Six Sentence Sunday – Rough Diamond, the release edition! #sixsunday


 
After a bit of a break, I’m back with Six Sentence Sunday , and am super excited because ROUGH DIAMOND is now available!

In honour of this awesomeness, here’s six sentences from ROUGH DIAMOND. Thanks, as always, to the peeps behind this wonderful initiative, and to all the lovely people who comment on my sentences 😀

The man who wanted to buy her saloon occupied a table all to himself, watching the roulette wheel as he toyed with the whiskey before him. Though the table regularly sat four, none had joined him, and it looked as if none would. He seemed to suffer no injury from their disinterest, merely continuing to observe the roulette wheel, the lamp set upon his table lighting a foolish grin on his face.

Leaning on the balcony’s wooden balustrade, Alice watched him. For over half an hour, Llewellyn had sat at his table and played with his whiskey, raising it to his lips every so often but not drinking a drop. Instead, his avid gaze took in the activity surrounding him, and his eyes sharpened every now and then as if he were noting something in that empty head of his.

 
Rough Diamond by Cassandra Dean Western Escape Decadent Publishing

Owner of the Diamond Saloon and Theater, Alice Reynolds is astounded when a fancy Englishman offers to buy her saloon. She won’t be selling her saloon to anyone, let alone a man with a pretty, empty-headed grin…but then, she reckons that grin just might be a lie, and a man of intelligence and cunning resides beneath.

Rupert Llewellyn has another purpose for offering to buy the pretty widow’s saloon—the coal buried deep in land she owns. However, he never banked on her knowing eyes making him weak at the knees, or how his deception would burn upon his soul.

Each determined to outwit the other, they tantalize and tease until passion explodes. But can their desire bridge the lies told and trust broken?
 
 

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Six Sentence Sunday – WTF 2: The Reckoning #sixsunday

Six Sentence Sunday is here again, peeps! 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 this week, it’s WTF 2: The Reckoning! Awesome title, hey?

A follow up to ROUGH DIAMOND, WTF 2: The Reckoning features secondary characters Pearl (Red) and Ethan. Hope you enjoy!

Ethan strode into the saloon and threw his hat on the counter. “Red, put me out of my misery, make an honest man of me, and marry me.”

Pearl looked at his hat, and then at him. “Whiskey?”

Exhaling, he cast his gaze to the heavens. “I thought that one would work…Ah well, maybe tomorrow.”

…Man, I hope I get to keep that title. Probably not, though. Some people have no taste *sniff*

Thanks for stopping by, peeps!
 

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

Six Sentence Sunday – Rough Diamond pt nineteenlicketytoo #sixsunday

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

Because I’m on an editing roll, again another six from ROUGH DIAMOND! I hope you enjoy 😀

Rocking back on her heels, Alice swept her tongue over her lips to taste him. A low groan drew her attention, and she found Llewellyn watching her, eyes hot as he stared at her mouth. Blood thrumming, she licked her lips again. His expression turned pained, his hands clenching at his sides.

In an explosion of motion, she pulled him to her even as he tugged her to him. Their mouths collided, and the taste of him exploded in her mouth, better than any whiskey she’d ever savored.

Thanks for stopping by, peeps!

Six Sentence Sunday – Rough Diamond pt whatever #sixsunday

Six Sentence Sunday is here again, peeps! 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, because I’m editing ROUGH DIAMOND, I thought I might do a little snippet from that. Actually, the below is the first six sentences of the story! I hope you enjoy 😀

A knock sounded at the closed door, a brief hesitation followed by two firmer knocks, and finally a group of three that seemed more flourish than a signal of a man’s presence.

Regarding the door, Alice didn’t immediately rise to answer the summons. A lot could be learned from a man’s knock, and even more from his reaction to waiting a spell. From this particular man, she could tell he was unsure of his welcome, but sought to cover such worry with brashness. Then, probably to be cocky about it all, he added the last flurry. From what little she knew of her visitor, such a knock described him to a tee.

Thanks for stopping by, peeps!

Six Sentence Sunday – The Duchess & The Tutor pt 3 #sixsunday

Peeps! Six Sentence Sunday is here! And it’s an extra special Sunday, as it’s my dad’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Dad. Here’s hoping Port Adelaide win 😀

In rgards to Six Sentence Sunday and as always, a big thank you to the peeps behind this wonderful initiative, and to all the lovely people who comment on my sentences.

