Sunday, July 17, 2016

Happy bookaversary to Going with Gravity!

It's hard to believe it's been seven years since my contemporary romance novella, Going with Gravity, was first published. To celebrate its bookaversary, I revised the story a bit. I also created a new cover that fits the story better, and is much more beautiful!

In 2009, the artists at The Wild Rose Press created this cover.
The story released on July 16, 2009.

I'm grateful to The Wild Rose Press, publishers and editors and cover artists, for helping launch my romance writing career. Going with Gravity was one of three stories published with them in 2009, and several more followed in later years.


In 2011, I requested the rights back, revised the story and released it with this cover, which is a little play on one of the scenes.


And when I realized that the story was about to celebrate its seventh year, I decided to freshen up both the story and the cover.

So, without further adieu, here is the new Going With Gravity cover. Ta da!

The novella was a 2011 EPIC finalist, and has had some wonderful reviews.



Reviews have described Going with Gravity as:   so compelling I did not want to put it down. The sexual encounters were sizzling and the ending was unexpected. There were moments of poignant emotional conflict.” 

And “What happens is what storybook romances are made of and what everyone hopes for in their lives. But, you will have to read this romantic and heartwarming novel to learn just when and why Allison realizes she might have met the right man, and why Wes made sure to meet her on that fateful flight. “

And praised the hero: “Wes, the hero, is so darned sexy, I wanted to take him home. I’m not talking about his finesse with the spicy part of loving; it’s his class, style and solidness of character. Wes struck a chord with me that makes him a keeper. There’s the part where Allison meets him again under somber circumstances. The way Ms. Masters describes the whole scene allowed me to visualize it. It’s hard to find the exact words to describe how it made me feel but it is no surprise to me that Allison could connect with a guy like Wes so readily. He’s written in such an approachable way, I fully believe that love at first sight can happen.”


It's a great beach read!

You can pick your copy up from Smashwords and Amazon. Other online booksellers will carry the updated version in a few weeks.

I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!


Monday, June 20, 2016

The road less traveled


There’s a funny meme on social media that says: “I took the road less traveled, and now I don’t know where the hell I am.”

That pretty much sums up my current state, writing-wise. For the past two years, I’ve taken a fairly sharp turn away from romance. More like a 180 turn, actually—back toward the stories I fell in love with as a kid. I was a fangirl of Ray Bradbury, J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, and a few years later, Margaret Atwood, T.C. Boyle, Michael Chabon and a million others across the story spectrum. I never read only one genre.

When I write, I love to mash subgenres, but it’s been difficult to write in only one genre. Editors have prodded me from the beginning to add more sex scenes, and when I do, they still want more. More body parts, they say. And sometimes it reads a bit strained, to me. I prefer the emotional side of relationships.

And while I still believe all good stories have a love story at their hearts, I need to stretch into other genres. The two novels I’ve written over the last two years are definite stretches, one a futuristic novel and the other a magical realism.

And I have so many more ideas for more stories like those. Another futuristic. Another magical realism. A women’s ficion. A screenplay, though I’ve been avoiding that story because it runs to the dark side. Once I figure out a way to shine some light into it, I will go back to it because it’s a very powerful story.

I’m grateful for every reader and friend I’ve made along this journey. The generosity of the writing community has always been a warm and comforting safety net in this sometimes difficult business.

It’s definitely not goodbye, because I love all the stories I’ve written these past six years more than I can say. They are a part of my heart, and I hope new readers continue to find them and hopefully love them.

For now, future stories are splitting onto different paths. I hope you will all love those stories just as much as those I’ve already written.

I hope to still see you all along the way. I’m using my original pen name of C.A. Masterson for some stories, and I’m posting book news at my Painted Fire site: http://paintingfirewithwords.blogspot.com/ It’s not so much a blog as a place to share information.

And I’m on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/catemasters  (and less often at https://www.facebook.com/CA-Masterson-23541577106/ because author pages tend to be hidden in the news feed).

And with a few events coming up, including a signing at Cupboard MakerBooks and York Book Expo, I’ll still be here as Cate Masters.

It’s an exciting and somewhat scary time. I don’t know where it will lead, but I feel good things are coming.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Guitar magic

I'm over at In the Pages of a Good Book talking about guitar magic today.

I hope you'll pop over and say hi.

I also mention that my contemporary rock 'n roll fantasy/fairy tale, The Griffin's Secret, is on sale this month for just 99 cents. In case you miss it. :)

The buy links don't seem to be working there, but here they are again: