Hello, all! Thanks so much for joining me here for another stop on the Thick & Thin blog tour, celebrating the release of the 8th book in the THIRDS series. We asked Destructive Delta to give us five of their pet peeves. This should be interesting.
Hell, all! Thank you so much for joining me here today as we celebrate the release of Thick & Thin, the 8th book in the THIRDS series! Today we have a special guest. Sloane Brodie has graciously taken some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few reader questions. Here we go! *** Warning: contains spoilers from Smoke & Mirrors ***
If you had to do it over again, would you choose to NOT mark Dex?
Sloane: That’s a tough question. It’s a decision I wouldn’t make on my own because it’s not just about me. Dex and I agreed to the mark together. It turned out to be a hell of a lot more complicated than we expected, what with the anomalies in my DNA, but we’re dealing with it. It hasn’t been that long since I marked him, but it feels like we’ve always been bonded. Our connection is stronger than ever. Every Therian out there knows Dex is mine. For a Therian, that’s not something that’s easy to give up. I love Dex, and if it came down to the bond or his life, I would choose his life. If I had to do it over, I would still want to mark him.
I know that jaguars have their spots on their skin as well. Do you have any signs of the spots on your skin when you are not shifted?
Sloane: No. The only spots I have are some sporadic freckles, and they’re barely visible. It’s bad enough I can purr in Human form, I don’t need any other Felid physical traits. I’d never live it down. Dex wouldn’t let me.
What is his timeline for secretly switching Dex to decaf completely? And would you tell him….
Sloane: Never? I mean, I’ve secretly gotten the barista in the canteen to switch out a couple of his cups considering how many he has a day, but I’d be kidding myself if I said he doesn’t know. This is Dex and coffee we’re talking about. He’s most likely humoring me because he knows I do it out of love. Unless he was medically instructed to no longer have caffeinated coffee, I wouldn’t dream of switching him to decaf completely. Everyone’s got that one thing. Hudson has his tea, Cael his hot chocolate, Rosa and Letty their espresso. Dex has his lattes and cappuccinos and macchiatos. It makes him happy.
If you woke up tomorrow and everything that’s happened so far was a look into the future, would you still choose Dex over what you could have with Gabe?
Sloane: I don’t believe in fate, but I do believe the paths we take in life, we take for a reason. I loved Gabe. So much would have been different if he had lived. For one, Dex wouldn’t have joined Destructive Delta. Maybe not even the THIRDS. I’m sure we would have met at some point considering Cael and Maddock, but I was also a very different person back then, with Gabe, and I can’t say what kind of man I would be now if he’d stayed with me.
If I could stop Gabe from getting killed, would I? Absolutely. Would I choose Gabe over Dex? No. Dex helped me become a better man, the man I feel I was meant to be. Like I said, I loved Gabe, and were he alive today I would still love him, but that love would have grown into something different because of what I feel for Dex.
Dex and I have been through so much together, I can’t imagine not having him in my life. He saved me, in so many ways. Yes, sometimes he drives me crazy, but I wouldn’t change one thing about him. We balance each other out. I wish Gabe were alive. That he had the chance at a happy life. But I wouldn’t give Dex up.
When did you realize that “yes, I want to marry Dex and make him my husband”?
Sloane: I’d kind of figured it was where we were heading once I’d marked him. I mean, for some Therians, marking the person you love is bigger than marriage. Dex is marked for the rest of his life. The scars run deep beneath his skin. He wanted that from me. That pretty much said it all. I was just waiting for when it felt right. We’d just moved in together, which I was a little worried about—not that I had any reason to be—so I wanted to wait, but I knew I wouldn’t be waiting long. We were already both committed to each other. He’s it for me. I didn’t think I’d ever be getting married, or that I would even care about getting married, but living with Dex, loving him, I can’t think of anything that would make me happier than having him be my husband.
The second reason was when he was having his seizures. I kept thinking, if something happened to him, I’d have no say. I know Tony and Cael would have included me in their decisions, but in the end, legally, they’re Dex’s family. I didn’t like not having a say. What Isaac had done to me after Gabe died, erasing any evidence of him being in my life, I couldn’t allow that to ever happen again. If something happens to Dex, I want to be the one who’s consulted, and if something were to happen to me, the only one I want making any decision on my behalf is Dex.
How worried are you that Dex now has Therian DNA in his system?
Sloane: I’m a little uncertain about it. Obviously, I worry about Dex. I worry that my DNA could end up doing something to seriously hurt him. A selfish side of me likes the idea that he carries a part of me inside him, but it doesn’t stop me from worrying. Right now, he shows signs of Therian traits, but there’s no telling what those could develop to in time. With Dex, the healing ability is a good thing, and unfortunately, I think it’ll come in handy. The speed and strength as well. All we can do now is take it one day at a time, see what happens, and deal with it together.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Genre: Paranormal Gay Romance, Shifters
Published: Feb 1st, 2017
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Ebook ISBN-13: 9781635333893
In a matter of days, Dex has been kidnapped, tortured, killed, revived, become half-Therian, offered the chance to become a spy, and accepted a proposal to marry his jaguar Therian boyfriend, Sloane Brodie. It’s been a lot to take in, and although Dex is still trying to wrap his head around everything that’s happened, he knows he has to move forward. After the events of Smoke & Mirrors, Dex and Sloane find themselves in one of the most frightening situations of all: revealing the truth to their Destructive Delta family. When the dust settles, nothing will ever be the same, and it’s up to Dex to prove that in the face of change, the one thing that will always remain the same is family.
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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 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.