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HOME by Calisa Rhose
I'm so thrilled to welcome my talented friend and Sister Outlaw for my very first guest blog. Please say hello to Calisa or ask her questions in the comments. I've always known that Calisa was nice and fun to talk with, but it wasn't until I read and reviewed HOME that I discovered how amazingly talented she is. I'm a bit starstruck to tell the truth. I devoured the book in one sitting and gave it five stars. I got so involved with the characters Sam and Poppy that I had a few questions for Calisa:
How did you come up with the very realistic incident in the Vietnamese cave that resulted in Sam's post traumatic stress?
Calisa: The cave incident was totally made up. I gathered emotional and possible ideas from MASH episodes I watched growing up and other war shows. I took what I saw and fit it into what I needed for my book.
Why hasn't Poppy moved from Silverton, Oklahoma, a town that has never treated her with the respect she deserves?
Calisa: Poppy's mother lives there. This was during a time when young ladies didn't just pick up and leave when things got tough. They stayed with family and worked to live with it. Plus- Sam lived there and when he left, she had to be there when/if he returned.
How did you learn how to translate "American doctor" into Vietnamese?
Calisa: American Doctor- I was reading a lot of sites during the writing of HOME. One was a doctor in the Vietnam war who told of his time there and that was how they said American doctors in Vietnamese.
Here is more about Calisa Rhose's amazing book:
What could a gypsy and a Vietnam veteran have in common?
BLURB: 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.”
Find Calisa at her website/blog http://calisarhose.wordpress.com
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Small-town country girl Calisa Rhose lives in a semi-remote area of Oklahoma with her husband, five dogs, one cat and one horse. All of her three daughters and their families live within throwing distance. She’s a member of RWA and the local chapter OKRWA. She intends to nurture and continue to grow as an author with the help of her family and supporters.