Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Release Day for The Duende and the Muse!

To celebrate the release of The Duende and the Muse, my short Faery (fantasy) story from The Wild Rose Press, I’m giving away a PDF copy to a random commenter. I'll announce the winner tomorrow night at 9 p.m. (Eastern). Just share something about your muse – or duende, as the case may be. Does inspiration light upon you like a butterfly? Or strike like a bolt of lightning, sizzling along your nerve endings, burning your fingertips until they’re forced to pound it out on paper or a keyboard? Sometimes the best stories come out like that, jumping from our head to the page almost fully formed.
The Duende and The Muse was a little of both. It started as a lightning strike, and I tweaked it a bit later, after it had cooled off a bit.
And if you don’t win today, if you purchase it (or Seventh Heaven, my Vintage Rosette), you can enter The Wild Rose Press’ contest to win a Sony eReader. Details are here.
Here’s the excerpt:
Melinda is startled when she notices a dark figure leaning against a booth across the aisle. He stands out like a charcoal etching against the background of clouds—harsh outlines, jagged features. Menacing yet compelling. He smiles, and lightning flashes from his dazzling white teeth, zinging through her.
She’s never seen a muse like him, but he must be one—otherwise, he wouldn’t be here. He wouldn’t be stepping toward her with the intensity of a jaguar, a laserlight in his eye, teeth bared in a hungry smile.
This guy looks like a Vanity Fair ad—layered hair mussed just so, sandals with a jacket and jeans that fit really well. She runs her hand across her belly to quell the tiny pinpricks. She’s been so busy with work lately, she hasn’t met anyone new.
“Who’s that?” Her wings can’t beat fast enough to cool the heat rising from deep inside her.
Calliope turns to Euterpe. “Oh my. How did he get in here?”
Euterpe squints in his direction, then furrows her brow. “A duende. They’ll let anyone in these days.”
That explains it. She’s heard of them—said to be a combination of charm, magic, inspiration, fire, magnetism—and demon. Muses were warned at an early age not to take up with duendes. Tales of muse-duende liaisons were fraught with disaster and downfall—for the muse. Duendes managed to carry on unscathed, though their methods of inspiration could be deadly for their students. The thought vanishes quicker than a flicker of sunlight on water as he moves toward her and says hello in a voice whose timbre resounds within her.
“Hi.” She stares, entranced by his dark beauty.
His smile envelops her. “I’m Devon.”
She extends her hand. “I’m Melinda. So nice to meet you.” Fire sparks in her fingers as he takes her hand in his, then leans to kiss it. A tingling crawls up her arms and neck and into her head, where it scrambles her thoughts. His gaze lingers on her lips, and they quiver open like a rosebud blooming in sunlight.
His voice is like a hot wind in the desert. “The pleasure’s all mine.”
Oh, she doubts it.


Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Cate,
Congratulations on the release.

Anonymous said...

Hey, that's great new! Congratulations, Cate.

Winnie said...

That was me that just commented.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks so much, Margaret and Winnie! I appreciate your support!

Kathye Quick said...

I've never hof a Duende before. Interesting. I'm going have to get this and see what happens.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks for helping me celebrate, Kathye!

Debra St. John said...

Congrats, Cate. Music is always my muse.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks, Debra! And congrats on being #1 on TWRP! Woo hoo!

Hywela Lyn said...

Hi Cate

Sorry to be 'all behind' I meant to comment here yesterday! Congratulations on your new release, it sounds wonderful.

My own muse Terpsichore (Muse of Dance in TWRP's 'Song Of The Mues')
is very intrigued by this duende of Melinda's. She insists she dictated the whole of 'Dancing With Fate' to me, and all that research I did into Greek and Welsh myths and legends had nothing to do with it! LOL

Hywela Lyn said...

Hey-ho. That should have been 'Song of the MUSES' of course!

Cate Masters said...

Thanks much, Lyn! I loved doing the research for this, too - so much it evolved into another story about Dionysus, due to be released by Freya's Bower soon!
Thanks for helping me celebrate!

Lily Stone said...

Congrats on your latest release!! Much success with all the upcoming ones...

Cate Masters said...

Thanks so much, Lily! And thanks for stopping by!

Emma Lai said...

Congratulations on the release, Cate! It sounds very intriguing!

I think my muse has departed with my pregnancy...must have been part of those brain cells I lost. My dreams used to inspire me. Now they're too strange to even put into words and many of them are like bad horror flicks. But, I did manage to get a short polished and a query submitted today. Yay!

Cate Masters said...

Hang in there, Emma - it'll pass! And you'll have a wonderful baby, well worth a few brain cells! Congrats on your most important upcoming "release"!

Cate Masters said...

Thanks again to all who helped me celebrate the release of The Duende and The Muse!
And now... the winner is.... Hywela Lyn! Lyn, I will email you the PDF. Hope you enjoy it!

Hywela Lyn said...

Cate - wow! I'm thrilled to bits - I popped in here to say thanks so much for your comments on TRS yesterday (seems we both enjoy research)and I find I'm the winner of 'The Duende And The Muse' - oh thank you, I am so looking forward to reading it - I know Terpsichore will love it too! :)

And isn't it fascinating how research can inpspire something other than the original story? I'm looking forward to the story of Dionysus - Terpsichore always found him a little irritating, but he is so charismatic! :)

Thank you SO much again!

Julia Smith said...

“A duende. They’ll let anyone in these days.” - LOL!