THIRDS Thursday – 11/12/15 – Catch a Tiger Excerpt

Hello all! This week we have an excerpt from Chapter Two of Catch a Tiger by the Tail!


“I see you two are getting nowhere fast.”

Great. Just what Ethan didn’t need. He let out a grunt in response to Ash’s tease.

“Don’t get pissy with me. If you don’t make a move on your boy, someone else will. I got a feeling there’s a certain wolf Therian who wouldn’t think twice. Bautista’s already sampled the goods. Guess he liked it.”

Ethan hissed at him, and Ash chuckled. Asshole. Since when was Ash the expert on relationships anyway? Then again, he and Cael seemed to be settling into theirs. Ash was actually happy most days. It was weird. What did it say about him that Ash could get it right and he couldn’t? God, he needed a drink. He tapped the bar and held up two fingers to Bradley. With a wink, Bradley brought him a double shot of whiskey.

“Wow, on the hard stuff already?”

Ethan rolled his eyes and snatched up his whiskey glass, giving Bradley a nod in thanks. Everyone else was moving forward in their relationships except for him and Calvin. Although Ash wasn’t completely at ease with being open about him and Cael, he was doing his best and making the effort. The rumor of his relationship with a guy had spread through Unit Alpha, and instead of worrying about it, Ash went with it. He challenged anyone who tried to make something of his move from girls to guys, or rather one guy in particular. And of course he did so in typical charming Ash fashion—in other words putting the fear of God in anyone dumb enough to make a joke at his expense.

Dex and Sloane were sweet together, even when Dex was driving his boyfriend crazy, which was the majority of the time. The two were in synch, their bond bringing them closer together, giving them the ability to sense each other in a way they hadn’t before. Ethan still couldn’t believe they’d bonded. He didn’t know all that much about Therian bonds. It was one of those things not discussed out in the open, something that stemmed from deep within their feral side. Therians were always being accused of being animals. The last thing they needed was evidence suggesting there was some truth to the accusations. His dad had talked to him and his brothers about it when they’d been younger, stressing how serious it was, how dangerous for the parties involved. If there was ever a cautionary tale, it was Seb and Hudson. His big brother hadn’t been the same since he’d lost his mate. Like a part of him was missing. He suffered daily, and Ethan hated seeing Seb in pain like that, but there wasn’t anything he or Rafe could do about it. Not that Rafe gave a shit. When had his big brother become such a dick?

With a sigh, Ethan sat on the barstool Calvin had vacated and sipped his whiskey when Ash took a seat beside him. He ordered a beer and took a few swigs after it arrived, sitting silently. Ethan arched an eyebrow at him. Maybe Cael’s manners were rubbing off on him.

“You, me, Sloane, we’ve been through a lot of fucked up shit. The last year and a half alone has been insane. Yet for some inexplicable reason, these guys have stuck by our side. We’ve put them through hell. We’ve hurt them bad. And they keep coming back. Now that means they’re either fucked in the head, which in Daley’s case is most likely, or they see something in us we don’t. I know you got it rough, but you got a guy who’s been bleeding for you since the day you met. He’s had your back and taken on anyone stupid enough to cause you grief. I ain’t ever seen anything like it. For a Human his size, he’s one tough little son of a bitch.”

Ethan swallowed hard. He couldn’t deny Ash’s words. Calvin had been at his side from the beginning, their friendship tested time and time again, but it never faltered. Calvin never faltered. While growing up, he’d taken on Humans and Therians, anyone who messed with Ethan. Here he was this huge tiger Therian, and his Human best friend had fearlessly defended him against all odds. He still did.

Cael cheerfully bounded over, his pink cheeks giving away how tipsy he was. He threw his arms around Ash’s neck and planted a big kiss on his cheek, making Ash chuckle.

“Hey, Trouble.” Ash gave Cael a kiss on the lips.

Ethan’s brows shot up. He might never get used to seeing this side of Ash.

“Hi, Hobbs!” Cael gave Ethan a hug before pulling back and looking around. Ethan was used to it by now. Wherever he or Calvin went, everyone expected the other to be there at all times. It didn’t annoy him. He just found it strange that everyone thought they did every single little thing together. Okay, maybe they did most things together, but not everything. He pointed behind him to the door that led to the restrooms.

“Ah, okay.”

Cael turned back to Ash, and Ethan noted how at ease he was with Ash. He noticed the special way Cael smiled just for him, the sparkle in his bright gray eyes and the subtle gestures that always had him touching some part of Ash, his arm, his chest, his shoulder or leg.

“So…. Mr. Keeler….”

“Uh-oh.” Ash laughed and received a playful punch in the arm. He winked at Cael and nudged his cheek. “What can I do for you, sweetheart?”

