SAY MY NAME is on sale now!

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SAY MY NAME, my naughty-retelling of the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin is back for sale!

If you’ve already purchased this book, please note that though the novella has brand new cover art and a fresh round of full edits, it is still essentially the same story, so not necessary to purchase this new edition.

However, there is some extra content related to SAY MY NAME 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!

Haven’t read it yet? You can buy it now from Amazon.com(I apologize for any confusion with the release date for this – I’d originally announced Feb. 24 as the date, but saw opportunity for additional improvements to the book’s content that I wanted to ensure was complete before going live).

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You’ve never heard the fable Rumpelstiltskin told like this …

Due to her father’s constant bragging, word of Anna Miller’s beauty and virtue piques the interest of King Thomas. Upon taking the boasting of her father too literally, the king of Grimbros imprisons Anna and threatens to kill her and her father if she fails to spin straw into gold.

A mysterious and sensual magical being finds himself drawn to the castle – and the beautiful Anna. He offers his help in exchange for the most intimate, precious gifts she could possibly give. Soon Anna finds herself wanting far more than just his help. But he threatens to consume her and all she holds dear.

Unless she says his name.

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NOTE: This book was formerly published by Liquid Silver Books under the same title. 

 

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.

I Am Author, Hear Me Read!

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Earlier this year, I recorded myself reading a couple of pages from two of my novellas for a audiobook contest. I didn’t win the contest, but I learned a ton about narration, doing voice recording and the challenge of getting quality audio recorded, plus I had a lot of fun in the process. So much fun in fact, that I just may consider creating audiobooks for all of my work on my own at some point. After I get in some more practice, of course.

That is, unless folks really don’t think I have the voice for it and highly recommend I get a professional. 🙂 Take a listen, and please let me know what you think!

CLICK THE LINKS BELOW TO HAVE A LISTEN

SAY MY NAME Audio Sample ~

THE SUMMONING Audio Sample ~

 

 

SAY MY NAME Available As NookBook

Did you know that my first book, SAY MY NAME, is on sale at the Barnes and Noble website?

You did? *blushes* Well I didn’t. Not until just recently, heh.

Anyways, now you Nook and Nook Color owners can easily get SAY MY NAME on your device.

Happy Reading!

Tati’s Weekly Checkup – 9.13.10

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Since so many people ask me what I’m up to these days and what book am I working on now, I figure I need to do a better job of sharing what’s going on with me and my works in progress. So welcome to the very first “Tati’s Weekly Checkup” post!

Here’s a summary of how last week went for me.

The Good:

  • Surgery’s over. My husband had surgery the week before last to remove a golf-ball-sized growth on his thyroid (and part his thyroid had to come out as well). The surgery went well! The growth turned out to be benign, he’s healed nicely hasn’t been on pain meds at all for a several days now. So glad that’s over and done with.
  • Andriod! I’ve got the new Samsung Epic 4G smartphone, powered by Android, and I must say – I’m pleased. Smartphones with keyboards and OS’s that seamlessly integrated with my Google applications – rocks.
  • Game on. I actually managed to fit in a little bit of gaming time for a change. I played the The Secret Armory of General Knoxx expansion for Borderlands with my husband for some quality couple time (hey, we’re geeks, okay?)

The Bad:

  • Medical bills. I know they’re coming. And they won’t be pretty.
  • Political arguments. I’m just not a big fan of them. Not the arguments themselves, per se, but how overly emotional people tend to get when discussing them, even to the point of attacking folks they care about. Ugh @ that.
  • Cancer. My very good friend just recently learned that her mother’s breast cancer has spread to her lymph nodes. The prognosis she got wasn’t so great, but I’m hoping she beats the odds. It’s actually rather frightening. I personally know 6 people just  in the past 24 months alone who have either been diagnosed with cancer or had to be biopsied for it. This is a disturbing trend to me. I really hope that the wide-spread, apocalypse-creating disease that horror and thriller writers like to tell stories about isn’t already here …

The Funny:

Spelling. My oldest son is in first grade, and at school he has an assignment each week where he’s to try to spell a word he hasn’t been taught. His instinctual spellings are HILARIOUS, and add further proof to my declaration that the English language is wonky :-D. Here’s some of his spellings:

  • carit (carrot)
  • fiyer (fire)
  • lalleypop (lollipop)
  • ranebo (rainbow)

The Cool:

Reviews. People are reading and talking about SAY MY NAME! There are reviews at:

Contests. I held my first contest ever, and was able to choose a winner and send her the prize – a free copy of my eBook!

