Guest author: Krystal Shannon

Peeps, join me in welcoming Krystal Shannon to the blog! Krystal writes steamy paranormal romance and she’s on the blog today to chat about her latest release, SAVING MARGARET.
 
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Thank you so much for having me today! I’m thrilled to be on your blog and introduced to your fans.

Writing has always been a part of my life. I actually can’t remember a time when I didn’t write stories. Even in elementary school a friend of mine and I made up this newsletter and each week one of us would put a little more of a story into it. It was like a serial. I found a box with all those old newsletters the other day and laughed and giggled. It was so neat to be able to look back over those memories and then see where I am now.

So much has changed. So many goals have been reached, but my love of storytelling didn’t go anywhere. I still love spinning an exciting adventure and surprising myself with where I end up.

I do want to make a living at writing one day, but that’s not why I do it. I write and create because my soul demands it. These stories touch my heart and I hope they touch yours.

Hugs,
Krystal

 
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Successful, but lonely, Margaret Taylor finds her mate in the body of a man she least expects it in. A bear! Her human half tries to reason her way out of the match, but her wolf is through with her excuses. Crossing the species line isn’t unheard of, but it’s not often done.

Try as she might to avoid him, fate makes sure the big grizzly bear is nearby at all times. But, will his presence be enough to protect her from the evil stalking her?

The power of the magick between them can’t be avoided. But, Scott O’Hearn thinks the beautiful Taylor wolf is doing a fine job of just that —avoiding him. He can’t help he’s a bear shifter and he’s determined to convince her it doesn’t matter. She is his mate and he’s waited over a century to find her.

Will he convince Margaret she’s his true match before it’s too late?

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Amazon Best Seller
Available Now @ Amazon | Smashwords | ARe
Novel – 40K word count – Paranormal / Witches/ Shifter Romance

Vegas Mates in series order…
CHASING SAM (novella)
SAVING MARGARET

 
 
13_08_05_KrystalShannanHeadShotParanormal Romance author, Krystal Shannan, lives in Texas and is married to the love-of-her-life. They have a spunky young daughter who believes in fairies. Krystal professes to loving shoes, but avoids wearing them at all costs. She teaches in the public schools and writes as much as she can in her free time. If any more spare time can be squeezed from her day, she enjoys reading romance in all genres, but especially paranormal. If it has a ‘Happily Ever After’, she’s on board!

Krystal Shannan
Magick, Myth, and Legendary Romance.

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Action Scenes in Romance with Jessica Subject! #scifiromance

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Action Scenes in Romance

Hello everyone! I’m Jessica Subject, and I’m the author of several science fiction romance and contemporary romance stories. I’d like to say thank you to Cassandra for having me back on the blog, and to you for stopping by to read my post.

There are many types of action scenes that can be written. I’ve penned chase scenes, fighting scenes, and sex scenes. Where many scenes are used to build tension, the action scenes are the ones where the tension bursts, everything comes to a head.

The scenes generally have less dialogue, and should get the heart racing. Description is more important, but it is narrow-focused, keeping in the character’s point-of-view. Putting myself in any of the above action scenes, I would not be noticing everything around me, focusing on the person I’m running from or chasing, fighting, or making love to. I would be looking for an escape route, worrying about how close the person behind me was.

In Another Night, Another Planet, which released today, the first time you meet the hero, he is running, trying to escape men who are chasing him. Here’s an excerpt:

Run, Nate, run!”

Natazekiel, well aware of the stupid remark he’d made, bounded out of the pub behind his friend. As he rushed past, he toppled tables and chairs on their sides to slow his pursuers. Slamming into the doorframe, he lost his footing. He spun around, catching sight of the burly, blue-skinned Otarians lumbering after him, veins throbbing in their thick necks.

Regaining his balance, he scrambled down the street. He spotted Wyn ahead of him, rounding a corner. But the men he’d pissed off remained on his heels. If he followed his friend, they would chase him, too. If Wyn reached their star cruiser first, Nate hoped he would find a way to rescue him.

A beam of red light slammed into the road in front of him, blasting chunks of concrete all around him. Shit!

He faked to the right, pretending to follow his friend. Then he weaved left. The cursing from behind made him pause, but he valued his life too much—even if no one else did—to turn around.

Ornate stone pillars decorated the front of the tall, posh building ahead of him. An Otarian man stepped out of the entrance, and Nate raced to catch the door before it slammed shut. Inside, he glanced down the long hallway—lit by lavish sconces—at the multitude of doors lining either side. Would he find a way out behind any of them?

With his heart pounding, he grabbed each large brass-colored handle as he rushed by. None of the doors opened for him.

There he is. Shoot him!”

Tell me: What types of action scenes do you prefer?

Jessica Subject Another Night, Antother Planet

Another Night, Another Planet

A 1Night Stand / Elatia story

By Jessica E. Subject

Erotic Sci-Fi Romance

ISBN: 978-1613335413

Limited by status…

Ava is a housekeeper aboard Star Spirit, a luxury cruise ship travelling between the Milky Way and the Belvarian System. Coming from a middle-class family on Earth, she is considered by passengers as nothing more than an object to be tossed away when they’re done with her.

Shunned because of his lineage…

Banned from several planets across the universe, Nate struggles to run his interstellar shipping business. But the DNA of an exterminated race runs through his blood, giving him a diluted form of their powers, and leaving him labeled as a terrorist.

Both searching for the one…

Through her 1Night Stand dating service, Madame Evangeline matches these two together for a celestial escape on the pleasure planet, Elatia.

Will Ava and Nate find what they’re looking for, or will their date be just another night on another planet?

Now available from Decadent Publishing and other eBook retailers.

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Jessica Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous. 

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.

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Guest Post: A Journey Inside Co-Writing by Zee Monodee

Peeps, please welcome my good friend and all round lovely person Zee Monodee to the blog. Zee is chatting about her newest release, INESCAPABLE, a collaboration with Natalie Owens, and giving us an insight into the whole self-publishing world.
Please join me in welcoming Zee.

 
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Nat: We should do something together.

(FYI, she lives in Malta, in the Mediterranean; I live in Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean. Thousands of miles apart, and at least 14 hours by flight to connect)

Zee: *nods emphatically* Definitely!

Nat: What, though? A series?

Zee: Yes, yes! With your voice and my propensity to kick arse in every story, we’d do really well (at the time, I wrote mainly heroine-centric espionage)

Nat: So, PNR?

Zee: *nod*

Nat: Our terms. No sex-for-the-sake-of-sex.

Zee: You got it! And we decide everything that is to happen. Our way, all the way!

Nat: Duh! No-brainer, sis. What do you say we self-pub this one, test the waters on our own two – or, uh, four – feet and retain the freedom of publishing schedule and plot content?

Zee: You got it!

Hey everyone! It’s a pleasure to be here today after Cassandra’s lovely invitation. My bestie, Natalie G. Owens (known as Nat to her friends, lol) and I recently indie-pubbed our very first collab book, Inescapable, Book1 in the paranormal/fantasy Eternelles series.

The conversation above is pretty much a summary of how we embarked on this journey together.

