Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Eden's Hell, I: The First is a finalist in the Paranormal Erotic Romance Category of the 2011 EPIC eBook Awards Competition™.
Eden's Hell begins a five part novel series, where biblical facts and fiction crash headlong to answer the age old question of how and why vampires came into existence.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I just made reservations for the conference in March. Can't miss that party! Anyone else attending?
One Soul for Sale - Paranormal Novella
BLURB: When Madelyn sells her soul on UBuy, she’s not ready for the hell that’s unleashed. All she really wants is to make a success of her art. But the gorgeous stranger who buys her soul for $666 asks her to perform a few tasks. Tests of her true worth, Madelyn thinks, as each brings her – and her cat Brutus – into greater danger. And closer to the frightening shadowy figure stalking her. On All Hallows Eve, her final test will open the gates of hell. Or is it heaven?
The other three include two contemporaries, Going with Gravity and Picture This, plus an erotic romance, Wilderness Girl.
I'm so excited I can't think straight!
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Just thinking about it makes my stomach turn. I can watch slasher movies and monster movies without nightmares. I still scream but then again, I'm screamed during Finding Nemo, so no big deal there. Anything to do with the spiritual world, demons, and possession has me clinging to my DH like a five year old for days.
I was about eight years old when I saw the Excorist. (Thanks Dad.) It came on television, since there were no VCRs or DVDs in THOSE days. He saw the little girl with the movie star mom and thought it was a Disneyish movie. Low and behold, my life was changed and my parents couldn't kick me out of their bed for nights.
Years later when I was a new mother the director's cut came out. I didn't even need to see the movie. All it took to set me off was the commercial of the spider walk.
I was home alone with my new born. My DH worked evenings at the time. I phoned my older brother, it was about 10PM, and asked if he'd like to come over to hold my hand. LOL Thank goodness for big brothers.
What movie makes you shake in your boots?
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Which actor arrived in the world nearly stillborn and was revived when his father plunged him into an icy lake? Stop by Mariposa's Musings to find out more about the actor who portrayed four of Universal's movie monsters.
Friday, October 22, 2010
I have discovered an amazing author and her beautiful world of pookas and fae and passion – Angel Martinez, now a fellow Paranormalist.
If you don’t know her, go and find her books and read them! I read her novel “Finn” and fell in love, and now I have just finished “Diego”, the incredible sequel to “Finn” – and I am about to go back to the start and read it all over again, because such stories rare, ladies and gentlemen, and have the real magic!
She is today a guest on my blog, talking about Fairy tales, and how they weren't always meant for children - how they are dark and beautiful and real.
Read her post here!
I admit I can't wait to read the rest of her stories. This is some of the best fantasy and erotica I've ever read.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Hi, everyone. I'm new here and thought I would drop a quick hello and introduce myself. *waves* I see a lot of familiar faces; some of you know me as a paranormal author, and some as a cover artist. In fact, I saw several of my creations in the Paranormalists Book Covers section. *blushes*
So, a little bit about me...
I began writing paranormal in the 1980's, shortly after reading several of Anne Rice's vampires novels. Back then I wrote primarily in the "fantasy" genre, you know, wizards, dragons, etc., but magic of any kind has always fascinated me, along with the forever raging battle between good and evil. While I'm still an author of fantasy under another author name, my love for paranormal is first and foremost. I was mesmerized by how Ms. Rice drew me to her characters, vampires who possessed emotions, battled inner conflicts like mortals, had the ability to love...and more specifically, were portrayed as human beings and not monsters.
I have several paranormal novels published with Purple Sword Publications. Two are stand-alones, and I have a five novel series called The First, wherein two novels have been released. Return to Me and Forever and a Day, are stand-alone vampire novellas, with the main characters in both also making appearances in the final novel of my The First series.
Geeze, talking about myself is boring, so before you all nod off, I'll say bye for now, but will return with more about my The First series at a later time.
This month, you have two opportunities to win One Soul for Sale. Join in the Night Owl Reviews Web Hunt all month for a chance to win one of three print copies. Next weekend, join the LASR Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a PDF copy. Or you could buy your own copy now - One Soul for Sale is available digitally from Eternal Press or in print from Amazon.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Rating 4.5 out of 5
Anyone who hasnt already grabbed this one, and you need some convincing, check out this review. Of course, I give the story a 4.9999999 (sorry, lost a fraction because I'm jealous of awesome character names...oh hell, I'm jealous of awesome characters.)
Go Trick or Treating with your Favorite Authors!
Sam Cheever is sponsoring her fourth annual Trick or Treating Bash on a street near you! The street is inexplicably filled with some of your favorite authors and they will be waiting by the door with tricks and treats for you. The lucky winner gets a Halloween Bag with a Kindle e-reader in it, books, assorted candy, and other wonderful prizes from the authors who live on Sam’s street. To start at the beginning, visit Sam’s Halloween Contest page from October 24th through October 31st for instructions.
Only one trip down the street per contestant and you must be at least 18 to play!
Come and join the fun and play for a chance to win a Kindle and a bag of goodies. You might be surprised to learn who lives on Sam’s street!
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Darius set out tonight to meet his end. Instead of meeting the true death and seeing the sun for one last time, he stumbles upon a reason to live. After a millennia of being held a sex slave by the Vampire Queen, he finally finds his mate, but she lie dying on a park bench. Will Darius be able to sacrifice her soul to save himself? And will he risk going back to the one person he desperately wanted to escape to help his mate through the change?
She ruined him to love, turning him into her sex slave, diminishing his strength as a male. When she came to him, he’d been honored to be chosen, but after an eternity chained to the wall in the damp, dark crypt, honor was no longer a word he understood. Shame and anguish were his brands. His lust for all things, including blood, left with his will to endure long ago.
