12 Days of Christmas–CAN’T FAKE THIS with Casey Crow Back to Blog

Update: The winners of CAN’T FAKE THIS (Kindle copies) are:  Carrie James and Katherine. Congrats!

Once upon a time, a new writer came to my local RWA Chapter meeting. There were three things that I learned about this woman within a few moments of meeting her: 1. Her name was Casey Crow. 2. She loved Nora Roberts. 3. She had a warm smile to offer everyone at the place. And 4.–Casey *would* be a published author. Her determination was immediate and unshakeable. Casey knew what she wanted, and she was determined to achieve her goals.

Well, let’s flash forward a bit…that new writer is now someone that I consider to be a great friend. She still has warm smiles for everyone that she meets (I don’t think Casey can meet a stranger–she makes friends far too fast), and…she’s also now a published romance author! I am so proud of her! And to celebrate her new release–a very sexy take on the 12 Days of Christmas (CAN’T FAKE THIS), I’m giving away 2 Kindle copies of this new book to commenters today.

I interviewed Casey about her release, and this is what she had to say…

Cynthia: Can you please tell readers a little bit about CAN’T FAKE THIS?

Casey: CAN’T FAKE THIS started out on a whim. At the last minute, I decided to enter this 10,000 word contest. I’d written spicy mainstream, but this was my first dive into erotic waters. I didn’t win the contest, but after having what I thought was a good start, I added some more words and low and behold, this erotic became the first manuscript I sold. It also finaled in the Golden Claddaugh book contest.

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.

Cynthia: I love that you incorporated the 12 Days of Christmas into this story! Is there a favorite “day” in  your story that you’d like to share?

Casey:  Chase gives Anna two Dove chocolate candies to symbolize Two Turtle Doves. This is my favorite day because it’s so different from the rest. It’s the only day they don’t make out.  Anna would definitely disagree with me, and in fact gets in a huff because Chase makes her talk when she wants much more than that!

Cynthia: What was the most challenging part of writing this story?

Casey: By far the most difficult part was coming up with so many detailed sex scenes and making each one fresh and unique.  It sounds funny saying that because really there are worse things to have to right about than sex, you know? But twelve days equates to a lot of stripping down, and there are only so many ways you can take off your clothes. LOL

Cynthia: Since CAN’T FAKE THIS is a holiday-themed story, I’m curious…at what time of the year did you write the story?  And if you wrote it in say June or March, how did you get yourself in the holiday spirit?

Casey: I wish I had a better story, but I didn’t have to break out the Christmas CDs in the middle of July. I wrote the original 10,000 words (for the contest) for a few weeks in October so as luck would have it, it was late November, early December when I decided to add more to the story.  I do think writing CAN’T FAKE THIS added to my Christmas spirit. It’s such a fun story.

Cynthia: What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

Casey : Every Christmas Eve, we go to my Dad’s. It’s a mad house with all the grandchildren opening gifts at the same time. Paper is flying everywhere and the noise level makes my Dad take out his hearing aid.

My favorite part of Christmas though is seeing my two children’s faces when they come downstairs Christmas morning. Of course, they wake me up at the crack of dawn and I’m holding them back until I can grab the camera and beat them down the stairs.

Cynthia: When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?

Casey:  In high school and college, I was a bit of a nerd. Okay, that’s a lie. I was a big nerd. I only read text books. I didn’t even read my first romance novel until I was twenty-five. I picked up Christmas Keepsake for fifty cents at a library book sale. After that, I was hooked.  I began reading more and more and found particular joy in Regencies and Contemporaries.

My mom, an avid reader of all romance genres, first encouraged me to write. About the time I started thinking, “I could do this,” she said, “You can.” Thank goodness too, because I love it. I turned my hobby turned into a serious career almost two years ago.

Cynthia: Do you have advice that you could give to aspiring authors?

Casey:  You will get rejected, but don’t give up. Constantly educate yourself through conferences, online writing classes, and contests. I read RWR (Romance Writers Report), the trade magazine published by Romance Writers of America, cover to cover.  Most importantly, keep on writing. The more you write, the better you become and this your voice time to find its own unique, true identity.

Cynthia: What’s next for Casey Crow?

Casey:  Thanks for asking! I have two other manuscripts on submission right now with various agents and editors. HUSTLER’S DREAM is about a southern socialite pool shark who hustles the wrong guy, or is he? FEELS SO RIGHT is about a country music agent and her ex-boyfriend songwriter. I’m also half way finished with FAST DREAM, the sequel to HUSTLER’S DREAM, about a female NASCAR tire changer in love with the driver.

