Tag - Dexter J Daley

THIRDS Thursday - 1/28/16

Prompt: "Kiss and make up"- Dex really, really mad with Sloane and Sloane trying his best to make up for it. 

Sloane loved date night, especially now that they didn’t have to go outside the city. With Sparks knowing about them, all they had to do was be discreet. Instead of having to drive upstate or to Jersey, they just made sure to stay away from headquarters. After a delicious dinner where Dex had eaten his weight in noodles, they were walking off some of their food in Central Park. It was a gorgeous night, but the most beautiful sight was that of his boyfriend walking in the soft glow of the park lamps and the moonlight in the night sky.

“Come here.” Sloane came to a stop and snagged a hold of the loop in Dex’s jeans, pulling him against him, and smiling when Dex wrapped his arms around Sloane’s waist. He leaned into Dex and bent his head down, murmuring quietly. “How about we go home, shower, and get into bed. We can watch some TV…” He trailed a hand discreetly down to Dex’s hip and squeezed. Maybe get cozy.”

Dex kissed Sloane with a hum. “How can I say no to that?”

“Freak fucker.”

They both turned, frowning at the two Humans standing there sneering at them in disgust. With a sigh, Dex took Sloane’s hand and tugged him along with him as they headed for the street. A shitty end to an otherwise perfect evening. At least Sloane wasn’t on crutches anymore. Not just because it meant he could pick up his pace, but more so he wasn’t tempted to knock some sense into these assholes.

“You’re disgusting. Spreading your perversion,” one man spat out at Dex as he and his friend followed Dex and Sloane. “Fucking an animal. It’s sick.”

Dex came to an abrupt halt, turning to the two men, his blue eyes blazing with anger. “What did you fucking call him?”

“Dex, leave it,” Sloane urged gently, putting his hand on Dex’s shoulder. “Let’s go.” Sloane was used to the names. To people spitting at his feet. He’d dealt with it all of his life, and made peace with the fact it would take time before the world came around to the idea that he was just a regular guy like every other guy, with a few Felid exceptions. Dex on the other hand, wasn’t used to it, and Sloane’s view on the matter was a sore point for his partner.

The man’s friend stepped forward with a leer. “He called your boyfriend an animal, a rabid beast that should be put down with the rest of the freaks.”

“You ignorant son of a bitch!” Dex lunged forward and Sloane caught him. He picked Dex up and moved him to one side, blocking his view of the two Humans.

“Babe, why don’t you go call us a cab, huh?” He cupped Dex’s face and smiled. “Let’s not have our evening ruined by these jerks. Come on.”

Dex inhaled deeply and let it out slowly through his mouth. He nodded. “Okay.”

“I’ll be right there.”

Dex’s brows drew together. “What? I’m not leaving you here with these assholes.”

“I can handle two Humans. I’m just going to talk to them, okay? Then I’ll be right beside you and we’ll go home and continue our date night.”

Dex was ready to argue some more but his phone rang. It was Cael.

“Go on. Talk to your brother, get us a cab.”

It was clear Dex didn’t want to, and if he didn’t have Cael on the other line, he probably wouldn’t have. As soon as Dex was out of sight, Sloane turned back to the two men.

“You know, we’re not going away,” Sloane said, shoving his hands into his jacket pockets. “So what then?”

“We’re going to change the world, put you animals back in your cages.”

Sloane nodded. “Right. I hate to break it to you, but the world’s already changed, and people like you will either have to resign to the fact that we’re not going anywhere, or you can be decent Human beings, and turn all that energy toward a cause that truly needs it.”

The first guy turned to his friend with a laugh. “Sounds like a load of Therian hippie bullshit to me.”

Well, he’d tried. Sloane shook his head and followed the path Dex had taken when something hard struck him in the back, knocking the wind out of him. He hit the ground with a groan and rolled onto his side when he was kicked in the stomach. Motherfuck!

“We weren’t done with you,” one man snarled.

Sloane let out a growl and lashed out, grabbing one by his leg and swiping it out from under him. He went down with a flurry of flailing limbs and colorful expletives. Sloane made to get up when he found himself surrounded. Shit. Where the hell had the other three come from? He put his hands up in front of him.

“Listen to me. You don’t want to do this.” Slowly he reached for the inside of his jacket where his badge was. Before he could pull it out, they were on him. A punch to the face split his lip, and a kick to the back of his healing leg had him seeing stars. He reached into his jacket and his badge fell onto the ground. Before he could grab it, one of the men snatched it up.

