Guest Blogger: Cate Masters

Playing with fire

We’re often warned against it, aren’t we? Don’t play with fire! Sometimes in the figurative sense, but it can also apply in the real world.

But if you watch this video of a real firedancer: you’ll see how beautiful and elegant a fire dance can be. And yes, dangerous! I held my breath a few times for this girl, lol. Wow, isn’t she amazing though? So confident and beautiful, glowing in the light of the flames she’s twirling around her so deftly.

Exactly like my heroine!  Melina Weaver is tired of her boring life. Yes, she loves her work as a genetic scientist, but it does nothing to fuel her wild side. So she learns this unusual type of performance art. From a professional, of course, and it takes many hours of practice before she’s confident enough to want to share it with the world.

Where better to show it off than at Carnevale? After all, it’s not something one can simply do in a back yard. Well, maybe, but plenty of neighbors might become alarmed, lol.

And with good reason. Many components make up the art of fire dancing such as twirling combined with dance moves. Beginners learn using unlit equipment for safety reasons.

My heroine doesn’t take it as far as some of the fire dancers in real life. Some are more extreme and actually perform fire breathing or fire swallowing. Fire breathing is said to be the more dangerous of the two due to the toxicity of the fuel, which they must hold in their mouths before sending out a plume of flame, sometimes up to ten feet high. A spectacular sight, I’m sure!

My heroine surprised me with this unusual talent, and it made me love her all the more. Sure, she’s a geek girl, but she’s not boring! And it turns out, her fire dancing attracted a certain alpha male – also someone who’s not exactly as he seems.


CursedHere’s a peek at Cursed:


The Vitruvian Man, book 1

by Cate Masters

Paranormal romance novella

Available April 24 from Decadent Tease:


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.

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Light danced in his dark eyes. “I must admit, your fire dancing fascinated me. What made you choose such a dangerous skill to master?”

“The thrill of the challenge, I suppose.” It balanced the rest of her mundane life, to a degree. Mastering each new level gave her a sense of achievement, where work couldn’t.

Something flashed through his dark eyes. “Mistakes must be very painful.”

“I practiced a long time before I worked up the nerve to actually light the wands. I found the fire great incentive to focus, however.” God, her grin must be goofy, the way he stared. Such gorgeous eyes, such a deep brown they almost appeared black. He probably had rugged features, if his large hands provided any indication. Too bad he wore gloves, another barrier between them.

“Yes,” he said, “I imagine so.”

“What about you? What other magic do you know?” Oh please, can you get any more ridiculous? It sounded like a line from a bad chick flick.

The crinkle around his eyes was the only evidence of his smile, but enough to charm her.

“Lifetimes of studying the dark arts have provided me with many tricks.”

“Lifetimes?” she blurted.

He stiffened in her arms. “Pardon?”

She watched him carefully. “You said ‘lifetimes’. Plural.” And what the hell did he mean by ‘dark arts’?

Rigidity masked the grace of his movements. “I’m sure you’re mistaken.” He stared over her head as they whirled to the song’s rhythm.

Mistaken my ass. How very strange. More strange that the question upset him. He’d clammed up, and his muscles were so tense, she expected him to bolt. Better to drop it. For now. “Must have been a slip of the tongue.”

“Yes.” Relief sounded in his tone, though guarded.

This man had something to hide. How intriguing.


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 and in strange nooks and far-flung corners of the web.

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9 Responses to "Guest Blogger: Cate Masters"

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  1. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    April 26, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    That’s a unique hobby. I sure wouldn’t try it!

  2. Cate Masters

    April 26, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    It does take a certain type of person to be a fire dancer, Alex! lol

  3. Cate Masters

    April 26, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks so much for having me as a guest, Lucy! 🙂

  4. J. Rose Allister

    April 26, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Awesome!! My husband is Polynesian and learned fire dancing when he was growing up. They get burned like every time, LOL. Never thought of writing a hero who fire dances. ::swoons::

    • Cate Masters

      April 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      How cool, J! I would love to see a fire dance in person.

  5. Margaret Taylor

    April 27, 2013 at 5:49 am

    Oh love the cover and the concept! Sounds like an awesome read. *skips off to add it to her Kindle!* Thanks for sharing!

    • Cate Masters

      April 27, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks so much Margaret! I love that cover too. *sigh* Hope you enjoy it! And if you do, watch for Charmed to follow soon. 🙂

  6. Barbara Elsborg

    April 28, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    That is such a cool cover. Congrats on the release, Cate!

    • Cate Masters

      April 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks Barbara! I love it too. 🙂