“Dex says that Sloane can totally beat you at arm wrestling. I told him he’s been eating too many gummy bears and the sugar’s gone to his head, because you can totally beat Sloane.”

Ash eyed Cael. “You two made a bet, didn’t you?”

Cael nodded, a big sweet smile spread across his face. It was clear to Ethan then how easily Cael wrapped Ash around his little finger. It was also clear Ash was fully aware and went along with it anyway.

“What are the stakes?” Ash asked before taking a swig of his beer.

“If he wins, you have to wear the T-shirts of his choice for a week.”

Ash let out a low grunt. “And if you win?”

“Twenty-four hours of complete silence to distribute at the time of your choosing in whatever denomination you choose.”

Ash put a hand up. “Wait. You’re saying if I beat Sloane, I get twenty-four hours’ worth of silence to dish out on your brother whenever I want? So let’s say, if he’s annoying the fuck out of me during lunch, I can tell him to shut up for an hour?”

Cael nodded. “The only exception is if it’s an emergency.”

Ash jumped off his barstool. “Let’s do this.” Cael bounced off, and Ash leaned into Ethan, talking quietly. “Don’t worry so much about fucking it up that you end up doing just that.” Ash gave his back a hearty pat before strolling off, his arm around Cael, who’d stopped to wait for him.

Ethan finished off his drink, recalling the night in the surveillance van. Not their little show in front of Dex—he was still trying to forget Dex had been there—but what had come before that. He could still hear the soft gasps and moans in his ear as Calvin seduced Felipe. Ethan had watched Felipe kiss Calvin on the front steps of his house moments earlier. It had twisted Ethan up inside. Until then he’d been trying to figure things out, but when he saw Calvin being kissed and touched by another guy, when he heard Calvin’s hoarse whispers and moans, Ethan had been ready to go feral. His inner Felid had been furious. No one was supposed to lay a hand on Calvin in that way or make him sound like that.

Ash was right about Felipe. All Calvin had to do was say the word and the guy would make a move. Felipe might be a nice guy, but Ethan wasn’t about to give Calvin up. It was time for him to get his act together and do what he had to for the both of them.

THIRDS Thursday – Hot Seat 10/29/15

THIRDS Thursday Hot Seat

Hello all! Since we had a THIRDS Halloween flash fiction this week over at the DSP blog, which you can find here if you missed it, I thought we’d get the team in the hot seat again! Today we have with us Hudson, Lou, and Austen who are going to answer some of your questions. Remember, if you’d like to leave a question for any of the cast, you can do so here. Let the fun begin!

Charlie: Hi! Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedules to be here with us. Why don’t we start with Hudson? This question is from Katelyn. I was wondering if Hudson was near or far sighted, and then my thought progression made me wonder if visual impairments transferred to Therian forms.

Hudson: Well, Katelyn, our Therian DNA may set us apart from Humans in many ways, such as strength, resilience, and of course the existence of our feral side, but whether we’re Therian or Human, we’re very much susceptible to the same ailments. However, there are certain conditions specific to Therians as these are directly linked to the effects of the vaccine which brought about our mutation. As for my vision, I’m nearsighted. Occasionally I wear contacts, when I can get the blasted things in, but I much prefer glasses.

Charlie: Our next question is from Jacob for Austen. How long after Sloane got him hired by the THIRDS did he join TIN? And is spying on the team for TIN or for him?

Austen: *arches an eyebrow* That depends. Is anything I saying going to leave this room?

Charlie: Um, no. Just me, you, and our readers.

Austen: *smiles brightly* Good, because if anyone spills the jelly beans, I’ll find out, and it won’t be pretty.

Charlie: *smiles sweetly* I think you forget your book’s not written yet. It could get pretty hairy.

Austen: *lets out a snort* Please, like it won’t anyway. How many times have you blown up or shot Destructive Delta?

Charlie: *clears throat* Let’s move on shall we?

Austen: Yeah, I thought so. Bring it. Right, TIN. I don’t have an exact date of when I joined TIN. I was working for them before I even knew I was. A few months in, Sparks started training me herself, so that’s probably when it happened. Also, I need to point out that I’m not one of their operatives. I’m a freelancer. You have to be pretty fucking scary to be an operative, and as long as I have people I care about, I can’t be an operative, not just for the safety of those I care about, but for my own. TIN doesn’t mess around. The job always comes first. And as for the spying, that’s usually either for Sparks—off the books—or for me. These guys grow on you, you know? I might work for TIN but I don’t trust them. Hell, there are few people I do trust. I need to make sure they’re okay.

Charlie: Next question is from Carol Ann for Lou. How did you feel when you saw Dex again once he was a thirds agent? Regrets? And what was your first thought when you caught him and Sloane making up?

