Winners!

August 11, 2014

The trains weren’t on time tonight, but I almost am!

First, a huge thank-you to everyone who visited, commented, and made this a party! You guys rock so hard…

Second, I forgot to tell you about my free story that ties in with The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds. Bad me. :(   If you’re a member of the Goodreads MM Romance Group you may’ve already seen it, but if you haven’t read Better Than New yet (and would like to) you can grab it at my blog, here.

 

Okay, now the good part!

The winner of a signed paperback copy of The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds is Doris!

JenCW will get the ebook delivered to her DsP book shelf!

I hope you like bracelets, Doris, because you’re the winner of my bracelet and rubber owl!

Please email me at c.descoteauxwritesATgmailDOTcom with the necessary info as soon as you’re able.  :)

Everyone have a great week!

Rainbow Rose

 

The post with the steamy excerpt!

August 11, 2014

Here it is, my last post before announcing the winners of today’s giveaways!

Thank you for visiting the release party for my first full-length novel, The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds! I’m so glad you stopped by, and hope you had a little fun.

Speaking of fun and sex (we weren’t talking about sex? Well, why the hell not?) Strange Birds is an erotic romance so naturally sex figures prominently in the growth of both men. They come into the story with their own ideas of what sex is, and what it should be. Those ideas don’t always mesh, because that would just be too easy. ;)

Besides, sex is different for everyone (I’m guessing here, since I haven’t actually had sex with everyone). What it’s like, and what it includes, both depend on a lot of variables. Not the least of which is who your partner is and what they bring to the table (or the sofa or the backseat of the car or…). Sex for same-sex partners is different than it is for opposite-sex partners too—not only in the most obvious ways.

It’s pretty obvious that same-sex partners don’t go into it with the idea that sex is about procreation. It’s about pleasure, about showing your partner how you feel about them, about the connection. So, very often, it’s not about penetration either. I’m not going to knock it in general, but penetration doesn’t have to be the culmination of every sex scene—or every relationship, for that matter. Most of the opposite-sex romance novels I’ve read seemed to be saying that it is, that penetrative sex is the ultimate goal two people should have (along with marriage, but that’s a whole post unto itself).

What’s the point of this, you ask? I enjoy same-sex romance because you never really know how it’ll end. Sure, if it’s marked romance you expect someone to be in love with someone else by the end and for those feelings to be returned, but it seems to me this is the only hard and fast rule. The mysteries of how they’ll get there and what they’d do along the way are the fun parts. The journey can look wildly different for every couple.

Okay, I’ll stop rambling and make with the steamy excerpt now. :)

I’ll be back by 7 p.m. Pacific Time to announce the winners.

In the meantime, tell me about your expectations when you read male-male romances. Do you like a lot of sex, or just a little? Wild or vanilla? The sky’s the limit, and every post is an entry for my giveaways.

No fair saying “it depends on the story” either–everyone has a favorite thing and I want to hear ‘em!  In this, as in all the truly fun things in life, there are no wrong answers. :)

All the excerpts today have been from Phil’s POV, but Lee has a voice in this book too. Here’s a little from him. The context for the excerpt is a little spoilery, so I hope I’m not too horrible if I don’t share it. :D

Lee moaned when Phil knelt on the floor in front of him, and again when he leaned against him and kissed him slowly, deeply, circling Lee’s tongue with his like a preview of coming attractions.

Lee didn’t have to wait long, after that kiss, Phil moved faster with every passing moment. He pulled at Lee’s shirt, and as soon as it was off, tossed it behind him without a glance, and dove forward to kiss a path down his abs. Phil’s hands shook as he slid the elastic waistband of Lee’s sweats down, and by the time his dick was free, both panted loudly in the otherwise silent room.

Phil sucked gently on the head until Lee raised his hips. After a long teasing moment, he opened his lips and let Lee fuck his mouth. A few strokes like that and Phil lowered his head, just a little, every time Lee pushed up. Lee fought the urge to bury both hands in Phil’s hair. He wanted to tangle his fingers, feel Phil’s head banging from both sides, but settled for watching as his hair bounced up and floated down.

Whoa, it’s getting long—it hardly even curls anymore.

Lee grunted with the effort to keep from grabbing Phil’s hair as he sped the pace. Almost like he’d been listening to a Tool song but then Metallica came on the radio. Lee smiled and pulled his good leg up over the arm of the little chair. More leverage meant more friction and—oh shit—and then Phil wrapped a hand around the inside of Lee’s hip. He gripped the crease where leg and ass met, massaging until Phil’s thumb found his hole. For a moment, that felt much longer than it could’ve been, time stopped, just like the hummingbird wings in Phil’s pictures. The moment ended when Phil gripped harder and traced a circle with his hot thumb, ripping a hoarse scream from Lee’s throat as he came.

“Oh shit,” Lee panted, his head lolled to the side, his ass hanging off the chair. He opened his eyes and saw the ottoman about four feet away, his casted foot barely hanging on to the corner.

Phil kissed Lee’s deflating prick and then turned away. He lifted his cast and slid the ottoman under Lee’s leg.

“Oh man, I think you should pay me now.”

“What?” All the happy disappeared from Phil’s face and his body got very still.

“You need to feel this good too.”

Lee leaned forward and rested a hand on Phil’s shoulder. When he didn’t look any less happy, Lee drew his palm down across his chest. He scooted a little more upright and then slipped his hand around Phil’s hip, drawing him closer. Phil shook his head but didn’t really seem to be saying no. After a careful moment spent watching Phil’s face for any sign he was going too far, Lee pushed his fingertips past the waistband of his jeans. Phil shivered, and he took that as a sign and opened the snap.

“Come up here?”

Phil turned his face up to Lee, panting through his beautiful swollen lips. When Lee slipped both hands under his arms and pulled, he didn’t resist. Lee kissed those luscious lips as he arranged Phil across his lap, and didn’t stop while he opened his pants. He was about to pull them off, but at the last minute just brought them down enough to get at Phil’s burning erection.

“Oh shit, you’re so hot.”

Lee grabbed a big handful of Phil’s ass and lifted until he could lick the glistening tip of his cock. When Phil moaned in response, Lee closed his lips over the head. He was tempted to move to the bed so he could watch Phil’s face—his gorgeous face—while he came, but didn’t want to stop sucking his dick to do it.

As though getting off had erased the tough workday, Lee lifted Phil in a faster and faster rhythm until he got close.

Much more fun than free weights.

 

Thanks again for hanging out with us today—hope you enjoyed the excerpts! I’ll be back in a couple of hours for the drawing. If the train is on time, I’ll be back before then to answer any questions and enjoy the party from the comfort of my PC instead of my phone. :)

 

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Release Party Post #4: LGBTQ Youth and Charities + Excerpt

August 11, 2014

Welcome back to my release party!

I’m getting a little serious here, so if you want to skip down to the excerpt I’ll understand. It’s a little serious too, though, so I wanted to warn everyone. The book deals with some serious and potentially triggery subject matter, and this is just a little hint at what Phil and Lee have to deal with before they get their HEA.

I’ve seen a few authors in this wonderful genre we all love talking about giving characters happy endings that the people they knew in real life weren’t able to enjoy. The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds does that, in a way.

Parts of Phil’s backstory are taken from a friend of mine who spent some time in foster care during her childhood. She and her little brother were taken from their mother and spent a few weeks in separate foster homes. Luckily, their grandmother fought for custody of both kids. My friend’s story started me thinking about all kinds of “What if” scenarios.

But those are way too spoilery to talk about.

I can’t talk about nothing, though (not for long, anyway ;) ), so I’ll talk about a real-life issue—the lack of services and safe spaces available for LGBTQ youth. Even in places known for being liberal, LGBTQ youth (and adults, for that matter) have problems with acceptance, which often leads to unstable life situations. Oregon is no exception. Depending on the study you read, at least half to two-thirds of Oregon’s homeless youth are LGBTQ. Places like Outside In, and SMYRC (Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center) are among the organizations doing great work to change that in the Portland area.

SMYRC is a program of Portland’s Q Center, and they provide youth aged 12-23 with a safe space to hang out, participate in activities from community involvement to music and art, and access services from life skills education to job readiness and counseling. They also provide a lot of the basic necessities of life that most of us are lucky enough to take for granted, like toiletries and warm winter clothes. Last year I spent almost five months knitting and donated a large bag of hats, scarves, and mitts during their annual clothing drive. I didn’t have money to spare, but I had yarn!

