Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Charlie Cochet’s Men & Mischief Monthly Author Column… Writer’s Police Academy.

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Hello, all! Thank you so much for joining me today at Sinfully for my monthly column.

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Thank you all so much for joining me here at Sinfully for my monthly author column. I hope you’ve all been keeping cool in the summer heat. This year has been a very busy conference year. I’ve had a blast attending all the different events, taking part in panels, meeting readers, and getting to spend time with fellow authors. One of my favorite trips this year was a different kind of conference. Actually, it was more like a workshop.

Writing is my passion, but it’s also my career, which means I’m always looking for growth, and ways to educate myself. As part of my ongoing research for my books, I was fortunate enough to attend the Writer’s Police Academy. What an amazing experience it was. Seeing as how I don’t plan to stop writing law enforcement any time soon, whether they’re paranormal SWAT, shifter undercover operatives, or contemporary FBI agents, attending this hands-on academy was a must for me.

While I was there I learned so much, and came back with a hoard of plot bunnies which you will hopefully get to learn more about soon. I’ve researched a great deal about the different weapons that appear in my books, but I’d never actually fired a gun. At the Writer’s Police Academy, I fired a Glock 17, and an AR 15. I got to learn all about those weapons, and experienced what it was like to shoot with them. The Glock was pretty bulky, and the kickback surprised me. The first shot fired scared the socks off me. As we were in an indoor training facility, the boom was explosive. I found I preferred the AR 15. It has less kickback, and was easier for me. It was, however, heavy as hell, and that was without a full magazine, or silencer.

My instructor was surprised I was a newbie, and said I did very well for my first time. The instructors were all professionals with years of experience in their fields. Some of the sessions I attended left me in awe. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time while a retired undercover NYPD detective told us about his assignments and time undercover. I learned about gun laws, gun trafficking, and TV myths from an ATF Special Agent. I got to watch a case develop and presented by two professionals from two very different sides, fascinated by how the quick we are to make assumptions about people until the facts and story begin to emerge. I learned the different techniques used by officers to control behavior of cooperative and uncooperative suspects, and an amazing session on interrogation from a veteran of the LA police department.

That wasn’t even half of my experience in those three days. Yep, three days. Even when I wasn’t in a session I was still learning. Waiting for the bus I learned a little about mounted police. While waiting for another bus I learned about an officer and his K-9 Echo who’s a bomb sniffer dog. We got to experience training scenarios, and I walked away with an even greater respect for these folks. Not only was I amazed by this conference, but the fact that all these folks came together to help writers enhance their writing. I’m so looking forward to doing it again soon.

You can learn more about the Writer’s Police Academy here: http://www.writerspoliceacademy.com/

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The Foxling Soldati

by Charlie Cochet


Series ~ Soldati Hearts Book 2

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Release ~ 16th August 2017

Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance, Urban Fantasy, Shifters

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Synopsis

Foxling Toka has served the Soldati king for centuries, and now he attends to the kingdom’s cherished Soldati prince. It’s a position of honor, and as Toka helps the once-human prince adapt to their magical realm, he finds joy in their friendship. He also grows bolder in his encounters with Rayner, Soldati warrior and the king’s second. But the laws are clear: servants and Soldati are not permitted to mate. It doesn’t matter that Toka lost his heart to the dashing cad long ago.

Rayner never imagined he would fall in love with a servant, but the clever and beautiful foxling has ensnared him, and he resents the regulations keeping them apart. When an arrogant and spiteful king visits from a neighboring realm, Rayner is in danger of losing everything. But Soldati warriors don’t surrender, and he intends to fight all the harder to keep Toka where he belongs—in Rayner’s arms.

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Read Chapter One here.

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Meet Charlie Cochet

Charlie_Cochet_by_madison_parker150Charlie 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 adventurous agents and sexy shifters, to society gentlemen and hardboiled detectives, there’s bound to be plenty of mischief for her heroes to find themselves in, and plenty of romance, too!

