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THIRDS Thursday - Trivia and Giveaway! How well do you know the THIRDS?

THIRDS-Thursdays-Trivia Hello all! This week THIRDS Thursday brings us a trivia quiz! Answer at least six out of ten questions correctly in the blog post comments below to be entered in the giveaway for a chance to win your choice of THIRDS eBook, Audio Book, or Swag (Tote bag and character cards). Two winners will be chosen at random and announced next Thursday! (Replies in THIRDS Nerds Goodreads Group and Goodreads Blog Feed post will also be entered into the giveaway).
  1. What is the name of Dex’s biological mom and dad?
  2. How old was Sloane Brodie when he first shifted?
  3. What was the name of Ash’s twin brother?
  4. What is the name of Tony Maddock’s sister?
  5. What kind of car does Dex drive?
  6. What type of Therian is Bradley Darcy?
  7. What is the name of Lou Huerta’s catering company?
  8. What is the name of Rosa’s girlfriend?
  9. Which three letters are tattooed to Cael Maddock’s neck, signifying his Therian classification?
  10. What T-shirt was Ash wearing the very first time Dex saw him?

THIRDS Thursday - Trivia and Giveaway Winners!

Dexter J Daley T-shirtHello all! Last week's THIRDS Thursday brought us some trivia, and wow, you all did amazing!! Before we announce our winners, let's see the answers!

  1. What is the name of Dex’s biological mom and dad? - Gina and John Daley
  2. How old was Sloane Brodie when he first shifted? - 11 yrs old
  3. What was the name of Ash’s twin brother? - Arlo
  4. What is the name of Tony Maddock’s sister? - Danelle
  5. What kind of car does Dex drive? - Orange Pearl Dodge Challenger (of just Dodge Challenger is fine)
  6. What type of Therian is Bradley Darcy? - Jaguar Therian
  7. What is the name of Lou Huerta’s catering company? - Clove Catering
  8. What is the name of Rosa’s girlfriend? - Milena
  9. Which three letters are tattooed to Cael Maddock’s neck, signifying his Therian classification? - FAC for Felid Acinonyx Cheetah
  10. What T-shirt was Ash wearing the very first time Dex saw him? - Distressed Frosted Flakes Tony the Tiger T-shirt (or just Tony the Tiger is fine)

And now our winners! Selected at random:

Anise Upshaw and Cynthia!

Congrats! Email me at: to arrange delivery of your prize!

Thank you all so much for participating! So many fabulous answers. We'll certainly be doing this again soon!

THIRDS Thursday eBook News!

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Hello all! I have some exciting news about the THIRDS Thursdays Flash Fiction stories. For several months now I’ve been asked if the stories will be released in eBook format. I’m super excited to announce they’ll be released through Dreamspinner Press, and there are currently two volumes in the production process! So what does that mean exactly?

I wanted readers all over the world to have access to the eBooks, so we discussed the best way to do this. If the eBooks were offered for free, they would only be available for download through the Dreamspinner Press website, which isn’t accessible to some folks, especially a good number of International readers. In order to make the eBooks available through a larger number of online retailers, just like the THIRDS series, the flash fiction eBooks would need to be placed on sale. So we decided on the low sale price point of 0.99 cents. Some folks may be wondering: Why would I pay for something I got to read for free? Good question.

Each volume will be roughly 40,000 words in length, and include a brand new, previously unpublished flash fiction story. The stories will be professionally edited, and have professional cover art. Plus, all the royalties I earn from these two volumes will be donated to Big Cat Rescue, a sanctuary for abused and abandoned big cats. So for your 99 cents, you get a long novella length eBook with added brand new content, you get the THIRDS Thursday stories on your e-Reader, but most importantly, you’ll be helping a wonderful cause.

So what does that mean for those stories on the blog and Goodreads?

Since the two volumes are under contract, these stories will need to be removed from the blog and Goodreads group, but ONLY the stories written up to and including December 10th, 2015. They’ll be removed at the end of February/early March while the eBooks are in edits. Any stories written after December 10th, 2015 will remain on the blog and Goodreads group, and THIRDS Thursdays will continue as normal with new stories. The plan is to release Volume 1 in June, and Volume 2 in October, between regular THIRDS series releases.

Obviously, you don’t have to purchase the eBooks, but if you do, know the royalties are going to help a wonderful charity. Thanks to this series, I’ve learned so much more about big cats. I had the pleasure of visiting Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida, and the stories I heard about some of these cats were heartbreaking, so it warms my heart knowing we can do a little something to help. <3

x Charlie

THIRDS Thursdays Flash Fiction Removal Reminder

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Hello all! This is just a reminder that all THIRDS Thursday Flash Fiction stories posted before December 10th, 2015 will be permanently removed from the blog and the THIRDS Nerds Goodreads group on February 29th, 2016. This is due to production of the two THIRDS Beyond the Books eBooks. If you'd like to read all about the upcoming THIRDS Thursday eBooks, you can find the information on this post here:

I'm so excited about these eBooks, and I'll be sure to keep you all posted on their progress.

x Charlie

THIRDS Thursday - Hot Seat 3/24/16

THIRDS Thursday Hot Seat

Hello all! It’s been a while since we’ve had the team in the Hot Seat, so today we have Sloane, Ash, and Seb here to answer some of your questions! Remember if you’d like to leave a question for the cast, you can do so here. Let’s turn up the heat!


Charlie: Hi, fellas! Our first question is from Mary_HaveHeart, and it’s for all three. When you are in your felid form which is the first thought that occurs to you when you see your partner?

Sloane: Mine.

Ash: Aw. You’re so disgustingly adorable.

Sloane: Shut up. It’s an instinct. Even before we were in a relationship, my instinct was to protect him. He’s my partner. Of course now that need to protect is even fiercer. The moment I shift, I need to see him, to leave my scent on him. It's hard to describe the feeling I feel when I see him for the first time through my Felid eyes. Despite any looming danger, I feel happy because he's there.

Ash: Do you mind? I'd rather keep my lunch in my stomach for a while longer. Why do I always get stuck doing these things with the saps?

Sloane: Please, like you wouldn't be the same if it was Cael.

Ash: You'll never know, will you? Because the question said partner not boyfriend, so bite me.

Seb: Well, Dom is my partner on Theta Destructive, so usually my first thought when I see him is, "if you tranq me I will claw your ass into linguine". It was like my second week as Team Leader for Theta Destructive, and Dom tranqed me. He says he thought I was one of the perps, but we all know that’s bullshit. I think he was just trying to show me that he was ready to take me down if I pulled anything like what Stone did. Dom kept that team from falling apart after Stone's betrayal. We’re close now, but at the time, after I woke up, I was seriously ready to punch him in the face, but doing that wouldn't have helped. I needed to earn his trust. I knew once I did, eventually the others would too.

Ash: My first thought is, "Let's do this". There is a fierce sense to protect your partner when you’re in your Therian form, so it's the same for me. Letty's been my partner for years. She's damn good at what she does, and fucking ace, If someone thinks they're going to fuck with her on my watch, they better be prepared for me to kick their ass.


Charlie: This question is for Sloane from Veny. Any plans for a mini Dex or mini Sloane? Wonder what Tony would think of being called "gramps"?

Ash: I’m officially horrified by that question. I might even be a little sick. Yep, that’s definitely gross.

Seb: What’s the matter, Ash? You’d make a great uncle. Uncle Ash.

Ash: Screw you, man. No one asked for your opinion. Just the thought of a bunch of little ankle-biters like Dex—Nope. Don’t do it, Sloane. I swear on my fuzzy sacs if you bring another Daley into this world I will kick your ass.

Sloane: Um, can we not get into this? Dex and I only just moved in together. Let’s see how that goes before we start talking about, uh, that.

Seb: Personally, I can’t wait to see you two all lovey-dovey couple-like because it’s going to drive Ash batshit crazy.

Ash: Again, why are you talking? Also, I think if anyone called Maddock gramps, he’d be showing them some manners Maddock style.

Sloane: I think he’d be okay with grandpa or something similar. Not gramps, though.

Seb: Yeah, I think anyone who calls Maddock gramps is looking for a butt-kicking.


Charlie: Okay, Seb, this question is from Naoki. What good or bad habits have you unconsciously picked up from your partner?

Seb: I’m not sure if the question refers to work partner or not. From Dom, I’ve picked up plenty of both in the short time he’s been my partner. As far as good habits, Dom’s one of those guys who never backs down when he believes in something. He’s tenacious and persistent. It’s hard to be down about something around him. For bad habit, I’m actually going to go with something I picked up from Hudson, and that’s buying more tea and coffee than I can ever consume in one lifetime. He has this hoarding tendency when it comes to tea and coffee. Like he’s storing for the apocalypse or something. I find myself doing the same thing. I don’t even drink tea.

