Blog Archive - May 2016

Love in Retrograde Release Day!!

Woot! Love in Retrograde is out now! I'm so excited to be sharing with you this sweet, action-packed sci-fi novella. Kelly Sutton is an American intern at the Photonic Royal Society in New London,a position he's waited his whole life for. He's working on a project so secret, even he doesn't know what it is, only that it will benefit mankind. Little does he know that his life is about to change, and that the man he loses his heart to will force him to choose between looking the other way, or risking everything.  Government secrets, a military on a mission, a bad ass alpha, and the fight to stay alive. Oh, and of course some sexy times. ;)

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Genre: Gay Science Fiction Romance Length: Novella Published: May 11, 2016 Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Cover Artist: Coming Soon Ebook ISBN-13: 9781634772150

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Synopsis

Enthusiastic, play-it-safe Kelly Sutton is an American intern at the Photonic Royal Society in New London. He’s been working on Project Mars for over a year, a mission kept so secret by the Society even Kelly doesn’t know exactly what it is. What Kelly does know is his contribution to the task will benefit mankind, and that’s enough for him.

Kelly’s world turns upside down when concerns over his mentor’s behavior lead Kelly to investigate and stumble upon a wicked truth. What is supposed to be a project to advance human life turns out to be an endeavor capable of mass destruction. The terrifying reality forces Kelly to choose between looking the other way to keep his job, as he’s always done, or risking his career and even his life to do the right thing by saving the man who’s captured his heart.

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… it’s well written, has great characters, it’s different than anything I’ve read before, and it’s Charlie Cochet, so heck yeah I recommend it.
~ The Blogger Girls | Read the full review here.
Covering subjects such as government corruption, scientific oversight, and bio-engineering, this is a romantic tale that is out of the ordinary. It hits all the right buttons….
~ The Kimi-chan Experience | Read the full review here.    

Recent Reads - Middle of Somewhere series by Roan Parrish

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On the plane ride to RT last month I started to read In The Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish. It came highly recommended by a close friend. I usually don't read on planes because I get restless, and all I want is to get to my destination. Flying is not my favorite. This was one of those rare occasions I actually wanted the flight to be a bot longer so I could continue to read my book. I don't read very many first person present tense stories. Can't remember the last one I did, but this one had me hooked from the beginning. I loved Daniel and Rex, loved getting to know them, watching them fall in love. I felt for Daniel. His situation was a familiar one, and I wanted to see him succeed, wanted him to get his happily ever after.

The author did a fabulous job of slowly building the relationship between Daniel and Rex. She also did an amazing job slowly revealing their characters. Rex was a mystery at first. This big, handsome lumberjack of a guy who lived by himself in a cabin in the middle of snowy nowhere. We get to know him as Daniel does, learn little secrets, heartbreaking stories about his past as well as the challenges he faces at the present. Daniel's family infuriated me, and soon I started to suspect why Colin was such a jackass to his brother.

Which of course brings me to Out of Nowhere, Colin and Rafe's book. The more I read Colin, the more I felt for him. He was filled with so much anger and self-loathing. I loved that both he and Rafe had very real, very deep flaws, both battling their demons on a daily bases. I was exhausted for Colin, having to keep up with all the secrets and lies. Colin isn't good for Rafe. He's on a destructive path that Rafe needs to stay away from for his own good. Reading about these two men, their fight to just get by, to make it through another day without destroying themselves was heartbreaking, and I was rooting for them to get through it, to find a way to be together.

Both these stories were superb, and I absolutely loved them. I was up until the wee hours of the morning reading when I should have been sleeping, but you know, who needs sleep when you're in the middle of a good book? Highly recommend this series.

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In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish PaperbackMiddle of Somewhere: Book One

Daniel Mulligan is tough, snarky, and tattooed, hiding his self-consciousness behind sarcasm. Daniel has never fit in—not at home in Philadelphia with his auto mechanic father and brothers, and not at school where his Ivy League classmates looked down on him. Now, Daniel’s relieved to have a job at a small college in Holiday, Northern Michigan, but he’s a city boy through and through, and it’s clear that this small town is one more place he won’t fit in.

Rex Vale clings to routine to keep loneliness at bay: honing his muscular body, perfecting his recipes, and making custom furniture. Rex has lived in Holiday for years, but his shyness and imposing size have kept him from connecting with people.

When the two men meet, their chemistry is explosive, but Rex fears Daniel will be another in a long line of people to leave him, and Daniel has learned that letting anyone in can be a fatal weakness. Just as they begin to break down the walls keeping them apart, Daniel is called home to Philadelphia, where he discovers a secret that changes the way he understands everything.

