Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sloan Brothers Cover Reveal



I am SO excited to share with you the new covers for the Sloan Brothers Series!! They were designed by Hang Le and I think she did an amazing job! To celebrate the new covers all three books are on sale for .99 cents! The Sloan's (Thayer, Macsen and Mathias) have a big place in my heart. With the first book, everyone is still in college. But as the series progresses, we slowly get to watch the characters grow up. I love how that progression is shown through the covers. :)

I know quite a few of you have asked about the final book in the series, Every Changing Way. As of now, I have no set release date. When I do I'll be shouting it from the roof tops. ;)

But, all right, all right. Enough talking. Let's get to the fun stuff — THE COVERS!!! 







Aren't they gorgeous?!? I hope you love them as much as I do!!

-Calia 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

What's in store for 2016?



At seven months pregnant, I'm slipping into that lovely nesting stage where I want everything organized and ready for the baby. Somehow, that has extended to my characters and their stories because I know that I'll be useless when the baby arrives. I go into hibernation and don't emerge for a good three months.

So to ring in the New Year's right I wanted to talk about what books will be published and what I am or plan on writing.

First up? 
UNHINGE releases in DAYS.
Nine Days to be exact. (But who's counting?)




That's terrifying to me because I tend to be more attached to the Fairfax cast than most of my characters. I'm obsessed with their flaws and the inner workings of their minds. They always feel so real to me.Victoria is no exception. Like Naomi, she feels trapped in Fairfax. She's starting to realize that she doesn't belong there. Yet in order to leave she has to uncover the past and find out what led her to Fairfax in the first place.

Her story, to me, was equally as heartbreaking as Naomi's but for completely different reasons. I remember when I first wrote about her in Unravel. Even then she was very compelling to me. Who was this beautiful woman, walking around in full make-up, pajamas and that fur coat? Why was she always humming to her baby? Why did she speak in riddles and always look like her head was in the clouds?

She was enchanting yet I knew that there was something gruesome in her past and I HAD to find out.

I'd be the biggest liar if I said Victoria's book was easy to write. It wasn't. There were so many layers to her story and I had to flesh out every single part. Even the parts that were extremely dark.

But I'm so happy in how her story turned out. I hope you all enjoy her story. And I hope you're excited to walk back down the halls of Fairfax!!


Up next?
LACHLAN, LACHLAN, LACHLAN! 

Yes, he has a book. :) For the past year I've been outlining and working on scenes for his story whenever I had the chance. And while there's a huge part of me that is so ready to go back to the characters of Unravel, I'm also scared out my mind.
Naomi gripped ahold of my heart while I wrote her story. It's easy to connect with her but hard to detach from her. And she plays such a HUGE role in Lachlan's story.

There's not much I can say without spoiling the story, just that Unravel started it all. Unlock will end it.
Not the cover. Just an image that reminds me of Lachlan's story. :) 


LASTLY..
I'm extremely excited to start digging into The Surviving Trace.
I love this story with all my heart. When I open up the manuscript or even do research, my pulse picks up because there's something so special about this book. There's many elements as to why. One being that at the beginning (seven years ago) this story and characters were once part of Unravel. About six months before I published Unravel I cut this HUGE chunk out. I'm talking 50k worth of words. (Yeah it's just a number but believe me, it kills a writers heart.) There was just SO MUCH already going on in Unravel. It would've been too much storyline.
But I couldn't delete this other half of the story. It had less to do about the amount of words but the worth of them and what they meant to me. So much about TST made my heart race and screamed at me to finish.
So I put it away, determined that at some point I'd open the manuscript back up.

Every day I work on this story I find something different to love about it. It's unique and that's a breath of fresh air for me.  

Fairfax stories present their own challenges, like not revealing anything too soon. And The Surviving Trace has the same vibe— I have to watch how I introduce certain characters or how a scene plays out. TST has mystery and suspense, but at its core it is nothing but a love story.