Lou: *sighs* I did have regrets at first. At the time I just couldn’t handle the media hounding me, the phone calls at all hours, the threats. The walls were closing in on me and I’m not very good when that happens. *looks embarrassed* I’ve been accused of being flighty and a bit of a drama queen, and maybe that’s true. Dex was always caring and sweet, though. Of course, he had his moments. Dios mio! There is no man more stubborn than Dexter J. Daley. When I saw him at the bar, I was a little breathless. He looked so fantastic, but I wasn’t surprised. No matter what life throws at him, he finds a way to pick himself up. My first thought when I saw him and Sloane kissing? Initially it was mostly curse words that crossed my mind. I just couldn’t believe it. I mean, Dex had always been fighting for Therian rights, something he got from his parents, but he’d never been involved with a Therian before. It made me wonder if that was why things didn’t work out between us, because I wasn’t… enough for him. But I quickly realized we wouldn’t have worked in the long run.

Charlie: Okay, next question is for Hudson from Jazette. I was wondering if Hudson only dates humans, now because of his mating marks?

Hudson: *shifts uncomfortably* I, um, I’m afraid my career doesn’t leave much room for dating. It’s been a while.

Austen: *frowns* Hold up, by while, do you mean years? As in since you and a certain beefy tiger Therian broke up?

Hudson: *sniffs* I don’t think that’s any of your business.

Austen: *shakes his head sadly* Man, you have got it bad. It’s been years. Are you at least getting laid?

Hudson: *glares at Austen* That is most certainly none of your business.

Lou: *eyes go wide* You haven’t had sex in years? *pats Hudson’s leg sympathetically* Oh, honey.

Hudson: Why are we bloody talking about my sex life? No one says I haven’t had sex. The question was in regards to my dating, not sex.

Austen: Well the two kind of go together, don’t they?

Hudson: They most certainly do not. Not everyone has sex you know, and that’s perfectly acceptable. Besides, I don’t hop into bed with every man who takes me out.

Austen: And how many is that, because form what I can tell—

Hudson: *goes pale* You’ve been spying on me?

Austen: Well, yeah, duh. We pretty much established that. You are part of Destructive Delta.

Hudson: *gets flustered and crosses his arms over his chest* I am not discussing my love life—

Austen: Or lack thereof

Hudson: Piss off! Bloody wanker.

Austen: *cackles* I love when he gets all indignant. He’s so proper even when he’s cursing you out.

Charlie: Okay, next question. This one is from Pam for Lou. I was wondering when u left Dex you really had a problem with Therians but that seemed to changed. What happened to change your mind?

Lou: I guess it was a few things. It had taken a while to get used to Cael. He’s such a sweetheart, but he’s a Therian. At first, I hadn’t been sure if I could be in a relationship with Dex knowing he had a Therian brother. I won’t go into why I felt the way I did about Therians, but I will tell you what changed. Once I saw what a genuinely sweet guy Cael was, I started to relax around him. I admit, Sloane scared the life out of me. I mean, the guy is huge. On top of that, he’s lethal, and not just because he’s a THIRDS agent. Jaguar Therians are some of the most dangerous Felids out there. He also wasn’t the most pleasant, at the time. But then I saw how he was with Dex and how crazy Dex was about him. Sloane was gentle. Passionate. Not traits I associated with Therians. He also let me be a part of Dex’s life. I respect him. Then I met Bradley. *sighs* He’s so handsome and sweet. I was so surprised that when he started talking to me, I wasn’t as nervous as I thought. I mean, I still am, but it’s more because I like him rather than because he scares me. We’re still getting to know each other, but between Cael, Sloane, Bradley, and some of the other members of Destructive Delta, how they’re a family, take care of each other, it really changed my perspective on Therians.

Charlie: Last question. This is for Austen from Shania. Has Austen seen Zachary again after being protected by him?  

Hudson: *smiles knowingly at Austen* Zachary? As in Agent Osmond Zachary from Unit Beta?

Austen: *narrows his eyes at Hudson* I got mauled and Sloane had Zach babysit. What?

Hudson: *holds his hands up in surrender* Nothing.

Austen: *grumbles incoherently* Yeah, I’ve seen him. He did me a solid, so I occasionally check up on him. It’s no big deal.

Lou: *coughs* Isn’t he, like a three hundred pound bear Therian?

Austen: Your point, cupcake?

Lou: *rolls his eyes* You’re not fooling anyone.

Austen: Like I give a shit what you think. Trust is a luxury I don’t get to have in my line of work, so when someone puts themselves on the line for me, I don’t take that lightly.

Hudson: It doesn’t hurt he’s a rather strapping lad.

Austen: You know what, you two can bite me. I’d don’t get all melty and swoony over a pair of beefy biceps and a nice ass. Unlike you two goody two-shoes. I also have sex whenever the hell I want, and I have fun doing it. I don’t need to be tied down by any one guy. Besides, Zach’s too nice. I check he’s okay, and that’s it. He never even knows I was there.

