Welcome to What to Read Wednesday! Thanks everyone for returning, and if it’s your first time, so glad you dropped in. Today we are featuring one of my awesome critique partners, author Calisa Rhose. She also happens to be a fellow author with The Wild Rose Press. She’ll be sharing all the juicy details of her life as well as her debut book HOME.
So excited to have you here Calisa 🙂 In five sentences tell us about you the person and not the author.:)
Hi Christine! Great to be grilled by such an awesome cp! I love my horse and all horses. My husband and I have two Chihuahuas and we just took in a third (an abandoned one) yesterday. I’m a sucker for tears. My six year old granddaughter lives with us at the moment. And I help hubbs care for his elderly father.
You are a busy lady! Do you have a favorite word?
I don’t think I have one so I’ll pick one for the sake of argument. Happiness.
Nice choice 🙂 Three things you never leave home without?
My purse, wedding rings, phone.
Have you always wanted to be an author or what made you become an author?
I’ve always been one since I was in sixth grade and I wrote my first book. It was put in my school library.
I know we discussed that already, but I love how both of us experienced the same thing. It was quite an experience to have my story put into print when I was in the sixth grade then on a shelf in my library. I was hooked for sure. What is a typical writing day for you?
Wake at 6 am, get granddaughter off to school at seven. Feed my horse and medicate FIL’s diabetic chihuahua. Take my coffee to the couch with my laptop and check email, surf the web, visit blogs. Then I either edit mss for work or write on my own work until the kid and hubby get home and I begin dinner, family time. After eight I write or do this—write blog posts.
What genre or genres do you write? Do you see yourself trying another one in the future and if so which one?
I write contemporary primarily, but I’ve been working on a paranormal series.
Tell us about your latest release HOME?
HOME is about a Vietnam vet who returns home to find everything different than when he left. Sam’s single ally is a gypsy girl he never paid attention to growing up. Poppy has always been in love with Sam and sees the chance to have him for herself when she sees how the town ostracizes him. Through trust and friendship they find their way to love.
I just love your cover! Share with us two things you loved about your hero?
Sam’s determination to accept Poppy and his strength to know he’s not ready for the life he was groomed for and walk away.
Her spunk and her deep devotion to Sam.
Now let’s play LUCKY SEVEN….Pick seven words to describe your book.
Vintage, fun, dark, intense, character driven, unique, strong.
Describe your hero through your heroine’s eyes (and feel free to quote her) 🙂
Sam is afraid of his own shadow since the war but he’s too stubborn to admit it until she forces him to face those fears. But he’s awfully handsome.
What book are you reading now?
Somewhere The Bells Ring by Beth Trissel.
Her book is on my tbr too! What inspired you to write your latest story?
My latest is a cowboy story prompted by a series the Wild Rose Press will be releasing.
Please tease us with blurb of your book!
With extreme pleasure!
What could a gypsy and a Vietnam veteran have in common?
BLURB: Silvertown’s outcast, Poppy Tippen, has loved football hero Sam “The Force” Callahan forever. But he never seemed to know she was alive. Now he’s home from the war and she suddenly finds herself comforting him from the demons of “that damn war.” Is his attention merely an escape from the haunting nightmares? Or does she hold the interest of the only man she’s ever truly loved?
Sam Callahan’s only solace from the war nightmares wrecking his life comes in the unlikely form of a gypsy girl with stigmas of her own. He’s known Poppy his entire life, but there’s something different about her now. Something special he desperately wants to hold on to. Can he convince her she’s the only thing he needs to put the past behind him?
What’s your current WIP?
I’m working on the cowboy story I mentioned above and I’m always adding to one or another of the paranormal series. I am also writing a fireman contemporary that was subtly inspired by 9/11.
Tell us what excites you about writing and getting published.
Everything but the revisions and promoting! I’m not good at marketing and always feel I’m falling short of the best I should be doing.
And finally Calisa, where can we find you and your book?
Find Calisa at her website/blog http://calisarhose.wordpress.com
On twitter @Calisa_Rhose and Facebook @Calisa Rhose
She loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks again for chatting with us! Much success to you and your book and to your future works. You ROCK girl!