THIRDS Thursday – 12/7/17

Prompt: Dex and Sloane’s first Christmas as a married couple told from the different couples POV.

*** CONTAINS RELATIONSHIP SPOILERS FROM TRIED & TRUE ***


PART ONE

“Are you sure this isn’t overkill?” Cael asked, wondering how he was going to get out from the sea of Christmas lights surrounding him on all sides. “I think we’re one crazy cousin short of a Griswold family Christmas.”

Dex shook his head, his tongue poking out in concentration as he replaced the tiny lightbulb in the string of lights he held. He’d been searching for the damned thing for almost an hour.

“I’m also concerned for people’s retinas,” Cael muttered as he gauged the distance between him and the sofas around him. If he dove straight ahead, he should be able to make it to the armchair.

“The only thing people are going to be blinded by is awesomeness.” Dex plugged the little bulb in just as Cael made the leap. The living room exploded into white light.

“My eyes!” Cael yelped as he fell, missing his target. Except instead of falling onto hundreds of pokey, stabby lights, he landed in a pair of big strong arms.

“Sorry!” Dex shuffled around the room, and the lights went off.

Cael blinked, his vision filled with thousands of white dots, but among the dots, he could make out a handsome face looking down at him in concern.

“You okay, sweetheart?”

“My hero,” Cael said with a sigh, as he turned, and cuddled up against Ash’s broad, muscular chest. He inhaled deeply, and let out a low hum. “Mm, you smell like Christmas cookies.”

“I just finished baking the last batch, and was bringing them over.” Ash kissed the top of Cael’s head, and put him on his feet, his eyes narrowing at Dex. “You ass. What the hell is all this? I thought you said you two were getting ready to string up the outside lights.”

Dex blinked at him. “We are. I just had to replace one of the lightbulbs.”

Ash stared at him. “Are you telling me all these lights are for outside?”

Dex waggled his eyebrows. “Yep.”

“No way.” Ash shook his head as he took in the blanket of Christmas lights. Not one piece of the living room rug was visible. It was nothing but lights and green wires. “Are you insane? There’s enough lighting here to land a plane!”

“Actually,” Dex said, holding up a finger as he went to the kitchen and returned with a large blueprint of the front of the house which included the schematics to “The Daleys’ Eye-gasm-inducing Décor of Christmas Awesomeness.” “As you can see by my very detailed Achlys-created plan that I have the exact number of lights needed.”

Ash counted off his fingers. “One. You’re an idiot. Two. That title needs to change because I want to make it through this holiday without throwing up in my mouth. Three. What the fuck is Achlys?”

Dex lay the blueprints on the couch. “It’s like Themis, but the TIN version. On steroids. It’s artificial intelligence, and connects to the Dark Net.”

Ash’s jaw dropped, and Cael chuckled. “Yeah, that was sort of my reaction when he told me.” Cael shook his head. He’d been surprised, but then remembered it was his brother. “I still can’t believe TIN let you use their government artificial intelligence system to create a blueprint of your house for your Christmas decorating.”

Dex shrugged, mischief in his bright blue eyes. “I ran it through as a training scenario.”

“I don’t even want to know,” Ash grumbled, heading toward the kitchen. Cael followed him, smiling at the scent of freshly bakes Christmas treats. The island counter was lined with insulated carrying totes, and with every container Ash removed, Cael drooled a little more.

“Did you make the Christmas mix?” Cael asked excitedly.

Ash removed a container, and handed it to Cael, kissing his cheek. “Of course I did, baby. I know how much you love it.”

Dex appeared beside him, and leaned over his shoulder to sniff at the container. “Ooh, Christmas mix.”

Cael hugged it close to his chest. “This is mine. If you touch it, so help me I will stab you with one of your lawn candy canes.”

Dex held his hands up and backed away slowly. “Right. Sorry. Forgot that’s the Willing-to-commit-murder-if-you-so-much-as-sniff-it Christmas mix.”

Cael peered at Dex, following him with his eyes as his brother rounded the counter to peek at the other containers. No way he was letting Dex anywhere near his super yummy Ash-made treats of goodness. Cael opened the lid, and Ash laughed softly at Cael’s happy sigh. He took a small handful out and stuffed it into his mouth. The sugary explosion in his mouth made him moan.

“Oh God, this is so good.”

Ash cleared his throat, and subtly adjusted himself. “Sweetheart, can you, um, maybe eat that later? Or in private?”

“Cael, please do not make your boyfriend pop a boner in my kitchen.” Dex made a gagging sound, and Ash scowled at him.

“Screw you, Daley. You can hang up your own damn lights.”

“No dice, Keeler. We had a deal. Sloane and I would use our super-secret spy connections to get Cael moved into your apartment, and you would help me decorate the house.” Dex snagged a sugar cookie from one of the containers, and shoved half of it in his mouth. When he spoke, it was through a mouthful of cookie. Classy. “I want this to be the best Christmas my boo has ever had.”

