Friday, October 17, 2014

Romanticon 2014 in Pictures

I give up! My computer is fried. Help is on the way, but for now I will post the pics as is and do the videos when my computer parts arrive. 

Mary E and CJ, a great way to start the conference with my very first pic!

Karaoke Meet & Greet

Fans of the Karaoke Meet and Greet!

It's just mean to say something funny when you're trying to be romance cover material, dammit!

This really doesn't need a caption...

Hmmm. Giant lickable Caveman poster, or pose for a pic? I'm not so sure Elle Boone has it wrong! Or maybe this caption should be, "Can you pick out the erotic author?"

Love this pic! Can I go back? I have to say, it felt really good to be able to wear something like this after losing all that weight. Loving Paleo! Next trick will be keeping it off over the holidays for the Wild Wicked Weekend!

Two of my favorite ladies! Always great to see them. Until 2015, ladies!

My two Roommates. Plus, a fridge full of cheesecake. Seriously good cheesecake. It's not Paleo, and I tried to take one bite. I ate the whole jar.  To check it out, click here: CHEESECAKE

Caveman Bingo, anyone?

And we all discovered the true way to Rodney's heart. Cheesecake!

Cait's T-shirt. Awesome!

Ummm, I'll have what they're having, please.

And last but by far least... Taylor won Alpha Caveman of the year! So deserving. First thing he did was tell them to split the monetary award between all of the guys. I know, huh? All that, and a great guy, too. Definitely Alpha Caveman material.

I will post more on the Best. Show. Ever!! I swear I will get the video to work and post it the minute I can, probably on my FB page, tho I may add it here, too. For now, here are some pics:

There was one huge mar on the week that came right when the conference ended. Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that both Axl and Taylor flew home on that plane with the nurse who was diagnosed with ebola the very next day. This is, unfortunately, very true. Not only that, it has been proven that she sat within 3 feet of the guys. God love them, they put themselves on immediate quarantine before it was ever suggested they do so. There has been a GoFundMe site started to cover their expenses for the 21 (possibly +) days they will be in quarantine, as they obviously can't work. No, they did not ask for this. They didn't ask to be exposed to ebola, either. They are simply doing the right thing, and the romance community takes care of its own. If you can lend a hand, please go to  Any amount toward the goal is greatly appreciated. For a firsthand account of what they are going through, check out Axl's FB page.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Character Interview and Yummy Cheese Grits

Southern belle Campbell Layne is the rising star of the Manhattan Ballet Theatre, providing she lands an upcoming principal role. The stage heats up, however, when Rod Carrington steps in and teaches her more than she ever expected!
Determined as she is to stay focused on the audition that will push her into stardom, dazzling attorney Rod Carrington still proves to be a major distraction especially when he ends up teaching the college class she’s taking in her spare time. Campbell humiliates herself on their first date, but that doesn’t stop Rod from whisking her off to Italy and turning her into quite the vixen. Too bad he also had to use his powerful influence to secure the lead for her. Now she’ll never know if her talent was real or “bought” by the man she thought was the love of her life.

I'm changing things up  and offering you a character interview with the "Sexy, Sassy & Southern" heroine Campbell Layne. 

Hi Campbell, can you tell our readers a little about DANCE WITH A MILLIONAIRE?
Sure, but first let me say how glad I am to be here! DWAM is about this Southern belle and rising star of the Manhattan Ballet Theatre, providing she lands the upcoming principal role. Um, yeah, that’s me. I’m totally stressing about an audition that could change my life. All I want to do is stay focused on my career, and I’ll be dog-gone, that’s when Rod Carrington steps into the picture. OMG. The man is freakin’ gorgeous and a total ego-maniac. He simply will not go away, though, as proven when he volunteers to substitute this law school class I’m taking in my spare time. (I’m on the nerdy side, and this is how I like to spend my time – don’t judge). Anyway, against my better judgment, we go to dinner. Basically, I drink too much, embarrass the fool out of myself, and assume that’s the end of it. Oh no. Rod then whisks me off to his Italian villa and helps me become quite the vixen. (No complaining here.) I’m completely smitten until I find out he used his powerful influence to secure the lead role for me. Now I’ll never know if my talent was real or “bought” by the man I thought was the love of her life.
 How did you get into ballet?
The story my folks tell is that when I was about two, we were all at my uncle’s horse pasture. (I’m from this tiny town in rural South Alabama.) When Mama wasn’t looking, I climbed up onto the fence and was standing on one of the rails. She knew then that with all that balance I’d either be a ballet dancer or a tight-rope walker. The next week, she enrolled me in dance class.

