THE HEART OF FROST Release Party! Time for an Excerpt!

December 18, 2013

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Hello again! Time for an excerpt. Here’s a key scene from The Heart of Frost! Ooh, I do hope Jack makes it in time! Enjoy! You can read the first full chapter here.

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Excerpt:

“Ready?”

“You’re clear for takeoff, Captain.”

“Roger that.” Only a few weeks left until the Big Flight. There were plenty of test runs to do in the meantime, some on his own and three with the rest of the Rein Dears. There was a great deal of work involved, but no matter how many years he’d been doing it, he still found it exciting and exhilarating.

Above him the skies were blue, the winter winds calm and blowing with him rather than against him. His heart did a little flip knowing Jack was helping him despite his absence. Before he knew it, his plane’s wheels were leaving the tarmac, and he was rising up toward the clouds. Once he achieved altitude, it was just him, his plane, and the lulling sounds of his engine. The peace that washed over him, the freedom he felt while soaring through the air, was unlike anything else he could think of. Ever since he was a tiny elfling, he’d known he wanted to fly, and his mother, who had raised him all on her lonesome, had encouraged him, whittling the most beautiful airplanes for him out of pine, which they would paint together. Whenever he got the chance, he would visit her and take her for a ride in his plane.

With the weather clear, he practiced a few aerial maneuvers, enjoying some dips and loops, a couple of barrel rolls, before the wheel in his hand gave a harsh shudder. Leveling out his plane, he frowned, wondering what had caused the jolt. Out of the snowy blue, every light on his control panel lit up like a Christmas tree, the needles of his gauges going into wild spins. What the Holly? The entire aircraft trembled, and black smoke started engulfing his precious plane. The worst part was he had no idea what could be causing the failure. Everything had been checked and double checked. Every piece had been in perfect working order, well-oiled, polished, and maintained to the highest of standards. Every cable had been in its place, every nut and bolt secure.

The engine sputtered noisily, then stalled, and his heart leapt into his throat.

Nothing he tried seemed to work, and as he began losing altitude it was clear he was going to have to jump. With a curse, he pressed down on the clasp of his seatbelt’s buckle. Nothing happened. Crabapples. He tried again, this time getting a sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach. Something was horribly wrong. He pressed against the buckle with all his strength, and when it didn’t budge, he thought of climbing out through the straps, except when he tried to move, he was tightly secured, as if the belt had somehow tightened around him, pulling his body back into his seat. There was no budging.

He frantically fought against the harness, and when nothing came of it, he searched around in the hopes of finding something sharp he could use to cut his way through one of the heavy straps, but there was nothing. The way he was falling, he wouldn’t have time to cut himself free even if he did have something, which he didn’t.

“Oh Gods.” How could this be happening?

“Rudy?” Tim’s panicked voice came over the radio. “Rudy, what’s wrong?”

“The plane…. It’s dead, completely dead. I’m falling.”

“You need to jump.”

“I can’t.”

“What do you mean you can’t?” Noel’s firm voice came over, his own panic evident in his gruff tone. “For Kringle’s sake, get out of there!”

“I can’t. My harness is stuck.” He did his best to remain calm and tried to open his door. Not that he knew what he would do once it was open, but he had to hope whatever was going on wasn’t affecting the whole plane. When the door remained firmly bolted shut, his fears were confirmed. This was no ordinary malfunction. This was unlike anything he had faced before.

“Rudy!”

He’d done the drills, run scores of variables, prepared himself for every possible outcome should his plane malfunction, but nothing could have prepared him for whatever this was, for this dark force that had infected his precious baby. Had it been anything else, he might not have been so frightened, but this…. Whoever had done this hadn’t intended for him to survive. Even the air around him was thick, making it harder and harder for him to breathe. His lungs ached and his body felt weak. The only thought that crossed through his mind was Jack. He shut his eyes tight to keep his tears at bay. No. He couldn’t end like this. He threw a gloved fist against his window and fought against his harness. If he was going to go down, he’d do so fighting.

