Release Day for THE COMPLETE UNDERGROUND SERIES by Jessica E. Subject #boxset

My friend, Jessica Subject, has a release day! Check out The Complete Underground Series, all three titles available in one bundle for the first time.
 
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In the future…
The corporation Planet Core holds all of the power. They place restrictions on the lives of those living within their boundaries, including who they can love. And there is no escape.

Deception runs deep…
The rebel group, calling themselves The Underground, is disputing the corporation’s leadership. With the desire for freedom, they will fight.

And betrayal can come from anyone…
Will the rebels defeat Planet Core, or end up fighting for their lives?

Includes: Never Gonna Let You Go, Never Gonna Desert You, and Never Gonna Say Goodbye
 

Available NOW
Decadent Publishing
Amazon: US | UK | DE | CA
Google Play | iBooks | ARe


 

~ Excerpt ~

When the glide arrived at her stop, she stepped off with a swell of other riders. She crossed the asphalt road, once used for gas-powered vehicles, and took a deep breath. I’m finally home. Sliding her card to gain access to the secure building, her heart raced in anticipation. She needed to be with Erik, find out the truth, and reunite with the man she loved. However, her apartment door didn’t open.

“Access denied,” the robotic female voice rang out.

What? She tried again with the same result. Sliding the card faster or slower didn’t make a difference. She couldn’t get into her apartment building.

“Please vacate the area. Authorities have been notified.”

Calla’s stomach twisted. Her throat tightened. Was this Malock’s doing?

She pulled out her communicator and contacted the building manager. “Taylor, it’s Calla Jacobs. My card won’t work in the reader. Can you please open the door for me?”

He grimaced at her. “I’m sorry, Jacobs, but I’m under strict orders not to let you into the building. Your apartment has already been assigned to another employee, and your belongings were taken a week ago to Planet Core.” He disconnected, leaving her to stare at a blank screen.

A week ago? Malock had planned her demise before she’d even left for Airondelle? Tears threatened to fall. She wiped them away. With PC cameras all over the city, she imagined he watched her and laughed. She stood tall, not letting him get to her.

Although she had no possessions, no place to live, she could still live a happy life with Erik. But where was he if not at her apartment? After they’d decided to return to being friends, he’d moved to Planet Core claiming she would be too much of a temptation for him if they continued living together.

She dialed his communicator, hoping he’d be nearby. When he failed to answer, not once, but five times within ten minutes, Calla lost hope. Malock had ruined her as he’d threatened. She had nothing left. Her only option was to return home to her parents. A glide could get her there by nightfall.

She squashed that irrational thought. No! She’d rather live in the rumored underground cities than go crawling back to the two people who’d admitted they’d only had her to gain status in the business world. She couldn’t go back there. She’d rather take her chances and return to Planet Core.

Sirens hauled her back from her thoughts. A police hover bike flew past her and ground to a halt. Glancing in her direction, the officer pointed at her.

I haven’t done anything wrong!

When the bike circled toward her, she ran—her first instinct. Malock knew too many people, and he’d reminded his recruits every day when he’d dropped in on their training. She hadn’t realized how those words would affect her until now.

The siren on the bike screamed behind her. She motioned to cross at the intersection where people and hover vehicles waited for the lights to change. But instead, she spun around the corner, hoping to throw off the officer. She peered over her shoulder to see if the bike followed her, and smacked into what felt like a brick wall. Landing on her ass, she stared up at the mountain of a man before her.

The guard from Planet Core.

She crab-walked backward across the concrete sidewalk. Hopping onto her feet, she fled back onto the main street. She traveled the way she’d come, unsure if anywhere would be safe. No one could escape the cameras.

Hurrying past her building, she spotted the hover bike reflected in its dark glass walls. The siren had been turned off, and the officer was almost on her. She scanned her surroundings for an escape route. Similar glass buildings lined the next few blocks, all owned by Planet Core. She couldn’t get into any of them now, and there was no place she could hide.

Her lungs ached from running. Maybe she should surrender. What then? I’ll be killed.

“Stop!” The officer on the bike rocketed in front of her.

At the same time, something grabbed her arm and yanked her into darkness. A cloth slammed over her mouth, muffling her cry. Shit! Things just went from bad to worse.
 
 

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Random thoughts

* Have you peeps seen Better Call Saul yet? Oh my, how good is it? Vince Gilligan has struck again. Can’t wait to see how the story unfolds, as Jimmy becomes Saul and descends into murky waters.

