Cool banner, eh? This was made by Rayna over at Naughty Edition Reviews for their blog hop/giveaway. Isn’t it great? Thanks, Rayna!
July 25, 2015: Working working working. Editing editing editing. Faffing faffing faffing. That’s been the last month in a nutshell.
Four months until Murder on the Last Frontier releases. I’m in that excited/terrified stage.
One month until DD1 heads to college. Also in the excited/terrified stage for that.
Apparently excited/terrified is my new normal ; P
June 10, 2015: We are into our summer schedule here, though the weather isn’t quite summery. Ah well. When you live in a rain forest you sort of have to expect rain.
Final edits on MotLF are back at the editor. Yay! I have edits on book two in the works (more info on it to come), and an outline of book 3 solidified in my brain. Getting on that draft soon.
Though I am thoroughly enjoying my time in 1919/1920s Alaska, I’m feeling the pang for writing speculative fiction stories. Maybe after this next book in the series is done I’ll get back to the woo-woo stuff. We’ll see.
May 15, 2015: Today is the last day of school for DD1. She graduates tomorrow. Then off to college in the fall. I’m sure the summer will fly by, what with all of us doing what we do, but I hope we’ll be able to kick back and enjoy each other before she heads off. And oh, yes, at least one of us will accompany her across the continent for that first day. I’m not letting go that easy
In the meantime, final edits on Murder on the Last Frontier are about done. Yes, it’s still six months before it comes out. Seems like a long time, but there’s still lots to do as far as getting promo and marketing in line. Not my favorite aspect of the business, but word needs to get out somehow On the fun side, I’m planning a release party here in town, encouraging period dress, and have a reading/talk at the library in early December. No pressure to stand in front of friends and neighbors who are well-versed in the history of the area! Seriously, it should be fun.
After this weekend’s graduation activities, I’ll get back to researching book #3 and maybe mulling #4. Or mull a WIP that’s been waiting patiently. We’ll see
April 18, 2015: Spring has sprung. Sort of. We actually got a bit of snow earlier this week. Yeah, well, living in Alaska means diddly when it comes to “normal” weather expectations. And I just had my studded tires swapped over for the regular ones. We should be getting a blizzard sometime soon ; P
On the writing front, handed in book #2 of the Charlotte Brody Mystery series. Yay! It won’t be out for a year, but these things take time. I’m researching book #3. Really looking forward to this one too. Something a little different ; )
I have a short (15K word) sword and sorcery piece to get in by the end of the month. More on that when I know what’s going on.
In the meantime, Happy Spring! : )
March 28, 2015: Holy moly! Only a 15 day gap in updates! To be honest, I’m still in brain break mode : )
Went away with the husband for a week to San Francisco. Sans kids. Yep, we left them alone at home to practice their adulting skills. We had a grand time playing tourist and adulting on our own. The kids kept the critters alive and didn’t burn down the house. And DD1 even made real meals for dinner. So win-win : )
But now, it’s back to work, despite the desire to continue the brain break. DD1 graduates in May (eep!), so there is lots of preparation for that. She was accepted into the school she wanted, so there’s lots of trying to figure finances for *that*. But we are very proud of her and look forward to more adulting : )
March 13, 2015: ANOTHER huge gap in updates! Well, I have been busy. Mostly. Book 2 of the historical mystery series is done for now. It’s at the beta readers then off to the editor. Yay! Book 1, Murder on the Last Frontier, doesn’t come out until November, but you can see the pretty cover (and pre-order ) here
Taking a bit of a brain break, then on to book #3. And a short piece for an anthology. Fun times
Feb. 6, 2015: Love Spanks 2015 is here! Pop on over to my blog, read my story Gold Rush, comment for a chance at cool prizes, then check out other posts!
Feb. 3, 2015: Holy moly! What a busy first month of 2015! And it doesn’t look like things are letting up any time soon.
First off, this coming weekend is Love Spanks 2015! A great array of lesbian romance stories from sweet to OMG! There will be chats and giveaways and at some point an anthology. Great cover, yes? : )
Love Spanks kicks off soon and I’ll have a post up. Be sure to check in and visit the fabu authors.
On a different note, I got a peek at the cover for my November release Murder on the Last Frontier. It is great! Totally captures the setting and the main character, Charlotte Brody. Can’t wait to share it.
OK, time to get on with this writing thing. I’ll post my Love Spanks piece in the next couple days : )
Dec. 31, 21014: Lots of ups and downs in 2014, and I’m grateful for all of the amazing things that happened in the past year. 2015 is going to be busy and wonderful with lots of professional and personal activities. I’m looking forward to all the challenges ahead.
For this year’s good stuff, a huge thank you to my agent, my editors, and most of all to everyone and anyone who has read my books. You are the best!
I hope your 2015 is bright and beautiful, full of joy and laughter, with challenges met, new friends made, and a life well-lived. Happy New Year!
Dec. 18, 2014: I’m not even going to bother apologizing for being so inattentive Not that folks don’t deserve it, you do, but how many times can you read my “sorry I haven’t posted in months” before you quit believing? I’m sure you’re there now.
Book one of the Charlotte Brody Mysteries is revised and awaiting copy edits. Yay! At some point before release (Dec. ’15) I’m going to write a post about the origins of the story. Hey, some people like that stuff! But I think it’s interesting.
Meanwhile, I’m on book #2 and have a premise for book #3. Yay me! Now if I could only get them from head to laptop without being distracted by–SHINY!