As soon as the NFL pre-season gets going I’ll be back at it. Charity knitting in front of football games is one of my favorite things about the fall.

 

Do you have a favorite charity that helps LGBTQ youth?

If so, I’d love to hear about it. If you give or volunteer there, I want to hear about that too. Toot your own horn, and help raise awareness of all the great work being done around the world to help our kids grow up knowing their worth.

 

 

Excerpt:

They sat in silence for a few minutes. Phil thought Jerry was waiting for him to ask another question. He had one but wasn’t sure how to ask it.

“Your scars aren’t you, Phil. It’s possible they won’t make any difference to Lee at all.”

Phil shook his head, scooted back on the bed, and pulled his legs up under the folds of his robe.

“You don’t have to tell him, or anyone, about them unless you want to.”

“But that means….”

Jerry leaned forward and rested his elbows on his knees. “No, it doesn’t mean you can’t be intimate. It means you choose what to tell and when. You can tell it all, or you can just say they’re old scars, you’re fine now, and you don’t want to talk about it.”

Phil thought about it longer than Jerry could stay in that position. Jerry stood and stretched his back, hung his sport jacket in the closet, and sat in an old wing chair on the other side of the room.

“I-isn’t that l-l… dishonest?”

“No.”

Jerry’s tone suggested he wanted Phil to turn around, so he did, and then scooted near to where he sat.

“You don’t owe anyone an explanation, Phil. You don’t have to say anything you’re uncomfortable with. And while we’re on the subject, you don’t have to do anything you’re uncomfortable with either. You decide what to do and when to do it. Understand?”

Phil nodded and then looked up—he was afraid he would cry from frustration. “But I d-do want to.”

Jerry nodded. “Then you should.” He smiled. “Lee’s a good guy, and it’s clear there’s something between you, so just go until you have to stop and then start again when you can.”

Jerry had a knack for making things sound simple. Not easy, but simple.

“C-can I ask you something else?”

“Phil, you can ask anything, anytime. You know questions only bother me when I don’t know the answers.”

Phil smiled and his chin shook, which started the rest of him shaking again. “I never… I mean, I never thanked you for h-helping me. Why did you? I don’t mean to s-sound ungrateful—”

“Hold on. You don’t sound ungrateful. It’s a logical question. And the answer is simple, unlike everything else in your life: you needed someone to fight for you, to help you, and I was in a position to do it. I’m glad I was. What you went through—nobody should have to go through anything like that, and especially not alone.”

Phil swiped at his cheeks, but even though they burned, they were dry.

“I know you wanted to give up, more than once or twice, but you didn’t. What happened to you would’ve broken a lesser man. You know that, don’t you? I’m proud of you, Phil. It wasn’t easy, and may never be easy, but you’re still standing.”

Jerry stood and slowly approached the bed. Phil looked up, and when he realized Jerry would hug him, his eyes stung, but at the same time he felt like smiling. When Jerry wrapped both arms around his shoulders and pulled him close, Phil hugged him back.

They stayed like that for a few minutes, and then Jerry moved away the half step he usually let stand between them. He smiled and then sniffled.

“Thanks, Phil.”

“I was just going to s-say that to you.”

Phil wasn’t sure what Jerry was thanking him for and didn’t want to ask. The day had been exhausting, and he was ready to burrow into bed and read until he fell asleep. He was relieved when, after a moment’s pause to give him a chance to ask another question if he would, Jerry turned the conversation to food.

 

Don’t forget to comment with your favorite LGBTQ youth-based charity for a chance to win a copy of Strange Birds or a charm bracelet and your very own strange bird!

 

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Where to find me & The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds!

