Most Beautiful Words: Crafting Raine’s Perfect Character

October 10, 2014

Step one, start with some random inspiration…

A photo is good:

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Or a random song:

Then, walk a dachshund and think about what the lyrics + the picture might mean. Have an epiphany at the apartment mailboxes if not distracted by the mean lady across the street.

Hurry quickly home and get on Behind the Name

  • Reject that name
  • And that one
  • And that one
  • Ooh! This one works. Nope. Rejected.
  • Go back to the first name.

Stare at a dachshund.

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Pick a profession you know nothing about.

Research, research, research.

Spend a million hours on tumblr looking for a gent to match your new awesome character.

And then of course…

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Wanna see how my process all comes together? Consider checking out one of my Dreamspinner Press books! :)

All in a Day’s Work Release Party – AJ Cousins

September 22, 2014

 

To celebrate the release of the “All in a Day’s Work”, many of our anthology’s authors will be joining us today to share their thoughts on the release and their story.

 

When I heard chatter on Twitter that some authors were planning an anthology full of workplace romance stories, I jumped at the chance to join in. I’ve never been a stranger to love, or lust, on the job, starting with some of my earliest employment experiences.

In college, I worked a dozen different jobs on campus, from dishwasher to dorm receptionist, with stints in the fundraising office, at the circulation desk in the library, and running a cash register in the bookstore. But my favorite job of all was the two years I spent as a TA for the Art Department, working with our amazing Sculpture professor, Leonard Delonga.

At the time, the women’s college I attended in Massachusetts, Mt. Holyoke College, had the only working bronze foundry in the country that was available for use by undergraduate students. We cast sculptures using the lost wax method, where students would create their sculptures using hard wax, then build a box around the sculpture, fill it with plaster, and then bake the plaster mold in a kiln until all of the wax melted (was vaporized rather) out of the mold via vents and sprews (tiny vent tunnels). On casting day, all ten TA’s and Delonga would work all day in the foundry, melting bronze and then pouring it carefully into a half-dozen molds at a time via a labor-intensive and somewhat dangerous process.  Only after the molds cooled and students started banging away the plaster with hammers and chisels would they find out if their pieces had worked properly, or if they were left misshapen blobs of bronze that had been miscast or poorly vented.

It was the week before casting day, though, that the sculpture studio became a hotbed for romance.

Monitoring the kiln (that reached temperatures over a thousand degrees if I remember correctly…it’s been twenty years now) was a 24/7 job that lasted three days. An easy job, requiring nothing more than a check of the gauges every fifteen minutes or so, to make sure the pressure and temperatures stayed in the safe zones, but a critical one. Delonga’s description of the consequences of an exploding kiln—as in, it would definitely kill people while taking out the studio—were graphic. During daylight hours, the studio was always busy and students working on their stone-carvings or welding projects would wander in and out, joining the kiln sitters for conversation or meals.

But at night, when the studio was dark and empty of professors and students and staff…

The studio had an ancient leather sectional sofa where TA’s often crashed for naps during the long, hot, exhausting casting days. Kiln sitting, though, left you with plenty of energy, and a burning need to find something to do that would keep you awake during your four hour overnight shift.

My women’s college was part of a five college consortium that allowed students registered at any of the schools to take classes on the other four campuses. Our sculpture program always drew students from the other schools, because no one else had anything like it. My best guy friends during college were all artists that I met when they took sculpture at MHC, many of them applying to become TA’s for the free studio time. So our casting crew always had a couple of men on it.

Between the guys who TA’d and many of the women at my college’s willingness to give same sex make-outs sessions a whirl… Let’s just put it this way: that couch saw a lot of action. And if you were arriving at the studio at two a.m. for your kiln sitting shift, it was always a good idea to knock first before entering!

Luckily for my readers, my research into 1930’s London and the true story of a police raid on a drag dance hall made for a much more fascinating love in the workplace story than my own midnight flirtations with fellow TA’s back in college. Laurie and Frank, the songbird and the bouncer, have a late night adventure that mixes danger and romance, and they find out that sometimes, when you’re afraid in the dark, your best bet is to distract yourself with someone else. Enjoy “Dance Hall Days” and the other terrific stories in ALL IN A DAY’S WORK!

