Beyond Fairytales Blog Hop #BeyondFairytales

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The Beyond Fairytales Blog Hop is hosted by Decadent Publishing and Bab’s Book Bistro.
Let the celebrations begin!

 
Hey peeps,

Welcome to the Beyond Fairytales Blog Hop! I’m so excited to be a part of this fabulous line of books from Decadent Publishing with my tale SLUMBER.

SLUMBER is a re-telling of ‘The Glass Coffin’, a fairy tale very similar to ‘Sleeping Beauty’. I incorporated elements from both tales into Talia and Sebastian’s story, making it a rollicking and dangerous adventure through the Kingdom of Dormiraa, a land where fashion is everything and the Talior is second only in consequence to the king. Talia is the lost princess, gone these last seven years, and Sebastian the Tailor, sent to find her and bring her home. Of course, not everyone desires the princess’s return…

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

Cassandra
xx
 
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

 
 

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
 
 
 

Christmas Wonder Giveaway Hop #ChristmasWonderHop

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The Christmas Wonder Giveaway Hop is hosted by
The Herd Hops.
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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Celebrate the release of SLUMBER with a $0.99 Sale!

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Hi peeps,

SLUMBER is not far away at all (25 November, put it in your diaries!) and to celebrate, three of my titles are on sale for $0.99 each. TEACH ME, SILK & SCORN and ROUGH DIAMOND are all available at this special price. But, it’s for a limited time so make sure you jump to it.

Cassandra
xx
 

Teach Me by Cassandra Dean Silk & Scorn by Cassandra Dean book 2 in the Silk Series Decadent Publishing Rough Diamond Cassandra Dean Western Escape Decadent Publishing

 
  

Beyond Fairytales Blessings Blog Hop

2014_11_10_BfBlessings Hi peeps!

Welcome to the Beyond Fairytales Blessings Blog Hop! I’m so thrilled to be a part of this blog hop along with fellow Beyond Fairytales authors. This hop is taking the form of a scavenger hunt, where you hop to all the authors’ blogs listed below to find their personalised badges. Then, enter via rafflecopter and you could win a huge bundle of Beyond Fairytale stories! Sounds pretty awesome, right?

But first, let’s chat a little about my story, SLUMBER.

I was assigned the Brothers’ Grimm tale, The Glass Coffin. Now, I’d never heard of this fairy tale before, so it was straight to Wikipedia for me. When I discovered it was a version of Sleeping Beauty, the wheels starting turning and a short four months later I had the bones of an idea! Haha, maybe it didn’t take that long, but it certainly took me a while to get a handle on Thalia and Sebastian’s story. However, I’m super pleased with the result and I hope you are, too.

But now, on with the fun bit of the post. In SLUMBER, Sebastian teases Thalia with an old newssheet article of her antics as a teenage princess. For your delection, here’s the article. Enjoy!
 

Princess Tali Tells Tall Tale to Thelonic Beau!

Princess Tali has again found herself in hot water after being discovered locked in a torrid embrace with a hunky lad later discovered to be employed in the king’s stables. The young princess, who readers will remember was spotted kissing Lord Semlac of Sulibarr less than a month ago aboard her private ship, was seen to exit the bowels of the very same ship half-dressed and disheveled, the stable lad following close behind. What else can this author assume but the princess has made another conquest, one a little closer to home?
This author has discovered the lad to be of Thelonic origin, who are well known for their mastery of the art of amour. Previous to their discovery, Princess Tali was seen to be in conversation with her Thelonic beau, displaying flirty smiles and a light touch upon the boy’s arm.
The palace denies all knowledge of the princess’s involvement with the servant and instead remind this author of the king’s upcoming tour to Maramiral.
 
 
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
Coming soon

 
 
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SLUMBER SLUMBER

 

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Have you been watching…Game of Thrones

Have you been watching...Cassandra Dean shares her love of TV

My love of TV + my blog = Awesome fun sharing times.
Enjoy the shows I think are The Shizz

 

 

Game of Thrones HBO A Song of Ice and Fire

Seriously? I need to explain this show to you? Have you not heard of it?? 😉

In all seriousness, Game of Thrones is a bit of a phenomenon. The third season premiered on the weekend just gone to an audience of 4.4 million Americans, not to mention all the other peeps around the world tuning in within hours of the initial broadcast in the US as TV stations wise up to this thing called ‘torrent sharing’. In Australia, we were able to watch the first episode of season three about two hours after it aired in America – yay!

So. Um. I don’t know quite how to describe it. Based upon George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, it’s Epic Fantasy, loosely based upon Medieval European culture and events. It follows four families – Starks, Targaryns, Baratheons and Lannisters as they battle, lie and cheat each other for the Iron Throne and rule of the seven kingdoms of Westros. There are about a million characters and a gazillion plot lines, each more intricate than the last…You know what? I totally can’t describe it. Let us allow Wikipedia in all its wisdom to do this job for me – A Song of Ice and Fire.

This show is just the bestest. Seriously. It’s one of my very faves, with its outstanding writing, magnificent cast and glorious use of the four corners of this Earth. Filmed in Iceland, Croatia, Ireland and Morocco, the visuals are stunningly beautiful, suitably epic, and place you immediately in the heart of this world.

But the writing. Oh my, the writing. Intricate, dense, clever and never talking down or over explaining, the show is a delight to watch and to obsess over. Lord, it’s so very easy to obsess over. I have my theories…which I will explain now ***SPOILER STARTS*** (highlight to see) Jon Snow is actually the legitimate child of Robert Baratheon and Lyanna Stark. He’s clearly being groomed for a leadership role, and the story is forcing him to learn how to rule. Similarly, Daeneyrs Targaryn is also receiving a course in how to rule and the price of power. Morality doesn’t always mix, and a leader must be flexible. I think ultimately these two crazy kids will get married, rule Westros jointly, and Tyrion Lannister will be their Hand. Thus, all four houses are represented and fun times and stuff.

Alright. I admit, I’m a romantic. Of course I want people to fall in love and stuff. I don’t care that the last book had Jon being stabbed and lying there presumably dying. I like my theory, damnit! ***SPOILER ENDS***

I highly recommend you check this show out. It’s a bit violent, there’s a lot of nudity but I don’t mind either of these things. It also has one awesome credit sequence.
 

 

You can check out Game of Thrones at:
the Website ~ Amazon.com ~ JB Hi-Fi