Ash: That’s it? Tea? Amateur. Sloane’s picked up a shitload of bad habits from his dorky boyfriend.

Sloane: Fuck off. No I haven’t.

Ash: Yes, you have.

Sloane: Like what?

Ash: You smile all the fucking time!

Sloane: How is that a bad habit?

Ash: It’s not natural! You got it from that dweebus.

Sloane: Only you would see smiling as a bad thing.

Seb: You smile at Cael.

Ash: Yeah, and don't think I forgot about you smiling at Cael too.

Seb: That was before.

Ash: Don't give a rat's ass.

Sloane: We should move onto the next question before Ash pops a blood vessel.


Charlie: Good idea! Ash, this question is for you. Andrea asks: Howdy, since you enjoy cooking, have you tried or do you enjoy gardening? What's your fave veggie to grow? Spill them beans! And thank you. :D

Ash: Do I look like fucking Alan Titchmarsh to you?

Seb: Who’s Alan Titchmarsh?

Ash: An English Gardner. Jesus, Seb.

Seb: What? Why the hell would I know who that is?

Ash: You of all people should know who that is! You dated a Brit for fuck’s sake.

Seb: So that automatically makes me an expert in all things British?

Sloane: What I would like to know is how Ash knows who Alan Titchmarsh is.

Ash: You can both kiss my ass. I watch TV you plebs.

Sloane: Um, I’m pretty sure that’s not something you find on prime time TV.

Seb: Yeah. Would they even play that here, or maybe Netflix? Either way, the lady doth protest too much, methinks.

Ash: Seriously, bro?

Charlie: Okay, I see a certain lion Therian woke up on the extra-extra grumpy side of the bed this morning so we're going to call it a day. Thank you all so much for joining us here today. Until next week!

THIRDS Thursday - Anthony Maddock's Ten Tips for Surviving Destructive Delta

Anthony MaddockHello all! For today's THIRDS Thursday, we have the man himself, Anthony Maddock to impart some wisdom on how to survive Destructive Delta. As you all know, being the adoptive father of one Dexter J. Daley and Cael Maddock has prepared Tony for a hell of a lot, both on and off the field. Life has thrown Tony all kinds of curve balls, but he is a man with nerves of steel. He's gotta be when raising two boys as prone to mischief and trouble as Dex and Cael. Besides being an awesome--and exceptionally patient--dad, Tony is also the sergeant for Destructive Delta. While many fellow sergeants in Unit Alpha are Therians, Tony is one of the few Human sergeants in Unit Alpha, seeing as how Lieutenant Sparks (a cougar Therian) had been hired by the THIRDS before he joined.

Being a Human sergeant for a team like Destructive Delta is not easy, especially when his sons are part of his team. It requires a lot of patience. Seriously, the man deserves a medal or five for what he's had to put up with over the years. Still, Tony manages to strike a balance between father and sergeant. He's a stern man, yet not even he is immune to his son's antics, and buried underneath all that gruff is a sharp wit he's not afraid to use.

Now, onto Maddock's Ten Tips for Surviving Destructive Delta. Take it away, Tony.

