Disney Dreamer – All Those Disney Feels

Hello all! Thank you so much for joining us on our little Disney adventure. In this final post of our mini-series, we’re chatting about experiences, and one of my favorite had to be one I experienced for the first time at Epcot Center. I hadn’t been to Epcot in years, and even from my visits when I was a kid, there was one ride/show that was never available during my visits, and at one point removed. Well, now it’s back. Captain EO. Yep, I’d never had the chance to see Captain EO, not back when it first opened its doors and not years later.

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The fab Lex Chase was the one who brought it to my attention. She knew it was right up my alley and just the sort of thing I’d like. Well, I didn’t like it. I LOVED it. Don’t care how cheesy it might seem, to me it was absolutely perfect. Anyone who’s read the THIRDS series is well aware of Dex’s 80s obsession, and I’m often asked about the research behind it or where I got the inspiration. Dex’s love for 80s music and movies, his fond memories of the toys and candy involved very little research. I share his feelings on the subject. I may not have a basement full of 80s memorabilia including Rubiks Cubes and 3D glasses, but I have fond memories of my big hair band music, the original days (and still the best) of MTV, my Debbie Gibson cassette tapes, and Saturday Morning cartoons.

Upon entering the ride, you get to see behind the scenes videos of the shoot with all it’s glorious big haired dancers sporting sweatbands and legwarmers. I had an idea of what to expect, or so I thought. The reality totally blew my expectations. Yes, I am that much of a nerd. Seriously, my eyes got all watery. It was like opening a time capsule or hopping in the Delorean and ending up back in time. The music was awesome, the dancing so much fun, and the fact that it was the original 1986 version made it that much more amazing. My only disappointment was that they didn’t bring back the gift shop. My kingdom for a Captain EO T-shirt! If you’re feeling nostalgic, check out the Captain EO movie here.

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Kim Fielding and the Disney Experience.

 

046Y’know, one of the things I like about Disney is that it appeals to such a wide range of humanity. Yeah, little kids of course. But teens too and grown-ups of all ages. You can visit a Disney park and hear a whole host of languages. You’ll see everyone from well-scrubbed kids in church choir t-shirts to tattooed tough guys, noisy frat boys, hand-holding gay couples, and too-cool hipsters. At one point, I stood in line for Tower of Terror (more on that in a minute) near a large family speaking loudly in Spanish, a goth couple in their early twenties, several young Japanese women, and some southern-accented grandparents with their gawky grandkids. You have to be able to pony up about a hundred bucks per person per day—not counting food and mouse ear hats—but047 that seems to be just about the only barrier to having fun at Disney.

Part of the appeal is that nearly everyone can find something to enjoy. I’m not much of a princessy person, but how cool that Lex got princesses to sign her book! Charlie could name every movie on the Great Movie Ride. And I got to see some of my favorite shows (Muppets! Indiana Jones!), watch manatees eat a whole lot of lettuce, and go on rides.

094Sadly, I didn’t get to go on one of my favorite rides, Tower of Terror. The line was supposed to be 60 minutes long. Charlie and Lex were not into riding haunted elevators, but were kindly willing to wait for me. But after about 10 minutes, an announcer informed us that half the ride was shut down. The wait was now 140 minutes. Sigh. Never mind.

Don’t worry—we found other ways to amuse ourselves. And I’m taking my younger daughter to California Disney for spring break, so we can ride Tower of Terror then. But while I’m sure the kid and I will have a good time, I’ll miss Lex and Charlie’s lovely company!

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veniceKim Fielding is the bestselling author of numerous m/m romance novels, novellas, and short stories. Like Kim herself, her work is eclectic, spanning genres such as contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and historical. Her stories are set in alternate worlds, in 15th century Bosnia, in modern-day Oregon. Her heroes are hipster architect werewolves, housekeepers, maimed giants, and conflicted graduate students. They’re usually flawed, they often encounter terrible obstacles, but they always find love.

After having migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States, Kim calls the boring part of California home. She lives there with her husband, her two daughters, and her day job as a university professor, but escapes as often as possible via car, train, plane, or boat. This may explain why her characters often seem to be in transit as well. She dreams of traveling and writing full-time.

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Lex Chase and Happily Ever After…

 

Now that we’ve reached the grand finale of our Disney Dreamer serial where Kim, Charlie and I have shared our experiences of the food over on my blog, and we talked about ‘Murica the Stunt Squirrel and the budding transspecies m/m love of Princess Kitty Taylor and Spike over on Kim Fielding’s blog. Now, here on Charlie Cochet’s blog, we’re here to talk about our special experiences that will always stick with us. I had quite a few!

