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Friday, April 5, 2013

Interview & #Giveaway with Cassandra Carr, author of See the Light! #FMBAuthor

Read on below for an interview with Cassandra Carr for her See the Light blog tour; also do not miss the excerpt and giveaway below! :)




Holly: Hi! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself? :)

Cassandra Carr: Sure! I’m a multi-award winning erotic romance author with about twenty works out right now and more coming. I write in a variety of lengths and subgenres to give my readers as much choice as possible. In my non-writing time (whenever I get any), I like to go out with family and friends and watch my beloved Buffalo Sabres (NHL team) on television.

Holly: Can you tell us, in your own words not the book description, a little about your book?

Cassandra Carr: See the Light is a story about two men whose lives revolve around an incredibly difficult secret to keep in a difficult situation. Both are gay men in the closet in the world of professional sports, the NHL (and the Olympics) specifically. They meet and the attraction is overwhelming on both sides. Against their better judgment, they give in to the attraction and end up falling in love along the way. Now they’ve really got a problem. How do you love somebody completely in secret?

Holly: Where can we purchase this book?

Cassandra Carr: It was published by Loose Id, so their website at http://www.loose-id.com of course, plus all the third-party retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AllRomanceEbooks.

Holly: Do you think you will have a follow up book to this novel or is it just a stand-alone novel?

Cassandra Carr: I wrote it so it could be either, but the readers have spoken. They want more, so there will be a series. I should be starting to write the second book very soon.

Holly: Why this genre(s)?

Cassandra Carr: I love to read male/male stories and there’s something so fascinating about the way two men relate to each other and how they fall in love. I wanted to explore that dynamic.

Holly: What is the hardest part of writing in your opinion?

Cassandra Carr: The grind of it. So many people have a romanticized notion of writing, but really it centers around an author sitting in front of a computer for hours on end, typing and typing and typing, then going back and reading and reading and reading to make changes. Don’t get me wrong – it’s incredibly fun to think up storylines and characters and cool settings, but mostly writing consists of pounding the keys until you finally type “The End”.

Holly: Can you tell us some of your latest news?

Cassandra Carr: Oh gosh, let’s see. Well, I’ve been incredibly honored to be nominated in three or four “Best of” awards for 2012, and my books have been included on several “Best of” lists for 2012. I am now an Amazon bestseller because of See the Light. Coming up I will be publishing my first non-erotic romance, a hockey story titled Should’ve Known Better (with a totally hot cover featuring
model Scott Nova) and lot of other exciting things. To keep up with me and what I’m doing, check out my website at http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com, follow me on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/cassandra_carr and friend me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorCassandraCarr.

Holly: If you are published with a publisher, how long did it take you to get published?

Cassandra Carr: I got published very quickly, relatively speaking. I started pitching my first book in early 2009 and sold in late 2010. I didn’t sell that first book, but I did sell my second. And now that first book, Should’ve Known Better, which I referenced above, is being published imminently.

Holly: What is your favorite part of writing?

Cassandra Carr: This is going to sound funny, but my favorite part of writing is the sex scenes. I’m good at writing them (or so I’ve been told) and it’s so much fun for me to figure out all the logistics and then the emotions behind the sex. Yes, I have a lot of sex in my books, but it’s not just two people rutting for the sake of rutting. My characters fall in love partially through sex, and let’s face it, in reality that’s often how it happens.

Holly: What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?

Cassandra Carr: The only thing that matters is how you see yourself. – Unknown  (It’s sometimes accompanied by a picture of a cute, fuzzy little kitten looking in the mirror and seeing a huge lion.)

Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Cassandra Carr: I love love love my readers and I’m so appreciative that they spend their time and money on my books! I write because I love it and because, frankly, if I didn’t the little voices inside my head would become big voices, but I also write for you guys, so thank you!!!

Holly: Do you have any upcoming appearances that you would like to share with us?

Cassandra Carr: Yes, I do! I’ll be at the Romantic Times (RT) conference in early May and Ellora’s Cave Romanticon in mid-October. Looking forward to both!

Random Quickies!


Holly: Pepsi or coke? 

Cassandra Carr: What is this “Coke” of which you speak? Pepsi all the way!

Holly: Do you read more than you write? 

Cassandra Carr: Last year I read 280 books. To be fair, not all of those were full-length books. That number included short stories, novellas etc. I think it’s crucial for writers to read, so I make sure I have time to read and use it wisely.

Holly: Why do you like eReaders more?

Cassandra Carr: I have a Kindle Fire, and I carry that thing everywhere I go. It’s awesome to be able to sit for even ten minutes while I’m waiting for a doctor appointment or to pick up my daughter and get another chapter or two read. So ereaders are very portable, and my entire to-be-read list is in one place.

Holly: How many paperback/hardcover books do you own?

Cassandra Carr: A guesstimate is around 200, not including any of my daughter’s books. She’s four and already has around 100 books.

Holly: Right now in your line of site, how many books can you see?

Cassandra Carr: *glances at the two full bookshelves to my immediate right* Probably well over 100 since DD’s got a shelf on that bookshelf.

Holly: If laptop what kind do you own and would you recommend it to other authors?

Cassandra Carr: I have a Dell Inspiron. Hubs is an IT guy and recommended it. I’ve had it nearly four years now, but we’ve kept it upgraded as much as possible by adding memory, switching the regular hard drive for an SSD drive, etc.

Holly: What book are you reading today?

Cassandra Carr:  Right now I’m in the middle of Way Off Plan, a male/male story. Good stuff.



See the Light
by Cassandra Carr
Gay Contemporary Erotic Romance
Categories: May-December, Sports-Themed
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: February 26, 2013
Heat Level: Sizzling
Word Count: 42,000

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Blurb
Hockey player Jason Monroe lives a double life—star defenseman and soon-to-be Olympian on the ice and closeted gay man outside the rink. A serious relationship is out of the question, and Jason makes do with anonymous sex in barroom bathrooms, not willing to take the chance on coming out as gay in a decidedly macho sport.