My oldest child isn’t going to be with us for the holidays. No, she’s off with her Girl Scout troop visiting India. Yep. India. They were in Nepal for a bit and are now bouncing around western India. They’ll spend next week at the Girl Scout World Center doing fun and good things, as Girl Scouts do. I miss her terribly, but this is such an amazing opportunity there was not way to say no.
So, my holiday mood is a little blue, but DD2 and DH will make it brighter, I’m sure.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, no matter how you choose to celebrate! And as always, thank you for visiting. I appreciate each and every one of you
Oct. 25, 2014: A month since the last update? Not cool, Cathy, not cool. My excuse? Writing (mostly), working (sort of), faffing (too much). I’ll try to keep on things. yeah, I know. I say that a lot.
Sept. 29, 2014: Almost the end of September? Wow! That month flew by. But that means October is right around the corner. Heck, it’s just about next door! And with October we get LGBT History Month and a line up of cool posts at Queer Romance Month, including one from me and my pal Alyssa Linn Palmer. So check it out starting October 1!
Sept. 16, 2014: What a great turnout for the hard copy giveaway of Caught in Amber! Over 1,100 folks entered. Thanks to all! And congrats to Wanda and Erin who each won a personalized signed copy. I will definitely be doing more giveaways in the future!
Meanwhile, I’ve started writing book two of the Alaska-set historical mystery. It’s so fun revisiting characters you’ve grown to love and adding more to their lives and troubles Sorry, Charlotte, but it has to be done! Anyway, that’s where I’ll be for the time being, deep in the writing cave. When I’m not subbing at school. Or making dinner. Or doing laundry. Ah, the glamorous life of a writer
Sept. 3, 2014: The limited edition giveaway of Caught in Amber is LIVE!
Aug. 26, 2014: Well, if it’s in Publishers Marketplace it must be true, right? ; )
Cathy Pegau’s debut MURDER ON THE LAST FRONTIER, about a suffragette in 1919 investigating a murder in Alaska that eerily echoes the past she’s trying to forget, to John Scognamiglio at Kensington, in a three-book deal, byNatalie Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency (World).
Many thanks to my lovely agent, Natalie Lakosil at Bradford Lit! There were more than a few times during the last few months where she had to reel me in from the brink of authorly self doubt. She is so very patient with me : )
I guess I should write that next book now.
To celebrate this new news and to belatedly celebrate Caught in Amber‘s wins at the Prism Awards, I’m going to have a giveaway of two signed copies of CiA. Stay tuned for deets!
July 25, 2014: Woo hoo! Last night, at the RWA National Conference, during the FF&P’s Gathering, Caught in Amber won the Prism Award for Futuristic Romance *AND* received the Best of the Best award!!! Deep Deception took third in the Futuristic category. The other two Futuristic finalists, Cheryl Brooks’ The Cat Star Chronicles: Wildcat and LA Witt’s Something New Under the Sun, tied for second. Congrats to ALL the winners and finalists! And thank you FF&P judges and members
July 18, 2014: The Sci Spanks Anthology is live! Check out my blog post for details
July 14, 2014: Woo hoo! Deep Deception won a Goldie at the 2014 Golden Crown Literary Society awards!!! I am so so very pleased and appreciative! There is some amazing lesbian fiction out there, and to be counted among the stories folks are enjoying makes my authorly heart soar. Thanks so much to the GCLS judges and congrats to all the winners!
July 12, 2014: Good gravy! Nearly mid July! Lots of stuff in the past few weeks. The wedding we attended was fabulous! Celebrating love with friends, old and new, is one of my favorite things.
Back home now and still busy busy. The Sci Spanks event was such a huge success! Thanks to all the authors who helped make it so fun and the readers/commentors who participated. If you didn’t get a chance to read the stories, some if not most are still up BUT there will be an anthology available July 16th with 15 of the 17 authors/stories! More details here! I’m very excited to be part of the anthology : )
This week, the Gold Crown Literary Society has been meeting in Portland OR. Tonight will be the Goldie Awards. I’m all anxious because Deep Deception is a finalist in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category! Fingers crossed!
And on July 24th, during the RWA National Conference in San Antonio TX, the FF&P Chapter of the RWA holds its Prism Awards. Both Deep Deception AND Caught in Amber are finalists in that one : ) More crossed fingers! ; )
Remember, feel free to drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @CathyPegau I love chatting with folks : )
June 21, 2014: It’s been a busy few weeks at Casa Pegau, including a trip to Iowa for an academic competition. And we hit the road again next weekend to attend a wedding. I think things settle a little after mid July. Maybe.
In the meantime, I’ll be participating in a blog hop next week called Sci Spanks. Yes, it’s a bit like the Love Spanks from last year, but all the stories have a speculative fiction element. Some are naughtier than others, but all are fun. Go to the blog for details!
May 30, 2014: School’s out! No more pencils, no more books, and no more fretting an early morning call to come in to substitute! Time to write!
Great news! Both Caught in Amber and Deep Deception have finaled in the RWA FF&P Chapter Prism Awards for published authors! So so very thrilled to be among some fantastic authors and books. The Prism Awards will be held during RWA’s National Convention at the FF&P’s event called The Gathering. I won’t be there, unfortunately, but I’ll be “attending” virtually as best I can. Thanks to all the judges and good luck to everyone!
May 19, 2014: Nearly a month since the last update! It’s been busy here in the not-as-soggy-as-it-should-be semi-far north. We’ve been having a fantastic spring with temps in the low 70s. Not normal, but it sure is nice! Though to be honest, being in a rainforest means we *really* need to have some rain. I just hope these last few weeks of lovely weather weren’t our only good days of the season.
