Category Archives: A to Z

Spring Fever? #MFRWAuthor #atozchallenge #KthruN

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Osiyo~

Well, it seems the universe, or powers that be, or something is trying to make me drop from the challenge again this year. I was struck with the flu about the time of my last post and have been laid up since. That’s not what I expected when my sister and I discussed Spring Fever. 😆 Today I recapture my freedom. LOL Hey! I refuse to be bullied, so off with you, flu! 😀

I am finally almost feeling human today. But despite all good intentions, I find myself four days (letters) behind again. Ugh. So, I’m going to cover K thru N here today. Hold on tight. 🙂

K15  is for~

  Kindness. I love when neighbors step up. When father in-law (fil) had to go to the hospital three weeks ago it was the kind, and new, neighbor next door who took Andee into her home and fed her pudding, with her own children, while waiting for the ambulance and Andee’s aunt to arrive and take her home for the night. It’s the little things that can make a bad or scary situation better, even if just a little. Pudding can ease many things. 🙂 Thanks Kimberly!

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L15is for~

Love. As I mentioned, I’ve been sick. Since taking in my father in-law and our oldest granddaughter, it’s a rare day when I get to just sleep in, sick or not. On the occasional Sunday when Mitch is home, or intermittently throughout the summer is about all I get. While my girls were growing up I don’t think I ever got a real ‘sick day’ because, well, moms and dad’s in a mom roll just don’t get that privilege. I get that and accepted that years ago.

Tuesday and Wednesday of this week were two of a handful of days I can count on one hand with two fingers missing. Monday I was up to take Andee to get her cast on. But the other two days Mitch left me sleeping while he got Andee up and off to school before he left for work. I was so unprepared for that chance to just be sick and just worry about getting better. It’s not, by any means, that he never cared before. But when our girls were growing up he was often at work long before daylight and it was my role to take care of the rest. Now, for the first time in a very long time, he’s in a more relaxed job and position and able to care for me if I need it. We’re both in a position that we can do things we weren’t able to in those earlier years. I’m taking this time to thank my husband and let him know how much I appreciate him. Thank you, Mitchell. I love you!

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M15  is for~

  Murky Words. I’ve been struggling all month. I have two WIPS I want, need, to complete and get to my editors soon. One is an absolute deadline of June 1. The other, well, let’s just say I’m running out of time and can’t get it back. So what’s the problem? I’m calling it murky words. That is those words you know what they need to be, you know where the story is supposed to go, the A+B=C formula is in place (that is not to say there IS a formula to writing, just that you know the beginning, middle and end of the story). But it’s the in-between that refuses to cooperate. See, I know where I want both stories to go and how to give these two couples their HEA. I just can’t get those murky words to clear and become what I envision. Good thing I’m not a quitter and am determined to see these couples see that happy ending one way or another. 🙂 Do you have those stories that just don’t seem to want to be written? How do you handle them (remember, deadlines on both, so I can’t set them aside any more than I already have)?

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N15is for~

Necklaces and other goodies. I’ve mentioned my artsy side, that I make jewelry, among other totem-like items. I’ve sold some necklaces inspired by the Highlander Beloved series by one of my all time favorite ladies and authors, Vonnie Davis, and some tiny bookshelves with miniature books for AJ Nuest’s Golden Key trilogies. Then there are key rings for Sarah Grimm’s Midnight series. I swoon for Dom! I’ve made a clock out of a CD, created a pretty Carmex lid (both as taught by polymer clay experts Lisa Pavelka and Katie Oskin) and Christmas ornaments for the grandgirls, and had a lot of fun with those. It took me almost a year to decide to start a website and blog for my creations. I should share the fun. So, a couple of months ago I did just that, then posted a couple of blogs to initiate the site. Then I sort of just forgot about it. Silly. Well, I thought I’d share that site here. My crafts are titled Fanciful Allure and I look forward to having you visit me at my other home in cyberland. I’m still getting it all prettied up, but there are a few creations around the site you might enjoy. If you see anything you might like for  yourself or to give as a gift, though it’s more a hobby right now, I might be able to make something for you. Just email me from there and we’ll talk. 🙂 Shares here and there would be so appreciated to help get the word out about my craft blog. Thank you for reading and, in advance, for visiting my ‘Lisa’ site!

