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Calisa Rhose presents ~ The Wolf and The Highlander by Jessi Gage #MFRWorg #highlander

Osiyo!

I’m so excited to have my friend, a sister Lyrical Press writer, with me today! She’s got a new self-published highlander book available now. And for the record- I love Riggs! >grin<

To tell us about Highlander Wishes, Bk 2: The Wolf and the Highlander, please show a big Ranch welcome to Jessi Gage.

Thanks for having me again, Calisa! So far 2014 has been a crazy rollercoaster of editing, formatting, self-publishing, and promoting. I seriously could not be having more fun. I wasn’t sure I would enjoy all the stuff that goes along with self-publishing, but I DO! It’s so much fun!

This month, I’m celebrating the release of second book in my Highland Wishes series, THE WOLF AND THE HIGHLANDER, which features a bearded virgin who lives in a secluded cabin and never goes anywhere without his trusty axe. Did I mention I got his name from a popular action movie? Despite Mel Gibson kind of going off his rocker in recent years, you’ve got to admit he makes one heck of an action flick. So I named my hero after his character in Lethal Weapon: Riggs.

To send this one off with a bang, I’m holding a giveaway that will run for the entire month. Up for grabs are several e-copies of the book and some Amazon gift cards. Click GIVEAWAY to enter!

JessiGage_TheWolfAndTheHighlanderHere’s the blurb:

Anya’s been a bad girl. A vindictive plot against one of her clansmen backfired, resulting in her grave injury. Now scarred and crippled, her selfish ambition has turned into bitter self-loathing. She finds nothing lovely about herself, and doesn’t expect anyone else to either. But when a magical wishing box sends her to another dimension, she becomes the most valuable prize imaginable.

While hunting a rare marbled boar, Riggs, a trapper in Marann’s western forest, hears a strange cry. Distracted from the hunt, he loses the sow but finds instead something more valuable than a whole cart packed with marbled boar skins. A woman. She is delicate, her teeth are small and flat, and her skin is curiously hairless. She is not wolfkind. Maybe she is the miracle his people have been hoping for.

Riggs must bring Anya to King Magnus, because breeding rights belong first and foremost to His Majesty, who needs an heir. But the female calls to a primal part of him. He longs to keep her in secret and take her as his mate. But if he gives in to the temptation, he could single handedly bring about the end of civilization.

Buy links

Amazon | All Romance Ebooks | Goodreads

More retailers coming soon!

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JessiGageJessi lives with her husband and children in the Seattle area. She’s a passionate reader of all genres of romance, especially anything involving the paranormal. Ghosts, demons, vampires, witches, weres, faeries…you name it, she’ll read it. As for writing, she’s sticking to Highlanders and contemporaries with a paranormal twist (for now). The last time she imagined a world without romance novels, her husband found her crouched in the corner, rocking.

What a great sounding book, Jessi. I think you have a little something for commenters, don’t you?

Yes. If you had to name a romance hero after a movie character, which character would you choose? Leave a comment to earn an extra point in the giveaway mentioned above!

Thanks again for having me, Calisa!

Thank you for bringing The Wolf and the Highlander to share with us!

Dodadagohvi~

2013 in review ~ and a fun new contest

Osiyo~

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s time again for WordPress helper monkeys to regale us with the site stats for Pen of the Dreamer for 2013!

These fun monkeys prepared a year-end annual report for my website/blog. I love this feature! And I’m going to send a few gifts out to some special people who helped make this year a success. Read to the end and see if your name is listed. 🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,200 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

For best overall post with responses:

Ally Robertson aka. Alicia Dean– for an excellent editor’s post and great comments in return! 74 comments with a grand total of 181 views and the highest comment count in 2013, which kicked off last January with a bang!

For most comments posted:

Mae Clair– 39

Liza O’Connor– 36

Kelly Moran– 34

Vonnie Davis– 29

Mackenzie Crowne– 25

I need all six of these lovelies to email me at calisa.rhose@gmail.com with your snail mail addresses!

