Monday, February 13, 2012

Giveaway & Inside details of Cassandra's Dilemma by Heather Long

I am happy to announce the Lair has a visitor with a little surprise at the end...
Please put together a warm Hussy Lair welcome to Ms. Heather Long!!!

Cassandra’s Dilemma Confessions with Heather Long

Hello! My name is Heather Long and I am a romance writer. Actually, I write a lot of different kinds of romance from paranormal historical westerns to paranormal romantic contemporary to romantic suspense and everything in between. The heat levels vary from the sensual to the erotic, but I will be honest, I prefer it to be sensual and steamy, where the emotions are running as hot as the sex. So let me kick this off with a big ol’ thank you to Cecile for hosting my Cassandra’s Dilemma tour today.

I Have A Confession

Before I wrote Cassandra’s Dilemma, I didn’t really think I could write a strong trio together. In fact, this series was never intended to be any kind of trio ménage or poly amorous. It began with the simple question, how would the Fae come out into our world today? Our world with its 24 hour news cycles, paparazzi, celebutantes and Twitter where news breaks from around the world and is trending in minutes.

Our technology has made our world shrink in many ways and yet, we’re all such strangers in others. So how would these beings of fantasy, dark and light, make it a a cynical, jaded world where news spreads like wild fire along the Internet superhighway?

That’s where the story started, where it went was into one woman’s journey down this proverbial rabbit hole. The media consultant who gets the scoop of a life time as she is courted by the Fae and eventually earns that trusted position as their spokesperson. Is it any surprise the book opens with such a bang?

The Heroes of the Story

That’s right, I said heroes. You see I started the book with one and I ended up with two. Helcyon is a Lord of the Fae, he is a warrior and talented magicuser and gifted in many other ways. When an attempt on Cassie’s life worries the Fae Queen, she sends Helcyon to watch over the Fae’s spokesperson. But the cataclysm at the beginning of the book also brings out Department of Homeland Security Agent Jacob Book. Jacob’s not just any government agent, he’s also a Wizard.

Oh and did I mention that Wizards and Fae hate each other? Oh, nothing like a little Capulet and Montague hatred going on, but of course there are secrets and layers upon layers and left right in the middle of a most sensuous and deadly dilemma is Cassie. She has to learn who she can trust, who is out to kill her and in the end, what to do about the Fae.

Here’s an excerpt:

Book leaned forward, legs spread slightly and elbows resting lightly on his thighs. His brown suit showed wrinkles from too much wear. The faint musty odor of fresh aftershave over sweat suggested no time for a shower recently. The tiredness left shadows around his eyes. If he was investigating the bombing, there was every chance he’d been allowed little time for sleep while sifting through the evidence. Cassie’s reluctant annoyance softened. The agent was just doing his job and in a climate where terrorism had left its mark on their country.
“Lies are better received when layered with truth.” She focused on Sartre. She’d memorized whole passages in high school, and the mental mantras got her through tough meetings with clients who wanted to play hardball. The mental recitations kept her from throwing things in childish temper when events didn’t go her way.
“I would have thought you would prefer ‘Like all dreamers, I mistook disenchantment for truth.’” A hint of something gleamed in his eyes as her gaze was inextricably drawn back to his. She could lose herself in those golden flecks, counting each tiny chip of gold as priceless in the honey brown.
Cassie responded to the warmth of his tone, the casual openness of his body posture, and the teasing glint in his eye. “Hell is other people.”
The rush of masculine laughter stroked her insides like a feather, sending a wave of rippling warmth out from her core. She enjoyed his laughter. Helcyon shifted his posture. The warmth of his fingers bit into her shoulder. She yanked her gaze away from the agent’s, barely noting the frown he sent Helcyon.
Blood rushing to her face, Cassie covered her discomfort with a quick cough. Flirting? Seriously, Cass? Get your head in the game. “Maybe we should get to the questioning portion of the interrogation.”
“Interrogation? Hardly.” Special Agent Book cut his hand through the air as though saying that wasn’t the issue and she shouldn’t worry about it. The simplicity of it comforted more than any long-winded assurances could have.
“We’ve withheld most of the details from the press, including the names of the victims, yours as well, until we can notify families. But you’re one of the feLinkw surviving witnesses, so why don’t you tell me what you remember?” Again, Book’s gaze tracked up her to focus on Helcyon, a mild animosity shivering in the air, but that, too, evaporated when he looked to her.

Cassandra’s Dilemma
releases Wednesday, February 15 exclusively from Siren.

About Heather

Heather Long is a full time writer, mother, friend and student. She can often be found at 4 a.m. hiding in her garage with a cup of coffee and a new story idea unfolding on her laptop. You can keep up with these and all of Heather’s upcoming releases via her website, Facebook page and occasionally, Twitter although she swears she’s pretty bad at remembering to Tweet even when she reads them.

***Now for the time you all have waited for... ***
***The Giveaway!!!***

Ms Heather is kindly giving away an ecopy of: Cassandra’s Dilemma
~This is part of a book tour~

Giveaway open till Friday, February 17th @@@ 8:00 pm Eastern Time...
Winner will be announced Saturday, February 18th!!

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  1. Wizards and Fae, this sounds like a good book! It just went on my To Buy list! Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. I love stories that include the Fae. This sounds really interesting. I have to ask, how did the story evolve into a trio if you originally envisioned a couple? I always find the author's process so interesting.

  3. Jen,

    It actually became a trio rather organically. Jacob wasn't going anywhere and they both fit with her well, but they both brought different aspects to the table. So this is one case where the plot got wiped out by the characters on the way through and it worked.


  4. hi my question for heather is where do you get your inspiration from for characters and storyline?

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  5. I follow you here i'm everydayLife

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  6. Hi Heather,

    Will this series feature the same characters through out or is each book a seperate adventure?

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  7. I would love to to read this book and series. Please enter me in contest.

  8. Becca, my characters come from everywhere. They can be born in a snarky statement or a snippet of overheard dialogue and in this case, I think Cassie was formed as an image of all those professional women I grew up watching who were ready to take the world by the horns!

    Cathy, the series will definitely feature Cassie, Jacob, and Helcyon at least in the first three -- we will meet more characters in the subsequent books and at least one of them as already made it clear he wants his own.

  9. Whew this sounds like a really good book. And that guy with the long hair is hot as hell.I like the Fey and wizard combination I love paranormal books thats what I mainly read. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. Thank you Marlene! I love the Fae too, I have something for pointed ears. I actually blame that on Spock and Tanis Half-Elven.

  11. This sounds like it will be a wonderful story. I can't wait to see how they work out their differences.
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    1. Thanks Sherry! And thanks for swinging by! Just a few more hours now till it's released released!

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