Cate Masters has released her latest novella, Twice In A Blue Moon this month.
Published by Kensington Publishing’s Lyrical Press this contemporary romance features Melanie Michaels, a woman desperate to bury the grief she’s felt upon the death of her first love. She embraces the risky demands of a reality show, where her extreme stunts leave her teetering on the edge of danger. That’s exactly where she wants to be—until she arranges for her crew to traverse the Swedish Lapland in the dead of winter. It’s the one place she shouldn’t go, on the one day she should avoid—her would-be wedding anniversary.
Instead of romantic nights spent in the Ice Hotel or under the Northern Lights, Melanie is stuck with Joe “Buck” Wright, a snarky loner tour guide who loves his sled dogs and nothing and no one else. But Buck is also trying to numb a painful past. Can two people skilled at pushing others away find warmth at the edge of the Arctic?
Cate’s been kind enough to answer my favorite blog questions, so without further ado…
Welcome Cate! So tell us, who’s your favorite character in the book?
Thanks so much for having me as a guest, Alleigh! Hmm, favorites are tough to choose, but I’d have to say Buck, the hero. He’s a bit of a loner (kind of like a writer, lol), loves animals and is ruggedly handsome (just like Richard Castle, because Nathan Fillion was in my head as the hero).
Is your personality more like your hero or heroine?
Because the heroine performs extreme sports and I’m too fearful of anything remotely resembling those, I’d have to say the hero. Again, because of his love of animals and sometimes hermitlike existence lol.
What’s your favorite scene and why?
There are so many! I fell in love with this setting, and sharing a night beneath the northern lights is so romantic. Toward the end, there’s a scene where the hero and heroine bare their souls to one another, and she finally finds closure about her fiancée’s death, with the hero’s help.
What did you get stuck on when writing this book?
I didn’t necessarily get stuck, but I had to do tons of research for this story, about extreme sports, the Swedish Lapland, the Sami people, dog sledding, and the Icehotel, a fantastic place made entirely of snow and ice that melts away each spring.
On May 15, Kensington will release The Griffin’s Secret, my urban fantasy/retold fairy tale of magic and rock and roll:
Jackson Grant had it all—the girl he loved, his Harley, and his guitar. Until a tragic accident stole it all away. Now, more than scars and a tattoo remain. Jackson has a secret. Cursed by his dead girlfriend’s mother, he can never fall in love again or his beloved will die. With his heart on lockdown, he keeps to himself—until a roadie gig with Malcontent, the world’s most popular band, entwines his fate with sweet, wounded Layla’s…
Music is what Layla lives for. She has no choice. She’s bound by magic to serve Malcontent, cursed to propel them to stardom with her musical powers. Then Jackson appears and gives her hope that he’s the hero who will save her. A reluctant hero, yet one she can’t resist. But freedom will come at price—and who will pay…?
Thanks again for having me on your blog today!
About the Author
Cate Masters has made beautiful central Pennsylvania her home, but she’ll always be a Jersey girl at heart. When not spending time with her dear hubby, she can be found in her lair, concocting a magical brew of contemporary, historical, and fantasy/paranormal stories with her cat Chairman Maiow and dog Lily as company. Look for her at http://catemasters.blogspot.com and in strange nooks and far-flung corners of the web.
Direct link: http://youtu.be/SdWvcfhYzDM
Advance praise for TWICE IN A BLUE MOON
“…a great read. It is fun, it is romantic, it is moving.” – Dan Curnett, 5 stars
“…a quick romance read that will undoubtedly leave them wanting more” – Maria, 4 stars
“… a satisfying and enjoyable read” – Jennifer Schultheis, 4 stars
“I really liked this book! It had a unique setting and a hero with a lot of baggage” – JoMarie DeGioia, 4 stars
6 thoughts on “Mastering romance in multiple genres”
Thanks again for having me as a guest today, Alleigh 🙂
Bummer the Icehotel melts.
And another release coming soon? Impressive, Cate!
The good part about the Icehotel melting is that they design all new ice carvings the next year, so every year is different. Thanks Alex 🙂
Frosty, lol. This was fun, and I imagine the research was fun too. I love learning new things with my characters. The new novel sounds just as intriguing.
Sounds like an impossible choice for your couple in The Griffin’s Secret. I’m still shivering from the pictures you posted the other day of that ice hotel.
I can imagine all the research Cate had to do! It must have been interesting! Fun to hear her thoughts on her characters. Wishing her all the best!
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