Relentless One-Year Anniversary & Giveaway

Happy Anniversary, to Claire, Chris, and Adam!

Happy Anniversary, to Claire, Chris, and Adam!

Around this time last year, I woke up (having hit publish on Relentless the night before), clamored down the stairs of my sister’s house where I was staying at the time, opened up my laptop to check if I’d sold even a single copy of Relentless while I was sleeping, and nearly went into shock.

Less than two weeks later, Relentless hit the USA Today bestsellers list.

I think sometimes people hear stories like this and think, “Oh, she’s an overnight success. I can do that, too.” Overnight success does not, in any way, describe my story.

I have been a storyteller all my life. Before I could even write, I recorded my stories on cassette tapes. All I wanted to be from elementary school and all throughout college was a professional novelist. But, for twenty-five years, I told myself that my stories didn’t matter. That no one wanted to hear what I had to say.

Eight and a half years ago, at the age of twenty-eight, I decided to start writing the first novel I would ever finish. Though I’d been writing fiction and poetry my entire life, I had no idea what I was in for. I hated every draft of that book, even the final draft. I spent years honing my craft while writing that book, attending writing classes, workshops, writers’ groups, online beta groups, author forums…. I read every book on the craft of writing and getting published that I could get my hands on. I even studied screenwriting in hopes to gain a slight edge. I was obsessed with becoming the writer I knew I could become. But I still hated everything I wrote.

It took me six years to finish my first novel and it still sucked. It wasn’t until I realized a pattern in all my stories (a strong theme of romance) that I began to think I needed to switch genres in August of 2012. At the time, I was living in Portugal, in a house that was more than 100 years old. We had a leaky toilet, a leaky shower, a leaky roof, and barely enough food. We were living on anywhere from $300-800 a month in royalties from my first novel, some short stories, and freelance articles.

At that point, I knew I had studied long enough and I had worked hard enough. I was sleeping every other night for a while there just to meet my deadlines. I knew in my heart I deserved to give myself a chance.

That was when I began writing the Chase and Luke series.

A single touch was all it took.

A single touch was all it took.

When Luke was finished, I wanted to write another full-length novel. I had just completed two novella series. I wanted to branch out. And I had a story brewing in my mind about a girl who was running from a dark secret, until that secret quite literally came banging down her door. I knew I wanted to tell that story in a beautiful beach setting. And I knew that, if it did well, it would be the first in a series about a girl torn between running away and confronting the past she was terrified of facing. A girl who made a sacrifice that no one could imagine making for the one person who saved her and showed her love as no one had ever done before.

The night I hit publish on Relentless, I allowed myself to hope that it would be at least successful as Luke, which had been fairly successful and had earned me in one month more than I had made the entire previous year. I did not expect what would happen in the weeks that followed the publication of Relentless.

If you ask anyone who knows me well, my sisters, my daughter, Mimi Strong, they will tell you what a complete and utter wreck I was. It was as if all the twenty-five years of dreaming, the eight-years of grappling with the written word, the one and a half years of crippling self-doubt and sleepless nights, were finally worth it.

So, no, I was not in anyway an overnight success. And if you ask me now, I have no idea why Relentless became so successful. All I know is that I could not have done it without my family, my friends, and all of you. You made me who I am today by taking a chance on a fairly unknown author who felt she had a story to tell.

Thank you.



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  1. Karen Henderson February 22, 2014 at 1:17 am - Reply

    One of my favorite is parts is when Claire sees Chris again for the first time in over a year and he is performing. Claire tried so hard to not be effected by it for Adams sake but you could tell how hard it was. I could so picture this

  2. Erika Van Eck February 22, 2014 at 1:20 am - Reply

    When Claire and Chris reunite. At that moment in time I was not a Chris fan but thinking back on it, that scene made my heart race. I couldn’t read it fast enough. It’s not necessarily a happy scene but it’s still one of my favorites 🙂

  3. Donna Reynolds February 22, 2014 at 1:37 am - Reply

    I’m sad to say I have not read it yet I have the books I just need some time Thank you for the amazing chance.

