Tuesday Catch Up

Published February 2, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

IMG_3569Yes, I know I’m a day late for catching up ;) Due to train delays and various other things yesterday ended up being a bit of a tiring day so didn’t manage to get round to posting. Hopefully you’ll forgive me and things should be back to normal this week! Anyway, as I said have been have away and was really fantastic. Harry Potter Studios was just as awesome as I’d imagined (I could quite happily move in I think) and would highly recommend to anyone who happens to be near or visiting London. Having those huge double doors swing open and walking into the Great Hall was a surreal experience – and was lovely to just catch the end of the Winter Wonderland event, so it was dressed up for Christmas still. Really enjoyed seeing all the original sets, props and costumes and got to sit outside on a sunny day, with the fake snow falling, and drink a butterbeer while looking at the outdoor sets (Privet Drive, the Potter Cottage etc).

IMG_3631I could ramble on about it for a while so I shall try not to bore you and instead briefly touch on the rest of the visit. Managed to check out a few ‘real life’ filming locations (any Sherlock or Black Books fans), had a lovely walk down Southbank watching the sun set behind the Houses of Parliament, then enjoyed a show. Overall was a great trip, and was even better to round it off with a few days seeing family.

IMG_3656Back to work this week though! Starting back on the writing tonight, there’s edits to do, social media to catch up, blog posts to write, various other bits and pieces. Hopefully shall get back to it feeling refreshed :)

 

Take care x

 

Monday Catch Up

Published January 25, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

harry-potter-studio-tour-album-two-3-1332518817-view-0Well, it’s Monday again and I see to be running round like a headless chicken today – hence the late posting! Have been stuffed full of a cold so haven’t been sleeping that well, but writing has been coming along along steadily and have been getting sorted for going away this week (I’m heading on Wednesday morning). Just a short break but then I don’t get away that often so am pretty excited :) I’m going to London for a few days – while it’s not exactly all planned out am definitely going to Harry Potter Studios (squee!) and to see Wicked, so I’m a happy bunny already lol.

harry-potter1I will try and update you, but since I’m not entirely sure when and where I’ll be able to get internet down there, posts may be a little sporadic. If not I’ll catch you up when I get back ;)

Hope you all have a lovely week x

 

 

 

Words of the Week

Published January 24, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope you’re having a fun and relaxing Sunday! Now, as you may know I usually do promo posts on a Sunday so since this week was free I’m running a little behind (nothing new there lol). I’ve been starting with some Word of the Day posts this week on Twitter – so I thought I might share some of my favourites with you. As readers or writers we all love words, but it can be all too easy to get stuck in the same set vocabulary – and while I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that, sometimes it’s nice to check out some words you might not normally use. Plus, it’s interesting to find words that describe some of those feelings and states of mind that you might never have know there was a single word for! I find it fascinating – so really hope you enjoy :)

Logolepsy – an obsession with words.

(think we can all relate to this one)

Paracosm – a detailed and prolonged imaginary world created by a child, that can include humans, animals or alien creatures.

(hmm, obviously I never grew out of this ;) )

Chimerical – created by unchecked imagination; fantastically visionary or highly probable.

(interestingly enough, I had heard of chimera as the mythical creature but wasn’t sure on the original adjective it came from)

Tristful – deeply yet romantically melancholy.

(this makes me think of gothic novels and beautiful poetry)

Hypergraphica – an overwhelming urge to write.

(yup, frequently ;) )

And my favourite….

Nefelibata – ‘cloud-walker’; one who lives in the clouds of their own imagination or dreams, one who does not obey the conventions of society, literature or art.

I would love to think I’m a cloud-walker – anyone else? :)

Take care x

My Sexy Saturday – 23/01/16

Published January 23, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope your weekend is going well. I’m joining in the My Sexy Saturday blog hop today, and since the theme is ‘sexy shifters’ then today’s excerpt just had to be from my fairy tale inspired book – Scarlett Legacy. Hope you enjoy :) Don’t forget to check out the other excerpts here:

http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.co.uk/

 

fierce wolfFor a long moment, he just stared at her. “I don’t think you’ll believe me if I tell you, so it’s probably better if I show you. Please try not to be frightened though.” He suddenly bent in front of her, squeezing her hand hard and gazing deep into her eyes, his gaze desperate. “I swear it’s still me and I would never, ever hurt you.”

