Friday, May 20, 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016

My Venture in Kindle Worlds = AWESOME!


 See on Amazon Kindle Worlds

Recently, the ever-fabulous sci fi fantasy romance author SE Smith invited me to help debut her Kindle World, 'Magic New Mexico'.

I eagerly accepted! My Sci Fi Contemporary Romance novella GUARDING GRAYSON debuts today along with 8 other fabulous romances in this world.

If you've ever wondered where Logan Stark & 
The LodeStar Series began ... don't miss this.

BLURB

His ex-girlfriend just knocked on his front door, but that's not the worst part—she's dead.
Grayson Stark is a gifted artist, painting oils that bring high prices. No one knows just how gifted—he paints from his dreams. Until someone trashes his studio with a violence that shocks even North Idaho law officers.
Now he's lying low in the last place anyone would look for him ... a little town called Magic, New Mexico.
But if he thought his new neighbors were weird, he's in for an even bigger shock the night he answers the door and finds his ex-girlfriend standing on his front steps. His very, very dead ex-girlfriend.
She was just gorgeous and annoying when she was alive—now she's scary.
E'ea, a new Galactic Guardian, is pleased with her infiltration of Gray's life. She's brought back his true love from the dead for him. She'll use Brynne's body to keep him safe from the assassins who want to stop his painting before he reveals any more of the future, and then leave the couple together on their backward little planet. There's just one problem—neither of them seem to appreciate her efforts.
Now she must keep them both alive and show them their importance as a couple in the future of the galaxy.
Brynne Polson remembers dying all too well, the night her car crashed into the deepest part of Lake Coeur d'Alene. She can't believe she's back, and that she has another chance with her hot, brooding boyfriend ... except Gray doesn't seem all that thrilled to have her back, they're far from home, and she has a strange female voice in her head.
And just how does a woman gain ten pounds while she's dead, anyway?
Can an alien dedicated to peace give a feuding couple a second chance at life and love?
Find out—read Guarding Grayson today!    
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Exclusive Excerpt ...
'Gray stopped on the sidewalk outside the Magic Cafe as the door snicked shut behind him and one by one the lights inside went off. Shaking his head, he strode off along the street. Weird, but par for the course in this burg. Magic seemed to attract eccentrics like a vacuum. His neighbor ... and the twins across the street ... and others. Lots of others.
The Kokopelli Brewpub and Bar was still busy, light spill-ing out the open doors along with voices and music. But other than that, the streets of Magic were, as his dad would say, 'rolled up at sundown'. That was all right with him. In general, he liked small town life.
In north Idaho, if he wanted night life he could drive to Spokane just across the state line, or down into Coeur d'Alene itself, which was growing quickly, adding new brewpubs and such. Maybe by the time he got back home to Coeur d'Alene, he'd be ready to take advantage of the opportunities. He was just stressed right now, that was all. He didn't have some 'male dysfunction' or anything like that. Darn Brynne. 
As he walked, he swore he could feel her ghost, hanging onto his arm and looking up into his face as they walked, her blue eyes wide as if trying to parse what he wanted, and do that, be that before he could even form the thought. A Stepford Girlfriend, that had been Brynne. Slender, blonde, gorgeous and hot—and suffocating as a down comforter on a summer night.
At first she'd been the perfect woman, a little shy in bed but ready to try anything he wanted, a good cook, always dressed to the nines in sexy outfits with her long blonde hair as perfect as if she'd just walked out of a salon, with sexy eyeshadow and 'do-me-big-boy' cherry gloss on her soft lips ... and she meant that part too.
Turning the corner to his Gran's street, Gray realized with a groan that he was becoming aroused just thinking about her. He had a woody for a dead woman—how twisted was that? 
And dear God, why now, on top of all his other problems? A few months ago he'd been fine—okay, he'd been full of guilt and regret over her death, but at least that was within the bounds of normal—but now his life had morphed into an episode of Brynne's favorite TV show, about the pair of brothers who hunted destructive demons and the like. 
Her favorite as in she really liked that show—the only time she ever got pissed at Gray and showed it was when he'd called one of the heroes stupid for walking into a dark alley when the guy knew bad shit was about to go down. Brynne had given Gray a glare like he'd stepped on her puppy, and shushed him. Gray had kept his mouth shut for the rest of the program, which was actually enjoy-able, although he hadn't admitted that to her.
Maybe he should've watched every episode with her, and run his mouth the whole time. Maybe that would've bro-ken through to her, shown her he was just a selfish a-hole, not someone for whom she should bother to try and be so ... perfect. 
He'd never been able to convince her that she was her prettiest first thing in the morning, when she woke up be-side him with her face free of makeup and her hair all mussed, wearing nothing but one of his too-big tees. 
Or that conversely, he’d hated it when she sat beside him in public like a beautiful doll and agreed with everything he said. That had embarrassed the hell out of him, like he was the kind of stuffed shirt who needed a 'Yes, Daddy' kind of woman to feel like a real man. 
Or that the night of their final fight, when she screamed at him that she hated him, that she'd done everything for him and it still wasn't enough, and she was done trying—that had been the truest emotion he'd ever seen from her. 
For the first time, he'd respected her, for standing up to him and showing a backbone. 
And then she'd gone and died … and now he had to live the rest of his life knowing it was his fault.
By the time he carried the bag of supper up onto Gran's porch, Gray had lost his appetite. He walked into the house, not bothering to turn the lights on, shoved the bag and containers into the fridge, and grabbed another beer. He had the cap twisted off and the first mouthful down before he realized maybe this wasn't his best idea, drink-ing more on an empty stomach. He hesitated, and then took another swig. The hell with it. 
He'd drained half the bottle when a knock sounded on his front door. 
He stood there in the little kitchen. The lights inside the house were off, so maybe whoever it was would go away. He was not in the mood for the neighbors, nice as they were. 
The knock sounded again, this time hard enough to rattle the door. With a muttered curse, Gray strode back through the living room, hitting the wall switch for the porch light as he got there. 
He yanked the front door open, ready to get rid of whoever it was.'
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Heh-heh! We know who's standing there, don't we? But wait until you see what poor Gray is put through by the incarnation of not just one, but two females into his bachelor life!