“Oh Fuck.” He stared at the badge tucked in the wallet before pushing his friends off Sloane. “We need to get the hell out of here.”

“What?” His friend snarled, ready to land another punch when he was shown the badge.

“He’s a THIRDS agent.”

The men flew off him and bolted. That was fine. Sloane had gotten a good look at them and even heard them addressing each other by their names. They’d be brought in by the end of tomorrow. With a groan, he pushed himself to his feet. He stretched out his leg. It was a little sore, but he’d be okay. At least until he got to the sidewalk where Dex was waiting for him. The moment Dex saw him, he rushed over.

“What the hell happened?”

“I got jumped.”

Dex stared at him. “Those guys jumped you?”

“And their friends.” Sloane tongued his split lip and winced. “Five in total. I’ll call it in tonight. Everything okay with Cael?”

Dex’s eyebrows nearly reached his hairline. “Is Cael—Are you fucking kidding me?”

“What?” Sloane cocked his head to one side. “Are you mad? Why are you mad?”

“I’m not mad,” Dex replied through his teeth. “I’m beyond mad.” He took a deep breath and calmed down. “We’re going home.”

“Okay.” Sloane had no idea what had gotten into Dex or why he was so pissed, but he agreed this wasn’t the place for an argument. Sloane hated arguing in public. He waited quietly as Dex called them a cab. As soon as they were in Dex’s living room, his boyfriend exploded.

“What the hell, Sloane?”


“You’re really going to stand there and tell me you have no idea why I’m pissed off?”

Sloane shrugged. Shit. Bad move. Dex threw a hand up.


Whatever it was, Sloane had fucked up. Bad. Dex was pissed at him. Not Dex pissed, but really pissed. He just wished he knew why.

“Could you at least tell me why you’re pissed at me? I just got jumped by five guys. I’m feeling a little sore.” It was clear Dex was doing his best to keep himself calm.

“You can’t keep doing this to me.”

“Doing what? For fuck’s sake, just say it.”

“You were in trouble and you didn’t call me.”

Was that it? Because Sloane hadn’t called him for help? “Dex, I’ve told you before. I’m—”

“So help me if you tell me it’s because you’re Therian….” Dex shook his head, unable to finish his sentence.

“I handled it.”

“Really? Is that what that was? How many more times do you have to end up in the hospital because you don’t trust in me? In us?”

Sloane frowned at him. “Bullshit. Next to Ash, there’s no one I trust more. If I didn’t have faith in us, I wouldn’t be here.”

“Really? Then why when it comes down to a fight, you push me out. I’m a trained agent. I can handle myself, and those assholes.”

“I know that.” This argument was stupid. Why couldn’t Dex understand? Sloane could take a hell of a lot more of a beating than Dex. Sloane was bigger, stronger, and healed quicker. The last thing he wanted was to see Dex hurt.

Dex held his bandaged arm up. “When we agreed on this, what did you tell me? That this was a reminder of us. To think about us.” He thrust a finger in Sloane’s direction. “You don’t get to pick and choose when to uphold that promise. We’re equal partners. At work, don’t I have your back?”


“Do I or do I not have your back on the job?”

“Yes,” Sloane replied grimly. “I trust you to have my back.”

“Then why can’t you let me have your back outside of work? Do you know how that makes me feel?” Dex deflated, his eyes growing glassy. It broke Sloane’s heart. “Every day at work, I have to deal with the fact that I’ll never be as strong as my Therian teammates. I have to train harder, push myself as much as I can so I don’t let you or anyone down, but I understand, because that’s the nature of the job. I’m up against Therian perps who can kill me with one swipe of their paw.” He sighed. “What I’m not prepared to deal with is my own boyfriend believing I’m not enough.”

“Dex, I….”

Dex shook his head and turned to go upstairs. Sloane quickly caught up to him, taking hold of his arm.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t realize that’s how I was making you feel.”

Dex nodded, but he didn’t look Sloane in the eye. His voice was quiet when he spoke. “I’m going to take a shower.”

“I’ll come with you,” Sloane said.

“I just need some time alone. Okay?”

Sloane swallowed hard and released him. “Okay.” He didn’t want to let Dex go, but if it was what his partner needed, so be it. He watched Dex go upstairs. They’d had arguments before, fought, shouted, but they never walked away from each other angry. Sloane didn’t like it. He’d really fucked up this time. What he had believed to be merely a biological fact, Dex had taken as a personal fault.

