All posts for the month January, 2016

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:


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:

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.


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:

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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:


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Monday Catch Up

Published January 18, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, it’s Monday again – they do seem to keep coming around! Have been busy as usual, writing has slowed a little while I’m waiting for the next part of the story to click for me, but still getting words down and lots of other stuff to catch up on. Also had a lovely dusting of snow at weekend – just enough to be pretty but not quite enough to bring everything to a stop 😉


Am getting very excited about going away next week. Just for a few days but I rarely manage a break and have been wanting to go to Harry Potter Studios pretty much since it opened 🙂 Looking for some fun things to do in London as well. Be warned, you may get spammed with photos afterwards lol.

Anyways, better get back to it. Hope you’re all having a good start to the week.

Take care x

Guest Author Torie James – Ties That Bind: The Cloie Chronicles

Published January 17, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope you’re having a lovely Sunday. I’m thrilled to have the lovely Torie James visiting today, to share some gossip and talk about her latest release, with co-author Jammie Lynn, Ties that Bind: The Cloie Chronicles. Torie is not only a fabulously talented author, but a wonderfully supportive and awesome person so am excited to get to grill her over tea and biccies 😉

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

I’ve loved reading since I was old enough to hold a book in my lap. While my friends were out playing, I was generally curled up nearby falling down rabbit holes, catching second stars to the right, and stepping through wardrobes into mysterious lands and countless adventures. When those stories ended, I made up my own and kept going.

This later on translated into a strong passion for writing that has helped me keep my feet on the ground and my head in the clouds.

Lover of Dr. Pepper, all things chocolate, and Duran Duran, my dreams finally became a reality with the publication of Timeless Night, with the amazing people at Breathless Press. Timeless Night begat Timeless Desire. I’m currently working on the third book in the series, Timeless Surrender. I’ve also written several short erotica tales called Fractured Fantasies on top of beginning the sequel to Ties That Bind: The Cloie Chronicles with my writing partner, Jammie Lynn.

That sounds a lot like my childhood 🙂 and you’ve definitely been busy since! Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I remember I was quite young, perhaps in 3rd or 4th grade. That golden ‘a-ha’ moment during class and I never looked back. I’ve never wanted to be anything else.

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

I didn’t realize it until recently, but each time I sit down to write, I’ve got a bag of rolo’s, a cup of ice, a cup of soda (I’m weird, I own it) and a slice of cheddar cheese. Every time.

Hehe, definitely specific 😉 Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

The paranormal genre has always loomed large on my personal horizon since I was in my late teens. I’d been reared on Barbara Cartland, cut my teeth on Johanna Lindsay and grew into Anne Rice, Maggie Shayne, Lori Herter and Sherrilyn Kenyon at length. I’ve never looked back. And, lately, I’ve been tackling dark erotica which holds a mysterious appeal for me.

I’ve been reading some of your shorts, and they are definitely fab! Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

Anne Rice and her Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris and her Southern Vampire Mysteries, along with the Mallory Novels by Johanna Lindsay. Oh, Jude Deveraux is one of my go-to writing Goddesses as well!

I remember Johanna Lindsay being one of the first romance authors I really got into. What five things could you never do without?’

Chocolate, my cellphone, my sister, my Daenerys Stormborn chibi doll, and my Sonic Screwdriver.

Chocolate and a sonic screwdriver – I knew there was a reason we got on 😉 So, tell us a bit about your new release.

Ties That Bind is the beginning of a new series, called The Cloie Chronicles.

The main character of Cloie is very precious to me. As are ALL of my characters! However, Cloie is the sole reason I found courage and strength to once more pursue my dream of writing. As a huge fan of mythology, I eventually tumbled into The Dark Hunters Series, by Sherrilyn Kenyon (*swoons* total fangirl!!) in which mythology plays a huge part. One of the main protagonists is the younger half brother to the Greek Fates: Atropos, Lachesis and Clotho. They are referenced here and there, but not in a favorable light. No one really has anything good to say about those Goddesses now that I think about it!

