Cassi Carver Guest Post plus giveaway
Let’s give a big warm welcome to Cassi Carver! *applause* She is here to talk about how UF chicks often get shafted in the love/getting it on department. This is a fun guest post! AND if you read it well and pay attention, she tells you how you can win 1 of 3, yes Three!, copies of her book Slayer’s Kiss. So pay attention and I’ll see you after the post.
Urban Fantasy And Erotica Kiss And Make Up
Hi, I’m Cassi Carver, and I may as well admit it: I love reading romance and urban fantasy! There was one thing, though, that bothered me when I would pick up a new book in one of my favorite urban fantasy series: the heroine never seemed to have any fun. Sure she was defeating bad guys, discovering new powers, and saving the world—but what was in it for her?
It got me thinking…what’s up with all these virginal, unhappy UF heroines? If they have sex at all, why does it rarely make it into the story? Being a person who prefers a little romance and spice in the stories I read, those were all things I pondered as I set out to write a different kind of story—one in which the heroine not only gets to save the day but is able to explore her sexuality along the way.
The cool thing about urban fantasy is that it’s typically plot driven and follows the life of one heroine, so you really get to know her and her world as it builds in each novel. But at the same time, that may actually be one of the reasons you so rarely find sex in these novels. It’s easy to integrate high levels of heat into a paranormal or erotic romance where the main characters are going to find fulfillment and a happily ever after in each other’s arms by the end of the book, but what about a series that features the same heroine in the next book? If she sleeps around, readers tend to think she’s “easy,” and if she finds relational fulfillment in one person, how do you keep that relationship fresh in the next installment?
My debut erotic urban fantasy, Slayer’s Kiss, just released with Samhain Publishing. I had so much fun writing that book, trying to create something that was fast-paced and plot driven but with a level of sexuality you might see between the pages of an erotica novel. One way to accomplish that was to create a species that thrived on sex and physical contact and make my heroine’s struggles of the flesh integral to the plot. My heroine, Kara Reed, doesn’t shy away from duty and justice, but she doesn’t shy away from living life, either, and exploring all it has to offer.
What about the last book you read? Did it have a happily ever after ending, or are you still waiting for your heroine to get the “happy” she deserves? Three people who comment will win a digital copy of Slayer’s Kiss, so let us know what you think!
Thank you so much Cassi!
There’s one more thing before I tell you about the giveaway details. Cassi has some exciting news to share with everyone!
Shadow Rising, Book 2 of The Shadow Slayers series, is coming out in September 2012 from Samhain Publishing. We’re working on the cover this week and it’s so much fun to see the characters come to life!
And here’s something I haven’t announced yet: Samhain just offered me a contract for book 2.5, The Silverwing’s Sorceress, a Shadow Slayers’ novella!!! That novella will be coming out in December 2012.
After I finish the edits for book 2, I’ll be launching into writing the third full-length Shadow Slayers novel. I don’t have a release date for book 3 yet, but I’ll have three releases in 2012–and 2013 is looking just as spectacular!
*Fans of Slayer’s Kiss are popping open bottles of champagne to celebrate!*
Now onto the part of the post where I give you the little details about Cassi’s amazing giveaway. This contest is open internationally and you have until March 6th 11:59pm est to enter. Good luck to everyone!
If you would like to read a great review for Slayer’s Kiss, check out Ava’s review over at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews here. And if you like what you see, you can pick up the book here – if you don’t win it that is. 😉