Welcome, ladies! Thanks for stopping by and sharing the cover for Going All In.
Did you know what you wanted the cover to look like when you started the design process?
Cassandra: I did the cover for the anthology, and I knew I wanted just the torso of the hockey player. Beyond that, no clue. It was only the second cover I’d ever done.
How many revisions did you make before you were satisfied with the result?
Cassandra: Oh gosh. Probably a half-dozen. Some of them were matters of asking my hubs, who’s better with Photoshop than I am, how to get a specific effect etc. Some of them came about when my co-authors, Isabo Kelly and Stacey Agdern, took a peek at it.
Were you happy with the artwork that was used to create the final cover?
Cassandra: Considering it’s a naked, built male torso with a pair of hockey skates slung over his shoulder, yeah, I’m okay with it.
What made you decide to feature the hero on the cover?
Cassandra: We made a conscious decision NOT to include all the heroes and heroines on the cover. We have six in all since there are three stories. Instead we decided to go with a generally sexy hockey player theme.
Would you make your covers yourself if you were able?
Cassandra: I’ve often thought that I would like to take a crack at some of my covers. I’ve worked with remarkably talented cover artists through the years, and I’ve had a few duds. Everybody does. So when the opportunity to create this cover and then two covers for my Storm series, I took advantage!
What do you think of the fonts on your cover? How do they add to the overall design?
Cassandra: You would not BELIEVE how many fonts I went through for our names. I knew we wanted the title Going All In to be a block-y font, and I don’t like using one font for the entire cover, so I was looking for something very different for our names. I made a text box just for my name since it’s first on the cover (only because my story is first) and tried out different fonts. Once I’d chosen 2-3, I added boxes for Isabo and Stacey and then we voted to see which one we liked the best. Good thing hubs is an IT guy and I had about a thousand different fonts at my disposal. I’m pretty sure I went through them all at one time or another!
Have you ever changed the cover of this book? Of another book? Why did you make the switch? Do you feel it was beneficial?
Cassandra: There are a few that I’d like to change, but since I don’t own the rights to the stories I can’t. Strangely, one of my least-favorite covers is one readers consistently tell me is hot and that they love it, so I guess even if I don’t care for it I’d keep it.
Going All In
Professional hockey players Marcus, Alex, and Chris attend their team’s Vegas Night fundraiser unaware their lives will change forever. Can they face their difficulties and win the most important game of their lives – the game of love? These guys are going all in…
HEDGING HIS BET: Cassandra Carr
Marcus Mitchell never thought he’d find the love of his life with champagne dripping from her shirt rather than walking the runway at Fashion Week like the models he usually preferred, but you can’t always plan these things. Annalise Alonso isn’t going to make it easy for him, though—he’s going to have to work for her love. Now, Marcus is taking a shot and hedging his bet on love.
CASTING THE DIE: Isabo Kelly
After she sees his murder in a vision, Nathalie Mendez has to warn star hockey goalie Alexander Semenov of the danger. To keep him alive, she risks exposing her many secrets. But once the die is cast, her biggest gamble involves her heart.
PLAYING HER GAME: Stacey Agdern
Melanie Gould has been dubbed ‘The Girl in the Lace Corset’. But she doesn’t always like to be the loud mouth defender of the romances she writes, and is definitely not good at playing the games relationships require. Of course, she’s never gone head to head with a guy like Chris Emerson. Chris is trying to behave, and someone like Melanie would destroy his plans to stay under the radar. So what happens when the ‘Girl in the Lace Corset’ and the NHL’s most infamous bad boy go one on one? Will they play her game? Will they play his? Or will they both end up in the penalty box?
About the Authors
Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning erotic romance writer with Ellora’s Cave, Siren Publishing, Sybarite Seductions, Decadent Publishing, and Loose Id. She lives in Western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra is the co-founder of two successful group blogs, Romancing the Jock and Dirty Birdies, and participates in several others as a contributor. Recently she was re-elected president of Western New York Romance Writers.
For more information about Cassandra, check out her website at http://www. booksbycassandracarr.com, “like” her Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/ AuthorCassandraCarr or follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ Cassandra_Carr.
Isabo Kelly is the award-winning author of multiple science fiction, fantasy and paranormal romances. After finishing her Ph.D. in animal behavior in Ireland, Isabo settled down to write full time. She currently lives in New York City with her brilliant Irish husband, her two heroes-in-training sons, and her mad dog.
Stacey Agdern is the two-time award-winning Romance Specialist at Posman Books, an independent bookstore located in Grand Central Terminal. She has a regular column, ‘Dispatches from the TBR Pile’ at ‘HEA’, USA Today’s online romance blog. She has also written reviews and commentary for publications such as Barbara Vey’s ‘Beyond Her Book’ Column at Publishers Weekly’s online site, Heroes and Heartbreakers, Criminal Element, Romantic Times Magazine and Romance at Random. She has given presentations on the effective use of booksellers at regional and national conferences. You can find her on twitter at @nystacey. She lives in New York, not very far from her favorite hockey team’s practice facility.