Monday, April 28, 2014

Cocktails for Characters--Guest Cora Cade--plus giveaway!


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In my debut release MORNING LIGHT we meet Tennyson Sharpe while she's standing atop Noah Harper's mahogany bar in her bare feet.  Much of the book takes place in and around Noah's pub, The Drunken Duck.  And it's only fitting that we explore what kind of adult beverages our motley crew of characters would choose to imbibe.
Let's start with Tenn.  She's our down-to-Earth heroine with a curvy build and a love of lemon lip gloss.  At one point in our novella she finds some liquid courage in a bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey.  And I think it's safe to say her drink of choice is:
  • Jameson Neat- Just a simple glass with two-fingers of Jameson.  No fuss, no muss.
Up next is Noah, of course.  Our former Army Ranger is recently home from active duty overseas and has the shrapnel scars to prove it.  With his ocean blue eyes and military buzz cut, Noah is a no nonsense kind of guy.  HIs drink of choice is:
  • Bass Ale on tap- An English beer brewed since 1777 in Burton on Trent.  A straight forward beer for our straight forward hero.
Molly Ryan is Noah's second-in-command at The Drunken Duck and runs the pub with a wicked sense of humor and an iron fist.  She's an experienced bartender with a flair for the dramatic.  Her drink of choice is a custom made cocktail of her own design:
  • Bloody Molly- A traditional Bloody Mary with Jameson and horseradish for extra bite.  Molly might be tiny, but the girl is mighty.  Much like this specialized cocktail.
Last, but not least, we've got Chris Harper.  Not only is he Noah's little brother, he's Tenn's BFF.  Chris is a little more refined than his brother.  He's got a heart of gold, even though he has the worst taste in women -- so far.
  • Any local craft beer- His current selection is a Belgian Tripel from the Blind Squirrel Brewery in  Plumtree, North Carolina.  It's a more complex beer for a more complex man.
So, you've met our major players in MORNING LIGHT and learned just a little about them.  Coming later this year you'll see Molly in her very own book (date to be determined) and I'm currently writing a heroine to capture Chris in the final installment in the Day of Pleasure series.
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For a chance to win an ebook copy of MORNING LIGHT, leave a quick comment and tell us your favorite cocktail!  Winner will be announced Thursday, May 1st first thing in the morning.

You can find me on Facebook at:  www.facebook.com/CoraCade  or you can check out my website at:  www.coracade.com.


I write under a pen name.  Not because my real name is not interesting (but it’s not) or because I felt a deep need for privacy (I don’t).  It had more to do with the uncertainty of how being published would affect those around me.  My husband teaches sixth grade, we live in a small town, and I wasn’t sure how my in-laws would receive the information that I write pretty steamy romances.  Picking my pen name involved a fire, an alcoholic beverage or two, and my husband and I flipping through a baby name book.  After we had a short list I emailed my inner circle and asked for their opinions.  Then I picked the name no one liked.  In the end I had to pick the name I loved, because I’m the one answering to it.  Now my closest friends call me Coco and my real name doesn’t even enter the picture anymore.


And I'm aware that I need to be more proactive about pimping myself out- it really is the hardest part of the whole writer gig for me.  And my husband is a professional photographer and I'd rather eat glass than have my picture taken, which makes it hard to get the polished author photo I need. ;)

25 comments:

  1. Molly is a girl after My own heart I love me a good Bloody Mary!!! Love this book and would totally hang out at the Drunken Duck!

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  2. MandiB- I'd join you in shenanigans at The Drunken Duck, for sure!

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  3. Great post - I enjoy getting the background on characters and Morning Light sounds good. Congratulations on your debut release! No need to enter me in the contest:)

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    1. Hi Maria! Thank you for commenting. If for any reason you are the random winner, I could always send you some goodies in place of the book. ;)

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  4. This sounds amazing! It's going on my TBR list.
    My favorite cocktail... whatever tastes best at the moment. I like Sangria, and shots of tequila, and even a really good Guinness!

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    1. MamaMasseyWVU- I can't handle the tequila-- there may or may not have been a very long tequila fueled weekend in Mexico in my past-- but I love a perfectly poured Guinness! ;)

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  5. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. I'm not much of a drinker, but when I do imbibe, it's usually a Long Island Iced Tea, a Long, Slow, Comfortable Screw Against the Wall or even something from Sam Adams.

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    1. Joanne- I have a friend from Boston and the man is a Sam Adams fanatic!

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  6. Sounds good. I'm not much of a drinker but u do so love a pina colada

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    1. Hi sassytdw- I spent a couple of days in Jamaica with the hubs and I'm pretty sure if I wasn't drinking coffee (because they have the BEST coffee ever), I had a pina colada in hand. Excellent choice. ;)

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  7. I really enjoyed Morning Light, Cora! Looking forward to the sequel ;) No need to include me in the draw--how fun it would be to hang out with Molly!

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    1. Hi Fedora! If I remember correctly you were a winner (many moons ago) of Morning Light. And I'm proud to say the sequel TWO IN THE AFTERNOON is releasing on July 29th. And we'll get to hang with Molly and her Ranger Cal for a couple of weeks.
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  9. I wanted to pop in and say hi, Cora! I adore the idea of getting to know your characters through their drink choices. :D Thanks for coming by the blog to share your book! Obviously I am exempt from the giveaway, but I wanted to tell you thanks for the great post.

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    1. Hi Roxy! Thanks for stopping by and offering support. I appreciate it all! And I'm very grateful for the invite to be here, so thanks to all you ladies.

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  10. Sweet! This looks awesome, Cora. As for me, I'm a "margarita on the rocks with salt" kind of girl. ;)

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    1. Hi Juliette! As I may have mentioned, tequila and I are not friends, but I respect your margarita-- even if I can't join you with one. I myself prefer a Goose and tonic with heavy, heavy lime. ;)

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  11. Awesome post, Cora! Hm, favorite cocktail...lately I've been a bit partial to Amaretto Sours. Shhh, don't tell Stoli I've been cheating on it. ;) Don't enter me in the contest, just wanted to stop by and say hi!

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    1. Hi Jodi! Thank you for joining us and offering me a chance to be a part of this great site for a few days. I haven't had an Amaretto Sour in years, but now I might have to remedy that this weekend. I used to tend bar back in the college years, and I've always loved an Amaretto Sour.

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  12. I love strawberry dacquiris, pina coladas, and margaritas. And sometimes a nice ice cold beer is good too! :)

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    1. Hi fcammer2! Excellent choices all around. ;) Margaritas seem to be very popular around here.

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  13. Cora, thanks for coming out to play! You've been an amazing guest. Did you see Two in the Afternoon is up at Samhain? http://store.samhainpublishing.com/two-in-the-afternoon-p-73506.html :)

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    1. Hi Mary! Thank you again for letting me join you guys for a few days! And I did know book two went live, about 20 hours before I left for my Chicago conference. I haven't had time to savor it just yet.

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  14. Hi Everyone! I'm a little late announcing a winner- so very sorry! Sometimes the day job gets the best of me. ;)

    Our random winner Morning Light in ebook is: MamaMasseyWVU
    Please email me at: coracade (at) gmail.com with the format you'd prefer and I'll send it over!

    A big thanks to everyone for stopping by and commenting!

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  15. Congratulations MamaMasseyWVU!

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