Ash arched an eyebrow at Dex. “I still can’t believe Sloane married you.”

“Yep,” Dex said waggling his eyebrows. “He married me good. You’re stuck with me.”

Ash groaned, and Cael rubbed a hand over his back soothingly. “It’s okay, babe.” He stood on his toes, and kissed Ash’s cheek. “Besides, that means he’s stuck with us,” Cael said, winking at his sexy boyfriend. Ash grinned wickedly. He wrapped his arms around Cael, and Cael slipped his hands up Ash’s chest.

“What are you two doing?” Dex asked, frowning.

Ash leaned in, and Cael slipped his arms around Ash’s neck, bringing their lips together, both of them moaning into the other’s mouth.

“My eyes!” Somewhere to Cael’s right, Dex cursed, and a chair fell over. “My shin!”

Cael laughed against Ash’s lips. Mission accomplished. Oh, this was going to be the best Christmas ever.

PART TWO NEXT WEEK.


Copyright © 2017 Charlie Cochet. THIRDS published by Dreamspinner Press.    

 

 

 

 

 

Mending Noel is FREE for a Limited Time! Plus NPCT Series Price Drop!

Hello, all! To celebrate the upcoming release of the final novella in the North Pole City Tales series, Mending Noel is FREE for a limited time, plus books 2 through 5 have been reduced in price! Looking for some sweet holiday fun? Join Mayor Kringle’s fly boys in North Pole City on their adventures as they fight foes and find love. Filled with holiday cheer, and a little naughty to go with the nice.

Warning: contains broody winter spirits, sassy elf pilots, and elf swearing such as “Holy holly!” and “Crabapples!” 

ABOUT THE BOOK

All is not sparkly snowflakes and sweet candy canes in North Pole City. Office workers Tim and Noel do nothing all day but antagonize each other—petty fighting that might be based on hatred… or a heated mutual attraction. It’s up to Jack Frost and his elf-friend Rudy to broach the hostilities and introduce some Christmas kisses, but is the Frost Prince up to the challenge of launching a new romance when someone’s trying to break his holiday spirit?

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SeriesOrder
Mending Noel (North Pole City Tales, Book 1) – Currently FREE
The Heart of Frost (North Pole City Tales, Book 2) – $0.99
Vixen’s Valor (North Pole City Tales, Book 3) – $1.99
Loving Blitz (North Pole City Tales, Book 4) – $2.99
Disarming Donner (North Pole City Tales, Book 5) – $2.99
The King’s Courage (North Pole City Tales, Book 6) – $3.99 (New Release full price)
North Pole City Tales Paperback Anthology Complete Set – $17.99 Full Price Paperback. All 6 stories.

DSP SALE! Get Tried & True for 35% Off!

Hello, all! DSP is having a fabulous Thank you sale! The whole store is 35% off included Tried & True which is out today! Sale ends Nov 27th.

Charlie’s Books at DSP: http://bit.ly/CharlieCochetDSP

Tried & True at DSP: http://bit.ly/CCTTDSPEBOOK

 

Tried & True (THIRDS, Book 10) Release Day!

Hello, all! Release Day is finally here! Join Destructive Delta for one last hurrah! It’s been an incredible journey, and although things aren’t over for Dex, Sloane, and their family, in this book we get to follow the team on one last call out, the most personal and emotional of their careers.

Available from:

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Dreamspinner Press Paperback
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
iBooks

Synopsis

When THIRDS agent Dexter J. Daley met Team Leader Sloane Brodie, he couldn’t have imagined how slamming into his new partner—literally—would shake both their worlds. Now four years later, they’ve faced dangers, fought battles both personal and professional… and fallen deeply in love. Now their big moment is finally in sight, and they’re ready to stand up together and make it official. Unfortunately, as the countdown to their big day begins, an enemy declares war on the THIRDS….

With their family in danger, Dex and Sloane are put to the test on how far into darkness they’ll walk to save those they love. As secrets are unearthed, a deadly betrayal is revealed, and Dex and Sloane must call on their Destructive Delta family for one last hurrah to put an end to the secret organization responsible for so much devastation.

Dex and Sloane will have plenty of bullets to dodge on the way to the altar, but with happiness within their grasp, they are determined to get there come hell or high water….

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SeriesOrder

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)

The King’s Courage and The Complete North Pole City Tales Paperback Anthology now available for pre-order!

Hello, all! The final book in the North Pole City Tales series is now available for pre-order from Dreamspinner Press, along with the paperback anthology of the whole series!  This is a sweet holiday series filled with sugar and spice, and everything nice, oh, and a pinch of naughty thrown in for good measure. Hope you enjoy these festive tales of love at the North Pole.

