Thursday, June 13, 2013

Cursed by Cate Masters: Interview and Excerpt: Sizzling PR Tour Stop




Thanks so much for having me today, Laurie!

I’m thrilled you could visit and thanks for taking time out to answer a few questions. 
J  Tell us about your current release.

Love to! :) I'm thrilled that Decadent Publishing chose Cursed to launch its new Tease line last month. The first of three novellas (so far) in The Vitruvian Man series, it's a mix of paranormal, fantasy, some history and science in a very cool setting - the 10-day festival of Carnevale in Venice. Not to mention a feisty, intelligent heroine and a mysterious alpha male like you've never seen before!

Tell us about your next release.

I'm currently in edits with Decadent for two - Charmed, the follow-up to Cursed, and Betting It All, a historical novella set during the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco.

Are the names of the characters in your novels important?  How and why?

Yes! It's the one aspect of writing that will hang me up. If the name isn't right, the character doesn't feel right until I change it. Also, sometimes I use names that have personal significance. I never base characters on people I know, but I do like to occasionally name characters after them.

New York or LA? Why?

I've never been to L.A., but I absolutely love New York City. Everything from the wonderful range of museums, plays and culture to the Naked Cowboy! lol It has such an incredible energy. And endless stories...

What makes you happy?

Besides writing? My family. I've raised three wonderful kids, and now have three amazing grandboys who are the light of my life. They give me the chance to be silly and remind me to look at the world with a sense of wonder. And their hugs and kisses are the best!

Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.

Best job ever!


You just won a huge lottery what is the first thing you'll buy?

I believe in sharing, so I'd split it with family and friends, then travel. After I hit most of the places on my bucket list and returned home, I'd set up a writing retreat! Now that would be bliss. :)


Thanks again for having me as a guest, Laurie! It's been a real pleasure.


Bruno diCesare lives alone by necessity, not choice. An experiment performed by Leonardo da Vinci, who believed having a dual DNA would grant a person immortality, used magic to render Bruno a chimera – the head of a lion, body of a dragon. The only time he can mingle with people is during Carnevale, ten glorious days of masked anonymity, frivolity and intimacy.

Melina Weaver learned fire dancing to enliven her dull existence. A scientist, her long hours at the lab leave no time for a social life. For ten days at Carnevale, she can pretend to be someone else. Someone sexy and daring, who lives on the edge.

Once she meets Bruno, her wish comes true, but everything goes terribly wrong. Beneath Bruno’s costume lurks an alpha male, but is he dangerous? Worse, can she return to an employer who sells her research to the military to make an army of efficient killers? Her only hope may lie with the man she’s just met and never seen.






Light danced in his dark eyes. “I must admit, your fire dancing fascinated me. What made you choose such a dangerous skill to master?”

“The thrill of the challenge, I suppose.” It balanced the rest of her mundane life, to a degree. Mastering each new level gave her a sense of achievement, where work couldn’t.

Something flashed through his dark eyes. “Mistakes must be very painful.”

“I practiced a long time before I worked up the nerve to actually light the wands. I found the fire great incentive to focus, however.” God, her grin must be goofy, the way he stared. Such gorgeous eyes, such a deep brown they almost appeared black. He probably had rugged features, if his large hands provided any indication. Too bad he wore gloves, another barrier between them.

“Yes,” he said, “I imagine so.”

“What about you? What other magic do you know?” Oh please, can you get any more ridiculous? It sounded like a line from a bad chick flick.

The crinkle around his eyes was the only evidence of his smile, but enough to charm her.

“Lifetimes of studying the dark arts have provided me with many tricks.”

“Lifetimes?” she blurted.

He stiffened in her arms. “Pardon?”

She watched him carefully. “You said ‘lifetimes’. Plural.” And what the hell did he mean by ‘dark arts’?

Rigidity masked the grace of his movements. “I’m sure you’re mistaken.” He stared over her head as they whirled to the song’s rhythm.

Mistaken my ass. How very strange. More strange that the question upset him. He’d clammed up, and his muscles were so tense, she expected him to bolt. Better to drop it. For now. “Must have been a slip of the tongue.”

“Yes.” Relief sounded in his tone, though guarded.

This man had something to hide. How intriguing.


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, and in strange nooks and far-flung corners of the web.

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DMS said...

This excerpt is definitely intriguing. Curious about what will happen next.

So happy for Cate! Wishing her the best of luck and much success. :)

Cate Masters said...

Thanks so much Jess. I really appreciate your support!