Today we have Cassandra Dean on the blog! She was kind enough to drop by on her book tour to talk about her latest release, Teach Me.
1. What is TEACH ME about?
TEACH ME is the tale of curious widow who wishes to learn of erotic pleasure and the dissolute, disillusioned earl who teaches her. Neither of them are looking for love, but slowly, they learn there is more to the other than meets the eye…
2. What is the inspiration behind TEACH ME?
At the time, there were a lot of stories on the market about innocent ladies being taught about eroticism by a through and through rake. I thought, I can do that! and TEACH ME was born.
3. What’s your favorite scene in TEACH ME? Can you describe the scene?
Oh man, I have so many! Actually, I quite like the first kiss scene, simply because Elizabeth completely turns Malvern on his head with something as simple and innocent (to his perspective) as a kiss. It’s one of the first moments he realises this widow is dangerous to him and his life as he knows it. She becomes a person to him, and what’s more, a person he wants to know.
4. Imagine you are trapped on a deserted island. Which character would you prefer to be stuck with, and why?
I think Elizabeth, because she would not give up until we found a way off that bliming island!
5. What makes TEACH ME stand out from all the others on the market?
It sounds kind of silly, but what makes TEACH ME stand out from the others on the market is that no other book has been written by Cassandra Dean (apart from, ahem, my other books!) What I mean by this is when you pick up TEACH ME, you’ll enjoy my take on the dissolute teaching the innocent. My version of this tale can only come from me, so that’s the uniqueness I can offer.
I hope that makes sense. It totally did in my head…
It totally makes sense to me!
6. What do you want to resonate with readers when they read “The End”?
Hopefully, they will sigh, smile mistily, and then go immediately back to the beginning to read again!
1. Coffee or chocolate? You can only choose one!
Oh man, how?? Hokay, um…Coffee, but it’s an extremely tight race!
2. Favorite movie or TV show?
Fave TV show – Buffy the Vampire Slayer, because it introduced me to Joss Whedon and I’ve learnt so much about writing and awesomeness from him.
3. Book that made you laugh hysterically, shed tears, or want to change the world?
I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan by Alan Partridge (a creation of Steve Coogan). Man, that Alan Partridge character can make me pee my pants a little.
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Made me cry, dagnabbit.
Beauty and the Beast. Because that story became my story and changed my world from one where I didn’t write to one where I did.
4. If you could write in any other genre, what would it be? Why?
I would love to write Steampunk. I just love the romanticism of it, the steam technology, the (predominantly) alternate Victorian setting. I have an idea for a Steampunk series that I’m really hoping to find the time to write – Must do it!
5. What was the first romance novel you ever read?
Hmm, oh, this is a toughie! It was so long ago, I can’t really remember.
The first romance I remember clearly was about two film critics who went to London during the filming of a version of Ivanhoe. I think it may have been called Coming Attractions? He was an overweight slob who used to denigrate her in his columns, she was a former beauty queen who is now a TV film critic. He loses weight, reveals he’s always been in love with her, and she falls for him. They marry, have some ups and downs, and then find their happily ever after. I think I still have it somewhere…I hope I do, I would love to re-read it!
6. What do you think is the most important element a book needs to be successful?
A good story told well. That’s the only requirement.
7. How can readers connect with you and learn more about your writing? (Be sure to include social media links!)
Lots of places!
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.
Pushing open the door, he prepared to rebuke the inept servant. He stopped, dumbfounded.
Elizabeth stood in the middle of the room. Candlelight fell softly upon her, her hair by turns gold and shadow, the soft illumination lending a honeyed hue to her skin. The bottom lip caught between her teeth did nothing to mar the wide smile lighting her face, and the soft light did not hide the laughter in her eyes.
He wanted to take her face between his hands. He wanted to kiss her, hard, soft—it didn’t matter. He took half a step forward before he controlled himself, linking his hands behind his back, interlaced fingers digging into each other with the force of his restraint.
Making himself look from her smile, he instead swept his gaze down her body. Bloody hell, what a stupid idea. She was wearing one of her new gowns, this one of blue silk that clung to her rounded hips and small waist, her breasts barely contained by the fabric
Arousal ran through him, thick and hot. Ruthlessly, he forced his response aside. He would not react to her so slavishly. A degree of distance must be maintained.
All of this happened in the blink of an eye, and went unnoticed by her.
“Surprise!” Her brow quirked, as if she knew his shock and, what’s more, was amused by it.
“Indeed.” Gesturing to the blanket and basket at her feet, he raised a brow in imitation of her. “What is all this?”
A cheeky grin lit her face. “It is my thank you. I would wager you never expected a picnic.”
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.
Decadent Publishing: (http://www.decadentpublishing.com)
Cassandra will be awarding a signed Teach Me postcard and a Teach Me magnet at each stop to a randomly drawn commenter. A Grand Prize of a $15 Amazon Gift Card, a Teach Me mug, a signed Teach Me postcard and Teach Me magnet will be awarded to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. (International Giveaway). To enter, please comment here or at Rafflecopter: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ba0e5718/