Monday Catch Up

Published November 30, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Happy St Andrews Day!

happystandrewsFor those of you on the last day of Nano, good luck and happy writing. And for those who may have started Nano and are not going to make the ‘goal’ I’ll echo what I’ve been saying to a few friends on facebook today – if you’ve written this month, and especially if you’ve written more than you normally would have, then I’d consider it a win :) I knew there was no way I was going to make 50k this month, but I have some new words down and I’ve got through a lot of writing-related tasks (some I must admit that have been hanging around for a while) so I’m quite happy with my productive November.

promo graphicFor a wee roundup – I organised and released a charity anthology, Duty Honor Desire, with all proceeds to Help for Heroes.

Prequel Cover 3I finally finished, edited, formatted and made a cover for my prequel, Love Awakened – that you can find free here:

I’ve also been busy with new writing, re-editing on a Christmas story, and of course, promo for Love Reawakened – which is on the last day of its Thanksgiving weekend sale price! You can find it here:

So, I’m feeling like it was a good month :) We’re into December tomorrow so I guess it’s going to be a busy one, Christmassy things already seem to be stacking up so hopefully there will be time to fit in all the writing things as well!

Take care x

Saturday Sexy Teaser – 28/11/15

Published November 28, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Happy weekend, if you were out shopping yesterday for Black Friday I hope you got some bargains and weren’t too frazzled by the crowds :) It seems like the usual Sexy Saturday blog hop might be having a Thanksgiving break – but I thought I could share a wee teaser with you anyway! This is from Love Awakened, which is my new free read prequel.


Prequel Cover 3Emma was rapidly starting to lose her buzz. Was it too much to ask to be able to dance on her own without half a dozen jerks insisting that she must need company? This one seemed particularly persistent.

“I’m sorry, I’m really not interested” She tried more firmly, and this time turned her back on him. Surely that would give the hint?

Instead, she felt rough hands on her butt. Seriously? She whirled round, sparks flying from her fingers and singeing the air around them both. The ass-hat took an unsteady step back, his hands waving in the air as though trying to swat a fly.

“What the fuck?” One of the sparks caught his hand, and he snatched it back to his chest, staring at it confusion and then rising anger. “Goddamn bitch burned me.”

He stepped forward again, face contorted with drunken rage. Emma took a deep breath, called up her magic, and then the guy was suddenly on his butt in the middle of the dance floor. She blinked. Okay, that hadn’t been her.

Then Garret was taking her arm and moving them to the other side of the polished wooden floor. He turned her away from the small group gathered around the floored guy, and began moving them to the music. She stared up at him in surprise, unsure what to say.

“I thought you didn’t want to dance.”

He sighed. “I didn’t, but you obviously can’t stay out of trouble.”

“Me? I was only sticking up for myself, and you seem to be the one putting people on the floor.”

He grunted. “I didn’t say he didn’t deserved it, but you were… inciting.”

“I was what? How exactly?”

His hands waved around randomly. “Hips, twirling… ness. Look, are you wanting to dance or not?”

She could feel the grin spreading across her face, but she simply nodded and let him pull her into his arms. For someone who claimed they didn’t dance, he moved well, and as the music switched to a slower song she wrapped her arms around his neck and let her body sway in time with his. The world around them seemed to drift away as she relaxed against him, resting her head on his chest, she could hear his heartbeat under her ear. Breathing in, she let his scent surround her, a unique blend of sandalwood and musk, with an underlying thread that was just sweat and skin and male. Every hard muscle seemed to mould against her… oooh, including a certain extra hard part of his anatomy that seemed to be pressing against her stomach. Things were definitely looking up – literally! A sly grin curved her lips as she deliberately rubbed against him.

His breath exhaled on a hiss as he stiffly moved back from her. Frowning slightly, she tilted back her head to look up at him. His deep brown eyes burned into her, she could see the banked desire there. Rising up on tiptoe, she did what she’d wanted to do since pretty much the first moment she’d seen him, half-concussed in a graveyard, and kissed him.

You can get it free at Smashwords now:

And if you’re wanting the full story Love Reawakened is reduced in price this weekend due to my publishers Thanksgiving weekend sale – check it out now :)

Take care x

Guest Author Interview – Matthew J Metzger

Published November 27, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, it’s been a busy week but yay for weekend. Today, I have the fab Matthew J Metzger visiting, for the first time I might add, so am very excited to find out more about him :)

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

Well, I’m an asexual transman with six tattoos (and counting!) and a distinct lack of height. I’ve just moved back to Yorkshire in the UK, and my accent is slipping accordingly! I’ve been writing since I was three, and my first book came out when I was twenty-two. I write primarily LGBT fiction, both adult and young adult. When I’m not writing, I’m usually working or planning to travel. My next major holiday is going to be a month in New Zealand, but I’m hoping to make some of the US romance conferences before then. Will that do?

