Monday Catch Up

Published October 3, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Can you believe we’re into October this week? I have no idea where this year seems to have gone. It’s been a busy week, lots on with the day jobs and trying to get caught up on lots of writing bits and pieces. My wolves book is currently with my editor so hoping to get that back soon – no doubt covered in shiny red marks for me to go through. (I’ve already been told I have a comma splice problem – it’s true, I def need help lol!).

Still working on my current WIP but getting into the final section I think (of course, there’s still the big climatic ending so not done yet!) and thinking about joining in Nano this year to try and get a decent chunk done on the next in my series.

In the meantime though, we’ve been busy at home too. These two came to ‘join the family’ last weekend and so have been spending the week helping them settle in. The wee black one is Drizzt and the black and white one is Dresden. In typical me fashion, Drizzt has baby vampire teeth and Dresden has the bat symbol on his nose (Batcat!). Didn’t even notice until we got them home, but think they were definitely meant for me🙂

Anyway, better go get my kitty cuddles in😉 Take care x


Guest Author Pippa Jay with Gethyon

Published October 2, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, it’s weekend and thank goodness as it’s been a bit of a hectic week! I get to relax today though, with the fab Pippa Jay dropping by to chat about writer’s block (yes, it does exist!) and ways to get past it, as well as her brand new release.


487970_396457363750310_1481028755_n-640x640nHi, I’m Pippa Jay, author of scifi and supernatural stories to engage your emotions.

I’ve always been an advocate of exercise as one way to get past writer’s block (though I find housework the number one fix. My muse will do anything to avoid my kids’ dirty washing or cleaning milk splashes and crushed cereal from the dining room floor, and so on. Well, almost anything).

But last year my fitness levels plummeted and my weight went up in response. Writing is a horribly sedentary profession! I’d tried to get back into my freestyle street dance (no flips – I’m a bit too old for that now) but injured myself twice in 2015, laying myself up for nine out of the twelve months. I’m not sure if the additional weight or allowing my fitness to lapse or just getting older were at fault. Maybe all three. Whichever, the frustration at being told to rest when my aim was to get fit made me completely miserable. I had to accept that I wasn’t going to be able to get back into dance so easily this time.

So I went back to what my doctor said was the best exercise anyway – walking. I figured my chances of injury would be less doing something a bit more natural for the human body, and maybe in time build up my fitness levels and muscle tone enough to return to dance (BTW, I hate diets and never stick to them. Thinking about limiting my food and what I should eat just makes me feel hungrier!). Every morning I would drop my youngest monster at school and take an hour’s walk. I live on the edge of town, too far to walk out to the countryside but I found myself a route away from the busier roads. I listen to my mp3 player as I walk, and as I walk my mind wanders. So far it’s helped me through a difficult set of edits, help me fix some major plot holes in book three of my main series, and got me thinking about other, even abandoned projects languishing on my hard drive. And I’m feeling healthier too. While I’m still not back to my dancing, I can at least run up and down the stairs now without feeling that little bit puffed, and my muse has definitely benefitted.


Sounds like great advice – and it’s obviously paying off! Check out the details for Pippa’s fab new release Gethyon.


Abandoned. Hunted. Out of control.

Gethyon Rees had always felt at odds with the universe, and hoped for an escape among the stars. But discovering he has the ability to cross time and space with just a thought brings more problems than it solves: a deadly bounty hunter who can follow him anywhere, the unwelcome return of Tarquin Secker—the mother who abandoned him—and an ancient darkness that seeks him and all those with his talents.

When an unforgivable act sets him on the run, it’ll take more than his unearthly powers to save his skin and the lives of those he cares about. It’ll take a sacrifice he never expected to have to make.

A science fiction adventure novel previously published by BURST (Champagne Books), and part of the Travellers Universe. A 2014 SFR Galaxy Award Winner for Most Awesome Psychic Talent and a 2015 EPIC eBook Awards finalist in the Science Fiction category. Also now includes the SF short story The Bones of the Sea.

“With colorful worlds full of nuance and dimension, characters that walk off the page, and themes that anyone who has been either parent or child can relate to.” J.C. Cassels, author of The Black Wing Chronicles series

“This fast-paced, gripping ride zips through time and space, love and loss, rebellion and acceptance.” Anna McLain, SFR Galaxy Award judge

You can grab yourself a copy here:







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Take care x

Guest Author Liana Brooks with Decoherence

Published September 18, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend. Sadly the sun seems to have disappeared here but at least I have the fab Liana Brooks dropping in. She’s chatting about her new release, Decoherence, in her Time & Shadows trilogy. Looking for some exciting sci-fi for the weekend? Look no further🙂


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

author-pic-liana-brooksI am a California-born vagabond who has lived in ten states and visited most of the others. I love sushi, summertime, science fiction, and not doing laundry. And I am celebrating the release of DECOHERENCE which is the final book in the Time & Shadows trilogy.

Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I don’t even remember learning to read. I picked it up early, took THE HOBBIT to kindergarten for show-and-tell, and always planned on being a marine biologist. Telling stories, and later writing them for friends, was something that kind of happened as an afterthought.

I always loved stories and books, but I didn’t dream of being an author, in part because so many of the authors I love aren’t just authors. They were soldiers, inventors, playwrights, parents, explorers… none of them were ever presented as Just An Author. Which, I think is probably for the best. The more multifaceted the author, the better their books tend to be.

True, the more experience you have the more you can bring to the writing I suppose. Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

The only thing I really need is a screen, a keyboard, and my sticker calendar. Secretly, I’m still in kindergarten and getting a sticker for writing 1000 words is enough motivation for me to sit down and write regularly.

Beyond that… no, I don’t have rituals because I don’t have time for them. My writing time is snuck in during the day between cooking, running errands, and going to meetings.

Hehe, I think I might need to get myself some stickers! Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write primarily SF/SFR because I’m an optimist I guess. Science Fiction is the future. Every great invention we enjoy was in a story first, and I love being part of that process. I love imagining what the future will bring for everyone, and I hope it brings something wonderful.

Aww, that’s a lovely thought – here’s hoping. Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I could never pick just one. There are so many great books out there and I rip through them. I’ll go on binges and read five or six books in a day. Go read Terry Pratchett, Ilona Andrews, Blake Crouch, Wes Chu, Jim Butcher, Beth Cato, Lexie Dunne… go. Read everything you can get your hands on. Books are amazing.

They are! Also a big fan of Terry Pratchett and Jim Butcher. What five things could you never do without?

Oxygen, water, heat, people that love me, and imagination. If you have those you can get out of any problem eventually.

Tell us a bit about your new release.

time-shadowsDECOHERENCE… I am going to try to keep this as spoiler-free for the series as I can, but if I slip up, sorry…

DECOHERENCE is the third book in the Time & Shadows series and picks up almost five years after the end of CONVERGENCE POINT. When Mac is kidnapped by a rogue iteration, Sam has to travel between continents and variations of reality to find him.

For me, the best part was being able to write so many different versions of the main character, Sam Rose. She’s introduced in THE DAY BEFORE as this very young junior agent who really is out of her depth. By the end of CONVERGENCE POINT she’s survived multiple near-death experiences, depression, the loss of friends, and come out stronger. In DECOHERENCE there are four different Sams, or rather, Sam as a POV character in four different points in her life. And she has to face herself, channel her inner Tatiana Maslany as it were.

Look, go read it! Go read the series. Things explode, there’s witty one-liners, there’s escapes and fire fights and pirate ships. It’s a fun series. Come for the explosions, stay for the clones and the cute puppies.

Wow, that definitely sounds interesting (and yay, cute puppies!) Where did your inspiration for it come from?

Almost ten years ago I saw THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTON and I wanted it to be a murder mystery. A recognition that the person in the ground is also the person narrating. THE DAY BEFORE was spun around that original idea.

CONVERGENCE POINT and DECOHERENCE simply followed the natural consequences of the characters’ choices in the first book.

What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Being able to write my hero as a villain was a lot of fun. Every author I know loves playing with this trope. Whether you’re writing Evil Spock or Dark Side Luke Skywalker, it’s fun to see your hero’s strengths used for evil.

It is always fun🙂 What was the hardest part about writing it?

Finding an emotionally satisfying ending for this series without killing everyone was hard. One on hand, I knew from the start that I wanted a trilogy. On the other, finding the right ending for what the story had become, to make sure the fans got the ending they deserved, that was a lot harder to find.

In a series like this it’s tempting to go full-on Hamlet and just kill everyone, but I didn’t want that. Some named characters die. They always do, but I tried not to have deaths just for shock value. There’s a reason each character dies.

*sniffs* I suppose some of them have to. Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

I should say Sam and Mac, but I have a soft spot for minor characters. Ivy Clemens, the clone version, remains my favorite minor character. Her and Agent Edwin. They’re good people who do their job, but who you still want to invite over for dinner.

Why should we run out and buy it right now? J

rogueLook, THE DAY BEFORE opened with a body on the ground and readers have been waiting since May 2015 to learn if it’s our Sam that dies, or another Sam. Don’t you want to know who Jane Doe is?

At the end of CONVERGENCE POINT, Mac proposed to Sam on a beach in Australia, don’t you want to know if Sam said yes?

Don’t you want to read books about time travel and clones????

…if you don’t, well, go buy the book because Puppy needs more treats. You don’t want to make Puppy sad, do you?


