charlie_cochrane: (jonny)
I suddenly realised that it's been five years to the month since the first edition of Speak Its Name came out. Five flipping years. Seems like five flipping minutes. And the old warhorse still tootles along, selling here and there, in the Cheyenne and Bristlecone editions.

Josh Lanyon said of the book,

“Smart, original and engaging... This is not your mother's historical romance!”

This is a classic case of me being in the right place in the right time. I'd known Lee Rowan since before she was Lee Rowan, so when she said she was looking for a third story to go in an anthology - with Erastes! - and was I interested, there was only one answer, wasn't there?

I thought it might be fun, days when there's nothing else happening here, to work through the back list chronologically. So, here's my story Aftermath

The time: 1920. The place: Oxford University. Since arriving at the college in the autumn, Edward Easterby has admired, and desired, popular and dashing Hugo Lamont from afar, never believing he had a chance for friendship—or more—with the man. Edward uses a chance, unfortunate encounter as a moment for an apology and a tentative conversation. Hugo, wary and guarded from a previous, unsatisfying liaison, slowly lets his defences down and opens his heart to the budding relationship between them. Poetic and beautifully written, Aftermath will stay with you long after Edward and Hugo’s picnic basket has been packed away.

The morning after Easterby had ended up so slaughtered, the whole college was woken by great crashes of thunder and forks of lightning slashing through the sky. The noise drummed into Lamont’s head and he found he couldn’t return to his slumbers. He contented himself with a pot of tea, a novel and trying to forget about the day before. When the rain had subsided enough to let him venture out, he sauntered to the porters’ lodge to look for his post. Marsh nodded to him, passing the time of day and regretting that the inclement weather had done the unforgivable thing of delaying the mail delivery. Despite that, a single letter was nestled in Lamont’s pigeon hole. He took it back to his set, alight with curiosity.
the correspondence carefully—recognising neither the hand nor the style of paper. He lifted the envelope to his face and tried to detect if there was any faint hint of perfume or other odour. Defeated, he drew out the sheets and began to read. The immediate anger he felt when, as he always did, he looked at the signature first, dissolved as he read the words. They were stiff, proper, laden with regret and formality. He could imagine the younger man sitting and drawing every word out as if it were a recalcitrant tooth.
He guessed right. Easterby had indeed drafted and redrafted this letter to so many times that his wastepaper basket had overflowed, his pen needed refilling time and again and his fingers had ended up a mass of black ink.
Lamont was greatly touched by the strong emotion that seemed to pour out of the carefully chosen words. The letter began with profuse apologies—I should have known better, not fit behaviour for a gentleman—followed by gallantry—I’d be pleased to pay for a replacement pair. He smiled at this, well aware that Easterby couldn’t have the foggiest idea of how much those brogues had cost. Then there was contrition—I hope for forgiveness but I’d understand if this could not be found—finally, hopelessness—I’d understand if you wished to have no further communication. The matter of the new shoes can be negotiated by a go-between.
Lamont put down the letter with a sigh. If it had been just about anyone else in the college, then he could have forgiven him easily enough, with a laugh and a drink. With Easterby, this seemed impossible. To approach the man, even in reply to this painful letter, would be inviting danger. Were they to be alone together, Lamont might find he couldn’t control his emotions. He’d managed to do so before, in some fairly strained circumstances, with other people he’d found attractive, but the intense desire he felt for this young man, desire that was strangely ignited again by this letter, might be beyond his ability to keep in check.

charlie_cochrane: (aftermath)
Print copies are listed for pre-order at Paperback available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and Amazon uk.
charlie_cochrane: (aftermath)

Cute, isn't it? Produced by the ridiculously multi-talented [ profile] alex_beecroft. I hate her...*g*

'Speak Its Name' is relaunching soon from Cheyenne, home of the tasteful covers.
charlie_cochrane: (aftermath)

[ profile] erastes, [ profile] lee_rowan and yours truly have decided to migrate "Speak Its Name" to another publisher. So, come August, you'll be able to find the print version with Cheyenne Publishing and the e-book with Bristlecone Pine Press.

It's really exciting, especially as we've known the owners of both presses for ages through the Macaronis.

charlie_cochrane: (aftermath)
(Does that make us David Hasselhof?)

Was poking around hither and yon and found that 'Speak Its Name' is number 1 in its category on Amazon.dr.

Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: Noch keine Kundenrezensionen vorhanden: Schreiben Sie die erste! Verkaufsrang: Nr. 1.170 in Englische Bücher (Die Bestseller Englische Bücher)
Beliebt in diesen Kategorien:

Nr. 1 in Englische Bücher > Gay & Lesbian > Literature & Fiction > Fiction > Romance > Gay
Nr. 1 in Englische Bücher > Gay & Lesbian > Literature & Fiction > Fiction > Gay
Nr. 17 in Englische Bücher > Romance > Historical
charlie_cochrane: (Lessons in love 2)
[ profile] erastes tells me that she's got Lessons in Love off and it's come with the pretty new cover.

That and 'Speak Its Name' being available on the Tesco's site makes me very excited.

Cue Max Boyce joke:
"I wanted to know how to get to the ground and they said 'Don't worry Max, just follow the crowds.' I followed the crowds, ended up in Tesco's..."
charlie_cochrane: (Default)
Many thanks to the incomparable [ profile] elisa_rolle for the review of Lessons in Desire here

"Comparing the two books, I have to say that this second is way better than the first. In the first book both characters were nice, but they almost remained captive in themself, like the wall of the college protecting them from the outside world in a way were also shading them from the reader. Instead in this second book both characters shine, they are in the open, they walk in the sun, and in this way they are displayed to the reader. "

Also, for 'Aftermath', from Joyfully Reviewed.

"Aftermath” is very good...For a sweet trip back to historic England, Speak Its Name is the perfect book."
charlie_cochrane: (aftermath)
You can now get Speak Its Name from here.
charlie_cochrane: (Default)
You know how you read something and it sticks with you?

Michael Llewellyn-Davies (one of the inspirations for the Darling boys in Peter Pan and the model for the statue of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens) died in May 1921, drowning with his friend Rupert Buxton while bathing in a mill-pond at Standford Pool, Oxford. "Michael had never been able to swim and there was widespread speculation after his death, that in fact the two inseparable companions had made a suicide pact."

Isn't that sad? And it did make me think of my Hugo and Edward.
charlie_cochrane: (Default)
Well, it's now your actual book! Can be found here.
charlie_cochrane: (Default)
There's one at Rainbow Reviews here, which says of Aftermath:

"Cochrane writes in an appealing style that charges and intensifies the experience for readers. I look forward to his future works."

I'm quite tickled that they think I'm a bloke.

And at 'Speak Its Name' (no relation!) here which says:

"Much praise to the author – whose first professional story this is – for making that happy ending so very much desired while also showing how unlikely, even impossible, it could seem. You can see both young men growing up even in so short a space."

It's great getting reviews - the good bits make you happy and the bad bits you learn from.
charlie_cochrane: (Default)
I'm grinning from ear to ear at our latest review from [ profile] elissa_rolle, which can be found here.

"Charlie Cochrane wrote a very tender and sweet novella. It reminds me a lot two of my favourite movies (and one of my favourite book): Chariot of Fire for the setting and Maurice (both movie and book) for the characters. Also like in Maurice there is the dilemma of one of the two characters if loving another man could be only limited to a spiritual sharing of minds, quite the idea that sex will taint a pure love, almost the feeling that for a noble soul, sex is something dirty. But when there is love, true love, can two lovers nurturing themself only with a sharing of minds and not of bodies?"
charlie_cochrane: (Default)
You can find details, summary and excerpts at the Linden Bay Romance website here.
charlie_cochrane: (Default)
Just over a fortnight to go to launch. You can find the cover here and handsome it is!
charlie_cochrane: (lizard)
In anticipation of the launch of 'Speak Its Name', in which my story 'Aftermath' features, I've got some beautiful promo postcards of the cover.

E-mail me at and I'll draw out a couple of winners whom I'll send a card to on the launch weekend. Will keep this open until May 23rd.
charlie_cochrane: (Default)
To avoid clashing with a forthcoming work of the same name, I've a new working title for my part of the trilogy 'Speak its Name'. It's to be known as 'Aftermath' (at least for now...)

The E-book should be out on June 1st; then 4-6 weeks later there'll be a print version. Nearer the time you can order it from Linden Bay or Amazon.

Want blurb? Read more... )
charlie_cochrane: (Default)
I have a story (set in Oxford, post World War 1) that's going into a trilogy - alongside works by [ profile] lee_rowan and [ profile] erastes! Working title for my bit is 'Aftermath'.

Hoping for a summer release for the e-book and then into print. (See those flabbers over there? Mine's the gasted one...)

Tiny little spoiler here:

Read more... )

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