What was the most determining aspect of the above discussion? I’ll admit it was the ‘no sex-for-the-sake-of-sex’ part. Allow me to say neither of us is a prude. Nat might be Catholic, and I might be a Muslim, but lol, we do have sex in our stories. Plenty of it, even. But have you ever read a book where it’s supposed to be romantic suspense or PNR with action and danger, and it feels like someone fast forwards the action, pauses the story, slow motions a sex scene, then hits play, only to have the same thing happen again? We didn’t want that. If sex was to be in our story, it would be in organically, not something that feels ‘forced’ just because we have to “write more sex and heat” in.

So Nat and I decided to play…and she surprised me with the blast of heat she brought to this book! The characters she wrote, Sera and Rafe, scorched the pages in their every encounter! The story is written in split POVs – Nat wrote Sera, a 125-year-old girl who clings to the teenage mentality. Sera is of phoenix and gypsy origins, and 100 years earlier, Rafe, a vampyre, turned her and made her his. In 2012, he is back into her life to claim her.

In comparison, my pair – Adri and Des – looks very tame. Uh, exactly like you’d expect ‘staid’ parents to be, I suppose… Adri is a 2,900-yr-old immortal hailing from Ancient Greece and who grew up on Olympus. She’s the daughter of a human maenad and Dionysos, Greek god of wine and revelry. Despite having lived for centuries as a skilled and cunning courtesan in the highest reaches of European courts, Adri came out more like the worrying and over-protective mother she is. For the past 1,000 years or so, Adri has been stuck on uncovering the identity of the mysterious masked man who kissed her on the darkened terrace of a ball in Crusade-time Jerusalem. She finally finds him when Des Roxburgh steps into her life in 2012, too. Why didn’t he come forth all these centuries, and what does he want now? More important, who, and what, is he? Des can disappear out of thin air, wring the neck of a shifty, mist-like Soul Stealer, and bodily haul a vampyre overlord across a room. He admits to being the ‘only one of his kind’ but Adri has no clue what that means, except to suspect he must have something demonic in him…

But her desire for Des has simmering for a millennium, and it’s no wonder she succumbs, no matter what he is…

At the heart of the Eternelles series is Adri and Sera, and the mother-daughter bond between them. Despite being immortal paranormal creatures, the generation gap between parents and children is more than present between these two.

And this is another forte we uncovered – relationships. Nat is older than me, but we swapped the age order when we wrote these characters. She put herself in the shoes of the petulant teenage rebel, while I, recently out of young adulthood, wrote the overbearing parent with so much ‘accuracy’ I’m starting to be worried as to the kind of mother I’d be if I ever had a daughter. Lol, thank goodness I have a son.

Writing these two women, and sketching out their journey for this series, has been a thrill and a heck of a ride for us. With Inescapable now out, and Books2&3, Indomitable and Irresistible, releasing during the second half of 2013, we now look forward to sharing Adri’s and Sera’s journey in our paranormal/fantasy world with you, readers. Join us?
 
Thanks for stopping by, Zee! INESCAPABLE sounds awesome – make sure you peeps check it out!
 
Zee Monodee Natalie Owens Inescapable

An immortal born from an unlikely alliance…
Beautiful mythic Greek heiress Adrasteia ‘Adri’ Dionysios has roamed the world for millennia, taking her pleasure where she wanted. Until one night, when Fate drops a baby wrapped in fire into her arms. Motherhood is a formidable challenge, but so is figuring out the identity of a mystery man who makes her pulse race.

A vampyre’s obsession…
Seraphine ‘Sera’ Dionysios’ origins are shrouded in mystery. Torn between a mother whose blood saved her life, and a man who now possesses her soul, the only thing Sera can still cling to is her heart.

One rule matters above all others: Always protect the portal…
When Evil comes to Adri and Sera’s hometown of Shadow Bridge, a place where the mortal human world ends and the supernatural realm starts, it’s up to them to stop a prophecy as old as time itself…or die trying.

Available NOW from:

Amazon US ~ Amazon UKBarnes and Noble ~ Smashwords ~ Kobo ~ iBookstore

Print version: July 2013

French translation to Amazon.fr in August 2013

Find what reviewers are saying about Inescapable on the Goodreads page

 

 
 
 

Guest author: C R Moss #guestauthor

Hi peeps!

Today, we have C R Moss stopping by the blog, telling us all about her new release, LOVERS AND THE FIEND. Take it away, CR!
 
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Cassandra Dean: Congratulations on the release of LOVERS AND THE FIEND! Would you tell us a little about it?
C R Moss: This is a story in Evernight Publishing’s Naughty Fairy Tale line. The characters, Jack and Kristina, appeared in my short story – Chasing Miss Kringle – that’s in an Evernight Publishing anthology – Stockings and Suspenders. This is the first of a handful of stories I have planned for the NFT line that revolve around the world started in CMK and Lovers. You don’t have to read the anthology story to read Lovers, but it’d be nice if you did. 😉 This story is based off of the tale Beauty and the Beast.

CD: What inspired you to write LOVERS AND THE FIEND?
CRM: As for why I wanted to write LOVERS AND THE FIEND, I wanted to submit something to the Naughty Fairy Tale line and thought that the characters and their jobs that were mentioned in Chasing Miss Kringle would make good material for longer stories.

CD: What did you find easiest/most difficult about writing LOVERS AND THE FIEND?
CRM: The story part flowed pretty easily. It was the more intimate scenes that were a bit more tricky for me.

CD: You write westerns, just like me! How do you go about writing in this genre?
CRM: I write in this particular genre with my writing partner. We draw upon the rugged area outside of the city limits and our love of strong heroes. Doesn’t hurt that I used to ride and had a love of westerns and such when I was younger.

CD: You also write in other genres. Do you find it difficult switching between them?
CRM: Nope. I like to explore different genres when I write. It keeps me open to whatever the characters may want for a particular story.

CD: What is your writing process?
CRM: First thing I normally do is check email, then I’ll do Triberr and check Facebook. Next I’ll get to my writing projects. When I’m working on a story, I’ll reread and do editing on the parts I haven’t edited yet to catch myself up. I’ll make the font a color other than black to keep track of what I’ve already gone through. Then I’ll write the new material. If I’m starting a new project, I do an information dump and outline as much of the story that’s in my head first thing. Then I work off the outline, fleshing out all the ideas and stuff as per above. But then, when I’m really focused on a project, I tend to just plough through it and focus only on getting it done…staying up late writing, getting up early and getting back to the story, eating when I think I can get away from my desk without ruining the flow… The house and social life suffers, but I’m a slave to my art. 🙂

CD: What do you believe to be the most important factor in portraying a believable romantic relationship?
CRM: Making the characters as real as possible and being true and honest and as close to real life as possible.

CD: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
CRM: Plan your work and work your plan.

CD: What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?
CRM: Plant butt in chair and write. (Granted, I’m not always good at taking that advice…)

CD: Who is your greatest writing influence?
CRM: The early works of Stephen King, like The Shining, Pet Sematary, Carrie and Christine, turned me on to writing and started me on writing horror and then in the early 90’s I read Jude Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining Armor which started me on romances and romance writing. Terri Valentine was a big influence, too, since she was my mentor.

