Friday, July 10, 2015

Cassandra Black, Author of Finding Love in Sweetwater Cove, Part 3

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Today we are interviewing Cassandra Black about her multicultural romance Finding Love in Sweetwater Cove, Part 3.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
Bio Excerpt:  CASSANDRA BLACK specializes in writing mini romance novels. Born and raised in the South, she just recently transitioned her business to the Caribbean -- a dream come true. The proud mother of a U.S. Serviceman, Cassandra is now settling into the second phase of her life, writing by the sea.  Visit http://www.amazon.com/Cassandra-Black/e/B005BU7Y44 and http://www.cassandrablack.com.

Describe the plot of your new book in a few sentences.

Series Overview:  After almost two decades, Heather-Anne McCreary moves back to her hometown of Sweetwater Cove, Alabama (after experiencing a tragic loss in Los Angeles), and ultimately finds love with Jake Coleman, a man she’s loved since she was a young girl.

What inspired you to write a story about a woman who moves back to her hometown and finds love with her childhood crush?

Remembering my tiny hometown in Alabama and the strong, proud, salt-of-the-earth men in my community. 

What attracts them to each other?

First, the physical, of course. Heather-Anne and Jake have been attracted to each other since they were children, running around in the country together -- and it has not waned over the years. Also, their attraction is spawned by a similar upbringing in a small southern town.  Further, after being apart for years, they have both experienced loss and pain, yet they still maintain the desire to love and be loved.

What are some of the challenges Heather and Jake face in their relationship?

Forgiveness, fear.

Who was your favorite character to write?

In general, I love writing about women who ultimately overcome hurdles (external and those deep within) to find love and happiness, which is what drew me to both Heather-Anne, the heroine in Sweetwater Cove, and her cousin, Taylor -- who is a hoot! The leading men in my love stories are never perfect; always flawed, yet they are strong (though often vulnerable), proud, kind, giving, protective, and of course, sexy as hell … that would be Jake Coleman in this romance novel.

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Romance author Cassandra Black.
Tell us a bit about your creative process, from initial idea to published manuscript.
My characters control everything. They take over whatever “creative process” or direction I think I want to follow when I have an idea for a new book, and there was no exception in penning Sweetwater Cove. The characters just pull me along (ie, “Taylor”), and I’ve learned to just let them. It always makes for a better story.

How do you feel about the increasing popularity of ebooks?

I love ebooks. When I first started writing, I bucked the idea of ebooks for a bit (long history in book publishing industry, from legal to fiction). I have a few print titles reflective of my mindset in those early days. But now, I can’t image a world without e-publishing. It’s the way people read, and I feel blessed to be a contributor!

Is there any aspect of writing you don't like?

As an artist, I do have lulls where it seems I just can’t get going. But when I just open the darn document and type “Chapter 1,” the magic begins. All in all, I truly eat, sleep and breathe writing, and I feel blessed to be able to “feed myself” --- on a Caribbean island, no less, doing something I love.

What do you have in mind for your next project?

I am currently working on a spinoff novel from my recent romance release, Montana Love. (Read a free sample of the existing title:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XLD9HNY.) 

Is there anything else you'd like potential readers to know about your book?

The Finding Love in Sweetwater Cove romance novel series (http://tinyurl.com/sweetwater-series) is a good, old-fashioned love story, set in a small southern town, with twists and turns that introduce a few other very memorable characters. I hope you enjoy Part 3!  Cassandra Black

An excerpt from Finding Love in Sweetwater Cove, Part 3:
As Jake Coleman walked toward her, she surprised herself thinking about another man. It had been almost three years since her Robert had left this earth. Since then, she hadn't once considered anyone else in her life – not until today. Her eyes widened and her stomach did somersaults as the handsome, rugged man got closer. Thick waves of shoulder-length black hair were secured from his face by a chocolate cowboy. Her eyes immediately went to his ring finger.

No ring.

"Ma'am.”  Tipping his hat, he almost strode past her.

Her heart sank. "Good morning," she uttered, disappointed he didn’t recognize her. Foolish girl, she thought, feeling like a jilted teenager all over again. She chastised herself like she used to when she'd flirted in front of him and he hadn't noticed at all.

Jake spun back around. "Heather-Anne?" he asked, pushing the hat back from his eyes. "My goodness, Little Heather-Anne!"

"Jake," she smiled wide, standing up from the bench to greet him.

His pulse quickened as he took in her sensual frame. Letting his eyes travel over her pert bosom down to her narrow waist, he tried to control the rise inside of him.

Heather-Anne noticed the slight whispers of salt-and-pepper strands at his temples, disappearing under the cowboy hat. He had gotten even sexier with age. She knew Jake couldn't be more than 42 or 43. He was only a few years older than she was. There was a noticeable, distinguished quality about him as a man that she hadn't seen as a teenager.

Jake's eyes brightened, knowing full well who she was from the second he drove up: the way she sat, with her soft, shapely legs properly folded, one dangling over the other; the way she pretended to be gazing intently at the newspaper in front of her as she was taking in everything in her peripheral vision; the way she fingered the wisps of soft, brown curls in her tiny, white-tipped fingers and pushed them gently from her delicately shaped face; and the way emerald eyes framed by long batting lashes seemed to dance when they landed on him. He knew Heather-Anne McCreary well.

He'd pictured her many nights over the past several years.

"Well I'll be," he instinctively picked her up and twirled her around.

"Put me down," she laughed. "Jake Coleman, put me down!" Heather-Anne giggled some more, surprised at the sound of her own laughter. 
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