Monday, December 19, 2011


I'm thrilled to welcome my good friend and  fellow Rose, Calisa Rhose, whose first book, Home, will be released on Decmeber 28th. I've been lucky enough to share a small part of Calisa's journey to publication and I couldn't be more excited. Calisa has written a wonderful story about... Well, I'll let her tell you all about it. Here's Calisa.

I’m so excited to be on Gale’s blog as part of my tour for my debut release, HOME from The Wild Rose Press! Thank you for having me, Gale. I never would have imagined that I’d be promoting my book when I met you a year ago. Or at least, not this book. J My wolves, maybe. An Historical? Well let’s just say I’m beyond words so let me share my book of love and hope with you in the best way I know how.


What could a gypsy and a Vietnam veteran have in common?

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?


“I’ll always want you, Poppy.”

Her head shook in automatic denial. “You’ll want a girl who fits your life. Not some gypsy with no family lineage to brag about. Your momma won’t accept that, either. She’ll make you choose someone like Connie, someone who fits into your world. Not the girl everyone avoids and whispers about behind her back. You’re gonna be the town’s doctor. You need an uppity wife who will make you proud.”

When Sam laughed, his chest shuddered against her back. Deep, husky, real. He turned her in his arms and looked down at her, smiling. “Poppy, do you honestly think I give a damn what people think? Look at me! I’m the town outcast, the survivor who should have died saving the others, not be here planning a future that includes a wife, a medical practice. “I shimmy under park benches, run from my mother’s lipstick, for God’s sake. I wake up screaming and crying over nothing in the middle of the night, crawl under my bed and hide, shaking,

until morning. Hell, I can’t even be a doctor because I haven’t finished school yet.”

“I didn’t know. It must be awful for you.” No matter how it hurt Poppy to know he used her, it felt much worse to know how he hurt alone. “The only time it isn’t awful is when I’m with you. When I think of you.”

Get your copy of HOME on Wednesday, December 28th at The Wild Rose

On twitter @Calisa_Rhose

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Thanks again, Gale. It’s been fun!

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christine warner said...

You Rock Calisa! Congrats on your new release...I'm so excited for you. Your books sounds like it'll be a great read :)

Calisa Rhose said...

How's that for excitement? I forgot where I was today! Thanks Gale, for having me on your awesome blog! And for not forgetting me! lol

Hi Christine! You are such a great friend following me so faithfully! Makes me hope you win the copy on Jan first! :) Almost always first to get the comments rolling. I luv ya babe!

Callie said...

Hey girlfriend, getting close. So excited for you. And I can assure all readers what a great book Home is. Definitely put it on your TBR list.

Calisa Rhose said...

You're awesome, Callie! Thanks for stopping by!

Rebecca Zanetti said...

Wonderful excerpt! Good luck with the release!

Happy Holidays. :)

Calisa Rhose said...

Thanks for taking time to drop in Rebecca and for the wishes!

Happy Holidays!

Joelene Coleman said...

Only a few more days! Exciting! What a wonderful Christmas present, Calisa.

Unknown said...

*Waves wildely* So excited for you, Calisa. And can't wait to get my copy of Home. Hugs girl, and wishing you loads of success!

Calisa Rhose said...

I don't know where my comment went to you, Tina, but thank you for dropping by!

Thank you Gale for hosting me yesterday! You are a great friend!