Friday, October 20, 2017

Secrets Hidden in the Glass {+ Giveaway}

It’s always a delight to welcome bestselling author Cate Beauman back to Thoughts in Progress. Cate joins us today with her 12th full length novel and her first stand-alone title, SECRETS HIDDEN IN THE GLASS. Plus, she has a great giveaway.

Her multi award-winning Bodyguards of L.A. County series has over 500,000 copies sold and a 4.4 rating with 8000+ reviews.

You can buy her new release now at the following links!

          Stained glass artist Callie Davis is in desperate need of a vacation. Burnt out and on the edge of a nervous breakdown, she’s fleeing the pressures of her career and is taking refuge on Massachusetts’ tiny Carter Island. Callie yearns for long, lazy days and pretty walks on the beach—blessed solitude and an escape from the complications of her life. Then she bumps into gorgeous Nate Carter and everything changes.
          Sheriff Nathan Carter couldn’t be happier now that the height of the summer season has finally come and gone. After four endless months, tourists have packed their bags and headed for the mainland. The quiet days of autumn are about to befall the town—the way Nate and his fellow Sandersonians like it best.
          But nothing ends up quite the way Nate expects when he meets the beautiful blonde with the big blue eyes. Callie’s pretty smiles hide secrets—deep, dark mysteries that could cost them both their lives if they continue digging into the past and cross a killer’s path.

Join me in welcoming Cate as she shares the inspiration behind SECRETS HIDDEN IN THE GLASS. Welcome, Cate.

I always find the process of writing fascinating—imagining words and thoughts into subsistence that had once only existed in my head. Oftentimes, the undertaking is daunting. Months of research, careful plotting, planning, character development, and revising go into every page. There are many moments of doubt and worry. On occasion, there’s even a triumph or two. But finally, you type The End and you realize you’ve created a miracle of sorts—a story to share with your eager readers who are always waiting for what’s next.

I had such fun telling Nate and Callie’s adventure. There was something extra enjoyable about bringing Sanderson, Massachusetts to life—the fictitious, tiny town on the equally made-up Carter Island. Imagine dreaming up a beachy setting that gets to be exactly what you want it to be. Add a group of intriguing (and on occasion quirky) characters. Throw plenty of steamy romance and several sprinkles of mystery and suspense into the mix and you’ve got yourself one heck of a good time.

I hope you’ll enjoy Secrets Hidden In The Glass as much as I enjoyed telling it.

Read an excerpt from Secrets Hidden In The Glass:

     They started walking again, and a wave rushed up, washing over their feet.
     Callie gasped and stepped farther away. “Oh, my God, that’s cold.”
     Like ice water, but Nate shrugged. “It’s not so bad.”
     She looked at him as if he were crazy. “It’s freezing.”
     “It usually is for most mainlanders—blood’s too thin.”
     She stopped in her tracks and pushed her sunglasses onto her head, rewarding him with a look at her big baby blues. “Are you suggesting that mainlanders are wimps?”
     “I’m not trying to hurt your feelings or anything…” He shrugged again, struggling not to smile. “But you’re the one who can’t get your feet wet.”
     She splashed her foot in the surf as the next wave started receding.
     He chuckled, thrilled that Callie seemed willing to play. “That’s not showing me much.”
     She walked closer to the water, adding both feet this time.
     He came up next to her and took her hand, pulling her toward the actual Atlantic. “In up to your knees for three good waves.”
     She hesitated.
     He sent her a wry smile. “See? Wimp.”
     She grinned. “All right. Three good waves.”
     “You’re on.” He walked out with her, clenching his jaw against the bone-numbing cold, fighting the urge to swear.
     She gasped, then squealed as the first wave rushed past their calves.
     “We’ll count that as one,” he yelled over the pounding water, still walking farther out with her. “And here comes the next.” He braced himself, gripping her hand tighter as the current came in with a powerful rush and nailed them thigh-level.
     Callie screamed as she laughed and made a move to head to shore.
     He laughed too, pulling her back and bringing her closer to him. “Where do you think you’re going?”
     “It’s too cold,” she screeched.
     “I don’t think so, mainlander.” He hooked his arm around her midsection and held her in front of him as the next wave came in and sent a steamroll of water crashing into their waists.
      She screamed again, gripping his forearm as if her life depended on it, and threw her head back on a long peel of laughter.
      He let loose his own deep belly laugh, loving the way she sounded—that he could smell her flowery shampoo as she rested her body against his. That they were having fun.
      “Nate,” she fought to say. “Let’s get out of here.”
      He took her hand and they ran as best they could toward shore.
      She stumbled as they made their way to the ankle-deep water. “Cramp. My toes are cramping.”
      He moved to take her weight and carried her more than walked with her to the loose, warm sand free from the surf. “Bend your foot forward until it passes,” he said, slightly out of breath.
       She did as he told her.
       She nodded her head as her teeth chattered and goosebumps puckered her skin.
       “Works every time.”
       “Your toes cramp too?”
       “Hell, yeah. That water’s like an ice bath. I never go in without a wetsuit.”
       Her eyes went huge as she gaped at him. “What are you talking about? What happened to your thick, native Sandersonian blood?”
       He chuckled, enjoying the gorgeous woman who’d forgotten she was shy. “My blood’s probably right on par with yours. I just wanted to get you out there.”
        She laughed and swatted at him. “That’s a dirty trick.”

