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Welcome debut author Joan Chandler & PERFECTLY IMPERFECT

Posted in General on January 29th, 2012 by Casey Crow

My guest today is new author, Joan Chandler.  Joan’s debut novel, Perfectly Imperfect, was released January 2 from one of my own publishers Siren Publishing.


JOAN: It’s great to be here. Thanks for the opportunity to introduce myself to your followers.  Ask me anything.

Casey: What was the first romance novel you read?

JOAN:  When I was a little girl, my favorite book was Snow White and Rose Red.   (I’m referring to the German fairy tale, not to be confused with the Disney movie.)  I remember reading it over and over again, and every time I got to the end and that bear turned into a prince and asked Snow White to marry him, I was smitten!  Although it was a children’s fairy tale, I always say that little book was my first introduction to the romance genre.  As a teenager, I was enthralled by a paranormal romantic tragedy called Bledding Sorrow.  It terrified yet mesmerized me at the same time.  I have recently found both of those on eBay, by the way, and purchased them so I could read them again.

Casey:  How did you get started as a writer?

JOAN:  My family moved a lot when I was young, and I was a painfully shy child.  So I was a real homebody.  At some point, my sister and I started to write short stories as a past time.  Eventually, we could each fill up an entire composition notebook with one story.  They were always about ordinary girls who meet someone famous and then they’d fall in love and live happily ever after.  Years later, when I was pregnant with my first child, I had trouble sleeping.  My friend gave me a grocery bag full of Harlequin paperbacks to read on nights when I couldn’t fall asleep.  After reading about five or six of them, I decided to try my own hand at writing a novel.  It was still just a hobby for many years, and then a few years ago I set out to try to get one of my manuscripts published.  The result is Perfectly Imperfect.

Casey:  Where do you find inspiration?

JOAN:  I find inspiration everywhere – in music I listen to, or dreams I’ve had, or just things going on in the lives of people I know.   And of course, reading other people’s books can always inspire me.  I recently heard someone say that there are no new stories, only new ways to tell them.  I think to some degree that is an accurate statement.  Thankfully, romance never goes out of style!

Casey:  Tell us a little about your new book, Perfectly Imperfect.

JOAN:  It’s an Erotic Contemporary Romance –the first I’ve written in that genre.   It is first and foremost a love story.  But it is also about self-acceptance and giving ourselves permission to be less than perfect (hence the title).  I believe that until you can love yourself, you have a hard time accepting love from others.  So it’s about the heroine’s struggle to do just that, and the man who helps her see herself through his eyes.

Casey: Can you share a blurb with us?

JOAN:  Certainly, I’d love to!  Ali Baker is a corporate executive with a house in an upscale suburb of Houston. The only thing missing is the right man to share it with. But a lifelong struggle with weight has left her with low self-esteem that keeps her from taking a chance on love. A new fitness plan gives her a slimmer figure, but she hits a plateau before reaching her goal. Ali joins the local gym to rev up her metabolism, but she has no idea her love life’s about to go into overdrive, too! When she meets British trainer Daniel Wells, the heat between them sizzles. They begin a torrid affair that takes them both by surprise. Then Ali discovers he hasn’t been completely honest with her, and old insecurities threaten to unravel their relationship. Daniel must fight to regain her trust, and he’ll do anything to become the one addiction she can’t resist.

Casey: Thanks again, Joan, for being here. Now everyone go out and visit




Posted in General on January 26th, 2012 by Casey Crow

Thank you Just Erotic Romance Reviews for awarding CAN’T FAKE THIS its highest rating! Here’s the review:

Title: Can’t Fake ThisAuthor: Casey Crow                                                                         

Publisher: Loose Id

Reviewer: Barbara McCormick

Rating: Gold Star Award                                                                            

Heat Level: O


Anna Ryan consents to a blind date as a way to start sowing her wild oatsafter divorce. Her best friend sets her up with Chase Harris, a handsome Mobile, AL, cop.Anna writes romances and, having had a boring sex life with her ex, asks Chase to help herlearn to make love over the next twelve days. He consents, provided she follows his rules andtrusts him.Man, oh man, I did not expect Can’t Fake This to be so hot! Written in first person, the reader participates with Anna as Chase leads her through twelve lessons, loosely based on TheTwelve Days of Christmas. The sex is hot and definitely forwards the plot, leading the characters deeper and deeperinto love and commitment. Anna’s sassiness, covering the insecurity left from her failed marriage, and Chase’s obviousloneliness leaps off the page and right into your heart. When a chance encounter introduces Chase to her children, thewarmth and love coming off the page just wrapped me around Chase’s finger, as if I needed more of a push! In addition,the descriptions of the Deep South temperatures and ambience add a lovely dimension to the story.

