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Welcome to the Power of Love Blog Hop!

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Hello all! Welcome to The Power of Love Blog Hop! For many of you, it's still winter, so to warm up your Valentine's Day, I'm offering some heartwarming stories, and a chance to win some nifty prizes! Grab yourself a cup of cocoa, coffee, tea, whatever gives you that fuzzy, yummy feeling, and let's get started!

Ah, Valentine's Day. Love it or Loathe it, it's inescapable. Not even my fellas can get away from it. Personally, I'm a very low-key kinda gal. I prefer a cozy night in with some good food, great company, and a little fun. When it comes to Valentine's Day, I tend to approach it the way my character Trip from An Intrepid Trip to Love does: with caution, distrust, and one eye on the door, ready to make a break for it. Let me explain.

For my newsletter, I wrote a short story for my subscribers featuring characters they voted for. Trip won, so he and the love of his life, Boone, got their own Valentine's Day story. Like Trip, I was thinking of what sort of Valentine's Day gift Boone would like. I shopped around online, while Trip shopped around in his fictional greeting card stores. We browsed. And browsed. And browsed. And Oh. My. God. Well, Trip's horror reflects my own.

Aside the onslaught of merchandise, most places divide everything up into gifts for him, and gifts for her. The majority of gifts for her consisted of lingerie, roses, chocolate, jewelry, stuffed animals, and the racier gift like nipple tassels (O.o) or uh, edible underwear. The guys got jewelry, and underwear, sure, but they got iPods, and red Converse sneakers, and electronics, and strawberries dipped in chocolate made to look like footballs.

Now, I have nothing against chocolate (I live for it), and I wouldn't say no to some bling, but if I got a pair of red Converse sneakers from someone on Valentine's Day, I would be all over that. There's just so much stuff, it's overwhelming. On the plus side, there are some... disturbing gifts our there, which makes for not only entertaining viewing, but writing. Here are some interesting gifts I came across:

Sexy underwear doesn't do it for you? How about underwear for two?

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Or how about the Girlfriend Pillow?

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Or for your lover of horror, how about this heart cake from Lil Vanilli?

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Want to hold hands this winter, but those pesky gloves get in the way? Share a heart-shaped mitten!

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If all else fails, nothing beats a good old fashioned greeting card.

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Happy Valentine's Day!

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Fancy some free reads? Did you know I have several m/m romance stories available for free download?

An Intrepid Trip to Love Roses in the Devil's Garden The Only Star Love in Bloom - A Chance & Jacky Valentine's Day special

[Trip and Boone's Valentine's Day story is one of many exclusive freebies offered to subscribers of my newsletter. If you'd like to sign up, you can do so here: http://www.charliecochet.com/newsletter/ 

The newsletter went out today, so if you signed up, and would still like to receive February's newsletter containing the story, just let me know through the contact form and I'll email it to you: ] http://www.charliecochet.com/contact/ 

Giveaway: A $10 Amazon Gift Card   Ccochet GiftCardthmb AND A Charlie Cochet Swag Bag (click for larger view)  ValentinesHopGiveawayCC Includes:
  • The Auspicious Troubles of Chance "Snugglepup" tote bag
  • Rudy's Red ReinDear keyring w/snowflake charm
  • Jack Frost's snowflake ribbon bookmark w/snowflake & heart charms
  • Notepads, postcards, bookmarks, magnets
  • Hot cocoa & mini marshmallows
To Enter: Just leave a comment on this post stating what your guilty pleasure is. Is it chocolate? Reality TV? Something naughty? Winner will be chosen at random, and announced here on the blog on Monday, February 17th (Eastern Time). To continue on with the rest of the blog hop, just click the link below. http://powerofgaylove.blogspot.com/p/the-main-event-page.html

Power of Love Blog Hop results!

Hello all! I want to thank everyone who stopped by on the hop. I truly appreciate you taking the time to do so, and thank you for sharing your guilty pleasures, everything from chocolate and boy bands to reality TV. You're all fantastic! If you didn't win this time around, don't you worry, there are plenty of opportunities to win some nifty stuff. Just check out my sidebar under Guest Spots & Giveaways!

And now, our winner. The Magic Hat has randomly chosen:

Valentine'sResults Congratulations, Wendy H!! I'll be contacting you shortly for delivery of your prizes! Again, thank you all for stopping by. Have a fantastic week!  