Dodadagohvi~

I-J~ Inspiration and Joy #MFRWAuthor #AtoZchallenge

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Osiyo/Hello~

To continue my catch-up, here’s Friday and Saturday’s post. I hope you enjoy and join me Monday for a new post.

I15 is for~

Inspiration. I hear a lot of writers say they are often asked where they get their ideas from. I hear it. The most common answers I hear, and give are from everywhere, everyone I see, meet or know. Inspiration comes from within our minds, something we hear on the radio, tv or other place, something we read, the list goes on. One place and maybe another type of inspiration comes from reading. Not just reading articles, but critiquing, beta reading, reading work of a favorite author or friend.

It’s not what they write that inspires me, but how many books they seem to write in a year, two years, five years. It makes me look at my own production and sometimes it makes me feel like a slacker, not worthy, like I’m a fraud. How can I claim to be a writer when I haven’t released a book in over a year?

It’s at those times I have to remind myself that every writer writes at their own speed, what works for them. I also have to remind myself that I was forced to take most of last year off when I was on the verge of burn-out. I was under too much stress at home and writing and I simply over did it, everything. I took up jewelry crafting again, something I hadn’t done in several years. Now I do both, write and craft and one feeds off the other. I’m beta reading for a friend now and I admire her ability to pop out so many books a year (two or four possibly?), and it doesn’t hurt that I LOVE her writing!

J15  is for~

Joyous. As I said, Andee will get her cast Monday. My daughter offered to drive us to the hospital because my car has been breaking down for months and hubby finally got the parts and time to fix it last weekend. Only, all his work did not fix it. Then he got another part, an yet one more part, and finally a week later he was able to FIX MY CAR! To say I’m ecstatic is short of the elation I felt today as we drove my car to town and it didn’t bang or shake once. LOL Seriously, I could barely go three miles before it started it’s racket and at times I was fairly sure my poor baby would crumble into a heap of nuts and bolts on the road. I finally stopped driving it farther than the bus stop (1/10 of a mile to the end of our street) a couple weeks ago. But as of yesterday my car is healed! YAY!!!

And that gets me all up to the letter. See ya’ll Monday. 😀

Dodadagohvi/Until we meet again~

PS

In case you’re curious, I greet and close almost every post in Cherokee, of which I’m one-fourth and very proud.

G-J, Calisa Rhose is Playing Catch Up #MFRWAuthor #AtoZChallenge

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So, as you know, this past week has been quite the challenge, and I’m not talking about just this Blogging A to Z Challenge.

Monday was spent running, all day, with hubby. Very important stuff that had to be done. I’m happy to say by the end of that day there was success. I also had to get UnCover Monday posted. That’s my monthly cover love feature you can find out more about here. I should point out that is strictly for happy ever after romance books. 🙂

Tuesday I spent all day in the hospital(s) with Andee and her broken arm. Good news there, we get her cast Monday. Color me happy since it’s hard to keep her off scooters and other dangerous things being the tomboy she is! lol Anyway, I was a letter behind come Wednesday and had planned to get it caught up Sunday.

Now I’m three letters behind, not counting today’s post, and have decided to play a little quickie catch-up by doing two letters today and two tomorrow. According to A-Z’s challenge calendar below I should be on ‘J’ so read on and I’ll finish quickly for you. 🙂 april-calendar-2015.jpg

 

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G15 is for Greatful

We were supposed to see horrendous weather Wednesday. The weatherman said to be ready for enormous hail,  parts of Oklahoma got up to baseball size. He also said to expect tornadoes. Yep, that’s spring weather predictions in the mid-west. But I’m so thankful, as I’m sure many are, there were just two small (EF1) tornadoes reported in the state all day. Unfortunately, the further east that storm traveled, there were other larger, more devastating tornadoes in the news in Kansas and Illinois. It is proving to be a bad spring so I’m thankful this storm had mercy. May is when we typically get it bad here. All the huge or devastating tornadoes in the past have mostly happened in May. One hit near where two of my daughters lived at that time. One within a mile of my oldest daughter’s home, who has since moved back to California, and one within a mile of my youngest daughter’s gas station three miles from me. I lived about 25 miles from here at that time in 2010 and 2011 and was very scared and worried, let me just say. Now we’ve moved to this same area and  in the three and a half years since we’ve been here there has been no tornadoes in our area. Our house had been here for twenty five years when we bought it. I’m praying it stands for another 25 and more. 🙂