While Dex showered, Sloane sat on the couch thinking of all the times he’d stopped Dex from doing something because he was Human. In his mind, he’d been protecting someone he cared about, and then later someone he loved. In Dex’s mind, Sloane had been saying he wasn’t strong enough.

“Fuck.” Sloane ran a hand through his hair. He had to do better. Dex was the best thing to ever happen to him. He couldn’t fuck this up any more than he had.

Once Dex finished with the shower, Sloane took his turn. He hated the silence in the house. Dex’s house was never silent. There was music, laughter, joy. It was one of things Sloane loved about the place. It was always filled with love and happiness. Sloane would be damned if he let that change.

After he’d showered and changed into a T-shirt and pajama bottoms he left Dex curled up in bed and went downstairs. He made Star Wars shaped chocolate chip cookies using Dex’s favorite cookie cutters. Then poured a glass of milk, and arranged everything on the Death Star shaped tray. He wrote a small note and folded it up next to the cookies. Upstairs, he left it on the nightstand and came back downstairs. He went to the linen closet, pulled out a pillow and blanket before heading down to the couch. Good thing it was long enough for him.

Having no luck sleeping, he kept the TV on, grateful for the CSI marathon. Around two in the morning while Sloane deduced who this episode’s perp was, Dex appeared beside the couch in his black boxer-briefs, Classic Nintendo T-shirt, and orange socks. He folded his arms over his chest and fidgeted, but he didn’t say anything.

Sloane opened up his blanket and Dex hesitated for a second before joining him on the couch.

“Did you mean it?” Dex asked, allowing Sloane to pull him in close.

“Every word.” His note had been brief, but he’d meant it. Dex was the most precious gift he could have received in his life, and he’d never do anything to screw it up on purpose. “I love you, and at times I’m so scared that this is all going to go away, that I let my fears take over. I’m sorry I made you feel like you weren’t enough. We are equal, and I’m going to do my best to prove it to you every day.”

Dex nodded, a small smile coming onto his handsome face. “Thank you for the cookies.”

“Don’t suppose you left me any?”

Dex let out a snort. “Are you kidding? They were my bribe. I ate them all.” For emphasis, he booped Sloane on his nose on every pause. “Every. Last. Crumb.”

“I wasn’t trying to bribe you,” Sloane began when Dex arched an eyebrow at him. “Okay, maybe a little. I wanted to do something nice for you.”

“And they were delicious.”

Sloane eyed him. “All of them. Really?”

Dex gave his cheek a kiss. “Of course I left you some. They’re on the counter.”

“Aw, thank you.” Sloane couldn’t help but beam at him.

“I’m magnanimous that way,” Dex teased.

“You are. Very magnanimous.” He kissed Dex, reveling in the taste of him, in his warmth, and love. “I love you so much.”

Dex gave him a cheeky grin, and donned his best Han Solo impression. “I know.”

THIRDS Thursdays returns March 3rd!

Copyright © 2014 Charlie Cochet. All Rights Reserved. THIRDS published by Dreamspinner Press.

THIRDS Thursday - 1/7/16

PromptI recently saw the new Star Wars movie. The whole time, I imagined what date night would be like with Dex and Sloane. So, Charlie Cochet, will you write a short scene of our two beloved delta force men getting their geek on, eating popcorn and gummy bears, watching the new Star Wars release? 

Sloane let out a low moan and rolled onto his side. He really wasn’t ready to get up yet. Then he remembered he didn’t have to. His eyes fluttered open and he found himself staring into two wide eyes of pale blue. Full lips curved into a big boyish grin.


Sloane stared at Dex, kneeling on the side of the bed, his chin resting on his folded arms as he smiled at Sloane. “Um, hi. What are you doing?”

“Do you know what day it is?”

Sloane wasn’t fully awake yet, but considering his boyfriend was all but vibrating with excitement, whatever day it was, it was important. “I haven’t had coffee yet. Can you help my brain along?”

“Today’s the day,” Dex said. “Everything I’ve done in my life has led me to this moment. Our lives are about to change.”

“Is that so?” Judging by Dex’s expression, Sloane would say this wasn’t so much a life altering moment for them as a Dex life changing event. It could be anything.