  4. Betül February 22, 2014 at 1:46 am - Reply

    When Chris and Claire reunite!

  5. Lea February 22, 2014 at 1:53 am - Reply

    When Claire and Chris reunite

  6. Cézanne Dilbert February 22, 2014 at 2:35 am - Reply

    When Claire and Adam meet is, it was so outrageous but so memorable.

  7. PAULA MARIE February 22, 2014 at 2:45 am - Reply

    I love how relentless Adam is. I like that at that point, he was Claire’s rock.

  8. Claudia Blagbrough February 22, 2014 at 3:41 am - Reply

    Chris and Claire reunite

  9. Beverly Tusing February 22, 2014 at 4:56 am - Reply

    When Claire and Adam meet.

  10. rroutzon4 February 22, 2014 at 5:02 am - Reply

    Not really a moment but I loved Claire and Adams relationship. And also when she sees Chris again.

  11. Stacey February 22, 2014 at 5:13 am - Reply

    I will let you know, I am off to read this now, I have it, just haven’t read it yet, cannot wait!

  12. Jackie Hines February 22, 2014 at 5:31 am - Reply

    There isn’t just one part that I love the most…I fell in love with Adam and how he wanted Claire and to know everything about her. The moment she meets up with Chris while being with Adam… This is where the tears fell…

  13. Amber Conley February 22, 2014 at 5:47 am - Reply

    I’m happy with the end when they all meet up at the beach with their families…sweet ending.

  14. Carrie February 22, 2014 at 5:50 am - Reply

    Definitely when Claire and Chris reunite!!

  15. Tracey February 22, 2014 at 5:56 am - Reply

    I love how Chris tells Claire “I’m going to get you back if it kills me”. I also love how music plays a big part in these books!!

  16. Sarah Larson February 22, 2014 at 6:55 am - Reply

    When Adam and Claire have their first date and they make macaroni and cheese. Love Adam! Happy Anniversary!

  17. Laura Richart February 22, 2014 at 7:01 am - Reply

    One of my favorite is parts is when Claire sees Chris again for the first time in over a year

  18. Kim February 22, 2014 at 7:01 am - Reply

    I loved when Chris and Claire see each other again.

  19. Jenn McBroom February 22, 2014 at 7:10 am - Reply

    I love the easiness of Adam and Claire. How she feels in his apartment the first time and he cooks macaroni and cheese.

  20. glaukos February 22, 2014 at 7:29 am - Reply

    I have them, I just haven’t read them yet, so I’m not sure what my fav part is. Guess I should get on that, huh?

  21. Patricia Lee February 22, 2014 at 7:29 am - Reply

    I don’t have a favorite moment…there are so many moments where this story tugged on my heart. I love Adam’s corny jokes and when Claire finally let’s Adam in and how Claire was beginning to open up and live and even when Chris showed up…so many mixed emotions. ♥️

  22. Amy Avery-Johnson February 22, 2014 at 7:35 am - Reply

    I fell in love with Adam. 🙂

  23. Christine Domingue LaCombe February 22, 2014 at 7:45 am - Reply

    when Claire and Adam meet and we see how they both help each other. Happy Anniversary Cassia!! 🙂

  24. ashj3nt February 22, 2014 at 8:16 am - Reply

    I’m horrible! I haven’t read it yet, but I so want to!

  25. Retta Rusaw February 22, 2014 at 8:31 am - Reply

    One of my favorite moments is when Adam makes Claire Mac&Cheese.

  26. Keri Greear February 22, 2014 at 9:11 am - Reply

    Any time Adam was being silly and telling Claire his goofy jokes. He was such a sweet heart.

