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Monday Catch Up

Published February 29, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Happy Leap Year! Hope you’re enjoying your extra day of the year – even if it does have to fall on a Monday. It’s been a busy week here, have been doing extra hours at the EDJs (evil day jobs) and went to see a band in Glasgow on Friday. I don’t know if too many of you will have heard of Therapy? (if you have then, yay, you have good taste lol) but they were fantastic live, really enjoyed it.

wolf coupleWith everything else on then haven’t had as much time for writing, but managed to get a bit caught up over the weekend so not feeling too bad. Niko and Katya’s story is now at 43k, I’m thinking it will probably come in somewhere between 50 and 60k so the end is sort of in sight – through a few more twists and turns lol. Hey, you can’t make it too easy on your characters 😉

I’m enjoying being back in that world though, so hopefully the rest of you will feel the same way.

Take care x

Guest Author Kirsten Blacketer with At Winter’s Demand

Published February 28, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope you’ve all been having a lovely weekend 🙂 After a busy week and a really fun gig on Friday night, it’s been nice to have a quiet few days and start to catch up on some writing. Plus, today I have the fab Kirsten Blacketer dropping by. Kirsten is one of my favourite historical romance writers, so I’m excited to hear all about her new release, At Winter’s Demand 🙂

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

Stick her in the middle of a chaotic home with two children, a hyperactive dog, and a camouflage wearing husband, and she can cook and clean with the best of them. But when the sun goes down and the children are nestled in bed fast asleep, she tucks away her pots and broom and like Cinderella she transforms.

Her characters creep forth from the dark recesses of her mind taking their places in the castles and forests built from her words. No simpering heroines linger there with forlorn gazes turned to the horizon, waiting for their Prince Charming. They straighten their spine, arming themselves with blade and bow, prepared to do their part in defense of their honor and destiny. She breathes life into the women she believes our ancestors to be, showing how they lived and loved with passion and grace.

Never bored by the tales still left to tell, she battles the ever sarcastic muse in her quest for romance.

I do love strong heroines 🙂 Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

When I was fifteen, I fell in love with the idea of being a writer. I had a fantastic English teacher in 8th grade and another in 10th grade. Both of these men encouraged me to pursue my love of the written word.

I worked very hard to get from that point to this one. Looking back on my early works, I’m proud of how far I’ve come.

Aww, it’s lovely when you get that level of encouragement and inspiration from a teacher. Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

Coffee, music, and writing. All three are needed for survival. *wink* Oh, and silence. I can’t write when my husband and kids are home. Too much chaos to focus on the romance. Hahaha.

Lol, I know the feeling! I need silence, but then not complete silence 🙂 Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

Romance. I’ve always been a hopeless romantic at heart, ever since I was a little girl. I loved Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid. Romance is in my blood. I love that I’m guaranteed a happy ending with a romance novel. Little else in life has such a guarantee.

Oooh, I remember growing up on those films as well. Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I love Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen. Both of these women have inspired me to some extent. I’ve also been inspired by some fantastic contemporary romance authors like Teresa Medeiros and Tara Janzen.

Big Austenphile here! What five things could you never do without?

1. Coffee

2. Chocolate

3. Tom Hiddleston

4. My family

5. Romance novels

Hehe, I hope you’re sharing Tom – that man needs a cloning machine 😉 *coughs* Moving on, tell us a bit about your new release.

At Winter’s Demand is the second book in the Thieves of Winter Series set in Victorian England around 1896. The first book, Jewel of Winter, establishes the scene and plot, but each novella focuses on a different character and his relationship. Edmund is first, then Simon. I’m working on Under Winter’s Control, which is book 3, and focuses on Monty’s story. The plot arches over the three books and their timelines overlap, but each novella is a single couple’s romance.

At Winter’s Demand follows Simon in his mission to recover jewels that disappeared in the first book. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you want the full effect of the story, it would be wise to start the series by reading Jewel of Winter first.

I would definitely recommend Jewel of Winter – great read! Where did your inspiration for it come from?

I play Japanese visual novel games (Otome games) on my iPad in my spare time (ahahahaha, that’s a joke…spare time. *sobs*) One of my favorite games is called Kissed by the Baddest Bidder. Three of the characters from that game inspired my heroes in the Thieves of Winter Series: Edmund, Simon, and Monty. All of whom are hiding secrets. *shhhhh* No spoilers here.

Hehe, well now we’re intrigued 😉 What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Following the characters. I love letting them lead me. I often plot just the basic structure of the story and let them have free reign. It’s exhilarating to let them take control of their own destiny.

