Author Override: Cassie Alexander

Author Override is the place where authors take the reins and take you on a journey into their world. Some may allow you into their private writing dens. Others may take you along with them on research trips or interviews. Whatever the case may be, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride because here you’ll get an in-depth look into an author’s musings.

Hello again Under the Covers readers!

Last time I was here I talked about the top ten nursing myths that were out there – I thought this time y’all might like a list of the four of the most ‘interesting’ things I’ve been asked as a nurse, and my responses. Let me preface this by saying that where I work is a huge public facility. We get and give quality care to ‘all types’ of patients, and I’m not especially attractive – we just wind up taking care of lot of hopeful alcoholic and/or recently doped men on my floor:

“Can we go for a walk? I’ll pay you twenty dollars.”
First off, I knew this patient did not have twenty dollars. Secondly, I knew that ‘go for a walk’ was code for sex or a blowjob. (They were not currently, nor probably ever, of sound mind.) Third, no way in hell, not with someone else’s mouth or vagina. Fourth, they had already hit on everyone else on the floor, in their rather incompetent yet sincere fashion, and I was starting to feel left out in a kind of elementary school team-picking kind of way. So my answer was a congenial, “No thank you, not today.”

“Can she see me?”
Asked by someone who was hallucinating with alcohol withdrawal, after seeing a preacher come on early Sunday morning TV. The preacher was talking very loud and using authoritative hand gestures. My answer to them? “Yes. And she really wants you to stay in bed.”

“Are you a mumble-mumble?”
I leaned in closer. “What did you say?” “A mumble,” they try again. Their voice is hoarse after having had an ET tube taken out earlier on in the day, and they’re still a little drugged post-op. Me, the understanding soul of patience: “Sorry sir, I didn’t get that, what were you asking?” “I said, are you a hooker!” they shout. With their elderly father at the bedside. “No, sir, I am not,” I answer, and we continued on awkwardly for the rest of the night.

And last, but by no means least –

“How do I make the porn come back?”
My hospital’s a little on the older side, so we don’t have cable, and it was six in the afternoon, hardly late-night-drama soft-core viewing time. I told him all of this but my patient was convinced he’d seen porn somewhere, and spent a lot of his free time clicking through the scant 25 channels that we do have looking for it. Imagine my surprise when three nights later he triumphantly tells me he’s found it…and it’s actually the new mother’s instructional channel with their four times a day video on newborn latching on onto a breast.

See, y’all think I make up everything up for my books, but trust me, the reality is so strange that if I wrote about it, no one would ever, ever, believe.

I hope this doesn’t scare you all off from reading Shapeshifted! 😉

Much love,
Cassie Alexander, RN


Nurse Edie Spence is once again called upon to save a life…and this time, it’s personal. Can her new community of zombies, vampires, and shapeshifters come to her rescue when she needs them most?

When Edie was fired from her paranormal nursing job at County Hospital, her whole world came crashing down. Now she’s is once again shaken to her core. Her mother is deathly ill and there’s only one thing that will save her: vampire blood. But with the paranormal community shunning Edie, where can she obtain it…without losing her own life in the process?


Edie hopes to procure it at her new job at the clinic across town, where the forces of evil loom large. Vampire gang wars are rampant. Old underground enemies are rising to the surface. And Edie’s zombie ex-boyfriend has arrived at the scene—but is he the same man he used to be? And what should she make of the enigmatic doctor with whom she shares an unexpected connection? She’ll have to figure it out soon, because all hell is about to break loose—literally—and time is running out


Author Bio:  

Cassie is a registered nurse and the author of the Edie Spence urban fantasy series. Nightshifted, her debut novel, was released by St. Martin’s Press in May 2012, and Moonshifted followed in Nov 2012.

Shapeshifted will be out on 6/4/13!!!
Deadshifted will be out in Dec 2013, and then Bloodshifted will be out in June 2014.

Website: http://cassiealexander.com/
Twitter: @CassieY4
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cassieY4?fref=ts


Ms. Alexander is graciously giving away a SIGNED print copy of SHAPESHIFTED.  International.

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Love this, had this series on my TBR list for ages and can´t wait for my chance to read!
Happy Tuesday!

Leanna h

My mom is a nurse at a Chirldrens hospital so her stories are not nearly as interesting. I cannot wait to read Shapedhifted I loved Nightshifted!


this series wa recommended to me and from what i’ve read already i quite enjoy it. My aunt is a nurse and she told quite often stories that we hardly could believe so now yours seem even quite soft ^^

thank you a lot for the international giveaway

Alicia Jespersen

I LOVE these books! I can’t wait to read Shapeshifted. Thank you so much for the giveaway and the chance to win!


This sounds like an amazing series!!
Thanks for the chance to win!


ooooh… I love this series!!!! Can’t wait to see what’s in store next for Edie 🙂

Elizabeth P

I just heard about this series….can’t wait to get started!!

Beth H.

I love this series! I can’t wait to see what happens next! I feel so bad for her brother. My brother used to call me “sissy” too!

Sandy S.

Congratulations on the new release and the series.

Do you plot your storylines while working as a nurse??????

Cassie Alexander

Yep! I only work part time, so I can write — but I’m still working, haven’t quit the night job yet ;).

Amber H

I’ve got a couple of these. I havent gotten a chance to read them yet but I will def. have to move them up on my tbr pile.

Niki T

Thanks for sharing those anecdotes. Very funny. This sounds like something I’d definitely enjoy reading. I think I can relate to Edie. Thank you for the chance to win a copy. 🙂


What an interesting series! Nurse Edie sounds like a great character. Will be putting Shapeshifted on my TBR list. Thanks for sharing.

Allison W

Sounds awesome, and I loved the interview!


Nightshifted and Moonshifted were favorites of mine. I can not wait to get my hands on this one.


I love this series.

Maria D.

OMG! Sounds like Cassie works in a fun and exciting place….believe me sometimes in my office job…I wish that someone would get creative with a question…looking forward to reading Shapeshifted when I catch up on reading the books:)

Barbara Elness

Loved the author override, and believe me Cassie, after reading Nightshifted and Moonshifted, nothing you could say in your interview could scare me away from reading Shapeshifted. I can’t wait! 😀

Diana Doan

Sounds really good 🙂

Jennifer Crawford

Thank you for the awesome giveaway!!


Thanks for this giveaway!!! 😀

Mary Preston

I nursed, but children and maternity. This was just so funny.

Rita Domingos

love this, hope have luck!

Filia Oktarina

My aunt was nurse when she young, but now she was midwife.


Great post!


Congrats on the release. Cant wait to read it.

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nurmawati djuhawan

sounds an interesting book…i love PNR !!
thx u for hosting this giveaway cassie 🙂


This sounds like an amazing series!!
Thanks for this giveaway.


Interesting interview questions


I’ve read the first book in the series, and I really enjoyed it. I like how Edie is very much a down-to-earth person.

Texas Book Lover

This sounds like a series that I would quickly get addicted to!


I’d be up for reading your memoirs alongside the Edie books.

Cassie Alexander

Ha, Lisa — I used to keep a pretty accurate diary of things, but now there’s so much weird I don’t even pay attention anymore ;). I just figure work’ll give me something to talk about at the old folk’s home eventually ;).

Meghan Stith

Wow! I really can’t wait to read this! Adding it to my TBR list!! I always wonder if the author has any life experience that they put into their books? Thanks for sharing with us and Thanks for the giveaway!
mestith at gmail dot com


This sounds like an amazing series!! Thanks for the giveaway!