Author bio:

Amy Jo Cousins writes romance and erotica about smart people finding their own best kind of smexy. After years of being employed as a commercial real estate developer, a welding teacher, a spa manager, a bookstore music buyer, a barkeep, and an HR guru, she’s absolutely certain that being a writer is the best job ever, and writing happy endings for her m/m romances is one of her favorite things to do. Amy Jo lives in Chicago with her son, where she tweets too much, sometimes runs really far, and waits for the Cubs to win the World Series. You can find her online at amyjocousins.com, on Twitter at @_AJCousins, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmyJoCousins.

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All in a Day’s Work Release Party – Shae Connor

September 22, 2014

 

To celebrate the release of the “All in a Day’s Work”, many of our anthology’s authors will be joining us today to share their thoughts on the release and their story.

 

Rainbows, Unicorns, and Ice Cream Dreams
By Shae Connor

The original idea for “Ice Cream Dreams,” my story in the All in the Day’s Work anthology, came from a discussion with friends in my former fandom during a trip to New York. We ate a delicious lunch at macaroni and cheese restaurant S’Mac in the East Village, then wandered down the street for dessert at Big Gay Ice Cream. The shop, which is decked out in rainbows and unicorns, offers an eclectic menu of soft-serve ice cream recipes with names like Salty Pimp (with dulce de leche, sea salt, and chocolate shell), Bea Arthur (dulce de leche and crushed vanilla wafers), and American Globs (pretzels, sea salt, and chocolate shell).

The story idea that popped up back then would have had the characters meeting over opposite sides of the counter at a New York shop based closely on Big Gay Ice Cream. Shortly after that is when I moved into original fiction, though, so the story sat in a folder until the discussion of a workplace-based anthology came up. I took that seed of an idea and reworked it to fit, adding a chef to the mix to make it an even foodier story. Gage, Loren, and “Ice Cream Dreams” were the result.

The ice cream flavor ideas came up on the fly, as I was writing the first draft. Some were based on flavors I’d seen featured on television food shows or in magazines, and some were totally off the cuff. I did some research on South American foods for the dishes and drink Loren makes for Gage, and in general, I made myself hungry every time I worked on the story.

So, in summary: next time you’re in New York, be sure to hit up S’Mac, and then head over to Big Gay Ice Cream and have a Salty Pimp. Be sure to tell them Shae sent you. It won’t mean anything to them, but they’ll give you some damn good ice cream anyway.

S’Mac: http://www.smacnyc.com/

Big Gay Ice Cream: http://biggayicecream.com/

 

Author bio:

Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she’s a lackadaisical government worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. She’s been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe
she should try writing them down. She’s conned several companies into publishing her work and adds a new notch on her bedpost each time another story is unleashed onto an unsuspecting universe.

Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. You can find her hanging out on Twitter most any time @shaeconnor, but for the more direct route, you can email her at shaeconnorwrites@gmail.com or visit her website at shaeconnorwrites.com.

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All in a Day’s Work Release Party – Therese Woodson

September 22, 2014

 

To celebrate the release of the “All in a Day’s Work”, many of our anthology’s authors will be joining us today to share their thoughts on the release and their story.

 

Hi everyone! Therese Woodson here and I’m ready to talk about my contribution to the All In A Day’s Work anthology called Not Quite 1776.

Blurb: As a historical interpreter for a living history museum, Henry spends his days doling out facts about the American Revolution while wearing breeches and a tricorne hat. When he’s not working, he’s a serial flirt with a long string of one-night stands in his wake, never allowing anyone to get too close.

However, when a reenactment group comes to town for the weekend, Henry meets Owen, a private in George Washington’s army. After an intense encounter in Owen’s tent in the encampment, Henry breaks his self-imposed rule by seeing Owen again. It is clear Owen would be open to more between them, and Henry is falling hard in spite of himself. The trouble is Henry’s never been in a relationship and isn’t sure where to begin.

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A replica Army encampment

As the blurb says, Henry and Owen are historical reenactors and they share a night of passion in Owen’s tent pitched in the Army encampment. Since many of the details are based on the two years I spent as an eighteenth-century interpreter at a living history museum, I can tell you that those tents are not only tiny, but also placed close together. The picture above says it all.  It would be very difficult for their encounter to go unnoticed, even though they give it a valiant  effort.

Excerpt:

Owen had lied. The tent was tiny, barely large enough for one man and his things, just as a private’s tent in the Revolutionary Army would have been. Neither of them would be able to stand up straight in it. And it didn’t afford much in the way of privacy. Made of canvas, the tent was literally a white triangle with flaps that tied from the inside to close the ends. A small battery-operated lantern hung from the apex. Owen reached inside and flipped it on, illuminating the small space with a yellow glow.

