Hello everyone! I’m thrilled to be here today at The Novel Approach to celebrate GRL 2014 and the upcoming release of Hell & High Water, the first book in my new contemporary-law enforcement-shifter series called the THIRDS. By the time GRL comes around, the first and second book in the series will be out, so expect some pretty cool THIRDS swag! Throughout the Hell & HIgh Water tour I’ll be introducing you to this exciting world and the agents who inhabit it.
The THIRDS sprang up from a series of ‘what-if’ questions after I started playing around with the idea of writing a shifter series. I knew right away I wanted to make the THIRDS world as realistic as possible. So the questions began. What if humanity was responsible for the birth of this new and advanced species? What if this new species wasn’t hidden from the world, but a part of it? I brainstormed ways this could be possible and began my research into history with the knowledge I wanted the event that started it all to be fairly recent.
Where did these shifters—Therians, as they’re refereed to in the series—originate? What could Humanity possibly have done? Here’s a little sneak peek from the Hell & High Water prologue:
During the Vietnam War, the use of lethal biological warfare led to the spread of the Melanoe virus, infecting millions worldwide and causing the deaths of hundreds of thousands. Although no country would take credit for releasing the virus, the world’s top scientists came together to create a cure. The vaccine known as Eppione.8 used strains from animals found to be immune to the virus, but one year after distribution, the course of human history was forever changed. A dormant mutation within the virus was activated by the vaccine, resulting in the altering of human DNA, and giving birth to a new species: Therians.
There’s a lot more to it than what’s in that snippet, the rest of which you’ll get in the remaining prologue, through the rest of the book, and the series. Once I knew where Therians had come from, more questions followed, all of which helped me build the THIRDS world which I’ll get into on the second stop of the tour.
How would the Human race react to no longer being at the top of the food chain? Therians are stronger, faster, and more resilient than Humans, and when in their Therian (animal) form, far more lethal. With a new species, society as a whole would change. New laws would need to be written which meant new branches of government. And that’s where the Therian Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron comes in. Follow along the tour to find out more about the THIRDS, team Destructive Delta and its agents! You can also visit the shiny new THIRDS website to find out more! You can even take the Destructive Delta quiz to find out which agent you are!
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.
Hell & High Water Release Day
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.
Twitter: @charliecochet | http://www.twitter.com/charliecochet
THIRDS website: http://thirdshq.com
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