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The things you learn…

By now I’m sure you all know that I am a research junkie. On occasion, my research into a topic will go off on a tangent and lead me to unusual, interesting, or just plain bizarre trivia I might otherwise have missed. A quick Google search on Frito Pie today took me on one of those tangents. I was looking to see how many different ways of preparing the dish I could find, but one of the search results was for an article called “The 50 Fattiest Foods in the States.” Frito Pie is listed as New Mexico’s fattiest food, but my curiosity got the better of me and I checked out Indiana’s entry.

I never would have guessed that Indiana’s fattiest food is the fried-brain sandwich. Until today, I didn’t even know such a thing existed. I wish I still didn’t. To me a fried-brain sandwich sounds positively disgusting, but apparently enough people love them for the Hilltop Inn in Evansville to be famous for serving them.

The result of today’s information gathering adventure has left me wondering just how many other tidbits I’ve missed about my home state over the years. Hopefully the next bit of trivia I pick up will be more on par with the world’s largest ball of paint.

Happy Star Wars Day!

Yes, in addition to being a research junkie, I’m also a bit of a geek. For that reason, I’m celebrating Star Wars Day. What is that, you ask? It’s simple, really. One of the most well-known and often quoted lines from Star Wars is “May the Force be with you.” So what do Star Wars fans and geeks like me do? Change the wording a bit to suit our needs each May. So to you readers I say:

May the fourth be with you.

Photo of a Storm Trooper taking aim

Sweet Saturday Sample – Tara of the Fey

Today’s sample comes from my newest release, Tara of the Fey.

Tara of the Fey cover art

The H.M.S. Fairweather glided peacefully through the Minch, heading due north between the island of Lewis and mainland Scotland. Caeden slowly moved his tail to keep himself steady in the icy waters as he kept a close watch on the ship, hoping for a glimpse of the young woman on board. He and his companions followed at a safe distance. If they were spotted too soon, it could spell disaster for Caeden and subject him to even more ridicule from his compatriots.

“Mighty fine ship,” Fergus muttered, a mischievous gleam in his eye. “Sure wish we could sink her.”

“We’re only allowed the girl,” Duirkin said. The chosen leader for this rambunctious group of Blue Men, Duirkin was an older man everyone respected.

Everyone, that is, except Fergus, who respected no one but the chieftain, and him only grudgingly. “Can’t we at least play with the sailors? Teach them to fear the Minch?”

Caeden missed Duirkin’s response, for over the rail of the ship appeared the face he had longed to see. Framed by flowing, golden hair, the delicate features and sparkling blue eyes gazing into the deep stole the oxygen from his gills. An emerald green dress of shimmering fabric draped her slender body—a body which had grown into that of a woman since he last saw her.

Although years had passed since he had been taken by the sea witch and cursed to live as a Blue Man, there was no mistaking Tara, his best friend and childhood crush. Her memory had kept him going through many long, lonely nights and given him hope that he might one day walk with her again along the shores of Garbh Eilean. So much depended on her acceptance of him now, much more than his companions knew—his very future was at stake. They believed her abduction to be an authorized bit of mischief. Only Caeden and the chieftain, waiting in the cavern far below the waves, knew the truth behind this mission—that Tara’s response could change Caeden’s future forever.

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Tara of the Fey Release Day!

I am so excited to announce the release of my newest romance from Sweet Cravings Publishing, Tara of the Fey!

Tara of the Fey cover artBlurb:

Sailing through the Minch, fey princess Tara enjoys her last taste freedom before facing her betrothal to an Irish prince—a man she doesn’t love and has no interest in marrying. The smooth voyage takes an abrupt turn for the worse when a group of ornery Blue Men of the Minch appear and brew up a storm. Tara has no choice but to give into their whims when she is swept overboard.

Caeden, a fey cursed to live as a Blue Man, can’t believe he is seeing the grown version of his childhood best friend. He hopes she’ll be the one to break his curse and allow him to return to life on land. Tara sees the fey man trapped inside the blue exterior, but is she his one true love and the key to breaking the curse? Or will Caeden live as a Blue Man of the Minch forever?

Tara of the Fey is available from Sweet Cravings Publishing.

Happy First Day of Spring!

Today is the start of spring. The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, and the temperatures aren’t quite as warm as I would like. But the warm weather is right around the corner, and I’m glad to see the sun after so many days of gloomy skies and rainy/snowy weather. What is your favorite part of spring?

This looks like a great way to enjoy the advent of spring:

By Bev Sykes from Davis, CA, USA (UC Davis Arboretum) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

In other news, I’m in the final stages before publication of my second ebook, a short fantasy romance titled Tara of the Fey. More information and a cover reveal coming soon!