True, sometimes it’s just a question of hanging on and seeing where the characters take you lol! What was the hardest part about writing it?

Actually writing. I can find a million ways to put off my daily word count goal. But actually forcing myself to sit down and write. That’s the hardest part for me.

I feel you, there’s always just too many distractions in the way *sighs* Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

I have a soft spot for all three of my heroes (Edmund, Simon, and Monty), but Simon is by far the most complex. He’s hiding lots of secrets, plus he’s the strong, silent type, which is a total turn on for me.

Hey, I think we’re all with you there 😉 So, just in case we’re not convinced yet, why should we run out and buy it right now?

Because Simon isn’t who you think he is. He’s hiding things…like his sinister past. So are Edmund and Monty. You really need to dive in and read these books because they’re not your typical historical romance adventures.

Ooh, well I think that’s my reading for the week sorted. Here’s the book details:

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A spirited country girl at the mercy of a silent thief harboring a dangerous secret.

Working at the inn Judith fears a constant state of boredom. One snowy night, three strange gentlemen appear and topple her quiet haven into chaos. The leader kidnaps her sister, leaving her under the stern eye of his silent compatriot. Her sister had warned her one day she’d cross the line. With him, that doesn’t take more than a frying pan to the head.

Simon detests disorder. Edmund charged him with one mission: find the jewels. But he never counted on a feisty, curvaceous hellcat standing in his way. She demands to be reunited with her sister in London, and Simon is more than willing to leave her on his friend’s doorstep. When she’s kidnapped at King’s Cross Station, he must summon all his unsavory resources to find the woman who unwittingly stole his heart.

And you can get your hands on a copy here:

Kindle: http://tinyurl.com/hej5sx2

Nook: http://tinyurl.com/goof97m

iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/huvhbsf

Smashwords: http://tinyurl.com/z7y53ns

And don’t forget to follow Kirsten on social media to keep up-to-date with all her news and releases 🙂

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KirBlacketer

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

Tumblr: http://kblackship.tumblr.com/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Kirsten35

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7223054.Kirsten_S_Blacketer

Subscribe to my Blog: http://kirstensblacketer.com/

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Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend x

My Sexy Saturday 27/02/16

Published February 27, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

I’m a bit late posting today – computer problems yet again *sighs* but I’m happy to be joining in the My Sexy Saturday blog hop today. The theme is paranormal – so you know I couldn’t miss that 😉 This week’s excerpt is from Scarlett Legacy, and I’m currently hard at work on the sequel. Hope you enjoy!

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the excerpts here: http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.co.uk/

 

sl rough 4For a moment, she imagined the room full of elegantly dressed people twirling across the floor. It would be an amazing sight. But hadn’t she intended to stay away from this man?

Amusement crossed his face as though he could tell exactly what she was thinking. “I assure you it will be a large affair; you could probably avoid me all night if you so desired.”

Natalia found herself smiling despite her reservations.

“I would prefer it if you were inclined to grace me with one dance.” He took her hand before she could protest and heat curled through her again. She tried to force her breathing back to normal.

“I haven’t even said I’ll go yet.”

Damian smiled, brought her hand to his lips, and lightly kissed it. Her breath caught and her tongue nervously snaked out over her dry lips. He held her gaze a long moment, and just when she was sure he would lean into her, and she was probably past stopping him, he abruptly released her.

“No, you haven’t agreed to come, but I hope you’ll consider it. I’ll arrange for an invitation to be dropped off for you.”

Panic sparked. She didn’t want him coming by her little cottage again. The man was entirely too disturbing to her peace of mind. No matter how many times she told herself that she needed to avoid him, or how much his behavior annoyed her, the moment he touched her, all her good intentions seemed to go straight out the window. She didn’t trust attraction like that. It felt too intense to be real.

“It’s fine. If everyone is going from the village then I’m sure they’ll have the details.”

He smiled again. She was rapidly starting to get annoyed with that smug look, like she was amusing him terribly. “I’m sure they will.”

Wolves_wolf_great_wallpapers_for_your_deskopTurning, he led the way to the grand foyer, which she had to admit was magnificent, and opened the huge double doors for her. She could see why the back entrance was easier, though she had to admit it did give her a bit of a fairy princess feel to be leaving a castle through the wide arched doorway and down the curved steps.

Natalia snorted slightly at the absurd thought and shot a sideways glance at Damian. Was he supposed to be the fairy prince then? That seemed even more ludicrous.

He suddenly grinned at her, a wide, wicked smile that showed his teeth. “I’m the Big, Bad Wolf, my dear. Don’t ever think otherwise.”

