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Mending Noel Reviews and Branching Out!

NutcrackerHello all! Some of you may know that Mending Noel is my first little venture outside the realm of Historical. Even before I was published, I knew I didn't want to limit myself to just one genre. That said, I love Historical and have every intention of keeping up with those stories. In fact I'm working on them now! Johnnie, Remi, Danny, Bruce, and all the fellas are still eagerly awaiting their next books, while Julius's book is going through various stages of beta reading. There are certainly more to come.

I've been writing since I can remember. When I was a kid I'd make up my own characters, draw them, and write little stories to go with them. In high school I started my first novel. I didn't own a computer (few people did) so it was written across a bunch of journals. When I got my first computer in college, I rewrote it. I think I ended up rewriting it abut four times. Anyway, it was a Medieval fantasy of sorts. Let me tell you right now that I am rubbish at categorizing stories. I can't say my story is going to be this specific genre because it might have elements from various genres thrown in. Wherever the story wants to take me, providing I enjoy it, and it works, that's what I write. I like to make things different if I can, and I have a habit of ignoring the rules if I can find a new, interesting alternative. Mending Noel is one of those stories.

Even though I knew I was writing a sweet little story about elves at the North Pole, I wanted it to be different. I wanted to make up my own world using certain mythological beings from Christmas lore. It's fantasy but with a sort of urban twist because it takes place in a city, North Pole City, and like any other city, it can be dangerous. The enchanted creatures have jobs, there are misfits and outcasts, there's homophobia, drunkenness, scandal, and poverty. Don't get me wrong, it's not a gritty tale. I wanted something cheerful and cute for Christmas, but it does have a grittiness to it. Nothing is perfect, so I didn't want the North Pole to be either. Tim has a crappy job he hates, a supervisor who bullies him, and he's barely scraping by.

Brief Encounters has given it a wonderful 5 star review here, and the reviewer goes a little into the world I built, which was a real treat to read. For all of you who have enjoyed Mending Noel, for all the lovely ratings and reviews you've left, thank you so much. It really means a lot to me to know you've enjoyed my first non-historical title. I have a few more stories in the works that range anywhere from contemporary comedy/adventure to urban fantasy. I've been told Mending Noel still sounds distinctly me, which I couldn't be happier with. I have a certain style I suppose, and it'll be following me into whatever genre I venture into. Hope you're all ready for that ride!


Weekly News Roundup

weekly news roundupHello! Welcome to this week's Weekly News Roundup covering Sunday June 3rd to Saturday June 9th!

It's been a pretty quiet week, but an exciting one. I received the most amazing cover from Anne Cain for my newest book, a release date, and have seen it go up on the coming soon page. Plus it already has a few pre-orders which I hadn't expected. So onto this week's roundup.

The Auspicious Troubles of Chance is up on Dreamspinner's 'Coming Soon' page! You can check it out here. It's also up on Goodreads if you'd like to add it to your tbr list here.

June 12th- June 19th The lovely Chris over at Stumbling Over Chaos is going to be hosting a pre-release contest for The Auspicious Troubles of Chance which will start at 2am CDT Tuesday June 12th and end 7pm CDT Tuesday June 19th where you can enter to win a free eBook copy. Rules will be posted on the Stumbling Over Chaos site. Link to come soon.

June 20th - I'll be a spotlight author over at Top 2 Bottom Reviews where you can read an in-depth interview with me as well as review of one of my Torquere books. You'll find  the post here on that date. From June 11th, you'll be able to find interviews and reviews from loads of fantastic Torquere Press authors.

June 21st - Come join the Summer Fling fun over at SJD Peterson's blog where I'll be sharing with folks which one of my characters I'd have a summer fling with, and why. Shame I could only pick one! ;) From June 11th, you'll be able to read which characters some of your favorite authors would have summer flings with. You'll be able to find it all here. July 11th - Join Remi over at the Carrying the Torch website where he'll be sharing with you a little about his childhood growing up in Berkshire where he was born. I'm sure there will be some tales of boyhood mischief involving him and Chess, so don't miss it!

July20th - I'll be a guest over at Guys Like Romance, Too! where I'll be talking about my Historical Shifter short story Believe Me, Beloved, due out in August as part of Torquere Press' Masks Off! anthology. It's a fun short story that will hopefully turn into more. I think you'll enjoy reading about Gabriel and Robert as much as I enjoyed writing them! Sneak peak coming soon!

Well that's what I've got lined up so far, but stay tuned as I'm sure more will pop up due to Chance being unleashed upon the world. Hold onto your socks! x Charlie x


Weekly News Roundup *Updated*

weekly news roundupWelcome to this week's Weekly News Roundup covering Sunday, April 29th to Saturday, May 5th.

♥ My first edits for The Auspicious Troubles of Chance have been completed and turned in! Feeling a little nervous, (and excited!) about unleashing these fellas upon the world. More to come soon!

Dreamspinner Press turns five this month, and with it comes a huge, month-long celebration that includes sales, giveaways, prizes, and more! Over the course of the month, all of Dreamspinner's titles will be discounted according to how long the author has been with them. Learn more here.

