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UnCover Mondays ~ Cover Reveals ~ Calisa Rhose

Welcome to the first ever edition of UnCover Mondays on The Ranch!!! Enjoy this weeks’covers to ogle and explore. You can follow the author links by clicking each book cover to learn more about them and see what other books they have to offer. Be sure to return next Monday for some amazing video trailers by authors!

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Author: Vonnie Davis

Genre: Romantic suspense

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Available: Nov 9, 2012


You won’t believe this email. I’m sitting in a French safe house, eating caviar and drinking champagne with a handsome government agent, Niko Reynard. He’s wearing nothing but silk pajama bottoms and mega doses of sex appeal. I’m in big trouble, little sister. He’s kissed me several times and given me a foot massage that nearly caused spontaneous combustion. I’m feeling strangely virginal compared to the sexual prowess this thirty-year-old man exudes.

When I came to Paris for a bit of adventure, I never imagined I’d foil a bombing attempt, karate-kick two men, and run from terrorists while wearing a new pair of stilettos. I’ve met a German musician, a gay poet from Australia, and the most delightful older French woman.

Don’t worry. I’m safe–the jury’s still out on yummy Niko, though. The more champagne I drink, the less reserved I feel. What an unforgettable fortieth birthday!


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Title: Gossamer

Author: Renita Pizzitola

Genre: YA/Paranormal/Romance

Publisher: Lyrical Press

Available: October 8, 2012

Shouldn’t all faerytales end with happily-ever-after?

Kyla Ashbury is nearing her eighteenth birthday when a mysterious boy appears at school. Her instant attraction to him inexplicably awakens something inside her and she discovers her true identity.

Now, armed with the knowledge of her past, she is forced to leave behind the life she has always known for a new one filled with temptation, faery charm and magic, and a future she wasn’t prepared for.

Kyla is left with a difficult decision…but no matter which path she chooses, someone will get hurt.

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 Title: Lady in the Mist

Author: Winter Frost

Genre: Suspense

Self Published

Available: July 26. 2012

Upon her arrival in Shoal Harbor, Maine, Lily Jackson hears eerie moans that the locals claim are the ghostly cries of the unfortunate Breckenridge women. Running from loss and setback in Cincinnati, Lily needs the job as semi-psychiatric caregiver for Andrew Breckenridge, but the storm she has to weather from the oldest Breckenridge brother is severe. Clinton Breckenridge is a brooding man used to getting his own way, and he’s not convinced Lily is the right person to help his troubled younger brother.

Even as Lily starts picking up the pieces of Andrew’s tortured psyche and finding out his dark secrets, another mystery looms before her. Andrew’s lover has gone missing in recent months and no one knows what has happened to her, or if her voice has joined those of the other Breckenridge women. Before she knows it, Lily finds herself in danger—thrust directly into the eye of the raging storm.

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Title: The Accidental Cougar

Author: Tiffany York

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Available Nov 23, 2012

Forty-one-year-old Nicole Woods was content raising her son alone, working as an ad exec, and indulging in the more than occasional cleaning frenzy…until the night she met Wil Blanco. Her friends have decided that while her son is away for six weeks, it’s the perfect opportunity for Nicole to have a summer fling. Heading the top of the list is Wil — sexy, successful, full of life…and twenty-five! Regretfully, Nicole declares him “hands-off,” but soon he’s complicating everything, from her job at the advertising agency to her self-imposed ban on relationships. When Wil becomes her top client, she has even more reason to adhere to her “hands-off” policy. So why is Nicole finding it so hard to keep her hands off him?

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Title: The Treasure of Como Bluff 

Author: Alison Henderson

Genre: Historical

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Available: Dec. 5, 2012

In her race against rival bone hunters, the last complication paleontologist Caroline Hubbard needs is an unconscious stranger cluttering up her dig site. Nicholas Bancroft might have the chiseled features and sculpted physique of a classical statue, but she’s not about to let him hamper her quest to unearth a new species of dinosaur and make her mark on the scientific world.

Nick has come to Wyoming in search of silver but, after a blow to the head, finds himself at the mercy of a feisty, determined female scientist. Despite his insistence that he’s just passing through, he agrees to masquerade as Caroline’s husband to help save her job. Once their deception plays out, they face a crucial decision. Will they be able to see beyond their separate goals and recognize the treasure right in front of them?

