Recent Reads – Some Assembly Required by Lex Chase and Bru Baker

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Hello all! Life’s been kind of crazy lately and I’ve not been at my best, so it was a perfect time to get lost in a good book, and catch up on my reading. I had intended on reading Some Assembly Required before its release, but unfortunately that wasn’t possible. I’m so glad I had a chance to read it this week. What a gem of a story! Lex Chase and Bru Baker make a winning combination in my book. This story was just what I needed to get me out of my funk. It was fun, creative, and had me teary-eyed on more than one occasion. I absolutely fell for Benji and Patrick, and by the end I didn’t want to let them go.

Benji was sweet and adorable, his patience with Patrick touching. Patrick was wonderfully sarcastic and aloof. There was plenty of emotion in this story too, and my heart broke for them several times. The sexual tension between them was incredible, and when they finally get together, the sparks fly–literally. I loved every moment of it.  There’s not a lot I can say without spoilers, but if you enjoy sweet ghostly romances, this book will make you smile, laugh, and shed a tear or two. Certainly a re-read for me. Highly recommended. <3

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Everyone wishes they were dead when wandering the purgatory of a home furnishings store, but these guys actually are.

Benji Goss is the quintessential good guy. When his boyfriend dumps him and moves out, Benji obligingly keeps the cat—even though he’s allergic—because his ex’s new place doesn’t accept pets. He’s always joked the cat would be the death of him, but not in a way he expects when a feline mishap crushes him under a DEL TORO bookcase.

Snarky loner Patrick Bryant is in such a rut he barely remembers the life he used to lead. The last thing he recalls is being decapitated by a DEL TORO bookcase in a freak accident. As a spiritual CASA resident, he haunts the aisles of affordable Italian furniture, assisting fellow spirits in moving on to their final destinations.

When Benji appears in the CASA café, Patrick considers the naïve spirit just the man to cure his boredom. Benji’s relentless optimism chips away at Patrick’s sarcasm, making him question if there’s something beyond what he can see. But the heart is like CASA furniture—there’s always some assembly required.

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Next Stop of the Loving Blitz Blog Tour – Lex Chase’s blog!

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Hello all! Today the Loving Blitz blog tour stops over at Lex Chase’s blog where we continue to celebrate the upcoming release of Loving Blitz! There’s also a giveaway!

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North Pole City Tales: Book 4

Genre: Gay Fantasy Romance, Holiday
Length: Novella
Published: Dec, 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781623809492

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.

Loving Blitz can be read on its own, but for maximum enjoyment, it’s recommended the series be read in order as characters from previous books make appearances and previous events are mentioned.

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Charlie_Cochet_by_madison_parker150Charlie 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 adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. 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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BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE

Dec 14thIt’s About the Book
Dec 15thLex Chase
Dec 16thSinfully Addicted to All Male Romance
Dec 17thThe Novel Approach
Dec 18thJoyfully Jay

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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.

 

 

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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Twitter Takeover with Lex Chase tonight @5 pm (EDT)

Hello all! Tonight from 5 pm Eastern Time, the fabulous Lex Chase joins me as we takeover the Dreamspinner Press Twitter account! We’ll be on there for 2 hours, so drop by to chat, ask questions, or partake in the general shenanigans!

I’ll be using the hashtag #LXCC and #CCROSE in case things get a little crazy. The Dreamspinner Twitter is @dreamspinners

Or: http://twitter.com/dreamspinners

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

Tonight at 9pm EDT: Twitter Takeover!!

Hello all! Tonight from 9pm EDT, the fabulous Lex Chase joins me as we takeover the Dreamspinner Press Twitter account! We’ll be on there for 3 hours, so drop by to chat, ask questions, or partake in the general shenanigans!

I’ll be using the hashtag #charliecochet_takeover in case things get a little crazy. The Dreamspinner Twitter is @dreamspinners

Or: http://twitter.com/dreamspinners

Lex Chase – Chasing Sunrise Pre-order for a great cause!

