Thursday, July 19, 2012

Good news!

I knew if I took a break, it would set things in motion. :)

Death Is A Bitch has a release date! Get ready for her, because Death is coming on Aug. 3 - with gold stilettos on. Woot! I can't wait.

Here's the updated blurb:
Eternity can suck when it’s all work, work, work. Death harvests souls even when they stack up faster than pancakes in an all-you-can-eat-buffet. No wonder she can’t shed the Grim Reaper rep.

As the patron angel of death and dying, Azrael works closely with Death but is dying for true intimacy. She’s the only immortal who’s ever aroused such powerful emotions in him. One taste of her leaves him needing her like humans need air and food, but will a demon’s lies leave a bad taste?
No one escapes Death – except King Sisyphus. Twice. With the help of Damien the demon, Sisyphus tries again, and she’s determined to have justice. Some say Death’s a bitch, but only when she has to be. But will the price of justice be a broken heart?
And an excerpt:
Death stepped from the shadowy curtain of night along a deserted stretch of road toward the mangled hunk of cherry-red metal that used to be a sweet Z240 sports car. Stardust glinted in the black hair that dipped to her waist.
She kept a safe distance from the wreck. Inside, a thirtyish man slumped behind the wheel, the air bag deflating away from his near-lifeless body. Blood oozed from a nasty gash to his head. Should have worn his seat belt. Too late for life lessons, though. Those weren’t her expertise anyway. Just the opposite.
Leaves crackled in the underbrush beyond the nearby trees. Death gripped the silver charm bracelet on her wrist, her senses on high alert. Her finger poised near the hidden latch, ready to release a stream of lightning.
A deer. It stilled, its wide eyes fixed on her.
Seeing nothing else, she continued with a modicum of caution. Taking souls didn’t exactly make her popular, and after so many millennia, she should’ve been used to it. The bad jokes. The Halloween parodies. A scythe? Please. She’d never used cheap props. Only the finest weaponry. No mortal ever suspected the intricately designed baubles adorning her bracelet were anything more than ornamental.
Moonlight gleamed off the curves of the sports car, and she ran a gilded nail along its hood. She wouldn’t mind taking one of these babies for a spin. In its former condition, of course, before this guy took the curve too fast and wrapped it around a tree. Humans always rushed everywhere, sometimes straight into her arms.
The man’s moan signaled she had no need for weapons. This one would give her no trouble. She fingered his blond hair, matted with blood. What a shame. So young, and so handsome. He’d leave at least one lover grieving, no doubt.
His eyes fluttered open. When he looked up, recognition intensified the flicker of life in his eyes.
She needed no introduction. They always knew her, unmistakable in the glimmering black filament gown, its folds revealing a glimpse into infinity.
The stilettos usually earned a second glance, the four-inch heels glistening like fool’s gold. The butterfly tattoo spanning her upper arm likewise drew curious looks, which inevitably changed to horror when the souls recognized the face imprinted within that colorful ink: their own.

But wait, there's more news :)

I'm also featured at The Romance Studio, sharing some goodies about Dancing With the Devil. TRS posted the interview awhile ago but a storm took out their servers, but it's here if you care to pop over.

Hope to see you back here next Friday for the kickoff of Halloween in July!


Jess@The Secret DMS Files of Fairday Morrow said...

Congratulations on both pieces of good news! I am sure you are so excited about the release date! YEAH! The book sounds interesting. I like that it is told from Death's POV. Cool! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations! That's in two weeks.

Maria Zannini said...

Really nice cover too!

I'm glad you were able to take a break. I was beginning to wonder if you were part Borg. :)

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Jess! I loved writing from Death's point of view, and making her a female, too. I though it might be a challenge making her a sympathetic character but turns it it was easy - even Death needs a little love. :)

Thanks Alex! Yep, I have some preparations to do!

Thanks Maria! I hope Death is as beautiful as my cover, lol

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

You always have so much going on, Cate. Congrats on your news.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Susan! Funny, it always feels like I'm behind on everything. Guess I'm still trying to make up for all those years when my kids were little and I put off writing.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

I popped over here from Susan's blog. I LOVE your new book's title, excerpt, and premise. Sounds like a real winner. Good luck with it. (And how could I have missed you in the past? All your books sound intriguing.) Count me in as your newest groupie.

Angela Brown said...

Glad to hear you've got a release for your novel. The excerpt is beautiful and intimates to Death in a way that is certainly different from the norm.

Cate Masters said...

Flattery will get you everywhere, Susan! Seriously, though, thank you for your kind words.

Thanks Angela. I did my best to break stereotypes with my Death. :)

Carol Kilgore said...

Congrats! Release is just around the corner!

Cate Masters said...

Thanks so much Carol! I'm gearing up as we speak! :)

Lexa Cain said...

Congrats on the release date for your book. The cover's awesome and it sounds really exciting! :-)

Cate Masters said...

Thanks so much Lexa! It is exciting. :)