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Middle of Somewhere: Book Two

The only thing in Colin Mulligan’s life that makes sense is taking cars apart and putting them back together. In the auto shop where he works with his father and brothers, he tries to get through the day without having a panic attack or flying into a rage. Drinking helps. So does running and lifting weights until he can hardly stand. But none of it can change the fact that he’s gay, a secret he has kept from everyone.

Rafael Guerrera has found ways to live with the past he’s ashamed of. He’s dedicated his life to social justice work and to helping youth who, like him, had very little growing up. He has no time for love. Hell, he barely has time for himself. Somehow, everything about miserable, self-destructive Colin cries out to him. But down that path lie the troubles Rafe has worked so hard to leave behind. And as their relationship intensifies, Rafe and Colin are forced to dredge up secrets that both men would prefer stay buried.

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Recent Reads - Howl at the Moon series by Eli Easton

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Hello all! A few weeks ago I had myself an awesome little Eli Easton read-athon. I started with the Sex in Seattle series which I totally loved. Each book was better than the last. They were sweet, funny, heartbreaking, and heartwarming. After that I jumped right into the Howl at the Moon series which came highly recommended by a good friend. The first book in the series is How to Howl at the Moon. I absolutely loved it! Not only was it so much fun, it made me laugh, and I even got teary eyed in several spots. The series premise is unique to me, and the town of Mad Creek is wonderfully charming, as are its inhabitants. Sheriff Lance Beaufort is such a great character! I loved how his personality reflected traits of the Border Collie he shifted into. For such a serious guy, Lance had a habit of getting himself caught up in the funniest, most outrageous situations. I felt for poor Tim who just needed to catch a break.

And then of course when I met Roman Charsguard I fell in love with him too. When I found he had his own book How to Walk Like a Man, I was thrilled. Of course Roman broke my heart into tiny pieces learning about him as a military dog, and the events that lead to him turning human. I'm just in love with this whole series and can't wait for the release of the third book How to Wish Upon a Star.

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Sheriff Lance Beaufort is not going to let trouble into his town, no sir. Tucked away in the California mountains, Mad Creek has secrets to keep, like the fact that half the town consists of ‘quickened’—dogs who have gained the ability to become human. Descended on both sides from Border Collies, Lance is as alert a guardian as they come.

Tim Weston is looking for a safe haven. After learning that his boss patented all of Tim’s work on vegetable hybrids in his own name, Tim quit his old job. A client offers him use of her cabin in Mad Creek, and Tim sees a chance for a new start. But the shy gardener has a way of fumbling and sounding like a liar around strangers, particularly gorgeous alpha men like Sheriff Beaufort.

Lance’s hackles are definitely raised by the lanky young stranger. He’s concerned about marijuana growers moving into Mad Creek, and he’s not satisfied with the boy’s story. Lance decides a bit of undercover work is called for. When Tim hits a beautiful black collie with his car and adopts the dog, its love at first sight for both Tim and Lance’s inner dog. Pretending to be a pet is about to get Sheriff Beaufort in very hot water.

 

Deputy Roman Charsguard survived Afghanistan where he lost his best friend—his K-9 handler James. Roman was a military dog until two years ago when he developed the ability to shift into a human. It’s not easy to learn how to be a man. He found a place to live in Mad Creek, a haven for the secret world of dog shifters. Finding a reason to live has been harder. That is, until a certain human walks into the Mad Creek Sheriff’s office and starts making trouble.

Matt Barclay has the worst luck. First he was shot in a SWAT drug raid, then he was sent as DEA investigator to Mad Creek, a little town in the California mountains. Matt’s job is to keep a lookout for illegal drug farms, but nobody in the town wants him there. And then there’s Roman, Matt’s erstwhile baby-sitter. He’s the hottest guy Matt’s ever seen, even if he is a bit peculiar. If the town doesn’t kill him, sexual frustration just might.

The town is counting on Roman to prevent Matt from learning about dog shifters, Matt’s counting on Roman to be his work partner and tell him the truth, and Roman’s trying to navigate love, sex, and a whole lot of messy human emotions. Who knew it was so complicated to walk like a man?


THIRDS Thursday - Smoke & Mirrors Excerpt and a Giveaway!

THIRDS Thursdays

“I’m okay,” Dex said, staring off at nothing in particular.

Sloane tipped Dex’s head back and searched his gaze. If anyone could see past the brave front, it was Sloane. Dex was resilient, the one everyone leaned on and turned to when they needed help. He was the shoulder they cried on. The white knight ready to charge into battle.

“Let me take care of you,” Sloane pleaded softly, placing a kiss to Dex’s brow.

