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Dakota is Back! Win a book/Hawaii gift OR a $20 dollar Amazon Gift card!
Thursday, September 17th, 2009

We’re lucky to have a crowned Princess of Romance Funny Side Up here with us today: Dakota Cassidy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Give her a great big welcome! Leave a comment and qualify to win your choice of one Dakota book from Amazon. Plus, to keep you in that Hawaiian mood, a small gift pack filled with lovely smelling Hawaiian bath salts, incense, and a silver toe ring from Hawaiian Heirloom Jewelry Factory located in Honolulu, Hawaii –for the beach, you know.
Update: Because Dakota thought she was giving the prize, and I thought I was, there are now going to be TWO winners. One winner will get the prize above, the other will get a $20 dollar Amazon card from Dakota! How sweet is that?

Immortality bites.

Wanda Schwartz is raking in the dough selling Bobbie-Sue Cosmeticsโ€”and she’s a pro at recruiting new saleswomen. So, she’s shocked when a man comes to one of her in-home partiesโ€”a very hot man. Heath Jefferson is sure to put some extra spin into a lot of women’s color wheels.

When Wanda is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it doesn’t have to be a death sentence. With a werewolf and a vampire for best friends, she has options that most ordinary people wouldn’t. As Wanda ponders what to do about her mortality, Heath reveals he has secrets, and one of them is that his former bloodlust has turned into an old-fashioned lustโ€”for Wanda. And he’s already given up too much to lose the love of his lifetimes.

Read an Excerpt here:
Find out more about Dakota and her writing

Dakota’s Mini-view:

BK: Thanks so much for joining us here today!

DC: Thanks for having me… AGAIN. You sick of me yet? LOLLOL

BK: What future projects are you especially excited about?

DC: I’m super excited about Suck It Up, Princess, the beginning of my contemporary series with Berkley Sensation. It’s based on ex-trophy wives who’ve never worked and are left high and dry with no money and no job skills. They have to learn how to survive on coupon clipping and expeditions to Wal-Mart. Not only am I excited about writing this series, but I’m stoked to be in a different genre!

BK: Ooh, the scene when they discover Wal-Mart doesn’t carry Prada. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds like a hoot, Dakota.
Every writer has moments they cringe when they read past stuff, and moments when they think…yeah, that’s good. Would you please share with us a paragraph or two of a sample of your writing of which you are particularly proud and say why you like it?

DC: Uh… I think I’ll leave this space blank. You know, for people who’re proud. LOLLOL

BK: Oh, you’ve never had a loved that line moment? You should have! Okay, so you’re modest. How about telling us a “หœblush moment,’ an especially humorous or mortifying moment in your writing career?

DC: When I met Nina Bangs for the first timeโ€”I behaved like a screaming, crying, whimpering teenager who’d just met like Justin Timberlake. I blush every single time I think about it.

BK: What are you working on right now, and when can readers look forward to seeing it?

DC: Right now it’s Suck It Up, Princess and it’s out December 2010!

BK: You just won the dream vacation of your choice. Where would you go? Why? Who would go with you? What book would you bring with you? What would you make SURE you left behind?

DC: I’m goin’ to Italy, baby!!! I’m a foodie of sorts, and I’ve always wanted to try gelato. The real stuffโ€”not to mention all that pasta and pastry that fo sho’s gonna end up on my back end. I’d bring my BF, Rob. And I’d leave my two sons and my parents at home in their appropriate cages. OMGโ€”did I say that out loud? LOL

BK: Well, we did hear it but we’re discreet. Yeah, I lived off the sorbet when I was in Roma.
Dakota, you’re a doll for hanging out with us a bit. Best of luck with your writing…and getting to Italy.


81 comments to “Dakota is Back! Win a book/Hawaii gift OR a $20 dollar Amazon Gift card!”

  1. Jane
      · September 17th, 2009 at 4:24 pm · Link

    Can’t wait to read your series, Dakota.

  2. Marjana kaly
      · September 17th, 2009 at 4:59 pm · Link

    The series sounds good.

  3. Bella
      · September 17th, 2009 at 5:24 pm · Link

    I don’t know how I have not read this yet, but I absolutely MUST!

    They look great, Dakota, and hee-sterical!

  4. Dakota Cassidy
      · September 17th, 2009 at 5:51 pm · Link

    Gina? You crack me up! LOLLOL.

    Everyone else, you’re all so great! Thanks for popping by ๐Ÿ™‚

    DC ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Lauren D
      · September 17th, 2009 at 6:11 pm · Link

    Hi Dakota! *waves* I always love your book titles. The covers are great too. But I’m a big fan of your “Accidentally” series. I just like the tone in your books.

    “The Accidental Human” looks great. Can’t wait to read it.

  6. Dina
      · September 17th, 2009 at 6:45 pm · Link

    HI Dakota,

    I think you have some of the catchiest and fun titles and covers around. Just by looking at them can bring a smile to me, even if having a bad day. ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Qwill
      · September 17th, 2009 at 6:57 pm · Link

    I know a great place in Siena for gelato! ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait for Suck It Up, Princess. (Don’t enter me in the contest, just stopping by to say “hi.”)

