Writing, writing, writing…

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

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

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

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

Cassandra
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Slow it Down Workshop: A Fair to Remember

Peeps, Lucy Clark and I will be presenting a workshop at A Fair to Remember in a few weeks on Slowing Down your writing so you catch an editor’s eye. In other lives, we both edit for online publishers and we have found most manuscripts could greatly benefit from slowing down, lingering on the characters, the emotion and the situation so the work packs a huge emotional punch. We’ll be offering hints and tips on how to do this, so come on by if you’re in Adelaide!

There are lots of other great authors and workshops, so it’s well worth the cover charge. Also, there’s a pretty nifty quiz night – I’ll be there! I love me a quiz night!

Hope you see you all there

Cassandra
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ANNOUNCEMENT! Rough Diamond is a goer!

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

Wait for it…

The trumpets are just warming up…

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

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

DA DA DA DAAAAAAAHH!

 

My Western Romance

ROUGH DIAMOND

has been accepted for publication by Decadent Publishing!

YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!

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

More deets as they arrive, peeps!

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

xx
(and excited squeal!)

Six Sentence Sunday – Silk pt 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for dropping by, peeps!

Six Sentence Sunday – Silk pt 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for dropping by, peeps!

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

Six Sentence Sunday – Silk pt 3

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

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

She sighed. “This again, Thomas?”

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

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

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

Thanks for dropping by, peeps!

Six Sentence Sunday – Silk pt 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for dropping by, peeps!

Six Sentence Sunday – Silk pt 1

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for dropping by, peeps!

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

Six Sentence Sunday – Rough Diamond pt 5

Six Sentence Sunday is here! Yay! I do love the six sentences that abound every Sunday, and as always, thanks to the lovely peeps at Six Sentence Sunday for this awesome initiative.

Well, it’s Mothers’ Day here in Oz, so I’d like to wish my mum a very happy Mothers’ Day. Thanks for all you do, the way you smile and nod when I harp on incessantly about this writing caper (and things like how awesome The Avengers is…seriously, so awesome! Check it out, peeps! NOW!!!), and the fact you gave birth to me. That last one was pretty super fantastic 😀

So, HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY, MUM!!!!

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming. Here’s this week’s six sentences, again from Rough Diamond. Enjoy!

She shouldn’t feel disappointment. It was a useless emotion, and besides which, he was determined to be thought the fool for reasons of his own. She had no cause to be…to be hurt that he apparently wanted her to think the same as all the rest. Even if they had just shared a kiss that had knocked socks, stockings – and if it had continued a minute or so more – probably her drawers.

Squaring her shoulders, she smiled coolly. “Don’t trouble yourself, Mr Llewellyn, we’ll pretend it never happened, and all will be as before.”

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

Thanks for dropping by, peeps!

Six Sentence Sunday – Rough Diamond pt 4

Six Sentence Sunday is here again! As always, thanks to the lovely peeps at Six Sentence Sunday for this awesome initiative.

It’s been a very busy weekend for me. Apparently, EVERYONE I KNOW (including myself) decided to be born in May, and thus I have about a billion birthdays this month. This weekend, a lazy four. Mercy me.

Anyhoo, here’s the lovely six sentences, again from Rough Diamond. Enjoy!

Still captivated by the muscle so wonderfully displayed for her, she smiled slowly. Him sitting in that chair gave her all sorts of ideas.

“Mrs Reynolds, I should love to detail the benefits of my bid for your property, if you would be so kind as to oblige me?”

Raising her gaze, she took in the heightened colour on his cheeks, the rapid expansion of his chest as he took in breath. Both spoke of his desire, along with the noticeable hardness between his thighs. “Certainly, Mr Llewellyn. I’m sure you can be very persuasive when you set your mind to it.”

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

Thanks for dropping by, peeps!