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Monday, May 6, 2013

Interview with Cassandra Carr, author of Velocity (Buckin Bull Riders #4)


Velocity
Cassandra Carr

Paolo D’Allesandro has been living in his older brother Marco’s shadow. But he’s getting older now and realizing he and Marco don’t want the same things. He’s not sure what his next step is, but knows he needs to quit riding to figure it out.

Savannah Harrington is a grad student working on a thesis about adrenaline junkies, and she’s joined the bull riders’ tour to study the men and their motivation to willingly take part in a dangerous sport. She meets Paolo and both feel an instant connection. She can’t stay away from the sexy Italian and his mind-numbing skills in the bedroom, but knows the relationship can’t last.

Both wish their circumstances were different, but Paolo doesn’t think he has anything to offer Savannah, and Savannah doesn’t want to pressure Paolo into another life decision that will make someone else happy, but not fulfill him. As her time to go back to school draws closer, they need to figure out how to get their highest score yet—in the game of love.

Hey everyone!!  I'm so glad you are all here for this today - I have an interview with Cassandra Carr!!  Anyone who has followed me, knows I'm a fan.  And I especially love her Buckin' Bullriders series.  Have you read it?  OMG.  You must!!!  So check out the interview, and come back later for my review of Velocity, which is book FOUR in the series! 

***Interview*** 

Hi Cassandra!  This is the first time I’ve had you over for an interview, out of all the reviews.  I must say, I’m pretty excited!  Welcome to Fictional Candy!
  
So this tour is for Velocity, the fourth book in your Buckin’ Bullriders series.  Can you tell our readers today a bit about it?

Yes, Velocity is book four in the series, and centers around Italian bull rider Paolo. Paolo’s brother Marco was the focus of the third book, Momentum. This book is a little different, as Paolo has decided bull riding is not for him. That causes a big problem, though – what will he do now? Can he strike out on his own and leave his brother, who’s been his rock since they came to America, behind? Paolo meets Savannah, a graduate student studying adrenaline junkies, and Savannah sets out to help Paolo discover his true calling in life. Of course, since it’s one of my books there’s a lot of sex along the way. ;-)


The cover for Velocity is one of my favorites!!!  Who is that guy and how did you get him on your cover?

Heh. I don’t blame you. “That guy” is Ellora’s Cave Caveman David. I met him at EC’s Romanticon conference last October while I was writing Velocity. I had already written the physical description of Paolo, and when I saw David for the first time across a crowded room I could’ve sworn Paolo had just walked in. When it came time for my cover art request, I asked for David specifically and got him!

Cassandra, what is the best thing about being an author?

I can only pick one thing? Hmmmm. I think the fact I work for myself, work when I can, work from home and in whatever clothes I want. I also don’t have to worry about commuting, micromanaging bosses and cranky coworkers. Of course, I don’t get paid vacation or a 401k, but you have to make sacrifices somewhere.

And how did you become an author?

Funny enough, by accident. I was writing hockey fanfic, and my mom, who’s also a writer (Cynthia Racette) suggested I fictionalize the story and send it to some publishers. I did query that book, but it was rejected so I decided to write another one. I sold that book, Talk to Me, as my debut novel. And the book that got rejected? Should’ve Known Better, which published through Twenty or Less Press in early April.

If someone has never read your books before, where would you recommend they start?

I guess that depends on what they’re looking for. If they want a m/f erotic contemporary, Talk to Me. A ménage, Head Games. Bull riders – Impact; hockey players – any number of them including Talk to Me, the entire Buffalo Intimidators series, See the Light, or Should’ve Known Better. BDSM, Caught or Master Class. So yeah, a totally unhelpful answer there. Sorry about that. :-P

Pretend you are single – which of your characters do you want to go on a date with, and what will you do?

Sebastian from Should’ve Known Better. Adore him. What would I do besides climbing his incredible body like a mountaineer? Ummm, go somewhere that would encourage him to speak French. YUM.

What’s life like for you when you aren’t writing?

Busy! I have a four-year-old and only part-time childcare. For instance, right now my daughter is playing on the couch about two feet from me as she watches Doc McStuffins. Both my parents and my hubs’ parents live in town, along with most of hubs’ family, so we do a lot of stuff with them. I also watch hockey, go out when I can, garden…

Anyone who knows you knows you are into hockey.  How did that love start?  Care to give a shout out to your favorite team? J

It started when I was a kid. My parents used to take us to Broome Dusters games (I’m from Binghamton NY, which is now home to the AHL Binghamton Senators). When I moved up to the Buffalo area to go to the University at Buffalo, I became a Buffalo Sabres fan. I still am today, though the organization is going through some upheaval, not all of which I agree with, like trading away my favorite player, Jason Pominville. But I’ve hung in with them since 1994 and don’t intend to stop now.

If you could not write books anymore, which job do you think you would like best (if money were no concern)?

I actually did like the Evil Day Job I had in 2009 and early 2010. I was doing media relations for a cancer hospital (one where I had treatment for cancer in 1997). It was tremendously rewarding to help get the word out about what a great place it was.

