Okay, okay. Enough staring at the cover over there. We have a guest! *clears throat* It is my honor today to introduce you to author Casea Major, who is here with her brand new release ONE KNIGHT IN BROOKLYN — yes, the very title you’ve been ooogling while I’ve tried to get your attention. Fortunately for you — and you in the corner, with the drool on your face — Ms. Major has graciously offered to give away a PDF copy to one of our readers. Stay tuned to the end to find out how to win. (And no skipping ahead! I can see you, you know. *grins*) *Contest closed: Congratulations to Marika Weber on her win!*
Welcome, Casea, and congratulations on your new release, ONE KNIGHT IN BROOKLYN! In the story, your heroine signs up for a medieval-themed one night stand through an exclusive dating agency. How cool is that? I am SO digging that idea, and I’d love to hear about your inspiration for it. Have you ever encountered such a thing (<nudge, nudge>) or is that your imagination talking?
Sarah, thank you so much for opening up your virtual home to me. Other than Medieval Times (the restaurant) and our local Renaissance Faire, I have, sadly, not encountered any knights or ladies. But I love the time period. Most fairytales seem to be set during the Middle Ages. That’s where you find the lion’s share of handsome princes or knights in shining armor, right? That’s what Marianne, my heroine thinks, too.
But I wondered what would a modern day knight look like and where might we find one? Could we even find one? You’ll have to read the story for my take on the modern day KISA (Knight in shining armor)
My inspiration was to take an idealistic young woman and put her in a situation that, by all appearances looked like her fairytale fantasy come true. Then I wanted to completely shatter her unrealistic ideas with a heavy dose of reality and see what would happen. What ensues is a fun, zany adventure in Sherwood Forest that forces her to reevaluate her expectations. It leads her to the conclusion that heroes come in all shapes and sizes and actions speak louder than words.
What an incredibly clever idea! Oh, I can just imagine the twisted turns on that winding road — and how absolutely delicious those discoveries must be. While we’re on the naughty bits (*giggle*), you mention love for a “good old fashioned sex scene” (*cheers and applause*). Without being explicit, can you share with readers what makes a love scene “old fashioned?” What might they find in your stories they won’t commonly find elsewhere?
To me a good love scene has to include one thing and it isn’t sex. I can hear the gasps. Never fear, sex is included, but the most important component is intimacy. That’s what we crave, right? The connection to another person. Not just physical pleasure – that ‘s icing on the cake (or where ever you want to spread it.) But the foundation is the emotional, spiritual connection. Satisfying the desire to know and be known. To love and be loved.
I don’t know that there is any idea or concept in my stories that you can’t find somewhere else, but my voice is unique and the telling my own. My stories have humor and heart. This one surely does. Hopefully they make you laugh and think…and long afterwards dream.
Now, on a totally unrelated note (talk about an unfortunate segue!), I stalked you and discovered you taught yourself to crochet by watching YouTube. I am—or used to be—an avid cross stitcher, so I’ve got to ask: Do you actually manage to balance time writing AND crocheting? (Never mind the kids, LOL.) If so, how do you decide where to devote your attention?
I have a cyber-stalker – How cool is that! LOL
Do I manage to balance time writing and crocheting? In a word — No. Since I started writing a year ago, I haven’t done much of anything else. Maybe laundry. Maybe not. I waited a long time to find what I was created to do and now that I’ve found it, I’m reluctant to stop even for a moment. With three kids that’s a challenge. Luckily, I don’t need much sleep. LOL
I am so with you, right down to the “maybe laundry.” (I had a good laugh over that part.) Laundry, of course, always leads to sex (or probably the other way around, but there’s something to be said for tongue in cheek-edness), which leads us to our next question. Looking back over all of the intimate moments you’ve created between characters, which scene would you most like to experience for yourself? What makes it so alluring?
What a great question! I love all my characters and intimate scenes. They’re like familiar friends but the most intimate moment is from a fantasy/time travel romance I’m hoping to publish next spring, entitled The Implanting. (Yes, I know the title evokes all kinds of interesting images.)
Set in a fictional medieval world, Avant, the hero must telepathically implant his memories into Abby, the heroine, so they can achieve their respective destinies and, of course, save the world. LOL. However, Avant has been emotionally closed off since he was betrayed by the two people he loved the most – his best friend and his wife. The implications of opening himself up in complete intimacy scares the crap out of him. And he doesn’t scare easily. Even the mighty would fall under that kind of scrutiny.
Abby, on the other hand is a modern-day, fun-loving, party girl and has no clue about true love or sacrifice. Until that moment. When she opens her heart and mind to receive Avant’s thoughts, feelings and experiences, she sees him for who he really is and falls hopelessly in love with him. The scene is the ultimate in intimacy, and I pray I do it justice.
That does sound incredibly intense. Thoughts, feelings, and experiences … wow. And as a side note, you just said “implant” in my presence. If I end up pregnant, I am so sending my husband after you! (We had our 6th baby AFTER I had my tubes tied. Just sayin’.)
If a reader is unfamiliar with your work, which of your books would you suggest he or she read first? Why?
Honestly, I would say One Knight in Brooklyn. It’s a fun read. It’s inexpensive so you don’t have to invest a lot and is a good example of my style. Plus, it’s a romantic adventure that will make you laugh out loud and leave you with a big satisfied smile – if you know what I mean. **wink**
I would love to hear from you if you read it. Come by and tell me what you think. Is Robert a modern day KISA?
(Hey, I just like the acronym KISA. It rolls nicely from the tongue.)
Thanks so much for having me and thanks to everyone who comes by to hi. I’ll stick around to answer any questions or just to chat.
Thank YOU, Casea, for bringing some hotness to our Tuesday! (The cover is awesome, is it not?) As for your question — Robert’s status as a modern day KISA — one lucky reader is going to find out the easy way. Why, you all ask in unison? Because Ms. Major has graciously offered to give away a PDF copy of ONE NIGHT IN BROOKLYN to one of you!
**CONTEST DETAILS** To enter, please leave a comment and an uber-sexy ONE KNIGHT IN BROOKLYN just might be YOURS. (Sheesh. Erotic romance and all of this “entering” … is it getting hot in here?) And while you eagerly await the results of the drawing, please check out Casea’s links. She’s totally stalk-worthy!
ONE NIGHT IN BROOKLYN
After signing up for a one-night stand through an exclusive matching agency, hopeless romantic Marianne Caldwell is swept away to a medieval land where she hopes to spend the night with a worthy man of honor.
Unsure of how she got from the Castillo Hotel in Las Vegas to a castle in the English countryside, Mare finds Robert, whose stunning physique and winning smile immediately convince her he’s the Robin Hood she’s been seeking. But despite his efforts in saving her from a corrupt sheriff, his Jersey Shore accent and coarse ways unravel her romantic visions.
With her fairytale fantasies coming unhinged, Mare must decide if Robert is just a crass car salesman from Brooklyn or the chivalrous knight she’s looking for.
About CASEA MAJOR: Major Love ~~~ Major Romance
Prior to becoming a writer of romantic fiction, Casea Major worked in the legal field for a non-profit dispute resolution company for ten years. She is now a full-time mom to three preschool children with whom she and her husband live happily…most of the time. When she isn’t chained to her laptop, she enjoys Cary Grant movies and crocheting.