Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Five Things You'd Never Guess About Catherine Castle - Guest Blog and Giveaway


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Catherine will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Five Things You’d Never Guess About Me


1. I’ve been married longer than I’ve been single... and it’s been to the same guy I started dating in the summer of my junior year of high school. I won’t say how long ago that was though, because I want you think I’m younger than I really am.

2. I have a dish fetish. I own ten different sets of dishes and continually lust over more every time I walk through houseware departments. In fact, my hubby won’t let me go into the dish department when he shops with me. I could describe the dishes for you, but just writing down the fact that I own so many seems outrageous.

3. I’m a crafty person. I can knit, crochet, quilt, draw, sew (which has been recently limited to mending my daughter’s clothes—guess I need to teach her how to sew), and I dabble in paper crafts (card making, card recycling crafts). I haven’t taken up sculpture, weaving, or pottery yet, and probably won’t unless we get a bigger house and I learn how to live without any sleep.

4. I collect nativities. I currently have 23 different nativities, not including paper ones, and I’m working on making a knitted nativity right now. I especially like different themed nativities like southwest, Celtic (my latest addition—they look like Stonehenge boulders with faces carved in them), Eskimos, Native American figures and so on.

5. I’m techno challenged and not allowed to touch the hubby’s computer because I crash things. I’ve crashed twice as many computers and phones than the normal person. I always say it’s my electric personality. Hey, it makes me seem less clutzy and more mysterious. :-) That’s a good thing, right?

What about you? What’s something no one would guess about you?

Enjoy an excerpt from The Nun and the Narc:

“Why don’t you tell me, Miss . . . whoever you are?”

“Margaret Mary O’Connor. Sis—“ Her introduction changed into a scream. “Look out!”

Jed’s head whipped around just as the car plowed through a market stand of live chickens. Poultry, wooden cages, and feathers scattered over the car. An angry hen dropped through the car’s open sunroof, squawking and flapping in front of Jed, beating his head with its wings.

Margaret reached over, grabbed the bird, and threw it back out the sunroof opening. But it was too late. The car glanced off an adobe wall into a second market stand and careened toward another building. Jed jammed on the brakes. The car spun three hundred and sixty degrees before screeching to a stop.

The impact threw Margaret sideways against the passenger window. She hit her head on the glass, the blow blinding her for a second. Jed’s body slammed into the steering wheel setting off the horn. The wail echoed in Margaret’s head as she struggled to remain conscious. Warmth trickled down the side of her head. Margaret managed to focus her eyes as the noise stopped. Two Jeds leaned toward her, in slow motion. She blinked to clear her vision.

“You all right?” he asked.

“I think so.” Something warm and sticky seeped down her face. She reached up and wiped her temple. “I’m bleeding,” she said as she stared at her fingers. The words sounded slurred. At the sight of the blood on her fingers, her stomach rolled.
About the Author:
Catherine Castle has been writing all her life. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. Besides writing, Catherine loves traveling with her husband, singing, and attending theatre. In the winter she loves to quilt and has a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects) in her sewing case. In the summer her favorite place to be is in her garden. She’s passionate about gardening and even won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club.

Her debut inspiration romantic suspense, The Nun and the Narc, from Soul Mate Publishing was an ACFW Genesis Finalist and is a 2013 EPIC finalist.

Catherine’s website: http://catherinecastle1.wordpress.com
Catherine’s blog: http://catherinecastle1.wordpress.com/blog/
Catherine’s Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/author/catherinecastle
Catherine’s Goodreads page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7085414.Catherine_Castle
Twitter: @AuthorCCastle
Facebook: http://facebook.com/catherinecastleauthor

Where novice Sister Margaret Mary goes, trouble follows. When she barges into a drug deal the local Mexican drug lord captures her. To escape she must depend on undercover DEA agent Jed Bond. Jed’s attitude toward her is exasperating, but when she finds herself inexplicable attracted to him he becomes more dangerous than the men who have captured them, because he is making her doubt her decision to take her final vows. Escape back to the nunnery is imperative, but life at the convent, if she can still take her final vows, will never be the same.

Nuns shouldn’t look, talk, act, or kiss like Sister Margaret Mary O’Connor—at least that’s what Jed Bond thinks. She hampers his escape plans with her compulsiveness and compassion and in the process makes Jed question his own beliefs. After years of walling up his emotions in an attempt to become the best agent possible, Sister Margaret is crumbling Jed’s defenses and opening his heart. To lure her away from the church would be unforgivable—to lose her unbearable.

Buy the book at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

23 comments:

  1. I love my craft work too. I just find there are not enough hours in the days to do all I want.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. I sooo understand what you mean about that. I even have some of my mother's quilt blocks that I need to put together. Thanks for coming by Mary.

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  2. Good morning and thanks for hosting me today.

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  3. Great excerpt, sounds like a good book.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Kit. I'm glad you found the excerpt interesting. I appreciate you dropping by today.

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  4. Catherine, you sound like a Renaissance woman. Looking forward to reading The Nun and the Narc.

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    1. Thanks, Joanne. If I was a Martha Stewart, I might agree, but I fall woefully short I fear. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you enjoy The Nun and the Narc.

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  5. I totally get your love of dishes. I have a fetish for fine china. I inherited several sets of china in the same pattern. Dinner for 32 anyone?

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    1. What I want to know is if you have a table big enough to serve 32? Thanks for stopping by, Linda, and letting me know someone else shares my love of dishes.

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  6. I think everyone should have a fetish. Mine is owls. I have them everywhere.Love the title of your book. Bet of luck with sales

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    1. Maggie,
      I think owls are a noble bird. I love to hear them whooing at night. I have to blame the title on my penchant for alliteration. Glad you like the title, and thanks for the best wishes and stopping by.

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  7. Nice you're a crafty person

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Yep. And they take up lots of room. Thanks for coming by.

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  8. Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
    Sounds like a great read!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Natasha. Glad you liked the excerpt. Thanks for coming by.

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  9. It's been great chatting with everyone today. I'll check back tomorrow to catch any new visitors. Thanks so much to It's Raining Books for hosting me.

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  10. My mother could sew up a storm, but had no patience when it came to teaching me. Congrats on staying married for so long, it's quite the accomplishment in this day and age. Interesting book you've written, congratulations on it's release.
    Nana Prah

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    1. My mom was a seamstress, too. She made a lot of my clothes and taught me to sew. She also quilted and crocheted, but couldn't read a crochet pattern. I had to teach that to myself. Thanks for stopping by, and for the complements on my book. I hope you'll get a chance to read it.

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  11. love teh except thanks so much

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  12. So glad you loved the excerpt, Denise. I hope you like the book too. Thanks for coming by.

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  13. Thanks for sharing ur personal anecdotes! I really like the premise of this book :)

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    1. You're welcome, Elise-Maria. Your kind remarks about my book have made me smile. Thanks for posting.

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