Like they say, 'Welcome to Magic, Where the Abnormal IS Normal.'

And here's the link to the OTHER 8 Stellar Stories available in this Kindle World.
                                      Magic New Mexico Kindle World

best,
Cathryn Cade
Red Hot Sci Fi/Contemporary/Paranormal Romance
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

NEW Release from Author Veronica Scott

Welcome, SFR Author Veronica Scott!

Veronica writes stellar adventure, which happens to be set in space - but I recommend for any reader who simply loves a great story with adventure, suspense and romance!

Veronica says:
Thanks for having me as your guest, Cathryn.

I have three new releases in science fiction romance, each debuting about a month apart, and completely different in terms of the plot. 

I love that an author can tell so many unique stories with an SFR flavor. Imagination is the outer limit! 

My release for April is Star Cruise: Outbreak, in which I’ve explored one of my favorite tropes – a mysterious epidemic. Where did the disease come from, is there a cure, who’s going to live? And of course to make matters worse, the affected individuals are stuck on an interstellar cruise liner!

I started with the fact that in today’s world unpleasant norovirus outbreaks happen all the time on ocean cruises, where many people come down with a gastrointestinal bug but recover. 

I pondered what if the seemingly benign-but-yucky illness was actually the start of something much, much worse? 

Monday, April 11, 2016

A Bump in the Road to Publishing My First Novel

Welcome, debut author Debra Elise! 
Hurray, you brought your debut novel, SAVING MAVERICK, released on April 4th. Friends, I've read this one and you don't want to miss it. 

AND, she's giving away prizes, so be sure to read to the end ...