* I’m really looking forward to a few books coming my way real soon. The last Bloodlines book by Richelle Mead, The Ruby Circle, is winging it’s way to me, along with the latest in Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series, Soulbound. I’m also looking to pick up Kresley Cole’s The Master this weekend, and hopefully Sarah Mayberry will release Anticipation soon.

* Edits continue on SILK & SCARS. Hopefully have some news for you peeps real soon.

* The Fringe has started here in Adelaide. Will be seeing at least one show, with many fun times in the Garden. If you’re near Radealaide any time during the next month, make sure you stop by.

That’s about it. Until next time!

Cassandra
xx

Re-reads and comfort

I’ve been re-reading a lot of Anne Stuart’s books recently. Before I go to sleep, I like to comfort read bits and bobs of my (plethora) books. It seems to be just the thing to signify to my too-busy brain that hey, you know what? It’s totally nighttime and dude, you should be sleeping right now.

Anyhoo, Anne Stuart. I love her dark and dangerous heroes, her too-innocent and trusting heroines, the intrigue and suspense of her novels. I started off re-reading Fire and Ice, the fifth in her Ice series and have now read bits of most of the 25 or so books of hers I own. I also went on to Amazon and 1-clicked several of her out of print books that are only available via second-hand book stores (for a ridiculous amount of money) or in ebook. As a side note, that 1-click function is the work of the devil. Sigh. Will power, Cassandra!

According to her website, the first in her new Fire series will be coming out soon. A companion to the Ice Series, I’m looking forward to reading these new stories and enjoying more dark and dangerous heroes be felled by too-innocent and trusting heroines.

You can visit Anne’s website here –> Anne Stuart

Cassandra
xx
 
 
 

Upcoming fun

I love me a bit of film and TV, and it seems there’s lots to keep me occupied. Tons of stuff is coming in the next few months and, kind soul that I am, I’ve rounded it up here for your delection. Observe:

 


Hannibal season 3

Season 2 left us with one hell of a cliffhanger ending and I can’t wait to see what season 3 brings. I already know Richard Armitage (OMG, he’s so pretty!) will guest in a mulit-episode arc as Francis Dolarhyde, and I know there’s something else I’m super excited about but can’t think of right at the minute…oh, one other thing is Gillian Anderson has been promoted to series regular. I LOVE her, so am super thrilled. Now, what was this other thing… Oh wells, I’ll let you know if I remember!

 


The Avengers: Age of Ultron

We all know my deep, abiding love for Joss and I had such a blast with the first Avengers movie, how could I not be looking forward to this mightily? Plus, I have severe lust for Chris Evans, especially in his Captain America guise. Bring on 24 April!

 


Penny Dreadful season 2

I heart the first series big time and can’t wait to see what season 2 will bring. Plus, Helen McCrory in a bath of blood? Who WOULDN’T want to see that??

 


Star Wars: Episode VII

I’m kinda excited and a lot trepidatious. The prequels sucked the fat one, but I’m hopeful Lawrence Kasden returning as writer will give us some Empire/Jedi like fun. Fingers and toes, peeps.

 


Sherlock Christmas Special

Peeps, they’re wearing period costumes! What could this mean? I don’t know, but I sure what to find out!!! The only bummer is we’ll have to wait until Christmas. Sigh.

 

So, there’s some of the things I’m looking forward to this year. What are you looking forward to?

Cassandra
xx

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PS, I’ve created a Facebook group! Man, exciting times, hey peeps?

This group will have bits and bobs, odds and sods and all CD-related news. You can join here –> Cassandra Dean Fans and Supporters
 
 
 

Revenants and swords and barbarians, oh my

One of my very favourite authors is Meljean Brook. I love her stories with a fiery passion, and the lady herself is hysterical. Check out her blog and tell me she is not funny as. Go on. I’ll wait.

So, I picked up Meljean’s* latest effort, “The Beast of Blackmoor“, part of the Night Shift anthology and fell in love. It’s a story about barbarians. With blood! And guts! And really hot smexing fun times!

Beginning a new series, “The Beast of Blackmoor” tells the tale of barbarian warrior lady Mala and barbarian warrior man Kavik. Sent on a quest to honour the goddess Vela, Mala must tame the Beast of Blackmoor or be shunned and reviled by all. Wrapped in the red cloak of her quest, she has ventured a year or more to fulfill Vela’s will.

