Friday, 26 October 2012

The Diamond Theater and it’s Spectacular! Fifth stop on the ROUGH DIAMOND blog tour.

Hi peeps, Cassandra Dean here to tell you all about ROUGH DIAMOND, and its premiere event, The Diamond’s Variety and Burlesque Spectacular!

Every month, The Diamond Saloon and Theater holds it’s spectacular. Have you ever heard of such a thing? No? Well, sit yourself down and let me tell you a tale, a plum good one that will have your toes a-tapping and your hands a-clapping before the night is through.

So up there in Freewill, Wyoming, there’s a widow lady who runs a saloon. Her husband’s been gone these five years past, but she’s made something out of the tragedy, and that’s the Spectacular. She’s got them dancing girls, and a singer straight from Chicago, as well as jugglers and fire breathers and a magician all the way from San Francisco. The way I hear it, they’ve heard of her even in New York City itself!

So the Spectacular, it runs every month and it’s a sight to behold! I’ve made it up there a time or two myself, and I’m telling you, it was worth every penny. That widow, Mrs Reynolds, she knows how to run a show and to keep a man’s interest from one moment to the next. With the songs she pens and the acts she commissions, she knows her way around a stage. I hear tell she wants to go to Paris one day, show her stage skills in the dance halls and burlesques of that fine city. To my own way of thinking, I’m thinking she’ll be a right success.

So, if you’re of a mind, head on up to Freewill, check out Mrs Reynolds’ saloon and, if the Spectacular ain’t yet on, make sure you hang around until it is.

Make sure you stop by on the other blogs in the tour for more information surrounding ROUGH DIAMOND!

~ Excerpt ~
Lifting the glass, Alice studied its contents. “There is nothing quite like the enjoyment you get
from a good whiskey. There’s the look and color of it, and the way it burns in the light.”

“It’s the same color as your eyes,” Llewellyn breathed, his own wide and empty of thought.

A smile tugged at the corner of her mouth. That’s right. Fool me into thinking there’s not an ounce of calculation to your words. “Is it? Mighty kind of you to notice.”

A happy grin was her response.

Well now, she was surely going to enjoy this. Setting her own half-smile, she tilted her glass, watching as the whiskey caught the light of the candle. “Have you ever noticed the feel of glass? It’s smooth against your fingers, and though the whiskey burns you, the glass is cool. It seems strange, doesn’t it? That such fire could come from something so cool.”

Intensely aware of his gaze upon her, she brought the glass to rest on her bottom lip. “You lift the glass to your lips, and all that coolness rests upon your flesh. The scent of the whiskey hits you, sweet and fiery. Your mouth waters, and you can’t wait to have it inside you. Slowly, so slowly, you tip the glass, teasing yourself as long moments in want of its taste stretch unbearably.”

He no longer wore a smile. Dark eyes watched her as strong fingers dug into the glass before him.

A prickle washed over her skin, her heart a steady beat in her chest. With hushed voice, she continued. “Liquid slides down your throat. The flavor explodes inside you, a glorious rush of sensation that overwhelms and consumes. You curl your tongue, enjoying the lingering sensation in every part of your mouth. Then, you look at the bottle.” Finally, she met his gaze direct. No subterfuge. No tease. “And you know you can do it again.”

Owner of the Diamond Saloon and Theater, Alice Reynolds is astounded when a fancy Englishman offers to buy her saloon. She won’t be selling her saloon to anyone, let alone a man with a pretty, empty-headed grin…but then, she reckons that grin just might be a lie, and a man of intelligence and cunning resides beneath.

Rupert Llewellyn has another purpose for offering to buy the pretty widow’s saloon—the coal buried deep in land she owns. However, he never banked on her knowing eyes making him weak at the knees, or how his deception would burn upon his soul.

Each determined to outwit the other, they tantalize and tease until passion explodes. But can their desire bridge the lies told and trust broken?
Part of Decadent Publishing’s Western Escape

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Cassandra grew up daydreaming, inventing fantastical worlds and marvelous adventures. Once she learned to read (First phrase – To the Beach. True story), she was never without a book, reading of other people’s fantastical worlds and marvelous adventures.

Fairy tales, Famous Fives, fantasies and fancies; horror stories, gumshoe detectives, science fiction; Cassandra read it all. Then she discovered Romance and a true passion was born.

So, once upon a time, after making a slight detour into the world of finance, Cassandra tried her hand at writing. After a brief foray into horror, she couldn’t discount her true passion. She started to write Romance and fell head over heels.

The love affair exists to this very day.

Cassandra lives in Adelaide, South Australia.

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  1. So I wondering what the difference in the Welsh accent is to the say London accent? I know that reading anything written in Welsh is next to impossible and that Welsh it self is hard to understand so I wonder what that does to the accent when they speak English. Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

    1. Hi Carin,

      There's actually a huge difference between the Welsh accent and the London accent. One of the awesome things about the UK is the variety of accents, and how wildly they change from region to region. If you travel for 50kms, you'll probably hear about three or four (perhaps even more) vastly different accents along the way!

      Wales, being a seperate country to England, has their own language colouring their accent. However, even within Wales, there are different accents and inflections. I'm by no means an expert, being Australian and only having ever visited Cardiff, but I believe the further south you get, the less the original language influences the accent. I could be wrong though - any Welsh peeps reading this, I'd love to hear your comments!

      As I said, I'm Australian, so I based my notions of the accent around TV shows and interviews with Welsh actors. Most noteably, the TV show *Gavin & Stacey* which features Welsh characters and is set partially in Barry. *Being Human* is set in Wales from series 3 onwards, and I watched the behind the scenes on Doctor Who, which is filmed in Cardiff and surrounds.

      Finally, Rupert is based very loosely upon the Welsh actor Iwan Rheon, who plays Simon in *Misfits*. On the show, he has an English actor, but in real life he has a fairly thick Welsh accent, and also the cutest, most mischievious little grin. Fun times!

      Hope that answers your question some, Carin!

  2. Such as descriptive excerpt, especially regarding the whiskey and the glass.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

    1. Thanks so much, Jean, I'm really glad you enjoyed it!

  3. The excerpt where Alice talks about whisky is so sensual. ^_^

    The Spectacular at Alice's Saloon sounds amazing -- is Freewill a big town?

    - Tin
    khriscc (at) yahoo (dot) com

    1. Hi Tin,

      Thanks so much, I try :D

      Freewill is just getting its legs at the time of Rough Diamond. I would think the town would house about two to three hundred people, with more arriving every day. Also, there are a lot of fur traders who use Freewill as a base, as well as quite a few ranches on its outskirts.

      If you'd like more info, check out!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. I'm always up for a "plum good" tale. Loved the excerpt for ROUGH DIAMOND thank you.


    1. Thanks so much, Mary!
      Happy reading :D


  5. Thanks so much for having me, Satin!

  6. Wow! Bet he didn't see that coming. I could imagine myself watching the entire scene play from above. Now I want to know what happens next. Thanks for sharing this excerpt & for the giveaway!

    1. Thanks so much, Jessie, just what I hope to hear about the scenes I write!
      Thanks for stopping by :D

  7. Thank you to everyone who stopped by! But more the most important part – the winner! Congratulations…


    jessiel has won any Decadent book from my backlist, a ROUGH DIAMOND postcard and a ROUGH DIAMOND magnet!

    I hope you all had a brill time on this stop in the blog tour :D