Carla Cassidy Books – Don't Turn Out The Lights!

May 6, 2013

Free download and the last of the Cowboy Cafe Series!

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I just wanted to remind everyone that the third book in the Cowboy Café series, Cowboy With A Cause, is a free download.

Also, the last book in the series, Confessing To The Cowboy will be out June 1st!

http://www.amazon.com/Confessing-Cowboy-Caf%C3%A9-ebook/dp/B00BAT1QDK/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1367797361&sr=1-4

I’ll be sorry to leave this series behind but I’m already at work on a new series, Men of Wolf Creek.  Hunky heroes, strong heroines and danger around every corner, I’m enjoying visiting the little Pennsylvania town of Wolf Creek.

On a personal note, I’m busy packing for a road trip to Lake Havasu, Arizona where my hubby and I will visit his eight-eight year old mother and celebrate the 95th birthday of her husband.  He’s sharp as a whip, loves to draw and paint picture of birds and plays a mean harmonica.  It should be a fun time.

My favorite part of a road trip is that the wheels on the car make me sleep like a baby.  I sleep and I eat on car trips.  Occasionally I crack an eye open to see the landscape.   Of course, I’m taking work with me and hoping to get busy on the next book on my schedule.

Hope you’ll stop by again!

Carla

http://www.amazon.com/Confessing-Cowboy-Caf%C3%A9-ebook/dp/B00BAT1QDK/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1367797361&sr=1-4

April 7, 2013

April Showers, taxes and books, books, books!

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Just Joe is a novella from the More than Words program from Harlequin and the download is free!

Just Joe is a novella from the More than Words program from Harlequin and the download is free!     

 

 

 

 

Normally April isn’t a fun month for me.  There are taxes and then there are those rainy, stormy days that the Midwest endures.  But this is a great month for me as I have not one, not two, but three new releases and one of them is FREE!  Hope you enjoy!

Scene of the Crime: Deadman's Bluff - a new release from Harlequin Intrigue

Scene of the Crime: Deadman’s Bluff – a new release from Harlequin Intrigue

My newest release from Harlequin Romantic Suspense.

My newest release from Harlequin Romantic Suspense.

January 9, 2013

Cowboy With A Cause – Beyond the Book

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cowboy with a cause

Cowboy With A Cause is the third book in the Cowboy Cafe series and is out this month.   I’ve talked here many times about my crazy family but I dedicated this book to my daughter, Darlene.

A little over two years ago Darlene woke up with drop foot and neuropathy.  At thirty-three years old she went immediately into a wheelchair.  We shed many tears as she tried to understand why this had happened, as she adjusted to life without walking.  It took a while for all of us to come to the realization that this wasn’t just a temporary issue and we needed to face the fact that she would be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life. 

As she adjusted, finding the strength and will to continue living as if she had no disability, my admiration for her…my bi-polar, borderline child, grew.  Then six months ago she was fitted with a brace that finally got her back on her feet.  It was like a miracle…she could walk again under her own steam!

A week before Christmas she fell and broke her femur bone in her bad leg.  At the same time I had just undergone hip repair surgery that limited my movement.  As I whined about pain and being unable to drive, about not being able to bend over or wear high heels, she’s been a trooper once again.

We’re both slowly healing, but again she has reminded me of the strength of spirit she possesses, an acceptance of each and every obstacle life throws her way. 

She’ll probably be back in the wheelchair after her bone heals and will need to re-learn to use the brace to walk, but I have no doubt that she’ll do just that.  That’s why this book is important to me, for it celebrates all women who deal with difficult issues and just get on with life…because that’s who we are…because that’s what we do!

 

Happy reading and thanks for stopping by!

Carla

December 29, 2012

A New Look For a New Year

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     I have  a new website!  And it’s beautiful.  Thanks to Hot Damn Designs, I’ve finally entered the new age.  I hope you all will check it out.  The website is

carlacassidybooks.com

     It is also with great pleasure that I’m kicking 2012 to the curb.  This has been a year of endless health problems, the lastest of which is that my daughter fell and broke her femur and I’m still dealing with some hip-repair surgery issues.

    The good news is that she will heal and so will I and I’m so looking forward to entering the new year with a renewed commitment to be kind to my friends and strangers, to be all that my family needs me to be, and of course to write the books I love to write!  (oh yeah, and get out of these darned tennis shoes and back into my slamming heels!)

     I start the new year off with the third book in the Cowboy Cafe series.  Cowboy With a Cause is a January release and a book that’s near and dear to my heart and I hope you all will enjoy it.

     My head is brimming with so many book ideas that I’ve papered one of my walls in my office with white board paper so I can just jump up from my desk and write on the wall whatever thought enters my mind.  Some thoughts however, should never be written down!

     I’m entering 2013 with crazy energy and enthusiasm and hoping for the strength to face whatever might come my way.  I wish you all a great new year and hope you’ll come back here and visit me often.

Take care and keep reading!

Carla

November 13, 2012

Letting Go

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It’s been four weeks since my hip surgery, four weeks of non-weight bearing on my right side.  I have four more weeks to go and some thoughts of this whole process.

I hate crutches.  They are instruments of the devil, designed to trip you up, force you to think before taking a step and make your body ache when you get off of them for the day.

I love my husband, who has stepped into the role of cooker, cleaner (well, kind of) driver and general fetch and tote guy. 

I’m doing physical therapy twice a week and it only hurts occasionally, but the biggest lesson I’ve had to learn through this so far is to let go of control.  And that’s huge for me!

Does my house look like it would if I could walk?  No.  I got into bed the other night after my hubby had washed the sheets and re-made it.  The first thing I noticed was that the bottom sheet was on upside down.  I stared at that unsightly seem at the corner and had to take several deep breaths and remind myself  the sheets were clean and maybe it’s good to sleep on them upside down sometimes. 

I’ve also learned a healthy dose of empathy for my daughter who has been in a wheelchair for two years.  I didn’t understand her feelings of helplessness, the worry about being a burden, the decision not to ask for what you want because it required somebody else doing it or getting it. 

Thankfully my daughter has been fitted with a brace and now walks for short periods of time.  She’s regained her independence and I’m so proud of her.  I know for me this time will pass, my hip will heal and I’ll be able to get rid of those damned crutches! 

My husband will go back to holding down the sofa and I’ll return to my normal life of running everything and keeping control…and we won’t sleep on upside down sheets again!

Still, there’s something a little bit freeing about letting go of the reins, allowing somebody else to be in charge for a change.  

And to Rachel…yes, there are more Cowboy Cafe books coming.  Cowboy With A Cause will be out in January.  It’s the third book in the series, and after that is Cameron and Mary’s story. 

Hope you enjoy it and I’ll try to check in here soon and post the cover which is gorgeous. 

Thanks for visiting…Carla

August 30, 2012

Full Moon Madness

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There’s a full moon out tonight and I’m supposed to be the sane one in my family, but I’m filled with a restless energy and want to howl at the moon.  This always happens when I finish a book (which I did yesterday)  It takes me a day or two of craziness before I’m ready  to settle into the next project.

This has been a strange couple of weeks for me.  The borderline, the raised by wolves and I are in a peaceful place.  There’s always a honeymoon period between crises and I always enjoy th peace and love that we share during these times.  Meanwhile my mind has been churning with new ideas.  They’ve been tumbling over each other in my head and I’m frantically keeping track of the creative nuggets that are appearing on a wall in my office that’s covered with dry-erase poster paper. 

There are times as a writer I feel as if the well is dry, that I have no more stories to tell, then suddenly the ideas blossom in bits and pieces, giving me just enough to get me excited again.  My well is full at the moment and I love it!

Speaking of loving things, my hubby loves Twinkies and I heard a rumor that Hostess was going to stop making them.  It just so happened that my grocery store had the Hostess stuff on sale so I bought ten boxes of Twinkies and five boxes of Hostess cupcakes.  I DIDN’T KNOW THERE WAS AN EXIRATION DATE ON TWINKIES!   We have to eat all of those boxes in the next two weeks!  Fortunately that means I won’t have to cook dinner for the next fourteen or fifteen days.  Twinkie anyone??

Take care and keep reading!

Best,

Carla

August 7, 2012

Raised by Wolves and other Damaged Souls

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I had a wonderful childhood, with parents who still tell me everyday that they love me to the moon and back.  I’ve been blessed by the love that has surrounded me and I think maybe that’s why damaged souls often find their way to me.

Take Raised by Wolves, my daughter’s partner.  She began life with a brother who died of neglect.  She was abandoned in a room by her drug-addicted mother and when she was finally found by a friend of the family, nobody knew for sure how long she’d been left alone.  She was filthy and smelled so bad that the taxi driver refused to let the woman and this child into his cab.

That was her beginning.  She was unofficially adopted by the ‘friend’ who found her and you would think there would be a happy ending for her, but that wasn’t the case.  Her new ‘mother’ married a man who beat this child.  If she went to the bathroom in the middle of the night and he heard her, he’d beat her so badly that she finally stopped going to the bathroom and instead would creep into the living room to potty under the pool table.

The new ‘mother’ had two daughters, the princesses, leaving RWW to wonder where she fit and with the final realization that she fit nowhere.  When she met my daughter she had an alcohol problem, she was an adult who suffered from detachment disorder.  She was afraid to trust, afraid to believe in anyone.  And so she was brought into my life.  Damaged goods.  

