Welcome to my website! Because WordPress is a bit pesky, the home page you see on your mobile/cell/tablet/portable device is my now defunct blog. Annoying, right? However, there is a way to combat this! Click the three lines at the top left hand side for the menu, select ‘Home’ and you will be taken to the actual home page. Pretty nifty, right?
Hope you’re all enjoying your 2016s. Mine has started with ghastly hot weather and a renewed determination to write. After an emotional 2015, it will be nice to have a cruisy 2016, filled with a lot of middling waves. Do you hear me, universe? MIDDLING.
Any the hoo, what have you been up to Cassandra, I hear you ask (but in a charming way, not a back-away-slowly-from-the-crazy-lady-who-hears-voices-in-her-head). I have seen the new Star Wars movie and I am here to tell you it is fantastic. Very nostalgic, very reminiscent of the original trilogy. Awesome lead character in Rey, awesome second lead in Finn, fun times with the storm troopers and the light sabers and the evil sith lord who is really just a very naughty boy (ah, Monty Python. Still relevant).
I’ve been reading some too, but mostly re-reads. Lots of tv watching, including the new Sherlock at the cinemas. LOVED IT. That show just floats my boat. So twisty and turny, and I love the attention to character. Two scenes stand out for me – John and Sherlock talking in the glasshouse and Sherlock and Moriarty out-menacing each other in Sherlock’s flat. Nice work, all involved.
Right. Now I’m going to work on SILK & SCHOLAR (AKA The Story That Will Not End).
Peeps, it’s almost Christmas! I’m very super pumped!
I do love me a bit of Christmas, and the house is decked in boughs of fairy lights and tinsel. I’ve made the Christmas pudding and the mince for the pies, my shopping is almost done and the red-suited fat guy is in residence at the Magic Cave. It’s all go for launch.
As always, I’ll be making goodies and treats. Here’s some recipes that are faves:
Book two of the Hot Model Mine trilogy is finally here! Did you wonder what happened to erotic romance author Andrea and her irresistible cover model, Yushka, after the conference in Cannes?
In book one, The Perfect Shoot, things were complicated for the couple. He was much younger than her—practically the same age as her twins—and she’d spent half her life without a man. After much reflection, she ended up giving into her desire and taking Mr. Hot Model for lover. But what then after they traveled back to their separate lives?
Wait no more: They’re here to tell the continuation of their sizzling love story 🙂
The writing conference in sunny Cannes was fantastical, a dream. Back at home, reality catches up with author Andrea Johnson and the sexy cover model of her book, Yushka. With tough working schedules, challenging family relations, and seductive temptation from all sides, the couple’s explosive romance is put to the test.
Will their love be strong enough to have a future?
While Yushka gets his duffel bag in the back seat, I lean against the side of the Corolla and stretch my arms on top of its roof. “You got everything?”
“Yeah.” He lifts the bag over his shoulder and tilts his head in direction of the front door. “We good to go?”
My pulse beats a little faster at the thought of him dropping that bag on my bedroom floor and lifting me in his arms instead. I’m so excited to be with him, I simmer inside, aching to touch and hold him. I want to have all of him at once, right now.
A spark of amusement plays in his gorgeous Asian eyes as he waits for me to make a move. “What’s on your mind, Princess?”
Holding his gaze, I smile, my fingers tapping a beat on the car hood to buy some time because I don’t know what to reply. I have a feeling whatever might come out of my mouth now, like I can’t wait to rip those clothes off you or I’m going to make you scream, will sound too cheesy. Why do we need to put our attraction into words, anyway? Once we’re home, there’ll be no reason to talk that much. We’ll do the talking with our more-than-capable hands and … um … mouths.
I tap a quick rap before stepping back from the car. “Come on.”
“Okay.” Widening his smile, he follows me to the front entrance.
I unlock and push the wood door open. “I hope your bag’s not too heavy. The elevator doesn’t work.”
“When are they gonna fix it?”
“Huh, good question.” I step forward, but when in the doorway, I spin to hold the door open for him. “I have no idea.”
“No?” With a raised brow, he passes me.
Just then, I move toward him, chest-to-chest, blocking him and his thick bag between myself and the doorframe.
“Oh!” He laughs.
As the door pushes into my back, squeezing me tighter against him, I put my hands on his waist. First above his clothes––the thick leather jacket and his shirt––then sneaking underneath both of them, my fingers splaying on his warm skin and stroking him.
Completely stuck, he tilts his head and stares into my eyes, his own sparkling with playfulness. “What are you up to?”
“You have a problem?” I move my hands out from beneath his shirt and go downward to palm his tight ass cheeks, pulling his crotch to me. My lower stomach and increasingly heating inner thighs seek to meet his. I want to be so near him he’ll feel my lust, and I want his lust to grow, too. I need us to join and be a match, a melting pot of desire, irresistible and untamable.
