SILK & SCANDAL, The Silk Series book 1, is now available! #newrelease @DecadentTEASE

Peeps! The day is here! SILK & SCANDAL is available! Purchase! Purchase mightily!
 
 
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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Early Victorian Romance

Available 8 May 2013

$2.99 Decadent Publishing | ISBN 9781613335185

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~ Excerpt ~

Thomas took a breath, knowing he had to phrase this just right. “Lady Nicola, while I am cognizant of the honor you do me, I don’t believe it appropriate you visit me in my chambers. Shall we arrange a time that suits us both, perhaps for a walk about the park?”

China-blue eyes laughed at him. “Oh, pish. Don’t be such a fuddy-duddy, Thomas. We never stood on such ceremony before.”

Didn’t she know he couldn’t be her friend? Not since their ways had parted and she’d become who she was, while he had become who he was. “Our situations were different before, Lady Nicola. It is not appropriate for a lady of your standing to visit a bachelor in his chambers.”

“Who is going to comment? No one knows I’m here.”

Was she serious? “My clerk knows you’re here. By now, the senior clerk undoubtedly knows you’re here. Before ten minutes have passed, everyone in the building will know you’re here.”

“Well, then, they are a bunch of shocking gossips, and I should not like to know them any better.” She folded her hands in her lap.

“Not the point, Nicola.” Bloody hell, but she drove him mental. She tore at him and picked at him until he didn’t know where he stood. Always she’d done this, taken what little sense he had and driven it right out of his brain.

“I should say it is the point. Our visit would not distress you, if it weren’t for them.”

“It should distress me in any case. You should not be here.”

“Do you know what I’m hearing, Thomas? I’m hearing a vast amount of negativity, when you’ve not even greeted me properly. Why, you’ve yet to kiss my hand, or perhaps give me a h-hug.” Chin up, she looked at him with eyes brimming, and he saw right through her facade. She was truly hurt he’d not yet greeted her as he should.

Helpless, he stared at her. How did she do it? How did she turn his brain to mush? She’d been here less than five minutes, and already she had drawn him back in.

But she was right. He hadn’t greeted her as he should.

Standing, he went to her and drew her to her feet. “Welcome home, Nic.” And he hugged her.

 
 
 

GUEST POST: Alexa Bourne #guest #author

Hi peeps,

Welcome again to the blog Alexa Bourne! Alexa is a fellow Decadent author and she’s here to chat about her release, HER HIGHLAND CHAMPION. Take it away, Alexa!
 
Her Highland Champion Alexa Bourne

The Kierlain House

The Kierlain House, the fictional home of the hero in my book HER HIGHLAND CHAMPION, came alive for me when I first visited Glenfinnan, Scotland. On a quick stop during a tour of the Highlands, I caught a glimpse of the Glenfinnan House Hotel for the first time. Set away from the loch with the greenest mountains surrounding it, the hotel was beautiful and immediately I began planning a story that revolved around that setting.

Her Highland Champion Alexa Bourne Glennfinnan House HotelWhen I started seriously writing this story, I contacted the manager of the Glenfinnan House Hotel. Why not? Where else could I get perfectly accurate information? In my email, I explained I was a writer, my story was set in a fictional version of their hotel and village, and that I was hoping she’d be willing to answer specific questions about her surroundings to make my story authentic. Imagine my surprise when she responded to this and many other emails! The next time I returned to Scotland, I stayed in her hotel and took notes about what it looked like and how I felt inside. Some thoughts remained in my own travel journal, but many did get added to HER HIGHLAND CHAMPION.

The fictional hotel, the Kierlain House, holds a special place in Malcolm Fraser’s heart too, much like the real one does in mine. Malcolm’s the hero in HER HIGHLAND CHAMPION and this home holds many memories for him, both positive and negative.

As a child, it became his safe haven. He’d been battered and bruised by his biological father and his biological mother died when he was very young. The owners of the Kierlain House found Malcolm and eventually adopted him. They gave him the care and love he needed to grow up to be a good and decent man. They encouraged him to take risks again and to find his own path in the world. He followed that path to the International Protective Network, where he works to keep other victims safe. But when he turned in his badge and returned to the house, it became a symbol of his failure as a bodyguard.

Until he met his heroine, Heather Winchester. She made it a positive place for him again. It was where Malcolm first fell in love with her. Granted, he didn’t want to fall for her, but he had no choice. With her trust in him to keep her safe and her ability to make him laugh, she gave him the courage to have faith in himself again.

Nowadays, Malcolm and Heather are working hard to keep the Kierlain House perfect for everyone who visits Glenhalish, and I’m looking forward to the day I can return to the Glenfinnan House Hotel.

