GRL 2018 Paperback Preorder

Hello, all! My GRL paperback preorder form is live! Please read the instructions on the form carefully.

This preorder is only for my self-published titles: Love in Spades: Four Kings Security Book One, Be Still My Heart: Four Kings Security Book Two, and Center of Gravity: Compromised Book One (novella).

For Dreamspinner titles (THIRDS books, etc.), DSP will be having their own preorder in September so you'll be able to order any of my DSP titles through them. Love and Payne, and Tried & True will be available for sale at the DSP table in limited quantities.

Preorder closes September 20th, 2018.

💛 PLEASE NOTE: CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing have announced a merger in the next few weeks, and Amazon will be moving everyone's titles over. As CreateSpace is where most self-published authors get their paperbacks from, there's a possibility of delays and all sorts happening (because we all know these things never go as smoothly as promised). I have placed an order of both Kings books and Center of Gravity ahead of time in hopes of avoiding any problems (fingers crossed), but the number ordered was a guestimate. Those books will be allocated to folks based on the date of preorder. If the preorders exceed that number and there are problems with delivery after those initial books have been allocated, I'll be sure to notify you immediately.

Preorder Link: https://goo.gl/forms/Wnpj1qpZmvPSUJaJ2


MM Back to School Short Story Giveaway!!

Hello, all! Over thirty fabulous gay romance authors have come together to bring you FREE short stories! The stories are only available through September 4th via the Instafreebie link provided below and the Instafreebie app. This is a great opportunity to try new authors and fill up the Instafreebie app on your phone with stories you can read during your lunch break or while waiting for an appointment.
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THIRDS Thursday - 8/23/18

Prompt: Dex goes to see Journey and Def Leppard in concert.

**** WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM BOOKS 1 THROUGH 10 ****


PART ONE

“Sloane.”

Grunt. Too early.

“Sloane. Sloooane.”

Something was poking him. Something was going to lose a finger if it continued.

Sloane rolled over with a grumble, taking the duvet with him. It was still dark which meant it was still sleep time. His inner jaguar growled low and the sound rumbled up from deep in Sloane’s chest. “Sleep.”

“Babe. Baby. Boo Bear.”

Sloane’s body grew heavy. Why was he sinking into the mattress? His mate’s scent filled his senses. Ah, that would be why. Dex was sprawled on his back from head to toe.

“Sleep,” Sloane murmured. “Heavy,” he added. Dex didn’t weigh what he used to. All that change in muscle mass had him going from his one hundred and seventy-five Human pounds to two hundred and fifteen not-all-Human pounds. Not that Sloane couldn’t carry Dex’s weight—he could carry Hobbs’s weight if he had to—but Sloane was on his stomach with his face buried in his fluffy pillow wanting to sleep. His body was sore from all the TIN training, and he was determined to make the most of their time off.

“You’re comfy, but mostly I need you to get up.” Dex rolled off him, landing beside Sloane. “Baby, I neeed you to get up.”

Sloane huffed and cracked open one eye which he promptly narrowed at his far too awake husband. “How are you awake?”

“I had coffee,” Dex replied, his smile huge. “A lot of coffee.” Were his pupils dilated? Was his husband having one of his random hybrid moments? They seemed to be happening with more frequency lately. At times he appeared all Human, and other times he was giving off some serious Therian vibes that had Sloane’s inner jaguar clawing to get free to reclaim his mate. It was freaky and a little concerning.

“I’m awake,” Sloane said, rolling onto his back. Dex straddled his stomach and leaned in, his floppy hair falling forward and in need of a cut.

“Hi, Handsome.”

Sloane’s heart swelled, and he placed his hands on Dex’s hips. “Hey, beautiful.”

“Guess what today is?”

Sloane pretended to think about it. “Isn’t today the anniversary of Ash threatening you for the first time with bodily harm?”

“No, that’s next month.”

Sloane tapped his fingers against Dex’s waist. “Let me think.” He slid his hands up under the worn out and well-loved Journey T-shirt. “Is it the anniversary of when we first met?”

“Also next month. You’re just stalling so you can feel me up,” Dex teased.

“Am I?” Sloane grabbed Dex and rolled them over so Dex was beneath him. He smiled down at his husband.

Husband.