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H15 is for Healing

Andee came in and grabbed a fly swatter Thursday night and tried to shove it into her splint. She claimed she’d sweated and it itched, but I remember well how hard it was for her not to shove all manner of objects up her last cast when her skin got cruddy under the plaster, and worse when the bones began healing. I’m thinking she might have got water and/or dirt in it already. In one day? Have I mentioned she’s a tomboy? lol  I’m trying to think of something I can fashion for her to scratch with this time.

 

Join me tomorrow when I tackle the next two letters in my A to Z challenge. Thank you for stopping by today and I’m sorry this is a short two-fer post. I’ll try to do better tomorrow. 🙂

Dodadagohvi~

 

 

F~ #AtoZChallenge #MFRWAuthor #WTF?

**Warning- Semi-graphic pictures below. If you have any sort of weak stomach, you might want to prepare yourself, or not read on–though it’s a great story. This is also a longer post, so if you don’t read all of it, I understand.**

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Osiyo~

I’m channeling my spiritual side today. If I don’t…well, you might guess what F would stand for in today’s A to Z Challenge post (and yes, I’m aware I missed my letter post for yesterday, so I’ll catch up Sunday).

F15 is for~

Here’s my day yesterday. (This is, in part, an email to a friend)

Things have been a bit tough here in the Rhose household lately. Yesterday they got a little more…shall I say challenging? It began with a cartwheel that went very, very wrong.There was a boy doing cartwheels, and Andee got the urge to show her friends she can do the flips too. ‘The girl’ cannot do cartwheels! She knows that, we all know that.
Double LL break 4-21-2012

Double LL break 4-21-2012

About 11 a.m. I got a call from the school that Andee–yes, the birthday girl from just days ago, challenge letter ‘C’–broke her arm. So, I asked the school secretary ‘how bad’ and she said, “It’s, uh…well, ah, mmn–You might want to look for yourself.” I knew right then it was bad. I asked which arm, although I already knew deep down. The left. Again. Three years ago (almost to the day!), 4-21-12, she broke her left arm in the middle of both forearm bones when she fell off a gate at her dad’s house.

Mr. Rhose had to stay home with his dad, so I took the girl to the nearest hospital and spent three hours in the treatment room. Finally, the Dr. set it and released Lbreak4-213x4dualher. Luckily, she only broke the radial this time, instead of both as last time. But I looked at the x-rays, beforeand after he set and splinted it, and it didn’t look any better when he was finished. See, Andee BREAKS her arm, not fractures, not cracks, not clean breaks. lol Just short of compound, total displacement, so it has to be reset into place, under sedation. She did that to both bones last time. Her arm was (capital) ‘S-shaped’ three years ago. This time it was a lowercase ‘s’. lol
As soon as that dr. released her I immediately headed to OKC and the Children’s hospital. I should have gone there first, but it’s almost an hour away and not knowing how much internal damage was done, I thought it best to go to the closest one. Wrong. I won’t make that mistake again. That dr. only gave her a pain shot before he set it. She was screaming.

Andee’s mom was able to meet us at the first hospital just after the setting, so they followed us to OKC at around 2:30 p.m., where we spent the next nearly 6 hours. As soon as the Dr. there walked in Andee asked, “Why do I think I know you?” I looked at him and realized right off that Dr. Williams is the same Dr. who treated her three years ago!
They got x-rays from the first hospital and immediately agreed with me that it was not set right. Called the ortho dr. and then we waited for consult, free time to fix her and a free room to work in. Since the ortho dr. uses constant x-rays to make sure the bone is set right before they splint it, there couldn’t be anyone in the adjoining bed, and they were full last night.

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New single bone break 4-7-2015

New single bone break 4-7-2015

New single bone break 4-7-2015

The ortho on call last night wasn’t the same resident as three years ago (Austin Taylor was young, but oh-so hot! lol and has since graduated), but the gal last night was great and very nice. She was finally able to get to work at 6 p.m. and Andee was waking up by 7. Yes, OU Children’s always knocks her out completely. Thankfully, Andee broke her arm before lunch so there was no full stomach issues to worry about when they sedated her. We looked at the after x-ray again and you can barely tell where it’s broken! Such a clean job.

