SILK & SCANDAL, The Silk Series Book 1, is available as an #audiobook!

Peeps, check it! SILK & SCANDAL, The Silk Series Book 1, is available as an audiobook! Below are links to a sample on SoundCloud and how to purchase. Enjoy!
 
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Eight years ago…
Thomas Cartwright and Lady Nicola Fitzgibbons were friends. Over the wall separating their homes, Thomas and Nicola talked of all things – his studies to become a barrister, her frustrations with a lady’s limitations.

All things end.
When her diplomat father gains a post in Hong Kong, Nicola must follow. Bored and alone, she falls into scandal. Mired in his studies of the law and aware of the need for circumspection, Thomas feels forced to sever their ties.

But now Lady Nicola is back…and she won’t let him ignore her.
 

Purchase: Amazon | Audible | iTunes


 

 
 
 

SILK & SCARS Excerpt #newrelease #histrom

Peeps, things are chugging along with SILK & SCARS. The galleys are done and sent back, and now I can announce…we have a release date! Lock 2 June into your diaries, peeps, because that’s when Gwen and Edward will be available for you all. Huzzah!

To celebrate, here’s the official excerpt. You may have heard me read it (badly) over on SoundCloud, but here it is for your eyeballs. Enjoy!
 
Silk & Scorn by Cassandra Dean book 2 in the Silk Series Decadent Publishing

For over a year, Miss Gwendolyn Parkes and the Duke of Sowrith have corresponded. At first an error, the letters quickly became something much more, a friendship forged on like minds and perhaps the hope of something more…

When Gwen is compelled by her employer to attend the duke at his Dartmoor estate, she is devastated to find her beloved friend cold and imperious, even if he is the most handsome man she’s ever seen – despite his scars.

Edward, Duke of Sowrith, has longed to meet Gwen. Arranging her passage to his estate, he is tongue-tied when confronted with her quiet beauty. All too aware of the twisted ruin of his face, he allows fear to hold him silent…until Gwen’s safety is threatened.

Finally together, they grow closer until it seems they can never again be apart – but can a commoner and a duke find a happily ever after?
 

Available SOON from Decadent Publishing

 

~ Excerpt ~

Crossing her arms over her stomach, Gwen leaned forward, pressing deep. Good heavens, she was nervous, and excited, and nervous. She was going to meet Edward. One moment soon, he was going to open that door, and she would see him. She would see the man she’d corresponded with for over a year, to whom she’d expressed every thought, and who had expressed his to her. It did not matter that he was a duke, so far above her in consequence as to be laughable. He was her friend, and, at last, they would meet.

Foot tapping wildly, she leaned her head back against the wall. This was all so ridiculous. She was ridiculous to have this unbridled excitement rioting through her. Exhaling, she caught the stare of the gargoyle. The gargoyle knew how ridiculous her thoughts. Its stone features laughed at her, and in a fit of pique, she poked her tongue out.

The study door opened. Leaping to her feet, she swayed as the blood rushed from her head.

Lord Beecham appeared in the door way and, his eyes lighting upon her, crooked a finger. “Miss Parkes. Come.”

Heart beating a rapid tattoo, she bent to grip the handle of her carpet bag. Lord Beecham had abandoned the door by the time she had gathered herself enough to approach, the worn wooden handle of the bag pressing deep into her palm.

Passing through the doorway, Gwen stopped, her jaw slack as she looked about the chamber. Lit only by the flame of the massive fireplace dominating one wall and the wan flicker of a lamp seated on the enormous desk, the room was huge, cavernous even, and dark. So dark. The faint light picked up rows upon rows of books while heavy drapes of an unidentifiable fabric covered what she could only presume were windows. The floor was the same stone as the hall, the only carpet appearing before the fire under the clawed feet of a large armchair.

Her gaze returned to the fireplace. A man stood before it, his back to her, right hand held by his left.

Her heart, already racing, started a wild thud against her ribs. That was him. The duke. Edward.
He did not turn, though she willed him to. Willed him to turn so she could utter that most important of phrases, the one she’d longed to say for an age now.

Hello, Edward.

TEACH ME is available as an #audiobook!

Peeps, check it! TEACH ME is available as an audiobook! Below are links to a sample on SoundCloud and how to purchase. Enjoy!
 
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Ever curious, Elizabeth, Viscountess Rocksley, has turned her curiosity to erotic pleasure. Three years a widow, she boldly employs the madam of a brothel for guidance but never had she expected her education to be conducted by a coldly handsome peer of the realm.

To the Earl of Malvern, the erotic tutelage of a skittish widow is little more than sport, however the woman he teaches is far from the mouse he expects. With her sly humor and insistent joy, Elizabeth obliterates all his expectations and he, unwillingly fascinated, can’t prevent his fall.