CD: What do you enjoy reading?
CRM: Anything really. I have an eclectic taste. 🙂

CD: What’s your favourite television show? Favourite movie?
CRM: This is a tough one. When it comes to television, it depends upon where we’re at in the year. At the beginning of the year it was American Horror Story: Asylum. Now it’s Spartacus: War of the Damned. Eventually it’ll be Breaking Bad and Mad Men. I’m into Being Human as well. As for movies, depends upon the genre because I don’t have an all-time favourite.

CD: If you were stranded in the middle of the prairie with only a cowboy to keep you warm, what three things would you wish were with you?
CRM: A Gerber Multi-Plier 400 Tool; a plastic tarp; wax covered matches.

CD: Where can readers find you?
CRM: Find C.R. Moss here ~

 
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Ex-cop turned private investigator, Jack Vorst, learns his elf girlfriend Kristina has been missing for a few days after being invited to an underground vampire club. He, too, is summoned to visit club Hexenringe and is taken captive.

Jack finds Kristina bound and gagged in a human sized bird cage. They’re both thrust into a kinky world at the hands of Kol, the club owner. Kol, a vampiric beast, shifts into human form to be with Jack and Kristina and needs them to remember their pasts and to love him so he can return to what he used to be.

Can Kol make the pair fall in love with him despite his current situation and the fact he’s keeping them captive or will they leave, making it too late for him to change all their fates?

Warning: ménage a trios, M/M, bondage, anal sex, sex toys, public exhibition
 
 

~ Excerpt ~

A peek into the beginning of the story…

Chapter One

I have your woman. A nice piece of ass she is, too. She tells me you’re not bad yourself. I would love for you to join us later. A car will be waiting for you outside your office at noon today where my assistant will fill you in on some details. If you know what’s good for you and your gal, you’ll take advantage of this invitation. See you soon. ~ Kol Ainmire

Jack Vorst’s temper went full tilt within a second. His blood pounded hard through his head and body. He’d told Kristina to be careful when she went out on her cases, but it seemed she still had gotten herself in trouble. Not good.

“Vic! Get in here!” Trying to check and rein in his anger before he popped a vessel, Jack grabbed the letter he’d found on his desk while going through a stack of mail and a couple of case files. The paper crinkled within his one clenched hand, and the envelope it’d come in bunched up in his other.

He kept his gaze downcast, ground his teeth. No sense in looking at the tan colored walls that were littered with stenciling in his office and be more irritated than he already was. The design and colors reminded him of the Native American beaded belts people sold at roadside stands.

Vic’s wife, Malory, who worked in the adjoining office suites, loved her southwestern motifs. All the rooms for both divisions of the business were decorated to represent Arizona and New Mexico. The decorating style with too many colors and crazy patterns made his head swim, gave him a headache. He hated headaches.

Staring at the crumpled papers in his hands, he sighed. Truth be told, Kristina’s whereabouts and her lack of checking in for several days only concerned him a little. She was able to take care of herself, and he trusted her. He loved her, wanted her to be safe, so of course he worried some. But being an elf gave her an advantage that mere humans didn’t have­—the ability to escape situations by simply disappearing and reappearing elsewhere.

Except this time.

 

Guest Author: Cate Masters #giveaway

Hi peeps!

Today, we have author Cate Masters visiting the blog, chatting with us about her release, A MIDWEST SUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Check out the interview below, and there’s a GIVEAWAY at the end!
 
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Cassandra Dean: Congratulations on the release of A MIDWEST SUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM! Would you tell us a little about it?
Thanks so much Cassandra! I’m excited that Book Strand released it last April. It’s a Western historical with a nod to one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
 
CD: What inspired you to write A MIDWEST SUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM?
Westerns were some of my favorite shows while growing up – Bonanza, The Rifleman, The Virginian and The Lone Ranger. A few years ago, I read about Jim Bridger, a mountain man who explored the Wild West before much of it was settled. Though illiterate, he loved Shakespeare and recited passages in mining camps and to Native American tribes. Many stories have already been written about Jim Bridger, but the notion of a mountain man loving Shakespeare stayed with me. So I created Jebediah Greene, who’s also a tribute to one of my ancestors, Peter LeVert, who was a fur trapper in the 1800s. Greene is the Anglicized version of his last name, and was my grandmother’s maiden name.
 
CD: Oh wow, that’s so cool! What do you find easiest/most difficult about writing Westerns historicals?
The answer to both is – the research. I’m a bit of a research addict, and can get carried away with it. I absolutely love it, and I love bringing history to life with vibrant characters and unusual settings. But writing historicals in general is a bit more difficult than other genres because the details must be accurate and authentic to give the right atmosphere. Oh yeah, and a hot cowboy is fun to write, lol.
 
CD: Yes, Hot Cowboys are fun to write! You write lots of different genres. How do you juggle them all?
Hm, maybe it also goes back to my childhood. In addition to Westerns, I also was a huge fan of shows like The Monkees and Dark Shadows, so it seems natural for me to write contemporaries and paranormal/fantasies.
Any story idea that hits me hard enough to make me excited, I simply follow it to see where it goes. Sometimes it crosses genres, sometimes mashes them. I don’t think of stories as any particular genre while writing. I just aim to make the story as good as I can!
 
CD: Do you have plans to write a book in any genre you haven’t written in before?
I’d love to write a steampunk story! I have a vague idea in mind for one but it’s way down on the currently overcrowded WIP list, lol.
 
CD: Ah, the overcrowded WIP list. I know it well 🙂 What is your writing process?
It depends on the story. Sometimes just a name will spark a story to build around it. Usually I do begin with a vague plot in mind, and sometimes I will create a draft outline, but I’m mostly a pantser and let the characters lead me where they will. They’re very stubborn when I resist! 
 
CD: What do you believe to be the most important factor in portraying a believable romantic relationship?
For me, the characters have to feel real, and readers have to care about them. Oh wait, that’s two, sorry. 🙂 But they’re equal in importance.
 
CD: No probs, Cate! What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
My Dad always told me, Stop dreaming your life away. Excellent advice as far as real life goes, but for writing, it definitely comes in handy, lol.
 
CD: What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?
To keep writing. Simple but true, because the more you write, the better you write.
 
CD: Totally agree with that! Who is your greatest writing influence?
Oh, a toughie. I don’t think I could pinpoint any one writer. I love so many, and the list keeps growing all the time.
 
CD: What do you enjoy reading?
Pretty much anything. I have three bookcases in my house overloaded with poetry books, short story anthologies, literary, fantasy, sci-fi, stories of magic and real life, you name it. Which also explains my eclectic writing!
 
