Monday, February 09, 2009

Tunnel of Love Week Guest Blogger: Dakota Cassidy

UPDATE: This contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. To find out the winner, click here to visit Dakota's blog!
Okay, so, the lovely Jia from The Knight Agency emailed me and asked me to blog. I know she’s lovely because I just met her this past week, and now that I’ve met her, and she’s all lovely—I couldn’t turn her down.

Which means here I am, workin’ my last brain cell to come up with something to amuse, enthrall—electrify you.

So how’s that workin’ out?

Yeah. Same here.
But wait! I have an idea. A Valentine’s Day idea (cue swelling strains of violins and drum beats, emphasizing a moment of dawning lost brain cell recovery). Okay, so it involves some blatant promo, but if you read this (all the way through. No cheating allowed), I promise you could win something cool.

So here we go. I write a series called the “Accidental’s”. It’s a trilogy (and just recently became a quad of stories—is it called a quad?), about three BFF who’ve all been accidentally turned into some sort of paranormal creature or another. Marty Andrews was in The Accidental Werewolf. So yeah, she was accidentally bitten and thus, shazam!—turned into a werewolf. Nina Blackman is my heroine in
Accidentally Dead, a dental hygienist who’s accidentally bitten by a vampire, and probably the single most cranky candidate for anger management on the planet. And lastly, Wanda Schwartz, in The Accidental Human—sweet, gentle, sorta OCD who’s in deep horse puckey. I can’t tell you what happens to her because the book doesn’t release until March, 3, 2009 (insert more blatant promo here). Oh, and Wanda’s story is still paranormal. Figure that out with a title that has the word “human” in it, why don’t ya?

Now, the men in these women’s lives are not only patient (OMG—they’re like Job times a million), but hunky and totally willing to try and make the eternal accidents they’ve created, right. Real stand up guys.

First, there’s Keegan. He’s Marty’s man. Owns a multi-million dollar cosmetics company, and he’s also the alpha male of his werewolf pack. Oh, and he’s loverly to look at and despite the fact that he was attacked by Marty’s poodle when he was in werewolf form, he loves her dog.

Then there’s Greg. He’s Nina’s squeeze, and if Keegan can be called patient, Greg should have that word hyphened on his name because he deals with Nina. Nina’s cranky, has a potty mouth, and gives new meaning to the phrase “let’s get ready to rumble”. Greg’s a vampire, lick-a-licious, and the leader of his vampire clan.

Finally, there’s Heath—Wanda’s prey… er, potential love interest. Heath has the hardest job of all—winning a woman who’s just been diagnosed with a terminal illness—an illness he has no clue she’s got. They meet when he answers Wanda’s ad to sell cosmetics. Dudes, I know! A man who wants to sell cosmetics is just plumb lunacy. But there’s a reason, and in order to find out exactly why an off the chain hot guy like Heath has resorted to selling makeup—(insert more bold promo here), ya gotta read the book. Though, here’s a little tidbit on Heath. He’s human, too. Aha! I just know you’re all wondering how Wanda and Heath’s story can be paranormal if they’re both human (promo, promo, promo). But Heath has a secret—a big one. He’s also got a great sense of humor and more optimism in his little pinky than most have in their entire bodies.

So here’s how this all ties into Valentine’s Day—tell me, what do you suppose these poor men are going to go through every single year in an effort to make up for the life altering changes they’ve wreaked upon their women? And we’re not talkin’ just fifty years worth of making up—they’re immortal—that means they gotta do this forever. Seriously, what kind of gift can you come up with that’ll evah make up for turning someone into a vampire or a werewolf?

Is a box of candy ever going to cut it when you can’t even eat those chocolaty morsels of goodness because your diet consists of nothing but O positive? Do flowers really say, “Shoot, punkin’, I’m sorry you have to eat raw cow and shave your legs twice a day—forevah.”?

Does an expensive dinner with a wine you can’t pronounce the name of make up for the fact that you’re never going to be able to watch daytime television again? Will a cuddly teddy bear with a big red bow on it make your knees all soft butter-like when you’re battling hormonal mood swings to rival any bi-polar?

Yeah. Thus, this leads me to my question—I want you guys to tell me what kind of gift you think could possibly make something so earth shattering all good. A trip around the world—a Lamborghini—maybe a yacht?

