Monday Catch Up

Published August 15, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, another week rolls around and I must apologise for the lack of updates. There’s been a lot going on – some good, some bad. Just over a week ago we had to say goodbye to our gorgeous furbaby. Objectively, you kind of know it’s coming, she was 16 and was diagnosed with cancer over a year ago, but I don’t there’s ever really any way to prepare for it. We’d had her from a kitten, so a long time, and must admit am feeling a little lost. Keep expecting to turn round and she’ll be walking in, or running to greet me at the door, or hopping on the bed in the middle of the night to wake me up. The quiet is unnerving and not something I think I will ever get used to. Still, if we dwell on that too much I’ll end up not being able to finish this post, so here we go.

SerenityshipI did say there was some good. Got to head back down to England for a good friend’s wedding and was lovely to see family and friends again, even if I probably wasn’t the most sociable. Also really appreciate since I’ve got back, friends who are keeping an eye on me, and even *shock horror* getting me out of the house. Saw a festival show on Tuesday with the fabulous Axis of Awesome, and had a fun day of Firefly-binging complete with Mudder’s Milk cocktails yesterday.

tumblr_n0qucd56B61sjoq1co1_500Writing-wise, it’s been going a little slowly. I’ve admitted defeat on the submission call, the deadline is tonight and it’s not going to be finished. I was attempting to get it done, but was feeling a bit rushed and forced which is not what I wanted. I am enjoying the story, so it will get finished – just in my own time and then can decide what to do with it:) Going to get back to the edits this week, so hopefully will be able to announce some dates for things soon.

Hope you have a good week. Take care x

Guest Author Katherine McIntyre with Scrying for Summer

Published August 13, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Apologies for the lack of posts lately, personal stuff has been happening and will try and catch you up later. For now though, it’s weekend and I have the fab Katherine McIntyre dropping by:) She’s chatting about researching setting for your story, as well as her shiny new release, Scrying for Summer. Take it away Katherine!

 

KatThe Adventuring Side of Book Research 

One of the aspects of research I enjoy the most with my latest manuscript is work I put into investigating the setting. It’s one of the reasons I adore paranormal romance and urban fantasy, because it allows me to manipulate and twist modern day cities. What it also does is gives me an excuse to visit said places, and since I’m someone who loves adventuring, I’ll take any excuse I can get.  

My latest release, Scrying for Summer, centered around Philly, which worked well for my research since I happen to live in the suburbs. The city is one train ride away, which offers the perfect opportunity to go scope out locations and investigate different areas. While I’ve driven through enough of the decay in West Philly to illustrate that aptly (it’d be way too dangerous to walk out there on my own), there were certain landmarks that cropped up in Scrying for Summer that came from my own travels. 

One of the most pivotal scenes of the book takes place at the Shofuso Gardens in Fairmount Park, which my husband and I visited a couple years ago during cherry blossom season. While I could’ve chosen a ton of different locations in Philly or fantasized one up on my own, this gorgeous place has a surreal beauty to it that inspires magic. The Japanese tea garden is meticulously taken care of, and if you happen to be in the area, it’s well worth checking out. However, the wonderful part about reading is that even if you’re nowhere near the area, Scrying for Summer will transport you there.  

With the third book of the series in the writing stages, I’m already scanning through my lists of new places in the city to check out in my city. I love the integrative aspect of writing this genre and how the sense memories of visiting a location can also provide a more evocative read.  So to those currently stalling on a setting, take a breath outside and go for a local adventure, whether heading to your local park, unique old building, town square—anything, really. Inspiration awaits.  

 

Great advice:) If you want to check out Katherine’s new release Scrying for Summer (and get transported to Philly!) the details are here.

Scrying.jpgBlurb

Jev was looking for an adventure, however she wanted the usual variety of stomping out nasty fae in the city as an enforcer of the Philly Coven. Instead, handsome as sin Liam O’Reilly shows up on her doorstep dropping news of the worst organization of fae they’d dealt with on the rise again. Except, he’s a traitor, an asshole, and the absolute last person she wants to work with.

