I’ve always been captivated by excellent guitar playing. I was too young when Jimi
Hendrix was alive to truly appreciate his genius. A few years ago, I became slightly
addicted to his mellow voice, and his lyrics that are as poetic as Dylan’s.
But it’s his amazing guitar riffs that I love most. He played so naturally, as if the guitar
was an extension of his body – picking the strings with his teeth, or holding it behind his
head. Though I can’t listen to music while I’m actually writing, I spent more than a few
nights playing Hendrix videos on YouTube.
He played so wicked good, you have to wonder if some magic was involved. And so, it
led me to thinking, what if there actually was some magic involved? And so, of course, it
led to a story. I even managed to include Jimi, and his magical guitar.
The Griffin’s Secret is a fantasy set in contemporary times. But because I also love
twisted fairy tales, it’s also a spin on an old Brothers Grimm tale, The Griffin.
And I just celebrated its book birthday! To add to the festivities, Kensington Publishing
is putting it on sale for only 99 cents through July 3. What could be sweeter than that?
Do you love reading stories with a musical influence, either old songs or current ones?
Do you have any favorite songs that grab you and don’t let go?
Here’s a peek at The Griffin’s Secret:
In this contemporary re-telling of Grimm’s classic fairy tale The Griffin,
two people must risk everything to free themselves from the invisible
prisons that keep them from love…
Jackson Grant had it all—the girl he loved, his Harley, and his guitar. Until a tragic
accident stole it all away. Now, more than scars and a tattoo remain. Jackson has a
secret. Cursed by his dead girlfriend’s mother, he can never fall in love again or his
beloved will die. With his heart on lockdown, he keeps to himself—until a roadie gig
with Malcontent, the world’s most popular band, entwines his fate with sweet, wounded
Music is what Layla lives for. She has no choice. She’s bound by magic to serve
Malcontent, cursed to propel them to stardom with her musical powers. Then Jackson
appears and gives her hope that he’s the hero who will save her. A reluctant hero, yet
one she can’t resist. But freedom will come at price—and who will pay…?
The Griffin’s Secret
Reimagined fairy tale/fantasy romance novella
Publish Date: 5/12/2015
About 33,000 words
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kensington
Direct link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fjvNu0jtGI
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. 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.
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