So go on, hit me with your best shot—and see below for the contest rules :).

And here are the contest deets—I’m giving away a signed copy of the second in my series titled, Accidentally Dead. But that’s not all—I’ll personally buy TWO books by any one of the Knight Agency clients and have them shipped directly to you.

Uh-huh—so take a peek at some of the fab authors like Nalini Singh, Candace Havens, Gena Showalter, Deidre Knight and bunches more. Go here: and have a peek at some of the awesome books that could be yours!

All you have to do to be entered and add to your TBR pile is this—leave me a comment in the comments section with your answer, and that’s it!

One winner will be chosen at random Tuesday, February 10, 2009. The books chosen by the winner must already be published or available for pre-order. To find out if you’ve won, check out my blog where I’ll announce the winner here

Good luck, and heartfelt thanks for the support you’ve given the “Accidentals!”

Dakota :)

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Blogger Suzette said...

LMAO!! Him in a red bow and nothing else ready for when, where, and how I want at my beck and call all day. And I don't want to hear excuses, just more apologies in between nibbles and licks, ect, ect....:-P

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 8:38:00 AM EST  
Blogger Lisa Cohen said...

Okay--this is a non-entry, since I would absolutely feel like I was in major conflict of interest territory if I won! LOL.

While something shiny is always nice, the most romantic thing in my book is something my guy makes for me. A handwritten card with some reminder inside of why he loves me, followed by a night in. :)

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 8:52:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love to have a smile, a wink or a subtle touch as I walk by. A private laugh or a look of longing. I would love to have Valentine's day everyday with him telling me he loves me and charishes me. Why limit it to just one day, I'm just sayin.


Monday, February 9, 2009 at 9:19:00 AM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

Your post is too funny. The words "no, nope, and not going to happen" he will never be say to me again and lots of diamonds.

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 9:34:00 AM EST  
Blogger cindy said...

for me I think the most romantic thing my husband has ever done for me is, in the morning wake up with the kids.. make breakfast in bed, then all day long he does little things for me. last valentines day he sent me on a scavenger hunt, I got to pick a new dress from my fave boutique, shoes, sent me to get my hair and nails done, and the final clue was to meet him at a resturaunt and we had romantic dinner. Just me and him. He set all of this up with no prompting, came from his heart and that is why I love the man so much..... This valentines it will be just me and the kids, since he is deployed... so it kinda hard, but when he gets home we are so going to make up for all the lost time.....
Cindy Mac

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 10:08:00 AM EST  
Blogger Terry Odell said...

For me, it's the total surprise that says, "I listened." Seriously, one of the most romantic gifts I ever got was a Swiss Army Knife. Why? Because I'd mumbled "I should have one of those" to myself when I was watching MacGyver. He was in the room, but I was talking to the television set, not him.

Show me you're actually aware of ME, of what I want. Not the sexy stuff, because we all know it's just one step along the path to get what HE wants. A 'no strings' gift is much more romantic, IMHO. And we've been together 40 years, so it must be working.

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 10:18:00 AM EST  
Blogger Qwill said...

Honestly, in the case of Nina and Marty just living with them for eternity is enough payback! LOL Marty, Nina, and Wanda should be happy with the undying love of their mates. But to the guys, why just show how much you love someone on one day? It should be a 365 day a year (except of course in leap year) love affair!!

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 10:27:00 AM EST  
Blogger LuAnn said...

I'm not really picky about what I get as long as I get something nice and it's a SURPRISE. Yes, I love surprises! Dinner out at my favorite restaurant is always nice. Include flowers or a box of candy and I'm happy.

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 10:32:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we say "slave for the day" on every Valentine's?!? Course there will be some turn about on Father's Day!

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 10:33:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would have to say when a man gives you a nickname and when he sees you and looks at you in just that way you know he is only thinking of you and no one else.
Stephanie Keller

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 10:51:00 AM EST  
Blogger Leslee said...

Upon waking up I think she should be overwhelmed by the fragrance of sweet roses. When she dares to open her eyes she discovers that the bed is covered in millions of rose petals. As she stumbles into the kitchen it is spotless, coffee is waiting in her favorite mug just the way she likes it, breakfast is nearby. After a long hot steamy shower for two the day begins with a trip to her favorite salon for a pampering session. After that she is whisked away for a romantic get away where she is worshipped from head to toe for hours upon hours until the sun comes up the next day.

