cheesy Doodles left? He supposed the answer to that stood in front of him. The guy ate almost as much as Zach did. Besides, the Cheesy Doodles should be his considering this was Unit Beta’s canteen.

Let me guess,” Dex said with a big grin, “these are yours?” He pointed to the lone pack of tasty Cheesy Doodles behind the glass.

Zach nodded.

“I don’t suppose my telling you I was here first would resolve this?”

Zach arched an eyebrow at him. Not even close.

“I didn’t think so,” Dex sighed. “I’ll tell you what, big guy. I’m beat, so outrunning you today is not in the cards, as fun as that is.”

Dex didn’t really outrun Zach. It was more like he squeezed himself into places Zach didn’t have a chance of fitting into. Like the laundry chute in Sparta. Zach had to give the guy credit, he meant business when it came to Cheesy Doodles. No peril was too great, or equipment locker too small. The man went to great lengths to escape with Zach’s cheese snacks.

“How about we share?”

Zach considered this. Share his Cheesy Doodles with Dex, or be forced to chase the agent all around the building, and in the end lose his snack. Although Dex did say he was too tired to run today.

Dex put his change into the machine and tapped the digital screen. The bag plopped down.  Zach readied himself. Dex was going down. Those Cheesy Doodles were Zach’s.

“Man, for a small guy, Austen is one tough little bastard.”

Zach straightened. “Austen Payne?”

“Only Austen I know,” Dex replied with a nod. He grabbed the packet of Cheesy Doodles and motioned over to an empty table. Zach followed, but only because he didn’t want to lose sight of his Cheesy Doodles. Not because he wanted to know about Austen Payne. Zach scrunched up his nose. That was a lie. He wanted to know more about the mysterious cheetah Therian he’d looked after in the abandoned building a few months ago.

Zach sat down across from Dex, his eyes on the packet. It made a lovely sound when it was opened. To his surprise, Dex offered him first dibs. Zach grabbed a couple and waited for Dex to say whatever he was going to say. The guy was very smart, despite playing the fool. Zach had seen him in action plenty of times, out in the field and training in Sparta.

“You asked Sloane about him.”

There was no teasing or malice in Dex’s tone. It was simply a statement. Zach nodded. He ate one of his Cheesy Doodles.

“I asked him how Austen was doing,” Zach admitted.

“Still alive and kicking. And being a pain in everyone’s ass.”

Zach shrugged. That was Dex’s opinion. Zach didn’t think so. “He does what you do.”

“And what’s that?” Dex asked, his head cocked to one side in thought.

“Act like a clown to hide the truth.”

“And what truth might that be?” Dex popped another Cheesy Doodle into his mouth before offering the bag again. “Also, Austen and I are nothing alike. The guy’s like an obnoxious little ninja. You know he breaks into my house to steal my Cheesy Doodles?”

Zach stared at Dex before letting out a quiet laugh.

“That’s right. Your boyfriend’s a thief.”

Zach stopped laughing. He narrowed his eyes. “He’s not my boyfriend. The truth he hides is his true feelings. You make jokes to hide insecurities.”

Dex studied him. “Interesting. However, we’re not talking about me, we’re talking about Austen.”

“I just wanted to know if he was okay.”

“Because you were thinking about him.”

Where was Dex, going with this? Dex peered at him, and Zach was forced to look away. Okay, so he had been thinking about Austen. There was something… sad about him. Zach didn’t know that much about Austen other than what Sloane had told him, but the thought of the spirited cheetah Therian being all alone in the world made Zach sad. He’d never been alone. Heck, he’d grown up with eight brothers and sisters, plus cousins, aunts, and uncles. The Zachary clan was huge.

Zach shrugged. He couldn’t deny he’d been thinking about Austen. Whatever Austen did as an SSA, his job was very dangerous. Zach knew that much. At least he cared about what he did, considering he’d been helping Sloane out when he got hurt. From their short time together, Zach had been able to gleam some insight into Austen. It was obvious that outside of Sloane, Austen wasn’t used to anyone being kind to him without wanting something in return. Zach cleared his throat.

