Thursday, April 3, 2014

INTERVIEW: Charlie Cochet and #Giveaway!

Today we are talking to the lovely, glamorous, retrotastic Charlie Cochet who comes to us today with an awesome giveaway!

Hello Charlie and welcome to The Hat Party! <3 Thank you so much for subjecting yourself to the RANDOMNESS that is a Raine O'Tierney interview! Please don your best hat, and let's get started!



Describe your style in 4 ½ words. 

Retro, cheerful, fun, cute, sh-- 

Charlie, how come you’re so freaking cool?

*blushes* I never really considered myself cool. In high school I was one of the ‘art kids’ so I got left alone, but I was also a wallflower and majorly shy. College was pretty much the same. Then in my mid-twenties I moved to London and my life changed. It was a whole other world. I lived there over a decade and it’s where I finally discovered who I was. I found my strength, my confidence, and my fave styles. I love all things vintage and retro, so my style is usually one or the other, or a combo of both. I especially love accessories. I’m easily distracted by pretty, shiny things.

If you could go back and speak to your 13-year-old self, what would you say?

Don’t listen to those naysayers. You’re beautiful, wonderful, and can be anyone you want to be, but most importantly: be yourself, be strong, and shine. I don’t know that I’d want to say much that might change the course of my life as everything that’s happened so far has led me to where and who I am now, and I’m happy with that, but I would certainly tell myself to be who I want to be, not what anyone else wants me to be.

What is your super secret, wildest, most outlandish writing dream?

I don’t think I have any crazy, outlandish writing dreams. I’d love to be somewhere peaceful, quiet, with a great view and plenty of nature around. Somewhere I could pop out and go to a café. I love cafes and there aren’t very many of them where I live. When you’re in Miami and you step out into the blazing heat hoping the humidity won’t turn your hair into something a bird might make a nest out of, coffee is the last thing you think of. Right now, being able to write outdoors would be a dream. I’m not a fan of heat or humidity. Ironic, I know, considering where I live.

If writing were poisonous to you, would you continue to do it?

Depends how poisonous. Like would it end up shaving a year off my life? There’s a lot to consider here. Writing is definitely something I need to do, something I’ve done since I was a kid. If for some reason I couldn’t write, I’d need to do something creative like draw or make crafts which I do now when I’m not writing.

Describe yourself using song lyrics.

I know Kat Perry’s Firework has been played to death but I still love it. I’m a sucker for upbeat pop music that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Sometimes you need a pick me up, to dance around and be silly.

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting through the wind
Wanting to start again

Do you ever feel so paper thin
Like a house of cards
One blow from caving in

Do you ever feel already buried deep
Six feet under screams
But no one seems to hear a thing

Do you know that there's still a chance for you
'Cause there's a spark in you

You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the fourth of July

'Cause baby you're a firework
Come on show 'em what your worth
Make 'em go "oh, oh, oh!"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby you're a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make 'em go "oh, oh, oh!"
You're gonna leave 'em falling down down down

You don't have to feel like a waste of space
You're original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Maybe a reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road
Like a lightning bolt, your heart will glow
And when it's time, you'll know

You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the fourth of July

'Cause baby you're a firework
Come on show 'em what your worth
Make 'em go "oh, oh, oh!"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby you're a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make 'em go "oh, oh, oh!"
You're gonna leave 'em all in awe-awe-awe

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
And it's always been inside of you you you
And now it's time to let it through

'Cause baby you're a firework
Come on show 'em what your worth
Make 'em go "oh, oh, oh!"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby you're a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make 'em go "oh, oh, oh!"
You're gonna leave 'em all in awe awe awe

How will you handle yourself in the coming zombie apocalypse?

I would totally run to my little bro. He served in the army driving tanks and now he’s a cop. He’s prepared and knows where to find all the guns & ammo. I’m pretty sure he’s already stocking up for the zombie apocalypse. He’s very emergency-organized that way. He’s also the kind of guy who can make shelter out of twigs and floss. Together we’d be a dynamic brother-sister duo of zombie fighting warriors and would form a posse. You can totally join our posse.

You have 200 words—Make. Me. Swoon. (PLEASE!)

“Plan on joining me?” Rudy asked, stepping into the tub.

