Hello all! A big thank you to The Blogger Girls for having me and the fellas over today, and thank you to everyone who’s followed along on the blog tour celebrating the release of a A Rose by Any Other Name, my new M/M roaring twenties romance.
Today I’m here with Bureau agents Harlan Mackay and Nathan Reilly, the heroes of Roses in the Devil’s Garden. The fellas have been kind enough to pop in for a chat regarding Julius, Edward, and their latest appearance in A Rose by Any Other Name.
Charlie: Hi fellas. Thank you so much for being here.
Nathan’s looking like his cheerful self while Harlan is…. Well, it’s tough to know whether he’s actually displeased to be here or if he’s just being his naturally grumpy self.
Harlan: You didn’t really give us a choice. What with Julius and College-boy sipping champagne aboard the Majestic on their way to Europe. They get to take a trip on a luxury ocean liner and we get stuck rounding up a bunch of no good thugs. Thanks for that.
Charlie: That’s kind of your job. You know, being tough-guy bureau agents and all.
Harlan glares at me. Not a good sign. Luckily, Nathan is here to sooth his grumpy-bear lover.
Nathan: Easy there, Mackay. What would you do on one of them fancy boats anyway? You hate that sort of thing. Plus, boats make you seasick.
Harlan goes pale just at the mention of it. Nathan gives his knee a pat and smiles lovingly at him. The color returns to Harlan’s face and he even returns his partner’s smile before he remembers where he is. It’s back to grumpy-bear mode.
Charlie: addressing Harlan. When you first met Julius, he was trying to work you over for money, yet you warned him about the raid and let him and his friends leave the speakeasy before you raided it. You went to him after your troubles with Nate. He helped you through that, and you two have been close since. When he needs help, you come through for him. You have a soft spot for Julius. Why is that?
Nathan: arches an eyebrow at Harlan, though there’s amusement in his eyes. Yes, Harley. Why is that?
Harlan: shifts uncomfortably and looks embarrassed. I don’t know. He’s a swell fella with a good heart. He’s had it rough. What he’s been through? A lot of mugs I know wouldn’t have survived that kind of life, much less kept pushing on like he has, always striving for something better. The world’s dealt him a crummy hand. There’s just something about him that makes you wanna see him happy.
Nathan: smiles warmly at Harlan. You’re such a big softie.
Harlan: grumbles, his cheeks slightly flushed. Shut up.
Nathan: Harley ain’t wrong. The kid’s got this way about him. Can wrap these fellas around his dainty little finger like no one’s business. But he’s a good kid. I’m glad he’s found himself a man who loves him for who he is, despite his past. Nathan’s hand discreetly goes to Harlan’s on the couch and he gives it a squeeze. All of Harlan’s tension seems to melt away. Edward’s a real swell fella.
Harlan lets out a snort.
Charlie: You and Edward don’t exactly see eye to eye.
Harlan: The mug’s a jackass.
Charlie: smiles sweetly. Julius doesn’t seem to think so.
Harlan: Yeah, well, that’s what happens when you go all goofy over some high society dope. You lose your marbles. Even is name is pompous. Edward Joseph Clarence Jr.
Nathan: rolls his eyes. Those two are like a couple of school boys. Don’t know why they can’t get along. Edward might have lots of bank, but he ain’t like all those other flat tires who only wanted one thing from Julius. Edward’s done right by him. He’s also got his own demons like the rest of us, and for all his fancy ways, Edward’s fought tooth and nail to come through the other side. He ain’t one to let another man fight his fights for him. I respect that. Gives me a wicked grin. Plus he drives Harley off his nut which is always a hoot to watch.
Nathan: Anytime, baby.
Charlie: Thank you both for popping by. What are you up to next?
Harlan: stands up, looming and imposing. A lawman’s job is never-ending. Someone’s gotta show Hoover’s college boys how it’s done.
Nathan: pats Harlan’s bicep. Yeah, all right there, cowboy. Maybe after you finish mending the broken shelf in the kitchen.
Harlan: whines Damn it, Nate. Again? I just fixed the damned thing last week.
Nathan: talking as they walk out. I told you it’s got be able to hold that breadbox.
Harlan: A breadbox that holds bread, Nate. You gotta stop hiding guns all over the damn place. One of these days I’m gonna go looking for a pair of socks and shoot my toes off.
Nathan: That’s what safeties are for, sweetheart.
About A Rose By Any Other Name
Nights in the roaring city remind bright young things that life’s too short to take for granted. Tucked away in Times Square hides the Pantheon: a secret cabaret for wealthy gay men. Pretty young men in elaborate costumes and rouged lips are eager to please, and the champagne flows all night long. It’s a world of frivolity, fantasy, and debauchery. As Eros, the most sought after performer at the Pantheon, Julius uses his beauty and charm on enthusiastic patrons, but growing weary of superficial love, he longs to make a better life for himself.
Five years after being declared mentally unfit after surviving the trenches of No Man’s Land, Edward Joseph Clarence Junior pieced his shattered life back together. Now he’s ready to take on the family empire. To celebrate his thirtieth birthday, Edward’s cousin takes him to the most posh nightclub in town, the Pantheon. Falling under the sway of Eros, Edward and Julius find a love they’ve never imagined and the chance for a future they had only dared to dream about. But as Ares, a notorious gangster and Julius’s most important—and dangerous— client watches them, the threat to their love and their lives grows by the day.
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About Charlie Cochet
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.
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