“Yes! I’ll give you a hint.” Dex jumped to his feet and proceeded to perform a one man show of what Sloane immediately recognized as several scenes from Star Wars. His enthusiastic boyfriend marched around the room, breathing heavily through his hand while his phone played The Imperial March. Sloane propped himself on his elbow, watching the spectacle in amusement. This had to be the most entertaining thing he’d seen in a long time. When Dex was done with his lively performance, he was almost panting. “It’s heeeeere!” He let out a high-pitched squeal/shriek, jumping up and down, waving his arms around, before running around with a pretend blaster complete with “pew pew” sound effects.

“Are you excited?” Sloane teased.

“Oh my God! Han! Haaaan!” Dex leaped onto the bed then crawled over to Sloane. “Han! Did you see Han?”

“Is he going to be in this? I wasn’t aware.” Sloane couldn’t help himself.  Dex had brought it up at least once a day since he’d seen the trailer. Sloane wasn’t surprised when Dex put in a request for him, Sloane, Ash, and Cael to have the day off. Ash really didn’t care, but he couldn’t ignore Cael’s excitement, and he was hardly about to leave his boyfriend alone on date night, even if it meant exposing himself to “a sea of nerds” as Ash so eloquently put it. Ash was up to date with all things Star Wars, thanks to Cael and Dex’s movie marathons, books discussion, animated Netflix marathon, and several PowerPoint presentations. Sloane had no idea Cael possessed such PowerPoint skills. It was truly a sight to behold.

“There’s so much to prepare for.” Dex scrambled off the bed, his hair still sticking up in an unruly mess. He’d even changed into his Darth Vader pajamas at some point that morning. Probably when he got up to make himself his morning pre-coffee coffee. Dex sped from the room, and Sloane chuckled. His boyfriend was adorable.

Sloane was about to get up when Dex sped back in and gave him a kiss.  “I’m sorry. I’m not ignoring you. I just—”

Sloane chuckled and cupped Dex’s face. “I get it. This is monumental. You freak out to your little heart’s content.” He gave Dex’s lips a kiss, his heart squeezing at Dex’s glassy eyes and the smile that stretched from ear to ear.

“That’s why I love you. You get me.”

“Of course I do. Now I’m going to have some coffee, and you can tell me all about your Force Awakens agenda over breakfast.”

“You’re so awesome,” Dex said with a sniff. “I would give up my movie ticket for you.”

“Aw.” Sloane was touched. He knew what that meant in Dex speak. He drew Dex into his arms and kissed him, before sending him off to coordinate his day. From what Sloane had seen, there was a printed agenda, shopping list, post-movie mini party here at Dex’s house later in the evening, and who knew what else.

During breakfast, Dex excitedly rambled on, explaining the day’s agenda. It was going to be a busy day. He’d already coordinated costumes with Cael. Dex was wearing his Han costume, and Cael was going as Luke. Sloane wasn’t dressing up, but he’d agreed to wear his dark brown cargo pants and the long sleeved Wookie T-shirt with printed fur and bandolier. He was in for a world of teasing from Ash, but Sloane didn’t care. As much as he loved Star Wars, this was Dex’s day. So if it made Dex happy, he was game.

As Sloane went about his day, if he hadn’t known what was going on, he would have thought there was some kind of military operation being coordinated. Dex was on the phone to several people. He even called the movie theater to make sure all the equipment was running smoothly. At the time of ticket purchase, Dex had his map of the screen, and knew exactly what seats they would all have. A favor called in by Maddock made certain Dex got the exact seats he wanted. Everything was times, including theater arrival time. They were taking Dex’s challenger and picking up Ash and Cael at Cael’s apartment. They were parked at the curb waiting, and when Ash emerged, Sloane had to hide his face.

Cael looked adorable in his Luke costume, as expected. And Ash….

The two got into the backseat. Cael and Dex bounced a few times, sharing their excited ramblings. Sloane met Ash’s gaze through the mirror.

“Don’t fucking say a word,” Ash growled at him. Sloane couldn’t look at him. It wasn’t a full costume, because Ash would never go for that, but somehow someone had convinced him to wear all black, from his T-shirt to his pants, and boots. He wore a red belt, and a glowing red neon bracelet around his wrist. Didn’t take a genius to know which character his outfit pertained to. Before they drove off, Dex turned in his seat and wriggled his brows at Cael.

“Hey, bro. Who’s your daddy?”

Sloane erupted into laughter.

Ash folded his arms over his chest, pouting at Cael. “I told you this wasn’t a good idea.”

