Blog by VONNIE DAVIS -- International, Award-Winning Romance Author: Adventurous...Humorous...Amorous.

Monday, March 4, 2013

RISK FACTORS is Available!!!

WE'RE HAVING A RELEASE DAY PARTY!!!
 


Hi Vonnie!

I am literally jumping up and down right now, I’m so excited to be here today.

It is March 4, 2013, the release date for my second book! WEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!! Oh, wait, are those for me? Oh, Chocolate, my very favorite. I've been dieting, but surely one or five won't hurt.
 
 
RISK FACTORS is so special to me. Besides being my second published work, it’s the first full length, or category, romance and my first book with Lyrical Press, Inc. I have my editor, Piper Denna to thank for that.

 

After writing this book as a medical and then altering it some to fit another publisher besides the one I wrote it for, I’m so excited to share it with you all. But it’s been a long journey. Well yes, Vonnie, long jouneys do require a bit of bubbly. Of course I'll take a flute. Ohhhhh, and it's French Champagne, too. Strawberries? Well, ah, okay. Yes, I know strawberries are best with with champagne, but I was going to talk about my release, not get tipsy on a Monday. Oh, chocolate on the berries keeps you from getting dru...er...tipsy? I didn't know...
 
Now, where was I? Oh yes...I thought publishing would be a little like getting into a new relationship and moving past those awkward first moments. You know the ones I’m talking about. First hello, first hand holding, first dance. Taken with slow beginnings you eventually move to the first sensual moments like that first hesitant kiss.
 

Then once you get through all those firsts, everything else is easy and flows like it’s meant to be. You hold hands like you own that man or woman, kiss with free abandon and think you know this person so well there can’t be any awkward moments left.
 

That’s sort of how I felt going into publication. Once you break the ice with that first book it’s old hat. Oh how gloriously wrong I’ve been!
 

With my second sale there are still so many new firsts to get through. So much excitement! The first full length vs. the novella. It feels different somehow. That first book with another new publisher. I can’t tell you enough how wonderful my experiences have been with LPI; as a writer and as one of their editors. They are a family of fun writers and I have made some wonderful friendships…again.

 

My cover…another first as I drool over the talent and beauty produced by an artist I hadn’t worked with before. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Ms. Valerie Tibbs! I. Still. LOVE. The cover of Risk Factors!!! I didn’t make the job easy for her either. On my cover art sheet--the form we writers fill out to help an artist get an idea of what we’d like to see as a cover-- I was very specific. Can you imagine her face as she read my cover art sheet where I asked for a skunk with a little girl in a lovely meadow? With a sexy man kissing a woman and a helicopter. I compromised, knowing how difficult a couple and a helicopter might fit, and conceded I’d settle for a golden retriever.

 
LOL I know! I didn’t think it would be hard to find a skunk! A slice of cake? Oh no, I couldn't possibly...well, one slice...small...to go with the second glass of bubbly you just poured me. You know, you can be an evil incluence...er...influence.
 

But seriously--I can’t ask for a better cover than my wise cover guru created. I so appreciate her wisdom and eye for detail. Valerie nailed it. Perfectly. From the gorgeous blonde Viv to the smexxy Connor. And the helicopter?! O.M.G.  *ok, give me back my towel, Vonnie* Must be the wine you keep pouring down my throat. Or the sugar high. Is it HOT in here???
 
 

Of course there was the cursory edits and waiting…and waiting, and waiting, but those go without saying, don’t they? And as time neared I received my final copy and loved it. Naturally.

But then it comes down to the wire and I realize some things just don’t change from the first to the one hundredth publication--not that I’ve seen one hundred--and I’m a week out from release day and ten blog posts behind. *sigh*
 
Isn’t that the way? But honestly, the thrill, excitement, nausea, head in hands, and pulling hair is all exactly the way I remember it was from my first book tour and release. It’s NOT old hat… ARGHHHH What was I thinking!?
 

So here I am. Gnawing what little nails I have left, kicking off another tour for a book I have so much hope and faith in. 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. 
 

Let the kicking, hair-pulling, scratching and boxing… Okay, maybe without the violence, let the games begin! 

Thanks for being my party girl, Vonnie! You do know how to put on a spread. Oh, what are these....

 
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29 comments:

Calisa Rhose said...

Wahoo!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing my release day, Vonnie! What an awesome party room we have to play in!

Vonnie Davis said...

I'm tickled to have you. Please accept my apologies for being late posting this. I've been in the writing cave oblivious to what day it was. But champagne before eleven in the morning is bad for wrinkles. LOL Well, I see you didn't fall for that line. Let me invent another. Much luck to you, darlin'.