Sloane still couldn’t believe it sometimes. How was it possible this beautiful man got even more gorgeous with age? Next month it would be five years since they’d met, yet it felt like a lifetime ago. A few extra lines had appeared in the corners of Dex’s brilliant blue eyes when he smiled, and when he grew out his beard the blond was interspersed with some gray. Leaning in, Sloane brushed his lips over Dex’s. “Happy birthday, baby.”

Dex blinked at him. “Birthday?”

“Um, yeah.” Sloane shook his head with a chuckle. “It’s your birthday today. Isn’t that why you’re excited?”

“What? Oh, right! It is my birthday, isn’t it? That’s not why I’m excited. I’m excited because we’re going to see Journey and Def Leppard in concert!”

“Of course.” Sloane should have known. It wasn’t as if Dex hadn’t been going on about it for months. Because of their training, they’d been out of the country on and off for several months, and each time they missed a tour date. The moping had gotten so serious that Sparks had insisted they take a month off, conveniently around Dex’s birthday when two of his husband’s favorite bands happened to be in concert. Sloane had surprised Dex with front row tickets. He’d been rewarded handsomely for his gift. In fact, he’d been rewarded for days, and he had a feeling he’d continue being thanked after the concert.

Since they were flying to Tampa, Ash and Cael were coming with them. Although Ash had no desire to be “in Satan’s taint” as he put it, Cael was so excited he could barely sleep knowing they were all going to visit his favorite theme parks the day after the concert.

“I’m concerned,” Dex said, his expression serious.

“About?”

“Ash. You know how he feels about humidity. Has he ever been to Florida? By his comment about Satan’s bits, I’m going to say he has not.”

“I told Cael to buy him summer clothes,” Sloane said.

Dex’s gasp of delight was epic. “Oh my God! I can’t wait. What do you think are the chances of Ash ending up in a tropical shirt?”

“I think the chances are slim. Like, Letty and Ash sitting down and sharing their feelings with each other slim.”

“I don’t know. Chirpy can be pretty persuasive.”

Sloane moved his gaze to their packed suitcases then back to Dex. He peered at him. Dex’s smile had him groaning. “Oh God, what did you buy me, and how bad is it going to assault my vision?”

“Come on, we’re going to be in Florida in August. It’s going to be hot as balls.”

“Answer the question.”

“It’s a very modest, lightweight, button-down shirt. It’s even black.”

Sloane arched an eyebrow at him.

“With palm trees. And sailboats.”

Sloane let his head hang, ignoring Dex’s laugh.

“Come on, Babe. You’re going to look sexy as always. I promise.”

“Should I even ask what else you stuck in my suitcase?”

Dex waggled his eyebrows. “Don’t worry. All the fun stuff is in my suitcase.”

Sloane opened his mouth then closed it. If he didn’t know, he wouldn’t worry. Heaven help the poor TSA agent who decided to check Dex’s luggage because God only knew what his husband had packed.

“We should start getting ready,” Dex said, pushing against Sloane’s chest. Sloane didn’t budge.

“Sweetheart, you do realize we went to bed two hours ago, right?”

“What?”

Sloane dropped back down onto his side of the bed then pulled Dex close. He kissed his goofy husband and covered them with the duvet. “It’s just after midnight. We don’t have to get up for the airport for another five hours. You should get some sleep.”

Dex stared at him. “But Sloane, I drank so much coffee.”

“You’ve drunk so much coffee that I’m pretty sure your blood type is coffee. You can go to sleep. I know you can.”

“How?” Dex whispered, peering at him. “How do you know, Sloane? Is it a sixth sense? Can you sense it? Your jaguar keeps sensing all kinds of weird shit lately.”

“I know it because we’ve been training how to do it for months.”

“Oh, that’s right. Have you set all the alarms?”

Sloane closed his eyes and smiled as Dex cuddled close. “Yes, Dear. I have set all the alarms.”

“Good. Night.”

Within seconds, Dex’s soft snores filled the room, and Sloane couldn’t help but give his husband a squeeze. “I love you,” he murmured before placing a kiss on Dex’s brow. In a few hours, they would be in Florida. It was only a mini vacation, and Sloane knew Dex was disappointed the rest of the team couldn’t take the time off, but Sloane was determined to give Dex a birthday he wouldn’t soon forget.


PART TWO next week. Copyright © 2018 Charlie Cochet. THIRDS published by Dreamspinner Press.