Final X-ray 4-7-2015

Final X-ray 4-7-2015

We finally got released at a little before 8 p.m. and home just after 9, after a pain med fill (thank God for all night pharmacies!) and food for the girl. Poor thing was starved! lol So…Monday we go for the cast. She’ll return to school tomorrow.

 
Oh–and her ortho dr. for casting and follow-ups? Also the same one she had last time. I’m glad because we really liked Dr. Stockton. And I had to promise Dr. Williams I’ll bring Andee to visit him Monday when we go back.
 
 
Current splint before Monday's cast. 4-8-15

Current splint before Monday’s cast. 4-8-15

 

For now, this is my Andee.

As soon as I have the other X-rays I’ll share those for anyone who cares to see what the initial break looked like. I’ll also post updates on casts and healing progress.
I could write a book of my life! LOL Until next time!
 
Dodadagohvi~
 
PS
I don’t know what’s going on with my formatting. Please excuse this mess. 🙂

Calisa Rhose presents ~ UnCover Monday ~ April #MFRWauthor #CoverLove

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Since I’m doing the Blogging A to Z Challenge this month, I’m going to make this month’s UnCover Monday part of the challenge.

E15 is for~

Enjoyable books and Excellent covers!

So, here’s a brilliant UnCover Monday post for April. Talk about diamonds, these babies glitter and shine! 

Enjoy awesome cover art and the super authors, publishers and artists who made them possible for you to gaze upon this month and each month. It would be great if you leave a comment letting everyone know what you think about them and maybe even check out a few author links to meet those behind the books. Or just say hi. Don’t forget to tell your friends to stop by so they can appreciate some greatness too!

UnCover Mondays on The Ranch!!! This feature is only to highlight the authors and artists (though if you see one you want to buy I’m sure the authors won’t mind 😆 ). Enjoy this months’ covers to ogle and explore. If there is one provided, you can follow the artist links by clicking on the name, if there’s an artist link provided, to learn more about the amazing creators of these beautiful covers. If I have it, I link the cover to the artist, otherwise, it’s linked to the author. I think they deserve fair mention since they helped create the book! I wish everyone a fabulous new year in 2014!

There’s a heat level rating for covers, one through five scale, for your benefit. You should never see a 5* on the Ranch. If there’s anything else you’d like to know about covers being revealed here, please don’t hesitate to let me know. You can leave it either in a comment or by my contact page https://calisarhose.com/say-hey/ with what you’d like to know. 🙂

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Rebellious_MC4_AmandaMcCabe04.06.15Title: Rebellious: Martini Club 4 – The 1920’s Book 1

Author: Amanda McCabe

Weblink: www.ammandamccabe.com

Genre: Vintage Historical

Heat Level: 1- sweet- sensual kissing only

Publisher: MC Publishing.

Cover artist: Kelli McBride

Release date: February 26, 2015

Can an aristocratic lady melt the cold heart of a Russian gangster? 
Lady Jessica Hatton fled her high-society London debutante life for one of investigative journalism in New York—only to be relegated to the fashion pages. Searching for a juicy story leads her to Club 501, the city’s most glamorous speakeasy—and its handsome, mysterious owner, Frank Markov. But his past of war and revolution puts their hearts—and their lives—in danger… 

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Ruined_MC4_AliciaDean04.06.15Title: Ruined: Martini Club 4

– The 1920’s Book 2

Author: Alicia Dean

Weblink: www.aliciadean.com

Genre: Vintage Historical

Heat Level: 2- Sensual

Publisher: MC Publishing.

Cover artist: Steven Novak

Release date: February 26, 2015

She vowed she’d be no man’s doxy, but fate had other plans… 
After the Earl of Goodwin attempts to force himself on her, housemaid Eliza Gilbert flees England for New York, hoping to build a better life. But the land of opportunity proves as harsh as the London docks, and she finds herself in a situation more dreadful than the one she escaped. 
When Vince Taggart’s childhood friend disappears, he heads to New York in search of her and meets Eliza, a woman with a less than honorable reputation. Inexplicably captivated, Vince can’t force himself to stay away, especially when he learns Eliza may be the key to finding his missing friend.

