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Author Guest Post & Giveaway – Cate Masters

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Dear Readers, Today I have a special treat for you… A guest post and giveaway (details later) from author Cate Masters. Cate loves stories with a dash of magic, mayhem and romance! Multi-published in contemporary to historical, sweet to erotic, fantasy/dark fantasy to speculative, she sometimes mashes genres. Reviewers have described her stories as “so compelling, I did not want to put it down,” and “such romantic tales that really touch your soul.”

When not spending time with her family, 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. Please help me welcome Cate to That’s What I’m Talking About. Take it away, Cate…
The Woo-Woo Moments in Life

Reality can sometimes be a tricky thing. Ignoring strange events might extend the illusion that all’s well in your world. But then again, eventually those strange things might catch up to you.

That’s what happened to my heroine, Jocelyn Gibson. Married for a long time to a nonbeliever, she ignores her unusual family history. After her husband dies, she buys an old Victorian to open a bed and breakfast – nothing out of the ordinary about that, right? Well… except that ley lines of energy run beneath the inn.
What are ley lines? I’m so glad you asked! Throughout history, people have sought such energy lines for their mystical powers. Some to heal, some for personal gain. Because of their magnetic nature, animals are attuned to them, and many birds follow ley lines during migration. Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids at Giza are among the more well-known ley lines, and many today travel to Sedona, Arizona, to benefit from its positive force. 
Tapping into a ley line is like having a direct line to magical energy. So when Joss buys the inn, it sparks a feud in the underworld. Lord Pluton, otherwise known as the devil himself, isn’t at all happy that someone with a connection to the fae and a goddess now lives atop those ley lines.
Joss doesn’t learn about her goddess connection until moving there either. It comes as a surprise that she’s related to Iris, Goddess of the Rainbow.


What about you – have you ever had a woo-woo moment, something that occurred you couldn’t simply explain away? 
Leave a comment below by Friday, August 5, for a chance to win an ebook of The Magic of Lavender, the first book in The Goddess Connection series, which says: Every woman should embrace her inner goddess. What’s your connection?  I have several more novels in this series in mind to follow. In each, the heroine will be somehow connected to a goddess. Her lifelong quirks will become strengths once she finds her true place in the world, and accepts herself for who she really is. I will select one winner from the comments – one entry per person. Please leave your email so I can contact the winner. Contest is open INTERNATIONALLY.
Read the blurb, excerpt, and “Casting Call” (who I imagined in these roles) HERE

Thanks for having me as a guest on your blog! It’s been a pleasure.
You are most welcome, Cate… thanks for stopping by!  

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  • I’m very much a non-noticer, kind of wrapped up in my own little world most of the time, therefore I don’t tend to notice if anything “odd” does happen to me. However, one time I was visiting my cousin on a lake in northern Ontario and I asked whether we might see the northern lights, as I’d always dreamed of seeing them, but I was usually never that far north. She told me it was very unlikely because they were rarely seen in the summer. That night, sure enough, there they were in all their glory. The final piece of the story is that my mother had just passed away a month before and the day we saw the lights was my birthday. I was absolutely convinced that my mother was somehow sending me a message letting me know how much she missed me on my birthday – fanciful, I know, but I like to think it anyway.

    jen at delux dot com

  • I’m really pondering here…my connection *hhmmm* well, I’m curios to a fault. If it captures my interest I want to know what, how, why, where, when and so on. So I think the goddess of knowledge definitely has touched me at birth 😉

  • I’ve had moments of deja vu that seemed so intense that ignoring it was the only way to keep my mind in one place at one time. A bit scary…but I hadn’t thought of it as anything more.
    Hmmm…something to think about

    Angela
    tomewriter@gmail.com

  • My most recent woo-woo moment happened while shopping with my sister. We’d gone to check out her friend’s new shop (new age). I really had no intentions to come away with anything but angels seemed to have other things in mind. It started with a crystal (considered a powerful heart chakra stone and supposedly aids in communication with angels and other such spiritual guides).

    But the truly woo-woo moment of the day came when we were looking at tarot cards. I didn’t need another set but as we walked into that room I noticed the only set of angel cards. I put them back on the shelf two or three times only to walk out of the room and find them in my hands again. Yep, I bought them.

    I’ve never looked to see if the shop was on a ley line but suspect it is. There’s an energy in it that goes beyond the “old house” theory the owners claim.

    Cool post and it sounds like a fascinating book.

  • Jen, I love that story! I’ve always wanted to see the northern lights too. How cool that your mom made it happen for you.

    You sound like a research nut like me, Leontine. 🙂

    Very cool, Angela. I sometimes get that feeling too, but it’s so difficult to pinpoint. More story fodder! 🙂

    Angels intrigue me so much, Raelyn. So much that I had to write a few stories that included them, lol. It would be cool to find out if your house sat on a ley line!

  • Hmm I think that I tend to look for signs. I always wonder did I do this or that right??? Usually I get a sign if I’m on the right path. I get the same numbers like 3 and 2 in any combo and its always my digital clock saying 3:33 or 2:32 for example and I usually get that “ohhh duh” moment. Also if I have a dream that I remember I know I’m in trouble, that something is going to happen. I know weird huh???

    ~Brandy
    brandyzbooks(at)yahoo(dot)com

  • That’s cool, Brandy! I came across that during my angel research, so of course had to use it in my story Dead to Rights! 🙂 There are web sites claiming to interpret those numbers, if you’re interested.

  • I’ve never had such experiences before but my dad has told me stories about having out of body experiences when he was younger. He would be attempting to sleep & feel himself drifting out of his body & freely moving around. Kinda creepy!

    thumbelinda03@yahoo.com

  • That sounds scary Linda! I’d be worried I wouldn’t find my way back. I have a terrible sense of direction. 🙂

  • Thanks again to everyone for your comments! I tossed everyone’s name into a bowl, and my daughter drew out…
    Brandy!
    Congrats, Brandy, and I hope you enjoy it. I’ll email you this afternoon.
    Have a great weekend, everyone.

  • Cate: Thank you so much for the guest post and giveaway!! Congrats to Brandy!

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