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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Anniversary Blog Fest: Cate Masters


Beach reads? Or anytime reads?

Ah, summer. I love it! Though I haven’t had a vacation in too long, it doesn’t stop me from getting in the beach frame of mind. You know what I mean – when you can set aside the usual daily blah routine and go outside in the sunshine with a great song in your head and a great book in your hand.

Some books are touted as beach reads, but that’s not what draws me to a book. A grabber blurb and cover will entice me, and I’ll read any genre any time of year.

What about you? Do you read certain types of books during the summer for “beach reads”? Or are you like me, and read whatever grabs you?

To cool you off while you’re basking in the sun with a good book, try a Lavender Margarita. It’s one of the specialties at Lavender Hill Inn, owned by Joss Gibson in The Magic of Lavender, available at Smashwords and Amazon:

Lavender Margaritas
1 cup tequila
½ cup blue curacao
1 cup canned coconut milk
1/3 cup lime juice
2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries, unsweetened
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, unsweetened
4 cups ice cubes
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon fresh or dried culinary lavender blossoms
Lime wedge
Lavender sprigs to make it pretty

In blender, combine tequila, curacao, coconut milk, and lime juice. Cover and turn to high speed, then gradually add raspberries, blueberries, and ice. Whirl until margarita mixture is smooth. Put sugar and lavender blossoms in a small bowl. Crush to release the lavender flavor. Rub glass rims with lime wedge, then dip rims in lavender sugar or coarse salt, coating evenly. Pour margaritas into glasses. Garnish with lavender sprigs. Take outside with your favorite book and enjoy!

Notes: For easy Lavender Margaritas, use a can of frozen margarita mix, follow the recipe on the can and add lavender!

Here’s a taste of my latest paranormal release with Decadent Publishing, Death Is A Bitch:

Eternity can suck when it’s all work, work, work. Death harvests souls even when they stack up faster than pancakes in an all-you-can-eat-buffet. No wonder she can’t shed the Grim Reaper rep.

As the patron angel of death and dying, Azrael works closely with Death but is dying for true intimacy. She’s the only immortal who’s ever aroused such powerful emotions in him. One taste of her leaves him needing her like humans need air and food, but will a demon’s lies leave a bad taste?

No one escapes Death – except King Sisyphus. Twice. With the help of Damien the demon, Sisyphus tries again, and she’s determined to have justice. Some say Death’s a bitch, but only when she has to be. But will the price of justice be a broken heart?

Available from Decadent Publishing and at and at Amazon.

About the Author: Cate Masters loves romance with a dash of magic and mayhem! Multipublished in contemporary to historical, sweet to erotic, fantasy/dark fantasy to speculative, she sometimes mashes genres. 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 and in strange nooks and far-flung corners of the web.

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Karen H in NC said...

I can't say that I ever specify a book as a beach read...since I'm retired, every day is Sunday and every month is vacation time! And since I'm always reading, whatever I pick up next could be this month's beach read!

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Ingeborg said...

I read whatever grabs me at the time. Sometimes I'll read one genre book after book and then suddenly move on to another genre.

Debby said...

I think any book (just about) can be beach reading. Maybe not Richard Feynman.
debby236 at gmail dot com

elaing8 said...

I'm like you and read whatever grabs my attention.
Thanks for sharing the drink recipe.
Death Is A Bitch sounds really good.