The King’s Courage (NPCT #6)

ABOUT

With the wedding of Jack Frost and Rudy Rein Dear only three weeks away, everyone travels to Jack’s palace in Svalbard, Norway, where the happy couple will exchange vows beneath the northern lights. Festivities have been planned leading up to the wedding, and Dasher eagerly anticipates not just the fun, but staying under the same roof as the blustering winter spirit who’s caught his eye—the King of Frost, Jack’s father.

A long-ago tragedy has left Eirik fearing to ever love again. As the King of Frost, Eirik maintains his distance from everyone, especially the young Christmas elf who insists on intruding on Eirik’s solitude. But Dasher is determined to find a way to show the lonely king that his heart still beats and he shouldn’t fear allowing it to beat for another.

PRE-ORDER: http://bit.ly/CCKCDSP

NORTH POLE CITY TALES PAPERBACK ANTHOLOGY: THE COMPLETE SET

Everyone has heard of Santa’s home in the frozen north, where elves and reindeer work hard to ensure Christmas cheer for the world. But that’s only part of the story….

All is not sparkly snowflakes and sweet candy canes in Mayor Kringle’s city. Sometimes it takes more than a little courage to keep the workshops running smoothly and enemies at bay. When their duties are complete, the Rein Dear, elves, winter spirits—and a legendary figure or two—are ready to spice up their chilly nights… and hopefully find a happily ever after along the way. Sometimes it’s waiting in the last place they expected.

With adventure, magic, and romance hot enough to melt the polar ice, these holidays won’t soon be forgotten. Welcome to North Pole City, where love is the greatest gift of all.

PRE-ORDER: http://bit.ly/CCNPCTSETDSP

INCLUDES:

Mending Noel

All is not sparkly snowflakes and sweet candy canes in North Pole City. Office workers Tim and Noel do nothing all day but antagonize each other—petty fighting that might be based on hatred… or a heated mutual attraction. It’s up to Jack Frost and his elf-friend Rudy to broach the hostilities and introduce some Christmas kisses, but is the Frost Prince up to the challenge of launching a new romance when someone’s trying to break his holiday spirit?

The Heart of Frost

At the North Pole, no one is more powerful and feared than the Prince of Frost. As general of the toy soldier army, Jack Frost has been working extra hard to put away the villainous Mouse King once and for all. If that isn’t taxing enough, Jack has to deal with the scandal and gossip brought on by news of his relationship with Rudy Rein Dear, captain of the Rein Dear Squadron, which hit headlines last holiday season. Lucky for Jack, his reputation has managed to deter any foolish attempts to stir up trouble. At least until now.

When someone sabotages Rudy’s plane during a test run a few weeks before Christmas, Jack is determined to find the culprit by any means necessary. The closer he gets to finding answers, the more difficulty he has not falling back to his icy ways. Has the Mouse King stepped up his game in order to throw Jack off his, or is someone a little closer to home behind the attempt on Rudy’s life? Either way, Jack has every intention of delivering a Christmas they won’t soon forget, even if it means losing the newfound warmth in his heart.

Vixen’s Valor

Rein Dear is a prestigious title, accompanied by admiration, devotion, and celebrity status, all of which one saucy Vixen thrives on. Alas, Vixen’s only concerned with having fun, unlike his stuffy and sensible best friend, Rudy Rein Dear, who Vixen has always been jealous of. Aside from being chosen by Mayor Kringle to be captain of the Rein Dear Squadron, Rudy’s managed to snag himself a prince, even if that prince is the dangerous and imposing Jack Frost.

All’s not lost for Vixen though. He discovers Jack’s cousin Vale has a soft spot for him. Vale Frost might not be a dashing prince, but he’s the next best thing: a decorated lieutenant for the Toy Soldier Army, and a member of the Frost monarchy.

Determined to get what Vixen feels he deserves, he sets off on a mission to ensnare the kind-hearted lieutenant. But Vixen’s selfish ways are sure to lead to disaster, and it’ll take more than a little courage to set things right.

Loving Blitz

From North Pole City to Winter Wonderland, preparations are underway after a royal announcement sweeps everyone into a frenzy of festivity. At the heart of the celebration are the city’s most beloved elf pilots, the Rein Dears. Once the Big Flight is behind them, the pilots prepare for the royal event. Assigned a special task of finding an Elska rose, Cupid and Blitzen are unaware of how their friendship is about to change forever.

Yet not all that glitters is gold. The sweet, angelic Cupid hides a dark secret, one that threatens to destroy his Rein Dear status, his friends, and the elf who’s captured his heart. It’s up to Blitzen to help Cupid see the light in the darkness and show him that together they can mend broken hearts.

