Tuesday Catch Up

Published May 24, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

So, we haven’t had a catch-up for a while – hope you’re all doing well:) It’s been busy busy over here. I have a new day job – as some of you know I’ve been looking for one for a while as the old one was getting me seriously stressed out! At the moment though I’m doing both jobs while the old one finds someone else – I know, I’m too nice to them lol! Hopefully that won’t be too long though and then can settle in the new one properly.

images1While the two jobs hasn’t left as much time for new writing, I have been managing to get on with the editing for book 2 in my wolves series. It’s gone out to my wonderful beta readers this week! This is always a stressful part for me. No matter how many books you do, the first time you put something out there for other people to read is always slightly scary – there’s always that little voice at the back of your head that says they’re all going to hate it! Fingers crossed that’s not going to be the case:)

Anyway, I better get back to it. Take care x

Guest Author Russell Nohelty with My Father Didn’t Kill Himself

Published May 23, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, Monday rolls round again. Hope your week is off to a good start:) We’re having a bit of a change of days for guest posts this week, as I have the fab Russell Nohelty visiting. Russell is chatting about his new release, My Father Didn’t Kill Himself. If you’re looking for something a little different, check this out, it’s a YA mystery told through blog posts – mixing dark humour with real issues of grief and coming to terms with loss.

 

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

Author Pic - Russell NoheltyI’m a writer, publisher, and podcaster. I own a little publishing company called Wannabe Press (www.wannabepress.com) and host a podcast called The Business of Art (www.thebusinessofart.us). I live in LA with my wife and two dogs.

Sounds like a busy life:) Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I never wanted to be a writer. I started writing completely as a way to move along my directing career. Then, I got in a pretty bad accident in 2008 and couldn’t do anything but sit at home and think.

I was going crazy, so that’s when I started writing as a way to relieve my neuroses and get all of my ideas out on paper. I fell in love with it then and have never looked back. I absolutely love writing now. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. But there wasn’t a single moment that it all clicked for me.

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

I like to get up early, get my emails done and put out any fires. Because of the podcast and publishing company there are always a couple of things I must do in order to set the ship on the right course that day.

Once that’s done it depends on where I am in the process. Right now I’m editing a book so my time is laxer, but when I’m writing I make sure to write at LEAST 1,000 words a day. I never go back after writing something down. I can’t even go back a single line. I keep going until I can’t go anymore, and I come back the next day and do it again. It takes me about 2-3 months to bang out a first draft.

Hehe, I’m the same way, I can’t edit a word until the end or it totally puts me off! Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I don’t really concern myself with genre. I’ve written mostly mystery, sci-fi, and horror. What I’m really interested in is character studies. All my books are very deeply rooted in a single point of view. I want to show you a character’s journey from beginning to end. Genre and spec fiction are great for that, because you can drop a character in the worst situations imaginable and see how they’ll react.

For me I start with a character, and let them tell me the storyline.

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

I am generally inspired by people that lived their own lives whether it was commercial or not. Somebody like Vonnegut or Hemmingway.

They wrote the stories they wanted to tell. They did it their way and an audience followed. I think that’s so important. When you do things your way, when you speak in your own voice, the audience will follow. Because I’m obsessed with business and audience building, people like that are incredible to me.

Very true, hopefully if you write the stories you love then people will love them in turn. What five things could you never do without?

My computer. It’s the only way I can write.

My wife. She is way more supportive than had any reason to be.

The internet, because that’s how I build my audience.

My dogs, because they keep me sane while I’m writing alone.

Books, because they let me lose myself inside their pages.

Tell us a bit about your new release.

My Father Didn’t Kill Himself is about a girl whose father commits suicide and she sets out to prove his death is a murder because she can’t stand the thought of losing him.

It’s a black, black comedy full of gallows humor and told all in blog posts. Most people think that the plot is the story, but as we have talked about earlier, for me the plot is a device to tell a character study. This one is about death, loss, grief, and finding out the people you idolize might not be as perfect as you think.

Sounds interesting, I love stories where humour mixes with real issues. Where did your inspiration for it come from?

