Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Guest Author Cate Lord Talks Cosmetics & Books!

I'm very excited to have fellow Entangled Publishing author 
Cate Lord 
here today!

Welcome, Cate!

Cate's got a fun post, a GIVEAWAY and an admission, read on...

Laura, thank you so much for inviting me to be a guest on your blog!  I’m delighted to be here. 

Did you know I have a weakness?  I do.  A big weakness, if my bathroom counter, cluttered with lipsticks, blushes, powders, eyeliners, and pots of glittery lip gloss, is any indication.

Yeah, I admit it.  I’m a cosmetics junkie.

I’ve always loved makeup.  When I was a pre-teen, I’d walk two houses down the road to my friend’s home.  We’d head to her bedroom and pull open the top drawer to her dresser which was filled with drugstore brand eye shadow compacts and other makeup treasures.  I remember that sense of wonder when I looked upon her collection, all of the bright colors gleaming and winking as though to say “Wear me.  I’ll make you as beautiful as a Seventeen magazine model.”

That love of makeup stayed with me, and over the years, I’ve tried an extensive variety of products.  I prefer department store or designer brands (those in displays at stores like Sephora and Ulta) over drugstore ones, partly because I have very sensitive skin and some products make my skin turn fire-engine red.  Not fun.  The mascara that made my eyes water and itch like crazy?  Especially not fun.

Knowing what products I love and can’t live without—lipstick is my number one fave—made it easier for me to write the character of Jessica Devlin, the heroine of my fun and flirty comedy Lucky Girl, released in trade paperback and ebook by Entangled Publishing in September.

Twenty-nine-year-old Jess is the rather plain Jane but dedicated beauty editor of Orlando’s O Tart magazine.  Catalogs and beauty samples land on her desk every day.  Her job includes testing all of those goodies and writing reviews and articles for the magazine as well as her popular beauty blog.  Talk about a fun job!  Part of me was seriously jealous.

Jess’s life is far from perfect, however.  She was recently dumped by her unfaithful fiancé while in the midst of planning their wedding.  Her self esteem in shreds, she takes two weeks off and flies to England to be maid-of-honor in her cousin’s wedding—taking a hefty case of makeup must-haves with her.

Jess might have all the tools to transform herself into a sultry vixen, but she’s nervous about the trip.  Her cousin is getting the happily-ever-after Jess wanted so badly.  There’s also the embarrassing episode that took place two years ago after Jess’s grandfather’s funeral; it involved an English pub, too many drinks, overflowing grief for a grandfather she’d cared greatly about, and a handsome Brit who’d held her in his arms and comforted her while she bawled.

Even though there’s little chance of her running into James Bond gorgeous Nick Mondinello again, guess who is at the wedding?  Jess decides to avoid Nick, since he’s a playboy like her dad who left when she was twelve.  However, she can’t ignore she’s attracted to him, and fate keeps throwing her and Nick together—whether she’s got her makeup on or not.

Through the book which is essentially Jess’s journey to regaining her confidence in herself, becoming “whole,” and finding true love, I found a way to work in my love of lipstick.  I invented quirky shade names that not only helped to add humor, but directly related to Jess’s personal circumstances.  Jess calls the woman she believes is Nick’s girlfriend Sex Crazed, after a vampy red lipstick.  When Jess goes to Nick’s party, excited about getting to know him better, she wears a glossy shade called Butt Naked Beige.  Back at her Orlando office, hoping to smooth over a snafu that happened while she was on vacation, she wears Good Girl Pink, which she later obliterates with a sweep of Vamp.  Gosh, but I had fun inventing those lipstick names.

In the end, though, no matter how much lipstick Jess has got tucked up her beauty editor sleeve, it’s the plain Jane her who wins Nick’s heart.  That just fine with this cosmetic-loving, makeup junkie author.  While it’s great for a woman to know how to transform into a glamorous goddess, it’s even better if she feels beautiful in her own bare skin.  Jess becomes one such lucky girl.