I have a special *Thank You* gift for those who promoted the heck out of this blog or hosted awesome posts this past year that helped me get some fabulous results. 🙂

But I want more! 😆

In 2014 I’m going to run a year-long contest. Whoever generates the most commenter response for their guest post, and the top commenters for the whole year will win- beginning NOW. That means if you are a guest blogger or have your cover posted on UnCover Monday you need to rally people to visit and COMMENT! Viewers only will not count because views alone don’t raise the post to popularity, but comments can. You will be expected to promote the post in every venue and comment often on your post. Each post can be promoted for longer than your own day since this is a blog that has permalinks to share, but responses ON your day is what counts, that’s the date WP records. 😀 Plus, the more you comment, the more numbers you rack up toward winning that category too! 😀

You want to beat this years’ winning numbers so that means more visits per contestant. 🙂 I’m putting a minimum of 50 comments per entrant for the year, and it would be awesome sauce if bloggers can beat 74 comments for guest posters on that day. Maybe 100? More? Leave a comment here to get you started. It can be a new year’s resolution to WIN MY CONTEST!!!!!!!!!

Periodically throughout the year I’ll post a contest reminder because I know we all get busy and don’t always take time, or even have time, to visit and comment on a lot of blogs. We forget to keep up when life intervenes. When it’s over, I’ll pick the top two blogging guests and top four commenters. Winners will receive a goody bags or gift cards-not to mention awesome recognition if you are promoting yourself and/or a book. If you are a winner it will be announced on New Years Day 2015 with a link to you in recognition. Later this year I’ll post the prizes to motivate everyone. 🙂

I wish you all have a blessed New Year!

Dodadagohvi~

NOTE:
This is a world wide contest.
Void where prohibited by law.
No purchase is necessary.
Participants MUST be 18 years or older and winners may be asked to verify age.
Prizes will only be mailed inside the US, and within 30 days of contest end.
Winners outside the US will receive a GC* within 30 days of contest end.
*Gift card amounts TBA, but will not be valued at less than one prize package.

Calisa Rhose welcomes hilarious Liza O’Connor to Tuesday RoundUp!

Calisa Rhose interviews Carrie Hanson from Worst Week Ever ~ by Liza O’Connor

Calisa Rhose presents ~ Diane Burton with Switched Resolution

Calisa Rhose ~ Especially PROUD to present Bachelor’s Special by Christine Warner!!!

Osiyo~

Welcome to a special Friday edition here on the Ranch!

When my friend, and critique partner, Christine Warner asked me to help spread the good news about her long-awaited release of her latest book, I was honored and thrilled to oblige. On top of a great cover reveal Christine is also offering a $10 Amazon gift card, so after reading about the book- I know you’ll be and oohing and aahing over the cover- you can fill out the Rafflecopter at the end of this post for your chance to win!

Congratulations, Christine! *throws confetti while blowing party whistle*

Let’s get on with the show!

Here’s Bachelor’s Special from Entangled Press:

Bachelor’s Special by Christine Warner

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Entangled Publishing – May 2013

 Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, a family, and the love of an exceptional man. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.

Chet Castle is a businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved in any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.

Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: work as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking is a recipe for disaster…

Title: Bachelor’s Special

Author: Christine Warner

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 2013

Imprint: Indulgence

Purchase from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bachelors-Special-ebook/dp/B00CNTSVB6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1368115520&sr=8-2&keywords=bachelor%27s+special

Purchase from Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1115250848?ean=9781622661312

Author Information

Author bio:

Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends. 

Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmitic.  A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities.  She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.

A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter and her website at christine-warner.com.

My blog/website:  http://christine-warner.com/

Twitter under ChristinesWords: https://twitter.com/#!/ChristinesWords

My Facebook page…stop by and give it a LIKE to stay up to date with the latest: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-Warner/143430882396013

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5763713.Christine_Warner

I love to hear from readers and other authors. 🙂

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for coming to help Christine celebrate!

Dodadagohvi~

IDA Contest Deadline looms ~ Calisa Rhose

Be a Fathead ~ Calisa Rhose

What do you do AFTER MIDNIGHT? ~ Calisa Rhose

Osiyo~

Sarah Grimm has a super special offer for my Ranch guests today. Keep reading to find out about it. All I’m going to say is I’ve read this book and can’t wait for the next one! 🙂

It’s all yours, Sarah.

Oh- and I just had to snag this from AJ Nuest! Because it fits!hot and British

After Midnight is On Sale!

It’s official, for the next two weeks my award winning contemporary romance, After Midnight, is on sale for the super low price of 99 cents! So, I’m celebrating with a re-blog, re-tweet and share to win celebration!

What can you win???

$25 GIFT CERTIFICATE FROM BARNES & NOBLE or AMAZON
(winners choice)

 Here’s how to play:

  1. Tweet (or retweet) about the sale. Every tweet will earn you one entry in the drawing. Make sure to include @SarahGrimmAuthr in your tweet so I can track your entry.
  2. Post or Share the sale on Facebook. Every post/share will earn you one entry in the drawing. Be sure to tag Sarah Grimm – Author in your post so I can track your entry.
  3. Reblog this post. Make sure to leave a link here so I can keep track.

That’s it. Pretty simple, yes? The more you tweet, retweet, share or repost, the more entries you receive!   I will announce the winner of the gift certificate on my personal blog on February 11, 2013.

http://www.authorsarahgrimm.blogspot.com

AfterMidnight_w3440_300 Sarah GrimmCan music heal a fractured soul?
Or will it tear them apart forever?

Alicia LaRanceThirteen years—that’s how long Isabeau Montgomery has been living a lie. After an automobile accident took her mother’s life, Izzy hid herself away, surviving the only way she knew how. Now she is happy in her carefully reconstructed life. That is until he walks through the door of her bar…

Noah ClarkBlack Phoenix singer/front man Noah Clark came to Long Island City with a goal—one that doesn’t include an instant, electric attraction to the dark-haired beauty behind the bar. Coaxing her into his bed won’t be easy, but he can’t get her pale, haunted eyes nor her skill on the piano out of his head.

Can Noah help Isabeau overcome the past? Or will her need to protect her secret force her back into hiding and destroy their chance at happiness?

2012 Romance Through the Ages Award Winner ~ 1st Place Contemporary
2012 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Finalist
2012 Readers Favorite Award Finalist
2011 Book of the Year Finalist ~ Long and Short Reviews

GET IT TODAY – Just $0.99!
Amazon: http://amzn.to/11kD7JS  (1/25 – 2/08)
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/TNBRdL  (1/25 – 2/08)
The Wild Rose Press: http://bit.ly/VohFcm (1/25 – 1/28)

“After Midnight is one hell of a love story! I was hooked at the end of the first chapter. I had to read more. I had to know more. And Sarah Grimm definitely delivered more.”5 Stars, Fire Pages

“Ms. Grimm creates characters that grab hold of your heart and never let go. This is an emotional ride that you won’t want to miss.”BEST BOOK, Long and Short Reviews

“I am in love. This book was amazing. I would even go as far as to say that it was one of the best books that I read this year.” — 5 cocktails, Cocktails and Books

Thanks for bringing your contest to The Ranch, Sarah!!! 🙂

Dodadagohvi~

Jessi Gage’s Highlander ~ Calisa Rhose

Osiyo~

Today I’m excited to introduce you to sister Lyrical Press author, Jessi Gage! Grab your mocha and a sweet treat and gather ’round.

It’s all yours, Jessi. 🙂

Thank you for having me, today, Calisa. It’s an honor to be a guest at The Ranch.

I’m so excited to share my new release, WISHING FOR A HIGHLANDER, with your readers. It’s out now with Lyrical Press, Inc. I’m a huge fan of time-travel romance and anything with a kilt in it, so really, it was just a matter of time before I wrote my own. And now that I have, I’m worried I might have stumbled upon an addiction. I can’t stop thinking of ideas for sending unsuspecting Scots and modern day women hurtling through time at my whim.

The idea for WISHING FOR A HIGHLANDER started with a kernel of a scene. I imagined a pregnant heroine working late at a museum and opening a package containing an artifact that likes to bring soul mates together. I made the artifact a wishing box and decided it should send the heroine back in time by 500 years into the brawny arms of a Highland warrior.

Of course, he has issues and she has issues, and you’ll have to pick up the book to see what those are ;). But the box knew what it was doing when it send them crashing into each other’s lives, and a happily ever after is guaranteed.

