Happy Halloween! (a little early)

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. The creativity involved in coming up with costumes and becoming someone (or something) different has always appealed to my writer’s heart. This is also the Celtic holiday of Samhain, when the veil between worlds is thought to be thinnest. Those who have passed are free to return, along with more otherworldly beings. It’s a night steeped in dreams and “what-ifs”.

I used to go for long walks on Samhain after the sun set, carrying packets of salt and iron nails in my pockets just in case I encountered roaming spirits or fairies. I made sure there was a jack-o’-lantern on the stoop to trick any passing visitors from beyond the veil into thinking that one of their number was already messing with my household.

This year Halloween will pass more quietly as I stay at home—keeping my loved ones close, mulling cider and sharing stories. I know it won’t be too long before I’m roaming the streets again on Halloween night, exploring the veil.

The Blood Moon

The full moon in October is sometimes called the Blood Moon. I’ve read that it marked the time when herds would be thinned to ensure survival of the fittest livestock over the winter. Meditating on this, I find that this is the season for culling. I plan to go through my things as much as I’m able and let go of what isn’t serving me. It’s good preparation for the winter, which is my time of reflection. Clearing space will prepare me for the cleansing snows and allow spring to enter my life with plenty of room to bring new growth and blooming possibilities.

Gray Card has Launched!

I’m so thrilled that Gray Card launched today! I have many series in the works, and The Department of Homeworld Security is one of my favorites!

Cute SpaceshipThe novellas feature super-hot genetically engineered aliens who spend so much of their lives focusing on technology that they’ve lost touch with their bodies—until they encounter Earthlings eager to remind them of just how entertaining bodies can be 😉 The stories are lighthearted and fun.

So many awesome things are already happening surrounding Gray Card. RT Book Reviews chose its cover as one of their top ten for October! You can actually vote for your favorite among their list here:

http://www.rtbookreviews.com/blog/85717/whats-best-book-cover-month-take-poll

Gray Card has been hanging in at around fourth place! The cover is by Syneca and absolutely captures the feel of the story.

You can also check out this great review from Library Journal:

http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2015/08/books/genre-fiction/romance/e-originals-from-bailey-barnard-bass-chandler-dominic-mortimer-xpress-reviews/

I’m so excited about this series and have a lot more in store for you! The second novella, Resident Alien, is in final edits right now, and I’ll be submitting the third novella to my editor next week! And then it’s on to the next series arc, which is already coming together nicely. These books are so much fun to write. I hope you have just as much fun reading them!

You can buy Gray Card from Samhain Publishing‘s site or at Amazon.com 🙂

Many Good Things

I do my best to focus on the positive in life, and there have been many good things lately to help with that. Among them, today RT Book Reviews listed the cover for Gray Card as one of their top ten favorites for the month of October.

Gray Card by Cassandra Chandler…O.o

RT Book Reviews.

My cover is right next to a Kelly Armstrong title. That is a pretty freaking good day.

I’ve loved the cover for Gray Card since the moment I saw it (thank you, Syneca, and thank you Samhain Publishing!). I’m so glad to know others love it too.

RT Book Reviews has  a poll running where you can vote on your favorite cover. Hop on over and check it out!

http://www.rtbookreviews.com/blog/85717/whats-best-book-cover-month-take-poll