The world didn’t end… so what now?

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Image courtesy of Idea go at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

My children and I had fun yesterday, planning an “End of the World” party. The plans included popcorn, disaster movies and staying up late.

As the evening ticked on, they decided they didn’t want to watch disaster movies and we nixed the popcorn.  The family consensus was to watch a rerun of Doctor Who. After all, the world couldn’t end if The Doctor was still fighting for us, right?

One by one, the kids wandered off to bed, secure in the knowledge that Santa would stop by our house on Christmas Eve and tomorrow was right on schedule.

So what now?  Wide awake on the eve of Armageddon and the kids fast asleep…  that familiar pesky question popped up:  “What if?”

Changeling Press authors and readers are tempted every week with a “Flash Fiction Challenge.”  A theme is announced, 100-150 words. This week is Armageddon. What or who would you do if the world was ending?

What would I do? How would I want to spend my last few minutes?

 

 

You Matter

We stood still, looking at the brilliant streaks of light shooting through the sky. At any other time it would be a novelty. Tonight, it foreshadowed the end of the world. Catastrophic collision, meteors, it all ran together in a confusion of doom.

“Tony, I can’t just stand here waiting for the end. Take me home.”

He took my hand and led me back to our house. The white picket fence we’d so painstakingly put up last spring surrounded us with a false sense of serenity as we passed through the gate.

“Wait! What…?”  His low chuckle rumbled against my ear as he swept me off my feet and carried me over the threshold.  “Didn’t we already do this once?”

“It’s never too late to have a second honeymoon.”

“Did you forget the end of the world stuff?”

“Honey, you *are* my world. When I’m with you, nothing else matters.”

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It’s been an interesting year with many challenges, tragedies, rewards and discoveries.  Just remember that YOU matter.

The fact that you exist and participate in this wild, wacky world of ours is a miracle that only you can perform.  So whether the world ends tomorrow or pulses on for a millennium more, you matter more than you’ll ever know.  Thank you for being a part of my world, and I hope in some small way that I’ve been a part of yours.

~ Cassidy McKay
http://www.cassidymckay.com

 

How do you celebrate birthdays? The MSA Authors are giving away a Kindle Fire!

Happy Birthday to the Midnight Seductions Authors!

Enter for a chance to win a Kindle Fire from the Midnight Seductions Authors!

Just like at Bilbo Baggins’ birthday party in The Hobbit, our guests and readers get all the fun and gifts at our birthday blast.  Ours lasts three days–November 16th – 19th, 2012.

The Midnight Seductions Authors are celebrating our 5th birthday with a Blog Hop, and we’re giving away a brand new Kindle Fire to one lucky participant.

Details and links will be live Friday morning at our group blog: http://midnightseductionsauthors.blogspot.com/ .

Each participating author is having a giveaway on their blog as well, so make sure you visit all our blogs and comment (we’re a small group, so you have a really good chance of winning something!).

The Grand Prize is a Kindle Fire, and if you win you’ll need to stock it with some books, right?  My additional prize is a $10 gift card for Amazon or Barnes & Noble, winner’s choice.

To enter the contest for the gift card, just visit my website at http://www.cassidymckay.com (opens in a new window) and then come back here,  and leave a comment on my blog about which books interest you.

Click here for the Rafflecopter giveaway and enter for a chance to win a Kindle Fire.

The Rafflecopter will choose winners on November 19th, and every comment equals one entry.  Don’t forget to leave your e-mail address so we have a way to contact you if you win!

Have fun and good luck!

~Cassidy McKay

Where do you buy your books?

Hey everyone!  I’ve been working hard on my WIP’s and just realized that most of my books are now available on Amazon for your Kindle, computers, etc.  I have a Nook myself and use it constantly, but I am addicted to Amazon for movies, TV shows and just miscellaneous stuff.  I’ll buy a book on there if I can’t find it elsewhere, but prefer to put them on my Nook.

How about you? Where do you buy most of your books? Publisher’s website? Amazon? Barnes & Noble? All Romance Ebooks?

~Cassidy

By the way, I’m in the middle of revamping my website, so look for some new designs soon! In the meantime, if you’d like to check out what I have available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, here are the links to my author pages there. I’d love it if you’d “like” my author page and my books pages so more people can find me there.

