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 – Enslaved #HDH #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, I’m celebrating two years published! That’s right, two years ago ENSLAVED was released and I officially became a published author. To celebrate, I’m holding a contest so make sure you click on the link to enter to WIN.

Now, on with the hook:

Enslaved Cassandra Dean Decadent Publishing Roman Series
Leaning my forearms against the balustrade of the viewing platform, I watched Marcus battle another of my father’s champions, a Greek my father had purchased years ago. Back and forth they sparred, strength and speed behind each move.

The Greek raised his sword, striking fast. Marcus blocked the move and the strength of both gladiators locked the swords together. Face set in concentration, muscles standing in relief, Marcus strained against the force of the Greek. Mouth dry, I ran my gaze over his arms, his shoulders, the play of his back as he pushed against the sword. His loincloth had fallen from his hip, such that he appeared as naked from the side, a thin strip of cloth bisecting his hip the only break in the golden expanse of his flesh.
 

 

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Happy Book Birthday, ENSLAVED! I’m celebrating two years published with a giveaway

Enslaved by Cassandra Dean

Happy Book Birthday, ENSLAVED!

 
Today is the two year anniversary of my debut release, ENSLAVED. At the moment, ENSLAVED is on sale for $1.99 at Decadent Publishing, All Romance eBooks, Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Barnes & Noble and other good ebook retailers.

To celebrate my two year anniversary, I’m holding a giveaway#. Comment below to go in the running to win a Prize of Mystery – the Prize will contain objects of Wonder and Enchantment and all things Delightful. International entries are welcome – if Australia Post can reach your country, you can enter.

The giveaway ends on 23 July, so make sure you enter quick.
 
 
Silk & Scandal Virtual Book Tour Goddess Fish PromotionsIn other news, SILK & SCANDAL is currently on tour. There’s a fabulous giveaway of a US$25 Amazon.com Gift Card at the end of the tour – make sure you stop by every stop to increase your chances of winning.
 
 
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Birthday ENSLAVED!
 
 
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# The small print: Comment before midnight on 23 July 2013 (Australian Central Standard Time) to be entered to win one (1) mystery prize. Prize will be comprised of items at Cassandra’s discretion. Winner will be selected via random.org, with winner’s name posted on this blog within three days of the close of the giveaway. Cassandra will also contact the winner by e-mail; the winner will be required to reply with their postal address so Cassandra can send the prize to them.
Only one entry per ISP address. Entrants must be over 18 years of age. By entering, you agree Cassandra can use your name when announcing the winner if you should win. If potential prize winner forfeits or does not claim the prize, prize will be re-awarded, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. All prizes will be awarded. International entries are welcome. No purchase necessary to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Void where prohibited by law.

   

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

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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, it’s all about TEACH ME. The second book I wrote, the second book accepted for publication, but the first book I completed, TEACH ME occupies a very special place in my heart. Elizabeth and Malvern’s story will always mean joy and a kind of empowerment to me – the story came to me after I emerged from a dark period in my life.

But enough about that! Enjoy Elizabeth and Malvern and how they learn how perfect they are for each other.
 
Teach Me Cassandra Dean Decadent Publishing La Belle Series
Bloody hell, had he slept on an anonymous floor once again? He had not done such a thing since his youth, preferring to sleep in his own bed no matter what manner of debauch he had undertaken. Still half asleep, he pried open an eye. There seemed to be a blanket between his body and the floor, but the covering had done little to cushion the hard surface. He noted the presence of a female body lying curled around him, her head buried in his neck, her breath light and warm against his skin. Cautiously lifting his head, he braced himself for the remnants of a night of excess.

Instead, he saw Elizabeth.
 

 

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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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