August 11, 2014

                                 

  The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds Tour Dates

Aug. 16 - Chat on Dreamspinner’s Facebook Page

Aug. 21 - Joyfully Jay

Aug. 23 – Goodreads Chat

Aug. 26 – The Novel Approach

Sept. 4 – Michael Rupured’s Blog

Sept. 11 – Cup O’ Porn

Sept. 16 – Charlie Cochet’s Purple Rose Tea House

Sept. 18 – Grace Duncan’s Blog

Sept. 24 – Guys Like Romance Too

 

I hope to see you along the way–especially at the Facebook Chat! It’ll be my first one and I’m a little nervous about it. As an incentive (maybe, if you like this sort of thing), here’s the bird-themed giveaway I have planned for Saturday. It’s one of those magic coasters that keeps your desk dry even if your cup sweats a little. Another ebook will be up for grabs too. :)

 

If you have any questions, about any of my books, about me, or anything at all, ask away. I’ll be back in a few with another post and excerpt from The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds!

 

Rattle my cages anytime — I’d love to hear from you!

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The Actual Birds in The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds

August 11, 2014

 

When I first started writing my novel about Phil and Lee I called it Strange Birds. I used that working title so long, no other title seemed to fit. Which was a problem when I wanted to submit it. Strange Birds doesn’t exactly scream Romance Novel, does it?

I love the title I chose, but feel the need to let everyone know actual birds are involved. I don’t want anyone thinking “strange birds” is a euphemism or any kind of joke, so here are the actual birds, in order of appearance.

Hummingbirds

Credit: J. Tanner

I’ve had hummingbird gardens in the past, full of fuchsias and butterfly bushes. Now that I’m on the fourth floor in a north-facing apartment, I have to rely on photographs. Lucky for me, I have an in with some amazing photographers via the Absolute Write Forums.

Blue Heron

These are older and larger than the babies in SB, but they’re so cute! Blue Heron nests are usually 2-3 feet in diameter before the eggs hatch, but are a work in progress as the chicks grow. A nest can grow to over 5 feet in diameter and 3 feet deep to accommodate the long-legged babies. Sometimes it can grow a foot or two overnight, which I learned one spring a few years ago, as I watched a clutch that lived in a nearby park.

Evening Grosbeak

I love these birds—they look like hard cases, but seem to play well with others. When I first moved to Oregon I would check off every new bird species I found. The grosbeaks shared the food with many other types of birds with hardly a scuffle, and, being 6-9 inches long with a wingspan of 12-14 inches, they look cool in large groups.

Osprey

This juvenile osprey looks about ready to leave the nest permanently. I’ve been lucky enough to watch parents teaching their young to fish at local rivers and lakes. They’re amazing hunters!

Red-tailed Hawk

Almost everyone has probably seen a hawk soaring at one time or another. They make flying look effortless!

Sam the Eagle

Sam isn’t in the avian cast directly but he’s mentioned as inspiration for a work of art, so I had to include him. I loved him on The Muppet Show, always trying to maintain order in the midst of happy chaos. He reminded me of the bald eagle I saw near my little house in the middle of nowhere. That eagle suffered silently as a small group of crows tried to chase him out of the tree. Somehow, he managed to look dignified the whole time. But I still brought my cats inside—he must’ve weighed fifty pounds and could’ve made off with both of them at once without batting an eye.

 

Have you ever seen a strange or rare bird? I’d love to hear your stories of watching hummingbirds build nests, an osprey hunt or a bald eagle sitting in silence as a family of crows try to chase him out of their tree! Every comment is an entry for all three of my giveaway prizes!

 

Excerpt:

Lee popped the tops on two cans, one in each hand, as he walked across the clearing. He’d spent a few Willston Jubilee weekends working in the beer gardens, and opening twice the number of beers he could drink at once wasn’t the only useless skill he’d practiced. Phil’s eye roll didn’t take anything from the fact that his face wasn’t pointed toward the ground.

“Ch-check it out.” Phil took a long pull from the can as he stepped aside to let Lee look through the viewfinder.

Lee was speechless. The view was like nothing he’d ever seen in real life: a huge bowl-like nest that had to have been made from branches the size of his wrist sat near the top of a tall old maple. Two full-grown blue herons stood outside the nest, and as Lee watched, four or five beaks appeared and started a cacophony of bird sounds.