Cassidy on Amazon
Cassidy on Barnes & Noble
Cassidy on All Romance Ebooks 
Cassidy at Changeling Press (here’s where you’ll find my newest releases!)

Easter Blog Hop

Happy Easter everyone!

I’m participating in the Hoppy Easter Blog Hop this year, and giving away some goodies to celebrate.  I have a lot to be thankful for this year, and quite a few new releases for you to while away your long Easter weekend with.

Would you like some goodies? How about a chance to win a $10 Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.com gift card? Maybe a book from my backlist?

It’s easy, just give me some comment love! Writing can be a lonely profession and I’d love to hear from you.  Leave me a comment here on my blog and after the end of the blog hop, I’ll hop through the entries and pick my winners. If you’d like another entry, run on over to my website at http://www.cassidymckay.com and browse through my books–in your comment here, tell me which of them (or more–book love is always good) looks like a delicious read.  Don’t forget to leave your e-mail address in your comment so I can contact you if you win!

Thanks for visiting me, and have a Happy Easter! Don’t forget to visit all the other authors on the blog hop tour to see what they have to offer you and enjoy your weekend.

Winner of the Valentine’s Day Blog Hop!

Sorry about the delay, I’ve been working hard on my latest book (Shifting Focus) for the Protect & Serve series at Changeling Press and got lost in it.  Isn’t that a good thing?

The winner of the $10 gift card for Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com is Emiliana25.  Please e-mail me at cassidymckay at gmail dot com and let me know which one you prefer.

The winner of their choice of my book from my backlist is JuneM!  Take a look at my books at http://www.cassidymckay.com and e-mail me your choice at the e-mail address above.

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you all for your comments and visiting my blog.  I hope you enjoyed the excerpts!

 

Happy Reading!

 

~Cassidy

Valentine’s Day Blog Hop! Feb 11-14th, 2012

What’s a girl to do when Valentine’s Day is coming up and she has nothing to wear?

Use her imagination, of course! I think there’s nothing more sexy than an imagination… clothes get worn out, high heels break, lingerie gets torn off (woo hoo), but a great imagination never goes out of style.

It doesn’t cost a thing, you don’t have to wash it (in fact–the dirtier, the better!), and the older you get, the more sexy it is!  Where can you pick one of these handy-dandy doohickeys up?  Why, right at your local mom & pop shop, and you are the proprietor!

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!  If you are celebrating with a significant someone this year, make them feel special.  If you are spending it alone, make YOURSELF feel special (okay, do that whether you are with someone or not).  After all, the sexier you feel, the sexier you are!

** For the contest**

I’m giving away some love to someone who comments on this blog post by midnight on Valentine’s Day. I’d love to hear what you’re doing!

* Note: * If you’d like an extra entry, take a look at my website at http://www.cassidymckay.com and my books (either available or upcoming) and tell me which one(s) interest you and why. You can just comment in your post on here and it will receive two entries for the one post.

I’ll randomly choose the winner from the posts the day or two after Valentine’s Day.

You could win:

  • A $10 Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com gift card
  • A download of one of e-books from my backlist
Make sure to leave your e-mail address so I can contact you if you win!
~Cassidy McKay
Be sure to visit all of the authors on the Blog Hop!  The list is here: http://thebloghopspot.com/event-page/

Evil Snowmen and the Joys of Winter

Yesterday, my kids and husband made a snowman.  Innocent enough, right?  Everyone makes snowmen when it snows. However, I didn’t realize they were evil until last night.

It’s our first significant snow of the year.  Hot chocolate has never gone so fast.  Kids, friends, husband, dog–they’re all enjoying the cold white stuff.  I usually tend to watch the stuff from inside.

Back to the snowman.  They finished it just at dark last night.  Strange-looking, skinnier than most (apparently the snow didn’t want to stick together), with tree-hair, a carrot for a nose and branches for arms, it stood in the front yard all alone.  Our neurotic dog stood watch over the house (from the inside) while the creature was being constructed.  Her frequent barking and endless pacing I attributed to neighborhood dogs walking by.  She usually doesn’t bark at anything except an empty food bowl, or when you’re playing with her.

Evil Snowman (aka: The Enemy)

Evil Snowman (aka: The Enemy)

You know how they say dogs can sense things?

