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Oh, man. I’m so excited to share this giveaway.

The lovely folks at Kensington/Lyrical have put together this gorgeous Kate Spade gift bag filled with lots of goodies. Among other things, you’ll find a print copy of To Win Her Love, some fun swag, a cuddly soft Murphy, the totally adorable, head butting mutt from Gracie and Jake’s love story, and this fab antique book necklace.

I’m so jealous I’m not allowed to enter to win, but you can! So, what are you waiting for?

Follow the link to enter the drawing.

Good luck, all!








To Win Her Love, book 1 of my Players Series with Kensington/Lyrical is finally live. Yay! We’re celebrating with a release day kickoff bash from 4-8 pm 8/4/15, and you’re invited. See ya there.


To win the game, they’ll have to risk losing their hearts…

When a bizarre child custody stipulation pits popular sports blogger Gracie Gable against football superstar Jake Malone, losing the battle for her twin nieces isn’t the only thing Gracie has to worry about. Forced to live for three months under the same roof as the sexy tight end, will she fall prey to his flirtatious pursuit? Or worse, will the skeletons in her closet destroy her chance for the love and family she so desperately wants?

Neglected by his parents as a boy, Jake doesn’t believe in happily ever after. Yet living with Gracie and the twins might be enough to change his mind—and his womanizing ways. But when the press unearths a scandal from Gracie’s past, will he lose the one woman he was ready to open his heart to?

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Hey hey, romance junkies. Welcome to What a Character, a weekly chat with a new and diverse character. This week’s victim, er… interviewee comes to us courtesy of the fabulous Calisa Rhose. If you don’t know Calisa, you’re missing out. She’s an awesome writer, editor and friend and she’s loaned us Vivian Dane, her heroine from her brand new release, Risk Factors. 

Okay, enough yadda yadda from me. Let’s get to know our guest. Hiya Vivian.

Dr. Viv: Hi. I’m Vivian Dane, or Dr. Viv. It’s nice to meet you, Ms. Crowne. Thank you for inviting me to visit your beautiful blog! *looks around in awe*

Mac: Dr. Viv it is. I’m thrilled to have any friend of Calisa’s sharing my mania and I know you hold a special place in her heart. So, in Twitter fashion, tell us about your story in 140 characters or less.

Dr. Viv: I’m horrible at this technology stuff, as you’ll learn when you read Risk Factors, but I’ll give it a shot. “With a child and a skunk pulling for them, Connor and Viv have little hope of resisting fate and falling in love.”

Mac: LOL Oh, Viv, you may be horrible at technology stuff, but you know how to grab a chick’s attention. A skunk, huh? *snicker* Next question. What do you consider your biggest strength?

Dr. Viv: I’d say it’s my uncanny ability to bounce back and smile through adversity. I’ve been through the wringer in my life and if I let every little thing get to me it would destroy me.

Mac: You go, girl. That is a strength more people need. Biggest weakness?

Dr. Viv: The fear of disappointing my dad, my parents, can be crippling. It’s not easy to go against their wishes. I mean, how does a girl tell her Daddy “no?” She doesn’t…does she?

Mac: Yeah, that’s a tough one. Now, the romance genre is often heavy with heartbreaking conflict, but what makes you laugh?

Dr. Viv: Janna. That child is precious. And seeing Connor sweat– oh yeah. Fun times!

Mac: Hmmm. Kids and sweaty guys. I like how you roll, Viv. 🙂 So, tell us. What was the toughest aspect of your story for you and your author, Calisa, to work through?

Dr. Viv: Making Connor realize it’s ok to love. That poor man had been hurt from almost every woman in his life and he wasn’t about to let me be the next. His refusal to let go of his hurt nearly destroyed us both.

Mac: *Sigh* Healing a man’s heart make for the sweetest stories. Okay, can you share a short excerpt from your favorite scene in the story? And tell us why it’s your favorite.

Dr. Viv: I have a few favorite scenes so I’ll just pick one. In this scene I had just left dinner with my parents and had no way home so I called Connor. The intensity of his reaction to my situation was breathtaking.