However, the longer they work together, the more the fire between them burns, turning from rage and irritation into something primal. And as she gets to know the real Liam O’Reilly behind the charming smiles and sexy lines, he becomes so much deadlier. Because the protective, self-sacrificing man underneath his facade is just the sort she could fall for.

And you can get your hands on a copy here:

Buy Links: http://www.loose-id.com/scrying-for-summer.html

Don’t forget to follow Katherine on social media at the following links:

Website: http://www.katherine-mcintyre.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kmcintyreauthor

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/pixierants

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/kmcintyremt

Tumblr: http://www.booksteacoffee.tumblr.com

Enjoy your weekend. Take care x

Monday Catch Up

Published August 1, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Blue-Moon-over-Edinburgh-Castle-e1438359642194-300x201The start of another week and can you believe we’re into August now? This year just seems to be speeding by! I’ve had a good weekend, some friends up visiting so was lovely to catch up and ‘show them round’:) Another week and the festival will be in full flow – and the centre will be jam-packed with tourists and performers.

It does mean that I’ve not got much writing stuff though. I put in for a publishers ‘proposal call’ last week, which is rather nerve-wracking and a long wait to hear back now. I’m also working on my novella, which needs to be finished, edited and tidied up by the 15th – so I definitely need to get my butt in gear!

indexDon’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about the next book in my wolves series. I’m hoping to set a release date very soon, though it’s going to be September now I think.

Hope you all have a good start to the week. Take care x

Guest Author GM Scherbert with Doc’s Ember

Published July 29, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, weekend is finally here – woot! I have some friends visiting, which I’m very excited about, even if it does mean I have to catch up on all the cleaning I’ve been putting off while trying to catch up on the writing lol! Still, I’ve managed to squeeze in a break to chat with the fab GM Scherbert, who is chatting about her new release, Doc’s Ember – part of her Devil Iron MC Series.

 

So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

logoI was born on a brisk late April morning and grew up in a small town in the Midwest but, quickly decided that was not the life for me. I quickly moved away for college and thought better of returning to that small town on a long term basis. City living is the life for me and I found that out while studying abroad in Europe.

My day job working with people on the Autism spectrum keeps me on the go most of the time. That is when the three small daughters and husband are not pulling me in a million different direction.

I am the kind of gal who is quirky, unique, smutty, hard to hate, harder to love. Taking my love for telling stories to the next level by putting my hat in the romance writing game.

If you are interested in romance with twists and some darker themes Author GM Scherbert will be right up your alley.

Sounds like you’re definitely kept busy! Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I think it didn’t really hit me until the first time I hit the publish button on Amazon.

It’s a unique feeling isn’t it? Part awesome, part completely terrifying!:) Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I use to… I have recently given birth to my third daughter and am not yet in a routine with my writing, I am hoping that quickly changes because these stories will not write themselves.

Aww, well congratulations on the new arrival! Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

Romance and more specifically Erotica. The draw to me started with an avid interest in reading and grew like wildfire from there.

Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

Too many to mention.

What five things could you never do without?

My children, my husband, coffee, reading, and wine.

Sounds like a good combination:) Tell us a bit about your new release.

13443118_10153804152391848_8492132203615874962_oMy most recent release is Doc’s Ember. It is the 4th story in the Devil Iron MC Series. It follows a relationship that develops in the previous books. Ember is a young woman who is forced to leave to keep the ones she loves safe- or so she thinks. Doc is the man who loves her and will do anything to have what he wants.

Ooh, I do love a good MC book. Where did your inspiration for it come from?

My vivid imagination. I have had most of the books in the series plotted out since before I started writing the first book about a year ago.

Wow, organised! I’m lucky if I have the characters when I start lol. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

I always find researching scenes an enjoyable part of writing. Of course, if I die someone come clean up my browsing history. PLEASE!!!

Hehe, yup I feel you there. It would definitely make for some *ahem* interesting reading. What was the hardest part about writing it?

Just finding time in the day to write is hard. After that keeping the plot points and timelines straight have always been a difficult part of the process for me.

Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

I think that my favorite character in this book has to be Doc. He is such a strong caring man, but only the woman whom he loves sees that side of him.

Aww. Why should we run out and buy it right now?:)

If you like a steamy read with a happy ever after this book will be right up your alley.

 

Hehe, who doesn’t?😉 Well, I’m convinced! The book info is here:

1918839_214619942231394_230299938266125251_nBlurb

~Doc

When Ember walked out on me I was ready to be put to ground. I barely gave a f*ck what happened to me before, but after she left, I didn’t care at all. The brothers always knew me as a hard ass with no feelings, which only got worse after she left. The night I ran into her at the Dungeon, those feelings of pain, love, and lust returned in an instant. Then I found out about our son, and the pain I had been living with for the past five years blew up, with no one to blame but her. When I find out the truth of why she left, no one will be safe.

~Ember

I thought that what we shared was in the past, leaving me with the most precious of gifts, my baby boy, Vincent. I came back to be closer to my father and thought that no one would notice I was back. I was wrong. As soon as I saw Doc again, all the feelings from the past came rushing back, I lost my heart to him on the spot, for the second time in my life. He is so angry and upset with me for leaving, but I had my reasons, and he will never get an apology from me for that.

When he finds out the truth, no one will be safe from him. Not even me.

 

And you can get your hands on a copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Docs-Ember-Devil-Iron-Book-ebook/dp/B01HA99N6K

Enjoy your weekend and take care x

Wednesday WIP

Published July 27, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, we’re at another Hump Day – this month seems to be just flying by! Hope you’re all having a good week. I’m definitely keeping busy, but wanted to share with you an excerpt from my current WIP. Hope you like it:)

 

witch-fantasy_00408573Venn stared at the little cottage with some trepidation. It was just so… cutesy. Warm red brick with a neat little garden, shadowed in the growing darkness, leaden-paned windows and a sloping roof. He wouldn’t be surprised to see deer and little bunnies frolicking through the grass. Urgh. This did not look like the home of a powerful witch. Maybe it was a kind of camouflage? Let’s face it he didn’t have a great deal of options. Everyone else had turned him away. If this witch couldn’t help he was pretty much screwed.

He glided through the night to the painted front door. There was a neat, hand-printed sign.

For enquiries, come to back door.

Great. Like a servant, or a delivery person. Gritting his teeth he made his way round to the back and knocked sharply on the door. It flung open, spilling out warm light and framing the form of a small woman. He blinked at her a moment. Short, curvy, brown, slightly frizzy hair pulled back in a messy up-do and thick glasses that gave her the look of a blinking owl. This – this was his last hope?

“Can I help you?”

Her voice was surprisingly rich and smooth. Fine, he was here now, though he wasn’t feeling optimistic.

“I hope so. You are the witch in residence here?”

Maybe she was an assistant or something? There could be someone inside who reeked of power. Her eyes narrowed as though she sensed his thoughts.

“The one and only. I am Elizabeth Garrett Morrigan. And I need a good reason to want to help a vampire.”

He sighed. At least she had enough power to know what he was, that was surely a start.

“My name is Venn Draconius. I was told that you can be sympathetic to those who others shun. I am badly in need of help. I am under a curse.”

Her brow furrowed. “What kind of curse?”

“Could we perhaps discuss inside?”

A male voice came from inside the house. “Libby, don’t you dare invite a vampire in here.”

cottageVenn raised an eyebrow. “I assure you no harm will come to anyone in this house on my account.” His lips twisted cynically. “I give you my word on that. Even if I had the inclination, the execution is no longer possible for me.”

The woman stared at him for a long moment, almost as if she was taking his measure. He was surprised to notice that her eyes behind those huge lenses were actually quite beautiful, a deep forest green with tiny flecks of gold around the iris. Odd, he hadn’t noticed a woman’s eyes in probably a century.

She suddenly stepped back, gesturing him in. “I invite you into my home.”

He gave her a brief bow, before stepping past her into a warm and homely kitchen. Curious, he glanced around for the source of the male voice. Perhaps she felt safe because she wasn’t alone.