On the writing front, the Alaska historical mystery is being shopped by my lovely agent. Fingers crossed, all! And I continue to write on a couple of speculative fiction books.
April 23, 2014: Woo hoo! Deep Deception is a finalist in the SF/F category of the 2014 Golden Crown Literary Society Goldie Awards for lesbian fiction! Winners will be announced in at the July GCLS conference. Congrats to all!
April 19, 2014: Spring has finally sprung here in the semi-far north. Pussy willows are out, birds are singing, studded tires are humming on bare asphalt. When the days are nice, as they are now, it’s hard to concentrate on indoor chores. But better to put those off and enjoy the fine weather while we can. Happy Spring!
March 24, 2014: Sweet! A 5 star, “Must Read” review for Deep Deception from The TBR Pile! And a giveaway! So comment to win a copy : )
March 22, 2014: Well, Caught in Amber didn’t make it past the first round of DABWAHA, but it was a close one! Thanks so much to everyone who voted for my book. And best of luck to all in the coming rounds!
Spring is trying to make headway here in the semi-far north. We’ve had some beautiful days and relatively warm weather (30F is warm! Ish.), but we know better than assume winter is over. Will keep you posted.
With a manuscript in my agent’s inbox, it’s time to get back to writing. I went on a little “ground truthing” trip out a road (one of 3 here, tho the longest only extends 36 miles right now) to find a good spot for my post apoc characters to sneak into town. DH gave me some great info on the water conditions and best time to approach. DD2 pointed out a neat little cove. The information changes what I have down, but not by much. And that’s what first drafts are for, right? Working out the hows and why.
Also, waiting to hear if Caught in Amber makes it to the RWA RITA finals, and if Deep Deception finals for the Golden Crown Lit. Society awards. The next week or so will be tense!
March 10, 2014: The ladies at Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books have announced the 7 of 8 nominees for each category in the 2014 DABWAHA contest (the eighth in each is nominated by the public) and guess what??!?? Caught in Amber is among the books nominated in the Paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy category!!!! I am thrilled to be part of this fun event.
March 5, 2014: Woo hoo! Caught in Amber received a 5 star review from The TBR Pile! I’m giving away a copy, just go comment. And thanks, TBR Pile!
Feb. 27, 2014: Where did February go??? I know it’s a short one, but sheesh!
To end the month with a bang of fun, I’m judging this week’s Thursday Thread flash fiction at Siobhan Muir’s The Weird, the Wild & the Wicked. It’s only for the day, so hurry on over and whip up a short piece related to the prompt. It’s just for fun, and who couldn’t use a little fun? : )
Feb. 7, 2014: The time has come! Love Spanks 2014 is here! Pop on over to the blog to see the way it works AND read a hot little excerpt from moi ; ) Lots of authors participating. Lots of cool prizes in the way of books and things. Let’s have some fun!
Feb. 4, 2014: The 2nd Annual SFR Galaxy Awards were announced on Friday, Jan. 31. I love this recognition of Science Fiction Romance because it steps away from the normal contest categories and gives us such winners as “Most Geeky Fun,”"Best Hearth-and-Home” or “Capes Optional” for superhero romance. There are so many great books out there that slip through the “normal” contest cracks. It’s wonderful to have a chance to see what makes SFR so special. Thanks so much to Heather Massey and the other judges. You are wonderful! Congrats to all the winners!
Oh, and BTW, Caught in Amber was a DOUBLE winner at the Galaxy Awards ; ) One for Most Compelling “Film Noir” in Science Fiction Romance and another for Most Addictive Characters. Yay!!! Thanks, Heather and Charlee!
Go check out who else won. Did any of your favorites? Do you have a category to recommend for next year?
Jan. 27, 2014: Coming Soon! SUPER soon! Check here for deets!
Jan. 1, 2014: Happy New Year, friends! I’m looking forward to the upcoming year. New stories! Fun characters! More writing challenges than you can shake a stick at! Interaction with fabulous readers and writers!
Starting with the 2014 Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event! I’m on the list, tho can’t recall my actual date. Will post the full schedule when I can!
This is a fantastic event Katiebabs puts on, and it’s growing huge! What started as a week-long event has grown to THREE weeks! Check it out for some fun and insights.
Also, what adorable logos!
So the year will start out with gobs of fun. Let’s hope it stays that way.
Dec. 22, 2013: Some people get annoyed if they are wished Happy Holidays rather than a Merry Christmas this time of year. Since there are several holidays associated with the season, why freak over what greeting is used? It’s the sentiment of the season, not what we call it that matters. And that sentiment should be with us all throughout the year.
So, Happy Holidays to you, my friends. No matter how you choose to celebrate or not, I wish you all the best!
Dec. 8, 2013: WOO HOO!!!! Deep Deception took first in the 2013 Rainbow Awards Lesbian Science Fiction category!!!! Yeah, I’m a little excited : )
Many thanks to Elisa and all the judges! Congrats to all the winners and finalists!
Nov. 28, 2013: Yes, I’m updating on Thanksgiving Day. Got a few minutes before I need to clean house and figure out the cooking schedule. We’re not having a traditional turkey dinner here at Casa Pegau. No. There is moose, salmon (two kinds) and crab legs on the menu. An Alaska turf and surf. We’re having a few folks over, and I believe someone is bringing pumpkin pie. That’s as close to tradition as we’ll likely get.