Fabulous Five Blog Hop

Fab 5 blog hopHello all! I’ve been tagged to answer these five fabulous questions on the Fabulous Five Blog Hop by the lovely Anne Barwellauthor of gay romance. Anne's published with Dreamspinner Press with titles including Shadowboxing, A Knight to Remember, and the upcoming Winter's Duet.

1. What am I working on?

Right now I'm working on Healing Hunter's Heart, book two in the Little Bite of Love series--the first being An Intrepid Trip to Love. It's been on the schedule for a long time but was temporarily put on hold while I worked on the first four THIRDS books. With those completed, I'm back on getting Hunter and Ari together again for their happily ever after.

I'm also working on some THIRDS series flash fiction and Against the Grain which is the fifth book in the THIRDS series from Ash and Cael's POV. There's also edits for Rack & Ruin, the third THIRDS book (due out in Nov) and Vixen's Valor the third North Pole City Tales book (due out in Dec). A Rose By Any Other Name is out in less than three weeks! It's been a pretty busy year.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?

I think every author has a unique voice, including me. I believe my readers know what to expect from my stories. There's always a sweet romance with plenty of humor. I don't think I could write something that didn't have some humor in it. I love writing banter and comedy. Always happily ever afters, even if the guys have to stumble along the way to get there. I also tend to write stories with pretty large casts.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I've been writing romance since I can remember, but I started writing m/m romance through the historical genre because I love the 20s and 30s, but it was tough finding stories with gay characters of the time that didn't end in tragedy. I wanted the fellas to get their happily ever afters. I found Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen by accident on Amazon while browsing. It was one of my first m/m romances and it stayed with me long after, not to mention inspired me to write my own historical m/m romance. I write what I do so my characters get their happily ever after and maybe touch a few hearts a long the way.

I've broken out into other genres because I love writing whatever catches my fancy. I also write to entertain. To sweep folks away to another time or world for a little while. Make them smile, laugh, and maybe shed a few tears. We all need to get away for a while sometimes.

4. How does my writing process work?

I get my best writing done on a deadline. Yep, I'm one of those people. It took me a while to figure out my pace and what I wanted to accomplish. Starting this year, I've been writing full-time, so I have a schedule I put together of what I'm writing and when. This helps me keep true series books especially from being released too far apart, which is a mistake I've made in the past. When inspiration strikes, I start asking questions, start listening to characters who start speaking to me. I begin planning and plotting, developing characters before I move onto a rough outline of what's meant to happen when. If I get stuck, I work on dialogue which helps me get unstuck.  I only work on one book at a time, unless I'm editing.  There's usually a lot of coffee and *headdesk* moments involved.

5. Who’s next on the blog hop? Some personal faves and awesome authors whose books I love: Lex ChasePiper Vaughn,  Kim FieldingMichael Rupured, and Sarah Madison

Pride Blog Hop hosted by Divine Magazine.

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Hello all! Welcome to the Pride Blog Hop, hosted by the lovely folks at Divine Magazine. Thank you for joining us for this All You Need is Love Celebration!

As an author of M/M Romance, love is a key factor in all my stories. There's nothing I love more than creating characters and bringing them together. Of course the journey is never a simple one. There are trials and tribulations to surpass before that happily ever after is reached, just like in life. And just like in life, finding love isn't the end. In fact it's just the beginning. Sometimes the story begins with characters fighting to keep that love, or in some cases win it back.

In my THIRDS series, I love that I've been able to build Dex and Sloane's relationship and watch it grow. In book one the guys haven't even met. We follow them on their journey as they become partners, friends, and then so much more. We see their relationship grow from a sexual one to a romantic one. The two face countless obstacles on their road to love, and even after the "I love you" moments, they're growing as a couple. No relationship is perfect, but their love for each other helps them find balance, helps them try to be more understanding, and fuels their need to be there for each other, no matter how tough a situation they may be facing, and in the end their love is stronger for it.

The Romance genre is one of the top selling genres of fiction. What is it that draws so many folks to picking up book after book? What do you love about Romance?

The Pride Blog Hop runs from Sept 21st - Sept 28th. Giveaway ends Sept 28th at midnight and is international.