That will do fine! I’m a Lancashire lass originally, but shall try not to hold the Yorkshire thing against you ;) Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

No. Like I said, I was making up stories when I was still figuring out what my feet were for (clue: not putting in my mouth) and writing them down since I could hold a pen. Writing books was more or less a natural extension for me. And as I never wanted to make a living or a career out of it, I never had that ‘aha!’ moment for it.

Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

Again, no (wow, I am really boring…). I just kind of…do it. Mostly in bits and pieces after work, but I’ve lost a few weekends here and there. There’s no real rituals or special places I do it.

Lol, don’t worry, I tend to be the same way – my writing rotuine consists of ‘when I have time to do it’. Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write primarily LGBT romance. Romance because it’s so character-focused, and LGBT because I’m queer as hell myself and I always had more interest in writing queer characters. I write both adult and young adult books, usually just depending on what the particular story wants to be. And I write a surprising amount of sex for an asexual guy…

It’s interesting what comes out that you don’t expect, isn’t it? Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I…don’t read much. Haven’t for years. And I never read romance to begin with, so…yeah. I’m a bit of a strange one in this genre.

Hehe, well at least you know you aren’t being influenced by any other writings – though I must admit I don’t know how I’d cope sometimes without a good book to destress with. If you’re not a big reader then, what five things could you never do without?

The internet, my phone and my laptop. Easily the top three, not in any particular order. I’d probably put the laptop first because I can’t write without it. I think my day job as well, I absolutely love it and it keeps me happy when the writing world can drive me mad and make me distinctly unhappy at times. And for the fifth…I don’t really know. My lungs? Pretty sure I couldn’t do without my lungs.

Nope, I think they might be on the necessary list ;) So, tell us a bit about your new release.

Thicker Than Bone is a story about Ali, a perpetually nice kind of guy, being asked to donate bone narrow to his older brother, Tony, who has cancer. And usually, Ali wouldn’t even need to be asked for a stranger, never mind his own brother. Except that Tony is an extreme racist, and nearly murdered Ali’s partner several years earlier for being of Muslim extraction.

The book is really a joint look at the phrase ‘blood is thicker than water’ and the ethical question ‘if you could save a life, no matter whose it was, would you?’ And Ali faces both. He has to decide whether blood is thicker than water, or whether his love for Yazid is even thicker than that. And he has to decide whether he can ethically save or condemn the man who nearly killed his boyfriend.

It was a lot of fun to write in many ways, this juggling act between love and family that Ali is undertaking, and the balance between the very dark and serious aspect of their lives in relation to Tony, and the much more light-hearted, fun and loving way that Ali and his partner, Yazid, interact with each other.

Wow, that definitely sounds like a thought-provoking read. Where did your inspiration for it come from?

The oddest little place — I had a daydream in my head with a guy at a kitchen counter, doing something. I didn’t know what he looked like, who he was, or what he was doing, but he was there. And in sneaks his boyfriend, who just tiptoes up behind him and then attack-hugs him. It was just this silly, slice-of-life scene about this two guys messing around and being a bit daft.

Only the intruder was definitely, right from the very beginning, from the Middle East. I just knew that, the moment he appeared in the daydream. And I found myself asking what his story was, this happy guy with a boyfriend and a nice kitchen. Who was he? Where was he from? What religion was he? Did his family know? Did his boyfriend’s family like him? Were they both British, or was he an immigrant? From where? Did they live somewhere with racial tensions, or was it all fine in their immediate area? Did he still practice any religion?

Thicker Than Bone was born around that scene, and yet, weirdly, that scene never appeared in the final book!

It’s weird isn’t it, how the smallest little snippet can spark so much :) What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Weirdly, Tony. Tony was awesome to write. He was just so openly vile that I enjoyed every minute of him, and how the other characters reacted to him. I had strangers in bars telling him to shut up, I had Yazid being very withering about him even while his presence was understandably frightening for Yazid. I even had to Google more racist terms for Muslims because I ran out, and yet I could create these great scenes of Yazid being really scathing in return because Tony is so utterly stupid.

Lol, sometimes I find it quite liberating to write truly horrible characters, perhaps it’s about letting all my pent-up irritations out! What was the hardest part about writing it then?

