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AUTHOR BIO & HEADSHOT:
C.A. Gray is the author of the YA Fantasy PIERCING THE VEIL trilogy, as well as the YA Dystopian trilogy, THE LIBERTY BOX. By day, she is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD), with a primary care practice in Tucson, AZ. Additionally, she writes medical books under her real name.
Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins, and she also reads an exceptional amount of non-fiction. She is blessed with exceptionally supportive family and friends, and thanks God for them every single day!
To learn more about C.A. Gray, visit her online at www.authorcagray.com.
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UNCANNY VALLEYUncanny Valley #1 Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing Publication Date: December 11, 2017 Genre: YA, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Dystopian Pages: 384 ISBN-10: 0998794627 ISBN-13: 978-0998794624
Have you ever sensed that something isn't quite right, even if you can't explain why?
Rebecca Cordeaux knows exactly what her future will hold: she will marry Andy, her crush of the last five years. Once Andy is ready to settle down, she’s sure he will discover that she is his soulmate. After several small parts on stage, Rebecca knows she can become a renowned actress. Her writing also shows promise as a future author. Robots perform most human jobs that can be automated, leaving many free to pursue their personal creative interests.
But Rebecca's mother Karen fears the new world of robots, and insists her brilliant daughter join a university research team, studying the hazards of a complete robotic economy. Rebecca's father Quentin was obsessed with the subject to a degree that even her mother considered absurd, prior to his untimely death. So long as she can reserve enough of her time to pursue her true passions on the side, Rebecca half-heartedly agrees to join the research team, if only to please her widowed mother. There she joins a post-doc named Liam, whose conspiracy theories rival even those of her late father. Liam is convinced that world Republic leader William Halpert’s worldwide challenge for researchers to develop synthetic creativity will lead not to the promised utopia, in which every kind of human suffering has been eradicated, but rather to an apocalypse. Rebecca, whose best friend is her own companion bot Madeline, writes Liam off as a bot-hating conspiracy theorist, just like her father was… until she learns that her father’s death might not have been due to mere happenstance.
With Liam’s help, Rebecca learns of an underground organization known as The Renegades, where Quentin Cordeaux was considered a legend. While Liam attempts to stop Halpert’s challenge if he can, Rebecca tries to unravel the mystery of what happened to her father. Did he and many of his contemporaries die for something they knew? Who is the mysterious informant who calls himself John Doe, and only seems to want to drive her out of harm’s way? And if Halpert’s challenge is answered, will it usher in a brave new chapter in humanity’s history… or were Quentin Cordeaux’s dire predictions right all along?Read an Excerpt (PDF)
SILVER SIXUncanny Valley #2 Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing Publication Date: May 15, 2018 Genre: YA, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Dystopian Pages: 432 ISBN-10: 0998794635 ISBN-13: 978-0998794635
What is it that makes us truly human?
Rebecca Cordeaux’s entire world has been turned upside down. In a single day, she’s learned that Senate Leader Halpert and his Board of Advisors are actually illegal humanoid robots created underground twenty years ago—and they tried to have her killed. Her mother Karen, whom she always believed to be passionately against the cause of the Renegades, turns out to be their leader. And Liam, a man she never thought she cared for, is now fighting for his life—and she finds that she cares desperately.
Fortunately Karen, known to the Renegades as M, has planned for exactly this sort of eventuality. Using Rebecca’s father’s blueprints, Karen patiently built an underground compound in an abandoned part of the Americas where they can regroup and plan for the coming war. The compound becomes an unlikely oasis as their number grows, both on accident and on purpose. In attempting to recover her best friend and companion bot Madeline, Rebecca gets what she thought she’d always wanted: Andy arrives at the compound too, along with her friends Jake and Julie. But with the sudden addition of an old flame from Liam’s past, Rebecca discovers just how little acquainted she has been with her own heart.
Meanwhile, the Silver Six are running a worldwide campaign of indoctrination to ensure that the people are on their side. In the name of peace, they want nothing more than to wipe out every shred of resistance, while pursuing their ultimate goal of robotic superintelligence. With the assistance of a neuroscientist who helped to build the Silver Six decades ago, Rebecca attempts to understand how synthetic minds work, hoping this information can be used against them. She’s sure that the mysterious, brilliant, and beautiful Alessandra Russo is the key somehow, but Alex’s hatred for the Silver Six is only matched by her hatred for the Renegades. Can the Renegades find and exploit the weakness of the Silver Six before synthetic intelligence passes the point of no return?
JaguarUncanny Valley #3 Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing Publication Date: Fall 2018 Genre: YA, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Dystopian Pages: 381 ISBN-10: 0998794643 ISBN-13: 978-0998794643
She’s Not What You Think She Is.
The Silver Six have blown the Renegades’ underground compound to bits, killing several of Rebecca’s best friends in the process—and to her horror, the boy Rebecca had convinced herself she loved for all these years was the one to betray them all. At the same time, General Specs, the company Liam was once slated to inherit, has developed a superintelligent robot called Jaguar which is quickly becoming godlike in her omniscience. As the remaining Renegades flee to their last bastion of safety in the Caribbean, Liam makes his way back to London, in a last ditch effort to convince his father to destroy Jaguar before it’s too late.
Rebecca, meanwhile, finally understands her own heart: she never loved Andy. He was merely a ‘safe’ choice who would never require anything of her. Liam, on the other hand, exasperating as he was, had seen past her defenses. All of his teasing and provoking had been his attempt to get her to be real with him—but the more he made her feel, the further she had retreated. She had even substituted her companion bot Madeline for real, deep human friendships, and for the same reason: she’d been avoiding love to protect herself from another loss like the one she had experienced when her father was killed for the Renegades’ cause. Ironically, she only realizes this once Liam is on his way to a similar fate. But she’ll be damned if she lets him go without a fight.
This high stakes conclusion to the Uncanny Valley Trilogy envisions a world not too far off from our own, in which superintelligence is a reality, humanoid bots have supplanted human power and influence, and there are eyes watching and reporting our every move. If humanity is to survive, the Renegades will have to galvanize support across the globe, under the radar—and it will require every last bit of ingenuity they possess. But is attempting to outwit a superintelligent being really the answer? Or will it require something much more fundamentally human?
THE LIBERTY BOXThe Liberty Box #1 Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing Publication Date: October 25, 2015 Genre: YA, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Dystopian Pages: 334 ISBN-10: 0991185897 ISBN-13: 978-0991185894
Kate Brandeis has it all: a famous reporter at the age of twenty-four, she’s the face of the Republic of the Americas. She has a loving fiancé and all the success she could wish for. But when she learns of the death of a long-forgotten friend, her investigations unravel her perfect memories, forcing her to face the fact that she’s been living a lie.
Jackson MacNamera, trained from a young age in the art of mind control, returns to the Republic for his mother’s funeral. Within a few hours of his arrival, authorities collect Jackson and take him by force to a room ironically called The Liberty Box, where he must choose between surrendering his thoughts to the new Republic, or fleeing for his freedom.
Kate, bereaved and confused, finds her way to a cave community of refugees, where Jackson seems to offer her an escape from her grief. The two forge an uneasy bond, and in the process Jackson learns that Kate has some insight which may help the hunters in their attempt to free other citizens from the tyranny of the Potentate. Against the expressed wishes of the Council, the hunters plot a series of daring raids, attempting to prove that not only is freedom possible, but that the citizens are not too far gone to desire it. But with the odds so stacked against them, can the refugees succeed in their rescue missions right under the Potentate’s nose?
SELECT PRAISE FOR THE LIBERTY BOX:
“Original...and a consistently compelling read from cover to cover... The Liberty Box showcases C.A. Gray's impressive flair for deftly crafted characters and riveting story elements. Simply stated, The Liberty Box will prove to be enduringly popular.” –Midwest Book Review
"C.A. Gray takes you on a dystopia thrill ride for freedom and humanity. It is a creative paradise that challenges your own view points. The Liberty Box was thought provoking and well written. I truly enjoyed this thrill ride! Check this hidden gem out. " —Aurora Whittet, Author of The Bloodmark Saga Series
"I was literally blown away by how fantastic this book was... I can not wait to read more!" —Bookish Lifestyle
"The Liberty Box by C.A. Gray sucked me in, and I couldn’t escape... an expertly crafted, wonderfully written, and a very refreshing take the dystopian genre." –Book Series Tracker
"The Liberty Box is thrilling and exciting at times, and thought-provoking at others. It's an intelligent dystopian novel, with excellent character development and imaginative world-building. Intriguing and captivating, it's a definite page turner." –Lindsey, Lindsey's Library
THE EDEN CONSPIRACYThe Liberty Box #2 Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing Publication Date: July 18, 2016 Genre: YA, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Dystopian Pages: 253 ISBN-10: 0998353612 ISBN-13: 978-0998353616
Can the truth set you free?
The refugee caves have been destroyed, and most of the refugees are dead. The Potentate now knows of their existence and will stop at nothing to wipe them out completely. He suspects that terrorist Jackson MacNamera is among them, as well as reporter Kate Brandeis’s fiancé, hacker Will Anderson—and probably therefore Kate herself. Now that the Potentate is aware of security threats, most of the strategies the rebels used to get back onto the grid before now no longer work. The Potentate knows the rebels are on foot, and he knows they were at the caves not long ago—they can’t get far.
The remaining rebels, among them Jackson and Kate, have Kate’s fiancé Will to thank for their survival: he arrived back from the dead and in the nick of time, bearing classified information about the Potentate’s plans to expand his influence internationally. But the remaining rebels and the Council cannot agree on whether their top priority should be spreading truth far and wide and freeing as many citizens from government control as possible, knowing that they will likely die in the process—or escaping to New Estonia, in hopes that they might live out the rest of their days in peace.
Kate, meanwhile, finds herself torn: between Jackson and the fiancé she thought she lost, and between the damsel-in-distress she once was, and the rebel she believes she has always been underneath. Whether the other hunters will support her or no, she knows she must use her influence over the people of the Republic to tell them the truth, no matter the cost. But is she strong enough to withstand the government’s lies?
SELECT PRAISE FOR THE EDEN CONSPIRACY:
"C.A. Gray...has created a world that feels new and unexplored." —The Bookish Life
"This book absolutely does not suffer from middle book syndrome. Rather than serve as a bridge between the first and third, this one could stand on its own. I found myself tearing through the pages, desperate to figure out what happens next." —Tara, Spinatale Reviews
"The Eden Conspiracy did not disappoint... C.A. Gray's style of writing is remarkable... she really knows how to write a compelling story with equally exceptional characters." —Louisse, Serene August Reads
THE PHOENIX PROJECTThe Liberty Box #3 Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing Publication Date: March 20, 2017 Genre: YA, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Dystopian Pages: 396 ISBN-10: 0998353639 ISBN-13: 978-0998794600
Only the TRUTH you know can set you free…
The haven city of Beckenshire has been demolished, and most of the rebels lie beneath the rubble. The few that remain scramble to communicate with the the outside world, knowing that if they are to stand a chance in the coming war, they can’t do it alone. In a last ditch effort to grow their ranks, the remaining rebels systematically destroy the repeaters which help to propagate the control center signals. And it’s working: citizens in targeted cities are waking up in droves. But Ben Voltolini will stop at nothing to quell the uprising before it has a chance to get off the ground. And he has one major ace up his sleeve: Kate Brandeis.
During Kate’s broadcast to the nation, Voltolini unleashed targeted brainwave signals against her, causing her to allow both Jackson MacNamera’s capture, and her own. Now, despite Voltolini’s exquisite wining and dining, she can’t seem to stop the panic attacks. Whom can she trust? What is truth? Is there even such a thing?
Meanwhile, imprisoned and hopeless, Jackson realizes the depths of his feelings for Kate only after he has already lost her. The incredible self-control upon which he prides himself gets put to the ultimate test when he meets an unlikely ally who just may turn the tide in the rebels’ favor—but only if Jackson can put aside his own bitterness.
In this gripping conclusion to The Liberty Box Trilogy, new and surprising alliances are formed, passions run high, and our heroes learn what they are really made of. Do they have what it takes to fight for freedom—even if it means paying the ultimate price?
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INTANGIBLE:Piercing the Veil #1 Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing Publication Date: November 20, 2013 Genre: YA, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Pages: 482 ISBN-10: 0991185870 ISBN-13: 978-0991185870
An ancient evil returns. A prophecy foretells of a champion.
Peter Stewart grew up on a unique version of the Arthurian legends taught him by his father, a harebrained quantum physicist who asserts that anything is possible. But Peter disbelieves anything which cannot be scientifically explained, despite a nagging sense that there is more to the world than meets the eye.
Lily Portman is an orphan with a secret: she can see creatures that are invisible to everyone else. These creatures control every human being she has ever met to varying degrees... until she meets Peter and his father.
When a mysterious stranger stages an accident which nearly costs Peter and Lily their lives, suddenly Lily learns that she is not crazy after all, and Peter discovers the truth of his father’s stories… including the existence of Arthur’s ancient nemesis, one who calls himself the Shadow Lord, and a prophecy with implications so profound that it will alter not only the course of their lives, but potentially the fate of the world.
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"I recommend Intangible to anyone looking for a break from reality, and I can’t wait for the next book in the Piercing the Veil series. Gray has proven herself an exceptional storyteller and fantasy world weaver. I predict she will go far in her writing career." —Francine, Readers' Favorite
"C. A. Gray has shaken and stirred her magical tale into a perfect cocktail of fantasy, legends and hard scientific facts. Ms. Gray has built a delightfully realistic word that can be envisioned in full-color mental mode, while populating her world with quirky, endearing characters that must learn to trust and believe in what cannot be quantified through science. Delightful characters, wonderful dialogue and conflict, a fun, fast and furious read for ALL ages." —Dii, Tome Tender Book Blog
"About 1/3 of the way through this book, my mind was blown. Not only is this book one of the best I’ve read in years but I’m absolutely astounded that more people don’t know about this series... This is some of the most beautifully intricate plotting I’ve seen-think Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, R.A. Salvatore’s Cleric Quintet, Nix’s Abhorsen series, or Diana Wayne Jones’ Chronicles of Chrestomanci." –Jordan, Young Adult Book Madness
INVINCIBLE:Piercing the Veil #2 Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing Publication Date: April 27, 2014 Genre: YA, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Pages: 422 ISBN-10: 0998353663 ISBN-13: 978-0998353661
The Shadow Lord rises again seeking a weapon of ultimate power.
Peter Stewart is a dead ringer for the legendary King Arthur, and because of that, everyone in Carlion believes that he is the Child of the Prophecy, destined to destroy the Shadow Lord. But Peter doesn’t want to be a hero; all he wants to be is left alone.
Lily Portman also fits the prophecy. Having spent her entire life as an orphan and a misfit, Lily would love nothing more than to be the Child of the Prophecy, so she envies Peter… but she’s also developing a crush on him. And it seems to her that he couldn’t care less.
Isdemus and the Watchers believe that it is only a matter of time before Peter’s twin brother Kane betrays them all and frees the Shadow Lord. The winner of the war to come depends on who has the legendary Philosopher's Stone—the only problem is, it has been lost since the days of Arthur. With the help of a skeptical anthropologist, the Watchers attempt to decode the ancient treasure maps that lead them to the heart of Egypt and the dawn of time. Meanwhile, Lily and Peter discover that Peter holds the real key to the mystery... but will they be too late?
SELECT PRAISE FOR INVINCIBLE:
"The Piercing the Veil series is a wholly original and keenly insightful story leveling the field for a new era of Sci-Fantasy to exceed reader’s expectations. I love the fact such a large amount of known science is etched into the fabric of the story itself." –Jorie, Jorie Loves a Story
"C. A. Gray does an excellent job of describing tricky scientific terms without being condescending. I loved the plot and character development, and the author captured the teenage angst perfectly. Sometimes the second book in a trilogy can be a bit slow, but that isn't true for Invincible, which is just as fast-paced as Intangible. I would highly recommend this series." –Lindsey, Lindsey's Library
IMPOSSIBLEPiercing the Veil #3 Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing Publication Date: October 15, 2014 Genre: YA, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Pages: 303 ISBN-10: 0998353671 ISBN-13: 978-0998353678
Who is the true child of the prophecy?
The Shadow Lord has the Philosopher’s Stone, and therefore an army of invincible penumbra. He also possesses the fragments of Excalibur, the legendary sword prophesied to be the instrument of either his own destruction, or that of the Child of the Prophecy. The sword, he knows, requires blood to be reforged… and he knows exactly whose blood he wants.
Meanwhile, the Watchers are desperate to steal back the fragments of Excalibur and find out how to reforge them before the Shadow Lord does. Isdemus places Peter and Lily in Carlion’s sister cities for safe-keeping until the war begins. But Peter and Lily have an idea that might enable the Watchers to steal back the fragments, in spite of the Shadow Lord’s invincible army. Their plan requires them to travel halfway across the world, to an island largely believed to exist only in Greek mythology. Along the way, however, the Shadow Lord uses a pawn to convince Peter and Lily that they are powerless. Without their gifts of the Ancient Tongue, will either one of them stand a chance?
In this gripping conclusion of the Piercing the Veil trilogy, the Watchers and the Shadow Lord both amass their ranks, the battle begins, and the true identity of the Child of the Prophecy is revealed—to the shock of all.
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"C.A. Gray poetically combines Arthurian history, science and fantasy into an epic adventure on every page. Impossible is addicting and keeps your mind reeling with questions and excitement as Peter and Lily fight the Shadow Lord.” –Aurora Whittet, Author of The Bloodmark Saga
"I thoroughly loved this series from the first page of the first book!.. This series was so captivating that I read it in three days. ...one of my favorite parts of this story was the relationship between Peter and Lily. Their inability to understand each other was very realistic and perfectly fitting for their ages. Plus, their budding romance never once felt forced. The secondary characters were also well designed, with their own problems and emotions that added depth to the book without detracting from Peter and Lily.... I greatly enjoyed reading this series and I wish there was more coming!" –Lindsay Hiller, Author of Bestselling Young Adult novel Reaper
Dreamscape Adventures, IncPublisher: Wanderlust Publishing Publication Date: April 22, 2019 Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy Pages: 254 ISBN-10: 1092121358 ISBN-13: 978-1092121358
Workaholic insurance attorney Luke Darringer has it all: money, looks, ambition. Sure, he hasn’t taken a vacation in over a decade, and his personal life is almost nonexistent—but that’s a small price to pay in order to maintain strict control, and minimize his vulnerabilities.
But then Luke’s firm, with the help of his cheeky administrative assistant Charlotte, strong-arms him into becoming the first-ever client of the new Dreamscape Adventures, Inc. The new company promises fantastical vacations to wealthy clients, as well as controlled therapeutic experiences to individuals suffering from various forms of mental illness, such as autism and PTSD. They’re a potentially huge client for Luke’s firm, but they need liability insurance before they can get off the ground. Luke expects he’ll have a quick little canyoneering adventure like he did back in his college days, and then get right back to the grindstone.
But Luke’s adventure doesn’t quite go the way he planned. Eli, the entrepreneur in charge, assures Luke that the glitches are nothing to worry about, and they’ll have things under control again in no time. Instead, Luke soon finds himself in a wilderness of questionable reality, where he is responsible not only for his own safety, but also Charlotte’s, Eli’s, and that of a nonverbal autistic boy whose vulnerability strikes a bit too close to home. Forced to confront his past and his deepest fears, Luke must decide whether to rewrite history and become the man he’s always wanted to be—or whether instead he is doomed to repeat it.
Atlantis BloodlinePublisher: Wanderlust Publishing Publication Date: Coming Early 2020 Genre: YA Fantasy
When sweet Ada Edwards meets the mysterious Kaison Hughes, lead singer of the biggest band in the world, she can’t understand what he sees in her. Despite everyone’s warnings about him, she’s rapidly falling in love. But it’s obvious he has a secret, and he’s not all he appears to be.
Kai’s life isn’t his own, and his fame isn’t the half of it. As a member of a secret organization known as the Elioud, descended from the Atlantean daughters of the Pleiades, he’s been commissioned with a task: to reintegrate the lost line of Maia into their ranks. It just so happens that Ada is the one they’ve been looking for. He doesn’t know what they intend to do to her, and he doesn’t care. All he wants is the prize for a successful mission: one unqualified wish, which he intends to spend on his beloved sister’s freedom.
There’s just one problem: Kai’s falling in love with Ada, too.”