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Hello from hiding-under-the-covers land!

I hope you are doing well and aren't living in it, too. I mean, there's plenty of room for us all, but it's a weird place to be.

Fuzzy hugs

I'll ‘fess up: I live under the covers just part of the time. Sometimes life is fine — most things haven't changed too much in mine, all things considered, given that we live in a rural area and I work from home.

But Dr. 4×4 still works in the ER, diagnoses COVID-19 patients, and recently had a CV scare, himself. So let's just say my cuticles and fingernails have been taking a beating this year. (2020 has a lot of suckage, y'all. I know you get that, too.)

And then there's the all the other stuff going on here in the U.S. and across the world… sometimes I'm bawling, sometimes I'm yelling at the TV, sometimes I'm opening up my wallet for causes I believe in.

Authors tend to be empathetic creatures. That's one of the reasons we write — we think about what it's like to be other people all the time. 

Readers tend to be empathetic, too. That's one of the reasons we love books — we get to experience someone else's life for a while.

em*pa*thy = "in" + "feeling"

This is a difficult time for so many of us here and across the world.

But… I have hope for better things coming our way.

In the meantime, I'm sending my love and fervent wishes for better days ahead for anyone who's struggling right now.

Sulley squeeze!
everyone needs a Sulley

Writing News:
The Ocean Between Us is coming!

Not only is the book done (thank you, my beloved and amazing beta readers), but I'm ~90% of the way through drafting the next book in the series, The Spell Between Us. I'm hoping to do a close-together release of them both.

The working name of the series has been The Between Us series (for, yanno, obvious reasons). But that's not such a useful name for the Amazon algorithms. So I have now named the series Swords of Olympus.

(Does that make you think of sexy, half-naked Greeks doing manly and heroic things? Yup!)

*stud*

I also have drool-worthy book covers for both books. The cover reveal for Ocean is coming in another newsletter or two. *muahaha*

There will be FIVE books in this series. 😀 Soon I'll comission the third book cover from my delightful new cover artist. Funny thing is, for a long time I wasn't sure which book would be next. The events in two of them are going to be occurring simultaneously, so I held back… 

But now that I'm closing in on the end of Book 2, it's clear which one needs to be written next, thanks to what the characters are doing now and what needs to happen. (“Couple Three, you're on deck!”)

The kernel of The Ocean Between Us came to me more than a dozen years ago, long before I learned how to scuba dive, long before I got to swim with turtles and sharks.

All I knew then was that the heroine was a cursed and land-locked mermaid, and that she lived in a world dominated by the mercurial, prideful, and self-absorbed gods and goddesses of Olympus. The mermaid's isle would be invaded by a shipwrecked prince, and then… 

Mermaid ahoy!
I'm so freakin' excited to share the REAL book cover with you in a future newsletter!

Furry co-captain updates

Furchildren are all about love, and Dr. 4×4 and I are thinking about adopting a dog if the right one comes along. This is a big deal for Hubs, since he lost his last canine buddy ten years ago after a horrific struggle with cancer.

I am also thinking about a particular loner kitty who responded to my cat whisperings while we were at the shelter looking for a dog. (If I have a super power, it's making cats purr.)

Dr. 4×4, upon realizing that I was thinking about getting another kitty to add to our three, gave me a long-suffering look and reminded me that I can't save all the animals.

In turn, I reminded him that while I can't, saving an animal makes a difference to THAT animal. (Do you know the starfish story?)

Still, this decision isn't a no-brainer. My three kitties will be likely be a bit upset if we get a dog, no matter how kitteh-friendly, and I hesitate to upset the applecart further.

Also, there are other humans who need a little love right now, so I'm hoping someone else who needs a companion will find the kitty in question in the next couple of weeks and they will be the right match.

But, if not…

kittehbutt
my butt is doing this

S'more Cate Updates

Horse had his 12th birthday recently, and his FirstMom sent me his BABY PICS, y'all!

he was kind of a stinker even then
so tie-tie
so tie-tie

It's cute how much darker he got since he was a foal. His momma, on the right of the bottom pic, is the color he is now. (When he's not shaved, anyway. More on that in some future issue…)


Here's a new book from a favorite author!

W00T, there's something new from Grace Draven! She's a wonderful romantic fantasy author, y'all. If you don't know her work yet, check it out. (Brishen and Ildiko in Radiance… Silhara and Martise and Master of Crows… *happy sigh*) Here's her newest, Dragon Unleashed:

Isn't that gorgeous?