“Jack!” he screamed as he threw his shoulder as hard as he could against the door. If there was even the slightest chance the wind could carry his pleas to its master, Rudy was going to take it. Please, hear me. “Jack, I need you! Please… help me.” He let his head rest against the cold window, his voice hoarse from lack of oxygen. “Jack…. I love you.”

Do you enjoy a little suspense in your romance? What’s your favorite romance genre?

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The Heart of Frost is available from: 

Dreamspinner Press | All Romance eBooks | Amazon.com

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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, and boy, 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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20 Responses to “THE HEART OF FROST Release Party! Time for an Excerpt!”

  1. Ashley E says:

    Yes! And now I want to read more. Quickly! *stalks off to check out Mending Noel*

  2. H.B. says:

    Oh gosh, so good…darn that cliffhanger, lol.

    I do like suspense and mystery in my story. I like a little surprise in the stories I read. I’ve always been partial to romance comedies and if there’s a friend to love trope thrown in it’ll be even better.

  3. Andrea M says:

    This is scarey – I love it!

  4. charlie_cochet says:

    Hi Ashley! Glad you enjoyed the except! :D

  5. charlie_cochet says:

    Hi H.B.! I LOVE romantic comedies. I always have to have a little comedy in my stories, and friends to lovers is always a fave! .

  6. charlie_cochet says:

    Thank you so much, Andrea! <3

  7. Antonia says:

    I do like a little suspense with romance sometimes. Loved the excerpt and I really want to know what happens next!

  8. Susan says:

    I am a huge fan of fantasy MM (which this clearly is) and also enjoy mystery/suspense MM too!

  9. Carolyn says:

    Ooh, great excerpt! I am definitely a fan of suspense. Mysteries and thrillers are my favorite genres after romance, so I definitely enjoy that adventure. I recently finished Lou Sylvre’s Vasquez and James series, and it was such a perfect blend of the heart and adventure and mystery that I love.

  10. Gah! How can you leave us hanging like this!? Love the excerpt, and “What the Holly?” is awesome!

    Yep, i love a little suspense in my Romance. My favorite genre is Contemporary but I’m on the hunt for a little sci fi at the moment!

  11. charlie_cochet says:

    Hi Antonia! So glad you enjoyed the excerpt! Muahaha, evil I know. ;)

  12. charlie_cochet says:

    Hi Susan! Outside of M/M Romance, my fave genre is mystery/suspense. I love a good detective story too. :D

  13. charlie_cochet says:

    Hi Carolyn! Ooh, I’m so wanting to read the Vasquez and James series! I’ve got it on my kindle, just need the chance to read it. So glad to hear you enjoyed the series!

  14. charlie_cochet says:

    Hi Charley! lol. I’m such a meanie! There’s quite a few similar expressions throughout the North Pole City Tales series. I figured elves probably curse too, just in a more festive way! :D

  15. Jbst says:

    What an exciting excerpt! I liked the glimpse into Rudy’s dream and life as a pilot too. I really like all kinds of genres, but fantasy and historical, are favorites.

  16. Carolyn says:

    Glad to hear you’ve got it already, Charlie. I took a week and a half and just read through the whole series. I just find it fun to immerse myself like that, and series that follow one set of MCs are my favorite, so Lou’s really worked for me on so many levels. I hope you enjoy it as well!

  17. charlie_cochet says:

    Hi Jbst! So glad you liked the excerpt! Both fantastic genres! ;)

  18. charlie_cochet says:

    Thank you, Carolyn! I love finding the first book in a series, loving it, and then being able to go out and get the rest. I agree. There’s nothing like immersing yourself in a series. I was rather late to the Cut & Run series, but that just meant after I finished the first and second, I got all the other ones and read them in a row. <3

  19. Elin says:

    Just brilliant! And I like a little romance with my suspense :)

  20. charlie_cochet says:

    Hi Elin! Thank you so much for dropping by! Romance always adds a little extra spark to any genre. ;)

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