I really wanted to tell a small story about a girl who faces the worst parts of herself and finds a way to overcome them. Honestly, it all starts with the character for me. Delilah spoke to me for a long time. I started writing her in 2008, and she just came out in book form a couple months ago. That’s one of the longest relationships of my life. I wanted to do her justice, and I think I did.

What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Delilah is my favorite part of writing this book. She’s so smart, witty, funny, and morbid. She makes this book. Writing her blog entries was my favorite part.

What was the hardest part about writing it?

Molding it into a cohesive story. Originally the book was a movie script where Delilah wrote a diary about the many ways she tried to kill herself.

Moving that into a book was challenging, especially when I had to give it a plot. I wanted to keep the diary component, but make it a little more relevant. So I decided on a blog. But then the script had to made sense as blog posts. Writing past tense blog posts and making them seem suspenseful in the moment was really hard.

Then when we added a second protagonist it got even more complicated. Luckily, it all worked out. We ended up with a phenomenal story.

It’s certainly a different kind of style, I’m fascinated to read it! Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Delilah. She’s my favorite all the things. I love all my characters, but I’ve known her the longest. I think she is the embodiment of everything I want my characters to be.

Just in case anyone isn’t convinced yet, why should we run out and buy it right now?:)

Delilah is a self-actualized female character that doesn’t rely on a man or anybody to fix her. She takes charge even when it’s crazy. I love that about Delilah. I am so sick of reading books where a man has to save a woman. Save yourself already! Why are you waiting?

This is a deep dive into grief full of gallows humor. If you want a real weird, awesome book, I really love it. It’s quite good.

 

Check out the book details here:

Cover - My Father Didn't Kill HimselfBlurb

How would you cope is somebody you love committed suicide?

Delilah’s father is the greatest man she has ever known. When he commits suicide her world is shattered. She can’t eat. She can’t sleep. Her bubbly personality becomes ascorbic. All she wants is to be left alone.

When his insurance policy refuses to pay out, Delilah sets out to prove what she’s known all along: that his suicide was in fact a murder.

A story of getting over grief and learning those you idolize aren’t perfect, told in blog posts through Delilah and her best friend.

On the surface My Father Didn’t Kill Himself is a mystery book, but right below the surface is a story of how people get over grief. And not just how Delilah gets over her grief of losing the person she idolizes most in the world. Also about how a wife gets over the grief of her husband, a husband that was supposed to provide for her, but instead left her alone and destitute.

Mixed with that is the loss felt by Alex, Delilah’s best friend, in losing her best friend to the anguish of grief, watching her slip away and pull back from the world, feeling helpless.

And you can get your hands on a copy here:

Amazon

Don’t forget to follow Russell on social media to stay up-to-date with his news and releases:

Twitter/Instagram – @russellnohelty

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/russellnohelty

Take care x

 

Guest Author Amanda Mariel with Scandalous Redemption

Published May 13, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope you’re all having a good week. Have started properly at the new job this week, so been a little tiring but hey, weekend is here – and it’s off to a great start as I have the fab Amanda Mariel dropping by to chat about her upcoming new release. If you’re looking for a fun historical romance, then look no further:)

 

me 023Thanks for being here, Amanda. So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

Bestselling, Amazon All Star author 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. When she is not writing she can be found reading, crocheting, traveling, practicing her photography skills, or spending time with her family.

Amanda lives along the Lake Huron shoreline 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.

Hehe, yup, I think junk food is slightly essential for an author (or maybe that’s just my excuse!) Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I almost always write in my kitchen but on occasion I take my lap top into the family room and write from my couch. Normally I like it quite when I write but every so often I will put on music.

Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write historical romance in the Victorian, Regency, and medieval time periods. Johanna Lindsey is directly responsible because hers was the first historical romance book I ever read and it started my love affair with the genre. When I started writing I never even considered any other genres.

Ooh, sounds like fun eras to write. Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

Johanna Lindsey! LOL. I have devoured every book she has ever penned.

I do love Johanna Lindsey. I remember Once and Always being one of the first romances I ever read and it definitely helped hook me on the genre:) Speaking of hooked, what five things could you never do without?

This is a hard question! My family is always first and foremost. They are followed by my lap top and internet connection. Books of course rank high on my must have list and I think I will finish off with sweets. I love my junk food.