Then he turned and headed back into the house, leaving her staring baffled after him. Was that some really weird coincidence or had he actually responded to her thoughts?

If you want to read more, you can find Scarlett Legacy for sale here:

myBook.to/ScarlettLegacy

Enjoy your weekend x

Guest Author – Ember Leigh with A New York Minute

Published February 26, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Been a little bit of a tiring week so apologies for the lack of postings, but weekend is here and it’s off to a great start with the lovely Ember Leigh dropping by to visit. She’s sharing the gossip and talking about her new release, A New York Minute.

Thanks so much for being here, Ember 🙂 So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

My name is Ember Leigh, and I am an incorrigible vagabond! I can’t stop roaming the Earth. Somebody help! Just kidding. I love it! I’m in Argentina right now, drinking Malbec wine. I blend my love for travel with my love for writing romance in my newest short story series, Erotic Destinations!

Ooh, that sounds lovely – and we’re not at all jealous, honest. Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

Ever since I could remember. It really solidified around age 9. I just knew. There was no telling me otherwise. That’s the age I completed my first novel—it was about a 10 year old girl chosen by NASA to go to the moon (because that apparently was a new program they had initiated?), and the struggles she faced throughout her astronaut training, dealing with her broken home, and eventually, confronting aliens on the moon.

Aww, that sounds so cute. I remember writing long stories in English class, but certainly nothing as involved as a novel! Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I have a loose routine of writing like a banshee when I feel the inspiration for a novel…so much that it just pours out of me, sometimes 10,000 words in a day. But that doesn’t last forever. Then I might go weeks without writing much at all. Does that count as a routine?

Hey, it sounds better than some of mine 😉 Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

Contemporary erotic romance. Or, another way, “vanilla hetero love”. I’ve always loved the emotional arc of romances, the slow dance as two people fall deep into love. But I’ve always preferred the sex scenes be quite explicit. Hence, erotic romance! Also, being that I don’t write (or partake in) BDSM, that’s where the vanilla comes in.

That’s one of the things I love most about romance as well 🙂 Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

Jennifer Crusie is one of my favorite authors, as well as Michel Faber and Douglas Adams.

Ooh, big Hitchhikers fan here! What five things could you never do without?

1.) Ashtanga yoga 2.) preparing my own meals from scratch 2.) bell peppers 3.) my husband 4.) his chest hair 5.) traveling the world!

Hehe, I love that his chest hair needs a whole separate point – it must be impressive 😉 Speaking of which, tell us a bit about your new release.

A New York Minute is my latest contemporary erotic romance novel, released from The Wild Rose Press on December 11th, 2015. It follows Paige, a determined career woman in the talk show business, as she navigates unexpected professional changes and a totally unexpected suitor…her arch nemesis, Josh, who was responsible for cancelling her show. The career change sends her to a Hawaiian paradise, where she faces a professional nightmare.

Ooh, sounds glamorous! Where did your inspiration for it come from?

I can’t even remember. I wrote the first draft of this novel in 2005, and then it languished in my drafts folder for about a decade. Probably some combination of the entertainment industry and Hawaiian islands spoke to me.

Hmm, I can definitely see the inspiration there. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

The scathing banter between Paige and Josh. They have some really good moments. They know how to dish it out…and smooth it over with some really steamy lovemaking!

Hey, there’s nothing like a good balance! What was the hardest part about writing it?

Sex scenes…they’re always the hardest part of any novel! Trying to keep things on the sexy and eloquent side as opposed to the Oh my god this sex scene is hilarious and eternal side…that’s a struggle!

Lol, it’s definitely a struggle sometimes – but then where else do you get to do that for a living. Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Gary, Paige’s manager. He’s a rotund little guy who knows Paige well enough to fear her as much as he adores her. He’s so funny, too, trying his best to keep things calm as Paige navigates this challenging time in her life. He’s particularly good at delivering fun factoids about the Hawaiian islands.

Well you can’t go wrong with fun facts 🙂 So, apart from learning random things about Hawaii, why should we run out and buy it right now?

