I'm so excited to introduce Cassie Ryan who writes contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance. I love this First Time story she shares with us. Were YOU that woman at the airport???
About two months after my very first print book released, Ceremony of Seduction, from Kensington, I had to go to the airport to pick up my husband who was returning from a business trip. I always go early, and I always take a book so I can read to pass the time. So I’m never surprised when there are tons of other people there reading while waiting as well. But when I glanced up and saw a lady reading one with a very familiar cover—MINE—I nearly did a WOOP WOOP and a pretty embarrassing snoopy dance inside the airport terminal.
Wow! Someone who was not related to me in any way was actually reading the book I wrote, in public, for everyone to see. And she looked like she was enjoying it too!
However, not wanting to be detained by airport security, I just smiled like a maniac for the next hour, probably creeping the poor woman out while I tried and failed not to stare at her. I also forced myself NOT take a picture of her reading MY book!
Looking back, and having some experience as a published author under my belt now, I realize I probably could’ve gone over and asked her if I could take a picture of her reading it. I had a pocket full of business cards with my pen name on them, and a stack of book marks in my purse with that cover all over them, so I could have proved I wasn’t a stalker. Or at least not a dangerous one! And she might have even asked me to sign it. (I might have been nabbed by airport security if she’d done that!!!) That would’ve been another first!
But, it’s a fond memory for me, and I can still feel the elation that fills my chest and makes me smile when I think about it!
I just hope I don’t have a reader out there who has a memory of some creepy lady in an airport terminal in Arizona staring at her with a crazed expression for nearly an hour while she was trying to read!
Cassie Ryan has always had a passion for romance and anything paranormal. And even in school, was encouraged to put her writing skills to good use, but always with the admonishment to ‘stop writing the weird stuff and tone down the sarcasm.’ But what fun is that. So, in 2003, she finally decided to try her hand at writing a novel, but still firmly embracing the ‘weird stuff and the sarcasm.’
Cassie has had several different series published under different names, including the popular Maiden series as Tina Gerow, the Seduction Series for Kensington’s Aphrodisia line as Cassie Ryan, The Sisters of Darkness series with Berkley, also as Cassie Ryan, and the Club Desire series with Random House Loveswept, still as Cassie Ryan.Cassie belongs to the Romance Writers of America, and is a past president of the local Valley of the Sun Romance Writers Chapter and an active member of the local Desert Rose chapter. She’s an active speaker on several subjects including promotions, character creation, goals & motivation, writing love scenes and more. She has spoken at several RWA chapters as well as the Romantic Times Booklovers convention on the paranormal and erotic panels. She writes Paranormal, Erotic Romance, and Contemporary.
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~October 25, 2016
In a novel of erotic passion and deep commitment from the author of My Obsession, an undercover cop finds a soulmate who surrenders to his healing touch.
Fiercely independent and determined to free herself from her father’s manipulation, tech expert Kate Freewill finds a refuge in L.A.’s elite BDSM dungeon scene as the hot new thing to political and Hollywood A-listers. Still, all that glitters gets old, and Kate soon tires of the stream of well-heeled masters who expect her to be at their beck and call. Then she meets a very different kind of Dom—one whose quiet confidence, strength, and command bring her most willingly to her knees.
Undercover FBI agent Dex Alexander fits right into his assignment to expose terrorist links to one of L.A.’s most popular clubs. The case has reawakened a desire to find the perfect companion, and he knows that beautiful, vulnerable Kate is a woman he could love. But when her father’s corruption unwittingly makes Kate the target of a bigger enemy, Dex brings her to his Phoenix home—and his dungeon, Club Desire. Here she shows him just how eager she is to give him everything . . . and more.