Monthly Archives: March 2013

My Big News

If by some chance you missed my big announcement…

I have an agent!! And not just any agent. I’m now repped by the amazing Jill Corcoran! I’m thrilled to be working with her! And even more thrilled (and flattered) that she loves my new MS!

When researching agents I’d always scour blogs and websites to find success stories and timelines so I thought I’d share mine.
The last 6 months have been insanely busy between Gossamer and Dream On releasing and the edits for Gilded (which will release this summer), but I managed to find time to work on a new project. Actually, I started several new projects but they never felt right and I shelved them. I know myself, and I know how I write. When something is going to work for me, I fly through the first draft. I write pretty compulsively until it’s done. When I struggle through it, I put it away with the possibility of revisiting it in the future.
This project was one of those stories itching to get out and the second I began I couldn’t stop. I wrote constantly, staying up late every night knowing I’d regret it in the morning. As soon as my first draft was done I began my edits. When those were done, I filled my critique partner’s email inbox with chapters. She’s super awesome by the way and got on them right away (Thanks Reagan!!). I worked on editing again and again, wanting it to be as perfect as possible. It’s a blur, but my kids look healthy so I’m pretty confident I remembered to feed them and what not. I finished everything by late February. It’s hard to explain but I had a very good feeling about this one and was eager to begin querying.
I’d drafted a query in January and tweaked it over and over until I felt good about it. I’d decided to gradually send out a small batch to my top choice agents and see how it went. My very first query was emailed on February 23rd to Jill. I waited a few days then sent out two more. Two days later, one of those agents requested my full. I was shocked, thrilled, and all that other good stuff. I sent my full, and, with more confidence in my query, sent out a few more. Then I got a second request for a full from another amazing agent! But still no word from Jill.
By March 23rd I’d sent out twelve queries, had received 5 form rejects, 2 full requests and had 5 without responses (except for Jill’s, those had only been out for a couple of days at this point) and was now stuck in a waiting game. I’d seen on a website no response from Jill after one month meant it was a rejection. I’d pretty much decided she was passing at this point. But on March 27th I received an email saying she enjoyed my sample pages and would love to read more! She requested my full and, after my heart started functioning again, I emailed it to her.
That was three fulls out!! And all to amazing agents!! I knew enough about publishing to know it could still end with three rejections from amazing agents, but the very next morning I woke up to an email from Jill with “Loving your book” as the subject line. I can’t put into words how excited I was to see that! She said she’d stayed up until 2 am reading and was halfway through. I spent the first half of the morning giddy over the email. I spent the rest of the day trying to recall every single detail about the second half wondering if she’d like it. You know all that self-doubt writers are so good at feeding? Yeah, well, mine was stuffed. But Friday morning I woke up to another short and sweet, late night email from Jill. She’d stayed up until 2 am again and would love to rep me (she also mentioned something about my male MC that resulted in me high-fiving strangers. kidding. maybe.) I pretty much died at that point. Jill’s my dream agent and how could I not love that enthusiasm?? I withdrew the queries I hadn’t heard back on (and ended up with one more full request but informed them I was withdrawing). Notified those with my full and made it official. I couldn’t be happier!
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the awesome manuscript that landed me an agent is a super sexy New Adult Contemporary Romance 🙂

Spotlight Author and Giveaway: Calisa Rhose

I’d like you join me in welcoming Calisa Rhose author of Risk Factors. She stopped by today to talk about writing and her new release. Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway!
Love, like life, is not without risk.
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, 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?