Her palms started to sweat and her heart beat a little faster. He was so obviously worried about her reaction that it couldn’t be anything good, but she wasn’t immune to the pleading look in his eyes and she found herself nodding. She couldn’t argue the connection between them. It felt as though she knew him, and, although that was probably stupid on so many levels, with that knowledge came the belief that he was an inherently good person, that he wouldn’t hurt her. In fact, he’d gone out of his way to look after her, to be there for her. She nodded again, more decisively now.

“Show me, please.”

Slowly letting go of her hand, he moved back, a good ten paces away from her before he stopped, his eyes never leaving hers.

She sat there as though frozen, anticipation running through her, unable to take her eyes from him. Waiting. There was an odd tingling in the air, a shimmer that seemed to move toward her in an invisible wave. She frowned, feeling it as an unconscious brush on her skin, when Damian suddenly threw his head back, his hands clenching at his sides and his whole body tensing. He looked as though he was in pain and her first thought was to go to him. She actually shifted as though to move.

Then, an odd shudder seemed to run through him. She stared in shock as his body began to contort. Muscles almost seemed to be popping, his limbs stretching, deforming, his face lengthening, narrowing, and thick hair covered his body. He bent over double, and then she realized that he was now on all fours, and the fours were paws and his clothes had been replaced by thick white and grey fur, and his face lengthened into a muzzle. He shook himself, and then looked up, straight at her, that amber gaze shockingly the same, and yet totally alien and feral in a wolf’s face.

Natalia’s jaw dropped. She was unable to move, unable to speak, her eyes simply gazing in shocked horror and complete disbelief. This really could not be happening. Any minute now, she was going to wake up in her bed after drinking way too much wine at the party, and this was all going to be a messed up dream. The huge wolf stepped toward her, his lip drawing back over rows of jagged white teeth, and she gave a squeak of fear.

red and wolfRun. The command ran through her mind, overtaking everything else, and she mindlessly obeyed it. Picking up her skirts, she whirled on her heel and fled, racing through the trees, heedless of the branches that tugged at her cloak and the roots that made her stumble. The only conscious thought left in her mind to get as far away as possible. When she finally stopped, her legs ached and her chest burned as she tried to catch her breath, sinking to the ground as sobs ran through her.

 

If you want to check out the rest, you can find Scarlett Legacy on Amazon here:

myBook.to/ScarlettLegacy

sl rough 4Blurb

What if the fairy tales were not only real, but had it all wrong? Come meet a Big Bad Wolf like you’ve never seen before.

When Natalia rents a holiday cottage she is looking for peace and quiet, a place to reassess her life and recover from her failed relationship. Instead she finds a man who turns her world upside down.

However, people and things are not as they seem, and Natalia begins to find that legends are real and fairy tales have a basis in reality. As she grows closer to the enigmatic Damian she finds herself tested as danger and passion go in hand in hand, and everything she thought she knew about the world will be questioned.

After years of waiting Damian had given up hope that he would ever find his destined mate, and he certainly never expected her to be a sassy American who has no idea that his world even exists. Can he convince Natalia to believe in the impossible, and more importantly, can he protect her from those who seek to destroy his people.

 

Have a great weekend x

 

Guest Author – David Russell

Published January 22, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Finally weekend and I must admit am rather relieved. Have been under the weather all week so looking forward to spending the next few days in bed lol! Since I’ll need some reading material for that though, I’m thrilled to have fellow UK author David Russell dropping in to talk about his latest release, Dreamtime Sensuality.

