More About the Cover

July 17, 2014

Dreamspinner has the most amazing artists who can take a simple concept statement and can create a depiction that conveys a sense of the story and draws you in and makes you want to pick it up, makes you want to buy the book, makes you want to delve deeper into it. I love the work they do and I keep a copy of all of the Dreamspinner covers simply because they are beautiful art work. They also make a great screensaver with new covers flashing up every few seconds.  Yes, I’m a geek.  I’ll admit it.

This cover is especially important to me because I took the photo that is used on the cover.  This is the second photo of mine that has appeared on a Dreamspinner book but I hope not the last.  For a couple of years I’ve been doing a lot of fine art nude male photography.  I’ve mixed in some clothed shots as well and I was delighted when Dreamspinner bought one of my images for use on another book.

I’ve got a pool of several thousand photos of nearly 40 models now and I’m hoping that you’ll be seeing more of my work in the future.  Even if not, I’m going to keep hiring models and taking pictures, well, just because its so much fun.  What?  Look at beautiful naked men?  Oh, I suppose.  If someone has to, I’ll do it.  Send me in.

Strong Women

July 17, 2014

In my stories I often include strong female characters – really strong, you could almost say bold.  There was Anna, Tony’s mother, in Book Fair.  I got rave reviews of her – everyone loved her and wrote me countless messages about how much they loved her. I was caught off guard by all the positive feedback about her because she was just an example of the women I grew up around.

I was raised by bold women, so it just seems natural to me to write about them.  Both of my grandmothers were ferociously tough survivors.  They had to be.  They both lost their husbands while still young and with young children still at home.  In a day when women didn’t work outside of the home, they were both left penniless and in desperate need of a way to support themselves and to provide for their children.

One of my grandmothers was an amazing cook so she decided to use that skill to support her family.  She rented and then eventually bought a truck stop dinner and ran it for years.  Open 24 hours a day in the 1940s and 1950s, she got all kinds of customers, some devoted customers who became lifelong friends, but also some unsavory characters as well.

My grandmother was not a giant woman in height.  She was ample in size and bold in spirit, but a lot of the men that came in towered over her in height. But that didn’t stop her.  I once saw her take a butcher knife and step between two feuding men.  Her message was simple — take it outside.  It was so wonderful to watch these two giant, 6-foot plus men, cower at the words of a 5-foot tall woman.  Granted, she was holding a knife and I have seen her behead a chicken so I know she knew how to use it, but it was still amazing to watch.

The same grandmother at the same diner, before I was born, did something that seriously pissed off a whole bunch of people.  Our little town had a train station.  Trains would stop there to refuel and to change crews.  One of the conductors would come to the diner to get a cup of coffee.  This was in the 1940s, and since the conductor was black, the previous owner of the diner had made him come to the back door to get his coffee.  Not my grandmother.  Remember – this is the late 1940′s/early 1950′s. She took him to the main room and seated him at the counter and poured him a proper cup of coffee — in a mug and everything.  And then she stood there on her side of the counter and talked with him.

Well, let me tell you, my grandmother got mega crap for doing something like that.  Other customers tried to tell her that she couldn’t do such a thing.  She just couldn’t! But she told them that she didn’t understand why not.  He wanted a cup of coffee, so why shouldn’t he sit at the counter like everyone else and have his coffee? She didn’t back down.  And for six months business slacked off because people were boycotting her diner.  After all, she seated a black man!  Can you believe it?

But my grandmother didn’t back down.  Eventually her customers came back or they were replaced with new ones.  The conductor started coming to the diner on a regular basis and he and my grandmother became life long friends, a friendship that lasted in to the 1970′s.  And once a year he would come to visit my grandmother and they would sit on the front porch and talk for hours.  It came to be known to us as the day Mr. Carter came to visit.  Every year like clock work.

So I was surrounded by big, bold women who didn’t let circumstances get them down. Who are some of the bold women that were part of your life? In my view, even though they’re gone, as long as we remember them and tell their stories, they still live on.  Who were some of yours?

In my next post I’ll tell you about the bold woman in my current story.  Stay tuned to read about Marie.

You Can’t Go Home Again

July 17, 2014

I can’t believe I forgot to share the book cover for this release coming tomorrow.  Duh.  Once again the incredible artists in the Dreamspinner art department have worked their magic and have produced a beautiful work of art to go along with my story.

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Greetings

July 17, 2014

In my first post I said “hello” in five different languages. Who can identify the languages I used? I went through something like 40 different languages and decided to go with these five because they are all potentially recognizable. Give it a shot, even if you don’t know all of them, tell me which ones you recognize. Go ahead.  You can do it.

You Can’t Go Home Again

July 17, 2014

I’m here today to tell you all about my newest book, You Can’t Go Home Again, that is scheduled for release tomorrow, July 18th. The story starts simply enough.  A seasoned cop and a brand new rookie are on an undercover assignment that goes seriously wrong – big time wrong. Threats are thrown around and shortly after bullets are flying. When it is all done, the seasoned cop, Jack, finds his rookie partner, Kevin, on the floor, dying.

