Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hell & Highwater Blog Tour with Charlie Cochet - Fab Swag Giveaway!!!

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Please help me welcome Charlie Cochet back to the blog. She is always a delight and this time is no different. I'm right in the middle of my read of Hell & High Water and I just gotta tell you all, it is amazing. The plotting and development is intensive, extensive and thoroughly detailed. Well, I'll leave that for my review, but trust me this is a world that you can really sink your teeth into.

Be sure to check out the Fab Swag Rafflecopter Giveaway below. For now, here's Charlie to give you more info :)

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Hi all! 

Welcome to the eighth stop in my Hell & High Water Blog Tour. I'm celebrating the release of the first book in my new contemporary-law-enforcement-shifter series, the: THIRDS. Thank you to the lovely Lisa for hosting me, and thank you to everyone who's stopped by. Today I'm going to chat a little about the Therian side of our Destructive Delta Therian agents.

While creating Therians, I had to put a lot of thought into their feral side. How they shifted, the results of their shifting, how much of their Humanity remained, and so on. Since I was going the scientific route, I decided when Therians shifted from Human to animal form, it would be through the rearranging of proteins, fats, and cells, especially since Therians came about through mutated DNA. Because of this, shifting isn't something Therians do on a whim. It's a very painful process. Bones unsnap and snap into place, fur pierces skin, muscle stretches and contracts, and their bodies feel like they're being pulled apart from the inside out. Their mass shifts, so Sloane who weighs in at 240 pounds in his Human form, will shift into a 240 pound jaguar. Hobbs who's nearly three hundred pounds in his Human form will shift into a near three hundred pound tiger. Sorry, but there are no bunny or fox Therians in the THIRDS world. You might be thinking, that's pretty convenient. Yes and no.

When the vaccine was being created by scientists to combat the Melanoe virus, it used strains from animals that appeared to be immune to the virus or at least capable of surviving it. Small animals who became infected with the virus didn't survive, and those that did couldn't survive the mutation brought about by the vaccine. However predators: big cats, wolves, hyenas, and bears were strong enough to survive the mutation and adapt.

Because of this shift in mass, clothes must be removed. For agents, they have a special section inside their tactical vehicles for shifting, complete with a privacy screen. Sometimes getting naked outside the vehicle is necessary. Shifting in public is against the law, classified as a misdemeanor and right up their with indecency and public exposure. Of course THIRDS agents are exempt when they're forced to shift in order to catch criminals. I previously mentioned how important a Therian agent's Human partner is to their survival. When a Therian shifts back into his Human form, he or she doesn't just get up and walk off like nothing's happened. The aftereffects of shifting require Therians to be administered Postshift Trauma Care or they could die. The symptoms are similar to that of having a small epileptic seizure, causing Therians to suffer waves of dizziness, muscle soreness, bruising, and hunger.

Therians have a much higher metabolic rate than Humans, so shifting back into their Human form requires them to get some protein in them quick. Human agents carry Postshift Trauma Care Kits--or a PTSC kit for short--for their partners. Inside, there are things like Gatorade, water, power bars, snacks and a disposable set of clothes, including shoes. This will sustain the Therian agents until they can get a proper meal in them. The rate of recovery from PST will depend on how healthy the Therian is and his or her classification. On our next and final stop, we're going to be talking about Therian classifications and some fun facts on Destructive Delta's animal forms.

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Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal, Shifters, Humor, Mystery/Suspense 
Series: T.H.I.R.D.S. Book One 
Length: Novel 103k 
Published: July 7th, 2014 
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press 
Cover Artist: LC Chase 
Ebook ISBN-13: 9781632160126 
Paperback ISBN-13: 9781632160119

Action. Comedy. Romance. And that one weird guy.

When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.

Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.

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About the Author:
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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.

Email: charlie@charliecochet.com 
Twitter: @charliecochet | http://www.twitter.com/charliecochet 
THIRDS website: http://thirdshq.com

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Tour Schedule 
30th June - The Novel Approach
1st July -  Boys in Our Books
2nd July - The Blogger Girls
3rd July - Joyfully Jay
4th July - Prism Book Alliance
7th July - Dreamspinner Press Blog Release Party
8th July - Love Bytes
9th July - Attention is Arbitrary
10th July - Live Your Life Buy the Book

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