In writerly news, finished the non-spec fiction story I’d been working on and sent it to my agent. Waiting with normal anxiety for her reaction. Changing genres isn’t always easy, but I loved the idea, the characters (especially the MC, Charlotte) and the research. Hopefully the story reads as well to her as it does in my head.
While I wait for Lovely Agent to read, I’ve gone back to science fiction stories left hanging. One is about a space ship pilot bringing a mysterious woman back to her home planet. There are sparks between the two, and during the trip they *ahem* get to know each other. They part ways, each satisfied that it was a fun encounter, figuring they’ll never see each other again (Ha! Silly characters!). The woman encounters some trouble from her past and turns to the pilot for help.
The other story is a post-apocalyptic tale set in Alaska. Two hundred years after a devastating global war (of course) pockets of civilization have managed to survive. A coastal Alaska town controls the only fuel in the area. Most seem satisfied with the arrangement, but a group of increasingly bold pirates have a plan to overtake the town. The semi-military guard protecting the fuel and the people need to know that plan. Dani, a commander in the guard, and her former lover, Rigo, who left the guard to help his late wife’s family and care for his son, must infiltrate the pirate stronghold.
That’s all I have for the moment on either of those
The 2013 Rainbow Romance Awards will be announced Dec. 8! Deep Deception in a finalist in the Lesbian Science Fiction/Futuristic category. Fingers crossed!
Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Hanukkah!
Oct. 1, 2013: More Woo Hoo-ing! Deep Deception is a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards in Lesbian Science Fiction Futuristic! Winners will be announced Dec. 8.
Many thanks to the judges, and to Elisa Rolle for this opportunity to spotlight LGBT writing and authors!
Good luck, all!!!!
Sept. 26, 2013: Woo hoo! Deep Deception has an Honorable Mention for the Rainbow Awards! Won’t know if it finals for a few more days, but this is so cool! Thanks to the judges! And great job, everyone!
Sept. 14, 2013: Thanks to all who stopped by the blog and made my pal Veronica Scott feel welcome! I can’t wait to read her book!
Sorry I spaced the link to my own wanderings. Obviously I need to be more on top of things.
In other happenings, working on the Alaska historical is both exciting and frustrating. Keeping things historically accurate is no easy task. But I enjoy a challenge (usually) and look forward to getting it out there some day.
My birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks. Suggestions for a celebration? A gift idea I can give my spouse? He’s always asking and I’m always stumped. Let’s surprise him this year and give him suggestions! Contact me at cathy @ cathypegau . com (no spaces, of course) or on twitter @CathyPegau and give me ideas : )
Sept. 2, 2013: Fall is in the air! Back to the routine of work and school. But never fear! Some fun is still afoot! Veronica Scott will be guest here tomorrow. She’s got a new SFR ESCAPE FROM ZULAIRE out and is having a giveaway. Come check it out!
I’ll be elsewhere on Wednesday (linky dink when I get it!) talking about Natalia and Gennie and giving away a copy of DEEP DECEPTION.
OH! And a WONDERFUL surprise awaited me this morning. Jayne at Dear Author reviewed CAUGHT IN AMBER and gave it a B! Woo hoo! Wake me up with that sort of news everyday ; )
August 18, 2013: School starts in ten days. Silver salmon fishing is hot, hot, hot. DH has limited out (3 fish/day) pretty much each time he’s gone. Not big fish, but oh, so yummy! The weather has been cool and damp, a preview of the autumn to come all too soon. Another few days of actual summer would be nice. Surprising, but nice : )
Still working on the historical set here. Yeah, it’s taking longer than I’d hoped. But it’s a different genre than my usual fare, so I want to do it right. I haven’t abandoned my speculative fiction leanings, by any means, just trying something different. Stay tuned ; )
August 2, 2013: Golly, look at that! August already! We have friends stopping by for a few days as they start their Alaska vacation. Sharron has been here before and went to school with me back in the day up at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her husband, Chris (or Mayhem, as we call him, because he looks like the All State Insurance guy that gets thrown off the hoods of cars or crashes through roofs). We’re doing a glacier hike and probably some other trundling through the wet wilderness. After that, prep for the school year begins! Oh, and finishing the Alaska historical that I am TOTALLY digging doing research on. Now I need to work all this great info into the manuscript without info dumping : P
July 13, 2013: Summer is half over in our neck of the woods. Hoping there are a few more good days left to get out and enjoy. After our 2+ weeks in civilization, we’ve come to appreciate where we live. And yes, I will have pics and a blog post in the next day or so. Really.
June 29, 2013: I’m visiting family on the Far Right Coast for a bit. Things sure are different here compared to Alaska! Not just the scenery and weather. But it’s good to see the family. Usually ; ) I’ll have pics and such soon (OK, not *that* soon, but eventually ; P ).
SFR MIDSUMMER BLOGHOP! I’m one of many authors offering fun posts and prizes. There are some great GRAND PRIZES too! So hit the blog button above starting the 21st and join the fun!
More Pride Month Celebrations!
I’ll be part of The Romance Reviews’ Sizzling Summer Reads Party in June!
May 2, 2013: Wow! May already?!? What the heck happened to April? I guess time flies when you’re having fun. That’s what we’re calling it, right? Fun? Okay, as long as we’re clear.