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 10:53:00 AM EST  
Blogger alanajoli said...

Wow, I can't think of a single "big gift" type thing that would have a huge impact on me other than possibly international travel (because what girl turns down a romantic vacation)? But I think more important than grand gestures are little gestures, all the time, that show I'm loved--and understood. And that's something I can totally count on my husband for, all the time. :)

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 11:11:00 AM EST  
Blogger tetewa said...

A romantic dinner and a movie at home is my ideal thing for Velentine's Day!

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 11:34:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...




Monday, February 9, 2009 at 11:35:00 AM EST  
Blogger Dakota Cassidy said...

Hey, everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by!

You guys have some terrific ideas!

And, Lynda, it was DEAD--but whatevs, right? LOLLOL

DC :)

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 11:46:00 AM EST  
Blogger Blkwtch said...

Hi Dakota
Your all over the place chick!!!
So what's New with you? I love your Accidentally series. WE WANT MORE, WE WANT MORE !!!!

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 12:02:00 PM EST  
Blogger Martha Lawson said...

My ideal Valentine's day gift would be if my husband would surprise me with a trip to New Orleans! It's been my dream for years to go there.

Martha Lawson

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 12:07:00 PM EST  
Blogger Dakota Cassidy said...

Hi, Blkwitch!

Next up is The Accidental Human (as if I didn't make that crazy clear in my post, eh? LOL), and after that in 2010, it's Accidentally Demonic :)

And yeah, I'm a busy girl these days!

Martha--I live not far from LA. In fact, the boyfriend and I are hitting up Shreveport for V-Day. I'll try and get some pics and post them to my blog.

Hugs, girls!

DC :)

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 12:14:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, I am not a materialistic person, but I gotta say jewlery. Whatever works for my color wheel. My birthstone is Nov and its not a pretty color. But I'd take rubies, sapphires, emeralds, diamonds, blue topaz. You get the idea :)

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 12:15:00 PM EST  
Blogger Pamk said...

shiny things are always nice. And travel would be a must. but personally him at my beck and call forever just might do the trick. Don't think he'd get out of groveling for a long long time lol.

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 12:24:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a nice man would be great. great giveaway. love blazes by crytal green


Monday, February 9, 2009 at 1:07:00 PM EST  
Blogger Lori Ann said...

I think the best thing a man can give a woman is unconditional love. And it nice when men demonstrate that love through small gestures like cooking for them, trying to make them laugh, and just being there when they are needed. Big gestures like vacations are nice, too, but they don't mean as much if the woman does not feel loved.

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 1:19:00 PM EST  
Blogger Cathy M said...

A trip to Italy has been on our dream vacation list for years, and it would be a total kick if he surprised me with that one year.


Monday, February 9, 2009 at 1:26:00 PM EST  
Blogger deb said...

All I got to say is he better have enough money to keep me in the style I want to become accustom to.LOL
Debby Creager

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 1:28:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would have to say....him waiting on me hand and foot, no matter what I want, all day and night!



Monday, February 9, 2009 at 1:30:00 PM EST  
Blogger donnas said...

Great post. I would have to say a romantic trip, just the two of us with no outside interruptions.

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 1:34:00 PM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

Mmm...I think it's all about becoming the house slave. Dishes, toilets, dusting...mmm...makes up for a lot of wrongs. Especially when it's him cleaning the fur out of the shower drain and the blood off the sheets. :)


Monday, February 9, 2009 at 1:43:00 PM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

lol , well the best ,hmm well have to say a little weedeater, for me to weeeat around the porch, since i was using his bigazz one. i thoght was sweet, for me a light weight though also the worst thing for VD as in romance, but i had enough jewelry and so i thought it was thoughtful, plus, lol he wouldnt have to do the weedeating close to the porch

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 1:49:00 PM EST  
Blogger Daisy Martin said...

I think a paranormal cruise would be the ultimate. All three hot men could get together and surprise their ladies with a late night cruise on a luxurious sailboat. Oddly enough, even though it was a sailboat, there would be three large, romantic state rooms, each outfitted will all the “props” one might need for a night of romance and hot sex. Lets just hope it's not a full moon, because it could get a little hairy (no pun intended) if it was a full moon and they were stuck on that sailboat with no access to land. Irregardless, I would be a little careful if I were the deck hand on THAT cruise with THAT bunch.

