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: It’s not so much a blog as a place to share information.

And I’m on Facebook at  (and less often at 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:


Monday, May 30, 2016

Night Magic cover reveal and giveaway!

Night Magic:  Moonlight & Jasmine Series, Book 1

The beautiful but lonely owner of a bath and body shop, Krista Winter is in need of legal counsel. She was forced to flee from her life as a teacher in New Jersey after being shunned for practicing witchcraft. Her past is about to catch up with her.
Jon Bartolo is a dedicated lawyer, living in the town of Conway, New Hampshire. His days are spent helping his clients with their struggles and his nights are spent in agony, lost in a world between life and death. His mother, who died three years ago, lurks in his house, suffering from a curse for eternity, without a final resting place. 
A smoldering fire between Jon and Krista ignites almost immediately, however, he’s sure his secret would frighten a woman away. An afternoon escape brings them closer, but doubts linger between the love-struck couple. 
Burning questions about how to fuse their lives together with so much of their past still clouding the future become a heavy burden that they’re both trying to bear on their own.  
It will take a touch of magic if there's any hope in sight.

There is still time to enter Kathleen’s Night Magic Cover Reveal Giveaway for a 10.00 Amazon Gift Card. Hop over to her place and enter.

While you are there take a look around. 

Love's Encore

Her contemporary romance, Love’s Encore was released from Beachwalk Press on May 16, 2016. 

Here’s the blurb and buy link for Love’s Encore.

Desire wins the lead role. 

Sadie Layne, a creative and motivated high school drama teacher, is grateful for second chances. After surviving breast cancer, she embarks on a celebratory trip to LA with her two best friends. Sadie never expected to run into the handsome and charming Vince De Carlo in the hotel lobby. She hasn't seen Vince much since they worked together in a theater company years ago. Their meeting interrupts her plans and reminds her of the life she left behind.
Vince, a struggling actor and cover model,
is in LA to promote a television pilot. His old attraction to Sadie is stronger than ever. He never forgot her, even though a trusted friendship and a scripted kiss was all they'd shared.
The reunited pair give in to temptation, but reality soon collides with lust as strong doubts about their blossoming romance get in the way. Sadie dreads facing her defeat as an actress, and Vince doesn't think a struggling actor like himself is capable of providing the accomplished teacher with what she deserves.
Will the couple find a way to keep their sizzling romance alive and build a future together? Or will their uncertainty win the lead role and smother the flames? 

Here’s where you can find Kathleen. She loves hearing from her readers.