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Weekly News Update: July 7th - 13th

weeklynewsupdateWelcome to this week's Weekly News Update. Due to the Equal Rights Blog Hop last weekend, there was no Weekly News Update. This week I've been working on a few different things, not all of it writing related. I've been taking a few days off to relax and refresh after my last two deadlines. I happily found time to read the three books I posted about on the 28th of June: Brute by Kim Fielding, Paid Leave by Hayley B. James, & Men Like Us by Brita Addams. All of which I thoroughly enjoyed. You can find my thoughts for them on my Goodreads shelf. As you've probably noticed, there was no themed posts Wed, Thurs, and Friday, and I'm afraid I might not be able to update the blog every day as I'm in the process of possibly moving to a new city, but I'll certainly keep you all updated. I'll still be posting and on the social media platforms whenever possible and before anything becomes final in the move. Here’s a rundown of this week’s posts: ♥ Monday Media: An easy tutorial on, which offers a fantastic online image editing tool for free. Click here to view. ♥ Tuesday Talks: Chatted about conflict in romance and how much is enough. Click here to view. Tea House guests so far this month:Mychael Black - Fantasy Worlds and the Patience of Readers. ♥ Augusta Li - Creative Inspiration. ♥ M.A. Church - Shadows in the Night. ♥ Lane Hayes - Better Than Good. Upcoming Tea House guests: ♥ Andrew J. Peters ♥ Jamie Samms ♥ Augusta Li ♥ Tali Spencer ♥ A. Catherine Noon & Rachel Wilder ♥ J.B. Sanders  

New Contract from DSP for The Heart of Frost!

recent news and updates150Woot woot! I just got a contract from Dreamspinner Press for my Christmas novella The Heart of Frost!

Ever since Mending Noel, I was itching to give Jack and Rudy their own story. Originally I figured it would be about the same length as Mending Noel, but of course it didn't work out that way and it ended up being twice as long, coming in at just over 30k. I had such a fun time these fellas.

Although we get more of Tim and Noel--now a year later into their relationship, the story mostly revolves around the imposing Prince of Frost and his sexy pilot, Rudy Rein Dear who's Captain of the Rein Dear Squadron. We met the two in Mending Noel and learned about their secret. Now we get to the see how Jack and Rudy are holding up a year after the scandal. I really enjoyed delving into their personalities, their relationship, and the magical world they live in up in North Pole City. I hope you will too! I'll post more about these fellas as we get closer to the release date so stay tuned.

x Charlie

Hello: Take Two!

weeklynewsupdateHello folks. It's been a while since I posted something new, but this month has been somewhat disastrous for writing what with family obligations among a host of other family shenanigans. Life is bound to happen.

It's been so crazy, I forgot my own birthday. Well, nearly. I happened to look at the calendar today and realized it's tomorrow. I've also got family visiting from out of town, and next week there's a bunch of house stuff that needs sorting. Hopefully I can get everything back on track for the new month, and maybe even get a couple of posts out before then. There are some awesome guests coming up at the Purple Rose Tea House, along with some great giveaways.

As for what I'm working on (or been attempting to work on) Hunter's book and a historical have both been fighting for center stage pretty much nonstop, which has made things a little tough as well. It's hard to concentrate on one story when your brain wanders off and starts thinking of another story, especially when they're such completely different genres. I have managed to get some reading in. I want to hone my craft and make it the best it can be, so I've been reading up on some recommended writing books. Most of them I found on Kristen Lamb's Blog. If you're an author, and you haven't checked out her blog, don't miss out!

Yes, there are LOADS of books on writing out there, and a lot will rehash the same "rules" or principles, tell you things you already know, but there are certain books which I have found to be very helpful, not just because of the content, but because of how it's presented. I admit, I prefer textbooks where the author "chats" to me rather than presenting paragraphs and paragraphs of clinical sounding information.

