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I write suspense and light fantasy/paranormal set in the beautiful country of New Zealand. A land of myths and magic, Aotearoa (Maori for Long White Cloud) has always been a storytelling nation and it is my pleasure to share mine with you.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Risk Factors Book Tour and a Lovely Rhose



I am super excited to introduce to you one of my very favourite people and authors, Calisa Rhose. I met this lovely lady (and extremely talented lady!) online through one of my publisher's author loops. Calisa is one of those women it is impossible NOT to bond with and I'm so excited to be a part of the tour for the release of her second book, Risk Factors. Check out the great giveaways she's got going on, leave a comment and don't forget to check out her other stops to increase your chances of winning!

Now, enough of my prattling, you want to hear from Calisa. Here she is...Hi, Calisa! Its wonderful having you come to visit us at the bottom of the world.J Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Calisa Rhose is an Okie, born and bred, through and through, and proud of it. While growing up, when she wasn’t on the back of a horse, she could be found with pen and paper in hand. Her writing career began with poetry in her younger days. Then she discovered Rock-n-Roll and cute musicians. Poetry turned into stories of romance and dreams. These days she lives with the same man who convinced her to take a romantic journey with him almost 30 years ago. After raising three strong daughters she spends her days loving their granddaughters, hoping for a boy someday, and writing. When she’s not writing, you can find Calisa putting on her editor hat and working to help other published and aspiring writers.
She is working on more projects with her favored contemporary cowboys, first responders  and firemen, as well as, the occasional ‘other’ heroes- and their sexy female counterparts, those sassy, stubborn heroines.
Find Calisa at her website/blog http://calisarhose.wordpress.com

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Probably when Home released with WRP! Lol But in my heart I knew when I finished my first serious ms in ’05. Up til that moment it was all practice. J

Do you remember what inspired you to write your first book?
My first book was actually hand written and illustrated by yours truly when I was in 5th grade. It was titled something like “Bubblegum” and I ‘donated’ it to my school library. I’m still trying to track that little book down! What inspired it? Probably my love of writing, even back then, and my love of bubblegum! LOL
As for my first published book- Home is part of a series written by Oklahoma authors that I got involved in with my local OKRWA chapter mates. You can find the whole series at the website here http://www.talesofthescrimshawdoll.wordpress.com and they are ALL on sale right now for .99 on Amazon and B&N! Home was inspired by my interest in the Vietnam era in general, but particularly the latter part, so is set in 1967.

I ADORED Home, and highly recommend to anyone that hasn't had the pleasure to read it yet. (I've even added the Amazon link on the picture for your convenience!)J 
I love call stories. Can you tell us about yours and your reaction?
For Risk Factors I pitched to my editor at a blog pitch and she asked for the partial. I polished it but it was two or three weeks later before I finally got the nerve to send it to her. It took me another two months before I got the nerve (again) to follow up with her and then she read it on the spot and asked for the full. It was only a week later I believe that she offered the contract. And to think it might have all gone a lot faster if I’d sent the partial right away and followed up a week later! J I learned my lesson. Does that mean I’ll do that next time?> Prolly not. LOL

Oh, my gosh! A pitch! You were sooo brave! What drew you to write your chosen genre?
I live in a contemporary world with firemen, EMTs who fly around in helicopters and where women can be anything they want, including a veterinarian. What’s not to love about it? But I also write contemporary paranormal because I’m a firm believer that almost anything is possible in this world…even shape shifters. My Cherokee ancestors taught me that. J

What’s the most challenging part of the writing process for you?
Writing. LOL Rather making myself write. I find so many shiny baubles that pull my attention from it that I can easily spend a whole day wrapped up in emails, surfing blogs and playing on my website and blog. Horrible. Once I tame that beast the hardest part is probably-as a pantser- keeping facts straight as I write. Viv in this book is 28, but off and on she was 27. Lol I got that all fixed though. I think, hope! :lol:

LOL - I'm with you, Calisa! I've just come across during edits, that my WIP hero gazes at my heroine with green eyes, when in fact, they're hazel! The curse of the pantser...J
Has anything coincidental happened in the real world while writing one of your books in terms of the characters, scenes or world you’ve created?
Not so far, no. I don’t know if I’d recognize if it had, either. I tend to live in the now a lot and miss cool connections like that.

Which one of your books is your ‘baby’ and why?
I think Risk Factors is right now. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s the latest one, or because of the journey these characters and I have been through to get to this day. But it feels different somehow.


What are you working on right now?
Right now- a lot. LOL A fireman won’t leave me alone so I spend a good amount of time thinking about that one, but I’m researching facts about heart diseases for a new one. That hero has been whispering at me for some time and on Saturday he’d had enough of my ignoring him, so I’ve started that one. I also have a couple of paranormal things on the back burner simmering and steeping. I’m hoping to submit one of those this year.

