Author Cole McCade has a way with words. His writing is commanding, witty, a touch romantic and a whole lot of scorching. His words have a propensity to leap from the page and take hold of readers emotions. Gaining praise for his already released works including a short story in the Winter Rain anthology titled Sometimes It Storms and the novella instalment in the Bayou’s End series, Zero Day Exploit. Today Cole answers some questions about his new release book A Second Chance At Paris and what inspires him to write. Welcome to Talking Books Blog Cole!
Can you tell us about your book A Second Chance At Paris?
It’s kind of a book about finding yourself, and a book about getting over yourself, too. Celeste London used to be Hairy Mary Haverford, an awkward outcast teenaged geek who thought that young Ion Blackwell could never see her for who she was and love her for the amazing heart of a young girl full of dreams…so when she meets him as an adult—after leaving that girl behind, thinking she didn’t need her—she lies about who she is so he won’t hate her for what she was. For her it’s about finding out that who she was then is who she is now, and that person is and always has been worthy of love; for him it’s about realizing that no matter how many characters and ideals he creates and idolizes, there’s nothing better than the truth of who someone really is.
What was your favourite scene from the book?
Without a doubt the lovemaking scene from the night at the Versailles. It’s so painful and sweetly emotional, so charged and heavy with this anticipation of loss and yet lovely desperate need to hold on to everything beautiful they’re feeling in that moment.
“You’re like gravity,” he murmured, intense eyes locked on her, luminous in the dark, soft in the sated aftermath. “You pull me in. You hold me down. And I don’t want you to let go.” Ion Blackwell, A Second Chance At Paris by Cole McCade
Which character from your book A Second Chance At Paris has been the most challenging to write?
Alan Haverford, Celeste’s father – if only because it hurt. He’s nothing like my father, but they share an affliction. Alzheimer’s. And writing about what he was losing, and how Cel felt about her father’s disease, made it a struggle sometimes to get those words on the page when it forced me to remember what my father has already lost, and the missed chances we’ll never have.
What was your inspiration for writing this book?
A childhood crush that never went anywhere, and a field trip to Paris with the first boy who ever made me realize I just might be a little bit bisexual. He never even looked at me, but some part of me always remembered a midnight boat tour on the Seine, and how he looked standing against the bright-lit Parisian city skyline with the night wind in his hair.
Can you tell us about some projects you are currently working on?
Right now I’m working on Book Two in the Bayou’s End series, Third Time’s the Charm – the story of Cel’s sister Ophelia and her tangles with Brent Logan, an infuriating and snarly Aussie businessman turned Tai Chi instructor. But there’s also The Lost, which will be the first book in my Cole McCade: After Dark branded imprint of darker erotica, all loosely interconnected standalone stories set in the fictional modern-day metropolis of Crow City. The Lost is about Leigh, a woman who’s sort of deliberately lost herself in the back alleys of Crow City, seeking something she can’t find in one man’s bed after another, and so desperate to be free that she’d rather sleep on the streets than let herself be tied down. While it started off as erotica, it’s turning into this darkly haunted, quiet story that I love, with a certain feel to it that’s hard to explain. But I’m listening to a lot of Meg Myers, Melanie Martinez, and Marilyn Manson while I write it, so that should tell you something. Other than that apparently I like musicians with M.M. initials.
About Cole McCade
Cole McCade is a New Orleans-born Southern boy without the Southern accent, currently residing somewhere in the metropolitan wilds of the American Midwest. He spends his days as a suit-and-tie corporate consultant, and his nights writing romance novels in between fending off Tybalt, his geriatric cat. And while he spends more time than is healthy hiding in his writing cave instead of hanging around social media, you can generally find him in these usual haunts:
Books Released by Cole McCade
A Second Chance At Paris (Book 1 in the Bayou’s End Series)
One week in Paris. One chance with her childhood crush. And one lie that could ruin it all.
Before she was Dr. Celeste London, Astrophysicist, she was Mary Celeste Haverford: dork, loser, the geek formerly known as Hairy Mary. But she’d left all that behind—and left Ion Blackwell behind, nothing but an unrequited crush and the memory of a high school field trip, a night in Paris, and the words Celeste had never had the courage to say. She’d never expected to see him again…until a surprise encounter on a Parisian riverboat tour brings him back into her life, and gives her the opportunity to start over as someone new. Someone Ion doesn’t recognize, transformed from a social outcast into a polished, professional woman that Ion doesn’t realize is the girl he’s been longing for since childhood, the ideal he’s dreamed of his entire life.
Suddenly this vivacious (if charmingly awkward) “new” woman is teaching him that real love is better than any dream—but Celeste is hiding more than her identity. Hiding something that makes it hard to trust her increasingly erratic behavior, and her frequent secretive phone calls. When the truth comes out, the deception could shatter them both…unless they can give each other a second chance, and take a risk on love.
Zero Day Exploit (Novella release, 1.5 in the Bayou’s End Series)
In this side story to the Bayou’s End series, Ion Blackwell’s (A Second Chance at Paris) younger sister Zoraya gets a rude wake-up call about her life, her career, and her love when a one-night stand turns out to be more than she can stand. Read for a sneak peek into the Blackwell family, and teaser hints into the story of Ion and Celeste.
Zero Day Exploit is now available bundled in with Bayou’s End #1.0, A Second Chance At Paris.
Sometimes It Storms (From the Winter Rain Anthology)
What happens when love gets caught in the rain?
In this second volume in the Love in the Rain series, Del Dryden’s heroines find shelter from a powerful thunderstorm in their feelings for each other, while Alexis Hall’s heroes find the past between them washed clean by falling rain. Inara Scott’s hero and heroine upend their lives with a kiss in the rain, while Serena Bell’s characters set their world to rights in a winter storm. Rain helps Amber Lin’s lost lovers find each other, light morning rain washes away evidence of a goddess’s visit in Suleikha Snyder’s story, and rain-slicked city streets provide a backdrop for a burgeoning romance in Tamsen Parker’s tale. Rainy days bring solace to Cole McCade’s hero, while Stacy Reid’s heroine makes a bold journey toward love in a raging storm. Nine romance novelettes, edited by Sarah Frantz.
All proceeds from the volume will be donated to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (www.rainn.org), the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the United States.