Thursday, 21 August 2008


Discover more about Erotic author, Cassie Ryan. Interview exclusive to the ‘Romance eBooks Newsletter’.

1. Hi Cassie and welcome. We’ll begin with the obvious question first – what inspires you to write erotic romance?

Well, I’ve always loved to read any type of romance, and I also loved the super hot books, as long as they had a great plot to go with it. I’ll admit, I’m one of those picky people who like plot with my sex…lol. Authors like Cheyenne McCray, Lora Leigh, and even authors who aren’t considered erotic authors, but who write smoking hot sex scenes like Sabrina Jeffries kept me reading. But one of my critique partners, Brit Blaise, inspired me. She was already published as an erotic romance author, and I kept critiquing her wonderful stories and wanted to try my hand to see if I could steam up the pages, too. I was already published in paranormal romance, and while it was very sensual, it wasn’t erotic. So, I gave it a shot, and that story turned out to be CEREMONY OF SEDUCTION.
2. Fill us in on your latest release. What’s the blurb?

My latest release is called VISION OF SEDUCTION. It’s the second book in my Seduction series. Here’s the blurb: From A Vision Of Passion...

Katelyn Hunt is fascinated with the sexy stranger who has been hanging out at her New Age store for the last week. As a Seer, the sensual power she feels from this man of mystery intrigues--and arouses--her. But only his touch allows her to truly see what it would be like to lie beneath him naked and exposed, experiencing complete sexual surrender. And this vision is just the beginning...

To A World Of Pleasure...

As Prince of an otherworldly clan who use sexual energy as their life-force, Grayson de Klatch has searched far and wide for the Seer who can help save his planet. And when he finally finds Katelyn, he knows he has discovered his future mate. His body craves the sex her body so willingly offers and he aches with the need to make this woman his own...

3. Where can this book be purchased?

You can find it at any brick and mortar bookstore including Barnes and Noble, Borders, Bookmans etc. It should also soon be available as an eBook. It took CEREMONY a few months to come out in eBook after the print release, so I suspect VISION will be the same.

4. Do you have any good reviews? Show us your best one.

I’ve been very blessed to have some great reviews on this book. I have a great cover quote from Cheyenne McCray: “Deliciously wicked and sexy…intensely satisfying!” Which looks terrific on my cover, and Coffee Time Romance gave me a smoking-hot review:

“All I can say is wow, I cannot wait for the next book in this series! Ms. Ryan did it again; writing a book that is every bit as fantastic as the first in this series, Ceremony of Seduction! In Vision of Seduction, she successfully builds on the previous story and even gives the reader clues about the third upcoming book. Katelyn as the lonely woman with a powerful gift who has no use for men except for sex is positively spellbinding. Grayson is her perfect counterpart; a man who is loving, generous, and is someone who can fulfill all of Katelyn’s needs both sexual and emotional. I loved getting to see Tador through Katelyn’s eyes and some of the secrets of her childhood that are revealed in the telling of this story make it that much more special. The lovemaking is hotter than hot and helps to drive this story to its breathtaking conclusion. I cannot recommend this series enough to those who enjoy erotic romance with paranormal elements!”

Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance

5. Do you have any other books available or working on at the moment?

CEREMONY OF SEDUCTION, the first book in the series is still available, and TRIANGLE OF SEDUCTION, the third book will be released next summer. Other than those, I do have two new releases under my other pen name, Tina Gerow. Those are VORTEX BLUES and TAKE IT OFF. They aren’t erotic, but they are steamy and lots of fun! As far as what I’m working on, I’m actually in the middle of an Urban Fantasy that will come out under my Tina name. I haven’t sold it yet, but I’m thinking positive! You know, if I write it, they will come…lol!

6. Ok Cassie, I mean Tina … why do you have two pen names?

When Kensington offered me the contract for the Seduction series, my agent actually suggested another pen name for the erotic romances. I’ve very open with readers that I write under two names. It’s more for branding than anything else. If you pick up a Cassie Ryan book you know it will have a white-hot heat level, whereas the Tina Gerow books are sensual, but don’t edge into erotic. A lot of my fans have followed me into my Cassie books, but I do have fans who prefer one pan name or the other because they really love that heat level, but enjoy my author voice.

7. Do your family read your erotic novels?

Yes. I’m very lucky in that my entire family is very supportive of all of my books. Unlike a lot of other authors I know, my family not only reads my erotic romances, but proudly tells everyone they know. And a lot of them even carry a small stash of my bookmarks to hand out.

8. What do you say to the prude statement that ‘all erotic novels are just porn in print?

When I think porn in print, I think Penthouse Forums. Stories that are purely sex with no relationship, no romance, no plot and no real story. They are purely for titillation. Erotic romance novels are full-fledged books with a meaningful romance between the two main characters, an interesting story, a good plot that moves the story along, and also happens to have a very explicit depiction of the sexual relationship between the hero and the heroine, who usually explore their relationship through the sexual act and the emotions build along with that. I think there is a market for both straight porn and erotic books within our culture, and there’s a large fan-base for both to prove it. I know a lot of authors who now jokingly call their erotic romances porn or smut because they aren’t bothered by terms that were originally used as a derogatory descriptor of their work. I think if someone isn’t comfortable with reading that level of sexuality, then these books may not be for them, but if they cling to that statement without really reading one—they should pick one up and try it before deciding. J

9. In the world of fiction, who would play your hero if you were the heroine in an erotic romance novel?

I’m very happy with my real life hero, my husband. So, I definitely wouldn’t mind steaming up the pages with him! And he’s chuckling as I write this telling me that’s not really what you wanted to know, and that he is sooo not doing an altar scene…lol. So, yes I’ll admit, I base a lot of my heroes when I write on Matthew MacFadyen. He’s a very yummy British actor, and if you haven’t seen him in Pride & Prejudice, Death at a Funeral, MI-5 or any of his other work, you should really check him out. But if we’re living in fantasy-land—oh yeah, I could definitely do some steamy pages with Matthew.

10. And finally, where we can find out more about you?

I’m pretty easy to find, and I love to hear from readers. My websites are and, and my MySpace pages are and Or, if you’d like to meet my wacky and fun critique group, come visit us at


Susan Lyons said...

Hi Cassie/Tina. Great interview. As a fellow Aphrodisia author, I totally agree with you about erotic romance: it's about the characters, the story, the romance. I always think of romance as involving two character arcs, one for the heroine and one for the hero. Because they meet (or something happens in their existing relationship), each is challenged to face some of their fears and insecurities and to grow into a stronger person, a person who deserves their partner's love. Yes, in erotic/steamy books, the sex scenes are more explicit and usually more frequent, and often some of the challenge, learning and growth arises out of the sex scenes (and isn't that true in real life as well?), but at heart, erotic romance is still romance. And here's to it!

Casie Ryan said...

Amen Susan! Well said. Thanks for stopping by :)