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Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday Feature: Greg Tremblay

C.S.: What do you narrate?
Greg: Almost exclusively audiobooks. Books are a passion of mine, and comprise over 90% of my voiceover business. I am looking to branch into some animation work if possible, and I do the occasional bit of instructional narration. Commercial voiceover holds zero allure to me.

C.S.: What genres do you most enjoy working in?
Greg: One I haven’t done in a while! I’ve enjoyed everything from YA to Romance to Non-Fiction… and frankly what I crave the most is that new challenge. Any genre gets to wear on you after 10 straight books… so. I love to swap it up!

C.S.: Tell us about your acting space.
Greg: If I sneeze, I might bump my head. OK, no it’s not THAT small. I have a personal studio where I do my editing and office work, also keep my musical instruments and library. My recording booth is through an adjoining wall, and is 4’ x 5’ by 6.5’ so… not terribly big!

C.S.: What sort of work-related items do you keep at hand?
Greg: My booth has myself, a sit/stand desk, a doubled monitor showing the PC I keep outside (noise) my keyboard, interface, headset, water and lip balm. That’s about it.

C.S.: What’s the weirdest item you keep nearby that’s not at all beneficial to voice acting?
Greg: My grandfather’s meerschaum pipe, and a tiny fishing village scene he carved while he was still alive.

C.S.: Do you have any ‘good luck’ charms?
Greg: Not… per se? I have mementos from family, and a stuffed “Gromit” (from Wallace and) to keep me company.

C.S.: What’s easily the most distracting item in your acting space?
Greg: I keep my phone on silent mode in the booth… but it does blink when something comes in. Annnnnnd… I’m unable to not look. :-/

C.S.: Do you have any bad habits when you work?
Greg: Uh… not really. I’m kinda blessed right now to be ON when I’m on. The worst I do is delay start sometimes in the morning because I’m cleaning.

C.S.: Do character voices come easily to you?
Greg: TheeyyYYYyyyyreee GREAT!  Heh, yes I’m pretty comfortable with a wide range of characters. Actually, it’s shutting them up during normal speech that’s hard. Yes. I’m THAT guy.

C.S.: Do you have any warm-up exercises?
Greg: I do vocal scales, buzzing restricted air path scales, a few tongue twisters, neck and shoulder stretches, and a set of face stretches to warm up.

C.S.: Do you have any ‘helpful’ pets?
Greg: Jett the dog, the worst that he usually does is shake just outside the booth, causing his collar to jingle. Doodle the cat sometimes likes to wander my studio desk… knocking things down. Like cats do.

C.S.: What do you do to de-stress or enjoy that’s unrelated to voice acting?
Greg: I like working in my wood and metal shops, I cook, I play PubQuiz (geeks who drink) and do medieval re-enacting with my family.

C.S.: Question from the audience: If you could revisit a character or story and do it all over again for the first time, who/what would it be?
Greg: Oof.  I have to say that, if the Cole McGinnis series, which was my first, is ever in need of re-recording… I hope they have me back, because I’d love to update it and bring a new set of acting muscles to bear on the project… past that? Eh. I try not to look back.

Release date: August, 2017

Blurb: Curtis “Launchpad” Larkin’s career as an astronaut has had its share of ups and downs.
Alternately lauded as the single-handed savior of NASA and condemned as a reckless, hot-headed bully, Curt has been through the wringer of public opinion and come out on top. When he embarks on his final mission with NASA, Curt figures there’s no curveball that life has left to throw him.
But when the role of spacecraft communicator is passed to a young engineer back in Houston who he’s never met, Curt’s mission takes on a new trajectory

Blurb: In this sequel to “Mercury’s Bane” the fight to retake Earth is at a new tipping point. The Exile Fleet and Admiral Laura Walker fight desperately to resist the Telestine efforts to solve their only lingering problem with their new home: the former occupants.

Narrator Bio: “Born in one far-flung corner of the US, near Portland, (no the OTHER Portland) … Greg has worked in diverse fields including paramedicine, blacksmithing, IT, SCUBA, and even a few practical jobs.
Trained in vocal and stage performance, Greg brings a passion for educational Non-Fiction and Character-Intensive fiction stories to his audiobook work.
Critically-recognized and listener-beloved, Greg’s work has been praised by Audiofile Magazine, numerous blogs, and is the recipient of the GoodReads Reader’s Choice award for Best Narrator – 2016 in M/M Romance.
He lives in the FingerLakes region of NY with his family, and a slowly rotating menagerie of animals.”

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Contract: New Game, Start

I've signed a contract with Dreamspinner Press for my short story, New Game, Start, to appear in their 2017 Advent Calendar anthology. I'm quite happy with this little tale about an introverted scholar named Edgar Royal, who has a crush on famous online gaming celebrity, Walter Chase. Christmastime turns out to be the perfect opportunity for Edgar to show Walter just how deeply he feels, but he's always been better with the written word over speaking. Will Edgar have the courage and imagination to come up with the perfect gift to pop Walter the question, or will he lose out on the opportunity of a lifetime?

