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.    

 

 

 

 

 

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:

Dreamspinner Press eBook
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)

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. 

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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

Dreamspinner Press
Audible.com
Amazon

Tried & True (THIRDS, Book 10) Pre-Order Now Available from Dreamspinner Press!

Hello, all! Tried & True is now available for pre-order from Dreamspinner Press! For those who prefer to pre-order from Amazon and other third party sellers, the Tried & True pre-order will be available on those sites closer to release day (usually about a week or so before).

PREORDER LINKS

DREAMSPINNER PRESS EBOOK | DREAMSPINNER PRESS PAPERBACK

ABOUT THE BOOK

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….

 

#TeaserTuesday – 10/17/17 Tried & True

Hello, all! This week’s #TeaserTuesday brings us a fun little snippet from Tried & True.

[Dex] grabbed the bowl of gummy bears and chucked one over at Calvin, intent on smacking him in the face with gummy goodness when Hobbs pulled a Matrix and snatched the little bear out of thin air. He tossed it up and caught it in his mouth.

He winked at Dex, and Dex peered at him. “Okay, hotshot. Think fast.” He threw one at Angel, and Hobbs caught it. Damn. Big guy got some moves. Dex narrowed his eyes. He whipped out a hand, the gummy zipping toward Rosa. Hobbs dove over three of their friends and caught it.

“Oh my God, my spleen,” Angel groaned. He glared at Hobbs. “Dude, have you forgotten you weigh a fuckton?”

Hobbs tossed the gummy bear into his mouth and waggled his eyebrows.

Calvin grinned at Dex. “Ten bucks says he can catch the next one no matter where you throw it from.”

Dex jumped to his feet. “You’re on, Summers.” They both removed ten dollars from their wallets and placed them on the table. “Who’s in on this?”

Everyone placed their bets, and Dex looked around the bar. “Okay.”

Hobbs stood, and Dex crossed the room, garnering the attention of several patrons. More heads turned, curious to see what crazy Dex was up to. He held a thumb up to Hobbs, who didn’t move from beside the table. Weird. Hobbs smiled and nodded, his hand going behind him. What was he up to?

Dex took a gummy bear from the bowl and tossed it high into the air. He stared stupefied as Hobbs snapped his wrist and one of Bradley’s aluminum plates streaked through the air, hit one pillar, flew across the room, hit another pillar, and then Hobbs dove forward, rolled, and popped up to snatch the plate out of thin air. Dex’s jaw hit the floor.

Hobbs winked at him, peeled the little bear off the plate, then popped it into his mouth. The bar went nuts cheering, and Hobbs bowed first in one direction, then another. Dex stopped in front of him.

“Dude, how the—” He gasped, then marched over to Calvin. “Ooh, you took me for a ride.”

Calvin counted his winnings, then gave half to Hobbs. “And what a sweet ride it was. You should have seen your face. Oh, wait, you can.” Calvin held his cell phone up to Dex, and Dex stared at the video of him and his comically stupefied expression.

“Hustlers, the both of you,” Dex grumbled.


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