 Southern Sweet Spot1: Can’t Fake This is a wonderful Christmas story, suitable for keeping toasty warm on a winter’s night. But it is also astory I will remember and reread and, for all these reasons, I gave it a JERR Gold Star Award. I look forward to more ofMs. Crow’s storytelling in the future!

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CAN’T FAKE THIS won 2011 LRC Best Contemporary!

Posted in General on January 26th, 2012 by Casey Crow

Thank you readers and Dawn Roberto of Love Romances Cafe! In the midst of some amazing authors, CAN’T FAKE THIS has been named 2011 Best Contemporary! I’m honored and thrilled.

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Shameless Giveaway Blog Hop

Posted in General on January 19th, 2012 by Casey Crow

Welcome to the Shameless Giveaway Blog Hop. First, let me say a big thank you to Jen at Red Hot Books, Brie at Romance Around the Corner & Michelle at Michelle’s Book Blog for organizing this event.

I’m so happy by debut, a f/m erotic with Loose, Id. is a 2011 Best Contemporary Nominee at Love Romance Cafe  where voting is still going on till Jan 24. It also receive a Gold Star from Just Erotic Romance Reviews so to celebrate all this exciting news I’m giving away an e-book copy of CAN’T FAKE THIS to a lucky commenter. If you sign up for my newsletter, you’ll get two entries. Please list your email in the comment – save me a lot of time when I’m ready to announce the winner.  This is an international prize.

CAN’T FAKE THIS is about a divorcee ready to reenter the dating world. Anna Ryan is determined to be the best “product on the market,” which requires a lot more experience so she propositions sexy police officer Chase Harris to teach her how to make hot, passionate love as opposed to just having sex. He takes it a step further, instructing each lesson based on The Twelve Days of Christmas.


To tempt you further, here’s an excerpt (R RATED):

My zipper slid down with a hiss, exposing my bare flesh to the cool air of the room. “Do you know what today is?” I was breathless as the material spilled below my hips.

Chase pushed my hair aside, his tongue sweeping every vertebra until he knelt on his knees kissing the small indention of my lower back. “Sunday.”

“December fourteenth.” I needed to be the one on my knees. My legs had turned all Jell-Oy. Yeah, I wasn’t an expert in the chemistry department, but even I could sense the spark between us, the hot, electric pull. As his teeth pulled at the peach bow of my G-string, I could already imagine his cock sliding into me. He yanked the dress down and turned me around. My crotch was now at his eye level. I rubbed his shaved head, debating whether I should pull his face to my panties or hike a leg over his shoulder. Or both. I settled for the latter before my weak knees collapsed.

“It’s twelve days till Christmas,” I said. The figure eights he licked along my inner thigh made it rather difficult to carry on a coherent conversation.

“Consider tonight an early present.” He swooped in for a taste, or so I thought, as hot air breezed my pussy. Before I knew it, Chase slipped my leg off his shoulder and stood to scoop me into his arms. He lowered me onto the cold leather of the sofa, but the chill disintegrated the moment his warm body stretched over me. His large, dark pupils filled with lust — and dare I say, need? — as his dick throbbed between my legs. I squeezed my thighs, putting pressure on his cock. He let out a low groan while my body strained for more than a tease. I lifted my hips to rub up and down on his shaft.

We ground our bodies together, my gaze trapped by his own for a deliciously suspended moment. It never occurred to me this kind of intimacy was odd. I mean, most folks would be kissing and getting it on by now, but after all the exciting tension that had built all night, we suddenly slowed down…to savor. Damn, it was sexy.

Zero doubt played in my mind. I wanted this guy to help execute my plan. “I’m thinking I deserve one every day for the next twelve days,” I said as he moved in for a kiss.

The grinding of his hips against mine stopped. Chase pushed up on his elbows and stared at me, lifting a curious brow.

“Hear me out.” My fingers examined his rib cage, stopping to pay homage to his thick, oblique muscles. “I need someone like you to…” My throat closed. When had my palms become this sweaty? I took my hands off his body so he wouldn’t notice, and prayed the cool air would dry them.

“Like me?”

“Experienced…not looking for attachments.” I threw in the last bit to remind us both Chase fulfilled the role of Frog number one.

He grinned. “What do you need?”

“I want you to spend the next twelve days teaching…showing me how to make love.”

He winced, and sucked a hiss through his teeth. “You write sex for a living.”