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Title: The Billionaire’s Con

Author: Mackenzie Crowne

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Still Moments Publishing

Available: Nov. 20, 2012

Meggy Calhoun has too much on her plate to explore the shocking revelations in her birth mother’s letter. The success of Boston’s hottest new restaurant rests squarely on her shoulders, and her fascination with her hunky new tenant promises to take up all of her free time.

Trevor Bryce Christos would do anything to protect the woman who raised him; including seducing a beautiful con artist disguised as a chef, and bent on cashing in on his family’s wealth.
Under the microscope of small town interest, Meggy’s and Trevor’s opposing agendas soon have the townsfolk choosing sides, and betting on who will be the first to surrender the field, and their heart.

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Pt II:Alicia Dean with Death x2


Today I put Alicia in the corner with some tough questions. 🙂 We’ll just get right to it.

1-If your book was going to be made into a movie who would play your characters? Patrick Dempsey would play Lane and Kate Beckinsale would play Monroe. 

Great choices. Love Kate.

2-What is your favorite genre to write? How many genres do you write?

Suspense and Paranormal. Both because I make my paranormals like suspense with some magic.

That’s why I enjoyed Heart of the Witch so much!

3-Tell us what inspired your latest story? My latest work in process is actually a gothic romance novella. Mel Odom wanted to do a series together, and it was his idea to bring back the gothic romance. I’m really excited about it. I used to read them years ago, but haven’t come across one in ages. I’ve barely begun but I’m starting to feel more comfortable and so far it’s a lot of fun.

Gothic, huh? Sounds like something to check out.

4-When I write it’s usually stuffing words around other chores around the house and running errands. What is your typical writing day like? I don’t have a typical writing day. I’m involved in so many different things, I have so many duties and responsibilities, not to mention a full time day job, that I have to grab writing time whenever I can. So, I’d say it’s pretty sporadic, but somehow I manage to grab time here and there so that I can actually complete manuscripts.

5-What do you like to do besides write? I love MLB and I used to play golf, though it’s been a while, but I miss it and would like to get back to it. I also like watching A LOT of tv.

Me too, though mine stays on country videos while I’m writing usually. Inspiration, ya know! 🙂

Pick one word to describe yourself: Easy –

Really!? 😮

Uh…by that I mean that I am a bit of a pushover, and I readily agree to almost anything people ask of me, even if I don’t have time. So maybe instead of ‘easy’ I should say ‘overburdened.’

Oh- right, I knew that. I know that feeling. I just can’t seem to say “no” to anyone!

Favorite animal: To eat?

Err… 😡

Oh…that’s not what you meant? 🙂  Sorry if I’ve offended PETA and pet lovers alike, but I’m not an animal person. I don’t dislike them, but don’t have the desire to own one. I suppose it would be something of an aquatic nature…dolphins maybe? Are they animals?

I think they are mammals.

Favorite comfort food: I don’t have a particular favorite, and don’t think of it as ‘comfort’ but I like cheese on pretty much everything. So, maybe cheese.

Mm, cheese. I love me some Pepper Jack! Good answer.

Spring, summer, autumn or winter? WINTER

Favorite book: I can’t possibly name one book, but probably in the top would be Gone with the Wind, Mystic River, All of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series, All of Dennis Lehane’s Patrick Kenzie series. (You know you can’t ask a writer to name their favorite book)

A girl can try!

Favorite movie: Gone with the Wind <g>, Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone, Imitation of Life, Pride and Glory.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you want to do? I would want to own the Cincinnati Reds. Or, be Ian Somerhalder’s massage therapist.

Best vacation ever: I’ve taken some trips to Cincinnati for baseball games, and that was amazing. I’ve also been to Fenway Park, which was incredible. And, my sister and her husband took me to Memphis for my 40th birthday and she and I were able to enjoy the ‘Elvis’ experience together for the first time ever, even though we grew up together loving Elvis. Truly a wonderful, special experience!

Ok, that was fun, wasn’t it? At least not painful. 😎 Well, folks are chomping at the bit around here (pun intended!), so how about a blurb and excerpt for Death Offerings, book two of The Northland Chronicles? I’ll throw in the awesome cover while you dig out your cheat-sheets.


Newspaper columnist Monroe Donovan’s best friend was the victim of a serial killer years ago, when they were only twelve.

The murders stopped, but the killer was never caught. Now it seems that a series of articles Monroe published about the victims has caught his attention.

The maniac begins killing again, but this time, he leaves macabre gifts for Monroe at the crime scenes.

When someone close to Monroe is kidnapped, it leads to a volatile showdown where the prey might teach the hunter that sometimes, victims aren’t as weak as they appear to be…and paybacks can be a bitch.