“I have to bribe you?” he asks, voice lower, and leans down to kiss me.
How did he guess? At the warm touch of his parted lips, delight rushes through me as if I’d had a shot of alcohol.
He retreats his face a few inches, enough to have a view of what he just kissed. “This good enough for you?” His voice comes out husky, a bit short of breath. With his free hand, he strokes and kneads my butt.
“One more,” I mouth with the next exhale of air. Though the door bores painfully into my back, I don’t want to move, loving the feel of being so close to Yushka, so intimate. It’s amazing how instantaneous and intense our connection is. Just wait till we get our clothes off.
Again, his warm lips land on mine, and we kiss greedily, nose-to-nose, wet tongues playing with each other. My inner pussy muscles clench, remembering too well what it’s like to have his cock inside. I breathe faster. A growing hardness in his crotch presses against me, provoking more tightening. Oh, God. Hot wetness glides down my pussy, wetting my panties. So ready, so soon… I mew into his mouth, and he rewards me with a guttural response, our mouths practically eating each other.
But this isn’t the right place. We need to move and play this torturous game and its grand finale somewhere else.
Releasing his lips, I gasp from our separation, but still manage to pull away.
“Fuck, you’re hot.” He inhales deeply and looks up, feverish eyes widening and trying to refocus.
As I step backward, forcing the door to open again, cold evening air sneaks between our heated bodies. “Let’s go,” I say with a croak, my chest heaving.
He gives a small nod and steps inside the low-lit lobby.
Would you like to read the first book, The Perfect Shoot? You can find it here.
I like my reads hot, fast, and edgy, and strive to give my own stories the same intensity. After venturing into dirty inner-city crime drama with my debut novel Wild Hearted, I divide my writing time between psychological thriller, suspense romance, and erotic contemporary romance.
As anyone who follows me on Facebook knows, I’m a bit obsessed with AFL football. My team, Port Adelaide, were hot favourites to reach the Grand Final this year, but a shocker of a season saw us finish ninth on the ladder and completely out of contention for the finals, which comprise the top eight teams (ie, those with the most wins).
At the weekend, the preliminary finals determined the two teams that will compete for the 2015 Premiership Cup – Hawthorn (again – boring as) and West Coast (not as boring). The Grand Final is always held on a Saturday afternoon and, until recently, it was always the last weekend in September. The addition of two clubs to the competition has resulted in the home-and-away round being longer, which has pushed the Grand Final into October. And this Saturday is the day, peeps.
I’ve never been to a Grand Final. I would love to attend one, and if I’m ever given the opportunity, I will leap upon that sucker. And, needless to say, when Port reach the the Grand Final (fingers and toes next year fingers and toes) I will be there faster than you can say “with bells on”. However, the southern parts of Australia (and some parts of NSW and Qld) stop for the Grand Final. It’s actually a great time to go shopping or go on a country drive 🙂
As for me, I’ll be watching. I don’t particularly care who wins, although it would be nice if West Coast got up simply because Hawthorn have been so dominant in recent years. Give someone else a go, I say!
And then footy is all over red rover. Sniff. However shall I occupy myself until next year?
Hmm. This year I had grand plans that I would post to the blog at least once every week. I kept to that for a while, and then poof. Nothing. Bad Cassandra.
Anyhoo, I’m emerging from the shadows to say hey, I’m still here! I’m working on SILK & SCHOLAR and having a lot of fun with Christopher and Etta. That Christopher, he’s such a saucy minx and he absolutely delights in teasing Etta, to the point where she simply has to grab his delectableness and kiss him silent…ahem. So yeah. It’s going well!
In other news, SILK & SCORN has been released as an audiobook, read by the wonderful Ana Clements. Ana will be narrating all the books in the Silk Series – she’s already done a bang-up job on SILK & SCANDAL and SILK & SCARS is currently in production. Get thee to Audible, Amazon or iTunes to have a listen, or check out a sample on SoundCloud.
Alrighty, back into the shadows I go. Maybe I’ll post next week…
Well, Today I’m delighted to introduce you to Jenna Baker and Samantha O’Connell from Bittersweet.
Jennifer: Good morning to you both, it’s nice to see you visiting us again.
Sam: Morning, Jen, what’s up?
Jenna: Good morning, Jennifer. It’s great to see you again.
Jennifer: Likewise. There have been a lot of changes in both of your lives lately, first with the trip and finding a new love, then with the move, and the transition with Jayden. How are you both coping?
