Casey Crow- Special Badurday Guest

 

JILLIAN: Today’s guest is a fellow Gulf Coast Chapter RWA member and she has her first book coming out on December 6. We are all so happy for her. She’s here to tell us the best things about what she thinks are the best things about the South.  Take it away, Casey.

CASEY:  Best Things about the South

By: Casey Crow

Thank you, Southern Sizzlers, for having me today! I’m so excited about all the recent success and releases you’ve been having! I’m excited, too, to share my debut CAN’T FAKE THIS which comes out Dec. 6th with Loose, id. On that day, I’m having a blog party at Casey Crow where twelve authors are doing twelve give-aways to go along with the Twelve Days of Christmas theme in the story. Mark your calendar to win some great books by best sellers from all genres!

CAN’T FAKE THIS is about a divorcee ready to reenter the dating world. Anna Ryan is determined to be the best “product on the market,” which requires a lot more experience so she propositions sexy police officer Chase Harris to teach her how to make hot, passionate love as opposed to just having sex. He takes it a step further, instructing each lesson based on The Twelve Days of Christmas.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…temptation in a hot package. For more, check out the book trailer and excerpt!

The story definitely has my “Sexy, Sassy & Southern” trademark. Speaking of the South (and what’s more appropriate to talk about at the Southern Sizzlers?), I’ve put together my list of Top 10 Favorite Things about the South.

1. Sweet tea and sweeter accents    

2. Macaroni & cheese is a vegetable and pecan pie is a staple 

3. Y’all is a proper noun  

4. Smocked dresses and hairbows as big as a little girl’s head

5. Front porches are wide and words are long  

6. Sultry summer nights that start in April   

7. Mardi Gras   

8. SEC football

9. Pageants are serious business  

10. Everything is darlin’ and someone’s heart is always blessed

So what are your favorite things about where you live? I hope you’ll take advantage of the uniqueness of your area and enjoy it, no matter where you hail.

Casey Crow is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Alabama with degrees in Business Management and Dance.  She received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Mobile.  Casey resides in Mobile where she stays busy with her two young children.  She also works as a dance choreographer, pageant coach, professional emcee and model, and certified Miss America preliminary judge.  In fact, she is a former Miss University of Alabama.  Casey writes erotic and spicy contemporary romances with the tagline “Sexy, Southern & Sassy.”  Visit her at www.caseycrow.com.  Follow her on Twitter – caseyecrow and Facebook – Casey Crow.

Welcome Author Cassandra Carr

Hello everyone. So its beena  hell of a few weeks at sea here. About a week ago or a little over that my uncle died. He had cancer and we knew that at 76 he might not survive so it wasn’t a shock but it still hurt when he passed away. Right after that I ended up with the flu!! Shoot me now, I’m still sore and aching! Then on Friday my mothers aunt who was 92 passed away. Still having side effects of the flu my daughter had a birthday party here at the house. Oh good lord. I am still hurting! Alas, I still have things to do. On the bright side of all my hellish news however today we have a terrific author guest blogging with us today. I actaully have no talent for coming up with interview questions so let me go ahead and thank all of our readers for asking these questions to all of us over the years. Without more rambling from me please welcome Cassandra Carr to the blog!

Q: What books most influenced your life?

My first “favorite book” was The Westing Game. I also read “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret” until it fell apart. I think it was reading books like those that got me started on the path to what I do today.

Q: Why do you write?

Because I have to. I’ve found the greatest peace in my life since I started writing.

Q: How long does it take you to write a complete novel?

At this point in my career, I can write a complete 50-60k novel (which is a little shorter than a trade paperback but common for erotic romance books), in about four months. That includes first draft all the way to submittal.

Q: What do you consider necessary to the writing process?

Time. I find that when I get a stretch of a couple of hours I can really get a lot of words down on the page. It’s when I only have half an hour or an hour that it’s hard to get going.

Q: Have you written in other genres besides erotic romance?

I also write non-erotic contemporary romance. I have one, a hockey romance, out on submittal right now.

Q: What books do you like to read?

I like erotic romance, but you do start to get sick of it when you also write it. I like non-erotic contemporary and historical romance. I’ve even been known to enjoy chick lit, and I love the Harry Potter series.

Q: What do you consider to be the most important element of a successful novel?

A plot that makes sense. I’m not a fan of the “big misunderstanding” being the crux of the plot – I like plots that have more layers.

Q: What is something that few people know about you?

Something few people know about me? Hmmmm. Let me think about that… (pauses) I would say I love watching teen movies, whether they be John Hughes’ old films like Sixteen Candles or somewhat newer ones like Clueless or Step Up.

Q. Does becoming published make a difference in your writing?

No, not really, except that instead of working for free I’m getting paid for it. Hee. But I understand that just because you’ve been published once doesn’t guarantee you’ll be published again and again. You still have to work hard and put out good stories.

Q. Where do you get your ideas for plots?

Everywhere, but mostly they just kind of come to me. I’m not a plotter, so I’m not always sure where a book is coming from moment to moment. Basically, I just make stuff up as I go!

Q. Does your family know you write erotic romance?

Yep! My mother, who writes womens’ fiction, was my critique partner, but I wouldn’t let her critique this one. That’s one of the reasons I use a pen name, though – I married into a Big Fat Italian Catholic family, and I don’t want them to ever be embarrassed by what I do. I’m not embarrassed or ashamed – I have the coolest job ever – but I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable.

Check out Cassandra’s hot cover!

Cassandra Carr lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out on Twitter. Her debut novel, Talk to Me, was released by Loose Id on March 22, 2011. For more information about Cassandra, check out her website at http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com, “like” her Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorCassandraCarr or follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Cassandra_Carr.
http://www.loose-id.com/Talk-to-Me.aspx

Thank you Cassandra for stopping by and blogging with us today. I enjoyed it and am sure our readers did also!!

Sex Sales, Yes or No???

Hello everyone! Wow, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted and I’m ashamed to admit that! But on a positive note, I have many good reasons to why I haven’t been able to post.  My recent absence was caused because I received a few requests for two of my manuscripts. After I got those three requests done I sent out “feelers” to other publishing houses. All I can say is WOW!

In the last two weeks I’ve sent my erotic romance to Samhain, Ellora’s Cave, Loose ID, Kensington, and Scarlet Rose. Today I am proud to say that each publishing house has either a partial or full of Ride Em’ Cowgirl which is the first of my three book series entitle “Built Cowgirl Tough”.

So after querying three manuscripts which ranged from romantic suspense to paranormal suspense I’m finally starting to see success with my writing. Does this mean everything before this book was junk or simply that sex sales? Tell me your opinions?

Happy Holidays to everyone and I had a fantastic time at the party.

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