Today we get to find out more about my very special guest is the wonderful author Cassandra Dean.
· Which of your books is your personal favorite and why?
My favourite of my books...Oh noes, I can’t choose! They are all so special to me.
You know what, I think my personal favourite is the next one. It’s filled with adventure and mystery, because I have no idea what’s going to happen and there’s something magical in the unexpected! Also, there’s such joy in the creation of a new story, and the discovery of new characters and their discovery of each other. So I guess I’ll say my favourite is always the next one!
· Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given.
Leaf on the wind, given to me by my bestest friend, Joss Whedon*! This advice reminds my anxiety-riddled, over-active imaginational brain to relax, go with the flow. I have a tendency to over-think things, to examine a coming situation from every angle and try to predict the outcome for each. This is not so conducive to the relaxing. So now, when my brain starts overreact, I tell myself leaf on the wind. Thanks ever so, bestest bud Joss Whedon*!
* I might be imagining the closeness of our relationship. I might also have garnered this advice from watching Serenity repeatedly. Whatevs. I like my made-up version betterer, though :D
· One day I hope to:
Actually not over-think things. It is my Life’s Goal.
· What was the last book you read?
I borrowed Richelle Mead’s The Golden Lily and I spent a lazy afternoon reading it. Fun times! I quite enjoy the series, and really like the developing relationship between the protagonist, Sydney, and her love interest, Adrian.
· If you could take a trip anywhere for 30 days with money not being a consideration, where would you go and what would you do?
Scandinavia, Turkey and the Holy Lands, including Petra. Machu Pichu.
Living in South Australia, we don’t see snow. We hardly ever see mist. Thus, both hold a massive fascination for me, and I think it would be the bees knees to rock it in Scandinavia, snow-style. Fjords, baby, all the way!
Turkey. Hmm. I’m not too sure why. I just think it would be super cool.
The Holy Lands and Petra. I have seen my sister’s photos. I NEED to go.
Oh, and Machu Pichu, but I’d make it so I was carried up that path – have you seen where you have to trek?
Thanks so much for having me, Brenna!
(in ebook and print)
Ever curious, Elizabeth, Viscountess Rocksley, has turned her curiosity to erotic pleasure. Three years a widow, she boldly employs the madam of a brothel for guidance but never had she expected her education to be conducted by a coldly handsome peer of the realm.
To the Earl of Malvern, the erotic tutelage of a skittish widow is little more than sport, however the woman he teaches is far from the mouse he expects. With her sly humor and insistent joy, Elizabeth obliterates all his expectations and he, unwillingly fascinated, can’t prevent his fall.
Each more intrigued than they are willing to admit, Elizabeth and Malvern embark upon a tutelage that will challenge them, change them, come to mean everything to them…until a heartbreaking betrayal threatens to tear them apart forever.
Moments passed, the Earl’s impassive gaze weighing heavy upon Elizabeth. An overwhelming urge to twist her fingers assaulted her, but what if her fidgeting made him refuse?
He seemed to make some decision. “I shall show you carnal pleasure, madam. As you say, both to receive and to give. However, pregnancy should be avoided at all costs.” His eyes flickered, the first sign of something resembling emotion crossing his face. “I will not marry you, no matter the circumstance.”
Well, of course he wouldn’t. She wouldn’t wed him either. In any event, conception was not a concern for her, not after a marriage that had never yielded—
Good Lord. He spoke of practical application. He spoke of touching and kissing and—Was it warmer of a sudden?
He continued with barely a pause. “Actual penetration will be avoided. While many people extol the virtues of withdrawal, I remain unconvinced. We will discuss methods of contraception during your education, but the most effective method is always avoidance. You are in agreement?”
Still confused but now with cheeks aflame, Elizabeth nodded. In all her life, no one had ever spoken so frankly. This, combined with his matter-of-fact manner and lack of emotion, banished any lingering apprehension and left only the excitement. Glorious, thrilling excitement.
“Excellent.” Stepping close to her once more, he brushed his hand from her neck to her shoulder, the back of his fingers now warm against her skin. “Shall we begin?”
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