Apparently that snowman in the front yard is evil.  Pure, unadulterated evil.  During her nightly sojourn to do her ‘business’ before bed, our dog saw the creature.  It was bad.  Really bad.  She wouldn’t go anywhere near it.  My husband tried to introduce her to it and show her that it was just an innocent snowman.  You know, the slow, gentle introductions when you lead the dog over there and they realize they were being stupid?  Yeah–didn’t work.

I figured it was probably because it was dark outside. After all, the snowman was only lit by the front porch light, and it doesn’t really reach that far out into the yard. Of course the dog would think the shadowed, scary figure was a demon from snow-hell.  She’d be fine during the daylight, right?

Our sweet, neurotic dog stared out the window many times during the night, shoving her head under the curtain to make sure the creature didn’t attack the house.  Her rumbling growls and low barking woke us up several times.  At least we knew we were safe.

But alas, daylight brought no comfort.  According to the dog, the snowman is still evil.

She just stares out the window and paces, waiting for it to attack.  When she’s not sleeping in front of the heater, that is.  Even demons have to wait until she’s warm.

 

 

 

Six Sentence Sunday – A sexy little bit from my work in progress

My Six Sentence Sunday contribution for this week is a sexy snippet from a novella I have coming out with Changeling Press in March entitled Protect and Serve: Shifting Focus.  It’s an erotic romance–so be warned. 😉

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Background info:

Griff Monroe  is a government mercenary working undercover. He’s assigned to a case in San Francisco, California where Sophia Lorello works as a firefighter. To her extreme annoyance, she’s ordered away from her job to pick him up from the airport.

This scene is just as he comes out of the airport and sees her for the first time, deciding she’s the perfect cover for his mission.  So he greets her like a long-lost lover.  Surprise!  

But when you’re going undercover to catch a killer, you never know who might be watching.

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My breath catches as he kisses me, his lips firm and warm. The sultry scratch of his beard chafes my face in a way that makes every nerve ending stand up and take notice…twice. Every inch of my body comes alive as he moves closer, his hard to my soft—molding like hot, melted chocolate topping over a frosty bowl of ice cream.

The tip of his tongue teases the separation of mine, asking—not demanding—entrance. A shiver of anticipation slides up my spine, piquing my curiosity and flat-out drenching my panties with cream. I squirm, the aching rush of awareness flushing my good sense to somewhere south of Who-The-Fuck-Cares.

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Hope you enjoyed the snippet!

~Cassidy

You can view more of the Six Sentence Sunday participants here: http://www.sixsunday.com/

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all

It’s Christmas Eve here in Washington. We were hoping for a white Christmas our first year here, but it looks like it’s going to be a rainy one instead.

We’ve had our gingerbread cookies already (okay, the kids and my husband did–I can’t stand the stuff!).  Applesauce muffins are baking in the oven and the most delicious smells are wafting throughout the house.  We’ll decorate the tree tonight (after making sure the house is clean for Santa), snuggle up on the couch to watch some Christmas movies with popcorn and apple cider.

This is our first year in a new state, in a new home, and I am looking forward to celebrating both old traditions and making some new ones.

I would like to thank all of my readers, publishers, friends and family for making this a wonderful year! Without all of you, it would be a very lonely life indeed.

Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates it, and Happy Holidays to include all of the other celebrations, traditions and dates of the year!  I hope the rest of this year and all the next are filled with huge packages of love, respect, romance, and tons of good books to read!

~Cassidy McKay
http://www.cassidymckay.com

Blog Hop Prize Winners!

After coaxing the ornery little kitten Gomez awake, and then convincing him he REALLY wanted to play with the crumpled up pieces of paper in a bowl,  WE HAVE OUR WINNERS!!

  • $10 gift certificate to amazon.com or bn.comLaura H
  • Choice of e-book from my backlist — Julie Witt
  • Choice of e-book from my backlist — Jocelyn Modo
E-book winners (Julie & Jocelyn), please take a look at my website at: http://www.cassidymckay.com and e-mail me with your choice of book at cassidymckay AT gmail DOT com.
Gift certificate winner (Laura H), please e-mail me and let me know if you’d like an amazon.com or barnes & noble.com gift certificate.
You each have one week from today (December 19, 2011) to claim your prize by e-mailing me.  I will also attempt to contact the winners by e-mail.
Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you for visiting my blog for the blog hop. I hope you’ll come back and have some more fun with me!
~ Cassidy McKay