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weeklynewsupdateHello all! This month has been pretty crazy what with my current WIP and The Impetuous Afflictions Blog Tour. The tour is still going on until the 1st of Dec for anyone who'd like to catch up with the excerpts or wants to enter the contest. Here's a little rundown of what's happening at the moment and what's coming up.

- The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe has gotten some amazing reviews! I just want to thank all the lovely readers and reviewers who've taken the time to read Johnnie's story and leave such wonderful comments. It really makes me so happy hearing you've enjoyed it. Thank you to all the new readers who've picked up The Auspicious Troubles of Chance. You can bet Chance is basking in the attention. And finally, thank you to everyone who followed the tour. You've all been so great!

- I have a tentative release date for The Heart of Frost: Dec 18th. I'm not making an official announcement yet in case the date changes, though I don't expect it to. I reckon it'll hit Dreamspinner's "Coming Soon" page any day now, so it'll be confirmed. I just saw the final artwork for the cover and oh my god! Paul Richmond did the most AMAZING job. I was squeeing like a crazy person when it hit my inbox. Jack and Rudy are on the cover and... oh, I'm just so happy with it! Don't worry, I'll share soon as I can. There will also be a blog tour, and on Dec 14th a Facebook chat, but I'll let you all know the details of both closer to the time.

- I'm currently finishing up the first book of a four book series. This is a new venture for me with it being a contemporary shifter series. Unlike An Intrepid Trip to Love which is contemporary/fantasy, this new series is set in NYC, modern time, and revolves around a special law enforcement team, their adventures, and of course, the romance centering around two of the team's very different agents.

I'm really excited about it, but I'm waiting until I've got the first one contracted before squeeing all over everyone and sharing more with you. The schedule for this series is pretty tight, though the first book more than the others. But my hope is to get them released within a month or so of each other in 2014 so readers don't have to wait a year between releases, so yep, a lot of work going on. I'm hoping the first three books will be available in eBook and paperback by the time next GRL rolls around. I've also got at least three spin-offs in mind as well. So this series is pretty much consuming my life between now and June of next year writing-wise, though I hope to get a few shorter stories out in between. I really hope you'll love these fellas as much as I'm loving them!

- I'm hoping to get a newsletter started in the new year Jan/Feb. It'll be once a month and feature all kinds of fun stuff, including exclusive scene extras, flash-fiction, giveaways, and more, so stay tuned for that!

Also Dreamspinner is having a most awesome sale until Saturday! So if you're looking to pick up some Christmas stories and you like the sound of sweet Christmas elves foiling some dastardly deviants and falling in love, Mending Noel is 30% off!

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Bring on the New Year!

Wishing everyone a safe, warm, and wonderful New Year's Eve and New Year's Day! May 2014 be a prosperous year with good health, plenty of love, and great opportunities!

A big thank you to all those who supported me throughout the year, to all the new friends I've met, and old friends who keep on keeping on alongside me. To my great family--although you drive me crazy sometimes, I love you very much and wouldn't be here without you. Thank you all so much!

x Charlie

Happy New Year


New Year, New Look, New Goals!

CharlieRoseHello all! I hope everyone had a safe and merry New year's Eve. It's hard to believe another year has gone by. I don't know why it's so exciting to be staring down at another year, or why we get the feeling of everything being shiny and new. (If you're reading this on Goodreads, it's probably destroyed my lovely layout, so I apologize if there are roses all over there place.)

As you may have noticed, the website has changed some. I'm one of those annoying people that needs change every so often or I go nuts. So despite my crazy schedule, I needed to give the website and the Tea House a makeover. I wasn't crazy about the old purple color scheme for the Tea House, so I changed the hues, and I love the colors much better now. I added a little more pink and white to my personal site here because it was too blue, and I like the way the salmon color makes it pop a little. Anyway, I hope you like it!

Okay, 2014. What's in store? OMG LOADS! Check out my crazy goals. Of course this doesn't account for all those random things that pop up during the year. I think I may just need to get my coffee hooked up to me by IV.

