Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Is it wrong to say I didn’t do much research?



Hi all! Cassandra Dean here, ready to chat about FOOL’S GOLD!

Part of Decadent Publishing’s Western Escape, FOOL’S GOLD is the second in my Diamond Series. Set in the fictional town of Freewill, Wyoming, The Diamond Series centres around The Diamond Saloon and Theater, and the people who work and live there.

In FOOL’S GOLD, Christmas Eve has arrived and herald the beginning of a blizzard. Pearl la Monte, singer and star of the Diamond Theater’s Burlesque and Variety Spectacular, is by her lonesome, wanting nothing more than to rest and relax. A knock at the door disabuses her of this notion, and when she finds Ethan Garrett on the other side, her ire is raised…


Christmas in Freewill

Christmas Eve, the Diamond Saloon is empty of its people, and Pearl la Monte has a hankering to retire early. A pounding at the Diamond’s door rids her of such a fool notion. Her irritation rises when she sees the prissy, polite-like Garrett standing outside.

Ethan Garrett has a powerful need to gain succor. When the saloon’s voluptuous redheaded singer scowls at him from the threshold of the Diamond, he doesn’t stop to think on how his ire at her has disappeared. Or how he just wants to spend some time in her company.

When a blizzard storms in, trapping them, will they spend their time arguing or find their irritation for each other disguises something more?



The great thing about the second in a series is all the preliminary work is done. The world has been created, the historical references have been researched, the characters and their relationships are mostly established. It made writing FOOL’S GOLD not that painful, which is always nice! I could focus on other things, bits and pieces that helped make up the world.

Of course, I still had to figure out who Pearl and Ethan were, what drives them, what scares them, what drew them to each other. This was definitely the hard part. In fact, I realised after beginning that I had Ethan and Pearl’s personalities the wrong way round – originally, Ethan was the flirty one and Pearl the quieter one. SO VERY WRONG. Once I realised I was writing them wrong, swapped the dialogue around and had Pearl being all flirty and cheeky and stuff, it worked much better. Golly, it’s amazing when you realise such things! It’s like a lightbulb above your head, to be all clichéd about it ;p The story worked better, the characters were finally sounding like themselves, and it all just flowed.


So there you go! Not much research, and I had a complete story done and dusted. Gotta love it when that happens :) I hope you all check out The Diamond Series, and the people who inhabit it.

Thanks for hanging with me, peeps!
Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads ~ Tumblr ~ Pintrest ~ Amazon.com








Christmas in Freewill

Christmas Eve, the Diamond Saloon is empty of its people, and Pearl la Monte has a hankering to retire early. A pounding at the Diamond’s door rids her of such a fool notion. Her irritation rises when she sees the prissy, polite-like Garrett standing outside.

Ethan Garrett has a powerful need to gain succor. When the saloon’s voluptuous redheaded singer scowls at him from the threshold of the Diamond, he doesn’t stop to think on how his ire at her has disappeared. Or how he just wants to spend some time in her company.

When a blizzard storms in, trapping them, will they spend their time arguing or find their irritation for each other disguises something more?

FOOL’S GOLD is available at the following e-stores:




 Excerpt:

Turning on her heel, Pearl marched off toward the stairs.

A weird kind of panic jolted through Ethan, one he’d never felt before in all his days. It was…he didn’t…. She couldn’t leave him. “Where are you going?”

She whirled to face him, her irritation plain. “I was seeking my bed before your arrival, and now I’m seeking it again. Help yourself to whiskey this one time. I got better things to do.”

Shoving to his feet, he strode to her. “Don’t just walk away when we’re discussing things.”

“We ain’t discussing nothing. You’ll be down here, waiting out the blizzard. I’ll be in my bed, doing what I was gonna before you arrived. That’s the end of it.”

Taking a step, she made to leave him. Again.

He grabbed her arm. “Don’t leave me.”

“Don’t tell me what to do.” Glaring at him, she stood before the bar, her magnificent hair slipping from its pins, her breasts rising and falling.

Abruptly, his mouth went dry. Clearing his throat some, he said, “You’re supposed to offer succor to those in need.”

“We’re closed, remember?” Paint-less lips pressed tight together, she glared up at him.

They were so close he could see the faint marks of freckles on her skin.

Pearl La Monte had freckles.

A kind of haze came over him, tightening his skin and bringing with it something all-fired powerful and completely unstoppable. All the years he’d known her crashed through him, all the times she’d flirted with him and meant something else, all the times he’d seen her perform on stage and wished he could have held such fire.

Grabbing her upper arms, he hauled her against him and, ignoring her shocked gasp, he covered her mouth with his.

Bio:
Cassandra grew up daydreaming, inventing fantastical worlds and marvelous adventures. Once she learned to read (First phrase – To the Beach. True story), she was never without a book, reading of other people’s fantastical worlds and marvelous adventures.

Fairy tales, Famous Fives, fantasies and fancies; horror stories, gumshoe detectives, science fiction; Cassandra read it all. Then she discovered Romance and a true passion was born.
So, once upon a time, after making a slight detour into the world of finance, Cassandra tried her hand at writing. After a brief foray into horror, she couldn’t discount her true passion. She started to write Romance and fell head over heels.

The love affair exists to this very day.

Cassandra lives in Adelaide, South Australia.

1 comment: