Welcome to ~Pen of the Dreamer~

aka the Ranch.

Wrap up in sensual contemporary romance with Calisa Rhose…

       I like long country walks, eating cotton candy and… Oh, hi! 😀

I’m Calisa Rhose, contemporary romance author of warm, sensual love stories of the heart, typically set in a small community. Tales about handsome but damaged men- and the  strong, sexy women who dare to love them. Where, sometimes, it’s the men who have to be strong to save the women they love.

At times I jump back in time and scribble out a vintage or light paranormal story, but they’re always about romance with happy ever after endings, no matter the sub-genre.

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As the title says, I’m a dreamer. I’ve been writing since my early teen years when Rock-N-Roll ruled. Most of my early stuff contained singers and the music of my era (to time-stamp myself… BCR, REO Speedwagon, KISS, Rosetta Stone are a few of my most  loved). I still plan to write a story, maybe three, about a band.

I graduated to adult romance and left my beloved teenie-boppers behind to move on to ‘real’ men. As a horsewoman, it didn’t take long for my first love to take over. Horses and the men/women who share my passion. Today I still write about cowboys as my first love in heroes. But, I also admire first responders and other heroes. I branched out to my Cherokee heritage with a wolf shifter series I randomly work on that incorporates my heritage through legends.

But horses are still a constant and I loved to spend time with my quarter horse, Sonny Delight, when I needed to ‘feel’ my characters out, think about plots and conflicts. Sonny was my happy-place therapy, even though he couldn’t be ridden anymore due to arthritis in his hips. Sadly, I lost my “happy place” on February 1, 2016 when Sonny got pneumonia and crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Thankfully, we still have little Apple, a quarter-pony we got for the grandkids, but whom lives with us. She’s a joy to have now that Sonny’s not here.

Still, my first and true love is the loving family who supports me. I’m a wife, mother and grandmother living out my real-life romance in Oklahoma, USA.

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Besides writing my own stories, I like helping other writers reach their dream so I did the only thing that made sense. I joined the other side of the industry and became an independent content editor after working for a couple of ePresses for a few years.

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I do like taking walks and eating cotton candy (best served with grubby grandkid fingers). I love horses and country life, currently that is 3 acres of trees. I’ve been married for 30+ years to the same wonderful, supportive man. We have three daughters who also have all daughters (we hope for a grandson some day). And I am short, petite, delicate, or whatever you want to call it. Is that important? Well, when you’re 4′ 11 3/4″ tall- yes, it’s very important that people acknowledge every last millimeter of your height! Especially when it comes to furniture. Ever sit in a chair and feel like Lilly Tomlin in the old comedy show ‘Laugh-In’ from the 60s-70s? Don’t know that show? Well, she played a little girl always sitting in this really HUGE rocking chair (to make her look really small). Your feet hang three feet off the floor so you just sit there like a preformed Gumby doll, legs sticking out like, well, sticks. Aaanywaaay–there you have more than you wanted to know about me. I’m short and not a young-un any more. All I know for sure is that TNT comes in small packages, too.

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Now that I’ve reality-checked your incredible image of me- have a look around, see who I am. Browse what I have out in publisher-land and what else I write. Wonder what I do when I’m not nose deep in cowboys, first responders or a some other contemporary hero? This is the place to find out.

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And, hey, when you’re done looking around grab a seat on my cushy-comfy sofa, there’s plenty of room.  You might enjoy some tea, coffee, or wine and a slice of turtle cheesecake. Settled in? Great. Now you can just chat with me on my blog, or relax with a free read (coming soon).

Yep, I will have a free read once a month as soon as I can get that organized with what time I don’t have. 😆 You’ll find it in the Free Reads page in the drop down menu of The WIP Corral tab. Lengths of these offerings may vary. Excerpts of current work may also be available occasionally in the Excerpts page, also under The WIP Corral tab. You can also check the News-N-Fun drop down page titled Blogging Dates for where I’ll be guest blogging, or the Guest Bloggers page to see who my guests will be a month in advance.

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And finally- thank you for taking time from your busy day to hang out and get to know me. Don’t forget to comment on my blog to let me know you were here. Feel free to drop me a note sometime to Say Hey! I’d ♥ to hear from you!