“Can you be quiet?” Owen asked as he pressed his lips to Henry’s. He clumsily worked the buttons open on Henry’s vest.

Henry shuddered. “Depends. Do you fuck as good as you look? If so, you might have to gag me.”

He kicked off his buckled shoes. Costuming would have a fit if they saw him do that because it stretched the leather, but at the moment, he didn’t care. He just wanted to get naked as quickly as possible and inside the tent before anyone saw him.

“Fuck,” Owen whispered. “I think I have some cloth you can bite down on.”

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Breeches are in! Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane in eighteenth-century dress

Author bio:

Therese Woodson is a wife, mother of two (soon to be three), and writer of stories, who lives in the mountains of North Carolina. She is an avid reader of all literature. She holds two degrees—one in Psychology and one in English Literature and hopes to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing in the near future. She is a fan of watching bad television shows, superhero movies, and anything sci-fi. She loves creating interesting characters, universes, and plots with happy endings.

Twitter: @writer_reese

Blog: http://theresewritesthings.wordpress.com/

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All in a Day’s Work Release Party – Bru Baker

September 22, 2014

 

To celebrate the release of the “All in a Day’s Work”, many of our anthology’s authors will be joining us today to share their thoughts on the release and their story.

 

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I’ve never had a workplace romance myself, but they’ve always intrigued me. Since a lot of the places I’ve worked over the years have discouraged (or outright forbidden) coworker relationships, romances between cubicle mates have been developed forbidden fruit appeal for me. And since I’m very happily married—and work from home, to boot—the only way to get my fix is vicariously.

Luckily, others seem to share my fascination. We’ve put together a fabulous collection of workplace romance tales—from sweet to steamy—in All in a Day’s Work. Every story in the book hits a different note, and they’re all great.

For me, it was a lot of fun to explore a workplace romance through an additional lens of scrutiny by making the characters actors. The combination of forbidden romance and all of the boundless speculation of an active show fandom practically wrote itself. (Which was fortunate, since I lost a day to all the “research” about how fans speculate about suspected relationships between cast members on Tumblr. Seriously, has anyone ever successfully just viewed a single page on Tumblr without falling down the rabbit hole?)

Troy, one of the main characters in My OTP, shares my Tumblr fascination. He makes a habit of checking it several times a day to scope out photos of his costar (and secret hook-up) Ryder. It’s adorable, especially since his obsession isn’t exactly one-sided.

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 Troy Casley and Ryder Hamilton cohost a popular myth-debunking reality television show, and their    on-air chemistry is a big part of the show’s huge fan base. Fans have long suspected there’s more between them than just friendship, and most posts on Tumblr about them are accompanied with exclamation points and the tag OTP— One True Pairing. Little do the fans know, but they’re on to something. Troy and Ryder have been having a secret affair for months.

But Troy wants more than just a casual relationship with Ryder. Like their hardcore fans, he wants Ryder to be his OTP. When Ryder discovers the social media sites where Troy obsessively reads about them, his reaction just might surprise Troy.

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On a completely unrelated note, I’ll be a supporting author at GRL this year! I have some great swag to give away, so hunt me down if you’re attending. (And don’t fret if you’re not—I’ll be saving some of  it to give away on Twitter when I’m promoting my next two releases, Late Bloomer and The Magic of Weihnachten, both of which will be out in December.)

 

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Bru Baker is a freelance journalist who writes for newspapers and magazines. Fiction makes her happiest, whether it’s creating herown characters or getting caught up in someone else’s. She and her husband live in the Midwest with their two young children, whose antics make finding time to write difficult but never let life get boring.

Visit Bru online at www.bru-baker.com or follow her on Twitter.

All in a Day’s Work Release Party – Kay Walker

September 22, 2014

 

To celebrate the release of the “All in a Day’s Work”, many of our anthology’s authors will be joining us today to share their thoughts on the release and their story.

 

Hi there! I’m Kay Walker, and I’m very thrilled to be here to discuss an anthology I’ve had the privilege to be a part of. A group of writers via Bru Baker on Twitter decided to go with the theme of ‘workplace’ and write short stories to create an anthology. We all went our own separate ways to write a variety of unique shorts based on that theme, and lucky for us Dreamspinner liked what we came up with! All in a Day’s Work is anthology, and below is a little bit about my own story called Unmasked, as well as the inspiration for my own setting and characters.

