All About Cate Rowan

Cate Rowan has washed laundry in a crocodile-infested African lake, parasailed over Cabo, had monkeys poop in her hair, and swum with dolphins, but her best adventures are her story worlds. Her lush fantasy romances about magic, danger and passion in faraway realms have won more than thirty awards. Her 2010 debut novel, KISMET'S KISS, was a two-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist. Visit her at

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Cate's Fun Facts

Ruby Nickname:
Ruby Fantasy

GH Year(s)
2007, 2009

Fantasy romance

Blog Posts from Cate


Ah, January… We get a new month, a new year, and all those mistakes writing the old year in dates until we finally retrain our brains. We also have the chance to look back at the old year and figure out what we want to keep doing—or to change—in the new one. Looking back is […]

Ruby Release: Sword and Lute by Cate Rowan

There are many forms of imprisonment…and many kinds of freedom. This Thanksgiving marked my first anniversary here in Colorado, and away from a situation in my old state that was very, very bad. While I won’t go into the details of the situation in a public forum, let’s just say that I was glad to […]

Ruby Release: Flirting with the Fireman!

I consider myself a fantasy romance author, which means that I get to make stuff up. And it usually means I expect to make stuff up. That’s why I was so surprised to write a tale that includes a blunder (ahem) an incident from my own life. At first I didn’t think of turning that event into a story. […]

Good things come in small packages?

Once upon a time—okay, about ten years ago—we romance writers all knew how long a story should be. If you were writing for a Harlequin line, there was a specific word count to be met for it. If you were writing a single-title novel for another publisher, it needed to be 90-100,000 words. There were […]

Ruby Release: Kiss That Frog (+ why I changed my cover art…)

When magic happens, don’t get in the way. That was my mantra last month during Camp NaNoWriMo. I’d had every intention of working on The Soul of Magic, a book that’s been in the works at various stages (and titles) since 2001. Soul is the chronological link between my two full-length novels, so I’ve been feeling […]

Experimentation and a Ruby Release: “Swords and Scimitars” by Cate Rowan

I have a new release to tell you about, but first, let me get this out of the way: I used to write to please others. It’s not that I don’t take other people into account anymore—not at all. I have a readership, and their opinions of my work matter to me. But I no […]

What a Year It’s Been!

I don’t know about you, but for me, 2011 was quite a doozie. In January I was diagnosed with a parathyroid tumor. It turns out that it had been doing crazy things to my body for years. In April, just before I underwent a surgery that yanked it out and cured me (thank goodness!), I self-published […]

Goin’ Indie: My Sales During Year One of Self-Publishing

It’s hard for me to believe it’s been almost a year since I flew the coop and launched into self-publishing. I had no idea I would be this successful. Just goes to show what’s possible in indie-land. 😀 A year ago this coming Saturday, I had my first book release for Kismet’s Kiss, a fantasy romance. […]

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