Lou: So, you’re spying on him.

Austen: *throws his hands up* What is this, the Spanish Inquisition? *jumps out of his chair* I’ll see you nerds later.

Lou: *chuckles* He’s so full of it.

Austen: *calls out from the hall* I heard that, Lou, and I just want you to know I’m flipping you off right now.

Hudson: *smiles* That went well, didn’t it?

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THIRDS Thursday – Hot Seat 10/22/15

THIRDS Thursday Hot Seat

Hello all! Welcome to another edition of THIRDS Thursdays’ Hot Seat! Today we have with us Cael, Calvin, and Seb who are going to answer some of your questions. Each edition of THIRDS Thursdays Hot Seat will feature three cast members who will be asked questions by our lovely readers. The same question may be asked to all three members. Let the fun begin!

Charlie: Hi, fellas! Thanks so much for being here today. Our first question is from SK and it’s for all three of you. We all know about Dex’s guilty pleasures (although he doesn’t show guilt about them at all). What are yours?

Cael: Hm, I don’t know that I necessarily feel guilty about anything that brings me pleasure, but there’s some stuff I have to stay away from because my self-control isn’t so great. Like cookies. I love cookies. So I enjoy baking all kinds of cookies and if I’m nervous about something I end up eating all the cookies. I’m lucky I have cheetah Therian metabolism because oh my God, I’d have been in trouble otherwise. It’s also a tough guilty pleasure to have when you have a brother who’s like a black hole when it comes to food. Anything remotely edible around him gets sucked into his mouth. Also, I um *blushes* do this thing when I’m making dinner where I pretend I’m doing a cooking show and I narrate what I’m doing, and sometimes I’ll use accents.

Seb: *laughs* That’s adorable. *clears his throat* I uh, I like photography. *fidgets in his chair* I have a really amazing camera that Hudson gave me on our one year anniversary. I used to take pictures of him all the time on my crappy camera. The shots always looked great, but I put that down to the subject matter. He said I was really good at it and if I enjoyed it I should do it more often. I liked taking shots of every day moments though, nothing posed. I’d take those too, but it was the little moments in between, the moments when people let down their guard. That smile just for a lover, or a laugh, a moment of genuine surprise. All those instances that show us how fragile and beautiful life is.

Calvin: *stares at Seb* Wow. Okay. So, you’re all poignant and eloquent and my answer’s going to sound dumb in comparison.

Seb: No it’s not, Cal. *nudges Cal playfully* I know what your answer is and it’s sweet.

Calvin: *sighs* I like falling asleep against Ethan when he’s in his Therian form. We used to do it all the time when we were kids. Find some big grassy hill away from everyone and everything where we could just look down at the world. I’d lay on my back and he’d be my pillow. We’d look up at the clouds and I’d talk about all the cool things we’d do when we grew up. It became a habit and we still do that.

Charlie: Aw. Okay, the next question is from Naoki and it’s for all three of you. When animals (especially dogs and cats) sense you around them, do they steer clear from you, or do they follow you around?

Cael: If Ash is near me then they stay clear of me. *shakes his head in amusement* Seriously, it’s funny to watch. With cats especially. They hiss at him and if he’s in his Therian form he hisses back. Actually, he hisses back in his Human form too. *laughs* Weird, considering we’re Felids, but Ash is not a fan of other Felids approaching my space, no matter how small they may be. Dogs he’s okay with. If I’m on my own they sometimes look for a scratch behind the ear. The cats won’t rub up against me though because they’ll smell Ash on me.

Seb: Dogs generally are okay. Cats tend to stay away from me once they catch my scent. They’re pretty wary of tiger Therians, though not as much as jaguar Therians. A cat will get a whiff of Sloane and bolt like someone set its tail on fire. Though that could have something to do with a grumpy jaguar Therian in particular.

Cael: *eyes widen* Sloane does not like cats around Dex.

Calvin: *shrugs* I don’ get it. Like a housecat is going to lure Dex away or something.

Seb: Well, Dex is easily distracted.

Calvin: Good point. As for me, they don’t care because I’m Human. If Ethan is with me, they both tend to stay away. Sometimes a cat might wander over but Ethan’s friendly even in his tiger Therian form, so I guess maybe they sense that.

Charlie: Next question is for Cael from Linda. How do you stay calm with both Dex and Ash around you?

