Thursday, June 27, 2013

Decadent Publishing Presents...: HAPPY RELEASE DAY TO SUN, SAND & SEANCES BY KATHLE...

Decadent Publishing Presents...: HAPPY RELEASE DAY TO SUN, SAND & SEANCES BY KATHLE...: More My paranormal romance for the exciting new Decadent Tease is here! I’m thrilled to celebrate the birthday of Sun, Sand & Séanc...

I'm partying all day! I've got goodies up for grabs! Who wants to see the town that inspired me to write Sun, Sand &b Seances?

Friday, June 21, 2013



                                    Betting It All ~ by Cate Masters

                                    Coming soon to Decadent Publishing! 

                   I'm excited to be part of the Cover Reveal for Betting It All!


Betting It All

by Cate Masters

Historical romance novella
(about 29k)
Coming soon from Decadent Publishing

Can the daughter of a well-known prostitute start a new life where no one knows her family history? Norah Hawkins is sure going to try. When a letter arrives deeding her property in San Francisco, she packs her bags.
Irishman Gerard MacKenzie likes his life free and easy, but is tired of the snobbish East Coast folk. San Francisco has enough vice and folly to suit his needs. Meeting Norah gives him the opportunity to bartend in her saloon. Maybe he can convince her to let him play the piano, too. She’s a shrewd businesswoman, and negotiating with her makes his blood boil. Damn if she doesn’t make his blood boil in other ways.
The morning of April 18, 1906, a terrible earthquake buries their dreams beneath the city’s ruins. Can Norah and Mac rebuild their lives? Will rebuilding their dreams bond them forever, or tear them apart?

About Cate

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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Saturday, June 15, 2013


Can't wait for Sun, Sand & Seances to be released on June 26 from Decadent Tease. Here's a tease for you. 


Bobbi Collins is a caring and devoted kindergarten teacher who had her world turned upside down when her fiancé died after a lover’s quarrel. Five years later, she still struggles with acceptance. Her role as an educator fills up her week, but on weekends, she longs for something more. When she stumbles across a newspaper ad for a psychic fair in the historic town of Cape May, New Jersey, it seems like the answer. Bobbi is determined to revive her once vibrant life.

Kevin Carlton a successful realtor is tired of the dating game. He doesn’t remember buying a raffle ticket, but when his co-worker announces he holds the winning number, he decides to take a chance and attend the all expense paid weekend in Cape May, at the Lady of the Sea's Psychic Fair. He hopes to find a spiritualist who has the ability to contact his late father and prove he has become a man to be proud of.

Sparks fly when Bobbi and Kevin run into one another at the fair. When strange happenings occur, Bobbi rushes into her ex-boyfriend’s arms. She never imagined having a weekend of magic, memories, and a chance to rekindle the flame with her lost love.

Can sun, sand, and séances cast a spell on their hearts and allow the reunited couple to find what they both desire, or will the spirits sabotage it all?

Friday, June 7, 2013






1.      Can you tell us a little about yourself? Sure, I used to be a magazine writer and editor, specializing in technology of all things, even though I’m SO not a techie! My husband used to joke that I could explain why something worked, but couldn’t actually do it myself. Unfortunately, that seems to be true. I switched over to freelancing when my girls were born—I have two—and now most of my time is spent writing romance, being a mom and serving on the Board of my Temple.
2.     What do you do when you are not writing?
When not writing, I spend a lot of time volunteering with my Temple. I’m an Executive VP so I oversee a bunch of committees, run special projects and help with its strategic vision. I also spend a lot of time with my family—my daughters are almost 12 and 14 and the teenaged years are, um, interesting. When not doing those things, I like to read, watch TV and travel.
3.      Do you have a day job as well? Currently, I don’t.
4.      When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book? I feel like I’ve been writing forever, but I think I started seriously about 10 years ago? I wrote at night when my kids went to bed. My first book, A Heart of Little Faith, took about a year and a half to finish.
5.      How did you choose the genre you write in? I love reading romance and it just seemed natural to write it.
6.      Where do you get your ideas? Everywhere. Sometimes I see a minor character on TV or in a movie that intrigues me. Once an idea came from a billboard on the highway. Sometimes it’s a song. I usually get my best ideas as I’m falling asleep at night, so the biggest challenge is to get them written down before I forget them.
7.      Do you ever experience writer’s block? All the time! It’s so frustrating!
8.      Do you work with an outline, or just write?  No, I just write, although I sometimes fill out an outline as I go along so I have a map of what I’m doing.
9.      Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?  I love Lynn Kurland. She writes time travel romances and her descriptions are so vivid. I’ll often go back and reread her books just to get a better handle on her technique.
10.  How do you market your work? What avenues to you find to work best for your genres? I do a lot of blog tours and have found authors who are published by my publisher to be very generous in sharing their blogs—like you! J For my latest release, The Seduction of Esther, I hired someone to do a blog tour for me and a review tour, so I’m anxious to see how that goes. Additionally, I market myself on my Facebook author page and on Twitter.
11.  Can you tell us about your upcoming book?  The Seduction of Esther is a bit of an experiment for me. There don’t seem to me to be a lot of contemporary romance books with Jewish characters, especially if you exclude chick lit. I love reading books of all kinds, and I truly have no issue with reading books where the characters go to church, but I’ve always wanted to read a book where the characters were Jewish. So, I decided to write one. Ideally, this is the first in a series. This book takes place around the holiday of Purim, which is a joyous holiday that celebrates the overthrow of a King’s advisor who wanted to get rid of the Jewish people in Persia a long time ago. One of the main themes of the holiday is hiding ones identity, which fits very well as a conflict in any book! So the book is about two people who are so busy keeping their inner selves hidden from others, they need to learn that love can only flourish out in the open.
12 How did you come up with the title?  Esther is the heroine of the story of Purim (Samara is the heroine of my book). The title was a way of getting Purim in without beating anyone over the head with the idea. J
13 Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?  I’m currently working on a sequel to The Seduction of Esther as well as another contemporary romance—I’m switching between the two, which is a bit confusing, but keeps things interesting!
14 Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?  Ideally, I’d like to have a whole series, with each book taking place around a different Jewish holiday, yet retaining enough of a mainstream romance that anyone can easily read it.

