Uncaged welcomes Catherine Kean
Uncaged: Can you tell readers more about your Cat’s Paw Cove series that you have running?
The Cat’s Paw Cove series features paranormal romances set in or around the fictional town of Cat’s Paw Cove, Florida, located south of St. Augustine on the Atlantic coast. The name Cat’s Paw Cove is derived from the small islands in the harbor, which look like the pads of a kitty’s paw. The town was founded in 1645 by a few British families that (mostly) survived a shipwreck on their way from England to Barbados.
My longtime friend and fellow romance author Wynter Daniels and I had talked about creating a shared story world, and since we both love cats, and have both adopted rescue kitties from local animal shelters, we decided to create our own breed of feline, called Sherwoods, that have magical abilities and had arrived in the town along with the founding families. All of the Cat’s Paw Cove stories will include at least one kitty.
We founded CPC Publishing in January 2019 and kicked off the series in September with a fun, fast-paced time travel romance called A Witch in Time, which we co-wrote. Our multi-author holiday anthology, Meows & Mistletoe, was officially launched at a special two-hour event on November 2 at the Orlando Cat Café. Wynter has her own connected books within Cat’s Paw Cove, and so do I, and we also have 13 guest authors writing about the town, its businesses, annual events, and historical sites. Five Cat’s Paw Cove series books are available now in print and eBook; two are also available in audio, and we have a fabulous lineup of all-new stories to be released in 2020.
Uncaged: You also write in the historical genre and you’ve taken part in several collections and sets. How do those come about?
I’ve written over 20 historical romances and plan to continue to write them as well as contemporary-set Cat’s Paw Cove books. One of the joys of being an author is meeting other writers, sharing marketing ideas and strategies, and helping each other find new readers. Boxed set bundles are a great way to cross-promote and hopefully connect with people who haven’t read our stories before. I’ve coordinated a number of historical romance collections and am participating in several for 2020.
Uncaged: What are you working on next that you can tell us about?
I have several new projects in the planning stages: a medieval novella for a historical romance bundle that will be published next Fall; a sequel to Hot Magic, my Cat’s Paw Cove series novel about a modern-day antiques dealer who is actually a reincarnated 12th century knight, and his cat, who is in fact his reincarnated teenage squire; a sequel to A Witch in Time, which I will co-write with Wynter; and two other historical romance stories that would be part of multi-author bundles in 2020. I’m glad to be busy, but some days I wish I could write in my sleep. LOL!
Read the rest of the interview in the issue of Uncaged Book Reviews below.
Catherine Kean is an award-winning, Kindle Unlimited All-Star author of medieval romances whose creative muse has coaxed her to also write in other romance genres. She wrote her first medieval romance, A Knight’s Vengeance, while her baby daughter was napping, and now has a backlist of over 20 published books.
Catherine’s novels were originally published in paperback and several were released in Czech, German, and Thai foreign editions. She’s won numerous awards for her stories, including the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her novels also finaled in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the National Readers’ Choice Awards, and the International Digital Awards.
In 2019, she co-founded CPC Publishing with author Wynter Daniels and is busy writing books for the Cat’s Paw Cove Romance series.
When not working on her next book, Catherine enjoys cooking, baking, browsing antique shops, shopping with her daughter, and gardening. She lives in Central Florida with two spoiled rescue cats.
While clearing out her late mother’s home in Cat’s Paw Cove, Florida, Molly Hendrickson finds an unusual antique necklace. Wearing it makes her feel confident and sexy—things she hasn’t felt since her ex broke off their engagement or, really, ever. She decides to keep the jewel but takes other items to Black Cat Antiquities, the local antique store, to have them appraised.
Lucian Lord, a reincarnated 12th century knight, moved to Cat’s Paw Cove after a scandal in which he revealed his magical abilities to his former girlfriend. Demoted by his superiors, he’s running the antiques shop while his grandfather is on vacation. But, when Molly brings in artifacts tainted by dark magic, Lucian is duty-bound to find and contain the dangerous energy before it wreaks havoc not only on the town, but the world.
Living by the knightly code of honor, Lucian vows to help Molly, especially when he realizes the necklace is the source of the ancient magic he’s hunting. He’s determined to save his headstrong damsel and redeem his tarnished reputation—but first, things will get very, very hot.
Did he see anything that interested him?
Lucian clenched his jaw on a silent groan while he fought to control his inappropriate stirrings of desire. He gripped the rounded edges of the desk and pretended to be contemplating the items in front of him. Far better than what he really wanted to do: walk around the counter, pull her into his arms, and kiss her.
Regardless of her perfect, cherry-red lipstick.
Regardless of the fact they’d only just met.
Regardless of the fact she was a client, placing her trust in his professionalism.
What was wrong with him? Sure, she was a beautiful woman, but he’d known many beauties. Something about her, though, intrigued him and sent anticipation tingling through his veins: The slightly wry curve of her mouth, or the kindness he sensed within her, or the intelligence in her bright blue eyes.
He’d never been tempted so intensely before. Not even by his ex, Stephanie, a successful model with a wicked sense of humor and a passion for running marathons. His heart constricted as a memory flashed though his mind, of Steph wheeling her suitcase out of their apartment and slamming the door behind her.
Bitterness gnawed, because her leaving wasn’t entirely his fault. Of course he could have done a few things differently in their relationship, but his duties for the Experts had created the rift between them. Those same duties would stand between him and a less-than-superficial relationship with any woman.
They always would.
“Don’t look so grumpy, Lucian,” Galahad mewed from Molly’s arms. How smug the squire sounded, as though he’d guessed how much Lucian liked her. The squire would know Lucian’s taste in women, though, after more than eight hundred years spent together.
“What was that meow for, Galahad?” Molly cooed.
“She likes me,” the feline said. “Ohhh, but she knows how to pet me juuuust right.”
Lucian’s fingers tightened on the desk.
“You are cheeky, with all that kitty talk.” Molly nuzzled the cat’s head.
Lucian silently groaned. If only she knew what the hormone-driven teenager she cuddled was really saying. Thankfully, she’d never find out.
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