Sarah Grimm said...

Yay, Calisa! Congratulations, Sweets! I can't wait to read Risk Factors.

Can I have some champagne? Champagne cures sinus headaches, right? Well, I'll be the test subject. :)

Calisa Rhose said...

That's quite all right, Vonnie. I know you sleep til noon to revamp all your creative juices spent the night before... *Now why doesn't that sound as clean here as it did in my head?!* :P

I love the food and drink and as JB might say- it's after eleven somewhere!

Calisa Rhose said...

Hi Sarah. I don't know if it cures, but it can definitely make you forget what ails ya! :)

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

What a fun interview. So nice to get to know you, Calisa. Your book sounds fun, too. Congrats on your second sale. I do know how you feel, my second book comes out on the 21st. :) It's hard to let those babies leave the nest!!

Waving, Vonnie.

Niecey Roy - Romance Author said...

Great, now I'm starving!!! ha ha!!! All I can think about is chocolate... And I don't have any in my house right now.

Good luck with the new release. Yay!!! So excited for you :)

Calisa Rhose said...

Exactly, Paisley. Congrats on your upcoming release! I'm talking marketing strategy on my own blog today. http://calisarhose.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/be-a-fathead-calisa-rhose/#comment-4622

Calisa Rhose said...

LOL Me too, Niecey. Vonnie knows how to torture well!

Rolynn Anderson said...

You had me at the champagne and the strawberry dripping with chocolate! Enjoyed hearing about your journey...something about shared pain and joy strengthens the sisterhood. Good luck with RISK FACTORS...and a wave to Vonnie!

Robena Grant said...

Fun post. I enjoyed the party. ; ) Risk Factors sounds like a good read and I also love the cover.

Calisa Rhose said...

I love chocolate strawberries, Rolynn. Thanks for dropping in!

Mackenzie Crowne said...

Whoot Whoot! Congrats my multi-published friend! Not Without Risk is loaded on my kindle. Can't wait to read it.

Skunk? *snickering over your cover sheet details* Kudos to Ms. Tibbs for taking charge and delivering that awesome cover.

*sipping champagne and waving at V*

Mackenzie Crowne said...

*hick*

LOL Okay, My bad, Risk Factors is loaded too. :-) I'm a lightweight when it comes to champagne.

Calisa Rhose said...

That's ok, Mac... Not Without Risk is supposed to be good too! *hick* Thanks so much sweetie! You'll find out why I wanted a skunk when you read it.

Calisa Rhose said...

Thanks for joining me, Robena!

Vonnie Davis said...

Calvin just asked if he should open another four bottles of bubbly and, after wiping the chocolate off my tooth, I said, "Hell-ya!!"

Don't you just love Calisa's cover? It's a great teaser for an awesome love story. This is the kind of romance I love--a triangle between father, chid and a woman. I've had the honor of reading the pre-edited version and it was sigh-worthy, ladies. SIGH. WORTH. EEEEE.
Don't miss out!!!

Vonnie Davis said...

Aahhh...hick...that should be "child" NOT chid. Wait, who emptied my champagne glass!!! **casts an evil eye at Mac**

Calisa Rhose said...

Calvin ROCKS! Keep those bottles coming Sir Corks-a-lot!

*Blush* Thanks, V! I'ma post your review on my blog since it's the only one I have so far! LOL You can throw it up on Amazon, goodreads too...if you wanna. :D

Calisa Rhose said...

Now... Calvin- more champagne! Quick, before these chidren start pulling hair!

maeclair.net said...

Thanks for letting me in on the party. That was entirely too much fun for a Monday, LOL. I want to kick back and call it a weekend now. Congrats on the release, Calisa. I'm super excited for you!

Calisa Rhose said...

You're so funny, Mae! :) Thanks girlie!

Alison Henderson said...

I'm so happy to share your release day party, Calisa! Huge congrats on your second release!!!

Calisa Rhose said...

Thanks for sharing, Alison! I'm so happy to see you here, too.

Angela Adams said...

I love a good party. Best wishes with your book.

michellezieglerauthor.com said...

All the chocolate on this post makes me hungry!!! Congrats on the new release!

Calisa Rhose said...

Don't we all, Angela? Have another glass of bubbly. Thanks for the best wishes.

Calisa Rhose said...

Aw thanks so much Michelle! Vonnie does the best chocolate, doesn't she?

Calisa Rhose said...

Vonnie, Darlin. One final toast to you my dear friend. It's been a dream day as release days go, and it's all due to your fun party. I'll keep track of the comments throughout the month and I hope you'll keep trying to get more toward winning!

Thank you for having me over for such a special day! :)