  27. Erin Marie Fisher February 22, 2014 at 9:16 am - Reply

    One of my fav Claire and Adam moments is when they first meet in the coffee shop! He’s all knight and shinning armor! Ahhhh……LOVE Adam;)

  28. Nicole Tetrev February 22, 2014 at 9:24 am - Reply

    I think mine is when they go to the concert and she realizes its Chris

  29. Marija Mario February 22, 2014 at 10:16 am - Reply

    My favourite moment is when Claire and Chris meet for the first time after a long time (when he is performing) and chases her out of the club and kiss her! <3

  30. Melanie J February 22, 2014 at 10:49 am - Reply

    I don’t really have a favorite moment – I have some great memories, thought. Adam’s jokes, meeting Adam for the first time, seeing Chris perform.. etc.
    Happy Anniversary Cassia!

  31. cassialeo February 22, 2014 at 11:14 am - Reply

    Chris and Claire don’t get back together in Relentless.

  32. Judy Harder February 22, 2014 at 11:55 am - Reply

    I haven’t yet read Relentless, even though I own the series. Happy Anniversary! I look forward to reading your work!

  33. Cara Nicole February 22, 2014 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    I love all the jokes that Adam tells Claire, no matter how corny they were, I always smiled.

  34. Cara Nicole February 22, 2014 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    I am so excited about Chasing Abby coming out soon! Can’t wait to see what has been in store for everyone.

  35. alyssa krueger February 22, 2014 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    My favorite moment in relentless is when Adam gets Cassie out of work to go on their date. It shows his persuasive and persistent nature in the beginning of their relationship

  36. Paula Jackman February 22, 2014 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Congrats Cobber <3

  37. Terrie Newton Fulk February 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday to “Relentless”. Awesome book.

  38. Lexi Reads February 22, 2014 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    When they meet again! <3 and OMG!!! This is such an amazing opportunity!

  39. Beverly Cindy February 22, 2014 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    One of the best writers ever!

  40. Marsha Smith February 22, 2014 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Love this series!

  41. Whitney McGregor February 22, 2014 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    I had many favorite moments but two are when Adam and Claire meet the first time and then after the concert when Chris kisses Claire in the limo.

  42. marypreston February 22, 2014 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    All of it.

  43. catlover415 February 22, 2014 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    I was definitely Team Adam originally and I love their whole budding friendship, banter and growing attraction plus her concern for her neighbor.

  44. Jill Prandstatter February 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    When Claire sees Chris again for the first time!

  45. Tonya Allen February 22, 2014 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Haven’t read it yet, It is next on my list though, finally lol

  46. Margaret Hughes February 22, 2014 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    Tough to pick just one, there were so many good ones. I did love in the very beginning before Adam and Claire actually meet when Adam comes to Claire’s rescue and takes care of the guy giving her a hard time at the coffee shop that she works at – that was priceless!

  47. Jade Onyx February 22, 2014 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    The scene at the club when Chris confronts Claire about the baby she gave up for adoption was my favorite, because Claire starts to have to face her past for real then and the change starts then.

  48. Macti3964 February 23, 2014 at 2:26 am - Reply

    I haven’t read this book yet, on my list to read

  49. Ray Ray Cartucci February 23, 2014 at 6:14 am - Reply

    It would have to be Adam’s sense of humor….very memorable……great! THANKS SO MUCH!

  50. Samantha 'Cole' Kurtz February 23, 2014 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    I haven’t read yet, but on my TBR. Thanks for the chance!

  51. Debra February 23, 2014 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    My favorite part is when they reunite and how they still feel about each other!

  52. Leslie Rodriguez February 23, 2014 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    claire adam & mac&cheese

  53. Mary Jo Toth February 23, 2014 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    That moment in the club when Claire and Chris see each other for the first time in over a year. This begins the next phase of their journey together which makes it a pivotal moment for them. I also could really feel Claire’s pain/nerves during this situation.

  54. jenn February 23, 2014 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    When Chris and Claire meet again

  55. Mara February 23, 2014 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    I was Team Adam in Relentless, since we didn’t know Chris that much, and I loved the whole book, it was one of my faves last year, so every scene with Adam and Claire was perfect for me!

