Release Day & Review – Scandalous Intentions by Amanda Mariel

Published June 19, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

I’m really happy to welcome the lovely Amanda Mariel today, who has a new release out, Scandalous Intentions. (Sounds good already right?) If you’re a fan of historical romance then this one is for you.

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Blurb:
When faced with losing his inheritance, notorious rake Lord Julian Luvington sets his sights on Lady Sarah. She’s as respectable as they come—just what his father ordered. However, the lady shall not be easily won.
She’s determined to marry for love or not at all, and she’ll do anything to obtain the freedom granted to men. A blackguard like Lord Luvington could destroy her hard-won reputation, but marriage to him also offers her the opportunities she can’t achieve on her own. What’s a lady to do?
When Lord Luvington refuses to abandon his pursuit, Lady Sarah proposes an arrangement. Only, the price may be more than either bargained for. Lady Sarah could lose more than her social standing, and Julian could lose his heart.
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I was also lucky enough to get my grubby mitts on a review copy – so here’s what I thought :)

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This was a fun and charming Regency romance. Julian is an acknowledged rake, but now he is being forced by his father to get married or he will lose his inheritance. He sets his sights on the Lady Sarah, and while she might attracted to him then she’s very wary of his reputation and determined to marry only for love.Sarah was a strong, smart woman, and it was amusing to see her working round the rules of society to still mess up all Julian’s plans. The sparring between them was witty and well-written, and the chemistry came across well. There were of course the usual misunderstandings and roadblocks along the way, for the most part these were well done.

There were a few points where I would have liked a little more detail, for example Julian’s motivation for initially choosing Sarah to pursue were a little vague, he thought she seemed like she had more passion than the other woman in the ton. I would have liked to have seen a little background or some earlier interactions that showed why he felt that. Also Sarah’s change of heart was rather sudden, especially after being so adamant that she only wanted a love match. I was also slightly expecting to learn a bit more about Julian’s father, after other characters kept defending his behaviour I thought perhaps there might be a reason for it, but nothing was explained.

That said, it was an enjoyable read, with likeable characters and it kept my interest throughout. If you’re a fan of historical romance I would recommend.

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So, where can you get hold of it? Well, the buy links are here :)

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00YTETKJ0
Amazon.UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00YTETKJ0
All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-scandalousintentions-1820882-162.html
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/scandalous-intentions

Author Bio and Links

Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. Her hobbies include reading, writing, crocheting, traveling, photography, and spending time with her family. Some of Amanda Mariel’s favorite places in the continental U.S. are Harper’s Ferry West Virginia and Sea Brook New Hampshire. She loves the history that surrounds them and visits every chance she gets.
Amanda Mariel lives along the Lake Huron shore line in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long standing love affair with sugary junk food.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/AuthorAmandaMarie1
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Email amandamarieauthor@gmail.com
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10209362.Amanda_Marie
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Hope you enjoy!

Release day – Scarlett Legacy!

Published May 29, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

I’m so excited today because after a month of deliberating, re-editing, what seems like hours of reformatting issues, and a shiny new cover that was totally worth all the stress and chocolate required to make it – Scarlett Legacy is back on sale! I’m really happy to see my wolves back out there in the world – and if you didn’t catch them the first time, please do give them a try. Okay, I might be a little biased here but I love Damian and Natalia, and their modern-day fairy tale – so I hope you do too x

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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.

You can find it here:

Amazon

Catch up – and a shiny new Cover!

Published May 25, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, it’s been all go lately! As some of you are aware my main publisher, Breathless Press, closed its doors at the start of the month. Sadly it’s a tough environment for small publishers at the moment, and they made the decision to call it a day before they ended up getting into any difficulties or messing around their authors. It’s been a sad time – they were the first people (well in a commercial environment anyway!) to believe in my writing, and to give me an opportunity to be able to do what I love. Not to mention the talented staff and fellow authors there have been wonderfully supportive and always willing to help.

This has also left me in the situation where the majority of my books had their rights reverted back to me and were pulled from sale. It’s been a bit of a dilemma with what to do with them now, and while one or two have been subbed elsewhere, and will hopefully find new homes, I’ve decided that a couple will now be self-published.

It’s been a learning curve figuring out different sites, different formats, re-editing, and making my own covers (it’s certainly given me a new appreciation for having a team behind you to deal with that!) but Scarlett Legacy is now ready for re-release this Friday – and has a shiny new cover to go with it! Would love to know what you think :)

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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.

