Smoke & Mirrors by Charlie Cochet : Blog Tour, Playlist, Review and Giveaway


Hello, all! Welcome to the next stop on the Smoke & Mirrors blog tour, celebrating the release of the 7th book in the THIRDS series. For those of you familiar with the series, you know what an important part music plays in both the books, and in the characters’ lives, especially in Dex’s life.

Most often than not, I listen to music while writing. Throughout the THIRDS especially, I listen to a lot to classic rock and eighties music, as well as some modern day pop. I have a paid Pandora subscription and several favorite stations set up for writing. When I come across songs that perfectly fit either the scene I’m writing, or fit great with another scene, they tend to make the playlist for that book.

A good deal of the time, it’s about the sound of the song and the mood it evokes, followed by the lyrics. Sometimes a song might inspire a scene, or something that happens in a scene. It helps me visualize what’s happening at that moment, and comes through in the description. For example, Lay All Your Love on Me by ABBA came on, and it inspired the dance sequence in Chapter 5 of Smoke & Mirrors. It also fits nicely when the brawl breaks out. I like to have a good mix of tunes from different genres and decades. Hope you enjoy it!

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Smoke & Mirrors Playlist

1. Sharp Dressed Man – ZZ Top
2. Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones
3. What I like About You – The Romantics
4. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
5. Never Tear Us Apart – Paloma Faith
6. Lay All Your Love on Me – ABBA
7. Chains – Nick Jonas
8. Like I’m Gonna Lose You ft. John Legend – Meghan Trainor
9. Harden My Heart – Quarterflash
10. Smoke + Mirrors – Imagine Dragons
11. Unsteady – X Ambassadors
12. Home – Phillip Phillips
13. Centuries – Fall Out Boy
14. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
15. Irresistible – Fall Out Boy



Genre: Paranormal Gay Romance
Series: THIRDS
Length: Novel
Published: July 8th, 2016
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Ebook ISBN-13: 9781634773871
Paperback ISBN-13: 9781634773874

Life for Dexter J. Daley has never been easy, but he’s always found a way to pick himself back up with a smile on his face. Taken from his home, and the arms of his boyfriend and THIRDS partner, Sloane Brodie, Dex finds himself in a situation as mysterious and lethal as the Therian interrogating him. Dex learns what he’s secretly believed all along: his parents’ death wasn’t an accident.

Discovering the whole truth about John and Gina Daley’s homicide sets off a series of events that will change Dex and Sloane’s lives forever. As buried secrets rise to the surface and new truths are revealed, Dex and Sloane’s love for each other is put to the test, with more than their relationship on the line. If traversing the waters of murder and secret government agencies wasn’t enough, something inexplicable has been happening to Dex—and nothing will ever be the same.



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michelle review
Hi, my name is Michelle, and I am a THIRDS NERD ADDICT! This little series has become quiet the obsession. It took a big push from a fantastic person to start the series and I am so happy I did. I am now a complete addict! Cochet is one of the best writers I have had the privilege to read. Her THIRDS world is unique but not too farfetched that you have no idea what you just read.
Cochet left me in a massive book hang over at the end of Catch a Tiger. It was a major cliffhanger and I have been chomping at the bits to see what happened. Smoke & Mirrors picks up exactly where book 6 left off.
I was nervous to start this. Wondering what would happen to Dex? Would Sloan and Dex’s relationship change? What happens if they can’t fix what happened? OMG….What if Dex never returned? I was already getting teary-eyed and getting heart palps wondering WHAT IF.
Talk about PACKING A PUNCH from the start. I will admit the beginning is not for the faint at heart! Cochet once again put some much emotion into every scene you can’t help but feel the agony and pain that Dex is going through.
Cochet delivers another no-holds-bar book with everything we expect to see……Action, Secrets (BIG SECRETS), Surprises at every turn and hot-off-the-chart scenes with our favorite couple.
If you’re already a THIRDS NERD than you already know what kind of rollercoaster ride you are in for. If you haven’t started the series…..YOU BETTER GET TO BUYING! You will need to start at book 1 but it is soooooo worth.
I will sit here patiently in the corner waiting for the next book! I will try not to ask WHEN… WHEN…WHEN because I know it will be worth the wait.
You are the SH@T Charlie……………………….5 BIG BRIGHT PIECES OF EYE CANDY


meet the author

Charlie_Cochet_by_madison_parker150Charlie 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.

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Hell & High Water (THIRDS, Book 1)
Blood & Thunder (THIRDS Book 2)
Rack & Ruin (THIRDS, Book 3)
Rise & Fall (THIRDS, Book 4)
Against the Grain (THIRDS, Book 5)
Catch a Tiger by the Tail (THIRDS, Book 6)
Smoke & Mirrors (THIRDS, Book 7)


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  1. Elizabeth Marshall says:

    I so agree with your review! Just finished reading it this morning and OMG I need moaaaarrr! Such an awesome read with great twists! So much humor, action and tragedy! Brilliant! Can’t wait to learn what’ll come of Dex next – and Wolf! What a character! Argh! Loved it! 😀

    • Elizabeth Marshall says:

      Ooh! And for the awesome competition (hope I’m valid as I’m UK based) my favourite character has got to be Dex. He’s kick-ass, cute, funny and awesome. And if this book is any example he has a strength to him that makes him utterly brilliant. I also love Hobbs as he’s just a big softy and Cael is adorable… But… After this… I must say I’m VERY intrigued by Wolf – can’t wait to see what comes of his character. I hope he’ll have his own book too. 😉

  2. Thank you for the spotify post, I’m gonna add the playlist to mine for full enjoyment! ;-D
    Happy series anniversary Charlie, if I really reaaally had to play favourite over the DD team, I’ll… just gonna pick Ash. Just because (poor Ash *g*). :))

  3. Johanna Jochum says:

    Love the Playlist. Sympathy for the Devil is a all time fav. I’m wondering which scene it was used for. Bet I could guess?!

  4. Teddie Schaefer says:

    Just so thrilled the playlist is up! I listen to them as I read the books for the 2nd or 3rd or 40th time. They keep me going until the audiobook comes out. This book made me cry! Made me mad! Just OMG it was just fantastic.

  5. I’ve only read through Blood & Thunder so I haven’t experienced all the characters. Dex is my fave so far because he’s sweet & funny. He has such a great attitude about everything. Since I haven’t completed the series yet, I can’t really speculate on anyone’s HEA except I want all the Destructive Delta team members to have one.

  6. I love Ethan Hobbes because of his “invisible disability”. I am disabled but it’s not yet obvious outwardly, so I really relate to Ethan. As for gaining an HEA, I’m happy for anyone who finds a special someone so I’ll let Charlie pick. 😀