Years ago, Kavik begged the goddess for the power to destroy the brutal invader of his country, but her refusal led to fury and an unwise course. Offended, the goddess cursed Kavik and he now lives in fear of the woman in the red cloak…

This story is so super cool. Meljean Brook does strong, complex heroes totally gone for the heroine so fricking well, and her heroines are badass, brave and clever and capable and just the sauce that is awesome. This story is no different. Mala has such joy, and she doesn’t allow Kavik’s very rough edges to discourage her. In fact, they kinda turn her on. Kavik pretends like he doesn’t care for Mala, but he’s gone for her from the beginning, and as well as loving her, he admires her tremendously. I can’t tell you how sexy I find that, peeps :)

I can’t wait for the next story in the series. I’m sure it will be barbari-tastic <--see what I did there??? Check it out at Amazon, Book Depository and Meljean’s site.

Cassandra
xx

* oh, should probably mention Meljean is writing under the name Milla Vane for this series. Check out her site here –> millavane.com
 
 
 

Writing, writing, writing…

So, I’m all fired and raring to go with the writing. I’ve got three series on the go at varying stages: First up, there’s the Diamond Series, my Old Timey Westerns. The last book in the series, EMERALD SEA, is kicking my behind. It’s not coming together as easily as I’d like (when do they, Cassandra asks herself ruefully). The heroine, Hope, hasn’t changed much but I’ve changed my mind on who the hero, Jake, is. Even his name has changed, from the eloquent and biblical Jacob to the more decisive derivative, Jake. (As an aside, I’ve kind of kicked myself with this, as generic action heroes are always named John or Jack or Jake – check out any action movie of the last twenty years. You won’t find a Paul or Daniel amongst them. But…completely off topic). The plot has changed slightly to incorporate this new version of Jake, but I’m still having issues with the flow. Oh wells, it will come. Much like Christmas.

The Silk Series is steaming away like nobody’s business. SILK & SCARS, the third in the series, is with my editor and will be released in the first half of this year. SILK & SCHOLAR, the next in the series, is bubbling away nicely and I’m really enjoying Etta and Christopher’s shenanigans. Oh my, but Christopher loves to niggle Etta. Tis a thing of beauty.

The third series is brand new and in early concept stages – THE CHARRINGTON SISTERS. Based around three sisters venturing into the marriage mart in Regency London, this series will see me finally writing my regencies! Only took me what, nine or ten books? Well done, Cassandra.

Right, well I guess I better get back to it. These books aren’t going to write themselves (unfortunately).

Cassandra
xx

Invetigation in progress

untitledRecently, I purchased The Office Special Edition on DVD. I’ve been wanting my very own copy for quite some time – I love watching the Christmas specials at, well, Christmas, and it always makes my heart glow when Tim and Dawn finally get together. And now I have my very own copy to call my own!

I’ve been making my way through the episodes and my word, the gold it contains. Makes me laugh and cringe just as much now as when I first saw it. What I love as well is the pathos Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant weave into the show. Every character is painfully real, and you can bet your bottom dollar you’ve encountered people like these in office jobs around the world. Also, the sense of mind-numbing tedium of office life is ably recreated in this show. I must admit, the first time I saw an episode, I thought it was a documentary – the care Gervais and Merchant have taken to make their show seem like real life (slightly heightened) is astounding.

I’m enjoying watching all the specials included in this ten year anniversary edition as well. Great to hear what others think of the show, and how influential it’s been.

Right. Back to it. I’ve still got most of a Christmas special to watch :D

Happy New Year!

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It’s 2015, peeps. Can you believe it?

 
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years. I also hope the coming year brings you lots of joy and laughter and really nifty things like…a pony. Everyone needs a pony, right?

As for me, 2015 will be a year of new beginnings – new books, new series, new adventures, new fun times…the possibilities are endless, and that’s what a new year is all about, isn’t it? The story that has not yet been written.

I hope your story this year is marvellous.

Cassandra
xx

Winter Warm-Up Blog Hop

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The Winter Warm-Up Blog Hop is hosted by
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Let the celebrations begin!

 
 
 
 
Hey peeps,

Welcome to the Winter Warm-Up Blog Hop! Big thanks go to Jane Wakely of Romance Blog Hops for hosting. There’s a giveaway below, so make sure you scroll to the end.

I love this time of year, though where I live in Australia, it’s certainly not cold. In fact, warm is a good description…it can sometimes get scorching hot here in dear old Oz. Our Christmas contain air conditioning and cold beer rather than roaring fires and eggnog, swimsuits and sunscreen rather than mittens and scarves, and we don’t get to wear the fabulously tragic Christmas jumpers/sweaters that are the bane of every Christmas movie ever (much to my disappointment).

