Falling in love makes Cassie Wallace?s everyday and normal life much more complicated that she?d ever thought it could be.
Being an independent and somewhat unconventional woman, she?d never intended to fall head over heels for a handsome, charming and younger man, one who lived a life she?d only ever imagined before on the big screen.
But Bennett Saville, up and coming star of theatre and film and filthy rich to boot, was one such man. From the tips of his shiny Armani loafers to the auburn curls on his head, he turns Cassie?s world upside down. From their initial tragic meeting to the dangers that threaten them both as their relationship grows more intense, Cassie finds herself a willing participant in Bennett?s world. She learns about a life in show business and living with a man who is constantly on show to the world ? not to mention having to face the fact that women throw themselves at him with regular abandon.
Cassie embraces the challenges as only she can, in her usual feisty fashion, lending humour and compassion to their developing relationship. And when violence and fear comes calling for them both, it takes the two of them to hold the dangers at bay and face the events together.
Susan Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, UK, and left for South Africa when she was eight. She returned to the UK thirty years later and now lives in Essex. Her debut novel ?Cassandra by Starlight?, the first in a trilogy, has recently been published by Boroughs Group Publishing in the US.
Sue has written since she was very young, and never thought she would see herself being a Romance writer, being a horror/psychological thriller reader all her life. But the Romance genre is now something very close to her heart and she intends continuing the trend.
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I've never really had a problem with finding inspiration about what to write about. I can honestly say it comes easy to me. I think that's because so much of what I write about stems from personal experience and beliefs.
Take my' Starlight' series for example. The opening incident of a man jumping onto a woman's car was sparked by a true life incident close to home. A woman was badly injured when some idiot threw a concrete bock onto her car, landing her in hospital. I just took this idea a step further. There are numerous incidences in this series of books which mirror my personal experiences and views.
Errm, actually, let me qualify the third sentence in paragraph one. I can tell the readers that I haven't had any real firsthand experience with S and M and bondage practices, which I write about in my next book, 'Saving Alexandria'. At least not yet *slight dry chuckle*. But what I have had experience with is being like Alex, a novelist who writes a series of books with a hero based on a real live person, an actor, in the hope that one day I might have the books turned into a TV series and have said real life actor actually play the part of my fictional hero. This is in fact one of the reasons for writing 'Cassandra by Starlight'. Bennett is based on someone real in the acting profession and all you have to do is look at my website, and blogs to find out who. It's no secret. I'm sure poor Benedict Cumberbatch's ears glow every minute of every day with the regularity that his name gets mentioned.
With 'Double Alchemy' , my next paranormal romance suspense series, I write about witchcraft and the Witchfinder of Essex. This came fairly naturally to me because a) I'm a Wiccan with a love of witchcraft and the occult, and b) I live in Essex where Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, was so active. It's a fascinating subject for me and I used it to the fullest in this series of books.
My latest finished work is totally different. It's called 'Born Human' and it's about a London detective who has some fairly rigid views on crime and punishment and what makes us human. I can honestly say Anthony Parglietto's views echo my own so again, I've written about something I feel very strongly about. So all in all, it's been easy for me to take something I know and believe in and write around it.
The challenge will be my next book though, because I'm breaking my own mould and writing a male/male romance with plenty of sexy scenes and male banter. Not being a male and never having participated in sex as one with another man, this makes it quite a challenge. However I am fortunate enough to have gay male friends who will 'sense check' my scenes and who have even kindly offered to 'act them out' as a reality check. I find this sort of dedication to helping me with my research completely admirable. Of course, they have a lot to gain as well, and I might just throw in a curve ball or two to see just how deeply committed these gentlemen are to their validation of my scenes *another gentle snigger*