I can't wait for you all to meet Serene and Étienne!! (If you look through the first chapter of Unravel you will see the smallest glimpse of them. ;) )



2016 may not seemed horribly packed, but I like it this way. 2015 was filled with nothing but comparisons. Of me watching other authors publish, publish, publish while I was trying to finish just one story. I want to slow down and really appreciate my characters. I only have one chance to enjoy their stories and it's so easy to forget that.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Fairfax News!








Why am I re-posting the cover for Victoria's story?

Because we have a new title for her story: UNHINGE.

The biggest question I'm sure everyone is thinking is why did the title change?

Simply put: Victoria's—or as she was known in Unravel, Pretend Mommy—story could have a thousand great titles but there will be only one that really clicks into place. (Before Unravel was chosen for Naomi's book, the titles were Unwritten and then for awhile, Unveil. I have a thing for words starting with Un. LOL)

This title is perfect for Victoria's story.

When I look at the new cover I get chills. The title and picture put together is like two parallel worlds colliding—we get to see both how Victoria views herself and how everyone else would label her.

I am so excited for everyone to read Victoria's story! You get a better insight at what life is like at Fairfax and of course you get to meet some new patients along the way! This book goes beyond discovering the truth. I feel like it's a look at someone who has truly lost her sanity and is trying to gain it back!

Unhinge is not a sequel to Unravel. The only thing these two books have in common is the setting. :)

You can pre-order here:
AMAZON
BARNES AND NOBLE
KOBO

Friday, February 27, 2015

UNHINGE cover reveal!!



We're about six months away until UNHINGE releases, YAY! The golden question I'm asked these past few months is: "Who is Victoria?" 
We met her briefly in Unravel.





Oh, Victoria. I can't wait for you to meet this woman, yet I'm terrified. Like Naomi, I want to protect her and hold onto her story for as long as I can. There are so many intricate pieces to Unhinge I could write a novella about it. But I'll spare you and instead reveal the unofficial blurb of Unhinge and the cover. Which I'm so excited about!!!!!


"They say my name is Victoria. 

They say I'm twenty-seven. 

 They say I've been in this psych ward for over a year. 

 They say my husband is dead, and that my daughter is too.

 But.

 Wes visits me almost every night, and I hold my daughter every day. 

 They say, they say, they say...

 I say, it's time to untangle the past, and uncover the truth."






I should mention that UNHINGE is not a sequel to Unravel. The only thing the two stories share is the location: good ole' Fairfax!

Are you ready to go back?

PREORDER UNHINGE:
Google Play: http://bit.ly/1AcUacT

ADD TO GOODREADS: http://bit.ly/1DvHe6J









Tuesday, February 17, 2015

NAOMI DAY


"I press my forehead against the window and breathe on the glass..."

Okay, so it's not actually Naomi's birthday. But today is pretty close runner up.
Today is  UNRAVEL's first pub birthday. Which seems crazy to me. I feel like this last past year has been a big blur. Really great things have happened. All because of this book and because of the readers.




Leading up the release of Unravel was nothing but anxiety and fears that her story wouldn't be accepted. I knew a story like Naomi's was non-existent in the Indie World. There was no one category that it fit into. It wasn't New Adult. Certainly wasn't contemporary. Suspense or thriller? I didn't know.
Publishing is a game of Russian Roulette. The minute you send the book out in the world is the second that you resign yourself to fact that your beloved story may do great.
Or really, really bad.
But Naomi's story was embraced. People started talking about it, spreading the word. Dissecting the story, going back and re-reading to find the truth in her words.
And to see that was amazing.

Seven years ago I was prowling through the bookshelves. I would stop in the R section, right next to Nora Roberts' books, and envision one of my books there.
In August, I got to actually see that happen. Thanks to you, the reader. A really phenomenal agent that saw it's potential, and amazing team at Ballantine!












Turkish Version of UNRAVEL—Published by Yabancı Yayınları. 




"Listen closely. Hang onto every word. But most of all, please believe me." 