“So, you’ve seen him recently?” Zach wasn’t particularly pleased by the impish smile on Dex’s face, but he ignored it.

“Today, actually. We had a training exercise and he wiped the floor with us.”

Zach’s brows shot up. “Us? Who’s us?”

“The whole team. Hobbs, Ash, Sloane.” Dex shook his head in shame. “That’s what we get for underestimating him. Dude’s got mad skills.”

“Good,” Zach said, pleased.

“Good we got our asses handed to us?”

Zach laughed at Dex’s stunned expression. He shook his head. “No, silly. I’m glad that he can defend himself against bigger Therians.”

“I think he’s been training harder, after what happened with those Coalition jerks. I get the feeling Austen doesn’t like getting caught.” Something in Dex’s eyes made Zach pause. There was more to that declaration.

“Anyway, thanks for the chat,” Dex said as he got up, handing Zach the rest of the packet. “You know, just because you don’t see him, doesn’t mean he’s not around. He likes to keep tabs on people close to him. He just doesn’t like them to know he’s keeping tabs on them. The guy’s about as emotional as an armadillo.” Dex patted Zach’s shoulder and gave him a wink. “Until the next pack of Cheesy Doodles.”

Zach nodded. I look forward to it.

The rest of the day went quickly, and soon he was home. After a hot shower, he came downstairs in his T-shirt, and loose pajama bottoms. His feet were bare as usual. He wasn’t a fan of socks. He fixed himself dinner, talked to his mom on the phone, and promised he’d be there for his dad’s birthday party that weekend. He was too tired to go out, so he stayed in watching TV. During the commercial break, he headed into the kitchen for a bottle of water and his Cheesy Doodles. He opened the cupboard where he stored them, and frowned.

They were gone.

This morning there had been a full bag. He was certain of it.

A slow smile crept onto his face.

He went to the fridge and scribbled a quick grocery list, adding Cheesy Doodles to the bottom.

Better make that two bags.  


  Copyright © 2014 Charlie Cochet. All Rights Reserved. THIRDS published by Dreamspinner Press.

My THIRDS Interview over at Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents!

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Hello all! I've been interviewed by the lovely Toni Hawks over at Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents! Check out the interview along with what Dex and Sloane have to say about their favorite decade, musical, ringtone, and more! Plus there's an excerpt from my upcoming Dreamspun Desires story Forgive and Forget!

http://fangirlmomentsandmytwocents.blogspot.com/2016/01/rise-fall-by-charlie-cochet.html

My schedule for the Coastal Magic Convention Feb 4th - 7th!

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Hello all! The Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, FL is almost here, and I'm super excited! This year I'm attending as a Featured Author and I'm taking part in several panels. Here's my schedule, though I'll also be attending events and checking out other panels as well, but this is what I'm scheduled to participate in.

Friday, Feb 5th: 10.15 – 11.15 am

Romanctic Men: Busting the stereotype that men don’t express feelings… gay romance authors discuss how their characters both “show” and “tell” their emotions. Amy Lane, Charlie Cochet, B A Tortuga, Julia Talbot, Kiernan Kelly

Saturday, Feb 6th 

3.30 – 4.30 pm: Meet & Greet: Urban Fantasy (Theme coming soon) Jennifer Estep, Nancy Holzner, Charlie Cochet, Jocelynn Drake, Dianna Love, Eric R Asher, Lucienne Diver, Dina Given, H D Smith

5:30pm – 7:30pm:  Public Book Sale / Signing – All Featured Authors will participate, along with additional “signing only” authors. You can see the full list on the Charity Book Signing page. All attendees welcome – also open to the public. PLEASE NOTE: Limit of 3 books brought from home for authors to sign. Please consider purchasing additional books from our authors directly, and/or our on-site bookseller.

Sunday, Feb 7th: 10 – 11 am

Paranormal In Gay Fiction: Urban Fantasy authors discuss equality in paranormal worlds. If/how including non-human characters (without the same “human” prejudices) changes the story landscape for their LGBT+ characters. K C Burn, Kiernan Kelly, Charlie Cochet, Amy Lane, T C Blue

Sunday, Feb 7th: 11.15 – 12.15 pm

Ensembles In Romance: A chat about the friends and family who support our favorite couples. How do they help create a dynamic story in their own right? What does it take to make a secondary character in one book, the lead in another? Charlie Cochet, Chudney Thomas, Shayla Black, Lexi Blake, Poppy Dennison, Kit Rocha

Check out the rest of the schedule here.

Also, for those attending, Dreamspinner Press will have paperback copies of Catch a Tiger by the Tail, However there will be a limited number of copies on hand.

Hope to see you there!

À feu et à sang, THIRDS, tome 2 (Blood & Thunder French Translation) now available for pre-order!

Hello all! I'm super excited to announce that À feu et à sang, THIRDS, tome 2 - the French translation of Blood & Thunder is now available for pre-order from Dreamspinner Press!

perf5.830x8.270.inddQuand une série de bombes explosent dans un Centre de Jeunesse Therian, blessant les membres du THIRDS de l’équipe Destructive Delta, et provoquant un désaccord entre les agents Dexter J. Daley et Sloane Brodie, la paix semble impossible à atteindre. Plus encore quand un nouveau groupe semant la terreur, l’Ordre d’Adrasteia a toujours l’air d’avoir une longueur d’avance. Avec la panique et l’intolérance qui se propagent, et les rues jonchées de la propagande de l’Ordre, l’hostilité entre humains et Therians croît à mesure que les jours passent. Dex et Sloane, avec le reste de l’équipe, sont déterminés à faire tomber l’Ordre et à rétablir la paix, sans parler de régler un différend personnel. Mais plus l’équipe s’investit dans l’enquête sur les attentats, plus ils croient à un motif plus sinistre que le simple désir de répandre le sang et semer le chaos.

Quand il découvre l’horrible vérité derrière les intentions de l’Ordre, Sloane est forcé de faire face aux secrets d’un passé qu’il pensait avoir à tout jamais laissé derrière lui, un passé qui pourrait non seulement le détruire, ainsi que sa carrière, mais aussi la réputation de l’organisation qui a fait de lui ce qu’il est aujourd’hui. Maintenant plus que jamais, Dex et Sloane ont besoin l’un de l’autre, et, avec la confiance, la force de leur lien fera la différence entre la justice et la guerre totale.

ISBN-13: 9781634771962 Pages: 272 Cover Artist: L.C. Chase Translator: Ingrid Lecouvez Release Date: Jan 19th, 2016 Pre-order eBook | Pre-order Paperback Visit THIRDS HQ French Website

THIRDS Thursday - 1/7/16

PromptI recently saw the new Star Wars movie. The whole time, I imagined what date night would be like with Dex and Sloane. So, Charlie Cochet, will you write a short scene of our two beloved delta force men getting their geek on, eating popcorn and gummy bears, watching the new Star Wars release? 


Sloane let out a low moan and rolled onto his side. He really wasn’t ready to get up yet. Then he remembered he didn’t have to. His eyes fluttered open and he found himself staring into two wide eyes of pale blue. Full lips curved into a big boyish grin.

“Hi.”

Sloane stared at Dex, kneeling on the side of the bed, his chin resting on his folded arms as he smiled at Sloane. “Um, hi. What are you doing?”

“Do you know what day it is?”

Sloane wasn’t fully awake yet, but considering his boyfriend was all but vibrating with excitement, whatever day it was, it was important. “I haven’t had coffee yet. Can you help my brain along?”

“Today’s the day,” Dex said. “Everything I’ve done in my life has led me to this moment. Our lives are about to change.”

“Is that so?” Judging by Dex’s expression, Sloane would say this wasn’t so much a life altering moment for them as a Dex life changing event. It could be anything.

“Yes! I’ll give you a hint.” Dex jumped to his feet and proceeded to perform a one man show of what Sloane immediately recognized as several scenes from Star Wars. His enthusiastic boyfriend marched around the room, breathing heavily through his hand while his phone played The Imperial March. Sloane propped himself on his elbow, watching the spectacle in amusement. This had to be the most entertaining thing he’d seen in a long time. When Dex was done with his lively performance, he was almost panting. “It’s heeeeere!” He let out a high-pitched squeal/shriek, jumping up and down, waving his arms around, before running around with a pretend blaster complete with “pew pew” sound effects.

