Author Interviews - Eden Robins & Cassie Ryan
This week I’m welcoming Eden Robins and Cassie Ryan. Some of you might recognize
JC: Hi Eden and Cassie! How about a few words about your recent releases?
Here’s a little bit more about LANDER’S MOON: Free spirited healer Selena Alvarez has a thing for bad boys. Unfortunately, having to escape from a very violent one in the middle of a wicked snow storm, and being saved by an enormous beast isn’t exactly how she imagined spending her Christmas vacation. Lander Paletsos, the legendary Nemean Lion, is an immortal with an attitude. Cursed to walk the day as a human and prowl the night as a giant lion, he never expects to find an injured woman lost in his territory during a blizzard. Snow bound in Lander’s castle in the woods, they soon discover if the heart of a brave healer can soothe the soul of a wild beast. Find out more at www.edenrobins.com and www.myspace.com/edenrobins
JC: Ooh, a cursed, immortal lion shapeshifter! Yum. What else could a girl want!!!! Cassie, what’s up for you?
Cassie Ryan: CEREMONY OF SEDUCTION was released by Kensington’s Aphrodisia line August 1, 2007. It’s available at any brick and mortar bookstore, Amazon, etc, or as an eBook through the Kensington website and Fictionwise.com. It’s a very steamy erotic romance.
When Dreams Of Desire…
Twenty-three-year-old Alyssa Moss has lived her whole life in the shadow of her beautiful family. Voluptuous where they are lean, brunette where they are blonde, Alyssa is convinced she is an ugly duckling who will never become a swan. The only thing that sustains her is a recurring dream in which a seductive stranger named Stone worships and pleasures every inch of her. But maddeningly, Stone always disappears just as Alyssa is on the edge of dizzying ecstasy—with a puzzling promise that one day he will find her. That day has come….
For years, Stone has searched for the kidnapped first princess of his people—an other-worldly clan whose life-force is sexual energy. Alyssa is that princess, stolen by a rival faction and banished to live on Earth. But now Stone has found her and will return her to her rightful home, one in which she will own the curvaceous body she was born with—and the passionate desire that throbs within it as she learns an endless variety of delicious pleasures and discovers the infinite power she feels when all her cravings are satisfied…
Readers can find an excerpt at http://www.cassieryan.com Or, stop by and visit me at http://www.myspace.com/cassieryan44
JC: Haven’t we all suspected we were actually princesses kidnapped at birth? I know I have! Sounds like a great story, Cassie. Now how about spilling some deep, dark, author secrets – like what happens to your writing schedule during the holiday season?
Cassie Ryan: It gets even harder to stick to my writing schedule during the holiday season, but since I usually have a deadline—either real or self-imposed—I usually stay on track and then catch up on sleep and sanity after the first of the year...lol!
JC: Cassie, what's the most memorable holiday present you ever received?
Cassie Ryan: I have the most horrible sense of direction, and I’m constantly getting lost or totally turned around. A few years ago, my husband bought me a GPS system for my car :) I know it sounds silly, but I really love that thing. It’s nice to be able to hit that “return home” button when I get lost, or even to program in an address and know it will take me there without me accidentally ending up in
JC: I can relate! I’m good with a map, and I thought I’d hate the talking GPS, but once I got used to the one my husband gave me last year, I found I really liked her! I named her Trixie and hubby programmed her to speak with a British accent, just for fun. She’s gotten me out of a couple tight spots.
JC: Cassie, do you have a favorite holiday ornament?
Cassie Ryan: We have a Christmas tree (which my son and I call a Christmas Tree and the hubby calls a Hannukah bush...lol) I have two favorite ornaments. One is a brown bear with a picture of my son when he was six years old in the bear’s tummy. :) The other one is my son’s from when he was ten years old. It’s a star of David and has a little round picture of him in the middle—he was such a cute little guy! But if my husband asks, I’ll swear my favorites are all the Star Trek ornaments he keeps buying every year...LOL!
JC: Cassie and Eden – you both live in the hot, sunny Southwest. How do you make up for (or take advantage of) the lack of snow during the holiday season?
Cassie Ryan: Since I’ve spent most of my life here, I don’t think I really think of snow as synonymous with the holidays except on TV or movies. I did spend one very cold Christmas with my dad in
JC: Got any quick and easy holiday recipes to share?
SPICY ASIAN MEATBALLS
1 package frozen meatballs (16 to 20 small meatballs)
1 to 3 teaspoons red chili garlic paste (found in produce section or Asian section of your grocery store)
2 tablespoon of tube basil paste (found in produce section of your grocery store)
Cook meatballs in microwave as directed then toss with the chile paste and basil. Heat for one more minute in microwave and serve with toothpicks!
Cassie Ryan: Mmmm, I recommend Holiday Eggnog!
12 large eggs
1 1/4 cup(s) sugar
1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
2 quart(s) milk
1 cup(s) dark rum , (optional)
2 tablespoon(s) vanilla extract
1 teaspoon(s) ground nutmeg, extra for sprinkling
1 cup(s) heavy or whipping cream
1. In heavy 4-quart saucepan with wire whisk, beat eggs, sugar, and salt until blended. Gradually stir in 1 quart milk and cook over low heat, stirring constantly or until custard thickens and coats the back of a spoon well, about 25 minutes (mixture should be about 160 degrees F, but do not boil or it will curdle).
2. Pour custard into large bowl; stir in rum, vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and remaining milk. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 3 hours.
3. To serve, in small bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat heavy or whipping cream until soft peaks form. With wire whisk, gently fold whipped cream into custard mixture.
4. Pour eggnog into chilled 5-quart punch bowl; sprinkle with nutmeg for garnish.
JC: Thanks a bunch! Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Fantastic NewYear!