Read an Ebook Week!

I love to read, so Read an Ebook Week is one of my favorite weeks. This year it runs March 3-9. In honor of Read an Ebook Week, my publisher is having a sale! From March 3-9 all ebooks at Secret Cravings Publishing are 25% off. To get the discount, use coupon code Ebooks25.

Share the news with your friends! This is a great opportunity to pick up ebooks by authors you know and those that are new to you. Have a great week of reading ebooks!

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Changing Tracks by Sarah Cass

Changing Tracks cover artBlurb:

There’s nothing simple about forgetting your past.

Cole Mitchell runs the busiest saloon and brothel in Dominion Falls. He keeps his women at a distance, unwilling to relive a past he worked hard to forget.

Until the night Jane Doe falls into his saloon bleeding and near death.  She wakes with no memory, only the firm belief someone tried to kill her. In the strange world of amnesia she manages to find solace in Cole’s arms and he finds home in hers.

While they work together to solve the mystery of her appearance, their pasts – her lack of, and his buried – build a barrier between them.

To make matters worse, Jane’s past isn’t willing to let her go. A stranger proves he’ll kill to keep his secrets safe. With those she loves in danger, Jane’s errant memory is all that stands between them and death.  Cole can only do so much to protect her, will it be enough?

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Excerpt:

Did the man want to drive her mad? Or just get her to stop crying? Either way, he failed. He just managed to infuriate her again.

“Well, excuse me.” She flew to her feet. “I told you to go and I meant it. I’ll take my chances with the Indians.” Her body went numb the second the words left her mouth.

He tossed her over his shoulder and started back toward the horse. He ignored her beating hands and feet. “Stop acting like a fool. Get on the damn horse.”

“Put me down you stupid son of a—” A shriek escaped. She hit the ground hard enough to jar her teeth together.

“You wanna draw them renegades back with your shrieking, fine. I’ll leave ya to them.”

“Good. Be a heartless oaf. I don’t care. Excuse me for wanting to know more than anything who I am.”

“Just get on the horse or I’ll put you on myself.”

“Don’t you dare.” She stepped back. “You can’t just shut me up and drag me back to town because my emotions bother you. Just because you’re afraid to feel doesn’t mean everyone is.”

He took a step toward her. “You’re getting on my last nerve.”

“Who cares? This? This is not about you. This is about me. I have nothing. Nothing at all but my emotions and I’m damn well going to feel them when I need to.”

“I ain’t dealing with a hysterical woman.” He grabbed her shoulders.

She slapped him hard. “Then leave.”

He froze, his eyes growing dark as his scowl deepened. Grabbing her wrist, he started to drag her, kicking and screaming, the final few feet to the horse.

The moment he stopped dragging, she fought harder. Pounding her fists into his chest, his arms…she even got a few kicks to his shins.

Strong arms wrapped tight around her. Shock silenced her fury.

The moment she calmed, his hold changed. While he still had her pinned tight against him, his hand slipped up to press her head close against his chest. His other arm lowered to wrap around her waist, holding her in an unyielding, but gentle grasp.

A deep, wrenching sob ripped through her at the change and she collapsed against him. The hold she’d fought enveloped her, creating a sanctuary she hadn’t expected. It didn’t loosen. He didn’t tell her to stop. She gripped his shirt in her hands as her tears started to soak the material, clinging to his safety and warmth.

The tears slowed, but they both held on. She relaxed in the strong support his arms supplied. Her composure returned the longer he held her. After a deep breath, she pulled back, the loss of his arms creating a palpable discomfort. “I’m ready to go back.”

He stayed silent until she managed to look up at him. “Good.”

Bio:

Sarah Cass’s world is regularly turned upside down by her three special-needs kids and loving mate, so she breaks genre barriers, dabbling in horror, straight fiction, and urban fantasy. An ADD tendency leaves her with a variety of interests that include singing, dancing, crafting, cooking, and being a photographer. She fights through the struggles of the day, knowing the battles are her crucible and though she may emerge scarred, she’s also stronger. Changing Tracks is her debut novel, but she’s already ahead of the game with another novel set for release in April. While busy creating worlds and characters as real to her as her own family, she leads an active online life with her blog, Redefining Perfect, which gives a real and sometimes raw glimpses into her life and art.

Where to find me:

Redefining Perfect – http://redefiningperfect.com

Sarah’s StoryLines – http://authorsarahcass.com

Twitter – http://twitter.com/sadiecass

Facebook – http://facebook.com/SarahCass.Author

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