CD: What’s your favourite television show? Favourite movie?
I’m usually not big on television, but Grimm has me absolutely hooked. It’s the one show I make a point to watch, though at this writing it’s in between seasons and I’m waiting eagerly for the new one to begin.
Movie, wow – I can’t pick only one. It changes as new movies are released, lol. The one that put me in awe in the past few years was Avatar – the theme, the world-building, the characters, the premise kept me intrigued long after I stopped watching, so I’d watch again later. (But no, I wasn’t one of those people who wanted to live in that world.) 🙂
 
CD: If you were stranded in the wild, wild West, what three things would you wish were with you?
Ha! Oh, what a great question. A horse would be a must-have, I suppose (I’ve always wanted one!). I absolutely hate guns, but I imagine those would also be handy. And I’d have to have a multi-talented cowboy like Jeb, who’s intelligent, resourceful, multilingual, and easy on the eyes!
 
CD: Where can readers find you?
They can catch up to me here:
My Blog ~ Blog for readers ~ Facebook ~ Google+ ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads
 

 
A Midwest Summer Night's Dream by Cate Masters

Open sky, Shakespeare, solitude. All Jebediah Greene needs. Alone since his teens, he’s never known loneliness, until he leaves Winona Young in California. Worse, he fears she’ll trap herself in a loveless marriage of convenience. After acting as her guide to San Francisco, how far will Jeb go to win her heart?

Reading provides escape for Winona Young. Usually. Fleeing Philadelphia, she learns her distant suitor isn’t who he seemed. Neither is her mountain man guide, in a good way. Intelligent, but mule-headed, Jeb’s impossible to speak to, in any language. Winona falls in love with the stunning beauty of the wilderness, with the simple ways of the Osage people, and with Jeb. But books can’t teach her how to tame a mountain man.
 

~Excerpt ~

Curses flew through Jeb’s head all day, but he cut them off before they reached his tongue. Stubborn woman. She’d cornered him like a fox in a hen house. Her chances were slim, but not impossible.
The mere thought of riding beside her, wind rifling through her hair… Oh, what a pickle. He sure could use the cash, but the strain of avoiding her might do him in. He’d have to ride upwind so as not to catch her lilac scent, or the constant erection hitting the saddle might kill him.

When she approached him that night as he relaxed on the porch swing, her sheepish expression said it all. “No luck?”

“Not yet. But I’ll find one soon. When I do, will you be my guide?”

Time to try a different tack. “What makes you think I’m trustworthy? I might be the kind of man who takes advantage of a lady in such a situation.”

“You are trustworthy. Mrs. Wilson said so. I have implicit faith in her good opinion of you.”

Why had he introduced the two women? Dealing with a single woman didn’t present a problem, not usually, but get two or more together, and damned if trouble didn’t brew in the kitchen right along with the coffee.

At his silence, she folded her arms, and stole glances at him. Never a good sign. He could see the spokes of her brain working behind those dark eyes.

“Perhaps you don’t have the gumption necessary for such an assignment.” She tilted her head, exposing her gracefully arched neck.

His mouth watered, longing to taste it. A laugh burst from him. “Gumption?” He scratched his chin. “Or perhaps my foresight is keener than yours, Miss Young. Do you have any idea what such a trip entails?”

“If you’re worried I can’t keep up with you—”

“You can’t keep up, you can’t pitch in. You can’t even cook, can you?”

She glanced away. “Well, I—”

“If I shoot a rabbit for dinner, how would you prepare it?”

She winced. “A rabbit?”

“A saddle can get mighty uncomfortable after an hour. What would you do after three hours? Or five?” The image of her rubbing her sore rear stirred him. Mighty tempting to offer to rub it for her. His voice cracked as he said, “If you want to be in San Francisco sooner than the coach, we’d have to make good time. Six, seven, maybe eight hours’ riding every day. And if we get caught in a storm, or held up somehow, we’d have to make up the time.”

Her jaw set hard, her lips pressed into a thin line.

“I’m sorry, Miss Young. You are not cut out for that kind of hardship.” Nor was he built to resist such temptation, the kind that carried a long-term sentence. Not that he wouldn’t enjoy carrying it out; yes, just thinking of sharing a bedroll with her heated his insides and turned his brain to mush. Another strike against such a trip; he might lead them in circles, staring at her rather than the path ahead.

She stepped closer, her eyes ablaze. “You think I don’t know hardship? You’re wrong, Mr. Greene. No, not the kind you face in your travels. I would think those hardships would be easier to bear than…” She looked away with glazed eyes. “Forgive me.”

Her sudden fury gave him pause, and aroused his curiosity. She had mettle in her bones, a steel reserve of strength in her sinewy frame. He had no doubt she’d experienced something terrible, terrible enough to make her leave her home. Her stubbornness might fade in the face of the long trail.

“I mean no disrespect.”

“Your kind never do.”

“Ma’am, believe it or not, I am not ignorant of the rules of civilization. I am well able to prevent myself from committing social blunders.”

“I’m sorry. I don’t mean to be unkind. My nerves have been on edge since we left Philadelphia. A woman traveling alone can’t take too many precautions.”

“I don’t expect you’d encounter many willing to take up the challenge of threatening you, ma’am.” He regretted his words when he saw how she flinched under their sting. He wished her no harm, but everything she said provoked him in some way.

GIVEAWAY#
I’ll give an ebook of A Midwest Summer Night’s Dream to a commenter who shares what they love most about Westerns. Please leave your email address so I can contact you.

Thanks so much for having me as a guest, Cassandra! It’s been a pleasure.

CD: Thanks for stopping by, Cate! Make sure you check out A MIDWEST SUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, peeps!
 

Cate Masters has made beautiful central Pennsylvania her home for the past 20 years, but she’ll always be a Jersey girl at heart.

Most days, she can be found in her lair, concocting a magical brew of contemporary, historical, and fantasy/paranormal stories with her cat Chairman Maiow and dog Lily as company.
Look for her at http://catemasters.blogspot.com, and in strange nooks and far-flung corners of the web.

 
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Guest Post: Sabrina Sol turns dreams into reality

Cassandra Dean:Hey peeps!

Hope you all had a smashing weekend. Today, we have special guest Sabrina Sol on the blog, chatting to you all about dreams turned reality. What a great subject! Take it away, Sabrina.
 
 
Sabrina Sol Reunited Decadent Publishing 1NS 1 Night Stand Series

Turning dreams into reality

Sabrina Sol: Thanks Cassandra for inviting me here today!

I’m so excited to talk about my upcoming release with Decadent Publishing. It’s called REUNITED and it’s my first published book.

REUNITED is basically about taking a chance in order to make a dream come true. So it’s fitting then that it’s my first.

I’ve always wanted to write a book. Well, specifically, I’ve always wanted to write a bestselling book. Ha!

I remember being pretty much the only kid in class to be excited when the teacher made us write a story using our spelling or vocabulary words for the week. My love for writing continued through high school and college and eventually I even made a living doing it. But while being a newspaper reporter allowed me to write every day, I wasn’t writing MY stories. Then circumstances changed and I moved into public relations. Again, I wrote pretty much every day, but there was a limit on how creative I could be with press releases.

It wasn’t until about two years ago that I decided to finally listen to the voices in my head. I announced to my husband that I was going to write a book and proceeded to start my first novel. Thousands of words later, it’s still not finished. But along the way, I managed to also write REUNITED.

It’s hard to explain the feelings overwhelming me as my release day gets closer. Satisfaction? Pride? Pure joy?