One of the main things I'm working on is the THIRDS series which I've mentioned. I have a tentative schedule, and if all goes well, the first four books will be out this year between June and Dec. It's a Contemporary/Alternate History Shifter series centering around two agents: Dexter J. Daley "Dex" (Human), and Sloane Brodie (Therian a.k.a Shifter). They're all full length novels. The first one came in roughly around 103k, but I'm not sure the others will be that long. First book is submitted, and now I'm working on the second, due by the 1st of Feb *fingers crossed*. I am SO excited about this series, and I'm having so much fun with these guys.

I'm also putting together a website for this series because there are playlists for all the books, lots of characters, I'm planning at least two spin-offs, plus loads of other stuff (Dex's shenanigans alone means these guys need their own blog), so there's no way all that could fit in here, plus it has a dark color scheme that doesn't fit in with all the pink and baby blues. So, 4 full length novels, plus whatever crazy blog tours, parties, running around like crazy person their releases will entail. We're talking BIG here people!

At some point I have to fit in Hunter's book, and the next book in the North Pole City Tales series with Vixen and Vale.

I'm also hoping to get a thumbs up from Dreamspinner on A Rose by Any Other Name: Fallen Rose series, Book 2 (Julius's book). *more crossed fingers*

There's also my backlist titles which I'll be getting the rights back to, and I'd like to fix them up, but that may have to wait.

I'll be attending RainbowCon, and fingers crossed that I can get into GRL as an author this year. Last year I went as a reader and it was AWESOME, but I'd really like to go as an author this year, so we'll see.

Obviously mixed up in there is writing, editing, releases, promoting, jury duty, book artwork, web stuff, and... I'm gonna stop there before I scare myself.  2014 Woot!


2014 and tackling the terrifying TBR list

CharlieRoseLike most readers, I have a TBR list, one that seems to have a life of its own. The books multiply like bunnies. For every one I read, three more take its place. (I blame Dreamspinner Press and their ridiculously amazing sales!) I have eBooks from 2010 and 2011 which I don't know that I'll get around to as 2012 and 2013 have produced twice as many eBooks that need reading. Sadly, 2013 was not a good year of reading for me. I read quite a bit, but mostly books on writing or for research.

This year, I've decided to try and tackle my ever growing TBR list. Over the weekend, I spent a few hours sorting through my eBook folders. There are A LOT of them. Here's how I organize them, in case anyone fancies doing something similar. I have an 'eBooks' folder in my SkyDrive, and inside that folder, every author who I have at least 3 or more books for gets their own folder. All other eBooks go into a folder labelled 'Authors'. Then I have a 'Favorite Authors' folder, a '2012', and '2013' folder, plus a 'TBR' folder. Inside my 'TBR' folder is a 'Priority' folder. As I read books in my 'TBR', they get moved to their respective folders. It's the only way I can keep track of things. Any non-LGBTQ fiction goes into a separate folder labeled accordingly: Research, Crime Fiction, M/F Romance etc.

I hope to read a lot more fiction than I did last year, and catch up on some books I meant to read ages ago. I'm off to a pretty good start. Here's what I read this week. All of which I highly recommend!

Piper Vaughn's - Love Rising Shira Anthony's - Stealing the Wind (Mermen of Ea #1) KJ Charles's - The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies #1) KJ Charles's - Interlude with Tattoos (A Charm of Magpies #1.5)

I'll probably be adding more of my thoughts on books I enjoyed. I guess you could call them reviews, but I don't consider myself a reviewer. Despite being a writer, reviews are freakin' hard, and there's a lot more to them than just saying I liked or didn't like something, because I'd consider that more an opinion. My reviews are really more along the lines of fangirl ramblings.

I also don't give M/M Romance books star ratings. It's one of those topics that can be debated until everyone's blue in the face, but personally, I think folks should do whatever feels comfortable for them, and in my case, I don't feel comfortable rating my fellow authors, so I don't. I'm not saying authors should or shouldn't rate/review other authors, I'm just saying I won't. Now if I like, or love a book, I'm not shy about shouting it from the mountain top. When I read, I read for the sheer enjoyment of it. I read for me.