                                       SOMETHING FOR FUN.

1.       Do you get road rage? What pisses you off the most about other drivers? I hate stupidity in people in general, so drivers who do stupid things piss me off. I’d have to say the thing I hate most is people driving extra slow (like 10 miles below the speed limit) when I’m in a rush and when they don’t use turn signals (or use turn signals but don’t actually turn that direction). My kids laugh at me because I yell at the cars in front of me quite frequently.

2.     Do you go out of your way to kill bugs? Are there any that make you screech and hide? I hate bugs. That being said, I’ve gotten much better. The only bugs I can’t stand and run from are cave crickets—they look like big spiders and hop like crickets—and cicadas. One actually came into my house the other day and I called my dad in tears to come get it for me, since my husband wasn’t able to leave work early to do that for me (can you imagine???? J)

3.       Do you go outside without make-up? Or to you put on full make-up to go to the grocery store?  I usually go outside without makeup unless I know I’m going to see someone. And I’m going to have to start going to the grocery store in full regalia pretty soon—it’s getting embarrassing.

4.      What celebrity do you have a secret crush on? If I told you, it wouldn’t be secret anymore. ;)

5.      How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? That depends on what I’m doing. Spending the day running errands—maybe 15 minutes. Seeing friends or going to out somewhere, 45 minutes?

6.       What’s your favorite dessert? Anything with chocolate, and the more chocolate the better.

7.   If your latest release was made into a movie, who would you cast in the lead roles? Id have Mark Feuerstein as Nathaniel and a young Amy Irving as Samara.


Samara Goldberg has a problem even the most beautiful singing voice can’t fix. She’s a walking disaster, especially when she’s around handsome men. To make matters worse, she’s in desperate need of someone to play the character of Mordecai for the Purim spiel she’s producing and the new congregant, Nathaniel Abramson, is a perfect fit. Nathaniel is a divorced dad who’s recovering from the biggest public scandal of his life. The last thing he needs is a relationship with the choir director at his new synagogue, who also happens to be playing the lead female role of Esther in the very play he’s been coerced into joining.

Woven around the Jewish holiday of Purim, The Seduction of Esther is a story of two people whose lives mirror the plot of the Purim story. Like Esther, who had to hide her Jewish identity from the King of Persia, Samara and Nathaniel are hiding key pieces of themselves. Evil Haman wanted to destroy the Jews, and the nasty Josh will do anything to keep Samara and Nathaniel apart. Will their love survive, like the Jewish people in Shushan, Persia, or will their fear keep them apart?


            Nathaniel logged out of Facebook and leaned back in his desk chair. It squeaked in protest. The application had suggested a number of potential “friends” for him and as usual, he’d ignored them. But this time, the names filled him with a twinge of unease. Both names had been from his old synagogue. Both people knew of his past. The past he’d do anything not to repeat. Which is why today’s time with Samara puzzled him.
            He couldn’t deny his attraction to her. The past few weeks he’d tried to deny it and it hadn’t gotten him anywhere. Her appearance at the Met had surprised him, although he wasn’t sure why. He was bound to run into people he knew in the city—it was big, but crossing paths wasn’t unheard of or unexpected.
            His heart beat faster as he remembered the warmth of her hand in his, the syncopation of their steps as they meandered through the galleries, the mutual looks they’d exchanged at a comment of Zoe’s. She was real, natural and warm. She made him feel things he didn’t want to feel, wasn’t ready to feel, but couldn’t deny. When they were together, electricity filled the air. His senses went on hyper-alert. The scent of her perfume filled his nostrils and he longed for more—and he didn’t even like perfume. His skin tingled at her nearness, every hair on his arm and neck stood on end and it was as if he could determine her exact position in the room in relation to himself like a compass. He could stare at her for hours, read every emotion on her expressive face, gaze into the endless pools of brown liquid as she looked back at him. He knew her emotions from the tone of her voice and her singing made him forget who and where he was. His mouth went dry at the thought of kissing her, tasting her skin. He shook his head to clear it. At this rate, he’d never get any sleep tonight. As he rose and went to bed, the only thing he could think of was Samara.