Jack didn’t wait to be asked twice. He removed what was left of his clothes before carefully making his way into the tub after Rudy. The tub was big enough for the both of them and then some. It was also deep enough for them to stand, and offered seating at the ends should they wish to sit. Jack allowed Rudy to turn him, and he let out a low groan as Rudy began to wash his hair, long fingers gently kneading and working away his tension.

“You’re too good to me,” Jack mumbled, closing his eyes and enjoying his lover’s care.

“No such thing. I only want to make you happy.”

“You do. Every single day.” Jack turned to face Rudy, the love and desire in his heart almost overwhelming. With a kiss to his cheek, Rudy rinsed Jack’s hair, his fingers caressing Jack’s jawline on the way down.

“And you make me happy.” Rudy closed the distance between them, his lips close to Jack’s ear. “Tell me what you need.”

Jack swallowed hard, the heat spreading through his body enough to melt glaciers. “You know what I want.”


What is one mistake you’ve made during your writing career that you’ve learned and grown from?

It’s officially been two years since I’ve been published and I have to say it’s been one crazy ride. I’ve learned a heck of a lot since I signed my first contract, the most important being that the whole writing experience is constantly changing, always growing. I can’t think of any mistakes I’ve made, but I’ve certainly had plenty of “okay, now I know.” moments. Like planning out a series, scheduling my writing, being crazy organized, pacing myself, and learning to be more patient.    

What is your most irrational fear and what makes you inexplicably happy?

Luckily, I don’t have any irrational fears. I have plenty of fears but they’re reeled in. Fear of drowning, fear of cockroaches, etc. I’m pretty easily pleased so there’s a long list of things that make me silly happy. Anything from a new contract to watching YouTube videos of cuteness, getting to meet up with friends who are far away, sharing an awesome dessert, a compliment, or listening to a new song I like. Doesn’t take much.    

And finally, for THE most important question of all: what kinds of dachshunds are the BEST kinds of dachshunds?

The kind with a waggly tail! I’m actually waiting on the delivery of my dachshund baby—a boy. He’s a mix of dachshund and toy poodle actually, so I have no idea what he looks like. I saw a photo and he just looked like a little brown jelly bean. My dad’s co-worker’s dog had puppies and the guy asked my dad if he wanted one but since my parents already have two dogs, my dad asked me. I was like “I want a baby!!” Don’t think that’s the sort of grandchild my mother had in mind. lol. Any day now he’ll be leaving his doggy mommy for his new human mommy. His name is Olly!

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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.

Excerpt

Catching up to the medium-sized aircraft, Jack hit his hand against the window, his chest feeling constricted at the sight of his lover struggling to remove his harness with no luck. Rudy’s moves were sluggish, his chest rising and falling rapidly. It didn’t take Jack long to deduce his sweetheart was having difficulty breathing.

“Rudy!”

“Jack!” Rudy’s eyes filled with unshed tears as he pounded against the small window. “Jack I can’t get out! The harness, the window, the door, everything’s stuck!”

Jack grabbed the door handle, only to be surprised by a sharp burning sensation, forcing him to snatch his hand back. He made another attempt, the handle searing his skin and leaving a harsh red mark across his palm. It couldn’t be….

“Jack?”

His head shot up and he met Rudy’s frightened gaze. This couldn’t be. No, he wouldn’t allow it. He reached deep inside him as he summoned his powers to fight this malevolent force created to keep him out. Around them the wind howled and a blizzard engulfed them in white. Shards of ice shot toward the plane, only to be melted by the black smoke before they reached the shiny red surface. This was no ordinary spell. Jack would need to reach deeper. As if reading his thoughts, Rudy slammed a fist against the window.

“Jack, no!”

Rudy’s fear mirrored his own, but at the moment, saving his lover meant more to him than his own life. Whatever force was at work here, it had been created specifically to keep him out, to keep him from saving his love. Rudy was immortal, but he wasn’t indestructible, and as a Christmas elf, his powers were limited. Jack could survive such a collision, but not Rudy.

“Jack, you have to stop.”

Ignoring Rudy’s pleas, Jack did the opposite, calling upon the full forces of his powers. His body burned from the inside out, and his muscles strained in an attempt to maintain control of the conflicting elements within him. “I can do this.” Was he assuring Rudy or himself? Whatever the case, he had to believe he could.

“I don’t want to lose you,” Rudy pleaded. “Jack, listen to me.”

