My Day at TRR’s Sizzling Summer Reads Party & new Daily Blog Themes

Hey all! First, today (Sunday June 9th) is my day over at The Romance Reviews Sizzling Summer Reads Party for anyone interested in the chance to win a free eBook from my current releases. It’s an easy-peasy question you can find here: http://bit.ly/11zAC5u

Seconds, on my old blog I had themed days which I managed to keep up with for a while, and I thought now that the new website is up and running, Id get back to those daily themes. I’ll do my best to stick with them and unless there’s something like an announcement or blog hop, they’ll be pretty regular. Here are the themes and what those posts will generally consist of, though I’m sure they’ll expand along the way.

MondayMediaCCochetApps, programs, social media, blogging platforms, music, movies, books, HTML, How-to’s.

 

 

TuesdayTalksCCochetWriter’s life, motivation, inspiration, conflict, reviews, topics related to writing.

 

 

wedwritingccWork in progress, behind the scenes, updates on my writing, excerpts, about characters & more. Posts specific to my writing.

 

 

ThursdayThoughtsCCochetTopics on anything from internet etiquette to life in general.

 

 

 

FridayFunCCochetRandom posts on anything from facts about characters, character interviews, to coffee or whatever strikes my fancy.

 

 

Friday Interview at RJ Scott’s!

interviewHello all! I’ve been interviewed by the lovely RJ Scott. Find out about my favorite tea, my writing, and more!

http://rjscottauthor.blogspot.com/2013/06/friday-interview-charlie-cochet.html?zx=9b143254fcb078eb

x Charlie

Two guys walk into an apocalypse… Character Interview with V.L. Locey over at the Tea House

teahouseFavicon128Hello all! V.L. Locey has stopped by the Purple Rose Tea House with the two handsome fellas from Two Guys Walk into an Apocalypse 2: It Came From Birmingham. Stop by for a great interview with Paul Cooke and Gordon Moretti. Zombie slayers, a cat, and goo, oh my!

x Charlie

Kate McMurray is my guest over at the Purple Rose Tea House

teahouseFavicon128Hello all! Kate McMurray has stopped by the Purple Rose Tea House as part of the Big Gay Wedding Tour. She’s there to chat about comedy lemonade and her new release Save the Date. For a chance to win a free eBook copy, just drop by her post and leave a comment along with a contact email address.

x Charlie

And I say Hey, What’s Goin’ On?

hmHello all! Another month has gone by and some of you may be wondering if I’ll ever have another book out. Well I sure hope so! With so many new releases coming out every day, it’s easy to feel left behind. My last release with a publisher was Mending Noel for Christmas. It might all seem a little quiet on the western front, but I assure you, behind the scenes, it’s non-stop. Sometime I have to remind myself what I’ve actually accomplished, because it’s all too easy for me to forget when there’s so much I want to get done. Taking a moment to think about it, I haven’t done too bad since the new year started, and I feel I’ve been making up for lost time–a good part of that is thanks to strict deadlines and mass organization.

I started off my newbie writing career as a full blown pantser, and although there’s still a good deal of that involved, I no longer write everything on the fly. Julius’s book, A Rose by Any Other Name was completely outlined from beginning to end, everything worked out. I also made myself work on solely that story until it was done. No jumping around to two or three stories at once. I had planned on 60k and ended up with 96,415 words. I submitted it in mid-January, so hopefully it won’t be too much longer before I hear back, though I know the publishing house that I’ve sent it to have been very busy.

Next, I wrote The Only Star for Remi & Hawk’s 1 year anniversary. It came in at 17, 419 words. I also created the cover for it which meant finding stock photos and putting it all together.

After that came An Intrepid Trip to Love which came in at 35,168 words, as well as the cover, plus I managed to squeeze in 20, 502 words of Hunter’s book. I had to pause that to finish Johnnie’s book.

Johnnie’s book, I did the same as Julius’s. Outlined everything, worked on only that. I gave myself a strict deadline, used a handy new spreadsheet the lovely Svanja Liv created for NaNoWriMo. Although I’ve yet to take part in NaNoWriMo (I plan to change that this year), I thought I would give the spreadsheet a try. I’m so glad I did. This little spreadsheet has worked wonders for me. It’s helped with my motivation in a lot of ways.  I’m very visual and if I can see how I’m doing, it makes me want to do more. Seeing the word count in Microsoft Word wasn’t enough. On this spreadsheet, not only can I put in my writing goals , but seeing that running tally rise while the words left went down, as well as the progress bar,  well, it was great. The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe came in at 68,465 words and was submitted May 31st. I’ll keep you posted on any replies.

My next deadline is for July 1st and that’s for Jack Frost’s story. He and Rudy were in Mending Noel. I had decided last Christmas that these fellas would get their own book this Christmas. So stay tuned for more on that. After Jack’s novella, I hope to finish off Hunter’s book and submit that. So, what are the figures?