Advisor to the US Olympic hockey team Patrick Parker knows a thing or two about being a professional hockey player who’s not out.  He’s fifteen years older than Jason, and when he senses the sexy younger man is interested, he knows he shouldn’t give in to the attraction. The two men can’t keep their hands off each other, though, and with each heated encounter it gets harder to hide their relationship. Then their world blows up around them, forcing them into the limelight. Will their love survive or be put on ice?

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains explicit sex scenes and/or situations and adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.


Fate wasn’t on Jason’s side. Everywhere he turned, Patrick was there. The man had been acting strangely ever since their confrontation in the hall, and Jason lived in fear that Patrick had seen something that day and would out him, despite his gut feeling Patrick wasn’t like that.

Another night, Patrick and Jason found themselves on the same elevator at the hotel. Jason groaned to himself when Patrick followed him when he exited on his floor. He knew Patrick didn’t have a room on this floor and braced himself for the inevitable. The best thing to do now was go on the offensive. When Jason reached his door, he clenched his fists at his sides and spun around. “Why are you following me?”

Patrick stopped dead before turning his gaze to the floor, where he worried at a small hole in the carpet with his shoe. “Shit.”

“What?” Jason wouldn’t stand there like an idiot, waiting for the guillotine to fall. Almost without a conscious thought, he took up a battle stance.

The older man held out a hand in supplication. “Please, just let me explain.”

Jason’s eyebrows drew down as Patrick raised his gaze, and Jason read myriad emotions in them. Pain, guilt, shame, and hidden under all that, lust.

What the fuck?

He wasn’t willing to let the man off the hook until he knew what he wanted, so he barked out, “Talk.”

Patrick indicated Jason’s door. “Can we go inside? We shouldn’t stay out here in the hall, not with what we need to talk about.”

“And what is it we need to talk about?”

Jason watched as Patrick cleared his throat and shifted his weight from side to side. In a voice barely above a whisper, Patrick said, “Our mutual attraction.”

“Fuck.”

Patrick ran a hand through his hair. “Yeah, what you said.”

Without another word, Jason unlocked his door and swung it open, motioning for Patrick to go in ahead of him. As soon as he was in the room, his eyes locked on the king-size bed dominating the space. Fortunately there was a desk chair and a small arm chair, and Patrick fell into the arm chair as Jason slowly lowered himself to the desk chair.

Jason blew out a breath. “So you’re—”

“Yeah. And so are you.”

“How the hell did you know that?” The question came out as little more than a snarl. He saw Patrick arch an eyebrow.

“I’ll admit you had me fooled for a while, but once I saw you check me out and looked into your eyes, I knew.”

“When did I check you out?”

“In the hallway a couple of days ago when we talked.”

Jason’s stomach churned. Busted. There was no use lying, especially since Patrick had already admitted he was gay too. “Can anyone else tell, do you think?”

“No. You hide it well.”

Closing his eyes, he murmured, “Thank God.”

“But I saw it, I see it, and we’re in deep shit.”

“How do you figure that?” Jason shifted in his chair. Even now his cock was half-hard, but he didn’t want the other man to notice his excitement. “I’ve hidden attraction before.”

Patrick blew out a loud breath. “Yeah, but were you trying to hide it when the other person was doing the same thing and there are countless people around at all times?”

“I’ll deal with it.” Rubbing the sudden ache at the back of his neck, he gestured toward Patrick. “Besides, if we can’t do anything about it, why even come here and dredge the whole thing up?”

“Because I think that’s better than trying to ignore it. I don’t know about you, but it was driving me crazy.”

Jason shot to his feet. “And you think now that we know we want each other, things will get easier? Are you fucking delusional?”

Patrick rose as well and stalked over to him. “No, I’m not ‘fucking delusional.’”

Jason stared at the other man, the lust burning him where he stood. He moved even closer, like a moth to a flame.

What the fuck am I doing?

Apparently Patrick didn’t know either, because his expression became alarmed. “What?”

I can’t stop.

“I need to do this.”

Not giving Patrick a chance to react to his words, Jason grabbed him, one hand palming the back of Patrick’s head as Jason’s other arm snaked around the man’s waist, pulling him into Patrick’s rock-hard body. It was obvious the man kept in shape, despite his playing days being over, and a tortured moan escaped before he could stop it. Jason dived into Patrick’s mouth as the passion flared, melting him from the inside out. He hadn’t kissed a man in years, and he realized how much he’d missed it as the kiss went on and on, neither man willing to let the other go.

He could feel Patrick’s cock as it lined up with his, and even through layers of clothing Jason felt the heat pouring off the other man. It made him want to submit to anything Patrick desired, which confused him. Honestly Jason couldn’t remember the last time he’d had a man’s dick in his mouth, but right now he’d give just about anything to suck Patrick off.

Patrick pushed them backward until they crashed into the wall, never letting their lips separate as he took control of the kiss. With a growl, the older man reached down and cupped Jason’s ass, pulling their cocks even closer and rubbing them together. Jason turned his head to the side with a gasp to break the kiss before he passed out, but Patrick kept at him, scoring his teeth down Jason’s neck to his pulse point.

“So fucking hot.”

All Jason could do in return was give a helpless little whimper. 


Cassandra Carr is a multi-published, award-winning erotic romance writer with Ellora's Cave, Siren, Sybarite Seductions and Loose Id who 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. Cassandra's book Caught was recently named Best BDSM Book 2011 by LoveRomancesCafe and Impact was named BDSM Book of the Month for May 2012 by BDSM Book Reviews.

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