A Personal Dedication


Osiyo~

I am so excited today! Because, because, because, becaaaaaause………. Because of the wonderful things she does!

Ok, I love The Wizard of Oz. I’m no Dorothy for sure, though I live in tornado alley with a tiny dog, Cocoa the temperamental Chihuahua.

But I’m singing praises for a wonderful woman by the name of Nancy Swanson today. Who? Let me explain.

Exactly one year ago I got an email with these words in it:

“My request for a contract is still with my senior editor, who says she will give me an answer on it sometime at the beginning of this coming week. So, anxious as both you and I are to go forward, we will await her decision and I’ll let you know as soon as possible.
Have a happy Mother’s Day anyway!”
Indeed that promised a spectacular Mother’s Day, 2011! Four days later I was out most of the day, it was Saturday, and when I got home I had an email waiting for me titled:

“thumbs up for HOME”

That email started out:

“Just got word from my senior editor…it’s a go!Β Β As soon as I can get a mouse to work with my laptop I’ll send you the contract documents…”

So, the reason for my excitement today is that it was the beginning of my dreams all coming true. I would finally be a published author! And true to her word, Nan Swanson- my beautiful editor at The Wild Rose Press- sent me the contract soon after! She was on her way to the annual TWRP retreat when she sent me the first email and just home again when I got the second one. That was the longest week in my writing history, let me tell ya! πŸ™‚

Now a year later I’m waiting for my first payday for that Vintage Rosette, my Scrimshaw Doll short story, HOME, proudly listed under this lovely Logo on the website.

Of course, my editor isn’t the only one I have to thank for my first book becoming a splendid reality. It wouldn’t be nearly as appealing to look at on Kindle, PC or Nook (or whatever you use to read it) without the stunning job Tina Lynn Stout did on my gorgeous cover! I adore the colors and soft appearance Tina chose to bring out the effects of the era. That car is perfect to reflect the 60’s.Β 

Most of all, I have to thank Rhonda Penders and RJ Morris- – for taking a chance on me and over-looking my neurotic tendencies and offering that coveted contract! And to Lisa who made getting my baby out there possible with her talented marketing skills!
Here’s to The Wild Rose Press!!!

In the acceptance of my story, TWRP also enabled me to meet the bestest group of writers in Cyberland or print! I adore and love my Sister Roses!!!! They (ya’ll) have made this last year a fun ride. Thank you and raise your glasses in a toast to all Roses!

So…in celebration of the event– I’m giving away a copy of Home to one lucky commenter and I’ll throw in a real signatureΒ Rose Rock from my town here in Oklahoma! These are sandy rocks that, because of the sulphur in the dirt and sand in this area and the way water runs over the terrain, forms unusual and unique rose-shaped formations.

They are not always distinct as you can see by these pictures. [deleted]Β http://www.roserockmuseum.com/gallery/singles.html

 

 

(Rose Rock for a USA commenter only)

And since my name is Rhose…

Neat. Huh? πŸ™‚

Join me in my celebration and win a book and a Rose!!! I’m verra excited to gift someone with my book!!!!!!

Leave your email with your comment and share what your most exciting or memorable event was as a writer. If you’re not a writer, what was your most memorable day in your adult life (weddings and baby births aside, because those always trump any other day!)?

Dodadagohvi~

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 05/07/2012, in Promotion and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 107 Comments.

  1. Calisa, You’ve made the 100 plus but am adding mine anyway. It is indeed exciting to get that contract. And TWRP is a great publisher. I too am happy to have a book with TWRP.

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  2. Hi Calisa! Whoo Hoo! I’m the hundredth comment! Sorry I didn’t see your post until just today, hon, but I wanted to stop by and say congrats on your first release and I totally agree with you about all the lovely roses. I really couldn’t have done all that I have over the past few years without them. As for my most memorable writing moment…there are really too many to count. I think the day I first held Jezebel’s Wish in my hands ranks right up there…and of course that first contract email…but I think overall my fondest memory is when I ran into a friend of mine who had read one of my books. We were standing in a store when she pulled the book from her purse (no lie) opened it to a specific page and read back to me a quote from the story. She then proceeded to tell me how much those words affected her. That was a miraculous moment for me. To hear my own words from a reader’s lips… I floated around on cloud nine the rest of the day. Congrats to you and to TWRP for seeing your dream through to fruition. (((hugs)))

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    • I knew you’d eventually tug your head out of the cave, AJ. πŸ˜‰ You need a smart phone like Mac’s! I have to say I’m green over your very special moment! Wow. To have your words read back to you in an impromptu moment… Just W.O.W. Thanks for being my 100th commenter!!! I have a special treat for you. πŸ˜€

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  3. We critiqued query letters and a couple short story submissions (500 words) to contests. We run the gamut from 3 college students to a stay-at-home mom to a TV reporter to retired teachers and a college professor. Oh, and moi.

