Cursed (The Vitruvian Man #1) by Cate Masters

Cursed (The Vitruvian Man #1) by Cate MastersCursed (The Vitruvian Man #1)

by Cate Masters

Paranormal/Fantasy Romance

Categories: Action/Adventure

Publisher: Decadent Publishing (new TEASE line)

Release Date: April 21, 2013

Heat Level: Steamy

Word Count: 30,000

Available at:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cursed-The-Vitruvian-Man-ebook/dp/B00CGM8ARA/

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-cursed-1169369-140.html

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Decadent Publishing: http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=767&osCsid=55spbi1c1g6m9c5lo8rdo7jd17

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/308564

Description:

Ten days of freedom. That’s all Fate had allotted me each year. In the streets of Venice, I could walk among them. Mingle. Belong.

During Carnevale, they had no idea who I was. What I was.

For ten days, it didn’t matter.

Until I met her.

Bruno diCesare lives alone by necessity, not choice. An experiment performed by Leonardo da Vinci, who believed having a dual DNA would grant a person immortality, used magic to render Bruno a chimera – the head of a lion, body of a dragon. The only time he can mingle with people is during Carnevale, ten glorious days of masked anonymity, frivolity and intimacy.

Melina Weaver learned fire dancing to enliven her dull existence. A scientist, her long hours at the lab leave no time for a social life. For ten days at Carnevale, she can pretend to be someone else. Someone sexy and daring, who lives on the edge.

Once she meets Bruno, her wish comes true, but everything goes terribly wrong. Beneath Bruno’s costume lurks an alpha male, but is he dangerous? Worse, can she return to an employer who sells her research to the military to make an army of efficient killers? Her only hope may lie with the man she’s just met and never seen.

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.

Author Interview:

Hello and thanks for stopping by and visiting with me and the bunnies.  It is so nice to have  Cate Masters here.  Readers I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.  Oh, hold on Cate every time someone new stops by the dogs and bunnies go crazy.

 

Lol, I understand! My dog Lily is the same way. My cat, Chairman Maiow, not so much (he rarely makes an appearance).

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version? Not necessarily preferred, but it was a huge relief when the Lord of the Rings movies did justice to the books. Also the Harry Potter movies.

Do you buy a book by the cover? A cover might draw me in, but more often it’s the book blurb.

Do you have a book trailer? Yes! I love making them. You can view the Cursed video at  http://youtu.be/Zwp1Xdg0Dd8

What are your thoughts on book trailers? I love anything that gives a little more insight into the story line. I used to love the Bravo series Inside the Author’s Studio for that reason. So I always try to do a book video, and I have a few series on my blog that help readers get to know the characters a little more in-depth, and understand the process – Casting Call and Story Elements.

Do you write under a pen name? Two, actually. My maiden name was Masterson, so I use the full last name for my mainstream work under C.A. Masterson, and shortened it to Cate Masters for my romance stories.

Did you have a favorite toy as a child? Matchbox cars, lol. When I wasn’t climbing trees! I was such a tomboy.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Coffee with mocha chips. Mmm.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Coffee, lol. I rarely eat breakfast.

Night owl, or early bird? I think better in the morning. Must be the coffee, lol

What is the craziest thing you have ever done? Jumped off the roof of our house when I was little. (The tomboy thing, lol. And maybe the flying dreams I used to have?)

Do you use real-life facts based on true stories? Yes, news articles often influence my stories. In fact, for Cursed, three very different articles helped shape the story – a travel magazine article about Carnevale, the 10-day festival in Venice; another about a Vitruvian Man drawing that predated Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic sketch; and the third was about studies of oxytocin, called The Love Drug by researchers. These three became the story setting, the hero’s background and the heroine’s profession.

Do you use your OWN experiences? No, true life experiences rarely translate into a good story. I think because writers are too close to it, and often can’t describe it well enough. Too many times in critique groups I’ve heard an author complain about constructive criticism by saying, “But it really happened!” Sometimes it’s true that truth is stranger than fiction, but more than that, fiction often just makes a better story.

Did you ever think you would ever become an author? Yes, writing was a part of my life since I was a kid. At first I wanted to be a journalist, but after experimenting with fiction, I just fell in love with it.

What is the hardest part of writing for you? Finding the time, these days. My house is very hectic, and quiet time is bliss for me. :)

What are you working on now? I have a couple of WIPs in the works – the third novella in the contemporary Blue Moon series (coming soon from Decadent Publishing!), another paranormal novel in The Goddess Connection series, and another contemporary in my head trying to burst its way out, lol.

