Friday, August 16, 2013

Guest Post/Giveaway: Silk and Scandal by Cassandra Dean

Cambridge, punting and The Silk Series

Hi all! Thanks so much for stopping by. For those of you who don’t know me, I'm Cassandra Dean and I write historical romance ranging from sweet to steamy. I also play about in the eras, roaming from Ancient Rome to Victorian to the Old West and beyond. My books take readers on an emotional rollercoaster, from the lowest of lows to the joyous of highs. And, of course, my characters fall into the forever kind of love.

Today, I thought I’d chat a little about Cambridge and The Silk Series, of which book 1, SILK & SCANDAL, is available! Yay!

The Silk Series features four lads who went to Trinity College in Cambridge, two lasses who live near the colleges, and two ring-ins who were nowhere near Cambridge…poor Nicola and Sarah, no real mention of them in this post! Ah well, that’s what you get for not attending/living near Cambridge. I was hopeful there would be a college for ladies at the time The Silk Series is set, but alas it’s not to be. However, that doesn’t stop my ladies from wanting to set one up…To reveal any more would be spoilers. Heh.

I was lucky enough to visit this university town on a big, adventuresome three-month European holiday a few years back (the holiday was mega awesome, just quietly). Cambridge was one of the stops and the university town was quite the thing, with so many surprising little details. For example, there are bicycles EVERYWHERE. It seems bikes are the predominant mode of transport and there are masses and masses of them chained up, just waiting for the students who are hard at work inside the various universities to emerge. It’s also a beautiful place, with the river Cam winding through the town and lending itself to the joy of punting (it’s a boat, peeps!).

Alas, I only got to spend a few hours in Cambridge, but it was more than enough to leave an impression. When it came time for me to pick a place where the lads of The Silk Series studied law, I immediately remembered those bikes and the beauty (and the fact there were universities!) and thus Cambridge features in The Silk Series.

Now it’s over to you! Have you visited Cambridge? Where you flabbergasted by the proliferation of bikes? If you haven’t visited, would you like to? What, if anything, intrigues you about this University town? I’d love to hear from you all in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by!

Eight years ago…
Thomas Cartwright and Lady Nicola Fitzgibbons were friends. Over the wall separating their homes, Thomas and Nicola talked of all things – his studies to become a barrister, her frustrations with a lady’s limitations.

All things end.
When her diplomat father gains a post in Hong Kong, Nicola must follow. Bored and alone, she falls into scandal. Mired in his studies of the law and aware of the need for circumspection, Thomas feels forced to sever their ties.

But now Lady Nicola is back…and she won’t let him ignore her.

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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.

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