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Unmasked blurb:

In the near future, the line between the poor and the Uppers—the cruel and greedy rich—is sharper than ever. Raven’s work as a spy is to maintain the public persona of a member of high society while teaming up with his tech handler, codename Glitch, to electronically steal from the rich and redirect resources to the poor. They’ve set their sights on avaricious Upper Jakinda Diaz, who Raven has been studying for months. After a close call on the mission, Raven returns to their safe house full of restless energy. Both Raven and Glitch need to relieve the stress of their dangerous careers in espionage and they find that with each other.

 

Inspiration for Unmasked:

My story is a bit of a combination of a setting and a trope that I love – dystopian worlds and spies!

I love dystopian stories because of the world building that goes into it. Whether it be The Hunger Games or Hugh Howey’s Wool series, the setting can always add a fascinating element to a story. While Unmasked is not nearly as extreme of a dystopian world as those, it was a chance for me to try to build one that could be well on its way. The setting is what drives certain differences between Raven and Glitch, but also brings them together.

As fun as it was to build a world, I needed to stick to the theme of the story for the anthology, which was ‘workplace.’ I wanted to do something a little different, and recent entertainment viewing was what inspired the profession of spies.

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As I was starting to work on an idea for the story, I was undoubtedly influenced by a recent movie I had just seen about one of the most famous fictional spies, James Bond. This time, he had an adorable, brilliant techie helping him out too.

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One other spy influence has been the CW’s recent reboot of Nikita. One of my favourite characters on the show was Seymour Birkhoff, the genius/hacker/technician of the show.  This is where the idea for Glitch came from, though I would definitely say they have different characteristics and personalities.

Basically, I just really liked the idea of playing with the dynamic of the spy and the tech genius behind the scenes that helps them complete their missions. Setting it in a nearly-dystopian future also lent to being able to come up with creative technology, while having the spies take on a Robin Hood-esque sort of roll. I had a blast writing it!

 

Kay Walker’s Bio: Kay Walker was born and raised on the Canadian Prairies. Growing up in a small, rural town, books not only helped to pass the time but also became a beloved form of entertainment. Reading opened up the world in ways Kay could only dream about. And dream she did! Kay now loves trying to create characters, plots, and entire worlds of her own in hopes to entertain others.

In addition to reading and writing, Kay likes watching movies and television shows— especially anything supernatural, sci-fi, LGBTQA, or with strong female characters. She enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and tries to be buddies with the elliptical. (They don’t always get along.)

Twitter: @KayWalkerWrites

Website: http://kaywalkerwrites.com/

E-mail: kay.walker.writes@gmail.com

 

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A Matter of When – Giveaway

September 15, 2014

I’ve spent the day chatting about A Matter of When, now let’s get to the fun part, shall we?  How about a giveaway of an e-book copy?

But first, let’s talk about the little things that make life sweeter.

Rocker Henri can afford the finer things in life, but is won over by Sebastian’s kindness, highlighted in one simple gesture: a tuna fish sandwich unlike any he’s had before, because “anything worth doing is worth doing well.”

The sandwich reminds Henri of the when he was younger and his mother used to show affection with food. Sometimes we overlook the simplicity of the love baked into our favorite cookies, or a loved one making us soup when we don’t feel well.

Instead of simply entering a comment and telling me you like to enter the contest, why not name one comfort food that brings back good memories? You don’t have to, mind you, but I’d love to hear your stories.

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A Rose by Any Other Name Release Day Party: Winners & Goodnight!

September 12, 2014

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Our release day party has come to an end. Thank you all so much for joining me today! You’ve been awesome!

I’ll be giving away an eBook of the winner’s choice to two lucky winners.

If you didn’t win, don’t fret. There are plenty of events happening including several more giveaways. You can find all the details toward the end of this post along with the Rafflecopter link to the blog tour giveaway currently underway.

And onto the winners of the release day party giveaway! Via the Magic Hat, the winners are:

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Winner 1: Trix

Winner 2: Krista

Congrats! You’ll be receiving an email shortly regarding the delivery of your eBook!

Again, a big thank you to everyone who took the time to stop by today! I truly appreciate it. For updates, info, and sneak peeks on my upcoming releases as well as fun exclusives, visit my blog: http://charliecochet.com/blog. Have a great weekend!