Are you currently working on any new projects? What can we expect from you in the future? In addition to the ones I mentioned, about another dozen WIPs are lined up in the writing queue. Decadent recently released Charmed, the second book in the Vitruvian Man series, and I’m in edits for Claimed, the third book. Two more 1NS stories are coming from Decadent also, both very fun contemporaries – Sweet Revenge and The Ex Factor. The first in the Blue Moon series, Blue Moon Over Bliss Lake, should release around the holidays. You can keep up with upcoming releases on the Coming Soon page on my blog: http://catemasters.blogspot.com/p/coming-soon.html

Was it easy to pick the title for your book? Titles can be difficult for me sometimes. Cursed actually began as The Vitruvian Man, but after finishing the first story, I knew there was much more to it. So I wrote the second book, Charmed, and it still wasn’t finished! So then I wrote Claimed, which for now, is the last in the series. There’s still a lot left to explore in this world, and may yet return to it.

Pick one profession you would choose if you were not an author.  Why? A photojournalist. I love taking photographs, and love the way that photojournalists can capture an instant and tell an entire story that way.

Where can your followers find you? I’d love for readers to find me at any or all of these sites:

Blog: http://catemasters.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cate-Masters/89969413736?ref=ts

Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/105560752271686579982/about?cfem=1

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CateMasters

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2944596.Cate_Masters

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cate-Masters/e/B002OBQ98A/ref=sr_tc_ep?qid=1331753999

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/CateMasters

You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/user/catemasters

Any last words? Thanks so much for having me at your site, Bunny! It’s been a real pleasure.

Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today, Cate. It’s been a pleasure having you and I wish you much success in the future.

 

Excerpt:

Melina should have stayed in her room. Finding him had seemed like such incredible luck. Now she wondered whether luck had turned against her.

That sound—almost an animal sound—had that come from him? Had she imagined it? Strange things went on during Carnevale, her online friends had said, some so inexplicable no science could explain them. She’d laughed when they warned her she might get in over her head.

The sheer strength of his muscles, the raw power beneath his clothes, thrilled her. His pace conveyed the same urgency.

Pressed to his side, nerves jangling, her foot slipped on the stone step.

In one fluid motion, he scooped her into his arms and continued hurrying along. “Are you all right?”

“Unless embarrassment leaves a mortal wound. I’m normally not so clumsy.” She settled against his broad chest. Such incredible stamina. An image pierced her mind: his muscular, naked torso above her, his hips rocking against hers. His presence overwhelmed her, and she was acutely aware of every motion, every breath.

At the bottom of the stone stairs, he set her on her feet but maintained his firm hold. “Dampness has a habit of lingering here. You’d best allow me to assist you.”

“Please.” She fitted herself against him, acutely aware of the way his body moved against hers.

“In these calle of San Samuele,” he said, “Giacomo Casanova spent his youth.”

“Calle?” She should have brushed up on her Italian.

He dipped his head closer. “Narrow alleyways.”

“Narrow and dark. I wonder how many trysts Casanova had in these alleys?” And Casanova had nothing on Bruno. Women probably flocked around him constantly. Acid flashed through her at the thought.

“Too many to recount.” He paused, then added, “If one believes the writings in his diary. His mentor, the poet Giorgio Baffe, lived just down there.”

“Mentor?” She didn’t recall Casanova writing poetry. Did Bruno as well? Or was he not romantic that way?

“Of a sort. The man who introduced Casanova to worldly pleasures.”

The way the last two words rolled off his tongue, so enticing. She glanced at the dark steps that led to deeper shadows beside the canal.

She surprised herself by steering him down there, tugging him to an abrupt halt. “Do such mentors still exist?”

He whirled her against a wall. “Why? Would you be interested?”

She let her hands wander across the contours of his chest. “You did offer to introduce me to the delights of Venice.”

The same growl as earlier rumbled in his throat, unmistakable this time. “You do like to play with fire, don’t you?”

And he knew how to ignite one.

 

About the Author:

Cursed (The Vitruvian Man #1) by Cate MastersMulti-published, award-winning 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. Cate loves to hear from readers! Email her at cate.masters@gmail.com.

