Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Still, in this new series, The Hellfire Club spans the globe. As a real and semi-legitimate organization, it's entirely conceivable they truly did. After all, sex and politics is hardly unique to England, the Regency, or the modern era.
In writing these first two Hellfire Club Erotiques, I used my setting as France during the revolution. The Masque takes place during the height of the Reign of Terror, and The Escape just before that. I'm finding it incredibly interesting, and learning more French history than I ever knew.
It's what I love about writing historicals. No matter how well you think you know your subject, a little research and it's an entirely different world.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Friday's winner of Risque: A Regency Menage Tale is: J9 (comment #8)
Friday's winner of a $10 Amazon gift card: Armenia (comment #79)
Saturday's winner of Risque: A Regency Menage Tale is: Harley
Saturday's winner of a $10 Amazon gift card is: Laura
Sunday's winner of Risque: A Regency Menage Tale is: tammy ramey
Saturday's winner of a $10 Amazon gift card is: marybelle
I'll email everyone sometime today with their choices and gifts. Anyone know if I can send an Amazon gift card via email? Seems like I should be able to. (Done it thru B&N but not Amazon).
Sunday, November 27, 2011
- The Best Christmas Ever? Course, if you have kids, that might be every year!:)
- If you could celebrate Christmas anywhere, where would it be?
- Would you ever shop on Black Friday?
- What do you think of all these big box stores opening Thanksgiving evening? For the record, I was home on my couch after eating entirely too much at Thanksgiving dinner. I feel sorry for those forced to work after stuffing themselves. I suppose a job is a job but where do we draw the line?
Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Risqué: A Regency Ménage Tale (1 winner per day of 3-day weekend) and a chance for a $10 Amazon gift card (1 overall winner based on comments from 3-day weekend in addition to Frday's overall blog hop winner).
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Seduction of a Proper Lady: A Regecy Ménage Tale 1/2 price this weekend at All Romance eBooks! Actually I think all my books are 1/2 priced so check them out!
*Plant cuttings from your favorite houseplant planted in a beautiful pot
*Tea/coffee in their favorite flavors from a 'green' business
*Donation to favorite charity or 'adopt' a wildlife animal
*A year's membership to the National Parks where they can see all 350+ wonders of America
*A service gift: year's worth of car washes, hair cuts, or massages (pst-I'd LOVE a year's worth of massages!)
Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Risqué: A Regency Ménage Tale (1 winner per day of 3-day weekend) and a chance for a $10 Amazon gift card (1 overall winner based on comments from 3-day weekend in addition to the winner from yesterday).
Friday, November 25, 2011
Just remember the one simple rule for any holiday season: It's the spirit of the season! And no...that spirit isn't consumerism. It's giving.
*Dress in layers and get there early!
*Do be respectful of others, because really, it's an item and frankly that item isn't worth beatings, jail time, or death.
*Do try to get the limited time only prices (the before noon stuff) but be polite about it. Sales people are more likely to say YES to a customer not arguing with them or calling them names.
*Do remember that it's not the cashier's fault you're a crazy person. This is only their job, be kind to them-they had to get there early, too, and those thousand people behind you? They're even crazier than you are. And this poor cashier has to deal with you AND them AND the other 999 people just like them.
*Do remember that there is an increasing number of people unable to afford the season: Toys for Tots and Feeding America are 2 of my favorites.
*Don't expect to get that fabulous whatever at the unbelievably low price but try anyway.Seduction of a Proper Lady: A Regecy Ménage Tale 1/2 price this weekend at All Romance eBooks!
*Don't circle for an hour trying to find a parking spot-not only is the walk good for you but you don't want to be that fool circling the parking lot for an hour when you could be getting those fabulous deals!
*Don't throw a fit if that sales person doesn't give you the sale price because you missed the time frame.
*Don't fight with your fellow shoppers. Sure, it'd be cool and all to get the 50" flat screen for $100 but fighting over the last one with someone who may be crazier than you? Please see above mentioned jail, death, and beatings...
4.5 Stars from Just Erotic Romance Reviews
The sexual chemistry between Braedon and Ethan is very subtle and on the surface you only see they are very good friends. When Laurel completes this triad the chemistry is smoking hot. The sexual action throughout the story is hot and spicy regardless if it was M/M, M/F, or M/F/M the sex was just awesome.
4 Cups of Coffee from Coffee Time Romance
Ms. Reed takes her characters to the height of passion, and as the reader you are allowed the opportunity to enjoy every moment of their journey.
Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Risqué: A Regency Ménage Tale (1 winner per day of 3-day weekend) and a chance for a $10 Amazon gift card (1 overall winner based on comments from 3-day weekend).