THIRDS Thursday - 8/16/18

Hello, all! Someone brought up a very good question about the new THIRDS Thursdays schedule. On the new schedule, we have one Thursday with a giveaway, one Thursday with something random and THIRDS related, then two Thursdays with flash fiction. But what about months with five Thursdays? That's a good question. These days I'm lucky I know what month we're in. So, that fifth Thursday.... We'll think of something cool for you guys.

How about I give away 5 ARC copies of Love and Payne? Yes? Good idea? Read it before it's out! Woot!

To enter: Just leave a comment below with your most anticipated THIRDS Universe book release. Is it a TIN series book? An M/F THIRDS Universe Novel like Letty and Captain Kirk? Or A THIRDS Universe Novel like Angel and Taylor? Whose book are you just itching for?

Ends: Sunday, August 19th @ midnight EST. Winners will be chosen at random and announced here on this post on Monday, August 20th.

*** GIVEAWAY CLOSED ***

Thank you all so much for joining in the giveaway! We have our five winners. Chosen at random, the winners are:

LauRita

mmgenrebetareaderservices

luminousblade

MillyMollyMandi

Lena (mag)

Congrats! You'll be notified via email regarding your chosen book format and delivery. Thank you all so much for all your amazing comments!

 

THIRDS Thursday 8/9/18

Hello, all! This week's THIRDS Thursday brings us our monthly THIRDS Thursday giveaway! This month we have some signed mass market paperbacks of Hell & High Water with some swaggie bits. For those who aren't familiar with mass market, they're the smaller, lightweight paperbacks you see in bookstores as opposed to the common 6x9 size the series is currently available in. Dreamspinner Press is rolling out the series in mass market size and hopefully, we'll start to see the books in bookstores in the not too distant future. They're currently working on Blood & Thunder, and Rack & Ruin.

I'm giving away 10x signed mass market paperbacks of Hell & High Water + some swaggy bits. The giveaway is open internationally. Winners will be chosen at random and posted here on this post Thursday, Aug 30th.

To enter just leave a comment below which THIRDS character, characters, or couple you'd like the next flash fiction stories to feature.

 

**** GIVEAWAY CLOSED ****

A huge thank you to everyone who entered! Chosen at random, we have our 10x winners (includes the first three letters of your email address for clarifying purposes).

1) rebecca: (reb)

2) Monique Mehlhose: (mom)

3) Rachael Beavis: (mrs)

4) Terri Gutierrez: (tdg)

5) Cathy Brockman: (cat)

6) Saskia: (sas)

7) ElizabethWah: (ewa)

8) Athira: (ath)

9) kinahmari: (gil)

10) Lori: (yee)

Congrats, everyone! You will be emailed shortly regarding delivery of your prize! Thank you again to everyone who entered! We've got more giveaways coming up!

THIRDS Thursday - 8/2/18

Hello, all! So a few weeks ago I posted a fake newspaper image I'd created back when I was writing the very first draft of Hell & High Water. I also talked about the first time Dex and Sloane met back when the book was written in first person, and in Dex's point of view. I mentioned how although Dex knew who he was from the beginning, I kept trying to steer him in a different direction, a far more serious one, and he was having none of it.

Some of you may also recall in the original drawn, Hudson's name was actually Rafe, he was a bit of a douche, had a past with Sloane, and Cael had a crush on him. That didn't last long because Ash came onto the scene, decided Cael was his, Rafe became a huge tiger Therian with a chip on his shoulder, and Hudson was reborn the sweet, slightly awkward nerd we know today.

So here we go. Let's travel back in time to a piece of the original incarnation of Hell & High Water.


“Take off the jacket.”

“What?” I turned to Cael who just shrugged.

Before Rafe could elaborate, something large and dark loomed over me. For a moment, I thought my life was going to flash before my eyes. Then I realized it wasn’t death that had stealthily crept up into my personal space. It was my new partner.

My first instinct was to flee. Even though I knew it was my partner who stood over me in his Human form, the words Apex Predator seemed to be overriding all my good senses, and before I knew it, I had my Sig aimed at his chest with the safety off.

“Back off,” I growled, wondering what the hell was happening to me. All I knew was every instinct I had was on high alert, sirens blaring, my adrenaline pumping like some heavy shit was about to go down around me instead of the eerie silence that had descended. Why hadn’t I had this reaction to any of the other Therians I’d walked past? I knew they were dangerous, Tony had confirmed it. Sloane wasn’t the only Apex Predator, so why couldn’t I put my gun down?