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Blurb: Nights in the roaring city remind bright young things that life’s too short to take for granted. Tucked away in Times Square hides the Pantheon: a secret cabaret for wealthy gay men. Pretty young men in elaborate costumes and rouged lips are eager to please, and the champagne flows all night long. It’s a world of frivolity, fantasy, and debauchery. As Eros, the most sought after performer at the Pantheon, Julius uses his beauty and charm on enthusiastic patrons, but growing weary of superficial love, he longs to make a better life for himself.

Five years after being declared mentally unfit after surviving the trenches of No Man’s Land, Edward Joseph Clarence Junior pieced his shattered life back together. Now he’s ready to take on the family empire. To celebrate his thirtieth birthday, Edward’s cousin takes him to the most posh nightclub in town, the Pantheon. Falling under the sway of Eros, Edward and Julius find a love they’ve never imagined and the chance for a future they had only dared to dream about. But as Ares, a notorious gangster and Julius’s most important—and dangerous— client watches them, the threat to their love and their lives grows by the day.

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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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16th Sept – Attention is Arbitrary
17th Sept – Prism Book Alliance
19th Sept – Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews (Exclusive giveaway)
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A Rose by Any Other Name Release Day Party: The Roaring Twenties

September 12, 2014

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Hello all! Welcome back to another post celebrating the release of my historical romance A Rose by Any Other Name which takes place in Manhattan during the late 1920s. Talk about a fascinating time! In the early 1900s, the temperance movement led an attack on alcohol, viewing saloons as ungodly and a destructive force in families. Prohibition, the “noble experiment” enforced a faith-driven moral code which ended up loosening social mores.

With the Volstead Act enforcing the 18th amendment which banned the manufacture, transportation, and selling of intoxicating liquors, legitimate businesses were forced to close down, and mobster run speakeasies took their place. By 1927, it was estimated that there were 30,000 speakeasies in NYC alone. That didn’t include nightclubs, illegal distilleries, bootleggers, house stills, and general public consumption. It was often referred to bu prohibition agents as “… a hopeless and thankless task…”

But what inspired A Rose by Any Other Name? During the late 1920s into the early 1930s, the “Pansy Craze” was sweeping through NYC and gay subculture emerged from the underground. Some of the biggest draws to nightclubs were its gay entertainers. People attended drag balls by the thousands. Although many gay acts were exploited for amusement and entertainment, several big name performers used their success to create more space for the gay members of their audience and for gay culture as a whole.

Harlem’s elegant and lively nightlife made it one of the city’s most popular entertainment districts. Men and women engaged in sexually charged behavior in speakeasies where lesbians, gay men, and sometimes their “normal” male friends would to do the same in full view of the other patrons, including dancing and kissing. There was nowhere men more willing to venture out in public in drag than in Harlem.

Masculine Women, Feminine Men is a song by Merrit Brunies & his Friars Inn Orchestra and was a very popular song. This video shows some amazing footage taken during the “Pansy Craze”.

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Doing research for the 1920s, I read an amazing book which is still one of my favorites: George Chauncey’s Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940. For anyone interested in gay history, I strongly recommend this book. It talks in great length about the shift in 1920s New York and the “Pansy Craze”, including letters from gay men who’d been around at the time. Reading this, I knew I wanted to set my story during this period.

Julius is one of those most sought after “pansy performers” in town. He’s won awards for his costumes and dresses at drag shows. In writing this story, I pictured everything in my head like an old Hollywood movie, from the grand opulence of the Pantheon where Julius performs, to the hot jazz, glamorous costumes, bootlegged liquor, and most importantly the fellas falling in love.

What is it about the Roaring Twenties that folks find so captivating? For me, it’s many things. It was an incredibly fascinating period of history, from the fashion, music, and movies, to the upheaval happening in society. What do you think?

Don’t forget the giveaway! I’ll be giving away an eBook of the winner’s choice to two lucky winners. Winners will be chosen at random and announced on the final post of the day at 8pm. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on any of today’s party posts!

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Blurb: Nights in the roaring city remind bright young things that life’s too short to take for granted. Tucked away in Times Square hides the Pantheon: a secret cabaret for wealthy gay men. Pretty young men in elaborate costumes and rouged lips are eager to please, and the champagne flows all night long. It’s a world of frivolity, fantasy, and debauchery. As Eros, the most sought after performer at the Pantheon, Julius uses his beauty and charm on enthusiastic patrons, but growing weary of superficial love, he longs to make a better life for himself.