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Hello all! The fabulous Lex chase has an epic new Fantasy series called the Darkmore Saga heading our way. The first book is Chasing Sunrise and to celebrate, Lex is currently on tour sharing all kinds of fascinating info on this amazing new world. Plus, if you pre order the book, you’ll be helping out a great cause. 100% of the presale royalties will go to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center’s Domestic Violence Service. You can pre order the book here. Want to know more about the book? Check out the info below. And isn’t that cover gorgeous! I can’t wait to read about Sevon and Jack!

Lex will also be stopping by my guest blog: Purple Rose Tea House on Aug 8th, but before then, we’ll be taking over the DSP twitter feed on July 29th!

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Genre: Vampires, Werewolves/Shapeshifters, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Fantasy
Series: The Darkmore Saga: Book One
Length: Novel
Published: July 25, 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-62798-776-9
Pre-order: Paperback or eBook 

Blurb: Chasing Sunrise The Darkmore Saga: Book One

On the Coastal Bend of Texas, a hidden kingdom called Darkmore lies in ruins, and King Sevon Maraté is trapped. Using Sevon as a mouthpiece and a scapegoat, Lord Dominic rules from the shadows. Born of royal verkolai blood and as beautiful as he is lethal, Sevon possesses the ability to part the Veil separating his world from hundreds of others. His gift is his chance to escape, but Dominic refuses to relinquish his tool for power. Dominic forges an ambitious plan to invade the prosperous land of Priagust. Only a select few know the mythic kingdom of shifters exists. Sevon is out of options for his people’s survival, and cooperating with Dominic is his only chance.

On their foray into Priagust, Dominic’s men kidnap and interrogate a shifter named Jack. Even under torture, Jack’s loyalty to his kind never wavers. But as Jack’s knowledge about Darkmore’s king and its history unsettles Sevon, a curious bond begins to form. Despite Sevon’s mistrust, Jack is determined to tame Sevon’s wild heart and perhaps earn his freedom. As invasion looms, Sevon wonders if trusting Jack will lead him into another trap or if he should forget about chasing the sunrise and remain Dominic’s compliant prisoner. 

100% OF THE PRESALE ROYALTIES OF THIS BOOK WILL GO TO LOS ANGELES GAY AND LESBIAN CENTER’S DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICE.

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About the Author: 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.

Weaving tales of cinematic, sweeping adventure, 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 residing in the ’burbs of Northwest Florida where it could be 80F and she’d be a popsicle.

She is grateful and humbled for all the readers. She knows very well she wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them and welcomes feedback.

You can find her on those social media things at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LXChase
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lex_Chase
Tumblr: http://lexiconofkittens.tumblr.com
Find her blog at http://lexchase.com or drop her an e-mail at lex.a.chase@gmail.com


Chasing Sunrise Tour stops: 

7/13 – Chris T. Kat
7/17 – 
Michael Rupured
7/19 – 
Lily Velden
7/20 – Jaime Samms
7/22 – 
Aidee Ladnier
7/24 – 
Grace Duncan
7/26 – 
Shira Anthony
7/25 – 
Chasing Sunrise Release Day!
7/29 – 
Dreamspinner Twitter Takeover with Charlie Cochet
7/30 – 
Live Your Life, Buy The Book
8/2 – 
Chat at the Dreamspinner Press Facebook Page
8/8 – 
Charlie Cochet
8/13 – 
Gay List Book Reviews
8/16 – 
Tali Spencer

Congrats to Crissy M for winning the THIRDSHQ.COM giveaway!

A big thank you to the awesome Lex Chase for hosting me, and thank you so much to everyone who stopped by and left a comment. All the names were placed into the Magic Hat and at random, a winner was chosen.

Congrats Crissy M!

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If you didn’t win this time around, there’s still plenty of time to enter the fab giveaway going on for the Hell & High Water Blog Tour. Again thank you so much for everyone who joined in!