Tuesday, August 19, 2014

THE REAL THING by Cassie Mae

My amazing friend and collab author (for a different book, see post here) is having a party today for the release of her New Adult Romance, THE REAL THING. I'm super happy to spread the word about this fantastic story. Don't forget to enter the raffelcopter giveaway below!

Take it away Cassie!



Time to party!

The Real Thing releases today (whoop whoop!) and I'm giving away a swag pack full of goodies.

The Real Thing postcards
A froggy loofah
Oh the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
The Real Thing Samsung Galaxy S3 Phone Case
A Cassie Mae pen
A collection of select Cassie Mae/Becca Ann signed books

Rafflecopter right below the excerpt and book details :)

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“All right, all right,” he says, smiling and holding his palm up to stop me. Tomato juice is dripping from the top of his head down his cheeks, getting caught in the smile lines by his mouth. I can feel it running down my face, too, and I should be gagging, but I’m not.

I open my mouth to tell him how cute he looks even with juice all over him, but a light ploof! hits the center of the tub between our bodies, and I stare down at my froggy loofah, now covered in red.

“Oh no!” I frown, plucking the sponge up by the froggy’s arm, then looking up to the shower caddy over Eric’s head. Our splash war must’ve knocked my poor froggy right off his little perch. “My loofah.”

“That’s what it’s called!” Eric slaps the top of his knee, getting more juice on both of us. “I’ve been staring at that thing since you moved in, trying to remember what the hell people call it.”

A small bubble of laughter escapes through my slight frown. “Why?”

“That thing is creepy.”

I gasp. “It is not. It’s cute.” My lip pokes out as I look at the juice soaking into the blue frog’s face. “And now it’s ruined.”

He takes the loofah from my fingers, an adorable pinched look on his face.

“I don’t know how you can wash yourself with this,” he says, pulling at the leg poking from the big green sponge part.

“It’s soft on my sensitive lady parts.” I laugh as his face goes red again. I expect him to drop the loofah back in my hand—or throw it at me—but he doesn’t. He keeps pulling at it as if it’s the weirdest, yet most fascinating thing in the world.

“Is it really ruined?” he asks, tone suddenly nowhere near his usual playfulness. He actually looks worried about my sponge.

“It’s like a buck, Eric.” I adjust in the tub again as the juice creeps into nooks and crannies of my body I had no idea existed till now. “I can get another one tomorrow. Maybe an even creepier one just for you.”

I try to wink, but I’ve never been good at that. He sort of laughs, but his eyes go back to the froggy. He runs his thumb over the eyeballs, wiping the juice from it. I thought I knew Eric pretty well. But as I watch him stare at my loofah, head slightly cocked to the side, I realize I have no clue what he’s thinking. And that’s totally okay. The anticipation of finding out is better.

“Only a dollar?” His eyes lift to mine.

“Or two. Depending on where you go.”

His lips purse and he nods, then plunges the sponge into the juice. Before I can smack him for that, he pulls it from the bath and wrings it out over my head. My jaw drops to my knees.

“Oh, you are so dead.”

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Buy Me!
In this electrifying novel from Cassie Mae, two close friends surprise themselves by shifting from platonic love to sexual attraction.
Eric Matua has one friend—his best friend and childhood sweetheart, who needs a place to stay for the summer. Mia Johnson has thousands of friends—who live in her computer. Along with her email chats and Facebook notifications, Mia also devours romance novels, spending countless hours with fictional characters, dreaming of her own Romeo to sweep her off her feet. When she starts receiving supersweet messages from a stranger who thinks she’s someone else, Mia begins to believe that real love is possible outside her virtual world.

