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Why I Didn’t Give Up on a Hero by Cassandra Carr


Five years after I wrote the first draft of my hockey romance, Should’ve Known Better, the book released. One piece of advice writers commonly hear is how your first book — which Should’ve Known Better was for me — is most likely never going to see the light of day. When you’re first writing, you make tons of mistakes, both big and small, and many first books are, well, amateurish. And that advice, overall, is correct. The more you write, the better a writer you become, and that first book is often…rough, to say the least.
So why didn’t I let Should’ve Known Better die a quiet death on my hard drive?
Because I loved loved loved the hero, Sebastian. When I wrote Should’ve Known Better, I took a whole bunch of the attributes I admired in heroes I’d read and mushed them all together into my ultimate hero. As I wrote the book, I fell even deeper in love with Sebastian. And that love never waned. I wanted Sebastian’s book out in the world. Despite the potential rough qualities of that first book, Sebastian’s love story deserved to be told. Because of this, I re-wrote the book a couple of times, and finally, in the fall of 2012, I was considering self-publishing it. A friend of mine who owns a small press which I publish some things through offered to read it as a courtesy to see if it was salvageable — if it was worth my time and expense to self-publish it.
She read the book and sent me an email saying, “I want to publish this!” My response was, “Yay!” and so the journey began.
It appears we made the right choice, as Should’ve Known Better is my best-selling book — by far! I’m now working on a book for Sebastian’s roommate, Rob, which we hope to put out in early fall.
The rest, as they say, is history!
Here’s the blurb for Should’ve Known Better:
Sarah Jenkins, a math geek and hockey fanatic, is thrilled when the NHL hires her as an advisor for the Buffalo Storm. She gets to marry her two loves in this perfect job.
Sebastian St. Amant is a young hockey player looking to make the jump from the minors to the big leagues. His lifelong dream is within reach, but he needs to convince the Storm’s management and coaches he’s ready.
When Sarah and Sebastian meet, sparks immediately fly. Both want to succeed, but neither can ignore the growing attraction and a relationship is out of the question—Sarah’s an influential staff member and Sebastian’s a player, not to mention over ten years her junior.
But the impossible becomes the necessary when they can no longer fight their attraction. As everything crashes around them, the strength of their relationship is tested. Will it weather the storm, or should they have known better?
You can get buy links for Should’ve Known Better (and see all my other books!) at
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Author: Lisa Fox

World-renowned neurosurgeon, master chef, secret member of American royalty, seducer of legions of beautiful, outrageously sexy angels and demons and vampires and werewolves and the occasional pirate, Lisa Fox has done it all… in her own mind. In reality, she can generally be found at her desk with a cup of coffee close at hand. Or maybe a martini. It really depends on the day.

10 thoughts on “Why I Didn’t Give Up on a Hero by Cassandra Carr

  1. Heat on ice! I’ll have to add this to my to-be-read list.

    • It’s not erotic, but it’s got plenty of steam. I hope you fall in love with Sebastian like I did! Thanks for coming by!

  2. I love that you didn’t give up on this story! One of my projects this year is to rewrite my first. All the best!

    • I think sometimes it’s best to let the book go, but sometimes the advice is wrong. 😉 Thanks for commenting!

  3. And I love this book so much so I am so glad you didn’t give up.

  4. Sebastian sounds like a hero totally worth falling in love with! Thanks so much for hanging out with us today, Cassandra!

  5. I have read this book and Talk to Me and both a great reads. You have become one of my favorite authors. I am very glad that you didn’t give up on this wonderful story.

    • Thank you so much evejeann! I’m really excited you enjoyed it and Talk to Me. 🙂 I’m nearly done writing the first draft of the next book in this series. It’s Rob’s book!

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