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UnCover Mondays ~ Cover Reveal ~ Calisa Rhose

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 on alternate Mondays for some amazing banners and video trailers by authors!

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Title: SwoonSwoon_RolynnAnderson

Author: Rolynn Anderson


Genre: Romantic suspense

Publisher: Self

Release date: November 2012

Her dead clients won’t rest in peace. When the dead tell tales, Jan Solvang’s first reaction is to RUN!  But then she gets caught up in their mysteries. Jan’s a boutique funeral planner, new to risk, hired to bury a missing woman and memorialize an infamous man.  Yet when she digs for clues to write their eulogies, she disturbs family secrets and unmasks killers. Roman Keller, hard-driving documentary writer, is in complete control of his life and his stories, until he falls for Jan, a woman who trusts her dog, her faint-dreams, and her instincts more than she trusts him. Can they make the sacrifices necessary to cement their relationship or will the mayhem caused by the dead ruin their second chance at love?

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MayanMoon_PatyJager Title: Secrets of a Mayan Moon

Author: Paty Jager


Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Self

Release date: 8/2012

Child prodigy and now Doctor of Anthropology, Isabella Mumphrey, is about to lose her job at the university. In the world of publish or perish, her mentor’s request for her assistance on a dig is just the opportunity she’s been seeking. If she can decipher an ancient stone table—and she can—she’ll keep her department. She heads to Guatemala, but drug trafficking bad guys, artifact thieves, and her infatuation for her handsome guide wreak havoc on her scholarly intentions. DEA agent, Tino Kosta is out to avenge the deaths of his family. He’s deep undercover as a jaguar tracker and sometimes jungle guide, but the appearance of a beautiful, brainy anthropologist heats his Latin blood taking him on a dangerous detour that could leave them both casualties of the jungle.

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TheGreenEyedDoll_JerrieAlexanderTitle: The Green-Eyed Doll

Author: Jerrie Alexander


Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Release Date: December 7, 2012

Catherine McCoy is on the run. For the past year, she’s been on the move, hiding the secrets and guilt in her heart. When she lands in small-town Texas and meets Sheriff Matt Ballard, he ignites a flame she thought lost forever. Matt has scars of his own. He left the big city after an undercover operation went bad and his partner was killed. Now, as Matt hunts for a serial killer who paints his victims’ faces like porcelain dolls, Catherine becomes a safe haven for him. Two tortured souls finding comfort in each other’s arms—until he uncovers her secret, and their bond of trust is broken. When Catherine disappears, Matt races to find her, fearing the murderer has found his next green-eyed doll. But the killer has a surprise coming. Catherine will fight to the death before she’ll be a victim again. Will her determination be enough?

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TheChristmasVillage_ElysaHendricks Title: The Christmas Village

Author: Elysa Hendricks


Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

Publisher: Self

Release Date: 9/23/12

A Short Christmas Romance While waiting to purchase another house for her Christmas Village collection Sara falls and hits her head. Transported to a fantasy world she falls in love with a man in her dream. Is she willing to give up real life to be with him? Or should she trust that he’ll be there when she wakes up?

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Title: Weathering RockWeathering Rock300_MaeClair

Author: Mae Clair


Genre: Paranormal historical

Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc.

Release Date: October 8, 2012

Drawn together across centuries, will their love be strong enough to defeat an ancient curse? Colonel Caleb DeCardian was fighting America’s Civil War on the side of the Union when a freak shower of ball lightning transported him to the present, along with rival and former friend, Seth Reilly. Adapting to the 21st century is hard enough for the colonel, but he also has to find Seth, who cursed him to life as a werewolf. The last thing on Caleb’s mind is romance. Then fetching Arianna Hart nearly runs him down with her car. He can’t deny his attraction to the outspoken schoolteacher, but knows he should forget her. Arianna finds Caleb bewildering, yet intriguing: courtly manners, smoldering sensuality and eyes that glow silver at night? When she sees Civil War photographs featuring a Union officer who looks exactly like Caleb, she begins to understand the man she is falling in love with harbors multiple secrets–some of which threaten the possibility of their happiness. Finding a decent guy who’ll commit is hard enough. How can she expect Caleb to forsake his own century to be with her?