And one last question – are there going to be any more in the Buckin’ Bullriders series? (please say yes!!!)

There will be at least one more BBR book, Inertia. That being said, though, I have no idea when I’ll have enough time to write it. I would not expect it to release until the end of 2013, and that might be optimistic. I have a LOT of projects.

Thanks Cassandra, it’s been my pleasure having you with me today!

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36 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me here today! :-)

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  2. Fabulous interview, Cassandra!

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  3. Great interview thanks for sharing and you had me with the cover!!!
    <3 Tobi

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  4. Oh wow!! Great interview! I haven't read any books with Bullrider's before, it's not a massive sport here in Aus, but if they all look like that.... might have to!


    I love that cover, had to double check that he had his hand in his pocket, not some place else..... lol He is smokin'!!

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  5. Thanks you for sharing Liz, I love discovering new authors.

    Looking forward to reading your Bucking Bull riders series, sounds so up my alley.
    Nice to meet you Ms. Carr :) Good Interview!

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  6. Um, you got to meet him?! *thud* how yummy! And I love your "totally unhelpful" which book to start with answer. So made me giggle. Nice interview ladies!

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  7. This makes me miss my rodeo days. Not that many of the cowboys had bodies like THAT! ;)

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  8. Oooh, Christy, this sounds like something you and I will have to discuss further! But please don't ruin my fantasy that all cowboys look like this! LOL.

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  9. I know right, can you imagine meeting *that* man!??! I'd be speechless for sure. And if you ever wanted some Cassandra Carr book suggestions on what to start with, I could help! :) Thank you so much for coming by :)

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  10. I swear, Loupe, these bull riders have nearly made me pack up my bags and move to the south. Each book has something very special to offer, so I hope you get a chance to read some soon!

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  11. Thanks, Naomi! I keep gazing at the cover lol, I think its my favorite out of all of her covers. I think you should read these!! Especially since it is almost winter there - they will definitely keep you warm!!

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  12. Shut The Front Door!!!! Are you serious Vanessa? Geez, I think I need to move south even more now.

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  13. LOL Danielle you crack me up! I love being exposed to new guys and authors too!!!

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  14. Thank you Tobi, I appreciate it! Cassandra is one of those authors I go all fan-girl for, I had to really be careful to not send her a 3 page interview LOL

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  15. Hi! Thank you for coming by and checking out the post! :)

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  16. It's always my pleasure, Cassandra!! I think these ladies are really likin that cover lol. Thanks for taking the time to interview with me!

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  17. Great interview and the main character is Italian and a bull rider.. boy howdy! I think it's cool how you went from hockey fan fic to erotic fiction. Your response to which book would you recommend made me giggle..awesome!

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  18. so - helpfully unhelpful - WHAT book should I start with (and I love the idea of a tall bull rider - most are pocket pet sized)....

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  19. Haha!! I bet he would... ummm I mean the book ;)

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  20. Great interview. I have to say that I love books with a rodeo theme. It's my third favorite type of book to read. Oh and I have to say Cassandra, I've read some of your books and love them! :) And EC's Caveman David is one of my faves so I am loving this cover! ;)

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  21. Always! You've been a great supporter of mine!

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  22. Hi Fedora! I hope after all this time you're still learning something from these interviews. ;-) Thanks for coming by!

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  23. Awww you could've done that and I would've answered them. Thanks for sending in a comment Tobi! I appreciate it, and yeah, that cover...

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  24. LOL All of us like to be exposed to new guys, Danielle. Thanks for coming by and reading!

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  25. I've met him three times, actually. And danced with him...mmmhmm...

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  26. These books are definitely hot, most of my writing tends to go in that direction. Hey, when you write good sex scenes (as I've been told I do), you want to throw them in as often as possible!

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  27. Need to "meet" you too, Loupe! I hope you enjoy my bull ridin' boys!

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  28. Like I said below, three times, actually. Over the space of four days at Romanticon, three days at another conference and the performance at the recent RT convention... Oh yeah. Disco theme, and wow was that man stayin' alive. *fanning myself*

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  29. They do in my dreams, and that's all that's important. :-P Thanks for commenting Christy!

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  30. Glad I could get a chuckle out of you! I write such diverse things I didn't want to leave any out!

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  31. Yes, they are. Paolo is not tall - I think I list him at around 5'9" if I remember correctly. Conner, the hero of book 1, Impact, is 6'4" and still a top bull rider!


    If you like the idea of a tall bull rider, start with Impact and work your way through the series. ;-)

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  32. Oh thank you so much Crystal! I really appreciate you saying that! Yes, David is mighty fine. And a totally sweetie to boot.

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  33. I never loved cowboys so much until I met Cassandra's Bullriders. Now they are an addiction! Thanks for coming by Crystal :)

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  34. Yes, Impact!! I swear, that is probably my most favorite Cassandra book ever. Her hockey series will make you sweat, too! :)

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  35. Paolo is so sweet and charming, I just want to eat him up! I really loved his story :) Thanks for coming by Kimberly! :)

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