Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Charlie Cochet’s Men & Mischief Monthly Author Column… So many books, so little time… Includes Giveaway

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Hello all! Thank you so much for joining me for my monthly author column here at Sinfully! So many books, so little time. A few weeks ago I decided I was going to do something about my ginormous reading list. I’d fallen behind on my reading and was missing it. And of course with every sale comes more books, because you can never have enough books.

So far in the month of October I’ve inhaled Mary Calmes’s Matter of Time series—now a top favorite—along with her Marshals series: All Kinds of Tied Down and Fit to Be Tied. Yep, also made the favorites. I re-read Dogwood Days by Poppy Dennison which I just love and is an absolute delight. I caught up with Rhys Ford’s Sinners series—another favorite—and read Sloe Ride. Now I’m reading Murder and Mayhem, and after that I plan to read Santino Hassell’s Stygian.

Now, I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s tough figuring out what to read next. I stare at my Kindle as if one of the books might start waving, going “Pick me! Pick me!”. Then there are times when I’m in the mood for a certain genre, so maybe paranormal or fantasy. Reading every day feels fantastic and it’s helping me catch up to the many, many titles I hope to read.

Sometimes I’m incredibly late to the party where a certain book or series is concerned, but eventually I catch up. In order to get done as much as I do, I need a strict schedule. Everything is written down in my homemade planner. Disclaimer: Creating and decorating your own planner can get very addictive, especially when you start with the Washi tape. Oh my goodness, so much Washi tape! So everything gets jotted down in my planner, from my writing schedule, to my real life tasks, to my reading time. Then when I have a new release or blog tour coming up my planner screams for mercy. Every day there is a new to-do list, but some things are always on there, like READING TIME!

I couldn’t hope to keep up with the number of releases coming out each day, but I have my favorite auto-buy authors and then there are the books whose blurbs or covers really grip me. Then there’s the recommendations from friends or fellow authors.

How about you? How do you decide what to read next?


Between the Devil and the Pacific Blue

Charlie Cochet

Released October 31st, 2015

Between the devilBlurb: For the last six months, Detective James Ralston has worked the nightshift as security for the Pacific Blue Hotel, and every night at 2 a.m. his rounds lead him to the radio room where the handsome and mysterious Franklin Fairchild sits listening to waltzes as old as the hotel itself. James is drawn to Franklin, but Franklin is a man at the end of his rope, and James has no intention of getting caught up in whatever trouble Franklin is in. A heated encounter late one night sends James down a disturbing path and has him questioning everything around him, including his very sanity.


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Meet Charlie Cochet

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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  1. It depends on my mood. As a general rule, if I'm reading a series I try to continue reading the books available. Sometimes I try to change completely genres, for example if I've just finished a paranormal romance I may go afterwards for a detective or horror novel. And sometimes I'm in the mood for comfort reads, then I go back to my dearest ones like Muscling Through by JL Merrow, The Adrien English series by Josh Lanyon, or Boots by Angle Martinez... they always cheer me up!

  2. I blogged on this very subject last week
    I have to have a plan of what I'm going to read otherwise I'll just end up staring at my overly long TBR list and wandering off to play Cooking Dash. I've always got room to adapt though, for the last week of October I'm only reading paranormal in honour of Halloween.

  3. my decision making process for deciding what is next to read is so convoluted even I don't know what it will be :P
    paranormal is "likely" to be a bigger drawcard than most other please write the next THIRDS book!!


  4. I have an app on my phone where are released dates of books from my favorite authors. And between those dates I'm picking books based on how I feel. Sometimes it's the synopsis which intrigues me....sometimes the book cover.

  5. I have an enormous TBR pile, but often I buy books on sale and think I'll read them next, then one of my auto buy/ read authors will release a book and that jumps to the top of the pile and my unread book list just keeps growing I don't honestly think I'll ever read them all, but it's an addiction and I keep buying. But I'm so happy in my little world of drowning in books.😜

  6. How to be a cliche, there's a discount, an event sale, a limited time only price reduction or just the usual get your 10th one free, it still ends up with more onto the kindle than I can read in a week. But then I think, I can satisfy whatever reading prompt that comes my way, only to be enticed by the shiny cover of a favourite author, and I'm back where I started. "Between the Devil and the Pacific Blue" is a case in point.
    Judge a Book by its Gay Cover

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  7. i hate to say it but
    I just read what catches my eye next..If I am reading a series , I hope all the books are out before I start it b/c I find myself forgetting what happened by the time the next one come out.