It was cool, but not cooler than what happened next. Phil moved so close he was almost pressed against Lee’s side, and then he bumped him out of the way with a strategically placed shoulder. Lee took a few steps sideways to keep his feet and when he turned, Phil was snapping photos like a photographer on America’s Next Top Model. And smiling. Not a split your face kind of smile—somehow Phil’s plain joy packed even more of a wallop. Phil was captivated by what he was doing—snapping a series of pictures, fiddling with the settings on his camera, and then snapping few more.

If the guy puts that much effort into sex, I might not live through it.

 

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Photo Credits: All bird photos courtesy of Wikipedia, except as noted; Red Tailed Hawk photo licensed from Graphicstock.

The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds Release Party!

August 11, 2014

Cover The Nesting Habits of Strange BirdsHello and welcome! Charley Descoteaux here, to celebrate the release of my first full-length novel, The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds!

I’m taking over the DsP Blog today to give away a copy of the book, of course, and I also have something a little different. More on that later. ;)

For those of you who don’t know me, Dreamspinner released my first novella in June of 2013, and Strange Birds is my fifth title. I live in Portland, Oregon, and right now am missing the rain big-time! I’m happiest when it’s 75 or below, and this summer it feels like we barely get those temps at night. I exaggerate, but 90 is just too hot for us web footed folks.

Soon I’m heading to the day job (which isn’t evil, only demanding :) ) so I’ll only be around during breaks and on my commutes (don’t worry, I take the train :) ). I’ve planned ahead—four posts with excerpts and a little extra are scheduled throughout the day, and all comments are eligible for all the giveaways. If the winner already has a copy of Strange Birds, they can choose two from my backlist.

Before I go any farther, I want to thank everyone who pre-ordered Strange Birds during my charity drive. Between pre-orders and my Rainbow Award entry fee, I’ll be sending a total of $XX to The Trevor Project! They’re my go-to national charity, and especially relevant to this book.

Okay, just a little business and then I’ll give you the first excerpt.

All comments today will be in the running for copies of Strange Birds—one signed paperback (US only), and one ebook copy.

I also have a special charm bracelet I made to celebrate my fifth release with Dreamspinner. I’ve added a charm for each of my stories, and left plenty of room for you to add to it with charms for your favorite books, vacations, anything that makes you happy!

The bracelet has a flip-flop for Directing Traffic, a piece of hard candy for Curious Sustenance, a wing for Toy Run, a key for Not the Doctor, and a camera for Strange Birds.

Along with the bracelet will come one very strange bird—a rubber owl. I saw these little guys and just couldn’t resist! Since this will be the first one to go, the winner can choose which color they’d like.

Now, on to the fun part! This excerpt is a good introduction to Phil and Lee, and how they see each other. It’s the first time they talk. But first the blurb.

All he ever wanted was to be a normal guy….

Phil Brask spends his days in the basement of his mentor’s Victorian home, converting legal documents into electronic format. When the pipe feeding the water heater bursts, Lee Redding arrives in the plumber’s truck and draws Phil away from the narrow focus of his computer and camera lens. Lee gives Phil hope for a life beyond the walls he’s constructed using the nesting habits of migratory birds and dense legal files, a guided tour through a world filled with romance and music…maybe even family. But there’s a reason Phil retreated behind those walls, why he panics at a simple touch.

Lee has a good life—working with his uncle and on his mother’s farm, playing bass in a horrible metal band, and hooking up when he pleases—but he’s always suspected something was missing. When he meets the hot photographer with the icy-blue eyes, he knows exactly what that something is. Phil isn’t like other guys, but neither is Lee beneath his carefree exterior. Maybe Lee’s the perfect guy to show Phil that everything doesn’t have to be done the hard way and “home” isn’t a four-letter word.

 

TWO DAYS later he was busy again—scan; file; shred—when unfamiliar footsteps entered the garage.

“Sorry to bother you, but would it be okay if I used the phone in the kitchen?”

His hand shook when he reached for the next sheet of paper, so he pulled it back empty. After a quick glance up to make sure the guy was looking, he nodded.

“Thanks….”

The guy didn’t leave.

“Say, this is the part where you tell me your name.”

He waited, but still the guy didn’t leave. He took a slow deep breath and rehearsed it silently first. “Phil.”

“Hey, Phil. I’m Lee.”