“Are you excited?” Sloane teased.

“Oh my God! Han! Haaaan!” Dex leaped onto the bed then crawled over to Sloane. “Han! Did you see Han?”

“Is he going to be in this? I wasn’t aware.” Sloane couldn’t help himself.  Dex had brought it up at least once a day since he’d seen the trailer. Sloane wasn’t surprised when Dex put in a request for him, Sloane, Ash, and Cael to have the day off. Ash really didn’t care, but he couldn’t ignore Cael’s excitement, and he was hardly about to leave his boyfriend alone on date night, even if it meant exposing himself to “a sea of nerds” as Ash so eloquently put it. Ash was up to date with all things Star Wars, thanks to Cael and Dex’s movie marathons, books discussion, animated Netflix marathon, and several PowerPoint presentations. Sloane had no idea Cael possessed such PowerPoint skills. It was truly a sight to behold.

“There’s so much to prepare for.” Dex scrambled off the bed, his hair still sticking up in an unruly mess. He’d even changed into his Darth Vader pajamas at some point that morning. Probably when he got up to make himself his morning pre-coffee coffee. Dex sped from the room, and Sloane chuckled. His boyfriend was adorable.

Sloane was about to get up when Dex sped back in and gave him a kiss.  “I’m sorry. I’m not ignoring you. I just—”

Sloane chuckled and cupped Dex’s face. “I get it. This is monumental. You freak out to your little heart’s content.” He gave Dex’s lips a kiss, his heart squeezing at Dex’s glassy eyes and the smile that stretched from ear to ear.

“That’s why I love you. You get me.”

“Of course I do. Now I’m going to have some coffee, and you can tell me all about your Force Awakens agenda over breakfast.”

“You’re so awesome,” Dex said with a sniff. “I would give up my movie ticket for you.”

“Aw.” Sloane was touched. He knew what that meant in Dex speak. He drew Dex into his arms and kissed him, before sending him off to coordinate his day. From what Sloane had seen, there was a printed agenda, shopping list, post-movie mini party here at Dex’s house later in the evening, and who knew what else.

During breakfast, Dex excitedly rambled on, explaining the day’s agenda. It was going to be a busy day. He’d already coordinated costumes with Cael. Dex was wearing his Han costume, and Cael was going as Luke. Sloane wasn’t dressing up, but he’d agreed to wear his dark brown cargo pants and the long sleeved Wookie T-shirt with printed fur and bandolier. He was in for a world of teasing from Ash, but Sloane didn’t care. As much as he loved Star Wars, this was Dex’s day. So if it made Dex happy, he was game.

As Sloane went about his day, if he hadn’t known what was going on, he would have thought there was some kind of military operation being coordinated. Dex was on the phone to several people. He even called the movie theater to make sure all the equipment was running smoothly. At the time of ticket purchase, Dex had his map of the screen, and knew exactly what seats they would all have. A favor called in by Maddock made certain Dex got the exact seats he wanted. Everything was times, including theater arrival time. They were taking Dex’s challenger and picking up Ash and Cael at Cael’s apartment. They were parked at the curb waiting, and when Ash emerged, Sloane had to hide his face.

Cael looked adorable in his Luke costume, as expected. And Ash….

The two got into the backseat. Cael and Dex bounced a few times, sharing their excited ramblings. Sloane met Ash’s gaze through the mirror.

“Don’t fucking say a word,” Ash growled at him. Sloane couldn’t look at him. It wasn’t a full costume, because Ash would never go for that, but somehow someone had convinced him to wear all black, from his T-shirt to his pants, and boots. He wore a red belt, and a glowing red neon bracelet around his wrist. Didn’t take a genius to know which character his outfit pertained to. Before they drove off, Dex turned in his seat and wriggled his brows at Cael.

“Hey, bro. Who’s your daddy?”

Sloane erupted into laughter.

