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Calisa Rhose and Friday Fanfare Welcomes ~ Keri Neal

And Hopeless…

This is a special edition of FFF as I help Keri Neal with her KeriNealHopeless_tourbadge11.15.13 blog tour. Please enjoy her hard work!

How did your writing journey begin?

I wrote a lot in middle and high school, mainly because that is when I became a big reader. I never really had dreams of getting something published. In fact, it wasn’t until just a few years ago when my friend Cheryl asked if I would like to write a book with her. And we did, we wrote two books actually. Neither will ever see the light of day, but I learned so much from the experience.

Tell us three things about you-the writer-readers wouldn’t typically know.

1. I am an only child, hence the voices in my head.

2. I will never go on a cruise ship.

3. I majored in Physical Therapy during my first year of college.

It all began…

when I was in church one day. The Flightless series is not a religious series, but for whatever reason Pen speaks to me a lot at church. Maybe it’s because I believe he is good at heart, despite being uncelestial in his actions. He is not your typical guardian angel, obviously. But his intentions are good and I strongly believe this makes him a good human.

Where did you get the premise for this book?

I already mentioned church. I also wanted to add that Pen represents everything I miss from YA heroes. So often I read the male leads in these YA books and I think, “This boy is too perfect. Why can’t they write about guys that are believable?” I think I know the answer to that one: We want our heroes to sweep us off our feet. I get that. But Cheryl would agree with me when I say that boys are stupid. They do stupid things and yet we love them anyway. Why not write them that way?

HopelessOn her seventeenth birthday, Jade is filled with hope for the future. She and her boyfriend Pen are in love, she is finishing her final year of high school, and she is finally safe from the Fallen, who wanted her blood to fulfill an age-old prophesy. Pen is not as comfortable with the truce they made to protect her, so he makes a new deal with the Arches and leaves Jade alone.

But not for long.

A new Guardian is assigned to protect Jade. Blake is rude and offensive, his methods unconventional. Because of his dedication to her she trusts him with her life. Best of all, he knows about the Surge—her telekinetic ability—and is eager to teach her how to control her power. With Blake’s help, Jade learns she can defend herself, with or without the Arches protection, against the evil forces that want her blood.

Then . . . Pen comes back.

He doesn’t like the idea of someone else looking out for Jade, but an army of evil is on its way to destroy her, and Jade needs all the help she can get.


What stands out about this story that made writing it different for you?

I didn’t expect to bond with Pen so easily. He was so easy to write, I could have given him his own book!   

Were there any difficult challenges or special subject matter you came across while writing this book?

I struggled with whether or not to have Jade and Pen “couple” in the first book. Lovey dovey scenes make me nauseous, but I knew going into this series that I was going to have to consummate Jade and Pen’s relationship at some point. I’m still struggling with it, but I hope the reader will bare with me.

What about this book would make us want to read it more than others of similar taste?

I love the imperfect hero/heroine. Someone I can relate to, care about. I hope Pen is unlike the other angels in similar series. I feel he is very different, but the reader’s opinion is what’s important 🙂

What do you want readers to take away from this book?

It takes all kinds. Although I don’t believe in love at first sight, I do believe in soulmates.

Tell us about the finished book. Is there anything special we might not know after reading it?

Krista’s original name was “Zoe”. Then I thought it would be fun to hold a drawing and name her after the winner. So that his how Krista go to be named, after Krista Ames.

Where can readers find you and your books?

Contact info


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Twitter: @authorkerineal


Instagram: @kerineal

Snail Mail: PO Box 453, Cedar Park, TX 78613

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Calisa Rhose presents ~ UnCover Monday ~ Covers

UnCover Mondays on The Ranch!!! This feature is only to highlight authors–not to sell books (though if you see one you want to buy I’m sure the authors won’t mind  ). Enjoy this weeks’ covers to ogle and explore. If there is one provided, you can follow the artist links by clicking each book cover that has an artist linked to learn more about the amazing creators of these beautiful covers. I think they deserve fair mention since they helped create the book! As always, click the author website links to find out more about them. Be sure to return on alternate Mondays for some amazing banners and video trailers by authors! 

