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Thanks to Cate Masters and her beautifully crafted novel WEDDING AT THE BLUE MOON CAFE (from Decadent Publishing) I am feeling pretty good about the human race right now.

Sure, there are stupid wars, scary diseases and if I lived in Toledo I doubt that I'd be drinking my water just yet. In my own life things have been so crazed as to be certifiable between losing my job, selling my house, moving into condo, nurse-maiding my spouse through knee replacement surgery without killing him, and now finalizing a house purchase that will be undergoing a GIANT RENOVATION in the coming months (more on this later, with pix!).

But I realized that I owed some of my fellow authors reviews, based on promises made back before all that up there happened to me. So I pulled out my iPad and got reading--reminding myself that "reading" is really my 2nd favorite leisure time activity. I'll let you guess the 1st one. 

I will be reading and reviewing several books in the coming weeks, including books by Nina Pierce, D.H. Johnson, Jennifer Probst, and Margie Church and posting them here on the Beer Books and More Blog (and on the 'Zon and Goodreads). But today, allow me to introduce you to:
CATE MASTERS

and her novel
Wedding at the Blue Moon Cafe

Cate Masters has made beautiful central Pennsylvania her home, but she'll always be a Jersey girl at heart.

Most days, 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.

Reviewers have described her work as "so compelling, I did not want to put it down," "such romantic tales that really touch your soul," "filled with action scenes which made it a riveting story," and "the author weaves a great tale with a creative way of using words that makes the story refreshing to read." 

Her novellas, short stories and flash fiction appear at various epress sites and web zines as well as Flesh from Ashes (2005), Quality Women's Fiction (2005), Phase (2004), and The Writer's online edition.

Her freelance articles have appeared in The Sentinel, Carlisle.

She was nominated for the Most Engaging Author in the 2012 Readers' Choice award. 
In 2012, her re-release of Sixties-era short, Seventh Heaven, was an EPIC finalist. 

In 2011, three stories placed in the Top Ten Finishers at the Preditors and Editors Poll - Angels, Sinners and Madmen (historical); Follow the Stars Home (Native American historical); and Design for Life (contemporary) 


In 2011, four stories finaled in the EPIC competition: One Soul for Sale (paranormal); Going with Gravity (contemporary); Picture This (contemporary); and Wilderness Girl (contemporary erotic romance). 

In 2010, The Pearl S. Buck Foundation awarded first place to her short literary story, Christmas Eve at the Diner on Rathole Street.

Her short literary story, All is Calm, All is Bright, was awarded second place in the annual Pennwriters Short Story contest in 2005. 

In addition to her own blog, she launched TBR (To Be Read) in 2012, and is a contributor at The Susquehanna Writers and The Paranormalists.




Blurb:

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.


MY REVIEW:

I'll admit that this type of novel is not usually what I reach for. But I'll also admit that the cover caught my eye and held it. Ms Masters has crafted a romance to be sure, and one with what could be deemed "typical" characters (a bride, her bestie, a groom, his pal) and a fairly classic set up: bridesmaid and best man meet, clash, then come together. But the entire time I was reading Wedding at Blue Moon Cafe I was so wrapped up in the way the story unfolded I couldn't put it down. The setting was beautifully drawn, so well that I could picture myself there. The characters were similarly crafted, coming to life in ways that so many "bridesmaid and best man meet then marry" novels simply don't. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who not only enjoys a sweet romance but also to anyone who values a well-crafted story with realistic characters. Yes, this does happen. Thanks to Ms. Masters, Dylan and Clarissa, I think I just might believe that now.

A Liz Five Brew Read!



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In between reading I will be editing the first 2 books of my first self publishing adventure: The Love Brothers. I have a couple of covers, an idea for trailer, some thoughts about promo but gotta get that 3rd book written! There is a Pre-published page on Goodreads for LOVE GARAGE (book 1) and the one for COACH LOVE will be coming soon! 
Cover Reveal party and gala and general confetti tossing is SET for:
November 2, 2014 (a fairly significant date on my personal calendar as well….)

So watch for my upcoming reviews and the Crowe's Nest Renovation Liz Iz  Contractor Chronicle….
make it a great week!

5 comments

  1. Cate Masters  

    Thanks Liz! I'm so glad you enjoyed Dylan and Clarissa's story. :)

  2. Sandy  

    It sounds like an intriguing story with lots of secrets. Beautiful cover!

  3. Renee Vincent  

    Great post Liz! *waving* Hey Cate!!! Congrats on the rave review.

    I'm trying to also step up my game and read more. It seems that something I totally LOVE to do has fallen by the wayside. Thanks Liz for encouraging me to get back into it!

  4. Melissa Keir  

    What a great review Liz. I'm glad you are finding time to love reading again. I never did thank you for the reviews of my books. :) I hope you enjoy all the changes you have going on. XOXO

  5. Lola  

    This sounds like such a charming read. Adding to my TBR pile

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