Probably all of the above. After all, how many chances do you get in a lifetime to make a dream come true?

For Magdelena Cruz, the main character in REUNITED, the answer is two. The first time didn’t work out, so she engineers a second chance.
 
Sabrina Sol Reunited Decadent Publishing 1NS 1 Night Stand Series

What would you do if you had the chance to sleep with your unrequited high school crush?

If you’re former geek Magdelena Cruz, you’d do him in a heartbeat. But you’d lie about your true identity first and hope your new sexy persona is enough to create a night neither of you will forget.

Workaholic assistant DA Will Hudson doesn’t have time for a love life. Expecting to scratch an itch with a willing stranger, he signs up for Madame Evangeline’s 1Night Stand experience. He has no idea that his date is no stranger.

A reunion between two classmates will be hotter than the scorching Las Vegas sun. But will the heat be enough to spark something deeper, or will they both end up getting burned by Magdelena’s charade?

~Excerpt~

Standing in front of the door to the suite, she let the magnitude of the moment sink in. All logic and practicality fled. She’d left both back at home with her pocket protector and sensible shoes. The situation called for her to be impulsive, daring and confident.

If you are, then he will finally be yours….

She smoothed her dress, adjusted her bra, and blew into her hand for a breath check. Satisfied, she slid her key card into the slot and pushed the door open.

A blaring TV welcomed her. Not that she expected a violin serenade, but she hadn’t planned on competing with a basketball game for her date’s attention. She frowned.

“Pass the ball, you idiot!” Will shouted.

Tingling from head to toe at the sound of his voice, she released a slow breath.

It’s now or never, Magdelena.

“Hello?” she called.

The TV turned off instantly. A second later, he walked into her view.

Her throat tightened.

The years had been good to him. No, they’d been great to him. Although she’d seen pictures on the alumni website, they didn’t do him justice. Every visible inch of his body appeared chiseled from stone. A dark gray shirt and black slacks perfectly accentuated every muscle. He wore his dark hair shorter than she’d seen in the photos, but his blue eyes were more piercing than ever. He looked her over, settling on her cleavage and her nipples that had come to attention the minute she saw him. Then he raised his eyes to meet hers.

“Hello, Elena.” His deep voice lit her soul on fire.

He doesn’t recognize me. This plan might work after all.

 
 
Want to learn more about REUNITED? Visit my blog at The Romance Chica to view the official book trailer.

And now a giveaway#!
Do you have a dream that recently came true? Or what fantasy are you trying to turn into a reality? Comment below and be entered into a drawing for a free copy of REUNITED. Don’t forget to include your e-mail address.

Well, that’s it for me today. Thank you again Cassandra. Besos!
 
 
CD: No probs at all, Sabrina, it was a pleasure to have you!
What a great giveaway, am I right, peeps? Make sure you comment and enter!

xx

Sabrina Sol is the chica who loves love. She writes spicy romance stories featuring strong Latina heroines in search of love, success and happiness. She lives in Southern California with her husband, three kids and two Beagles. And she’s part of a large, extended Mexican family which may—or may not—be the source of inspiration for some of her characters. Visit her at sabrinasol.com or theromancechica.com. Or follow her on Twitter @theromancechica.

 
 
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Only one entry per ISP address. Entrants must be over 18 years of age. By entering, you agree Sabrina and 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.

Welcome to the blog Sorcha Mowbray! #blogtour

Peeps, today we have Sorcha Mowbray visiting the blog! Please join me in wishing her a very warm welcome, as we settle in to read all about her new release, LOVE REDEEMED!
 
 

 
Cassandra Dean: Congratulations on the release of LOVE REDEEMED! Would you tell us a little about it?
Sorcha Mowbray: Well, LOVE REDEEMED is book two in The Market series. It is about a high class prostitute who meets a handsome merchant on the street and is unexpectedly treated as a lady. Enjoying the novelty of such deference, she conceals that she is a prostitute. The merchant has been trying to work up the nerve to introduce himself to the beautiful woman he has seen on Bond Street and finally does. He is taken with her and loses his heart quite handily. Then she disappears and he must find and convince her that their love is enough to carry them through. (Read the official blurb and an excerpt at the end of the interview.)

CD: What inspired you to write LOVE REDEEMED?
SM: I love the idea of historical romance that doesn’t center on the nobility. I wanted to write a prostitute who gets a happy ending and since I was writing a series set in a brothel it was the perfect opportunity.

CD: LOVE REDEEMED is part of your Market series. How did the series come about?
SM: Well, I had this idea for two masked lovers who were intimate but yet wouldn’t know each other across a ball room. I needed a premise that would put them in masks in a believable setting. That was the genesis of LOVE REVEALED that was when I created The Market, the brothel where the series centers. From there the other two stories developed on their own.

CD: Would you tell us a little about the first book in the series, LOVE REVEALED?
SM: LOVE REVEALED is a story of a lord and a lady who have unusual sexual proclivities. He’s a dominant and she is a submissive. Under the guise of anonymity—the masks—they meet. However, they also know each other in their everyday lives. When the two worlds collide they must discover if their sexual relationship can blossom into more.

CD: What do you find easiest/most difficult about writing historical erotic romance?
SM: In the first book, it was working in the BDSM elements. It existed, just not in such a well-defined form as today. In all the books I’d say the clothing. For the love of God those people wore more clothing than you could shake a stick at! Getting them naked is tough work without boring the crap out of the reader. 🙂

CD: You write historical erotic romance and contemporary western erotic romance. How do you go about writing in these genres?
SM: It’s not much different. I get a germ of an idea and I start mapping out a story. Then I write it and find out where the journey really goes. The only difference lies in the things I research. Oh, and the language I guess. But I’ve read historical for so long I often use words in everyday language that makes people go, huh? Like arse. LOL! I say that one a lot. And as far as western, well I grew up down south so that’s not much of a stretch.

CD: Do you have plans to write a book in any other another genre?
SM: Yes! I am working on an erotic science fiction/post-apocalyptic story. Mostly plotting, but I have one scene written. We’ll see if I actually keep it.

CD: What is your writing process?
SM: Well, like I said above, I get an idea. Some key element that appeals to me and I start rolling it around in my head. This often happens on the weekends when I lay in bed half asleep and half awake. You know that in between state? Then I usually get up, get coffee moving, and sit down to draft a quick outline. From the outline I work up an initial blurb and maybe some character sketches. Then, either right away or maybe later if I need to set it on a back burner, I will draft a synopsis depending on how long the story is. If it’s meant to be short I might skip this step. Once I have a synopsis I do any research I know I need to do and then I start writing. As I write I may find my synopsis/outline changes and even my character sketches. Cause as I write, things develop more fully for me. I sometimes learn things about my characters I didn’t know going in.

CD: What do you believe to be the most important factor in portraying a believable romantic relationship?
SM: Chemistry and balance. The hero and heroine (or whatever variation of that you are writing) have to have chemistry. They have to complement each other and sometimes they have to conflict, cause that’s how it is in real life. If it is all hunky dory right from the get go or all piss and vinegar then the reader won’t buy into the relationship.