Jessica Devlin isn’t looking for love. Heartbroken after being dumped by her unfaithful exfiancé, she’s determined to have a fabulous time during her vacation in England where she’ll be maidofhonor at her cousin’s wedding. After working overtime as beauty editor of Orlando’s O Tart magazine, avoiding dating, and putting on ten pounds, Jess is ready to toss her past like an empty lipstick tube and party like a single gal.

But when she steps into the church on her cousin’s wedding day, she sees the one man who could sabotage her plan—JamesBondgorgeous Nick Mondinello. She’s never forgotten the London marketing exec who held her in his arms after her beloved grandfather’s funeral two years ago. Ambitious, and lusted after by women everywhere, Nick is completely wrong for guarded, Plain Jane Jess.

Could Spy Man Nick ever fall for her? Nope. Not unless Jess is one lucky girl.
Connect with Cate:  Facebook  |  Goodreads  |  CateLord.com

Find Lucky Girl at Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Powell's | BAM | Diesel | Books On Board
Cate Lord is the contemporary pen name of multiawardwinning historical romance author Catherine Kean. Her novels have garnered numerous accolades, including two Reviewer’s Choice Awards and the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her books also finaled in the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the 2008 National Readers’ Choice Awards.

Grateful for her wildly active imagination and plenty of story ideas, Cate is busy working on her next book. She lives in Central Florida with her husband, daughter, and a very spoiled cat.
GIVEAWAY!
For a chance to win an ebook copy of LUCKY GIRL, comment with your email address! Winner will be chosen by random.org. Giveaway is open internationally. Ends 10/13 at 11:59pm EST. 

Thanks for reading! Don't forget to comment!
Laura & Cate 

33 comments:

J.C. Martin said...

Very interesting female protagonist you have there. Thanks for the introduction to Cate. :) Looking forward to more info Laura's dark chocolate bash!

J.C.

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Laura Kaye said...

Thanks for commenting, J.C.! And welcome, Cate!

heather said...

I was a tomboy growing up and only did the 'group of girl friends doing each others hair and makeup' once and never wanted to do it again, lol. I don't even know how to put makeup on and my hair is in a perputal, sloppy bun but the book sounds so good and I can't wait to read it :)
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Boone Brux said...

I rarely wear cosmetics anymore, but do love to browse through Sephora. Last time I was there I tried a sheer pink sampler of lip gloss, thinking to purchase something I could slather on and not worry about being too dark. I applied, admired, and turned to ask my sister what she thought. Suddenly my lips were on fire. What the heck. I picked up the tube and realized it was one of those lips plumping glosses. Mother of Pearl! Ya know, that stuff doesn't just wipe off. I tingled for a good 20 minutes.

Great blog.

Temperance said...

I loved the post:) Looksreally good,i thank you for the chance to win a copy!!
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Cate Lord said...

Laura, thank you SO much for having me as a guest on your blog today! :) I'm very glad to be here.

Cate Lord said...

Hello, J.C.! It's a pleasure to "meet" you, and thanks for your kind words about my protagonist, Jess! She was a fun character to write.

Cate Lord said...

Hi, Heather! :) Aww, it warms my author heart that LUCKY GIRL sounds good to you. :) Thanks. By the way, there's nothing wrong with being a tomboy; sounds to me like you're beautiful just the way you are. :)

Cate Lord said...

Hello, Boone! OMG, Sephora! I LOVE that store. I could easily spend a small fortune there. Sorry to hear you had a scary experience with plumping lip gloss. :( As much as I love lip products, I've never tried it, and I'm not sure I want to.

Cate Lord said...

Hello, Temperance! :) I'm pleased you enjoyed my post. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. :)

Michele said...

I've never been much for using make-up, but all this talk of lipstick shades made me want to run upstairs and put some on! Sounds like a fun book.

Victoria said...

Love your post. I rarely wear makeup but you'd never know it by the draw in my bathroom. It's overflowing with cosmetics. I am addicted to lip gloss though and have it all over the house. My lips are never w/o :). I like the sound of LUCKY GIRL.