Debra says: "Thank you to Cathryn for opening her blog to me today.

So one day you’re rolling along, plans all laid out nice and tidy and then something happens to challenge you. Something which tests your resilience for change, and threshold for disappointment.

Sound familiar? It happens to all of us. Hopefully not too often, but when it does how you react immediately after the stomach-dropping hit you just took, sets you up for a big decision… Turn the disappointment not into lemonade but opportunity or let it paralyze you.

I had one such disappointment last summer and it had to do with my debut baseball romance,
SAVING MAVERICK



I was so excited when Bloomsbury Spark offered me a contract last March and chose a November 2015 release date. I had gleefully told my family, friends, complete strangers, “My book is coming out in November!” I’d posted it on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, my website. You name it. I had begun to pimp it, well everywhere.

So, July rolls around and I’m eager to receive my edit letter from well, my editor, but what I received instead was a nicely worded email asking me how I would feel if they changed the release date, for marketing purposes, to early 2016?... How would I feel? Sad, very-very sad.

I found myself with this huge decision to make. Do I kick and scream and demand I get my way like a toddler who’s lost their blanky and end up alienating my editor and the publisher and perhaps blow my opportunity for books two and three? <takes deep breath> Or do I set aside my “poor me” feelings and listen to the “oh, yeah, this makes sense” voice that appeared soon after the need for the pink stuff in a bottle faded away?

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Authors: 5 Tips for Participating in Anthologies

Welcome, Author Bokerah Brumley!
Bokerah has some tips for us on participating in anthologies--awesome! And no wonder, with this fab anthology about to debut. She's also giving away a $10 GC, so stay tuned to the end of the post ...

Bokerah says: Yes, it’s safe to say that I love anthologies. I enjoy the teamwork a multi-author project generally creates. The cross-promotion is invaluable in growing my own platform, and I always glean a lot from the other authors.

Here are five tips I’ve learned from participating in successful anthologies.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Excerpts! Excerpts! Peek Inside Our Latest Fab Sci Fi Romance


Welcome! Here there be Cyborgs ... and other fabulous beings. 
Be sure to keep reading after my excerpt for more from these other SFRB authors.
                       
                            http://sfrcontests.blogspot.com/p/sfr-brigade-presents.html


CYBORG PLEASURE; THE SPACE MADAM'S WARRIOR


In space, there are even more ways to lose your lover

She lost everything ...
Ilya Mondas once lived her dream—life with a band of space gypsies, the freedom to use her tech savvy to wreak mayhem on pirates and slavers, and most of all her big, soft-spoken warrior Var, who adored her. Then she lost him, and the life she loved.

She'll do anything to get it all back ... 
Now on her own, she must take over The Pleasure Palace, a ragtag space-station casino, home to hookers, gamblers and rogues. But one or all of them want her dead, and they have the monsters to do it—human-cyborg gladiators, created for the illegal fight ring hidden deep in the center of her new home. Where the biggest, baddest cyborg of all looks eerily like her dead husband.

But can she trust him again? 

Excerpt

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

SFR Author Carysa Locke is PIRATE BOUND!

Welcome, Author Carysa Locke 

You brought Space Pirates - starry! They're my favorite, too, which is why I wrote two SFR series with them. And what a gorgeous cover.

Carysa says: Thanks, Cathryn! I'm excited to be here, with my own pirates.


My prequel novella releases today! Pirate Bound is the first book in my telepathic space pirates series, and I couldn't be more excited to share it with everyone. 

This is a series that has been many years in the making, and I have long term goals. 
As of this writing, I have planned
  • two trilogies of full length novels 
  • a set of four novellas (including this prequel novella). 
After that, we'll see where the story goes, but this is definitely the first, exciting step for me to take in getting the whole thing onto the page. 

Why telepathic space pirates? Well, who wouldn't want to write about them? As a girl, Star Wars was my favorite set of movies, and Star Trek was a close second ..