About Cassandra By Starlight:
Falling in love makes Cassie Wallace’s everyday and normal life much more complicated that she’d ever thought it could be.
Being an independent and somewhat unconventional woman, she?d never intended to fall head over heels for a handsome, charming and younger man, one who lived a life she?d only ever imagined before on the big screen.
But Bennett Saville, up and coming star of theatre and film and filthy rich to boot, was one such man. From the tips of his shiny Armani loafers to the auburn curls on his head, he turns Cassie’s world upside down. From their initial tragic meeting to the dangers that threaten them both as their relationship grows more intense, Cassie finds herself a willing participant in Bennett’s world. She learns about a life in show business and living with a man who is constantly on show to the world – not to mention having to face the fact that women throw themselves at him with regular abandon.
Cassie embraces the challenges as only she can, in her usual feisty fashion, lending humour and compassion to their developing relationship. And when violence and fear comes calling for them both, it takes the two of them to hold the dangers at bay and face the events together.
About the Author, Susan Mac Nichol:
Susan Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, UK, and left for South Africa when she was eight. She returned to the UK thirty years later and now lives in Essex. Her debut novel ‘Cassandra by Starlight’, the first in a trilogy, has recently been published by Boroughs Group Publishing in the US.
Sue has written since she was very young, and never thought she would see herself being a Romance writer, being a Horror/Psychological thriller reader all her life. But the Romance genre is now something very close to her heart and she intends continuing the trend.
Why You Should Care About Cassandra by Starlight:
The book deals with the issue of female on male rape as well as schizophrenia. It’s primarily a romance but does have a dose of suspense in it. There are two lead characters-Cassie who is deeply in love with Bennett, the other main character. Bennett is an actor and is stalked and raped by a fan. The author did extensive research and has been credited by a well-known male rape survivor/activist who has had to deal with a lot psychological effects and ridicule since the attack.
To view the author’s explanation about Female-on-Male rape and her inclusion of it in her debut novel, see her post about it here on Evolved World. I personally welcome awareness of the fact that rape is a crime that can happen to anyone, and encourage fiction that pushes for more recognition of male victims alongside female victims. Having known both males and females who have been sexually harassed and/or raped by other females in my own life, I would love for all critique of rape culture to recognize the evil of every form of rape, be it gang, date, female-on-female, female-on-male, male-on-female, or ‘stereotypical’ stranger in the alley rape. I support the attempt by the author to bring this taboo subject some more light in a way that can truly resonate with the lives and intellects of her readers.
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