Jenna: *fans face* I promised myself I wouldn’t get emotional. Um, the trip Sam sort of surprised me with to Ireland was the best thing I could have ever hoped for. After all, if it hadn’t been for Sam I’m not sure I would have ever met Brady. And, Jayden loves him almost as much as I do. Plus, I think the move helped us to move on. There were too many memories I’d much rather not live through again, you know? But, maybe Tyler will come around one day.
Sam: I think what Jenna is trying to say is that we’re all coping pretty well. Yes, she misses Tyler, and of course Jayden does too, but they’re both happy now. I see it on a daily basis, and I love my beautiful little God child, Jenna and Brady have blessed us with. And, as you cansee I’m coping very well too. *she rubs her visibly pregnant belly* Caleb and I will have a playmate for Shelby in a few short weeks.
Jennifer: Congratulations to you both. Married life certainly suits you. Jenna I’m assuming Shelby is the daughter you and Brady share together?
Jenna: She is *smiles*
Jennifer: And, Sam, do you and Caleb have any names picked out for your little one?
Sam: *laughs* is that your subtle way of asking me if we know the sex?
Jennifer: I suppose so, yes. *shrugs*
Sam: Melina Jenna O’Connell actually. We’re having a girl. *grins* A little girl so Shelby will soon have a playmate to enjoy. Hopefully they’ll be the best of friends like Jenna and I are, and Caleb and Brady.
Jennifer: Congratulations again. I think it’s wonderful that two best friends married two best friends. So where are these men of yours today?
Jenna: Brady’s got Caleb practicing. *laughs* They’re with the children to give us a moment with you.
Jennifer: And to yourselves of course. So tell me, Jenna, how does it feel to have your story finally told? Yours is a unique one.
Jenna: That it is. I think you did a great job with it, and Brady was the best part. Although, I blush every time I get to the intimate parts. Sam gets a kick out of it, and makes sure to tease me. God love her.
Sam: Oh, I do not. *laughs* Although, I do crack up every time I read about the time you walked in on me and Caleb. *Sigh* he’s delicious isn’t he?
Jenna: *eye roll* He’s no Brady, but yes, Sam, Caleb is a very good looking man.
Sam: Well, of course Brady is a dish too. You and me did good Jenna.
Jennifer: *chuckles* The two of you are great.
Sam: Why, thank you, thank you very much.
Jennifer: *smiles* I’d like to thank you both for joining me today. It was a pleasure to write the book and I loved catching up with you both. IfI’m ever back in Dublin I’ll be sure to stop in to say hi.
Jenna: Oh please do.
Sam: Thank you, Jennifer. We’d love to have you.
If you all liked this interview, and would like a one of a kind erotic contemporary romance to keep you company this fall then may I suggest checking out, Bittersweet. I’d like to thank Jenna and Sam for their time, and for the update.
I love happy endings, don’t you?
Please enjoy the blurb, an excerpt, and a review snippet below.
An accident on a rain-slicked highway leaves Jenna Baker alone…
Jenna is scarred, confused and vulnerable after surviving an accident that took her husband’s life. After a year of mourning Tyler and struggling to raise their son on her own, Jenna’s best friend whisks her off to fulfill her lifelong dream of visiting Ireland. She never dreamed her trip would include a self-appointed tour guide in the form of a sexy Irishman with piercing blue eyes and a smile that promises to fill her empty heart.
Brady Connelly is irresistibly drawn to the lovely, broken yank…
As the weeks pass, Brady comforts and supports Jenna, convincing her to live and chase her dreams. His attraction to her grows and their chemistry ignites, but Jenna isn’t sure she’s truly ready to move on. How can he convince her to release the past and take a leap of faith…with him?
The impossible happens, and Jenna’s world is thrown into chaos…
Tyler is alive and re-enters Jenna’s life, burdened with guilty secrets. Jenna knows she has to try and make things work between them, if only for their son’s sake, but she’s blessed—or cursed—with vivid visions of Brady. The visions begin to consume her and leave her questioning her sanity and the bittersweet nature of her marriage.
Jenna’s dreams of Brady become her lifeline as she questions the boundaries of fantasy and reality.
Is her one hope for happiness waiting for her across the sea?
Reviews: “First, let me say that when I read the blurb of this novel the first thing I thought was that this could either be really great or really depressing. It was definitely GREAT!! The main and supporting characters were solid, and you will either love them or hate them (okay, loathe is probably the better word there). The ending was satisfying and worth the emotional ride that this novel brings us through.
I give this novel 5 stars for it’s ambitious and successful telling of this woman’s life-altering trials and happily ever after!” ~The TBR Pile – http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/reviews/giveaway-bittersweet-by-jennifer-labelle~
“Tyler, wait.” She was breathless, and self-consciousness swept through her as he undressed her. Her body wasn’t the same since the accident. She was thinner from the horrible hospital food and being in a coma. She had scars from her surgery, and she was still tender in other spots, even though she didn’t look half as bad as when she’d first come to.