He glanced up again. Lee’s smile—patient; kind; happy—wasn’t like anything he’d ever seen before. Lee had arrived in the plumber’s truck, with his worn jeans and his surfer hair. Lee. Lee had laughed at Jerry’s silly story about the case that made him want to retire. Lee still wore that same smile when Phil tilted his head to the side just enough to see that Lee’s eyes were brown. He returned his gaze to the floor beside his feet. “H-hey.”

“So I’m half brain-dead from lack of sleep and forget to charge my phone.”

Lee laughed, and the sound felt so good in his ears Phil wanted to laugh along with him. He settled for a strategic head-tilt that allowed him to watch Lee while keeping his face mostly hidden.

“What’re you doing with all these boxes?” Lee twisted to look around the small garage at the Bankers Boxes lining the workbench and sitting in stacks on the floor.

“S-scanning the d-documents.”

“Why? I mean, this is a lot of documents to scan.”

Phil sidestepped behind a stack of boxes and glanced up again. Lee’s smile dialed up a notch. He was so close, Phil could see the outline of his body beneath his T-shirt—the muscular body of a guy who ate like a guy. How was he supposed to get anything out with that in front of him? Talking was difficult enough anyway.

Lee leaned over an open box and looked inside.

“Th-those are p-priv—They’re c-confidential.”

“Oh, sorry. I didn’t see anything.” He took a step back and wiped his palms down the front of his shirt. “Are you a lawyer too? Jerry’s a cool guy. I bet he’s fun to work for. Or with.”

Phil shook his head. “N-not a…. Jerry’s great.” The corner of his mouth twitched into something like a smile.

“Well, I better make that call. Thanks. You really saved my bacon, Phil.”

Lee grinned and took a few steps toward the door. He looked over his shoulder just before he disappeared in the direction of the house.

After he left, Phil leaned against the table holding the computer and scanner to catch his breath.

 

Thanks for reading!

I’ll be back in a bit with another excerpt and a bit about the actual birds in The Nesting Habits of Strange Birds.

I’ll check in during my break, so if you have any questions fire away!

Rainbow Rose

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Blood & Thunder Release Day Party: Winner & Goodnight!

August 4, 2014

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Hey all! Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by! It’s been an awesome day!

By the power of the Magic Hat, a random name has been drawn for the Blood & Thunder Release Day Party giveaway which includes any 2 eBooks from my current releases. Now onto the winner! By the power of the Magic Hat, the winner is:

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Congrats, Antonia! I’ll be in touch shortly to arrange delivery of your prizes!

If you didn’t win, remember you can still enter the blog tour giveaway! There are also plenty more fun events and giveaways coming soon.

Again, to everyone who participated today or dropped by, a huge thank you from me and the fellas!

 

Now available from Dreamspinner Press in eBook | Paperback

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About the Author:

Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and boy, it’s hot! When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

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Blog Tour Stops:

1st Aug - Prism Book Alliance
4th Aug - Dreamspinner Press Blog Release Party & Release Day Blitz
5th Aug - The Blogger Girls
6th Aug - The Novel Approach
7th Aug - Hearts on Fire
8th Aug – Attention is Arbitrary
9th Aug - Dreamspinner Press Facebook page.
11th Aug - Joyfully Jay
12th Aug – TTC Books and More

 

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Blood & Thunder Release Day Party: Random Fact Fun

August 4, 2014

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Hello all! We’re back! Thanks for dropping by the Blood & Thunder Release Day Party! Woot! I’m here celebrating the second book in my new THIRDS series: Comedy. Action. Romance. And that one weird guy! For this post I thought I’d share some random fun facts about our team Destructive Delta.

