Hello all! Thank you so much for joining me on another stop of the Vixen’s Valor Blog Tour celebrating the release of Vixen’s Valor, the third book in the North Pole City Tales series. And a big thank you to The Novel Approach for having me.
I’ve mentioned on one of the previous stops how The North Pole City Tales series has sort of become my own little M/M Romance holiday tradition. So far we’ve had Mending Noel which was released in 2012, The Heart of Frost released in 2013, and Vixen’s Valor released this year. The series continues in 2015 with Loving Blitz, featuring two of Mayor Kringle’s Rein Dears: the sweet half elf, half elf winter spirit Cupid, and the burly Blitzen. Two elves who couldn’t be more different. I’m so looking forward to watching those two fall in love.
The holidays are filled with all kinds of tasty treats and fabulous holiday traditions. One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is experiencing all these various cultural differences. I love learning about the traditional dishes folks have. Coming from a Cuban family, Christmas Eve is when we have our big family feast. It consists of roast pig (Lechón Asado), black beans and rice (Congris), Yuca with garlic (Yuca con mojo), plantains, salad, and Cuban bread. Dessert is usually flan or my favorite Tres Leches Cake with Dulce de Leche. OMG, approach this cake with caution. It’s so good, but very sweet.
Our family gatherings are somewhat smaller since most of the family is spread across different states, but we still enjoy our traditional dinner. I remember growing up with these big gatherings where everyone brought dishes in huge aluminium trays, including a vast selection of desserts. I’m still amazed by the kind of strategics involved with planning the family Christmas Eve meal. I remember the flurry of activity in the kitchen with my mom, aunts, cousins, and friends of the family. The who brought what at what time and when things had to go in and out of the oven while my dad, uncle, and male cousins saw to the roast pig, beverages, and snacks. And this was a small family gathering compared to some. And of course, no Christmas was/is complete without hearing José Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad.
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?
Vixen’s Valor (North Pole City Tales: Book Three)
Genre: M/M romance, Fantasy, Humor, Christmas
Length: Novella 82 pages
Published: December 3rd, 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rein Dear is a prestigious title, accompanied by admiration, devotion, and celebrity status, all of which one saucy Vixen thrives on. Alas, Vixen’s only concerned with having fun, unlike his stuffy and sensible best friend, Rudy Rein Dear, who Vixen has always been jealous of. Aside from being chosen by Mayor Kringle to be Captain the Rein Dear Squadron, Rudy’s managed to snag himself a prince, even if that prince is the dangerous and imposing Jack Frost.
All’s not lost for Vixen though. He discovers Jack’s cousin Vale has a soft spot for him. Vale Frost might not be a dashing prince, but he’s the next best thing: a decorated Lieutenant for the Toy Soldier Army, and a member of the Frost monarchy.
Determined to get what Vixen feels he deserves, he sets off on a mission to ensnare the kind-hearted lieutenant. But Vixen’s selfish ways are sure to lead to disaster, and it’ll take more than a little courage to set things right.
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.
Other books in the series
Mending Noel also available in audiobook. All books can be read as standalone but for maximum enjoyment, it’s recommended they be read in order as characters appear in previous books.