Blue Moon Series 2 A Wedding at the Blue Moon Café
by Cate Masters
Never look back. Clarissa Hartman left her miserable life behind the day she graduated high school, the same day she turned 18. Driving for days, the road led her to Marfa, Texas. Right away, she knew she’d found home. Seven years later, she’s found her place in life plus the one thing she never expected to find: love. Dylan Wall’s everything she ran away from. So why can’t she stay away from him? Never give up. Dylan Wall is at the top of his game. His PR firm’s sought out by brand name companies, but he’s so busy spinning everyone else’s reps, he doesn’t realize his personal life’s taken a downhill turn. Deep down, he knows that somewhere, the perfect someone is waiting for him. The woman who’ll accept him for who he is – if he’s ever able to reveal it. When he lands in Marfa for his best friend’s wedding, Clarissa’s sharp tongue puts everything in a different perspective. She draws out a side of himself hidden away for too long. She’s everything he wants, in the wrong package. So why does she feel like home? In Marfa, appearances are deceptive. Discovering the truth beneath the surface is the first step toward finding yourself, and joy.
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“J. D. didn’t run into any trouble in the air, did he? Someone at the café said the plane pitched forward at one point.” And sideways and up and backward. Dylan had had no idea a glider could imitate a roller coaster. Had Clarissa known beforehand what the cowboy had in mind? She’d argued against him going, and her concern seemed genuine. None of it made sense. “The control slipped in J. D.’s hand. I’m not really sure; it’s all kind of a blur.” “He’s normally very precise with his flying.” He withheld a wince. “I gathered that.” “I’m so sorry.” Her shyness returned. “He…looks out for me.” “I know.” Definitely something he wouldn’t forget. “We never….” She bit her lip. “I know.” He said it softly, no judgment. He’d gathered as much from Jeff. So why did hearing her say it fill him with such a heady sense of triumph? When she released her lip and it uncurled, he almost forgot to say, “If you need to go change, I can stay here and hold down the fort till you get back.” She studied him a beat longer than seemed necessary, then glanced at the clock. “Guess I should. I can’t wear my work clothes.” “No one would notice.” When she furrowed her brow, he hastened to add, “You look great in anything.” She backed away. “I’ll be back soon.” She hesitated at the kitchen doors, then disappeared, growing smaller with each swing of the doors. Curious, he went to watch through the small window in the swinging door, then through the kitchen to the back door. She disappeared again down a path and past a flowery trellis. She lives close by? He resisted the temptation to follow and instead took a seat at the coffee bar with his cell. No need to check messages, really. He’d caught up on the backlog yesterday and taken care of a few more this morning. Weird that he still couldn’t shake the feeling about the new guy, Randy. Something about him set off alarms in Dylan’s head, but he couldn’t pinpoint it. And couldn’t do anything from here, so he’d have to let it go until he returned. Within a few minutes, the back door slammed. “I’m back,” Clarissa called. “Want to help me bring out the food?” “Sure.” He entered the kitchen. Noise at the rear drew him to the large refrigerator, its door wide open. “Harvey made too much, I think.” She straightened and held three lidded glass containers toward him. Dylan reached for them but his grasp slipped as he took her all in. “Wow.” A white flower tucked behind her ear, pale yellow sundress, Marilyn Monroe-style, tied behind her neck. Backless. Smooth skin over muscle and bone, her body elegant but with a bearing of strength. She steadied the containers in his hands. “Whoa, careful. Those are breakable.” “Sorry. I wasn’t….” Part of a tattoo swirled out from beneath the dress, and he wanted to find the rest of it. Trace the lines and colors with his tongue, his mouth. “Are you all right?” He gulped. “You look amazing.” A rose tinge along her cheeks made her even lovelier. “Oh. Thanks.” If he wasn’t holding these damn containers, he’d grab her instead.
Cate has agreed to answer a few questions for us, if you have others you would like to ask please do so in the comments.