Each more intrigued than they are willing to admit, Elizabeth and Malvern embark upon a tutelage that will challenge them, change them, come to mean everything to them…until a heartbreaking betrayal threatens to tear them apart forever.

Listen: SoundCloud
Purchase: Amazon | Audible | iTunes


 
 
 

Rediscovery

As some of you might now, TEACH ME is currently being produced as an audiobook. The audio files came through and I was tasked with checking each one to ensure accuracy, tone, etc. Revisiting Elizabeth and Malvern’s tale has made me remember how much I love them, and how much I enjoyed writing a longer form story. I loved some of the descriptions, the way I could take the time to really describe the feel of a cold February night or the exact taste of Malvern’s kiss. I enjoyed really delving into Malvern and Elizabeth, what made them tick, what made them fall in love with each other.

Re-reading TEACH ME made me want to write the next in the series. I’d always intended Bella, Elizabeth’s sister, and Bella’s husband Anthony to be the next tale, but circumstances led to ROUGH DIAMOND, then FOOL’S GOLD and before I knew it, I’d written other tales and never gotten around to Bella and Anthony. However, I had started writing WICKED and over the last few days I’ve been revisiting what I’d done. The bones are there, and I’ve been thinking about this story for ages, working out the kinks and trying to figure out why I found it hard to write the first time around.

I know why now. I had no idea what the story was about.

However, I now know who Bella and Anthony are, what their conflict is, and how they find their happily ever after. I’m excited to delve into them, to figure out what makes them tick, what brings them together, what breaks them apart and what ultimately leads to their happily ever after. I hope you guys will enjoy their story, too.
 
 
 

SILK & SCARS Cover Reveal

Today’s the day, peeps! Check out the beauty of the SILK & SCARS cover below!
 
 
Silk & Scars by Cassandra Dean The Silk Series Decadent Publishing

For over a year, Miss Gwendolyn Parkes and the Duke of Sowrith have corresponded. At first an error, the letters quickly became something much more, a friendship forged on like minds and perhaps the hope of something more…

When Gwen is compelled by her employer to attend the duke at his Dartmoor estate, she is devastated to find her beloved friend cold and imperious, even if he is the most handsome man she’s ever seen – despite his scars.

Edward, Duke of Sowrith, has longed to meet Gwen. Arranging her passage to his estate, he is tongue-tied when confronted with her quiet beauty. All too aware of the twisted ruin of his face, he allows fear to hold him silent…until Gwen’s safety is threatened.

Finally together, they grow closer until it seems they can never again be apart – but can a commoner and a duke find a happily ever after?
 

Available SOON from Decadent Publishing

 
 

SILK & SCARS is also revealed at the following sites. Thank you so much for hosting me and SILK & SCARS:

Monday 9 March
ARe Cafe
T L Reeve
Sara Daniel
Kathleen Ann Gallagher
Cate Masters
Libby Waterford

Tuesday 10 March
London St James
Gina Wynn
Dark Desires Book Blog

Wednesday 11 March
Jessica E Subject
 
 
 

Sneak peak of SILK & SCARS, The Silk Series Book 3

We’re deep in edits for SILK & SCARS and I’m so excited to share with you Gwen and Edward’s story. There’ll be a Cover Reveal next week, so make sure you stop by to see the GORGEOUS cover.

However, while we wait for the reveal, I’d like to share with you all a snippet. Here, Gwen meets Edward for the first time in person:

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Passing through the door, Gwen stopped and, jaw slack, she looked about the chamber. The room was huge, cavernous even, and dark. So dark. Lit only by the flame of the massive fireplace dominating one wall and the wan flicker of a lamp seated on the enormous desk, the light picked up rows upon rows of books while heavy drapes of an unidentifiable fabric covered what she could only presume were windows. The floor was the same stone as the hall, the only carpet appearing before the fire under the clawed feet of a large armchair.

Her gaze returned to the fireplace. A man stood before it, his back to her, right hand held by his left.

Her heart, already racing, started a wild thud against her ribs. That was him. The duke. Edward.

He did not turn, though she willed him to. Willed him to turn, so she could utter that most important of phrases, the one she’d longed to say for an age now.

Hello, Edward.
 
 
 

SILK & SCANDAL Virtual Book Tour Starts Today

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Presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, the SILK & SCANDAL Virtual Book Tour starts today. Follow the tour for your chance to WIN a USD$25 Amazon Gift Card, as well as SILK & SCANDAL swag.

Make sure you stop by and comment at the following stops:
 
July 15: Romantic Historical Lovers
July 16: Flirting With Romance
July 16: Queen of the Night Reviews
July 18:  Books and Other Spells
July 18:  Long Ago Love – an interview and a review
July 19: Krystal Shannan – Where Love and Destiny Collide
July 19: Charlene Raddon’s Chatterblog
 
See you on the tour, peeps.
 