A dragon shapeshifter and a healer with power over the earth fight a corrupt empire in this thrilling and deeply emotional romantic fantasy from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.


Okay, my friends, see you soon with more on The Ocean Between Us as release day gets closer. *Cate does a shimmy*

I hope you get to stay cool (but not frozen, as in my case…) and that you will love aaaall the books that grace your TBR piles!

Yours in Enchanting Fantasy,

CATE ROWAN

Djinn, jinn, genies…here they come!

What a scrumptious cover, heehee!

Y'all, The Brothers Djinn — the epic fantasy novella that was part of the USA Today bestselling Shades of Fae bundle — will finally be published on its own in just a few short weeks. I'm so excited!

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 forces three mercenary brothers — charming scoundrels Darius, Jasper, and Valerian — to seek shelter in the castle of the sorceress Ina. 

Ina's eyes promise heaven in her bed, but the brothers soon discover she knows their deepest secrets and will use them to get what she wants most: revenge against her ancient nemesis, her goddess sister.

Ina will offer each brother all he desires in this life or the next, but will the price for her magic be one simple night or an eternity of thralldom in service of her wicked plans?

> > > Let the award-winning author Cate Rowan take you on a fast-paced adventure into captivating fantasy. Buy THE BROTHERS DJINN today to ride with three sexy brothers into an exotic land of magic, treachery, and immortal trouble! 

~ Preorder it now at Amazon for just 99¢! ~

(Not in the US? No problem! It's at all the Amazon stores, so click here to grab it at the Amazon Kindle store in your country.)

I have to record this for posterity, y'all. We did it — the Shades of Fae boxed set, which included my book The Brothers Djinn, was #107 on the USA Today Best-Seller Books list for July 19, 2018. Thank you sooooo much for buying this set and for your love! *HUGS ALL AROUND*

Shades of Fae #107 USAT

So, did I mention here on my blog that I have a new book out? No? D'oh! Well, lemme fix that RIGHT NOW.

The Brothers Djinn is only available in the Shades of Fae set, which has 23 yummy novels for a mere $0.99. Grab it now before the price goes up!

THE FAE ARE COMING! (Okay, mine are djinn. “Extended Fae.” ? )

Announcing SHADES OF FAE, a boxed set of Fae/Magical Beings novels from 25 bestselling and award-winning authors — including moi with a brand-new book: THE BROTHERS DJINN, which will kick off a whole new djinn series!

Yes, you can preorder this set NOW.

And it's all 25 books for just $0.99!


Not every fairytale has a happily ever after.

We only know three things about the Fae: They don’t lie; they cheat. What they aren’t given, they take. And if they can’t rule…they conquer. Now the fate of humanity lies in a battle between good and evil where lines are not easily drawn.

Time travel to 19th century France, brave the gritty streets of New York City, or enter the realm of the Fae itself in this darkly enchanting collection from 25 of today’s hottest USA Today, award-winning, and international bestselling paranormal and fantasy authors.

Shades of Fae is your ticket to a mystical realm where Sinister Sidhe and Dark Elves manipulate mortals, vengeful fae warriors battle nefarious vampire lords, and an apocalypse rife with werewolves, dragons, nymphs, banshees, shifters, and supernatural hunters brings unparalleled danger.


 

Yes, many of the books are as dark as the above description, but mine isn't quiiiiiiite that dark. You know me. You should also know I'm bringing the magic, and a vengeful goddess, and three sexy brothers who are in way over their heads. Mwahaha!

* * * PREORDER FOR 99¢ HERE * * * (oops, I almost wrote “preodor” — but Fae would smell good, right??):

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940154982204

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1333316500

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/shades-of-fae

Are you now muttering, “Cate, c'mon, where's Amazon?” I get it! Unfortunately we can't set up the preorder there for a few more months, boo. BUT I promise (full pinky swear) I'll pass along the links when we do.

And do stay nice and warm this week, y'all. It was -14ºF when I got up this morning. ?  (Why yes, I would prefer to be on a sunny beach right now . . . ) I hope you're on one, and enjoying a mojito!

Hi all! Here are TWO multi-author giveaways with fantastic prizes for the winners (including my books!). Click on the images or buttons below and follow directions for the chance to win great stuff. The BookSweeps giveaway ends May 29 and Spring Fling on May 31, so hurry!