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Author: Callie Hutton


Genre: Historical

Publisher: Glass Half Full

Release Date: October 31, 2012

The Duke of Penrose is not happy with Miss Meredith Chambers, the American governess his new wards have arrived with. He quickly replaces her, happy to have his unwanted attraction to the unsuitable woman behind him. Until his mother hires her as a companion…

England, 1817.  David Worthington, Duke of Penrose dislikes Miss Meredith Chambers, the American governess who accompanied his new wards. He especially detests his attraction to the insufferable woman, and is anxious for her replacement to arrive.

Merry is thrilled when the Dowager Duchess Penrose hires her as a companion. Now she can stay with her beloved charges. But can she ignore how her heart thumps when the pompous duke gets close?

Two people determined to ignore each other, despite the pull between them, and the sparks that fly whenever they’re together.

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Social media: When IS enough…enough?


I’ve been thinking about this post topic for several weeks; writing and what I write. It seems when I’m given free rein my writer’s brain turns off. Much the way my creative bone unhinges. Why? Heckifiknow!

But I have discovered new levels on Facebook that I didn’t pay attention to before. I’d love if you click my FB link on the right or just go here: Facebook While you’re at it and in the mood, why not follow me on Twitter too?

Yes. This is a problem for my writing. I caved and got a Triberr account. Not a huge thing, not a big time suck as I’d thought. You really don’t do much there in my opinion. Click a few (or twenty or fifty) buttons to approve blogs to fly into your cyber world to help others promote as they do the same for you.

When I joined my first Triberr group in early July it was a brand new group with maybe five members and reached 4K+ readers. That’s a lot of people gaining access to your blog who didn’t before, which means 4K people possibly checking out who you are on any given day. Cool!

I looked at my numbers today and had to smile. With six Tribes (that’s what Triberr calls each group you join), 70 combined members (not all are in every group so I reach various areas of newness with each Tribe), I couldn’t believe my little old blog now has the potential to be seen by 99,871 people! In ONE month! That number increases with each new member to any one of my tribes. Just WOW.

It boggles the mind, doesn’t it? But- does it really help, or am I just sucking those 5 minutes a day or week by participating on Triberr? Does it really help my blog, or anyone’s of whom I ‘Approve?’ There is no way that I can see to track stats for Triberr success other than to watch my blog stats and see if they improve over time, and which I’m horrible at because I just thought of this! 😆 (going to look now!)

72 Blog followers. Not bad, but I haven’t checked to see how my number compares to say…Nora Roberts, or Laura Kaye, Callie Hutton—or anyone else really. I don’t like to compare because it only serves to depress me. Lol  But how many of those followers are due to Triberr? I can’t say, any more than I can say for certain that X number of followers were gained from Twitter posts, Facebook or even word of mouth and how many are just the result of my awesomeness of blogging talent and uber-cool posts.

The raw fact is—I don’t know. I don’t really care either.

Is that bad?

Do I care that it’s bad? Not really. Why? Because, though blogging is important—in my writerly opinion, or I wouldn’t do it at all—it does not MAKE the writer. I actually researched this. Yes, really! As popular as Nora Roberts is—she does NOT blog! Oh, she has a website, but no blog. So how does she get her name out there you ask? How did she first start and become who she is today? My guess is that she concentrated all her efforts on writing kickass books and , I’m sure, for a big six publisher in a time when they did most of the publicity for her. Now, in a new age when authors are responsible for their own publicity, she doesn’t need to worry as much because she’s already got a huge following.

In my opinion, that is the key to real success.

Write, write and write some more. The more backlist, the more your name is out there, the more readers and fan following you’ll grow. That’s not to say you don’t need to promote—this is the age of self-promotion, there’s no way around that. But if you don’t have books to sell, what do you need followers, readers for? What is there to waste time promoting? That one short story you sold five years ago? Not likely. Again, depends on you.

The question I think we need to ask is how much is too much? Is there such a thing? I think there probably is and that doesn’t matter who you are or how you promote. If you spend all your time promoting that one book—when will you write the next book, or the one after that? And if you do manage to hiccup out another two books, will you spend all your new time promoting them for another three years before you realize it just might be time to write something new again?

I have come to the realization that you should only promote in increments each day or week, or even each month. I have also come to realize my own platform is what will probably help me most. I hope you’ll join me Friday with a part two of this vein of thought.

In the meantime, what about you? How much do you promote and do you see positive results? Enough to keep going even if it prevents productive writing? Are you promoting more than you write?

How do you balance social media and promotion with production?



And the winner is…..


We have a winner of Callie Hutton’s Historical A Run For Love.

Congratuklations Donna Shields!!!!!!!!!! 