Lol, definitely a list after my own heart there. Tell us a bit about your new release.

Scandalous Redemption is book three in my bestselling Ladies and Scoundrels series. It is about two very different people with their own life scars and how they work through them to find love in each other’s arms. There is a lot of emotion in this one!

12963551_538488899690891_3513593251838292477_nOoh, we do like all the feels😉 Where did your inspiration for it come from?

The heroine in Scandalous Redemption first showed up in Scandalous Intentions and I just knew she had to have her story told. The hero has been in every book so far and I always planned to write him a book, I just did not know who is heroine would be until she showed up.

Claudia and Henry’s story is part reality and a lot of fiction. I pulled from my real life experiences and those around me as I crafted their story.

Sounds intriguing! What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

The characters! Henry is a very proper Victorian gentleman and Claudia is his exact opposite. She is spunky and more than a bit scandalous for a Victorian lady. They were tons of fun to write.

Hehe, I do love a historical heroine who can still hold her own:) What was the hardest part about writing it?

The emotions that surfaced in me as I told their story. At two points I had to stop writing and set it aside for a day to catch my breath and regain my composure. Some of the situations just hit to close to home and taxed me as a result.

Aww, it can be a bit traumatic sometimes when the writing really gets to you – I think that means it will get to the reader as well though! Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

That is so hard to answer! The Duchess of Abernathy has been a favorite of mine since I started the series. She will have the final book in the Ladies and Scoundrels series, but this one is not hers. I am going to say Claudia is my favorite for this book. As I said she is spunky and scandalous which makes her a lot of fun.

She sounds like it😉 Just in case anyone isn’t convinced yet, why should we run out and buy it right now?

LOL! Betas readers have called it the best one yet. I completely agree with them, but then, I am partial.

Hehe, I think it’s hard not to be when you’ve already got so attached to your charcters – but I know I’m definitely convinced:)

If you want to know more, the book details are here:

Scandalous Redemption RevisedBlurb

She never wanted him…

Ruined by scandal, Claudia Akford survived years of marriage to a cruel brute. Widowed, she is determined to regain her standing in society, but Lord Shillington personifies temptation. Kind and gentle, yet masculine and sinfully handsome, he would make the perfect lover, but he wants more than she is willing to give.

He needed her…

While Henry Shillington knows a little of the beautiful but notorious Lady Claudia Akford, he is struck by her kindhearted, accomplished, and witty demeanor. The more time he spends in her company, the more he dreams of a future with her. But the lady resists his honorable overtures, and a mistress will never do for him.

Can two wary people overcome past hurts, an old scandal, and social strictures to embrace true love?

Scandalous Redemption releases on the 31st May but you can already pre-order your copy here:

Amazon:

Don’t forget to follow Amanda on social media to stay updated on her news and releases:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/AuthorAmandaMarie1

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

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10209362.Amanda_Marie

Website: http://amandamarieauthor.wix.com/amandamariel

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bQgkbr

Take care x

 

Guest Author Carolyn LaRoche with When First They Practice to Deceive

Published May 8, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope you’re having a good weekend. It’s been a busy week here so I apologise for the lack of posts – shall have a catch up with you all tomorrow:) For today though, I’m checking out the new release from the fab Carolyn LaRoche. If you’re looking for a romantic suspense for the weekend then look no further😉

Cover - When First They Practice to DeceiveBlurb:

All Jessy Wallace wants is a happy marriage, but her husband is a liar and in over his head…

Jessy has spent the last decade happily married to her husband, Sam. But when she finally lands a job at Dixie’s Place, a hole-in-the-wall diner, she learns not all is well in paradise. Officer Sam Wallace has been spending the majority of their marriage in the beds of other women. Fed up, Jessy kicks her husband to the curb.

The last thing she wants is another messy relationship…

Uncertain if her husband ever truly loved her, Jessy gets caught completely off guard by the intense attraction she feels for Trey Smith, the night cook at Dixie’s Place. But she recognizes some telltale signs, and discovers he’s an undercover FBI agent. Jessy curses herself for falling for another lawman. To make matters worse, her soon-to-be ex-husband might be involved with Trey’s case.

After the death of his wife, FBI agent Trey Smith has spent the last four years married to his work…

But when Jessy starts waitressing at the diner where he is working undercover, he falls head over heels for her. Her ex-husband, however, is one of the top suspects in Trey’s case, and all Trey wants to do is protect her. He can’t lose this once in a lifetime chance at love.

Jessy is the soon-to-be ex-wife of a suspected criminal.

Trey Smith is an undercover FBI agent.

Can their love overcome the odds, or will it all come crashing down under the weight of lies and deception?

Excerpt:

Dixie dumped her packages on the counter with a grunt. “Where the hell is that cook? Trey!”

Trey’s appearance in the dining room was announced by the slam of the back door. His cheeks were red. Jessy caught sight of a cell phone sticking out of his shirt pocket. Trey rubbed his hands together.

“It’s mighty frosty out there tonight. Was just taking out the trash. You need something, Dix?”

“How many times have I told you not to call me that? It sounds too much like dicks.” She swatted at him but Trey sidestepped the hit.

“Aw lighten up, Dix, no one is going to think that of you.” Jessy experienced an annoying twinge of jealousy as Trey ran a long, lazy glance over Dixie’s body, making the woman flush a deep crimson which just made her look sexier. Jessy glanced down at her own, curveless frame and frowned. Life is so unfair.

“Just take this stuff into my office so I can sort it.”

“Sure thing. What’s in all these packages anyway?” Trey flipped open a box lid. “Christmas decorations?”

Dixie shrugged. “Well, yeah. It’s December.”

Trey rummaged around and pulled out an ornament of a tiny ballerina. “Shattered dreams going on the tree this year, Dixie?”

“Gimme that!” Dixie snatched the figure from Trey’s hand.

“Okay, so which one of us is the angel supposed to represent? Knowing all of you like I do, I have to go with the only logical conclusion. Me.”

“Yeah, ‘cause you’re a real angel all right.” Arnetta gave Trey a searing look, like the ones they write about in romance novels.

“You know nothing about my angel status.” Trey returned the angel to the box as he winked at Jessy. “That is a mystery that remains to be discovered. Oh wait, maybe this will help.”

“What is it?” Jessy, intrigued by the contents of the box as much as she was interested in just how much Arnetta knew about Trey’s status, stepped forward. Trey whipped around to face her, his hand on his head.

Only it wasn’t resting on his head. It held a little sprig of green vegetation in his hand and a grin on his face that rivaled that of the Chesire Cat. Mistletoe. Aw, crap.

“Oops, I’m stuck under some mistletoe. You know legend says I have to kiss the person nearest to me.” His eyes burned into Jessy’s skin as her cheeks heated to new proportions never before experienced.

“I don’t think that’s quite how it goes,” Arnetta said.

“Shut up! He’s about to have his meal!” Surrey whispered loudly behind Jessy.

“I think the legend says someone is supposed to kiss you.” Jessy looked into Trey’s eyes without blinking.

“Breaking legend is bad luck. Very, very bad luck.”

“I think you mean tradition. It’s bad luck to break tradition.”

“Legend.Tradition.Whatever. All I know is you are leaving me hanging and potentially exposing both of us to many years of pain and suffering.”

Jessy could feel three sets of female eyes on her, but she only cared about Trey’s. His eyes were so warm and so welcoming, and they were doing things to her insides so she couldn’t think straight.

“Well, I guess we wouldn’t want that.” She rose up slightly on tip toe, closing some of the height gap between them.

“No. I guess not.” He leaned forward, closing just a little more of the distance.

“It’s never a good idea to tempt the fates.” Jessy heard three breaths sucked in as one.

“Nope.Definitely not.”

Freezing air wrapped around them as the sounds of laughter and chatter suddenly filled the diner.

“Show’s over, folks. Time to make some money.” Dixie grabbed a few bags and headed to her office.

“Trey! Get the rest of those boxes for me then get in the kitchen!”

Trey stepped back and lowered the mistletoe, never breaking eye contact with Jessy. “Yes, ma’am! I’m right behind you.”