 

BookSweeps!
BookSweeps
Prizes: TWO huge collections of Fantasy, SF & Paranormal novels, bookstore gift cards, PLUS a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet to the Grand Prize winner. You can win my novel THE SOURCE OF MAGIC!
Enter BookSweeps
Spring Fling!
Spring Fling
Enter to win 105 (yes, 105!) paperback romances from some of your favorite best-selling authors, including me with KISMET'S KISS!
Enter Spring Fling

I hope your autumn is going beautifully. Here high up in the Colorado Rockies, I've just hung up my spurs for the season. (waaah!). With luck I'll be riding again in about 5 1/2 months… *sigh* I do prefer warmer winters, but at least here I get a helluva mountain view.

With shorter days and longer nights for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, I thought you might want some wonderful reads to cozy up with. (Yes, my inner Grammar Maven says I should instead write “some wonderful reads with which to cozy up.” But let's not stand on ceremony when there are magical books on sale.)

 

Magic, Men, and Mayhem! Sale

 

You might notice one of my books up there, Kismet's Kiss. Yep, for only a couple more days, you can grab this award-winning fan favorite at 80% off — just $0.99! (And pssst: some of my others are on sale or free for a few more days, too!)

So go discover your next fantasy romance reads: CLICK HERE. I've already bought a bunch of them, myself.

And now I'm going to go curl up with a warm blanket, or several warm and cuddly kitties!

Love epic fantasy and science fiction? Less than a week left for this $1200 giveaway from 20 terrific authors, so hurry —find new books to love and enter to win the big prizes. Then come join our Facebook Party on November 8 for more prizes! (Escape the Election Day madness for a couple of fun hours. 😀 )

Epic SF & Fantasy Giveaway 2016

Click HERE for more info!

 

Work continues on my next novel, The Ocean Between Us, which will open a brand-new series! (I haven't put the Alaia Chronicles series aside, it's just percolating for a while. 🙂 ) A short summary of Ocean: When an exiled and shipwrecked prince crawls onto the shore of a cursed ex-mermaid, their sizzling passion drives the ancient Greek gods and goddesses into war. Psst: Wanna hear when it comes out and get sneak peeks? Subscribe to my newsletter!

And to brighten your day, here's a video I watched while doing research for The Ocean Between Us:

 

Strong Women Giveaway

150 authors in multiple genres have joined up to celebrate the strong women we love to write and the strong women (& yes, men!) who love to read about them.

We're offering over $2,500 in prizes, including two grand prizes of $1,000 each. (Woohoo!)

We have so many great books for you to choose from—from my sensuous fantasy romances to sweet contemporary romances, hot paranormals to science fiction and mysteries to thrillers, we’ve got a veritable buffet of books and fantastic authors.

It all starts at https://www.bit.ly/StrongReaders.

Happy reading, and best of luck in the drawings!

—Cate

“Cate Rowan charmed me with her fantastic worldbuilding about the kingdoms of Kad and Teganne.… A must-read for all fantasy romance lovers.”

Cover of Kismet's Kiss by Cate Rowan
—The Romance Reviews

“Rowan brings in the exotic, the magic and the passion in The Source of Magic. If you love magic and romance, you will love Rowan’s books.”

Cover of The Source of Magic by Cate Rowan
—The Pen & Muse Book Reviews

“What little girl (and big girl) hasn’t kissed their share of frogs hoping to have their prince appear? A fun, fast-paced, enjoyably modern fairy tale.”

Cover for Kiss That Frog: A Modern Fairy Tale (Fantasy Romance Novelette)
—Sizzling Hot Books

“From the first page I was instantly transported into a well-developed fantasy world and couldn’t put my Kindle down until I had finished the last page. A fast-paced story with heartfelt emotion!”

Cover of Swords and Scimitars by Cate Rowan
—Amazon Reviewer

“So much sexual tension that the pages are likely to burn your fingers as you eagerly beg for more.”

Cover of Kismet's Kiss by Cate Rowan
—Coffee Time Romance

“A sweet, magical story. I’m so glad I found it!”

Cover for Flirting with the Fireman: A Romantic Short Story
—Amazon Reviewer

“Cate Rowan is a dream-weaver of paranormal fiction. Sword and Lute has a time-warp vibe fusing elements of Antiquity with the Middle Ages and fantasy. Emotionally enlightening and sensually uplifting.”

Cover of Sword and Lute by Cate Rowan
—Susan Frances, Goodreads Reviewer