For Gary! Just kidding, for PAIGE AND JOSH! They fall in love, and hard, despite the fact that neither thought love would ever have a place in their lives. Their balance of work and relationship is particularly elegant, I think 🙂

Well if you’re not convinced yet (and if not why not lol) here’s the book details:

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Paige Alexander, successful host of A New York Minute, adores her job and will do anything to save the show that’s her brainchild. But when IBC, fronted by Josh Lambert, buys NYCBC, Paige’s show is cancelled, and her choices are unemployment or a non-starring role on a new show co-hosted by Jerk Lambert, a man who makes her hotter than hell in every way. Having scaled the golden rungs of the corporate ladder, Josh doesn’t do relationships or complicated. Promised a multimillion dollar payday if he turns Wakin’ Up—the show that replaced Paige’s—into a hit, Josh kisses uncomplicated goodbye when she shows up. The woman fascinates and terrifies in equal measure, and he’s suddenly questioning the value of gold versus the value of her. Forced together in an Hawaiian paradise, the steam just keeps rising—on set, in the sauna, and in the narrowing distance between them.

You can get your hands on a copy here:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/New-York-Minute-Ember-Leigh-ebook/dp/B018CQERU2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1449890315&sr=8-1&keywords=ember+leigh%2C+a+new+york+minute

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-new-york-minute-ember-leigh/1123004445?ean=2940158065910

Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/wildcatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=182&products_id=1078%22

And don’t forget to stay up-to-date with all Ember’s news and releases at the following links:

Website: http://www.emberleighromance.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emberleighauthor/

Twitter: @EmberLeighAuth

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8045833.Ember_Leigh

Have a great weekend x

 

My Sexy Saturday 20/02/16

Published February 20, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

How’s your weekend going? I’m joining in the My Sexy Saturday blog hop today, the theme this week is ‘mystery’ so I’m sharing an excerpt from my paranormal romantic suspense that I’m currently editing. Hope you enjoy 🙂

Don’t forget to check out the other great excerpts here: http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Shannon Dempsey slipped her gun from its holster as she cautiously peered into the first floor apartment. The door was hanging off its hinges and she could see from here that the place seemed to have been ransacked. More than that though she could feel the fear and violence radiating out from the doorway, the emotions were so strong she could almost see them float in shimmering waves on the air. Sometimes it baffled her that no one else seemed to be able to sense them. She debated a moment whether to wait for backup, but the call had reported possible gunshots – waiting could cost lives.

She carefully stepped over the doorstep into the narrow hallway. The living room door was open and she pushed it right back against the wall as she entered the room. The emotions were stronger in here, seeping into her until her heart was pounding and a trickle of sweat ran down her back. You’d think after being on the force for over five years she’d be used to situations like this. To be honest she wasn’t sure she ever would be, and maybe it was for the best – if you stopped being scared you could get overconfident and that led to mistakes.

Shannon swept the room with her gun, her heart jumping into her chest when she saw a red patch seeping into the carpet and leading behind the stained brown couch. She kept turning constantly as she stepped over to it.

A surge of pity went through her as she stared down at the body of a middle aged man. He was thin, his face lined and careworn, a dark red stain spreading across the front of the faded checked shirt he wore. She automatically went to check for a pulse, though the pale blue eyes staring glassily at the ceiling already told her that she wouldn’t find one. Shannon closed her eyes a second against the guilt, if only she’d got here sooner.

Her fingers trembled slightly as they hovered over his skin. I thought you weren’t going to do this again. She told herself sternly, but guilt won out. If only she’d got here sooner, she owed it to the man to try anything to help now. Her teeth gritted as she lightly pressed her fingers against his cold skin and forced her mind to open.

Images and emotions flooded her, swamping her senses until she felt as through she was drowning under them. Panic, they were here, they had finally found her – fear not for herself, someone needed to be protected. She tried to grasp onto that image but it was swept aside, the thud of the door echoing through her. A brief flash of images, three men, she didn’t know them but she knew why they were here. Questions, they wanted something and they couldn’t have it, and then pain – shooting through her, so that spots appeared behind her eyes and she could see darkness racing towards her.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Take care x

Guest Author Leona Bushman with Preorder Giveaway

Published February 19, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Yay for weekend – and it’s off to a good start since I have the lovely Leona Bushman dropping by 🙂 Leona is a very talented author – as well as painter, editor, crafter, mom and general superwoman – so I’m thrilled she’s taken time out of her busy schedule to chat about her latest works. She also has some fab giveaways for you, so stay tuned to the end lol. Take it away Leona!

Hello. My name is Leona Bushman, and I’m a writer. And artist. And editor. And crocheter. And costumer. And quilter… Let’s just say I love to be creative, shall we? After some struggles, I’ve finally slipped my feet under me and am positioning myself at the starting line…and off she goes!

