Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Day in the Life of ... Joss by Cate Masters

A Day in the Life is a feature we started here at Bitten by Romance that takes a closer look into a day (or night) of a character and maybe gives us readers a glimpse into a side of the character we might not have seen otherwise.  If you're an auther that would like to participate in future A Day in the Life posts, check out the post HERE.

Today's post features Joss from Cate Master's brand new book Goddess Awakened.  It's a great paranormal with some mythology mixed in that's very sweet and a lot of fun.

The newly tilled ground hummed with expectation. Taz bounded ahead as Joss pushed the wheelbarrow loaded with lavender seedlings over the stone bridge to the farthest corner of the field. The seeds had sprung up in half the time stated on the packet. Not surprising. So far, everything about the inn exceeded her wildest hopes.

Taz nudged her hand with his nose, mouth open in his usual doggy smile. With a laugh, she bent to scratch his furry cheeks. “We’ll play later. After I fill this field with flowers.” A glance across the expanse of the yard, and he whined.

Joss dipped her glove into the earth and a tingle rippled in her fingertips. Energy. A kind she’d never before encountered. A simultaneous excitement and apprehension hit her. The warm and positive buzz would help the lavender grow, yes, but maybe Aunt Lydia was right. This held another kind of power, attractive to darker forces than the fae that had begun to flock to it.

At the crunch of tires across the gravel driveway, Taz leapt to attention. The veterinarian, Eric Hendricks, climbed out of his SUV. The dog barked once in greeting.

The vet shielded his eyes with his hand and locked onto her with laser intensity. Immobile, he radiated a whirlwind of strong emotions. Lava and ice, in a tornado of grief, loneliness, agony, and anger.

The storm held Joss in its grips, trembling through her with earthquake magnitude. From the midst of its chaos, another mix of emotions rippled through. More calm, its heat like a tropical beach.

A different sort of electricity hit Joss. A sudden urge to run into ocean waves, let them crash over her, shook off the tension building inside her. Swept away her thoughts until only he remained, bare toes in the hot sand. Waiting for her.

No, that’s crazy. He lavished his caring attention on animals, not people.

That thought broke their connection, leaving a cold emptiness in its wake, one all too familiar to her. With half a wave, Eric headed for the stable.

Taz let out a woof and tilted his head at Joss, no doggy smile this time.

“What’s wrong?” She reached to pet the dog’s head, but he ran with giant strides after the vet, stopping once on the stone bridge to look back at her. When she stood, Taz barked, a joyful sound as he closed the distance to the vet, catching Eric before he entered the barn.

Eric turned with a surprised laugh. “Hey there.” He opened his arms and Taz stretched his front paws across his chest.

She couldn’t hear what he said to her dog, only his soft murmuring. She imagined herself leaning against his chest, his arms closing around her. Rubbing her arms, she told herself again, No, that’s crazy.

When Eric looked up at her with a rare smile more electrifying than the energy beneath the inn, she wondered if it might be the only sane thing in this crazy world.
Goddess Awakened is a contemporary paranormal romance that has some really great mythology mixed in.  It has a great combination of dark and light forces and has a lot of really fantastic characters.

With a little help from a goddess, battling evil is a piece of cake for Jocelyn Gibson.

A descendant of the goddess Iris, Jocelyn Gibson may have forgotten about the realm of magic, but it hasn’t forgotten her. When Eric Hendricks is targeted by a demon, Joss must step in to battle the evil and save the town’s awkward, but endearing, vet…who also happens to be the man she loves.

Joss’s new inn, a culinary career specializing in cooking with lavender and a new love all make for a fine recipe of disaster. She needs to embrace her inner goddess and harness the powers she never knew she had before it’s too late.

 Goddess Awakened - Review

Author Bio
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. Reviewers have described her stories as “so compelling, I did not want to put it down,” and “such romantic tales that really touch your soul.”

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 http://catemasters.blogspot.com, and in strange nooks and far-flung corners of the web.

Cate loves to hear from readers! If you’re too shy to post here, friend her on Facebook or Goodreads, or email her at: cate.masters AT gmail.com

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