  8. I have a huge TBR list! This doesn't stop me from buying more books!!! I have my favorite auto buy authors and also love finding new to me authors!

  9. I, too, have a lot of books waiting to be read. How I choose them depends on what I just read, how I feel, and if I am in the middle of a series. I also have some traditions - like reading holiday stories in November and December. I categorize my TBR list and often spend time pondering it and planning my future reads.

  10. Mine is completely haphazard. Sometimes it's easy, like when one of my 'auto-buy' authors puts out a new book. Sometimes, I hear something or see something that reminds me of one of my favorite books, and then I have to go read it. Sometimes, I just scroll through my Kindle until something catches my fancy. (To be clear, I have over 1k books on my Kindle, but have read Mary Calmes entire library 5 times, easily.)

  11. Like a lot of the others, new books in series get read quick but then I like to read some of the earlier books on my TBR - at moment my oldest book is 16 months old. However, I very seldom buy and read straight away

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  12. Sadly, I have 2K books on my Kindle and sometimes I still can't find a darned thing to read! I'm usually in the middle of several books. SF/F is my favorite genre, so that's my go-to list when I'm feeling down. As far as reading holiday stories at a particular time, I've been know to read them in high summer.
    --Judy S
    j dot stonewright at gmail dot com

  13. I do a lot of reading challenges, so typically I just read a pre-picked book that satisfies at least one of my challenges for the month. Or I've borrowed the book, so that bumps it up the list and I read those first. I try to alternate between fluffy feel good happy books, and dark angstfilled twisty books. So that I never get bored of one kind and sometimes you just need a break if whichever was the last kind you read.

    calila1988 at yahoo dot com (no spaces)

  14. Hm.. It's hard to say because sometimes I just read whatever when the mood strikes to want to read that genre you know? Like... I HARDLY read historical. but I DO love it when I read it. It's just... I rather read like.. contemp. or paranormal or other.
    Sadly, I usually force myself to just get started on a historical, but then I get so into it that I love it and am mad at myself for not having read it sooner.

    But I guess usually what decides I read next is the book cover and blurb. If it REALLY sounds interesting and I see a few (and by that I mean, 2) reviews of my friends to see how they felt and then.. I just read it. I've read a few books where those same friends have said, (JUNK! NOT GOOD!) and yet, once I was done I loved it. So even though I DO read those reviews I don't EVER put much thought or heart into it. I really just see their reviews to make sure there are no MF scenes AT ALL or that it's at least a HFN. If it's a series I started, I get into that world until the latest released book and then move on. But if it's a full series of paranormal I actually make sure I read something contemporary right after. Whether a cowboy or any other thing, as long as it's contemp. to not get so tired of all the para I've read back to back.

    I digress, pretty much though. I decide what to read next by my mood & cover/blurb.

  15. I am very much a mood reader. And a binge reader. I will read a bunch of shifter books and then read only detective ones.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  16. I have a serious problem when I don't know what to read next. I can spen hours (yes, hours!) trying to decide what book I should pick! But when I am in a mood for certain genre, it's a little easier but I still waste a lot of them making a decision. :P

  17. I'm a big fan of Mary Calmes A Matter of Time series and am so glad to hear you enjoyed it too! I don't really know how I choose what book to read. I usually already know what I'm going to read. I don't really determine beforehand (i.e. i won't queue up a title like a movie) what I will read because that will only make me not want to read it. Which is weird sine I must already have done it to know what I'll pick to read next, right? Other times when I'm really undecided I read blurbs until I come across one that jumps out to me.
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  18. Well, I'm kind of ashamed to say I often go with what is before my eyes... like the latest release of a loved author or a book I just read about on a trusted blog! Some TBR books just keep being pushed to a later date again and again :-(
    Then I also follow my mood for a sweet and lighter romance or a PRN twist or maybe something darker... My only "rule" (which is definitely not absolute) is to try to alternate M/F and M/M reads ;-)
    Thanks for the monthly post and giveaway!
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  19. I pore over my TBR pile each time I finish a book. I usuallly just pick whatever catches my eye at the time. I'm really looking forward to reading Between the Devil and the Pacific Blue so that will probably be up next! Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. Wow, thank you all so much for your amazing answers! It looks like a good number of us just go with whatever sounds good at the time or just catches our attention. One thing we all seem to hav we in common though is the thought that you never can have too many books. ;)

  21. It depends on my mood mostly, though sometimes I'll be motivated to catch up on a series when I know the next book is ready...

    --Trix, vitajex@aol dot com

  22. I decide by how I feel. By what I feel like reading.