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  4. I just got home from our writers group, so I’m late chimming in. I love the respect and encouragement I get from TWRP. I recently finalled in two categories for the HOLT Medallian and recieved congratulatory emails from Rhonda and 3 editors. You’re not going to get that feeling of “family” from the BIG guys.

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  5. marietuhart

    Great post, Calisa. TWRP is a great place to be.

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  6. I didn’t quite make it to 100 but my sister Roses and all my wonderful friends, cps and Divas made this a fun celebration! I’m ready to shout out the winner of a copy of HOME and a Rose Rock from Noble, Oklahoma.

    Drumroll please……………….

    LILLY GAYLE… come on down!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations, Lilly! Drawing courtesy of Random.org

    I just have to thank you all for making my one year anniversary a great party!

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  7. Calisa, I loved your call story. I remember getting the email with “I would like to offer you a contract with TWRP” I read it seven times, thinking I was wishfully reading it wrong. All my other emails and letters had been NO’s so I finally had my husband read the note to make sure I wasn’t imagining that YES!

    jill AT jilljameswrites DOT com

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    • Oh, I know that feeling, Jill. I sat staring at the email and then began to shake and cry and ran through the house, jumped on the bed, squeed, cried more… Hubby thought I’d finally lost my last marble! LOL Congrats to us all! Thanks TWRP!

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  8. tonilynncloutier

    THANK YOU, TWRP! You are a PERFECT example of how the publishing industry should treat their authors/readers! Keep up the good work! Great post, Calisa!

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  9. I love hearing all the stories along the road to publishing, the good, bad, ugly, and beautiful. TWRP is certainly a labor of love for everyone involved, and certainly attracts the talent and kindness that are put into it. Thanks for sharing, everyone!

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  10. janninegallant

    Very well said, Calisa! There is nothing to compare to the email that tells you your first “baby” has been accepted. Unless it’s the second one or the third… LOL

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  11. The more I think about it, the more I love The Wild Rose Press!

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  12. After two weeks of running like a maniac, I finally got back into my cave, and what happens? My smart phone starts going nuts! Obviously something is happening with my roses, and you know me. I don’t want to miss anything! Especially when it pertains to the incredible women of TWRP.

    So, here I am. Adding to the count. So, Calisa, as my mom always says:

    Don’t tell ME I don’t love you! πŸ˜‰

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  13. One of my favorite moments was when I held my first book in my hand! Another when I saw my first story appear in a children’s magazine (Child Life)!

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    • Those are both awesome times, Roni! I’ve often thought of trying to write a children’s book, even have a title thanks to oldest granddaughter. She demands I write it for her and her cousins. It’s a series of short stories for little ones 10-. πŸ™‚

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  14. Hi, Calisa, great post. My most memorable moment as a writer? Getting that email from The Wild Rose Press offering me a contract for Clear As Day. The next? Holding my book in my hands. Awesome moments in my life. Thank you, TWRP!

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    • Aw Babette, that moment of holding your book… Just isn’t the same on my kindle. lol I’m working on getting my own in paper to snuggle too. πŸ™‚

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  15. Love the colors on your cover. Very smart. I think a number of us have had the same artist though. I see that kissing couple all over the place. Best of luck hitting your 100th comment.

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  16. Ah, Calisa. Most memorable day was of course having firsts–first poem published, first article published and now first book. And such a lovely bunch of roses to belong to—no thorns here!

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    • I have my first poems too, Andi. My 8th grade teacher printed two for every teacher and student in our tiny school (I was one of two grads that year. we had a large class… lol)

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  17. Hear hear Calisa! I couldn’t agree with you more. Wild Rose is such a great place to bloom and grow. Not only has it been a fantastic publishing experience, but I’ve ‘met’ so many wonderful friends and authors along the way so far!

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  18. Great post, Calisa! My apologies for being late to the party. I agree, TWRP is indeed a wonderful place to grow and thrive. Congratulations on Home!