One day, I’d love to experience a white Christmas, to have the cold sting my face rather than the heat slap me about. However, even if I do one day get to experience this, I have a sneaking suspicion I’ll miss my sweltering Aussie Christmas…

In my latest release, SLUMBER, the climate is also quite warm. I envisioned Dormiraa, the kingdom my hero and heroine hail from, is loosely (VERY loosely) based upon Kings Landing in Game of Thrones. It has the same warm colours, the same heat, the same feel of endless summer…much like Australia right about now!

I hope you enjoy the hop, peeps. Thanks for stopping by!

Cassandra
xx
 

Latest Release

 
Slumber by Cassandra Dean Part of Beyond Fairytales from Decadent Publishing

The Tailor has been tasked to find the princess…
Upon decree from his king, Sebastian, Tailor to the entire kingdom of Dormiraa, embarks on the mission to fetch the Princess Thalia home, her seven year Royal Tour over. He didn’t expect to find her working with clockwork and gears, encased within a coffin of glass. He did not expect the sight of her wild black hair to set his heart to pound, or the flash of her dark eyes would heat his blood. He did not expect he would want her so badly, not when he could never have her.

The princess must become the Queen…
Thalia has always known she must return to the capital to prepare for the throne. She did not expect her father to send the Tailor to fetch her, or that this man with his extravagant clothes and subtle cosmetics would intrigue her so well. There was something about him, something that spoke of danger and secrets, even as his wicked mouth and knowing eyes made her yearn.

However, not everyone desires the princess’s return. When they are attacked, they can only turn to each other. Will they overcome status and secrets to discover a love for all time?

Fantasy Erotic Romance
ISBN 9781613337660

Decadent Publishing
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Christmas Wonder Giveaway Hop #ChristmasWonderHop

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The Christmas Wonder Giveaway Hop is hosted by
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Celebrate the Wonder of the Season! Visit all of the blogs to see what they love most about the season and which books have made their Christmas wish lists! There’s a giveaway at each stop so be sure to visit them all!

 
 
 
 
Hey peeps,

Welcome to the Christmas Wonder Giveaway Hop! Big thanks go to The Herd Hops for hosting. There’s a giveaway below, so make sure you scroll to the end.

What am I looking forward to this holiday season? The annual leave! I’m REALLY looking forward to the break from the day job, two glorious weeks where I can sleep in, mess about with family and friends, and just generally be a great big sloth. Ah. Sounds like bliss!

I’m also looking forward to all the Christmas decorations. In South Australia, we have the Christmas Pageant the first Saturday of November, which signifies the official beginning of the Christmas season. Most people put their decorations up after the Pageant…but not us. Sigh. My sister’s birthday is at the end of November and, growing up, we weren’t allowed to put the decorations up until after her big day. Man, how sucky, right?? Such a diva ;) Now that we’re grown, the habits of childhood still have a strong hold and I can’t put my decorations up until after her birthday. So I’m really looking forward to that!

But now, on with books that are on my wishlist. I’m quite desperate for the next in Kelley Armstrong’s Cainsville series, Deceptions. Alas, I’ll have to wait until the second half of next year for this one. I’m also looking forward to Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews and Meljean Brook’s new book under her pen name, Milla Vane.

What are you peeps looking forward to?

Cassandra
xx
 

Latest Release

 
Slumber by Cassandra Dean Part of Beyond Fairytales from Decadent Publishing

The Tailor has been tasked to find the princess…
Upon decree from his king, Sebastian, Tailor to the entire kingdom of Dormiraa, embarks on the mission to fetch the Princess Thalia home, her seven year Royal Tour over. He didn’t expect to find her working with clockwork and gears, encased within a coffin of glass. He did not expect the sight of her wild black hair to set his heart to pound, or the flash of her dark eyes would heat his blood. He did not expect he would want her so badly, not when he could never have her.

The princess must become the Queen…
Thalia has always known she must return to the capital to prepare for the throne. She did not expect her father to send the Tailor to fetch her, or that this man with his extravagant clothes and subtle cosmetics would intrigue her so well. There was something about him, something that spoke of danger and secrets, even as his wicked mouth and knowing eyes made her yearn.

However, not everyone desires the princess’s return. When they are attacked, they can only turn to each other. Will they overcome status and secrets to discover a love for all time?

Fantasy Erotic Romance
ISBN 9781613337660

Decadent Publishing
Amazon: AU | US | UK
iTunes | B&N

 
 

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