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.
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On twitter @Calisa_Rhose and Facebook @Calisa Rhose
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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!