Dex: When he was fourteen years old, Tony and Cael walked in to his bedroom to find him with his boy parts in the vaccum cleaner hose.
Sloane: Used to dress up like Indiana Jones when he was little and set up his and Ash’s room like an obstacle course. Ash would roll toward him and pretend he was the giant boulder chasing Indy.
Ash: Doesn’t actually have a nut allergy. He does in fact have a shellfish allergy.
Cael: Was so small when he was a kid he got lost in a ball pit at a schoolmate’s birthday party. They had to empty it out to find him.
Calvin: When he was twelve, he thought it would be a good idea to hold onto the back of Hobbs’s bike while on his skateboard. When Hobbs took off, Calvin flew forward without his skateboard. He scraped his knee on the concrete. He still has the scar. (This in no way is a true story. Okay, it is. I was twelve!)
Hobbs: Grew up next door to Calvin in the same apartment building. When he couldn’t sleep or was scared, he’d use his walkie talkie to call Calvin who would read to Hobbs until he fell asleep.
Rosa: Had considered being a chef before going into law enforcement.
Letty: Has grenade shaped cookie cutters and gun shaped egg cookie cutters.
Tony: Dressed like Darth Vader for Dex’s seventh birthday party and gave the kids Styrofoam lightsabers so they could fight him.

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Genre: M/M Contemporary Paranormal Romance
Series: THIRDS Book Two
Length: 240 pages
Published: Aug 4th, 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 13: 978-1-63216-178-9
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-63216-177-2

Action. Comedy. Romance. And that one weird guy.

When a series of bombs go off in a Therian youth center, injuring members of THIRDS Team Destructive Delta, and causing a rift between agents Dexter J. Daley and Sloane Brodie, peace seems unattainable. Especially when a new and frightening group, the Order of Adrasteia, appears to always be a step ahead. With panic and intolerance spreading and streets becoming littered with the Order’s propaganda, hostility between Humans and Therians grows daily. Dex and Sloane, along with the rest of the team, are determined to take down the Order and restore peace, not to mention settle a personal score. But the deeper the team investigates the bombings, the more they believe there’s a more sinister motive than a desire to shed blood and spread chaos.

Discovering the frightful truth behind the Order’s intent forces Sloane to confront secrets from a past he thought he’d left behind for good, a past that could not only destroy him and his career, but also the reputation of the organization that made him all he is today. Now more than ever, Dex and Sloane need each other, and, along with trust, the strength of their bond will mean the difference between justice and all-out war.

Read Chapter One here.

 

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About the Author:

Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and boy, it’s hot! When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

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Blog Tour Stops:

1st Aug - Prism Book Alliance
4th Aug - Dreamspinner Press Blog Release Party & Release Day Blitz
5th Aug - The Blogger Girls
6th Aug - The Novel Approach
7th Aug - Hearts on Fire
8th Aug – Attention is Arbitrary
9th Aug - Dreamspinner Press Facebook page.
11th Aug - Joyfully Jay
12th Aug – TTC Books and More

 

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Blood & Thunder Release Day Party: Excerpt

August 4, 2014

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Hello all! Thanks again for stopping by the Blood & Thunder release day party! Since we were talking about coffee earlier, I thought the following excerpt would fit nicely.

Remember, I’m giving away any 2 eBooks from my current releases to one lucky winner! (Release Day party giveaway ends at 7 pm (Eastern time) and will be announced on the final post at 8 pm. Just leave a comment on any of the release party posts for a chance to win!

A shuffling sound, followed by a long groan caught his ear and Sloane turned, watching in amusement as Dex took a seat at the counter. Sections of his hair stuck up in peaks, making him look like he had little devil horns, and he had a pillowcase mark across one pink cheek.

“Morning,” Sloane said cheerfully.

Dex looked up at him without raising his head. He let out a grunt and Sloane chuckled. And the guy called him grumpy pants. Adding the hot frothed milk to Dex’s coffee, he placed the bucket-sized cappuccino in front of his partner. Dex wrapped his hands around the mug, shuddered from head to toe, and rather than lifting it to his mouth, he hunched over to put his lips to the mug, and sipped.

“Oh God,” Dex moaned, closing his eyes, making the same face he did during sex. It went straight to Sloane’s groin. Curious, he decided to ask.

“If you had to choose between coffee and—”

“Coffee.”

“You didn’t know what I was going to say,” Sloane laughed.

Dex shook his head. “Doesn’t matter. Coffee.”

“Me or coffee.”

“Coffee.”

“Wow. Okay, sex or coffee.”

“Coffee.”

“Your brother or—”

“Coffee. I would totally trade my brother for a good cup of coffee.” He took a sip with a contented sigh. His gaze shifted to Sloane. “Okay, maybe I wouldn’t trade him in for coffee. Although….” He pursed his lips thoughtfully then shook his head. “No, you’re right, that would be wrong.”