Do you have a place that means a lot to you?
 
Her Highland Champion Alexa Bourne

Heather Winchester leads a charming life. With good friends, a beautiful flat in one of the most amazing cities in the world, and a promising future once she finishes her Ph.D, she is finally pursuing her own dreams instead of catering to everyone else’s…except she doesn’t remember any of it.

Malcolm Fraser has returned to his Highland village to forget his failings as a professional bodyguard. Believing he could just lose himself in the mundane activities of running his bed & breakfast, he finds a woman’s lifeless body by the loch instead….

Captivated by Heather as she regains her memory, Malcolm is thrown into the line of duty. As danger comes knocking on their door will he be strong enough to love her and keep her safe?

Available now from

 
 

Six Sentence Sunday – Fool’s Gold pt 2 #sixsunday

Six Sentence Sunday is here again! As always, a big thank you to the peeps behind this wonderful initiative, and to all the lovely people who comment on my sentences 😀

Just like last week, it’s another six from FOOL’S GOLD, second in the Diamond series. Pearl and Ethan continue their shenanigans from last time, with Ethan revealing something of why he pounded on the Diamond’s doors just as a blizzard’s about to roar into town.

“And I was your first choice, was I?” Pearl said.

A kind of blankness fell over Garrett, sudden-like. “I had nowhere else to go.”

Why should she be feeling a tug at her heart just because he had nowhere to go?

Squaring her shoulders, she lifted a brow and pretended her heart never twinged. “If it will get you to depart this here premises the quicker, why don’t you tell me all your troubles and we’ll see if we can’t fix one or two of them?”

Thanks for stopping by, peeps! Please keep coming back for updates on FOOL’S GOLD’s progress!
 


 

Six Sentence Sunday – Fool’s Gold #sixsunday

After another break, I’m back with Six Sentence Sunday! As always, a big thank you to the peeps behind this wonderful initiative, and to all the lovely people who comment on my sentences 😀

So, I don’t know if you peeps know, but I’ve a new book coming out! A sequel to ROUGH DIAMOND, FOOL’S GOLD features secondary characters Pearl and Garrett. They don’t get on at all, but when they’re stuck in the Diamond Saloon on Christmas Eve as a blizzard storms in, well, shenanigans ensue.

Here, Pearl thinks she’ll be getting a night to herself, but instead, there’s a pounding at the Diamond’s door…

The pounding began again, the doors trembling under the force of the knock. Hell and tarnation, she couldn’t leave the poor soul out there to freeze.

Resigning herself to the loss of alone time, she strode across the saloon’s floor and arranged a smile of welcome across her features as she unbolted the door and swung it wide.

Framed in the opening, his hat jammed tight on his head and the collar of his duster turned against the cold, stood Ethan Garrett.

Her smile died. Out of all the population of Freewill, why did it have to be him?

Thanks for stopping by, peeps! And please keep coming back for updates on FOOL’S GOLD’s progress!
 
 

 
 

#ANNOUNCEMENT! Fool’s Gold, a sequel to Rough Diamond!!!

Peeps! Exciting news! So very, very exciting it’s taken me a few days to blog about it! YES IT’S THAT EXCITING.

WTF2: The Reckoning has been contracted to Decadent Publishing! It also has a real name! Are you ready?? Here it is:
 

 
Super excitement fun times wow, am I right? Part of Decadent Publishing’s Western Escape, Fool’s Gold is a sequel to Rough Diamond featuring secondary characters Pearl and Ethan. And here’s a blurb!

Christmas in Freewill

Christmas Eve, the Diamond Saloon is empty of its people, and Pearl la Monte has a hankering to retire early. A pounding at the Diamond’s door rids her of such a fool notion, and her irritation rises when she sees its the prissy, polite-like Garrett at the door.

Ethan Garrett has a powerful need to gain succor from the Diamond. When Pearl opens the door, he don’t stop to think on how his ire at her has disappeared, or how he just wants to spend some time in her company.

But when a blizzard storms in, when it traps them alone, maybe they’ll find their irritation for each other disguises something more…

More info as it arrives, peeps!

xx
 

ROUGH DIAMOND Blog Tour Grand Prize Contest! #blogtour #win

Hi peeps!

The ROUGH DIAMOND tour might be over (boo!) but you can still win! The contests on each stop run for a week after the original stop was posted, and so there’s still time to enter. Also, the Grand Prize# is still up for grabs! Comment on ANY of the stops, leave your email address, and you’ll go in the running to WIN a USD$20.00 Amazon.com Gift Card! Each stop also gives you the chance to win any Decadent Publishing ebook from my back list, a signed ROUGH DIAMOND postcard and ROUGH DIAMOND magnet! Sounds pretty spesh, right?

