2014 In Review & SAY MY NAME Re-release

** POST UPDATED to correct release date that was one week off **

I can’t believe February is already halfway over – to me it still feels like the new year just started last week! I had such an action-packed 2014. Here’s just some of the things I had going on last year:

  • Quit my job of 15+ years
  • Started a new job in a new role (Microsoft Consultant)
  • Built an entertainment area in our basement (and furnished and decorated it in time for my husband’s big birthday bash)
  • Released the second book in my werecat / shifter series, CAT ON THE FENCE
  • Completed 3 certification exams and obtained 2 certifications for work

I STILL feel as if I’m reeling from it all. My new job is great, but the learning curve was high and of course as the new girl I’ve had to do some major proving of myself to my new boss and colleagues, and as a result I’ve been busier than I’ve ever been in my life.

Unfortunately however, because of all the working and studying I did, especially around the holidays last year, however, I also gained 25 lbs in 2014, whomp whomp whomp! So this year I’ve been focusing heavily on my health. I’m happy to say that I’ve been able to completely incorporate a full exercise regime into my daily routine, and I’ve lost 12 pounds since January 1st already! The year is already off to a good start!

Now that I’ve settled in with the new job and the new exercise regime, it’s time to bring back some much needed focus on my books. In my post in December, I mentioned that I’d received the rights back for my first three novellas, and will be republishing. The first book will be back on sale on March 02, 2015. My husband, who is the founder of The Digital Hook, did the cover art for this version of the book. I present to you the new cover art for SAY MY NAME:

 

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THE SUMMONING will go back up for sale with a new cover and a slight revision in March, and WAY OUT OF CONTROL will be ready to go in April. I have some other projects in progress that I will talk about more in the coming months, but you can also get a sneak peak at some of the things I’m currently working on by visiting my Coming Soon page.

I hope you’re having a great new year so far. I look forward to another year of action with plenty of re-released (and completely new ones) in 2015!

 

Coming Soon: Re-releases!

My rigComputer On Desk With White Copyspacehts have been returned to me on my first three books:

  • Say My Name
  • The Summoning
  • Way Out of Control

This is exciting because I will now have full control of these stories!

I’m in the process now of making some small changes that I’ve been wanting to do on them for years, as well as create brand new covers for each book. It will be a few weeks before they are ready to re-release, which means that there may be a brief period of time that they will be unavailable for sale as my former publisher takes them down from all current vendor sites.

So please note that if you are looking to buy one of these books right now and they are unavailable, this is only temporary. The new versions will be up for sale over the next several weeks.

Say My Name will be re-released later this month (December 2014), while  The Summoning and Way Out of Control will be re-released in January 2015. You can check back here for announcements of the exact re-release dates.

Taking a Step Backward

Optimist Cha ChaWhat’s that you say? Summer has come and gone, but there’s still no sign of the 3rd book in the By the Tail” series? Where’s Cat Under Keeps? Well, I was hoping to wait until I had something more concrete to share, but I’d like to communicate right now why there’s a delay, what’s changed, and what you can expect.

First, there’s been some major changes at one of my publishing houses. Sadly, my beloved editor is no longer working at my publisher. Losing her felt a lot like losing a close writing buddy, and I lost all of my momentum on that series when I learned that she wouldn’t be able to continue working with me on the series. I do not currently have another editor assigned, and with all of the other changes and uncertainty about their new editorial process and potentially changing publishing strategy, I decided it would make sense for me to take a pause on that series until I have more clarity on the direction the publisher of those books is taking. I’d hate to continue to put in a lot of hard work and effort on something that may not get to go out to the world exactly the way I would like it to. So there will likely not be any more of my Werecat stories coming out in 2014, and I cannot say just yet when they will.

So I’m temporarily putting the “By The Tail” series on hold while I  re-prioritize and restructure my writing career plan. The timing of this is actually just right, considering that I am getting the rights back to my first three novellas by the end of this year — which I will update, get new covers for, and re-release — and am also taking a step back to rethink my marketing and branding strategy to better enable my potential audience can find my stories. I have several changes planned for 2015, and will be using the remainder of 2014 preparing for them, as well and finishing up a book or two that I have been working on.

