News

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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*

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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!

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:

 

This is a copy of the e-newsletter issue I sent out yesterday. Subscribe to the e-newsletter if you want access to the free books mentioned within! https://caterowan.com/nl

 


Tidbits in this issue:

  • *Amazon Bestseller Crown*—W00T!
  • RomCon 2015's upcoming awesomeness
  • New e-bundle!
  • Multi-author Fantasy Romance Fanatics group on Facebook…oh yeahhh
  • FREEBIE STORIES FOR YOU, yes you!
  • Colorado wildlife + not-so-wildlife  🙂

 

Hello, dear readers, and a big welcome to all my new RomCon 2015 subscribers!

I'm thankful that 2015 has been berry berry good to me. In February, The Source of Magic: A Fantasy Romance made the Amazon Kindle overall Top 100 Paid list.

Book cover for The Source of Magic: A Fantasy Romance

*Cate dons Amazon Bestseller crown,
which is made of sparkles and rainbow-hued unicorn hair*

My thanks to each of you for helping to make that dream come true!

I'm excited to be meeting a number of you at the upcoming RomCon Reader Weekend in Denver September 25-27. I've been putting my reader swag together (hint: it smells soooo good) and we're going to have a GREAT time. Come sit at my table for the Reader Luncheon! I'm going to be giving my table a sneak peak at Princess Hellion, my upcoming novel in the Alaia Chronicles series. 😀

Speaking of Alaia Chronicles, there's now an e-bundle of Swords and Scimitars + Sword and Lute. If you haven't read those tales yet, check it out:

Are you craving more fantasy romance? Besides my aforementioned Princess Hellion (which shall be awesome 😀 ), there's a fun new Facebook group, Fantasy Romance Fanatics. Come chat about your favorite books and find new ones to love with other readers and authors of magically fantastic romance!

 


FREEBIE STORIES!

I'm offering two short stories in thanks for you subscribing to this e-newsletter. Want 'em?

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COLORADO WILDLIFE

If you haven't yet friended me on Facebook, you don't know the ongoing saga of Stella, the mustang-born mare I've been leasing since the beginning of August. My nicknames for her have ranged from Stellar to Ms. Piggy to World-Class Butthead. Join me on FB to read more.

As a bonus, here's the marmot who lives in the wood pile under the stairs at the cabin. Yes, that's an actual marmot, not an extraordinarily fat squirrel.


Next to a statue of an owl. Yes, just a statue. Even I do a double-take when I see it.

The Source of Magic: A Fantasy Romance
Kismet's Kiss: A Fantasy Romance
Swords and Scimitars: A Fantasy Short Story
Sword and Lute: A Fantasy Romance Novelette

Kiss That Frog: A Modern Fairy Tale

I hope you have a magical day. 🙂

I'm delighted to be returning to the RomCon Reader Weekend festivities this year!

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RomCon is SO MUCH FUN, y'all. You will meet your favorite authors and find new ones to love, hang out with them and with readers who love the same books you do, play games that'll make your belly sore from laughing, buy books, get FREE books, have them signed by the authors, and go home with lots of great swag!

I have only 6 seats left at my table on Saturday — yes, come chat with me (and get even more goodies!).

The fun is already beginning with this:

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so enter and win!

RomCon 2015 Reader Weekend, Denver, September 25-27 2015

Come say hello!

Pssst, check out PrizesForReaders.com — my fantasy romance THE SOURCE OF MAGIC is one of the books up for votes on best cover and blurb.

Discover new-to-you fantasy romances, vote for your favorite and enter for a chance to win a $50 Amazon or B&N gift certificate!

Vote for The Source of Magic at PrizesForReaders.com

Love fairytale romance? Grab this new $0.99 ebook from bestselling authors before it disappears with the wave of a magic wand!

Wait, a collection of ELEVEN fairy-tale-inspired romances for just $0.99?

Yep! These go to eleven. 😉

 

ONCE UPON A FAIRY TALE

Cover art for Once Upon a Fairy Tale (romantic stories) boxed set

On SALE for $0.99 — Limited Time Offer

Eleven New York Times, USA Today and Amazon Bestselling romance authors invite you to explore the world of Fairy Tales in exciting new ways!

Experience the story of The Nightingale through a steampunk landscape and follow Rapunzel through science fiction adventures. Come along with the heroine who steps out her front door into the Fairy Tale Realm, and the modern woman whose life resembles a fairy tale – one involving a slipper. Find out just who that Big Bad Wolf was and why he was so interested in Red, and go behind the scenes to see what those Fairy Godmothers are up to while everyone is getting their Happily Ever After.

If you haven't bought my Kiss That Frog: A Modern Fairy Tale yet, it's in here waiting for you—plus you get ten more fairy tale romances as a bonus! Either way, grab this fantastic introduction to ten more wonderful authors.

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Whatever your flavor of Fairy Tale enjoyment, you're sure to find it here. BUY NOW before this limited-time box set is gone!

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DARKLY DREAMING:
A FIVE-AUTHOR FANTASY ROMANCE BOXED SET

 

I'm soooooo excited about Darkly Dreaming, in which Elizabeth Hunter, Danielle Monsch, Grace Draven, Kristen Painter and I have joined together. We're five award-winning and bestselling authors (and a force of nature 😀 ). If you haven't read these authors' novels yet, this is your chance to dive into a fantasy romance wonderland. Or five!

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Grab me now!

Contents:
Master of Crows by Grace Draven
Stone Guardian by Danielle Monsch
Heart of Fire by Kristen Painter
Kismet's Kiss by Cate Rowan
The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter

Darkly Dreaming has descendants of angels, black elf mercenaries, gargoyles, vengeful goddesses, and heretical mages all waiting to entertain you between the pages.

Yep, FIVE riveting full-length novels. Have I mentioned that this set contains nearly $25 worth of fantasy romance for 99 cents? BARGAIN. 🙂 We will not be keeping it at that price, so click to grab this set now at the store of your choice.

And just to tease you:

Darkly Dreaming quote by Grace Draven
Darkly Dreaming quote by Danielle Monsch
Darkly Dreaming quote by Elizabeth Hunter
Darkly Dreaming quote by Kristen Painter
Darkly Dreaming quote — Cate Rowan

“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.”

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—Coffee Time Romance

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

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—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