My apologies for the delay. We had a bit of an incident in the canteen this morning. Welcome to the THIRDS. I’m Sloane Brodie, Team Leader for Destructive Delta. I appreciate you taking the time to be here. What’s that? I don’t sound very convincing? I agree. I was told to say that. Let’s get one thing straight, my top priority is the wellbeing of my team. If you were as hounded by the press as we are, called every name under the sun, and had your picture splashed across every paper in New York City, you’d be a little cynical about it too. There’s nothing you can write about me that hasn’t already been written. So on that note, let’s get on with it.
Canteen incident notwithstanding, it’s been a quiet morning, which means it won’t stay that way for long. Every morning, we put on the uniform, and—providing we’re not called out, we check in with Themis—the THIRDS intelligence network—for any urgent or pending messages. We check our emails, voicemails, and all other communications before heading down to the canteen for our much needed second or third cup of coffee. If you’ll follow me, I’ll escort you into Unit Alpha where my office is located.
Through these glass doors here is the bullpen. Depending on the time of day, it can be packed with Defense agents or empty with everyone out on the streets. There are ten squadrons in Unit Alpha and each office belongs to a team of two agents. I share this office here with my partner Agent Dexter J. Daley.
Where’s Agent Daley? He’s… currently in the middle of an impromptu training session with our sergeant. You can sit at his desk there. Don’t touch anything. Yes, that mug does really say ‘I pooped today’. I am not going to discuss it. I’ve already had a conversation with my partner in regards to it and frankly, it’s one conversation too many on the subject. What? You’ve never seen a Rubik’s Cube before? It helps him think. It also distracts him when I need to get something done. He’s never been able to work it out and that one doesn’t have the colored stickers he can peel off and cheat with.
I am not smiling. Nope. All right, I might be. A little. He has that effect on people. Has Sparks given you a list of what not to do around him? Good. Listen to it. I see you have questions. Go for it.
Did he have something to do with the squirrel incident in the canteen? What do you think?
Is that kind of thing typical around here? Yes.
What’s it like being his partner? Exhausting.
Not all the time. He’s… All right, look, he’s a great guy and an exceptional agent. A little unorthodox at times—okay, he’s freakin’ weird, and oh my God, he has no OFF switch, but he’s also… pretty spectacular. Smart, funny, sweet, with this uncanny ability to know what you need to hear when you need to hear it. He’ll always have your back, never give up, and somehow always ends up with a smile. He has a pretty amazing smile. That’s what’ll get you first. It’ll disarm you if you’re not careful. Then his eyes, his laugh, and the way he moves. Um, sorry. I went off track. That was all off the record by the way. I’ll show you around the department and then pass you off to Agent Daley. He should be available by then. You’ll be unsupervised as I have a meeting. Try not blow anything up. Maddock hates it when we cause property damage.
Laugh it up, but it happens more often than you think. It’s not our fault. Most of the time.
About the Book
Rack & Ruin, THIRDS Book 3
Genre: M/M Romance, Shifter, Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense, Science Fiction, Humor
Published: Nov 7th, 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Ebook ISBN-13: 9781632164209
Paperback ISBN-13: 9781632164193
New York City’s streets are more dangerous than ever with the leaderless Order of Adrasteia and the Ikelos Coalition, a newly immerged Therian group, at war. Innocent civilians are caught in the crossfire and although the THIRDS round up more and more members of the Order in the hopes of keeping the volatile group from reorganizing, the members of the Coalition continue to escape and wreak havoc in the name of vigilante justice.
Worse yet, someone inside the THIRDS has been feeding the Coalition information. It’s up to Destructive Delta to draw out the mole and put an end to the war before anyone else gets hurt. But to get the job done, the team will have to work through the aftereffects of the Therian Youth Center bombing. A skirmish with Coalition members leads Agent Dexter J. Daley to a shocking discovery and suddenly it becomes clear that the random violence isn’t so random. There’s more going on than Dex and Sloane originally believed, and their fiery partnership is put to the test. As the case takes an explosive turn, Dex and Sloane are in danger of losing more than their relationship.
Available November 7th from:
Amazon | All Romance eBooks | Barnes & Noble
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.
Itinerary (Tour Stops)
4th Nov – Hearts on Fire Reviews (Invitation from Lieutenant Sparks)
5th Nov – Carly’s Book Reviews (Sergeant Maddock)
6th Nov – The Novel Approach Reviews (Team Leader Sloane Brodie)
7th Nov – Bookwinked (Agent Dexter J. Daley “Dex”)
10th Nov – It’s About the Book (Chief Medical Examiner Hudson Colbourn)
11th Nov – MM Good Books Reviews (Agent Rosa Santiago)
12th Nov – Joyfully Jay (Exclusive Excerpt)
13th Nov – Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews (Agent Cael Maddock)
14th Nov – TTC Books and More (Agent Ash Keeler)
15th Nov – The Blogger Girls (Agents Calvin Summers and Ethan Hobbs)
17th Nov – Love Bytes (Agent Julietta “Letty” Guerrera)
18th Nov – Attention is Arbitrary (SSA Austen Payne)
19th Nov – Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews (Team Members Interview)
20th Nov – Books Make Me Happy Reviews (Author Interview)
21st Nov – Prism Book Alliance (Farewell from Destructive Delta)
Other events scheduled
9th Nov – Meet the Author Facebook Chat