Eek! Am getting excited now :) Better get back to work!

Take care x

Cover Reveal – Restless in Peaceville by Pippa Jay

Published May 15, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

I’m delighted to be hosting the fabulously talented Pippa Jay, who is sharing her gorgeous new cover for the re-release of Restless in Peaceville. Now you’ll probably know that I’m a fairly recent covert to the zombie/undead genre – but this looks like a goodie, so grab your copy now!

Restless In Peaceville, returning to retailers soon. Same cute zombie story, brand new cover!

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Welcome to Peaceville, population 2067 and rising…from the grave…

Luke Chester has had enough. He’s the school geek, the girls laugh at him, he’s lost his dead-end job at the pizza place, and in the midst of the world’s messiest divorce his parents don’t even know he exists. An overdose of his mom’s tranquilizers and a stomach full of whiskey should solve all his problems…

But they don’t. Instead, Luke finds himself booted out of the afterlife for not dying a natural death, with nowhere to go but back to his recently vacated corpse and reality. How the hell is he going to pass for one of the living without someone trying to blow his brains out for being one of the undead?

And it just gets worse. He’s got to fight his own desperate craving to consume the living, evade the weird supernatural hunter who’s having a field day with the new undeads rising, and there’s this creepy black shadow following him around. Add to that the distraction of female fellow undead Annabelle burning to avenge her own murder, and clearly there’s no rest for the wicked. Jeez, all he wanted to do was R.I.P.

Buy links:
Web page – http://www.pippajay.co.uk/#!restless-in-peaceville/c19is
Add it to your Goodreads TBR here – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22062985-restless-in-peaceville
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Bio:

After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade and Broad Universe, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), the EPIC eBook awards, and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).

You can stalk her at her website, or at her blog, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.

Website – http://www.pippajay.co.uk
Blogs –
Adventures in Scifi – http://www.pippajay.blogspot.co.uk
Spacefreighters Lounge – http://www.spacefreighters.blogspot.com
Romancing the Genres – http://www.romancingthegenres.blogspot.co.uk/
SFR Brigade – http://www.sfrcontests.blogspot.co.uk/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/pippajaygreen
Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5054558.Pippa_Jay
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Pippa-Jay-Adventures-in-Scifi/114058821953752
Pinterest – http://www.pinterest.com/pippajaygreen/
Google+ – https://plus.google.com/u/0/101080630877126516448/posts
Wattpad – http://www.wattpad.com/user/PippaJay
Amazon page – http://author.to/PippaJay
All Romance eBooks – http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=Pippa+Jay
Newsletter – http://eepurl.com/IKX7b

My Sexy Saturday – 24th Jan 2015

Published January 24, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Today I’m back on the My Sexy Saturday blog hop, and the theme this week is ‘you’re so sexy’- those characters whose sexiness just exudes off the page. Now my writing this week has been very zombie related, and I must admit not particularly sexy lol, so I hope you’ll forgive me if I revert back to my new release – where my Big Bad Wolf hero has the sexy thing down pat :)

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Natalia was trying very hard not to panic. When she’d pulled herself from her wool gathering, she had no clue where she was and very little idea of which direction she’d come from. If that wasn’t bad enough, “something” was heading toward her and it sounded big. Christ, were there bears in this part of the world, or wolves, or wild boars? God, she should have stayed home. Was being cheated on really so bad compared with being eaten by a bear?

The trees in front of her suddenly parted and a figure walked through. Her first thought was, thank God, it’s a just a man. Her second was, jeez, that’s one seriously hot man!

He was tall, taller than her, which was a rarity. Kevin had always complained that she towered over him when she wore heels, but this man had a good foot on her! He obviously worked out; camouflage combat pants encased long legs and a knitted sweater clung to broad shoulders and what she could tell was a defined chest even through the layers. Jet black hair hung in surprisingly shaggy locks to his shoulders, but it suited him, framing a rugged face with chiseled features and the strangest eyes she’d ever seen—a deep amber color that seemed to hold her mesmerized.

He chuckled and Natalia abruptly realized she stood gawking at him, while he gazed back at her with a slightly amused look on his face. She quickly looked away, heat searing her cheeks. God, she must look like some kind of nutcase. She really hadn’t expected to see anyone else out in the middle of nowhere though, especially someone like this.