The Advent Calendar will be released on December 1, 2017. New Game, Start will be available as part of the complete package, or as a short story on its own.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Audio, blurbs, and more!

And the projects just keep on rolling!

The audiobook for The Mystery of the Curiosities (Snow & Winter Book 2), narrated by Derrick McClain, has been proofed and is now pending with Audible. Once it has been approved, it will also be available for sale at Amazon and iTunes. The audiobook should release within three weeks!

Southernmost Murder, my next standalone mystery-romance with DSP Publications, has an official release date of January 9, 2018. Pre-orders and the cover reveal are expected to occur in early October. I'm so excited to share this book with all of you. It's a fun, quirky adventure, and I hope you'll enjoy it!

Next Monday, July 24th, I will be sending out an exciting newsletter! It will include the blurb for Southernmost Murder, and a handful of little snippets from Snow & Winter 2 that never made it into the final book. If either of those goodies intrigue you, be sure you're signed up, which you can do so here.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Short story poll!

In November I will have a free short story available, promoting my appearance as a guest author at Coastal Magic Convention in February! The theme is, my characters at the beach! Fun, right? But then I started wondering... which characters?

Instead of sweating over it, I decided to make a poll (go here!) for readers to share their two cents! The options are Gideon and Silas from Joy, Theo and Wes from Love, Marriage, and a Baby Carriage, or Max and Sebastian from the Snow & Winter series.

Who would you want to read about?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Goodbye, Zak

This morning I had to say goodbye to my sweet cat, Zak. He was rescued at nine months and was just shy of his eighth birthday. Zak had a lot of very serious medical issues during his time with me, but I was there with him through every surgery, shot, checkup, blood draw, and medication. It's still a bit of a shock, how sudden his health took a turn, and I wish this hadn't been the only way to end his pain, but sometimes animals just reach a limit.

I'll miss him a lot. We found one another when we both needed someone. He loved eating (and begging for more), sunbathing, his carrot and fishy toys, and had more nicknames than I knew what to do with. Mornings without Zak and his happy booty dance (don't ask) will never feel quite right, but he left me with a lot of beautiful memories.

I hope he knew how much I love him. And I hope he's living life to the fullest on the other side of the rainbow bridge.

Zak "Attack"
11/09 - 07/17

Friday, July 14, 2017

Translation: Snow & Winter en fran├žais

I was told last night by Dreamspinner that The Mystery of Nevermore and The Mystery of the Curiosities are both to be translated into French by Reines-Beaux! I am so, so excited to see how Sebastian's voice translates to another language, and that he will have a chance to find a home in the hearts of international readers.

I do not have an ETA yet, but once there is either a release date, or the book pops up for sale, I will definitely let you all know.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sebastian's voice is loud and clear

In between finishing edits for Southernmost Murder and beginning edits for Color of You, I'm writing Snow & Winter 3. And I'm not sure if it was a change to my morning coffee or what, but Sebastian is being particularly smart in this book.

"What did that sign say?" Calvin asked.
"I'm legally blind and it wasn't available in the large print edition."

Of course I love it. Sass and dry wit are some of my favorite storytelling tools. But Sebastian's voice is one of the most difficult to maintain of any character I've created. I think it's because he always has all cylinders firing. Always thinking, always talking about... something. When his voice flows like it seems to be doing, and I don't have to slam my head into the desktop, I get very excited!

Snow & Winter 3.
More murder. More mystery. More Sebastian.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Amazon Kindle Deal: Snow & Winter

The first two books in the Snow & Winter series have been picked up by Amazon as part of their July Kindle Deal! From now until the end of the month, Nevermore and Curiosities are only $1.99 each. If you’ve been looking to start a new murder mystery series with lots of sleuthing, colorful history, sexy romance, and a good dollop of New York City vibes, here’s a great excuse.

And for international readers, this Kindle Deal may not be available on all Amazons, but DSP Publications is offering the same sale if you use coupon code S&W at checkout on their website.

Happy reading!


Friday, July 7, 2017

Excerpt: Southernmost Murder

I’m wrapping up the final round of edits on my next mystery novel, Southernmost Murder, and thought I’d share an excerpt. As a side note, Sebastian Snow is the main character of the Snow & Winter series, and friend of Aubrey Grant, this book’s narrator. You certainly don’t have to read the other series to enjoy Southernmost, but hey, if you like sarcastic sleuths, then book one is Nevermore and two is Curiosities.

Southernmost Murder will be released by DSP Publications in early 2018! You can add it to your Goodreads shelf today and stay updated on a cover reveal and official blurb.