“What is it, Jenna?”
She blushed and felt a little silly all of a sudden. Since when had she ever been shy with him? The answer was never. “I’m different now,” she whispered. “With the scars, it’s probably not going to be very pretty to look at.”
He didn’t answer. Instead he continued to undress her until she stood before him completely nude. “Come with me.” He moved her in front of a long mirror and lifted her chin so she was forced to look at herself. “You’re beautiful, Jenna.”
His lips were close to her ear, and his breath was warm and soothing. It gave her a chill as she leaned into him. “I’m glad you think so.”
“You’re trim.” He continued trailing his hands from her hips up to cup her breasts. “And perky, perfect. God, Jenna, your breasts are just right the way they lay in my hands.” He tested their weight in each as he fondled them, stroking his thumbs across her hardened peaks.
“Tyler, don’t stop.” Breathless, and weak in the knees, she leaned into his embrace while he teased and tweaked her nipples. She reached back to stroke him, but he moved to stand in front of her instead.
Starting with her feet, he gazed up her entire body with lust.Once he reached her eyes again, he said, “The scars are still healing and barely noticeable. You’ve been through hell, and you’re still so damn sexy.”
★★ Meet the Author ★★
Jennifer Labelle resides in Canada with her husband and three beautiful children. After her third child she became a stay at home mom. In her busy household Jennifer likes to spend her down time engrossed in the stories that she creates. She is an active reader of romance (especially historical), mystery and anything paranormal. With an education in Addictions work she’s decided to take a less stressful approach in life and hopes that you enjoy, as she shares some of her imagination with all of you.
After extensive testing, Reading Alley has now officially launched and to celebrate, they’re offering a host of giveaways! Check it out below.
Reading Alley is officially launching and we are marking it in a big way with our Grand Opening event! Take part in a variety of site activities, such as our weekly contests, review challenge and referral program. The more active you are, the higher your chances of winning in our Grand Draw. Lots of irresistible prizes, including an Amazon Kindle and gift certificates, are up for grabs.
On July 24, Week 7 of our Weekly Contest went live. Answer 3 questions and get a chance to win an Amazon Gift Card! Each week, we will have different winners, for a total of 12 winners by the time the party is over. Week 8 contest will commence on July 31.
Reading Alley is a site that caters to passionate book reviewers. Book reviewers get the chance to read the latest books in the market for FREE. In exchange, the only requirement is for them to submit their honest, unbiased review afterwards.
We feature a variety of books from different genres such as Romance, Mystery and Thriller, Erotica, LGBTQ, New Adult, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Young Adult, and more. These books are from both known and up-and-coming authors. Examples of books currently up for review at the site are:
Authors are welcome to set up their books for review at a reasonable price. By joining Reading Alley, authors gain instant access to this community of reviewers who can share their thoughts and recommendations, leading to greater awareness and exposure of their books.
Who doesn’t love a good fairytale? Isn’t that why we read romance? Heck yeah! Well, Sorcha Mowbray has a hot new twisted fairytale from Decadent Publishing’s Beyond Fairytales line for you.
Once upon a time…
Bel was a happy girl with loving parents. Now she lives for revenge. At her father’s urging a plan is set in motion which quickly spins out of control. Expecting to be used and abused by The Beasts MC, who are known for their orgiastic ways, she is prepared to accept her fate in order to execute her mission.
The time has come to even the score with the men responsible for her mother’s death.
Nate and Liam, leaders of The Beasts, have their hands full ensuring the survival of their people as they sell Beast Brew to survive in a city crumbling around them. When a Rose MC member is plucked from their care the laws of Epsilon demand the perpetrator forfeit his life. But then the leader of The Devil’s Disciples’ daughter offers herself in exchange for his life, and they can’t refuse the beauty’s plea.
Once she’s pressed between them they know they’re keeping her for their own, but first they must figure out why she’s there.
The One Night With A Cowboy series is a set of short stories linked by cowboys and Soul Mates Dating Service, a dating service with an uncanny ability to match up soul mates. These sizzling little treats are perfect for a quick hot read.
Five winners will receive a copy of Due Diligence in the ebook format of their choice
Lucas Bowerton needs to confirm the CFO of Darrington, Inc lives up to her resume. But, he never expected to find a sexy submissive he’d break all the rules to posses.
Adriana Leighton is busy saving the company she loves from being sold. But, when one of the men responsible reawakens needs she’d tucked away she has more to save than just her job.
Together they will discover if due diligence will pay off.