Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I be to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

It's Release Day and HOME is HERE!

YEE HAW! I am THRILLED beyond words to be a part of Calisa Rhose's blog tour for her release of HOME, and even happier still that I am lucky enough to have her on RELEASE DAY! (Psst...it's also her 27th birthday, so double congrats are in order...) Calisa is also hosting a give away, so don't forget to leave us a comment to be entered into the draw for a FREE e-copy of HOME! Without further ado, I give you my very dear friend and talented writer, Calisa Rhose!

Wow! I am SO, so excited to be back at Tattered Pages to celebrate the long awaited release of my own book! Thank you my lovely AJ, for having me here on this historical day! (Get it? HOME is a historical?)

I’m at two places today to celebrate the actual release of my first book!!! Leave a comment here and then hop over to Vintage Vonnie’s and comment there for another chance to win your copy of HOME! On all the blogs I guest on this week I’m counting down to the BIG party so I can announce the first winner!

So let’s get on with this countdown!!!!


What could a gypsy and a Vietnam veteran have in common?
Silvertown’s outcast, Poppy Tippen, has loved football hero Sam “The Force” Callahan forever. But he never seemed to know she was alive. Now he’s home from the war and she suddenly finds herself comforting him from the demons of “that damn war.” Is his attention merely an escape from the haunting nightmares? Or does she hold the interest of the only man she’s ever truly loved?

Sam Callahan’s only solace from the war nightmares wrecking his life comes in the unlikely form of a gypsy girl with stigmas of her own. He’s known Poppy his entire life, but there’s something different about her now. Something special he desperately wants to hold on to. Can he convince her she’s the only thing he needs to put the past behind him?

“I’ll always want you, Poppy.”

Her head shook in automatic denial. “You’ll want a girl who fits your life. Not some gypsy with no family lineage to brag about. Your momma won’t accept that, either. She’ll make you choose someone like Connie, someone who fits into your world. Not the girl everyone avoids and whispers about behind her back. You’re gonna be the town’s doctor. You need an uppity wife who will make you proud.”

When Sam laughed, his chest shuddered against her back. Deep, husky, real. He turned her in his arms and looked down at her, smiling. “Poppy, do you honestly think I give a damn what people think? Look at me! I’m the town outcast, the survivor who should have died saving the others, not be here planning a future that includes a wife, a medical practice.

“I shimmy under park benches, run from my mother’s lipstick, for God’s sake. I wake up screaming and crying over nothing in the middle of the night, crawl under my bed and hide, shaking, until morning. Hell, I can’t even be a doctor because I haven’t finished school yet.”

“I didn’t know. It must be awful for you.” No matter how it hurt Poppy to know he used her, it felt much worse to know how he hurt alone. “The only time it isn’t awful is when I’m with you. When I think of you.”

Get your copy of HOME TODAY at The Wild Rose Press.

Find Calisa at her website/blog http://calisarhose.wordpress.com
On twitter @Calisa_Rhose and Facebook @Calisa Rhose
She loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at calisa.rhose@gmail.com

The day following the New Years Day party, on my blog, I will be giving away the first copy of HOME to one lucky commenter! The more you comment this week, the greater your chance to win!

To be entered for one more chance, tell me what “HOME” means to you in a comment.
Don’t forget to leave your EMAIL ADDRESS in all your comments this week! Be sure to come to my BIG SALE PARTY on my blog on January 1, 2012!

You can find the full tour schedule on my website at the link above.

Thank you so much for being my guest, Calisa! All the best to you on your release and I'm lifting my glass in honor of your first release!


Calisa Rhose said...

I'm too excited for words today! But thanks for hosting me today, AJ! (psst- I'm 29 at Vonnie's blog so double cheers! LOL)

Callie said...

Hey Calisa. You're all over the place, today, lol. Good luck with your book. I know it will be a best seller.

Vonnie Davis said...

Happy Birthday!
Happy Release Day!
Happy Lovin' Yourself Day!

I'm hoping your sales of HOME will be phenominal.

Christine Warner said...

Hi Calisa, I thought you said you were turning 26? Hmmm....I swear I remember we were close in age...oh well...Happy Birthday anyway :)

Congrats on the release...very excited for you!

Calisa Rhose said...

Thanks for the tune, Vonnie! Lovely traveling the cyber hiways with your tinkling in my ears! You're the best!

Calisa Rhose said...

Christine- I'm a perpetual 17 with a few exceptional experiences to spice life up! *wink*

Love ya girl!

Nardi Point said...

Congratulations Calisa! It's time to begin hearing stories from the Vietnam era. Not only that, but your book can serve as a healing reading experience for anyone who's gone through that trauma ... the therapy is called bibliotherapy and your book fits into that very nicely! Best of luck! Happy Birthday!

Anna said...

Happy Birthday, Gorgeous! What an amazing birthday gift you've received...and given to us in the pages of Home! My great-grandma used to say, "Whatever you are doing on New Year's Day, you'll do all year long." I suspect you will be publishing fantastic stories for us to read throughout 2012 and beyond.

J. Coleman said...

I second the comment about bringing a story about the Vietnam War to fruition. You've done a lot of research, which must have been hard. I'm looking forward to seeing how you bring a part of my past to present. Congrats Calisa! Oh, and Happy Birthday!

Calisa Rhose said...

That's an interesting thought, Nancy. I want to write more though they won't be connected to this one. I could call it the Viable Veterans series! Thanks for the thoughtful comment! Oh- and the birthday wishes.

Calisa Rhose said...

You are my greatest fan, Anna! I adore you and love your g-gramma's saying.

Calisa Rhose said...

I hope I meet your expectations Joelene! You'll have to let me know what you think when you do read it. Thanks for the birthday wish! Safe travels love.

DarleneLF said...

Congratulations, Calisa! This one is definitely going on my TBR list. Happy Birthday!

Cathie Dunn said...

Happy Birthday, Calisa, and best of luck with your new book. What an exciting day for you! I'll be checking it out. :-)

Calisa Rhose said...

You're a sweetheart, Darlene! Thanks.

Calisa Rhose said...

Thank you Cathie! I hope you make it to the other blog tour spots this week to raise your chances to win!

Beth Trissel said...

Congrats, congrats, congrats Calisa! Very excited for you!

Calisa Rhose said...

Have I mentioned how I love you Beth? Thank you!

Nancy Jardine said...

Hi there, ladies. What a great day, Calisa. Enjoy every moment!

Calisa Rhose said...

I got you added two times into the draw Nancy. Thanks for visiting!

AJ Nuest said...

YA-HOO! It's a total par-tay! Calisa, you are soooo incredibly AWESOME for letting me host you today. I'm so, so sorry I couldn't be on more, but please know I am with you in spirit, girl! Love You!!

Liz Flaherty said...

Hope you're enjoying the day--I keep running into you!

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

I'm a little late, but I had to pop in with a CONGRATULATIONS! Confetti thrown your way. :)

Calisa Rhose said...

Lol AJ. I love ya babe! Don't worry, I'm hard to forget. *wink* I wouldn't have it any other way than to visit you on this tour. Your place was bookmarked from the moment I knew my release date. :)

Calisa Rhose said...

I love running into you Liz! Thanks for coming along on my tour!

Calisa Rhose said...

Thank you Karen! This week there's no such thing as late! Go back to all the previous blogs of the week to increase your chance to win!