Jack has spent years trying to be the tough guy, the guy who could take anything.  He had to be because a whole lot of crap had been thrown his way over the years, and his choices were to let everyone else win, or be tough and survive.  Jack is a survivor.

But as Jack sees his partner lying on the floor bleeding out, he drops to the floor and holds the rookie trying desperately to keep him alive until help can arrive, trying to provide him with some small degree of comfort. But Kevin is too badly injured and dies in Jack’s arms a moment later. Jack sits holding his rookie partner, soaked in his blood, feeling guilty, sad, angry, bitter, furious, and a whole host of other emotions. He should have done more to train the kid, he should have done this, he could have done that.  Jack beats himself up for having failed on what was supposed to be a simple undercover op.  No one was supposed to die, least of all the rookie assigned to him for training.  But he did, and now Jack has to deal with the fall out. He could run and hide, but that’s just not Jack.  Once he’s able, Jack washes the blood off his body, changes clothes, and goes to tell Kevin’s wife, Marie, about what happened. More about Marie in my next post when I talk about why I write about strong women in so many of my books.

You Can’t Go Home Again

July 17, 2014

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Michael Murphy here to keep you informed and entertained for the next few hours.  I know this violates one of the cardinal rules of presenting yourself in public, but I have to start by telling you that I’m brand new at this.  In fact, this is my first time on the Dreamspinner blog.  So please be patient with me as I do my best to come up with posts today. Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you throughout the day (provided I can figure out how to find your comments!).

Hell & High Water Release Day Party Winner!

July 7, 2014

Hello all! It’s been an awesome day! Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by and everyone who joined in with your fantastic answers, from choosing which Therian agent you’d be to your favorite thing from the 80s!

By the power of the Magic Hat, a random name has been drawn for the Hell & High Water Release Day Party giveaway which includes a $10 Amazon Gift Card and THIRDS swag. Thank you all so much stopping by today. Now onto the winner!

Congrats, Susan! I’ll be in touch shortly to arrange delivery of your prizes!

If you didn’t win, remember yo can still enter the blog tour giveaway! There are also plenty more fun events and giveaways coming soon. If you’d like to check out what else is in store, just visit the Hell & High Water Blog Tour page here. This Friday there will be another giveaway during the Blood & Thunder (THIRDS, Book #2) Cover Reveal Blitz!

Again, to everyone who participated today or dropped by, a huge thank you from me and the fellas! Your support means so much! Here’s a sexy Dex to give his thanks.

Action. Comedy. Romance. And that one weird guy.

Hell & High Water:

When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.

Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.

Now available from Dreamspinner Press in eBook | Paperback | Amazon | All Romance eBooks

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Hell & High Water Release Day Party Excerpt

July 7, 2014

Hello all! Thanks again for joining me for the release party of Hell & High Water,  the first book in my new law-enforcement shifter series the THIRDS! Woot! How about an excerpt? Here’s a scene with Dex being a lovable dork.

Sloane and his team returned to HQ, shed all their gear, and headed for their respective offices. Recon agents would take things from here, chasing down leads until they came up with something, while Hudson and Nina worked with the lab to get every tiny piece of evidence analyzed. The moment they got a hit, Sloane and the rest of Destructive Delta would suit up and head out again, but until then, they’d go about their usual duties.

After lunch, where Dex nearly came in his pants from the sight of the canteen and all the vendors offering an assortment of free food, Sloane had spent a good deal of the afternoon training his partner on Themis, how it worked, how to create, access, and amend files, helpful shortcuts that would make the process more streamlined, and how to send information to their fellow teammates.

“Shit, I broke it.” Dex pushed himself away from his desk and threw his hands up.

Sloane chuckled and rose to his feet, walking around to Dex and wheeling him back to his desk. “You didn’t break it. Themis won’t let you do anything you shouldn’t.” He hovered over Dex’s shoulder to see what he’d done now. It was the fifth time the rookie had supposedly broken their intelligence network. Sloane slid a finger down near the edge of the desk and three files popped up. “There they are. You only minimized them. When you tap the same spot twice inside the file, it brings them to the bottom, and the screen flashes once to let you know they’re still open, just out of sight.”

“Awesome. Now how do I access Google?”

Was he serious? “Why do you need Google?”

“When don’t you need Google?”

He was serious. There were moments Sloane wondered how Dex had made it this far. Either the guy was deceptively clever or extremely talented at pretending he was. “How about when you have a powerful, multimillion dollar government interface linked to numerous intelligence agencies across the globe right in front of you.”

Dex squinted at him, his lips pursed thoughtfully. “So… is that a no on Google?”

“Are you on medication?” Sloane asked, eyeing him. “Because that’s the kind of thing I need to know if you’re going to be handling anything more dangerous than a smoke bomb.”

Dex let out a bark of laughter. “I knew you had a sense of humor.”