He took a step forward and startled, she stepped back. The look of amusement deepened and he held up a hand. “I’m sorry; I didn’t mean to scare you. I didn’t expect to see anyone else out here.”

His voice was deep, rich, with a slight accent running through it. She could feel it rubbing down her spine like velvet. Concentrate, her brain snapped at her.

Hmmm, now why do I never find someone that walking in the woods? *pouts*

ScarlettLegacy_200x300 (2)Scarlett Legacy is available on Amazon now:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the fab My Sexy Saturday excerpts over here. :)

Take care x

 

Be Mine Blog Tour

Published January 20, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for the new ‘Be Mine’ anthology. For Valentine’s Day there are 10 great romances, in a range of genres and from some fab authors, all for the bargain price of just 99 cents! It’s only available for a limited time though so get your hands on it while you can :) And don’t miss the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end!

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BE MINE: Ten Erotic Romances for Valentine’s Day features contemporary romance, paranormal romance, military romance, and BDSM romance from today’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. This boxed set is ONLY available for a LIMITED TIME so get your copy before it’s gone.

So…won’t you Be Mine?

~Ten Complete Stories, Professionally Formatted, Limited Release~

Snowed in With the Tycoon by Shoshanna Evers
When they get snowed in together on the same piece of land they’re each fighting for, unexpected desire sparks.

Wrong Bride by Geri Foster
Short, sexy, fun…

Crashing Down by Cathryn Fox
Will the fire they created turn to ash when truths come spilling out?

Eternal Ever After by A.C. James
BDSM and HOT alpha Vampires… Oh, my!

The Erotic Dark (A BDSM Erotica Novel) by Nina Lane
A downright dirty book!

Stay the Night: A Navy Seal Erotic Romance by Caridad Pineiro

He was the kind of man that every woman would want . . .

Marley’s Ménage by Jan Springer
Single, soon-to-be mom, Marley Madison’s latest cravings are downright…naughty. She wants a menage, and she needs it bad.

Heat Wave by Denise A. Agnew
He’s one hot man she can’t resist

Romance Quickies (Encounter 2) by Monique DuBois
Brooke is determined to have a one-night stand, but will the sexy stranger let her ride him on the subway?

Morgan’s Match by Krystal Shannan
The biggest catch to being a matchmaker…you can’t work a spell on yourself.
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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Be-Mine-Erotic-Romances-Valentines-ebook/dp/B00RSMSQBI/

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Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/be-mine-ten-erotic-romances/id955324468?mt=11

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Wolf Facts Week – Day 7

Published January 18, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, it’s the last day of my Wolf Facts Week, and I really hope you’ve enjoyed it. If there’s interest I might possibly add a Wolf Facts Day during the week (yup, I still have some left!). Today though it seemed apt to go back to what originally started my wolf research, and look at the fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood.

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Dore_ridinghoodAs with most fairy tales the original versions tend to be a lot darker than the one we might be familiar with from our childhoods. The oldest version of the story seems to be from 14th century Italy, there was no red hood is this version, the wolf was actually a werewolf and, as you might expect, there is no ‘happy ending’ – the wolf wins and the girl dies. The moral was supposed to be not to talk/listen to strangers (maybe a little harsh?)

The first written version of the story was by Charles Perrault, who added the red cloak as a symbol of the girl’s sexual maturity, while the wolf was supposed to represent the sexual predator, seducing her off the moral path. It was a cautionary tale, warning young women of the dangers of men. The Brothers Grimm version, that we are probably more familiar with, was take directly from this but they added the ‘happy ending’ of having the woodsman come along to rescue Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother and kill the wolf.

images9This was one of the earliest examples of the wolf being used a symbol of sexual predation, and it still continues to this name in common terms and cliches. For example, a predatory man may be described as a ‘wolf’, while a whistle to indicate that someone is sexy is called a ‘wolf whistle’.

 

 

 

I find the way stories and fairy tales change and are adapted through history fascinating. The core of the story remains, but it is updated and tweaked for the current audience. Little Red Riding Hood is one that has seen numerous versions and adaptations, in novels, movies, television etc. I really enjoyed being able to do my version, and I hope it fits in somewhere :)

Thanks so much to all who have stayed for the week. I hope you’ve enjoyed, and there will be more coming soon!

Scarlett Legacy is on sale at Amazon now.

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Take care x

 

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