- Cassandra Carr: copy of either of my two current releases, Talk to Me or Head Games
- Kristabel Reed: back list copy of one of her stories and then on her own blog a $10 GC plus a copy of her newest release, Risque: A Regency Menage Tale
- Lucy Felthouse: back list copy of any of her single-title books
- Cari Quinn: back list copy of one of her books
- Leigh Elwood: two back list copies of her books
- Natasha Blackthorne: copies of her two Regency era novellas: Grey's Lady and Waltz of Seduction
- Amber Kallyn: e-copy of Dragos 1
- Camryn Rhys: Kindle copies of The Barn Dance and Off the Record-Foodie Erotic Romances
- Lissa Matthews: two of her back list books
- Misa Buckley: an e-copy of Ironhaven and To Reach the Dawn
- Lacey Wolfe: a copy of Amber's Muse
- Courtney Sheets: a $25 GC to Ravenous Romance and a copy of Kona Warrior-PDF
- Sara Brookes: an e-copy of one of my back list books
- Cynthia Arsuaga: a copy of an e-book, and on her own blog five book charm book tethers
- Louisa Bacio: .pdf copy of my first book in The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf series, and on her own blog a $10 certificate to Ravenous Romance, and each commenter will also be entered to win a Goody Bag of new Orleans treats
- Malia Mallory: one copy each of The ABC's of Erotica and Santa's Back Door Baby
- Cynthia Eden: a copy of Angel of Darkness (either print or digital)
- Carrie Ann Ryan: an e-copy of The Alpha's Path
- Jacquie Rogers: a Smashwords coupon for Faery Merry Christmas, plus on her own blog, a free copy of Much Ado About Marshals
- KT Grant a print copy of Sweet and Sinful and an ebook copy of her next release, Xavier's Loving Arms
So what are the rules? Simple: visit as many of the blogs as you can and leave a comment for the blog owner. For every comment, you'll get one entry into the grand-prize drawing. Be sure to leave your e-mail address with every comment so we can find you if you win! And don't forget that several blog owners are giving away prizes specific to their blog, too!
One winner will be chosen on Saturday morning using random.org. I will contact that person about the Kindle Fire and then each blog owner with a prize will contact the winner themselves to arrange delivery of said prize. Questions? Contact me at AuthorCassandraCarr AT gmail DOT com.
Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving everybody!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Prep Time:30 Min
Cook Time:40 Min
Ready In:2 Hrs 40 Min
1 (16 ounce) package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup white sugar (non-bleached)
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon milk (organic)
1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 (16 ounce) container prepared chocolate frosting
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 24 muffin cups with paper muffin liners. Divide sugar cookie dough into each muffin cup.
Bake in the preheated oven until the cookie dough softens and spreads across the bottom of each muffin cup, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
Beat the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, flour, and milk with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Beat the first egg into the cream cheese mixture until completely blended, then beat in the last egg. Mix in the instant pudding mix until just incorporated. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese filling into each muffin cup. Return muffin cups to the oven and bake until the filling is set, about 25 minutes. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes then remove the desserts.
Remove the foil cover of the prepared frosting and microwave until softened, about 30 seconds. Stir frosting until smooth, then spread about one tablespoon of frosting onto each dessert cup. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.
Amount Per Serving Calories: 270 Total Fat: 15.2g Cholesterol: 46mg
Monday, November 21, 2011
Saturday I did a marathon shopping trip to the grocery store where I tried not to deal with other crazed people shopping for Thanksgiving dinner. it mostly went over well. Mostly. The sad fact was that I had many of the items I needed but there are always those few that either you never realize you finished off (and didn't replace!) or don't carry at all to begin with.
Not sure about what other appetiser I'm going to make. Must be traditional (or at lease semi) and must be delicious.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Prep Time:15 Min
Cook Time:4 Hrs
Ready In:4 Hrs 15 Min
1 pound Italian sausage (Again bought at the local butcher's shop!)
1/2 cup diced onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 (48 fluid ounce) can chicken broth
1 large carrot, sliced
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach
1/4 cup uncooked pearl barley
In a skillet over medium heat, cook the sausage, onion, and garlic until the sausage is evenly brown. Season with Italian seasoning. Remove from heat, and drain.
In a slow cooker, mix the sausage mixture, chicken broth, carrot, spinach, and barley.
Cover, and cook 4 hours on High or 6 to 8 hours on Low.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
- Pan Am: showed promise but seemed more of an historical rehash of the 60s. I stopped watching after 4 episodes.
- Terra Nova (after the first episode): picked up but seems off somehow. I'm not sure how, it's like I've seen this scifi show before in a great many science fiction shows I used to watch. Nothing new there. Off the DVR record list.
- Person of Interest: One episode. One episode and I couldn't take it. Seriously, with all that technology anyone could stalk another person and save and/or arrest them.