“I honestly cannot believe you, Libby.” The voice sounded again, close, like it was in the room, but Venn couldn’t see any sign of anyone. “If we’re all killed in our sleep I swear I will never let you live it down.”

Libby gave a brief smile and gestured to an odd shape on the wall. “This is Huwie. Don’t mind him.”

“Don’t mind me? Don’t mind me! That’s gratitude for you.”

“Is that a starfish?”

Venn stared in bewilderment as one of the tiny creature’s arms flapped around, obviously in time with his distress.

She sniffed. “That is Huwie, he is my friend and my familiar and if you expect me to even consider helping you then you’ll be nice to him.”

Be nice to a talking starfish? Obviously this witch was crazier than he’d thought, but he needed to keep her on side.

“Erm, nice to meet you?”

Was he supposed to shake hands as well, and which of those arm/limb things were classed as hands? He felt the strangest urge to laugh. Again something that hadn’t ocurred to him in more years then he cared to remember.

“Take a seat,” the little witch gestured him to one of the wooden chairs at the table, “and tell me about this curse.”

 

Take care x

Tuesday Catch-Up

Published July 26, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

2016-05-11-1462971004-479389-writerHow’s your week going? Mine is hectic already – hence me being a day late with this post! I’ve decided to put a submission in for the Carina Press proposals call-out, so have been panic polishing and rewriting some chapters for that to get in by tomorrow. I’m also still working on my novella for a publisher submission call, and while it’s coming along the deadline is also looming rather close:) Not to mention edits whenever I get a free minute!

I’m hoping to get on track by weekend as I have friends visiting and am looking forward to seeing them. Then next weekend, flying visit back to England for a wedding. Lots of fun, but also slightly adding to the deadline panic😉

Wolves_wolf_great_wallpapers_for_your_deskopA big thank you to all who shared my free read at weekend – some great numbers so hope you grabbed your copy, and if you did that you actually like it now! I’m also working on my shiny new newsletter. It’s going to have lots of fun updates, free short reads, special offers, bonus content and basically anything else I can think of to throw in there! If you haven’t signed up already, the link is here:

http://eepurl.com/b-g1un

Your email address is never shared with anyone else, and absolutely no spam! I hate it too, would never inflict that on you:)

Have a good week. Take care x

Saturday Sale – Free Fairy Tale Romance Read!

Published July 23, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope your weekend is off to a good start:) I’m relieved the heat is coming down slightly here (though I’m sure many of my readers across the pond are mildly amused at us Brits melting in what is probably ‘might need a sweater’ weather fot them lol!). Anyway I’m in a good mood – and we’re having a sale! Scarlett Legacy is free on Amazon for this weekend only.

What if the fairy tales were true – but they had it all wrong? Scarlett Legacy is a fairy tale inspired romance, with a Big Bad Wolf you really won’t want to miss! Here’s a teaser.

SL Promo

His body was like something out of a magazine, or like the Greek statues at the museums she’d been to for tedious fundraisers. Bronzed skin covered sculpted muscles with a dusting of hair leading down into his pants—which, oh Christ, were coming off as well! She closed her eyes a moment, and then couldn’t help herself and had to peek. So much for wondering whether he was going to keep on his underwear as he wasn’t wearing any. He seemed completely comfortable in his nakedness, and when he bent over to neatly place his clothes on the rock she had to clench her hands to restrain from reaching out to that tight ass. Jeez, you could market that! He turned back to meet her gaze and her cheeks flamed at the knowing amusement in his eyes. Before her fuddled brain could even start to think of something to say, he leaned forward and brushed a quick, hard kiss across her lips.

“Don’t worry. You have the exact same effect on me,” he whispered to her and then stepped back. “See you in there,” he told her with a grin, before turning and jumping off the rock straight into the shining water.

sl rough 4

Convinced yet?😉 Check it out now here:

myBook.to/ScarlettLegacy

Remember, it’s only free for the weekend, so don’t miss out!

Take care x

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