Dex closed his eyes and nodded. His body visibly relaxed as Sloane began to wash him. First his hair, which was getting a little long, falling roguishly over one side of his brow when he didn’t run gel through it, then his neck and shoulders. Sloane worked his way down Dex’s body, making sure to soap him up good yet very tenderly. His beautiful skin was marred by ugly bruises, scrapes, and cuts. When he reached Dex’s fingers, Sloane was especially careful. The bandages came off, and Sloane was forced to bite down on his bottom lip to keep himself from cursing. The dark splotches under his nails would take time to disappear. Once he was done soaping Dex up, he led him under the shower to rinse him off. Dex opened his eyes but didn’t look at Sloane. He was lost somewhere in his thoughts. Sloane placed a kiss to Dex’s shoulder before he quickly showered, then got them both out of the tub. He dried them off, wrapping Dex in a big fluffy towel afterward.

In the bedroom, Sloane got dressed in a pair of pajama bottoms and a T-shirt. He made sure to find Dex’s softest, most comfortable T-shirt and pajama bottoms to dress him in.

“My feet are cold.”

Dex’s voice was so quiet, Sloane wouldn’t have heard him if he hadn’t been a Therian and standing so close.

“No problem,” Sloane replied with a smile. He kissed the tip of Dex’s nose and grabbed a few pairs of socks and presented them to Dex. “Okay, we’ve got rubber duckies, cheeseburgers, happy toast, sushi, the Mona Lisa, or Superman.”

Dex pointed to one of the pairs.

“Duckies it is.”

With a smile, Sloane returned the rest of the socks to the drawer exactly where he’d found them and then slipped Dex’s rubber ducky socks onto his feet. Dex stared at his socks. He was still for so long, Sloane was worried something had happened. He reached for Dex’s shoulder when Dex shook himself and slipped off the bed.

“I’m hungry.”

It was music to Sloane’s ears. He followed Dex downstairs to the kitchen, keeping a close eye on him just in case. It was still surprisingly early. Barely seven in the evening. He was relieved to see Dex still had an appetite.

Sloane moved with Dex around the kitchen as they prepared themselves some sandwiches, and they ate them in the living room in front of the TV. The sense of normalcy felt good and was clearly what Dex needed right now. Maybe Sloane’s luck was changing for the better, because one of the TV stations was running a marathon of Back to the Future, one of Dex’s favorites. No matter how many times he watched it, Dex never tired of it. He loved quoting the movie yet laughed as if he were watching it for the first time. Sloane was about to return their empty plates to the kitchen when the doorbell rang. Dex flinched, and Sloane placed his hand to Dex’s shoulder.

“I’ll get it.” Shit. What now?

Sloane answered the door, stumbling back so as not to get whacked by it when it swung open. Maddock marched in, looking more pissed than Sloane had ever seen him.

“Where is he?” Maddock barked.

Sloane held his hands up in front of him in the hopes of getting Maddock to calm down.

“Sarge, now’s not a good time. Please. He’s—”

Maddock shoved Sloane hard against the wall. His fingers curled around Sloane’s T-shirt, and his gaze bore into Sloane’s, nostrils flaring. When he spoke it was a low, fierce growl.

“Boy, you will stay the hell out of my way if you know what’s good for you, or I swear on my daddy’s grave I will beat the shit out of you.”

Sloane swallowed hard. There was no doubt in his mind that if he even hinted at getting between Maddock and Dex he would be on the floor and in pain within seconds.


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Interview with Narrator Mark Westfield

Hello, all! Thank you so much for joining me here today! Please give a warm welcome to the wonderful Mark Westfield who has narrated Book 1 - 6 in the THIRDS series, and done such a fantastic job. I've asked him a few questions about what it's like to narrate the THIRDS series.

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Why don’t you tell us a little about yourself? How did you get into narrating?

Sure! Before anything else, though, I hope I can say a quick thanks to everyone who made these audiobooks possible.

First: to Dreamspinner Press. It’s absolutely amazing to work with a publisher who allows complete creative freedom. You are truly a great company run the right way. To anyone reading this, you’ll never go wrong with a Dreamspinner book or audiobook – always top quality, and really great people at the company!

Of course, a huge thanks to Charlie Cochet. Wow… just wow. A gifted writer. A nice person. What can I say? It’s a privilege to narrate her books. She has created amazing characters and an entire universe that is believable, yet fantastical. I can’t wait for the next book, and hope we can work together on many more!

And, if you are reading this, I’m not sure there is any way I can relay to you how grateful I am. Like many of you, I’ve switched jobs/careers several times, but this is my dream job. And, because of you, I get to do it. As long as you are willing to keep listening to me, I promise to give every book everything I have. Thank you.

As for me, this career really seemed like a perfect fit. Before I even knew it existed, I was told multiple times by different people that I had a distinct voice. I love reading. I’d worked in two commercial recording studios and LOVED the art of recording. I found out that modern audio book narrators work mostly alone…a negative for many people, but I’m a huge introvert. And, after many years, I was burned out on my previous career. A little bit of research, a LOT of practice and recording, and boom – Dex is alive!