Hi Renita! Thank you for having me today. I’m excited about this blog tour and ‘meeting’ so many new people!
What was your inspiration behind this book?
It was written on a challenge by a crit partner. I had no idea what to write, needing something medical, so I fell back on the only medicine I know–veterinary. Vivian Dane is a pet doctor.
Why did you choose this particular genre?
I love the chance to fall into a love story in this day and age when divorces seem to be at their highest. Happy ever after stories are rare and I love writing them.
Tell the readers a little about you.
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, as well as, the occasional ‘other’ heroes- and their sexy female counterparts, those sassy, stubborn heroines.
What inspired you to become a writer?
Love of writing and being able to make a story turn out how I want it to, I decided if other writers can do it, there was no reason I couldn’t. I’d been writing since I was twelve so in 2005 I got serious and decided I wanted to be published. I sold and saw my first book published in 2011.
What do you find is your biggest writing struggle?
Making myself sit and write. I’m easily distracted and there’s always so much that needs to be done every day. LOL It takes determination to open a wip and write, even though it’s all I think about when I’m not writing.
Any tips for new writers?
Read and write. Every day. Everyone says it–but there’s a reason they all say it. Don’t give up and most of all believe in yourself no matter what. It really is wonderful if you have family and friends who support you, but ultimately, you are the one who matters most and if you don’t believe, it won’t happen.
Any other books in the works?
Always! LOL And usually more than one project at once. Right now I’m working on a fireman story, a mind reader and a new one I can’t say much about yet. I will say it promises to be a lot more intense, writing and research-wise, than any of my other work.
Here’s a taste of Risk Factors:
Viv’s smile and throaty laughter burrowed deeper by the second, mutating into hot want that seemed to draw him to her at every opportunity. But her invitation shook him back to level
ground. Dinner. With her. Vivian Dane, the woman who seemed to freely access his dreams
lately, was asking him out.
Her voice fell to a low smoky grade that slid like satin over him, tightening around his chest, making it hard to breathe.
He wanted to kiss her.
There was something about her in the lab coat he couldn’t put his finger on. She appeared
so fragile and delicate in pink that matched her lips…china doll perfect. Kissable.
He opened his mouth to refuse. He couldn’t afford to get close to anyone, wouldn’t risk Janna. He knew his daughter already liked the vet, had said so. If he got involved and it all nosedived south, he couldn’t stand to have Janna hurt. Even if she didn’t know it, Viv was their veterinarian now and he’d have to see her, Jelly Bean would notice the tension–
I’d like that.”
Also, Risk Factors is on Authorgraph! Get your copy signed
How/where can readers find you?
I’m everywhere but these are the most usual hangouts. You’ll find me on my website/blog
Twitter@CalisaRhose, Facebook/Calisa Rhose, Goodreads, Amazonand I recently signed up on Pinterest. It’s new so not much going on there yet as I learn how to get around on it and do things with it. I’m also on Triberr, and at The Wild Rose Press and Lyrical Press, Inc.
At the end of this tour I’ll be picking one winner to gift either a signature rose rock for a USA winner ora $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 scheduleand give them a chance to win by going to their blogs too.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to hang out here, Renita! It’s been fun. I’d like to ask your readers what their favorite genre to read (or write) is?

Gilded Cover and Trailer Reveal

Last week I received my cover art for Gilded but with Dream On releasing I had a pretty full schedule, (I actually still do and hopefully you’ve had a chance to check out some my interviews!) which meant my cover art remained a secret 😉 I knew Lyrical planned on doing a cover reveal this week but wasn’t sure when so when I saw it today on their blog I realized secret’s out! And it was time to do my cover reveal as well. I’m also revealing my trailer!

So here we go!

Gilded by Renita Pizzitola

True love comes with a price.
Kyla Ashbury, half-fae, must learn to wield her Earth magic to protect herself from the king’s guard. Fleeing her betrothal to the prince, she takes refuge among the woodland fae, who are experts at Earth magic. Before she can learn to control her gift, she has to return to the castle to undo some of the damage done when she ran away with Grant. Wielding power she can’t control makes the situation worse.
Grant will do anything for the girl he loves. Even with his power to foresee danger, keeping Kyla safe is a constant challenge. As answers lead to more questions, he wonders if he is endangering her further.
Kyla’s growing talent destines her to a power struggle she doesn’t want. Every choice she makes seems to jeopardize those closest to her. She must learn to control the angry magic coursing through her if she ever hopes to live a normal life with the man she loves.
A Lyrical Press Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Add to Goodreads
and the Gilded trailer!

Dream On Giveaway

Here’s a list of blogs I will be visiting this month. Remember to stop by and enter to win an Amazon gift card or a copy of Dream On. Multiple entries are allowed so leave a comment and reenter! 

