First, let's meet Cass. She's a self-confessed lover of writing, chocolate, wine, cake, curry, gin, sunlit beaches, moonlit bedrooms, and good novels, but not necessarily in that order! She works full time, and writes full time . . . hey, there *are* 24 hours in a day and the day job only takes up 8 of them ;-) In her spare time, that is, when she's not working or writing, she fits in time to walk, paint, review romance novels, and she loves cooking. Add to that a great and supportive family, and this is a lady with a very busy, but very full, life. Also self-confessed . . . she loves comedians Bill Bailey, Victoria Wood, Michael Palin and Eddie Izzard, and would love to have one of them as a neighbor.
Cass is not new to publishing. She has two previous titles included in the anthologies Smut Alfresco (Absolute Erotica Book 9) and Smut by the Sea Volume 2 (Absolute Erotica Book 11), both by House of Erotica publisher.
Today, Cass shares with us her first novella length work, One Night in San Francisco, which is book five of the City Nights Series from Tirgearr Publishing.
City Nights is a unique erotic romance series with authors contributing to the collection. Each book title starts One Night in . . . and takes place within a 24 hour time frame in a city somewhere in the world. Previous cities include Boise, Idaho; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; and New Orleans, Louisiana. And today we'll lose our hearts in San Francisco.
OK, you know I couldn't pass up the chance to add Frank's song mention here. Besides, San Francisco was in my backyard growing up, so it should come as no surprise to learn that this story has a dear place in my heart.
In this edition, we meet up with Nicky and Liam. They've met on a flight to San Francisco and found an instant attraction to each other. So much so, they join the mile high club! While they both have baggage from the past, and neither looking nor expecting this attraction, they agree to meet in the city to see if there can be something more between them. But when they lose touch almost immediately after leaving San Francisco Airport, the hours tick away while they try finding each other again. They only have one day in the city and time is slipping by quickly.
One Night in San Francisco is an attention grabber from page one. From their first meet, to the frantic city search for each other, to the climactic reuniting . . . and I mean climaxtic! . . . this story will keep you reading. We can't help but endear ourselves to the characters, and a well written storyline tells a great story of finding love when we least expect it. This is another excellent edition to the City Nights series, and one readers will definitely lose their hearts in.
Before we get to the blurb and excerpt, this busy lady took some time from her schedule to have a chat with us.
Welcome, Cass. It's lovely to see you at Heart of Fiction. Thank you for sharing a bit about yourself, and your latest story!
I must confess, after hearing about your very full life, I wonder how you find time to fit everything into a single day. Especially finding the time to write. What is your daily writing routine like?
Pretty random, but here’s an example. On a completely free day I wake very early and then snuggle down for a big think/daydream while my cat, Prudence, sits on my legs and purrs. This thinking session sets me up for the day - I have my best ideas in bed, which is handy for someone who loves erotic romance!
I keep a kettle and coffee grinder in my room so the next thing is always a pot of strong black coffee. The sound of the beans grinding jump starts the day and I get back into bed and write for a couple of hours. Then I might get up, have a long bubbly bath and eat something yummy - croissants if it’s a decadent week, a bowl of fresh fruit if it’s health kick time.
A walk on the beach is next, then back for more writing - downstairs this time, but if I carry on writing into the evening I get into my silkiest pjs and retreat to the bed again.Hmm . . . sounds like the bed plays a theme here. No wonder you write erotic romance ;-) I was going to ask you next to describe your writing space, but I think I know where that is! What else can you tell us about this space? Let us into your boudoir, as it were.
You’ll see from above that my favourite writing place is my wonderfully comfy bed. You’ll also guess that I’m currently living alone! This sort of bed/office doesn’t work too well if there’s a man in my life. My bedroom is the best place in the house. It overlooks windswept salt marshes and has windows on two sides. I rarely draw the curtains unless the weather is really bleak so that I can appreciate the sunrise. My laptop is always plugged in and ready on the large bedside table and I’ve got a selection of notebooks in shades of gold, red, dark green and purple - my favourite colours - and a pot of multi-coloured pens at the ready for inspirations that need to be hand-written.Sounds like you have a wonderful location to write from. Not just comfy surroundings, but that view over the sea . . . must say my envy mode is on full right now!
So, as I mentioned above, you have a lot of interests. What do you enjoy doing most when you're not writing?