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Reckless_MC4_KathyLWheeler04.06.15Title: Reckless: Martini Club 4

– The 1920’s Book 3

Author: Kathy L Wheeler

Weblink: www.kathylwheeler.com

Genre: Vintage Historical

Heat Level: 2- sensual

Publisher: MC Publishing.

Cover artist: Kelli McBride

Release date: February 26, 2015

Lady Margaret turned Lady Bootlegger… 
Singer Margaret (Meggie) Montley needs money…fast. Her friend is in a dire situation with nowhere to turn. While Meggie is on the brink of stardom, it’s not soon enough to save her friend. 
Harry Dempsey is out to avenge the deaths of his father and brother at the hands of a ruthless gangster. But trouble spirals out of control when Meggie Montley shows up the night he meets his nemesis to settle the score. Saving the impetuous woman from a crime lord might be easier than saving her from her own reckless behavior.

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Runaway_MC4_KrystaScott04.06.15Title: Runaway: Martini Club 4

– The 1920’s Book 4

Author: Krysta Scott

Facebook: www.facebook.com/krysta.scott

Genre: Vintage Historical

Heat Level: 1- sweet

Publisher: MC Publishing.

Cover artist: Steven Novak

Release date: February 26, 2015

Can she prove her innocence before more than her dreams are destroyed? 
After escaping an arranged marriage, Lady Charlotte Leighton lands on a new shore, determined to realize her dream of opening her own bakery. But her plans are shattered when her former fiancé follows her to New York. Now, she finds herself in a fight for her freedom. 
Haunted by a string of failures, Detective Felix Noble is determined to solve his latest case. But his efforts to find a murderer are jeopardized by a forbidden attraction to his number one suspect. While he’s certain Charlotte Leighton is keeping secrets, instinct tells him she’s not the murderess he first believed.

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AtHisCommand_RuthKaufman04.06.15Title: At His Command

Author: Ruth Kaufman

Weblink: www.ruthkaufman.com

Genre: Medieval Romance

Heat Level: 3.5

Publisher: Ruth Kaufman.

Cover artist: The Killion Group

Release date: January 14, 2015

Could she defy her king for love?

England 1453: King Henry VI sends Sir Nicholas Gray to protect the recently widowed Lady Amice Winfield from undesirable suitors. Though Nicholas intrigues her, she yearns to run Castle Rising without a man’s control.

Nicholas has no interest in marriage, but can’t deny he’s attracted to Amice. He’s surprised to finally find in Castle Rising a place he feels at home. A kiss sparks desire neither can ignore, yet serving opposing factions seeking to govern England threatens to pull them apart. 

At court, the king and queen reject Amice’s pleas and choose a new husband for her, a highly-ranked lord who’ll provide connections and coin for the king’s depleted coffers that Nicholas cannot. How can she follow the king’s command when she’s a scribe for his rival? How can she marry another man when she’s falling in love with Nicholas?

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DarknessCalling_LaurieOlerich04.06.15Title: Darkness Calling

Author: Laurie Olerich

Weblink: www.laurieolerich.com

Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Laurie Olerich

Cover artist: Angela Bauer

Release date: March 5, 2015

ad infinitum: endlessly, forever, without limit

Finally freed from a century in purgatory, former-wild child Aisling just wants to raise her son and live as a normal human again. Her taste of freedom is cut short the moment her past comes to claim her.

Sean is sick and tired of his baby mama’s hateful attitude. Her mood swings give him whiplash, and he’s seriously thinking of strangling her. But when a brutal old enemy shows up to destroy everyone Sean loves, he discovers Aisling is hiding more than her feelings for him.

Joining forces to protect their son, Sean and Aisling set out on a journey that leads them from the city streets of Manhattan to the elegant hotels of Vienna to the final terrifying showdown in the bowels of Rome.

