Thursday, June 27, 2013

Does sex really sell?

I've been struggling the last couple of weeks with the question of how much sex is too much in a novel.  I mean, if the sex is integral to the plot, then really no amount is too much, but I don't want to just beef up the erotic content in my books just to. That's just not me.  When I decided to begin writing New Adult books, at first I thought that I needed to go the same direction as a lot of other authors and be as sexy as possible, but the more I write, the more I realize that's just not me.

That isn't to say that there aren't going to be sultry scenes in my books.  (Please don't misunderstand!)  They're romantic novels.  Of course there are. You don't want to meet the hot guy and then not "meet" the hot guy, if you know what I mean. But I believe there's a way to pull off those scenes and have them be sexy and exciting without being crude.  And personally, I always find scenes most titillating when I'm reading about fully developed, interesting characters anyway.    

So, I hope that you will agree and come along with me as I take this ride into New Adult writing.  The books are going to be exciting and flirty.  It's going to be a lot of fun.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Cover Reveal for Cate Masters' BETTING IT ALL

My first day blogging and I already have a gorgeous cover reveal for you.  Behold: BETTING IT ALL by Cate Masters.  Isn't this cover absolutely gorgeous?  I can't wait to get my hands on it and read the crap out of it.

Betting It All
by Cate Masters
Historical romance novella
(about 29k words)
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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And it begins

In the last couple of days I've been a busy beaver (hey get your mind out of the gutter) establishing myself all over the internet.  I've been working long and hard on my debut New Adult novel, The Long Con and I'm at the point where it'll be ready for publication in the fall or early winter.  (I still have to finalize plans with my publishing team.)

Boy am I tired!  It is not easy trying to connect yourself to the entire internet.  Prior to now I'd been rather internet silent, preferring to live my life in person, but I need a way to connect with all of you.  If you're one of the few who will be following my journey from this, its first step, I thank you.  (I'll take a drink for you because, really, I'm just that nice. :))

Mazel tov!