Frequently Asked Questions

(1) Hey Cate, Swords and Scimitars and Sword and Lute are listed in the Alaia Chronicles: Legends series, but The Source of Magic and Kismet's Kiss are simply Alaia Chronicles. Why is that?

I consider Alaia Chronicles: Legends to be a sub-series of Alaia Chronicles. Swords and Scimitars and Sword and Lute are part of the bigger series, but they also form their own unit, one that happened many centuries before the rest of the Alaia Chronicles. 🙂

(2) Okay. Then in what order should I read the Alaia Chronicles series?

Ahh, excellent question. I know the series order is a bit confusing. The confusion is entirely my fault … and yet it's deliberate.

I wrote each story in a way that lets it stand alone, which comes in handy, since they weren't published (or written) in chronological order. Here's the order in which I dreamed them up and wrote them, and in which most people read them. It works very well:

  1. The Source of Magic: A Fantasy Romance
  2. Kismet's Kiss: A Fantasy Romance
  3. Swords and Scimitars: A Fantasy Short Story (Note: this is more romantic historical fantasy—a hero's journey—than the others, which are all true fantasy romances.)
  4. Sword and Lute: A Fantasy Romance Novelette
  5. [Psst: You can get Swords and Scimitars and Sword and Lute in the Alaia Chronicles: Legends 1 & 2 boxed set and save some money.]

If it's important to you to read in strict chronological order, read them this way:

  1. Swords and Scimitars: A Fantasy Short Story
  2. Sword and Lute: A Fantasy Romance Novelette (or get the boxed set for 1 & 2)
  3. The Source of Magic: A Fantasy Romance
  4. Kismet's Kiss: A Fantasy Romance

That said, if you read Source and Kiss first, I promise that reading S&S and S&L afterward will also make sense and add some a-has. In other words: it's all good. 🙂

By the way, there's a story in development that occurs chronologically between Source and Kiss. The Princess of Magic is still in the writing stage and is driving me right up the wall (or off my fydd). It will be published after I wrestle it to the ground and hogtie it with some magic ropes. And like the others, it will be a “stand-alone” that can be read in any order.

I've also published the non-Alaia stories Kiss that Frog and Flirting with the Fireman.

(3) I notice you've changed your book covers. Is there somewhere I can see all your old and new covers?

Yep! Head over to my Book Covers I Love and Miss post for all the covers to date (August '13) and some commentary on them all.

(4) What other books and stories are you writing?

Here's a list of the tales in progress. Subscribe to my newsletter to be notified when they're released.

(5) How do you pronounce your name?

Remember “Row-row-row your boat”? Row-un.

(6) Do you have a street team I could join?

Yep! Come join the Magical Minions. 🙂

(7) Do you ever give talks for readers or workshops for writers?

Absolutely! I do a few each year and I love them. Contact me if you're interested in an in-person workshop, a bookstore reading, or even a Skype chat with your book club. I'll also be attending the RomCon romance convention in Denver, Colorado almost every year. I look forward to meeting you.

(8) Do you offer review copies or ARCs for bloggers/reviewers?

I welcome reviews from readers at vendor websites (my Magical Minions street team gets early review copies) as well as from professional reviewers.  If you're a blogger or professional reviewer interested in receiving a review copy, please contact me with the following information:

  1. The title you want to review
  2. Your name
  3. A link to your review blog, website, or your previous reviews at your favorite review site.

Have any other questions for me? I love hearing from fans! Drop me a line and I'll be happy to answer.

“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.”

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—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.”

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—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!”

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—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.”

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—Susan Frances, Goodreads Reviewer