As an author, it's my job to know my strengths and weaknesses where my writing is concerned. It's pretty safe to say  that my strength lies in my characters. I LOVE creating characters and giving them life. My weakness, plot and structure, so I want to strengthen that. Here are the books that I've read/am reading:

Bob MayerTHE NOVEL WRITER'S TOOLKIT: From Idea to Best-Seller (Writing)

James Bell Scott - Plot & Structure: (Techniques And Exercises For Crafting A Plot That Grips Readers From Start To Finish) (Write Great Fiction)

Jessica page Morrell - Bullies, Bastards And Bitches: How To Write The Bad Guys Of Fiction (This one's more for bad guys. I want to improve my antagonists) I finished Bob Mayer's book and took lots of notes, and I'm halfway through James Bell Scott's book, highlighting and taking notes. Most of the information isn't new, but it's done in a way where I can pinpoint those weak spots and try to make them better. So far, I'm enjoying these books. On the publishing front, I reckon edits on Johnnie's book will be coming through anytime now, and then at some point, production will start on Jack's. I've also got to start thinking of what I'm going to do for The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe and The Heart of Frost once they're published. I want to come up with some creative promo, though with Jack it will be much easier since it's a Winter/Christmas story. Busy times ahead! x Charlie

I Made a Thing! But...

recent news and updates150As the title of the post says, I made a thing. But... I can't show you yet. Evil, I know. With The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe (why do I pick such long titles?) coming out soon, I've been racking my brain trying to come up with something creative for its release. It's been a while since I've had something new out that isn't a free read. It will be almost a year actually.

Anyway, I've finished first round of edits (yay!), and I've been thinking of what to do when it comes time to promote it, especially since it deals with some tough issues. Every time I read particular snippets, I get a little teary eyed. Which of course makes me nervous, but then again, I don't know if I'll ever not be nervous when I have a new book out.

I've been creating some exclusive artwork for Johnnie's book and getting crafty for Jack's. Since The Heart of Frost is a holiday story, coming up with some cute promo items isn't too difficult and I'm excited about what I've come up with so far. So at the moment, I'm working on any edits that come my way from both those stories, and coming up with ideas for some exciting promo bits. More to come soon!

x Charlie

In His Corner and Writing Update

In His Corner CCochetHello all! As some of you may have noticed, In His Corner is currently unavailable. Its one year contract with Torquere Press came to an end a few days ago, as my story was part of their Charity Sip Blitz. So what's going to happen to my little story now? Well, I hope to make it not so little, and get it re-published. Why? Because the original word limit was 8000, and as I was writing it, Jessie and Eli really grew on me--as my fellas have a habit of doing.

I'd done a good deal of research regarding 1920's boxing, much of which I didn't really get to use, and I kept thinking about how much more I could do with the story, how it could really benefit from being longer.

While I loved the short story, I only just managed to dip into Eli and Jessie's personalities, not to mention their history. With Jessie especially, I felt there was a great deal more to him than what I was able to fit in with the original word count. I really want to go more in-depth with him and what he went through when he lost everything, how it wore him down, stripped him of his confidence, and then how everything changed when Eli came back into his life.

Once I wrap up some of the stories I'm working on, I hope to give Eli and Jessie the opportunity to tell their story without a word count limit. I'm thinking novella, but who knows, it may even become full length. For those who enjoyed the short story, don't worry, none of it will be lost, it will just be incorporated into the new story but with a lot more added in.  Boxing during the 1920s was fascinating, with its legendary figures, celebrities attending matches, and the gangsters and bootleggars of the time trying to muscle in on the action. There was excitement a plenty, and I hope to capture a little bit of that.

On the writing front, Johnnie's third edits are going back today, so *fingers crossed* next should be the galley. I've got some fun stuff to share with you regarding the book as soon as it hits Dreamspinne's 'Coming Soon' page which I hope will be... er coming soon. I imagine Jack's book will be in soon for first edits as well. I don't have a release date for Johnnie's book as of yet, but I'll be sure to let you all know when I do. I'll also be posting more about the story soon, so stay tuned!

Release Day & First Review!!

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Hello everyone! So today is the release day for The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe! Eeeep! I'm so excited and equally nervous! It's been too long since I had a release out, and it's been pretty damn long--I admit it, since book 1 came out. Hopefully it will have been worth the wait. This book was pretty emotional for me to write, and these fellas do hold a real special place in my heart. I hope folks will fall in love with Johnnie all over again. If you haven't met Johnnie, I hope you'll consider joining him on his adventure.


Also, I received my first review which I am super happy about. The lovely LadyM over at Reviews by Jessewave gave it 4.25 out 5 stars, and she had some beautiful things to say about it. If you have a moment, drop by and read her review:


Don't forget The Impetuous Afflictions Blog Tour starts tomorrow!  The first stop is The Novel Approach. You can check out the schedule and what's up for grabs here:

Thank you so much to all the amazing folks who've supported me and my fellas, for those of you who took the risk on a newbie author, those who've taken the time to read my books, and those who've taken the time to review my books. It's all greatly appreciated. <3

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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