Friday, December 12, 2008

Have yourself a Paranormal Christmas! (contest)

“Have Yourself a Paranormal Christmas...”
Hosted by authors Dani Harper and Catherine Stang

A Romance Author Web Hunt – Dec.
1 to 21, 2008
24 authors, reviewers and book sites participating!

It’s easy and it’s fun!
Just go to the websites on the list and find the ghostly icon.

You could win one of 3 prize packages brimming with
books, ebooks, mugs and goodies!

Check out the full details at http://www. romancingthewolf. com/contests. html

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sinful Temptations is coming to tempt you January 20, 2009!

Old habits die hard, no matter how much time has passed. Twenty-eight year old real estate receptionist Jennifer Amante calls a phone sex line on a dare from her childhood friend, and encounters “Naughty Nick”, the self-made man who runs Sinful Temptations.

Tempted out of her normal repressive shell, Jenn lets loose, safe in the knowledge she'll never encounter Naughty Nick. Yet, when the handsome, successful Nicholas Germaine walks into her office wanting to buy a house, she redirects her fantasies on the phone to include the man she lusts after but denies herself in person.

As passion tempts them both beyond their previous boundaries, Nick and Jenn must confront the deceit, jealousy, and death that stalks them.

Can they survive their Sinful Temptations?
This contemporary erotic romance is available at Resplendence Publishing on January 20th, 2009.

Variance: The Countdown is releasing on New Years Day!

What do you get when you mix:

A sadistic Sarion shapeshifting prince, determined to steal a woman to breed...


A yummy alpha male hell-bent on saving the one woman destined to be his mate


A kick-ass heroine who takes matters into her own hands...and then cuts it off?

You get the perfect blend of passion, suspense, murder, desire, mystery and mahem! The Countdown has begun. In order to save Wynne from the evil Sarion, Brent must put his own life in danger to save his mate.

But can he convince Wynne that she is his mate? Can he save her from the hoards of shape-shifting monsters who are after her?
"This is a fast-moving story with excellent characterization and a paranormal mystery to boot, so readers, run get this one; you won’t be disappointed." ~ Rated 4.5 lips by TwoLipsReviews

"Variance: The Countdown combines suspense with a paranormal twist that kept me turning the pages.... Ms. McKay has given paranormal readers a new species to love to hate and I freely admit that I’m looking forward to the next book in her Variance series. " - Joyfully Reviewed -

One reader says:
I read your book, Variance, and it's fantastic! Please continue writing more books. I'll recommend it to anyone.

Another reader states:
Variance: The Countdown has a little bit of everything in it. Shapeshifters, murder mystery,alpha males, comedy, cute animals, and two people who scorch the pages with their love scenes. Wynne and Brent are perfect together. I couldn't put it down. The secondary characters are very strong too. Brent's friend Thorne is hot and Wynne's friend Rosa is the friend we all wish we had. GREAT STORY.
This erotic sci-fi/urban paranormal romance is available January 1st, 2009 at Whiskey Creek Press Torrid.

A Candle in the Window comes out December 18th, 2008!

Awarded the 2006 Reviewers Choice Award from ECataRomance, and placed #4 in the 2006 Preditors and Editors Readers Choice Poll!

Legends say that in Victorian England during Christmas time, candles were traditionally placed in the front window of a home to welcome passersby who were in need of shelter or food. Others say the tradition has been traced to even further back in time than that, with roots in both magical and/or religious traditions.

This year, after a heartfelt but unheard Christmas wish, Shelby Lassen invites more than a stranger into her home one snowy December evening… she invites the promise of true love, and the hope of the season
This erotic paranormal holiday romance is available at Cobblestone Press in their "Twelve Days of Christmas" line on December 18th, 2008.

Join the Midnight Seductions Authors for an Anniversary Bash Dec. 15th!


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sometimes ya just gotta laugh...

Sometimes we humans have pissy moods. Call it bitchiness, call it PMS, call it menopause... whatever you call it, don't say it anywhere that we'll hear about it or you're dead.


Hormones, they say, are wonderful things. They cause puberty, menses, hair, boobs, muscles, and procreation. Don't know that I won't miss them when they go away, but I do have to admit -- I write some hellacious plots and death scenes about once a month!