“Writing about it and really living it are two different things.” I squirmed out of his hold. He pulled away as I sat Indian style across from him. “Look, here’s the deal. It’s been eight long years since I’ve been single, and now that I’m back on the market, I intend to be the best product out there.”

His lips twitched as his gaze roamed my body. “You’re pretty damn good as you are.”

I blushed and grabbed a red throw pillow to cover my nakedness. “Thanks, but I need, shall we say, tutoring in the fine art of love making.”

“Let me get this straight.” He barely contained the laughter in his voice. “You’re asking me to instruct you on how to have sex?”

“No dummy. I know how to have sex. Anybody can pump and hump.” The image of my ex flashed in my mind. “I want passion, chemistry and hot, sweaty multiple orgasms.” I tossed the pillow on the floor and rose, knee walking across the sofa toward him. My fingers teased the hem of his T-shirt. They finagled their way underneath the soft material and behind the waistband of his jeans. I pulled him close. “I want to make love.”

“For twelve days? Then I’m off the hook?” He looked so relieved I almost giggled.

I pushed my pelvis against his cock and smiled when it twitched back to life. “Yes.” I grabbed his ass and gave it a tight squeeze. Then, I ran my mouth up the side of his neck to his ear, nibbling the lobe. “You interested?”

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Small Blogs Big Giveaways

Posted in General on January 19th, 2012 by Casey Crow

I’m so excited to be apart of the Small Blogs Big Giveaways  until Jan. 27. I’m giving away an ebook copy of my debut and f/m erotic CAN’T FAKE THIS, 2011 Best Contemporary Nominee at Love Romances Cafe and Just Erotic Romance Reviews Gold Star!

CAN’T FAKE THIS is about a divorcee ready to reenter the dating world. Anna Ryan is determined to be the best “product on the market,” which requires a lot more experience so she propositions sexy police officer Chase Harris to teach her how to make hot, passionate love as opposed to just having sex. He takes it a step further, instructing each lesson based on The Twelve Days of Christmas.

So this giveaway is a little different from other blog hops. For this one, click SBBG and enter to win not only my book but many more! You only have to enter one time to a chance to win lots of great books and gift cards. How easy is that?

But since you’re here, feel free to take a look around my website and to find out more about CAN’T FAKE THIS. Here’s an excerpt to tempt you.


As I rummaged through my clutch for a dose of lip gloss, Marisol cleared her throat and cut her gaze across the room. I followed her line of vision and… Holy shit. I do believe my freakin’ heart stopped. He wasn’t supermodel gorgeous, not with his shaved head and height a tad on the short side, but his swagger… His near-predatory confidence as he maneuvered through the room made my eyes zero in on him. He locked on me, and I felt a slow, lazy smile spread across my lips. Suddenly we were the only two people in the room. My blood pressure hitched a degree with every step he took, and that feeling a girl gets when her heart beats so fast she’s on the verge of throwing up? Yep, I had it. I believe the technical term is “lust at first sight.”

A second later, his warm hand brushed my shoulder, and I’m not kidding, I thought I might melt right off that stool. Even the fine hairs on my arms stood on end, completely attuned to him and begging for attention. Needless to say, my nipples gave him a proud salute.

“Hi, I’m Chase Harris.” His heated breath tickled my ear as he leaned in to be heard over the country rock band jamming out twenty feet away.

My lungs folded and decided breathing was no longer necessary. The brief contact ignited a fiery liquid in the bottom of my tummy. My pussy simmered for the first time in years without the aid of batteries. “Anna Ryan,” I answered. “It’s nice to meet you.” Was it ever. I extended my hand, which he ignored for a hug.

My nostrils filled with the citrus scent of cologne, but underneath I detected something more masculine, more primal. I longed to bury my face in his soft gray fitted T-shirt. The garment outlined every perfect bulge. I couldn’t make out its graffiti design, but it very well could’ve said Eat Me and I would’ve happily obliged.

His gaze roamed my body, and the sexy glint in his eyes told me the risk of catching a cold in this black strapless mini was totally worth it. I might be in dire need of a boob job, but Chase didn’t seem to mind my negative As. Then the space between us grew cold as he left my side to hug Marisol.

“Cuba! Hey, woman. Great to see you.”

“Hey, yourself.” She flashed me a shrewd grin.

I so owed that girl.


I’d love to hear about moments you’ve had where the attraction blows you away! I’m giving away an e-book version of CAN’T FAKE THIS to a lucky commenter too!


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Vote Now for 2011 LRC Best Contemporary Nominee CAN’T FAKE THIS

Posted in General on January 16th, 2012 by Casey Crow

Among so many other wonderful nominees, I’m honored that CAN’T FAKE THIS has been nominated for 2011 Best Contemporary at Love Romances Cafe. I would so appreciate you taking a few minutes to cast your ballot. Voting runs from Jan 16-24.