“Aw, ignore him. He’s one to talk. His boyfriend’s a Wookie.”

Ash snickered, and Dex flipped him off before they headed for the theater. As expected, the place was packed. Several moviegoers were dressed in full costumes. There were glowing light sabers, glow sticks, themed outfits. Ash was horrified. He grabbed Sloane’s arm, leaning into him to talk.

“Make note of all the emergency exits.”

“Why? In case there’s a fire?” Sloane asked, looking around.

“No, in case I need to make a run for it.”

Sloane chuckled, and patted his arms. “You’ll be fine.”

“Look at them!” Ash hissed quietly. “We’re outnumbered!”

They joined the line for snacks, Ash on alert like he was waiting to be assaulted by the waist-high Stormtroopers.

A lanky teen dressed as Darth Vader leaped out from behind the trash bin, tapping Cael’s wrist with his plastic light saber. Sloane grimaced.

“What the fuck are you doing?” Ash growled. The kid pushed his mask up and gaped up at him.

“Uh, I’m chopping off Luke’s hand.”

“Touch my boyfriend again and you’ll be losing more than a hand.”

The kid bolted from the place like he was being chased by Jar Jar Binks.

“He was just roleplaying, Ash,” Cael said sweetly, soothing him. Judging by the laser beam stare, Sloane would say Ash had a different idea of what roleplaying meant.

“You saying that little twerp was coming onto you?”

Cael blinked at him, confused. Dex whispered in Cael’s ear and Cael’s face went crimson.

“No! Not that kind of roleplaying. I meant pretend. He was pretending to be the character.”

“Oh.” Ash crossed his beefy arms over his chest. “Still don’t like it.”

Dex finished ordering snacks, and Sloane wasn’t sure they had enough arms to carry everything.

“Jesus, Daley. You really think we’re going to eat all that?” Ash shook his head in disbelief.

Dex grabbed the colossal bag of Peanut M&Ms, and arched an eyebrow at him. “We? Who said anything about we. These are my snacks.” Dex scoffed. “We.” He turned to Sloane and batted his lashes. “I’ll share with you because you’re my snuggle bunny.” He kissed Sloane’s jaw, and squeezed his bicep. “And because you can fit a lot in these sexy arms of yours.”

Sloane grabbed the bucket of soda, and a bag of popcorn big enough to hide Cael in, while Dex grabbed another smaller bucket which Sloane discovered was filled with gummy bears.

“How did you manage that?” Sloane asked, stunned. “They don’t sell those.”

Dex gave him a wink. “I have connections across the galaxy.”

It took a great deal of effort, and Ash threatening at least two to four people every few steps he took, but eventually they made it to their seats. Dex and Cael were practically bouncing. Sloane was charmed by the brother’s boyish glee, and when the movie’s opening crawl appeared, the two screamed, making Sloane laugh. Once they’d calmed down enough to watch the movie—a movie they would undoubtedly be watching again and again until it left theaters—Dex took hold of Sloane’s hand.

Sloane smiled, and leaned in, murmuring in his ear. “Thank you for letting me share this with you.”

Dex’s smile left him breathless. “There’s no one else but you.” He kissed Sloane and turned his attention back to the movie.

Sloane knew he was missing precious seconds of the movie to watch Dex, but he realized then that the man at his side, was the most precious gift of all.

  Copyright © 2014 Charlie Cochet. All Rights Reserved. THIRDS published by Dreamspinner Press.

Dex & Sloane Interview Over at Book Lovers 4Ever!

Army Banner 2 Vet (1) Hello all! The M/M Scavenger Hunt continues over at Book Lovers 4 Ever where I've interviewed Dex and Sloane using questions submitted by our fabulous THIRDS Nerds! http://bl4ebookblog.blogspot.com/2015/11/mm-veterans-day-scavenger-hunt-tour.html

THIRDS Thursday Hot Seat - 9/24/15

THIRDS Thursday Hot Seat

Hello all! Welcome to the first edition of THIRDS Thursdays’ Hot Seat! Today we have with us Dex, Sloane, and Ash who are going to answer some of your questions. Each edition of THIRDS Thursdays' Hot Seat will feature three cast members who will be asked three questions each by our lovely readers. The same question may be asked of all three members, for a total of nine responses. Let the squirming fun begin!

Charlie: Thanks for joining us, fellas!

Dex: You know I’m always up for some fun.

Sloane: I tried to back out gracefully but someone wouldn’t let me.