I’ll have more details on this soon, so stay tuned!

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5th Book in BY THE TAIL Series

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Ever have what you thought was just a teeny tiny idea, but it kept growing and growing in scope? Well, it turns out that  my werecat shifter series, By The Tail, was a much bigger story than I’d originally thought. It has now gone from a 3-book series to a 5-book one, since I’ve just officially signed another contract with Ellora’s Cave! The new book is called Cat On the Sly. While I’ve been working on book 3, Cat Under Keeps, I found myself having a hard time keeping some of the side conflicts and new ideas that continue to pop into my mind as I’m writing to minimum. There was enough exciting, romantic, sexy content for an entirely separate book, and that’s how Cat On the Sly was born. It comes after Cat Under Keeps but before Cat In Demand.

This is the new (and hopefully final) book order for the series:

  1. CAT OUT OF THE BAG (By The Tail, Book 1)
  2. CAT ON THE FENCE (By The Tail, Book 2)
  3. CAT UNDER KEEPS (By The Tail, Book 3)
  4. CAT ON THE SLY (By The Tail, Book 4)
  5. CAT IN DEMAND (By The Tail, Book 5)

Here’s a quick, rough blurb for By The Tail Book 4, CAT ON THE SLY:

What if you discover that you are the enemy?

The Werewolves are in trouble.  Especially Quinn – one of the few female Werewolves in existence, and the only one she knows of. They are at war with the Werecats, whom she despises. But while captured and being interrogated by male Cat Shifter Justin, both of them find their worlds turned upside down as they discover that Werewolf Quinn is also a late bloomer Werecat. Which side will she take?

What happens when a female Late Bloomer gets bitten by a rabid Werewolf before she learns that she is a Werecat? How will Pride leader Justin Finland react to a hybrid creature? Yup, that’s right, our favorite good guy to hate, Justin, is getting a book! I’m hoping to complete the manuscript for CAT ON THE SLY before November. I’m still working on book 3, CAT UNDER KEEPS in the meantime, with an expectation for it to go on sale this fall  (if life, work and my muse will let me be great, that is).

Please stay tuned for more information on the series! To help you stay informed, sign up for my newsletter to have information about upcoming releases (and more) sent directly to your email.  Learn more about the other books in this series on my coming soon page.

Follow-up To Guest Appearance on “The Drea and Milana Show”

catoutofthebag_msrDid you miss yesterday’s episode of The Drea and Milana Show where I was a lead guest? No worries – you can still check out the recording! The hosts have organized a contest where if you listen to the excerpt from one of my books that was read on air and answer one or more the questions asked, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win either a signed promotional copy of the first book in my “By The Tail” series, or a $10 Amazon.com gift card!Even if you did manage to catch the show, I recommend giving the recording a listen so you can hear what went on in the after show, including yet ANOTHER contest that was mentioned.We had such a fun time. Click here to go to the episode and either press the play button or download link to listen to the recording. Be warned though: it was ratchet!  Which is just how I like it. *laughs softly*

For those of you who listened in, joined the chat or called in, thank you SO MUCH! You helped make the evening a very fun one. It was my first live interview, and I was so NERVOUS, but everyone was so open and easy to talk to. I luv you! *hugs and kisses all around*

And a super big THANK YOU to Drea Riley and Milana Howard for having me on their show!

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NOTE: On Wednesday, May 14th, Drea and Milana will announce the winners of the two drawings mentioned on the show. So make sure to check their Facebook page (or check back here) next week to see if you are a winner! SEE THE UPDATE BELOW

 

UPDATE May.21.2014: A winner has been selected! Congratulations Cherryce on winning the $10 Amazon.com giftcard!

I’m a guest on The Drea and Milana Show! (Saturday, May 10 @ 6pm CST)

97969482-7cdb-421d-b631-a07631cada9a_tatExciting news, folks – I’m being interviewed, live! Yes, someone actually wants to do a live interview with me. No, I couldn’t believe it either. But I’m glad that they do. 😉

Authors Drea Riley and Milana Howard are having me as the lead guest on their Blog Talk Radio Show this Saturday, May 10, 2014 starting at 6pm central.