First, as before mentioned, I was bit by Disney Princess Fever which everyone was very patient to put up with me. It was exciting to just be a kid again and experience the magic and wonder that Walt Disney all those decades ago had set out to do.

I should mention one of my first experiences happened early on. Because I had blown out my left knee a week before the trip, I had been confined to a scooter for the week. Talk about dropping a large sum of cash before my flight even left Pensacola! Charlie had been such a trooper with taking apart and reassembling the thing every single day. It got to a point she could do it under 30 seconds and off we went. We also got to go to the front of every line. Sometimes we were led right in, sometimes we had to wander through the standby line forever. Hello Haunted Mansion!

Among the awesomeness of Epcot and meeting the Disney Princesses (which I recapped on my blog), I indulged in further nerdiness by carrying around a copy of Americana Fairy Tale and taking photos of the book in various locations.

Of course there was the locations I had deemed “important” such as Germany for Snow White.

And another location was France for Princess Aurora. For Reasons that have been probably long spoiled by now. Thanks Internet!

As Charlie and I were on our way out of Epcot, we finally managed to meet Anna and Elsa of Frozen. In a sense anyway. Also Charlie fails at taking a bad photo ever.

I hadn’t been to Magic Kingdom in years, and local gal as well as good Twitter buddy Jules Loves Books volunteered as tour guide. And trust me, Charlie and I seriously needed one for Magic Kingdom. It’s huuuuge!

I made the brilliant decision in suggesting we all go on Splash Mountain. I was determined for Splash Mountain awesomeness. Thanks to my knee, my doctor gave a big nope to doing any rollercoasters. I thought I could totally do Splash Mountain. As we wound through the line that stretched on into eternity, the more anxious I got. Charlie assured me, “Oh come on. Look. Kids are going to do it. You’ll be fine.” I said, “Okay. I can do this. I’ll be fine. If kids are going on it this is no big deal. I got it.”

It was quite possibly the worst decision I could have ever made.

I was fine, I didn’t injure my knee or anything. But HOLY JESUS I was terrified! What can I say, I’m a big wuss. LOL Charlie wanted to do it again and I was like “You go do that. I’ll be over here on solid ground. Solid ground is awesome.”

As Charlie and Jules decided to do Thunder Mountain Railroad, I took a chill and got my got my Mickey Ears Ice Cream to console my terror. I wasn’t comfort eating or nothing. No way! Can’t prove it!

Pictures happened while I waited. Like this one at the end of The Water Ride of Damnation—I mean, Splash Mountain. (I like my name waaaay better.)

But after a long day of Magic Kingdom-ing, it was time to head out. On our way out, Cinderella’s Castle looked as true to form pretty damned magical.

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One day, we’ll all go back. Disney is always best with family, friends, and a gaggle of authors who know what it is to dream.

What is your fondest memory of Disney? Was it a movie? Was it actually being there? Was it that time you realized you really wanted to be a storyteller weaving the magic and wonder of Disney himself? Let us know!

 


Lex Chase once heard Stephen King say in a commercial, “We’re all going to die, I’m just trying to make it a little more interesting.” She knew then she wanted to make the world a little more interesting too.
Weaving tales of cinematic, sweeping adventure and epic love—and depending on how she feels that day—Lex sprinkles in high-speed chases, shower scenes, and more explosions than a Hollywood blockbuster. She loves tales of men who kiss as much as they kick ass. She believes if you’re going to going to march into the depths of hell, it better be beside the one you love.
Lex is a pop culture diva and her DVR is constantly backlogged. She wouldn’t last five minutes without technology in the event of the apocalypse and has nightmares about refusing to leave her cats behind. She is incredibly sentimental, to the point that she gets choked up at holiday commercials. But like the lovers driven to extreme measures to get home for the holidays, Lex believes everyone deserves a happy ending.
Lex also has a knack for sarcasm, never takes herself seriously, and has been nicknamed “The Next Alan Moore” by her friends for all the pain and suffering she inflicts on her characters. She is a Damned Yankee hailing from the frozen backwoods of Maine now residing in the burbs of Northwest Florida, where it could be 80F and she’d still be a popsicle.

 

 

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Over at Kim Fielding’s for another Disney Dreamer post!

Chinese TheaterHello all! Today I’m over at Kim Fielding’s blog joining her and Lex Chase for another Disney Dreamer post. This time I’m chatting about Hollywood Studios and the fabulous Indiana Jones stunt spectacular, along with the appearance of an unexpected cast member. I think Dex would approve!