Ash: I wasn’t given a choice, so whatever.

Charlie: Thanks, guys. I feel the love. All right, first question is from Tio-Chan and it’s for all three of you: What are your secret hobbies? Like no one knows that you guys are into that?

Dex: Hm, I’m not really a secretive guy.

Ash: Hard to keep a secret with your mouth never shutting up.

Dex: Hey, I kept my mouth shut about your supposed straightness.

Ash: I never said I was straight. I said I wasn’t gay. There’s a difference.

Dex: *scoffs* Right. Anyway, does sex count as a hobby? Wait, that’s not a secret. Okay, uh, I don’t know how much of a secret it is, but I like puzzles.

Ash: *laughs* You’ve officially upgraded from dork to super dork.

Dex: *ignoring Ash* I need to be busy, but sometimes I just want to relax. I like puzzle games especially.

Charlie: What about you, Sloane?

Sloane: Um, I uh, I like *coughs and mumbles something*

Dex: What was that?

Ash: I think he said knitting.

Sloane: *to Ash* I think you should bite me. I said conferences. Like, movie ones, or comic book ones.

Ash: *shakes his head in shame* I’m losing you to the dork side.

Dex: Ha! Too late.

Charlie: How about you, Ash?

Ash: I don’t have a hobby.

Sloane: Lies.

Ash: Seriously, bro? Fine. I do. But if I told you then it wouldn’t be a secret.

Dex: Ash bakes.

Ash: *glares at Dex* You are so lucky I’m dating your brother.

Dex: Don’t remind me.

Charlie: Okaaay. Moving on. Next question is from Naoki and it’s for all three of you: What good or bad habits have you unconsciously picked up from your partner?

Dex: Hm. I think it's easy to pick up things from your other half when you spend so much time with them. I’m finding it easier to just chill these days. I mean, I still keep myself busy, but it was hard for me to sit still and take a break, especially on our days off. Sloane’s very chill. He’s the kind of guy who can go to the park, sit on a bench, and just enjoy the day. I couldn’t do that before. Just sit. As for bad habits, I’m now aware of food labels.

Sloane: How is that a bad habit?

Dex: It takes the fun out of eating!

Sloane: You think it’s fun for your body? Stuffing it with all that sugar?

Dex: Yes!

Charlie: How about you, Sloane? Though I have a pretty good idea.

Dex: Hey, what’s that supposed to mean?

Sloane: Bad habit? I’m definitely consuming way more coffee than I used to.

Dex: That’s not a bad habit, that’s normal.

Ash: Pff. Like you have any idea what normal is.

Dex: Zip it, you.

Sloane: Good habit. Hm. I have to say, I think I’ve picked up a few good habits from Dex. Like, appreciating the little things in life. He has this amazing way of looking at the world, and for someone who’s been through as much shit as I have, it gets tough sometimes, but he’s always there to help me see the light in the darkness.

Dex: Aw, you so sappy.

Sloane: That’s another bad habit I picked up from him.

Dex: *laughs* If you say so. You know you love it.

Sloane: *gives Dex a wink*

Ash: Can we move on before they start sucking face again? Letty or Cael?

Charlie: Let’s go with Cael.

Ash: Bad habit, smiling.

Dex: Only you would see smiling as a bad habit.

Ash: *ignores Dex* Cael makes me smile a lot, and I’ve found myself smiling at other people. That’s not normal. I never did that before. It disturbs me. Good habit, I guess, little things are rubbing off on me. Like, not being so miserable all the time. It’s hard to be pissed off with him around.

Charlie: Okay, last questions for this edition. This one’s for Ash from Julie: How are you coping with Dex being around ALL the time? He's at work with you, when you see your best friend, when you're with your sweetheart! Oh my goodness he's practically your brother-in-law. (evil cackle 😈)

Ash: *eyes narrow* What did you just call him? *goes pale* Wait, are you implying me and Cael are practically m—m, that word.

Dex: Married. Marriage. Matrimony. Husband and Husband. Spouses.

Ash: Shut the fuck up or so help me I will murder you dead. If anyone’s practically married it’s you and Sloane.

Sloane: *shifts uncomfortably* Um, I think we should move onto the other part of the question.

Ash: You mean the how am I coping with Dennis the Menace? It’s a pain in my ass. Every time I turn around he’s fucking there. In the morning, afternoon, evening, weekends… Jesus Christ, why me?

Dex: You know you love me.