“I’m not trying to be funny. I’m very concerned.” He pointed to his face. “This is my concerned face.” He could tell Dex was trying very hard not to laugh. Sloane was a lot better at pulling it off.

“It looks a lot like your pissed-off face.”

Sloane shook his head. “The two are very different.”

“Really?” Dex’s eyes lit up with amusement. He sat back, stretched his legs out in front of him and laced his fingers over his flat stomach. “Because the two look the same to me.”

Sloane walked around him to take a seat on the edge of Dex’s desk beside him, one arm resting on his leg as he leaned forward. “I’ll make it easy for you. This face means you’ve done something that concerns me. While this face, accompanied by physical pain upon your person, means you’ve done something to piss me off. Face and no pain, equals concern. Face and pain, equals pissed off. Easy as that.”

“I really appreciate this. Is this part of the training?”

“Yep. You’ll find I can be a very nurturing partner if you do exactly as I say without question.”

Dex let out a snicker before sitting up and leaning forward, his grin wide. “Is that also your sex face?”

“I’m not touching that.” Sloane narrowed his eyes as Dex invaded his personal space. He was onto Dex, and there was no way Sloane was about to break first. There was nothing Dex could do to get under his skin.

“Will you at least poke it?”

Damn it. Sloane found himself laughing. “You’re an idiot.”

Action. Comedy. Romance. And that one weird guy.

Hell & High Water:

When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.

Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.

Now available from Dreamspinner Press in eBook | Paperback

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Where to find Charlie

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Hell & High Water Release Day Party Eighties Style!

July 7, 2014

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Hello all! Welcome to another post celebrating the release of Hell & High Water! For this post, we’re going back to the eighties! In our story, our hero Dexter J. Daley “Dex” is a child of the eighties. Let’s get this out of the way now: the guy is weird. He also loves eighties music, movies, and toys. If he’s not humming or singing an eighties tune, he’s quoting an eighties movie or making a reference to one. He loves to drive his partner Sloane absolutely nuts with it.

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Of course, writing that part of Dex wasn’t much of a stretch for me as I also grew up in the eighties. I still haven’t left the music behind. If you browse through my iTunes you’ll find hundreds of eighties songs from power ballads (Dex’s favorite) to rock and pop. Eighties movies were also awesome! Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, Star Wars? Dex is a big fan of those too, and I think Sloane might just have a little geek in him as well. Luckily Dex hasn’t tried to bring back the eighties look. No mullets or epic-sized shoulder pads for him.

Here’s me in the 80s dressed as a Cabbage Patch Kid for a school play. Yes, this really happened. All I remember about my part was me pretending to grow from a cabbage.

What do you remember most about the eighties? What was your favorite part? If you say the fashion was your favorite, no one will judge you. Maybe. Okay, they might just a little.

Action. Comedy. Romance. And that one weird guy.

Hell & High Water:

When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.

Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.

Now available from Dreamspinner Press in eBook | Paperback

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Where to find Charlie

Website: http://www.charliecochet.com
Blog: http://www.charliecochet.com/blog
Email: charlie@charliecochet.com
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Hell & High Water Release Day Party Giveaway

July 7, 2014

Hello all! Thank you for joining me in celebrating the release of Hell & High Water! As you might have seen from the first post, there’s also a blog tour going on at the moment where you can win some nifty prizes. But there’s also a giveaway just for today’s release day party! At the end of the day (8 pm Eastern Time) I’ll be choosing one lucky winner at random to win the following:

$10 Amazon gift card + exclusive THIRDS swag! Swag includes animal and Pac Man print elastic ribbon wristbands/hair-ties, THIRDS post-it notes, a THIRDS Nerd magnet, an exclusive Destructive Delta tote bag, and a signed set of THIRDS collector cards! To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on any of today’s posts. 

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How about we get this party started? The heroes of Hell & High Water work for the THIRDS, an organization working to unify Humans and Therians (shifters) through one common goal: justice for all. As part of Unit Alpha, the team Destructive Delta is made up of an equal number of Human agents and Therians agents. The Therian agents are all apex predators, Big Cats. Sloane is a black jaguar Therian, Ash is a lion Therian, Hobbs is a tiger Therian, and Cael is a cheetah Therian.

If you were a Therian agent for the THIRDS, which one of these would you be and why? Jaguar, cougar, lion, tiger, cheetah, wolf, or bear?

Or if you wanted to remain a Human agent, which one of these Therians would you want as your partner and why?

Action. Comedy. Romance. And that one weird guy.

Hell & High Water:

When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.

Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.

Now available from Dreamspinner Press in eBook | Paperback

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Where to find Charlie

Website: http://www.charliecochet.com
Blog: http://www.charliecochet.com/blog
Email: charlie@charliecochet.com
Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/charliecochet
Twitter: @charliecochet | http://www.twitter.com/charliecochet
Newsletter: http://www.charliecochet.com/newsletter
THIRDS website: http://thirdshq.com