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Hatchling'sCurse_HelenB.Henderson04.06.15Title: Hatchlings Curse,

Book 2 of the Dragshi Chronicles

Author: Helen B. Henderson

Weblink: www.helenhenderson-author.webs.com

Genre: Romantic Fantasy

Heat Level: Three Flames

Publisher: High Eyrie Publications

Cover artist: Fantasia Frog Designs

Release date: November 26, 2014

Lord Branin is a dragshi, a human who can exchange bodies with a dragon. After millennia of waiting… and searching, Branin and his dragon counterpart, Llewlyn, have found their intended mates–the Lady Anastasia and her dragon soul twin, Jessian.
For the dragshi, the freedom of flight comes with a price. Now that he has found Anastasia, more than anything in the world, Branin wants to find a cure for the hatchling’s curse and end the childlessness of his kind. His hopes soar when Anastasia uncovers the location of First Rising, a hidden valley. But it comes cryptic references to mating flights and dark references about the deaths of suitors.

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ShiftHappens_J.C.McKenzie04.06.15Title: Shift Happens (A Carus Novel, Book 1)

Author: J.C. McKenzie

Weblink: www.jcmckenzie.ca

Heat Level: 3 flames. Spicy.

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover artist: Debbie Taylor

Release date: March 27, 2014

Andrea McNeilly’s job as a government agent is not asking questions, but then a routine assignment turns into a botched assassination of a Master Vampire’s human servant. Answers become a priority. Her search to discover the truth is riddled with obstacles, the largest being an oversized Werewolf who resembles a Norse god. Andy can’t afford the distraction he offers, because if she fails, she faces eternal enslavement.

Wick’s job is to monitor Andy, but he prefers more intimate activities, none of them G-Rated. His choices, however, are often not his own. His ability to help Andy is limited by his bond to the Master Vampire.

Facing many trials and challenges along her path to redemption, Andy learns the value of her freedom might be set too high.

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TheBearGoddess_KellyHeckart04.06.15Title: The Bear Goddess, The Arcadia Series Book 1

Author: Kelley Heckart

Weblink: www.kelleyheckart.com

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Heat Level: 4-Hot

Publisher: Kelley Heckart

Cover artist: Louca

Release date: November 9, 2014

Forbidden love… Broken vows… Betrayal…

Callisto, daughter of the great Arcadian King Lycaon and the nymph Maia, has studied all her life to attain the high position of Bear Goddess among the nymphs of Artemis, taking a sacred vow of purity. But when she meets a mysterious man, her life changes forever.

Kasin is a prince among the fierce centaurs and one of few who can take human shape. A follower of Zeus, he is mystified to save a nymph’s life and even worse, to fall in love with an enemy of the centaurs. He is torn between his duty to his people and his love for Callisto.

When the nymphs capture Kasin for their next sacrifice, Callisto cannot allow him to die, but before she can help him escape, they are caught together and their secret connection exposed. Surrounded by armed guards, they manage a daring escape. On the run from the nymphs, danger and betrayal follow Kasin and Callisto. To survive, they must evade a god obsessed with having Callisto for himself as well as others who also want to keep them apart. Will their love for each other be enough to save them?

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Tyburn_JessicaCale04.06.15Title: Tyburn

The Southwark Saga, Book 1

Author: Jessica Cale

Weblink: www.authorjessicacale.com

Genre: Historical Romance

Heat Level: 4- Hot

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books

Cover artist: Dar Albert

Release date: December 8th, 2014

Sally Green is about to die.

She sees Death in the streets. She can taste it in her gin. She can feel it in the very walls of the ramshackle brothel where she is kept to satisfy the perversions of the wealthy. She had come to London as a runaway in search of her Cavalier father. Instead, she found Wrath, a sadistic nobleman determined to use her to fulfill a sinister ambition. As the last of her friends are murdered one by one, survival hinges on escape.

Nick Virtue is a tutor with a secret. By night he operates as a highwayman, relieving nobles of their riches to further his brother’s criminal enterprise. It’s a difficult balance at the best of times, and any day that doesn’t end in a noose is a good one. Saving Sally means risking his reputation, and may end up costing him his life.

As a brutal attack throws them together, Sally finds she has been given a second chance. She is torn between the tutor and the highwayman, but she knows she can have neither. Love is an unwanted complication while Wrath haunts the streets. Nick holds the key to Wrath’s identity, and Sally will risk everything to bring him to justice.

Unless the gallows take her first.

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I want to thank all the authors who submit and make this a special place to share their work!

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To see YOUR cover here visit my UnCover Monday page for detailed instructions.

Special Note: Some covers might suggest more heat than the actual content of that book. Please take note of the heat level rate on those.