When the two friends become roommates, Mia finds herself falling harder than she ever thought she could. But Eric keeps his desires locked away, unsure of himself and his ability to give his best friend what she deserves in a boyfriend. As her advances are continually spurned, Mia splits her time between Eric and her computer. But she soon realizes she’s about to lose the only real thing she’s ever had.
Advance praise for The Real Thing
“Cassie Mae is awesome! The perfect balance between laugh-out-loud funny and achingly poignant, The Real Thing is the ultimate escapist read. I didn’t want it to end!”—Lauren Layne, author of Isn’t She Lovely
“Watching two best friends figure out how to fall in love makes The Real Thing a summer read of swoon-worthy perfection.”—Jolene Perry, author of The Summer I Found You
“Cassie Mae’s The Real Thing made me want to close out every social media app and electronic device I have, but I couldn’t manage to stop reading!”—Rebecca Yarros, author of Full Measures

About the Author


Cassie Mae (who dawns the name Becca Ann on occasion) is the author of a few hundred... okay, maybe not that many... books. Some of which became popular for their quirky titles, characters, and stories. She likes writing about nerds, geeks, the awkward, the fluffy, the short, the shy, the loud, the fun.
Since publishing her bestselling debut, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend, she has published and sold books to Random House, Swoon Romance, and Spencer Hill Press. She has a favorite of all her book babies, but no, she won't tell you what it is. (Mainly because it changes depending on the day.)
Along with writing, Cassie likes to binge watch Teen Wolf and The Big Bang Theory. She can quote Harry Potter lines quick as a whip. And she likes kissing her hubby, but only if his facial hair is trimmed. She also likes cheesecake to a very obsessive degree.
You can stalk, talk, or send pictures of Dylan O'Brien to her on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cassiemaeauthor


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Monday, June 23, 2014

No Time for Love SOLD to Spencer Hill Press!

I can't believe I'm writing this post. Like, seriously, I'm sitting here and thinking...

Holy crap! We sold our book! How did that happen??

Two Nanos ago, Cassie Mae asked if I'd like to write a collab with her. Of course I said YES! Then she asked...

What should we write about?

And we thought (I thought? I can't remember if it was her idea, my idea or both of our ideas...haha).

Anyways, we came up with these two.


Kate and Seth

Two kinda average but SUPER busy high school students who have time for NOTHING except school, soccer, basketball, cello, robotics club, National Honors Society...

Basically, they don't have time for each other.

Then they both decide to join the musical OKLAHOMA and things just take off from there.


This was the easiest book I've ever written. (I don't have favorites. These books are my children after all :)). But I knew who Kate was right away, and Cassie's character, Seth is just the cutest, sweetest book boy ever. We finished the story way before Nano was over and changed very little during edits. 

It just...clicked.

And now it's found a home!

Here's the Publishers Marketplace Announcement:

Kelley Lynn and Cassie Mae's NO TIME FOR LOVE, in which two teenagers have little time for anything, including each other... until they're both cast in a high school musical which forces them to realize there are some people in life worth making time for, to Marie Romero at Tulip Romance, for publication in 2015 (World English)

I cannot wait to continue this journey to having Kate and Seth in reader's hands. I love, love, love these guys.




Sunday, May 25, 2014

I'm not good with structure

For the past month or so, Jenny S. Morris and I have been writing, rewriting, deleting, redoing, and starting from scratch, our synopsis for the possible sequel to ROAD TO SOMEWHERE.

(Yes! A sequel! I get giddy just thinking about writing more Luke and Lucy chapters.)

When it comes to writing a synopsis, I'm HORRIBLE. Especially if the book isn't written yet.

I've determined this is because I'm really not good with structure, as a general life rule.

I don't really do the 'planning' thing. Luckily I have so many awesome friends/family that are good with that. I swear I wouldn't do anything or go anywhere if it weren't for them.

When I do decide to do things its on a whim and a lot of the time say and do things without thinking about it.

I've tried to keep a schedule for this blog, numerous times, to no avail.

I get 'obsessed' with something for a little while (Starbucks...) and then I get bored with it and move onto something else (Still waiting for when I move on from my Starbucks obsession...)

Most relevant to this post... I am a complete and total panster. Which makes writing a synopsis for a book not written yet very difficult. I get a little panicky actually. Because what if my characters don't want to do what I have them destined to do?

In the end, what it boils down to, is that in many ways, I've learned to get around my inability to work within a structured box. But in order to get better, and in this case I'm talking about being a better writer, I have to do things that don't come naturally. Things that aren't easy.

Writing is exciting for me because of this. I love the idea that I will always be growing as a writer. I want to be challenged. To be given deadlines that seem impossible, edits that are daunting, reviews that challenge my characters and story arch.

And I love the idea that maybe someday, I'll be better at working within a structure.

Even if its just a little bit better.


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