Disarming Donner

As a beloved Rein Dear and Christmas elf for Mayor Kringle, Donner prides himself on his flawless reputation, good sense, and wise decisions. Donner never does anything until he’s thought it through properly. He’s certainly not one to get flustered, infuriated, or fall prey to romantic nonsense. At least not until the most unlikely of elves begins chipping away at Donner’s defenses.

Calder is a Dockalfar—a dark elf. He’s wicked, untrustworthy, and armed with lethal magic. At least that’s what everyone thinks. It’s easy for them to believe the worst and mistrust him before they’ve even spoken to him, but Calder is out to prove that he’s more than his Dockalfar blood, especially to a certain Rein Dear who has caught his eye. But it will take more than sweet words for Donner to admit what’s in his heart.

The King’s Courage

With the wedding of Jack Frost and Rudy Rein Dear only three weeks away, everyone travels to Jack’s palace in Svalbard, Norway, where the happy couple will exchange vows beneath the northern lights. Festivities have been planned leading up to the wedding, and Dasher eagerly anticipates not just the fun, but staying under the same roof as the blustering winter spirit who’s caught his eye—the King of Frost, Jack’s father.

A long-ago tragedy has left Eirik fearing to ever love again. As the King of Frost, Eirik maintains his distance from everyone, especially the young Christmas elf who insists on intruding on Eirik’s solitude. But Dasher is determined to find a way to show the lonely king that his heart still beats and he shouldn’t fear allowing it to beat for another.

Talking THIRDS, Tried & True, and What’s Coming Up Next on Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast!

Hello, all! I had the honor of being on Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast where I talked about the THIRDS, Tried & True, and the exciting stuff coming next year!

 

THIRDS Series Price Drop!!

Hello, all! Tried & True, the final book in the main THIRDS series will be released in a few days, and to celebrate we’ve dropped the price on books 1 through 9!! If you’re looking to catch up on the series, or want to drag a friend into the crazy world of Dexter J. Daley and Destructive Delta, now’s the perfect time to stock up on the series, plus book 2, Blood & Thunder, is FREE!!

Why is Book 2 free instead of book 1? We had Hell & High Water free just a few months ago for the release of book 9, so hopefully folks who’d wanted to pick it up did. With that in mind, we decided to go ahead and make book 2 free this time around.

THIRDS eBook Sale (including FREE Blood & Thunder) is at Dreamspinner, Amazon, B&N, Kobo, and iBooks. Sale ends November 28th. 

We’re waiting for Amazon to make Blood & Thunder FREE, but you can still pick it up at no cost from Kobo, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and Dreamspinner Press.

Here are the links to the individual book pages which has a listing of links for all booksellers, plus the price drop for each. Happy Reading!

Hell & High Water (THIRDS, Book 1): $0.99
Blood & Thunder (THIRDS, Book 2): FREE
Rack & Ruin (THIRDS, Book 3): $1.99
Rise & Fall (THIRDS, Book 4): $1.99
Against the Grain (THIRDS, Book 5): $2.99
Catch a Tiger by the Tail (THIRDS, Book 6): $2.99
Smoke & Mirrors (THIRDS, Book 7): $3.99
Thick & Thin (THIRDS, Book 8): $3.99
Darkest Hour Before Dawn (THIRDS, Book 9): $3.99

Tried & True possible paperback error.

Hello, all! Paperbacks of Tried & True have started to go out prior to release. If you ordered a paperback copy of Tried & True, please have someone check that your book isn’t missing pages 143 to 190. A reader received a copy that skipped from 142 to 191, however page 191 doesn’t just have a spoiler for the book, it has THE SPOILER in a very short paragraph that’s hard to miss, which is why it’s best if someone can check for you. I’ve notified Dreamspinner of the situation. I’m hoping this was a one off, but if you did receive a paperback with this error, please contact Dreamspinner Press and they will sort it out. 

contact@dreamspinnerpress.com

Swag-tastic Giveaway Winners!

Hello, all! Thank you so much for joining in the fun and entering the Swag-tastic giveaway with swag from over 20 authors! Chosen at random, we have our winners!

1) Claudia Mancilla

2) sandra (first three letters of email address: ksm)

3) Lee Todd

Winners have been emailed. Thank you again all so much for all the awesome comments!! I loved hearing what everyone’s been reading and enjoying.

Gummy Bears & Grenades now available in audio at Audible!

Hello, all! I’m very excited to announce the release of Gummy Bears & Grenades in audiobook! Also Tried & True has been contracted by the wonderful Mark Westfield, and is due for release some time in January.

AUDIOBOOK DETAILS

Title: Gummy Bears & Grenades
Series: A THIRDS Novella (THIRDS, #9.5)
Genre:
Paranormal Gay Romance, Shifters
Length: Unabridged, 3 hrs and 35 mins
Published: November 8th, 2017
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Narrator: Mark Westfield

AUDIOBOOK PURCHASE LINKS

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