Historical author- Callie Hutton!


I am so thrilled today to have my very own fellow OKRWA member, and critique partner, historical author Callie Hutton on the ranch today. I thought it might be fun to put her in the round pen and chase up a little fun.

Let’s begin with a peek at her DEBUT BOOK which releases to-mor-r-ow! (Insert musical tones for this part. You know, how Oprah used to sing-song an intro? Yeah, like that.)

So Callie, tell us about A Run For Love.

Book:  A Run For Love

Release Date:  November 23rd.

Publisher:  Soul Mate Publishing


In 1889, determined teacher Tori Henderson desperately wants to enter the Oklahoma Territory land run for a piece of free land in the town of Guthrie. She and her orphaned nieces and nephews are about to be homeless, and she needs a teaching job.

Attorney Jesse Cochran is the son of a whore, a background he wishes to hide. As her new neighbor in Oklahoma, he is attracted to the cantankerous woman, but she has no desire to put herself under the thumb of a man.

When one of her nieces runs away from home, Jesse and Tori go after her, and the few nights spent together results in an unplanned pregnancy. Unwilling to repeat his parents’ mistakes, he insists on marriage. Tori is adamant no man will take away her independence, and her stubbornness leads to a tragedy that tears them apart. But Jesse has a plan and is not about to give up. Is his stubbornness enough to win her back?

  1. Do you have critique partners?

Yes, I do, and I love every one of them. We’re a helpful group, willing to offer honest, but never cutting critiques. We also cheer each other’s successes and encourage the member or two who may occasionally need some TLC. We share our personal lives as well as our writing life. Three of my critique partners all have debut novels coming out the same time I do. It’s a definite rush for our group

  1. If you could time travel would you go forward or backward?

Definitely backward. As a Historical Romance author, I love all things from the past. I was also a history major in college, which fits right in there, too. I would love to visit medieval England/Scotland. The English Regency period, the Old West, New York during the late 1800s. One caveat: I would definitely pack a bag with aspirin, antibiotics, and toilet paper for my trip.

  1. Why do you write what you do?

I write mostly historical romance because I love history, and I love falling in love. The time in your life when you meet ‘the one,’ the feelings start to grow, but also doubts–will it turn out with a happily ever ending after–can’t be matched.

I also love the way things used to be in times past, where everything wasn’t so free and open. Where certain rules and regulations were followed, certain decorum expected. I think that allows for more intrigue and excitement in romance novels. Amazingly enough, even my nineteen year old daughter agrees.

  1. Tell us a little about your WIP.

I’m currently re-writing a story I wrote last year about a mail order bride who, after a life of luxury, finds herself penniless, and on her way from New York City society to meet her new husband, a widower with five children in Oregon. At the same time, I’m writing a new story that is the second sequel to A Run for Love.  The first sequel, A Wife By Christmas, will be released by Soul Mate Publishing on December 1st

  1. Tropical or European vacation?

Definitely European. I would love to investigate the crumbling castles of Scotland, and the villages of Ireland and England. It’s a trip my husband and I plan to take in a few years. I hope to do a lot of research for future books.

  1. Are there any books you would recommend for a new writer to help them learn the craft?

Definitely  G.M.C. – Goals, Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon; and Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight v. Swain.  For love scenes, I highly recommend The Art of Sensual Loving by Dr. Andrew Stanway. It’s an illustrated book, which helps me to keep all the body parts in the right spots. J

  1. What can we look forward to in the future with your writing?

I have a few more sequels to A Run For Love. I also have a Regency I started that I plan to go back to. Next year I have a book coming out from The Wild Rose Press, Annie’s Attic, which is my first contemporary book. It was part of a project my Oklahoma Writers Group did about a doll with a curse. I had fun writing the contemporary because I got to use all the modern day sayings normally off limits to us historical writers.

Where we can find you and your book to buy?

Publisher’s website:

Callie’s website:

Book Trailer: 

That was fun! I love this trailer! Again, Callie’s book becomes available TOMORROW!!!

BUT this is a contest! Win your choice of A Run For Love now, or A Wife By Christmas when it releases on Dec. 1st, you need to leave a comment WITH YOUR EMAIL either here, on Colleen’s blog or, our other critique partner, Christine’s blog. One winner will be selected on Friday, November 25th so be sure to comment at all three blogs for THREE chances to win! 

Don’t forget to watch Colleen’s blog for details of her upcoming books.