Be a Fathead ~ Calisa Rhose


Happy March and welcome to The Ranch, my home on the web! 

I can’t tell you how excited I am today. It’s the long-awaited release day for RISK FACTORS from Lyrical Press, Inc! I’ll be at Vonnie Davis’s blog (when she awakes and puts up my post, that is) today celebrating my release day and talking about publishing firsts and “old hat.” If you’ve read any of my blogs in the last month you’ll already know this book has been a long time coming. I wrote it in less than four months in 2010, August-November and when it didn’t sell to Mills and Boon after ten months (my choice, not theirs), I reworded it a little and sold it to Lyrical in May 2012.

Now, today, it’s out for all of you to enjoy and I’m stoked beyond belief.

I’m so excited I want to put the cover art, which I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! up for the world to see…from my living room. I do. I am contemplating having a wall graphic made! Like this– RF-fathead1

Yep- I wanna Fathead of my cover art! You can click on this picture to browse

Here’s a bit about RF for you to enjoy while I go plan where to put my Fathead wall mural once I get it.

Love, like life, is not without risk.

BLURB- Veterinarian Vivian Dane has purchased her uncle’s practice in the tiny town of Wales,

Missouri, where most residents still doubt her ability to treat their pets. But Viv is used to being

considered less-worthy than her predecessors. After all, her parents are world-renowned wildlife

vets, and most everyone is unimpressed she’s chosen to not follow directly in their footsteps.

Now Connor, a patient’s owner, is hot for Viv, but clearly doesn’t think she’s dating material

because he has a daughter…who he believes no woman is good enough for.

Being a perfect dad is EMT paramedic Connor’s life focus. He can’t seem to stay away

from sexy Doctor Viv, but attraction is as far as he’ll ever let it go. His mother abandoned him,

leaving him to be raised in the foster system, and then his wife abandoned both him and their

daughter. He absolutely will not risk bringing another woman into his little girl’s life and having

her feel the hurt of being left…again.

Forfeiting is easier than attempting and failing. So why does Viv feel compelled to prove

she’s a sure bet for Connor and his daughter? Can Connor trust Viv–and himself–enough to play

the possibilities?

EXCERPT- Viv’s smile and throaty laughter burrowed deeper by the second, mutating into hot want that seemed to draw him to her at every opportunity. But her invitation shook him back to level

ground. Dinner. With her. Vivian Dane, the woman who seemed to freely access his dreams

lately, was asking him out.

Her voice fell to a low smoky grade that slid like satin over him, tightening around his chest, making it hard to breathe.

He wanted to kiss her.


There was something about her in the lab coat he couldn’t put his finger on. She appeared

so fragile and delicate in pink that matched her lips…china doll perfect. Kissable.

He opened his mouth to refuse. He couldn’t afford to get close to anyone, wouldn’t risk Janna. He knew his daughter already liked the vet, had said so. If he got involved and it all nosedived south, he couldn’t stand to have Janna hurt. Even if she didn’t know it, Viv was their veterinarian now and he’d have to see her, Jelly Bean would notice the tension–


“I’d like that.”


To kick off my release, I’m having a party all month long. 

It’s time for RISK FACTORS’ release party! I’m going on a blog tour and would love you to join me. At the end of this tour I’ll be picking one winner to gift either a signature rose rock for a USA winner or a $10 GC of choice (Kindle or Nook) for one overseas or in Canada. Either winner will also get a PDF copy of Risk Factors!

The more you stalk me and comment, the greater your chance to win. The tour begins Feb. 26th thru April 8th. I’ll announce the winner on the 10th

As a special bonus, I’ll be pooling all my blog hosts and the one with the most comments for my post will also win one of the same prizes as the winners! They need your help to win so the more stops you comment on, the better everyone’s chances! Just scroll on down to the beginning of the tour list here to catch them all.

Thank you for joining me on this fun journey’s end and good luck to all!

*In case of a tie will help decide the winner.*


1st- Banner promo all month

31st- Roses of Prose


1st- Joanne Wadsworth

4th- Sarah Grimm

8th- Wild Women


1st- Banner posted on TRS and MFRW

4th- RISK FACTORS release day!

6th- Christine Warner- What to Read Wed.

8th- LaVerne Clark Novel Natterings

12th- Mackenzie Crowne

13th- Lynn Cahoon

18th- Renita Pizzitola‘s think Whimsy

20th- Alicia Dean

22nd- AJ Nuest- Tattered Pages

25th- Becca Dale

27th- From the Pen of Mae Clair

29th- Cait O’Sullivan


26th- DB Sieders -RF Tour Kickoff!

28th- Kristina Knight

In the meatime feel free to get your copy of Risk Factors if you don’t want to wait to see if you win.

Also, Risk Factors is on Authorgraph! Get your copy signed.


Posted on 03/04/2013, in Blog Tour, Book Covers, Contests, Lyrical Press Inc, Pen of the Dreamer, Promotion, Publishers and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.

  1. Congratulations on your release Calisa! The cover is gorgeous – you could always put it on an OUTSIDE wall of your house, instead of inside! 😉 Have a great blog tour!


  2. Love it! But I don’t think my family wants me marketing my books to them! Huge congrats on your release day!


  3. Beautiful cover. Love it as wall art. 🙂 Very inspiring. 🙂 And your books sounds great too.


  4. Wonderful idea, Calisa! I love that you’re taking your promo by the horns! Good luck with Risk Factors!


    • Haha Funny you should word it that way, Jessi. If you go to Fathead’s site and see the taupe room with a big buck in it, that’s what I used to make mine above! 😀 I just took off the deer and ‘painted’ the walls green to suit my needs (because that’s almost the color I’ll be painting my living room this year).

      Thanks for the luck!


  5. LOVE IT, Calisa! What size did you set this up as? I had my book cover with a couple of reviews put on car air fresheners. What we authors have to go through to sell a book! Best of luck with your new release.


    • Air fresheners are a great idea, too, Toni Lynn. This isn’t really my house. I put RF into an existing picture to show how cool it would be. hehe Thanks for your kind words. 🙂


  6. HAPPY RELEASE DAY Calisa! Love the wall art idea…you have me glancing around my living room looking for a spot for my own wall art…and darn it, I don’t have one unless I cover a window. lol


  7. Thanks for the Fathead URL. What a great idea to pass along! Happy Release, Calisa!


  8. Oh! I’d love Fatheads of two of my covers! Love your cover and congrats on your big day!!


  9. Happy release day, Calisa! Looks like you’ve got a great tour lined up. Yes, I’ll be stalking 🙂 Off to see what you’re sharing at Vonnie’s now!


  10. Congratulations Calisa!!


  11. Congrats on the release, Calisa! Love the idea of a book cover fathead–and the phone cover, Mac. Nice!


  12. happy release day, Calisa! And since my DH has sports fatheads in his office, I think this is a *great* idea for mine! lol


  13. I love this idea. What a fun idea. Thanks for sharing


  14. janninegallant

    Congrats, Calisa! Love the cover, too!


  15. LOL Love it, babe. Here’s another idea. I had a phone cover made with one of my book covers at Zazzle. It catches the eye when I’m out and about.


  16. I’d love to stalk you on your blog tour, Calisa, ha ha!!! Yay on the release day!!!


  17. Love it Calisa! I think I should turn my book covers into wall art, too. 🙂


  18. I’ve finally gotten Calisa’s Release Day Party up at Vintage Vonnie. And boy, do I feel lower than a possom’s pec*er for being late. But as I tried to tell our darling Calisa, champagne before eleven is bad for wrinkles. Come on by! Have a bit of bubbly and cake and strawberries and show our girl some love.


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