Torquere Press 2012 Charity Sip Blitz: It's that time again, where all of our great authors get together to donate to a charity working within the GLBTQ community! This year, Torquere Press has chosen NOH8 as the donation charity, and authors who contribute agree to donate 100% of their royalties to NOH8, with Torquere Press matching the donation.

This year's theme, since this is Torquere Press' ninth anniversary as well, is leather. Nine is the leather anniversary, y'all! How cool is that?

Leather can be reflected in any way in the story. BDSM may immediately spring to mind, but leather can also mean cowboys, fast cars, Italian shoes, jewelry, or any of a million other things. We want stories that show LGBTQ characters in positive situations, and have strong stories with happy endings. (Or at least happy for now.)

Word count is 3000 to 8000 words, and those limits are firm. Please adjust your manuscripts accordingly before submission. Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2012. Please send all submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with Charity Sip Blitz in the subject line. For formatting questions or other content questions, please refer to our general guidelines, here: http://torquerepress.com/submissions.html

This is a great event, and although I hadn't been around to participate in the last two, I certainly intend to gve it my best shot. It would be great to be a part of this, so I'll let you know how it goes!

♥ This week I've had two very lovely reviews for The Amethyst Cat Caper from two very wonderful sites.

♥ 4 out 5 stars -- Erastes from Speak Its Name said:

"This is the second book I’ve read by Ms Cochet (When Love Walks In was the first) and like the first one, I was impressed, and also the author has a talent for creating characters and situations which we’d not only like to see more of – we can say that about many books – but which stories lead naturally to a conclusion, whilst still leaving the door open for More Adventures." Read the full review here.

Becky Condit from Mrs. Condit & Friends Read Books gave The Amethyst Cat Caper 4 blissful sweet peas, saying:

"Reading Charlie Cochet’s THE AMETHYST CAT CAPER is very much like watching a film noir. Set in the 1930s it is stylish, polished, and moody. The ending was absolutely thrilling in the take your breath away kind of action. It’s a short novella and I read it start to finish in one sitting. Ms Cochet got the feeling of the era spot on, including the dialog and descriptions of the city and what people were doing. I enjoyed THE AMETHYST CAT CAPER very much."

Read the full review here.

*Updated*

Well the post is up on Goodreads where my LiAW story is going to be! How exciting! You can see the photo, the original letter to the author, and story info including length, tags, and genre here. As soon as it goes up, I'll make sure to place a link on the side bar. In the meantime, you can post comments in the thread. If you're not a member of Goodreads, don't worry, you'll still get to read the story. More coming soon!

Oh, and the title of my story is: Roses In The Devil's Garden

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

x Charlie x


Wonderful Review from Guilty Pleasures and Upcoming Easter Egg Hunt!

I've had a wonderful review from Gennie over at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews. Not only did The Amethyst Cat Caper receive 4.5 out 5 stars, but it was also given the 'Recommended Read' Award! As you can imagine, I am over the moon.

I've also had a lovely review from Jane Davitt, author of Spoken from the Heart. You can read it here.

I'm incredible chuffed to hear folks say they want to see more of Remi and Hawk! Those two fellas mean quite a bit to me, and I had originally planned on doing a series, but it also depended on whether or not there was enough interest in one. I'm so happy to see there is, and all those reader comments really go a long way in providing inspiration and motivation. With all the fantastic feedback I've gotten, I plan to add a whole lot more to the next book. More mystery, mayhem, and the newest addition to the gang-- Remi's adorable and equally mischievous younger brother, Chess (Chester Trueblood). Oh, what troubles will befall Hawk with these two cheeky Englishmen?

I'm also going to have some Amethyst Cat Caper goodies to give out in April. From the 6th to the 8th, I'll be participating in the Hoppy Easter Blog Hop hosted by The Blog Hop Spot. So if you don't have your own eBook copy of The Amethyst Cat Caper, here's your chance to win one, along with an exclusive bookmark and keyring.

I'll also be hosting my own little Easter Egg Hero Hunt (date TBA) on my blog! On the given day, Remi and Hawk will be hiding somewhere on this site. The first specified number of folks to leave a comment on the Easter Egg Hero Hunt's post that day, correctly stating where they found Remi or Hawk (1 handsome hero per person) as well as answering the easy question posted, will win some goodies. More info to come next week, so stay tuned!

x Charlie x


4.5 out 5 for The Amethyst Cat Caper!

My first official review is in for The Amethyst Cat Caper from Joyfully Jay and I'm so very pleased by it! This is my first published story that is longer in length (novella), and the feedback I've been receiving has been wonderful. Not only because people seem to be enjoying it, but because I've also learned about areas I can improve upon moving forward, which is so very important to me.

I like to know what works and what doesn't, what can be made better. After all, that's all part of the growing process, and it's very exciting. This one's a little bit strange in the sense that I wrote The Amethyst Cat Caper months before I wrote When Love Walked In, even though it was published second. I learned quite a bit from The Amethyst Cat Caper which I put to use in When Love Walked In, hence the slow build up to Bruce and Jace's relationship as opposed to the faster paced relationship Remi and Hawk have. Of course that just means in Hawk and Remi's next adventure, I'm going to have to make them suffer a little. Sorry boys, but if you thought you were going to walk away that easy... I'm cruel, I know.

If you'd like to see what Joyfully Jay had to say about The Amethyst Cat Caper, please click: here



x Charlie x

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