It’s been ten years and I’ve treated her like my daughter, with lectures and disapproval when needed, but always with love.  She calls me mom and loves me back and although there are days I want to throttle her for one reason or another I never forget where she came from and how little she’d been given compared  to all I’ve been given.

She’s a character I find myself wanting to write about over and over again.  I find myself fascinated by the damage that people do to one another, amazed at the human spirit that can rise above it to seek happiness.

In other news, my daughter, who has been in the wheelchair  for the past year and a half is going to be fitted for a leg brace next week.  Her doctor thinks her thigh muscle is strong enough to allow her to walk with the brace fifty percent of the time.  YEAH! 

That’s it from me for now.  Happy reading…happy living and don’t forget to check out some of the backlist I have available now at Amazon for your kindle reading pleasure!

Thanks for stopping!

Carla

July 26, 2012

My Life Should be A Reality Show

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I have spent months and months trying to figure out what to blog about besidemy newest releases or latest news.  I don’t knit or cook, I don’t garden or see movies.  Then I realized how rich my real life is for blog material.

In the last two years I’ve survived breast cancer, eight months with grown children and two grandchildren living with me, my daughter waking up one morning with foot drop and neuropathy and going directly into a wheelchair and her partner having a heart valve replaced and me moving in with them to caretake.  (And I’m sure I’ve left stuff out – like the fact that at this very moment I have a broken left little toe and a broken right little toe and shingles)  And I’ve written some books as well.

My daughter is bi-polar and borderline, her life partner is a woman who was raised by wolves.  My grandchildren are at the age where they tweet but don’t speak  and that’s just the beginning.

Do I tell you all of this to get sympathy?  Hell no.  Most of the time I’m laughing too hard about life’s wild ride to worry about feeling bad.    Borderline and Wolf woman keep me on my toes, both of them with mental and physical conditions that keep them from driving a car.  These two have the ability to break my heart and make me laugh until I weep. 
Initially when all this was raining down on me I was frustrated and miserable, but at some point in all this madness I’ve realized this IS my life and I’ve embraced it all…the howls, the drama, the utter madness that some days bring.

I know there are people out there who deal with mental illness, physical ailments and there are days that the skies are dark overhead, but a sense of humor goes a long way in parting those gray clouds.

From here on out, I intend to chronicle life with the nuts who surround me and of course keep you posted on what’s new in my writing life and there is news…my NAL backlist is up as kindle books on Amazon. 

http://www.amazon.com/Promise-Him-Anything-ebook/dp/B008KPP84U/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1343337669&sr=1-11&keywords=carla+cassidys

Promise Him Anything, Without A Sound, Broken Pieces, The Perfect Family, Paint it Red, Up Close and Personal and Last Gasp are ready for download!

I also have a new series starting for the Harlequin Romantic Suspense line. 
Her Cowboy Distraction is the first in a series of books that take place in a small Oklahoma town where a serial killer has made the popular Cowboy Cafe his hunting grounds.

Let me know if you care about my personal life. (there are days I don’t)   Jeez, I wish I could exchange recipes or knitting tips, but all I’ve got here in real life in the nut house!

Take are and thanks for visiting.

January 1, 2012

Here’s Kicking 2011 To the Curb!

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2011 was a nasty year and I can’t say I’m sorry to see it go.  I’m kicking 2012 off with my usual resolutions. (funny, I think they were the same last year)  However, this year I plan on actually following through on some of them.

I’m beginning the new year with a new release.  Tool Belt Defender is the final book in the Black Rock series and one that many of my readers asked for.  Brittany Grayson finally gets her own story! 

I hope you all enjoy it and I hope 2012 brings peace and joy to everyone!

Thanks for stopping!

Carla

 

March 16, 2011

Voices in my Head

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I think this is a common problem that most writers suffer – the voices in the head syndrome.   To me, it never fails that when I’m in the middle of a deadline on a contracted book, the voices start to whisper in the back of my head.   They promise new exciting plots, fascinating characters and lines of dialogue that are nothing short of brilliant.

Of course, the problem is I have no time to write the stories that speak in my head at the time that they appear.  Most nights before I go to sleep, I try to remember all the things that have been spoken to me during the day – unfortunately this resulted in a trip to the doctor for a magic sleeping pill to help me stop the voices in my head.

Before our last snow storm I was walking through KMart and found a nice sized cork board. I suddenly wondered if I actually committed those voices to bits of paper would they then leave me in peace?   So…

This is my new version of voices in my head.  It’s only just begin, but it’s working.   I still have a lot to add to it, but at least some of the chatter in my head has quieted!

Thanks for stopping by and keep reading!

Carla

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