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Hello all! Thank you so much for joining me as I celebrate the release of the fifth book in the THIRDS series, Against the Grain. Today I’m going to chat a little bit about Therians across the globe.
As some of you may know, Therians were born from the use of chemical warfare during the Vietnam War. A virus was released and when unsuspecting troops returned home all across the globe, the infection spread. Using strains of animals immune to the virus, scientists created a vaccine, unaware of the dormant mutation within the virus. This mutation gave birth to Therians. Although hundreds of thousands died, those who survived passed their mutation onto their children. In 1976 the mutation perfected itself, resulting in First Generation Therians. Sloane and Ash are both First Gens.
Any Therian born before First Gens are known as Pre First Gens, and they have many health issues varying in severity caused by the mutation. Seb and Rafe are Pre First Gens, both born tiger Therians due to their father having fought in Vietnam and becoming infected, becoming a tiger Therian.
When the virus broke out, it spread across the globe. Wherever there are people, there are Therians. When the United States created Therian Legislation and the Therian branch of government, many other countries did the same. The Therian Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron first opened its doors on US soil, but as a separate military funded organization, soon the THIRDS began to branch out across the world. Every country has its own THIRDS organization. The number of branches depends on how big the country is and the Therian population.
Whatever country you live in, there’s a THIRDS organization, some very prominent. London, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Mumbai, Osaka, Mexico City, Seoul, Cairo, Moscow, Mila, Taipei, Beijing—just to name a few—hold their country’s THIRDS HQ. Although each country runs their THIRDS differently, their goal is a common one: justice and equality for Humans and Therians.
Unfortunately, there are parts of the world where the THIRDS is non-existent, as Therians have limited rights. Not all countries have embraced their Therian citizens, refusing to allow Therians to be considered equals. The laws are far stricter and in some cases just being a Therian in that country is dangerous. In the United States, Therians are marked. Next to this tattoo on their necks, the only physical feature that makes them recognizable as Therians are their eyes. When the light hits them in the right way, their eyes reflect the light, making it look as if their eyes are glowing, just like the eyes of animals, allowing them to see in the dark. In some parts of the world, they use light as a way to identify Therians, arresting them for breaking laws which would not apply to Humans.
Since Therians have only been around forty-odd years, the Humanity is still coming to grips with no longer being the dominant species. The world has a long way to go, but it’s moving in the right direction.
Title: Against the Grain
Series: THIRDS: Book Five
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Length: 216 Pages
Blurb: As the fiercest Defense Agent at the THIRDS, Destructive Delta’s Ash Keeler is foul-mouthed and foul-tempered. But his hard-lined approach always yields results, evident by his recent infiltration of the Coalition. Thanks to Ash’s skills and the help of his team, they finally put an end to the murdering extremist group for good, though not before Ash takes a bullet to save teammate Cael Maddock. As a result, Ash’s secrets start to surface, and he can no longer ignore what’s in his heart.
Cael Maddock is no stranger to heartache. As a Recon Agent for Destructive Delta, he has successfully maneuvered through the urban jungle that is New York City, picking up his own scars along the way. Yet nothing he’s ever faced has been more of a challenge than the heart of Ash Keeler, his supposedly straight teammate. Being in love isn’t the only danger he and Ash face as wounds reopen and new secrets emerge, forcing them to question old loyalties.
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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 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.