CD: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
SM: Put your butt in the seat and write. It’s how you get published and one you’re published it’s how you keep reader’s interest. It’s your best marketing tool.

CD: Who is your greatest writing influence?
SM: I think most authors that I read offer something worth admiring. Not all, but most. Whether it’s their story telling, sentence structure, plot weaving, characterization, grammar, or pacing. Or maybe how well they handle a particular topic. So I’d have to say there are a lot of little influences as opposed to one big one. Maya Banks, Cherise Sinclair, and Lorelei James are three authors I really enjoy reading and I like to think have improved my writing in some way.

CD: What do you enjoy reading?
SM: All kinds of romance and some urban fantasy. I don’t really vary my reading much outside of the genre. I know what I like.

CD: What’s your favourite television show? Favourite movie?
SM: Blue Bloods is probably my favorite TV show right now. Movie? Gone With The Wind. Seriously, I don’t know how many times I’ve watched it. Grease might be a close runner up.

CD: What do you find the absolute bestest about writing the smexy times type of books? 😉
SM: It’s sex. Are you kidding? It’s all great!

CD: If you were stranded in The Market, what three things would you wish were with you?
SM: Modern day condoms, a pair of thong undies, and modern day lube.

CD: Where can readers find you?
SM: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pintrest | GoodReads | Kindlegraph
 
 
 
Sorcha Mowbray Love Redeemed Market Series Decadent Publishing

At each stop of the blog tour Sorcha will give away a copy of LOVE REVEALED (Book 1) of the series. At the end of the 11 day tour a grand prize of a $25 All Romance eBook (ARe) store gift card and one copy of her back list will be given away to one lucky winner.
Rules (Cause you know there have to be rules!)
1. Winners of the individual blog stops will not be eligible to win the grand prize
2. One comment per stop will be eligible for the drawings (so be sure to answer Sorcha’s questions!)
3. The contest is open internationally
4. Commenters must include an email so they can be contacted
5. Any prize not claimed within 48hrs will be subject to forfeiture and a new winner drawn
 
 

Love Redeemed

(Book 2, The Market Series)

Brennan Whitling wants for nothing but the love of a good woman. He has a close family, good friends, and a successful textiles import business. But, a beautiful and elusive young woman he has only seen from afar haunts him. Until a chance meeting leads to far more than dinner.

Serena Freemont has only ever known the life of a prostitute. When an invitation to dinner by a handsome gentleman provides her an opportunity to experience life as a young lady, it’s too tempting to pass up. Much like the man issuing it. After a night of passion she must disappear or face his reaction when the truth is revealed.

To find happiness Serena must shed her past long enough to realize she is worthy of a future. To win her heart, Brennan must show her the redemptive power of love.

Available 27 November 2012 from all good ebook stores!

 
 
 

~ Excerpt ~

“Are you all right, Miss?”

For a moment, for this moment, she was a normal young woman experiencing the attentions of a handsome young man. Heat crept up her cheeks as he held her hatbox out, and the burning had nothing to do with the sun. “I-I— Yes, I am. Thank you.” His blue-gray eyes seemed to bore into her.

“I am so glad. I was sure you were a goner there for a moment.” He flashed a brilliant grin liquefying Serena’s insides instantly. “Please let me introduce myself. I’m Mr. Brennan Whitling of Whitling Textiles Importers and Wholesalers.”

“How do you do, Mr. Whitling?” Serena allowed her lips to curve up ever so slightly. “I am Miss Serena Freemont.”

“It is a pleasure. Might I interest you and your”—he glanced around the bustling street as his grin faded in confusion— “chaperone in a cup of tea?”

A wave of horror swept over Serena. Chaperone? Harlots did not require one of those. “Oh, Aunt Henrietta is in the bookstore, and I fear she will be in there a very long time. I am certain she won’t notice if we slip off for a quick spot of tea.”

“Excellent! There is a lovely little shop just up the street.” A beautiful smile spread across his face, causing her pulse to quicken.

He escorted her up the block where they stopped at a quaint little teashop. They settled in at a table and ordered a pot of tea.

“What has you on Bond Street today, Mr. Whitling?” They sat in semi privacy at the back of the shop.

“Oh, I was visiting some of my customers and taking new orders. I am very glad I was there to help you, and by virtue of said assistance make your acquaintance.” Did his already deep voice grow huskier? Their tea service arrived, dispelling the moment.

“As am I. Landing on my backside in the middle of the street would have been rather embarrassing. But in truth, thank you for your assistance today, and now the tea.” She lifted her freshly prepared cup to her lips and took a dainty sip from the delicate china. Through lowered lashes, she watched his graceful movements as he prepared his own.

“It is my pleasure on both accounts. You seem familiar to me. Have we met somewhere before? A ball perhaps?”
 
 

Sorcha Mowbray is a

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mild mannered office worker by day…okay, so she is actually a mouthy, opinionated, take charge kind of gal who bosses everyone around; but she definitely works in an office. At night she writes romance so hot she sets the sheets on fire! Just ask her slightly singed husband.

She is a long time lover of historical romance, having grown up reading Johanna Lindsey and Judith McNaught. Then she discovered Thea Devine and Susan Johnson. Holy cow! Heroes and heroines could do THAT? From there, things devolved into trying her hand at writing a little smexy. Needless to say, she liked it and she hopes you do too!

 
 

Welcome Kacey Hammell to the blog! #guestpost

Hey peeps!

Kacey Hammell has dropped by, to let us all know about her latest release. Come with me now on a journey into her world…

Wow, that sounds kinda forbidding, doesn’t it??
 
 

Awakenings Kacey Hammell In the Arms of the Law Decadent Publishing
 
Cassandra Dean: Congratulations on the release of AWAKENINGS! Would you tell us a little about it?
Kacey Hammell: Thank you! AWAKENINGS features Alicia is very strong-willed and trying to deal with the aftermath of what happened to her in her cousin’s story (ILLUSIONS). With the reappearance of the man who made her feel alive once before in the past, and believing that love is no longer what she needs, it’s a journey of ups and downs. As well, she’s suspended from her job as a Detective, but continues to search for a killer and a missing child.

CD: What inspired you to write AWAKENINGS?
KH: AWAKENINGS was a labour of love, and battles, with the heroine. Alicia is very strong-willed and trying to deal with the aftermath of what happened to her in her cousin’s story (ILLUSIONS). She had a lot of healing to do, as did I due to some of my own difficult times, so she and I had a lot of things to get through.

CD: AWAKENINGS is a part of your series, IN THE ARMS OF THE LAW. What do you find most challenging about writing a series?
KH: The characters. They’re flawed, a lot, but I adore them. They aren’t the normal heroes/heroines that a lot of authors write, because of their flaws, but everyone has a story to tell and a love to find. Nothing is easy for any of them, and their woven histories/romances.

CD: AWAKENINGS is a contemporary romantic suspense. How do you go about writing in this genre?
KH: I let the story tell itself in that way. With ILLUSIONS & AWAKENINGS, I didn’t know anything – hadn’t pre-planned the villains/suspense angles – and just allowed the characters to lead me through it.