Ash: Love beating the shit out of you, which is what’s going to happen if you don’t shut it.

Charlie: Maybe we should move on. Next question is for Dex from Alec: Cheesy Doodles or kisses from Sloane: rank them.

Dex: Dude, how can you do me like that? He’s sitting right next to me.

Sloane: Think long and hard about that one.

Dex: *snorts* Long and hard.

Ash: *shakes his head at Dex* You ever plan to hit puberty, or you just giving that a pass?

Dex: Screw you, Simba.

Ash: Shut up, Justice.

Dex: Keep it up and I’m gifting Cael with registration for the both of you next Comic Con. You know he won’t be able to say no. And neither will you.

Ash: *eyes widen* He wouldn’t….

Dex: You really think he’s not going to set his little heart on sharing the experience with you? That’s like our Shangri-La. Like Christmas. It’s better than Christmas. It’s like all the holidays rolled into one. It’s like the Batcave and the Fortress of Solitude did the nasty and had an awesome baby of fandom glory.

Ash: *pleads with Sloane* Make it stop.

Dex: *grins smugly* My work here is done.

Charlie: Not until you answer my question.

Dex: Damn it. Okay, obviously Sloane’s kisses rank higher than Cheesy Doodles. *whispers* But Cheesy Doodles come in at a close second.

Sloane: Thanks, babe.

Dex: Just keeping it real.

Charlie: Okay, now final question. From Deborah for Sloane: What was it about Dex that made you first fall in love with him?

Ash: *opens his mouth to talk*

Sloane: Nope.

Ash: *sighs* Fine. I’ll behave. Just this once. You’re such a sap.

Sloane: There wasn’t any one thing. It was a combination of things, but a big part was the way he looked at me. He saw something in me that I couldn’t see myself. I didn’t think I was meant to be happy, to find love again, and no matter how much I fucked up or pushed him away, he’d be there with his kind heart and his beautiful smile, waiting for me. Our relationship isn’t perfect, and I’m still trying to be a better man, to be someone he deserves, but for the first time in a long time, I can look at myself in the mirror and like who I see. I hadn’t been able to do that in a long time, and that’s down to him and his love for me.

Dex: *smiles dreamily* You’re so cute. *kisses Sloane*

Ash: Oh God, really? Here? Are we done? Because I don’t need to see this.

Charlie: We’re done. Thank you guys— *Ash is gone* Man, that guy moves fast when he needs to. Thank you all for joining us! If you’d like to leave questions for a THIRDS Thursday Hots Seat edition, you can do so here.

Characters and Their Backstories over at Sinfully

Men & Mischief SA

Hello all! Today I'm over at Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance for my monthly Men & Mischief author column. I'm chatting about character backstories, including that of our Cheesy Doodle crunching Dexter J. Daley.

What do you think makes a good character? How much do you want to know about your favorite characters, inside their book and outside? Check out the post and comment for a chance to win a Kindle ebook from your TBR list. ♡


Dexter J. Daley's Birthday Bash!

Dexs Bday Bash

Hey, everyone! Dexter J. Daley here. Welcome to my super-awesome-gummy-bear-sweetness, Cheesy-Doodle-crunchiness, birthday-bash-bonanza! We have all the unhealthy snacks and yummy treats you could want. I won't tell Sloane if you won't. Where's Sloane? Getting ready for a different kind of birthday party, if you know what I mean. *wink wink* Oh, you don't know what I mean? Sexy times, man. Sexy times. No you're not invited. Pervs. Me? I am not a perv. Oh my God, the van incident was not my fault. One time. It was one time and I'm branded a perv for life.

All right, let's crank up the music and get this party started. Sing along. I know you want to. Don't act like you don't love this. What's that? Def Leppard? No, you may not play Pour Some Sugar on Me. Get your head out of the gutter. That song is for me and my sexy grumpy pants.

That animated guy dancing in the video, that's what Ash dances like. Ha! Kidding. Don't tell him I said that. But serious, how much would you pay to see Ash dance like that? I wouldn't go as far as saying I'd sell my precious Challenger, but I'd be temped. So, obviously I'm a fan of the eighties. Obsessed? Hahaha. Shut your mouth. Ha! Kidding. But seriously, I'm not obsessed. I don't wear like legwarmers under my uniform or a sweatband under my tactical helmet. There is physical photographic evidence of Sloane and Ash in their teenage years, and I've made it my life's mission to find these images.

