Archive for September, 2008

Sep 24 2008

New Cover – Hunk of Coal

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It’s Christmas in September!

I’ve finished the edits on Hunk of Coal, a steamy hot and funny Christmas threesome. And just today, I got the cover for it! I was too excited not to share! Thanks to Miss H for her hard work!

Let us not forget the true hero of this story:

And while I’m at it, here’s a nice little blurb:

Nice people get presents under the tree. Naughty people get Coal in their stocking. Until Santa falls off the wagon and into his sleigh.

Nice girl Christa doesn’t deserve the Coal she got. When it turns into Cole, a hunk of man made just for her, she changes her mind. But their time together is threatened when Santa’s son shows up to correct his father’s mistake.

Samuel sees more in Christa than a woman he wants to love. He sees the future of Christmas. Can he and Cole convince her that her heart, and her bed, have room for two?

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Sep 20 2008

Awesome Review at Coffeetime Romance!

Published by under Random Musings

Danielle over at Coffetime Romance has reviewed Taint of Shadow, and given it five cups! It’s a terrific review, and I’m really quite proud of it. Have a little taste:

Ms. Moore has written a fantastic journey through love and treachery. This racy novel will have any reader on the edge of her seat, waiting impatiently for the ending. When I read this book I found myself enthralled with the emotional roller coaster of the two main characters. The struggle that Kayla must face with her betrayers, and the revenge she seeks was so potent I could almost touch it.

I’m glad they enjoyed it. I’m sure you will, too. If you haven’t read it yet, you can buy it here!

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Sep 16 2008

Love and Loathing

Published by under Publishing,Random Musings

This week, I finished edits on my Christmas story, Hunk of Coal. I also finished revisions on a story I wrote the last word on a month ago, and I submitted it (and thanks to Layla Aaron for the title help!). All this while I put the last touches on the first burst of world building for a new series and pondered the best way to get it outlined and ready to write.

I have to wonder if some writers love what they do by the end of the story. I sure as hell don’t. At the start, I’m so excited about the premise, the characters, the whole kit and kaboodle. It’s fresh! It’s new! It’s jam packed with potential and creative goodness! If you could bottle the stuff, you’d be rich.

By the end, I hate every single bloody word I’ve written.

Yep, even the.

The more I write, the more I notice patterns in how I do things and how I feel about things. Initial excitement. Panic as I have to transform ideas into words. Love as the story begins. Loathing as it ends. Doubt, depression as hours become days become weeks become months waiting for a response. Grim acceptance when the rejection comes, or elation when the acceptance does.

It’s a roller coaster I ride every time I stare at a blank Microsoft Word document. Every time I comb through pages of scribbled notes and doodles, trying to make sense of what I horked into the notebook. Every time I wonder if I couldn’t just type “And they freaking lived happily ever after! I am so done!” and send the damn thing out.

Libba Bray did a wonderful post on just this very topic. This is exactly how it works. And it’s kind of nice to know that I’m not the only one who hates what I write by the end of the thing.

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Sep 08 2008

Vampire Oracle: Sunlight

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Moira Reid’s not only a good friend of mine, but happens to be a crack writer, too. The woman can tell a story that’ll make you sweat, and always has a good tale behind all that hot stuff. Her contribution to the Vampire Oracle series came out Friday, and you’ve just got to check it out!

Have a gander, then go buy it:

Johnathan loves his neighbor, Lenora, but he’s a vampire who looks 23 and she’s a human of 43. When he reveals his hunger for her, she tells him to find someone his own age. Johnathan smells and tastes her arousal and knows she wants him, and his life of hunting drug dealers is nothing compared to the life he imagines with her in his arms.

The evening Lenora receives a Sunlight tarot card in the mail, Johnathan listens to her read it aloud: “Painful memories and the future must collide and find resolution.” Jonathon’s resolution: she will be his, forever.

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Sep 05 2008

When I’m Not Writing…

Published by under Writing Things

…I’m going insane.

I don’t usually work actively on more than one story. It’s easy to get your voices fouled up, your characters crossed and bleeding into each other, and your plots muddled. It does happen sometimes, when the characters are very distinct, but I tend to start one thing and stick with it (no matter how tempting it is to work just a little on that other thing…and I do occasionally fold).

