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Blog Bash Day 10 with Cassandra Carr + Giveaway

Aug 12, 2011

HOTTIE of the Month

Brendon Clark
Brendon Clark from the Professional Bull Riders tour, who is the man I used as the inspiration for my bull rider hero, Brady Parrish, from book one of my Buckin' Broncos series, Collision

Known to PBR fans as the “Australian Sensation,” Brendon Clark burst into the elite Built Ford Tough Series during the 2003 season. Clark has made a name for himself ever since by consistently placing in the top ten at PBR events. He won his first event in August of 2004 in Oklahoma City.

Over the last five years Clark has evolved into one of the sports leading profiles with guest appearances on the Versus television network commentary team, as well as being one of the main bull riders used to promote the sport of professional bull riding in the USA and back in his home land of Australia. His knowledge and ability to promote this sport, as well as his professional approach is second to none, which is one of the main reasons fans and media look to Clark for photos, autographs and interviews.

In his time on the PBR Tour Clark has accumulated close to $800,000 in winnings and is one of the top rated Australian riders on the World Tour. As a testament to his success, he has seen the PBR establish his own International event in his hometown of Newcastle, N.S.W., the Brendon Clark Invitational.

Friday Forgot About Finds

Body Check by Deidre Martin
2003, Jove Contemporary
ISBN 0515134899
book one in the New York Blades series

Janna MacNeil is a publicist on a mission to change the image of the bad boys of hockey: the Stanley Cup Champion New York Blades.

Ty Gallagher is a captain on a mission— to get his team to win the Cup again... at any cost. His determination is legendary, as well as his unwillingness to toe the corporate line.

When the persistent publicist and the stubborn captain butt heads, it's hard enough to crack the ice. But they may end up melting it instead...

Saturday Delights 
 Zucchini Patties

Since we all have a million zucchini littering up our fridges I thought now would be a good time for this recipe. It's really easy and delicious!


2 cups grated zucchini
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup all-purpose flour1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
salt to taste
2 tablespoons vegetable oil


1.In a medium bowl, combine the zucchini, eggs, onion, flour, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, and salt. Stir well enough to distribute ingredients evenly.

2.Heat a small amount of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Drop zucchini mixture by heaping tablespoonfuls, and cook for a few minutes on each side until golden.

Wednesday W’s?!?

What is your favorite hero's name?

MY ANSWER: I think my favorite hero is Marcus, Lord Westcliffe, from Lisa Kleypas' It Happened One Autumn. So the short answer is Marcus. The long answer is Marcus, Lord Westcliffe. I think he had a bunch of other names too, but Marcus does it for me...

Cassandra Carr

My current release, Talk to Me, has been named a Top Pick by The Romance Reviews and Night Owl Reviews, and took second place in the erotic romance category of the More Than Magic published authors' contest. Here's a blurb:

Talk to Me

Radio producer Jamie MacMahon is in over her head with ex-hockey player-turned host Drew Milan. She's attracted to the man who earned the nickname “the Beast” during his playing days from the moment they meet, but he's her boss and she loves her new job. She's made plenty of mistakes with men and loathes the thought of being yet another plaything for Drew, a man who sleeps with women but doesn't date them.

Drew doesn't want to lose a great producer and knows Jamie deserves a real relationship, but can't stay away from the sizzling chemistry they create every time they're together. Jamie's insecurities and the very real prospect of having to leave a great job if this thing doesn't work out, coupled with Drew's fears about opening his heart and the possibility of losing his first competent producer clash.

My next release, Caught, will be published by Loose Id in December 2011. I'm hoping to have good news about the bull rider series and a hockey menage series soon too! For more information, you can check out my website at, see my Facebook page at and follow me on Twitter at

*~* GIVEAWAY *~*

Cassandra is giving away
five sets of autographed Romance Trading Cards
to those who answer her Wednesday W's ?!? question above

*** Giveaway ends tonight night 8-12 at midnight, winner named here

Don't forget to check out the
above, for all the giveaways, and ways to enter
to win prizes all week and all month

29 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

Pamk August 12, 2011 at 11:11 AM  

I don't have a favorite name but I do love strong names and for some reason have a leaning towards biblical names like Noah and Jacob. But I do love these names Bones. Its such a great name for a vamp lol.
scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

michele August 12, 2011 at 11:25 AM  

Love your pick Cassandra, the Wallflower series is a great one, and Marcus was a great character in the series.

For me it would have to be Colin Gyth from Cynthia Eden's HOTTER AFTER MIDNIGHT :)

Danielle West August 12, 2011 at 11:35 AM  

The first romance books I read that were not YA were P.C. Cast's Divine series... So ClanFintan will always be the most special! Love that name!(and later, Clint, of course) :)

BLHmistress August 12, 2011 at 12:52 PM  

I have to say my favorite Hero name is Acheron or Ash from the Dark Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon.


Victoria August 12, 2011 at 2:22 PM  

Lately Tegan has been sticking in my head. Guess he wins out :).

Cassandra Carr August 12, 2011 at 2:31 PM  


Love Noah and Jacob. I haven't used either yet, though the hero of my December release is named Jack. I'll have to use Noah soon (hmmm...)

Thanks for stopping by!

-- Cassandra

Cassandra Carr August 12, 2011 at 2:32 PM  


Love the name Colin! I haven't used that one yet either, but I certainly intend to at some point.