 

Thanks for being here, David :) So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

b. 1940. Resident in the UK. Writer of poetry, literary criticism, speculative fiction and romance. Main poetry collection Prickling Counterpoints (1998); poems published in online International Times. Main speculative works High Wired On (2002); Rock Bottom (2005). Translation of Spanish epic La Araucana, Amazon 2013. Romances: Self’s Blossom; Explorations; Further Explorations; Therapy Rapture; Darlene, Fools’ Paradise, An Ecstatic Rendezvous, Dreamtime Sensuality (all pub Extasy (Devine Destinies). Self-published collection of erotic poetry and artwork, Sensual Rhapsody, 2015. Singer-songwriter/guitarist. Main CD albums Bacteria Shrapnel and Kaleidoscope Concentrate. Many tracks on You Tube, under ‘Dave Russell’

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

I managed with difficulty to squeeze out a poem in my early 20s.

Obviously things are flowing more easily now ;) Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I try to keep up a mechanical minimum each day, so that the ground is always prepared for when the imagination is aroused.

Sounds like a good method. Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I have three writing areas – literary journalism, speculative fiction/poetry and romance fiction. I was drawn to romance because it is an excellent de-stressing agent.

Can’t argue with that, there’s something very satisfying about finding someone’s happy ending! Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

In fiction generally, William Golding and Ben Okri, in the erotic area Anais Nin.

What five things could you never do without?

My eyesight

My hearing

My physical mobility

My computer

My sense of mission about my work.

I do like a literal list lol. So, tell us a bit about your new release.

It explores the theme of highly intelligent, but highly inhibited people who orchestrate self-liberating scenarios.

Wow, definitely sounds interesting. Where did your inspiration for it come from?

A combination of my own desires and experiences, those of people I knew, and books I found stimulating.

Sounds like a good combination. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

The feeling that I had sensual, tactile involvement in the action.

What was the hardest part about writing it?

Overcoming my own inhibitions.

Hehe, it can be a bit of a struggle sometimes. Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Hecate, my dreamy literary lady, who initiates an enactment of John Donne’s Elegy XIX

*runs away to look that up, fans self, comes back* Definitely on the steamy side then ;) Why should we run out and buy it right now?

It should turn you on, fill you with desire and suspense and make you wish you were there (perhaps replaying some past peak experiences of your own)

Well, hopefully you’re convinced, check out the details here.

6Blurb

Many a dream can be realised with a little forethought. The characters in this quartet of stories are intelligent, sensitive and literary. They are also supremely voyeuristic and open-minded. Their intelligence is counterbalanced by inhibitions, which they can only lose by premeditated seduction scenarios, which relate intimately to their professional, creative and cultural lives. The great effort each couple puts into arranging a scenario seems to enhance the quality of the experience. A great source of inspiration for this and other works has been the novel The Girl Beneath the Lion by André Pieyre de Mandiargues.

And you can get your hands on a copy here:

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dreamtime-sensuality-david-russell/1120422576?ean=2940046200201

Manic Readers: http://www.manicreaders.com/index.cfm?disp=bookDetail&bookid=47878

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/480295

 

Have a good weekend x

 

Thursday Tall Tales – Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Part Two

Published January 21, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, we’re creeping towards weekend. It’s a free read day, so I’m sharing part two of my short read, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? If you’ve read Scarlett Legacy you may recognise the back story. Hope you enjoy :)

 

blackwolfScarletta’s eyes briefly closed in pure relief. “Please, let her go. She’s an old woman; she hasn’t done anything to deserve being harmed.”

He smiled, and it wasn’t a nice smile. “It is our way, as it has been for generations.”

“People can change though!” she said, desperately, “You don’t need to do something just because that’s how your ancestors did it!”

He gazed at her a long moment. A shiver went down her spine, and it was only part fear.

“Even if I did agree with you, the old woman is pack property now. I hold this pack by force and strength. We give nothing away for free.”

Panic was setting in now. “Well, what if it wasn’t for free? What if I gave you something else instead?”

Something dark and dangerous flashed across his face and she took an involuntary step back. He smiled again and this time she saw the tips of his fangs peek out.

“You,” he said.

“Excuse me?” She blinked, her mind refusing to process.

“That is what I will take in exchange for your grandmother’s safety and release. You will take her place.”

Scarletta flinched, but she’d known what she was getting into when she’d come here. Her eyes squeezed shut but she forced herself to nod in agreement. A light touch made her jump and as her eyes flew open he tilted her chin with one finger to meet that deep amber gaze.