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Hello and thanks for stopping by and visiting with me and the bunnies.  It is so nice to have  Cate Masters here.  Readers I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.  Oh, hold on Cate every time someone new stops by the dogs and bunnies go crazy.

 

Lol, I understand! My dog Lily is the same way. My cat, Chairman Maiow, not so much (he rarely makes an appearance).

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version? Not necessarily preferred, but it was a huge relief when the Lord of the Rings movies did justice to the books. Also the Harry Potter movies.

Do you buy a book by the cover? A cover might draw me in, but more often it’s the book blurb.

Do you have a book trailer? Yes! I love making them. You can view the Cursed video at  http://youtu.be/Zwp1Xdg0Dd8

What are your thoughts on book trailers? I love anything that gives a little more insight into the story line. I used to love the Bravo series Inside the Author’s Studio for that reason. So I always try to do a book video, and I have a few series on my blog that help readers get to know the characters a little more in-depth, and understand the process – Casting Call and Story Elements.

Do you write under a pen name? Two, actually. My maiden name was Masterson, so I use the full last name for my mainstream work under C.A. Masterson, and shortened it to Cate Masters for my romance stories.

Did you have a favorite toy as a child? Matchbox cars, lol. When I wasn’t climbing trees! I was such a tomboy.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Coffee with mocha chips. Mmm.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Coffee, lol. I rarely eat breakfast.

Night owl, or early bird? I think better in the morning. Must be the coffee, lol

What is the craziest thing you have ever done? Jumped off the roof of our house when I was little. (The tomboy thing, lol. And maybe the flying dreams I used to have?)

Do you use real-life facts based on true stories? Yes, news articles often influence my stories. In fact, for Cursed, three very different articles helped shape the story – a travel magazine article about Carnevale, the 10-day festival in Venice; another about a Vitruvian Man drawing that predated Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic sketch; and the third was about studies of oxytocin, called The Love Drug by researchers. These three became the story setting, the hero’s background and the heroine’s profession.

Do you use your OWN experiences? No, true life experiences rarely translate into a good story. I think because writers are too close to it, and often can’t describe it well enough. Too many times in critique groups I’ve heard an author complain about constructive criticism by saying, “But it really happened!” Sometimes it’s true that truth is stranger than fiction, but more than that, fiction often just makes a better story.

Did you ever think you would ever become an author? Yes, writing was a part of my life since I was a kid. At first I wanted to be a journalist, but after experimenting with fiction, I just fell in love with it.

What is the hardest part of writing for you? Finding the time, these days. My house is very hectic, and quiet time is bliss for me. :)

What are you working on now? I have a couple of WIPs in the works – the third novella in the contemporary Blue Moon series (coming soon from Decadent Publishing!), another paranormal novel in The Goddess Connection series, and another contemporary in my head trying to burst its way out, lol.

Are you currently working on any new projects? What can we expect from you in the future? In addition to the ones I mentioned, about another dozen WIPs are lined up in the writing queue. Decadent recently released Charmed, the second book in the Vitruvian Man series, and I’m in edits for Claimed, the third book. Two more 1NS stories are coming from Decadent also, both very fun contemporaries – Sweet Revenge and The Ex Factor. The first in the Blue Moon series, Blue Moon Over Bliss Lake, should release around the holidays. You can keep up with upcoming releases on the Coming Soon page on my blog: http://catemasters.blogspot.com/p/coming-soon.html

Was it easy to pick the title for your book? Titles can be difficult for me sometimes. Cursed actually began as The Vitruvian Man, but after finishing the first story, I knew there was much more to it. So I wrote the second book, Charmed, and it still wasn’t finished! So then I wrote Claimed, which for now, is the last in the series. There’s still a lot left to explore in this world, and may yet return to it.

Pick one profession you would choose if you were not an author.  Why? A photojournalist. I love taking photographs, and love the way that photojournalists can capture an instant and tell an entire story that way.

Where can your followers find you? I’d love for readers to find me at any or all of these sites:

Blog: http://catemasters.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cate-Masters/89969413736?ref=ts

Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/105560752271686579982/about?cfem=1

 Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CateMasters

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2944596.Cate_Masters

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cate-Masters/e/B002OBQ98A/ref=sr_tc_ep?qid=1331753999

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/CateMasters

You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/user/catemasters

Any last words? Thanks so much for having me at your site, Bunny! It’s been a real pleasure.   

Thank you so much for taking time to chat with me today, Cate. It’s been a pleasure having you and I wish you much success in the future.

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