Ali’s decision-making process. I’m a much colder person than Ali, and very quick to decide about ethical dilemmas. Ali’s prizing of family is a bit unfamiliar to me personally, so there were times I wanted to shake him and say, ‘Jesus, man up already! He nearly killed your boyfriend, strangle him with his own IV!’ But that wasn’t Ali, the character utterly refused to sway from his own morals, so I had to let him have his way. Git.

*sighs* characters – they never seem to do what you want them to! Speaking of which, who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Yazid. Easily. He’s fun, he’s lively, he’s really still celebrating being alive. He’s the emotional bedrock of the novel, he provides Ali with both support and a kick up the backside when he needs one. He was just so completely likeable from the very beginning, finding a bit of humour in everything and being so upbeat when he had every reason to have walked out on the whole mess years ago. I loved him from start to finish, and he is probably my second favourite character of all time, and definitely the favourite in this book!

Aww, he kinda sounds like the friend we all wish we had. Just in case we’re not convinced already – why should we run out and buy it right now? 

Because there’s a scene where Yazid dresses up as Princess Jasmine and gets utterly hammered at a party. And another where, after Tony walks in on them, Yazid loses his patience and threatens to give Tony a naked hug to make him go away. And a third in which Ali likens Yazid’s night-time cuddling to sharing a bed with an octopus. You kind of want to see how those three can fit in the same story, right? (Hint: it’s Yazid.)

Plus, there’s simply tons of hurt/comfort, so if that’s your thing, this is your book.

Hehe, well I think I definitely need to read those scenes. If you’re feeling the same way, the book details are here.

Thicker Than Bone coverBlurb

If you could save someone’s life, would you? Anyone’s?

Ali’s older brother has a swastika tattooed on his knuckles, a prison ID number for nearly beating a man to death for the crime of being Middle Eastern, and spent his teenage years ruthlessly persecuting Ali for being gay.

Blood may be thicker than water, but Ali has spent most of his life desperate to prove that he is nothing like Tony. A committed vegetarian, charity-supporter, and blood donor, Ali would do anything for anyone, and is frequently teased by his partner, Yazid, for being too soft-hearted. Ali may share parentage with Tony, but he is determined not to share anything else if he can help it.

So when Tony contracts leukaemia, and Ali is the only match for the urgently-needed bone marrow transplant, Ali is caught between two equally awful choices: to refuse, and condemn a man to death, or to donate.

And in donating, save the life of the man who nearly murdered Ali’s Iraq-born boyfriend?

Click here to find out more, read a sample, and (of course) buy a copy of your own.

And don’t forget to follow Matthew on social media at the following links:

Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tsu, or at his website

Have a great Friday :)

Free Book Release – Love Awakened

Published November 26, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, first of all, a very Happy Thanksgiving to all my lovely readers in the US. While we don’t celebrate in the UK, I think it’s always nice to take a few minutes to appreciate what you have and what you’re thankful for. It’s been rather an up and down year for me, but we’re all still here – and that means there’s always something positive to focus on.

In the spirit of being thankful to all my wonderful readers, I’m releasing the completed version of the rather aptly Love Awakened – which is the prequel to Love Reawakened. If you’re read the original, this is the story of how Emma and Garret met, and basically how they managed to muck it all up first time round! Thankfully, we sometimes get second chances ;) It’s a free read, so please do check it out and would love for you to share, repost etc. I’m currently waiting for Amazon to sort out their pricing and put it down to free, but in the meantime you can get Kindle copies, along with other formats on Smashwords – the link is below. Hope you enjoy!

Prequel Cover 3Blurb

Emma is training to be a witch, but sadly it’s not as glamorous as you might think. Creepy graveyards and raising the dead are not what she signed up for, but she needs to learn fast – and at least she now has a yummy new teacher in the form of necromancer, Garret.

When Garret has to rescue the sassy little witch from a spell gone wrong it’s hard to ignore the instant attraction. He doesn’t do long-term, not in his line of work, yet Emma somehow manages to not only get under his skin but constantly get herself into trouble. Can he manage to keep her safe, while not losing his heart in the process?

This is a prequel for Love Reawakened. While it can be read as a standalone it is basically the story of what went wrong first time around – so while I hope it’s an enjoyable read it doesn’t have a HEA.

