Elizabeth Means ladies and gents!


The winner of a signed copy of Forever Freed by Laura Kaye…… Congratulations Michelle Bledsoe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And now for your weekend pleasure… Please welcome fellow Rose, Elizabeth Means, author of Dangerous Charade (I must read this book)!

Hi Elizabeth, I’m excited you’re here today with your new Wild Rose Press release. I can’t wait to get started, but first would you tell us something about you?

A Bit About Me

 I live in the midwest with my wonderful husband.  When I’m not reading or writing, other hobbies I enjoy include hiking, biking, and chocolate. Not necessarily in that order.
While I enjoy many genres, I’m particularly drawn to Victorian era romance stories that are fueled by forbidden love and quite often…murder.   The foggy streets, swirling coat tails and foreboding castles make it a difficult one to resist. 
I have an undergraduate degree in biology and a half-finished master’s degree in business.  Strange how I can’t ever seem to find the time or energy to complete the degree but I can find plenty of both to write 250+ page novels…  

 Wow- such educations to work with. Finished or not that’s more than I have. Lol

So down to business:

  1. If you could be anything other than a writer what would you be and why?

Well…first I should tell you I’m not a full-time writer, I’ve got a day job!  Which I very much enjoy.   Great company, great people and it’s in the publishing field.  What else would I like to do?  I love to solve mysteries so perhaps some kind of detective work.

  1. How did you get into writing what you write?

I write in a wide variety of genres, all of which I read.  Depending on my mood I might pick up chick lit, romance, mystery…etc.  What I’ve found hard is when I start a story that’s the mood I’m in at the time so it’s easy and it flows.  Twenty or thirty-thousand words later I may not be in that frame of mind anymore but I have to make myself focus and stay there to complete what I started.  We writers are nothing if not disciplined!

Isn’t that the truth!

 Where do you see yourself in five years as a writer?

In five years I hope I have 6 or 7 books published, that would be a dream come true.

For a lot of us. That’s a reasonable dream.

 What would be your favorite romantic get-a-way?

Someplace cool with chilly nights.  Makes for excellent cuddling…

What are you working on now/next?

Right now I’m finishing up a middle-grade story.

 And for fun-

  1. Vanilla, chocolate or something else (and what)?          CHOCOLATE.  Is there anything else??
  1. What makes a perfect hero to you?

My perfect hero is imperfect.  He’s got issues, rough edges and a few traits that make you want to strangle him.  He’s also sexy, intelligent and most importantly, he’s madly in love with his heroine.

 Imperfect. I love that answer! Thanks for coming to share your new book, Dangerous Charade, Elizabeth. I just love the cover. I think those Mardi Gras masks are so cool. And you have an excerpt for us.


“One-two-three… two-two-three… very good.”  Julian held Gabrielle securely about the waist as they moved across the floor in perfect unison.  “You’re a surprisingly quick study.”

She nodded demurely, barely able to concentrate on whatever it was her feet were supposed to be doing. Or not doing. Dancing with Julian was proving to be even more unnerving than she’d feared. Having his body but a breath away from hers was far too distracting. He was her number one murder suspect, and she needed to keep her wits about her now more than ever.

“Are you sure you’ve never waltzed before?” he asked.

“Never,” she lied.

He spun them around quickly, catching her off guard, causing her to cling to him tighter. “I believe you’re ready for Rocancourt’s ball. I no longer fear you will trip over both my feet and embarrass us silly.”

 She pursed her lips. “I can assure you I would do no such thing, with or without your lessons.”

 “You don’t say?”   He furrowed his brow in mock thoughtfulness. “Do you know what I’m thinking, Gabrielle?”

 “I cannot begin to imagine, my lord.” She cursed the butterflies in her stomach. The effect he had on her when he breathed her name in that seductive drawl of his was maddening.

 He leaned down so his face was beside hers and whispered in her ear. “I think you have a secret.” He felt her body tense. “Oh, yes, I’m onto your little game.”

 You can reach Elizabeth at her Author Website (readers can contact me through it):


 Thank you so much for coming by Elizabeth and sharing about yourself. I had a great time!

Join me on the 29th for a visit with Sarah Grimm!