  56. DJ Sakata February 24, 2014 at 12:21 am - Reply

    Haven’t read it, but want to read everything she’s ever written.

  57. Laura Mendez February 24, 2014 at 6:35 am - Reply

    I love this series…. and what I love the most is how Chris NEVER gave up on Claire. He fought for her. That’s what I love the most.

  58. Robin The Book Nerd February 24, 2014 at 8:38 am - Reply

    I loved is when Claire and Adam meet for the second time when he almost runs her over. That was a funny exchange!

  59. Janice Aileen Unger February 24, 2014 at 10:00 am - Reply

    I loved it all. I can’t think of a favorite moment.

  60. Tatianna White February 24, 2014 at 10:41 am - Reply

    When Chris and Claire see each other in the club..
    When Adam almost runs over Claire…
    There are so many fav moments

  61. Kelly B. Thomas February 24, 2014 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    another moment I loved was Claire and Adam’s sweet care for Cora 😉

  62. Nicki B February 25, 2014 at 1:29 am - Reply

    Definitely when Claire sees Chris again

  63. suzanne alamilla February 25, 2014 at 6:44 am - Reply

    I love when Claire meets Adam for the first time 🙁 #TEAMADAM

  64. Tiffany Greene February 25, 2014 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Chris and Claire reunite!!

  65. Patrick Siu February 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    I love the part when they meet again

  66. allexinnoalexys February 25, 2014 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    When Claire and Chris was together!

  67. Angelina February 26, 2014 at 1:04 am - Reply

    When Chris and Claire reunite!

  68. Bozica Brzica February 26, 2014 at 1:57 am - Reply

    When Adam takes Claire to meet his family.

  69. Susan Jetter February 26, 2014 at 2:59 am - Reply

    I like when adam says he meditates too i love the wittinies

  70. Stacey February 26, 2014 at 3:05 am - Reply

    I commented back a little while ago, I am almost done the book, very good, I am so glad to have read it, I will be finished in a little while today 😀 there are so many parts i liked, i love the chemistry between adam and claire, it’s tough reading about someone having hard issues, memories, but it is a part of life, real life, I loved the reunion, i even love the old lady neighbor!

    great job!

  71. Patricia Caetano February 26, 2014 at 5:01 am - Reply

    When Claire reveals her secret to Adam and then asks him why he still trust her and he asks her to be gentle with his heart!

  72. Jennifer Prescott February 26, 2014 at 6:16 am - Reply

    I think my favorite moment is when Claire and Chris see each other after everything she has been through. You can tell that they both seem to still care about each other but Claire tried to fight it for the sake of Adam.

  73. Mary February 26, 2014 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Love, Love, Love The Relentless Series! And even happier to learn that Relentless and I share the same Birthday!

  74. Michelle Morris February 26, 2014 at 10:24 am - Reply

    I’m still an Adam girl, but the first time Adam and Claire meet 🙂

  75. Megan Gunter February 26, 2014 at 10:26 am - Reply

    I wasn’t a big Adam fan but I loved it when he made Claire mac ‘n cheese. There’s something so simple and so damn sweet about that.

  76. Becca Gordon February 26, 2014 at 10:26 am - Reply

    In the club when just before her secret comes out and she’s anxious

  77. Kristina Longoria February 26, 2014 at 10:27 am - Reply

    probably after Claire see’s Chris for the 1st time again and she runs off and he follows her so they can talk about the baby.

  78. areadersheaven February 26, 2014 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Reading all the comments reminds me why my partner loves these books!

  79. Kelly Adamo February 26, 2014 at 10:29 am - Reply

    God I love this series!!!!! These books are what got me started on my kindle book addiction!!! I don’t know if I can pick a favorite part! I loved all of Adam’s cheesy jokes and how he always tried to make Claire smile. 🙂

  80. Gina Alwine February 26, 2014 at 10:39 am - Reply

    My favorite part is when Claire sees Chris for the first time after they have been apart for a year.