 What’s your favorite part of dance?
Definitely, my most favorite part is getting lost in the music. It transports me into a world all my own, like I’m in this bubble where I feel nothing but the rhythm of the orchestra. Tchaikovsky is my favorite composer and takes me to that sphere like no other. Yes, there are others, composers who reveled in the uniqueness of their music or intricacies of the composition, but no one does it for me like the great Russian magician. His sound is immediately recognizable, too. The peppy theme of The Nutcracker would put the grumpiest of Scrooges in the Christmas spirit. Sleeping Beauty’s “Waltz of the Flowers” causes me to sway in serenity while Swan Lake’s “Dying Swan” exhausts me with grief.

Tell us about your trip to Italy.
Rod, bless his heart, whisks me off on his private jet to the resort town of Bellagio, Italy, on Lake Como. The Swiss Alp Mountains, the lake, all the yellow and cream stucco buildings with orange terracotta tile roofs, and the cobblestone paths were incredible to see. Rod’s home turns out to be a mansion he’s renovating. I love it because it is warm and welcoming and “him.” Bellagio is known for upscale boutiques, antiques, and art galleries. As great as the shopping was, I have to admit, the best part was seeing how the relaxation Italy offered created this new side of Rod I’d yet to see.

 Rod wine and dines at some pretty fantasy restaurants then you turn the tables and cook him a home-cooked meal. Tell us about that. 
Our first date is at Jean Georges in New York City. I have sea bass and Rod has beef Wellington. Delish! When we are Italy, I think I gain ten pounds from the manicotti, tiramisu, and gelato. Mama taught me how to cook so I finally show off my culinary skills with fried chicken, cornbread, collard greens, grits, mash potatoes, and a carrot casserole. Plus, I bake an apple pie. Rod, I’m proud to say, loved it. In fact, here is my jalapeno grits recipe (as if the book isn’t hot enough):

Jalapeno Cheese Grits

2 cups quick-cooking grits
2 1/2 cups grated extra-sharp Cheddar
1 stick unsalted butter
1 tablespoon hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
3 large eggs, well beaten
2 jalapenos, finely diced
1/4 cup canned chopped green chiles
Garlic salt
Directions:    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cook the grits according to the directions on the back of the package. Remove from the heat and add next 6 ingredients (Cheddar through chilies). Stir well and season with garlic salt, to taste. Pour into a buttered 9-inch baking dish and bake for 1 hour. Let cool slightly before slicing and serving.

Southern Smiles, 
Casey Crow
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Coffee Pillow Talk

Coffee Pillow Talk

Java is a girl’s best friend

When you don’t want that special night to end

“Stick around for a cup of Joe,” you say

After a night in bed that blew you away

Then watch his eyes glow with desire

When you put on the coffee and light his fire

Wearing a sexy black teddy, tight and see-through

You ask, “Eggs or cinnamon buns with your brew?”

“I’ll have the buns,” he says, eyeing yours with a smile

You shiver with glee. The coffee can wait for awhile

It’s back to bed with your man for round two

And to coffee you say, a big “Thank you!”

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Back to where I started?

My latest erotic romance novella is now available for pre-order!

When Decadent Publishing asked me to be a part of a Calendar Men series, it was something I had to stop and think about. I’ve been writing a lot of other stuff lately, and not spending much time on contemporary erotic romance. But I never can resist the idea of a wounded hero, so of course I eventually agreed. I was assigned November, and so my mind immediately went to Thanksgiving. However, I remembered that for a military man, Veteran’s Day might be even more significant. So while Thankful is in the title, my story does span both holidays.

Another thing that immediately came to mind was Douglas Adams’s Thanks for All the Fish. Just the title—nothing in the story is relevant to his satiric space fantasy. But that silly working title did give me a grip on my characters. Elsie owns a pet shop, and Sig, my battered hero, is building a large aquarium into the old house he’s rehabbing as he reevaluates his life. He’s drawn to Elsie, who seems completely oblivious to his disfiguring scars, so as he keeps visiting the pet shop, the scale of his project grows, just to he can have more excuses to see her.

Of course, to be the perfect woman for Sig, Elsie has to have some scars of her own. Hers are psychological, but they’re major and traumatic. One of the themes I love in this story is the idea that neither character is perfect. But if they can overcome all the issues holding them back, they just might be perfect for one another. In the end, I’m so glad I wrote Thankful for You. It ended up meaning a lot to me, and I hope it touches the reader’s heart in some small way.

Thankful for You is now available for preorder on Amazon, All Romance e-Books, i-Tunes and Kobo.