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Reviews for Silk & Scandal
I adore novels, but there is something special about a short story that I truly love. When a short story is as emotional and engaging and well done as this one is, it’s a treat to be savored. Cassandra Dean knows her craft, and it shows in every scene of her first Silk Series installment.
- Bridget, The Romance Reviews
The path towards opening [Thomas and Nicola's] eyes and hearts to the truth about their feelings was done in a smart and scrumptious way that kept me clicking through the pages until the very end. An absolutely fabulous novella from their first letter until their last.
- Lady Rhyleigh, ARe Cafe
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About Cassandra Dean
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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An Interview with Cassandra Dean
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Cassandra, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Silk and Scandal. What can you tell us about this fabulous new release?
CD: SILK & SCANDAL is the first in The Silk Series, a series comprising law-loving peeps and their happily ever afters. SILK & SCANDAL features Thomas Cartwright, a criminal barrister, and Lady Nicola Fitzgibbons, a magnet for scandal. As children, they lived next to each other and were firm friends, but when Nicola’s diplomat father accepts a post in Hong Kong, their friendship is limited to letters. Eventually, bored and alone, Nicola falls into scandal and Thomas, aware of the need for circumspection, severs their ties.
Now, eight years after she left, Nicola is back...
HH: What will readers like about Nicola and why will they empathize with her?
CD: Nicola is a victim of her times, in that she's extremely intelligent but is unable to use that intelligence in any meaningful way. She would make an excellent barrister, however the social strictures of the times limits her choices significantly. Thus, left to her own devices and without an outlet, she falls into scandal and, of course, is condemned for it. This strikes her to her core and when Thomas, her very best friend, stops writing her because of the scandals she finds herself in, she fears she is only good for this and nothing else. And when Thomas seems to confirms this belief, she falls apart.
HH: What will readers love about Thomas?
CD: A man who knows another’s strength doesn’t diminish his own. What’s more attractive than that? While Thomas is acutely aware of the need for conservative behaviour, he finds himself following Nicola’s lead, being more daring than he is by himself, more willing to take risks. Of course, it blows up in his face...
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
CD: I had a lot of fun researching the legal aspects. I’m by no means an expert, but it was so interesting to see how little had changed. I was inspired by Silk, a contemporary UK tv show set in London, and it was amazing to see how the accoutrements of the law had not changed in 200 years. For example, the threads that tie the briefs (law cases) together are white if you’re prosecuting and red if you’re defending and that hasn’t changed. Also, sidenote, I’m Australian and our legal system is very closely based upon the English system. Thus, all these little bits and pieces I discovered are also used in Australian Law. Nifty, right?
HH: What makes this book different from any of your other works?
CD: It’s short! I was lucky enough to be asked by my publisher to write this story and there was a word count of 15,000 involved. It was the first story I wrote of this length, but luckily I rose to the challenge! It was an interesting struggle to make sure Nicola and Thomas had the story they deserved within the constraints of the length.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
CD: I’m working on edits for the second in the Silk Series, SILK & SCORN, as well as writing the third draft of SILK & SCARS, book 3 in the series. I also have plans to complete The Diamond Series with EMERALD SEA and a story set at the turn of the 19th century into the 20th with a Duchess and a Tutor...
HH: Where do you draw inspiration from in your writing career?
CD: Everywhere and anywhere. It’s amazing what can spark an idea. In fact, I was answering a question in an interview once and the way I came up with the answer sparked an idea for a lady pirate and an uptight gentleman admiral who pursues her across the high seas...Man, I gotta stop having ideas!
HH: What are you most grateful for in your writing career?
CD: Just having one is pretty spesh. I feel so very privileged to be able to share my stories with you all. It’s been a lifelong dream and it’s still kind of unbelievable that it’s happened. I love being an author and I’m so grateful for that.
HH: What are you reading right now?
CD: I just finished re-reading The Hollows series by Kim Harrison and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my paperback copy of Ever After, the next in the series. I. Need. To. Know. What. Happens. Next.
I’m also eagerly awaiting the release of Wild Justice, the final book in Kelley Armstrong’s Nadia Stafford series. Gosh, I love those books.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
CassandraDean.com ~ Cassandra and Lucy ~ Facebook ~ Twitter
Goodreads ~ Tumblr ~ Pintrest ~ Amazon.com
Thanks so much for having me!
HH: Thank you!