Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Charlie Cochet’s Men & Mischief Monthly Author Column ~ Charlie Introduces the Charmed & Dangerous Anthology with Exclusive Excerpt & Giveaway

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Hello all! Thank you so much for joining me on another Men & Mischief post! Today I'm super excited to share with you an exclusive snippet from my Paranormal Romance story The Sodlati Prince, one of ten stories in the upcoming anthology Charmed and Dangerous: Ten Tales of Gay Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. This exciting anthology has been put together by the awesome Jordan Castillo Price and brings together an amazing lineup of M/M authors. First, check out this gorgeous cover!FF_Divider_Pink

Charmed & Dangerous Anthology

Release Date: 25th August 2015




Don't you just love it? In my story The Soldati Prince, my sexy and arrogant tiger-shifter king, Khalon, also has tribal tattoos up both arms, though not specifically dragons. His eyes do glow blue/white when he's about to use his powers. I had so much fun writing this story. We've got brand new characters, a new adventure, and of course humor. To be honest, this may not be the last we hear of Riley and Khalon. So what is The Soldati Prince about? How about a mini blurb?

The Soldati Prince

Riley Murrough goes from serving lattes to being chased by demons. If that wasn’t bad enough, he bears the mark of a shapeshifter king from a magical realm. Riley’s determined to get answers, but if the demons out for his blood don’t kill him, the urge to strangle the arrogant king might.

As you can imagine, things don't go exactly as planned for our heroes. Khalon King is a powerful tiger-shifter king form a magical realm. Tall, dark, and broody, he's also destined for greatness with a mate as powerful as he. One assigned by the Great Priestess. Unfortunately, instead of a powerful Soldati warrior, he gets Riley, who is neither a tiger-shifter nor a warrior. As you can image, Khalon is less than pleased. Riley's not exactly thrilled about the situation either. Here's a snippet just for you!


Exclusive Excerpt

“The Great Priestess has made a mistake. A terrible, horrible mistake.” Khalon was certain of it. He was king of the Soldati. His destiny was to be united with a great prince, a warrior like him. Not some frail human with wispy hair. Khalon’s frown deepened. He stopped before the human and crouched down, his head cocked to one side as he studied him.

“Finally we agree on something. So, why don’t you let me go and you can square things off with the… Great Priestess, is it? Square things of with her, and we’ll just pretend this never happened. I won’t press charges. I’ll go back to my ordinary life serving up scones and lattes, and you go back to… whatever it is you do, and we’re good. I’m good. You’re good.”

“Be quiet.” Khalon reached out to take a lock of the human’s hair between his fingers. It was golden like the sun. Not entirely unpleasant. For a human. It was also soft and reached his brow. His lashes were somewhat long, and there were faint freckles strewn across his nose and cheeks. There were flecks of amber and green in his eyes. His lips were pink and full. Not an entirely displeasing exterior. Pretty, for a human male. He was rather small, but then most humans were, compared to Soldati.

“What are you doing?” Riley sank back into the chair, squirming in the seat. Khalon ignored him. He took hold of Riley’s arm and pushed up his sleeve. Not as scrawny as he expected. Taking a handful of Riley’s shirt, he attempted to push it up only to get his hand smacked away. Khalon narrowed his eyes.

“I don’t give a shit who you are,” Riley ground out through his teeth. “Don’t touch me.”

Khalon threw a hand out, wrapping it around Riley’s slender neck. “You are mine until otherwise released.” He brushed his thumb across soft skin, the stir it caused in Khalon’s stomach unsettling.

“Screw you! I’m not scared of you.”

Khalon leaned in, his fangs growing as he grinned at the all but trembling prince. “Then why do you reek of fear?”

Riley lifted his chin in defiance. “I reek of a guy who got chased by a bunch of demons down a piss-stained alley.”

The impudence! Khalon let out a snort of disgust and released the incorrigible human. Unbelievable. How could he be expected to mate with this…this impertinent pixie? The man was about as fierce as a newborn fawn, all wide eyed and fluffy-tailed. It was humiliating to say the least.

Riley rubbed at his neck, his glower on Khalon. “You have some serious anger issues, my friend.”

With a frustrated grunt, Khalon tugged on the golden rope near his wardrobe, ringing the bell to summon the servants. Toka was promptly at his door.

“Get him out of my sight before I finish what those bastard demons started. Clean him up and feed him. I need time to think of my next course of action without him and his incessant babbling.”

Riley gasped. “And you’re still single? How is this injustice possible?”


Charmed and Dangerous has a little something for everyone. It will be released on Aug 25th. You can pre-order, or find it on Amazon, along with other online booksellers. There will also be a massive paperback. Yep, this anthology is huge. I hope you enjoy Khalon and Riley's adventures in magic and romance.

I admit, I'm a little partial to shifters (shocking, right?). Vampires, pixies, shapeshifters, elves, dragons.... Do you have a favorite paranormal or magical creature?