Cael: *arches an eyebrow* There is no calm when my brother and Ash are in the same room. There’s only chaos. Unless we’re in assembly where they’re not allowed to talk, then there’s calm, but even then they’re bugging the hell out of each other. Every time Intel has a presentation it’s like Kindergarten. Dex throws something at Ash, Ash gets up to go to the bathroom and smacks Dex in the back of the head on the way out. Dex throws spitballs, Ash sticks his leg out when Dex walks by on his way to bathroom and trips him. Sloane and I have to sit between them just so they don’t tackle each other in the middle of the auditorium.

Calvin: *snickers* I’d pay money to see that.

Seb: It’d be a hell of a lot more entertaining than any of Intel’s presentations, that’s for sure. *his eyes glaze over at the thought* It’s like they’re talking another language.

Charlie: Okay, next question is for Seb from Naoki. Have you ever tried to deal with a very drunk Hudson? If you have, how was it?

Seb: *laughs softly* Yeah, I have. Quite a few times. He’s a very happy feely drunk. You know the kind. They love everyone and everything. He’ll want to hug everyone. He’s also a lot bolder, so he’ll want to dance even if there’s no music playing. He’s normally very reserved and shy, so he’s not big on public displays of affection, but that kind of goes out the window when he’s drunk. *blushes* He used to like crawling onto my lap when we were out at a bar or a club and he’d had a few too many. It was kind of nice, seeing him get all possessive. He’s not a lightweight either. As a Therian, and a Brit, he can drink most anyone under the table. He doesn’t get drunk often, though. Only if he feels safe or if something is really troubling him.

Charlie: Last question. This one’s for Calvin. How would you describe a perfect date or vacation?

Calvin: *looks thoughtful* I guess just me and Ethan somewhere on our own. Maybe a private beach. Somewhere he’d feel safe. It’s hard for Ethan to get comfortable, especially if we’re somewhere unfamiliar. A private beach or secluded beach would be okay for him once he got into the right headspace. We’d just play on the beach, swim in the ocean—Ethan loves the ocean—and fall asleep together under the stars.

Charlie: Aw, I bet he’d love that. Thanks, guys, for joining us today. You should probably get back. Considering you three are probably the most level-headed of the bunch, there’s no telling what the rest of your teammates are getting up to.

Seb: *wriggles his eyebrows, a wicked grin coming onto his face* Not my team, so I get to stand back and watch the gummy bears fly. I heard there’s another assembly on “Safety at the Workplace” tomorrow.

Cael: *groans*

Calvin: *shakes his head in amusement at Seb* You’re evil.

THIRDS moves to the next round of TRR Readers Choice Awards!

Hello all! I’m super excited to announce that the THIRDS, along with A Rose by Any Other Name has moved on from the nomination round to the voting round of The Romance Reviews Readers Choice Awards!! Thank you all so much for nominating the fellas. I really hadn’t expected all four books to make it through. This is the final round of voting and the winners will emerge the Readers’ Choice. If you’d like to vote for the fellas, you’ll find the links below.  You’ll have to be signed in to vote. Voting starts October 3rd and ends October 31st.

** Since all four books made it to the voting round, I know it might be tough to choose one, so if you’re unsure which, I would say Hell & High Water since it’s the first in the series and the introduction to our men of mischief. 

GLBT – Paranormal Romance

Hell & High Water – http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=14577

Blood & Thunder – http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=14948

Rack & Ruin –  http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=16315

Rise & Fall – http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=18472

GLBT – Historical Romance

A Rose by Any Other Name – http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=16317

TRRNominee

To see all the categories and books nominated, you can go here:

http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/bookvote.php

A huge thank you again to all who voted. You all are amazing!

x Charlie

THIRDS Thursday Hot Seat – 9/24/15

THIRDS Thursday Hot Seat

Hello all! Welcome to the first edition of THIRDS Thursdays’ Hot Seat! Today we have with us Dex, Sloane, and Ash who are going to answer some of your questions. Each edition of THIRDS Thursdays’ Hot Seat will feature three cast members who will be asked three questions each by our lovely readers. The same question may be asked of all three members, for a total of nine responses. Let the squirming fun begin!

Charlie: Thanks for joining us, fellas!

Dex: You know I’m always up for some fun.

Sloane: I tried to back out gracefully but someone wouldn’t let me.

Ash: I wasn’t given a choice, so whatever.

Charlie: Thanks, guys. I feel the love. All right, first question is from Tio-Chan and it’s for all three of you: What are your secret hobbies? Like no one knows that you guys are into that?

Dex: Hm, I’m not really a secretive guy.

Ash: Hard to keep a secret with your mouth never shutting up.

Dex: Hey, I kept my mouth shut about your supposed straightness.

Ash: I never said I was straight. I said I wasn’t gay. There’s a difference.

Dex: *scoffs* Right. Anyway, does sex count as a hobby? Wait, that’s not a secret. Okay, uh, I don’t know how much of a secret it is, but I like puzzles.

Ash: *laughs* You’ve officially upgraded from dork to super dork.