- Grimm: Is it just me or is the heir to the Grimm legacy a petulant child? Seriously, you're not 16 year old Buffy trying to have a normal date and not die at the hands of the Master. You're a grown-up cop. Shut up and deal. Plus I can't stand the lying-to his cop partner, to his nearly fiancee. Ugh.
- Once Upon a Time: Far different from Grimm, this still hold my attention.
- Hell on Wheels: I have a secret love for the Wild West. Adored Deadwood and will give this more than one (pretty good) episode before passing judgement.
Hawaii Five-O: What happened? Honestly, what happened between the end of last season and the start of this one? Did the writers forget the rapport between the characters? Did they toss out all character growth? And please, please I beg you-get rid of nameless blonde chick. She's one-dimensional and adds nothing to the show.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Kane’s scent still faintly surrounded her, even though it had been a full day and night since their encounter. She shivered in remembered pleasure, fingers drifting over her breasts. He hadn’t left immediately after she’d collapsed in his arms. She didn’t recall him moving, but Alix did recall waking to his fingers doing delicious things to her body.
Sighing, she turned her head into the pillow and breathed deeply, annoyed with her foolishness. She’d told her maid, Marguerite, not to bother with the bed linens. Alix sighed again, and shrugged it all off. In the privacy of her bedroom, she could be just as young and sentimental as she wanted.
Not that she’d ever let anyone other than Marguerite see that side of her. Emily might suspect her sentimental streak, but her closest friend would never tell a soul.
Kane had left just before the break of dawn, striding arrogantly through the servants’ entrance in the rear of her St. James townhouse. A practiced rake, without doubt. Alix could appreciate his skill in stealth as well as his skill in a great many other things.
With one final stretch, Alix rose and walked naked across her room to the looking glass. Her vibrant auburn hair framed her face in a riot of curls, and the wanton look about her lingered. But the red love bites adorning her rose-tinted skin caught her attention.
Dismissing her reflection, Alix tugged her robe on and went about her morning rituals. It was another two hours before Marguerite had her dressed and presentable for Emily’s political gathering. And she wondered if Mr. Huntington would be in attendance.
As she descended the stairs, mind still on the delectable Mr. Huntington, Beckett extended a silver tray topped by a sealed missive.
“Good day, madam,” he said with a slight bow. “A messenger delivered this note an hour ago, and the carriage is waiting for you just outside, as you requested.”
Alix took the note with a nod and a smile. “Thank you, Beckett. I’ll be out momentarily.” She dismissed the servant with another smile and diverted from her intended destination into her parlor. She closed the pocket doors behind her and stared at the linen paper, folded precisely down the center. There was no indication as to the sender and a simple wax rose sealed the note.
Opening the missive, Alix sat on the settee. She had no idea why she wanted privacy to read a simple letter, but instinct drove her to the parlor where none would disturb her.
Do not neglect this servant of yours.
It wasn’t signed, but Alix had no need for a signature. Kane. Heart racing both in need and excitement, Alix hurried from the parlor to her study. She quickly inked a reply and sealed it. Instructing Beckett to find a street urchin and have the note delivered immediately, Alix exited the house, the thrum of anticipation humming through her body.
Monday, November 14, 2011
It's taken me a long time to get this story just right, but I feel the end product reflects the story that needed to be told with these characters. Underneath it all is a layer of trust that doesn't come easily to any of them, Alix, Kane, or Brent. They want pleasure, they want fun, but anything more than that is dangerously scary territory.
I'll post some exerpts this week, but for now here's the blurb:
Risqué: A Regency Ménage Tale
The young widow Mrs. Alexandria Prescott enjoys her untainted reputation. In private, however, her sexual appetites know no bounds. An encounter with Kane Huntington changes that. Alix finds she can't help herself or her desire to test his notorious reputation and invites him to prove his mettle in her bedroom.
They enjoy their pleasurable games until jealousy's green eyes come between them in the form of Brent, the young Earl of Rowan. Unwilling to let themselves be bested in this game of passions, Alix and Kane use Brent as a pawn in their maneuvers against each other.
However, Brent has other ideas about his future and what—and who—it'll involve. He skillfully turns the tables on them and, despite the games they play, creates an image of the perfect ménage. But things never go as planned and when their secret is threatened will the three of them run? Or will they be clever and strong enough, to hide their love in plain sight?
Friday, November 11, 2011
Prep Time:15 Min
Cook Time:55 Min
Ready In:1 Hr 10 Min
3/4 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast (bought fresh at the local butcher!)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large onions, diced
3 large carrots, diced
2 medium parsnips, diced
1 bulb fennel, trimmed and diced
4 cups Swanson® Chicken Broth (regular, Natural Goodness™ or Certified Organic)
1 (15 ounce) can black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Lightly oil the grill rack and heat the grill to medium. Grill the chicken for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through, turning the chicken halfway through cooking. Remove the chicken to a cutting surface. Let cool for 5 minutes. Cut into strips. Set aside.
