September Blog Tour

July 28, 2010 at 5:18 am (September Blog Tour) (, , , , , , , , , )

It is official. I am going to be doing a blog tour in September. I’d like to thank all of those people who have already offered to host me during the month however I still have empty spaces in my schedule that I am trying to fill.

To that end I am reaching out and asking for blog owners who wouldn’t mind hosting me to let me know in the comments here so I can contact you. Or you can email me (cassandra dot jade dot author at gmail dot com).

While I am doing this blog tour I am looking for people who would like to guest blog on Cassandra Jade in the Realm. So if you are a writer, reader, reviewer, whatever, and are interested in writing a guest post for this blog during September, please let me know.

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Off and Away

May 30, 2010 at 6:08 am (Death's Daughter, fantasy) (, , , , , , , , , )

Not for long though. I’m getting sent out of town for a week for some professional development and I don’t know what my internet access is going to be like.  I’m hoping to post a few times during the week but if not, I’ll be back in a few days.

Until I get back, I’d like to leave you with the trailer to Death’s Daughter – it is a little rough but it is a start. If you can’t hear the sound, you may need to turn up the volume a bit.

Have a great week.

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Bit of Excitement

May 26, 2010 at 6:13 am (Death's Daughter) (, , , , , , , )

I posted this on Twitter when it happened but here I am sharing it on my blog.

Death’s Daughter made the top ten – BooksOnBoard announces this week’s bestselling eBooks and authors.

This was the list as released on May 19:

1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
2. The Secret of Excalibur – Andy McDermott
3. I am Nujood, Aged 10 and Divorced – Nujood Ali
4. Indemnity Only – Sara Paretsky
5. The Covenant of Genesis – Andy McDermott
6. The Summons – John Grisham
7. The Final Detail – Harlan Coben
8. Death’s Daughter – Cassandra Jade
9. The Killing Edge – Heather Graham
10. The Bone Conjurer – Alex Archer

I wonder if people who have published multiple books still feel the need to jump up and down with joy?

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How did Calandra get her name?

May 15, 2010 at 7:29 am (Character, Death's Daughter, fantasy) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Okay, it was brought to my attention prior to publishing Death’s Daughter that Cassandra (my name) and Calandra (my protagonist’s name) are kind of similar.  There are two things I have in common with my protagonist. One – we both like boots. I have a serious liking for wearing boots and my protagonist is equally obsessed.  Two – our names start with the letter C and have a similar number of syllables.

Possibly people who know me will point out a few other similarities but as far as I’m concerned, those two points are it.  I love Calandra as a character, particularly as she grows throughout the story, but I don’t know that I would ever want to be compared to being too much like her.

So, how did Calandra Delaine end up with such a name?

I remember reading a book as a child where one of the characters were called Callie. I always thought it was a great name. When I started writing the story I decided I’d like for another character in the story to call the protagonist Callie in an affectionate way and then I had to find a full name that could conceivably be shortened to Callie (It seemed like a good idea at the time). I pulled out a dictionary of names and narrowed it down fairly quickly.  Here are some of the easily rejected names:

  • Calanthe
  • Calliope
  • Callista

As you can see, not a lot of choice. Besides, I read the name Calandra and I just knew. I had found the name my character needed. If I ever had second thoughts about it, Calandra would be sure to point out to me that she knows her own name and that she would not stand for me arbitrarily changing it on her.

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Been Tagged

May 10, 2010 at 8:16 am (Author Info, Feature) (, , , , , , , )

I was tagged by Alex J. Cavanaugh

For a “Tag” you answer 5 questions 5 times to share a bit about yourself. So here goes.

Question 1 – Where were you five years ago?

I was at university.

I sold donuts and coffee.

I was five years younger.

My favourite anime was still Sailor Moon (which is incredible but is no longer my favourite).

I spent nearly ten hours a week on trains.
Question 2 – Where would you like to be in five years?

Still teaching.

Still writing.

I want to have travelled to at least three countries (hopefully Japan and Canada feature in those).

Have read a lot more books.

Finally learnt to reverse park?

Question 3 – What is on your to-do list today?

Watch the morning news.

Work.

Hot chocolate.

Hopefully write something.

Work some more really.
Question 4 – What snacks do you enjoy?
Chocolate biscuits.

Chocolate bars.

Chocolate cake.

Chocolate drinks.

Anything chocolate.
Question 5 – What five things would you do if you were a billionaire?


Build a library and fill it with books that I would enjoy reading.

Build my own cinema complex and watch all the movies I love.

Try to fund a program that would help others – though I’ve never really thought about it because I’m unlikely to ever have the money to do it.

Shoes – a pair of boots for every occasion.

Travel, lots.
The rules are that I get to pass the Tag along to 5 Bloggers I admire….

Stephen Tremp

Elizabeth Spann Craig

Eric – from Working my Muse

Little Scribbler

Barb – from Creative Barb Wire

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Great News

May 5, 2010 at 9:00 am (Death's Daughter, fantasy, Feature, New Release, Uncategorized) (, , , , )

I’ve had a really strange year.  First moving and then floods and then life (and everything that entails) and things just keep rolling right on over me.  Mostly good things.  Meeting new people, making new friends, learning new things.  It’s just been really busy and hectic and at times very draining (particularly the floods).  That’s why I’m really, really happy right now.

I am now published (happy dance).

Though, this also means I can’t give myself excuses any more, I need to get my act together and get blogging again.

So, if you would like to check out “Death’s Daughter” I would greatly appreciate it.

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Thanks so much to all the people who have continued to offer support over the last couple of months and hopefully I won’t be doing anymore disappearing acts.

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The Beginning

November 2, 2009 at 8:55 am (Author Info) (, )

Welcome to Cassandra Jade in the Realm.

Cassandra Jade

For those who don’t know me, I am Cassandra Jade, a hopefully-soon-to-be-published (date pending) writer who spends her days in the classroom and her nights seeking, and generally finding, inspiration.

I used to have a blogger account and technically that blog still exists, with all its links, but I’m working on moving most of the content over.

What is this blog for?

This blog, for me, is about exploring the world of writing, sharing the information I find, contributing ideas, helping others, sorting through the randomness inside my own head, and attempting to be reasonably entertaining and informative.  It is also a place for other writers to spread the word and share their views on writing.

I’m hoping you will join me on this journey and if you would like to contribute, please contact me.

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