Dex: *ignoring Ash* I need to be busy, but sometimes I just want to relax. I like puzzle games especially.

Charlie: What about you, Sloane?

Sloane: Um, I uh, I like *coughs and mumbles something*

Dex: What was that?

Ash: I think he said knitting.

Sloane: *to Ash* I think you should bite me. I said conferences. Like, movie ones, or comic book ones.

Ash: *shakes his head in shame* I’m losing you to the dork side.

Dex: Ha! Too late.

Charlie: How about you, Ash?

Ash: I don’t have a hobby.

Sloane: Lies.

Ash: Seriously, bro? Fine. I do. But if I told you then it wouldn’t be a secret.

Dex: Ash bakes.

Ash: *glares at Dex* You are so lucky I’m dating your brother.

Dex: Don’t remind me.

Charlie: Okaaay. Moving on. Next question is from Naoki and it’s for all three of you: What good or bad habits have you unconsciously picked up from your partner?

Dex: Hm. I think it’s easy to pick up things from your other half when you spend so much time with them. I’m finding it easier to just chill these days. I mean, I still keep myself busy, but it was hard for me to sit still and take a break, especially on our days off. Sloane’s very chill. He’s the kind of guy who can go to the park, sit on a bench, and just enjoy the day. I couldn’t do that before. Just sit. As for bad habits, I’m now aware of food labels.

Sloane: How is that a bad habit?

Dex: It takes the fun out of eating!

Sloane: You think it’s fun for your body? Stuffing it with all that sugar?

Dex: Yes!

Charlie: How about you, Sloane? Though I have a pretty good idea.

Dex: Hey, what’s that supposed to mean?

Sloane: Bad habit? I’m definitely consuming way more coffee than I used to.

Dex: That’s not a bad habit, that’s normal.

Ash: Pff. Like you have any idea what normal is.

Dex: Zip it, you.

Sloane: Good habit. Hm. I have to say, I think I’ve picked up a few good habits from Dex. Like, appreciating the little things in life. He has this amazing way of looking at the world, and for someone who’s been through as much shit as I have, it gets tough sometimes, but he’s always there to help me see the light in the darkness.

Dex: Aw, you so sappy.

Sloane: That’s another bad habit I picked up from him.

Dex: *laughs* If you say so. You know you love it.

Sloane: *gives Dex a wink*

Ash: Can we move on before they start sucking face again? Letty or Cael?

Charlie: Let’s go with Cael.

Ash: Bad habit, smiling.

Dex: Only you would see smiling as a bad habit.

Ash: *ignores Dex* Cael makes me smile a lot, and I’ve found myself smiling at other people. That’s not normal. I never did that before. It disturbs me. Good habit, I guess, little things are rubbing off on me. Like, not being so miserable all the time. It’s hard to be pissed off with him around.

Charlie: Okay, last questions for this edition. This one’s for Ash from Julie: How are you coping with Dex being around ALL the time? He’s at work with you, when you see your best friend, when you’re with your sweetheart! Oh my goodness he’s practically your brother-in-law. (evil cackle 😈)

Ash: *eyes narrow* What did you just call him? *goes pale* Wait, are you implying me and Cael are practically m—m, that word.

Dex: Married. Marriage. Matrimony. Husband and Husband. Spouses.

Ash: Shut the fuck up or so help me I will murder you dead. If anyone’s practically married it’s you and Sloane.

Sloane: *shifts uncomfortably* Um, I think we should move onto the other part of the question.

Ash: You mean the how am I coping with Dennis the Menace? It’s a pain in my ass. Every time I turn around he’s fucking there. In the morning, afternoon, evening, weekends… Jesus Christ, why me?

Dex: You know you love me.

Ash: Love beating the shit out of you, which is what’s going to happen if you don’t shut it.

Charlie: Maybe we should move on. Next question is for Dex from Alec: Cheesy Doodles or kisses from Sloane: rank them.

Dex: Dude, how can you do me like that? He’s sitting right next to me.

Sloane: Think long and hard about that one.

Dex: *snorts* Long and hard.

Ash: *shakes his head at Dex* You ever plan to hit puberty, or you just giving that a pass?

Dex: Screw you, Simba.

Ash: Shut up, Justice.

Dex: Keep it up and I’m gifting Cael with registration for the both of you next Comic Con. You know he won’t be able to say no. And neither will you.

Ash: *eyes widen* He wouldn’t….

Dex: You really think he’s not going to set his little heart on sharing the experience with you? That’s like our Shangri-La. Like Christmas. It’s better than Christmas. It’s like all the holidays rolled into one. It’s like the Batcave and the Fortress of Solitude did the nasty and had an awesome baby of fandom glory.

Ash: *pleads with Sloane* Make it stop.

