Blog Archive - April 2018

Autism Awareness Blog Hop

Hello, all! I’m honored to once again be part of the annual blog hop for Autism Awareness along with a fabulous group of authors. If you’d like to check out the other posts, you can do so here: http://rjscott.co.uk/autism-awareness-month-2018

Autism Fact:  Dogs have been shown to improve autistic children’s quality of life, independence, and safety. The presence of a trained dog can reduce aggressive behavior, calm the child, and serve as a link to the child’s community.

I may write about Big Cats, but at home, I have a different type of four-legged fur baby. I’m a big believer in the healing power of dogs. I love dogs. Love how they have the power to impact your life. Olly has certainly made a big dig difference in my life. He’s a four-year-old Doxiepoo who has done a world of good for me. Being an author, I spend a lot of time in my office behind my desk. Olly doesn’t just keep me company. He makes sure that I don’t spend too long at my desk without getting up. He takes a nap, maybe plays with some of his toys, and then decides enough is enough and mom needs to step away from the glowing rectangle.

When I don’t feel well, Olly knows. How do I know he knows? When I’m in bed he either curls up at my feet or on them. When I’m not well, he stretches out his long little body and is pressed against my side from nose to tail. Sometimes he’ll be at my shoulder. If I’m having a rough day, all I have to do is look at his little face, and it helps so much. He makes me laugh all the time with his weird little dog ways and his expressions. I swear sometimes he looks at me like I’m just so weird. It’s hysterical. He’s definitely a snuggler, and far too smart for his own good. He’s an expert at conning a treat out of you. I’m just blown away by how much love dogs have to give, how attune they are to their humans.

How about you? Do you have a fur-baby?

GIVEAWAY

I'm giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to one random winner.

Just leave a comment below. Giveaway ends May 4th at midnight Eastern US time. Winner will be notified via email and announced here on the blog shortly after.

*** GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***

Thank you all so much for joining in the blog hop, and for taking the time to comment. We have our gift card winner. Xanthe Anderson! Congrats! You should have received an email regarding delivery of your prize. Thank you all again so much for joining in!

 

Be Still My Heart - Official Release Day Giveaway!

Hello, all! Although Amazon released Love in Spades a day early (which, yay!), today is the official release day which means we're having an awesome giveaway to celebrate!!

One lucky winner will receive a Four Kings Security gift pack which includes a host of awesome goodies, including a pack of Ace's playing cards, tote bag, mouse pad, a handmade Four Kings bracelet, and more!

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below!

Giveaway is open internationally. Ends May 1st, 2018 at midnight (Eastern US time), and will be announced on the blog shortly after. Winner will be notified via email and announced here on the blog shortly after.

Please allow time for your goodies to arrive.

When the cards are stacked against you, the Kings will even the odds.

Ex-Special Forces soldier Anston “Ace” Sharpe is fighting a different battle these days—one involving the world of private security across the state of Florida. As part owner of Four Kings Security, Ace and his fellow Kings tackle everything from armed transport and investigations to cyber intelligence and executive protection. Cocky, fearless, and brash, Ace isn’t afraid to take risks.

After years of working alongside his father, Colton Connolly is ready to take the helm at Connolly Maritime, but his father’s retirement is put on hold when Colton begins receiving death threats. If that isn’t bad enough, his father signs a contract with Four Kings Security to provide Colton with round-the-clock protection, despite his adamant refusal. Colton’s life has been turned upside down, the last thing he needs is a shadow, especially in the form of infuriating, sexy-as-sin Ace Sharpe, who seems to be on a mission to drive Colton mad.

Sparks fly the moment Colton and Ace meet on a sultry night club dance floor. But getting involved with a client, even one as fiery and beautiful as Colton Connolly, is a line Ace is unwilling to cross. Colton might be attracted to Ace, but he’d been burned before. He might be willing to put his life in Ace’s hands, but not his heart.

As the Florida nights heat up, so does their passion, and Ace and Colton are faced with a difficult choice—take the plunge and risk it all, or play it safe and walk away?

If Ace can keep a deadly threat from robbing Colton of a future…

BUY LINK

Amazon eBook and KU: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CKS7L44 

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1717203248

💛 EXCERPT

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💛 PLAYLIST

 

 *** GIVEAWAY CLOSED ***

Thank you all so much for joining the giveaway! We have our winner. Chosen at random, congrats, Cazpedroso! You'll be receiving an email shortly on delivery of your goodies.


Love in Spades (Four Kings Security, Book 1) OUT NOW!!