All six and half feet of sleek, raw force stepped closer, and my gaze moved up. He was big, bigger than me, bigger than most of the guys I’d walked past in here, dressed all in black tactical pants and tight black t-shirt—as if his height, set of his shoulders, broad chest, and thick arms didn’t give him enough of an imposing presence.

Sloane was rugged, with a square jaw, and stubble. His pitch black hair gleamed with a faint blue sheen under the lights. It was unruly and windswept, curling slightly around his ears and his collar, but it was his eyes that pinned me to the spot. They were golden molten amber, intense, and unmistakably, one hundred percent Therian. I would have thought he was the hottest guy I’d ever seen if I wasn’t so distracted by the sheer fact that before me stood a man who could rip my throat out with one bite, and I didn’t even know what the hell kind of Felid he was. There was something about him, something he gave off the others didn’t. It struck me deep down inside my core, validating what Therian scientists have been insisted for decades: that Humans were no longer at the top of the food chain.

I knew Sloane wasn’t going to hurt me, but my gut wasn’t taking any chances. Taking a deep calming breath, I slowly forced myself to move the safety into place, but I still couldn’t put my gun away. Not yet.  I stood exceptionally still when he leaned into me, his breath tickling my ear.

A shiver went up my spine when I heard his purr. Goddammit, he was purring, actually purring, and it was vibrating against my ear, like a faint chainsaw. His proximity was radiating heat, making it difficult to breathe, and I didn’t much care for it.

“What is that?” he growled, taking a sniff.

“Awkward? Nah, this ain’t awkward.”

“Answer the question.”

“I don’t know. Tea? I accidentally spilled some black tea on me this morning.”

“Not enough on you to affect me,” he murmured huskily, his voice barely above a whisper. He inhaled again. “It’s something else.”

I wondered what this something else could be. The Citrus Mint Forming Cream? Shower gel? Deodorant? Aftershave? Shampoo? Conditioner? Jesus, did I really use that many products? Didn’t matter. None of those things were any different from what I could detect on him with my paltry Human sense of smell, well, minus the Citrus Mint.

He pulled back with a snarl of disgust and pushed his index finger against the dimple in my chin. “Watch your step, Fancy Feast. Black tea is off the menu unless you’re looking to be on it.”

“I’ll keep that in mind. I’d prefer it if you didn’t sneak up on me.”

“I’m sorry. Next time I walk into the room, I’ll announce my presence so you don’t shit yourself.”

I swiped the apple off my desk and started tossing it back and forth between my hands like a baseball. Prick. “Thanks. To show my appreciation, I’ll make sure to bring you a nice ball of yarn.”

With a humorless laugh, he shoved his hands into his pockets. “Nice one. Tell me, do you write all your own material or does Google help you out with that?”

Oh this was just peachy. We were getting off to a grand start. That was all I needed, for my new partner to hate me as much as my old one. Well if Sloane thought I was going to cower down before him, he had another think coming. There was no way in hell I was going to let him push me around like I was the weaker species. There was a sharp gasp from somewhere in the room and it was only then that I realized I had been so lost in my own inner monologue, I hadn’t noticed Sloane’s pupils dilate to the point where his eyes were almost black. His head was slightly lowered and his gaze was fixed on the apple, following it as it went back and forth, back and forth. His dark brows were drawn together and his jaw was clenched, his nostrils flaring. God help me. It was terrifying, yet exhilarating to watch the gradual transformation.

Then I remembered the catnip. Shit. Was Sloane susceptible? But he wasn’t acting like the others. I’m pretty sure none of their pupils had dilated. In fact, he wasn’t even looking at me. His gaze was still fixed on the apple.

“Listen up, Rookie…”

I followed the soft whisper over to Rafe, surprised to find him with both his hands up in front of him. It wasn’t so much that he looked about ready to spring into action that had me feeling all kinds of nervous, but the alarmed look on his face. I opened my mouth but he shook his head and continued to speak just above a whisper.

“Slowly move the apple away from you and put it on the desk, but make sure he’s following it when you do. Then stay extremely still. No sudden movements.”

I looked over Rafe’s shoulder and nearly dropped the apple. Everyone within our general vicinity had come to a standstill, with half of them looking ready to flee. I kept tossing the apple back and forth as he’d suggested, and turned my gaze back to Sloane. I might not be an expert on the subject, but thanks to Cael, I knew that look. He was getting ready to pounce, and not in a sexy way, but in a cause-serious-bodily-harm kind of way.