Things are humming along on the writing front. Waiting for word on a submission. Waiting to hear agent’s thoughts on another story. Prepping for the release of Deep Deception. Oh, and getting KICKIN’ reviews ; )
This on Caught in Amber…
My favorite part of these books is the carefully constructed world that Cathy has imagined, which includes meticulous details of religion, food, culture, mining(!), and climate…Grade A. ~Helgagrace at Title and Statement of Responsibility
And these on Deep Deception…
The chemistry between Genevieve and Natalia is palpable, and I appreciated that their relationship had some time and reason to mature. ~Anna M. at The Lesbrary
There’s so much to like about this book. …the world feels totally grounded…like a real place….One thing I admire about Pegau is that she writes both same sex and heterosexual romance, and there’s no difference in how she treats the relationships. Grade B+ ~CarrieS at Smart Bitches Trashy Books
Can I just say how thrilled I am when someone likes my work? Thrilled. Over the moon, dancing a jig thrilled! Thank you so so much, Anna (who is also Helgagrace ; ) and CarrieS!
Speaking of….Deep Deception is out in *gulp* 25 days! I’ll have some posts here and there and a shiny giveaway (or two. Maybe. We’ll see ; ) during release week. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, school is wrapping up, which means summer is almost here, right? *looks out window at chilly rain* Well, at least it isn’t snowing….
April 4, 2013: Over at Scorching Book Reviews on the 7th. Check out info on my blog tab. Up there. Yes. That one. Go ahead.
April 2, 2013: A lovely spring day here in the semi-far north! The sun is out, the birds are tweeting, the temp is hovering at about 25F. OK, so maybe “lovely” is a relative term ; )
“Deep Deception combines the best aspects of classic science fiction with grit from a noir crime novel. Intrigue and romance abound in this worthy continuation of the series.” ~Cassandra Duffy The Gunfighter and The Gear-Head
Cathy Pegau’s Deep Deception is a rollercoaster ride of a book. Natalia and Gennie come from different sides of the law. They’ve got no reason to trust each other, let alone want each other as much as they do, but that’s not under their control. Pegau mixes a sweet, hot love story with outer space mining espionage to create a steaming good read. ~Catherine Lundoff, Crave: Tales of Lust, Love and Longing
March 28, 2013: I have the cover for Deep Deception! Check out the lovely ladies of the next installment of what I like to call the Bad Girls of Nevarro ; ) Read the first chapter here!
March 24, 2013: I’ve been meaning to put this up since I received it. Last month, German journalist Claudia Carell-Domrose contacted me. My last name is the same as a town in her region of Germany. She wanted to know if I knew this, did I know the origins of the family and asked a few questions about being a writer in Alaska. I told her I married into the name and knew it was a German town, but I would have to ask my father-in-law for family info. What resulted is a nice little article in the Leipziger Volkszeitung ( LVZ Cathy Pegau ). Yes, it’s in German. No, I don’t read German. But I can’t tell you how tickled I was to exchange emails with Claudia. And she was great about translating all my info and web content. Danke, Claudia : )
March 23, 2013: Supposedly spring, but the two feet of snow along with three foot drifts says otherwise. Ah, Alaska living!
I’ve added a “Fun Read” page to the above tabs. This is a place where I’ll post a variety of things. Outtakes, short short stories, and things similar to the first offering: A prequel of sorts to Caught in Amber where Sasha and Guy first meet. Let me know what you think : )
OK, back to shoveling!
March 6, 2013: Totally tickled by new reviews for Caught in Amber! CarrieS over at Smart Bitches, Trashy books gave it a B, saying, “Even though the story doesn’t shy away from its tougher issues, it stays entertaining and enjoyable, not too bogged down in angst.” She also liked the way Sasha and Nathan’s relationship developed on actual feelings, not just physical attraction. Woo hoo!
And some additional reviews over at GoodReads have given Caught in Amber a 4+ star status. Bella says the “writing is smooth as silk, blending an imaginative sci-fi world with a compelling romance that kept me turning the pages.” And Emily says, “Cathy Pegau is now added to my list of “watch for their books.”" Thank you all so very very much!
March 2, 2013: March! How is this possible? Ah, well. At least that means it’s closer to spring. (Looks out window to see snow and shivering birds.) Or not.
February 24, 2013: It’s been a while since the last update, hasn’t it? Sorry about that! Real world issues get in the way sometimes.
I’m visiting three different blogs this week. Over at Veronica Scott’s, there’s an interview with Sasha James, the heroine in Caught in Amber. I learned a lot about Sasha during that Q&A. The lovely AmyBeth Inverness asked me some very interesting questions. Like who do I think shot first, Han or Greedo? And I’m visiting Limecello’s blog giving my take on series, sequels and stand alone books. You’ll learn why I call Rulebreaker, Caught in Amber and Deep Deception a connected series of stand alones. Oh, and there’s a giveaway at Lime’s! Go comment : )
In the meantime, I’ve been working on a short pieces about the time Sasha James first met Guy Christiansen. Knowing what eventually happens to Sasha, I just want to yell at her to stop : ) But it is what it is.
The May 27 release for Deep Deception is coming up fast and furious! It’s available for preorder on Amazon and at $1.99 you can’t go wrong! I’ll get the cove up as soon as final copy is approved. So excited for this story : )
More to come as visitors visit and DD get closer to release!
February 11, 2013: Look, Ma, I made the papers! Well, one anyway ; )
February 6, 2013: Thanks to all who gave kind words this past week since Caught in Amber released! There are some fantastic reviews of Sasha and Sterling’s story and I can’t tell you how pleased and humbled I am. Thank you so much!
There were three giveaways (more to come!) last week. Congrats to winners Bettie, Carol and Louisa! And thank you to Heather at The Galaxy Express and Alaskan author pal Hillary Jacques for hosting. You ladies rock!