I adore h/h with issues! Lol

Here’s the blurb:

While examining Andrew Carnegie’s lucky rosewood box, single-and-pregnant museum worker Melanie makes a tongue in cheek wish on the artifact–for a Highland warrior to help her forget about her cheating ex. Suddenly transported to the middle of a clan skirmish in sixteenth-century Scotland, she realizes she should have been a tad more specific.

Darcy, laird in waiting, should be the most eligible bachelor in Ackergill, but a cruel prank played on him in his teenage years has led him to believe he is too large under his kilt to ever join with a woman. He has committed himself to a life of bachelorhood, running his deceased father’s windmills and keeping up the family manor house…alone.

Darcy’s uncle, Laird Steafan welcomes the strangely dressed woman into his clan, immediately marrying her to Darcy in hopes of an heir. But when Steafan learns of her magic box and brands her a witch, Darcy must do what any good husband would–protect his wife, even if it means forsaking his clan.

WARNING: A pregnant museum worker, a sixteenth-century Scot, and a meddlesome wishing box.

wishingforahighlanderHere’s an excerpt:

Size might have its advantages when it came to fighting, but those few boons fell far short of making up for the problems it caused. Being the biggest and the strongest had gotten him into far more trouble than it had gotten him out of. Swallowing his regret for how careless he’d been with her, he sought to determine whom she belonged to, whom, saints forbid, he might owe.

“Whose wife are ye, then? Not a Gunn’s or I wouldna have had to rescue you from one.”

“I’m not married,” the lass said. “And thank you for the rescuing, by the way. I can’t believe I dropped the dirk. Stupid.” She shook her head.

His heart warmed at her thanks. He didn’t hear many kind words from the lasses and would take what he could get, even from a dishonored woman who had caught a bairn out wedlock. Oddly, he didn’t think poorly of her. Whether it was her worried brow, her guileless, soft mouth, or her vulnerable size, he had not the heart to condemn her.

He didn’t even mind so much that she found him distasteful for his size, although talking with her now, she didn’t seem overly upset to be in his arms. He endeavored to keep her talking, keep her distracted from her disgust.

“Ye never answered my first question,” he said. “Who are you? And where are ye from if ye’re no’ English?”

“Ugh. I don’t know. Is there an answer that won’t get me burned at the stake or locked up in a ward for the hopelessly insane?”

Like most things out of her mouth, that had been a peculiar answer. “Ye could try the truth,” he offered, slowing his pace since he heard Archie’s voice not far off.

“No,” she said flatly. “I couldn’t. At least not the whole truth. How about we just go with my name, Melanie, and with the honest fact that I’m a long way from home and I have no idea how to get back.” Her green eyes pierced his. “I’m afraid you might be stuck with me, Darcy Keith.”

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Bio

Jessi Gage headshotJessi lives with her husband and children in the Seattle area. In addition to writing paranormal romance, she’s a wife, a mom, an audiologist, a church-goer, a Ford driver, a PC user, and a coffee snob. Her guiding tenet in her writing is that good triumphs over evil, but not before evil gives good one heck of a run for its money. The last time she imagined a world without romance novels, her husband found her crouched in the corner, rocking.

If anyone would like more information about WISHING FOR A HIGHLANDER or my other works, they are more than welcome to swing by my blog or website.

This week, I’m giving away 2 ecopies of WISHING FOR A HIGHLANDER. To enter the drawing, commenters here at The Ranch should (1) leave their email address and (2) answer the following question: If you could go back in time for one week of what-happens-in-the-past-stays-in-the-past fantasy, where & when would you go?

My answer: I’d go back to Aberdeen, WA in 1991 just before Nirvana broke out with their big hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and flirt my butt off with Kurt Cobain.

Aw- love those accents! My answer- I would have to go back to when cowboys and Indians roamed the west. Where? Probably Texas to get me a big ol’ cowboy. Everything’s bigger there, right? 😉

For more chances at a free ecopy of WISHING FOR A HIGHLANDER ranchers can swing by my blog and comment over there. I’ll do the drawing on Friday 1/11/13 at midnight and notify the winners by email on Saturday 1/12/13.

Thanks again for having me, Calisa! Happy trails!

WISHING FOR A HIGHLANDER buy links:

Lyrical (50% off for the month of January)

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Thanks for joining me today, Jessi. Good luck with your career !

Dodadagohvi~