But today, the day he planned to take his departure from this world, the thirst returned, calling to him from this exquisite creature waiting at Death’s door. Darius’s harsh laugh echoed among the trees. Fate was a tease. She played with his emotions and tempted him further into condemnation, searing his torture just as the straps of silver singed their pattern into his flesh.
The iron-tainted smell of blood permeated the air. Darius stared into the woman’s angelic face. With her eyes closed and lips slightly parted, the childlike innocence of her expression pleaded with him for mercy, but not the kind of mercy he struggled to administer. The death awaiting her was not the kind he was prepared to give. He reached out and fingered a lock of her golden brown hair, then caressed the side of her round face, wiping the dried blood from her mouth. She was lovely. Can she accept me as I am— a broken monster?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I'm about 10k into what I think is an urban fantasy, but I'm on the fence about the romance part. I'm actually leaning toward leaving out the romance, especially if it turns out this could be the first of a series. Would a romance muddy it up? If there's a romance, should it continue throughout the series? Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Ms Elsborg has taken several of my favorite genres combined them into one and the results are nothing less than outstanding. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who happens to love the paranormal genre and bdsm with a dash of m/m thrown in.
Kier’s character pulled on my heartstrings when his pure sexiness didn’t have me catching my breath. Add in the tortured Rhyl and the forgetful Piper and you have a complete cast for this sexy, fast paced and sizzling hot story. Lets not forget to add in a villain or two. No story would be complete without them. I will be looking at Ms. Elsborg’s backlist to read the rest of the books in this series.
Rated 5 Ravens and a Recommended Read by Tamara!
Saturday, October 9, 2010
As a kid, one of my favorite Saturday afternoon activities was watching old monster movies on TV. Every Saturday for the month of October, Mariposa's Musings http://mariposacruz.blogspot.com/ will explore the men behind the monsters. The actors from those early fright flicks suffered everything from physical discomfort to typecasting for their roles, but their contributions help shape a fledgling genre into an enduring fan favorite.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wow, I love this review. It's especially gratifying when the reviewer "gets" your work, which is absolutely the case with this BookWenches review of Surfacing:
There is something about mermaids that tickles our imagination. Many of us loved the Ron Howard movie Splash when it came out in the 1980s, and the tale (and ‘toon) of The Little Mermaid has enchanted countless little girls. These mythical creatures resound with romance and whimsy, and if you're as fascinated by them as I am, then I’ve got a treat for you: Cate Masters’ novel Surfacing. This is a very well-written and involving story that features a young man who has lost his sense of direction in life but who regains his self-esteem, his family, and his future when he meets and falls in love with a mermaid.
Ms. Masters’ writing style is smooth and effortless in Surfacing, providing a comfortable and enjoyable read. I found myself drawn to her characters and their world almost immediately, and within a few pages I became completely lost in the story. Not only are her characters well-rounded and believable, but so is the setting.
Ms. Masters has a knack for well-executed yet understated emotion; I found watching AJ and his grandfather bond to be quite moving.
Surfacing is a delightful, entertaining, and touching read that will have readers rooting for the young hero and hoping that somehow fairytales can come true. This is more than a romance: it is a coming-of-age story that will linger in my memory. I truly enjoyed every page, and I think that if you decide to read it, you may as well."
There's even more - you can read the full review here.
A huge thank you, Bobby. You made my week!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Sunday, October 3, 2010
I'm looking for about a dozen authors to help me celebrate Halloween by being a guest on my blog.
If you write paranormal/fantasy, or have a Halloween-themed release, email me at cate.masters(at)gmail.com if you want to be a featured author at http://catemasters.blogspot.com. It's a chance to share some favorite Halloween memories, recipes, legends - and of course, promo your story. :)
Join in the magic! But hurry, space is limited.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
I'm Angel Martinez and I write erotic fiction, mostly M/M, though I've been known to throw down the occasional hetero short story, and mostly Urban Fantasy of one stripe or another. Elves, vampires, ghosts, demons, and all the other non-human or once-human inhabitants of our universe have been my companions since childhood.
What can I say? I'm a believer.
A few years ago, I took a particular interest in that enigmatic Irish spirit, the pooka. (Not sure what a pooka is? I just happen to have an article on it - What the Heck's a Pooka Anyway?) This research gave birth to a particular pooka, a handsome, devil-may-care, smartass of a pooka, Finn. He has been my faithful companion since I first wrote about him in 2008.
His eponymous novel, Finn, its holiday short story follow-up, Finn's Christmas, and the new (released last month!) full length sequel, Diego are currently carried by Red Rose:
Finn: Endangered Fae #1
A mysterious stranger on the rail of the Brooklyn Bridge...
The heartsick novelist whose life is falling to pieces...
Sanity is relative and the world has room for more than one truth.
Finn's Christmas: EF #1.5
Who but humans would hold celebrations during the dark months when it's time to sleep? Finn navigates the oddities of the season and desperately searches for the inspiration he needs.
Diego: EF #2
A fit of jealous rage hurls Diego and Finn through the supposedly impenetrable Veil into the Otherworld. Power struggles, dying fae, Diego and Finn caught in the middle - it can't get any worse, can it? Oh, wait, the U.S. government's about to get involved...
And coming late in November from Amber Allure - my M/M vampire novel, A Different Breed
I asked my son, who is an unabashed Twilight despiser, if he would still speak to me if I wrote a vampire story. He said, "Of course you can write a vampire story. Just make sure it's good. And no glitter."
I promise, there's lots of action and heated tension...but no glitter.
Friday, October 1, 2010
I’m in trouble.