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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My big news! Book #2, Private Internship is forthcoming in the Art of Love series

My big news is that Inkspell Publishing picked up the second in my new adult Art of Love series, Private Internship, to be launched this fall! *Happy Dance* It follows artist, Sienna Karr into her first wonderful and horrific paid internship. Here's a summary:

Sienna’s bestie, Harper warned her not to intern for famous bad boy artist, Casper Mason. After all, he just fired Harper who helped Sienna land the interview. But the moment Sienna sees Casper—or Caz—sweaty and practically shirtless and swinging from chains while he works on his sculpture, she’s hooked. He’s the richest, hottest artist in New York, and he lives in the fabulous Williamsburg Sugar Factory. But he’s also an incorrigible game-player, who seems to relish testing Sienna’s loyalty with a string of unsettling tests.

She knows she should get away fast. But by the time Sienna sneaks into his locked storage room and begins to unearth his dark and terrifying secret, she’s fallen way too hard for the handsome, charismatic Caz.

The shuttered Domino Sugar Factory
The odd thing is that I set it in a place that is now getting tons of attention: the old Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I've been obsessed with that place for many, many years, ever since I moved in around the corner from it when I first came to NYC. 

Kara Walker's gorgeous sugar sphinx
So, it was news to me this year when I heard it was slated for partial demolition, and even bigger news to me when I read that well-known sculptress Kara Walker had crafted a gigantic Sphinx mama, made from sugar in the defunct annex there, and it was attracting lines around the block. You see, my main character's love interest, Caz lives and works in the factory, and he makes . . . wait for it . . . sugar sculptures!!!! 

I had to pay a visit my old haunt. And it did not disappoint! It brought back strong memories of my very first visit and it still smelled like burnt sugar. I'm sad that the place is now closed, and will be altered in preparation for an ambitious waterfront building project that have many in Brooklyn up in arms.

But I'll have Sienna and Casper Mason's love story set in the factory to cheer me up. And
hopefully, if and when you read it, you'll fall in love with the sugar castle too. In the meantime, here are a few other amazing sculptors who spin sugar art.

26 comments:

  1. Yay! Congratulations. Thrilled for you. This is much deserved.

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  2. Congrats Catherine! That is great news about the book being picked up.

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  3. That's such a cool coincidence! I saw the sphinx moma somewhere the other day and thought it was neat--love the connection to you book even more now :)

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  4. Meradeth, yup, that sphinx is supernatural--and HUGE in person! Thanks, Angela and Beth.

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  5. I lived in Queens for 10 years, but never visited Brooklyn much. That place is fascinating! It's great you are setting your novel somewhere that you can actually visit. Congrats on the book contract!

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  6. Wow, congratulations! Sounds like a little sugar synchronicity at work. Very good news. :)

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  7. Congratulations on the next installment.
    How weird yet wonderful that your book celebrates this now lost factory.

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  8. Yes, DogsMom, sad and happy too, about the factory. It won't be totally lost, just half-gone and the rest incorporated into a futuristic OZ-like waterfront extravaganza... LG, love your phrase "Sugar Synchronicity". Very catchy! Lexa, Queens is now the place to go for ANY kind of ethnic food, while Brooklyn's the place to go for hipsters, beautiful brownstones and a brand new stadium, the Barclay Center: http://www.barclayscenter.com/

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  9. Congratulations, Catherine! Sugar sculpting sounds very interesting and potentially yummy. LOL.

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  10. Congrats girl!!!
    Can wait to read the new book
    Ruty@Reading...Dreaming

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    1. Thanks, Ruty, I'd love for you to read it!

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  11. What a coincidence. You just never know. Congratulations. Sounds great.

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  12. Sounds like a sweet book, ;).

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  13. Sweet book, haha, Suze. Dawn, thanks!

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  14. Boy, Catherine, you're just cranking them out! Go, YOU!! Your newest sounds fascinating!!

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    1. Are you finished your new adult novel? I want to read it!

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  15. Yay for you! That's such awesome news!

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  16. Yay! Congrats on the second Kitsy Clare book!

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  17. Candilynn, I want to read your new adult novel! Julie & Kelly, thanks.

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  18. Congratulations! That is really cool. Love that big sugar sculpture.

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  19. Great news, Catherine! Very excited for you. And that Sphinx Mama is amazing!

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  20. Congratulations! That's fabulous news :)

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