Happy Holidays everyone.
Thanks for joining The Heart of Frost Blog Tour stop on Attention Is Arbitrary. Please welcome back Charlie Cochet. She has written an absolutely delightful sequel to everyone's MM holiday favorite Mending Noel. My review of of this latest release can be found here: The Heart of Frost Review my review of last years Mending Noel is here. Charlie has gifted us some new insights into Jack and Rudy's story and also provided us an excerpt. Be sure to enter the contest below, and good luck :)
Hello all! Welcome to the sixth stop on The Heart of Frost blog tour! Today I'm going to chat a little about The Heart of Frost. Along with the romance in the story, there's a bit of mystery and suspense. Someone sabotages Rudy's plane during a test run mere weeks before the "Big Flight", and without Rudy, the rest of the Rein Dears can't fly, as they're all magically linked to each other through Mayor Kringle. Of course, Jack is less concerned about Christmas, and more concerned about finding who's behind the attempt on his beloved's life. Rudy is immortal, but he's not indestructible. He's also--being a Christmas elf, not as powerful as Jack.
But finding out who hurt Rudy isn't the only challenge Jack faces, as we learn about his past, we discover where the true danger lies. Concerned for Jack, Rudy enlists the help of Tim and Noel to help Jack get to the bottom of this mess before Rudy loses his love for good. We meet Jack's twin cousins, Vale and Hollis, along with another pilot from the Rein Dear Squadron, Vixen. Has the Mouse King finally made good on his threats to hurt Jack by hurting what he loves most? Or is someone else behind the sabotage? While Jack falls back to his icy ways, it's up to Rudy to return the warmth in his heart.
Series: North Pole City Tales, Book #2
Length: Novella 30,511
Published: Dec 18, 2013
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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.
Rudy gazed up at him lovingly. “You know I’d follow you anywhere.” The orchestra broke off into a beautiful rendition of “Waltz of the Flowers,” Rudy’s favorite. “Jack, you didn’t.”
“I may have mentioned it was your favorite. If the wind decided to carry it off to the conductor, who am I to stop it?” He kissed Rudy’s cheek before sweeping him into a magnificent dance, turning and twirling Rudy as the music picked up.
Rudy couldn’t remember the last time he’d had so much fun at the Silver Bells Christmas Ball. He’d forgotten how good a dancer Jack was, how carefree he had been in his youth. Once upon a time, delivering winter to the world had been a joy for his lover, a work of art rather than the dreary task it had become as of late. Rudy wished he could return that joy to him, to see the wonder reflected in his gaze when the first snowflake fell. For now, he would cherish this moment when his Jack was so wonderfully happy, here with him under the blanket of twinkling white lights.
“Jack!” Rudy threw his head back and laughed after Jack sped up in time to the music.
“Come on. Let’s show them how it’s done.” Jack unbuttoned the stiff collar of his uniform and ran his fingers through his hair, sending it into an unruly state.
“You rogue,” Rudy teased, and he held on tightly as he moved to keep up with Jack’s pace, the waltz reaching its crescendo and sending the two of them in a series of breakneck turns. At the final beat of drums, Jack dipped Rudy and crushed their mouths together in a breathless kiss. There was a roar of applause and catcalls as Jack kissed him. When they surfaced for air, and Jack pulled Rudy back up, they were both blushing from head to toe.
“Got carried away, did we?” Noel asked, appearing beside them with a wicked grin.
“A little,” Jack replied, clearing his throat and putting a hand up to the crowd in acknowledgment of his boldness. Everyone returned to their dancing until a toy soldier nervously approached Jack.
“Forgive me, your Highness, but his majesty wishes an audience with you.”
“Record time as usual,” Jack muttered before turning to Rudy and delivering a sweet kiss. “I’m afraid this one will take a while. I’ll see you at home.”
Rudy nodded, grabbing Jack’s face before he could walk away and kissing him with all the love and passion he possessed. The flash from a photographer’s camera told him it was time to part, and he reluctantly pulled back, though he still held on to his lover’s face. Rudy’s voice was quiet when he spoke. “I’ll be waiting for you.”
With a sweet smile, Jack turned and walked away, his head held high and shoulders square, every inch the imposing prince. Rudy hoped Jack wasn’t in too much trouble with his father after that display.
No longer feeling much like celebrating, Rudy said his good-byes to his friends and went home to wait for Jack.
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About the Author:
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 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]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Friday, December 20th at midnight, Eastern Time.
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]
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