Hell&HighWaterHiRes150How do you approach a book or series with a large cast of characters? What about when there are several accents involved?

I think it’s vital to read through the book and take detailed notes before anything else. A large cast, like the THIRDS novels, requires a commitment to keeping track of everything I do as a narrator. As for the accents, as would be expected, some are easy, and some take a lot of work. To be honest, though, it’s so much fun that even the difficult accents are a blast!

How difficult is it to keep track of all the different performances?

It’s really not hard, just time consuming. If someone were to approach this job from a strictly creative aspect, and not take notes, I think it would be easy to make a lot of mistakes as far as changing voices, etc. But if you can take the time to sketch things out ahead of time, or pause now and then to listen back to what you’ve done so far, it’s really not that hard.

Who’s the hardest character from the THIRDS to perform and why?

Hmmm… ZERO chance I would I have answered this way early on, but it’s Ash. He was one of the easiest early on, but consistent with Charlie’s amazing character development, he has become deeper than I first thought he would be. I won’t say anything more, because I don’t know how far any of you have gotten through the series, but he’s become a multi-dimensional character.

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I’m smiling at the memories! I think it’s in Catch a Tiger – which at the time of this interview hasn’t been released yet, so I won’t give it away. Let’s just say it involves the entire team walking in on Ethan during an embarrassing moment and the result of an unrelated, but really funny bet.

Do you ever get embarrassed or laugh during scenes?

Ha! Perfect follow up!!!! The scene I just mentioned actually was a prime example of a time I had to pause the recording because I started laughing so hard it was unlistenable! It’s always a fine line – when the narrator is truly into the scene it sounds so much better, but if s/he cracks up (as I did in this scene) it really doesn’t work. As for embarrassed…well, I work alone and both narrate and produce everything I do, so I guess it’s hard to be really embarrassed when no one else is around!

What’s the most challenging part of being a narrator? The most enjoyable part?

It’s funny, but I think my answer for both questions may be the same. I love being able to, on most books, have creative freedom to come up with accents, voices, tones, etc. But, there is always a risk that something won’t flow with the story as a series develops. So, I do my best, as we all do!

If you were a character in the THIRDS, who would you be and why?

Sparks. She is exactly who I would love to be in real life. Cool, calm, and respected. She’s mysterious, and often thought of as more of an “office type.” But she’s really tough and always in control. What a cool character! I spent a ridiculous amount of time figuring out what her voice should sound like, because she’s just so cool that I really wanted to make sure she sounded that way.  

Do you use props or special equipment for sound effects? What made you decide to use them?

As I’m sure anyone who has listened to the audiobooks has heard, I do use effects, but not very often. If someone is speaking over a com, I make sure you can hear it. Also, I try to create the sound of distance if someone is speaking from a different room. Other than that, I really try to avoid effects unless the scene really calls for one.

Do you have any questions you’d like to ask Charlie or the THIRDS fans?

Absolutely!

Charlie – What inspired you to start writing the THIRDS series? Also, how can I see your artwork?

Finally, if anyone is interested in a shot at some free audio books, I often have complimentary copies to give away. Just send an email to mark@westfieldaudioarts.com and I’ll try to get you some free swag!

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As for what inspired the THIRDS, well, after I decided I wanted to write a shifter series, one different to what was out there, I began asking myself a host of what-if questions. What if in this world, humanity was responsible for the creation of these shifters, of this new race? What if these shifters weren’t hidden from society, but a part if it? How would society change? How would humanity change? What about the laws? How would humans deal with crimes committed by beings who could shift into lethal animals? They couldn’t. They’d need shifters to handle shifters. But then law enforcement would be divided, and the world would already be facing a divide—humans and Therians.

All these questions lead to the creation of the Therian Human Intelligence Defense Squadron—the THIRDS. I knew then that the series would revolve around this organization and those connected to it. Thank you, Mark, for bringing the THIRDS world to life through your narration.

As for my artwork, it's been a while since I've had the time to work on something not book related. I may have to get up a small slideshow on the website. All the character artwork for the THIRDS I've done myself, and have had such fun doing. You can find some of it here: http://www.thirdshq.com/destructive-delta/ I also did the artwork for the three THIRDS patches you see on teh THIRDS HQ homepage, and the THIRDS Nerds Badge.

Thank you everyone for joining us, and for all the love you show the THIRDS.

xoxo

Charlie


Autism Blog Hop Giveaway Winner

Hello all! Thank you so much for following the hop, and helping to do your part for Autism Awareness. We have our winner of the signed THIRDS paperback.

Ashley!

Congrats, Ashley! I've already emailed you regarding your prize. Thank you again all so much for joining in, and taking the time to leave a comment. I also added the comments on Goodreads into the random name generator.

x Charlie

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