Sebastian grinned.
“Shut up.”
“I didn’t say anything.”
I rolled my eyes. “I was in the closet, getting ready to remove some wallpaper in the historical home. I found a false wall.”
He perked up and leaned closer to the screen. God, he needed some new hobbies.
“And, uh… a skeleton—”
“Skeleton?” Sebastian protested over me.
I shushed him, as if it really mattered. “A skeleton was there. I swear to God, I saw it. It scared the piss out of me.”
Sebastian raised his hands out, palms up. “And?”
“You found a skeleton. What did you do with it?”
“You’re way too calm about this,” I said, removing the cigarette from my mouth. “I called the police. A detective showed up, I brought him upstairs, and it was gone.”
Sebastian raised an eyebrow. He looked like a dog who’d found a tire and was readying to chase it. “I assume by skeleton, you mean it was not… fresh.”
“No. It was old, but I can’t give it an age. I prefer dating nautical artifacts, not human remains.”
“Any idea who it might have been?”
“He wasn’t wearing a name tag, Seb.”

Monday, July 3, 2017

Monday Feature: Charlie Cochet

C.S.: What do you write?
Charlie: I write romance in any and every genre that catches my fancy, from contemporary and historical to paranormal and fantasy. I’m probably most known for my paranormal romance which is one of my favorite genres to write.

C.S.: Why do you enjoy these genres?
Charlie: I love creating and writing characters, and when they capture my heart, I’m dying to tell their story. The type of story and genre comes second. For me, having the freedom to write in any genre is important. 

C.S.: Tell us about your writing space.
Charlie: I actually just redid my office, and I’m absolutely loving it! This is my sanctuary, where I write, go to be inspired, motivated, and connect with online friends and readers. It’s my space, and although I have quite a lot of knickknacks, it brings me peace, and brightens my day.

C.S.: What sort of work-related items do you keep at hand?
Charlie: I had a beautiful white and gold keyboard and mouse to go with the color scheme in my office, but sadly I spend too many hours using them not to have something more ergonomic. So now I have a split keyboard I’m still getting used to, and a trackball mouse which I love. I also always have water, my phone, and my planner. Those are the essentials.

C.S.: What’s the weirdest item you keep nearby that’s not at all beneficial to writing?
Charlie: I don’t know that I have anything on my desk that isn’t beneficial to writing. I have some decorative items, but overall, they make a difference in my mood. As an artist, and a very visual person, I like things to be aesthetically pleasing to me. It might sound weird, but I need my office to be organized, functional, and pretty.

C.S.: Do you have any ‘good luck’ charms?
Charlie: I come from a spiritual culture that believes in cleansing oneself and the space around you, getting rid of the negative, and drawing in the positive. I alternate between burning candles, incense, and using aromatherapy. I also Feng Shui my desk and office space. My office is busy, but not cluttered or messy. Everything has its place. 

C.S.: What’s easily the most distracting item in your writing space?
Charlie: He’s not an item, but he’s definitely distracting. Olly is my three-year-old Doxiepoo, and he’s quite demanding. When he wants a treat, he won’t allow me to work until he gets it. Same thing when he wants a cuddle. He also doesn’t like when they come to mow the grass and trim the hedges, which is every week. He barks his little head off.

C.S.: Do you have any bad habits when you write?
Charlie: Not getting up frequently enough. I sit long hours behind my desk, and it’s awful for my health. I get so absorbed in what I’m doing that I forget to get up, stretch, and move around.

C.S.: What time of day are you most creative?
Charlie: I’m not a morning person, at all, but I’m most creative early in the morning, or late at night when I get by second wind.  

C.S.: Do you have any ‘helpful’ pets?
Charlie: Again, Olly. He’s helpful in the sense that he’s adorable and always makes me laugh and smile. He’s spoiled rotten, and sometimes he drives me bonkers, but I love him, and how much joy he brings.

C.S.: What do you do to de-stress or enjoy that’s unrelated to writing?
Charlie: I hang out with my awesome besties. We all have demanding, stressful jobs so when we get together we can just relax, watch movies, talk, and laugh. I also draw, and have several TV shows I’m hooked on. I also work on my paper planner.

C.S.: Do you drink or snack while writing?
Charlie: Yes. I don’t snack very much, but I definitely drink a lot of water. I have an amazing GUS mug that keeps my water cold for 24hrs. I love it! I also drink coffee and tea with the occasional cookies for my tea.

C.S.: Listen to music? If so, does the soundtrack change with projects?
Charlie: I always write to music. The music I listen to depends on the story I’m writing, and often the scenes. Music features in my books a lot, especially the THIRDS series. Pandora is my BFF, and I create playlists on iTunes which I then recreate on Spotify for readers. Music has always been part of my life. I don’t think I go a day without listening to something.

C.S.: Question from the audience: Tell us the reading habits of any one of your characters.
Charlie: Sloane Brodie from the THIRDS reads a lot, and he’ll often be in bed reading when Dex is asleep. His schedule is crazy, and there’s always something going on with either his boyfriend’s shenanigans, work, his best friend Ash, and his team, but whenever he gets a few minutes, he’ll be reading. Sloane reads anything and everything. Whatever catches his fancy. Dex is more of a thriller, detective fan.

Release date: 08/16/2017

Blurb: 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.

Pre-order begins July 16, 2017 at Dreamspinner Press.

Author Bio: 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 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.

Don’t forget to check out Charlie’s giveaway! She’s offering (3) e-copies of any title from her backlist!

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