Five years after being declared mentally unfit after surviving the trenches of No Man’s Land, Edward Joseph Clarence Junior pieced his shattered life back together. Now he’s ready to take on the family empire. To celebrate his thirtieth birthday, Edward’s cousin takes him to the most posh nightclub in town, the Pantheon. Falling under the sway of Eros, Edward and Julius find a love they’ve never imagined and the chance for a future they had only dared to dream about. But as Ares, a notorious gangster and Julius’s most important—and dangerous— client watches them, the threat to their love and their lives grows by the day.

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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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12th Sept – Dreamspinner Press Blog Release Day Party
13th Sept – Hearts on Fire
15th Sept – Joyfully Jay (Exclusive excerpt)
16th Sept – Attention is Arbitrary
17th Sept – Prism Book Alliance
19th Sept – Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews (Exclusive giveaway)
20th Sept – The Blogger Girls
21st Sept – Meet the Author Facebook Chat (giveaway)
22nd Sept – Bookwinked
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A Rose by Any Other Name Release Day Party!

September 12, 2014

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Hello all! Charlie Cochet here celebrating the release of my Roaring Twenties historical romance,  A Rose by Any Other Name. We have all kinds of fun events happening: today’s release day party, a blog tour, Facebook chat, and Twitter takeover! You’ll find all details at the end of the post.

There’s also plenty of swanky giveaways happening throughout the celebration! One is for the blog tour which is currently underway. You can find all the details toward the end of this post along with the Rafflecopter link. The second is just for today’s release party. I’ll be giving away an eBook of the winner’s choice to two lucky winners. Winners will be chosen at random and announced on the final post of the day at 8pm. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on any of today’s party posts!

So just what is A Rose by Any Other Name about? It’s a sweet romance that takes place during the late 1920s when the LGBT community wasn’t as hidden as many believe in cities like New York, Paris, and Berlin. During this period, some of the hottest gay performers emerged from the enclaves of Greenwich Village and Harlem into midtown Manhattan thanks to the “anything goes” attitude sweeping through the city as a result of Prohibition. This story was so much fun to write. It’s a time period that fascinates me. Plus the cast of characters was just a treat, from the wonderful romance between Julius and Edward, to the Harlan and Nathan’s cameo. For those of you who haven’t read Harlan and Nathan’s story, Roses in the Devil’s Garden is a free read and you can find the download links here: http://www.charliecochet.com/novellas/roses-in-the-devils-garden/

In A Rose by Any Other Name, Julius portrays Eros, one of the hottest performers at the Pantheon, an Ancient Greek themed cabaret hidden inside the Parisian nightclub in Manhattan, where wealthy gay men enjoy more than just booze and hot jazz numbers.

Here’s a little snippet from the opening scene:

“THERE’S SOMETHING wild about you, child, that’s so contagious. Let’s be outrageous. Let’s misbehave.”

Julius Knight was quite certain when Mr. Cole Porter came up with that wonderful little ditty he hadn’t expected everyone to take it so to heart. Yet here they all were.

The world had become one of scandalous debauchery and moral depravity, wrapped in the illusion of decadence and served on a silver platter with a glass of bootlegged liquor. As Mr. Porter so lyrically put it, they would all meet their fate, but until the time came, Julius was going to take each and every one of those saps for all they were worth.

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A Rose By Any Other Name
Fallen Rose: Book 2

Genre: M/M historical romance, 1920s
Length:
Novel 270 Pgs
Published:
Sept 12, 2014
Publisher:
Dreamspinner Press
ISBN eBook:
9781632160300
ISBN Paperback:
9781632160294

Blurb: Nights in the roaring city remind bright young things that life’s too short to take for granted. Tucked away in Times Square hides the Pantheon: a secret cabaret for wealthy gay men. Pretty young men in elaborate costumes and rouged lips are eager to please, and the champagne flows all night long. It’s a world of frivolity, fantasy, and debauchery. As Eros, the most sought after performer at the Pantheon, Julius uses his beauty and charm on enthusiastic patrons, but growing weary of superficial love, he longs to make a better life for himself.

Five years after being declared mentally unfit after surviving the trenches of No Man’s Land, Edward Joseph Clarence Junior pieced his shattered life back together. Now he’s ready to take on the family empire. To celebrate his thirtieth birthday, Edward’s cousin takes him to the most posh nightclub in town, the Pantheon. Falling under the sway of Eros, Edward and Julius find a love they’ve never imagined and the chance for a future they had only dared to dream about. But as Ares, a notorious gangster and Julius’s most important—and dangerous— client watches them, the threat to their love and their lives grows by the day.

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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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