  1. Don't get involved in their love lives. That's just asking for trouble. It's tough, and at times I fail pretty bad, but they're big boys--in Hobb's case literally--so they can figure their own shit out. Okay, okay, so occasionally they might need a little pep talk, or in a certain lion Therian's case, a boot up the ass, but they get there. There's only so much you can do, and sweet Jesus, it's like one of those reality TV shows. Will he, won't he, what the hell is that fireman's name? Who the hell goes around letting people call him Dimples? Something's wrong with that boy. You never let my son nickname you. Ever. If you do, you deserve whatever you get. Just warning you now.
  2. For your own sanity, don't even think about telling Dex what to do. Unless it's an official order--and even then that's not a guarantee of compliance--that boy will do whatever he damn well pleases. Thirty-one years. I know what I'm talking about.
  3. Don't leave any boxes unattended. Trust me. You work in a department full of Felid Therians. Leaving a large box unattended is asking for trouble, and when you're coming up to the end of your rotation, the last thing you want to do is get some Felid Therian in their Therian form out of a damned box. Doesn't matter if their big, fat, cat ass doesn't fit, they will be wedged in there content as shit, and then it's up to you to try and get them out without losing a fucking limb. Sure, you could order someone else to do it, but by the time you hear the purring, your team is out the door so fast you think they were giving away free donuts in the canteen.
  4. Make peace with the fact something is going to fuck with your day. Whether it's a call to let you know that Dex is running through Sparta naked as the day he was born after pissing off Sloane while in his jaguar Therian form, or that you have three agents in the infirmary because they were stupid enough to challenge Ash and question his role in the bedroom. Of course if they're stupid enough to do that then I have no sympathy. Stupid is as stupid does. Hobbs will blow up something he shouldn't have. Calvin will lose his shit and break something that's not in the budget. Letty will scare some poor rookie into tears, and Rosa will be so pissed off with Ash that she all but burn your skin off when trying to tend to your cut. Oh, and someone will think it's funny to switch out Cael's hot chocolate for a mocha latte. That guy's cleaning the pool now. Permanently. Oh, and this just one day. Two weeks ago Tuesday, actually. I hope you have a good health insurance policy.
  5. Property Damage. There's no use even trying. You can talk until your blue in the face about the mayor breathing down your neck about property damage, it won't do shit. In fact, it's almost a guarantee something will blow up or spontaneously combust. It's like being in a fucking Michael Bay movie. And despite what Dex says, I do know movies. I just like to annoy him. Makes me feel like I have some balance in my life.
  6. Do not attempt to drive the BearCat. If Hobbs can't do it for some reason, let someone else do it unless absolutely necessary. Hell, let Dex drive the damn thing. Yeah, I just said that. Here's why. If you do, you'll do something wrong. Even if it's moving the damned rear-view mirror because you're not a seven foot tall tiger Therian. You will never hear the end of all the things you did wrong to his baby. I know what you're thinking, the guy doesn't talk. Let me tell you something about Ethan Hobbs, he doesn't have to use words to talk. You ever sit through a two hour PowerPoint presentation on the proper handling of a tactical vehicle? I don't mean handling the thing in the usual sense. I mean how to treat the thing like it was damned lover. Frankly, it disturbs me greatly. Consider me disturbed. You can't just drive the damn thing. Oh no. You have to be gentle. It's a damned truck. Not to him. And you can't just tell him to fuck off like you would Ash or Sloane. It would be like kicking a puppy. You're better off letting someone else drive.
  7. It's not okay. It's far from okay. Yet all you're hear is: I'm okay. Your team, which is made up of Humans and Therians all in their twenties and thirties have more baggage and emotional shit to deal with than a cheetah Therian has spots. Asking will do nothing. Trying to help will do nothing. Ignoring it will have you sprouting gray hairs by the dozens. There's no win/win situation here, kids. The only way through this is to deal with your own shit, and as long as they show up to work with their head in the game, then that's all you can hope for. Luckily, they have each other's backs, which is why I can afford to sit on the sidelines. Sometimes they just have to work shit out for themselves.
  8. Don't leave any food in your office. At least nothing you actually intend on eating at any point in time, because the moment you turn your back, it's gone. I don't think I need to tell you who's taken it. You got a wall safe. Use it. Don't rely on the vending machines unless you intend to take a trip down to one of the other  units because in Unit Alpha, if it can be digested, it's gone by lunch time. You don't want to have to wait until the vending machine guy comes in. Yeah, there's the canteen, but sometimes you don't have time to wait for Dex to place his order and then have Sloane step in with his list of substitutions. As glad as I am that Sloane is attempting to change Dex's eating habits, I don't have time for his low-calorie, whole wheat, high fiber, egg-whites bullshit. I just want a damned Diet Coke and chocolate croissant.
  9. Pills. Lots of pills. Indigestion, headache, cold, flu, you name it. Have it in your office. Get a whole medicine cabinet. You're going to need it.
  10. A love for the job. At the end of the day, even when I want to kick their asses and send them to the corner for a time out, I love my job, and I love my team. Remember that phrase, because you're going to be repeating it several times a day. I love my team. I love my job. I love my team. I love my team. Good luck. You're going to need it.

THIRDS Thursday - Smoke & Mirrors Excerpt and a Giveaway!

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“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.

More to come soon! Pre-order June 8th. Release Day July 8th.


For a chance to win a signed THIRDS paperback of your choice, just leave a comment here on the blog telling me what your favorite patterned socks are. Giveaway ends Tues, May 10th, at 11:59 PM Eastern US time.

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