I’m still wading through edits on ROUGH DIAMOND, and as last week, we’ve got a little tidbit from The Duchess & The Tutor. Again, it’s a bit saucy, so click Continue Reading to, well, continue reading!

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The Next Best Thing Challenge: Rough Diamond

I was tagged by Author Jessica Subject to do The Next Best Thing Challenge. Oh, Jessica, so much fun! Thank you!!

Here’s the idea:

Answer the 10 questions below

Spread the fun and tag 5 awesome people to participate!

1. What is the title of your book / WIP?
ROUGH DIAMOND, coming very soon from Decadent Publishing’s Western Escape!

2. Where did the idea of this book come from?
My editor on my previous release, TEACH ME, suggested I write for Western Escape, and after a little think, I pitched the idea of a fancy Englishman coming to Freewill, Wyoming, and bedeviling a lady saloon owner. The rest is history!

3. What genre would your book fall under?
Historical Western Erotic Romance. So, you know, a bit of everything. I do love to mash those genres.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmm. Well, I pictured Iwan Rheon when describing my hero, Rupert. I reckon he could do a bang up job!

With Alice, I came across a nifty photo on the net, but the lady pictured isn’t an actress so I’ll have to put my thinking cap on…Ohhh! Emilia Clarke! She’d be pretty much perfect! And, as an added bonus, I have an oblique mention of Game of Thrones. Huzzah!

5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
A lady saloon owner isn’t fooled when a seemingly empty-headed Englishman wants to buy her saloon – she can see the man beneath, and she finds herself foolishly intrigued…

6. Is your book published or represented?
ROUGH DIAMOND will be published very soon by Decadent Publishing as part of their Western Escape line. Huzzah!

7. How long did it take you to write it?
Oh god, for some reason, this took F O R E V E R. Six months, peeps. Ugh. Still, I’m rather pleased with the result, so yay for those six months of toil ;p

8. What other books in your genre would you compare it to?
Oh man, I don’t know…my other ones? I guess they’re the same, if only because I wrote them. I say this because they vary wildly in time period – Ancient Rome, Early Victorian London, American West…

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?
I wasn’t inspired by any particular author, per se, but Joss Whedon is always my go to when I’m stuck. Although, he does make me curse with how SUPER UBER TALENTED HE IS. Seriously, peeps. Sometimes, it makes me cry.

10. Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.
Every purchase comes with a free puppy*!

And now, the five talented authors I’m tagging to share the fun.

Lucy Clark
Tamara Gill
Victoria Blisse
Barbara Sheridan
Lucy Felthouse

Hope you peeps enjoyed!

xx

 

*Puppy may be imaginary. Just as good as the real thing, honest ;p

Six Sentence Sunday – The Duchess & The Tutor pt 2 #sixsunday

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

Currently, I’m trundling through edits on ROUGH DIAMOND , but I thought I might try something different today. Here’s a little bit from The Duchess & The Tutor, one of the stories I’m working on. Tis a bit saucy, these six, so click on the Continue Reading to enjoy!

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Six Sentence Sunday – Glory Box pt 2 #sixsunday

Hi peeps,

It’s that time again! Six Sentence Sunday is upon us once more. Thanks, as always, to the lovely peeps at Six Sentence Sunday, and to all the lovely visitors who leave such wonderful comments. You guys rock!

This week, I thought I’d post something from that short story I was writing, tentatively entitled “Glory Box”. Check it out!

“I come here every night, and I want—Christ, I look at you on that stage and I just want to hold you, to feel you next to me and know that neither of us are alone.”

Running a hand through his tousled hair, he laughed, and it was a harsh, bitter sound. “Stupid, right? So tonight, when you beckoned to me with that wicked smile, I was going to take only what you gave and be content with that, but then you asked—” He exhaled, and his look turned rueful and despairing and self-depricating all at once. “You asked me what I wanted—and I want you.”

Thanks for stopping by, peeps!

Six Sentence Sunday – Glory Box pt 1 #sixsunday

Hi peeps,

It’s that time again! Six Sentence Sunday is upon us once more. Thanks, as always, to the lovely peeps at Six Sentence Sunday for their orgamanisational skills, and to you lovely visitors who leave such wonderful comments. Thanks to all!

Now, for something completely different, a little bit from a short story I’m working on…

She hated this feeling. This uncertainty. Why him? Out of all the men, why did he matter so much?

And she knew the answer was simple, and pointless, and frustrating, and true.

Because he did.

Thanks for stopping by, peeps!