The Work In Progress:

I recently finished writing the draft of a sci-fi romance novella, WAY OUT OF CONTROL, about an experiment gone very wrong.  I have a writing buddy looking it over while I take a short break from that story (so that when I come back to revise and edit it I can do so with feedback and fresh eyes).

In the meantime I’m working on polishing my paranormal erotic romance THE SUMMONING, so I can submit it for possible publication. This story features a psychic and her naughty spiritual helper. I’m about halfway through my revisions, and hope to be done and ready to submit by the end of the week.

So that’s what’s going on with me. And I’m off to kick off another action-packed week!

Tati’s On The Loose & Holding a Contest @ Obfuscation of Reality

Want it, but don’t have a copy of my first ebook yet?

Today I’m a guest blogger over at Obfuscation of Reality. I’m talking about why fairy tales are hot, and we’re holding a contest where the winner will get a free copy of my fantasy romance SAY MY NAME.

I hope to see you there!

Happy Release / Birth Day To Me

I’m super giddy today, and I don’t care if the whole world sees it.

Why  am I so giddy? First off, today is the day I officially become a published author. Tonight at 7pm EST, my hot fantasy romance novella, SAY MY NAME, releases from Liquid Silver Books. That’ right, today I will officially have a book for sale!

AVAILABLE NOW


Not only that, but today’s my birthday! It’s not a milestone year, but it’s another year that I’m happy to be around to experience.

So I’m giddy today because I get to celebrate TWO births: The start of my life and my writing career.

Celebrate with me!  I’d love for you to buy my book tonight or do a virtual toast with me at 7pm EST!

**dances around and blows kisses at everyone**

SAY MY NAME Promo: Why “Rumpelstiltskin”?

I’ve had a couple of people ask me what made me choose, of all the fairy tales out there, Rumpelstiltskin to turn into a sexy, romantic romp?

So I’m going to explain. But first, let me post a version of the original fable to refresh your memory:

Rumpelstiltskin, by Brothers Grimm


Once there was a miller who was poor, but who had a beautiful daughter. Now it happened that he had to go and speak to the king, and in order to make himself appear important he said to him, “I have a daughter who can spin straw into gold.”

The king said to the miller, “That is an art which pleases me well, if your daughter is as clever as you say, bring her to-morrow to my palace, and I will put her to the test.”

And when the girl was brought to him he took her into a room which was quite full of straw, gave her a spinning-wheel and a reel, and said, “Now set to work, and if by to-morrow morning early you have not spun this straw into gold during the night, you must die.”

Thereupon he himself locked up the room, and left her in it alone. So there sat the poor miller’s daughter, and for the life of her could not tell what to do, she had no idea how straw could be spun into gold, and she grew more and more frightened, until at last she began to weep.

But all at once the door opened, and in came a little man, and said, “Good evening, mistress miller, why are you crying so?”

“Alas,” answered the girl, “I have to spin straw into gold, and I do not know how to do it.”

“What will you give me,” said the manikin, “if I do it for you?”

“My necklace,” said the girl.

The little man took the necklace, seated himself in front of the wheel, and whirr, whirr, whirr, three turns, and the reel was full, then he put another on, and whirr, whirr, whirr, three times round, and the second was full too. And so it went on until the morning, when all the straw was spun, and all the reels were full of gold.

By daybreak the king was already there, and when he saw the gold he was astonished and delighted, but his heart became only more greedy. He had the miller’s daughter taken into another room full of straw, which was much larger, and commanded her to spin that also in one night if she valued her life. The girl knew not how to help herself, and was crying, when the door opened again, and the little man appeared, and said, “What will you give me if I spin that straw into gold for you?”

“The ring on my finger,” answered the girl.

The little man took the ring, again began to turn the wheel, and by morning had spun all the straw into glittering gold.

The king rejoiced beyond measure at the sight, but still he had not gold enough, and he had the miller’s daughter taken into a still larger room full of straw, and said, “You must spin this, too, in the course of this night, but if you succeed, you shall be my wife.”

Even if she be a miller’s daughter, thought he, I could not find a richer wife in the whole world.

When the girl was alone the manikin came again for the third time, and said, “What will you give me if I spin the straw for you this time also?”

