Welcome to the fourth stop on The Heart of Frost blog tour! At the heart of the North Pole City Tales we have the Rein Dears which I hope to write more of their ventures into love as the series goes on. The Rein Dears are Mayor Kringle’s glamorous pilots, and they deliver presents to the world on Christmas Eve in their shiny bi-planes–Rudy’s being cherry red of course. Rudy is their captain, always dressed in red, with fiery red hair, and a warm smile. The Rein Dears are magically connected to Kringle, who hand picked each and every one of them. If one of them is out of commission, none of them can fly. They’re all linked to each other.
The elf pilots all attended The Rein Dear Academy where they learned to fly. In North Pole City where the majority of the Christmas elves live, no one is more famous and admired than them. When they’re not getting ready for “the big flight”, they’re earning their keep and celebrity status. You meet Rudy in Mending Noel, get to learn more about him in The Heart of Frost, and there you get to meet Vixen, Rudy’s best friend, whose story we’ll get next. Vixen lives up to his name in every way, in fact he does his best to. He’s mischievous, flirty, sexy, cheerful, and sometimes drives Rudy crazy. Rudy calls Vixen “Affectionate”, Jack calls him a “floozy”. He’s all about embracing love as often as he can get it, and can usually be found getting merry in one party or another. Sounds to me like he needs himself a certain sexy elf Lieutenant to capture his heart.
Then we have Dasher who was involved in a scandal with another elf back before Rudy and his relationship with Jack was exposed. Dancer, always fun and boisterous; Prancer, always cheerful and moving about, up to something; Comet, sweet, kind, and always ready to lend a helping hand; Cupid, sweet, very shy, a romantic at heart; Donner, proper, posh, easily scandalized; and Blitzen, the biggest of the Rein Dears, quiet, imposing, and protective of his Rein Dear brothers.
Growing up, I watched all kinds of cartoons, movies, and holiday specials filled with beloved characters. Some of my favorites came from Rankin/Bass Productions. I think I saw nearly everything they put out, and now I own a few of the DVDS. Who are Rankin/Bass? They were the guys who brought you everything from ThunderCats to the animated Hobbit, from the 60s through to the 80s. Some of you may remember these:
I still love watching these, and when they play them on TV, I’m all over it! Of course, now that I’m grown up, my fairy tales have grown up with me. ;)
At the North Pole, no one is more powerful and feared than the Prince of Frost. As general of the toy soldier army, Jack Frost has been working extra hard to put away the villainous Mouse King once and for all. If that isn’t taxing enough, Jack has to deal with the scandal and gossip brought on by news of his relationship with Rudy Rein Dear, captain of the Rein Dear Squadron, which hit headlines last holiday season. Lucky for Jack, his reputation has managed to deter any foolish attempts to stir up trouble. At least until now.
When someone sabotages Rudy’s plane during a test run a few weeks before Christmas, Jack is determined to find the culprit by any means necessary. The closer he gets to finding answers, the more difficulty he has not falling back to his icy ways. Has the Mouse King stepped up his game in order to throw Jack off his, or is someone a little closer to home behind the attempt on Rudy’s life? Either way, Jack has every intention of delivering a Christmas they won’t soon forget, even if it means losing the newfound warmth in his heart.
Excerpts are serialized and from Chapter 2.
Read Chapter 1 here.
Tim’s eyes went wide, his face going beet red as Noel jumped from his seat.
“Have you no shame?”
“Nope.” Jack wriggled his eyebrows and patted Rudy on the back to help ease his coughing. “Honestly, Noel. You all but ran headfirst into that one.”
“He’s right,” Rudy managed hoarsely.
“Don’t encourage him,” Noel grumbled, dropping back down into the seat to wrap his arms around Tim and hold him close. He placed a kiss on Tim’s lips and the smaller elf’s blush spread to the tips of his ears. Was that what Rudy looked like when Jack kissed him?
“Are you having fun?” Rudy asked them. He’d hardly seen the two since the four of them had arrived earlier in the evening.
“It’s wonderful!” Tim replied, nearly bouncing with excitement. “Noel is such a wonderful dancer. Thank you so much for giving me lessons, Rudy. I never would have managed to keep up otherwise.”
Tim looked over at Jack inquisitively. “Jack, why haven’t you asked Rudy to dance?”
“Um, well… I….” Jack sat up and cleared his throat, looking uncomfortable.
Rudy decided to spare his lover the explanation. A kiss on the cheek in public was one thing, but dancing together in front of the kingdom’s most elite families was something entirely different. “I’m having a lovely time right here, sitting with Jack. It’s the first time I’ve gotten to sit in the royal box. Just being here with him like this is more than I could have hoped for.” And it was the truth. He never would have imagined having the honor of sitting beside Jack in the prince’s gorgeous private box.
Jack’s expression softened, though when he looked over at Rudy there was sadness in his dark eyes.
Noel looked from Rudy to Jack in confusion. “I don’t see what the big deal is. They know you’re together. What’s it matter if you dance?”
The look on Rudy’s face must have said more than he’d intended, because a look of understanding suddenly crossed Tim’s face. Seconds later there was a distinct “oof,” which Rudy suspected was a result of Tim elbowing his lover. Jack’s expression grew darker, and Rudy quickly cut in.
“Well, knowing something, and seeing proof of it are two different things. I’m not sure society is ready to see Jack with someone like me.”
“What do mean someone like you?” Jack jumped to his feet to face Rudy.
Tim and Noel gave a start, but having Jack loom over him never brought fear to Rudy as it did to every other creature in the kingdom. Rudy wasn’t afraid of Jack, no matter his size or strength, because he knew Jack’s heart. Jack could no more change his stature than he could his nature, and it had always been a source of heartache for the feared prince.
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About the Author:
Charlie 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 Historical to Fantasy, Contemporary to Science Fiction, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!
Currently residing in South Florida, Charlie looks forward to migrating to a land where the weather includes seasons other than hot, hotter, andboy, it’s hot! 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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