Ash folded his arms over his chest, pouting at Cael. “I told you this wasn’t a good idea.”

“Aw, ignore him. He’s one to talk. His boyfriend’s a Wookie.”

Ash snickered, and Dex flipped him off before they headed for the theater. As expected, the place was packed. Several moviegoers were dressed in full costumes. There were glowing light sabers, glow sticks, themed outfits. Ash was horrified. He grabbed Sloane’s arm, leaning into him to talk.

“Make note of all the emergency exits.”

“Why? In case there’s a fire?” Sloane asked, looking around.

“No, in case I need to make a run for it.”

Sloane chuckled, and patted his arms. “You’ll be fine.”

“Look at them!” Ash hissed quietly. “We’re outnumbered!”

They joined the line for snacks, Ash on alert like he was waiting to be assaulted by the waist-high Stormtroopers.

A lanky teen dressed as Darth Vader leaped out from behind the trash bin, tapping Cael’s wrist with his plastic light saber. Sloane grimaced.

“What the fuck are you doing?” Ash growled. The kid pushed his mask up and gaped up at him.

“Uh, I’m chopping off Luke’s hand.”

“Touch my boyfriend again and you’ll be losing more than a hand.”

The kid bolted from the place like he was being chased by Jar Jar Binks.

“He was just roleplaying, Ash,” Cael said sweetly, soothing him. Judging by the laser beam stare, Sloane would say Ash had a different idea of what roleplaying meant.

“You saying that little twerp was coming onto you?”

Cael blinked at him, confused. Dex whispered in Cael’s ear and Cael’s face went crimson.

“No! Not that kind of roleplaying. I meant pretend. He was pretending to be the character.”

“Oh.” Ash crossed his beefy arms over his chest. “Still don’t like it.”

Dex finished ordering snacks, and Sloane wasn’t sure they had enough arms to carry everything.

“Jesus, Daley. You really think we’re going to eat all that?” Ash shook his head in disbelief.

Dex grabbed the colossal bag of Peanut M&Ms, and arched an eyebrow at him. “We? Who said anything about we. These are my snacks.” Dex scoffed. “We.” He turned to Sloane and batted his lashes. “I’ll share with you because you’re my snuggle bunny.” He kissed Sloane’s jaw, and squeezed his bicep. “And because you can fit a lot in these sexy arms of yours.”

Sloane grabbed the bucket of soda, and a bag of popcorn big enough to hide Cael in, while Dex grabbed another smaller bucket which Sloane discovered was filled with gummy bears.

“How did you manage that?” Sloane asked, stunned. “They don’t sell those.”

Dex gave him a wink. “I have connections across the galaxy.”

It took a great deal of effort, and Ash threatening at least two to four people every few steps he took, but eventually they made it to their seats. Dex and Cael were practically bouncing. Sloane was charmed by the brother’s boyish glee, and when the movie’s opening crawl appeared, the two screamed, making Sloane laugh. Once they’d calmed down enough to watch the movie—a movie they would undoubtedly be watching again and again until it left theaters—Dex took hold of Sloane’s hand.

Sloane smiled, and leaned in, murmuring in his ear. “Thank you for letting me share this with you.”

Dex’s smile left him breathless. “There’s no one else but you.” He kissed Sloane and turned his attention back to the movie.

Sloane knew he was missing precious seconds of the movie to watch Dex, but he realized then that the man at his side, was the most precious gift of all.


  Copyright © 2014 Charlie Cochet. All Rights Reserved. THIRDS published by Dreamspinner Press.

USA Today's HEA Blog Catch a Tiger by the Tail (THIRDS, Book 6) Exclusive Cover Reveal and Excerpt!

Hello all! Just one month from now and Catch a Tiger by the Tail is released!! Woot! Today the Happy Ever After blog reveals the shiny new cover by the awesome L.C. Chase. Plus there's an exclusive excerpt! I'll be sharing the cover reveal post from the HEA blog on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites, and would truly love and appreciate it any folks who fancy sharing the love. I'm so excited about this release! Let's get Calvin and Ethan some love! <3

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