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  19. A lovely tribute to Wild Rose Press, Calisa–and a beautiful, well laid-out blogsite.
    Best of luck with Home.
    Kathy Cottrell

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  20. Forgot to say…my best moment was signing my first TWRP contract. ‘The Chief’s Proposal’ will be released on 8/1/12.

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    • Thanks! I didn’t forget me, Sandy. I can’t with wonderful friends like you. I just didn’t want to pat my own back this time. I chose instead to honor those who have made this last year happen and my sister Roses who make it a happy and loving year… You all rock!

      Congrats on your coming release! Sounds like another party on the horizon. πŸ™‚

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  21. You left out the most important person…you. ‘Home’ is a great book. You deserve to be applauded.

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  22. Hi Calisa,
    Great blog. Isn’t Nan Swanson just wonderful? She is a joy to work with and so talented. She is my editor for my Vintage Rose books. Rhonda and RJ do a wonderful job also. I will always be grateful to them and the rest of the TWRP authors and staff. I think we are very lucky.
    Regards

    Margaret

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    • Nan is wonderful, Margaret! I feel very fortunate to have gotten her as my editor to break into publishing. πŸ™‚ Of course, she’s the only editor, anywhere, I’ve ever had so far, too. That just means she gets ALL my author love for now. lol

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  23. Nan Swanson

    My best moments, Calisa, are when (a) I find a great story like yours, (b) Nic says I can contract it, (c) the author jumps up and down, (d) edits are finished and it’s on the way to publication, and (e) release date happens with cool promo and author is delirious once again! Oh, and one more β€” when I’m invited to blog parties like this! I’m looking forward to your next story…

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    • Oh, Nan! You came out to play! I really wanted to toast you so let’s all raise our glasses of preferred libation high, please.

      *Here’s a toast, a toast and another toast. Here’s a toast to you my friends!*

      Thank you Nan! Thank you Nic!!! Without the two of you, no one would be reading my precious story! Thank you for liking and believing in my story and me.

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  24. Whew, took me long enough to get here, and all I can say is… Ditto. I’ll drink to the fabulous professionals at the Wild Rose Press. Congrats on your one year anniversary of your dream coming true, Calisa, and for it’s realization in Home.

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  25. I’m just so warmed by all your wonderful comments and thoughts. Thank you so much for loving The Wild Rose Press as much as you all do. Calisa, biggest congratulations on your book and now onto the next one! You didn’t think I’d let my authors just bask in glory did you? You have work to do. So party today but write tomorrow.
    Hugs!

    Rhonda

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    • Dang. Busted Ladies! Oh well it’s been a great time today and I’m so thankful to everyone who came by and shared in the celebration of The Wild Rose Press! Don’t forget ‘we’ are the Best Epublisher X4 this year! And ‘we’ are a whopping 6 years old as of May 1! Does that say dedication and commitment? I think it does! That’s why I wanted to publish through the Garden and why I won’t leave any time soon!

      Ok, ok. I’m getting to work tomorrow! Thank you for coming by, Rhonda. And I’ll choose a winner and announce it between Wednesday and Saturday!

      πŸ˜€ Until then– WE STILL HAVE TONIGHT, SO LET’S PAR-TAY MY FRIENDS!!!!! πŸ˜€

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  26. I’m right there with you, Calisa. I love being a TWRP author. All the editors I’ve worked with are terrific, and the graphic art department–Oh, my! Can’t say enought about the wonderful book covers they create. And it’s so nice to have CEO’s like Rhonda & RJ and Lisa in Marketing because they make the authors feel important.

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  27. Awww…Calisa – what a beautiful tribute. Everyone in the garden IS wonderful and a joy to know aren’t they?

    My most cherished moment is like many other author’s moments – that email saying they’d like to offer me a contract πŸ™‚ I jumped up and down and squealed like a little girl! Tweaked my ankle and had to sit out a game of netball that night! When I look back, I think it was just an excuse to drink another glass or two of champagne πŸ˜‰ The email for my second acceptance was just as exciting!

    Happy first year anniversary of being an author Calisa!

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    • Lol LaVerne! I can just see you jumping around. Maybe because that’s what I did, on our bed while Hubby was ‘trying’ to sleep! lol Nothing beats that first time. Then again, nothing beats any first, unless it’s the second! I hope your ankle is well now. πŸ™‚

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  28. Amanda Barnett/Senior Editor/Faery Rose

    Congratulations!

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  29. What a lovely tribute to TWRP, and well-deserved too. I am SO pleased and honored to be a part of such a wonderful publisher! I’m glad you’re a part of them too.

