I am so happy to have Cassie Alexander visiting The Book Tart today. She rocks. I adore her urban fantasy series and highly recommend it. The second book, Moonshifted releases tomorrow! Tuesday, November 27th. Today, the 26th, is the last day you can pick up an ebook of Nightshifted for only $2.99 from Amazon, B&N, and Kobo .
Oh! Cassie is generously offering a copy of Moonshifted for a giveaway!
And I’m adding a kindle copy of Nightshifted and Moonshifted for another lucky winner.
International entries welcome. The Rafflecopter is at the bottom of this post 😀
Oh! I reviewed Moonshifted. Click HERE
Now curl up and listen in on our chat….
Me: Cassie Hon! Come on in and put your feet up. My virtual couch is very cozy and I know you are exhausted after the past few weeks. You? Are amazing! I have been a fan since I read your UF Nightshifted. But after seeing that you work with The Red Cross and have been helping victims of Sandy I am even bigger fan! *hands Cassie a throw pillow* Don’t blush! And don’t fall asleep… yet. If you do, I’ll just get you a blanket though. Oh! Can I get you a drink? Coffee, tea, soda, water… something stronger? Eggnog? 😛
Cassie: A vodka tonic would be lovely! 😉
Me: Good Choice! <g> I’m trying eggnog with rum… we’ll see how that goes. 😉
*gives Cassie her drink and sets a plate of holiday cookies on the coffee table*
I know you just got back from volunteering with the Red Cross to help the people directly affected by Sandy. Do you wanna talk about your experience with that? It’s so easy to look at a tragedy and say, “How awful.” And then almost block it out if it didn’t directly affect us… But I have friends on the east coast and they are still dealing with this disaster and will be for a while. And you have seen the devastation first hand…
Cassie: You know, I didn’t get the chance to see too much of the actual devastation, just the people who were affected by it. I have some photos I took – I apologize for them being from my car, I only got one day off while I was there and was so exhausted I spent most of it asleep. I also didn’t want to be super caught digging around in other people’s tragedy. I drove up the coast about 6 miles from where the shelter was, and you can see the piles of trash where people were just gutting their houses and putting it outside to be picked up eventually, and some of the houses on the coast that were tossed by the storm – and also a sign that I love that says, “Bite Me Sandy, We are New Jersey Strong”
Me: *leans over Cassie’s shoulder looking at photos* I didn’t realize how much was destroyed… I do love the Bite Me Sandy attitude though
I think people who aren’t over there don’t realize how big a disaster it was. Land that was there simply isn’t anymore, and a lot of our clients at the shelter lost all of their belongings, and their homes were going to be bulldozed down as unsafe. And some of them were homeless to begin with, or already marginalized. Their jobs are gone, they don’t have permanent places to live, and FEMA money eventually runs out – I’m not sure what’ll happen to a lot of the people that I worked with at the shelter, honestly. Their lives were already really hard, and the hurricane just made everything so much harder.
And it definitely feels like people have forgotten things? I know I’m one to talk, too, coming back to my place on the west coast, far away and warm and safe. But I think it’s going to take all the areas hit by the storm a long long time to come back fully. I don’t think it’ll be like it used to be, maybe not ever. Which isn’t to say that the people there aren’t strong or resilient, because they were, working with them gave me the chance to see them helping themselves and each other out every day. But I think the scale of the damage was unprecedented and people who didn’t experience it or know people who have don’t get that.
Me: Oh wow… Seeing your pictures… *sigh* You are right, we forget too soon. I know they will need help for a while.
Here’s a link to the Red Cross guys,
consider giving something to help out.
Here or to your preferred organization.
We all go through times where we could use some help ♥
Me: *bites the head off a gingerbread cookie* Soooo, are you at all ready for the holidays? I get a huge kick out of Edie’s lack of Christmas decorations in your newest book, Moonshifted…. Lol As a single person working crazy hours too… I’ve totally been there. 😛 Do you put up a tree, bake cookies… *nudges Cassie’s shoulder with mine and nods chin at plate of cookies* Those are store bought.