Sloane didn’t mind he came second to coffee, because all he had to do was bide his time. The dark, frothy brew might dominate his lover’s mind at first, but as soon as Dex was finished, they’d both have breakfast, and then the dishes would be cleared and washed. They’d go upstairs, brush their teeth, and Sloane would take off his shirt on the way to the armchair at the end of the bedroom where his clothes and toiletry bag were. As expected, he’d never make it there.

Dex pounced, arms wrapping around Sloane’s waist, one hand caressing Sloane’s chest, the other slipping underneath the elastic band of his boxer briefs while Dex delivered kisses to his back, the tip of his tongue licking, teeth nipping.

“Still thinking of trading me in for coffee?” Sloane asked huskily.

“I may have been a bit rash. You know I can’t be trusted when the Starbucks siren gets me in her caffeinated clutches. I’m weak. It shames me.”

 

Now available from Dreamspinner Press in eBook | Paperback

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About the Author:

Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and boy, it’s hot! When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

 Visit Charlie’s Author Website | Sign up for Charlie’s Newsletter

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Blog Tour Stops:

1st Aug - Prism Book Alliance
4th Aug - Dreamspinner Press Blog Release Party & Release Day Blitz
5th Aug - The Blogger Girls
6th Aug - The Novel Approach
7th Aug - Hearts on Fire
8th Aug – Attention is Arbitrary
9th Aug - Dreamspinner Press Facebook page.
11th Aug - Joyfully Jay
12th Aug – TTC Books and More

 

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Blood & Thunder Release Day Party: Giveaway Post!

August 4, 2014

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Hello all! Charlie Cochet here! Welcome back to the Blood & Thunder release day party! And what would a party be without goodies! I’m giving away any 2 eBooks from my current releases to one lucky winner! Release Day party giveaway ends at 7 pm (Eastern time) and will be announced on the final post at 8 pm.

Dex is a man after my own heart. One of his quirks is a serious coffee addiction. The guy just can’t function without his morning cup of java, and several more cups throughout the day. In Blood & Thunder, Dex is horrified when his ex-boyfriend Lou spills the beans (no pun intended. Ha! totally intended) on his secret, known as: The Waking Dead. The Waking Dead is that period between when Dex “wakes up” to when he’s had his first cup of coffee. In that time, he is a walking zombie. No signs of life. Dead to the world.

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Now I love my coffee, and I enjoy trying out new flavors, but there are some I might think twice about trying. Here are some of the strange coffee flavors I found while surfing the internet.

Jalanpeño Coconut
Banana Split flavored
Bacon flavored
Civet Coffee –  is made from the seeds of coffee berries once they’ve been eaten and pooped out by the Asian palm civet (a furry little ferret like animal). I’d never heard of this until now and apparently it’s ridiculously expensive.

I may love my coffee, and it might taste as good as they claim, but I’m hesitant to drink anything made out of something an animal pooped out. Same with the elephant dung coffee I read about somewhere. No thanks.

What’s the strangest flavor drink or strangest drink you’ve ever had?

 

Now available from Dreamspinner Press in eBook | Paperback

THIRDSHQ | THIRDS Nerds on Goodreads | THIRDS Nerds on Facebook

 

About the Author:

Charlie Cochet is an author by day and artist by night. Always quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, no star is out of reach when following her passion. From Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, and boy, it’s hot! When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading, drawing, or watching movies. She runs on coffee, thrives on music, and loves to hear from readers.

 Visit Charlie’s Author Website | Sign up for Charlie’s Newsletter

facebook twitter pinterest goodreads tumblr 

CCBTHBlogTourBannerLG

Blog Tour Stops:

1st Aug - Prism Book Alliance
4th Aug - Dreamspinner Press Blog Release Party & Release Day Blitz
5th Aug - The Blogger Girls
6th Aug - The Novel Approach
7th Aug - Hearts on Fire
8th Aug – Attention is Arbitrary
9th Aug - Dreamspinner Press Facebook page.
11th Aug - Joyfully Jay
12th Aug – TTC Books and More

 

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