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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blog Tour: Teach Me by Cassandra Dean (Interview + Giveaway)


Buried Under Romance has the pleasure of welcoming author Cassandra Dean back for an interview today!

**Giveaway Details** - enter via the Rafflecopter at the bottom
Cassandra will be awarding a signed Teach Me postcard and a Teach Me magnet at each stop to a randomly drawn commenter. A Grand Prize of a $15 Amazon Gift Card, aTeach Me mug, a signed Teach Me postcard and Teach Me magnet will be awarded to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. (International Giveaway)
About the book:
Ever curious, Elizabeth, Viscountess Rocksley, has turned her curiosity to erotic pleasure. Three years a widow, she boldly employs the madam of a brothel for guidance but never had she expected her education to be conducted by a coldly handsome peer of the realm.

To the Earl of Malvern, the erotic tutelage of a skittish widow is little more than sport, however the woman he teaches is far from the mouse he expects. With her sly humor and insistent joy, Elizabeth obliterates all his expectations and he, unwillingly fascinated, can’t prevent his fall. Each more intrigued than they are willing to admit, Elizabeth and Malvern embark upon a tutelage that will challenge them, change them, come to mean everything to them…until a heartbreaking betrayal threatens to tear them apart forever.

1.    What's the inspiration behind Teach Me?
      At the time, there were quite a few books where the hero is a jaded rake who teaches the innocent heroine the art of lovemaking. I read a few and thought, I could do that, but didn’t pursue it any further.
Then, during a dark time in my life, I went on a three month holiday to Europe. I hadn’t picked up a pen to write in quite a while and was so creatively deprived I didn’t even bother to take a skerrick of paper with me. About a week into my holiday, I was sitting on a tour bus in the wilds of Scotland, staring at the back of the heads seated before me when suddenly this image of a cold, reserved man watching a laughing woman at a ball popped into my head. I knew he loved her, and what’s more, she knew it, and she loved him. She teased him with glances and grins, and he let her because of his love.
This ended up being the epilogue of Teach Me.
Well, this image wouldn’t leave me alone and I didn’t have a pen! Luckily, the hotel we stopped at for the night provided pen and a a tiny pad of paper and I scribbled and wrote until I had the basics of a scene. I spent the next three months writing bits and pieces and when I got back home, I had the first draft of Teach Me in about a month and half.

2.   What made you decide to set the book in the Victorian era as opposed to, say, the Regency period?
     I don’t know, actually. I always thought I would write regencies, so it was very strange I chose the Early Victorian era. I’m sure the reason is probably something pedestrian, such as I wanted to include gas lamps and they weren’t common until the setting of the novel, but I’m actually really glad I ended up in Victoriana. It was a period of intense social, economic and agricultural change and is ripe for storytelling.

3.  If you could pick another setting to write this novel, what would it be?
    Oh man, now you’re testing me! Maybe in Scandinavia, simply because I really, really want to visit this part of the world and if I write a book about it, I can claim it on tax!

4.   What do you love about Elizabeth and Malvern?
    I love that this book is my passion piece, the first novel I finished and filled with every trope and story hook I love. It’s a Beauty and the Beast tale (my fave fairy tale). It’s set in England with precise manners and beautiful dresses. Everyone is expected to follow rules, but Elizabeth and Malvern bend or flat out break those rules. I love Elizabeth’s humour and her joy, I love Malvern’s sensitivity and ability to love and feel deeply, even though he’s built a shield so thick most wouldn’t even conceive of such a thing. I love that they love each other, deeply, intensely, passionately.
*sigh* I just love them.

5. What do you think the readers will enjoy the most in Teach Me?
    I hope readers find TEACH ME an emotional and intense tale, one that makes you laugh and cry and curse but above all unable to look away. I hope you enjoy Elizabeth and her curiosity, Malvern and his stubbornness, and the story of how they find each other. I hope you end up reading late into the night, because you just have to find out what happens.
Also, it’s super raunchy. I hope you enjoy that too ;)
Moments passed, that impassive gaze weighing heavy upon her. An overwhelming urge to twist her fingers assaulted her, but what if her fidgeting made him refuse? 

He seemed to make some decision. “I shall show you carnal pleasure, madam. As you say, both to receive and to give. However, pregnancy should be avoided at all costs.” His eyes flickered, the first sign of something resembling emotion crossing his face. “I will not marry you, no matter the circumstance.” 