I recently was offered a contract from Siren Publishing on DANCE WITH A MILLIONAIRE, which features a ballerina. It will be out in e-book in March 2012 and print in July.

I swear these are not autobiographical! But, I’m passionate about the things I enjoy, and they invariably make their way into my writing. My tagline is “Sexy, Sass & Southern” and all my heroines are just that.

Thanks, Casey!! And if you’d like to win a Kindle copy of CAN’T FAKE THIS, just leave a comment or question for Casey. I’ll be picking 2 winners.

And here’s a little more about CAN’T FAKE THIS…

Blurb:

Anna Ryan is a woman on a mission. She’s sassy, pretty, petite, and ready to reenter the dating world after a messy divorce. She will kiss a few frogs, but that’s okay because she needs the practice. As a romance author, one would think she knows about sex. Sure, she can bump and grind, but what she desires is passion – hot, steamy, mind-blowing chemistry.

She capitalizes on the instantaneous lust with Chase Harris, deciding he is Frog #1. Sucking up her anxiety, she proposes a plan no man can refuse – sex with no strings, no commitment, and complete control. The catch is he must teach her “to make love” and do it for the next twelve days, a Christmas present to herself. The confirmed playboy is intrigued by the idea and takes it a step further by using the traditional carol The Twelve Days of Christmas to illustrate each lesson.

Anna needs to sow some wild oats so that means letting him go, even if Chase says he loves her. Bachelors talk a good game, so why does the intense look in his eyes have to be so real? Like he means it? Like she is…the one?

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Casey Crow is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Alabama with degrees in Business Management and Dance.  She received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Mobile.  Casey resides in Mobile where she stays busy with her two young children.  She also works as a dance choreographer, pageant coach, professional emcee and model, and certified Miss America preliminary judge.  In fact, she is a former Miss University of Alabama.  Casey writes erotic and spicy contemporary romances with the tagline “Sexy, Southern & Sassy.”  Visit her at www.caseycrow.com.  Follow her on Twitter – caseyecrow and Facebook – Casey Crow.

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43 responses to “12 Days of Christmas–CAN’T FAKE THIS with Casey Crow”

  1. tracy Walden says:

    Sounds great i dont know why but since i started reading a lot i love storys with COPS, the sexy detective. Looking forward to reading your story.

  2. Casey Crow says:

    Thanks so much for having me today, Cynthia, and for participating in the CAN’T FAKE THIS Release Day Blog Party Release yesterday. This is such an exciting time and sharing it with your readers makes it even better!

  3. Sherie says:

    Your book sounds great! Cannot wait to add it to my TBR pile. Especailly with my favorite holiday being the bases for the book! Congrats!

  4. Carlye says:

    Casey I am so excited for you! Can’t wait to read it!

  5. Cynthia Eden says:

    Congrats on your release, Casey!

  6. Casey Crow says:

    Tracy – Thanks for visiting. There’s just something about a man in uniform!

    Sherie – So glad you stopped by. This one will definitely heat up your holidays!

    Carlye – Happy to have you here. It was a fun story to write. Thanks!

  7. Katie Reus says:

    Congrats on your release Casey! I can’t wait to read it! Loved learning more about you in this interview :)

  8. Casey Crow says:

    Thank you, Katie for visiting. I hope you like what you learn. LOL

  9. Katherine says:

    Casey – the book sounds great! I read your bio and felt tired just reading it! My question is: how do you do it all?

    • Casey Crow says:

      Katherine – You are sweet. I definitely stay busy, but I’ve been that way so I guess I’m use to it. Still, my priority for 2012 is to write more. Maybe the housework could slid a bit? I really hate to dust.

  10. Rashda/Mina Khan says:

    Congratulations Casey! Can’t Fake This sounds uber fun! Wishing you many, many sales. :)

  11. Viki S. says:

    Congratulations! This sounds like a fun read. I’m interested in finding out how you made all the sex scenes unique :). Thank you.

  12. Brenda Hyde says:

    What a cool idea for a story! I’m always amazed at the ideas writers have, and since I started writing fiction I can’t believe how ideas will pop into my head at the weirdest moments:) Congrats on your new release Casey!

    • Casey Crow says:

      Brenda – Way to go on starting to write! You should be proud of yourself. I confess I didn’t research the industry or read any “how to” books before I first wrote. I simply had a dream about a dancer and the next morning, I sat at the computer and I pounded out as much of it as I could remember. I think if anybody had told me how difficult writing a fantastic story actually is, I probably never would have tried. Thank goodness I was so clueless because that story became Dance With a Millionaire – out in March. I’m proud of you for following your dream!

