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Christmas Blog Hop and Release Day!!

Published December 14, 2012 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

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Well, I’m doubly excited today! Firstly this is my first official Blog Hop – check out the very cute kitten in the logo design, if only my kitty wouldn’t claw me to ribbons if I tried to put her in a Santa hat.

The rather fab Christmas Blog Hop run by Drea at the Blog Hop Spot consists of around 150 authors and bloggers, you can find a full list on the site here if you’d like to go visit some of the others. There’s lot of great authors, Christmas themed posts and great giveaways.

I was trying to think of something very exciting to post about for the blog hop – but luckily it’s also release day for me and not much is going to beat that for excitment (well for me anyway – if you’re all sick of me squeeing about it now then oops, sorry :))

So, yes, today is D-Day for my very first release – An Angel for the Tree. It’s been a rather surreal journey – and I never imagined when I first started scribbling only about a year ago then it this would happen so fast. I’m so thankful to Breathless Press for giving me a chance – and everyone I’ve come into contact with there, from editors to cover artists to fellow authors, has been so wonderfully supportive and helpful.

Anyway, before this starts to sound suspiciously like an oscar speech, here are the details for An Angel for the Tree.

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Blurb

Daniel Everett is a modern day Scrooge, he has no time for peace on earth or goodwill. A disastrous former marriage has taught him that people are only out for what they can get. He contents himself with running several successful businesses and hiring a succession of nannies to care for his small daughter.

His life is turned upside down this Christmas when his current nanny leaves and is replaced by Laurel – who unbeknown to him is a real life angel, who is determined to help Daniel feel again and to reconnect him with his daughter. What neither of them bank on is the sparks that fly between them.

As Laurel starts to thaw Daniel’s icy exterior, can he learn to trust again and start to believe in the impossible – and can they ever overcome the obstacles of coming from two separate worlds?

And here are the links to buy 🙂

Amazon US

Amazon UK

All Romance Ebooks

Breathless Press

And since I’m very excited and in a Christmassy, giving mood today I’m offering one copy free. Just leave a comment below telling me what you’re looking forward to about Christmas and I will randomly pick someone when the blog hop ends on Monday. If I pick you and you’ve already bought it – cause you know, I don’t want to discourage you from that 🙂 – then I’ll send you something random and Christmassy (it’s a surprise because I don’t know what it will be yet, lol) and pick a second winner for the book giveaway! See how I look after you? In fact I’ll even start you off 🙂

I’m looking forward to seeing my wonderful family, having a rather long-overdue break from work – where I can hopefully catch up on both my writing and my towering ‘to read’ pile – and hopefully seeing if Santa brings me anything. I’ve been good, honest! (you can stop laughing now). Can’t wait to hear yours…

Guest author – Aurelia B Rowl with ‘Christmas is Cancelled’

Published December 10, 2012 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

I’m very excited to welcome a guest today – Aurelia B Rowl who is going to talk about her Christmas release Christmas is Cancelled. I’ve beem saying Aurelia is my new writing twin, we both received our first contracts for Christmas book releases with Breathless Press at the same time, so here’s a little bit about her.

Aurelia B Rowl is a contemporary romance author but you can also find her masquerading as Allie A Burrow, her raunchier alter-ego.

She lives on the edge of the Peak District in the UK with her very understanding husband and their two fantastic children aged 5 and 3, along with their mad rescue mutt who doesn’t mind being used as a sounding post and source of inspiration. They are all used to her getting too caught up with her latest writing project… or five!… and she is guiltily counting down the months until she has both kids at school full-time.

So now you’ve been introduced 🙂 Let’s hear about her new book.

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Matilda ‘Tilly’ Carter didn’t think her day could get any worse, but even Christmas had just been  cancelled.

The one girl Dean Watson has sworn never to have—never even expected to see again—just flared back into his life and into his home—his sanctuary—like she belonged there. Christmas would certainly be more bearable with Tilly around though…

As the chinks in Dean’s armor appear, Tilly seizes the chance to win her knight once and for all. She’s not about to take no for answer—not this time—but Dean must resist, even as his heart rebels and temptation threatens to undermine his resolve.

Win or lose? Love or honor? Which will Dean choose? Assuming he gets a choice…

Ooh, it sounds great, and the cover is gorgeous. Since it’s almost Christmas though, Aurelia has been kind enough to give us a little taster from it as well. (see how I look after you?)

Tears welled in her eyes, clouding her vision. She turned and wandered blindly toward the exit as the first tear escaped, forging a track down her cheek for the rest to follow. Tilly took in a lungful of air and then another. Having made a spectacle of herself once already, she really didn’t want to be the cause of yet another scene.