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Easter Does Not Begin With D ~ #MFRWAuthor #Easter #AtoZChallenge2015

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Osiyo~

Yes, I know Easter doesn’t begin with D, Saturday’s letter in the challenge, but I’m a bit of a rebel so I’m making it work. Besides, I’m also a day late with this one because of Easter. 😉 But, hey, at least I’m still in the challenge!

D15 is for~

Day of blessings. And, since it is Easter, I just want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday! We had our Easter celebration on Saturday due to rain expected Sunday. It all started with Andee’s dad asking to come spend the weekend with us, instead of taking Andee to his house for his weekend with her. Somehow it turned into a big family party with Andee’s mom, boyfriend and baby sis coming. My youngest daughter, hubby and their daughter, Nikkia, joined us, as did my sister and brother in-law. The kids had a great egg hunt with three neighbor kids who came to play, and we had a hotdog cookout. Good times! Good times. 😀

I hope your Easter was a blessed one with family, friends and love.

Dodadagohvi~

C ~ as in Celebrate! #AtoZchallenge #MFRWAuthor #happybirthday

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Osiyo~

Andeeschoolpicday10.07.14editedOh, I’m so excited. It’s Andee’s tenth birthday T.O.D.A.Y!!!! TEN!

10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEETHEART!!!!!!

C15 is for~

Celebrate, Celebrate! Dance to the music!!!! (yeah, I know, I dated myself a little there lol But I was a young gramma, or Yammy, as the babies call me. 🙂 )

Andee zen Apple

Zen Andee on Apple- 2014

Folks, Andee is our first grandchild and she has reached a huge milestone. To say we are thrilled and proud of her, well I hope everyone reading this is, or will be, blessed with a grandchild as wonderful as we’ve been blessed with. We actually have five granddaughters and we’re super proud of each and every one of them.

Jetta, Andee, Roxy- 1-26-15

Jetta, Andee, Roxy- 1-26-2015

Andee loves horses, her two dogs and playing with friends. She’s a confessed tom-boy, but loves to dress up and put on make up (to play, of course). She’s in fourth grade and makes excellent grades, but not perfect. And that’s just fine with us since we know she does her best and that’s all we can ask. 🙂

So, because Anna Banana lives with us and we have lots to do to prepare for her celebration, I’ll keep this post short.

Thanks for stopping by to help us party!

Dodadagohvi~

B is for… #MFRWAuthor #AtoZchallenge

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I have a good excuse for being so late with my post. I just can’t share it here.

B15 is for~

Boy-Oh-Boy!

Have you ever had one of those days that starts out perfect, everything Universe seems to be on your side, life is good, even at 6:30 in the morning, and then all of a sudden- BAM!- it explodes out of control? Of course you have. And all I can say about it is boy-oh-boy what a day! I hope I still have hair by Easter.

Suffice to say that’s been my day, all day, today. Due to family privacy, I can’t explain, but in most cases I usually end the day with, “I can’t wait for tomorrow!”

Today, however, I’m saying, “Dear God, boy-oh-boy, what have you got in store for me tomorrow?” I’m planning to hide under the covers all day, on the advice of a dear friend who called and cheered me up when I really needed her. I love ya, Lo! I’ll try to get my post up earlier tomorrow. 🙂

Dodadagohvi~

Calisa Rhose ~ A is for April 2015’s A to Z Challenge! #MFRWAuthor #blogging #AZChallenge

A2Z-BADGE-000 [2015] - Life is Good

Osiyo~

Welcome and hello! First off, some of you might have seen this post, or rather part of it, go live yesterday and now again this morning. Yesterday was an ‘oops.’ I accidentally hit Publish while drafting this post and had to start all over.

A15 is for~

April, and the Pen of the Dreamer aka the Ranch will be participating in the A to Z Challenge again this year. Last year I made it through about four days before life overtook my challenge and I lost. This year I’m shooting for a week. 😆 Just kidding! I’m shooting for the whole month. I did aim that high last year, but when you care for a middle school child and a child-minded adult, well life sometimes (ok, most times) is not my own.