About Calisa Rhose

I'm a mother of three daughters and wife to a wonderful man of 35+ years. I'm also an avid seamstress, polymer clay artisan and die-hard crafter, always coming up with things to make with, and for, my six granddaughters and two grandsons. Check out my craft site https://lisasfancifulallure.wordpress.com/ when you have a moment. I'm also a small online business owner of Okie fLips on Etsy and Poshmark (eBay/Merkari coming soon), https://www.etsy.com/people/cmselfridge and https://poshmark.com/closet/okieflips I'm a published author of sensual romance. I write about stubborn men and women who don't take no for an answer, and there's always that golden HEA. Cowboys and first responders are my favorite contemporary heroes to write about. My light paranormal heroes are strong men ready to protect their women--not that they need protecting, since they are capable of caring for themselves.

Posted on 09/24/2011, in Interview, Promotion, The Wild Rose Press, Welcome and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. Caroline Clemmons

    Calisa and Elizabeth, sorry to be late. I enjoyed the post and love your book’s cover, Elizabeth. Best wishes for success!


  2. It’s been wonderful having you and your tempting book Elizabeth. Good luck on your sales! And thank you!


  3. Calisa, thank you again for inviting me to the ranch. What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday!


  4. Thanks for stopping in everybody! Elizabeth will try to get in later to thank you for herself. I just had to say I can’t wait to read her book even though I don’t read a lot of historicals. There are the exceptions!


  5. Great interview. Loved the blurb and the cover is perfect. Liked your comment about the perfect hero being anything but. The little imperfections only make us love him more. Thanks for sharing.


    • Many thanks, Joelene! The cover was one of my biggest stressors. I worried that I might not like what the artist created, or it wouldn’t really capture the true feel of the story. And, of course, I’d be stuck with it. But I was so relieved when TWRP sent the proof to me, I thought the artist did a fabulous job.


  6. Lovely interview! And your book sounds great – I bet it would pair wonderfully with a pair of snugly jammies, a roaring fire and a big cup of hot chocolate. I get the distinct impression that I’d want to get comfortable with all of the above because once I start reading the book – I’m not going to want to put it down!


  7. Great interview. You’re so lucky to have a day job you enjoy. I hated my day job and couldn’t wait to leave. I also love the Victorian era and tortured heroes. Can’t wait to read Dangerous Charade.


    • Thank you, Gale! And congrats on being able to leave a job you hated. Spending 40+ hours a week doing work you detest is bad for the soul. I think it zaps peoples creativity.


  8. Hi Elizabeth and Calisa! I happened to stumble across another interview with this author and decided I had to read this story then…now to come across it again…I definately know I have to read it. It’s on my list.

    Great interview ladies….enjoyed it and really liked the fact that all writers seem to have some of the same traits…like the one about being in a certain mood when you start a story then making yourself focus to finish it since your mood has changed. Too funny! I do that all the time. 🙂


  9. Hey there! I couldn’t agree more – the perfect hero must be imperfect. I for one like them on the dark side. Tortured hero! 🙂
    Congrats to the winner of the Forever Freed copy!


  10. Hey Elizabeth. You sound like you write my kind of books. I love that your main character is dancing with her suspect right off the bat, and I like imperfection in a hero. That feels realistic. And do I ever understand the mood and genre thing. Very nice to meet you. Isn’t Calisa’s ranch great?


    • Yes! Calisa’s ranch is fabulous. So good to hear from another who struggles with changing moods affecting story completion. You’re the second today to mention it so now we have three…should we form some kind of support group for this? 😉 I don’t get writer’s block too often but I definitely suffer from “mood-block.”


  11. Thanks for visiting Elizabeth. It’s a beautiful fall day here at the ranch and I’ve got all the goodies lined out on the tables. Dig in!

    Thanks for kicking us off Donna!

    AJ- I thought Matty was a perfect hero. Hm Maybe that’s just me. 😉


  12. Hi Elizabeth. You know, I really wanna read this story. I love what you said about your hero. I can’t stand it when authors create a “perfect” male for the hero. It never works for me, because perfect men just don’t exist. And personally, I think wanting to strangle the hero is a good thing. Means you’ve gotten to the reader. Good luck with your release and here’s to a boatload of sales~


    • Thanks AJ! The cookie-cutter perfect hero is a tough one to buy into, isn’t it? And they’re not nearly as interesting as a character with “stuff.”


  13. Hello Elizabeth. Great interview. I can relate to the whole being in the right mood for each genre.


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