Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What's Your Pleasure?

Betting it All available HERE
by Cate Masters

Writing advice floods the web. Many say authors MUST have a brand, stick to one genre. Label yourself clearly so readers will know exactly what they'll get when they pick up one of your books.

I disagree. I say, go with your gut. Give your passion free rein, let it sweep you up into its arms and carry you away wherever it will. Passion is contagious. If you get caught up in it, then so will readers.

To me, genre ranks way below the story itself - whether the characters are compelling, the premise is engaging, the story keeps you turning pages. But then, I'm an eclectic reader. You'll find on my bookshelves everything from literary, mainstream, speculative and scifi, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal, horror and more. And that's just the fiction. Plenty of nonfiction titles are squeezed in there too, from poetry to reference to historical.

But the difference between the historical books I own and those I read in school is simple. Passion comes through in every one. The writers loved their subjects, were captivated by them, and couldn't wait to share.

That's how I feel about my own stories. And you've probably guessed I'm an eclectic writer as well. Paranormal, contemporary, mainstream or historical, the genre doesn't matter. I get caught up in them, and can't wait to share them.

Betting It All is my latest historical. I like to choose time periods or areas or events that are a little out of the ordinary, something readers might not know too much about, but will find as interesting as I do. This story's set during the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco - not quite a Western, not quite a Victorian. But it's full of great characters who have great hearts. Not to mention passion. :)

Do you have a favorite genre? Or do you just love a good story?

Here's the blurb for Betting It All:
Norah Hawkins wants a new life as far from her old one as possible, but where can she ever find that chance? When a letter arrives promising her the deed to property in San Francisco, Norah packs her bags and flees the broken shards of her troubled past.

With its anything-goes atmosphere, 1906 San Francisco suits Irishman Gerard MacKenzie just fine. He loves tending bar in Norah’s saloon, and verbally sparring with the shrewd businesswoman for more privileges and work. Her beauty, wit and sass make his blood boil with need.
But disaster looms over their promising new lives when a terrible earthquake buries their dreams and threatens to shatter their future. Norah and Mac must rebuild their lives from the ruins and they’ll need each other more than ever, but can their ties to each other save them or tear them apart?

Available from


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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.
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Yolanda Renée said...

I simply love a good book! Don't like labels.

Another great sounding book - Betting It All! Good luck, as always, but this year, I swear you've already got that locked up!

Getting rid of captcha would garner more comments.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

When reading, I tend to stick to science fiction, fantasy, and thrillers, but I branch out often. (Yes, I've even read chick lit!)
I'll probably stick to my genre if I keep writing, but as I've discovered, space opera has a much wider appeal than I ever anticipated. And since it contains so many other genre elements, I can still just write a good story.

Unknown said...

A woman who reads and writes like I do. Well, I don't write as well or as speedy as you, but, yep, I'm an all genre reader and writer.

Like you, I want to write what I feel passionate about at that time.

Your new one looks great as usual, Cate.

Cate Masters said...

Aw thanks Yolanda! You're too sweet.
I never hit the right Captcha on the first try, lol

Good for you, Alex! I love a guy who experiments with his reading. :)

Thanks so much Lorrie! I know you're an eclectic writer, too, and you make it look so easy!

Barbara Elsborg said...

No favourite genre for me. I'll read and write anything. Passion is the key - you're right!!

Cate Masters said...

I love that you do write many genres, Barb! :)