Dex: *grins smugly* My work here is done.

Charlie: Not until you answer my question.

Dex: Damn it. Okay, obviously Sloane’s kisses rank higher than Cheesy Doodles. *whispers* But Cheesy Doodles come in at a close second.

Sloane: Thanks, babe.

Dex: Just keeping it real.

Charlie: Okay, now final question. From Deborah for Sloane: What was it about Dex that made you first fall in love with him?

Ash: *opens his mouth to talk*

Sloane: Nope.

Ash: *sighs* Fine. I’ll behave. Just this once. You’re such a sap.

Sloane: There wasn’t any one thing. It was a combination of things, but a big part was the way he looked at me. He saw something in me that I couldn’t see myself. I didn’t think I was meant to be happy, to find love again, and no matter how much I fucked up or pushed him away, he’d be there with his kind heart and his beautiful smile, waiting for me. Our relationship isn’t perfect, and I’m still trying to be a better man, to be someone he deserves, but for the first time in a long time, I can look at myself in the mirror and like who I see. I hadn’t been able to do that in a long time, and that’s down to him and his love for me.

Dex: *smiles dreamily* You’re so cute. *kisses Sloane*

Ash: Oh God, really? Here? Are we done? Because I don’t need to see this.

Charlie: We’re done. Thank you guys— *Ash is gone* Man, that guy moves fast when he needs to. Thank you all for joining us! If you’d like to leave questions for a THIRDS Thursday Hots Seat edition, you can do so here.

Coming Soon – THIRDS Thursdays Hot Seat!

THIRDS Thursday Hot Seat

Hello all! In last week’s THIRDS Thursday I talked a little about the new ideas I planned to implement for THIRDS Thursdays as originally intended. I’ve had some fantastic response from readers about what kind of posts might be fun. So coming soon to THIRDS Thursdays is the Hot Seat! These short and fun mini interviews with the cast will be spread out in between flash fiction and other THIRDS Thursday goodies.

To find out how the Hot Seat works and to leave your questions for the cast, visit the Hot Seat page here: http://www.charliecochet.com/thirds-thursdays-hot-seat/

My GRL Event Schedule & Exclusive THIRDS Nerds GRL 2015 San Diego button!

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GRL is just around the corner and I’m so excited to be seeing old friends and meeting new ones. The event schedule has gone up on the site, so here’s my official events.

Thursday Oct 15th: 3.50 pm to 4.45 pm – Featured Author Spotlight (Author Q&A) Charlie Cochet, Rhys Ford, and Lisa Henry (Mission Ballroom A).

Thursday Oct 15th: 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm – Dine-With-An-Author Opening Night Event (Bahia Beach & Patio).

Friday Oct 16th: 4.00 pm to 5.30 pm – GRL Fun & Craft Fair Session One: Filthy Stinking Liars! Mission Ballroom A & B

Friday Oct 16th: 12.35 pm to 1.20 pm – Author Lounge (A Session) (Mission Ballroom D & E) I don’t know which one of these I’ll be assigned yet, but as soon as I know it will go up on my blog.

Saturday Oct 17th: 12.30 pm to 3 pm – Featured Author Booksigning Event (Del Mar Room).

GRL2015pinAre you a THIRDS Nerd? Will you be at GRL in San Diego in October? I’ll have on hand these cute Exclusive THIRDS Nerds GRL 2015 San Diego buttons!

These won’t be on the swag table, but I’ll have them at the author lounge, and the signing. I’ll also carry some with me. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. If you’d like to reserve one, just email me at: charlie@charliecochet.com, PM me on Facebook, or leave a comment on this post and let me know you’d like me to save you one.

I’ll also have sets of the THIRDS character art cards with me. These won’t be on the swag table either since they’re limited in quantity. I’ll have them with me, at the author lounge, and the signing. I’ll also have sets of just Hudson and Seb for those who already have a set but don’t have the new additions.

Vote for the THIRDS in the Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards Winter 2015!

Hello all! The Romance Reviews Winter 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards kicks of voting on Sept 11th and runs until Sept 30th, and I’m super excited to say the THIRDS is up for nomination! In order for the guys to move to the next round, a book has to have at least 50 votes.

If you fancy voting for the guys, you’ll find the links below. You’ll have to be signed in to nominate.

GLBT – Paranormal Romance

Hell & High Water – http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=14577

Blood & Thunder – http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=14948

Rack & Ruin –  http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=16315

Rise & Fall – http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=18472

GLBT – Historical Romance

A Rose by Any Other Name – http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/viewbooks.php?bookid=16317

 

To see all the categories and books nominated, you can go here:

http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/bookvote.php

Dexter J. Daley’s Birthday Bash!

