The Heart of Frost Blog Tour & Giveaway

on Dec 16, 2013 by Charlie Cochet

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Hello, Charlie Cochet here! Thank you for joining me on stop 5 of The Heart of Frost blog tour! Today I’m chatting about holiday traditions. I come from a Hispanic family, so we tend to gather together and have our family dinners/parties on Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) rather than Christmas Day. We also have traditional food, like Lechon asado (roasted suckling pig), Congri (black beans and rice), Yuca con mojo (yuca with garlic), Tostones or platanos maduros (plantains) salad, and of course a dulce de tres leches after.

If it’s a big gathering, everything is laid out on a long table in trays where everyone lines up and helps themselves. There’s always multiple desserts, and everyone brings something. We still open our gifts on Christmas Day.  While growing up, my parents went with the tradition of Santa delivering gifts for us kids, but in Cuba, it was the three wise men who delivered the presents. Over the years, our family has sort of taken the best of both Christmas cultures and mixed them together to make a super Cuban-American tradition.

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Comment Prompt: What holiday traditions or traditional meals do you have?

 


baubles

1 winners will receive an eBook copy The Heart of Frost & Mending Noel

2 winners will receive an eBook copy of Mending Noel

Drawing is open to US and International readers.

[Facebook chat & Release Party will have it’s own prizes]

*****

To Enter

Just leave a comment on any of the blog posts along the tour, along with a contact email address. **If you would still like to enter the contest but don’t wish to leave your email address in the comment, you can also enter by emailing charlie@charliecochet.com.

Winners will be chosen at random and posted on Charlie’s blog at http://www.charliecochet.com/blog on Saturday, December 21st, and on Charlie’s Facebook page. Winners will then be notified via email.

*****

Contest ends

Friday, December 20th at midnight, Eastern Time.


Tour stops:

11/11 – The Novel Approach [Excerpt 1]

11/12 – Joyfully Jay [Excerpt 2]

11/13 – Lex Chase [Excerpt 3]

11/14 – Dreamspinner Facebook Chat [Bonus prizes]

11/15 – Charlie Cochet’s blog [Excerpt 4]

11/16 – Michael Rupured [Excerpt 5]

11/17 – Attention is Arbitrary [Excerpt 6]

11/18 – Release Party Dreamspinner Blog [Bonus excerpts + Prizes]

The Heart of Frost

Genre: M/M Fantasy, Christmas, Holiday Romance
Series: North Pole City Tales, Book #2
Length: Novella 30,511
Published: Dec 18, 2013
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781627983938

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.

*****

Excerpts are serialized and from Chapter 2. 

Read Chapter 1 here.

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Excerpt 5

Where most saw nothing but an icy demeanor and menace, Rudy only saw concern and love.

“Well, aside from the fact that I’m not a Sugarplum fairy, I’m just a Christmas elf.” As far as elves went, Christmas elves weren’t exactly at the bottom of the enchanted elf totem pole, but nor were they anywhere near the top with elves as powerful as Jack. It wasn’t as though Rudy was ashamed of what he was; it was merely fact. When he thought about it, even Tim was more enchanted than Rudy, considering where he came from. The northern lights reflected in Tim’s ever-changing eye color were proof of it.

“Like Holly you are. You’re a Captain and ace pilot. Without you, where would the rest of the Rein Dears be? What would happen to Christmas? Millions of hopes rest on you and your skills.”

Rudy was touched by Jack’s fierce defense of him, even if his lover couldn’t see Rudy was really nothing special. Sure, he was a celebrity, but only because of his position and looks.

“Yes, but underneath all that, I’m no one. You’re a prince, Jack.”

To Rudy’s utter disbelief, Jack got down on his knee before him and took his hand. Murmurs and whispers spread through the prestigious ballroom like wildfire, all eyes on them.

“I would give up my throne, my title, my fortune, everything I am for you. I love you for who you are, and I guarantee you it has nothing to do with you being Captain of the Squadron. If we were to look underneath all the pretentiousness of titles and merits, what would be left of me when compared to you would be but a shadow.”

“Jack….” Rudy struggled to find a response, and in the end couldn’t come up with a single thing. He had never heard Jack speak so passionately. It seemed as if Rudy was navigating through some new, uncharted territory of his lover’s heart. “I don’t know what to say.”