It's funny, how despite now being an author, I pretty much still approach books the same way I have all my life. I don't pick up a book, start reading, and suddenly become its editor. I'm there to enjoy it. I have enough editing to worry about in my own stories without worrying about what was missed in someone else's. I may notice things I hadn't noticed before, or have names for all the structural elements that compose a story, but when I pick up a book, the author stays behind, and the reader takes over. I want to be swept away by the story, the characters, the world, and the emotions. If the story succeeds in that respect, I'd call it a winner. As long as it piques my interest, I'll read any genre. I do however, need coherency. If I'm reading a book, and something in the writing jars me out of the story every other paragraph, I'm not likely to continue. It's been a long time since I've come across a book that's done that.

Right now I'm reading Jordan L Hawk's - Stormhaven (Whyborne & Griffin #3), which I LOVED the first two by the way, and I have a couple of eBooks lined up after that. I'm aiming for at least three eBooks a week, depending on schedules and length of books. There's also a few new releases coming out this month which I'm looking forward to: Hayley B. James's - Polyester Prince (ABQ Heat #2), and KJ Charles's - A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies #2)

What are you reading at the moment?


THIRDS Update, Book Covers, and General Shenanigans

CharlieRoseHello all! The last few days I've been recuperating after (finally!) turning in Blood & Thunder, THIRDS Book 2 in to my publisher over the weekend (plus finishing a whole bunch of other things, -_-). I'm now working on Book 3, and trying to figure out what kind of covers I want for the series [cue ominous music]. Sometimes I know exactly what I want for a cover, and then other times I want to curl up, and weep.

There are so many options to consider before you even get to the content. Like drawn or photo? People or graphics? What kind of style? Then trying to figure out what I actually want on the cover. I've been going back and forth for days. Dreamspinner has an awesome art department with equally awesome artists, so that's not the problem. I've just kept drawing a blank. NOW I think I've got it. I think my problem was establishing a tone for the covers, because although it's a romance series, there's an equal balance of comedy and drama, and I want that to be reflected on the covers. I want the covers to stand out, so I think I may be taking a chance on the road less traveled with these, but hopefully it'll work.

I'm working on Rack & Ruin, THIRDS Book 3, plus working on production for Book 1. I think with each book I complete, the more nervous I get. I've never finished writing a whole series before the first book even gets close to release. I'm also working on the website, and hope to get that up before June.

Now for other news, Some of you may or may not know I did a guest post on Guy Like Romance, Too! where I shared links to Love in Bloom - A Chance & Jacky Valentine's Day Special. If you missed it, you can still read or download the story from my Free Reads page. http://www.charliecochet.com/free-reads/

As part of my newsletter, I'm including exclusive content for readers, and February's newsletter included The Perfect Valentine's Day - A Little Bit of Love Valentine's Day Special, featuring Trip & Boone. If you fancy signing up to my newsletter, you can do so here: http://www.charliecochet.com/newsletter If you signed up too late to get the Feb newsletter, just let me know you signed up, and would like Feb's newsletter (drop me an email or fill out the contact form) and I'll forward you a copy.

Don't forget, this weekend is my live chat with the fantabulous Amy Lane, and Rhys Ford. We'll be answering reader questions live on Google Hangouts. So drop by at 5 pm (Eastern Time), this Sat Feb 22nd to see if we answered your questions. I'll be posting the  direct link as soon as I get it.

There's still time to submit questions for any or all of us. Just leave them here, on Amy or Rhy's blog, or the Dreamspinner blog: http://dreamspinnerpress.com/blog/2014/02/10/fireside-chat-february-22/ 

Also, the rights to quite a few of my stories are reverting to me for my Torquere Press books, so they start becoming unavailable from the end of this month. When Love Walked In will become unavailable from around the 27th of Feb, and The Amethyst Cat Caper will become unavailable around the same time. I'm hoping to revisit all my short stories, though I haven't decided whether to make them longer, and re-release them, or put them together in an anthology. The Amethyst Cat Caper I intend to re-edit, and turn it into a full length novel, but obviously it won't be re-released until next year.

What do you think? Should I re-edit, extend them to novellas. Or re-edit, and put them together in a short story anthology with a new short story or two?