I get a lot of questions about UNTANGLE. This book is separate from Naomi's. Although you did meet Victoria in Naomi's book. I WANT to say more, but just like Naomi's story, I'm keeping my lips zipped. :)
Something I can talk a little bit about? The cover. I've seen it and LOVE it. I can't wait for it to be revealed. The picture chosen for the cover is 100% Victoria and fits her story perfectly.

And we can't forget Lachlan. He does have a story, and it's definitely not a retelling of Unravel. His book will pick up where we left off in Unravel, give or take a few months.
I've outlined and worked on a few chapters here or there. Just from those few scenes, I can see that Unravel was just scratching the surface... ;)


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!




It’s time for that exciting news I’ve mentioned.
It’s actually a miracle that I’ve kept my mouth shut for this long.

It’s been a whirlwind since UNRAVEL released. I was terrified to publish Naomi’s story.  I didn’t know how people would take UNRAVEL. You read the book, and you spread the word. You all embraced these interesting characters. It’s been an amazing six weeks.

But lets back up a week before I released UNRAVEL and I signed with Amy Tannenbaum from the Jane Rotrosen Agency.

This was the first holy-crap-is–this-happening-moment?!

If you know anything about me, it’s that I’ve been hesitant to sign with an agent. But Amy is the real deal. She’s made this experience so exciting. She’s enthusiastic and really believed in Naomi’s story and never stops working. No, I’m not exaggerating. She really works around the clock!

Now that leads me to my second holy-crap-is-this-happening-moment?!

I’m so happy to announce that I signed a TWO-book deal with Random House.

Can we all let that sink in for a moment?

Random House.

I keep waiting for the shock to wear off, but it hasn’t.
This is so much more than a book deal for me.

I look past the cover and words of UNRAVEL and see the moment six years ago where I first pictured Naomi staring out of the window. Or when I timidly sent my older sister chapters.

I stack those moments one on top of the other. And they’ve all led to this.

I’m also so excited to be working with Linda Marrow from Random House. She too saw potential in UNRAVEL.

So what does this all mean? It’s nothing but good, you guys. The e-book price for UNRAVEL is remaining at 2.99 (http://amzn.to/1kp7cyb) . Which is FANTASTIC!

I know you all have been wanting to see UNRAVEL in bookstores and I’m excited to say that it will be coming your way August 26th.

What is the second book? I can’t really say right now. But you haven’t seen the last of the Fairfax characters. They have a lot to say... So does a certain love interest in Naomi’s life.

I want to say thank you to every single person who gave UNRAVEL a try. I read all your messages and comments. I see your UNRAVEL collages and I’m floored and so, so, so grateful.  

Tschüss!
Calia  

Thursday, January 23, 2014

News!!


UNRAVEL
UNRAVEL
UNRAVEL

This story is truly a labor of love. Naomi is my very first character. Six years ago she popped into my head and since then she's been a consistent character that would not leave me alone. From the beginning, she's had this quiet strength that intrigued me and scared me.
This, without a doubt, is the hardest story I've ever written. It's pushed me in ways I've never thought possible.
I want to say so much more about Naomi...Unravel...all of it. There's a big part of me that can't wait to press publish, just for the fact that I can TALK about this storyline. FINALLY.

So with all that being said, I can finally announce—with a huge smile on my face and a slight nauseous feeling—that Unravel will be released FEBRUARY 17th!





RUIN YOU COMPLETELY
I'm working on this right now. If you stalk me on Facebook, like I hope you do, then you've been seeing me gush like a psycho path about this story. I'm having so much fun writing it. I can't wait for everyone to read this. Release WILL be Spring 2014. I am aiming to press publish in May.

AND March 10th will be the cover reveal!! The cover is stunning and matches the theme of the series so effortlessly. My cover designer, Regina did an amazing job!



And then there's this other story... Like Unravel it's been with me for a very, very long time. It's something that I constantly think about. I've seen a bit of the cover and it's amazing. I can't wait to share the title, synopsis...everything!!!