Cassandra Dean on Coal and the Mining of It.

Coal and the Mining of It
Fourth stop on the ROUGH DIAMOND blog tour.


Hi peeps. Cassandra Dean here to tell you all about ROUGH DIAMOND, and one of its integral parts, the mining of coal.

I don’t know anything about coal mining. Like, nothing. At all. So, why on earth did I make it a sub-plot in ROUGH DIAMOND? I’m going to go with, I’m a little bit crazy. Yeah. That seems to work :D

The whole coal mining thing came about because I needed a reason for Rupert, the hero of ROUGH DIAMOND, to be in Freewill, Wyoming, the fictional town in which ROUGH DIAMOND is set. I did a little bit of googling and found Wyoming is one of the United States biggest producers of coal. Cool, I thought. The hero was going to be English, so maybe I could work in coal somehow? Oh, I know! The Welsh are really good at the whole coal mining thing, and due to a visit to Cardiff, I knew at one time Cardiff’s port had been the busiest in the world due to—you guessed it—the transport of coal.

Right. So. Coal. Yeah. Um…

Lots of googling later, I found out all I never wanted to know about coal :D I also found one of my friends knows a disturbing amount about the subject. I still worry for him some.

Now, coal mining is a part of ROUGH DIAMOND and adds a wonderful flavour to the story.

Make sure you stop by on the other blogs in the tour for more information surrounding ROUGH DIAMOND!

Lifting the glass, Alice studied its contents. “There is nothing quite like the enjoyment you get from a good whiskey. There’s the look and color of it, and the way it burns in the light.”

“It’s the same color as your eyes,” Llewellyn breathed, his own wide and empty of thought.

A smile tugged at the corner of her mouth. That’s right. Fool me into thinking there’s not an ounce of calculation to your words. “Is it? Mighty kind of you to notice.”

A happy grin was her response.

Well now, she was surely going to enjoy this. Setting her own half-smile, she tilted her glass, watching as the whiskey caught the light of the candle. “Have you ever noticed the feel of glass? It’s smooth against your fingers, and though the whiskey burns you, the glass is cool. It seems strange, doesn’t it? That such fire could come from something so cool.”

Intensely aware of his gaze upon her, she brought the glass to rest on her bottom lip. “You lift the glass to your lips, and all that coolness rests upon your flesh. The scent of the whiskey hits you, sweet and fiery. Your mouth waters, and you can’t wait to have it inside you. Slowly, so slowly, you tip the glass, teasing yourself as long moments in want of its taste stretch unbearably.”

He no longer wore a smile. Dark eyes watched her as strong fingers dug into the glass before him.

A prickle washed over her skin, her heart a steady beat in her chest. With hushed voice, she continued. “Liquid slides down your throat. The flavor explodes inside you, a glorious rush of sensation that overwhelms and consumes. You curl your tongue, enjoying the lingering sensation in every part of your mouth. Then, you look at the bottle.” Finally, she met his gaze direct. No subterfuge. No tease. “And you know you can do it again.”


Owner of the Diamond Saloon and Theater, Alice Reynolds is astounded when a fancy Englishman offers to buy her saloon. She won’t be selling her saloon to anyone, let alone a man with a pretty, empty-headed grin…but then, she reckons that grin just might be a lie, and a man of intelligence and cunning resides beneath.

Rupert Llewellyn has another purpose for offering to buy the pretty widow’s saloon—the coal buried deep in land she owns. However, he never banked on her knowing eyes making him weak at the knees, or how his deception would burn upon his soul.

Each determined to outwit the other, they tantalize and tease until passion explodes. But can their desire bridge the lies told and trust broken?

Part of Decadent Publishing’s Western Escape.

Available NOW at: Decadent Publishing | Smashwords | All Romance eBooks | Barnes & Noble

Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks to Victoria for having me!

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Cassandra grew up daydreaming, inventing fantastical worlds and marvelous adventures. Once she learned to read (First phrase – To the Beach. True story), she was never without a book, reading of other people’s fantastical worlds and marvelous adventures.

Fairy tales, Famous Fives, fantasies and fancies; horror stories, gumshoe detectives, science fiction; Cassandra read it all. Then she discovered Romance and a true passion was born.

So, once upon a time, after making a slight detour into the world of finance, Cassandra tried her hand at writing. After a brief foray into horror, she couldn’t discount her true passion. She started to write Romance and fell head over heels.

The love affair exists to this very day.

Cassandra lives in Adelaide, South Australia.

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