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Joining Lex Chase and Kim Fielding for the Disney Dreamer Post Mini-Series!

BBGlass400Hello all! Earlier this month I attended the Dreamspinner Press workshop where I had the chance to spend time with friends, and fellow authors. Since the workshop was held in Orlando near the Disney theme parks, it was a great opportunity to stay a few extra days and join some fab folks in the land of mouse ears and magic. Together with Lex Chase and Kim Fielding, we’ve put together a mini-series of posts based on some of our fave Disney moments.

Today we’re over at Lex Chase’s blog for a chat on our favorite dining experiences at the parks. Mine was the Be Our Guest restaurant. It was my first visit and I absolutely loved it, especially since it’s made to look like parts of the  Beast’s castle from Beauty and the Beast, one of my all time favorite Disney movies. I took plenty of pictures so come on buy and check them out. There’s also some pics from Lex and Kim.

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Different Tracks – Part 8

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Hello all! I’ve joined some fab authors in writing a round robin story called Different Tracks. The authors are Sophie Bonaste, Brynn Stein, Grace Duncan, Suki Fleet, Elizabeth Noble, Kim Fielding, and Lane Hayes. A new chapter will be posted every Monday and Thursday, so make sure to check the sidebar for the schedule and links. As the story grows, I might move it to it’s own section.

Here are the links to the current chapters:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7


Peter woke up with a sappy smile on his face. Last night had been amazing, evident by the way his body ached as he stretched. His ass was especially sore. Memories of last night warmed him all over despite the air conditioning cooling his bare skin. A small moan escaped him when he thought of Xander’s hands all over him, the way Xander’s teeth had nipped at his skin, the feel of Xander’s soft lips against his, and the taste of his mouth. Peter couldn’t remember the last time he’d been fucked so good. With a grin on his face, Peter blinked open his eyes. His smile promptly faded.

Xander was gone.

Peter sat up and sighed. Xander’s absence wasn’t a surprise. However, the feeling of disappointment flooding through Peter was. What the hell had gotten into him? He’d never done anything so bold. Casual hookups weren’t his thing. Neither was coming onto a guy he barely knew. He’d tried his best to ignore Xander in the car as he sat there beside Peter, dripping wet, but then Xander had gone and taken off his shirt, and Peter had been mesmerized by Xander’s inked skin. His fingers had itched to touch, to run over every inch of smooth surface, over every curve and dip.

“I’m such an idiot.” He got out of bed and headed for the bathroom to brush his teeth and wash up. What was it about Xander that made him feel so reckless? Did he really want to find out? It was obvious Xander wasn’t interested in anything more than what they had last night, and as great as it was, Peter wasn’t looking to become any guy’s occasional lay. His head was telling him it was better this way. Why try to pursue someone who didn’t want to be pursued?

After finishing up in the bathroom, Peter got dressed and headed for the kitchen to make breakfast. As he did, he realized he didn’t even have Xander’s number. Speaking of phone, his cell rang and he checked the screen. It was Jo. He was tempted to ignore it, but he knew better. Jo had a way of getting information out of him one way or another.

“Hey.” He braced himself.

“So… where were you two last night? Mr. J said you guys didn’t make it because of the weather.”

“Yeah, it was getting pretty bad out there, so I told Xander it would be okay if we didn’t go.”

There was a pause then a sigh. “Are you really going to make me drag it out of you? Because you know I will.”

Peter worried his bottom lip. He knew he could trust Jo not to say a word, and considering how he had no idea what his next course of action should be, confiding in her might help. Jo always seemed so confident, like she knew exactly what she wanted all the time and how to get it. Maybe he was overthinking this. “We slept together.” There was a high-pitched squeal at the other end and Peter chuckled. “I’m glad you approve.”

“Was it amazing?”

“Better than.” Something in his voice must have given him away, because Jo’s tone when she next spoke reflected her concern.

“He didn’t stick around.”

“No,” Peter sighed. He carried his mug of coffee to his kitchen table and took a seat. “He was gone when I woke up. Guess that’s that then.”

“That’s that? You had amazing sex with a hot guy who you really like, and that’s that?”

Peter arched an eyebrow despite the fact Jo couldn’t see him. “I’m not exactly sure what it is you think I can and should do. The guy left before I woke up. He didn’t even want to see me. I don’t know what he was expecting. It’s not like I was going to propose or anything. Either way, I don’t want to make a big deal out of this. It was one night.”

“Uh-huh. And when you see him on Saturday?”

