Blog Tour ~ Rough Diamond by Cassandra Dean


Today we’re thrilled to welcome Aussie author Cassandra Dean, touring (with a fabulous contest) to promote her latest release, Rough Diamond. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for contest deets, leave a comment to enter, and follow the rest of the tour stops at the posted links. Take it away, Cassandra!

A Town Housing Alice

Second stop on the ROUGH DIAMOND blog tour.

Hi peeps, Cassandra Dean here to tell you all about ROUGH DIAMOND, and its leading lady, Alice Reynolds.

Alice owns the Diamond Saloon and Theater, the premiere spot for entertainment in Freewill, Wyoming. Five years a widow, she’s taken the saloon her husband left her and expanded it into a Theater housing a World Famous Spectacular, talked about in such faraway places as New York City.

Growing up in a dance hall in Chicago cemented Alice’s love of the theatre, and when she moved to Freewill upon the death of her mother to be Seth Reynolds’ bride, she gave up such dreams. However, she couldn’t give up her passion forever, and now she holds a Spectacular and Burlesque every month.

Further to her saloon, Alice also owns a plot of land her Seth always thought might contain a seam of coal. She don’t rightly know what to do with such a thing, but she’s almost certain it will come to her. When the time’s right. Only now, there’s this seemingly empty-headed Englishman plaguing her about selling her saloon, and while she’d never do such, she can’t help thinking there’s more to him than he’s willing to show. Maybe it is she’ll play his game for a while, and see what he might do to trip himself up. What’s more, she don’t mind looking  upon him some—he’s a right pretty fellar, no word of a lie…

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


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

Available NOW at:

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks to Adriana for having me!

Cassandra Dean

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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.


Comment below and leave your email address to go in the running to win any Decadent Publishing ebook from my back list, a signed ROUGH DIAMOND postcard and ROUGH DIAMOND magnet!


There’ll be a super, you beaut, fabulouso Grand Prize at the end of the book tour. Everyone who comments and leaves their email address on any of the stops in the tour will go in the running to win a USD$20.00 Gift Card, signed postcards and magnets of  ALL my Decadent releases (ENSLAVED, TEACH ME and ROUGH DIAMOND).

Pretty spesh, am I right? So get commenting, peeps!


Stops on the tour:

Book Reviews and More by Kathy

Adriana Kraft

Catriana’s Muse

Victoria Blisse

Satin’s Bookish Corner

# The small print: Comment and leave your email address before midnight on October 30, 2012 (Australian Central Standard Time) to be entered to win any Decadent Publishing ebook by Cassandra Dean bar ROUGH DIAMOND,  one (1) signed ROUGH DIAMOND postcard and one (1) ROUGH DIAMOND magnet.

Also, by commenting and leaving your email address you will be entered to the Grand Prize (consisting of one (1) USD$20.00 Gift Card, one (1) signed postcard of ROUGH DIAMOND,, one (1) signed postcard of TEACH ME, one (1) signed postcard of ENSLAVED, one (1) magnet of ROUGH DIAMOND,  one (1) magnet of TEACH ME and one (1) magnet of ENSLAVED.

Winner will be selected via, with winner’s name posted on this blog and Cassandra’s blog (  by 1/11/2012. Grand Prize winner will be announced  on Cassandra’s blog ( by 03/11/2012. Cassandra will also contact the winner by e-mail; the winner will be required to reply with their postal address so Cassandra can send the prize to them.
Only one entry per ISP address. Entrants must be over 18 years of age. By entering, you agree Cassandra can use your name when announcing the winner if you should win. If potential prize winner forfeits or does not claim the prize, prize will be re-awarded, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. All prizes will be awarded. International entries are welcome. No purchase necessary to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Void where prohibited by law.


22 Responses to “Blog Tour ~ Rough Diamond by Cassandra Dean”

  1. Really enjoying this tour!

    Alice seems to be an intriguing character — I love that she’s managed to handle running a saloon by herself.

    Curious about Rupert and what reason brings him across the seas to her part of the world…

    – Tin
    khriscc (at) yahoo (dot) com

    • Tin
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    • Glad you’re enjoying the tour, Tin!
      And thanks for your kind words about ROUGH DIAMOND – I hope you enjoy finding out the reason for Rupert’s travels 😀

  2. Thanks so much for having me, Adriana 😀

    • You’re so welcome, Cassandra – I love your spunky heroine, looks like an exciting book!


      • Adriana Kraft
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  3. Cassandra, I love that your heroine is a strong woman running her own business in the “old west” and how can anyone resist a guy with a British accent yum!
    mawmom at gmail dot com

    • Thanks so much, Carin! And Rupert has a yummy English accent laced with a bit of Welsh – fun times for everyone!! 😉

  4. Alice, such a simple name for what appears to be a very complex lady. I think that today we would call her a lady with street smarts. Love the blurb and the book is going on my to be bought list.
    Thanks Cassandra and Adriana

    • Sharon Manning-Lew
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    • Thanks so much, Sharon! I hope you enjoy Alice and Rupert, and all their delicious complexities 😀

  5. Loved that excerpt, Cassandra! All the best with the book tour!

    jessicasubject.writer at gmail dot com

    • Thanks so much, Jessica! Big smiles 😀 😀 😀

  6. Alice seems like a no nonsense character,look forward to reading this book and find out more about how she deals with Rupert!
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

    • JeanMP
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    • Thanks so much, Jean, I hope you enjoy Alice and Rupert’s shenanigans!

  7. I love your book cover. One of the best ‘western’ covers I’ve seen. “Alice’ is my favorite name. I’ve never met an Alice I didn’t like. This one seems grand as well.

    I always like self sufficient ladies.

    • Liza O'Connor
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    • Thanks so much, Liza! I think my covers are pretty awesome as well 😀

      I try to make my heroines strong and self-sufficient, but of course desiring that special someone to share their life. 😀

  8. Hi peeps!

    Thanks so much for hanging out at the Rough Diamond Blog Tour Stop 2 😀

    Now, onto the important items – the winner! Congratulations…


    Carin has won any Decadent Publishing ebook from my back list, a signed ROUGH DIAMOND postcard and ROUGH DIAMOND magnet.

    Thank you all for commenting, and I hope you enjoyed the tour!



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