CD: You’ve written contemporary erotic romance, contemporary romantic suspense, and even dabbled in the paranormal. Do you have plans to write a book in any other another genre?
KH: Not at this time. I find the Contemp/Rom. Susp the most comfortable. The ghost story, which comes out with another pub around Christmas, was a lot of fun to write but I find the aforementioned genres are more my avenue. Of course, there is that paranormal ménage trilogy (with witches, telekinetics, etc) that is sitting in the outline stages of my WIP folder – so never say never. *g*

CD: What is your writing process?
KH: I wait for a song, tv, movie, a real-life event I hear on the news to strike a chord. Or a character appear to me in a dream – this happens most often.
I have a hard time staying within a box that is set by certain submission calls or serials/lines, and have to let my heart/gut lead me. Then I have to envision the main intervals of each story in my head, kind of like a movie reel to fly through my mind, before I can sit to write.

CD: What do you believe to be the most important factor in portraying a believable romantic relationship?
KH: Being true to those characters and the love between the two of them. If the writer has to force characters together, then it’s not real, and readers can usually tell. Allowing them each the depth to share their world/romance with readers is vital.

CD: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
KH: From my dad – that I can’t please everyone. To simply be true to whom I am and the life I wish to live. Be honest, kind, and always root for those that have no one in their corner.

CD: What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?
KH: To be true to myself and my characters. Allow the heart and soul to be put out there, leaving nothing missed and no holding back. Make it all about the story, not the money, the great reviews, the accolades, but all about the story. Not everyone will like everything every author writes.

CD: Who is your greatest writing influence?
Two authors – Cherry Adair & JD Robb. Legends in this business and really hooked me into reading romance when I was in my early teen years. Only my husband has ever lived up to any of their heroes! *g*

CD: What do you enjoy reading?
KH: The 2 aforementioned authors but also many more. I love Contemp, Rom. Susp., Paranormal genres. Some fave authors – Sara Brookes, Sandra Sookoo, Sandra Brown, Cindy Gerard, Suzanne Brockmann, Lucy Felthouse, Jessica Subject, Jaci Burton, Lauren Dane, JR Ward, Patricia Rasey, Sahara Kelly, Jill Shalvis, Lori Foster, Lara Adrian…and the list continues! LOL

CD: What’s your favourite television show? Favourite movie?
KH: I have a lot of fave tv shows – Bones, GRIMM, L&O:SVU, Games of Thrones, True Blood, Blue Bloods, American Chopper, American Pickers, CSI, NCIS/LA, Days of our Lives.
Fave movies – Grease, Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Armageddon, Avengers, Con Air, A Time To Kill, Expendables, and the list is endless …

CD: Wow, you’ve watched Days of our Lives for 29 years! What do you love about the show?
KH: It’s a guilty pleasure! Foremost, I love the memories of my mom and I watching it together for years. Plus the bonds of the families on the show. Yes, albeit fictional, but their also create some great memories. As a die-hard fan, it’s like I know the characters personally. Dramatic, yes, but it’s a lot of shows over the years, it’s like an addiction now. It is my hour of complete veg/me time every day – or once a week if I get behind in watching the recordings. LOL

CD: If you were stranded in an abandoned police station in the middle of a ghost town, what three things would you wish were with you?
KH: Oh gosh, that’s a hard one. My husband first of all – he’s my rock, in every situation, so I would need him to keep me calm. Food & water probably the other two. As long as I have the hubs, I don’t care about anything else! LOL

CD: Where can readers find you?
KH: Website / Facebook / Facebook Author Page / Twitter / Amazon / Goodreads / Pinterest
 
 
Awakenings Kacey Hammell In the Arms of the Law Decadent Publishing

In the Arms of the Law, Book 2
Romantic Suspense/Contemporary Erotic Romance

 

With her old flame back in her life, and on the trail of a killer, Detective Alicia Knowles is forced to face the past as she tries to make decisions about her future…

Detective Alicia Knowles once believed there was good in everyone. Not anymore. After a harrowing experience, her life had changed and she was a very different woman. Now more dangerous, she moves through the darkness of her once sunny world, unsure what to do with her pent up feelings of fear and anger.

Even her new boss, Cole Douglass, makes her feel out of control. One night, years ago, he made her feel things she’d never felt with any other man. This time it can only be business between them.
With her latest case, however, temperatures flare.

Their passion is rekindled as the search is on for a missing child and a murderer on the run. Can Alicia protect her heart from the most dangerous power of all…love?

 

Available at
Amazon
aRe (All Romance eBooks)
B&N (Nook)


 
 

~ Excerpt ~

She turned around. Their chests brushed, and she gave him a half-smile. “I know Hannah might not blame me, but I do. A few more moments, it’s all we would have needed. I’d change it if I could.” When Cole opened his mouth, she placed her fingers on his lips to silence him. “I can’t, but I vow to do whatever it takes to catch this son-of-a-bitch.”

Alicia tried to convey the sincerity of her promise as she stared into his eyes. For Hannah, and this man, she’d do whatever she could to bring peace to their family once more.

“I know you would. But you can’t carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. We’ll get him.” He raised his hand to her cheek and pushed back a strand of hair that had fallen over her face. Her breath quickened at the light touch. Her body stilled.

The air crackled with electricity. She was sure he could feel it, too; the tension rolled off his body like waves in the ocean. To walk away would be the best thing to do, but for the life of her, Alicia couldn’t get her feet to move.

“You know what, Ali?” His voice was soft and powerfully seductive. “You know what I remember most about our night together?”

Alicia’s hand clasped his wrist, below where his fingers rested lightly on her cheek. She wanted to fall into his arms, burn beneath his touch again. They’d never talked about it and she was curious to know what he remembered.

She remembered it all.

Every touch and sigh. Every kiss and pleasure she basked in.

Through many a cold and lonely night, she cherished the memories of Cole’s hard body pressed against hers, pushing her against the mattress—and the wall and the bathroom counter—but she marveled at how he’d made her feel like more of a woman in one night than she’d felt in all her adult years.

Her voice hoarse and scratchy, she whispered, “What do you remember?”

“Our fire.”

When his mouth claimed hers, her body ignited with long-repressed emotions. Hunger, mind-blowing hunger, rattled through her. It was so hard to breathe.

© Kacey Hammell

 

The writer: Kacey Hammell is a multi-published erotic romance author who writes mainly in the Contemporary/Romantic Suspense genres. She is a true romantic at heart.

The Wife and Mom: Born, raised and still living in her hometown in Ontario, Canada, Kacey found true love with her husband. As a Mom of three, Kacey has made certain that each of her children know the value of the written word and the adventures they could escape on by becoming book-a-holics in their own right.

Welcome back to the blog, Jessica E Subject! #guestpost

Peeps, a special treat today. Please join me in welcoming back to the blog my fellow Decadent author and good buddy, Jessica E Subject!

I write what I read, and read what I write

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Cassandra! It’s a pleasure to be back. 😀

In the publishing industry, I often hear the advice, to NOT read anything in the genre you write. Why? Because it supposedly can change the author’s voice in the story as they write their own. Well, that’s one piece of advice I don’t follow. I enjoy romance stories, especially science fiction, contemporary, erotica, and more. I enjoy other genres as well, but I tend to read more romance than anything.