Heat the oil in a 6-quart saucepot over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, parsnips and fennel. Cook for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add the broth and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 30 minutes or until the vegetables are very tender.
Stir in the chicken, peas and parsley and heat through. Season to taste. Divide the soup mixture among 8 serving bowls.
Amount Per Serving Calories: 183 Total Fat: 4.8g Cholesterol: 22mg
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Risqué: A Regency Ménage Tale
The young widow Mrs. Alexandria Prescott enjoys her untainted reputation. In private, however, her sexual appetites know no bounds. She finds a fitting partner in the notorious Kane Huntington, but when the jealous young Earl of Rowan discovers their game, will he expose them, or join them?
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Don't get me wrong, I'm not the kind of person who thinks sitting back and letting the universe do all the work will give you anything but bedsores, but I do believe that positive thinking helps.
It helps get you through the day, it helps put things in perspective, and it definitely helps with goal setting.
So think positively today!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
It's your vote that counts for change. Use it. It's your strongest voice.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Prep Time: Cook Time: Ready In:
30 Min 3 Hrs 10 Min 3 Hrs 40 Min
3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (you can try turkey bacon but I prefer the taste of real bacon)
4 red potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
1/4 cup butter
1/2 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup milk (I use 2% organic)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (non-bleached cause who needs bleach in their food?)
3 cups milk
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons seasoned salt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes (I use black pepper)
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
chives for garnish (optional-I don't do this, not a fan of chives)
Preheat a large slow cooker by turning it to the High setting and covering with the lid.
Place the cut-up potatoes in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave on High for about 8 minutes, until the potatoes are cooked and steaming hot.
While the potatoes are cooking, place the butter in the preheated slow cooker, and cook and stir the onions and garlic for about 5 minutes, until the onions turn golden. Stir in 1/2 cup of milk, and whisk in the flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in the remaining 3 cups of milk, and let the mixture come to a simmer in the slow cooker. Simmer for about 10 minutes, until the soup begins to thicken.
Stir in the hot cooked potatoes, crumbled bacon, sour cream, Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, seasoned salt, parsley, red pepper flakes, celery salt, and dried basil. Stir to mix the soup well, reduce the slow cooker setting to Low, cover, and cook for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with chives and serve.
Amount Per Serving Calories: 429 Total Fat: 23.5g Cholesterol: 61mg
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Often I hear how authors refuse to read reader reviews because they only like the good ones & refuse to read the bad ones. OK, total agreement there!
But the irony there is that as a reader the first reviews I go to are the bad ones--are they simply complaining about the price? Was there a problem with delivery? Basically, are these complaints not about the book but something else? Is the bad review: This book sucks but with no backup to it?
Those are ignorable reviews. Nothing you can do about them and any reader scrolling through the reviews can see what they are for themselves.
Now the constructive criticism reviews: Those I love!
And those are the ones I listen to. In the year I've been seriously writing (concentrating on writing as opposed to letting other things interfere) I've found that no matter the level of erotica, the details, the description, that what I'm writing is still a romance. And people who read romances, be them sweet, sensual, or ménage, want the connection between characters. They want that love match-m/m, f/f, m/f/f, m/f/m, m/f, it doesn’t matter.
Love is love and let's face it. I'm writing romance. an erotic romance, a ménage romance, but a romance.
Now just because I feel that a critque is constructive it doesn't mean I'll alter my writing style to accomodate that one critique. It does mean I'll take it into consideration. I certainly hope that as time progresses my writing simply gets stronger and stronger. While I write erotica, it doesn't mean that the story aspect of the erotica is any less engaging than the sexual aspect.
So yes, I listen to my readers. And that's the reason it's taken me over a week to go through copy edits for Risqué my new Regency Ménage Tale. Because I want to make sure the level of emotional connection between characters is present, believable, and deep enough to show their love for each other.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
So my Twitter posts show up on my Facebook account, my Blog posts pop up on both Twitter and Facebook (I think...) Did I miss a connection? Probably but it doesn't matter, they're all everywhere. As far as I know.
Is this a good thing or a bad one? I can't tell, but I've met some great people on all three of these outlets, have found wonderful authors and their stories, and have made myself known. And isn't that the point of it all?
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
1: Not enough character development in the opening chapters
2: I should do this all in one sitting-my eyes cross
3: Sex in the opening chapters is great but without emotion it's nothing more than porn.
4: I LIKE plot with my sex. I like reading about characters and why they sleep with one character over another, why they fall in love with one man or two and whay makes it all work
5: Writing a love match ménage where 3 people fall in love with each other as well as want each other
But it's all finished and sent out. Hopefully I'll have a cover this week!