 
Silk & Scandal by Cassandra Dean book 1 in the Silk Series Decadent Publishing

 
Eight years ago…
Thomas Cartwright and Lady Nicola Fitzgibbons were friends. Over the wall separating their homes, Thomas and Nicola talked of all things – his studies to become a barrister, her frustrations with a lady’s limitations.

All things end.
When her diplomat father gains a post in Hong Kong, Nicola must follow. Bored and alone, she falls into scandal. Mired in his studies of the law and aware of the need for circumspection, Thomas feels forced to sever their ties.

But now Lady Nicola is back…and she won’t let him ignore her.
 
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Hump Day Hook #HDH #historical #romance

Hump Day Hook - Authors showcasing their work on Hump Day!

Welcome to Hump Day Hook, a weekly list of authors showcasing their work around the Internets. A big thanks to the wonderful peeps at Hump Day Hook for making this possible.

This week, a brand new story! SILK & SCORN, The Silk Series Book 2. It’s coming soon, peeps, so this is an extra special sneak peak!
 
Silk & Scorn, The Silk Series Book 2

Irritation tugged, but Arthur suppressed it. Emotion would get him nowhere. “Mrs. Wetherall?”

With a sweep of her skirts, she turned from her contemplation, ridiculous hat still disguising her face. He frowned. That enormous hat was absurd. Why did women think such things were attractive? In addition to being ludicrous, it no doubt put undue pressure and strain upon her neck.

The lady and her hat settled into the chair before his desk. Ill at ease, Arthur sank to his own chair.

Lacing her hands in her lap, the lady finally spoke. “I find I require the services of a solicitor in regards to my late husband’s will.”

The hair at the back of his neck stood up. No. Oh, Christ, no.

She looked up, and every muscle in Arthur’s body seized.

Mrs. Wetherall, formerly Miss Sarah Stanhope and the bane of his childhood, glared at him from beneath her ridiculous hat.

 

 

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Hump Day Hook #humphook

Hump Day Hook - Authors showcasing their work on Hump Day!

Welcome to Hump Day Hook, a weekly list of authors showcasing their work around the Internets. A big thanks to the wonderful peeps at Hump Day Hook for making this possible.

This week, it’s all about TEACH ME. The second book I wrote, the second book accepted for publication, but the first book I completed, TEACH ME occupies a very special place in my heart. Elizabeth and Malvern’s story will always mean joy and a kind of empowerment to me – the story came to me after I emerged from a dark period in my life.

But enough about that! Enjoy Elizabeth and Malvern and how they learn how perfect they are for each other.
 
Teach Me Cassandra Dean Decadent Publishing La Belle Series
Bloody hell, had he slept on an anonymous floor once again? He had not done such a thing since his youth, preferring to sleep in his own bed no matter what manner of debauch he had undertaken. Still half asleep, he pried open an eye. There seemed to be a blanket between his body and the floor, but the covering had done little to cushion the hard surface. He noted the presence of a female body lying curled around him, her head buried in his neck, her breath light and warm against his skin. Cautiously lifting his head, he braced himself for the remnants of a night of excess.

Instead, he saw Elizabeth.
 

 

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Hump Day Hook #HDH

Hump Day Hook - Authors showcasing their work on Hump Day!

Welcome to Hump Day Hook, a weekly list of authors showcasing their work around the Internets. A big thanks to the wonderful peeps at Hump Day Hook for making this possible.

This week, another little bit from SILK & SCANDAL, my newest release. It’s available now, peeps!
 
Silk & Scandal The Silk Series Cassandra Dean Decadent TEASE

Swallowing, she asked the question that had caused her agony these two years gone. “Why did you stop writing?”

Again a flicker of something in his eyes. “I thought it best.”

“Did you?” Pain she’d thought buried crashed through her. It had hurt, so badly, when he’d stopped writing. Though she’d never wanted to admit it, she’d known it was because of those missteps she took, the idiotic troubles she’d gotten herself in, and now it would cost her his friendship. Even a return to London, a hope to begin anew, wouldn’t change it if he were ashamed of her.

She focused on the least painful. “Did you know how fiendish boring it was without you? Without your word of home and your briefs and what you were experiencing at the Old Bailey?”

He crossed his arms. “Apparently, you decided scandal was a judicious use of your time.”

She flinched. She hated that she was known for scandal, that boredom and circumstance pushed her to folly. Well, she would not let him see how his words affected her.

Squaring her shoulders, she lifted her chin. “I cannot undo what has been done, Thomas. I should never have agreed to those engagements, or any of the other hundred missteps I’ve made. But I…I had hoped—That is, I thought you might understand.” Breath shuddered through her. “Were you ashamed? That you knew me?”

“Nic, no.” Striding forward, he made as if he wanted to take her hands in his. “I was never ashamed of you.”

 

 

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