I’d love it if you could tune in! You can call in and talk with us, or log onto the site and chat, or just listen if you’re feeling shy. Either way – I promise it will be a good time! The show runs for a couple of hours, and the hosts are a blast. There will also be a chance to win a prize.

** UPDATE **  Here’s the the show player link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dreariley/2014/05/10/author-tatiana-caldwell

New Contract!

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As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago on my update post, my werecat shifter series, By The Tail, has gone from a 3-book deal to a 4-book one with Ellora’s Cave. Now that the title has been approved and the contract signed and countersigned, I can happily say that it’s official! A new story has been added to the series, this one is called Cat Under Keeps.

While I was finishing up book 2, Cat On the Fence, I realized that there was no way I could fully convey what was happening between the Werewolves and the Werecats, and resolve it all,  in just one more book — I need at least one more before the final one. I felt compelled to tell a story from the perspective of a female Werecat held captive by two male Werewolves with indecent intentions, and came up with CAT UNDER KEEPS.

So now, here is the new book order for the series:

  1. CAT OUT OF THE BAG (By The Tail, Book 1)
  2. CAT ON THE FENCE (By The Tail, Book 2)
  3. CAT UNDER KEEPS (By The Tail, Book 3)
  4. CAT IN DEMAND (By The Tail, Book 4)

Here’s a quick, rough blurb for By The Tail Book 3, CAT UNDER KEEPS:

Outgoing, extroverted Kenya is a Werecat who finds herself captured by two rabid Werewolves with lewd  intentions for her. She initially agrees to remain their captive in exchange for her life, thinking that she only needs to cater to them long enough to plot her escape or her brethren to come to her rescue. That is, until Kenya learns the Werewolves’ true motives. What she knows and what she feels — and what she does about it — has the potential to either exacerbate or end the brewing war between The Werewolves and The Pride.

What do the Werewolves  want with a female Werecat? And can she, should she, give it to them? Yes, it is a M/F/M story, and it is going to be SCORCHING HOT! It is still a work in progress, but I’m hoping to finish the manuscript by the end of next month.

In the meantime, the cover design and edits for book 2 are well underway, and I’m expecting CAT ON THE FENCE to come out sometime this spring. Stay on the lookout for the exact release date!

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 Learn more about the other books in this series on my coming soon page.

Update: CAT ON THE FENCE Complete, Plus 1 more!

I have some good news!

First: The manuscript for CAT ON THE FENCE, the second book in my By The Tail Werecat shifter series, is complete! It’s already in the hands of my editor,  and the request for the cover art has already been submitted.

Second: My trilogy is now becoming a foursome! That’s right – there will be a fourth book added to the By The Tail series. I’ll share the title and description of this new book next week, after it’s been officially accepted by my publisher.

Here’s the updated the description for CAT ON THE FENCE:


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How do you choose between being with someone you love and being true to yourself?

The last thing Karabi is looking for soon after an emotional breakup with her boyfriend, is a new relationship. She’s a shifter, and romantic involvements with normal humans are challenging, to say the least. However, her clashes with the frustratingly charming new guy at work, Alex, are tinged with a lustful intent that is hard to ignore.

Alex is irresistibly drawn to Karabi the instant he meets her, and decides to throw professional conduct out the window during an elevator ride to a fundraising event for the zoo. But unbeknownst to either of them, he’s also a shifter, and as they almost go up in flames in each other’s arms at the top of the skyscraper, the beast within Alex begins to awaken.

Suddenly Alex finds himself unexpectedly thrown into the dangerous world of Werecats and Rabid Werewolves, while also attempting to learn to master the animal half of his soul. With each passing day, his sexual voracity increases, but unfortunately, so does his feral nature. To provide Alex the help he truly needs, Karabi must face The Pride and play by their rules — both of which she has fiercely rejected for a decade.


 

You can learn a little more about CAT ON THE FENCE and my other upcoming work on my coming soon page. Check out the first book in this series, CAT OF THE BAG, if you missed it!