I decided to change that after I joined a DH role play group and ended up with Clotho…Cloie…as my character. I began to ask myself what her real story was. I refused to believe, as all of mythology would indicate, that she was cold, unfair and vicious, playing with lives like a child with toys. There was more to Cloie…I just knew it.

One of the most amazing people I know, I met through roleplay in the DH world. The person behind this particular role play character went on to become a very intense and major part of Cloie herself and I am very proud to have her input and work as my writing partner on this series. Without Jammie Lynn, there would be far less to this story overall. She’s a true soul sister.

One of my greatest joys has been bringing Cloie to life and sharing her story with the world. She has taught me there are differences between who we are and what we do. She has changed my life in countless ways and helped me change my own stars.

And we’re still going strong…

Hehe, Dark Hunters is one of my favourite series of all time – but yeah, the fates are definitely not portrayed nicely. I’m intrigued now to see your version of Clotho 🙂 Where did your inspiration for it come from?

I feel no shame in admitting that Role Playing is a hobby and it is that from which my Cloie sprung.

Nowt wrong with that, I kinda miss roleplay sometimes, definitely good for some inspiration 🙂 What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Cloie is one of those rare characters that allows me to find joy in all aspects of telling her story. Even her sadness brings me this weird measure of joy. Of all the characters I’ve created, she is the one closest to my heart. Her childlike wonder and infinite love always inspires me to be a better person.

Aww, some characters just sneak under your skin more than others, don’t they? What was the hardest part about writing it?

Sticking to the plot points. *laughs* The tension between Cloie and Soren tends to leave me exhausted at the end of writing sessions. There is so much love, hate, desire and duty between them and it breaks my heart at times.

Sounds intense, and speaking of tension – who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Cloie! No, wait! Soren! Gah!!! *laughs*

Lol, yup, it’s like picking a favorite child sometimes! So, just in case we’re not convinced yet, why should we run out and buy it right now?

Because keeping Cloie stocked in chocolate bars and paying for Soren’s tattoos isn’t cheap. *winks*

Well, can’t argue with that 😉 Check out the details here!

Cover - Ties That BindBlurb

Fate always finds a way…

For thousands of years, the Gods of Olympus and Asgard have warred, each determined to establish dominion over the Earth. Both pantheons grow weary and in a slick unprecedented move, Zeus and Odin design a plan to unite their realms.

Clotho, the youngest Greek Fate bears many burdens and secrets but none greater than the one she doesn’t even realize she carries.

Soren, a proud and ancient Viking warrior holds the power of demons and gods, but not by his own choice. More importantly, he holds the heart of the very woman who broke his own.

Dagr, grandson of Odin and heir to Asgard, desires little more than ultimate power and when offered Cloie’s hand in marriage to cement his place, eagerly agrees. But he has his own reasons for wanting the baby Fate in his grasp…and bed.

Passions collide and betrayals abound when the First Evil is unleashed on Gods and man alike. Cloie holds the key to all destruction and salvation.

Her secret will save the world…

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Have a great Sunday x

My Sexy Saturday – 16/01/16

Published January 16, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Yay, it’s weekend, and I’m joining in the My Sexy Saturday blog hop. Today’s excerpt in from my current WIP, which is part two in my wolves series (its not edited yet so please excuse any mistakes). Hope you enjoy x


blackwolfWhat the hell did this man do to her? She never acted like this. She didn’t do casual, she never had this kind of reaction to almost strangers. Never. Was this something to do with the weirdness of this place, had he cast some kind of weird species spell over her?

He gave a low chuckle, nipping lightly at the curve of the top of her breast. “You have the strangest ideas, honey.”

“What…?” Her brain wasn’t functioning too well, but she was pretty sure she hadn’t said anything out loud. God, she really was losing her mind – who would have thought it would be over a hawt, if mildly delusional, guy?