Moments after Lane drove away, my cell rang. The caller ID showed a number I didn’t recognize and the words “Magic Construction.” Frowning, I answered the phone.

A male voice—gruff and unfamiliar—said, “Did you like my gift?”

“Gift? What gift?” There was something unnatural sounding about his voice. Like he was purposely disguising it.  

“The gift I left you in the park.”

The strength drained from my legs and nausea tightened my gut. I dropped onto the edge of the recliner. “Who are you? What kind of sick joke is this?”

“No joke. It’s very real. You don’t sound happy.”

“Happy? Are you out of your mind?”

I knew it was unlikely this jerk was really the killer. He was probably just some a-hole screwing with me. But the fact that anyone could be this sick made me ill.

A raspy, unsettling laugh rumbled across the line. “I did it for you. Your articles were ending. I liked reading them. Liked that you were writing about me. Now, it doesn’t have to stop.”

I swallowed a lump in my throat and tried to still the heavy thud of my heart. Instinct told me this guy was for real.

Oh my God…

I was talking to the killer.


How do we find you again?


Twitter: @Alicia_Dean_

Facebook: Alicia Dean

And your book?

Death Offerings



Watch for my new paranormal romance, Soul Seducer, available from Adams Media June 4, 2012


Alicia Dean writes paranormal and romantic suspense and is the author of five published novels, two novellas, and a handful of short stories. She has three grown children and lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. Alicia loves nothing more than crafting spine-chilling, edge-of-your-seat suspense.

Remember to leave your email in a comment for a chance at a B&N gift card or an Amazon gift card!


Alicia Dean with Death x2!


Today and tomorrow I have a special guest visiting on the Ranch. One of the first wonderful writers I met after moving back to Oklahoma was a lady who actually had recently moved to Kansas but kept her membership with the Outlaws of OKRWA. She was helpful to my learning my way around a mini conference we do here; OKRWA Summer Heat Mini Conference. We have an agent and an editor come in from a publisher/agency and take pitches. (Anyone can attend for a low fee and have a chance to get your work in front of an acquiring member of a known literary agency or publisher. The last two we had editors from Harlequin and agents from The Irene Goodman Literary Agency and The Knight Agency.)

This writer was such a help and so very friendly, and has since moved back to Oklahoma. And then I got one of her books at our Christmas party—and became an instant fan! So naturally when she reached out for Beta readers for a new Self-Published series she started last year, my hands went up high. Then I began to wonder about ‘the writer’ and when she wanted to promote her series I took my chance and asked about her writing career.

Here in virtual person is my friend, Alicia Dean. Let’s give her a huge Ranch welcome!

Alicia, the Round Pen is yours to do as you please. Tell us about you and your writing.

It was great meeting you, too, Calisa. And I’m so thrilled that your story was the first published in the Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll Series. Thank you for having me as your guest here at the Ranch. I have three grown children–two girls and a boy–and I live in Edmond, Oklahoma. I have a ton of wonderful friends and loving, supportive family members. I’m so very blessed.

I’ve wanted to write since I was a child, and I’ve dabbled in it all my life. I actively began pursuing publication in 2001 and my first novel, a romantic suspense called Nothing to Fear, was published in 2007 by The Wild Rose Press. I now have five published novels (in June, it will be six)  and four short stories (in August it will be five <g>. I have a short story coming out with TWRP August 8th that’s part of the Tales of the Scrimshaw Doll series)

I write both paranormal and suspense, but I wanted to write a suspense series with recurring main characters. I didn’t want my heroine to be in law enforcement, so I tried to think of an occupation that might put her in contact with nefarious characters, so crime writer came to mind. Then, randomly, the idea popped into my head…what if a killer put names of his intended victims in the obit column before he killed them. Death Notice was born, the sequel followed, and I have a few more sequels in mind. However, before I can get to Book 3, I have a novella and another manuscript to write. 🙂

What a great book with an enticing cover! How and where can we stalk…er, find you?


Twitter: @Alicia_Dean_

Facebook: Alicia Dean


Alicia Dean writes paranormal and romantic suspense and is the author of five published novels, two novellas, and a handful of short stories. She has three grown children and lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. Alicia loves nothing more than crafting spine-chilling, edge-of-your-seat suspense.

Say hey to Alicia and come on back tomorrow for part two of the Northland Chronicles: Death Offerings! Leave a comment today and/or tomorrow for a chance to win an Amazon or B&N gift card from Alicia!