Celebrating the 1st Birthday of TEACH ME!

Hi peeps,

Today is the 1st anniversary of TEACH ME’s release. So exciting! TEACH ME started life in a tour bus in Scotland, where I was bored spitless staring at the back of grey heads. Suddenly, what eventually became the epilogue jumped into my head and I couldn’t rest until I’d written it down.

Here’s a bit about it:

Teach Me by Cassandra Dean

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.
 

~ Excerpt ~

Moments passed, the Earl’s impassive gaze weighing heavy upon Elizabeth. An overwhelming urge to twist her fingers assaulted her, but what if her fidgeting made him refuse?

He seemed to make some decision. “I shall show you carnal pleasure, madam. As you say, both to receive and to give. However, pregnancy should be avoided at all costs.” His eyes flickered, the first sign of something resembling emotion crossing his face. “I will not marry you, no matter the circumstance.”

Well, of course he wouldn’t. She wouldn’t wed him either. In any event, conception was not a concern for her, not after a marriage that had never yielded—

Good Lord. He spoke of practical application. He spoke of touching and kissing and—Was it warmer of a sudden?

He continued with barely a pause. “Actual penetration will be avoided. While many people extol the virtues of withdrawal, I remain unconvinced. We will discuss methods of contraception during your education, but the most effective method is always avoidance. You are in agreement?”

Still confused but now with cheeks aflame, Elizabeth nodded. In all her life, no one had ever spoken so frankly. This, combined with his matter-of-fact manner and lack of emotion, banished any lingering apprehension and left only the excitement. Glorious, thrilling excitement.

“Excellent.” Stepping close to her once more, he brushed his hand from her neck to her shoulder, the back of his fingers now warm against her skin. “Shall we begin?”

 
 
GIVEAWAY#!!
To celebrate TEACH ME’s 1 year-versary, comment below, leave your email address, and you could WIN an ebook copy of TEACH ME. Giveaway is international and closes 25 February. Good luck!
 
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# The small print: Comment before midnight on 25 February 2012 (Australian Central Standard Time) to be entered to win an ebook copy of TEACH ME. Winner will be selected via random.org, with winner’s name posted on this blog within three days of the close of the giveaway. 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.

Quick update from the salty word mine

Hey peeps!

The writing is going quite well, so I thought I’d check in:

  • Roman Man – 8 (very crap) chapters. First draft 65-ish% done.
  • WTF 2: The Reckoning – Just over 1000 very rough words. Currently in banter mode. I do love banter mode (and not banger mode, as I just tried to write. Although, banger mode does have its time and place)
  • Duchess & Tutor – Stalled, but percolating

 
In other news, edits on ROUGH DIAMOND are almost complete, and we’re on track for a September release date. I hope to have some more info real soon!

Also, have you seen that TEACH ME is available all over the place in PRINT?? Check out TEACH ME‘s page for linkage and the like.

Finally, this weekend I’m headed off to Sydney for an historical fashion exhibit. Looks to be some awesomesauce things on offer!

Right, that’s about it, peeps! Stay tuned on the blog for blog hops and interviews and stuff, such as:

Cassandra
xx

ANNOUNCEMENT: TEACH ME IS AVAILABLE IN PRINT! #soexcited #newrelease

Peeps! Guess what! TEACH ME is available in PRINT!!! If you’re of a mind, purchase! Purchase mightily!!!
 

 
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.
 

 

TEACH ME is available from:
Amazon.com!
Amazon.co.uk!

 

Six Sentence Sunday – Teach Me

This week’s snippet is from TEACH ME, my latest release from Decadent Publishing. Hopefully next week I’ll have something for you from the new project!

Elizabeth stood, her hand pressed hard into her stomach, the tracks of tears stretching her skin as they dried. When had she stopped crying? She remembered trying to control the tears, control herself, but in the end she hadn’t cared anymore, the pain inside her too great, and she had stopped caring. Unheeded, the tears had fallen and James had not noticed, he had kept going, his words precise and incontrovertible. She had felt as if each tear was dissolving her, who she had been, until there was nothing but a shell. An empty Elizabeth-shaped shell that stood here now in this unknown room, her hand pressed to her stomach and her eyes staring at nothing.

Six Sentence Sunday

A new feature! Six Sentence Sunday will feature six sentences from my works. Wow, bet you didn’t see that coming 😀 Enjoy!

Six Sentences from TEACH ME
Setting the scene – Elizabeth and the Earl have come to an agreement about the parameters of her education. The following occurs at the completion of their second lesson.

His body beneath hers offered comfort and warmth and, strangely, the man who had caused the maelstrom now offered respite from it. She placed her hand over his on her stomach.

His hand jerked as she did so, and for an endless moment, she was certain he would pull away. He did nothing, however, remaining motionless beneath her palm. Tentatively, she linked their fingers.

And he let her.

Available now from Decadent Publishing

OMFG, TEACH ME IS FINALLY HERE!!! [CONTEST]

OH MY GOD, LIKE SUPER AWESOME WOW, IT’S RELEASE DAY FOR TOBY!!!

TEACH ME (real name) is available RIGHT NOW from Decadent Publishing. So fricking amazing! I’m so stoked Toby is finally available for all you peeps to enjoy.

And, because I am the awesome person I am, a contest#!

Comment below to win an ebook copy of my previous release, ENSLAVED, as well as a signed TEACH ME postcard and TEACH ME magnet. Your comment can be whatever you like, whether it’s an examination of the Hapsburg Empire and the factors responsible for its fall, or a dissertation on exactly how fricking hot Michael Fassbender is 😀

Ohhh, I am so massively excited I can’t contain myself! Toby, I totally knew you could do it!

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# The small print: Comment before midnight on 27/02/2012 (Australian Central Daylight Saving Time) to be entered to win one (1) ebook copy of ENSLAVED, one (1) signed TEACH ME postcard, and one (1) TEACH ME magnet. Winner will be selected via random.org, with winner’s name posted on this blog by 01/03/2012. 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. International entries are welcome. No purchase necessary to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Void where prohibited.

AMENDMENT: Release date for TEACH ME

Hey peeps,

Due to unforseen circumstances, the release date for TEACH ME has changed. The date is now…drumroll please…
 

21st FEBRUARY 2012!

 

The good news, you lovely peeps all have a few more days to save your pennies to purchase your very own copy:D

Also, I’m thinking we might need to have some sort of blog party fun on the big day. Yes, this could be a very good idea…Stay tuned…

Release Date for TEACH ME!!

Hey peeps,

The new year has brought some awesomely splendifirous news – TOBY has a release date!

TEACH ME [proper title] will be released by Decadent Publishing on…

…drum roll please…

10th FEBRUARY 2012!!!

Save your pennies, pencil it in your diaries (nay, write it in PEN, folks!) and be all ready for the grandest of days!

Yay TOBY! I knew you would make it one day 😀