All Tanya wants is to fit in with an art culture she doesn't belong in. All Cassia wants is to hide who she really is. When they romantically entangle, secrets will be exposed, and Tanya risks losing the one thing she longs for.
"...an engaging page turner with complex and eccentric characters, as well as a riveting plot." ~ Music City Oracle
"The characters in this book are so realistic and well developed that reading the story almost feels like you’ve met them and understand their circumstances." ~ Serious Reading
[Literary, Women's Fiction, Music and Dance, Culture and Arts]
As a reporter living in Deep Ellum, all Tanya Falgoust wants is to be accepted as part of the underground arts district. But living among free thinkers and musicians doesn’t make her one of them. Then she meets the sensual, rebellious Cassia, a performance artist who struts onto the stage and into Tanya’s bed.
No one knows who Cassia is, but her beauty and talents as an actress and dancer captivate the local scene. Tanya is mesmerized, and they quickly form a relationship. A close friend warns Tanya about Cassia, but she brushes him off. But when Cassia refuses to divulge anything about herself, where she lives, or even her real name, Tanya starts to realize her friend was right. And the secrets her lover is hiding are deeper and more damaging than Tanya could imagine.
As the pull of their relationship deepens and becomes more volatile, Tanya must decide whether to break from her desire before she loses the one thing she wants most—connection to the musicians who have accepted her into their community.
CASSIA by Lanette Kauten
Evolved Publishing presents a literary exploration of the art scene, a lesbian "Anna Karenina" set in an art district at the end of the Cold War.
"This book explores not only the topic of sexuality, but also the intellectual questions that artists and art enthusiasts ask themselves. Art reflects human nature, with all its idiosyncrasies, imperfections and emotional upheavals. This story gives the reader a taste of how art, in its turn, can affect those who are closest to it. The characters from this book will stay with me for quite some time." ~ AlinasVoice
"Cassia is like a painting with many textures." ~ S. Kanton
Books by Lanette Kauten:
- Behind the Open Walls
- House of Thistles
More Great Women's Fiction from Evolved Publishing:
- White Chalk by P.K. Tyler
- Yours to Keep or Throw Aside by E.D. Martin
- Carry Me Away by Robb Grindstaff
|Edition description:||First Softcover ed.|
|Product dimensions:||6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.48(d)|
About the Author
After a couple of years, I realized I would have to grow up eventually (actually, my mom realized that for me), so I went to nursing school and once again became a serious and determined student. While in school, I became fascinated with research, and after a few years of working as a floor nurse, I went into nephrology research and loved it!
Because just about everything interests me, I eventually picked up my long-dead hobby of writing, which I'm happy to say is now a budding career.
EDITOR: Growing up I was the kid who would get into trouble for reading in class. My family was the one at the restaurant with noses buried in books. It was only natural that I would seek some way to make books a part of my career path.
In March of 2014 I graduated from Portland State University with a MS in Technical Writing and Book Publishing. During my program I spent time as Acquisitions Manager and Project Manager with Ooligan Press, a student-run publishing house that is part of the graduate program. Since my graduation, I've started my own small business, taken over ownership of Portland Book Review, and worked as Project Manager at Spectacle Publishing Media Group before arriving here at Evolved Publishing.
I read anything except for traditional westerns, and have a soft spot for historical fiction and YA. I tend to gravitate towards genre fiction (particularly science fiction, fantasy, horror, action/adventure and all of the implied subgenres) and am a huge fan of comics and graphic novels. When I'm not reading or writing, I'm probably playing video games with my friends online.
While I enjoy writing my own fiction on occasion, my greatest joy is helping fellow writers achieve their dream of publishing their work. I look forward to working with Evolved Publishing and making those dreams into reality.