Caught in Amber is available at Audible.com now! Grab a copy and listen on your way to work or at the gym or wherever!
January 28, 2013: Release Day for Caught in Amber!!!! The buzz has been fantastic, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the time and effort reviewers put into reviews. I’m tickled pink about the kind words people are saying about CIA.
I have a giveaway up and running on this blog here, but there are TWO other giveaways going on AS WE SPEAK! (not that we’re speaking, but you know what I mean.)
Hillary Jacques, fellow Alaskan author and all around cool chick, asked me some interesting questions and is hosting a giveaway at her blog.
There has already been a winner chosen from Jill Sorenson’s blog/giveaway, and there will be more!
Go comment or register for your chance at a copy! : )
January 25, 2013: Three more days until Caught in Amber releases! Can’t wait for it to drop? Me neither : ) But maybe you can win a copy! Jill Sorenson in hosting a giveaway over at her blog. Comment for a chance to win!
I’m so very excited about CiA and how it’s being received. Heather Massey and Diane Dooley, two lovely and talented science fiction romance authors/reviewers/pushers give a dual review of CiA at The Galaxy Express.
For Monday’s release, I’ll have another giveaway at the blog here. A copy of the book will be up for grabs (Maybe two copies. We’ll see.) and something else. Come on back to check it out : )
January 14, 2013: Caught in Amber has been getting some great reviews! I truly appreciate the time and effort required for reading and reviewing a book. Thanks, all!!! Read a few of the full reviews here, but here’s a taste of what some are saying:
This is science fiction romance done just the way I like it: complex characters, high stakes, and a ‘happy ever after’ that never seems inevitable. ~Diane Dooley, author of Blue Galaxy, Blue Nebula and Mako’s Bounty.
Caught in Amber is a strong story filled with very strong characters. ~Jo, from Mixed Book Bag Reviews
The author kept me on the edge of my seat with action and danger at every turn. ~Charlee Allden, Smart Girls Love SciFi and Paranormal Romance
Couldn’t put it down! Sasha and Nathan’s chemistry was palpable right from the start while her ex- lover, Guy, is just the right amount of charm and malice to keep the characters and the reader on edge. – Kait Gamble, author of Liar’s Game
There will be some fun giveaways and posts for the CiA release. Stay tuned!
Catherine Lundoff will be on the blog soon, so be sure to check back in!
January 3, 2013: Happy New Year! It’s been a busy holiday season here at Casa Pegau. Not so much due to holiday stuff itself, but because I’ve been working. Yes! Like a real job! Not my normal situation, but the cash will pay a few bills : )
On the writing front, I started a new WIP set in post-apocalyptic Alaska. I’ve been doing some interesting research and have learned a lot about the early days of the local area. Yes, I looked into history to create the future. Profound, yes? ; )
In the meantime, I’ll be over at KT/KB Grant’s blog for her annual Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event that starts January 6. There will be some fantastic posts on lesbian characters and authors in fiction. Mine goes up on January 11.
Caught in Amber releases on January 28! I’ll be putting up some posts elsewhere and there will be giveaways. Books. Shiny things. Stay tuned : )
December 2, 2012: The holiday season is upon us, Friends! As is the holiday blog hop season. Folks will be dropping by my blog and I’ll be elsewhere, so stay tuned! Here’s what’s up so far:
Dec. 6–I’m sharing a yummy recipe at Maria Zannini’s DIY Christmas. There are LOTS of great recipe and craft ideas scheduled, so check it out starting 12/5. And giveaways! Including a certain SFR coming out in January…. ; )
Dec. 10–Jill Sorenson will be here at my blog with a post and a giveaway in connection with her latest, AFTERSHOCK.
Dec. 13–Stacy Gail and her antho sisters’ offerings for A GALACTIC HOLIDAY stop in here next.
Dec. 20–I’ll be over at Jessica Subject’s Backward Momentum talking about….something : )
Jan. 6-12, 2013–KB Grant’s second Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event will run, giving another great insightful and informative week. Last year’s event generated such a great resopnse, KB extended it. Let’s do that again : ) I’ll be posting Jan. 11 on lesbians in speculative/science fiction. Be sure to check out all the week’s offerings!
That’s it for the moment, but be sure to check in now and again. As I get closer to the release date for CAUGHT IN AMBER, I’ll have a few more announcements of blog visits as well as a release day grand prize giveaway ; )
Still November 2012: Got the news this week that CAUGHT IN AMBER will be at Audible.com! Woo hoo! It’ll be weird/fun to hear my words read aloud other than by me at my kitchen table during edits : ) I’m not sure when it will be available, but links will go up as soon as I have them!
On the home front, we’ve had more snow here (shocker, I know) so shoveling season has officially begun. Keep your fingers crossed for us that it’s not another 30-footer : P
Happy Thanksgiving (U.S.)!
November 2012: It’s winter here, if not elsewhere. That’s okay, though, as I have some upcoming blog posts that will keep us all warm ; ) First up is J.L. Hilton on 11/5. Then a sneak peak at one of my WiPs on 11/7. Make sure you head to the blog to check things out!
The latest edits are done for DEEP DECEPTION. Y’all are gonna love Natalia and Gennie. Seriously. Love : )
Also! CAUGHT IN AMBER is up for pre-order at Amazon! It’s a good one, folks. Trust me ; )
Still October 2012: Woo hoo! The cover for CAUGHT IN AMBER is in! Pop on over to the Books page and check it out as well as an excerpt from Chapter One!
