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Monday, June 27, 2011

Monday Spotlight: Cate Masters

A San Francisco makeover




At some point, most people at least think about reinventing themselves. Maybe out of boredom, maybe frustration. Maybe just curiosity.

In San Francisco Dreams, my historical novella, my hero and heroine reinvented themselves out of need. Both had disastrous lives and not only needed new ones, but needed to escape. In the early 1900s, San Francisco didn’t yet have the Golden Gate Bridge, but the nation saw it as a golden city.

Norah Hawkins was desperate to leave her life behind. Born to a prostitute, she might have ended up the same if not for her gritty determination to rise above. A self-taught businesswoman, she heads to San Francisco to fulfill her dream of opening a high-class saloon.

Gerard “Mac” MacKenzie’s tired of the East Coast. His family won’t speak to him because he refused to work in the coal mines like his father. A talented piano player, he hopes to tickle the ivories in a concert hall one day. San Francisco seems like the perfect place to get away from East Coast snobs and go after his dream.

But what happens when you reinvent yourself, and life strips away everything you have?

Amazingly, the people affected by the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco immediately dug out of the rubble and rebuilt their lives. It seemed like the perfect setting for two characters to truly find themselves – and each other.

Can the daughter of a well-known prostitute start a new life where no one knows her family history? Norah Hawkins is sure going to try. When a letter arrives deeding her property in San Francisco, she packs her bags.

Irishman Gerard MacKenzie likes his life free and easy, but is tired of the snobbish East Coast folk. San Francisco has enough vice and folly to suit his needs. Meeting Norah gives him the opportunity to bartend in her saloon. Maybe he can convince her to let him play the piano too. She’s a shrewd businesswoman, and negotiating with her makes his blood boil. Damn if she doesn’t make his blood boil in other ways too.

The morning of April 18, 1906, a terrible earthquake buries their dreams beneath the city’s ruins. Can Norah and Mac rebuild their lives? Will rebuilding their dreams bond them forever, or tear them apart?

You can view the trailer, read the excerpt, Story Elements, see the Casting Call (who I envisioned in these roles, a very fun blog series I started), and read the first chapter of San Francisco Dreams on my blog.

San Francisco Dreams is available on Amazon and Smashwords.

6 comments:

Arlene said...

I love historical romances, and I also love San Fran. I can't wait to hop into this world, thanks to the pen of a master story teller.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Arlene! I loved this setting - so much drama just waiting to happen!

Lorrie said...

Hi Cate,

Wow, this looks like a good read. I love the city, the time period, and the characters sound fantastic.

Another must read for me.

But then, lol, I do love all your books.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Lorrie! Much appreciated.

Mara said...

I love the idea of re-inventing yourself. I've done it quite a few times in my 45 years.

Cate Masters said...

Me too Mara! It's never too late. :)