Hump Day Hook – Rough Diamond #HDH

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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, I’m featuring Book 1 in The Diamond Series, ROUGH DIAMOND. ROUGH DIAMOND is only $2.99 at Amazon – Take advantage before it goes back to its regular-like price 🙂 Oh, and ROUGH DIAMOND is GBP1.98 at Amazon UK.
 
Rough Diamond Cassandra Dean Decadent Publishing Western Escape

Quickly, Alice checked her appearance in the mirror. The hour spent on accounts and reports had done little damage to her hair, the complicated arrangement she’d braided into the ebony strands still under ruthless control. Her gown remained unblemished, but it was difficult to see any flaw in black, especially in such uncertain light.

She’d taken to wearing the shade, as was proper and right, after Seth had passed. Too soon her husband had been taken from her, but few recovered from a knife and a wicked-bad man wielding it. In those dark days following his passing, ritual had kept her grief from overwhelming her.

With the heels of her hands, she wiped at her cheeks. That was over and done, and five years had passed. Grief had lessened, but the day she’d been of a mind to wear color, she’d hesitated. If she continued to wear black, no man would forget she was Seth’s widow, and all things considered, it would make the running of a saloon a mite smoother. So, she made it that her wardrobe consisted of nothing but black. Black blouses, black skirts, black dresses…. Damn, she was mighty tired of black.
 

 

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Hump Day Hook – Rough Diamond #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.

I’ve been off the radar a bit for Hump Day Hook recently but now I’m back! This week, I’m featuring featuring Book 1 in The Diamond Series, ROUGH DIAMOND. This week I also discovered ROUGH DIAMOND is only $2.99 at Amazon – Why? Who knows! But take advantage before someone wises up and it goes back to its regular-like price 🙂 Oh, and ROUGH DIAMOND is GBP1.98 at Amazon UK!
 
Rough Diamond Cassandra Dean Decadent Publishing Western Escape

Rupert leaned against the wall next to the door. Mrs. Reynolds wore black, just as she had the night before. If the color was in deference to her husband’s passing, she wore it long after what was expected of a widow. Her husband had been dead, what? Five years? Six? In any case, she should have laid off the black long ago. Could it be she had another reason for such stark garb?
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Hump Day Hook #HDH #western #historical #romance

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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 little bit from FOOL’S GOLD, second in The Diamond Series:
 
Fool's Gold Cassandra Dean Western Escape Decadent Publishing

Again, a blush heated Pearl’s skin, and a strange kind of pleasure, too. She’d been told all manner of things regarding her person, that she were an angel, a nymph, a goddess come to life. All these things she’d dismissed, much as she’d dismissed the men saying them. But Garrett telling her, with a tilt to his mouth and a solemnity to his eyes, her hair was a glory had her all flustered and downright flattered.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Hump Day Hook #humphook

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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.

For this Hook, I’m featuring book 1 in The Diamond Series, ROUGH DIAMOND. Currently on tour, you can check out the stops and win stuff. Enjoy!
 
Rough Diamond Cassandra Dean Decadent Publishing Western Escape

This was getting her nowhere fast. Annoyance marched through her, at his caginess, at her own damn fascination with a man intent on lying to her. “So, if you aren’t a fool, what are you?”

Removing his hands from his pockets, he moved toward her. Gaze steady on hers, he stopped close, so close she could see his eyes weren’t truly black but instead the darkest of browns. She froze, unsure what would happen but desperate to discover. He didn’t touch, did nothing more inappropriate than stand too close.

Then, he leaned down, and his lips brushed her ear. “Fascinated.”


 

 

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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.

Right, on with the hook itself! Another bit from FOOL’S GOLD, second in The Diamond Series:
 
Fool's Gold Cassandra Dean Western Escape Decadent Publishing

Ethan stared down at Pearl. Unaware of his perusal, she slept on, her face peaceful and her chest rising and falling gently. She’d pushed the bed covers down to her waist, a wide vee of her skin revealed by the half-opened chemise, trapped and pulled tight by her body. The cloth had fallen sometime in the night, and the light from the lamp hit the tinsel on her Christmas tree, throwing color and spangles over the creamy flesh. An insane urge rose within him, an urge to see if the colors would change the flavor of her.
 