Well, of course he wouldn’t. She wouldn’t wed him either. In any event, conception was not a concern for her, not after a marriage that had never yielded— 

Good Lord. He spoke of practical application. He spoke of touching and kissing and—Was it warmer in here of a sudden? 

He continued with barely a pause. “Actual penetration will be avoided. While many people extol the virtues of withdrawal, I remain unconvinced. We will discuss methods of contraception during your education, but the most effective method is always avoidance. You are in agreement?” 

Still confused but now with cheeks aflame, Elizabeth nodded. In all her life, no one had ever spoken so frankly. This, combined with his matter-of-fact manner and lack of emotion, banished any lingering apprehension and left only the excitement. Glorious, thrilling excitement. 

“Excellent.” Stepping close to her once more, he brushed his hand from her neck to her shoulder, the back of his fingers now warm against her skin. “Shall we begin?”


About Cassandra Dean:

Cassandra grew up daydreaming, inventing fantastical worlds and marvelous adventures. Once she learned to read (First phrase – To the Beach. True story), she was never without a book, reading of other people’s fantastical worlds and marvelous adventures.

Fairy tales, Famous Fives, fantasies and fancies; horror stories, gumshoe detectives, science fiction; Cassandra read it all. Then she discovered Romance and a true passion was born.

So, once upon a time, after making a slight detour into the world of finance, Cassandra tried her hand at writing. After a brief foray into horror, she couldn’t discount her true passion. She started to write Romance and fell head over heels.

The love affair exists to this very day.

Cassandra lives in Adelaide, South Australia.

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49 comments:

  1. I love this book, it was the first book of yours that I read

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    1. Thanks so much, Lucy! I'm so glad you enjoyed Elizabeth and Malvern's tale. It's definitely a special book for me :)

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  2. Hi peeps,

    Welcome to TEACH ME's book tour! First off, thank you to Mary for having me on her blog and I hope you enjoy learning about me, TEACH ME and of course entering the giveaway.

    Fun fact: I live in Australia so I might not be around much as I'm probably a) asleep or b) at work, but I will check in and answer your questions and comments.

    Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the tour!

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  3. Cassandra, I think it's truly wonderful you could craft a novel from a brief image that appeared to you while daydreaming. I appreciate the talent needed to do so. Thanks for sharing with us today.

    ilookfmaous at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks, Elise-Maria, I was pretty excited when the image popped into my head!

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  4. Great interview, sounds like a good read.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  5. Fascinating how an idea can come to you. This sounds like a good book, so I am glad you were inspired.

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    1. Me too, that's for sure! I'm so proud of TEACH ME and I hope you all enjoy Elizabeth and Malvern's story :)

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  6. Sounds good, can't wait to read it. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  7. This really sounds good. I will put it on my TBR list! Thanks for your giveaway.

    Judy

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  8. I remember my teacher......*sighs*.......Sometimes I really miss him....

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    1. Ohhh, there's definitely a story there! :)

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  9. this looks and sounds awesome ;) Thanks for sharing!!

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  10. Not sure how I missed this one of yours.... I'm adding it to my wish list!

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  11. Really like the sound of this book!! Definitely need to put it on my TBR list!

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  12. looks a great read - will be added to my wishlist!

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  13. Sorry I missed you the day of your stop here. I'm a little behind and playing catch up! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  14. Sounds like an amazing read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  15. Congrats on the book and thanks of the giveaway

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  16. Truly frankly talk indeed! It sounds like a great book just by the excerpt. Can't wait to read more ;)

    Joanna M
    annaoj (dot) mortes (at) gmail(dot)com

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  17. The Beauty & the Beast theme is my favorite. I like Malvern's sensitivity. I like that Elizabeth has the guts to go after what she wants even if it is risque!

    I want to read their love story!

    johns lake at usa dot com

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  18. I enjoyed reading how the inspiration for this book was formed.

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  19. Nicole LaverdureMay 13, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Congratulations for your book, I love the cover, it's so romantic!

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  20. This book sounds like an awesome read, love the cover :-) Added to my TBR list!

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  21. Love the cover!
    Sounds very good :)

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  22. Scandinavia? I'd like to go there, too! It's on my "travel someday" list!

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  23. The book is pretty intriguing... My email: aditi3991saha@gmail.com

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  24. I missed picking up a copy of Teach Me when it was released in 2012 and love reading books set during the Victorian era! I was thrilled to find out that it's available for my Kindle on Amazon and have added it to my TBR list!


    jeannemiro(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. I think it would be great to visit Scandanavia. Maybe that story is in your future!

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  26. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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