Southern Smiles,


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Friday Five, Three, One

Posted in General on January 13th, 2012 by Casey Crow

This is my interview from a post originally published on Dec. 15, 2011 at Keena Kincaid’s blog Typos and All.

Friday Five, Three, One. This is a chance for guest bloggers to share a bit about themselves in a fun format of Five Facts, Three Questions and One Sentence. If you’d like to be a guest on Friday Five, Three, One drop me an email.

Today I welcome Casey Crow, who’s talking about herself and her new book, Can’t Fake This from Loose, ID. I met Casey at RWA Nationals a few years ago and have been waiting for the release of her first book ever since.

Casey, take it away…

  1. Favorite word: Succulent. It’s both pretty and sexy.
  2.  First thing you do in the morning: Hit snooze 5 times. I’m so not a morning person so I set my alarm 25 minutes early because I need that much time to drag myself out of bed. 
  3. Favorite song to dance to: Seriously? You ask a dance choreographer that? Jeeze, the pressure. Oh, alright, I LOVE “Sideways” by Dierks Bentley. Your body involuntary moves to beat whenever you hear it.
  4. What constitutes a crime against nature: Littering. It irks me to no end when folks litter. Lazy bums, they are.
  5. Favorite destination: The beach. Any beach.
  1. What book is on your nightstand? This week I’m reading the light contemporary Tangled up in Love byHeidi Betts.
  2. What would your mother say about today’s underwear choice?“Here’s five bucks. Go buy something new.”
  3. What scares you most? Something bad happening to my children.
Using these four words, write a sentence: Splash. Implants. Weed. Asset.
As I’m planting flowers today to create a splash of color and lovely asset to the window box, I noticed the weeds had overtaken the garden. 
Thanks for being a guest! 
Keena Kincaid


Every girl needs a BFF

Posted in General on January 2nd, 2012 by Casey Crow

By: Casey Crow

I love my best girlfriend. She’s the one I call when I need advice and more often than not, need to vent. She never judges — although I’ve done some pretty stupid things — and accepts me for me. I can always count on her to tell me the true, even if I don’t want to hear it.

The same is true for the relationship Anna and Marisol have in my upcoming December 6 release of CAN’T FAKE THIS from Loose, Id. Anna knows how she feels deep down, but needs her best gal pal to confirm it. Here’s a an excerpt:

Marisol and I sat on her back porch, drinking hot chocolate on another relatively warm afternoon for December. God, I loved the South, where sixty degrees isn’t unusual for the height of winter. Even so, a flame blazed in the fire pit located in the center of her coffee table.

“Have you made a decision?” Marisol asked. She pushed around the remnants of the homemade smores our kids created earlier as she searched for more marshmallows to add to her cup. “It’s been over three weeks, and you were wrong. You said I’d pine for two weeks, but I’m still moping around barely able to function.”

“Has he contacted you?”

“At first, he would text every couple of days. Nothing big. He asked how I was. Stuff like that. I kept it light and distant, then today he sent me a message asking how was he ever going to get over me.”

“Did you reply?”

“No. I wanted to tell him, I’ll let you know when I figure out how I’m going to get over you, but then I got another message. Said he missed me all the time and it wasn’t just about sex. That he simply loved being with me.”

Marisol’s mouth dropped. “He’s seriously in love with you.”

I nodded.

“How do you feel?”

I took a big gulp of hot cocoa. “I’m attracted to him, but there’s more. I love him. He makes me laugh and feel good about myself. Chase cherishes and protects without dominating. He lets me be me and loves me for that.”

“Do you still think it’s a rebound thing?”

“No. I’ve done some serious soul searching, and all I could come up with is yeah, Frog number one should have been the jumping off board, but why dive again when I’m already over my head in love?”

Marisol sat her cup down and leaned forward to garner my full attention. “Take a chance. Don’t be afraid and risk happiness for the sake of obeying the post-divorce books.”

I rubbed my forehead, letting her words sink in.

“Call him.”

I glanced at her.

“Better yet, go see him.”

Do you a story about you and your best friend? An embarassing moment? Mine involves a fender bender in high school. I wasn’t driving, but distracting my friend singing Elvira. I pretty much made her run into this guy ‘s truck, and he had such crush on her. Well, maybe not so much after she scratched his pride and joy. Are there any touching stories you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about them!