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Initiate_NulliParaOraTitle: Initiate

Author: Nulli Para Ora


Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Liquid Silver Books

Cover Artist: Lyn Taylor

Release Date: February 11, 2013

Bound in service to the king, Initiates are selected and brought to the palace to forfeit their lives and fulfill their calling. That is until duty and honor clash with self-preservation. The resulting test of wills may destroy a kingdom and a new love which should never have seen the light of day. On the surface, the kingdom of Minra appears idyllic, steeped in peace and prosperity. This peace comes at a price. The villages of the kingdom offer up Initiates—individuals who vie for the chance to be selected as the King’s Companion—to preserve the kingdom. Initiate and Companion are the most honored and coveted roles in all the land, for Companions nourish Minra’s monarch with their life force until they die, allowing their wise king to survive for generations. Under Ritual Trainers bound in service to the king, Initiates are selected and brought to the palace to fulfill their duty. All Initiates greet this opportunity with happiness and reverence. Almost all. One Initiate forsakes time-honored traditions in favor of self-preservation. Is this forfeiture of life a worthy trade—or even necessary—for the good of the kingdom? In the battle for superiority, can love survive and overthrow generations of sacrifice and tradition?

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Title:  Be Still My Lover’s HeartBeStillMyLoversHeart_LisaHannahWells

Author: Lisa Hannah Wells


Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press

Cover Artist: Angela Anderson

Release Date:  October 1, 2012

Ethereal beauty Shea, a Lieutenant in a Universal military, has spent the last four years protecting Colony supply freighters on a small space station. If not for her partner and the hopes of a better assignment, the loss of her husband and a devastating illness would leave her little desire to live.  That is until she meets Tempest, an alien whose species is rumored to be the origin of the vampires, a man who makes her feel alive in ways she’s never felt before. Tempest has prayed to the Divine One for countless years for his bondmate.  Shea is his long-awaited answer and so much more.  One night will not be enough for a man who has waited a lifetime, but he is determined to make Shea his forever. With a madman out to destroy them and certain death nipping at their heels, will Tempest and Shea outwit Remi and survive to share a future together, or die protecting all they hold dear?

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ShotgunBride_KarenLoppTitle: Shotgun Bride

Author: Karen Lopp


Genre: Western historical

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Cover artist:  Rae Monet

Release Date: March 12, 21013

Orphaned young, Kathleen Barns has struggled to survive only to end up in a New York mill, when an unexpected inheritance gives her a glimpse of freedom. But becoming the landowner of a coveted piece of land with precious water rights in New Mexico Territory threatens to destroy her only chance at love. Forced into a marriage to a man who believes she planned the shotgun wedding to gain control of his ranch, Kathleen flees into the wilderness. Yet it is her unwanted husband that keeps saving her life and threatens to steal her heart. Mike Baca had finally reached his goal, his fighting days were far behind him now that the war was over, he owned a ranch and he was on his way home to marry the richest girl in the New Mexico Territory. A shotgun in his back had him married to a green-eyed girl who wanted his ranch! Furious with her trickery, Mike made sure she wouldn’t want to keep him. It was only after she had run, with her big-eyed gaze haunting him that he discovered she was innocent, and there was a plot on her life. Now he must race the clock and the wild badlands to try and save his wife – and convince her to stay.

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Title: Lightning Only Strikes TwiceLightningOnlyStrikesTwice_StanaleiFletcher

Author: Stanalei Fletcher


Genre: Romance Time Travel

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Cover Artist: Kim Mendoza

Release Date: March 2013

After her grandfather’s death, mounting debts force Annie Crawford to sell her inheritance to uphold her family’s honor and avoid bankruptcy. Financial stability comes with an even higher price: her heritage. She must rebuild her legacy from nothing.

Purchasing Annie’s property means three things to Luke Maxwell: financial burden on Maxwell Development, opportunity to propel his career to the top by developing the old ghost town, and, ultimately, approval to take over his father’s company. All of which take precedence over his attraction to the pretty seller.

While touring the property, Annie and Luke are whisked back in time to the 1891 mining community. Together, they endure antiquated hardships and turn to each other for familiarity. Comfort soon becomes passion. As they face a lifetime in the wrong century, Annie and Luke discover a predestined responsibility to the future. Can the love they’ve propagated in the past take root in the present?

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WyomingEscape_KateWylandTitle:  Wyoming Escape

Author: Kate Wyland


Genre:  Romantic Suspense

Publisher:  Kate Wyland

Date:  Oct. 29, 2012

One dead body is frightening enough, but a second one, plus a dirty cop, sends chef Mikela Richards fleeing for her life. The ultimate city girl finds a safe hiding place on a Wyoming Dude ranch, where she tries to discover if the murders are connected to the mysterious computer memory stick she found in her car. But her fragile feeling of safety is disturbed by a compelling Marine, home on leave.

Back from Afghanistan to heal both physically and emotionally, Shawn Saunders recognizes the type of fear in Mikela’s eyes—it’s one of the things he’s come home to forget. Even though he knows it’s a bad idea, he can’t stop himself from trying to help her, while she’s even more afraid of letting him. In spite of their reservations, neither can resist the pull of their attraction.