 

 

Tati’s 2014 Goals

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January is almost over, and folks all over the world are already reneging on their new year’s goals and resolutions. I’m not trying to be one of them – not only am I still going strong, I’m determined to reach and every one of my bigger goals for 2014.   They say that in order to commit to your goals you must write them so, so I’m writing them and sharing them here on the blog for the world  see (and for you to can help me be accountable to do what I said I was!).

So before the month ends, I’d like to share some of the bigger writing goals I have planned for this year:

  1. Finish book 2 in the By The Tail series, Cat On the Fence (already 90% complete)
  2. Finish book 3 in the By The Tail Series, Cat In Demand (expected completion in March 2013)
  3. I have quite a few incomplete projects that I started in my under-productive years (2011 through early 2013). One of them is a sci-fi / futuristic space chase romance novel, tentatively named Oma’s Pursuit, that is about 75% complete. I am determined to finish this one this by this spring.
  4. By reader demand! At least 1 more naughty fairy tale retelling in the same vein as Say My Name will be completed and published this year.
  5. I have a special experimental project that I started last year that I’d love to complete and share with the world to get feedback on. I think I was overzealous in my original plans for it, but if I scale it back and keep it small I should be able to manage it. No sense in going all out with it before I get to test the concept anyway.
  6. At least start on 2 new super-secret projects I have in mind (more to come once I actually make some progress on them).
  7. Communicate better with my readers. I am STILL getting readers asking me when my fourth book is coming out, which means they have no idea about Cat Out of the Bag. This quarter, I will be launching a newsletter campaign so that news about my releases and other events will be sent directly to readers who subscribe. If you haven’t yet, sign up for my newsletter now so you will receive the newsletters once they start.

 

That’s 3 novellas, 1 novel, 3 projects and a newsletter campaign. I can do this! I have a bunch more stuff I’d love to get done this year, but I’m not going to hold myself to the fire for them just yet – this list is plenty, and I’d be a very happy lad if I could get these things done at a minimum. I’ll check in again on my goals at the end of the quarter in March and reassess at that point.

Alright, I’ve got lots of work to do so let me go get to it. I hope you are having a productive, positive new year, too!

New Contract, New Publisher, New Series

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It’s been so long since I’ve had really exciting news, but at last I’ve got something juicy to share! I recently signed a contract with Ellora’s Cave to publish the first 3 books in my upcoming feline shape-shifter series called By the Tail, which begins with CAT OUT OF THE BAG as book 1. This deal has me especially giddy because not only is it with a new publisher (whom I’ve admired for some time!), it’s my first published series AND my first time selling multiple books upfront. I’m going to be busy for a while, and I love it! The working titles of the three books sold are:

  • CAT OUT OF THE BAG (By The Tail, Book 1)
  • CAT ON THE FENCE (By The Tail, Book 2)
  • CAT IN DEMAND (By The Tail, Book 3)

I had a lot of fun writing CAT OUT OF THE BAG, and am really looking forward to working with Ellora’s Cave on it (and hopefully lots of future projects!) and the rest of the series. Stay tuned for more info about this series! To help you stay informed, sign up for my new monthly newsletter (and more) at http://tatianacaldwell.com/signup/.

(unofficial) Blurb for CAT OUT OF THE BAG (By The Tail, Book 1)

Some secrets are so profound, that once discovered there is no way to keep them contained …

Exhausted with the stressful world of corporate life, Sofia Saldana takes a trip to the mountains in California for a therapeutic mini vacation. While traveling, she encounters an enticingly seductive stranger who takes her breath away just by sitting near her.

Nathan Dawson is damn near driven insane with lust by Sofia from the moment he sees her, but he has a dangerous secret and a singular purpose that keeps him from getting too close.

However, Sofia has a secret too – so secret that even she doesn’t know it. As the getaway in the mountains brings them closer to nature, Sofia and Nathan find themselves both in danger of succumbing to the wild both around them.

And within themselves.

 

Learn more about the other books in this series in coming soon and by subscribing.