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    • Hi Alice! I hadn’t planned this party when I awoke this morning but then I realized what day it was, the day Nan told me she wanted to contract but was waiting for approval. That to me, as you are aware from the late night OMG call from me, was the beginning of Yeee-Haaaw! lol Thanks for being such a huge part of this, for bringing the Scrimshaw Doll to realism. Twrp is a wonderful home away from home.

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  30. Cheryl Yeko

    Congrats, Calisa. A very exciting time, indeed!

    -Cheryl

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  31. Congratulations! It’s wonderful to get that validation that you are good enough.
    You can write! People like it and want to read more..
    That’s a great mother’s day present!
    So very happy for your one year mark.

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  32. Congratulations my sister Rose! I got my first contract EVER from TWRP on Mother’s Day 2009 for my paranormal vampire romance Out of the Darkness. By June 2010, it was available in Print and E-book format. I don’t think those editors at TWRP EVER sleep because they are so quick to respond and offer advice. I agree TWRP ROCKS!

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    • Happy Mother’s Day Anniversary, Lilly! I agree. TWRP editors are exceptional when it comes to staying up to tend to business! Gotta love them all.

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  33. Congrats on your anniversary.

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  34. That’s such a nice dedication, Calisa. Thumbs up to you for being so thoughful!!!

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    • Aw, thanks, Nancy. This post isn’t about me today even though it features Home. It’s about you, you, and you and all the other Roses who make up the garden. A toast to all!

      But obviously, I wouldn’t be having a first anniversary of “The Call/Email” if it wasn’t, in part, due to the lovlies I named. I know there are other behind-the-scene who did as much or close. If I knew all their names I would have named each and every one. πŸ™‚

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  35. Congrats on your anniversary, Calisa.

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  36. Aw, congrats, Calisa! It’s been a great year, hasn’t it? Happy Mother’s Day ( a little bit early! ).

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  37. Congratulations, Calisa. I think the most memorable event for me as a writer was finishing that first manuscript. I wasn’t sure I could do it, but nine months after I started it, I was able to write “the end.”

    I agree with you, all of our sister roses are wonderful.

    Katherineg425@yahoo.com

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  38. Congratulations Calisa! So lovely to have you in the Garden.

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  39. Congratulations! I remember you when…. Amazing how the tides have swept in and carried you off into this wonderful new world, and how you continue to swim. Can’t wait for your next one. My moment as an author was when I penned “the end” to my very first book. I’d accomplished something I never thought possible, and the self-gratification of achieving the dream was indescribable.

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  40. I sent that comment too soon. My most exciting moment as a writer was getting the call that I finaled in the Golden Heart. The next was that email from TWRP wanting to sign my first book.

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  41. Calisa, congrats. What a wonderful tribute for an excellent publishing community.

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  42. Good luck with your book Calisa! Celebrate BIG!

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  43. Hear, hear, Calisa! I’ll raise a glass with you. I just finished my Copy Edits for book #3 with The Wild Rose Press, and I am thrilled to be a part of this great big wonderful family. Mmm, I can smell all those gorgeous roses all the way out here on the westcoast.

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  44. Happy “Anniversary”, Calisa. Roses rock, roll, and “rite” some darn good readin’!

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  45. Wonderful dedication – brought me back to the day last December when I got the long-awaited email I had worked so hard for! Congrats πŸ™‚

    Kathryn Knight
    ~Passionate Romance with a Paranormal Twist~
    Silver Lake – A Haunted Love Story, available 9/14/2012 from TWRP

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  46. A lovely tribute, Calisa. A beautiful “gift” to get on mother’s day! I agree, TWRP is wonderful!

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    • I couldn’t have done it without these four wonderful ladies and everyone else at TWRP.

      I don’t mean to leave anyone else who may have had a part in creating Home! Thank you ALL!!!

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  47. How great is that! I would love nothing more than to read a copy of “Home”….
    Great success story and hope one day to find an email waiting for me too.
    Neecy

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  48. Calisa, what a wonderful Mother’s Day gift for 2011 and 2012. I agree about the “Roses” and all of TWRP. Everyone is fabulous!

    Best of luck with Home. I wish you many, many sales.

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  49. I do so love a good story with a happy ending. What a wonderful Mother’s Day present to find in your email! Isn’t TWRP just wonderful. πŸ™‚

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  50. Hi Calisa,

    What a nice tribute. Best of luck with Home.

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