Beginning January 1, 2013

Stop by and let us know what you think of the new look!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Cate Masters

Not all gifts come wrapped

When my kids were little, they loved to go for car rides during the holiday season. After dinner, we’d pile in the car and cruise the residential sections of the city, and ooh and ahhh at the lighted homes. They’d take special note of the neighborhoods whose residents seemed to have an extra dose of holiday spirit, as evidenced by their incredible displays. Their faces would reflect the glow of the lights, even after we’d returned home, as they talked about their favorites.

Such a simple thing, to spend some time with them in the car. Not worrying about having to get to work or day care or school – certainly a treat for me, back when life was a blur of rushing from one place to the next. And yet, that simple act had a lasting impact. It became a tradition they looked forward to as much as baking cookies or reading Christmas stories (though reading Christmas stories is another wonderful tradition).

These days, I love to write holiday stories as much as read them. My Christmas fantasy, Ground Rules, is available from The Wild Rose Press. I hope you’ll pop over to my blog for the excerpt, Casting Call, book video and more:

Can a bad boy angel and a dispirited mortal find a Christmas miracle together?

Alice Garner scores a great contract to illustrate a children’s book by a famous author, but lack of inspiration forces her to cancel her holiday plans. Alone on Christmas to meet her looming deadline, Alice wishes on her Christmas tree angel for help.

Luke, newly promoted to Watcher Angel, is reluctant to take the assignment. Long ago, his fiancée broke his mortal heart on Christmas Eve, and even returning to Earth on his Harley won’t dull the sting. Good thing the ground rules forbid getting involved with an assignment—Alice is tempting, but he’d rather not stay on Earth.

But Luke brings Alice more than inspiration. He reawakens her heart. Now Alice has to convince him he’s her greatest wish. With a little Christmas magic, can she convince him to break the ground rules and stay?

About the Author: Multipublished, award-winning author Cate Masters loves stories with a dash of magic, mayhem and romance! Reviewers have described her stories as “so compelling, I did not want to put it down,” and “such romantic tales that really touch your soul.”

When not spending time with her family, 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.

Cate loves to hear from readers. Email her at: cate.masters[AT]

Also find Cate online at:




Coffee Time Romance:



Leave a comment for a chance to win a hand-crafted beaded book thong, and two 1.46 oz Hershey Kisses.

Happy holidays! Cate


Brenda Hyde said...

I love your cats name by the way:) *snicker* I never get tired of Christmas lights-- there is something so magical about twinkle lights at night. I love them!

Debby said...

I tried to make beaded book thongs and was not too successful]\
debby236 at gmail dot com

Maeve said...

Great post, Cate! Merry Christmas to you and yours.


wanda f said...

Great post Ground rules sounds like a realy great read .Happy Holidays

shadow_kohler said...

Great post! Your book sounds so good! Thanks for sharing!

RoyalCheryl said...

Sounds like a good Read. Thank You.

Cate Masters said...

Sorry for the late response, a flu bug had me down yesterday.
Happy holidays to all! Thanks so much for stopping by. I can't believe it's Christmas Eve Eve! May you all have a magical holiday, and may all your Christmas wishes come true. :)

Jean P said...

Enjoyed your post. My husband and I try to each year drive around and looking at lights. Happy Holidays.

skpetal at hotmail dot com

GladysMP said...

We drove around the nearby neighborhoods on Christmas Eve to see the decorated yards. But did we ever get in a rainstorm. We could hardly see out the windshield. I told hubby that we might as well go home and he said, "No, we'd just get drenched getting out of the car." Luckily the rain did deminiah and we continued our tour. It is a tradition here, too.

Happy New Year!

Frank said...

Very lovely post, Cate, and it's true that sometimes the best "gifts" are ones that we aren't even looking for and don't stop to be thankful for at the time. Hope your celebrating was merry and memorable too!

--flchen1, using DH's account
f dot chen at comcast dot net

Patti P said...

Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the year.
musicalfrog at

VampedChik said...

Thanks so much for sharing! Sounds cute! I would love to read it!

Cate Masters said...

Happy new year! I've tossed everyone's name into a bowl and my daughter drew out... Jean P!
Thanks for your comments everyone! Hope you have a wonderful year.