Mar 1, 2012

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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!

Here is where you can find Cassi –

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.  😉

  1. I love books that happy endings. I always hate books that leave me hanging. I know there are some books that are series where the main characters reappear book after book but sometimes I have a hard time reading those. Especially if I don’t start reading the series right from the beginning. But I like those happy endings where our main characters need to work at their relationship. Good things need to be worked at and earned.

    Congratulations on this release.

  2. I love books in which the heroines save themselves and have fun along the way, just like Kara in Slayer’s Kiss. Can’t wait to read Shadow Rising!

  3. Hi, Lynn! I love happy endings, too! But it’s true, in an urban fantasy series, you get “happy for now” at the conclusion of each book until you come to the end of the series and get the well-deserved “happily ever after.” That works for me, too, just so long as there’s “happy.” 😉

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  4. Yay! Thanks, Melissa! I’m so glad you enjoyed Slayer’s Kiss! Shadow rising was so much fun to write and I think readers will really enjoy it. I hope September comes quickly! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  5. Hi Cassi!

    I love the “species that thrives on sex and physical contact” aspect. I’m really looking forward to reading it!

    Oh, and I’ve already purchased my copy of Slayer’s Kiss, and have it waiting in my TBR queue, so no need to enter me in the draw. 🙂

    Wishing you many sales on this book and the rest of your series!

  6. Hi, Karla! Thank you for picking up a copy of Slayer’s Kiss! I know what you mean about TBR piles…your new book is in mine, too, and it looks awesome! I can’t wait to read it! 😀

  7. Congrats on the new release and the September release. Can’t wait to read Slayer’s Kiss!

  8. Thanks, Georgie!! I’m super excited about 2012. There’s even a December release scheduled! (And…uh…maybe one in February 2013 if I get to typin’.) *type*type*type*

  9. I definitely prefer the HEA in my books, even UF, but as long as there’s at least a HFN I’m okay with that. It’s the cliffhangers that drive me crazy! I just finished Kim Harrison’s A Perfect Blood, and that Rachel Morgan just can’t catch a break when it comes to romance. Still, I absolutely love the series!

  10. Oh, shoot…me, too, Rebe! Rachel Morgan is my favorite and I’m rooting for her SO hard! I just want Rachel to be happy!!! I get sad when my favorite heroines are always on the ropes–even though I keep coming back for more. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Great Blog Cassi!!!

    And I agree, UF heroines deserve some sexy fun too! 🙂

    I don’t need to win a copy I already have one waiting to be read in my Kindle right now! Squee!

    Lisa 🙂

  12. Yay!! Thanks for commenting, Lisa–and for already picking up a copy of Slayer’s Kiss! I hope you enjoy it! *hugs* 😀

  13. Candy Hart says:

    Stephen King horror fills my bookcase, but since Melissa C. loaned me a Stephanie Plum book, I’m hooked! I look forward to becoming your latest fan – sounds like fun!

  14. Elaine G says:

    I’m looking forward to reading Slayer’s Kiss.Love the cover 🙂

  15. The last book I finished was It Happened One Bite by Lydia Dare. Yes, it had a HEA and a promise of at least 2 more in the next 2 books!!

  16. Northwoman says:

    I can’t wait to read this because I like your philosophy. In very few series does the couple get together and share their adventures. The best I can think of is Jeaniene Frost with Cat & Bones in the Night Huntress series. In Devon Monk’s Allie Beckstrom series they are together pretty early. In both Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson and Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels, we know pretty soon who it’s gonna be but it takes a few books to get them together. But in all of these books I also LOVE the humor. The series I can think of where sexuality is part of the character is Keri Arthur’s Riley Jensen series – sex is part of their makeup.

  17. Thanks for the great post and giveaway! This books sounds awesome!

    I love a good HEA and I especially love when it happens to a strong, rescue-herself heroine 🙂 I loved your comment from earlier, and it’s so true… a lot of our fav PNR/UF series often end with “happy for now”.

  18. Hi, Candy! Thanks for stopping by! Stephanie Plum is great. Are you going to see the new Stephanie Plum movie? It’s definitely on my list! 🙂

  19. Thank you so much, Elaine! I love the cover, too! This week I had the pleasure of giving input on the cover for book two and I’m so excited about how it turned out! You’ll get to see one of Kara’s heroes on the cover! 😉

  20. Hi, Jen! I haven’t read It Happened One Bite, but I’m a huge fan of Lydia Dare. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

  21. Hi, Northwoman! It sounds like you and I have very similar reading tastes. The series you mentioned are some of my favorite, too! Thank you for visiting and taking time to comment!

  22. Hi, Erin! I recognize your cute puppy avatar from my release week blog tour! You haven’t won a copy of Slayer’s Kiss yet? Well if it doesn’t happen this time, e-mail me and I’ll send you a copy.

    And yeah, it’s true…HFN is most common in urban fantasy because you can’t have the ever-after until the end of the series. Slayer’s Kiss doesn’t have a HEA ending–so be forewarned. But Kara does have fun along the way and book two is coming out in September to soften the blow. 😉

  23. Hi Cassi, thanks for the blogpost, I enjoyed it. And to answer your question: I just finished Jennifer Estep – By a thread. The heroine, Gin, does have a boyfriend, and lovely lovescenes. She does kill the baddies for a living, but there is time to enjoy life with her friends after that.
    The book before that, was Suzanne McLeod – The sweet scent of blood. No love scenes at all, which for me is a nice change of pace, in all the other genres I read is so much of it already, I don’t miss it. It was the first of a series, so no love interest on the horizon yet, but I have a suspicion there.

    Good luck with your new book, and all the others you still have to write.

  24. Hi, Aurian! It’s been a really fun day hearing about what everyone is reading and what they think about sex, relationships, and happily ever afters in their favorite novels! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!:)

  25. Elaine G says:

    might help if I answered the question..ugh..sorry.
    The last book I read by Lissa Matthews, did have a HEA.

  26. Awesome interview! The last book I read is Born at Midnight by CC Hunter, it’s book 1 in her Shadow Falls series. I’m reading book 2 now. It’s YA, but I would say NC-17 rating. It’s got teenager making out in it..but that’s it. Before that I read a sex happens behind closed doors book, before that an erotic. I enjoy them all, as long as the amount of sex fits the storyline/characters personalities.

    From everything I’ve read about Cassi, she is going to be an author to watch!

  27. mariann says:

    I love happy endings!! There is so much sadness in the world it is nice to sit down and read something that you know will end happy!!! Great interview. Thanks for the chance to win!!:):)

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