Back to the party! Now, normally I have a pre-birthday-party party because who just celebrates their birthday on one day? Okay, well, I like to get a head start. Some cake, karaoke, good food, good company, and I guess Ash too. I've always had pre-birthday-party parties. Ever since I was a kid. Usually we'd have sleepovers at home. Tony would make cakes and cookies, and it was BYOC (bring your own candy) which we'd hide in our pillows until my dad went to bed and we were all pretending we were asleep. Then we'd wake up and eat candy until we were sick. I know what you're thinking, "but you dad's an agent, how did you get away with it?". Clearly you underestimate the deceptive powers of an eleven year old.

Poor Cael. He'd be so wired on candy that he'd end up falling asleep in weird places, like in the kitchen sink after managing to climb up there, in the bathtub, under dad's bed, the laundry basket. Then dad would find him and Cael would have a sugar hangover, whimpering and needing to be carried everywhere because his tummy was ready to "esplode". He'd sleep the rest of the day and I'd get grounded for a day but it was totally worth it! There was the one birthday where we converted the stairs into a Slip N' Slide. Yeah, not my brightest idea. In my defense, I put pillows at the end so no one would end up flying into a wall. There was the tiny detail about where the water was going to go. The answer to that? The basement, and um, dad's office. Yeah, he took over party planning after that.

I'm going to lay a little birthday party knowledge on  you. Here are a few tips on what not to do at your birthday party:

  1. Do not fill your Super Soaker with Kool Aid. Parents will not see the fun in this, even if it means shooting and getting shot at becomes tastier.
  2. Do not replace the candy from the piñata with gummy bears and then throw yourself under said piñata when the strings get pulled. This is not only a choking hazard, but will lead to a stampeding feeding frenzy. Again, parents will not appreciate their child being trampled for floor strewn gummy bears. The five second rule totally applies.
  3. Do not convince your cheetah Therian little brother to shift during your party and try to play tape the tail on the cheetah because not only will your little brother leave everyone eating his dust, he will throw a total hissy fit and steal your presents. There's no catching him so kiss that new action figure goodbye. It's his now. He will stash it away like a squirrel burying an acorn. Also, he eats even more in his cheetah Therian form so half your snacks are now his.
  4. Do not attempt to play Hide & Seek while said chirping little furball is in his Therian form. You will never win, which means you will always be it and it suuuuucks.
  5. Do not tell your dad you're inviting just a few friends to your pizza party and then get the art department to put up a banner at school. I'm still receiving pizza bills from Tony.

Okay, I spilled now it's your turn! What's your fondest birthday memory?  

Dexs Bday Bash Giveaway

Giveaway is open Internationally.  Ends Tuesday August 25th at midnight (Eastern US time). Winners will be chosen at random and posted here on the blog. To enter: Just leave a comment below.

Prizes up for grabs: Dexs Bday Bash Divider

Character Art Card Sets! We two sets for each winner, one with the individual character collector cards and one set with the couples. I'll be giving away 10 sets! (click for larger image)

TeamCards Group cards

1 x - Calvin & Hobbs, THIRDS Hearts Chain (click for larger image)


1 x - Seb & Hudson, THIRDS Hearts Chain (click for larger image)


1 x - Dex & Sloane, THIRDS Hearts Chain (click for larger image)


3 x $10 Amazon Gift Cards


5 x Destructive Delta grocery/tote bags

DD Totebag

Dexs Bday Bash Divider


A PSA Infographic from Dex, Audiobooks, & Giveaways!

Hello all! Today we have double the fun and double the treats! Both my author columns have landed on the same day! Check out what we've got:

CCM & M 1

Over at Sinfully Addicted to All Male Romance, we have a public service announcement from the THIRDS provided as an infographic by our own Dexter J. Daley on the Do's & Don'ts of a Felid Therian Partnership. Want to know what to do or what not to do when it comes to your Felid Therian partner? Check out Dex's infographic. There's also a giveaway!



Over at Love Bytes Reviews I'm chatting about the THIRDS audiobooks. So once you've read Dex's PSA, check out my post at Love Bytes for a chance to win a THIRDS audiobook of your choice. If you've read Dex's shenanigans, here's your chance to listen to them! http://lovebytesreviews.com/2015/06/24/its-all-about-the-audio-plus-a-giveaway/


*** Please note that my blog posts tend to be published at midnight, Eastern US time. Most blogs publish their posts early to mid morning, so if you click a link and get an error, please check back later in the day.

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