Why do I not follow this advice? Well, when I’m reading young adult, my characters may sound too immature for some readers. If I’m reading a thriller, it’s kind of hard to write sexy for one character when I’m worried about the life of another. Maybe this is because I get very involved in the stories I’m reading. Recently, I read a book that I had to put down because I was too involved. The story was fabulous, but everything that happened to the character left me depressed. But I digress.

By reading stories in the genre I write, I learn from them, what I like and what I don’t. But my voice doesn’t change. I still write like myself, trying to improve my skills along the way. That’s what it’s all about.

So, I follow advice from other authors, in that I should read as much as I can, ESPECIALLY stories in my own genre.

And before writing my recent release, CRASH LANDING, I read a lot of erotica.

Here’s an excerpt from the beginning of the story:

Cael gripped the cushioned arms of the captain’s chair as his ship tumbled bow over stern. The console flashed a blinding red in front of him. Piercing alarms drilled into his mind and he lost focus. The seconds raced by as he plummeted toward Earth. He’d fucked up this mission of peace. Contact with his home planet had ended months ago. No one from Narien could save him now. His death was imminent.

The water below wouldn’t soften his landing. At its current speed, his ship would disintegrate on splashdown. The planet’s gravity pulled him down faster.

He coughed; the acrid scent of fried electronics stung his nose and the back of his throat. Please let my death be quick.

A rattling to the left caught his attention above all other noise. The handle on the cabin door shook. Freedom. It wasn’t his time to die, if he could get out.

The altimeter on the dashboard read six thousand meters, high enough to jump and land safely with his chute. Only to land in frigid water and die of exhaustion or hypothermia from treading without any hope of a rescue.

“Shit.” But he’d die if he stayed. He had to take the chance. Yanking off his safety harness, he pulled himself to standing and strained to reach the recess where his pack hung. Stretching up, he fingered the cloth strap. Not close enough to grab hold of it.

The ship jolted and flung him to the stern. He weaved his arm through the straps of the pack on his way past, dislodging it from the hook. Yes.

His triumph was short-lived as he flew starboard, smashing his shoulder against the wall. He groaned when an electrifying spasm shot down his arm to the tips of his fingers. The ship lurched again, and he tumbled back toward the console. He grabbed the door, his feet dangling in mid air. If he didn’t get out now, he’d forfeit any chance to survive.

The ship righted again. He planted his feet against the bottom of the door and twisted the crank. The latch snapped open, filling him with a sense of hope. Careful to keep at least one hand on the handle at all times, he slung the pack over his shoulders.

All set. Time to jump. Pushing off the floor, he slammed his uninjured shoulder against the door. It blew open and tore away from its hinges, lost to the sky.

Cael teetered on the edge before plunging out of his failing ship. Wind whipped all around him as he twisted to catch his bearing during freefall.

Glancing down, he spied crystal blue lake, much closer than he’d expected. Too close.

He jerked the cord on his chute–several hundred feet lower than he should have. At least. His feet skimmed the cold waves just as his chute caught the current and heaved him back into the air.

The ship splashed into the water beside him, disintegrating into millions of pieces. He raised his hands in front of his face as shrapnel flew at him. Tiny shards sliced into his arms and legs, but the extreme heat from the cloud of steam billowing up at him stung the most.

From the moment his toes touched down in the once frigid water, his skin sizzled. He screamed in agony. His death would have been quicker and less agonizing if he’d remained in the ship.

A hard piece of his spacecraft smashed down on his head, and he welcomed the darkness.

 

As his ship plummets toward Earth, Cael believes his life to be over. His last ditch effort to save himself ends in a fiery crash. When he wakes up, he believes he’s entered the afterlife, but his surroundings indicate otherwise. He made it to Earth. But who saved him, and what do they want with him?

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Jessica Subject started writing to encourage her daughter to read. Now she writes to keep herself grounded. Although she reads many genres, she enjoys writing Science Fiction Romance the most and believes everyone in the universe deserves a happily ever after. She lives Southwestern Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids and loves to hear from anyone who has enjoyed her stories.

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Welcome to the blog Kylie from Octavia and Vicky!

Hi peeps,

Please join me today in welcoming Kylie from Octavia and Vicky to the blog! Kylie is a dear friend of mine, and has the most delightful blog about Early Childhood Learning, Technology and…Well, I’ll let her explain, shall I? 😀

Cassandra Dean: Would you tell us a bit about yourself and your blog?

OctaviaandVicky.comKylie: Hello! I’m Kylie, a mother to two year old ‘Pebble’, with another bub on the way. I’m also an early childhood educator who loves playing, cooking and using as many geek-tech tools as possible along the way.

CD: Why the name Octavia and Vicky?

K: Octavia and Vicky is named after a story I wrote when I was five years old. It is about a spider named Octavia and her young friend, Vicky.

CD: What made you decide to take up blogging?

K: I’ve dabbled with blogging for years, way back in the days of Geocities! I had a health and life style blog, a personal “everything and anything” blog and then a pregnancy/baby blog. I just love techy stuff and I have always loved writing. Blogging was a natural choice for me.

CD: What is the philosophy behind your blog?

K: I share quick, easy and fun ideas for families to play, make, do, cook and eat. I write about things that I enjoy and find useful, and hope that others find it useful too.

CD: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

K: Do the best you can with what you’ve got at the time, and, Keep it simple, stupid (I’m not always good at following that advice!)

CD: What’s the best piece of blogging advice you’ve ever received?

K: Stay true to your voice and be consistent.

CD: Who is your greatest blogging influence?

K: I am finding it so hard to keep on top of reading blogs, I just skim the surface of the big blogging pond and try and see it all. I have hundreds of blogs in my RSS feed and they each hold a special place in my heart. I was so lucky to meet many of my blogging idols and friends at a conference in Sydney this year, which really added to the connections made through blogging. And yes, I am totally fence sitting and not picking any favs.

CD: What do you enjoy reading (besides my books, of course ;p)?

K: I’m definitely spending a lot more time reading social media than books. Does that count? When I do read a book it might be anything from a thriller, mystery, romance, drama, comedy. It’s the writing that I enjoy more than the genre.

CD: What’s your favourite television show? Favourite movie?

K: You are asking very hard questions, young lady! My favourite TV just recently has been Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey. My strongest television influence is YOU, as you point me in the direction of all the best stuff to watch. (CD: It’s my pleasure, Kylie! It’s so nice to have someone to share my obsessions with… :D) My favourite movie… that is very tricky. I’ll just say The Princess Bride because it’s the first thing that came to mind… but I have many, many favourites.

CD: If you were stranded where the wild things are, or perhaps where the dish ran to with with the spoon, what three things would you like to have with you?

K: My camera (my phone would be great too – along with free wifi!). Pen and paper. A picnic lunch to share with the cat, the cow and the little dog.

CD: Where can readers find you?

K: octaviaandvicky.com <- click it!

Thanks so much for visiting, Kylie! Peeps, check out her blog – you won’t regret it 😀