You'll find the links to the participating blogs at the end of this post. Don't forget to enter the awesome giveaways!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway   Main Blog Hop Page: http://divinemagazine.net/1304-pride-blog-hop-hosted-by-divine-magazine Follow the blog hop:


Queer Sci Fi Holiday Blog Hop

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Hello all! And welcome to the QueerSciFi Holiday Blog Hop! The fab folks over at Queer Sci Fi are running their first ever holiday blog hop and sharing some of their holiday-themed LGBT titles.

My contribution is Loving Blitz, the 4th story in the North Pole City Tales series. It's become my own sort of little holiday tradition to release a story from this series every December. In this sweet series, there's a little twist to our stories of Christmas elves and Santa, including the dashing Rein Dear pilots, Jack Frost, the King of Frost, and a host of magical creatures who reside at the North Pole. Filled with mischief, mystery, adventure, and romance, I hope you'll enjoy these tales of  holiday cheer.

Although each story can be read on its own, characters do make appearances in other stories, so it's always more fun if the books are read in order--or listened to, since books 1-3 are available on audio. Speaking of audio, down at the very bottom is a rafflecopter giveaway! Enter for a chance to win any audiobook from the North pole City Tales series!

Happy Holidays!


lovingblitzLoving Blitz Author: Charlie Cochet Price: $3.99 eBook

Summary: From North Pole City to Winter Wonderland, preparations are underway after a royal announcement sweeps everyone into a frenzy of festivity. At the heart of the celebration are the city’s most beloved elf pilots, the Rein Dears. Once the Big Flight is behind them, the pilots prepare for the royal event. Assigned a special task of finding an Elska rose, Cupid and Blitzen are unaware of how their friendship is about to change forever.

Yet not all that glitters is gold. The sweet, angelic Cupid hides a dark secret, one that threatens to destroy his Rein Dear status, his friends, and the elf who’s captured his heart. It’s up to Blitzen to help Cupid see the light in the darkness and show him that together they can mend broken hearts.

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PUBLISHER | AMAZONALL ROMANCE | BARNES & NOBLE


candleinthedarkCandle in the Dark Anthology Author: Various Price: $5.00 eBook / $10.00 Paperback Summary: In almost all traditions, winter has been a time to huddle around the fire and be thankful for those the fire is shared with. The holidays grew out of a need to celebrate that time, from Christmas to Chanukah to Solstice. The longest night of the year has always held some special mystery, and we’re proud to present you with several stories of how those mysteries bear fruit. In the first story, Patrick receives a mysterious invitation to dine at the most exclusive restaurant for men. His server, Gio, encourages him to Savor the experience... Buy Links:

PUBLISHER | AMAZON | ALL ROMANCE


christmascactusforthegeneralA Christmas Cactus for the General Author: Angel Martinez Price: $3.99 eBook Summary: Exiled to Earth for perhaps the worst failure in Irasolan history, General Teer must assimilate or die. Earth is too warm, too wet, too foreign, but he does the best he can even though human males are loud, childish louts whom he can't imitate successfully. When a grieving seaplane pilot strikes up a strange and uneasy friendship with him, he finds he may have been too quick to judge human males. They are strange to look at, but perhaps not as unbearable as he thought. Buy Links:

PUBLISHER | AMAZON | ALL ROMANCE | APPLE | KOBO


darkestmidnightindecemberThe Darkest Midnight in December Author: Jana Denardo Price: $3.99 eBook Summary: The year is 1930, and something is hunting infants and young couples in Economy Village, PA. When a local priest begins to suspect a demon may be the culprit, the sheriff calls in a team of Soldiers of the Sun. Caleb, Agni, Temple, and Li specialize in demon hunting, but they can’t rule out an old religious sect as the true culprit. Prejudice, distraught parents, and angry townspeople don’t make the team’s job any easier. And if something goes wrong, their own their own, because by the time their backup arrives, it will be too late. Buy Links:

PUBLISHER | AMAZON | ALL ROMANCE EBOOKS


FruitcakesFruitcakes Author: Renee George Price: $1.99 eBook Summary: Losing your boyfriend because you see monsters...not good. Getting locked up in the local mental hospital because you accused your boss of being an actual ogre…also not good. Falling for your crazy roommate, who thinks he’s one of Santa's elves…so not good! Or is it? Come along for a sexy ride as Donner and Bran try to escape the locked ward before Christmas Eve so Bran doesn't lose the only job important to him. USA Today Bestselling author Renee George pens a laugh-out-loud MM Fairytale Christmas…Nuts included! Buy Links:

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | APPLE | KOBO


holidaylightsHoliday Lights Author: Jana Denardo Price: Free Summary: Aaron asks Rhys for some help with putting up the tree and finalizing their holiday plans, even though he knows Rhys will have something to say about all of Aaron's geeky ornaments. Rhys puts his own special touches on the holiday decorating as only a fae could. Buy Links:

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ilyaandthewolfIlya and the Wolf Author: Rory Ni Coileain Price: $1.99 eBook Summary: Ilya, the youngest son of a Moscow oligarch, is so deep in the closet he’d find Narnia if that weren’t a decadent Western story. On Christmas Eve, his brothers lure him into the forest, intending to murder him and erase the shame he inflicts on their family by existing. However, the attempt is interrupted by Volyk, a wolf who carries the blood of the ancient oboroten’ —shapeshifters. Ilya never imagined a Christmas gift like the handsome wolf, but accepting what Volyk offers will have consequences that change both of their lives forever. Buy Links:

PUBLISHER | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE


Lion's HeroLion's Hero Author: Alexis Woods Price: $.99 eBook Summary: Eight nights to fall in love. Ari has a mission: meet and fall in love with a man chosen for him by God. The catch: he only has eight nights to complete it—the eight nights of Chanukah Gabriel has a test of faith. Reaching out to a young man, he finds himself confronted with the unbelievable. Believe, and the Festival of Lights may herald a miracle. Buy Links:

AMAZON | ALL ROMANCE | BARNES & NOBLE


  The Magic of ChristmasThe Magic of Christmas Author: Pelaam Price: $2.99 eBook Summary: Jared joins his four best friends on an early Christmas holiday in a beautiful winter wonderland. He's been in love with the talented and extroverted Casey for years, but lacked the courage to say anything. Casey loves Jared, but despite his gregarious exterior, inside lurks someone shy and insecure and so he's never spoken up. Both men are about to experience real Christmas magic. Buy Links:

MLR BOOKS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | APPLE | KOBO


nicolasNicolas Author: Dianne Hartsock Price: $6.99 eBook / $14.99 Paperback Summary: Betrayed by a lover, Jamie rents an isolated cabin on Lake Huron, wanting only to be left alone. Instead, he is pulled from his solitary existence as an artist and tumbles headlong into the legend of Saint Nicolas. As a young man, Nicolas accidentally killed a man intent on murdering three children, only to have the man's malicious spirit rise up against him. Fleeing through the centuries from the Krampus, the evil troll-like creature that dogs his steps, Nico finds refuge with the young artist who takes him into his home and bed. But Jamie has questions. Who is Nicolas, and why does the Krampus want to destroy him? Buy Links:

PUBLISHER EBOOK | PUBLISHER PAPERBACK


No One to Greet the Season Author: Elizabeth Barrette Price: Free (poem) Summary: Victor Frankenstein and Igor have a queerplatonic relationship and a constructed son. Igor's deformed back causes him more trouble in cold weather, which makes Christmas more of a challenge. Victor helps him through it. Gothic fluff, holiday hurt/comfort. Buy Links:

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scrudgeandbarleyScrudge & Barley, Inc Author: John Inman Price: $6.99 eBook / $14.99 Paperback Summary: A classic tale takes off in sexy new directions! Poor Mr. Dickens must be twirling in his grave. When E.B. Scrudge, putz extraordinaire and all-around numbnuts, is visited by his dead ex on Christmas Eve, he can’t imagine how his life could sink any lower. But the three ghostly spirits that come along after are even worse! Good lord, a dyke, a drag queen, and rounding out the trio, a big, hunky bear with nipple rings and a butt plug! What’s next? What’s next is a good deal of soul-searching and some hard lessons learned with a dash of redemption thrown in for good measure. Buy Links:

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silversteelSilver/Steel Author: Belinda McBride Price: $6.99 eBook Summary: When dream hunter Dylan Ryve spots a beautiful shapeshifter raising hell in a bar, he knows he wants the wild young man. But Travis Feris is more to Dylan than a few hot minutes outside in the snow; he's the assassin's ticket into the magical town of Arcada. He didn't plan to rescue the kid, but when he found the shifter being attacked, the opportunity to play hero was too good to pass up. Through the solitude of a long winter night, Dylan walks in Travis's fevered dreams, learning about Arcada and the pack, and showing the shifter the man he'd been so very long ago. Buy Links:

AMAZON | ALL ROMANCE EBOOKS


Spindrift GiftsSpindrift Gifts Author: Aidee Ladnier Price: $TBD Summary: Scars and a tattoo may be the only physical reminders from his years as a slave, but when Jimenez suffers a setback in his medical treatment, the only option is a therapy that will wipe away his all memories of the past including his time with Teo. Teo, torn between supporting his lover's decisions and the good intentions of his family, sets out to teach Jimenez about Spindrift Gifts and how memories are celebrated on Celos even when they are painful. Can Teo and Jimenez weather the storm to find their happily-ever-after on Celos? Buy Links:

PUBLISHER | APPLE

| KOBO | ALL ROMANCE EBOOKS
temptedfromtheoakTempted from the Oak Author: Rory Ni Coileain Price: $5.60 eBook Summary: With his blue eyes and heart-melting smile, Gavin could have been made-to-order to entice Tearlach, a lonely tree spirit. But the human is the one who’s been enticed—stolen from snow-buried Minneapolis to the Scottish Highlands by Tearlach’s darag, the ancient oak tree of which he is the living spirit. Tearlach is trapped within the darag by the terrible memory of his own death—hundreds, maybe thousands of years ago, but as recent to him as his last heartbeat. And if desire for the handsome human fails to tempt him out, spirit and oak are both doomed. Buy Links:

PUBLISHER | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE


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The Five Senses Blog Tour - Therian senses and a giveaway!

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Hello all! Thank you so much for joining me here today. I'm honored to be a part of R.J. Scott's annual month long blog hop highlighting Autism Awareness Day (April 2nd). This year's theme is the five senses, and we have folks throughout the hop offering personal experiences, stories, snippets from books, and more covering the different senses. For my post, I'll be chatting about the senses in the THIRDS world, but not the senses as we know them.

In the THIRDS world, the mutation that gives Therians the ability to shift into animals, also gives them heightened senses. Their eyesight is sharper than a Human's even when they're in Human form. They have no trouble seeing in the dark, and in fact it's the tapedum lucidum that gives them away as Therians. When you shine a light on their eyes, it's as if their eyes are glowing, just like what you'd see reflected in animals. Therians also have a heightened sense of smell, and can hear at greater distances than Humans. Their instincts are also sharper. They're stronger, faster, more agile, and heal quicker than Humans. Their strongest senses are also determined by the type of animal they shift into. So wolf Therians even in Human form have a greater sense of smell than big cat Therians, while the big cat Therians will have sharper eyesight.

Although most Therians are accustomed to these enhanced traits, Human society is still growing accustomed to them. After all, Therians have only been around some forty-odd years. It's easy for a Human to forget that a Therian can hear their whispers at a distance where a Human wouldn't. The way Therians move are also connected to their animal halves which explains why big cat Therians tend to move as if they're stalking, making very little to no noise at all when entering a room. In the THIRDS series, the majority of Destructive Delta and its fellow agents are big cat Therians. We get to see how they use their heightened senses, whether they're chasing down a perpetrator, or pouncing on their boyfriend.

Then we have Ethan Hobbs. Ethan is a tiger Therian. He weighs nearly 300 pounds and is almost 7 feet tall. He has selective mutism and suffers from sever social anxiety. He's also the Public Safety Bomb Technician and demolitions expert for Destructive Delta. As you can imagine, his senses play a big part in his job, but they also make things harder for him when he'd having a rough day. As a Therian, Ethan already has heightened senses, so when he's hit by an anxiety attack, his senses leave him debilitated and in physical pain. Luckily, Ethan has the support and understanding of his boyfriend, their family, and their friends. Whatever Ethan needs, there are people who love him there to help.

Check out the master post here.

GIVEAWAY (Ends April 30th at midnight Eastern US time)

For a signed copy of a THIRDS book (winner's choice) and a set of character art cards, leave a comment below. If you were a Therian, what kind would you be? Tiger, jaguar, lion, cheetah, wolf...


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!

 

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