Cassie: Ha! If Edie’s Christmas feels legit, it’s because I’ve lived it for the past five years as a nurse. Since the hospital is a 24/7 operation, and I don’t have kids, and until recently, lacked seniority, I pretty much always took the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday hit. (My husband’s Jewish too, so there’s even less incentive to get with the traditional Xmas program.) I always have good intentions about getting things out of storage, but it never happens. And last Christmas I was laid up with a back injury, so the only holiday cheer I had was delivered to me by loving friends who dropped cookies and a tiny tree on by. To be fair though, I spent Christmas Eve day last year watching horror films on Netflix with a girlfriend, which is probably one of my top ten Christmas Eve’s ever, so far. I could definitely make that into a new tradition…if I ever have the day off again.
Me: Love that! Scary movie marathon for Christmas Eve lol I’d hide behind my pillows most of the time, cause I’m a scaredy cat. 😛
I love that your familiarity with nursing is expressed in Edie. The patients may be supernatural but the nursing is familiar and it grounded the story for me. I enjoyed her pragmatic way of dealing with situations. I was drawn into her world of medical mayhem and daily, or should I say nightly, challenges. I adore that Edie is completely human and so relatable in how she views the supernatural and deals with life! Tubthumping by Chumbawamba song, “I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down…” is going through my head… just the chorus, lol not the drinking part 😛
Me: But I think that’s one of the things I so love about Edie is her determination. Yes, her life isn’t all rosy, but through all the ups and downs she’s determined to do the right thing. hmmm, what was my question *looks at half a gingerbread cookie and bites off a leg* Oh! Has it been cathartic to write about the medical profession and fictionalize some of the drama?
Cassie: Yes. Very. Very very. That’s why I started this. I laugh and say sometimes that it’s thinly veiled memoir…because parts of it definitely are. Sometimes when things are absurd, knowing that I’ll get to write about it later is the only thing that keeps me going on. But that’s always been how I’ve treated life. Writing’s pretty much what gets me through.
Me: What can we look forward to for Edie? I hope a LOT more!
Cassie: There will be some big changes coming up. Now that St. Martin’s has signed on for two more books I feel like I’ve got the space to tell the story I want to tell – and you know (since you’ve read both books!) that I like to escalate things….so stuff will get more real and even crazier. I’m really looking forward to people reading the next few books!
Me: Woohoo! That makes me so happy! And pretty cover!
(oh! guys, make sure you check out Cassie’s hysterically funny Top 10 Myths
about nurses HERE she talks about that white nurse dress lol)
Ok, I know this is your book birthday week for Moonshifted and you are on deadline to write more Edie *couch Kermit flail* I need more! 😉
Ok, since this is a hectic week, we’ll make this short. But I can’t let you get away without some silliness *snicker*
We’re gonna play a quick game of Madlibs… Nope! Not telling what the title is 😛 cause the results are funnier if you don’t know. Lol Make your answers as naughty or nice as you want.
I got this from MadGlibs
Me: Cassie, you are a good sport 😉
Drum roll please…. Here’s the results! lol
*snort* Nice! I think Dr. Snickerbogle should be a coworker of Edie’s 😛
It’s time for The Book Tart Quickie
- TV shows you recently tivo’d?: American Horror Story
- Ring tone on your phone?: generic tone # 3
- Christmas song that gets stuck in your head?: Oh Holy Night
- A holiday movie you like to watch?: Argh – none! 😉
- Super power you’d like to have? Flying
- Chocolate or vanilla?: Chocolate
- Dream vacation destination?: Disneyworld
- What are you wearing right now?: scrubs (writing this on break at work! ;))
- A fav holiday treat?: Stuffing
- Laptop or PC?: Laptop! 😀
Me: Cassie, thank you so much for stopping by The Book Tart to chat. I am eagerly waiting for the next installment of your Edie Spence series. Happy Holidays Hon…. get some sleep!
Cassie: Thanks Kat! 😀
PS. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! *points down*