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 1:51:00 PM EST  
Blogger sharon baker said...


If you ever quite writing the accidentals, I am sure you will loose a lot of fans unless you can come up with something berrer.

Sharon Baker

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 1:55:00 PM EST  
Blogger sharon baker said...


I love your accidental books.
Please keep writing them.

Sharon Baker

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 1:57:00 PM EST  
Blogger Dakota Cassidy said...

Oh, Sharon! I hope that's not true because I have another series beginning in June... I'm doomed, ain't I? LOL

And I promise to keep up the accidentals for as long as I can!

DC :)

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 2:00:00 PM EST  
Blogger sharon baker said...


Looove your Accidental Books.
Don't ever stop writing them

Sharon Baker

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 2:08:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please do not quit wrtong the Accidental Books

Sharon baker

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 2:10:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looove ySharon Bakerour Accidental Books

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 2:11:00 PM EST  
Blogger Vicki said...

Love the post and the books sound amazing.

Hmmm...the gift, Oka, I'm going with Alaska for both of them. The werewolf when the sun is shinning 24/7 and she can enjoy both her days and nights for at least a week. And for the vamp, same place, this time with the moon is shinning 24/7.

Of course add to that a vintage blood wine and steak tartar and lots of loving.

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 2:17:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Suzette's idea. Just him wrapped in a big red bow and nothing else...

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 2:44:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does slave for life count?

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 2:57:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...’re never going to be able to watch daytime television again?

She might be getting a TiVo for Valentine's Day. lol

Oh well, whatever the the guys come up for Valentine's, it's the other 364 days of the year that count more.

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 3:11:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The man better be ready to server me every minute of the day with no back talk period. and he better come up with away so i can have my CHOCOLATE AND MT. DEW.

these are the books i would love to add tbr pile
The Magical Christmas Cat
Alluring Tales, Hot Holiday Nights


Monday, February 9, 2009 at 3:49:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doing little things that normally don't do or have to ask them to do. So much better if do it without your telling them. it's great once you get over the shock of them doing something on their own.

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 3:54:00 PM EST  
Blogger Dakota Cassidy said...

Shaelise--slave for life. LOLLOL. Love. it. :)

DC :)

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 4:07:00 PM EST  
Blogger Christine said...

I'd say homemade macaroni+cheese+lobster and molten chocolate cake makes everything all good, but since these ladies don't eat anything but blood and raw cow ...

An island - named after Marty, Nina, or Wanda, of course.


Monday, February 9, 2009 at 5:07:00 PM EST  
Blogger Mariee said...

Can't go wrong with a nice dinner or a trip to a romantic location.

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 5:09:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jo said...

Coupons. Lots and lots of coupons.

Oh, and not coupons to puchase things. No I mean coupons like, "Free back massage" "Free night taking kids while you have Girls Night Out" etc. All with a no complaining guarantee. The guy would have to come up with whatever works best for her....

It covers the "little things." He can be creative to add to teh "romance" ... and if he makes enough (or if he replenishes her supply every V-Day) it could last the eternity of their lives.

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 5:21:00 PM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

I gotta say, to me it's the small gestures that mean the most to me. My husband kisses me every morning before leaving for his day. I've played possem and checked, he does it whether I'm awake or asleep.


Monday, February 9, 2009 at 5:56:00 PM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

Just love me, love me forever -- but if he needs to have something tangible to show this love -- he could have me a personal library built and add books (of my choice, of course) to it weekly (LOL).

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 6:11:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A day doing anything you want to do...including shopping and watching 'chick flicks'...someone has to carry the bags and hand you tissues!

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 6:17:00 PM EST  
Blogger Stacy said...

Are you kidding me. The hunks these girls ended up with ain't that enough give me an eternity of hot sex with one of the two soon to be three hottest paranormal hunks that I have ever fallin in love with and everything else is just material. Valentines day would be just another excuse not to share them for the day.

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 7:57:00 PM EST  
Blogger JH said...

I want exactly the same thing Suzette wants!

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 7:59:00 PM EST  
Blogger Stacy said...

