Silk & Scandal
by Cassandra Dean
Eight years ago…
Thomas Cartwright and Lady Nicola Fitzgibbons were friends. Over the wall separating their homes, Thomas and Nicola talked of all things – his studies to become a barrister, her frustrations with a lady’s limitations.
All things end.
When her diplomat father gains a post in Hong Kong, Nicola must follow. Bored and alone, she falls into scandal. Mired in his studies of the law and aware of the need for circumspection, Thomas feels forced to sever their ties.
But now Lady Nicola is back…and she won’t let him ignore her.
Nicola dashed at her cheek. “Then why did you stop writing?”
The concern bled from his features and, dropping her hands, he stood from her. “We shouldn’t have begun a correspondence. We are too far apart in consequence.”
A burn started in her chest. “That is not a reason.”
His brows shot together. “Of course it is. You are the granddaughter of an earl. I am the son of no one. Literally. I do not know who my parents are, Nic. How can it not be a consideration?”
Lord, this was less than a consideration. “Thomas, you are the adopted son of a baronet and his wife. My father likes you, and that is the only care I have. Why can we not be friends?”
He looked as if he still wished to protest, but then his shoulders slumped. “Do you really not know?”
“Thomas, all I wanted was to be your friend.” Stepping closer to him, she took his hand. “It is all I’ve ever wanted.”
A hush fell. Brows drawn, eyes unfathomable, he stared down at her. Of a sudden, she was intensely aware of her breath, of the way her chest rose and fell and how very close he was.
“You think we are friends.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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.
What sparked your interest in becoming a romance writer?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, from the time I first learnt how to write. I’ve always been a massive romantic as well – one of my very favourite novels, that I read over and over as a kid, is Jane Eyre. I devoured romance novels once I discovered them, and when I finally decided to take the plunge and attempt the whole writing for publication thing, I gravitated toward what I loved – romance.
One of your favorite quotes.
Leaf on the wind.
I have this delusion that I can control every circumstance in my life, which causes no end of anxiety as I run over endless scenarios of what COULD happen. Often, I have to stop and remind myself that what will happen will happen, and I can’t predict or control it. Thus, I try to be a leaf on the wind and go where life takes me.
I also like Beware of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup. Heh.
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
A massively successful one that will go down in history as the Best Book Ever Written. ;)
Seriously, I’ve always wanted to write epic fantasy. I was a massive fan of David and Leigh Eddings, as well as Susan Cooper, Sara Douglass and countless others. I’m really enjoying Game of Thrones, though I’ve yet to read all the books in A Song of Ice and Fire. So, one of the challenges for myself is to write and Epic Fantasy series. It will happen...maybe :)
How did you get the idea for this particular novel?
I had the great fortune to be asked to headline the brand new Decadent TEASE: Captivate, a line of short and sweet reads from Decadent Publishing. OF course, being asked to write a story meant I had to come up with an idea. At the time, I was a little obsessed with a BBC show, Silk. Featuring barristers and shenanigans, Silk was on my mind as I was casting about for ideas for this new story. I decided the hero should be a barrister, a circumspect man for whom propriety was of utmost importance...So therefore, his heroine had to be a lady mired in scandal. Next thing I knew, SILK & SCANDAL was in my head and ready to be written down!
What is your favorite scene in your new release?
I really like the prologue, which is a series of letters between Nicola and Thomas over eight years. They sum up Nicola and Thomas’s relationship beautifully, and I’m so proud of them.
Boxers or Briefs?
Hmm, I think they both have their place... ;)
Planner or Panster?
A mix of both. I’ll plan a scene really loosely, but if it goes off on a tangent, I’m more than happy to follow.
White wine or red?
A nice cheeky Shiraz :)
Coffee or tea?
Coffee, definitely. SUCH a coffee snob!
Vanilla or chocolate?
Chocolate – mmm.
Sweet or salty?
I reckon salty – love those plain potato chips
Sleep in or get up early?
Sleep in. I am NOT a morning person.
Laptop or desktop?
Winter or summer?
Winter. It’s winter in Australia at the moment and I’m loving the wet and the cold. Blankets and heaters are so cool :)
Backpacking or luxury hotel?
Depends where I am – if I’m sightseeing all day and some of the night, backpackers is a-ok. However, if I’m lazing about on some tropical beach somewhere...def luxury hotel
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