I love to cook - Italian, Thai and cake mainly. Filling the house with people for a huge feast is one of my favourite ways to spend Sunday. I read whenever I get a moment and the beach is my favourite place to do that. I used to be a sun worshipper to the extreme, basking on the sand for hours on end, but now I protect my skin with sun cream and cover up a bit more. I’ve recently joined a class to learn how to paint on glass so that I can make window pendants for my friends’ Christmas presents.Glass painting is really cool but also a whole new learning process to painting. Your friends will be thrilled to know the lengths you've gone for their pressies this year.
Oh, wait! You said you love baking cake. I'll be right over . . .
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. I'll let you get back to researching your next best-seller at the window overlooking the sea, with cake in one hand, strong black coffee in the other, and Prudence on your lap ;-)
As we come to the blurb and excerpt, remember that we're giving away a copy of One Night in San Francisco today. All you need to do is leave Cass a comment here, with your email address so we can contact you if you win. Questions or comments, all are welcome!
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Nicky and Liam have only twenty-four short hours to find out if their instantaneous attraction can develop into something more than an electric mile-high fumble. San Francisco has everything they need to put their previous disastrous relationships behind them, but when they lose touch with each other almost immediately, fate seems to have other ideas. As the precious hours tick away, Liam moves heaven and earth to find the woman of his (filthiest) dreams before she leaves the city. Will he get to her in time?
‘That feels just amazing,’ he whispered, ‘but I really can’t. I’m sorry – I can tell you’re something of an expert in your field.’
I giggled. ‘I’ll take that as a compliment; not that I go around rummaging under men’s blankets on a regular basis, you understand.’
‘Of course not. Look, I’m in San Fran for a week – I’ll give you my card and you must call me if you’re staying long enough for a meet up? I’m free tonight, if you’d like dinner, maybe?’
‘That’d be nice - I’m only here for one night though. I’m on my way to stay with my brother in Southern California tomorrow evening, but I’ve never seen the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, or the cable cars so I decided to stop off in San Francisco on the way and be a tourist for twenty four hours.’
‘Good place to have a brother.’
‘I know – he’s an actor. He lives somewhere in the hills in a huge house called Coast Starlight. He did tell me why he named it, but I can’t remember. Something sentimental, I’m sure – he’s a big softie.
‘It was a nice idea to have a pit stop in the City first.’
‘Jack paid for it – this is his treat. He’s doing really well these days. I’d never have afforded it otherwise. I’ve brought him some great presents though to remind him of home. Marmite, a novelty big red bus moneybox, that sort of thing.’
‘Sounds great. Well, I’d love to see you later if you’ve got time? Will you ring me?’
I dimpled at him. ‘Might do. But you don’t even know my name. And more to the point, I don’t know yours.’
He grinned back and reached for my hand, turning it over and kissing the back of it so lightly that I’d have thought I’d imagined it if my whole body hadn’t begun to throb with pleasure at the touch of his lips. He began to work on my fingers, taking each in his mouth by turn and sucking gently until I was almost at the combustion point again.
‘You really are a find,’ he said.
‘A find. A lovely woman, easy in her own skin, sensual and ready for anything. I bet if I lifted you across my knee now and lowered you onto my cock, you’d come in seconds.’
‘Hmmm. Well, I’d like to answer that one, but it’s a long story.’ We were still whispering, but I noticed one or two nearby people starting to stir and look around to see who was disturbing the peace. ‘Are you going to give me your phone number then, or what?’ I murmured, mind agonisingly full of the images he’d put there. I took the outstretched card he offered after a brief rummage in his pockets, and tucked it away in my bag.
‘Oh, and I’m Liam,’ he said, as an afterthought, ‘I’m a literary agent. I specialise in crime thrillers.’
‘Hi Liam. I’m Nicky. I’m thirty two, I guess I specialise in crime too – I’m a solicitor.’ He laughed and squeezed my hand, keeping hold of it and linking his fingers in mine. Settling down, we leaned together like old friends, and soon both drifted into sleep.
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Cass Peterson lives in a house with way too many books, candles and wine glasses.
She loves painting (with oils, not emulsion, usually) and her ambition is to live near enough the sea to walk on the beach in sun, rain, and snow. She will then give in to her broody instincts and get a large, slobbery dog.
Cass is now writing a full length erotic comedy-romance featuring a young spinster in search of sizzling sex. The research is taking some time . . .
Find Cass online --
Website - http://casspeterson.co.uk
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/cass.peterson.7
Tirgearr Publishing - http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Peterson_Cass
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