I live in Shreveport if you ever do a book signing around here let me know cause I love your books. I have a teenage girl and usually end up reading her young adult books so it's nice to have a book that a 33 year old can enjoy that has characters that are my age experiencing life as I live it. I work at an orthodontic office but no suck luck getting bit by a hunk but I'm married so it would cause problems anyway. LOL Oh could you recommend something while I'm waiting for the demonic book. I don't like the mass paperback I have a hard time reading them. Thanks for the escape

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 8:12:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time with him (hot $-E-X) lots of TLC, more loving, quality time together, roses, and, oh yeah, did I mention hot $-E-X. LOL

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 8:17:00 PM EST  
Blogger Daun Ann said...

I'd have to say a couple sets of leather so they can take turns playing doms and subs. That would be perfect.

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 8:32:00 PM EST  
Blogger Dakota Cassidy said...

Wow! You guys are awesomeness! Thanks so much for popping in :)

And let's see--Stacy, I HIGHLY recommend Mark Henry's Happy Hour of the Damned. He's incredibly funny and in trade--also, Kimberly Frost has a terrific semi-new release, too. Oh! Joey Hill's in trade--also awesome. There's more, I just gotta think on it :0

Everyone else--YOU. RULE!

DC :)

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 8:34:00 PM EST  
Blogger Dakota Cassidy said...

Oh, and, Stacy--I'll let you know, for sure. I'm going to Shreveport this weekend for V-Day--so I'll check out what's what with the bookstores :)

DC :)

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 8:36:00 PM EST  
Blogger Kammie said...

A constant flow of hand holding, hugs, "I Love You" and kisses for the rest of my life would do it for me.

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 9:26:00 PM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

A trip to Australia! All three books sound great!

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 10:11:00 PM EST  
Blogger Pam P said...

Dakota, your posts are always so funny and entertaining.

He'd have to slave away to please me every day, wine and dine and love me, taking me to exciting places all around the world.

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 10:21:00 PM EST  
Blogger Stacy said...

Barnes & Noble on Youree Dr. is defiantly the place to be.

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 11:06:00 PM EST  
Blogger @GeekWillow said...

They should name a star after their women for every year together, until one day they've named every single one for them.

Oh, and they can't just name it after their real names, that'd be too easy. They have to name each one after a special memory or moment that they've shared together. That'll teach them to take away their womans' mortality!

Once they've named every star in the sky, they can present her with a special sky chart/book with the corrected names marked.

Monday, February 9, 2009 at 11:23:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...makes it all worth it for me?...

The 50 year old football coach cried with me all summer when we lost our 15 year old cat. And two months later brought home two abandoned baby kittens because "he had a hole in his heart"...

Plus he's really good about putting up the laundry.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 12:00:00 AM EST  
Blogger Tamsyn said...

Well, I would like to spend the day in bed doing, well, what couples do with no interruptions, no phones, no housework, no nothing except love! :-)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 1:12:00 AM EST  
Blogger Kytaira said...

I'm not big on Valentine's Day because I prefer the little surprise things instead of the expected things. I like Terry's post because one of my favorite surprises was a can of coke. Sounds stupid but i wanted to quit drinking sodas and had told him that the hardest part would be when I really wanted one. I knew that eventually I'd break down and buy a pack just to have one. And when I had a pack in the house, it was all over. After going a couple of days without one I was debating going to the store and breaking down. Instead he went out to his truck and got me a single can that he'd been keeping in a cooler for me. Guess you had to be there.

I could go for a maid and cook though.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 1:38:00 AM EST  
Blogger Lori T said...

I think that the best gift that could be given is a daily reminder of how much he loves her. It is those everyday things that make a person feel loved and important and while they may not have been please initially to be "changed" guess is they are pretty happy with forever now.

I would love to be entered.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 1:46:00 AM EST  
Blogger Dakota Cassidy said...

Oh, Kytaira--I get it. My honeybunny brings me a White Chocolate mocha from Starbucks when he knows I've had a bad day--or sometimes just because he loves me and says so as he hands it to me.

And everyone else, thank you, thank you, thank you!

You were all outstanding today, and that you chase me around from blog to blog and show your endless support means the world to me!

Check my blog for the winner tomorrow morning :)

Hugs all 'round--
DC :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 2:09:00 AM EST  
Blogger Dakota Cassidy said...

Oh, and thanks, Stacy! I'll check it out when I'm there :)

Dakota :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 2:10:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LMAO, DC. You are way too good at this. LOL. Loved the blog post!


Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 3:44:00 AM EST  
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