“Say you’ll dance with me.”

“Of course.” He could hardly contain his joy when Jack stood and pulled Rudy to his feet. Even though Rudy was taller than most elves, Jack towered over him, the breadth of his shoulders and chest impressive, while his regal military attire only added to his magnificence.

Wherever Jack went, his presence demanded attention. Rudy did his best to ignore the whispers and murmurs as he was escorted down the elegant red carpet toward the marble staircase. Deciding to push them all from his thoughts, Rudy focused on Jack as he led him to the dance floor. The orchestra was playing a sweeping waltz, and Rudy’s heart was all but ready to burst from his chest. Jack pulled him close, one arm coming to rest around Rudy’s waist while his other hand took Rudy’s.

“Are you sure you want to do this, Jack?”

“When was the last time we danced in public?”

“Never.”

“Let’s rectify that shall we? Would you like to lead or shall I?”

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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.

CCHFBlogTourBanner

Hello, Charlie Cochet here! Thank you for joining me on stop 5 of The Heart of Frost blog tour! Today I’m chatting about holiday traditions. I come from a Hispanic family, so we tend to gather together and have our family dinners/parties on Noche Buena (Christmas Eve) rather than Christmas Day. We also have traditional food, like Lechon asado (roasted suckling pig), Congri (black beans and rice), Yuca con mojo (yuca with garlic), Tostones or platanos maduros (plantains) salad, and of course a dulce de tres leches after.

If it’s a big gathering, everything is laid out on a long table in trays where everyone lines up and helps themselves. There’s always multiple desserts, and everyone brings something. We still open our gifts on Christmas Day.  While growing up, my parents went with the tradition of Santa delivering gifts for us kids, but in Cuba, it was the three wise men who delivered the presents. Over the years, our family has sort of taken the best of both Christmas cultures and mixed them together to make a super Cuban-American tradition.

256px-Lechón_kawali

congri

256px-Tres_Leches
snowflake100

 

Comment Prompt: What holiday traditions or traditional meals do you have?

 


baubles

1 winners will receive an eBook copy The Heart of Frost & Mending Noel

2 winners will receive an eBook copy of Mending Noel

Drawing is open to US and International readers.

[Facebook chat & Release Party will have it’s own prizes]

*****

To Enter

Just leave a comment on any of the blog posts along the tour, along with a contact email address. **If you would still like to enter the contest but don’t wish to leave your email address in the comment, you can also enter by emailing charlie@charliecochet.com.

Winners will be chosen at random and posted on Charlie’s blog at http://www.charliecochet.com/blog on Saturday, December 21st, and on Charlie’s Facebook page. Winners will then be notified via email.

*****

Contest ends

Friday, December 20th at midnight, Eastern Time.


Tour stops:

11/11 – The Novel Approach [Excerpt 1]

11/12 – Joyfully Jay [Excerpt 2]

11/13 – Lex Chase [Excerpt 3]

11/14 – Dreamspinner Facebook Chat [Bonus prizes]

11/15 – Charlie Cochet’s blog [Excerpt 4]

11/16 – Michael Rupured [Excerpt 5]

11/17 – Attention is Arbitrary [Excerpt 6]

11/18 – Release Party Dreamspinner Blog [Bonus excerpts + Prizes]


The Heart of Frost

Genre: M/M Fantasy, Christmas, Holiday Romance
Series: North Pole City Tales, Book #2
Length: Novella 30,511
Published: Dec 18, 2013
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 9781627983938

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.

*****

Excerpts are serialized and from Chapter 2. 

Read Chapter 1 here.


Excerpt from The Heart of Frost:

Excerpt 5

Where most saw nothing but an icy demeanor and menace, Rudy only saw concern and love.

“Well, aside from the fact that I’m not a Sugarplum fairy, I’m just a Christmas elf.” As far as elves went, Christmas elves weren’t exactly at the bottom of the enchanted elf totem pole, but nor were they anywhere near the top with elves as powerful as Jack. It wasn’t as though Rudy was ashamed of what he was; it was merely fact. When he thought about it, even Tim was more enchanted than Rudy, considering where he came from. The northern lights reflected in Tim’s ever-changing eye color were proof of it.

“Like Holly you are. You’re a Captain and ace pilot. Without you, where would the rest of the Rein Dears be? What would happen to Christmas? Millions of hopes rest on you and your skills.”

