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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Cate Masters Interview and Giveaway!


The time has come for another great interview with another amazing author, and your chance to win an ebook copy of Cate Masters "Death Is a Bitch".  We here at Bitten By Love Reviews were lucky enough to be a part of Cate's Virtual Book Tour, so we hope you enjoy her interview as much as we do!

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Author Bio:

Cate Masters loves romance with a dash of magic and mayhem! Multipublished in contemporary to historical, sweet to erotic, fantasy/dark fantasy to speculative, she sometimes mashes genres. Reviewers have described her stories as “so compelling, I did not want to put it down,” and “such romantic tales that really touch your soul.”

When not spending time with her family, 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.

Cate loves to hear from readers! Friend her on Facebook or Goodreads, or email her at: cate.masters AT gmail.com


1.  When did you start writing and what was the first thing you wrote?
I was 11, and it was a poem. A really awful poem, I’m sure, lol. My friends and I used to write poetry in grade school, and sometimes collaborate. I still have all our original handwritten verses in a notebook, believe it or not. My goal back then was to write song lyrics, but my singing voice is too weak, and I can’t play any instruments! Luckily, I fell in love with writing of all kinds, and loved writing essays for homework, articles for the school newspaper, and finally fiction.2. 

2. Where do you get your ideas on what you write?
So many different places! I have an overactive imagination, so am constantly applying the old “what if” to various scenarios. For Death Is A Bitch, the title struck me first, and the story evolved from there.

3. What are some hobbies or things you are into that you do when not writing?
I spent much of my time with my three grandboys, ages 4, 2 and 1. They keep me hopping! I’ve been in love with music since I was practically their age. I squeeze in reading and photography whenever possible.

4. Have you ever been so engrossed in writing a book that you have gone out in public in your pajamas or slippers without realizing it?
Ha, no, luckily. We live about thirty minutes in any direction from any form of civilization, so we usually plan out trips to town so we don’t have to spend too much time in the car. I have done things like drive past exits or other places I needed to go when I was engrossed in working out a plot line or dialogue.

5. Can you tell us about any challenges you met getting your first book published?
My first book was a literary family saga titled Orion Rising. I had some interest from agents but nothing stuck. This year, I finally self-pubbed it. Rejections are always tough, but it’s important to keep plugging away.

6. What has been the toughest criticism/best compliment given to you as an author?
A reviewer once included, as part of her review: “Never read a Cate Masters book? What’s wrong with you? You are missing out on a great author who writes such romantic tales that really touch your soul.” I could have kissed her, lol
Hm, the toughest criticism probably comes from my crit partners. I encourage them to be tough on me, though – it’s the only way I’m going to improve!

7. What is your favorite immortal?
Oo, toughie. I’ve written angels and demons and love them both. I have a terrible time selecting favorites because I have a short attention span!

8. Light or dark chocolate
Dark! But I don’t turn down any chocolate, lol

9. Favorite Color
Any shade of blue. I’ll say cerulean because it sounds so lyrical, lol
 
10. Tea or coffee
I love both, but hot black tea is what I rely on to get me through the day.
 
11. What is your current project and when is your next release?
My muse is hyperactive, lol. I had been working on Book 3 of The Goddess Connection, but after a trip on the Turnpike by myself, a contemporary came into my head and that’s taking shape nicely. I’m excited about another dark paranormal I recently finished and subbed, set in Venice during Carnevale, and another sub to a small press under my other pen name for a set of interconnected literary stories. Fingers crossed for release dates soon!

12. Do you have any message to the readers?
Don’t believe what you hear about Death. She’s really a sweetie at heart!
And I love to connect with readers, and other authors, through any or all of these social media:


Blog:http://catemasters.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cate-Masters/89969413736?ref=ts
Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2944596.Cate_Masters
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CateMasters (I’m terrible at it, though!)

Thanks so much for having me at Bitten by Love! It’s been a pleasure.

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Book Description:

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?



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