“I want to hear you say it.” There was a dangerous note in his voice and his eyes held her captive.

“I swear that if you let my grandmother go unharmed that I will take her place.”

packHe nodded once and released her so quickly that she felt her knees sag. She was vaguely aware of him shouting sharp commands and of the other men scurrying to follow them but she was struggling to focus past the rising terror of her own thoughts. This was how her life was going to end. She was never going to have her own home, or family, or see anything of the world outside of her little village. She knew her grandmother would be furious at the choice she had made, but then she would have done the same thing if the situation had been reversed. Her arm was taken in a hard grip, and she knew who it was by the heat that coursed through her, a brand on her skin. She forced herself to raise her head, meet his gaze. She didn’t want to die as a coward.

“When are you going to kill me?”

He smiled. “I didn’t say anything about killing you.”

Bewilderment filled her eyes as she stared at him and he leaned down, bending over her. His hot breath on her neck sent shivers running through her and his voice dropped until it was barely above a raspy growl.

“You’re mine now.”

 

What do you think? I had originally left it there, but am thinking of possibly expanding it. If you’d be interested in reading more then let me know :)

Take care x

 

Tuesday Teaser

Published January 19, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope you’re all having a good start to the week. I’m excited because I should be getting to try Hobbit food tonight – hehe, shall feed back tomorrow but it looks yummy :) Anyway, it’s Tuesday, which means time for a teaser. This weeks is from my free read prequel Love Reawakened. Hope you enjoy :)

 

witch 2Garret leaned his hip against the side of the bar, his lips twitching as he watched her down another shot. For a little thing she sure could put them away. Her eyes met his and a smile spread across her face.

“You’re slacking. What’s up, can the big, bad necromancer not keep up with an itty bitty girl?”

She staggered slightly on the last words, and he quickly reached out, grasping her round the waist and supporting her against him. Her skin was warm and he could feel her soft curves leaning into him. Not a good idea. He grabbed his beer with his free hand, gulping it down. Maybe that would cool him down. Her head tilted up at him, her green eyes sparkling.

“You trying to cop a feel, sweetie? Don’t worry, I’m not exactly complaining.”

Garret sputtered on his beer. “No!” When she mock pouted at him, he found himself stuttering. “Not that you’re not… but we’re… look, I think maybe you’ve had enough.”

What the hell was wrong with him? He never got fucking tongue-tied around women, let alone little slips of girls where he was certainly not going to take advantage of a student/teacher relationship.

She was still grinning up at him. “I’m fine. I want to dance.”

Yeah, like that was a good idea when she was nearly falling over just propping up the bar! She was already heading towards the dance-floor though, half-dragging him behind her. Er, hell no!

He stopped dead, her body jerking back into him when she refused to let go of her death-grip on his wrist.

“I don’t dance,” he told her firmly.

For a moment she studied him, head tilted to one side. Then she shrugged and released his wrist. He was surprised at the pang that went through him at the loss of her touch.

“Your loss,” she laughed. “I’ll catch you later. Or if you actually want to stop being such a grouch and have some fun, come find me.”

Prequel Cover 3Before he could answer, she had turned, her hips blatantly swaying as she made her way to almost the dead-centre of the dance floor. Taking a few steps backwards, he leaned back against the bar, bringing the beer to his lips as he watched her. Arms raised, she twisted and twirled, her hips rolling to the music. The thin t-shirt rose up, baring the skin of her mid-drift and her hair swirled around her like a dark red cloud. It took all of about thirty seconds before she had drawn the eye of pretty much every guy in the room. He watched as the first one approached her. Her smile was light as she shook her head, but the first guy had barely stepped away before another one was there. He drained his bottle and slammed it back on the bar harder than needed. For fuck’s sake! He was definitely gonna regret this, but he couldn’t leave her to the wolves.

 

If you want to read more – it’s free! You can download at these links:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/595957

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Awakened-Shelli-Rosewarne-ebook/dp/B018J8IMJK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1453147533&sr=8-1&keywords=shelli+rosewarne

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Awakened-Shelli-Rosewarne-ebook/dp/B018J8IMJK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1453147533&sr=8-1&keywords=shelli+rosewarne

 

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