The crowds swarmed around her, with students and family members heading home for the holidays only adding to the usual rush-hour melee of commuters. They jostled past, threatening to swallow her whole, as they rushed en mass in the opposite direction, using their briefcases and suitcases as a battering ram.

It was suffocating. She had to get out of there. Breaking into a run, broken heel or not, she raced through the doors and out into the biting December chill. Her waterlogged eyes struggled to adjust to the dark, dreary sky after the bright station lights, but she didn’t dare slow down, desperate to escape the throng of festivities and merriment.

Carol singers assembled outside burst into a jovial rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” full of joy and happiness. Didn’t they know Christmas had just been cancelled?

“Ooof!” Tilly smacked her shin against the edge of a low bench, too dark to see as she tried to dodge the growing audience. She ended up sprawled across the bench, dropping the handle of her suitcase with a loud clatter.

At least the pain shooting down her leg gave her an excuse to be crying. Unfortunately, it meant she had to stop running too. Not good. Whenever things got too tough, too intimate, or too confrontational, you could rely on her to make a run for it. Running away was what she did best…

A tall figure loomed in the edge of her vision, something vaguely familiar about the man’s loping gait. In an effort to see him more clearly, she wiped her eyes with the back of her hands, then cringed inwardly at the black streaks now etched all over them. Great. She could add impersonating a panda to her day from hell as well then.

The mascara stung her eyes, rendering her unable to focus properly. She blinked furiously as the man strode past her, talking into a mobile phone in a deep voice that resonated throughout her body and made the fine hairs on the back of her neck stand on end. A surge of adrenaline rushed to her legs, numbing the pain as her subconscious told her to run. Now!

The cloaked figure stopped mid-stride as if he’d heard her gasp. “Mike, I’ve gotta go,” he barked into the phone, hanging up instantly. He backtracked until he was standing right in front of her, his tone changing from a growl to one of surprise. “Basmati?”

Great. She hadn’t heard the nickname for years—nine years, four months and…sixteen days, to be exact—and even then, only one person had ever actually used it. She screwed her eyes tightly shut, shaking her head from side to side. No. No way. There was absolutely no way this could be happening to her. Not now. Not today of all days… Talk about kicking a girl when she was down.

Thanks, for sharing, now I really can’t wait to read it! Christmas is Cancelled is released through Breathless Press on 21 st December. But you can pre-order it already right here

Make sure you grab your copy for some festive Christmas reading.

Just to finish off on a festive note. Aurelia, could you share with us what you’re looking forward to most about Christmas?

Just a couple more weeks and the schools will have broken up and Christmas will be upon us. There are very few experiences to rival the joy and excitement of watching your children on Christmas morning–regardless of the undoubtedly ridiculous hour–as they set eyes upon their stuffed stockings and rip the little packets and parcels apart with glee. Then it’s time to race downstairs to see what Father Christmas has brought them and revel in their sheer delight and utter belief. You really can’t beat the magic of Christmas…so I should probably get the Christmas shopping finished!

Sounds like it will be a fun day for you and the family! Thanks so much for visiting.

You can also catch up with Aurelia at her website:

www.aureliabrowl.com

Or through the following links:

Blog

Facebook

Twitter – @AureliaBRowl

Google+ – +AureliaBRowl

Pinterest

Goodreads

November Thoughts

Published December 4, 2012 by shellirosewarne

So, it’s been a busy month! I finished Nano on the 29th (cheers!) which I was very happy with. It’s been an interesting experience to say the least. On the positive side – well of course there’s finishing! also meeting some lovely and very supportive people, I think realising that I probably do make too many excuses when it comes to writing – it’s easy to be too busy, or not be in the mood, not feel inspired etc. but when you’re forced to squeeze some time or to feel like you have to sit down and now it now, then it’s surprising how much you can get done.

Saying that I have felt stressed and frazzled at parts and I don’t think it’s something that could be kept up that extent long term (unless I can leave the EDJ for it!), I’m also not sure if it would actually be more productive to write this way long-term. I can already see glaringly things that need editing that I would normally have taken more time over as I was actually writing them. Still that’s all to come 🙂

Anyway, we’re now into December – which is already shaping up to be just as busy! I’m working on edits for my Serviced anthology submission, which should be out with Breathless Press in March next year, as well as getting rather excited that An Angel for the Tree is now out a week on Friday (squee!). I’m going to be doing a few visits to other blogs around that time – so will keep you updated on my travels 🙂 It’s feeling a little surreal that after writing it back in July with carols on to try and make me feel xmassy – now it’s actually coming out and it’s almost Christmas! Am starting to get a bit in the spirit now – seems to be hundreds of xmas movies on tv and we even had a bit of snow on Sunday night 🙂

So, is anyone else feeling Christmassy yet? What do you have planned, any fun Christmas traditions? Do share x