Without a clue why she’d called him, or why she was in Culpepper alone, and apparently, on foot, it didn’t matter. No matter what it was, he wanted to be there for her. Her last words had repeated over and over in his head as he’d dressed and driven too fast to reach her: “I need you.”
Once the waitress set his coffee down and left, he pushed the cup to one side and leaned close, resting his hands on either side of hers on the worn tabletop. Not touching, but close enough that it wouldn’t take much. He waited and slowly she raised a dull gaze.
Pain reflected in the blue irises and his gut knotted against it. He didn’t know how to help someone else the way Viv did. In his job, sure. He could hide safely behind the knowledge that the people he helped would never see him again; they rarely remembered anything other than their own suffering, if his facade happened to slip briefly. It was easier, and more comfortable, to prohibit any feelings to get through the impenetrable shell he and his kind wore like a second skin.
This was different.

Mac: Oh yeah, Connor is a man with heart. I love it. Now it’s your turn. Do you have a question for our visitors.

For a chance to win a copy of my story at the end of this tour (and a chance for Mac too): Since our story is about a veterinarian and a hunky EMT-P, I’m curious what your favorite first responder is? Fireman, police, paramedic? Maybe one I didn’t name?

At the end of this tour I’ll be picking one winner to gift either a signature rose rock for a USA winner or a $10 GC of choice (Kindle or Nook) for one overseas or in Canada. Either winner will also get a PDF copy of Risk Factors!
The more you stalk me and comment, the greater your chance to win on April 8th. I’ll announce the winner on the 10th. Thank you for joining me on this fun journey’s end and good luck to all!

As a special bonus, I’ll be pooling all my blog hosts and the one with the most comments on their blog for my post will also win one of the same prizes as the winners! They need your help to win! Please note, this also includes my two hosts before today, so I’d appreciate if you check my official blog tour schedule and give them a chance to win by going to their blogs too.

Mac: Great question, Dr. Viv, and an awesome chance to win, Calisa. You’re the best!

RISK FACTORS – Love, like life, is not without risk.
CONTENT WARNING: Happy-ever-after mixed with four-legged friends.
A Lyrical Press Contemporary Romance

Veterinarian Vivian Dane has purchased her uncle’s practice in the tiny town of Wales, Missouri, where most residents still doubt her ability to treat their pets. But Viv is used to being considered less-worthy than her predecessors. After all, her parents are world-renowned wildlife vets, and most everyone is unimpressed she’s chosen to not follow directly in their footsteps. Now Connor, a patient’s owner, and is hot for Viv, but clearly doesn’t think she’s dating material because he has a daughter…who he believes no woman is good enough for.

Being a perfect dad is EMT paramedic Connor’s life focus. He can’t seem to stay away from sexy Doctor Viv, but attraction is as far as he’ll ever let it go. His mother abandoned him, leaving him to be raised in the foster system, and then his wife abandoned both him and their daughter. He absolutely will not risk bringing another woman into his little girl’s life and having her feel the hurt of being left…again.

Forfeiting is easier than attempting and failing. So why does Viv feel compelled to prove she’s a sure bet for Connor and his daughter? Can Connor trust Viv–and himself–enough to play the possibilities?

Risk Factors is available @
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Author Bio:
Calisa Rhose is an Okie, born and bred, through and through, and proud of it. While growing up, when she wasn’t on the back of a horse, she could be found with pen and paper in hand. Her writing career began with poetry in her younger days. Then she discovered Rock-n-Roll and cute musicians. Poetry turned into stories of romance and dreams. These days she lives with the same man who convinced her to take a romantic journey with him almost 30 years ago. After raising three strong daughters she spends her days loving their granddaughters, hoping for a boy someday, and writing. When she’s not writing, you can find Calisa putting on her editor hat and working to help other published and aspiring writers.
She is working on more projects with her favored contemporary cowboys, first responders  and firemen.

Find Calisa at her website/blog
Twitter@CalisaRhose, Facebook/Calisa Rhose, Goodreads and Amazon