2 novels submitted: 164, 880 words. 2 free novellas written and posted: 52, 587 words. 2 works in progress started: 20, 502 words.

Since Jan (not including blog posts or guest posts) 139,551 words written.

By the end of the year, I hope *fingers crossed* to have 3 new releases.

I scare myself sometimesAside all the writing, there’s also been guest posting and day to day shenanigans. All in all, not a bad year so far. I have big plans for a new series I’ve been working on for the last two years on and off. It’s 4 books initially. I’m hoping to get it ready and scheduled for release early next year. I’m very excited but it’s all a little hush hush at the mo.

Now my only thought is, if all my stories get accepted, will they all come back for editing at the same time? I think we both know the answer to that one.

x Charlie

An Intrepid Trip to Love now available for download!

recent news and updatesHello everyone! I’m so excited to announce that An Intrepid Trip to Love is now available for free in .pdf, .mobi, & .epub formats from the M/M Romance Group’s swanky new website! To download your free copy, just visit the site:

http://www.mmromancegroup.com/?p=2588

x Charlie

A Thank You Photo from Trip

As some of you may know, my Love Has No Boundaries story An Intrepid Trip to Love went up on Sunday, May 26th, and already it has some wonderful reviews. I just wanted to shout out a thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to read it, not to mention leave a review. I’ve been blown away by all the comments left in the thread as well. You guys are amazing. All your effort is truly appreciated, and nothing warms my heart more than knowing folks are enjoying it.

Here’s a little family photo for you. My guess is Trip wouldn’t have been able to stop giving his tiny pup kisses no matter how much the pup griped about it. Though I imagine Robbie wouldn’t have been able to resist returning those kisses because he loves his daddy so–even if he is a bit OTT at times.

Trip and Robbie

 

For those who haven’t read Trip’s story and would like to, you can find it here: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1342500-an-intrepid-trip-to-love-by-charlie-cochet—10-200-member-early-bonus-s

 

x Charlie

My Love Has No Boundaries story is up!

An Intrepid Trip to Love200Hello all! I’m so excited to announce that my Love Has No Boundaries story is up in the Goodread’s M/M Romance Group. As a celebration for reaching 10,202 members, the M/M Romance Group has released my story early, making that a total of 5 stories which have been released!

If you’d like to read An Intrepid Trip to Love, you can find it here: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1342500-an-intrepid-trip-to-love-by-charlie-cochet—10-200-member-early-bonus-s

Hope you enjoy reading about these fellas as much as I enjoyed writing them!

x Charlie

Kayelle Allen is my guest over at the tea house & updates on Johnnie’s book!

teahouseFavicon128Hello all! First, I’d like to let you know Kayelle Allen is over at the Purple Rose Tea House with a great post on how to write a hot shower scene! Drop by and check it out.

Second of all, there’s still a chance for you to win a $25 Dreamspinner gift certificate. Just check out my guest post about cover art over at Mickie B. Ashling’s blog. Contest is running until the end of the month.

workinprogressAlso, the reason I’ve sort of dropped off the social media planet this month is because I’ve been concentrating on Johnnie’s book to get it done in time. It’s reached 60k, officially making it a full-length novel and longer than Chance’s book. I have two chapters left and few details to fix up before it goes off to the beta. It’s been a tough one this one, as the story isn’t just about Johnnie and Henry, but the new generation of “brats” that live at Hawthorne Manor.

In Chance’s book, it was more about him and how get gets his life together. In Johnnie’s book, you get Johnnie’s story, how he’s trying to get his life together, but you also get to see Chance and Jacky eight years into their relationship. You see how they run things, their dynamics with the rest of the boys. You get a little from Alexander and Bobby, but mostly you get to know the rest of the family through Johnnie. He tells you about the seven youngsters who reside there, all with sad stories to tell. I wrote three of their ‘stories’ in one day, and I admit all three made me cry a little. Although it’s the 1930s, it still deals with the heartbreaking issue of gay youths who have been mistreated and discarded for their homosexuality. I hope the boys will touch your heart the way they’ve touched mine.

I’ll make sure to keep you all posted regarding Johnnie’s book, which has the tentative title: The Dangers of Loving Mr. Wolfe. Hopefully you all will forgive my absence while I wrap up these mischievous fellas.

Trip is over at Romance Lives Forever!

An Intrepid Trip to Love200Hello folks! Our intrepid Trip is being interviewed over at Romance Lives Forever! I’m surprised the lovely interviewer was able to get him to sit still and focus long enough to answer questions. He’ll be sharing a little about himself, Boone, and Macadamia Nut cookies. There will also be a short new excerpt. If you fancy leaving a comment, there’s a chance to win any free eBook from my book list. Hope to see you there!

http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2013/05/character-interview-trip-from-intrepid.html

x Charlie