Buy Links:


Writing Wednesday

Published November 25, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

I was feeling rather stuck on what to write today, a distinct lack of writing inspiration. So, I was thinking about what I do when I’m stuck, when the words just don’t want to come – and just as I was thinking this I came across some posts that are the epitome of what you don’t do. Yet again there are plagiarism scandals going through the self-publishing community. While I have seen one or two different names coming up recently, the main culprit seems to be one Addison Scott, who had around a dozen titles up on Amazon – and it turns out didn’t write a single one of them.  Each and every one stolen from another author, the names and titles changed but otherwise pretty much word for word.

These were originally self-published books, so I guess Scott thought these were people without the power of a publisher behind them so less chance of retribution, probably less chance of it being noticed. At the end of day, the sad thing is that what retribution is these person actually going to get? Yes, the books will be taken down but will those poor authors ever see a penny from Scott in terms of the money that was made on their work? Will Scott even get a slap on the wrist, much less anything more – or will they be free just to change to a different name and start all over again?

I can’t imagine how those original authors are feeling. What we write is so personal, it’s a part of ourselves, and for someone else to steal that and put their own name on it – it’s just a horrible violation. What can be done about it? I honestly have no idea. I appreciate that Amazon has taken the books down quickly, but I believe B&N and Kobo are still selling books ‘by Addison Scott’ despite being informed of the situation – so I suppose a more stringent policy on the part of sellers would be a good start.

It just confuses me why this person feels the need to do this in the first place. I’m sure most of us will agree that unless you’re a big name then ebook publishing is not exactly lucrative! If you didn’t have a love of writing then there are surely much easier ways to make money. Most of us go into it because we love what we do, because we enjoy interacting with our readers, because feedback on our work means the world to us – I honestly don’t understand what this person would get out of it when every nice comment, every positive review they received they would have to know was about someone else’s words.

At least we can take a positive out of this that the genuine writing/reading community has not only spotted and flagged up this issue in the first place, but is united in condemning it. With a few less positive issues around at the moment, it’s nice to see people coming together and supporting each other. Let’s hope it continues.

Take care x

Tuesday Teaser

Published November 24, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

It’s Tuesday, so I thought I would tease with a wee excerpt from the Love Reawakened prequel, which should be out this week! I’m just sorting out formatting at the moment, but I do have a shiny new cover made for it… what do you think?

Prequel Cover 3I was going for the dark and creepy look, well that and I just love spooky pictures with bats – so, sue me ;) Anyway, here’s your excerpt and it’s slightly in keeping with the cover. Don’t worry though, there’s definitely some romance in there too!

Garret’s heart stopped as the scream ripped through the air. What the fuck? There shouldn’t be anyone around at this time. The place was middle of nowhere, not to mention private property. Most people didn’t even know it was here, which was the only reason there hadn’t been serious casualties from the ghouls so far.

Deacan’s eyes met his, shock on the other man’s face as well. As one, they turned, running in the direction of the cry. As they came out into the open Garret’s sharp eyes picked out the running figure, and blind panic slammed into him as he recognized the slim form and red hair flying out behind her.

“Emma!” He shouted.

She glanced over her shoulder, and even from the distance he could see the fear in her eyes. The nearest ghoul reached out, its claws curving and he realized in that split second that she wasn’t going to make it.

Time seemed to slow down as he saw her fall. He threw his powers out, was dimly aware of Deacan doing the same, and the ghouls dropped to the ground like puppets with the strings abruptly cut. All he could see was the small figure lying motionless on the ground, her dark red hair pooled around her head, glinting in the flickering light from the fires, matching the red stain spreading across her back.

 And, don’t forget, the original, Love Reawakened is out now :)

Take care x

Monday Catch Up

Published November 23, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

These weekends do seem to fly by, don’t they? It’s been a bit of a busy week, had some survey work one day last week, which meant I ended up doing freelance work 5 days instead of 4. Hopefully it’ll bring a few extra pennies in before Christmas, but it does make it seem like a longer week and sadly cuts into the writing time! I have managed to get back to some new writing this week though – I’m doing an angel-themed story at the moment. It’s going to be very loosly tied to an angel story I wrote a couple of years ago, so fingers crossed it will be finished in time to release before Christmas.

indexI’m also doing the last checks on my free read prequel, so hopefully that’s going to be able to go up for download very soon. I know it’s going to be a free read, but it will be the first thing I’ll have released that won’t have gone through a professional editing process, so I’m a little paranoid that it shouldn’t have too many mistakes in it. It’s always so much easier to spot things in other people’s work than in your own :)

Our charity anthology also seems to be going quite well – and if you haven’t checked it out yet then please do have a look. All proceeds are going to charity, so you get three steamy reads and the chance to support a great cause!

You can find it here:

promo graphic

Take care x


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