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Huge Giveaways from Katie Reus

Posted in General on December 26th, 2011 by Casey Crow

Starting January 1 – February 18, 2012 (that’s less than a week away!) Katie Reus is going to be giving away fun prizes each week. Each entry will also be included for the Grand Prize drawing of a new Kindle (US only for the Kindle). Here is the list of weekly prizes:

Week 1 (1/1-1/7): $15 Amazon Gift Card or a copy of Alpha Instinct (as soon as I get my author copies), a digital copy of His Secret Past, & a digital copy of Touch Me by Callie Croix (her latest release!). Week 1 winner announced by January 15, 2012.

Week 2 (1/8-1/14): Ghirardelli Milk & Truffle Squares or a copy of Alpha Instinct & a digital copy of His Secret Past. Week 2 winner announced by January 22, 2012

Week 3 (1/15-1/21): $15 Amazon gift card or a copy of Alpha Instinct & a digital copy of His Secret Past. Week 3 winner announced by January 29, 2012

Week 4 (1/22-1/28): A copy of Eternal Hunger by Laura Wright + a Mark of the Vampire swag bag. This is the first book in her Mark of the Vampire series. The 3rd book releases 2/7/2012 so if you haven’t started this series here’s your chance. I’ll also be giving away a copy of Alpha Instinct and His Secret Past. Week 4 winner announced by February 5, 2012.

Week 5 (1/29-2/4): A copy of Alpha Instinct & a digital copy of His Secret Past. Week 5 winner announced by February 12, 2012

Week 6 (2/5-2/11): $15 Amazon gift card or a copy of Angel of Darkness by Cynthia Eden, a copy of Alpha Instinct and a digital copy of His Secret Past. Week 6 winner announced by February 19, 2012

Week 7 (2/12-2/18): Amazon’s newest Kindle (the one without the annoying splash ads, US only eligible), a print copy of Alpha Instinct and digital copies of five of my books to download to your new Kindle (Books include: Destined Mate, Killer Secrets, Dangerous Secrets, Deadly Obsession and His Secret Past). Week 7 winner announced by March 3, 2012.

To enter, please visit Katie’s website contest page here. Complete list of entry instructions (please remember to fill out the form letting me know you’re entering!) and official rules are listed there. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!


New Year’s Blog Hop – All Kinds of Heroes

Posted in General on December 23rd, 2011 by Casey Crow

 Thanks for joining the Tonya Kinzer Blog Hop and helping celebrate the release of my debut and hot, CAN’T FAKE THIS.I was flipping through the TV channels last night in search of a Christmas movie and ran across an old western. Don’t you just love John Wayne? North to Alaska is my favorite of his movies, but alas it wasn’t on so I kept searching, but it did get me thinking about the similarities between cowboys and the hero in my debut CAN’T FAKE THIS released just a few weeks ago. The story is about a divorcee ready to reenter the dating world. Anna Ryan is determined to be the best “product on the market,” which requires a lot more experience so she propositions sexy police officer Chase Harris to teach her how to make hot, passionate love as opposed to just having sex. He takes it a step further, instructing each lesson based on The Twelve Days of Christmas.

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I’m giving away an e-book copy of CAN’T FAKE THIS to a lucky commenter. Anyone who signs up for my newsletter receives a bonus entry. Please tell me in your newsletter if you subscribe. That makes it easier to verify with my newsletter feed. Don’t forget to check out Tonya’s previous blog post. She had me as a featured guest last week and their is another hot excerpt to tempt you! Happy holidays! 
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Now how are cops and cowboys alike?

1. The uniform: There is something about a man in uniform. I mean, I’ve never seen a baseball player than didn’t have his behind uplifted to perfection in spandex. Same with a cowboy in his Wranglers. Policemen, too, look oh-so-yummy in their dark blue dudes. And hats. One mustn’t forget the wink they can send your way under the brim of a hat.

2. The weapons: Cops have their arsenal of pistols, batons, etc. and a rifle strapped to the back of a cowboy is rather sexy. Even knowing that cowboy may have nothing on him other than a small pocketknife is enough to make you want him. Why? Because we know they can protect us, and there is something comforting and exciting about that.

3. The swagger: It’s the confidence in which a cowboy and cop carry themselves that just make us want to swoon. Their very presence commands attention.

4. The equipment: First of all, get your mind out of the gutter. Not that kind of equipment. Well…maybe. No, now I’m digressing. Cops have their car with loud sirens and cowboys have horses. Alright, I’ll have to let the cowboy win this battle because nothing is hotter than a man at ease in the saddle. It exudes power, and therefore, complete sex appeal.

Now it’s your turn. Do you have any suggestions to compare the different occupations of heroes? I’d love to hear them!

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