Hello, all! I'm super excited to announce the release of Love in Spades, the first book in the Four Kings Security series! Amazon took a lot less time than I expected to get the book up, so it's out a day early! I can't wait to introduce you to the Kings! I hope you love these guys as much as I do. Happy Reading!

BUY LINK

Amazon and KU: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CKS7L44 

BOOK DETAILS

Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Gay Romance Length: Novel. Print 300 pages Published: April 22nd, 2018 Publisher: Charlie Cochet Cover Artist: Reese Dante Ebook AISN: B07CKS7L44 Paperback ISBN-13: 9781717203243

SYNOPSIS

When the cards are stacked against you, the Kings will even the odds.

Ex-Special Forces soldier Anston “Ace” Sharpe is fighting a different battle these days—one involving the world of private security across the state of Florida. As part owner of Four Kings Security, Ace and his fellow Kings tackle everything from armed transport and investigations to cyber intelligence and executive protection. Cocky, fearless, and brash, Ace isn’t afraid to take risks.

After years of working alongside his father, Colton Connolly is ready to take the helm at Connolly Maritime, but his father’s retirement is put on hold when Colton begins receiving death threats. If that isn’t bad enough, his father signs a contract with Four Kings Security to provide Colton with round-the-clock protection, despite his adamant refusal. Colton’s life has been turned upside down, the last thing he needs is a shadow, especially in the form of infuriating, sexy-as-sin Ace Sharpe, who seems to be on a mission to drive Colton mad.

Sparks fly the moment Colton and Ace meet on a sultry night club dance floor. But getting involved with a client, even one as fiery and beautiful as Colton Connolly, is a line Ace is unwilling to cross. Colton might be attracted to Ace, but he’d been burned before. He might be willing to put his life in Ace’s hands, but not his heart.

As the Florida nights heat up, so does their passion, and Ace and Colton are faced with a difficult choice—take the plunge and risk it all, or play it safe and walk away?

If Ace can keep a deadly threat from robbing Colton of a future…

💛 EXCERPT

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💛 PLAYLIST

💛 PRESS KIT


The Foxling Soldati now available on audio!

Narrated by: Manuel Pombo Series: Soldati Hearts, Book 2 Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins Release date: 04-20-18 Audiblehttps://audible.com/pd/Fiction/The-Foxling-Soldati-Audiobook/B07CHTXMPT

Synopsis

Foxling Toka has served the Soldati king for centuries, and now he attends to the kingdom’s cherished Soldati prince. It’s a position of honor, and as Toka helps the once-human prince adapt to their magical realm, he finds joy in their friendship. He also grows bolder in his encounters with Rayner, a Soldati warrior and the king’s second. But the laws are clear: servants and Soldati are not permitted to mate. It doesn’t matter that Toka lost his heart to the dashing cad long ago.

Rayner never imagined he would fall in love with a servant, but the clever and beautiful foxling has ensnared him, and he resents the regulations keeping them apart. When an arrogant and spiteful king visits from a neighboring realm, Rayner is in danger of losing everything. But Soldati warriors don’t surrender, and he intends to fight all the harder to keep Toka where he belongs - in Rayner’s arms.


Love in Spades Release Date April 24th!

Hello, all! I'm super excited to announce that Love in Spades, the first book in my new series Four Kings Security has an official release date of April 24th! I'm so excited to introduce these fellas to you all! Below you'll find I've answered some frequently asked questions I've been receiving, as well as the blurb and some book info for Love in Spades.

This is my first venture into self publishing, and everyone has been so wonderfully supportive! A huge thank you to everyone for all their amazing help as I take on this new adventure!

FAQ

Q: I'm a reviewer and would like an ARC for my review site. Where can I get one?

A: If you're a reviewer or blogger interested in signing-up for an ARC or the release blitz, you can do so here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScy8HwDhGVFArgZx668VVEXxIZGT6FLS6wKPco5mSVgBEwslQ/viewform This is being organized by the lovely Michelle Slagan of Vibrant Promotions.

Q: Will Love in Spades be available for pre-order? 

A: No, Love in Spades will be going directly to release.

Q: Where will I be able to purchase Love in Spades? 

A: Love in Spades will be available through Amazon and KU for the time being. If that changes at any point, I'll be sure to announce it.

Q: Will it be available in paperback?

A: Yes. Love in Spades will be available in paperback.

Q: Will there be an audio version?

A: Yes. Love in Spades goes into audiobook production next month with the fabulous Greg Tremblay. Originally I intended on having auditions, and although there are so many amazing narrators out there, I needed something very specific for one of the Kings: Lucky.