Did you enjoy the excerpt?  You can read the first chapter on my website,, or you can finish the whole book with the links below!

The Unofficial Secrets Hidden In The Glass Soundtrack

I love music! I can’t imagine a world without catchy tunes playing, especially when I’m writing. Music is inspiration. Melodies, beats, and the mood of each song help me portray emotions and feelings as I tell a story. It’s a rare day when I don’t have my headphones in place, bopping my head, while my fingers race across the keyboard. You can listen to the “soundtrack” for each book on my website

The soundtrack, of sorts, for Secrets Hidden In The Glass:
·        And Then You by Greg Laswell
·        Still Falling For You by Ellie Goulding
·        Beautiful Soul by Jesse McCartney
·        Cold Water by Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber
·        Starving by Hailee Steinfeld ft. Zedd
·        Close by Nick Jonas ft. Tove Lo
·        Magic by Colbie Caillat
·        Until the Last Falling Star by Matthew Perryman Jones
·        I Can’t Breathe by Bea Miller
·        I won’t Let You Go by James Morrison

Author Cate Beauman
International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, Aspen Gold Award, Heart of Excellence Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books.

In 2017 FINDING LYLA was chosen as the Booksellers Best Award Winner, the Maggie Award For Excellence, and received the Holt Medallion Award. REAGAN'S REDEMPTION and ANSWERS FOR JULIE were selected as rare co-winners of the Aspen Gold Award in 2016. JUSTICE FOR ABBY received the 2015 Readers' Favorite International Book Award Gold Medal, while SAVING SOPHIE took the Silver Medal. SAVING SOPHIE was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and FALLING FOR SARAH received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards.

Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack.



For a limited time: new subscribers will receive a free copy of Morgan’s Hunter and Falling For Sarah, books one and two in the Bodyguards of L.A. County Series!

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Thanks for stopping by today as Cate shares her new release, SECRETS HIDDEN IN THE GLASS. Doesn’t that title make you wonder what and how something could be hidden in glass or maybe why it’s hidden there?


  1. Congratulations Cate - and the excerpt sounds like a heap of fun.

    1. Thank you! And I love your profile name! Elephant's Child was one of my favorite books to read to my kids. Not sure if there is a connection but couldn't help but think of it.

      Have a great weekend!

  2. Cate, thanks again for sharing your release with us. Wishing you much success and looking forward to many more stories from you.

    1. Thank you Mason! Your site is beautiful as always!

  3. I like the setting for this very much, Mason. And the combination of romance, suspense, and mystery sound intriguing. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Yay! Thank you Margot! I hope you consider giving Nate and Callie a try! I had so much fun taking what I know about growing up in New England and creating a fictional island that I think captures the best of it. I'd move there tomorrow!

  4. Congratulations Cate! The excerpt sounds interesting and is intriguing!

  5. Not sure if there is a connection but couldn't help but think of it.



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