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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Claw Marks Week on ABA: Derek Austin Johnson AKA Marcos London Interviews Cassandre Dayne - Plus Giveaway

Today, I have the honor of interviewing the lovely Cassandre Dayne, who in the past year has written more books than I can count on my fingers and who was one of the key figures in bringing Claw Marks to life.  On a personal note, Ms. Dayne actually encouraged me to try my hand at writing erotic romance, and I can say that, without her input, I wouldn’t be writing it today.

Derek: Thanks for joining me Cassandre. You were instrumental in the creation of the Claw Marks anthology.  How did you come up with the idea?
Cassandre: If you want to know the truth Derek – it was because of you. You allowed me to read Academia Heat first (thank you for that) and the idea popped into my head – way to sexy to pass up.

Derek: “Spicy White Chocolate” is your contribution to Claw Marks.  Tell us a little about it.
Cassandre: In truth I have two – Unwrap Me is about a girl who adores her best friend’s younger brother but of course can’t tell anyone. Little did she know some elves decided to intervene at a very naughty Christmas Party. Spicy White Chocolate is about a restaurant owner who makes a bet with her erotic book club to snag a hot young thing and the first girl gets a big prize. Of course her sexy boy toy has other ideas in mind and yes, the chocolate is white, hot, spicy and poured….

Derek: You’re diabolically prolific.  By my count, you’ve had twelve releases in the past year.  And you’ve announced several more recently.  How do you manage to stay so prolific?
Cassandre: I dream in color and stories flow at night plus I can type very fast too and the words flow in my head. It helps I love it so much. BUT – if I can get through finishing five major novels in October – a true test.

Derek: In addition to being so prolific, you’re also a great self-promoter as well as a promoter of other talent.  How much work goes into promotion, on average?
Cassandre: I spend at minimum three to four hours a day promoting not only me but other writers. Between tweeting, blogging, guest blogging, updating websites, yahoo groups, setting up chats – I could literally do it more.

Derek: Talk about your new position with Rebel Ink Press.  
Cassandre: I feel honored to be the Director of Communications and Publicity which means I get to help promote, welcome new writers, give them places to go for marketing and develop new contacts for all of us.

Derek: What has been the most challenging aspect of writing?  And what has been the most rewarding?
Cassandre: Challenging is the time it takes around it and trying to find the right piece that will turn heads. Rewarding is all of that and everything else!

Derek: Talk about your upcoming releases and current works in progress.
Cassandre: You had to ask – I have everything from a m/m piece titled Punch Back coming from Rebel and The Fire of Submission – my first f/f piece coming both in October. I also have the two anthologies and my first as the other writers – Dakotah Black coming as well. I have two coming out in November and one in December – St. Nick’s Night of Xstasy and then three others with Naughty Nights Press as well. Going to be a busy few months. In November the first in my third persona, Enslaved is coming out. It’s the first in the Retribution Collection written by D.H. Black.

Derek: White chocolate or dark?
Cassandre: Neither – allergic!


Cassandre started writing stories and poems before she knew how to ride a bike and proceeded onto novels by age eleven. By the time she was an early teenager, she had written fifteen novels. As early adulthood, college and life settled in; writing was placed on the back burner but never forgotten entirely. Suddenly awakened by the rampant fantasies and untold stories of characters that flowed through her dreams every night and filtered into her daylight hours; she could hold back the creative process no longer.

Cassandre writes highly erotic romance stories and novels in the contemporary, science fiction and paranormal flavors. Currently she has eight erotic romance novels published with Rebel Ink Press and several more under contract. Her recent titles include, Treats in a Plain Brown Wrapper, Her Sinful Long Legs, Revving Her Wild Engines, Shadows of Panic and Wicked Desire, Wicked Wager Among Friends – Tales from Lucifer’s Lair – the first in a
series, Breakfast Eye Candy, and her first m/m piece is came out in June titled Game Over. Her first full length novel was released in August titled Truth, Dare or Dangerous Intent. Her first print release – a compilation of several pieces is coming in September.
She also recently had her first release with Naughty Nights Press– Spankdown with three other under contract including Red Fire – Surrender, Raging Shadows and Forced Fantasies – all due out this year.

