Fantasy • Magic • Romance

Author: Cate Rowan

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Wheeee, a new fantasy romance! SWORD AND LUTE (Alaia Chronicles)

Waaay back in February (heh), I released Swords and Scimitars, a historical fantasy short story about the origins of the realm of Kad. (When the immortal twin brothers Kismet and Taso fought over an enchanted sword, tragedy ensued for them both. The guilt of the fight drove Kismet into the realm of Kad, where he became its first sultan and redeemed himself through love. If you

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Alpha males in fiction…and in the wild

Let me get something out of the way right up front: I love me some alphas. Or at least Writer Me loves me some alphas. Person Me has a few reservations. Lemme ‘splain. We’ll start with Writer Me. My first published novel (Kismet’s Kiss, a two-time RWA Golden Heart ® finalist) features an alpha among alphas. Kuramos is the sultan of the desert realm of Kad. The descendent of

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At a Plotting Crossroads…

…Yes, indeed I am, and it’s a particular crossroads I know all too well. Some background: I finished the first draft of the Sword and Lute novella—that’s Taso’s story, so it’s chronologically second in the entire Alaian timeline. (It comes just after—well, probably partly during—Kismet’s story.) Anyway, the manuscript needs to sit a few days to give my eyes and brain a break, and then I’ll continue

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Just a quote about reading that I loved…

Hat tip to The Passive Voice for posting this: The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night. —Isabel Allende That’s just how I always envisioned it. Books do take on a life of their own, don’t they? May whatever you’re reading right now spur your imagination.  

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New snippet from The Soul of Magic (Rokad and Qiara’s story)

The Soul of Magic: “A loyal but bitter mage whose powers were snuffed out while protecting his sovereign must tutor a willful and seductive princess whose inborn gifts could save the world—or plunge it into chaos.” That’s my current logline for this novel, which I’m working on during Camp NaNoWriMo this month. The Soul of Magic has haunted me (in a good way) for years. This is Rokad and Qiara’s

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Dragon*Con 2011

Now that I’m back from Dragon*Con in Atlanta, I thought I’d offer up some fun stats about my trip, mwa ha ha. Number of correct answers by moi during the team trivia hour of the Anne McCaffrey’s Worlds track: 1 out of 1. Yay for The White Dragon! Though I’m sorry to admit it had been waaaaaay too long since I’d read her non-Pern stories, so

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Dragon*Con, anyone?

I’ll be heading to the fantasy and sf convention Dragon*Con next weekend in Atlanta. I’ll be a n00b there, but fortunately I have friends who are long-time Dragon attendees. Alas, I bought my tickets last fall in the hopes I could meet my author idol there, Anne McCaffrey, but she is having health issues (nooooo!) and won’t be able to make it. Well, gosh…I guess I’ll

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Good news and bad news…

First, the bad (I’ll save the good for a minute because I always think it helps to have something to look forward to): The Source of Magic won’t be ready by the end of this month. I know. I’m disappointed, too, and truly sorry I can’t fulfill my promise to you. (Get out your violin right now and let’s give it a workout.) I’ve been dealing

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Coming Soon: The Source of Magic! New Cover & Update

I’m about a week away from finishing up my second-to-last round of edits on The Source of Magic. Hooray! I’m like the hugely pregnant, somewhat cranky woman who cannot WAIT to get this baby born and out. Fortunately, I’m still on target for a publication in the second half of March. I’ve been playing with a super-short blurb that can fit on a business card. Thanks

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Book Reviews: Those Occasionally Crazymaking Things

I’ve been lucky that Kismet’s Kiss has been blessed by excellent reviews, so I found it interesting that today two bloggers weighed in with somewhat inter-conflicting verdicts. That, plus a friend’s apparently mixed Romantic Times review for her debut, has me mulling over the amount of angst writers invest in other people’s opinions. Many of us start by revising our novels to please our critique partners. (Fortunately, those

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Another fab review & Top 22 of 2010 + laugh your butt off

Digigirl posted a great little review of Kismet’s Kiss today. My fave parts: “Incorporating magic, espionage, betrayal, love and family, Kismet’s Kiss is a keeper” as well as “settle in for a delicious romantic fantasy!” She posted the five-star review at Amazon, too. And then Mandi and Tori of Smexy Books posted their top books of 2010. (They both tried to get their lists down to 20,

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How the Fantasy/SF of Anne McCaffrey Led Me to Romance

I don’t think I’m alone in that! The ladies of the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood are interviewing me today, so come join the chat about romance, fantasy, and the stories that influenced our young minds. 🙂

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Three sexy brothers, two warring goddesses, and a literal trip to Hell. What could possibly go wrong…  Long ago in the bygone Middle East, a storm

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