Shit. Shit. Shit.

Okay, I had to calm down. I sure knew how to make one hell of a first impression. Doing exactly as Rafe said, I slowed down my movements, and with the apple in my left hand, I made sure he was following it before gingerly placing it on the desk to one side. I drew my hand away very slowly, and stood exceptionally still.

Everyone and everything seemed to be frozen in time, including Sloane, who was just staring at the apple. When I thought I would pass out from holding my breath, he blinked a few times, snatched the apple off the desk, and took a big chunk out of it before Rafe burst into laughter. What the hell just happened?

Sloane laughed and gave my cheek a firm pat. “Welcome to Unit Alpha.” He waved his shiny apple before strolling out of the office as if nothing out of the ordinary had just happened, calling out over his shoulder, “Thanks for the apple, Fancy Feast.”  Rafe wiped a tear away from his eye, laughing as he trailed off after him, and outside, everyone was having a good old fashioned laugh at my expense.

I turned to Cael who looked like he didn’t know what to do with himself.  “What the hell was that? Was he going feral or did I just get punked by my new dick of a partner?”

Cael shrugged. “I don’t know. For a moment, I really thought he was, but then he just sort of snapped out of it.”

“I could have shot him!”

“Not likely. If Sloane believed you to be a threat, he would’ve taken you down the moment you reached for your Sig. His reflexes are far quicker than yours. Seriously, man, don’t mess with him. He’s one of the most lethal Alphas around. I thought dad filled you in on all this.”

“No, dad failed to mention that tiny yet life threatening tidbit of information.”

“What did I fail to mention?”

I spun toward my dad who was watching us curiously and threw my hands up in frustration. “The fact that my partner is one of the most lethal Alphas in this unit and a complete dick!” Taking a deep breath, I dropped down onto my chair and sighed. This wasn’t how I’d pictured my first day going. “You and your stupid ideas.” I cast him a dirty look. “You gave me that apple, and when I started tossing it around, Sloane started to go feral, or pretended to, I have no clue.”

“His pupils dilated,” Cael pitched in, coming to stand next to Tony. “I thought it was the real deal. I could smell it.”

“You can smell a shift?” I asked, wondering if I really wanted to know. “Sounds gross.”

“If someone sweats a lot you can smell it right?”

I nodded.

“Similar principle.”

Tony frowned and shook his head. “I gave you the apple so you could give it to him because he loves those things. Figured it might get the two of you off on the right foot.”

“Well, it didn’t.”

The more Tony appeared to think on it, the more nervous I became. He obviously had something on his mind. It was written all over him like someone had taken a Sharpie to his bald head.

“What?”

“Remember when you kids were younger, how you were all moody and pissed off all the time?”

I waved that remark away. “We were teenagers. Of course we were moody and pissed off all the time.”

“And remember that time I took you boys camping and you two got into that stupid fight over who was getting to sleep in what tent and you started waving that flashlight in Cael’s face?”

How could I forget? One minute we were cursing at each other like brothers do and the next minute I was on my back with a death grip on my flashlight because it was the only thing keeping Cael’s fangs from sinking into my neck. Cael had gone feral on me and his Therian side was having trouble communicating with his Human side. After our dad managed to get Cael to change back, we’d taken him straight to the hospital, where the good old doctor explained it was all part of growing up for my feline brother. Like going berserk and sinking your fangs into someone was right up there with zits or jacking off twenty times a day. Cael’s teenage hormones wreaked havoc with his neurological makeup, so until he grew out of it, he’d have to take some suppressants to keep him from getting himself into trouble, just like any other number of teenage Therians out there.

“So… what? You think he was actually going feral and then tried to cover it up? Besides, the whole hormone imbalance thing only happens to kids and teenagers, right?”

Cael shrugged. “It can happen to adults if something really gets under our skin. I mean really gets under our skin, but that never happens to Sloane. The guy’s impervious to everything.”

A worried look came onto Tony's face as he sat on the edge of my desk. “Either way, Dex, and don’t take this the wrong way—”

“Which basically means I will.”