“I have nothing left that I could give,” answered the girl.

“Then promise me, if you should become queen, to give me your first child.”

Who knows whether that will ever happen, thought the miller’s daughter, and, not knowing how else to help herself in this strait, she promised the manikin what he wanted, and for that he once more spun the straw into gold.

And when the king came in the morning, and found all as he had wished, he took her in marriage, and the pretty miller’s daughter became a queen.

A year after, she brought a beautiful child into the world, and she never gave a thought to the manikin. But suddenly he came into her room, and said, “Now give me what you promised.”

The queen was horror-struck, and offered the manikin all the riches of the kingdom if he would leave her the child. But the manikin said, “No, something alive is dearer to me than all the treasures in the world.”

Then the queen began to lament and cry, so that the manikin pitied her.

“I will give you three days, time,” said he, “if by that time you find out my name, then shall you keep your child.”

So the queen thought the whole night of all the names that she had ever heard, and she sent a messenger over the country to inquire, far and wide, for any other names that there might be. When the manikin came the next day, she began with Caspar, Melchior, Balthazar, and said all the names she knew, one after another, but to every one the little man said, “That is not my name.”

On the second day she had inquiries made in the neighborhood as to the names of the people there, and she repeated to the manikin the most uncommon and curious. Perhaps your name is Shortribs, or Sheepshanks, or Laceleg, but he always answered, “That is not my name.”

On the third day the messenger came back again, and said, “I have not been able to find a single new name, but as I came to a high mountain at the end of the forest, where the fox and the hare bid each other good night, there I saw a little house, and before the house a fire was burning, and round about the fire quite a ridiculous little man was jumping, he hopped upon one leg, and shouted –

“To-day I bake, to-morrow brew,
the next I’ll have the young queen’s child.
Ha, glad am I that no one knew
that Rumpelstiltskin I am styled.”

You may imagine how glad the queen was when she heard the name. And when soon afterwards the little man came in, and asked, “Now, mistress queen, what is my name?”

At first she said, “Is your name Conrad?”

“No.”

“Is your name Harry?”

“No.”

“Perhaps your name is Rumpelstiltskin?”

“The devil has told you that! The devil has told you that,” cried the little man, and in his anger he plunged his right foot so deep into the earth that his whole leg went in, and then in rage he pulled at his left leg so hard with both hands that he tore himself in two.

Ever since I first heard this tale of Rumpelstiltskin, I had some serious questions about the plot. Like:

  1. What made the king believe that ANYONE could spin straw into gold?
  2. Why would this woman want to marry a king who threatens to kill her if she doesn’t spin straw into gold?
  3. Why did Rumpelstiltskin want to help her?
  4. Why did Rumpelstiltskin want her baby? More importantly … why in the world did the woman agree to give this creature her unborn child?
  5. And why did hearing his own name make him so freaking angry??

When I read the story again last year, the answers I came up with for those questions were all steamy HOT. I just had to turn it into a book. Besides – how often have you heard “Rumpelstiltskin” retold? Probably not much!

And thus, SAY MY NAME was born. You’ll be able to read it next week, on Monday, August 9, 2010!


SAY MY NAME Release Date Set for August 9, 2010

The official release date has been set!  SAY MY NAME will go on sale on August 9th, 2010 with Liquid Silver Books. 08/09/10, that’s a cool date, eh? You see that? 8.9.10? **bites lip and snorts at my own geekiness**

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But not only is the date cool because it’s in sequential order, but August 9th also happens to be my birthday. Very nice, right? 😀

I’ll post more about it in the coming weeks, but in the meantime here’s the blurb for the book. Also, I’ve created an info page that includes an excerpt from the actual story – check it out!


Blurb for SAY MY NAME, by Tatiana Caldwell. Coming 8.9.2010 to Liquid Silver Books.

There’s much more to the fable of Rumpelstiltskin than you’ve been told …

Due to her father’s constant bragging, word of Anna Miller’s beauty and virtue piques the interest of King Thomas. Upon taking the boasting of her father too literally, the king of Grimbros imprisons Anna and threatens to kill her and her father if she fails to spin straw into gold.

A mysterious and sensual magical being finds himself drawn to the castle – and the beautiful Anna. He offers his help in exchange for the most intimate, precious gifts she could possibly give. Soon Anna finds herself wanting far more than just his help. But he threatens to consume her and all she holds dear.

Unless she says his name.