If I see him. Then again, Peter doubted Xander would go against a court order just to avoid some guy he’d had a one night stand with. “I’ll play it by ear, see how he reacts. I don’t want things to be awkward.”

“A little late for that.”

“Thanks,” Peter muttered.

Jo let out a soft laugh. “Look, just talk to the guy. It’ll be fine.”

“Thanks.” They exchanged a few more pleasantries before Peter hung up. He wished it could be that easy. What was he supposed to say? He let his head fall against the table with a groan. Six more days until he saw Xander again. The wait would either help him clear his head or drive him crazy. Knowing him, it would most likely be the latter.


Check in with Sophie on Monday for Part 9!

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Round Robin Story Fun

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Hello all! I’ve joined some fabulous authors in a game of Round Robin for a free read. What’s a Round Robin story? It’s a type of collaborative storytelling in which each other writes a piece of the story, continuing where the last author left off.  You can find the story schedule below of when the posts are going up. Since there are a good number of authors, there’s two posts going up a week, and I get to end the story. OMG, no pressure, right?  The story is called Different Tracks and it’s a straight up contemporary, a first for me, so should be fun!

I’ve also added the schedule and links to the sidebar so readers can easily find them. Happy reading!

Part 1: Jan 5 – Sophie Bonaste
Part 2: Jan 8 – Brynn Stein
Part 3: Jan 12 – Grace Duncan
Part 4: Jan 15 – Suki Fleet
Part 5: Jan 19 – Elizabeth Noble
Part 6: Jan 22 – Kim Fielding
Part 7: Jan 26 – Lane Hayes
Part 8: Jan 29 – Charlie Cochet

 

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Fabulous Five Blog Hop

Fab 5 blog hopHello all! I’ve been tagged to answer these five fabulous questions on the Fabulous Five Blog Hop by the lovely Anne Barwellauthor of gay romance. Anne’s published with Dreamspinner Press with titles including Shadowboxing, A Knight to Remember, and the upcoming Winter’s Duet.

1. What am I working on?

Right now I’m working on Healing Hunter’s Heart, book two in the Little Bite of Love series–the first being An Intrepid Trip to Love. It’s been on the schedule for a long time but was temporarily put on hold while I worked on the first four THIRDS books. With those completed, I’m back on getting Hunter and Ari together again for their happily ever after.

I’m also working on some THIRDS series flash fiction and Against the Grain which is the fifth book in the THIRDS series from Ash and Cael’s POV. There’s also edits for Rack & Ruin, the third THIRDS book (due out in Nov) and Vixen’s Valor the third North Pole City Tales book (due out in Dec). A Rose By Any Other Name is out in less than three weeks! It’s been a pretty busy year.

2. How does my work differ from others in its genre?

I think every author has a unique voice, including me. I believe my readers know what to expect from my stories. There’s always a sweet romance with plenty of humor. I don’t think I could write something that didn’t have some humor in it. I love writing banter and comedy. Always happily ever afters, even if the guys have to stumble along the way to get there. I also tend to write stories with pretty large casts.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I’ve been writing romance since I can remember, but I started writing m/m romance through the historical genre because I love the 20s and 30s, but it was tough finding stories with gay characters of the time that didn’t end in tragedy. I wanted the fellas to get their happily ever afters. I found Whistling in the Dark by Tamara Allen by accident on Amazon while browsing. It was one of my first m/m romances and it stayed with me long after, not to mention inspired me to write my own historical m/m romance. I write what I do so my characters get their happily ever after and maybe touch a few hearts a long the way.

I’ve broken out into other genres because I love writing whatever catches my fancy. I also write to entertain. To sweep folks away to another time or world for a little while. Make them smile, laugh, and maybe shed a few tears. We all need to get away for a while sometimes.

4. How does my writing process work?

I get my best writing done on a deadline. Yep, I’m one of those people. It took me a while to figure out my pace and what I wanted to accomplish. Starting this year, I’ve been writing full-time, so I have a schedule I put together of what I’m writing and when. This helps me keep true series books especially from being released too far apart, which is a mistake I’ve made in the past. When inspiration strikes, I start asking questions, start listening to characters who start speaking to me. I begin planning and plotting, developing characters before I move onto a rough outline of what’s meant to happen when. If I get stuck, I work on dialogue which helps me get unstuck.  I only work on one book at a time, unless I’m editing.  There’s usually a lot of coffee and *headdesk* moments involved.