In addition, as her alter ego Bethany Halle, she is the host of two blog talk radio shows with Robin Falls Red River Radio. The Fire of Fantasy & Darkness airs every other month highlighting writers and other artists in the fantasy, science fiction and paranormal genres. Dare to Take the Plunge also airs every other month featuring writers, publishers, cover artists and reviewers in the erotic romance genre. She also is a weekly/monthly contributor to Naughty Nights Press, Erotic Diaries, After Dark Online, Kinke Magazine and Queer Online Magazine.
As Bethany Halle she is also the Director of Communications for Rebel Ink Press and currently serve on the Nominating Committee of the RWA’s Passionate Ink.
She was a Passionate Ink finalist for their Passionate Plume contest with Treats in a Plain Brown Wrapper and has received several four and five star reviews for her work.

Member of:

Virginia Romance Writers
Romance Writers of America
Passionate Ink
ARRA – Australian Romance Readers Association




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Claw Marks Anthology Coming Oct 3rd from Rebel Ink:

Have you ever considered engaging in an exciting relationship with a stunning hunk of a man who’s much younger? Does your heart beat rapidly as you savor his carved body from across the crowded room? Every cougar can tell you the answer. Entering into new relationships isn’t easy and for some, sharing joy means letting go of a difficult past. Join a talented group of writers from Rebel Ink Press who bring you stories of love and passion transcending age and sometimes tragedy.
Checkmate by SammyJo Hunt – For anchor Clint Watson, keeping a low profile about his sexuality is a must but on one beautiful afternoon over a game of chess, he finds pleasure in the arms of a younger man. Player Conference by Liz Crowe – Jess can’t get past the loss of her husband until her daughter’s soccer coach gives her every reason to try again. The Diver’s Club by Genevre Pierceau – Jilted by her cheating boyfriend, Jill finds solace over drinks with her girlfriends who convince her to turn the tables and engage in a moment of passion with a sexy contractor. Spicy White Chocolate by Cassandre Dayne – During a regular meeting of an erotic book club, the girls enter into a wicked pact to seduce a younger man and the first to do so wins a hefty prize, only Shawna Dupres didn’t count on falling in love. Insatiable Kate by Dawne Prochilo – Kate Winston was angry at being thwarted by the man of her dreams and she was ready to give him a piece of her mind. What she didn’t know was Rome made a promise years before and yet one he was ready to break for the possibility of romance.

Believe by K.T. Bishop – Gabi continues to suffer from the loss of her husband until she finds passion in the arms of a young athlete bent on making a better life for himself. But can his dream succeed against his family’s wishes? Tempting Research by Sam Crescent – For Melissa Crane, research for her erotic books is everything. Stumped by a scene and facing a tough deadline, she enlists the help of one very sexy masseuse. Carnal Awakenings by Sara York – Anna is not only concerned about her aging looks but her children’s thoughts about her considering another relationship until a secluded vacation and a hot younger man and his male lover convince her an alternate lifestyle might work. Unwrap Me by Cassandre Dayne – Cristal refuses to get over the acts of her cheating ex husband until her best friend provides a special treat under the mistletoe. Fresh Meat by Marcos London – Robin Dahl moved to a small town in Texas to get away from her manipulating ex and pushes all thoughts of romance aside until a sexy deliveryman changes her mind.

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  1. Great post !!!


  2. Nice interview, Derek & Cass. Good luck with all your upcoming releases.

    Best wishes,
    SammyJo Hunt

  3. Thanks guys - it was an honor to be interviewed by Derek and thank you again Kiki!

  4. way to go guys! keep up the great work Cass

  5. Whoa girl, I am exhausted just reading about all you're doing!!! Loved the interview, can't wait to get to know the rest of you!


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