So what will I be blogging about? I hope you’ll visit to find out, because I don’t really know what will jump out of my head on any given day. I’m going freestyle this year. Some bloggers, there are 544 signed up!, have chosen to blog on a theme. I’m curious what they will blog about for 30 days in one area and I’m sure those blogs will be exceptional. I didn’t think I could do that this time, so I’ll be blogging this month about whatever comes up. After all, here on the Ranch we like to keep things loose and fun!

So, thank you for visiting and I’ll be hopping to as many posts this month as I am able. If you’d like to join the hopping fun during April to see what 544 people are chatting about, you can find all the participants on the A to Z site.

Dodadagohvi~

D ~ Blogging from A to Z ~ E is for #Everything: As in… #BloggingAtoZ #MFRWAuthor [MI]

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Welcome to the round pen! Each day this month I’ll the post about something interesting (I hope).  It might be writing related, or you might learn something new about me. You can find all the 2200+ bloggers and authors who are filling your April with interesting and fun posts by clicking the nifty custom banner up^there. 😉

April 5…

87d5d-e is for Everything–As in, Murphy’s Law says if it can go wrong it usually does.

For instance hubby and I went to the dump today and on the way there the power steering in his dad’s truck got real stiff. Not a good sign. We got home and he got a call that a special sheetrock tool he’s been needing was available for very cheap, too cheap, but we couldn’t pass on the chance it was really a good deal. Being a rather large tool, we took his dad’s truck again, to haul it. Thirty-two miles one way–to a town that is only about twenty miles from where we live– Why? Because for two months the mile long bridge between our area and the other town has been under construction and impassable, and will be for at least another month.

So off we go to get this great deal, hubby fighting the steering with the knowledge he’ll have to put in a new power steering pump very soon. To make the long trip longer, this is Renaissance Fair weekend in the large town between home and where we’re going. It’s also spring cleaning-free dump weekend in said large town. Results? Lots and lots of extra traffic on the roads, combined with those on this side of the bridge no one can cross but with places to go.

Type of tool hubbs needs

We get where we’re going only to find out the tool we went to buy is not what he needs. Oh, it was a sheetrock tool, just not the one we were hoping it was. It was not like the one to the <– left, that raises whole drywall panels and holds them to hang on ceilings.

Type of tool for sale

It was a pole jack like that one –> that holds the rock in place once you get it up there. No help at all. lol Did I mention it was cheap? That’s why. 😆

We return to the truck only to learn it may not get us back home–32 miles–half of which is freeway. Down the street was three different big name auto parts stores so getting a new pump wasn’t a problem. Hubbs had that much cash on him and the store offered the tool to do the job rent-free. So, we take a chance and head out.

Well, we made it almost home, stopped at a gas station near home to check the truck and put fuel in to replace what we’d used, got back on the smaller highway and were within 5 miles of home, before everything shut down. We’d lost the serpentine belt. Hubbs put it back on and we got all of 100 feet before it came off again so we coasted down the hill to turn onto the road that leads home. Just as you get onto that road there’s a small turnout so we prayed we’d make it that far, and we did. Thank you, God! But…the belt had come off completely on the road somewhere in the last mile.

Hubbs went looking for the belt while I called our insurance tow service. After all, that’s why we pay for it, right? Well, guess what? It doesn’t transfer to another vehicle even if we are driving that vehicle. Not even when Hubbs name is also on his dad’s insurance. Nope, it will cost us $79.95 for a five mile tow–but then we can argue it out with our insurance later. Oh- and they want the credit card number over the phone before the service that’s on OUR side will dispatch the tow  truck.

That’s all fine and dandy…except, on the way to the dump this morning we stopped for coffee. I took my card in, didn’t use it though, stuck it in my jeans pocket and forgot to put it back in my wallet in the truck. Went to the dump and I guess that’s where my card is still. Before we went to look at the tool I had to put a stop block on my missing card that I’ll get the replacement for in ten days. The good news is I can’t spend the money on that card until I get the new one, so I’m not broke. LOL

Forget the tow service. Daughter offered to pay when she met us where we broke down, but hubbs declined and I rode with daughter while he fast-footed the truck home on a wing and lots of prayers. lol It only took him two hours to replace the steering pump and off we went to return the tool. Carl’s Jr. was dinner. LOL Needless to say I didn’t get to post a blog today until late, but I hope you enjoy the story of my Saturday. 😀

Please stop back in on Monday to see what I have for F.

Dodadagohvi~