5. Who’s next on the blog hop?

Some personal faves and awesome authors whose books I love: Lex ChasePiper Vaughn,  Kim FieldingMichael Rupured, and Sarah Madison

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Awesome Tea House Giveaways!

tea house buttonHello all! There are some fantastic giveaways happening at my Purple Rose Tea House blog! Check out what’s going on at the moment and coming up! More details of the fab prizes over on the contest page.


Jan 16th – Lex Chase will be dropping by on the Pawn Takes Rook: Conventional Love Tour with some fantastic prizes. Check out the contest page for more details.


Feb 4th – Kim Fielding will be stopping by the blog on her Pilgrimage Tour, and to celebrate the new book, she’s doing a giveaway. Two people will each win a signed print copy of Pilgrimage, plus a $10 donation to a charity of their choice. Check out the contest page for more details.


Feb 6th – Susan Mac Nicol will be dropping by on her Worth Keeping Blog Tour with a fantastic giveaway. Check out the contest page for more details.


Feb 12th – Indra Vaughn will be stopping by on her blog tour for The House on Hancock Hill with some fantastic prizes including gift cards, signed paperbacks, ebooks, swag and more! Check out the contest page for more details.


Contest Page: http://purpleroseteahouse.charliecochet.com/contests/

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Stop Three on The Impetuous Afflictions Blog Tour: Kim Fielding’s Blog

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Hi everyone! Today The Impetuous Afflictions Blog Tour stops by Kim Fielding’s blog for stop three! Catch the third excerpt from Chapter Two and enter for a chance to win some nifty prizes!


Tour Info:

The tour has 13 stops. The first 6 stops are a personally guided tour conducted by the man himself, Jonathan Wolfe. The remaining 7 stops will give you the opportunity to meet the brats individually, and in some cases they will have a partner in crime. I heard for the final day, Johnnie has somehow managed to drag Chance along. That should be interesting.

Disclaimer: Please note. I can’t be held responsible for what comes out of Johnnie’s mouth. I’ve been informed he’s on his best behavior, but I think we both know that his definition of “best behavior” differs vastly from ours. 

Serialized Excerpts:

The tour will also feature serialized excerpts consisting of the whole of Chapter Two. So if you haven’t read Chapter One, you can go ahead and do so from either my website here:

http://www.charliecochet.com/books/novels/the-impetuous-afflictions-of-jonathan-wolfe/excerpt/

or the Dreasmpinner website here:

http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4362&osCsid=gbo693acupfn294tque6r8jg27

Here’s all the info for the tour you’ll need. The first stop is The Novel Approach where the lovely Lisa has not only been incredibly kind in letting Johnnie stop by, but has also given The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe an absolutely wonderful 5 star review!!

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Tour stops:

11/9 – Welcome to Hawthorne Manor [Excerpt 1] – The Novel Approach

11/11 – Billiard Room Brouhaha [Excerpt 2] – Author Sue Brown

11/12 – A Trip to the Town of Aylesbury [Excerpt 3] –  Author Kim Fielding

11/13 – Time for Tea [Excerpt 4] – Author Lex Chase

11/14 – Stopping for a Pint [Excerpt 5] –  Author Andrew Q. Gordon

11/15 – Visiting the Furry Hat Man [Excerpt 6] – Author Eden Winters

11/18 – Meet Gideon Brooks [Excerpt 7] – Author Michael Rupured

11/19 – Meet Rori Curtis [Excerpt 8] –  Author Shira Anthony

11/20 – Meet Aubrey Jepson [Excerpt 9] – Attention is Arbitrary

11/21 – Meet Oliver Darling [Excerpt 10] – Hearts on Fire

11/22 – Meet Elliot Young [Excerpt 11] – Author Elin Gregory

11/25 – Meet Connor & Edmund Grey [Excerpt 12] – Joyfully Jay

11/26 – The Devilish Duo [Bonus Excerpt] – Mrs. Condit & Friends


Giveaway

1st Prize: $15 Amazon gift card + Impetuous Afflictions signed swag pack + signed 8×10 art print.

2nd & 3rd Prize: Impetuous Afflictions swag pack + signed 8×10 art print.

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To Enter

Just leave a comment on any of the blog posts along the tour, along with a contact email address. **If you would still like to enter the contest but don’t wish to leave your email address in the comment, you can also enter by emailingcharlie@charliecochet.com.

Winners will be chosen at random and posted on Charlie’s blog at http://www.charliecochet.com/blog on Monday, December 2nd. Winners will then be notified via email.

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Contest ends

Sunday, December 1st at midnight, Eastern Time.

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Art Print Designs

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