Today I am so pleased to welcome Charlie Cochet to Joyfully Jay. Charlie has come to talk to us about her latest release, Be Still My Heart. She has also brought along a great tour wide giveaway. Please join me in giving Charlie a big welcome!
Hello, all! Thank you so much for joining me here at Joyfully Jay’s! This week I’m celebrating the release of Be Still My Heart: Four Kings Security Book Two. For those who know me, know how much I love writing series filled with large casts of characters. I love populating the worlds my characters live in with family, friends, co-workers, rivals, and even pets whether it’s a paranormal world like my THIRDS series or a contemporary setting like in Four Kings Security.
The Four Kings world is a little smaller than the THIRDS world, but it’s still pretty populated because our guys have all kinds of connections. I love writing family, and to me, family isn’t always one bonded by blood, so you’ll find that theme often running through my books. The Kings are brothers-in-arms and best friends. They met back when they joined the military, and together the remaining members of the unit have forged an unbreakable bond. Family.
As the guys find love, their family continues to grow. In Be Still My Heart when Laz finds himself in danger, the Kings step in because Laz is now family. He means something to Colton who means something to Ace, and of course Laz has also come to mean quite a bit to Red, our king of hearts. Next to action and romance, writing humor and camaraderie is my favorite part of writing these books. Hope you enjoy this little excerpt of a typical evening with some of the Kings and crew. Happy reading!
“Oh my God, that was so good,” Laz said, patting his belly. “I’m so full. I can’t believe how much I ate. And I had dessert.” He shook his head as he looked down at himself. “I have no idea how I even had room for that rice pudding.”
“There’s always room for dessert. It goes into a special part of your stomach,” Ace said, before shoveling another spoonful of rice pudding into his mouth.
“Or some people just have bottomless stomachs,” Colton teased, motioning toward Ace.
“Hey, this body needs lots of fuel, especially with the kind of muscle pounding workouts I get.” Ace waggled his eyebrows, and Colton gasped.
“What?” Ace blinked innocently. “I was talking about gym workouts. What were you thinking I meant?”
As Ace teased Colton, Red met Laz’s gaze across the table. Speaking of pounding….
“Okay, you two need to go get a room right now, because seriously,” Ace said, shaking his head at Red.
“What?” Red asked, confused. “You’re the one who started bringing up pounding workouts.”
Ace thrust a hand at Laz, whose cheeks were a lovely shade of pink, his eyes wide and a little glazed. His breath seemed to be coming out labored, and oh God, the way he was looking at Red….
“If you don’t get him out of here, I think he might spontaneously combust, and I just replaced the fire extinguisher.”
“And why is that, love?” Colton asked, placing his hand on his chin as he arched an eyebrow at Ace.
“That’s not important right now. What’s important is that Red and Laz go have some makeup sexy times so they can stop making dinnertime weird.”
“Yes, because they’re the ones making dinnertime weird,” Colton drawled.
Ace let out a bark of laughter and planted a sloppy kiss on Colton’s lips. “God, I love you.”
“I love you too,” Colton replied with a chuckle before returning Ace’s kiss.
Former Special Forces medical sergeant Russell “Red” McKinley knows a thing or two about wounds, like the fact some can take a lifetime to heal, if they heal at all. The scars Red carry run deep, and living with PTSD often means battling the memories of his past. Injuries he received while working an executive protection case with fellow Kings and co-owners of Four Kings Security, have once again forced past heartaches to the surface, but Red is determined not to let it derail his blossoming romance with sweet and sexy fashion photographer Lazarus Galanos.
Laz can’t deny there’s something special developing between him and Red, but Laz has wounds of his own. He’s hesitant to jump into a new relationship after his recent explosive breakup. Experience has taught Laz to doubt his judgement when it comes to men. Guys who seem too good to be true, usually are, and no one appears more perfect than Red.
When an attempt is made on Laz’s life, Red is determined to keep him safe. Laz may not be a client, and Red is still off duty, but Laz is one of their own, and nothing means more to the Kings than family. While an investigation is underway, Red and Laz are growing closer, but can they find a way to help each other heal and take a chance on love, or will their fears and insecurities cost them more than their future together?
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.
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