“Look, I know you consider yourself pretty tough, and I’m not saying you’re not. Hell, you gotta be to do the job you do, but this is a whole different world. You need to be careful about who you piss off, and not just in here. Sure, you might find yourself roughed up a little, but none of these guys would cause you any serious damage. Not intentionally. Sloane’s… not the easiest guy to handle, but he’s a good guy and he’ll have your back. Out there is a danger the likes of which you’ve never faced.”

I was watching him carefully as he spoke, taking note of all his little nuances and reading between the lines. Slowly it all started coming together. Sloane was considered dangerous, even among his own kind. Obviously, he was one hell of an asset. Why the hell had they paired him up with me? Tony seemed to read my mind.

“You got something, kid. Whatever it is, Kyler and Howell saw it and decided you were the guy for the job. I think you and Sloane could learn a lot from each other.”

I had no idea what exactly he thought Sloane could learn from me. I on the other hand could learn how to keep myself from getting mauled by my partner.

“Say, what kind of Felid is Sloane, anyway? He wasn’t exactly forthcoming with that information.”

“Pantherinae, first lineage. Black Jaguar,” Tony replied, sounding almost proud. I guess he was, considering this was his department. “Congratulations, Dex. You got yourself partnered up with one of the rarest Alphas in the city.”


So there we have it. A good deal of world building changed after that. Dex was fighting me every step of the way. This wasn't how he wanted the story told, and Sloane was getting even grumpier that he wasn't getting his side of the story told. I'd written about 25,000 words, and scrapped it all. I kept some of the scene ides, like Dex  in his HPF captain's office, the plot revolving around the Isaac and the Humi-Therians being killed. Every interaction with Dex and Sloane was scrapped and started from the beginning. Sometimes you have to listen to your gut. Or in this case, a gummy bear, cheesy doodle crunching blond menace.


Love and Payne now available for pre-order from Dreamspinner Press!

Hello, all! I'm excited to announce Love and Payne (Austen and Zach's book) is now available for pre-order from Dreamspinner Press.

Dreamspinner ebook Pre-order: http://bit.ly/CCLAPDSPEBOOK Dreamspinner Paperback Pre-order: http://bit.ly/CCLAPDSPPB

For those who prefer to pre-order from Amazon or third-party sellers, those tend to be available about a week or so before release.

BOOK DETAILS Genre: Paranormal Gay Romance, Shifters Series: A THIRDS Universe Novel, Standalone Length: Novel 64,670 words, 200 pages Published: Sept 4th, 2018 Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Cover Artist: LC Chase Ebook ISBN-13:9781640807747 Paperback ISBN-13:978164080775-4

SYNOPSIS

Austen Payne, THIRDS Squadron Specialist Agent (SSA) for Destructive Delta and TIN operative, has seen the worst the world has to offer, faced lethal killers, and helped bring down dangerous organizations. But nothing terrifies him more than falling in love. After years of undercover work, Austen is a master at defending himself and protecting his heart… until he meets Osmond Zachary.

THIRDS Defense Agent Osmond Zachary has a huge, doting family, yet something is missing in his life. After meeting grumpy, foul-mouthed, jittery cheetah Therian Austen Payne, Zach knows exactly what that something—or someone—is. Unfortunately Austen seems determined to avoid Zach at all costs.

When Zach foils an assassination attempt, he ends up in the killer’s crosshairs, and Austen is Zach’s best chance at staying alive. Zach hopes the crisis will bring them closer, but Austen has every intention of walking away as soon as the danger is over.

Happily ever after isn’t for guys like Austen, but Zach is determined to show him it can be….

💛 EXCERPT

** It is not necessary to read the THIRDS series to enjoy Love and Payne. Austen and Zach originally appeared in the THIRDS series, and characters mentioned in Love and Payne are featured in the THIRDS series. If you prefer to read stories in order, you’ll find the THIRDS series reading order below. Zach and Austen do not appear in all the books.

SERIES READING ORDER

Hell & High Water (THIRDS, Book 1) Blood & Thunder (THIRDS Book 2) Rack & Ruin (THIRDS, Book 3) Rise & Fall (THIRDS, Book 4) Against the Grain (THIRDS, Book 5) Catch a Tiger by the Tail (THIRDS, Book 6) Smoke & Mirrors (THIRDS, Book 7) Thick & Thin (THIRDS Book 8) Darkest Hour Before Dawn (THIRDS, Book 9) Gummy Bears & Grenades (A THIRDS Novella) Tried & True (THIRDS, Book 10) Check out the THIRDS on Pinterest.

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