BTW, Marcus is the name of the hero in the novella I started today. ;-)

Thanks for playing!
-- Cassandra

Cassandra Carr August 12, 2011 at 2:33 PM  


Clint is awesome! I'll have to keep that one in mind for one of my bull rider books! Thanks for coming by!

-- Cassandra

Cassandra Carr August 12, 2011 at 2:34 PM  


Interesting choices. I have to admit I'm not a huge fan of hard-to-pronounce names. Ash is clever, though, as there are some men named Ashley. I could actually see calling a REALLY Alpha hero Ash just to see if I could get away with it!

Thanks for stopping by!
-- Cassandra

Cassandra Carr August 12, 2011 at 2:35 PM  


Tegan. Huh. I don't think I've ever heard that name. Intriguing.

Thanks for answering!
-- Cassandra

Victoria August 12, 2011 at 3:09 PM  

I'm glad you like it Cassandra. I think it's either Irish or Scottish.

Anne August 12, 2011 at 3:19 PM  

Boo hiss!!!!What's with the shirt on Brandon?!? I thought there was a rule hotties must be shirtless.
Well, I guess I'll have to use my imagination, but I'm sure it's not as good as the real thing.

I have always like Alexander. That was the name of the hero in the first bodice ripper I remember reading Lord Alexander Trevelyan.

I like the name Drew too, cat #1 is Drew and cat #3 (of 3, I'm not a wacky cat lady)is Alex.

Cassandra Carr August 12, 2011 at 3:32 PM  


I agree with you about Drew. As you can see from the blurb, my hero's name is Drew. I've always liked it way more than Andy.

Sorry about Brandon's shirt. I tried to rip it off him, but dammit, he thwarted me every time!

Alex is a good name too. I need to start writing these down!
-- Cassandra

jfort357 August 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM  

Cassandra, your book sounds very intriguing!!! Gonna have to check it out!!!! Thanks for sharing!!! :-) My fav hero's name is Wrath from the J.R. Ward's BDB series!! Her characters have very interesting names!!! :-)


Cassandra Carr August 12, 2011 at 5:03 PM  


Wrath? That's AWESOME. Probably not right for my heroes, but still totally awesome...

Thanks for coming by!
-- Cassandra

Michelle Bledsoe August 12, 2011 at 10:15 PM  

For a scottish story I like Liam. For a contemporary I like Nathan.
Thanks for the recipe.

koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

Cassandra Carr August 12, 2011 at 10:47 PM  


Liam is a good name. I have an unfinished MS w/a hero named Nathan, but everyone calls him Nate. Excellent choices - thanks for playing today!

-- Cassandra

Anonymous,  August 12, 2011 at 11:55 PM  

Hmmm... My favorite Hero is Iron Man because well.. hes just really hot! And I think my favorite book hero would have to be John Creed.


Carol L. August 13, 2011 at 7:07 AM  

I love the names Ian, Quinn and Connall. Scottish Highlanders is what I think of. :)
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot ) com

Vojalyn August 13, 2011 at 7:16 AM  

My all-time favourite is Bones from the Night Huntress series, mainly because he's hot - I mean, HOT xD -, he really loves Cat, he's sexy, roamntic and strong. I can't get enough of him!
But I also love Vlad from Night Huntress as well, and Zaddist from Black Dagger Brotherhood, and Sabine from the Lords of the Underworld :)
Thank you for the giveaway,

Cassandra Carr August 13, 2011 at 10:07 AM  


I love Iron Man, though I wasn't a big fan of the sequel.

Thanks for coming by!
-- Cassandra

Cassandra Carr August 13, 2011 at 10:08 AM  


Quinn is good. I have to confess I've never heard the name Connall. Very intriguing!

Thanks for playing!
-- Cassandra

Cassandra Carr August 13, 2011 at 10:10 AM  


Wow, those are some interesting names! I can't imagine naming one of my heroes Bones, but mostly because I write really hot erotic romance and that might be taken the wrong way, lol.

Thanks for stopping by!
-- Cassandra

Maria August 13, 2011 at 10:46 PM  

I think my favorite hero is named Reyes. He is from Gena
Showalters series Lord of the underworld. I just love him :)

Megan@Riverina Romantics August 14, 2011 at 1:07 AM  

I will forever and always love the name Liam. It just rolls off the tongue. I've read a few books with Liam as the heroes name but the best by far was Jennifer Ashley's Pride Mates.

rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

Denise Z August 14, 2011 at 3:02 AM  

I don't know where to post this comment, but I really felt I had to say I wants zucchini patties :) thanks for the recipe - yum !


Jen B. August 14, 2011 at 5:39 PM  

Darn, I missed entering. Between my husband's sports injury this week and trying to attend as much of AAD as possible, I misses this post! Oh, well. Thanks for the Blogoversary Party!

JoJo August 16, 2011 at 5:49 PM  

Sorry for all the delays as i was at AAD for a few days!

First Thank you Cassandra for partying with us! And thank you all for stopping by!

And the winner is:

BLHmistress - vampiremistress2010@....

Please email me at jojoATjojosbookcornerDOTcom
with what you won in the subject line and your info.

Thanks everyone for stopping by.

Maria (pronounced Mariah) August 17, 2011 at 9:49 AM  

I don't really have a long as the name fits the charecter. It can't be forced like just because the lead is a witch her name should be Wren.

mmafsmith at gmail dot com

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