The Grand Prize will be announced on this blog next Saturday, 3rd November. So get commenting, peeps!
 

 
Cassandra
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Rought Diamond by Cassandra Dean
 
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#The small print: Comment and leave your email address before midnight on October 30, 2012 (Australian Central Standard Time) to be entered to win any Decadent Publishing ebook by Cassandra Dean bar ROUGH DIAMOND, one (1) signed ROUGH DIAMOND postcard and one (1) ROUGH DIAMOND magnet.
Also, by commenting and leaving your email address you will be entered to the Grand Prize (consisting of one (1) USD$20.00 Amazon.com Gift Card, one (1) signed postcard of ROUGH DIAMOND,, one (1) signed postcard of TEACH ME, one (1) signed postcard of ENSLAVED, one (1) magnet of ROUGH DIAMOND, one (1) magnet of TEACH ME and one (1) magnet of ENSLAVED.
Winner will be selected via random.org, with winner’s name posted on this blog and Cassandra’s blog (https://cassandradean.com/blog-2) by 1/11/2012. Grand Prize winner will be announced on Cassandra’s blog (https://cassandradean.com/blog-2) by 03/11/2012. Cassandra will also contact the winner by e-mail; the winner will be required to reply with their postal address so Cassandra can send the prize to them.
Only one entry per ISP address. Entrants must be over 18 years of age. By entering, you agree Cassandra can use your name when announcing the winner if you should win. If potential prize winner forfeits or does not claim the prize, prize will be re-awarded, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. All prizes will be awarded. International entries are welcome. No purchase necessary to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Void where prohibited by law.

ROUGH DIAMOND Blog Tour Final Stop! #blogtour #win

Hi peeps!

ROUGH DIAMOND is officially on tour! Big thanks to Writer Marketing for organising. For the next week, I’ll be popping up all over the place, chatting about a different aspect of ROUGH DIAMOND at each stop.

Rought Diamond by Cassandra Dean

Today is the fifth and final stop on the tour, and I’m over at Satin’s Bookish Corner. Mosey on over to learn all about The Diamond Theater and its Spectacular.

But wait! There’s totally more! There are prizes on offer, peeps, as well as a Grand Prize to be announced after the end of the tour. Go on over to Satin’s Bookish Corner for the deets.

So how did you peeps go? Have you commented? Best of luck to you all!
 

 
Cassandra
xx
 

ROUGH DIAMOND Blog Tour Continues! Stop 4 #blogtour #win

Hi peeps!

ROUGH DIAMOND is officially on tour! Big thanks to Writer Marketing for organising. For the next week, I’ll be popping up all over the place, chatting about a different aspect of ROUGH DIAMOND at each stop.

Rought Diamond by Cassandra Dean

Today is the fourth stop on the tour and I’m over at Victoria Blisse’s. Mosey on over to learn all about Coal and the Mining of It.

But wait! There’s totally more! There are prizes on offer, peeps, as well as a Grand Prize at the end of the tour. Go on over to Victoria Blisse’s for the deets.

Make sure you visit every day this week for the next stop in the tour and your chance to win.
 

 
Cassandra
xx
 

ROUGH DIAMOND Blog Tour Continues! Stop 3 #blogtour #win

Hi peeps!

ROUGH DIAMOND is officially on tour! Big thanks to Writer Marketing for organising. For the next week, I’ll be popping up all over the place, chatting about a different aspect of ROUGH DIAMOND at each stop.

Rought Diamond by Cassandra Dean

Today is the third stop on the tour and I’m over at Catriana’s Muse. Mosey on over to learn all about A Welsh Boy Done Good.

But wait! There’s totally more!
There are prizes on offer, peeps, as well as a Grand Prize at the end of the tour. Go on over to Catriana’s Muse for the deets.

Make sure you visit every day this week for the next stop in the tour and your chance to win.
 

 
Cassandra
xx
 

ROUGH DIAMOND Blog Tour Continues! Stop 2 #blogtour #win

Hi peeps!

ROUGH DIAMOND is officially on tour! Big thanks to Writer Marketing for organising. For the next week, I’ll be popping up all over the place, chatting about a different aspect of ROUGH DIAMOND at each stop.

Rought Diamond by Cassandra Dean

Today is the second stop on the tour and I’m over at Adriana Kraft’s website. Mosey on over to learn all about A Town Housing Alice.

But wait! There’s totally more! There are prizes on offer, peeps, as well as a Grand Prize at the end of the tour. Go on over to Adriana Kraft’s website for the deets.

Make sure you visit every day this week for the next stop in the tour and your chance to win.
 

 
Cassandra
xx