He blew her a little kiss then stepped over to the counter, scooped up the boxes, and was gone before Jessy could remember to breathe.

Surrey was the first to grab up a notepad and take a table, but not before she whispered in Jessy’s ear, “Just like I said. Looks at you like his next meal.”

You can get your hands on a copy here:

Buy Links: http://www.amazon.com/First-Practice-Deceive-Secret-Lives-ebook/dp/B01EH1PCGE/

Carolyn LaRoche Author picture

And if you want to follow Carolyn on social media here you go:)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolynLaRoche

Blog: http://carolynlarocheauthor.blogspot.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7734909.Carolyn_LaRoche

Twitter: @CarolynLaRoche

Take care x

 

A to Z Challenge – Z is for Zonked

Published April 30, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, we’ve made it to the last day and while it might not be strictly wolf-related then zonked is pretty much how I’m feeling:) It has been great fun though and have really enjoyed getting to check out a lot of new blogs as well. I hope you’ve enjoyed my wolfies posts and today it seemed appropriate to end with what started it all – Scarlett Legacy (plus, z words are hard lol!). Here’s a wee excerpt:)

 

Wolves_wolf_great_wallpapers_for_your_deskopDamian’s jaw clenched as he watched her amble through the woods, seemingly lost in her own world and paying no attention to any possible dangers. He lifted his head, breathing in deeply to take in her scent on the drifting breeze. While he’d been expecting a reaction it still hit him like a sucker punch in his gut. His stomach clenched and his body hardened.

His inner beast was already raging at him. The burning need to mark her, to possess her, rising up within like a force of nature but he grit his teeth and forced it down. He was not some undisciplined pup unable to control himself. Years of leading his people had driven into him patience and control above all else.

red and wolfInstead, he forced himself to stay hidden for now, easily keeping pace with her. She was exactly as he’d always imagined—dark curls flowed down her back and framed delicate features, high cheekbones, and huge dark eyes with thick lashes. Everything about her drew him in, but he’d waited too long to rush things now.

When he’d first sensed her, that indescribable pull that couldn’t be anything else, he’d thought he was going crazy. He’d given up hope long ago, and yet there she was, walking through his woods as though she’d always been meant to be there.

He watched as she paused, looking around her with confusion on her face. She turned in a slow circle, her brow furrowed, and her teeth biting into her lush bottom lip. She was lost, he realized. Well, that was just perfect. His teeth bared in a wicked smile, he could go and “rescue” her. She would think he was Prince Charming when actually he was the big bad wolf.

If you’d like to read more, the book details are here:

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?

Buy Links

Amazon

Thanks so much for visiting over this challenge! Take cate x

A to Z Challenge – Y for Yellowstone

Published April 29, 2016 by shellirosewarne

 

Hi all,

Yes, I have missed a few days *hangs head* This week has slightly got away from me, but hopefully can at least finish the last two days. Today is Friday after all, so yay for weekend and should be able to get caught up:) Today is also the letter Y and I’m going for Yellowstone Park in the United States. Those wolf fans may be aware that wolves were reintroduced into the park in 1995 after a long period of absence, but you not be aware of the amazing changes that have happened to the park due to this. Below is a link to a video that I absolutely love.

 

What it shows more than anything is the important role that wolves play in the natural order, and perhaps that there should be more schemes like this one in place. Seeing them returned to their own environment is just wonderful to see:)

Take care x

A to Z Challenge – V is for Vikings

Published April 26, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

odinRunning a wee bit late today, but we’re back with mythology and looking at the Vikings. The Viking considered wolves as the epitome of ferocity, and wore wolf skins and drank wolf blood in order to try and take on the wolf spirit in battle. They also viewed real wolves as battle companions or hrægifr (corpse trolls). The wolf was a ‘Beast of Battle’, a symbol of destruction for them.

One of most famous Viking myths is that of the great wolf Sköll who chases the chariot that pulls the sun, and his brother Hati who in turn chases the moon. When either of them succeeds in skollcatching their prey we have a solar or lunar eclipse. It is said that one day the wolves will swallow them completely and the world will fall in darkness and destruction (most of these myths are pretty cheery, right?).

 

Take care x

 

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 252 other followers