Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Today's release day for Going with Gravity!

The Wild Rose Press releases Going with Gravity today!

This contemporary romance, set mainly in Hawaii, is inspired by true-life events in which the fuselage fell off an airplane in mid-flight. The plane managed to land with no injuries. Such intense drama made me wonder: Hmm, who could I put on that plane, in that situation? To add to the tension, I devised two polar opposite personalities: an uptight career woman and a live-by-the-seat-of-his-shorts surfer. Set in a paradise I’ve always wished I could visit – Hawaii.

In researching the story, I was surprised to learn how evocative the Hawaiian language is. With just a few syllables, words take on complex meanings. The meaning of the word Hawaii itself is such a gorgeous example – ‘Ha’ means ‘the breath of life’ and ‘wai’ means ‘fresh or living waters’ plus ‘i’ refers to ‘the divine in each of us.’ No wonder it’s such a beautiful inspiration! Someday I hope to find out for myself. In the meantime, I love that writing allows me to visit cool places vicariously through my characters!

To celebrate Going with Gravity's release, I'm giving away a PDF copy to a random commenter. I'll announce a winner tomorrow night, so be sure to check back.



Excerpt
Allison pulled her portfolio from her laptop case and set it on her lap, afraid to open it. As soon as the articles had arrived on her fax machine, she’d shoved them into her bag, then hopped in the shower. Delay tactics only worked for so long. The moment of truth had arrived. She opened it and thumbed through. Eleven pages. Eleven. And these were only the newspaper articles from the past two days. TV and online news sites surely covered more. And then there’d be the inevitable blogger. Uncontrollable, overly opinionated and accountable to no one, they were the worst.
Michelle had arrived on Oahu with a bang, and then had the audacity to blame Allison for not doing her job to quell the media. She held up one photo of a topless Michelle prancing in the surf, laughing. Rumors and innuendo could be stopped with logic and tact, but to downplay this photo, she’d need a good explanation. When Michelle’s logic and tact failed her so obviously, Allison had to wonder about her mental state.
A hulking figure filled the aisle, stowing his bag in the overhead compartment.
Those shorts. That shirt.
It was him.
He checked his ticket, looked at her and smiled. His blond hair fell across his forehead as he sat next to her, his shoulder bumping hers. “Hello again.”
For two years, she’d rubbed elbows with stars of all magnitudes without so much as a blink, and fended off paparazzi following the wife of megastar James McCarter.
With two words, she’d been reduced to the rank of dreamy-eyed teeny bopper.
He smiled, raised an eyebrow.
She realized, then, she hadn’t responded. And her mouth hung open.
Make that drooling dreamy-eyed teeny bopper.
She flashed a smile. Think. Damage control is your business. Put it to good use for once.
“Hi.” Oh, yes. Very witty. What a deft deflection of his charm.
She turned back to her articles, but sensed the weight of his stare.
He frowned at her reading material. “Sorry. Didn’t mean to read over your shoulder. I take it you’re a closet fan of the poor little rich girl?”
“In the same way I’m a closet fan of train wrecks, I suppose. I guess you’re not a fan.”
“Of hers?” He chuckled. “God, no. She’s awful. Her publicist should be shot.”
Shot. Of course. Working fifty-five to sixty-five hours a week wasn’t enough to keep the spin spinning fast enough for the rest of the world. The one guy who’d interested her in the past two and a half years thought she made a good candidate for execution. Her life was in such a rut, she’d need mountain climbing gear to get out.
“If you’re a fan, I didn’t mean to offend.” Sincerity had wiped the smile from his face.
“Actually, I’m..” She turned and smiled, “…her publicist.”


15 comments:

Hywela Lyn said...

All the best with this Cate - it sounds fantastic, I was 'hooked' by the excerpt!

Cate Masters said...

That's so great to hear! Thanks Lyn!

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Cate,
Congratulations on your latest release, another great story. Loved the excerpt too. Wishing you many sales.
Cheers
Margaret.

bookbabie said...

Who can resist and surfer dude and the beautiful Hawaiian islands, sounds good:)

Susan Yates said...

Congrats on the new release, Cate! And did you notice...Seventh Heaven is top of the TWRP best seller list for the month. Yay!

Cate Masters said...

Thanks for your support, Margaret and Lilly!
Oh my gosh, Susan, I hadn't seen that - thank you so much! But of course, it was your great editing that helped make the story so good!

Judy said...

I enjoyed the blurb and the trailer. Congrats and good luck with Going with Gravity. GREAT News about Seventh Heaven!

Cate Masters said...

Thanks, Judy! I'm so excited I can't write today! ;)

Mary Ricksen said...

No wonder they call it paradise.
Congratulations on the release Cate and I hope you sell tons of books. After reading your excerpt it looks like you will!
What a grabbing excerpt.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks so much, Mary!

LORETTA CANTON said...

I just wanted to tell you that I like the trailer and music.


lorettaC

LORETTA CANTON said...

I just wanted to tell you that I like the trailer and music.


lorettaC

Cate Masters said...

Glad you enjoyed them, Loretta! Thanks for stopping by!

SharonJM said...

"Open mouth, inset foot." LOL Cate Congratulations on Going with Gravity coming out today.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks again, everyone, for helping me celebrate Going with Gravity's release! My daughter picked a name from a bowl and the winner is....
SharonJM! Sharon, I couldn't find your contact info - can you email me at cate.masters@gmail.com? And I'll reply with your prize!