That is exciting news to hear for your fans!! Latest news?
Oh! The long-awaited release of RISK FACTORS! It came out on March 4th and I’m still dancing.

Where can we find you and your books?
You can always pop into my website bookshelf and on Amazon, B&N and most other ebook outlets.

RISK FACTORS - Buy Links:


Book tour competition details:
At the end of this tour I’ll be picking one winner to gift either a signature rose rock for a USA winner or a $10 GC of choice (Kindle or Nook) for one overseas or in Canada. Either winner will also get a PDF copy of Risk Factors!
The more you stalk me and comment, the greater your chance to win on April 8th. I’ll announce the winner on the 10th. Thank you for joining me on this fun journey’s end and good luck to all!
As a special bonus, I’ll be pooling all my blog hosts and the one with the most comments on their blog for my post will also win one of the same prizes as the winners! They need your help to win! Please note, this also includes my two hosts before today, so I’d appreciate if you check my official blog tour schedule and give them a chance to win by going to their blogs too.

Thank you so much for stopping off in this part of the world, Calisa! It was an absolute pleasure having you visit. 
Folks - don't forget to leave a comment to be in with a chance of winning some fabulous prizes! 

Good luck with Risk Factors, Calisa and all your current and future WIP's.

23 comments:

  1. Thank you for having me today, LaVerne! What a beautiful place to visit. I'm still trying to figure out how to travel via internet to see the lovely places I virtually visit.

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  2. Great interview, ladies! Having read and enjoyed HOME and shortly about to begin RISK FACTORS, I can only wonder what I missed with BUBBLEGUM, LOL. I like the sounds of your WIPS too, Calisa. Congrats on your awesome release!

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    1. I'm hoping to locate that little note-paper book. I called the school a couple of years ago and the lady said she'd look into it. I haven't heard back so I think I need to call again and get hold of the current librarian. :) Thanks for saying such nice stuff! Love and hugs girl.

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    2. Oh, Calisa - could you PLEASE share some of your Bubblegum story if you ever track it down! :)

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  3. Nice interview ladies.

    Calisa, I loved home and can't wait to read Risk Factors...I know it'll be terrific!

    Congrats on your release and happy writing. The fireman story sounds promising..hehehe

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    1. Hehe if I can just get it written! I'm still reading SLIIH, btw. Loving it! Just not enough time to read right now-well not for pleasure. :) Thanks for coming to help me celebrate, love.

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  4. Another fine interview. Congrats on the release of Risk Factor. I see we have a similar issue, keeping the pesky details like age straight. LOL This reminds me to check the age of one character today. Thank you for the reminder, the interview, and the hint about a future fireman. Wink.

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    1. LOL Sandy. Age and eye color has to be the most mixed up detail for any writer. Thanks for popping in!

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  5. Calisa, a fireman story??? Ohhh, love it. Great interview with a little more insight into what makes the lovely Calisa tick.

    LaVerne, waving at you, hon!!!

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    1. Vonnie! :D So happy you stopped by, hon. I'm sitting over here just ticking away. :)

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  6. I loved Risk Factors and am looking forward to the fireman story!

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    1. LOL Ally. You;ll be one of the first to see it. :)

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  7. Congrats on your new "baby" Calisa. It was great learning a little more about you. BTW, LOVE that cover.

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Jannine! I love my cover too, so it's so nice to know others do. :)

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  8. Thank you for hosting me LaVerne! Keep the comments coming throughout my tour for a chance to win the host prize! :)

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    1. Its so lovely to have you here, Calisa! Sorry its taken me a while to get back here - crazy weekend! But I'm glad to see you've had some wonderful visitors :)

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  9. It's so weird to write on the same template that I use. I feel like I'm writing myself notes. lol. It's really late when I writing this. Risk Factor sounds fabulous. Are bonded now? La Verne says its impossible not to bond with you. I love New Zealand. My fav country.
    I have to go to sleep now before I say something really silly, instead of just moderately dopey.

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    1. LOL, Liza! Great minds, huh? :) I'm going to have to go visit your blog and say hi! Thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Lol I like the sound of a fireman who won't leave you alone Calisa - your world seems like a good place to be! Wishing you lots of success with Risk Factors and all the other things you have simmering away! :-)

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    1. Envy me, Serena. I love my life! Thanks for stopping by wish such lovely luck wishes. :)

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  11. Snickering about the age mixup. I do that kind of thing all the time. And I love knowing others walk around with pestering voices in their heads. It makes me feel almost sane. :-) You know I loved Home. Risk Factors is sitting on the Kindle, waiting its turn. Now if I can just find some time to read!

    Congrats my friend.

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    1. Thank goodness we 'weirdos' are not alone, Mac! Love ya babe. I can't wait to hear what you think of RF.

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