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Laura Kaye said...

Bwahaha Boone! That's so funny!

Rayka Mennen said...

Hi Cate,
I share your love of cosmetics - got drawers full of samples and things I won't use. I just wish I had a better radar for what looks good IN the store rather than when I bring it home! Lucky Girl sounds terrific - on my TBR list

Cate Lord said...

Hi, Michele! :) Tee hee! :) Hey, a girl's gotta wear her lipstick, even while working on the computer. ;) Thanks for your kind words about my book, and thank you for commenting today.

Cate Lord said...

Hi, Victoria! :) I totally understand about the drawer in the bathroom; I have a drawer like that, too! :)

Cate Lord said...

Laura, that was some wicked laugh, girl! :)

Cate Lord said...

Hello, Rayka! :) Yay, a fellow cosmetics junkie! You're right about products looking different in the store than at home. Fluorescent lighting is a nightmare when testing colors. Thanks so much for your sweet words about LUCKY GIRL. I'm thrilled it's on your TBR list. I hope you enjoy it! :)

Laura Kaye said...

Hey, I have a drawer like that too!

Thanks for all the fun comments everyone! Keep 'em coming!

Sebrina said...

I was never a huge make up wearer, just mascara and maybe eye liner. Now that I'm in my mid-thirties, I wear more, and a lil more often. :)
Since I work from home, every time I have to go out of the house, I have to put some on. I feel like I'm playing 'dress up'....lol
Thanks for a chance!
sebrina_cassity@yahoo.com

GraceDZ said...

I must admit that I was a makeup junkie when I was in my twenties. Eyeshadow was my addiction, and I loved Stila Cosmetics so much that I even met the company founder, Jeanine Lobell. Now I just use my faves and have trimmed down my collection. Your book sounds like it's right up my alley!
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Lisa Kessler said...

Great blog Cate! :)

My daughter is a huge cosmetics junkie! Yow! LOL She has make-up covering 2 bathroom counters in our house! *boggle*

Congratulations on the new release!

Lisa :)

Cate Lord said...

Hi, Sebrina! :) Isn't it fun working from home? :) I know what you mean about playing 'dress up,' though, because I'm the same. :) And I don't dare go out of the house without makeup on (unless I'm going for my morning a power walk, and since I'm going to sweat like crazy, there's no point putting on cosmetics.)

Cate Lord said...

Hello, Grace! Wow, how wonderful that you got to meet Jeanine Lobell! I have quite a few Stila products in my makeup cache (mostly lip glosses). I remember reading somewhere that the company was bought out a few years ago by one of the industry giants. A shame, really, because I loved Ms. Lobell's vision for Stila. Thanks for commenting!

Cate Lord said...

Hey, Miss Lisa! :) Yup, I'd say your daughter is a cosmetics junkie. :) Thanks so much for the congrats and for leaving a comment.

GraceDZ said...

Hi Cate, Yes, she sold Stila to Estee Lauder who then sold it to someone else. I really can't blame her though for wanting to concentrate on her family & her actor hubby Anthony Edwards! BTW, loved the names you came up with for the lipstick shades! :)

Laura Kaye said...

Totally fun conversation, guys! I think I have a cosmetics addict brewing in my oldest daughter (aged 7 - boggles) who LOVES to play in my make-up and begs me to let her try it on. My agreeing to put a little blush on her cheeks totally makes her day! LOL

Nicole Marie said...
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Nicole Marie said...

Looks great!!!

nicole@shareAread.com

Jennifer Lane said...

What fun to feature lipstick names like that! My one rule for makeup: it has to be easy to apply when driving. jenniferlanebooks at gmail dot com

Kittie Howard said...

Thanks for the great intro to Cate! And I totally understand how those drawers, *sighs*.

Laura Kaye said...

The lucky winnner of LUCKY GIRL is...

GraceDZ

CONGRATULATIONS, GRACE!

Cate will be in touch with your prize!

Thanks for all the great conversation here for Cate's appearance everyone!

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