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. Oh, oh! I can't wait to read Charmed & Dangerous... It includes some of my favourite writers ever! (I've already pre-ordered, so it's only a matter of waiting...). As for my favourite paranormal, it have a clear preference for Fae...
    Thank you for that fantastic snippet! ;)


  2. Lovely excerpt! I can't wait to read more... although I'm more a Vampires kind of girl ;-)
    foebz (at) hotmail (dot) com

  3. I got to be honest, if a character is snarky and quick-witted I'm there no matter what kind of paranormal creature they are. From Nick from the Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon to Gary the unicorn in The Lightening Struck Heart by TJ Klune

  4. LOVE paparnomal books! Can't wait to read this! My favorite paranormal is probably idea why I just like them!

  5. My favorite paranormals have always been vampires but I must admit I have grown quite attached to Charlie's Therians! I don't usually like anthologies but I can't wait to get my hands on Charmed and Dangerous. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Dragons all the way! Beautiful, powerful, magical, compelling creatures, ancient and distainful of the lesser beings crawling at their feet. I have a particular yen for the kind that can shift between dragon and human form - can you imagine how breathtaking they would be in human form? Looking forward to this new anthology!

    1. Congratulations! ~ you are our lucky winner of this week's author column from Charlie. An email will be on its way to you, aranel.

  7. Vampires used to be #1, but over the past few years, warm and fuzzy shifters have bumped them from the top spot.

  8. Sounds good, adding to list.

  9. I go with the flow, I don't have a favourite paranormal creatures, I like them all. Specially if it's an enthralling story.
    I can't wait for Charmed & Dangerous and Dangerous Spirits (Spirits #2), the covers are so cool.

  10. I enjoy all kinds of paranormal/magical creatures, but am rather partial to dragons and elves.

    Thanks for the excerpt. I think I am going to like Riley. :-)

    Really looking forward to reading this anthology!!


  11. In no particular order my favourites are Dragons, Werewolves and Elves. I just pre-ordered the book and look forward to reading the stories in it.

  12. I can't wait for this book! So many of my favorite authors!

  13. Sounds like an intriguing story. I like shapeshifters! Thanks for the excerpt and the giveaway and good luck on the upcoming release!

    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

  14. Love to read this.

  15. I loved the mini blurb and am looking forward to reading more. My favorite paranormal beings are shifters of all types.

  16. Dragons were always my favorite followed by shapeshifting dragons are the best. :D.

  17. Dragons, they can shift, fly and most have magic. They're beautiful and come in so many colors.


  18. I've been looking forward to this!

    Trix, vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

  19. Shifters are my favorite. This is a great collection of authors, can't wait to read it :)
    annmarief115 at gmail dot com

  20. I never realized how many of the authors in this anthology I follow on Twitter until you all decided to announce its publication on the same day! I will probably buy it in ebook and paper both! It's hard to choose my favorite paranormal or magical creature, as I'm a fantasy junkie, but I'll go with unicorn.

  21. I don't really have a favorite paranormal creature, I love reading about any of them :-) If I had to choose I'd probably wind up saying shifter though. That's a great excerpt, can't wait for this collection-I've got it on my TBR list!
    moonangel23 at gmail dot com

  22. love my werewolves....

  23. PNR is my favorite genre. I have a tough time picking my favorite paranormal or magical creature, but my favs are all character driven. Top three: shifters of all kinds, esp. dragon shifters; fae; and I love space operas, so aliens!

    I've pre-ordered the eBook. Love your excerpt. Thanks
    j dot stonewright at gmail dot com

  24. Not really a favorite "creature", but I love the books with psychics, and people that have special powers.
    I can't wait for this new anthology!!

  25. loved the excerpt! shifters are my weakness but I'm quite happy to delve into anything paranormal :)


  26. So excited for this book! Thanks for sharing the great excerpt! I like all sorts of paranormal creatures but dragons might be my favorite. amaquilante(at)gmail(dot )com

  27. Love the anthology with such amazing authors! My favorite creatures are shifters for sure, and also dragons. A dragon shifter is amazing. ;)

    waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

  28. ooo it sounds really good. would love to read this.

  29. Haven't delved into the paranormal genre just yet, but looking forward to reading this anthology. Thanks for the chance!

  30. Sounds really great. Thank you for the excerpt, so looking forward to giving it a read =) I love werewolf shifters but I like other paranormal creatures too.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

  31. I have been on a crazy shifter kick lately and loving all of them. I enjoy the magic/sorcery stories every now and then but shifters are definitely my faves :) Can't wait to read this anthology!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Sounds fabulous thank you.


  33. Loads of my favourite authors and I love anthologies. Definitely looking forward to this book. :-)

  34. This looks like an amazing anthology - can't wait to read your story. I'm partial to cat shifters - like your Thirds series :)

  35. Thank you all so much for your awesome comments and joining me for my monthly author column!! <3