October 2012: Thanks to my BFF and Web Goddess Extraordinaire Sharron McClellan, my website and blog have been made easier for me to update without bothering the heck out of her! You rock, Sharron!!!
So let me tell you what’s been happening.
The final copy of CAUGHT IN AMBER is in. YAY! The blurb is up under the “Books” page. I’ll be doing a cover reveal as soon as I can. Carina Press has amazing covers, so I’m sure CiA’s will rock. I’m exited to see if the artist visualizes Sterling and Sasha the way I do. They certainly nailed Liv and Zia, didn’t they? They did!
DEEP DECEPTION is in edit mode. God, I love this story. Lots of action, and girls with guns and heart. As soon as the blurb is ready I’ll post it. I think you’ll like it too : )
Summer 2012: Great news to share! From a recent Publishers Marketplace:
Cathy Pegau’s CAUGHT IN AMBER, sci-fi suspense about a former drug addict enlisted to get close to her ex-lover and drug dealer to help save a federal agent’s addicted sister, who finds herself falling in love with the sexy agent, and DEEP DECEPTION, to Angela James at Carina Press, for publication in 2013, by Natalie Fischer Lakosil at Bradford Literary Agency (World)
These two stories involve secondary characters who were in RULEBREAKER. CAUGHT IN AMBER is a M/F romance while the third book, DEEP DECEPTION, is another F/F. I love all these characters and have enjoyed learning their stories so far. Publication won’t be until early 2013. I’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, I’ll be participating in a Mid Summer’s Blog Tour in June (of course), so be sure to pop over and check it out! http://cathypegau.blogspot.com
The reviews are in!|
From The Galaxy Express
“RULEBREAKER is a book that made a couple of wishes come true for me, and also a few others I didn’t realize I had.”
“If you enjoy stories with a redemption arc, RULEBREAKER has it. If you like colorful secondary characters, this story has it. And finally, if you’re even a fan of COLUMBO-style investigators, then this story has that, too.”
Bella Street: “I was immediately hooked by the droll humor and great characters who populate this book, and was impressed by the perfect balance of world building and tightly-woven plotline.”
H. Cashman: “I liked all the action, the intrigue, and the twists this story brought.”
Mercurial Times : “I thoroughly enjoyed this SFR espionage novel. The worldbuilding is very good, the main characters are vivid and vivacious.”
From Loving Venus-Loving Mars
“All in all Rulebreaker is an excellent read. It’s suspenseful and has a lot of interesting twists and side corridors that are fun to go down. The writing is smooth with a perfect pace, which kept me on edge until the end.”
“I knew I liked Rulebreaker when I kept thinking of other books and fanfiction to compare it to.”
“Pegau showed herself willing to make difficult authorial decisions in order to lend weight to her narrative, and both Liv and Zia were portrayed as sympathetic, if flawed, people.”
“…let me say that the writing and world-building are excellent. The futuristic details add a lot of flavor but don’t overwhelm the story. There is a stylish, sexy quality to the writing, despite the fact that there is very little sex. Rulebreaker reminded me of a George Clooney caper film. It’s compelling and charismatic.”
I can’t believe my first book is almost here! But it is and to celebrate, I’ll be spending more time on the internet that I probably should.
Here are my blog tour dates and the new cover. I’ll have giveaways for most of them, tho not sure how many will be copies of the book.
August Blog Dates
7– The Galaxy Express
8 — Release Day! at Maria Zannini’s Blog
9 — Louisa Bacio’s blog
10 — the Carina Press blog
11 — Shelli Munro’s blog
16 — Sarah Makela’s blog
17 — Maureen Miller’s Blog
23 — Castles and Guns
30 — Heather Cashman’s blog
May 2011: A lot has happened in a month. After many go-arounds with word combinations and catchy phrases, we’ve changed the title of my book from Bad Girl to Rulebreaker. And it was neither myself nor my editor who came up with it but my 11 year old. She is rather tickled that the team chose her offering, and I can’t blame her. I might have to hire the kid.
Also, as you can see, the final cover for Rulebreaker is in. Isn’t it pretty? Frauke Spanuth of Croco Designs does an amazing job for Carina Press and I’m over the moon about my cover.
Rulebreaker is scheduled for release on August 8. I’ll be having a blog tour at a variety of places, so stay tuned for an announcement there. Plus, there will be some guest bloggers popping in to visit the Queen of the Frozen North (that’s me), so drop in once in a while!
April 2011: Spring has sprung….somewhere in the world. We’ve had a relatively cold, very low precipitation winter, and I can only hazard a guess as to what sort of spring/summer we’ll experience. It might be gorgeous, it might be cruddy. You just never know. In writing news, I’ve returned my art fact sheet and can’t wait to see the cover art for Bad Girl. Carina Press has some of the most gorgeous covers around, so I’m sure it’ll be amazing. I plan to print it out and carry it with me, showing everyone I know. In the meantime, the newest manuscript is off to my agent (gosh, I love saying that and the next book is percolating in my brain. And I found my pants!
January 2011: Wow! What an ending to 2010! After receiving a revise and resubmit letter from Carina Press in June, my science fiction romance Bad Girl has been accepted for publication! On top of that–yes! There’s more!–I signed with agent Natalie Fischer! (OK, I think I’ve just about used up my allotment of exclamation points.) The release date is scheduled for August, and I can’t wait to get started on edits. I know that may sound strange, but it’s true. Also, I can’t wait to see my cover. Carina Press has put out some amazing covers. Since Bad Girl is coming out as an ebook, and I can’t haul my laptop with me everywhere, when I get the cover I plan on printing it out and carrying it with me to show everyone I know. Even people I don’t know. It will end up here as soon as possible, trust me. Happy New Year, everyone. I think this is going to be an amazing one!