  81. Darcy Fifield February 26, 2014 at 10:40 am - Reply

    When Claire and Adam first meet. I love Adam’s silly jokes.

  82. Amber Vaughn February 26, 2014 at 10:54 am - Reply

    As much as I love Adam it has to be when Clare and Chris reunite!

  83. Christina Whited February 26, 2014 at 11:16 am - Reply

    my favorite part was when Claire and Chris reunite

  84. Nikki Deatherage February 26, 2014 at 11:29 am - Reply

    I loved how Claire and Adam looked after the older neighbor. Another memorable scene for me was when Adam smoked pot..I just remember thinking that Adam wasn’t the goody two shoes I thought he was gonna be.

  85. Cassie Hoffman February 26, 2014 at 11:41 am - Reply

    It has to be when they are all at the bar and it’s revealed that she gave Abby up for adoption. It’s a major turning point in the book for all three of them. It’s what sets everything in motion.

  86. Denita Kee February 26, 2014 at 11:42 am - Reply

    definitely when Claire and Chris meet again outstanding!

  87. ashleigh February 26, 2014 at 11:53 am - Reply

    I just love Adam lol I still love Adam!

  88. Paige Cuccaro February 26, 2014 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    When when Claire and Chris reunite! *Melt!*

  89. Linda Wimer February 26, 2014 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    When Claire and Chris see each other again

  90. Christina Galbraith-Popma February 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    when she lets adam in, i love how they gave their love so freely once they let go.

  91. Laura Johnson February 26, 2014 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    When Claire discovers Adam smokes weed and their first meal was mac n cheese. I wanted her to stay with Adam for the longest time!!

  92. Michel Reinhard February 26, 2014 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Congrats on one year anniversary! Loved these books. My favorite scene the wedding…sigh…..

  93. Brenda Hook February 26, 2014 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    thank you for the books

  94. Amy Malek Concepcion February 26, 2014 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    I loved This series, but from relentless, my favorite parts were Adam’s jokes of course and when he made her the Mac and Cheese. Thank you!!!

  95. Holly Twiggs February 26, 2014 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    I loved all of Relentless. When Claire and Adam meet is one of my favorite parts. I loved Adam from the beginning. They were so good together.

  96. Trisha Lukasik Hudson February 26, 2014 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    I loved Adam’s cheesy jokes. They lighten the mood and become almost endearing. Olive you…LOL

  97. Anna Kidd February 27, 2014 at 5:17 am - Reply

    Thanks for the giveaway! I think my favorite part is when Chris and Claire reunite. But I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Adam and the mac n cheese scene. This series really wrecked me, but in a fantastically awesome way. I’m happy that everyone got their happily ever after. I think I’m gonna have to reread soon (:

  98. Alicia Dawn February 27, 2014 at 8:56 am - Reply

    I love when Chris finds out he has a child! Its just a moment where sooooo many emotions can be felt.

  99. VanillaOrchids February 27, 2014 at 9:53 am - Reply

    I don’t know why it is but I always like when in a story someone who hasn’t had the best of childhoods or best of families is taken to their boyfriends/girlfriends house to meet their family. So one of my favorite moments in the book is when Adam takes Claire to meet his family.

  100. Mary Lowery February 27, 2014 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    When Claire tells Adam about the baby. Its amazing!

  101. Margay Roberge February 27, 2014 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Call me silly, but I really like the bit about the coffee being poured in the bag of the jerk – to make more room for cream in the cup – at the beginning. Classic!

  102. Michelle Harlan February 28, 2014 at 5:31 am - Reply

    I loved when Chris showed up at her apartment with the information about their daughter & the determination in his voice when he told her he gets what he wants!

  103. Brenda Hook March 17, 2014 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    who won

    • cassialeo March 18, 2014 at 10:11 am - Reply

      Hi, Brenda. Paula Jackman won. Stay tuned for more awesome giveaways! <3 Natalie (assistant)

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