KP Blog08 Sep 2014
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Hello there. I’m Cassandra Ulrich, and I am so excited to celebrate Keith Publications’ fourth anniversary.
Although I wrote short stories for class in grade school, poetry was my main form of artistic expression throughout high school and college. Many years later, after switching out of an extremely stressful job, I began writing stories again. This time, however, they were somewhat longer than short stories. Writing relaxed me after a long day of technical work. I couldn’t wait to see what my mind would come up with next, and it didn’t disappoint. My challenge became how to shut it off so I could get work done. <smile> Music is a huge catalyst, so to take a break from new story ideas, I must avoid listening to songs. That’s very hard to do considering I sing in two choirs. As a result, I’ve started many stories, some further along than others. In fact, I received contracts for two of them (“If It Kills Me” and “Danny R.O.S.S.”) this year, which is a huge accomplishment.
Now for a little history on the ones I’ve already released.
I started writing “Love’s Intensity” in 2008 and finished the rough draft in nine months. “A Beautiful Girl” came into being a few months later and was written in two months. Amazingly, this second book was the first to greet the world with its message of hope for abuse victims. 2010 marked the beginning of “Billiard Buddies,” a story about a female pool shark.
I joined a writers group in South Jersey in 2012, and the members have been a great encouragement and my biggest critics. They have helped me to grow beyond anything I could have managed alone. I also attended an online summer writing camp session by MFRW, a wonderful organization where writers I’ve never met in person feel more like extended family.
With my newfound love for writing stories, I began attending open mic events to read excerpts from my stories. This dynamic group of poets has inspired me to release those poems I compiled while still in college. My journey has taken me back to the place where it all began. I look forward to using both forms of writing to encourage and enrich the lives of others.
Cassandra Ulrich was born on the beautiful island of St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands, located east of Puerto Rico. Living in the tropics fueled her imagination and day dreams. For years, she wrote poetry and entered competitions. However, only many years later did she discover joy in writing stories longer than a few pages.
She published her first young adult novel, “A Beautiful Girl”, in April 2011. The inspirational novel has already touched many hearts ranging from teens to adults.
Her second novel, “Love’s Intensity”, is a teen paranormal romance and was released on July 11, 2013.
Her third, “Billiard Buddies”, a New Adult romance novella, was released on May 24, 2014.
She published/released “Real Purpose: You Are Special” on June 25, 2014, and “Life Experienced” on August 20th. Both are compilations of poetry written while in high school and college.
To find out more about Cassandra Ulrich follow the links below.
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Blurb of Book:
An avid pool table player, Gina has yet to meet her match among her billiard pals. Pete O’Reily, one of the guys she plays against at a local bar, finds someone he thinks will finally give her a challenging game.
Gina was thrilled she could finally compete with someone who sharpened her skills, but Sean Savage became much more to her after a few games. She started falling in love with Sean who remained loyal to his career-focused girlfriend, Cindy. Gina, having been hurt by a cheating ex-boyfriend, is determined not to cause the same pain to any woman. Because of this, she keeps her feelings for Sean a secret from everyone except her flamboyant cousin Gene and a girlfriend on the other side of the city.
Without realization, Sean stretches her ability to do this whenever he visits her like she’s one of the guys. Conflict occurs on many fronts: Gina avoids her ex, Hank, who wants to get back together; Sean longs to marry Cindy who spends more time at work than with him; and Gina has a falling out with Sean when he tries to set her up with a friend of his.
Will true love prevail?
Excerpt of Book:
“I hear you play a mean pool game,” Sean started. He couldn’t help but agree that she was cute, her round 1920’s features hugged by blond curls that bounced just above her jaw line when she turned to face him. Her smile accentuated her sparkling eyes.
“I heard the same about you. I think the guys brag too much. I love the game and practice a lot. Where do you play? I’ve never seen you before,” Gina said in a soft, velvet tone. She seemed guarded while she looked him over.
“I frequent another bar across town. Coworkers from the brokerage company I work for often go there.”
She wrinkled up her nose. “Oh, you’re one of those.”
“Why? You don’t like the business?” Sean asked, taking a seat next to her.
“It’s just that the stock market is so, well, unpredictable. I just don’t understand what’s so fun about doing work based on guesses.”
Sean thought of many other questions, but decided to not start waves this early. “Hmm. What do you do when you’re not playing pool?”
“I teach kindergarten at one of the private schools in the area. Otherwise, I keep to myself.” Gina glanced past him. “I think they’re becoming impatient. Ready to play?” She stood and stepped toward the pool tables on the other side of the room.Sean followed. “You bet. Rack ‘em up.”
“Best out of three?”
“Sure. Lady’s first.”
“Uh, Sean, that may be a mistake,” Pete warned.
Sean panned the room to find shaking heads all around. “It’s cool guys. I’d like to see what she’s got.”“Your funeral.” Pete backed away from the table.
Sean ignored his pal and nodded for Gina to take her first shot. After she pocketed four balls, Sean suddenly realized the prowess with which she played. Each shot possessed her full attention. Her stance never wavered once her study of the current layout was complete. The cue slid through her fingers as if coated with butter.
Too good.Gina prepared for her second to last shot when Sean locked her gaze. He studied her intently until she broke their connection. Her jaw muscles were tight with tension, and her furrowed eyebrows betrayed intense concentration. She was angry, pissed off even. He checked the table to discover that her next shot would be difficult, but doable if the cue clicked the seven ball at just the right angle.I have to distract her.
Sean moved, causing Gina to glance up at him once more. He grabbed the opportunity to smile. She grimaced before looking away and shaking her head. Gina readied for the next shot, but then faltered. For all her shots, he’d not seen her do that.It worked.
She straightened and continued studying the table. Shifting to her right, she turned around and pressed her buttocks against the table.Wow! No wonder the guys lose every game.Sean forced his eyes to look away from her alluring figure and repositioned himself so he stood facing her side. Gina placed her cue across her lower back and faltered again. Finally, she took the shot. The cue nipped the seven ball, only nudging it a few inches.Yeah! Beautiful!
Sean determined not to mess up the only shot she’d probably let him have during the game. However, as he surveyed the table, he realized, to his dismay, that his shot would be more difficult to make than hers. He’d have to hit the cue into one of hers to get to his. He had no intention of pocketing a ball for Gina.
He leaned over the table and exhaled before banking the cue ball into two of his, pocketing one.
I’m still in the game.
Sweat dripped off his chin as he made one shot after another. Then the unexpected happened.She winked at him.
She’d used the same tactic he used on her and it worked. His heart pumped a bit faster, just enough to distract him for a split second. He stared at the ball teetering near the pocket and sighed. He knew she would pocket his ball in order to make her next shot, but that wouldn’t help him. She wasn’t going to mess up twice.
Gina won the first game bringing on a loud cheer from the others Sean learned she had consistently beaten over the past few months. Sean strolled over to her and gave her hand a congratulatory shake.
“Great game,” he said. That won’t happen again.
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