When I was a little girl and couldn’t fall asleep, my mother would tell me to make up a story. Pretty soon, my head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Each character had a specific personality, a list of likes and dislikes, and sometimes, even a specific accent or dialect. Even as an adult, I think about the characters and stories at night before I fall asleep, or in the car on my way to or from one of my daughters’ numerous activities (hey, anything that will drown out their music is a good thing).

One day, I started writing them down (it was either that or checking into the local mental hospital—the computer was way less scary). Since then, I’ve published two contemporary romances with Whiskey Creek Press. The Seduction of Esther is my first book with Rebel Ink Press, and I’m excited to be part of their team.

In the real world, I’m the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men I know. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, traveling and watching TV. In between chauffeuring my daughters to after-school activities that require an Excel spreadsheet to be kept straight, I serve on our Temple Board and volunteer for way more things than I have time to do. I also write freelance articles for magazines, newspapers, and edit newsletters.

When all of that gets overwhelming, I retreat to my computer, where I write stories that let me escape from reality. In my made-up world, the heroines are always smart, sassy and independent. The heroes are handsome and strong with just a touch of vulnerability. If I don’t like a character, I can delete him or her; if something doesn’t work, I can rewrite it. It’s very satisfying to be in control of at least one part of my life.

I can be reached at or I tweet at @JWilck. My blog (Fried Oreos) is and I contribute to Heroines With Hearts at

It's great getting to know you, Jennifer! Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. 

Great interview!

Monday, June 3, 2013


                                        This Time Next Year  by Catherine Peace
                                            June 2013 ~ Decadent Publishing 

I'm excited to be part of the cover reveal for This Time Next Year by Catherine Peace!


Ever since surviving the vampire attack that killed her parents, Moira Curran has dealt with the resulting nightmares and abandonment issues the only way she could—by throwing herself into her education and then her biochemistry career, preferring a life of hermitude in her lab.

Kiernan Shaw has never forgotten the night twenty years ago when his maker killed a six-year-old girl’s parents in front of her. He’s spent the better part of the last two decades searching for her in order to make amends.

Madame Eve has managed to bring the two together. When they finally meet, will Moira be able to give Kiernan what he needs? Will Kiernan put her fears to rest? Or will old fears and guilt keep them apart?


For a moment, he thought back to Madame Eve’s email. If she trusts you, she will tell you her name. He understood the power of names, and so did Madame Eve. Something insignificant to a mortal meant everything to a vampire, in whose world names were both salvation and control. Remind a vampire of his humanity, or steal it away by forcing him to do something horrific, like watching a little girl’s parents be eviscerated right in front of her.
 “Kiernan Shaw.” Swallowing hard, he found his way back onto the coffee table. “And yours?”
Would she tell him her name? Would she allow him that kind of power?
She took a deep breath, as though considering the same questions. “Moira Curran.”
He rolled the name on his tongue and loved the way it felt. “Beautiful.” He reached to stroke her cheek, but she flinched. “Moira, I won't hurt you. I could never hurt you.”
“I'm sorry,” she muttered. “Old habits, I guess.”
He nodded, unable to speak at first. The cloying scent of her fear, like overripe peaches, almost strangled him. “Why did you ask me to stay?”
“I don't know.”
Neither did he, but he wouldn't leave until she asked him to.
“I don’t want to be alone, Kiernan. Isn’t that pathetic?”
He warmed at the sound of his name on her lips. His mouth watered at the thought of kissing her, exploring her, making his name come out of that gorgeous mouth again and again. He tamped down his desire. Nothing good would happen if he moved too fast. “Not in the slightest.” Willem had all but guaranteed him a life alone. Like he approached a scared animal, he moved next to her on the couch. She uncoiled, but didn't relax. “Talk, Moira. Please.” The silence hurt his ears as much as any scream.
She shook her head. “It's too hard.” Tears spilled but she didn't move to wipe them away.
Time to be bold, I guess. He brushed a hand against her cheek again. Instead of flinching, she eased into his touch. “I want to ease your hurt,” he said. “Will you let me?”


Catherine Peace has been telling stories for as long as she could remember. She often blames two things for her forays into speculative fiction—Syfy (when it was SciFi) channel Sundays with her dad and The Island of Dr. Moreau by HG Wells. She graduated in 2008 from Northern Kentucky University with a degree in English and is still chasing the dream of being super rich and famous, mostly so she can sit around in her PJs all day and write stories. When not being a slave to the people in her head, she’s a slave to two adorable dogs.