Looking back at 2014 over at Lissa Kasey’s!

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Hello all! I’m over at the lovely Lissa Kasey’s blog with a post on looking back at 2014 and the amazing journey it’s been for me. From my first THIRDS book contract to what’s coming soon! Check it out here: http://lissakasey.com/2014/12/looking-back-at-2014-by-charlie-cochet/

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2014 and tackling the terrifying TBR list

CharlieRoseLike most readers, I have a TBR list, one that seems to have a life of its own. The books multiply like bunnies. For every one I read, three more take its place. (I blame Dreamspinner Press and their ridiculously amazing sales!) I have eBooks from 2010 and 2011 which I don’t know that I’ll get around to as 2012 and 2013 have produced twice as many eBooks that need reading. Sadly, 2013 was not a good year of reading for me. I read quite a bit, but mostly books on writing or for research.

This year, I’ve decided to try and tackle my ever growing TBR list. Over the weekend, I spent a few hours sorting through my eBook folders. There are A LOT of them. Here’s how I organize them, in case anyone fancies doing something similar. I have an ‘eBooks’ folder in my SkyDrive, and inside that folder, every author who I have at least 3 or more books for gets their own folder. All other eBooks go into a folder labelled ‘Authors’. Then I have a ‘Favorite Authors’ folder, a ‘2012’, and ‘2013’ folder, plus a ‘TBR’ folder. Inside my ‘TBR’ folder is a ‘Priority’ folder. As I read books in my ‘TBR’, they get moved to their respective folders. It’s the only way I can keep track of things. Any non-LGBTQ fiction goes into a separate folder labeled accordingly: Research, Crime Fiction, M/F Romance etc.

I hope to read a lot more fiction than I did last year, and catch up on some books I meant to read ages ago. I’m off to a pretty good start. Here’s what I read this week. All of which I highly recommend!

Piper Vaughn’s – Love Rising
Shira Anthony’s – Stealing the Wind (Mermen of Ea #1)
KJ Charles’s – The Magpie Lord (A Charm of Magpies #1)
KJ Charles’s – Interlude with Tattoos (A Charm of Magpies #1.5)

I’ll probably be adding more of my thoughts on books I enjoyed. I guess you could call them reviews, but I don’t consider myself a reviewer. Despite being a writer, reviews are freakin’ hard, and there’s a lot more to them than just saying I liked or didn’t like something, because I’d consider that more an opinion. My reviews are really more along the lines of fangirl ramblings.

I also don’t give M/M Romance books star ratings. It’s one of those topics that can be debated until everyone’s blue in the face, but personally, I think folks should do whatever feels comfortable for them, and in my case, I don’t feel comfortable rating my fellow authors, so I don’t. I’m not saying authors should or shouldn’t rate/review other authors, I’m just saying I won’t. Now if I like, or love a book, I’m not shy about shouting it from the mountain top. When I read, I read for the sheer enjoyment of it. I read for me.

It’s funny, how despite now being an author, I pretty much still approach books the same way I have all my life. I don’t pick up a book, start reading, and suddenly become its editor. I’m there to enjoy it. I have enough editing to worry about in my own stories without worrying about what was missed in someone else’s. I may notice things I hadn’t noticed before, or have names for all the structural elements that compose a story, but when I pick up a book, the author stays behind, and the reader takes over. I want to be swept away by the story, the characters, the world, and the emotions. If the story succeeds in that respect, I’d call it a winner. As long as it piques my interest, I’ll read any genre. I do however, need coherency. If I’m reading a book, and something in the writing jars me out of the story every other paragraph, I’m not likely to continue. It’s been a long time since I’ve come across a book that’s done that.

Right now I’m reading Jordan L Hawk’sStormhaven (Whyborne & Griffin #3), which I LOVED the first two by the way, and I have a couple of eBooks lined up after that. I’m aiming for at least three eBooks a week, depending on schedules and length of books. There’s also a few new releases coming out this month which I’m looking forward to: Hayley B. James’s – Polyester Prince (ABQ Heat #2), and KJ Charles’s – A Case of Possession (A Charm of Magpies #2)

What are you reading at the moment?

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New Year, New Look, New Goals!

CharlieRoseHello all! I hope everyone had a safe and merry New year’s Eve. It’s hard to believe another year has gone by. I don’t know why it’s so exciting to be staring down at another year, or why we get the feeling of everything being shiny and new. (If you’re reading this on Goodreads, it’s probably destroyed my lovely layout, so I apologize if there are roses all over there place.)

As you may have noticed, the website has changed some. I’m one of those annoying people that needs change every so often or I go nuts. So despite my crazy schedule, I needed to give the website and the Tea House a makeover. I wasn’t crazy about the old purple color scheme for the Tea House, so I changed the hues, and I love the colors much better now. I added a little more pink and white to my personal site here because it was too blue, and I like the way the salmon color makes it pop a little. Anyway, I hope you like it!

Okay, 2014. What’s in store? OMG LOADS! Check out my crazy goals. Of course this doesn’t account for all those random things that pop up during the year. I think I may just need to get my coffee hooked up to me by IV.

One of the main things I’m working on is the THIRDS series which I’ve mentioned. I have a tentative schedule, and if all goes well, the first four books will be out this year between June and Dec. It’s a Contemporary/Alternate History Shifter series centering around two agents: Dexter J. Daley “Dex” (Human), and Sloane Brodie (Therian a.k.a Shifter). They’re all full length novels. The first one came in roughly around 103k, but I’m not sure the others will be that long. First book is submitted, and now I’m working on the second, due by the 1st of Feb *fingers crossed*. I am SO excited about this series, and I’m having so much fun with these guys.

I’m also putting together a website for this series because there are playlists for all the books, lots of characters, I’m planning at least two spin-offs, plus loads of other stuff (Dex’s shenanigans alone means these guys need their own blog), so there’s no way all that could fit in here, plus it has a dark color scheme that doesn’t fit in with all the pink and baby blues. So, 4 full length novels, plus whatever crazy blog tours, parties, running around like crazy person their releases will entail. We’re talking BIG here people!

At some point I have to fit in Hunter’s book, and the next book in the North Pole City Tales series with Vixen and Vale.

I’m also hoping to get a thumbs up from Dreamspinner on A Rose by Any Other Name: Fallen Rose series, Book 2 (Julius’s book). *more crossed fingers*

There’s also my backlist titles which I’ll be getting the rights back to, and I’d like to fix them up, but that may have to wait.

I’ll be attending RainbowCon, and fingers crossed that I can get into GRL as an author this year. Last year I went as a reader and it was AWESOME, but I’d really like to go as an author this year, so we’ll see.

Obviously mixed up in there is writing, editing, releases, promoting, jury duty, book artwork, web stuff, and… I’m gonna stop there before I scare myself.  2014 Woot!

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Bring on the New Year!

Wishing everyone a safe, warm, and wonderful New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day! May 2014 be a prosperous year with good health, plenty of love, and great opportunities!

A big thank you to all those who supported me throughout the year, to all the new friends I’ve met, and old friends who keep on keeping on alongside me. To my great family–although you drive me crazy sometimes, I love you very much and wouldn’t be here without you. Thank you all so much!

x Charlie

Happy New Year

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