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Hey, everyone! Dexter J. Daley here. Welcome to my super-awesome-gummy-bear-sweetness, Cheesy-Doodle-crunchiness, birthday-bash-bonanza! We have all the unhealthy snacks and yummy treats you could want. I won’t tell Sloane if you won’t. Where’s Sloane? Getting ready for a different kind of birthday party, if you know what I mean. *wink wink* Oh, you don’t know what I mean? Sexy times, man. Sexy times. No you’re not invited. Pervs. Me? I am not a perv. Oh my God, the van incident was not my fault. One time. It was one time and I’m branded a perv for life.

All right, let’s crank up the music and get this party started. Sing along. I know you want to. Don’t act like you don’t love this. What’s that? Def Leppard? No, you may not play Pour Some Sugar on Me. Get your head out of the gutter. That song is for me and my sexy grumpy pants.

That animated guy dancing in the video, that’s what Ash dances like. Ha! Kidding. Don’t tell him I said that. But serious, how much would you pay to see Ash dance like that? I wouldn’t go as far as saying I’d sell my precious Challenger, but I’d be temped. So, obviously I’m a fan of the eighties. Obsessed? Hahaha. Shut your mouth. Ha! Kidding. But seriously, I’m not obsessed. I don’t wear like legwarmers under my uniform or a sweatband under my tactical helmet. There is physical photographic evidence of Sloane and Ash in their teenage years, and I’ve made it my life’s mission to find these images.

Back to the party! Now, normally I have a pre-birthday-party party because who just celebrates their birthday on one day? Okay, well, I like to get a head start. Some cake, karaoke, good food, good company, and I guess Ash too. I’ve always had pre-birthday-party parties. Ever since I was a kid. Usually we’d have sleepovers at home. Tony would make cakes and cookies, and it was BYOC (bring your own candy) which we’d hide in our pillows until my dad went to bed and we were all pretending we were asleep. Then we’d wake up and eat candy until we were sick. I know what you’re thinking, “but you dad’s an agent, how did you get away with it?”. Clearly you underestimate the deceptive powers of an eleven year old.

Poor Cael. He’d be so wired on candy that he’d end up falling asleep in weird places, like in the kitchen sink after managing to climb up there, in the bathtub, under dad’s bed, the laundry basket. Then dad would find him and Cael would have a sugar hangover, whimpering and needing to be carried everywhere because his tummy was ready to “esplode”. He’d sleep the rest of the day and I’d get grounded for a day but it was totally worth it! There was the one birthday where we converted the stairs into a Slip N’ Slide. Yeah, not my brightest idea. In my defense, I put pillows at the end so no one would end up flying into a wall. There was the tiny detail about where the water was going to go. The answer to that? The basement, and um, dad’s office. Yeah, he took over party planning after that.

I’m going to lay a little birthday party knowledge on  you. Here are a few tips on what not to do at your birthday party:

  1. Do not fill your Super Soaker with Kool Aid. Parents will not see the fun in this, even if it means shooting and getting shot at becomes tastier.
  2. Do not replace the candy from the piñata with gummy bears and then throw yourself under said piñata when the strings get pulled. This is not only a choking hazard, but will lead to a stampeding feeding frenzy. Again, parents will not appreciate their child being trampled for floor strewn gummy bears. The five second rule totally applies.
  3. Do not convince your cheetah Therian little brother to shift during your party and try to play tape the tail on the cheetah because not only will your little brother leave everyone eating his dust, he will throw a total hissy fit and steal your presents. There’s no catching him so kiss that new action figure goodbye. It’s his now. He will stash it away like a squirrel burying an acorn. Also, he eats even more in his cheetah Therian form so half your snacks are now his.
  4. Do not attempt to play Hide & Seek while said chirping little furball is in his Therian form. You will never win, which means you will always be it and it suuuuucks.
  5. Do not tell your dad you’re inviting just a few friends to your pizza party and then get the art department to put up a banner at school. I’m still receiving pizza bills from Tony.

Okay, I spilled now it’s your turn! What’s your fondest birthday memory?  

Dexs Bday Bash Giveaway

Giveaway is open Internationally. 
Ends Tuesday August 25th at midnight (Eastern US time). Winners will be chosen at random and posted here on the blog.
To enter: Just leave a comment below.

Prizes up for grabs:
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Character Art Card Sets! We two sets for each winner, one with the individual character collector cards and one set with the couples.
I’ll be giving away 10 sets! (click for larger image)

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Group cards

1 x – Calvin & Hobbs, THIRDS Hearts Chain (click for larger image)

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1 x – Seb & Hudson, THIRDS Hearts Chain (click for larger image)

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1 x – Dex & Sloane, THIRDS Hearts Chain (click for larger image)

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3 x $10 Amazon Gift Cards

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5 x Destructive Delta grocery/tote bags

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