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.
 
 
 

Writing, writing, writing…

So, I’m all fired and raring to go with the writing. I’ve got three series on the go at varying stages: First up, there’s the Diamond Series, my Old Timey Westerns. The last book in the series, EMERALD SEA, is kicking my behind. It’s not coming together as easily as I’d like (when do they, Cassandra asks herself ruefully). The heroine, Hope, hasn’t changed much but I’ve changed my mind on who the hero, Jake, is. Even his name has changed, from the eloquent and biblical Jacob to the more decisive derivative, Jake. (As an aside, I’ve kind of kicked myself with this, as generic action heroes are always named John or Jack or Jake – check out any action movie of the last twenty years. You won’t find a Paul or Daniel amongst them. But…completely off topic). The plot has changed slightly to incorporate this new version of Jake, but I’m still having issues with the flow. Oh wells, it will come. Much like Christmas.

The Silk Series is steaming away like nobody’s business. SILK & SCARS, the third in the series, is with my editor and will be released in the first half of this year. SILK & SCHOLAR, the next in the series, is bubbling away nicely and I’m really enjoying Etta and Christopher’s shenanigans. Oh my, but Christopher loves to niggle Etta. Tis a thing of beauty.

The third series is brand new and in early concept stages – THE CHARRINGTON SISTERS. Based around three sisters venturing into the marriage mart in Regency London, this series will see me finally writing my regencies! Only took me what, nine or ten books? Well done, Cassandra.

Right, well I guess I better get back to it. These books aren’t going to write themselves (unfortunately).

Cassandra
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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

ANNOUNCEMENT! Rough Diamond is a goer!

Peeps! Exciting news! Not only will I have a short story coming out soon, but…

Wait for it…

The trumpets are just warming up…

Hang on. Where are the trumpeteers? Smoke-o? They’re not allowed on a smoke-o. Also, that stuff is bad for you. GOVERNMENT ADS TELL ME THIS, THEREFORE IT MUST BE TRUE

Oh. They’re back. Right, trumpets in three…two…one…
 

DA DA DA DAAAAAAAHH!

 

My Western Romance

ROUGH DIAMOND

has been accepted for publication by Decadent Publishing!

YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!

 
Part of Decadent Publishing‘s Western Escape, ROUGH DIAMOND tells the tale of Alice Reynolds, a lady saloon owner, and Rupert Llewellyn, a seemingly empty-headed Englishman. Sparks fly when Rupert proposes he purchase Alice’s saloon, but is there a nefarious purpose to his request?

More deets as they arrive, peeps!

I’m so excited by this! I’ll have THREE published books and ONE short story very soon.
THIS CAPER IS GOING GANGBUSTERS!

xx
(and excited squeal!)

Six Sentence Sunday – Silk pt 6

UPDATED: Six Sentence Sunday is here! Thanks to the lovely Six Sentence Sunday people, and all those who visit and comment.

First up, sorry for the break in transmission, peeps, I don’t know where my brain was at. The lure of those cocktails must have been strong. However, now I’m back and here’s six sentences from Silk!

Slowly, hesitantly, his lips met hers, brushed once, twice.

Pleasure rushed through her, sharp and bright. Never had it been like this. All the boys she’d kissed, the men she’d teased, none had made her feel as she did now. Emotion swelled, until it felt her heart was too large for her chest and would encompass all of her, occupy her totally with this feeling for him. For Thomas.

If you would like to read some other wonderful six sentences, click on the picture below to be taken to the list.

Thanks, peeps! I promise next week I’ll be on the ball 😀

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Hi peeps!

Well, I left the house without completing my Six Sentence Sunday post because I’m a silly duffer. I will update with my six sentences asap!

In the mean time, here’s a picture of the cabaret show and cocktails I’m neglecting you all for:

Six Sentence Sunday – Silk pt 5

Six Sentence Sunday is upon us once more! Thanks, as always to the lovely peeps at Six Sentence Sunday for this awesome initiative. Thanks also to all of you who comment, it’s such a pleasure to read your words 😀

Some sad news first, the lovely peeps at Six Sentence Sunday have decided to call it a day. The last official Six Sentence Sunday will be 27 January 2013, so, that’s plenty of time for us to get used to the idea that after that date, there will be no official Six Sentence Sunday. I would like to extend a big thank you to the all the Six Sentence Sunday peeps. It has and continues to be a wonderful initiative, and I’m very proud to have been a part of it.