He laughed again. “As long as it’s only mildly.”

Fuck, she really needed to get a grip on her mouth. As though he heard her he took her mouth again, long drugging kisses that zapped her mental thought processes. Yup, that was probably the solution.

When he slowly released her a whimper of protest rose up. He smiled at her ruefully.

“Honey, if you’re going to want to stop, the time would be now, before we get too out of control.”


Don’t forget to check out the other great excerpts here:

Have a great weekend x

Guest Author Katherine McIntyre – Hunting for Spring

Published January 15, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope you’ve all had a good week, and are getting that Friday feeling 😉 I’m excited to have the lovely Katherine McIntyre visting to share some gossip and chat about her new release, Hunting for Spring.

Kat McIntyre author picThanks for being here Kat! So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

I’m an Aries-Taurus cusp, an ENFJ in the Meyers Briggs test, and I pretty much survive on writing, coffee, and cat pictures.

Hehe, don’t we all? 😉 Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

Not a moment, just an always present ‘thing’ in my life. My brain’s always had a creative bent, and even when I was little, I was drawing my own kid’s books in crayon and creating stories. With the invaluable escape reading brought me as a shy, awkward kid, it’s no wonder I was drawn to the medium. And the problem with being a belligerent Aries is that whenever I read a story which didn’t end the way I wanted to, the first thought in my head would always be—well, I would handle a situation like this—and of course, that led to stories of my own.

Yeah, I’m with you on the awkward kid phase, it was always wonderful to have a book to escape away into! Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I’ve gotten disciplined with my writing as of late. Monday through Friday I try to get a thousand words written, although if heavy editing needs to be done on a different piece, I may substitute that time-wise. When I sit down to write, I always need two things to get started: a cup of something warm, whether it be coffee or tea, and music. Most recently, I’ve discovered Spotify, and so for the last couple novels I’ve written, I’ve cobbled together playlists for each one.

Hmm, people keep telling me they have playlists for their writing and I’ve quite managed it. I think it distracts me too much lol! Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

Well, that’s a tricky one to pin down. First and foremost, my love is fantasy, however, I’m also a huge fan of romance in fantasies, and my snappy dialogue and penchant for grit leads me down the urban fantasy and paranormal romance path more often than not. Realistically, I like to write what I like to read, so the two correlate. If I had to choose one genre to write for the rest of my life, it’d be urban fantasy, but since I’m not bound to any, I’ve enjoyed hopping into young adult stories as well as adult dystopian.

It’s nice to have the options, and I’m with you – a joint love of romance and fantasy eventually led me to PNR. Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

While I could list hundreds of authors and books that I’ve found inspiring, I think I’ll take a leaf from a recent conversation I had about role models. Which leads to one specific author—Tamora Pierce. If I had to pinpoint one character who really affected me as a kid, it’d be Alanna from the Lioness Quartet. She was the first character I really read who showed me that women could do anything a man could. She pursued her dreams with dogged relentlessness and while she ended up finding love along the way, they were companions on the journey. She didn’t stay with the men who tried to pin her down into what they wanted. One theme you’ll see consistently through my books are complex female characters who aren’t afraid to take charge, and I’d credit that to my earlier reading experiences.

Ooh, don’t think I’ve ever read that series, might need to have a look for it. What five things could you never do without?

Notebook and writing instrument, preferably pen—those are for the obvious reasons. I’ve had a couple instances where we’ve lost power, and even though I do most of my writing by laptop, I definitely wrote by candlelight during those times. I also carry a notebook and pen in my purse too, because if I ever have an idea hit, or happen to have some spare time, I’ll continue writing whatever manuscript I’m working on. My current notebook has random paragraphs from five different stories at this point.

Another thing I need is coffee and or tea—some sort of hot beverage in the morning. I pretty much drink a combination of coffee, tea, and water, with the rare juice interspersed in.