- Do you have a pen name? How did you come up with your pen name? I have two, actually. Cate Masters is a shorter version of my maiden name. I also write mainstream fiction under C.A. Masterson, which is my full maiden name.
- If you could sit down with anyone in the world, who would it be? Perhaps Bono, who’s creative and innovative. He’s involved in many different issues and doesn’t let his success go to his head, and doesn’t rest on his former successes, but continues to reach for new ways to express his creativity. As an artist who’s endured for decades, he’d be a great inspiration for sticking to doing what you love despite the setbacks and frustrations.
- You are a published author! What made you succeed where others fail? Practice and persistence.
- What attracts you to your genre? I love to experiment, and I’m not a fan of labels. I write in whatever genre the story needs, and if it calls for a mash-up of genres, I do that too.
- What does your desk look like? Faux wood, black. The parts you can see, anyway. The rest is covered in papers, notebooks, pens and magazines.
- What was the first novel/short story/poem you wrote? Did you ever publish it? My friends and I used to swap poetry from third grade through high school. I still have them all in a binder, so I guess that’s kind of self-published, lol.
- Any spoilers you can give us about upcoming releases or projects? I’m so excited about my three upcoming releases! On July 7, Kensington will release the first novel in The Goddess Connection series – Goddess, Awakened. Kensington’s also contracted an urban fantasy/fairy tale novella with a magical rock’n roll setting, The Griffin’s Secret, plus a contemporary, Twice In A Blue Moon.
- Where do you like to do your writing? Anywhere my grandboys or kids can’t interrupt me! It takes me a long time to get into The Zone. Whenever possible, I write in my office in my house, on a laptop with no Internet.
- How do you come up with your titles? In most cases, with great anxiety, lol. Only a few stories have gifted me with an easy title. The rest came after a long struggle. Though like anything else about writing, it’s becoming easier as time goes on.
- How much of the book is realistic? Marfa is an actual town in Texas, and I used many of its quirks and charms for the story. I also researched tattoos and the reasons people have them, and found many heart-wrenching stories.
- Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? No, I never base my stories on real people. The most I ever borrow from family or friends are names. My sisters have shown up in a few books.
- What book are you reading now? Blood Magic by Jaye Wells and The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
- Do you see writing as a career? Absolutely. I treat it as I do any other job. I show up for work every day and do my best.
- How do you react to a bad review? It’s difficult not to be affected by a bad review. My only outward reaction, if any, would be to thank the reviewer. If s/he has specific criticism about the story that will help me improve my writing, I pay attention. If it’s vague and reads as if the reviewer barely read the story, I ignore the review. Likewise, if the reviewer complains that a short story’s too short, it only makes me wonder why s/he read the story in the first place!
- Are the names of your characters in your novels important? Names are the one thing that will hang me up while writing. If the name doesn’t fit the character, the story seems off to me.
- How many people have you murdered over the course of your career? I haven’t kept track, but maybe a half dozen? Some were very tough, others were not difficult at all, lol. Writers have to do whatever the story demands.
- What are the most important attributes to staying sane as a writer? A solid support group. I’m so thankful the writing community is encouraging and supportive, especially my critique group—we’ve seen each other through a lot over this past decade. My hubby’s incredibly understanding and my biggest cheerleader.
- What kind of pen do you use? I love gel pens! When the InkJoy pens came out, I admit to running out and buying them. They glide across a page. And yes, I do still write longhand. Not the entire story like I used to, but scenes, notes and ideas.
- Do you prefer e-books, paper backs or hard covers? I have no preference. I own all three and love all three. It’s not about the package it comes in, only what it contains.
- Do you buy a book by the cover? I love great covers, and notice them more now that I know the hard work that goes into them, but more often, the blurb has to hook me before I’ll buy.
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About the Author: Cate Masters has made beautiful central Pennsylvania her home, but she’ll always be a Jersey girl at heart. When not spending time with her dear hubby, 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 http://catemasters.blogspot.com and in strange nooks and far-flung corners of the web.
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