Monday, November 12, 2012

Still catching up, and news

Hurricane Sandy may not have left a permanent mark on us, but she still set me back. I always feel like I'm scrambling to catch up anyway, but after being sick last week and Saturday's event, I still am way behind.

The administrative tasks of being an author always surprise me, and that's partly what the Saturday panel addressed at The Midtown's Harrisburg Book Festival. Titled "Congratulations, You're Published! Now What?" the session was led by the inexhaustible Ann Elia Stewart, whose workshops I attended years ago (and the resulting stories published in the anthology, A Community of Writers).

The other panelists included Gina Napoli (children's fiction and nonfiction), Don Helin (one of my longtime crit partners extraordinaire, thriller and military suspense), and Lori Myers (nonfiction). The best part was having a responsive audience, engaged in what we had to offer during the session.

I was also grateful to meet my newest publisher, Lawrence Knorr of Sunbury Press, who'll release Wild Life, the collection of related literary shorts I submitted under my other pen name, C.A. Masterson. More about that here, if you're interested. :)

More News!

I just signed another contract with Decadent Publishing for a short romance in their 1NS line. Homecoming is a contemporary with a bit of suspense mixed in. The 1NS line is very fun, almost to the point of addiction, and yesterday I actually finished a draft of another story to sub to that line. They always seem to come in twos for me! I'm looking forward to working with Decadent's fantastic cover artists and editors again on Homecoming.

I'm excited, too, that the blog tour for Death Is A Bitch garnered so many wonderful reviews! I hope you don't mind if I share a sampling. :)

In its 5-star review, Bitten by Love Reviews said: ""Death Is A Bitch" the first novel I have read by the awesome Cate Masters and I am definitely now a huge fan. This is a book that has all that you could ask for in the paranormal world, plus some! Ms. Masters weaves an enthralling story, linking both heaven and hell together, in this intriguing novel."

Another 5-star review, Sniffer Walk said: "Cate has a gift for making the traditional non-traditional and the day-to-day, well, exciting and funny. I loved reading this book. I was always curious what was next and who would show up. Much to my pleasant surprise, the story even took me to one of my favorite places, Paris. You will find all sorts of little surprises in here. Now this certainly is not for anyone under 18 but I highly recommend it to anyone needing a respite from everyday life."

Red-Headed BookWorm gave Death four stars, and said: "Death may be a bitch, but I really like her. I liked this book from page one. The characters are very well written and like-able. Death is a strong female lead, really, would you expect anything less. I mean she is Death after all. The mix of angels, demons, and mythology mesh really well. The story is fast paced and kept me wanting more. I fell in love with "the bad guy", Damien. Any author that can make me feel something for the villain deserves high praise! This book was just too short!"

Again, just a sampling, and you can see many of the reviews on Death's Goodreads page. I was actually relieved that so many reviews were positive because, as will happen, some reviewers just didn't like Death. It baffled me because I'd worked so hard on it, and my editor was fantastic in helping me bring the story to a higher level. But the old saying is true, you can't please everyone. Bad reviews happen. I'm grateful to all the reviewers for their time!


Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

As usual, I'm in awe of how much you accomplish. Sounds like a great panel and congrats on your newest contract.

Cate Masters said...

I feel like I accomplish less than half of what I should, Susan! Always too much to do.
Thanks for your kind words!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on the book deals and your latest getting great reviews!!

Lorrie said...

Do you really know any authors that are not always scrambling to catch up? I don't.

I think it's a way of life for an author.

Congrats on your contract and being able to pound out a lot of words at one setting.

Death is a Bitch is a great read. A fun read. I enjoyed it and many of your other stories.

Glad you are feeling better.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Alex! I appreciate your support very much.

Cate Masters said...

True, Lorrie, and I'm not making excuses, just apologies. I don't get to visit as many blogs or other sites as I'd like, but I always reciprocate comments (sometimes a little late, lol)
Thanks for the kind words

DMS said...

Thanks for posting the reviews so that we could enjoy the good news! Congrats! Everyone had such great things to say. Yeah for you!

I can totally relate to scrambling and always trying to catch up. So much to do!

Best of luck!