Eduardo "Lucky" Alejandro Morales is Cuban, from a little village outside Havana who came over to Florida as a teen, and grew up in Miami. Because of his character, his background, his thick accent, his way of speaking, and because his book is the third in the series, it was very important to me that Lucky's voice be as accurate. As a Cuban author who also grew up in Miami as a teen, I knew what I was looking for, and it was very important to me that Lucky's voice be just right, especially since there are several scenes in which Lucky speaks Spanish.  Considering the series takes place around Florida, there are characters from all backgrounds. As a fan of Greg's, I know he'll do a fantastic job.

Q: Will the series be available in other languages?

A: Yes! I'm very excited to announce I signed a contract with Juno Publishing for the French translation of the series, and with Triskell Edizioni for the Italian translations. As soon as I have more info on these, I'll be sure to share it with you.

Q: Do you have a Pinterest inspiration board? A: Absolutely! You can find it here: https://www.pinterest.com/charliecochet/four-kings-security-series/ If you have any questions I've not answered here, feel free to leave them in the comments below. Thank you all so much for joining the Kings!

LOVE IN SPADES

Four Kings Security: Book 1

SYNOPSIS

Ex-Special Forces soldier Anston “Ace” Sharpe is fighting a different battle these days—one involving the world of private security across the state of Florida. As part owner of Four Kings Security, Ace and his fellow Kings tackle everything from armed transport and investigations to cyber intelligence and executive protection. Cocky, fearless, and brash, Ace isn’t afraid to take risks.

After years of working alongside his father, Colton Connolly is ready to take the helm at Connolly Maritime, but his father’s retirement is put on hold when Colton begins receiving death threats. If that isn’t bad enough, his father signs a contract with Four Kings Security to provide Colton with round-the-clock protection, despite his adamant refusal. Colton’s life has been turned upside down, the last thing he needs is a shadow, especially in the form of infuriating, sexy-as-sin Ace Sharpe, who seems to be on a mission to drive Colton mad.

Sparks fly the moment Colton and Ace meet on a sultry night club dance floor. But getting involved with a client, even one as fiery and beautiful as Colton Connolly, is a line Ace is unwilling to cross. Colton might be attracted to Ace, but he’d been burned before. He might be willing to put his life in Ace’s hands, but not his heart.

As the Florida nights heat up, so does their passion, and Ace and Colton are faced with a difficult choice—take the plunge and risk it all, or play it safe and walk away?

If Ace can keep a deadly threat from robbing Colton of a future….

OUT APRIL 24TH


THIRDS Thursday - 4/5/18 Love and Payne Excerpt + Giveaway

Hello, all! April has arrived, and for me that means edits, edits, edits. This month I'm working on edits for Love in Spades and Love and Payne. Plus I'm writing the second Kings book Be Still My Heart. These fellas are certainly keeping me busy!

For this week's THIRDS Thursday we have an excerpt from Zach and Austen's book, Love and Payne. Don't worry, no spoilers included! I'm so excited about introducing you all to the Zachary clan. Zach and Austen's book has been a long time coming. I hope you all enjoy following these two on their road to love. You can bet it's going to be a bumpy ride!

Also, there's a giveaway! Check the end of the post for more info.

Love and Payne Excerpt

“Who the fuck are you guys?” Edan asked, his wide eyes on Brayden.

“You okay?” Brayden asked, stepping up to Edan, his expression softening. “Did they hurt you?”

What the hell? “I’m fine, buddy. Thanks for asking,” Austen said dryly, catching his breath.

Brayden gave Austen a sheepish smile. “Sorry.”

“Whatever.” Austen waved a hand in dismissal before dropping onto the couch. Not like he could—or wanted to—compete with eye candy like Edan. The guy was sexy as sin, with bad boy looks and muscles to spare.

Colin glanced from Austen to Brayden and back before erupting. “What the ever-loving fuck is going on!”

Austen let out a snort. “And he says I curse a lot.”

Bram stood at the foot of Zach’s bed. “Caley said Zach’s boyfriend was in trouble.”

“I’m not his boyfriend,” Austen said with a heavy sigh. Why the hell did everyone think he was Zach’s boyfriend? Wait…. Austen sat up and peered at Edan, who was Zach’s partner in crime. The two were always together. “Did he tell you I was his boyfriend?”

Bram shook his head, and Colin let out a snort, his amber eyes boring into Austen. “If our baby brother had a boyfriend, he would have told us.”

“Well….”

Everyone turned to look at Edan, who cleared his throat, addressing Austen. “He never specifically used the word boyfriend, but the way he talks about you, and how often he talks about you, made me wonder. You’re Austen Payne, right? SSA for Destructive Delta.”

Colin frowned at his brother. “How come this is the first time I’m hearing about this?”

Edan rolled his eyes. “Because you go all Terminator protector mode on him. You know how much he hates that.”

Colin narrowed his eyes, then moved his wary gaze to Austen. “You and I are going to have a long talk about this.”

“No, we’re not,” Austen said, getting up. “Here’s what’s going to happen.” He pointed at Bram. “You’re going to call Lieutenant Sparks and tell her exactly what happened. She’ll take it from there.” He moved his finger to Edan. “You will relay to your lieutenant whatever Sparks tells you.” He turned to Colin. “And you’re going to make sure no one in your family knows what happened here. Meanwhile, I’m going to find a safe place to hide Zach.”

Colin moved forward. “Are you out of your mind? Who the hell do you think you are?”

Austen stepped up to Colin and poked him in the chest. “I’m the guy who’s going to keep your brother alive. Now you listen here. I’m only going to say this once. My priority is keeping Zach safe. Someone sent two trained killers after your brother. They won’t be the last. How do I know that?” He crouched beside the wolf Therian he’d killed, and pulled down the glove to reveal a tattoo of a black heart shredded through with a clawed hand around it. “Because these guys belong to the same network of killers for hire.”

“And you think the THIRDS can’t keep him safe?” Colin asked, sounding affronted. “You think you can keep him safe?” He let out a derisive laugh, and Austen bristled.

“You’re not just an SSA,” Edan said, looking from Austen to Brayden and back, “are you?”

Brayden gave nothing away. He came to stand beside Austen, his hands clasped in front of him.

“I’ve never seen SSAs fight like that.” Edan crossed his tree-trunk arms over his wide chest. “Considering your connections, I’m going to go with TIN.”

The air was sucked out of the room, the two remaining Zachary brothers staring at them in stunned silence.

“I can neither confirm nor deny that information. What I can confirm is that your brother is in someone’s crosshairs, and as skilled as you and your brothers are, my security clearance and skillset are above your paygrade. I can keep him safe.”

“And we’re just supposed to take your word for it? If you really are TIN, then for all we know your being here is what put him in danger in the first place,” Colin snarled, his hands curling into fists as he took a step toward Austen. Brayden placed himself between Colin and Austen. He had to lift his chin and stand on his toes, but the growl that followed his hiss was impressive for a guy who looked about as terrifying as a fluffy bunny.

“Listen here. Austen has been doing this far longer than you have. If he says he’s the best guy for the job, he’s the best guy for the job.”

“I don’t care who you guys are,” Colin spat, looming over them with a menacing scowl. “We’re his brothers. There’s no way in hell we’re going to stand down.”

Bram nodded his agreement. “We’re involved whether you like it or not. He’s our baby brother, so we’re not going to leave him out there on his own. I don’t care who you work for or how good you guys are.”

Austen knew enough about the Zacharys to know the brothers weren’t going to back down. Bear Therians were almost as stubborn as lion Therians. Almost. Austen let out a heavy sigh.

“Okay. But just Bram and Edan.”

“No way,” Colin ground out. “You’re not keeping me out of this.”

“You got kids. Hell, you have grandkids, Colin.” Austen shook his head. “I’m not having that shit on my conscience.”

“This isn’t up for discussion,” Colin stated firmly.

Goddamn bear Therians and their stubborn asses.

GIVEAWAY

Hello, all! I'm giving away a THIRDS swag pack which includes this snazzy TIN tote bag! Giveaway is open internationally.

To enter just leave a comment below with which THIRDS couple/characters you want to see get their book next!

Giveaway ends April 30th at midnight EST. Please allow a week for shipment of your goodies.

*** WINNER UPDATE ***

Thank you all so much for joining in the fun! Chosen at random, the winner is Didi P.! If you didn't win this time around, don't worry, we have more giveaways heading this way! Thank you!


TTC Books and More Annual Autism Awareness Auction

Hello, all! This year's annual autism awareness auction from TTC Books and More is underway, and I'm honored to be donating to this amazing cause.

My items for auction is a Four Kings Security "Employee Kit" Link: https://www.facebook.com/TamsBookBlog/photos/a.1543703375728538.1073741835.298952360203652/1547495798682629/?type=3&theater Auction: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1543703375728538.1073741835.298952360203652&type=3

What does the Four Kings Security "Employee Kit" include? Some really cool stuff!

Four Kings Security branded hoodie personalized with your initials Four Kings Security brand laptop bag Four Kings Security brand coffee mug, mouse pad, and a personalized employee lanyard.

There will also be a few little bits thrown in, like Ace's favorite brand of playing cards, a pack of which he always carried with him.

Due to the items in the giveaway, this is only available for US shipping.


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