March 4th, 2013
Dream On Feature and Giveaway
Juliana Haygert:

karen Y. bynum:

Writing from Corsets to Bustiers:

March 7th, 2013
Author Interview and Dream On Giveaway
Joanne Wadsworth:

March 11th, 2013
Author Interview and Dream On Giveaway
Indiana Wonder

March 12th, 2013
Author Interview, Dream On Giveaway and Review
Cocktails and Books:

March 14th, 2013
Guest Post, Giveaway and Dream On Review
That’s What I’m Talking About:

March 15th, 2013
Dream On Review
All Things Writing

March 20th, 2013
Guest Post, Giveaway and Dream On Review
Close Encounters of the Night Kind

Dream On Feature and Giveaway
From the Pen of Mae Clair

Spotlight Author: Cd Brennan

She left home to find herself…and found love along the way.
Maggie isn’t looking for love on her backpacking trip through Australia. She’s got enough man troubles back in Ireland. Australia is her escape, a place of adventure where she can create memories to last a lifetime.
But some memories won’t be left behind.
Gray is ready to quit hiring backpackers to help with the work on his remote Queensland cattle station when Maggie turns up. She’s just passing through, but the connection they forge during the long nights herding cattle won’t be so easily cast aside.
WARNING: A strong-willed Irish heroine, a stubborn Australian hero, and oceans of difference to bridge for love.
A Lyrical Press Contemporary Romance

Today I get to welcome Cd Brennan. Her debut Contemporary Romance WATERSHED releases today! Such an exciting day! 

First, a huge thank you to Renita for hosting me today. It is the actual Release Day for WATERSHED, so a special day for me. It’s my debut novel so a day that will remain with me forever. So thanks, Renita, for being a part of it!

Thanks Corinne! I’m excited to be a part of your big day! Congratulations on your release! So can you tell us a little about your current release.
Irish Maggie is backpacking through outback Queensland when she heads out to a cattle station to experience adventure in the “real” Australia, something special, a memory of a lifetime. At the Gemfields, Gray sets out to make a point to Maggie that she isn’t welcome. They have work to do, and she will only get in the way. It’s hard enough keeping the property going without wasting time on adventure-seekers in Australia.

Both evolve as the story goes. Quiet, responsible Maggie raises to the challenge, works hard to prove herself on the station. As every day passes, she comes more out of her shell. A fish-out-of-water, her new and very different environment challenges her and makes her stronger and more confident, until she develops into who she really is meant to be. Her inner strength and passion was always there, she just needed the right time and place for it to unfold. Gray is bold and arrogant and doesn’t have time for anything or anyone that doesn’t fit into his plans. But then Maggie arrives; someone he never expected to cross his path. She is beyond his understanding – this beautiful, magical Irish lass whose accent alone melts hearts around her. Even though so different from himself and what he has known, he realizes that she not only “fits” at the station, his home and life, but in his heart.

Love is a chance. It’s hard enough to find the “right one” these days to not take an opportunity when it crosses your path, even if it’s not what you expected, even if it doesn’t fit into your plans, even if it is with someone from another hemisphere! Both Gray and Maggie realize this through events that happen in the harsh outback of Australia.

What was your inspiration behind this book?
While backpacking through Australia in 1995, a woman sat next to me on a Greyhound bus journey from Rockhampton to Townsville, about an 8 hour drive normally, then add another four hours for the bus experience. As most travelers would understand, a spare seat next to you on these trips is a God-send, more space to stretch out and put your things. But, as fate would have it, another writer Margery Smith sat next to me and we chatted for almost the entire trip.

I had been in Australia for a month, working my way up the East coast, and even though it was a beautiful coastline and plenty to do (The Australian hostels were like motels with pools and BBQ facilities), I felt it wasn’t the Australia that I had hoped for. I wanted the true and gritty experience, not one polished and packaged for tourists. I mentioned my disappointment, and within moments my traveling companion offered that her daughter lived on a cattle station just west of Rocky (Rockhampton), and would I be interested in working as a jillaroo? Would I ever!

After my sailing trip through the Whitsunday Islands to see the Reef, I backtracked down to Rockhampton and then west, where another bus journey plopped me down at some dusty turnoff in the middle of nowhere. Thus, the opening scene of Watershed. Even though there was no romance for me personally at the Bloomfield Station (just a few hours east of Alpha, Queensland), I fell in love with the lifestyle and landscape, the people and animals, the fresh air and hard work. Ironically enough, I ended up marrying my own Australian country boy I met 10 years later when we were both living in Ireland.

What do you find is your biggest writing struggle?
Time. Or the lack of time, I should say. I also work as a Content Editor and Business Writer, but my main job being the care of my two young sons, a four-year old and a 16-month old. They are active sprites, I can tell you! I adore them, but writing and editing is my escape at the moment. It’s something for me – I just wish I had more time for it. Right now, it’s taking me about a year to write a book, and when you are writing a series, this isn’t a great turnover. Boo.