  8. Kammie
      · September 17th, 2009 at 7:28 pm · Link

    haha! Love those answers…they put a smile on my face after a rough day at work. Can’t wait to read your upcoming story. Coupon clipping and Walmart..I can relate. ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Beth Kery
      · September 17th, 2009 at 7:37 pm · Link

    Hi all! Just got home, and glad to see Dakota is rocking the house.

    So…Dakota thought she was giving the prize, and I thought I was. lol. She’s very generous, and had already told her newsletter group she was giving away a 20.00 Amazon gift certificate at her feature. Given the circumstances, I’ll be giving my prize to one lucky commenter tomorrow morning, and Dakota will give hers. So that’s right…TWO people will win, so be sure to check back tomorrow to see if you were one of TWO winners. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Mona
      · September 17th, 2009 at 7:37 pm · Link

    A very interesting book title you’re working on. sounds like a great read ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Mari
      · September 17th, 2009 at 8:04 pm · Link

    Dakota, your books sounds fun. The covers are very whimsical.

  12. Tracy
      · September 17th, 2009 at 8:34 pm · Link

    You are a great writer, Dakota. I love that you have romance and humor AND you make me cry, all in the same story. Awesome.

  13. Dakota Cassidy
      · September 17th, 2009 at 8:52 pm · Link

    Aw, you guys are frickin’ awesome! Big hugs to everyone who dropped by today–and hugs to Beth!

    Read her books–they’re fabulous!

    Dakota ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. gypsywitch
      · September 17th, 2009 at 9:21 pm · Link

    love your sense of humor! you rock~

  15. Donna S
      · September 17th, 2009 at 9:38 pm · Link

    Suck it up, Princess sounds awesome. I love the Accidental Friends series and have Kiss and Hell staring at me to read once I finish my current book. Look forward to many more great works.

  16. Cynthia Mclelland
      · September 17th, 2009 at 10:08 pm · Link

    Dakota you have such a way with words that cracks me up everytime I read one of your books.

    Trust me when they do the surgery on my ankle in October I will be re reading them to keep me company in the hospital…..
    You and a few others have kept me sane thru this deployment so thank you thank you thank you….

    Cindy Mac

  17. Pam P
      · September 17th, 2009 at 11:13 pm · Link

    Love Dakota’s books. Give the Princess of Funny a box new tiaras!

  18. Lori T
      · September 18th, 2009 at 12:07 am · Link

    Hi Dakota~
    Your new series sounds like it is going to be lots of fun and it has been added to my wish list.

  19. stacey smith
      · September 18th, 2009 at 1:17 am · Link

    Can’t wait to read your book I’m getting all before reading them Thay sound so fun.congrats on your new book coming out its sounds diffrent then the rest but I’m sher taht its going to be good.

  20. Ruby Swain
      · September 18th, 2009 at 2:08 am · Link

    Congrads are in order on your new book Ms. Cassidy.Even though I’m not familiar with your work. It would truly be wonderful if your Reads would come to life animated on the big screen. I totally visualize your work there. .the story line peaks my interest…hmmm..OOH wow I hope you enjoy your trip to Italy. since you cant take a fan on a trip..plezzze allow your trip to inspire your writing..teeheee..I’d get a kick out of reading about Italian alpha hunks some delicious Italian desserts..throw in some Vamps & werewolves woweeee now thats a wild combination…teeheee. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Maureen
      · September 18th, 2009 at 3:57 am · Link

    The Accidental Human looks like a fun book and it’s exciting that you’re going to have a contemporary out soon.

  22. Lois
      · September 18th, 2009 at 5:08 am · Link

    Alas, I haven’t read your books yet, but they do sound like great stuff — and the interview was loads of fun!! ๐Ÿ™‚


  23. Amy M
      · September 18th, 2009 at 6:23 am · Link

    I hope I am not too late! Dakota, your books sound wonderful! And I love your book covers. I don’t know what it is…but there is something about them that I really like. And normally I am all about a hunky guy on the cover, but yours have fascinated me!

    thanks so much!
    Amy M

  24. Virginia Hendricks
      · September 18th, 2009 at 6:38 am · Link

    I’m looking forward to the new contemporary series! It sounds like LOTS of fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Frana
      · September 18th, 2009 at 7:07 am · Link

    Your new series sounds very interesting, can’t wait to read it! ๐Ÿ˜†

  26. Amy S.
      · September 18th, 2009 at 7:09 am · Link

    Great interview! The new series sounds great! How many books will be in the series?

  27. Lisa Richards
      · September 18th, 2009 at 7:17 am · Link

    Love, love, love your Accidental series! Can’t wait to read Kiss & Hell

  28. Emmanuelle
      · September 18th, 2009 at 7:41 am · Link

    Great interview !!
    There is never ENOUGH fun books ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  29. Amy
      · September 18th, 2009 at 7:48 am · Link

    What’s better than two of my favorite people in one room? LOL Beth, congrats on the new book! And Dakota, GET BACK TO THAT WORD COUNT!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Best of luck to you both, and thanks for all the great books over the years!

  30. ~Linda~
      · September 18th, 2009 at 11:20 am · Link

    Hey DC! As always you crack me up.
    Thanks for the chance to win Beth.

  31. Ruby Swain
      · September 18th, 2009 at 9:09 pm · Link

    Ms. Kery…I forgot to mention that the Heroine in Paradise Rule name is similar to my baby girls name. IT’S: Jalana as is the Scarlet of yesteryear gone by Lana Turner ๐Ÿ˜€

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