Now, back to Silk. Thomas and  Nicola are studying one of Thomas’s defence cases together…

She turned her gaze from the papers before her to the man beside her.

Thomas looked at her, his thumb pressed against a smile.

Brows drawing together, she said, “Was there something, Thomas?”

Removing his thumb from his lips left only his smile. “You’re rather adorable when you concentrate.”

Heat flared in her cheeks and, quickly, she looked down at the paper.

If you would like to read some other wonderful six sentences, click on the picture below to be taken to the list.

Thanks for dropping by, peeps!

Six Sentence Sunday – Silk pt 4

Six Sentence Sundayis upon us once more! Thanks, as always to the lovely peeps at Six Sentence Sunday for this awesome initiative. Thanks also to all of you who comment, it’s such a pleasure to read your words 😀

Before we get to the six sentences, I’m currently part of the Shameless Summer Giveaway Hop, and am giving away a copy of ENSLAVED, as well as a signed TEACH ME postcard and a TEACH ME magnet.
Comment for your chance to win!

Now, continuing on with Silk, Thomas and  Nicola have entered the shenanigan stage…

Grabbing her upper arms, he hauled her to him. And then, he kissed her.

Stunned, she stood stock still as his lips brushed hers, light and sweet. Gently, his tongue traced the seam of her mouth, and with that small touch, fire swept through her. Tangling her fingers in the soft strands of his hair, she pulled him closer. Then, she kissed him back.

If you would like to read some other wonderful six sentences, click on the picture below to be taken to the list.

Thanks for dropping by, peeps!

Note: I buggered up the link this week, so the date on the post is incorrect. It was actually posted Sunday 10 June. Oh technology, you are awesome but so very literal ;p

Six Sentence Sunday – Silk pt 3

And it’s another Six Sentence Sunday! Thanks, as always to the lovely peeps at Six Sentence Sunday for this awesome initiative.

Continuing on with Silk once again, Thomas and  Nicola are not quite up to shenanigan stage just yet…

She sighed. “This again, Thomas?”

“We are no longer children talking over a fence, Lady Nicola. You are who you are and I— ” He resisted the urge to run his hand through his hair. This morning he’d spent an hour taming the stupid curls, and he would not wreck his efforts because Lady Nicola Fitzgibbons had chosen to return to his life.

Oh, poor Thomas. Methinks you do protest a tad too much.

If you would like to read some other wonderful six sentences, click on the picture below to be taken to the list.

Thanks for dropping by, peeps!

Six Sentence Sunday – Silk pt 2

Six Sentence Sunday! Huzzah! Thanks, as always to the lovely peeps at Six Sentence Sunday for this awesome initiative.

Continuing on with Silk, we find Thomas and his scandalous lady, Nicola, mere moments after we left them…

“Welcome home, Nic.” And he hugged her.

Dear God, she felt good. Only a head shorter than him, she smelled of violets or lavender or some other water ladies liked to douse themselves in. He allowed himself ten seconds to hold her, to absorb the feel of her into himself, and then he stepped back. “You should not be here.”

Well, what exciting things are in store for Thomas and Nicola? Hopefully shenanigans. Shenanigans are always fun 😀

If you would like to read some other wonderful six sentences, click on the picture below to be taken to the list.

Thanks for dropping by, peeps!

Six Sentence Sunday – Silk pt 1

Six Sentence Sunday is here once more! Thanks, as always to the lovely peeps at Six Sentence Sunday for this awesome initiative.

We take a break from Rough Diamond this week to feature another work in progress. Tentatively titled Silk*, this is the tale of a straight-laced English barrister who just wants to be an upstanding Member of Parliament. Unfortunately, the return of a childhood friend, a seemingly frivilous lady, has him entertaining all manner of thoughts that should never cross his mind…

“Do you know what I’m hearing, Thomas? I’m hearing a vast amount of what I should not be doing, when you’ve not even greeted me properly. Why, you’ve yet to kiss my hand, or perhaps give me a h-hug.”

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

If you would like to read some other wonderful six sentences, click on the picture below to be taken to the list.

Thanks for dropping by, peeps!

*This will definately change. At the moment, not too sure what the title will be. It will come to me, though, never fear!