  13. Shadow says:

    Congrats on your release! It sounds great! Thank you for sharing!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

  14. Casey Crow says:

    Katherine – You are sweet. I definitely stay busy, but I’ve been that way so I guess I’m use to it. Still, my priority for 2012 is to write more. Maybe the housework could slid a bit? I really hate to dust.

    Rashda & Mina – Thanks for visiting. Can’t Fake This was such a fun story to write.

    Viki – I’d love for you to facebook me and let me if you think I achieved the goal of making each one unique! Thanks for stopping by!

    Brenda – Way to go on starting to write! You should be proud of yourself. I confess I didn’t research the industry or read any “how to” books before I first wrote. I simply had a dream about a dancer and the next morning, I sat at the computer and I pounded out as much of it as I could remember. I think if anybody had told me how difficult writing a fantastic story actually is, I probably never would have tried. Thank goodness I was so clueless because that story became Dance With a Millionaire – out in March. I’m proud of you for following your dream!

    Shadow – Thanks for popping in and kind wishes!

  15. cathy brockman says:

    wow casey this sounds awesomee!

  16. nancy defreitas says:

    Please enter me in this contest. Thank you.

  17. Paige Tyler says:

    Congratulations, Casey! The story sounds great! fun interview, too!

    *hugs*
    Paige

  18. Carrie James says:

    Congrates on the book release Casey! Always love to read interviews of authors and get a better idea of who they are and what kind of person they are. Book sounds awsome!

  19. scrapper says:

    sounds interesting. I’m always willing to try new authors.

  20. Michele says:

    Congrat Casey!!!!

    I have been following you since Cynthia first introduced us readers to you. Very excited about your release today but I have to say I’m even more excited about the release of DANCE WITH A MILLIONAIRE 😀 Every since you first talked about this story I have been hooked and patiently waiting for a release date.

    You talked about HUSTLER’S DREAM and FEELS SO RIGHT, when will you find out about their release dates?

    Again, congratulations on your release today!

    • Casey Crow says:

      Awe, Michele. That means so much to know you’ve been following my journey. DWAM was the fist story I ever wrote, the one I played with for a year or so before joining Romance Writers of America. Talk about “my baby”! HD and FSR are both with editors and agents so no news on their release dates yet. Still have to sign with a publisher.

  21. Stephenia says:

    holiday themed stories are so fun this time of year. I like that you wrote about a seasoned heroine and I can never resist a hot cop hero.

    • Casey Crow says:

      Thanks for popping in, Stephenia. Cool name BTW. All my other manuscripts feature young heroines, so I was due for a change. I love Anna’s sense of humor when she talks about wrinkles, less than perky breasts, and growing old. Something I can relate to. LOL

  22. Brenda Woody says:

    Hi Casey and Cynthia! Great interview.
    Casey, I just love your site and your tagline “Sexy, Southern & Sassy”. First I’d like to say kudos to your mom for being so supportive of you writing. Question – does she reads your books? LOL My mom has our first book, signed to her, locked in a safe. But she is happy that we are following our dream as writers. Congrats on your new release and the your future releases.

    • Casey Crow says:

      Brenda – I’m so glad you mentioned the tagline because I owe it all to Ms. Eden herself. Yep, standing in her kitchen at a Christmas in 2009, she came up with it! Can I just say how much I love her!

      Mom (and my cousin Lisa) are the first people to read my mnauscripts because I know they’ll tell me the truth, no matter how brutal. And believe, it has been brutal at times! She snapped up CFT yesterday – probably my first sale and most likely has showed it to everybody she knows by now. LOL. Good luck on your career as well! It definitely is a dream come true, isn’t it?

  23. Teresa Kleeman says:

    Hi Casey,

    Congratulations on this new book. My question to you is, If you could have a Christmas wish to come true, what would that wish be?

    Merry Christmas & Happy holidays Casey to you and your family. May you be filled with many blessings.

    Teresa K.
    tcwgrlup41(at)yahoo(dot)com.

    • Casey Crow says:

      Teresa, it’s so nice of you to stop by. Hmmm…good question. And hard! I think what would complete my Christmas is to get “the call” from the editor that has Hustler’s Dream and hear he wants to buy it. I’m simply in love with that series because all four heroines have such weird jobs – pool shark, NASCAR tire changer, wild game hunter, and golf pro. Thanks for asking. God bless.