(the evil one)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

What do you use for Inspiration?

I admit it, I have a problem.

Since I started writing professionally several years ago, my efforts have been sporadic at best. I would have to wait weeks, and sometimes months for The Muse to visit me. Then I'd write in a frenzy while it lasted, and set it aside again until the fickle whim struck again. I'd TRY to write, try to force it and just write daily to get into the 'habit' of writing, but you could really tell it was forced. The magic wasn't there, even after weeks of doing it daily. If my Muse doesn't cooperate, then it's just not happening. I tried NaNoWriMo, several other things, etc.

While I've finished seven books so far this way, it was very frustrating for me. I'd have so many quick ideas for books, etc. that I would write down, but they'd just sit there forever, waiting for the Muse to join in and inspiration to hit.

In the meantime, life went on. My husband and I started a Hypnosis business with low-cost Community Workshops that we put on in town every two weeks. One of my plans for the business was to make self-hypnosis CD's that we could start selling both online and at our workshops. So I started experimenting on myself with making cd's about two weeks ago -- working on self-confidence, sleeping better, creativity, procrastination, public speaking, blah blah blah. Lots of issues I have that wanted to work on. I'd listen every night just before sleep (okay, I'd fall asleep while listening).

And little by little, I've noticed something that took me a while to realize... I've changed. I've been writing every day. Several times a day. Sometimes it might be for 5 or 10 minutes in between the kids trying to kill each other or demolish the house or hang the cats. And sometimes after they went to bed, I'd sit down and pop out a couple of thousand words before bed. But EVERY DAY. And it wasn't the 'forced writing' that I'd been struggling with. No muss, no fuss, I'd just sit down and do it, and The Muse was there.

I wish I'd discovered this years ago, I would have saved myself so much frustration. Believe me, I was probably the biggest skeptic in the world that it would work on me. My husband has been a professional hypnotist for years, but I never let him hypnotize me. On a lark, I became certified a few months ago as well, but still never did it myself.

Weird, huh? I'm sleeping better, too. My house is getting cleaned (it was a disaster). Little by little I plug away at it... again, no muss, no fuss, I just do it as part of my day.

So what's your inspiration? How do you beat the Muse into cooperating with you?


Friday, August 15, 2008

Are there any new stories?

Many people say that there are no new stories, just ones that have been rewritten. Are the unique ones that crop up occasionally actually new? Or you just haven’t read the first story yet?  Circles upon circles upon circles...

I do believe that there are recurring themes (betrayal, lovers meet and seperate yet ultimately come through, hope through adversity, etc. etc. etc.).  Yet as both a reader and a writer, I’d like to believe there are still original stories out there.

I’d even like to believe I’ve come up with a few stories myself.  I've never been one to really follow "trends", and while I may write shifters occasionally, they're very unusual ones.  Paranormal?  Oh yeah.  I love the ghosties, so I guess maybe I'm not as original as I'd like to believe.

Is this all just wishful thinking? Maybe so – but it’s my fantasy and I can think what I like. ;)

What do you think?

Cassidy McKay

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Live Chat - Prizes - Romance - Sexy Authors! July 7, 2008

Join me in a live 2-hour chat with the fabulous Midnight Seductions Authors at Night Owl Romance!

Prizes! Excerpts! Romance! And Kinky Authors who know how to have fun (watch out!)
Monday, July 7th, 2008 from 8pm to 10pm EST

SOMETIMES MURPHY WINS available NOW at Noble Romance Publishing!

Romance Author Cassidy McKay
Put a little spice in your life!

Thursday, June 05, 2008

More new contracts!

They say good things come in threes.

After contracting The Midas Touch with Forbidden Publications, I received some wonderful news!

My contemporary paranormal Sometimes Murphy Wins has been contracted with Noble Romance Publishing!

And not only that, my dark Sci-Fi paranormal romance Variance: The Countdown was contracted by Whiskey Creek Press Torrid!

I'm definitely a happy camper! Three cheers and all.

Speaking of cheers, I'm having a birthday near the end of the month. I'm thinking about doing a party, what do you think?

See you next time!