Writers need to write. If they go too long without doing it, they start to unravel. The words build up like magma under the ground, rumbling and rolling and picking up a head of steam. There’s a kind of mental, creative pressure that starts to push at the sides of your skull. Sometimes you don’t realize it’s happening. You might note that you’re a little restless, or that something is just off, but you don’t know what.

Even if you’re writing world notes, scribbling constantly, organizing information into coherent bits, it’s not the same. There’s writing, and then there’s writing. And that pressure just keeps on building.

Until you finally start writing again. At last, all the notes are in place, your outline is done, you’ve got the trip planned enough to get on the road. The first couple paragraphs might be a little rough, or they might just flow, but either way, you hit a point where you are typing, and the words are erupting, and the pressure drains away.

And you realize, “Oh. That’s what the problem was. I wasn’t writing.”

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Sep 04 2008

Win Taint of Shadow!

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My newest release, Taint of Shadow, is up for today’s Book-A-Day Giveaway over at The Romance Studio. Go over there for your chance to win!

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Sep 03 2008

Taint of Shadow’s First Review

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My latest publication, Taint of Shadow, just received its first review, and it’s a good one! Thanks to Melissa Conatser from ParaNormalRomance Reviews for her opinion:

This is my first Cassandra Moore book and I have to say that I will be looking for more from her. Moore delivered great characters, plenty of action and a very well thought out story. I can’t wait to read the next in this series so I can find out what happens to Kayla and Noah and their pack.

Thanks again, Melissa and ParaNormalRomance! The full review is here if you want to check it out.

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Sep 02 2008

God Took Seven Days

Published by under Writing Things

Me? I take a little longer.

Building a world can be a real beast. There’s a lot that goes into creating a full, believable setting, even for short stories. Your readers know when you’ve fudged, I guarantee it. Even if they never see a spot that you didn’t bother to define, they know when you don’t know.

I usually start with my infamous notebook. I always have a notebook. I have, in fact, two notebooks. One stays on my desk, the other stays by my bed. I should buy a smaller, leatherbound notebook to keep in my purse. When the first ideas for a new world show their faces, they go right into whatever notebook is handy so that I don’t forget them.

And like weeds, those notes grow. I scribble while I sit in front of the school in my car, waiting for my kids at the end of their day. I scribble during the day. One idea becomes several. One question leads to fifteen other questions. Everything gets an answer.

Diagrams. Doodles. Those are in there, too. Character essays, snippets of writing, failed attempts at first paragraphs. Ideas for first lines and opening hooks. More character work. More world notes. Plot notes. Plot threads. Redone plot threads. Plot threads with arrows pointing every which way, rearranging sequence. Entire pages crossed out.

At least two dead pens. If I haven’t killed two pens, I know I’m not done yet.

Once the notes reach critical mass, I have to do something about them. I know I’ve hit this point when I’ve started answering questions twice (because I’ve lost track of everything in there). Plots have started to come together, but I’m not getting all the points in there that I want because again, I’m losing information. I have to get organized.

This, by the way, is where the first bout of doubts gets staged. Do I have too much information? Not enough? Is it all stupid? I’ve started to see the story; what if I can’t tell it right? How am I ever going to turn two dozen handwritten pages of notes, which are in no particular order, into something coherent?

A wiki, of course. I start up a wiki on the series, or the story. I go through and make notes on my notes, distilling the ideas into the main categories, and I get those categories put up. Then I turn to the first page of my notes and start to fill in pages. As I get to a category, I go to that wiki page and put in the information.

Before I know it, the information has organized itself. I can find everything I need. I’m usually amazed that I’ve got so much, and that hey, look, I did account for that thing, and oh look, I’d forgotten I had this idea, it’s pretty neat.

And suddenly…there’s a world there. It has some people who probably still need names. (Her ex, that cop, the chief, that bad dude…they don’t cut it. Readers demand names, for some reason.) The story may or may not still need a title. The plot threads need clarifying, the series arc probably needs work, and I need to find the fuzzy places where the details are thin. But there’s a planet spinning out there in fiction space.

And Cass looks down upon it, and sees that it is good. But it took somewhere between two weeks and a month. And by now, Cass has started to go insane because she hasn’t written any stories, just notes, and the words are starting to build up inside…

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