This is a tougher list than I anticipated—I’m not horribly attached to things, but I suppose my laptop is essential. I do most of my writing and marketing on it, so having access to one is pretty important for getting my work done.

My Kindle or a library card! As long as I have access to books as well, I’m pretty happy. I was one of those stubborn curmudgeons about e-readers until about five years ago when my husband got me one for Christmas. Since I already had it, I figured I may as well use it to read, and once I realized how easily I could fit a whole cavalcade of books into my purse a one time—well, the rest is history.

Yeah, I must admit that given the choice I usually still prefer a paper book, but I’ll grudgingly admit to the convenience of ebooks 🙂 Speaking of which, tell us a bit about your new release.

Conor’s part of the hunter bloodline, which means he gets the wonderful duty of tromping through the nasty part of town to slay supernatural creatures trying to stir up trouble. However, on one of those excursions, he runs into Brenna, a mystery girl who’s trying to track down the same caster he is. Without giving too much away, they both get dragged into deadlier machinations going on around Chinatown in Philly, involving some big nasties who’ve got plans of their own for the city.

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

So, the latest release was inspired by an Irish fairytale, Connla and the Fairy Maiden. I loved the themes in it, especially that forbidden love and torn allegiances sort of concept, and thus Hunting for Spring was born. Urban fantasy is my favorite genre, and I’ve lived in the suburbs of Philadelphia my whole life, so I found the idea of monsters and fae rampaging through the streets utterly fascinating.

I love myths and fairytales 🙂 What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

This was one of the easiest writing sessions I’ve ever had. It all just flowed, so much so that I wrote the entire thing in a month without a lot of extra push. I was just so possessed by this story. With my other stories, this would be sprawled out to six months or so because I’d hit a snag, or a section I was stalling on, or something I’d have to figure out, but with Hunting for Spring I had an odd sort of serendipity.

It’s nice when that happens (if only it was more often lol). What was the hardest part about writing it?

Editing. There was a lot of fleshing out I had to do after such madcap writing sessions. When I race through a story like that, I’m in the grips of this frenzy and tend to leave details, or certain essential descriptions. My beta-readers and my editor really helped point out the holes though and through their advice and critiques, the manuscript shaped into a story I’m quite proud of.

They are just invaluable, aren’t they? Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

So, this is an odd one. While I adore the main characters Conor and Brenna, my favorite in the book happens to be Jev. She’s a bucket of sass and probably the character I relate the most to, as the sort of alternative night clubs she hits up happen to derive from the ones I used to go to. Here’s a little secret too—I *may* have started the concept for a follow-up romance with her as the lead.

Hehe, I do love it when your secondary characters insist on taking over. So, just in case anyone isn’t already convinced, why should we run out and buy it right now?

Because not only is witty urban fantasy dialogue one of my strong points, but I have to say, this is probably one of my steamiest books.

Plus, there’s a super adorable beagle in the beginning who gets injured by one of the rampaging wights—you want to make sure the puppy’s okay, don’t you?

Oh, now that’s mean *runs off to check the puppy lives* So, I’ve already got on my TBR list for this week – for the rest of you, here’s the details 🙂


Hunters are a lonely breed, and Conor’s no exception–until he meets Brenna. Even though she slinks in unannounced and kills the wight he’s hunting down, and he should be backing carefully away, he can’t get her blinding smile or gorgeous curves off his mind. The girl’s a mystery he can’t resist, so since they’re both after the same caster who’s unleashing these monsters, he suggests teaming up. Despite her initial reluctance, Brenna joins Conor’s quest and soon the wights aren’t the only thing the lusty lady is hunting down.

He’s happy enough to satisfy her hungers, though he wishes she’d give him a few answers with her kisses. Soon enough he learns her secrets have repercussions. Faster than Conor can lift his Glock, he’s drawn into a web of kidnappings and Unseelie mischief, and it’s all concealing the machinations of a darker foe–one determined to bring Philly and the two hunters to ruin.

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