Rudy was touched by Jack’s fierce defense of him, even if his lover couldn’t see Rudy was really nothing special. Sure, he was a celebrity, but only because of his position and looks.

“Yes, but underneath all that, I’m no one. You’re a prince, Jack.”

To Rudy’s utter disbelief, Jack got down on his knee before him and took his hand. Murmurs and whispers spread through the prestigious ballroom like wildfire, all eyes on them.

“I would give up my throne, my title, my fortune, everything I am for you. I love you for who you are, and I guarantee you it has nothing to do with you being Captain of the Squadron. If we were to look underneath all the pretentiousness of titles and merits, what would be left of me when compared to you would be but a shadow.”

“Jack….” Rudy struggled to find a response, and in the end couldn’t come up with a single thing. He had never heard Jack speak so passionately. It seemed as if Rudy was navigating through some new, uncharted territory of his lover’s heart. “I don’t know what to say.”

“Say you’ll dance with me.”

“Of course.” He could hardly contain his joy when Jack stood and pulled Rudy to his feet. Even though Rudy was taller than most elves, Jack towered over him, the breadth of his shoulders and chest impressive, while his regal military attire only added to his magnificence.

Wherever Jack went, his presence demanded attention. Rudy did his best to ignore the whispers and murmurs as he was escorted down the elegant red carpet toward the marble staircase. Deciding to push them all from his thoughts, Rudy focused on Jack as he led him to the dance floor. The orchestra was playing a sweeping waltz, and Rudy’s heart was all but ready to burst from his chest. Jack pulled him close, one arm coming to rest around Rudy’s waist while his other hand took Rudy’s.

“Are you sure you want to do this, Jack?”

“When was the last time we danced in public?”

“Never.”

“Let’s rectify that shall we? Would you like to lead or shall I?”

Copyright © 2013 Charlie Cochet. All rights reserved.


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About 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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16 Comments

  1. Jen says:

    Oh wow! Your Noche Buena meal sounds so yummy! We traditionally have tamales with pico de gallo on Christmas Eve. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. jenf27 says:

    Oh, wow, your Noche Buena meal sounds really yummy! We usually have tamales with pico de gallo on Christmas Eve. Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Hi Jen! Thank you! Mm… I love tamales! We have them occasionally with holiday meals but my mom is very picky about them being just right. My parents used to make them when I was younger but now it’s a bit too much work for them. When you get just the right ones, yum!

  3. Thank you so much for hosting me, Michael! <3

  4. lamoiti says:

    I can relate to the tradition mentioned above. I am from Puerto Rico. Our Noche Buena meal is a guarantee to make sure you sleep well 🙂 We celebrate from Thanksgiving to the Octavitas which is 8 day after January 6 (Three Kings Day).
    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  5. Laurie P says:

    My hubby’s family has a tradition of enchiladas for the holidays, complete with the family recipe for homemade sauce. So, that’s what we have for Christmas along with the prime rib roast.

  6. Ashley E says:

    It’s become a tradition for one side of my family to have grilled subs on the Saturday after Christmas at our get-together. After all the rich, traditional foods everyone has already had, it’s such a nice break to eat some “normal” food. Everybody brings some different deli meats and cheeses, add some buns, chips, pop, and Foreman grills (and maybe some leftover cookies), and we’re set. 🙂

  7. Trix says:

    Sigh, the Cuban pork roast looks gorgeous! Friends always bring wonderful homemade pork tamales on Christmas Eve (I always want to take them all myself), and usually there’s a roast of some sort…

  8. Jim Evans says:

    Hi, there! For Christmas, my mother always prepares her oyster dressing, which is out of this world! She also makes her mother’s divinity candy, but it’s not quite like Grandma used to make, but it’s close. Merry Christmas!

  9. Lisa G says:

    Being Italian we do a big dinner Christmas Eve – lasagna, stuffed shells, bruschetta, and lots of vino 🙂 Happy Holidays

  10. Allison says:

    We do appetizers on Christmas Eve and Christmas day dinner varies. I grew up with turkey or ham but we have been doing standing rib roasts the last few years now. I would love to go back to the turkey though, I’m one of those weird people that actually enjoys the turkey! Thank you for the giveaway.

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