AUSSIE MONTH with Cassandra Samuels
Describe yourself in one word:
Tell us about A Scandalous Wager:
A Scandalous Wager is a fun Regency Romance with a darker underside and a mystery to be solved. It’s full of witty banter and all the things you love about a good Regency.
What inspired this novel?
I wanted to try changing up the usual stoic hero/sassy heroine and so I flipped them. It was a bit of an experiment but it worked out great for the love story and the characters.
What are you reading right now?
At the moment I am reading Longbourn by Jo Baker
Number one thing to do on your bucket list?
I would love to go and see a show at the Moulin Rouge in Paris.
Best thing about being an Aussie?
I’d like to say the weather but lately it’s been kinda crazy. I love living near the beach and the bush. I really have the best of both worlds where I live.
What do you want readers to know about the romance genre?
I feel that the Romance genre is such a positive one, despite what some seem to think (usually without having read one). Romance authors are all readers first and I think that really makes a difference. We know what it is to be a reader in want of a good book, so we endeavour to write them for readers just like us. I think that is kinda cool really.
What have you got in store for your readers in 2016?
Hopefully a new book out for my readers. It’s a rake reformed story so my hero is full of cheek and likes to push the boundaries. I’ve had fun writing it.
What were your big achievements of 2015?
I was nominated for two awards at the ARRA readers awards in March and I was also nominated for three AUSROM Today readers’ choice awards. J For a newbie like me it’s pretty wonderful and I thank all those who nominated and voted for me.
A Scandalous Wager
As the Black Raven, she’s cold, distant, and alone, untouched by the gossip and scorn of her aristocratic peers. Until he enters her house – and her life – and suddenly her icy shell is no match for the heat of attraction…
Notorious Widow Lisbeth Carslake, Countess of Blackhurst was acquitted of her husband’s murder, but no one believes in her innocence. Known as the Black Raven, bringer of bad luck and death, she is eviscerated by the gossips and mocked in the clubs. She’s also the subject of London’s most scandalous wager.
Oliver Whitely, Earl of Bellamy, needs money, but it takes more than a few drinks to take on The Black Raven Wager. He finds himself drunk, at her house, and – more surprisingly – inside, and agreeing to a business proposal at the end of a fire poker. She will let him win the wager, and he will help find her husband’s killer before the killer finds her. But business agreements don’t mean trust, and Lisbeth certainly doesn’t trust Oliver, her body’s reaction to him, or her heart.
Love may be the biggest gamble of their lives, but is it a wager their hearts can afford to lose?
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