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Title: Studio RelationsStudioRelations_GeorgieLee

Author: Georgie Lee


Genre: historical romance

Publisher – Montlake Romance

Relase Date – December 11, 2012

Vivien Howard hasn’t forgiven Weston Holmes for almost derailing her career five years ago. Female directors in 1930s Hollywood are few and far between, and a man who coasts by on his good looks and family connections can’t possibly appreciate what it took for her to get to where she is. But when the studio head puts Weston in charge of overseeing Vivien’s ambitious Civil War film, she realizes she has a choice: make nice with her charismatic new boss or watch a replacement director destroy her dream.

Weston Holmes doesn’t know much about making movies, but he knows plenty about money. And thanks to the Depression, ticket sales are dangerously low. The studio can’t afford a flop—or bad press, which is exactly what threatens to unfold when an innocent encounter between Weston and Vivien is misconstrued by the gossip rags. The only solution? A marriage of convenience that will force the bickering duo into an unlikely alliance—and guide them to their own happy Hollywood ending.

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TakeAChanceOnLove_ChristiWilliamsTitle: Take a Chance on Love

Author: Christi Williams


Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press LLC/Torrid Books

Cover artist: Harris Channing

Release date: April 15, 2013

When Chancie de Leur meets highway patrol trooper Micah Taylor one frosty Wyoming night, instant sexual heat kindles between them. Chancie’s a lonely young widow who owns her own business and Micah is divorced, so there shouldn’t be anything holding them back. But Micah wonders if Chancie’s obvious wealth might become an issue, or the fact that she’s apparently the second woman in his life who has zero interest in ever having his baby. 

Micah has no idea of the real problem between him and Chancie, until he meets her son. Ten-year-old Jamie de Leur is determined to break up his mom and her lawman, and Micah questions whether any relationship with Chancie is worth dealing with the spoiled kid she’s raising. 

In a showdown over Jamie breaking the law, Micah has to decide if he wants to be Chancie’s cop—or her family man.

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Title: Protecting Their Child9780373696901.indd

Author: Angi Morgan


Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Harlequin Intrigue

Cover Artist: Harlequin

Release Date: May 2013

A ranger with unfinished business…

Cord McCrea was the Texas Ranger of Kate’s dreams…but their life together ended like a nightmare. They were too proud and stubborn, and there was no repairing the damage done to their family. All Kate Danver McCrea has now is the reminder he’d left growing inside her. 

The crazed gangster who shattered Cord’s life is a free man, and he wants to settle old scores. Cord will do anything to protect his ex-wife, but once she’s safe, they’ll go their separate ways again. Only, the baby changes everything. If they could survive the perils of a West Texas winter while outmaneuvering danger at every pass, they might have a second chance. Because with a traitor in their midst, they have no one to trust–except each other.

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RemedyMaker_SherriFredricksTitle: Remedy Maker

Author: Sheri Fredricks


Genre:  Fantasy Romance

Publisher:  Temple Publishing

Cover Artist:  Melisa Kendall

Release Date:  August 1, 2012

Man by day, Centaur by night, Rhycious is a remedy maker who needs his own healing.

He’s the royal physician, famous for his cures. War and posttraumatic stress disorder has broken his spirit, preventing him from finding true happiness. Then a direct order from the queen to investigate an uprising forces him out of his secluded cabin at the edge of the forest.

Patience is an optimistic, good-natured Wood Nymph who works as a mediator to ensure harmony within the Nymph sector.

Environmental pollution in the aquifer stream that feeds the taproot tree of her heart is slowly killing her. Resigned to the fact she will not live long, she sets out to discover the mysterious disappearance of her sister. Experience has taught her to deny herself the love of a male, but the gruff Centaur is different. He doesn’t push his expectations on her, only his healing nature.

When Rhycious loses his grip on reality, he believes his inability to control his disorder will drive Patience away. Nevertheless, desire flares, and Patience draws him close. Kidnapping and betrayal turn their mythic joint venture into a deadly bout.

Will their love endure when survival hinges on trusting each other?

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Title: FlightlessFlightless_KeriNeal

Author: Keri Neal


Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Keri Neal

Release Date: May 30, 2013

Pen was a Guardian, but one violent night took his wings. Ten years later he is given the opportunity to earn them back.

Jade is spellbound by the new student. Pen is quiet, but she is determined to learn more about him. When her terrifying past comes back to haunt her, Pen reveals there is much more to him than she could have ever imagined.

With his soul on the line, Pen cannot protect Jade if his feelings keep getting in the way. But with Jade’s soul on the line, he must protect her from unearthly forces who want her blood. Will the truth redeem them, or tear them apart?

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