Friday Fanfare with… ~ Calisa Rhose

Kelly Moran…

Welcome to Friday Fanfare!

This is a simple twice-a-month blog feature. Rather than a long interview full of questions everyone asks guests, I’ll get right to the heart of the book with five sections, that aren’t really questions so much as allowing the author to tell you what they want you to know about them and their book. 

Please show Kelly Moran some Ranch love!


It all began when…

A few friends and I decided to visit this secluded house. We used to go to places that were once reportedly haunted. This house is in the middle of dense woods. So it’s dark, we’re walking down this gravel road, almost upon the house now, when the flashlight flies from my hand and lands several feet away. I freeze, feeling like I’m being held in place, as something not human whispers in my ear. Needless to say we booked it outta there, but it gave me the idea for this book.

Tell us three things about you-the writer-readers wouldn’t typically know.

I’d rather live in my imagination than the real world, I wish my heroes were real, and all of my heroines have a strong flaw based off my own personality.

What stands out about this story that makes it different for you?

This is my first stab at romantic suspense. Though a light mystery, I won’t do it again soon. I’m much more in my niche writing heartfelt or quirky contemporaries.

Tell about any challenges you came across while writing this book or the subject matter.

The heroine has had nightmares and sleepwalking incidents since childhood. Not a lot of books use this premise to solve murders while interlacing a ghost story. It was a struggle to make it all feel and sound believable to the reader. I hope I pulled it off.

Finally- tell us about the finished book. Anything we might not know?3D TDH_KM


In her dreams, a ghost demands to be heard…

Once plagued by mysterious nightmares, Trisha Eaton always chalked them up to childish nuisances–until they return with a vengeance. Something about the Drake house next door haunts her, and now her night terrors and sleepwalking seem to be luring her to something dark. After a series of strange events, Trisha turns to Nick Mackey. As the new deputy in town, Nick wants to forget his traumatic past. His undeniable attraction for Trisha has him wondering if a shot at a normal life is possible. But Trisha has somehow struck a nerve in their small, superstitious town, and a long-buried secret threatens to surface again. A secret that someone will kill to keep veiled. Answers only lead to more questions in a case where nothing makes sense, but one chilling fact remains…some nightmares are all too real.

About Kelly:

Kelly’s been known to say that she gets her ideas from everyone and everything around her, and that there’s always a book playing out in her head. No one who knows her bats an eyelash when she talks to herself.

She began her writing career in the Indie market, becoming the recipient of an Editor’s Choice Award, a Finalist in the 2008 Best Book Awards, and a Finalist in the 2009 Indie Excellence Awards before moving into traditional publishing. Her books not only have honors from the top review sites, but from NY Times bestsellers too. She is a respected reviewer and a Romance Writers of America member.

Kelly’s interests include: sappy movies, MLB, NFL, driving others insane, and sleeping when she can. She is a closet caffeine junkie and chocoholic, but don’t tell anyone. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband, Darren, three sons, Logan, Evan, & Ethan, and her black lab, Willow. Most of her family lives in the Carolinas, so she spends a lot of time there as well.




That’s it for this edition of Friday Fanfare. Now it’s your turn to ask those difficult questions about the book. Things you want to know about it, the author and the writing process of this piece of literary work. Kelly will be giving one lucky commenter a copy of the book, so leave your email!

Until next time!

If you would like a special FanFare for you and your work in the future email me: and put Friday Fanfare Guest in the subject line. In the body, include an approximate date you’d like to appear (Fridays ONLY) and attach the book cover and–if you have them for the book–a banner and video youtube link.

Posted on 01/25/2013, in Branding, Interview, Pen of the Dreamer and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.

  1. Hurrah, that’s what I was searching for, what a information! present here at this weblog, thanks admin of this web page.


  2. Congrats Kellyatx!!

    You are very welcome, Kelly. I had fun. 😀


  3. authorkellymoran

    And the winner is… kellyatx! Grats. Please email me so I can get that out to you. Huge thanks to everyone, you guys were great, especially Calisa for having me by. xoxo


  4. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book. And I love the trailer. Spooky!


  5. Great feature, Calisa, and Kelly, love the cover! it takes a lot of courage to write outside your usual niche, and this looks fantastic! Going right on my TBR list.


  6. Sandy Bruney

    I love ghost stories, although I don’t ever want to meet a ghost. The cover is intriguing–I think I know that house! Thanks for sharing with us via Calisa’s site.


  7. Hi Kelly, great interview. I added The Drake House to TBR list on Goodreads. I like your book cover & awesome trailer too. Thank you for sharing with us 🙂


  8. Kelly, your book sounds wonderful! I Tweeted and I’m also going to share this link to my Facebook timeline. The Drake House is a winner.


  9. The Drake House sounds like a very intriguing book with so many twists that I surely would love to read and review the book!


  10. Friday Fanfare – how exciting! I love to read mysteries and thrillers, but I could never write them. Best of luck with The Drake House.


  11. The cover is wonderful and the premise is a grabber. I congratulate you on this new blog feature, Calisa. Well done!
    And best success on the book, Kelly. I’ve thought of doing a thriller or mystery, but don’t know that I have it in me. Good for you to take your hand at a new task.


  12. The book sounds great, Kelly. Love paranormal and romance. Consider this my entry to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway.


  13. Great interview kelly also great book


  14. Loved the blurb. So love stories with ghosts.


  15. Welcome, Kelly! I’ve been reading this book and your heroine has already made her way into my favorite heroines list! Thanks for coming and being my first Friday FanFare guest! 😀


  16. authorkellymoran

    I’m stuck at work most of the day, but I will pop in later to answer questions and pick a winner.
    Big thanks to Calisa for having me! xo


  17. authorkellymoran

    Thanks, Christine! xo


  18. Calisa, I like this new feature..congrats!

    Kelly, your cover and trailer are awesome! Interesting premise for your book….sounds like a great read 🙂


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