Nooo, we can’t make puppy sad! If you’re wanting to make puppy happy (and you know, get a great book as well) here are the details:


Readers of Blake Crouch’s DARK MATTER and Wesely Chu’s TIME SALVAGER will love Liana Brooks’ DECOHERENCE–the thrilling, time-bending conclusion to the Time & Shadow series!

cover-decoherenceSamantha Rose and Linsey MacKenzie have established an idyllic life of married bliss in Australia, away from the Commonwealth Bureau of Investigation, away from mysterious corpses, and—most of all—away from Dr. Emir’s multiverse machine.

But Sam is a detective at heart, and even on the other side of the world, she can’t help wonder if a series of unsolved killings she reads about are related—not just to each other, but to the only unsolved case of her short career.

She knows Jane Doe’s true name, but Sam never discovered who killed the woman found in an empty Alabama field in spring of 2069. She doesn’t even know which version of herself she buried under a plain headstone.

When Mac suddenly disappears, Sam realizes she is going to once more be caught up in a silent war she still doesn’t fully understand. Every step she takes to save Mac puts the world she knows at risk, and moves her one step closer to becoming the girl in the grave.

And you can get your hands on a copy here:

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Take care x


Tuesday Catch Up

Published September 13, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, first I guess I should apologise for the lack of posts lately. 2016-05-11-1462971004-479389-writerUnfortunately real-life has been kicking my ass. I won’t go into too many details, but just been feeling rather down and fed-up which makes it a bit harder to ‘switch on’ the creative side. Still, it happens sometimes and we get through it x

Anyway, onto more positives! Had a lovely weekend catching up with family and things are slowly picking up this week. Back on edits and should get the next book over to my editor in the next few days. Am just working on those last little tweaks – and of course, de-Britishing it lol! My heroine is suppose to American but since I’m obviously not, all sorts of British terms and phrases tend to automatically pour out when I’m just getting the story down – and then need to be ruthlessly cut out in edits! It’s a tricky process sometimes, and while I love you Americans then sometimes you don’t just have good substitutes for certain words and phrases😉 I think for my next one I definitely need a British main character then I can happily go nuts with the UK words lol.

gray-wolfOnce I get this off for edits then should hopefully be able to get back to writing (well, and the other one I need to edit). I also have a cover almost finished, which I am loving – shall share soon and hopefully you’ll agree🙂

Hope you all have a great week. Take care x

Guest Author D.F.Krieger with Joy’s Edge

Published September 12, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, it’s back to to the day job today, but at least I have the fab D.F. Krieger dropping in. She’s talking about genre and her brand new release, Joy’s Edge – which is part of the Coming in Hot Medical Romance Box Set (if there’s one thing better than a hot medical romance, it’s a whole bunch of them, right?).


What genre do you write in and why? What drew you to it? Have you come across any difficulties, pre-conceptions or judgements because of this, and if so how have you dealt with these?

df-author-picI’m actually glad you asked that. Believe it or not, I often write BDSM because I’m actually involved in the lifestyle. It upset me that there were so many books out there with preconceived ideas and notions of how BDSM works. Let me give you a couple of examples of the truth behind BDSM that you often see misrepresented. No one can just walk into a BDSM club like “Oops, teehee, I’m in a club where people are having sex? How did I get here?”

You are not allowed to touch anyone without permission. Even a sub. Especially someone else’s sub. If you do, you will get kicked out. Consent is a HUGE principle in BDSM. Period.

BDSM is not a guy beating a girl while he gets off. There are so many facets to BDSM, and so many different ways to practice. It’s a shame more people aren’t aware of it. Not all kinks are violent, nor are they “dirty.”

“No” means no, even in BDSM. The only time it doesn’t mean no is if the couple is in a scene and they’ve already agreed that no doesn’t mean no. If this is the case, I can guarantee you they’ve come up with a safe way to say a word that absolutely does mean “Stop right now. I’m not comfortable with this.” It’s called a safe word for a reason.

If you’ve never read BDSM, I suggest looking at certain authors, myself included, for a taste of the real thing. Cherise Sinclair is also a wonderful author and one day I’d like to grow up to write just as well as she does. Regardless, the point is, just because a book is popular, it doesn’t mean it’s an apt representation of its subject. Hope you’ll give us a chance to spank you via literature.


That sounds like an offer that’s hard to refuse😉 Check out the book details here:


Joy wants two things from life—to be the best damn veterinarian possible, and to meet a Dom who can handle her deepest desires. The problem is finding a man who knows the difference between “no” and “make me.”

When a new potential Dom starts messaging her on the kink site she frequents, she’s torn between making her dreams a reality or letting her desires be nothing more than talk.

Boxed Set Blurb: Get a dose of romance, STAT! **Brand New and Exclusive** novella to novel length books. Featuring NYT, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling authors, we’re Coming In Hot with paranormal to contemporary, and sizzling to seductive bedside manners by the doctors, nurses, paramedics, and more in this boxed set.

And you can get your hands on a copy here:




Have a great week. Take care x

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.


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.

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Enjoy your weekend. Take care x