“I can do this!” He grabbed hold of the door handle with both hands, ignoring the burning against his palms as the spell worked fiercely to deter him. The fire spread through his body, battling the ice summoned to protect him, to save both himself and Rudy. The color drained from his hands, leaving behind his elemental form. The cyclone of ice and snow swept up the plane and Jack with it, throwing them into a monumental spin, and giving Jack more time to draw on the full force of winter.

“Damn it, Jack, please! I can’t lose you.”

“You won’t.” He focused his energy, gritted his teeth as the first signs of fern-frost sprouted on the edges of the window and spread. It was working. He was getting through.

Rudy put his hand to the glass, his expression one of heartache. “What if I’m not given a choice?”

“That won’t happen,” Jack growled.

“How do you know?”

“I can control it.”

“Jack—”

“I won’t let you die!” He released the door and used his feet to push himself away from the plane. With his arms held out at his sides, his vision went white and he raised his face to the Heavens. He prayed to his ancestors and drew upon his father’s power. Whatever reprimand he would receive for it, whatever punishment, so be it, but he would do whatever it took.


About the author: Charlie Cochet is an M/M author by day, artist by night. She is quick to succumb to the whispers of her wayward muse, and no star is out of reach when following her passion. From hardboiled detectives and society gentleman, to angels and elves, 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 dreams of the day where the temperature might be something other than hot, hot, and boy, it's hot! When Charlie 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. 

Find Charlie at:
Website: www.charliecochet.com
Email: charlie@charliecochet.com
Twitter: @charliecochet -or-  http://twitter.com/charliecochet


GIVEAWAY!

Prize: Charlie is giving away an eBook copy of The Heart of Frost (or if you already own it, any eBook from Charlie’s book list) and a handmade snowflake stretch bracelet.

Contest open internationally.




To Enter: For a chance to win, please leave a comment and email address between now and Thursday, April 10th 11:59 PM (EST).  

23 comments:

  1. I love the sound of that story and what a great cover! I wish I could see your new arrival. A chocolate jellybean - how cute!

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    1. Thank you so much, Barbara! I'll certainly be posting pictures of Olly when he arrives. Most likely on my blog or Facebook page. :D Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  2. I love the name Olly! And you always have such a unique, put-together look. :-)

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Kim! It's almost like playing dress-up and just as fun. lol

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  3. The Heart of Frost sounds like a fairy tale re-told right!

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    1. Thank you so much. I had a lot of fun writing it. Thank you so much for stopping by! :D

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  4. Great interview, Charlie and I love the hat! Jack and Rudy are great. I loved both of the North Pole City Tales and can't wait to read Vixen's story later this year.

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    1. Thank you so much, Lynette! This series is such fun to write. I'm glad you're enjoying it! And thank you so much for dropping by! <3

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  5. Love The Auspicious Trouble of Love. Look forward to checking The North Pole City Tales :)

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    1. Hi Valeri! I'm so happy to hear you loved the Auspicious Troubles of love series! Those fellas do hold a special place in my heart. Thank you so much for stopping by! :D

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  6. I would love to read "The Heart of Frost". Olly, I agree on how cute is that name. :)

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    1. Hi Toplsz! Thank you! And thank you for dropping by!

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  7. Great interview! I Cant wait to read this story!

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    1. Thank you so much, Ashley! I'm glad you enjoyed the interview! Thank you for stopping by. :D

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  8. Wonderful interview! And that excerpt has me all up in knots. I HAVE to read this now!

    ashley.vanburen[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Hi Ashley! Thank you for stopping by. I'm so glad you enjoyed the interview and excerpt! :D

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  9. OMGee! What an excerpt! Wonderful roller-coaster you've taken me on, Charlie! I'd love to read your story. Thanks for the giveaway and for the great interview!
    Rush

    taina1959 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Rush! I'm so glad you enjoyed the excerpt and interview! And thank you for taking the time to stop by! :D

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  10. What a fun interview! Love the hat and this story :) That's a lovely bracelet as well. Looking forward to the next story in this series as well :)

    Sadonna

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    1. Hi Sadonna! Thank you so much for dropping by! I'm glad you liked the interview. I hope to work on Vixen's story soon as I wrap up the THIRDS book 3. We'll see what mischief Vixen gets into. poor Vale!

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  11. this sounds like a fun read! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Lee! And thank you for dropping by.

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  12. Rudy Rein Deer?!? I love it! What do you call a baby dachshund? A Dachsoodle? Reversing it doesn't really work. What's the smooshy name? Olly sounds adorable!

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