Guest Author Post: My Favorite Scene by Stacey Agdern
This is my first guest blog as an author, which is rather awesome (thank you, KT!) It’s also daunting because I’ve read many author guest blogs. Some are brilliant, some not so. Hence the pressure to make this post stand out.
What can I bring to the table? What can I talk about that would make this post special? I racked my brain. And then I thought about questions authors are asked during interviews. And when I got to ‘What was your favorite scene in to write in ‘Playing Her Game’, the answer that came to mind surprised me. It made me think. So, here it is. I hope it makes you think too:
I hate bullies. I have very little patience for people who think that the only way to build themselves up is to knock someone else down. Which is why one of my favorite scenes to write in Playing Her Game had nothing to do with the romance.
I remember when I wrote it. I was at a friends’ old apartment, having just watched my favorite hockey team win that year’s Winter Classic. Excited, exhilarated, I returned to the story in progress and wrote the scene where the New York Empires fire their coach.
It was an amazing scene to write because it was comeuppance. The coach of the Empires was a bully. His irrational actions directed towards people he doesn’t like, (like my hero, Chris Emerson) are cloaked in authority. But the ability to do something does NOT make it right.
This particular character was not inspired by anybody in particular. He is a mix of many I have encountered over the years, each of them united in their inability to distinguish between instruction, correction and abuse of authority.
In this day and age, where the word ‘bully’ is often applied where it doesn’t belong, I hope the real meaning doesn’t get lost. Because if it does, only the truly vulnerable will be left at risk.
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Going All In-
Professional hockey players Marcus, Alex, and Chris attend their team’s Vegas Night fundraiser unaware their lives will change forever. Can they face their difficulties and win the most important game of their lives – the game of love? These guys are going all in…
HEDGING HIS BET: Cassandra Carr
Marcus Mitchell never thought he’d find the love of his life with champagne dripping from her shirt rather than walking the runway at Fashion Week like the models he usually preferred, but you can’t always plan these things. Annalise Alonso isn’t going to make it easy for him, though—he’s going to have to work for her love. Now, Marcus is taking a shot and hedging his bet on love.
CASTING THE DIE: Isabo Kelly
After she sees his murder in a vision, Nathalie Mendez has to warn star hockey goalie Alexander Semenov of the danger. To keep him alive, she risks exposing her many secrets. But once the die is cast, her biggest gamble involves her heart.
PLAYING HER GAME: Stacey Agdern
Melanie Gould has been dubbed ‘The Girl in the Lace Corset’. But she doesn’t always like to be the loud mouth defender of the romances she writes, and is definitely not good at playing the games relationships require. Of course, she’s never gone head to head with a guy like Chris Emerson. Chris is trying to behave, and someone like Melanie would destroy his plans to stay under the radar. So what happens when the ‘Girl in the Lace Corset’ and the NHL’s most infamous bad boy go one on one? Will they play her game? Will they play his? Or will they both end up in the penalty box?
Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning erotic romance writer with Ellora’s Cave, Siren Publishing, Sybarite Seductions, Decadent Publishing, and Loose Id. She lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra is the co-founder of two successful group blogs, Romancing the Jock and Dirty Birdies, and participates in several others as a contributor. Recently she was re-elected president of Western New York Romance Writers.
For more information about Cassandra, check out her website at http://www. booksbycassandracarr.com, “like” her Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/ AuthorCassandraCarr or follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ Cassandra_Carr.
Isabo Kelly is the award-winning author of multiple science fiction, fantasy and paranormal romances. After finishing her Ph.D. in animal behavior in Ireland, Isabo settled down to write full time. She currently lives in New York City with her brilliant Irish husband, her two heroes-in-training sons, and her mad dog.
Stacey Agdern is the two time award winning Romance Specialist at Posman Books, an independent bookstore located in Grand Central Terminal. She has a regular column, ‘Dispatches from the TBR Pile’ at ‘HEA’, USA Today’s online romance blog. She has also written reviews and commentary for publications such as Barbara Vey’s ‘Beyond Her Book’ Column at Publishers Weekly’s online site, Heroes and Heartbreakers, Criminal Element, Romantic Times Magazine and Romance at Random. She has given presentations on the effective use of booksellers at regional and national conferences. You can find her on twitter at @nystacey. She lives in New York, not very far from her favorite hockey team’s practice facility.