Weekly Update & Fur Baby Pics

Hello all! So I'm a bit behind on Rack & Ruin, THIRDS book 3 but for a good reason. I've just had a little bundle of adorableness arrive. His name is Olly and he's a seven week old pup. The breeder was supposed to have given Olly over at eight weeks but for personal reasons had to give the pups away a week ahead of schedule. He's tiny. A toy poodle/dachshund mix.

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Today's his fourth day with me and he's settling in nicely, though as you can imagine, pup wants to be with his new mommy at all times and protests to his crate training. He thinks it's play time all the time and I'm resisting coddling him because I don't want him to develop bad doggie habits. There's potty training going on though he seems to be a quick learner and by day two he knew exactly where to go to find his water and food bowls. He answers to his name by bouncing over to you and he's even scratched at the back door to go outside.

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It's hard to get work done with that little face staring up at you but I'm learning to resist the puppy kryptonite. Hopefully I can catch up this week with major word countage during the day. Olly's forcing me to be a morning person which is quite a feat considering how often I have to get up in the night to let him out of his crate to go potty. And then of course there's the hour or so of protesting once I put him back in.

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Okay, on to the update. There's still time to enter my giveaway over at The Hat Party. Contest ends this Thursday, April 10th at 11:59pm (EST). Just drop by and leave a comment for a chance to win.

On Friday, April 11th is my RainbowCon Blog Tour post over at Joyfully Jay's and I'm also giving away a swag bag of goodies. So make sure to check out the post and leave a comment.

This week at the Purple Rose Tea House we have guest authors Julie Lynn Hayes and B. Snow with chats on everything from comedy to cats.

Well that's it for today! There will be a THIRDS update this week.


Battle of the Sniffles and Update

puppypoxHello all! At the end of last week I was at the Dreamspinner Conference in Portland. Oregon is a long way from Miami for sure. I think the change in weather--I tend to forget everyone else in the country experiences seasons--plus a host of other things--including having gotten back from RainbowCon only three days prior--may have contributed to my coming down with an epic cold/flu/I-don't-know-what-it-is-but-argh illness. I started flagging Friday night with a sore throat and then it picked up strength a little on Saturday. I didn't even have coffee at breakfast on Saturday morning. That is the true sign I'm feeling unwell. No coffee. I'm pretty sure there were a few gasps from my fellow authors at my table upon the discovery.

I took plenty of Vitamin C in the hopes of keeping it away until I got home. My bug/virus was very accommodating, penciling me in for a full takeover from Sunday night, the moment I got home. It's been chicken soup, Vitamin C, liquids, medicine, and vasts amount of (attempted) sleep all week. I managed to get a few bits of work done in between. Last round of edits on Hell & High Water, woo! Done and sent. But before we get into that. The Dreamspinner Author's Workshop. It. Was. Awesome.

DSPCon200This was my first year attending and my second year with Dreamspinner Press. I have to say that in that time my experience with them has been nothing but fantastic. I enjoyed being there, getting to learn more about the company, how it operates, how it's doing, all the facts and figures. But mostly, I enjoyed getting to meet the folks who help me bring my books to life. Meeting a lot of the editorial staff who I'm often emailing back and forth, getting to chat with my editors was awesome. I got to meet new people who I'd only chatted to online or through email. I got to hang out with the rest of the Dreamspinner family--my fellow authors.  It was an amazing experience, and I hope I can make it to the workshop every year.

THIRDS logo 500pxNow, updates. Hell & High Water has been moved to an early July release, so about two weeks later than originally estimated. The reason for this is it's length, book 1 is over 100k as opposed to the rest of the series which runs in from 70-80k. There's a lot going on in that first book and everyone involved wants it to be as strong a release as it can be. This gives me more time to put together a rockin' blog tour, a cover reveal, and finish up the website. Blood & Thunder edits should be coming through any day now and A Rose by Any Other Name starts production on May 30th. By then hopefully I've had good news on Rack & Ruin. I'm currently working on Vixen's Valor, North Pole City Tales: Book Three. Lots going on, but I'll post it as we go. I'm also working on next year's release schedule, so more on that soon.


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