Thursday, March 28, 2013

Interview + Review + Giveaway: See the Light by Cassandra Carr

Hockey player Jason Monroe lives a double life—star defenseman and soon-to-be Olympian on the ice and closeted gay man outside the rink. A serious relationship is out of the question, and Jason makes do with anonymous sex in barroom bathrooms, not willing to take the chance on coming out as gay in a decidedly macho sport.

Advisor to the US Olympic hockey team Patrick Parker knows a thing or two about being a professional hockey player who’s not out. He’s fifteen years older than Jason, and when he senses the sexy younger man is interested, he knows he shouldn’t give in to the attraction.

The two men can’t keep their hands off each other, though, and with each heated encounter it gets harder to hide their relationship. When their world blows up around them, forcing them into the limelight, though, will their love survive or be put on ice?

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains explicit sex scenes and/or situations and adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.

As a huge fan of Cassandra Carr’s Hockey romances I was excited to see she had a new release; even if it’s not a part of the Buffalo Intimidators series. The author does an exceptional job of writing realistic characters, scenes, and dialogue. She captured the awkward emotions flawlessly; especially Jason’s. His character was often written in a way that reflected how out-of-depth the interaction with Patrick made him feel. I felt that with all of the turmoil that their relationship underwent that they deserved the more than the very abrupt ending – it left me feeling slightly pissed for them. Maybe she'll slip us an epilogue into a future book. HINT HINT
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge by CBLS Promotions for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

About the Author

Cassandra Carr is a multi-published, award-winning erotic romance writer with Ellora's Cave, Siren, Sybarite Seductions and Loose Id who lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out on Twitter. Cassandra's book Caught was recently named Best BDSM Book 2011 by LoveRomancesCafe and Impact was named BDSM Book of the Month for May 2012 by BDSM Book Reviews. 

Tell us about your writing process…

How long do you generally let a story idea germinate before you start the writing?

It depends. Sometimes I just writing pretty quickly, other times things sit in my brain for months. Even more than how much time the idea needs is how much time I have. For instance, right now I believe I’m six projects deep. Yes, six projects that I haven’t started yet but have a high concept/outline etc for…I’ve been called insane before, it doesn’t offend me. ;-)

Do you pre-plot the book or write as you go?

Write as I go. I might have a very short, general outline, but as far as character sketches, scene diagrams, nope, none of those. My stories fall flat when I try to organize them.

How do you come up with the characters names/personalities?

My character names are so random it’s funny. I have a Word document so I don’t re-use major character’s names, but there’s no rhyme or reason (usually) to why I name my character a certain way. As far as their personalities go, the characters kind of determine that themselves as I write them. Like I said, I don’t do character sketches and the like.

How do you go about revising/editing?

I’m a fast-drafter, so I don’t edit as I go. When I finish writing my first draft I go back and revise it, usually adding about 10% more words in the form of layering – more emotion, more description, that sort of thing. Then I send the book to my critique partners, get it back, revise based on their feedback and turn it in.

What is the average time it takes to write a book?

That depends on so many factors. I’ve written a 50k book from concept to submittal in 30 days. Conversely, the book I just sent to my critique partners is 78k and book me three and a half months to write. I did several sets of edits in that time too, which slowed me down, plus a ton of promo for releases.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

Tons of other books, including another male/male which I’ll be starting soon. I don’t really set goals, but I’d like to become a bestselling author. Who wouldn’t? :-P

Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to share with us?

I hope if you read See the Light that you enjoy it. There are more stories coming – the readers have spoken and it will be a series. You can check me out online to keep up with my latest happenings:

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  1. Or maybe she'll write a sequel. :-P

    Thanks for having me here today!

    1. SEQUEL! SEQUEL! Your Welcome here anytime! Heather

  2. Enjoyed the interview and loved reading See the Light! I demanded Casandra write another m/m book :D
    So happy you listened to me LOL :)

  3. Congrats on the new release. See the Light sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it to see more of Jason and Patrick. Yum! Thanks for the great interview, review,and giveaway.

  4. Congrats on the new release! I love your books!

    1. Oh so you're the one VampedChik? :-P Thank you for the support - I truly appreciate it.

  5. Congratulations on your new book! Great interview. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. I have a huge thing for hockey players. It's actually my goal to marry one. I think this book would be perfect for me!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  7. Congrats on the new release!
    Like the review and the interview too.
    Glad to know that you are writing another m/m book
    The more,the merrier :)
    Best Wishes,
    Sydney W

  8. Very nice interview

  9. Great interview!! Can't wait to read your books!

    1. Thank you so much Jolene! I hope you enjoy it if you do!