Nov 2010: After a roller coaster ride of emotion due to personal matters, I am VERY pleased to say I’ve signed with an agent. We’ll be working with Bad Girl initially. Things are happening pretty fast right now, so stay tuned. You never know what will happen next : )
January 2010: Wow, another year–another decade!–in the can. I’m not one to reflect too much on what was, except where it can help keep me out of trouble in the future. I look forward to a new year filled with endless possibilities. This one is starting out well, and I’m keeping my chilled fingers crossed on a couple of writerly fronts. Whether you found yourself here by design or by accident, look around and drop me a note if you’d like. Pop back in now and again, and don’t forget to check out my blog. You never know when I might have something important to say. Riiiight.
September 2009: A chill is in the air (okay, the chill has been here since late July with a few exceptions) and it’s time to return to some semblance of a routine after a summer of sleeping in, visitors, visiting, and an overall slow down of progress on the wip. The wip is high on my To Do list, as is returning crits for other writer friends. I also received some good contest and beta reader feedback on Bad Girl and will look at the manuscript again to tweak where needed. I have no problems with tweaking/revising. If it makes the book better, I’m all for it. Getting fresh eyes on the pages is key. So thanks to Sharron, Jody, Jennifer, Meladean, and the contest judges for the input!
March 20, 2009: In theory, this is the first day of spring. I say the calendar is off. Way, way off. Looking out my window at the accumulation of snow proves that much. While I wait for the snow to melt, work on my wip and nervously anticipate responses regarding submissions, feel free to look around, but you can find more excitement on the blog. And since my web diva is leaving on an extended trip to **ahem** “gather research” **ahem** that’s your best bet for new info. No surprise, that.
Nov. 2007: Maybe I should just admit this home page won’t get updated more frequently than once a quarter unless something HUGE happens. Why keep fooling myself, right? As always, please go to my blog if you want to see more timely info.
In the meantime, the American Title IV competition is underway at the Romantic Times. The first round of voting has closed at this writing, but go see the entries. The theme is paranormal this time around, a subgenre near and dear to my heart.
And in case I don’t update any sooner, Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year, Happy Valentine’s Day, and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. Please include the holiday of your choosing for those I’ve missed.
August 2007: August? Already? What happened to the first part of the summer? Oh, I remember. We moved in June and spent most of July settling in. Well, we’re settled now, so I have no excuse to not update more regularly. But in case that proves to be more of a promise than I can keep (likely), I recommend checking out my blog. I’m much better about keeping that up to date. No, really. I am. Go look if you don’t believe me.
May 1, 2007: The year is 1/3 over and going fast. Spring has almost sprung here in the Far North (ie: the snow is mostly gone at sea level, the moose have mostly moved up into the hills, and there are bits of green in the lawn). There’s also a new American Title winner (you can check my blog or the Romantic Times site for that info) and another American Title competion open to submissions. Conference season is gearing up, though I won’t be attending any. Too much going on at the home front these days. Summer is just around the corner. Can’t wait for those (relatively) balmy days to come!
March 2007: Awaiting the results of the final round of the American Title III contest. But the OFFICIAL word won’t be out until April’s Romantic Times convention. I don’t envy the anxiety Jenny and Kim, the two writers left standing, must endure until the convention. One of them will be getting their book published with Dorchester. I could wait a month for that announcement. Maybe. Probably not. Who am I kidding? I’d be a wreck! Best of luck to both of them!
February 2007: It’s already February? How’d THAT happen? Well, here’s to a favorable year all around. Be sure to see what the American Title III folks are up to at Romantic Times. The latest round is just about over at this writing, and by next month it’ll be down to the final 2!
Dec 1st: The second round of the American Title III competition is over and the six who will move on will be announced in a couple of weeks. Oh, in case you didn’t know, I didn’t make it past round one. But no worries here. I’m much more relaxed than the folks who moved on : ) When round three starts later this month, go to www.romantictimes.com and vote for your favorite story summary. I sure will.
Oct 16th, Voting for AT3 has begun! Please check it out and remember..the title is HAUNTED.
Oct 11, 2006: Excerpt from Haunted, American Title III Finalist
Oct 10, 2006: AT3 Interview at TitleWave
|Like many people on the planet, I have a story to tell. Actually, I have many stories to tell. And quite a few voices vying for attention in my head. So, rather than spend money on therapists, I write.I write Paranormal Chick Lit, among other things. My stories are character driven, funny as well as poignant. And if I don’t give you a completely happy ending, at least a logical and satisfying one.I don’t write with a particular theme in mind, but themes tend to crop up. Most stories fall into at least one category as far as thematic issues are concerned. It’s just the way these things are. My characters and plot don’t reflect any current happenings in the world. They don’t represent any inner demons or revelations I’ve had. Or maybe they do, but I didn’t write it for that reason. I wrote what I wrote because I thought it would make an entertaining story.I write brain candy, not literature. My intent is to have you thoroughly enjoy reading my books while hunkered down among cozy blankets on a chilly winter day, or while basking at the beach. A guilty pleasure. Like double chocolate fudge brownies. Choose your favorite spot and indulge. Find deeper meaning in my work, but don’t hurt yourself. What I really want is for you to have fun. And don’t forget to floss.|