CAT ON THE FENCE is available for sale!

Cat Out of the Bag

 

Book 2 in the erotic paranormal shifter seriesBy the Tail“, CAT ON THE FENCE, has been re-released for sale!

Please note that if you’ve previously purchased CAT ON THE FENCE, you don’t need to buy this new edition. Although the book has brand new cover art and a fresh round of edits and has been (slightly) revised,it is still essentially the same story.

There is also now some extra content related to CAT ON THE FENCE that I hadn’t previously shared before that is now available here on this website under Extras. Check it out if you’d like to take a peek at the behind the scenes content!

 

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The last thing Karabi is looking for soon after an emotional breakup with her boyfriend, is a new relationship. She’s a Werecat 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 a “Late Bloomer”, and as they almost go up in flames in each other’s arms at the top of the skyscraper, Alex’s Cat 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 his own Cat. 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.

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Haven’t read it yet? You can buy it now from Amazon.com.

NOTE: This book was formerly published by Ellora’s Cave under the same title. 

My Inspiration for CAT OUT OF THE BAG

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Please allow me to share with you my inspiration for writing CAT OUT OF THE BAG, and the By The Tail series. (Note: this in an excerpt from the Cat Out of the Bag Extras page).

There’s this long-time running joke between my husband and I that I am more cat than human. Here’s just a few pieces of “evidence” he loves to use:

  • I was born under the Leo zodiac sign
  • These days I often sport a mane of thick, wild, frizzy hair
  • I climb all over him and often sit or lay on him (which he loves)
  • Big Cats are my favorite animals and cats are my favorite pets, and until recently I have almost always had a cat
  • I give love sniffles and nibbles

I could list more, but you get the gist. So it was only natural that I felt compelled to write a series about Werecats, right?

The first chapter of CAT OUT OF THE BAG takes place on an airplane, and was inspired by my active and very naughty imagination while sitting in very close quarters next to a stranger on a small plane with super tight seating. I kept thinking during that entire flight, “Damn – we’re so close up on each other, we might as well be lovers.”

… And my muse went on from there.

Just in case you were wondering though, no actual cats, people or shifters were hurt or violated during the making of this book. Well er, um, husbands don’t count.

Learn more behind-the-scenes info about this book on the EXTRAS page!

CAT OUT OF THE BAG is available for sale!

Cat Out of the Bag

 

CAT OUT OF THE BAG, book 1 in the erotic paranormal shifter series “By the Tail“, has been re-released for sale!

Please note that if you’ve previously purchased CAT OUT OF THE BAG, you don’t need to buy this new edition. Although the book has brand new cover art and a fresh round of edits and has been (slightly) revised,it is still essentially the same story.

There is also now some extra content related to CAT OUT OF THE BAG that I hadn’t previously shared before that is now available here on this website under Extras. Check it out if you’d like to take a peek at the behind the scenes content!

 

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Exhausted with the stressful demands of her corporate job, Sofia takes a trip to California for a therapeutic vacation. On the flight there, she encounters an enticingly seductive stranger who takes her breath away just by sitting near her.

Nathan 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. At first.

However, Sofia has a secret too – one so great even she doesn’t know it. Her new burden is not one she can manage on her own, and Nathan breaks all of the rules in order to help her. As the getaway in the mountains brings them closer to nature and each other, Sofia and Nathan discover that they are in danger of succumbing to the wild around them—and within themselves.

Naughtiness Note: This stories includes horny cat shifters, naughty behavior on an airplane, and sex in front of a live audience.

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Haven’t read it yet? You can buy it now from Amazon.com

NOTE: This book was formerly published by Ellora’s Cave under the same title. 

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.

Now Available! CAT ON THE FENCE (“By The Tail”, Book 2)

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(“By the Tail” series, Book 2) is on sale now!

 

Get it at Ellora’s Cave (best price!)

You can also buy it from Amazon using my link

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Blurb:

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The last thing Karabi wants after dumping her clingy boyfriend is a new relationship. She’s a Werecat shifter and romantic involvements with normal humans are challenging to say the least. However her clashes with the frustratingly hot new guy at work, Alex, are tinged with a lust that’s impossible to ignore.

Alex throws professionalism out the window the first time he gets Karabi alone, sexing her up atop Willis Tower. But unbeknownst to them he’s a “Late Bloomer”, a Werecat whose powers haven’t manifested until adulthood. As their first sexual encounter reaches climax he shifts uncontrollably.

Suddenly Alex is thrown into the dangerous world of Werecats and Rabid Werewolves. With each passing day his sexual voracity increases but unfortunately so does his feral nature. To give Alex the help he needs, Karabi must face the Pride and play by their rules—both of which she’s fiercely rejected.

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Click here to read an excerpt from the book (and to learn more!). You can learn more about the “By the Tail” books on the series page.

Cover for CAT ON THE FENCE

Check it out! The cover for CAT ON THE FENCE – By the Tail, Book 2:

(Karabi Mistry looks lovely, doesn’t she?)

Coming May.28.2014

 

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Here’s the official blurb for CAT ON THE FENCE:


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

The last thing Karabi wants after dumping her clingy boyfriend is a new relationship. She’s a Werecat shifter and romantic involvements with normal humans are challenging to say the least. However her clashes with the frustratingly hot new guy at work, Alex, are tinged with a lust that’s impossible to ignore.

Alex throws professionalism out the window the first time he gets Karabi alone, sexing her up atop Willis Tower. But unbeknownst to them he’s a “Late Bloomer”, a Werecat whose powers haven’t manifested until adulthood. As their first sexual encounter reaches climax he shifts uncontrollably.

Suddenly Alex is thrown into the dangerous world of Werecats and Rabid Werewolves. With each passing day his sexual voracity increases but unfortunately so does his feral nature. To give Alex the help he needs, Karabi must face the Pride and play by their rules—both of which she’s fiercely rejected.


Click here to learn more about CAT ON THE FENCE. You can learn more about the “By the Tail” books on the series page.

This book goes on sale next week!

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!

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!

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.

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!