 
 
FOOL’S GOLD is currently touring the blogs, so make sure you check it out – you could win prizes! You can also learn MORE about FOOL’S GOLD here
 

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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.

For this Hook, I’m featuring book 1 in The Diamond Series, ROUGH DIAMOND. I hope you enjoy Alice Reynolds and Rupert Llewellyn’s shenanigans!
 
Rough Diamond Cassandra Dean Decadent Publishing Western Escape

Mouth dry, Alice watched as Llewellyn gently dragged the glove from her. His fingers curled slightly around her hand. For an eternity, he stared down at her glove. Then, he raised his gaze to hers.

Wetting her lips, she struggled through a breath. In his face, she saw everything he only ever teased her with. Intelligence. Cunning. And a need so deep it would all but consume her.

A need she wanted for her own.


 

 

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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, a bit from my second book, TEACH ME. TEACH ME was actually written before ENSLAVED, during a three-month European holiday extravaganza! Tiny pieces of paper covered in scribbles floated around my luggage in that trip, let me tell you 😀 So, continuing on with the kissing theme, here’s Elizabeth and Malvern’s first kiss. Enjoy!
 
Teach Me Cassandra Dean Decadent Publishing La Belle Series
Malvern was disgusted to find he was holding his breath. Elizabeth smiled suddenly, wickedly, and then she stepped forward to demonstrate once more.

His brows rose as she mashed her lips against his. Her kiss was…interesting. His heart steadied as she continued her…he hesitated to call it a kiss. She was trying her best, though. It shouldn’t cheer him that it appeared she had had some very poor tutors.

Gently, he set her from him, relieved they were back on familiar footing. “That was passionate kissing?”

A frown creased her brow. “Was I doing it wrong?”

He effected an elegant rising of the shoulder, the distraction of a moment ago forgotten. “It was not the best kiss I’ve ever received.”

“Oh.” The light in her eyes dimmed.

“’Tis easily remedied.” Taking a step toward her, he fairly crowded her with his body. She didn’t retreat, curious mouse that she was. Her scent wound about him, that scent that was hers alone, flowers and musk and her.

“How?” Her eyes fairly drowned him with innocence.

Suspicion rose at her guileless tone. “Are you being facetious?”

“Now, why would you say that?” Wickedness danced behind the innocence.

His lips quirked and, before amusement could find expression, he covered her mouth with his. His kiss destroyed the shape of her smile.
 

 

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Hump Day Hook #humphook

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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.

Right, on with the hook itself! A blast from the past and a smidge from ENSLAVED, my very first published book!

Enslaved Cassandra Dean Decadent Publishing Roman Series
“But I wanted you, Lucia.” Marcus tucked my hair behind my ear and his hand rested warm against my cheek. “I would have given anything to take you away, to save you from hurt. I still would.”

Finally, I thought what to say. “It has been eight years. More. How can you…It has been eight years.”

“I have not wavered.” His eyes were steady on mine. His hand was so very warm.

As if in a dream, I reached up and cradled his hand in both of mine. Closing my eyes, I turned to kiss his palm. His other hand smoothed my hair, trailing over my shoulder, down my spine. Leaning into his touch, I shivered with emotion that finally, after all these years, he was touching me.

My hand slid up his forearm, tracing the muscles I found there. He turned my face to his, and I opened my eyes to find his gaze upon me, soft and warm and hard all at the same time. My hand moulded his shoulder as he cupped the back of my head.

We kissed.
 

 

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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. This is my very first time Hump Day Hooking so please be gentle with me 🙂 A big thanks to the wonderful peeps at Hump Day Hook for making this possible.

Right, on with the hook itself! This is a smidge from FOOL’S GOLD, book the second in The Diamond Series:

Fool's Gold Cassandra Dean Western Escape Decadent Publishing
Expansively, Ethan exhaled. “A woman after my own heart. Careful, Miz Pearl, you keep anticipating my needs like this, and I just might have to court you proper.”

She snorted. “After all the fighting and fussing we subjected the town to? None would believe it.”

“Probably not. But I’d be moved to be convincing.”

“Of course you would.”

He arranged a pious look upon his features. “It would be the right thing to do. I like the town. I like its folk.” Hooking his fingers in her robe’s sash, he tugged her close. “I like you.”

“Do you?”

“Damn right.” And again he kissed her.

 

 

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