I am a morning person, but so are my boys (sometimes a 5am start), so I can’t write then, which leaves me naps and at night after they have gone to bed. But, like I said, I am a morning person, and the most productive and creative and motivated then. Sometimes, I am so buggered I fall asleep when the boys do!

I hear about all these other wonderful authors out there that are mums, too. I admire this greatly, women can produce a beautifully written novel and at the same time juggle nappies (diapers) and tantrums. To me, this is not only dedication but the perfect example of multi-tasking. The separation yet inclusion of two totally different things. I want to send a shout-out to all the mum-writers out there. Atta girl!

Any tips for new writers?
What are you passionate about? Write what you enjoy (in reading, in life, in sport, even about children!), and I believe that this will shine through into your story. For example, if you want to write romance but love downhill skiing, set your characters on the slopes. The more belief and passion there, the more is transferred to your audience, and they will love it.

As a Content Editor, I am always looking for those little details or mannerisms in the characters or setting that sets the book apart. To be able to do that with depth and believability, the design needs to be something you are familiar with. You can rely on your imagination to an extent, but don’t skimp on the research. I can tell immediately when an author doesn’t really know what they are writing about.

Any other books in the works?
There are four planned books in the Love Where You Roam series. The series follows women as they travel, backpack and work in faraway places, and in those adventures the woman finds love where she roams. Like in many journeys, the heroine’s path is not only physical but spiritual as they grow and change in their new environment. Ultimately, they find a place where they belong.

The series is tied by characters and concept. The heroine that stars in the following book of the series will make an appearance in the previous book. In Book 1, WATERSHED with Maggie and Gray, we also meet Lizzy, a jillaroo and friend to the Stewart’s that own The Gemfields. In the next book, A STONE’S THROW, Lizzy travels to Scotland where she meets the debonair but elusive, Hamish Skene.

Lizzy lives and works in a Hotel Pub in the small town of Bridge of Allan, Scotland. One of her coworkers is Sophie, a university student studying to be a linguistics teacher. She travels to Alaska in the next book, currently titled DUSTING OF LIGHT, where she meets a rugged native Alaskan. An Aleutian mother and Russian father, he is striking in appearance and mannerisms. I say “he” because I don’t have a character name yet. I might do a contest on my FB or my website for fans to choose a name. I have already started writing the book, and it’s a bit annoying to always use “Alaska” in place of his name. LOL.

How/where can readers find you?
Since WATERSHED is my debut novel, I don’t have a huge fan following yet, but would love to hear from readers.

“In Ireland we have the Banshee.” Maggie broke Gray’s daydreaming with a start. “She is the omen of death and the messenger from the Otherworld.”
She continued in a whisper. “Often she appears an old hag. Folklore says she may also appear as a stunningly beautiful woman.” Maggie raised her brow at him, her eyes twinkling with fun.
Gray threw his head back and laughed, and she joined him. There was no shaking her. He decided he wasn’t going to best Maggie, and for the first time in a long time he was content with that.
He shifted so she had to settle against him. He heard her sigh as he wrapped his arm around her. They sat watching the fire, listening to the sounds of the bush settle for the night. It was peaceful and, Gray had to admit, romantic. He smiled, fulfilled after a long day’s hard work, some good bush tucker and a beautiful woman by his side. He had almost worked up enough courage to kiss her when she shivered, wrapping her arms around herself.
“I’m going to sleep.” Pulling off her trainers, she climbed into her swag. “Goodnight.”

Author Bio
Having traveled and lived all over the world, Cd Brennan now talks with a strange accent, a mix of distant terminology, a blend of culturally cute but confusing euphemisms that leaves everyone looking at her with a blank stare. Luckily, her Australian husband (who she met in Ireland) and her two Aussie/Yankee sons have no problem understanding her – well, except for the word “NO”.
Now settled back “home” in Michigan, she enjoys reliving her glory days by writing about them. She considers the last fifteen years abroad the perfect research for her Love Where You Roam series; matchmaking women and men from different cultures, even different hemispheres, helping them find their true one across oceans of difference.
As destiny plays a hand in all the stories, Cd Brennan truly believes that what is for you, won’t pass you by. She hopes to inspire others to get out there: “Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” [Mark Twain]  And of course, fall in love.
Get in touch with her at