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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tuesday Spotlight: Cate Masters

Settings are the real estate of fiction

I love to find unusual settings for my stories, whether it’s an exotic locale I hope to visit someday, or just a place I find interesting.

A few years ago, I read a story about a small North Carolina town that used technology to bring together its farmers in a very cool and productive way. As I tend to do, I clipped it for my file.

A few years earlier, I’d begun writing an erotic romance. Something about it wasn’t quite right, even after revising it a few times. I liked the characters, and they certainly liked each other, so much it was sometimes difficult to keep them apart. *grins* But it wasn’t until I hit upon weaving the agricultural news story into my own story that things began to click. I love that clicking sound.

So the story became Just the Right Amount of Wrong, an interracial contemporary erotic romance.

The hero became Ravelo Pena, a Latino whose parents emigrated from Puerto Rico, and who push Rav to be the top of his class. Rav’s ambitious, and highly successful when he returns home to that small North Carolina town. But has success tainted him?

The heroine, Sara Mullaney, can’t be sure. In high school, she and Rav used to dream about helping the local farmers, but now that he’s a man, he’s different in so many ways. Some of them are very good ways – he used to be cute, but now he’s drop-dead gorgeous with the physique of an athletic trainer.

All wrong? That’s what Sara Mullaney’s parents always said about Ravelo Pena. She’s starting to believe it. After dumping her years ago, he’s back in town. And threatening to ruin her business plan designed to help local farmers. When he’s fired for trying to help her, she realizes he’s still the same old Rav. And she’s finding it hard to keep her hands off him. Can the right amount of wrong make the perfect combination?

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Just the Right Amount of Wrong is available at Smashwords and Amazon Kindle.


Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

What a great idea about clipping a news story. Being a farm girl, I love a story about helping the farmers.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Susan! I have a folder full of clips. :)

Mara said...

I love the name of your books. This one is great!

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Mara! Sometimes I have trouble with titles, but this one finally hit me. :)