Currently residing in Central Florida, Charlie is at the beck and call of a rascally Doxiepoo bent on world domination. 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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24 comments:

  1. Thank you for the intersting post, Charlie. I did not know about the Writer's Police Academy, but it sounds like a great place to learn useful things and have fun!
    susanaperez7140(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. I really enjoyed the first Soldati book and am pleased to hear from the author of the very nice work! My email is shard_emerald(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  3. Great interview!
    kathleenpower at comcast dot net

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  4. Love your books Charlie!
    jlshannon74 at gmail.com

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  5. I loved your post for this month. It sounds like you have been having a lot more fun than I have this summer.
    heath0043 at gmail dot com

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  6. Sounds like fun! I've done my share of firearms courses, and done shadowing and things, but something geared specifically towards writers? That would be pretty neat.
    authorcaseywolfe [at] gmail [dot] com

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  7. Wow, never heard of such a conference but it sounds amazing and so fun and quite the learning experience. Glad to know it's out there and writer's can take part and get knowledge and experience to help with their writing.
    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

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  8. Wow such sounds like you had so much fun! I'm so glad that you got to have such an amazing experience!!! Can't wait to see where these plot bunnies take us!!! I think everyone who is going to write about police work should go to these type of conferences

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  9. Sounds like you had a blast, but I don't think you would find anything like it this side of the pond. It's great that we get to benefit from your education. Lol.
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    1. Hi Elayne, congratulations! You are this onth's winner for Charlie's aithor column. An email is on its way to you. :-)

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  10. Sounds like a lot of fun. Love the picture. You look like you would fit right in with your own series the Thirds.
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  11. Great interview. Love your books. colby69@verizon.net

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  12. Thanks for sharing about your experiences at the Writer's Police Academy. I look forward to seeing how your time there influences your writing.
    legacylandlisa at gmail dot com

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  13. My husband was a dog handler for the state police. They are amazing men and women who do that job.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  14. So excited to see the bunnies once they are full grown!! I used to go out to the range (indoor & outdoor) to shoot, but it`s been awhile. I like the targets you used. Tanyamarieward@hotmail. Com

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  15. love it Charlie....
    jmarinich33@aol.com

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  16. Thanks for the post, Charlie! The academy sounds fascinating and I look forward to reading all the things you learned in your upcoming books. :-)

    jen(dot)f(at)mac(dot)com

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  17. Writer's Police Academy sounds like it was an amazing experience

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  18. Glad you got a lot our of your academy. Reminded me of my grad internship with the police and fire academies. I was in the psych PhD program, so learning about the police & fire was eye opening, and I grew to respect what they have to do so much. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  19. That's a great of things to learn and very interesting. I enjoy when authors take the time to investigate the subject when they are writing more complex series.
    serena91291@gmail(dot)com

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  20. Congrats on shooting a gun for the first time! I was a nervous wreck when my (then) husband would clean his guns. I'd leave the room I was so nervous. He was a hunter (one reason he's an "ex") and carried side arms with a license to carry concealed weapons. He made me go with him to the gun range and learn to handle and fire his various handguns, so calm my fears of having them in the house. He was a collector of various firearms and we had a huge gun safe to house his weapons. Anyway, I ended up being a better shot than him, and we made trips to the gun range a bi-weekly outing. Safe to say I'd take an intruder down in one shot, if not kill them, and I kept a 9mm of my own in my nightstand, because hubby worked out of town and was only home every other weekend. He never came home unannounced, lol. So I'm glad you got a chance to see and feel what really happens when firing a gun. Good for you, and better for we fans of your books. 😸

    nick442.nrs@gmail.com

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  21. Wow! I had no idea this kind of program existed! That's so great :D
    I always wondered how writers were doing researches to stay true in their books, thanks so much for sharing this experience with us.
    I can't wait to see the results in new titles ;)

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  22. I'd heard about this program before, but it was so fun to get a glimpse into it from your perspective. I'm sure great stories are coming out of that time. Thank you for sharing with us!

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  23. I love your writing. To me your a great author and recommend your books when ever I can. Thanks for sharing with us.

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