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. 

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!

 

 

Winter Blogfest Contest!

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Hope you had a very merry Christmas everyone! I sure did.  I had a blast spending time with family.

But the party’s not over yet…

Today I’m crashing the winter celebration over at Long and Short Reviews with a guest blog post. Go on over and read my post about how HOT winter can really be 😉 and just leave a comment to be automatically entered in a contest to win a prize. Then come back on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 to see if you are a winner!

Happy Holidays, and good luck on winning this Christmas gift from me! <3

 

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Now Available – CAT OUT OF THE BAG

Cat Out of the Bag (Book 1, “By the Tail” series), is on sale now!

Get it at Ellora’s Cave

You can also buy it from Amazon using my link

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Blurb:

Sofia is in desperate need of a vacation and she’s determined not to let her aversion to flying get in the way of that. Luckily, her trepidation is quickly forgotten when in-flight entertainment takes the form of the sinfully gorgeous Nathan.

Nathan offers Sofia an electric induction into the mile high club and he wants more. He wants to meet her again once they land, but he has a dangerous secret—he’s a Werecat shifter and can’t risk an ongoing fling with a straight-up human.

However, Sofia discovers she’s a “Late Bloomer”. Her own Cat begins to awaken at Nathan’s touch. In the mountain wilds, she asks Nathan to teach her to master her newfound abilities. But to do so he must violate the rules of the Pride, putting them both at risk.

Click here to read an excerpt from the book

Why Shapeshifters Are Hot

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Mystique from Xmen

The countdown is on – only 6 more days before CAT OUT OF THE BAG goes live!  In celebration of the release of the first book in my paranormal erotic romance series, By the Tail, I’d like to discuss my fascination with the fantasy of shapeshifters. Which is what this series is all about.

Why shapeshifters? Because they are hot, that’s why. Fun, sexy, wild, just simply hot. In just in case you don’t see it, here’s 5 reasons why:

  1. They get to break the rules.

Life is full of so many laws, restrictions and regulations. Slow down. Don’t go out naked.  Wait in line.  Use a fork. Ask your spouse for permission before you hump him. The downside of being part of a civilized society is that you are expected to conform and comply, at all times.

But a shapeshifter doesn’t have to conform all the time — because they don’t have to be human, all of the time!  It must be nice to get to be an animal every once in a while. To be able to kick off your shoes and drop your pants. To drop our man-made worries for a bit and just enjoy the simplicity of simply being alive, and the beauty of the natural world we live in. To be a lazy kitty who sleeps all day and gets high on catnip in front of the whole family, and still get rewarded with back rubs and treats. I bet my husband wouldn’t look at me like I was crazy for humping the couch if I were a Cocker Spaniel.

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Sam Merlot from True Blood
  1. We get to see their alter egos.

 The very first shifter I remember being fascinated with was The Incredible Hulk.  Dr. Banner is an intelligent, reserved, quiet spoken scientist, who transformed into a giant, savage creature (with delicious looking thighs, might I add) whenever he gets angry. I found the fact that this nerdy character had a pants-bursting monster within that he could barely control to be very relatable. And rather arousing.

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Dr. Banner / The Incredible Hulk

 

  1. Be all that you can be … Super Powered!

Heightened senses. Inhuman speed. Super strength. Sharp claws. Imagine being your own guard dog or weapon, always on the ready in case you need to get out of a fix. Now that’s boss.

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T-1000 from Terminator 2

 

 

  1. Real voices in our heads.

Never get in trouble again for eating all the cookies or streaking naked down the block! Hardly anyone ever buys the “the voices in my head made me do it” excuse, but there’s no denying the demon that everyone can see. A shapeshifter could always just say “My wolf made me do it!”

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Vampire Damon Salvatore could get away with ANYTHING

 

  1. There’s a beast in all of us.

I’m not necessarily talking about an alter ego. I’m talking about that inner animal that is you, yet you put forth an effort to keep it tame (because it’s not polite to bite people’s head off, no matter HOW much you might want to).  A shapeshifter’s alter form is the physical manifestation of some of their biggest flaws (or greatest assets). So lastly, shapeshifters are hot because deep down, we can actually relate to them. You and me baby, we ain’t nothing but mammals!

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Do you like shapeshifters? If you could be one, what would you shift into?

 

 

CAT OUT OF THE BAG Cover Art

My upcoming book, CAT OUT OF THE BAG, has a cover!

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Sexy, isn’t it? The series even has its own logo! I’m excited just looking at it …

Stay tuned for more info!

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.