I’m so excited for this year. I have my new release, War of the Weres, and another on Pre-order. AND, I have one coming out April/May (April if I can get my head wrapped around edits in between being sick and sick kids.), and I have about four of them in wings nearly ready to go, and two more working on to send to Agents and big six. That’s just my writing world! It’s going to be an exciting year, so I hope you can follow along with me.

leonaHere is a recent painting, newly up on my Etsy Shop:

 

What do you dream of? I dream of Scotland. Of having the monetary freedom to move to Scotland with my family, writing, painting, and teaching my children about their ancestry, about the past, and showing them that what we do on this planet matters.

In my ancestry, there are multiple times that one side of my family saved the ancestor on the other. Can you imagine? Multiple times in my family’s history, one family member was responsible for making sure of the continuation that would become me stayed possible. That’s not even taking into account the other times—near accidents, times you may have saved someone from worse because you told them their tire was flat on the freeway (yes, I did this, and no, I don’t have their name, but imagine if they’d hit a pothole going that fast? Or what would happen when they tried to do the loop do loop off the 70 mile an hour freeway and slow down to 25 too fast?) before it really hurt them, or you stopped a little one crossing on the way home from school because they didn’t see the douchbag speeding and turning the corner? Just imagine.

We all matter. I want a legacy that matters. My legacy is my art, and my writing. I hope to help provide for my children well after I’m gone with it. My oldest (with my 2nd husband) may have an issue but hasn’t been diagnosed, my second has been thought to have Asperger’s or High functioning Autism (in my state, there’s no point in getting the actual diagnosis as it’s no longer considered a disability and would simply slap a label on him), and my youngest has Down Syndrome. My grandbaby from my eldest daughter has a severe form of Juvenile Arthritis and my daughter has health issues. There is going to come a time when they’ll need all the extra. That’s short term needs.

Long term, I want to be remembered. I want my descendants to be ecstatic when they learn they are related to THAT Leona. So, if someone says, Oh, I have a Leona hanging in my dining room, they’re happy to claim me. Or they say, I have a first editing Leona Bushman from x era. It’s a dream, it’s a goal that I feel passionate about.

We all matter. What we each do every day matters. Be it a kind word, a smile, or a word of encouragement, you may make the difference in someone’s life, even, yes, life and death. So please, dream, dream big, and be nice to one another. Also, read my books 😉

I have a giveaway going on at my author page, AND, Here’s the big news on today’s guest post. I’m giving away a $25 gift card for every 100 paid preorders of Pirating Christmas. So, if I have 400 pre-orders, that’ll be $100 dollars in gift cards!!! Amazon, Barnes and Noble, your choice.

Also, if I hit 1000 pre-orders, I’ll give away a Kindle Fire. You may email me your receipt, or send/post the screenshot to my author page. Also, think about that…$250 dollars in gift cards, too! So spread the word! In the meantime, enjoy the cover.

Ooh, lots of shiny giveaways. If you’re wanting to take part here are the details for Pirating Christmas.

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Captain Faraway and her crew are called out on a rescue of a cruise ship to a desolate planet right before Christmas. However, all is not as it seems with the survivors of the crashed ship. Pirates threaten the captain of the cruise ship and her own ship and crew. Can Captain Faraway and Lieutenant Commander Ethan Roarke ferret out those whom don’t belong before they’ve taken over her ship, or will they pirate Christmas along with their ships?

And the prelinks are here (don’t forget to send Leona your pop so you can enter the giveaways):

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Pirating-Christmas-Voyage-Atlantean-Book-ebook/dp/B01A42Y9CI

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pirating-Christmas-Voyage-Atlantean-ebook/dp/B01A42Y9CI

Thanks so much for dropping by Leona – and I hope you all have a fab start to the weekend x

 

Tuesday Teaser

Published February 16, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, it’s Tuesday, which means Teaser time 🙂 This week’s is from a work I’m currently editing, Psychic Shadows. Since this isn’t a final copy yet hopefully you’ll forgive me for any spelling/grammar mistakes. Hope you enjoy 🙂

 

psychic-mediums-online-psychic-readingsHe stopped and she was surprised to realise they were outside her bedroom door already. “Well, I’ll see you in the morning – or later on this morning, I suppose now.”

Suddenly feeling awkward, she managed a weak smile. He reached past her for the door handle, just as she moved for it herself. Her hand ended up over his and before she’d managed to get her shields up a rush of emotions surged over her. Worry, exhaustion, but over-riding them a tide of desire that seemed to centre in the one place where their skin touched. Her gaze flew up to his, the deep blue drawing her in, until she was drowning in the ocean. Her breath caught and her skin tingled, and she had the oddest feeling that she didn’t even know if it was her desire, his, or a mingled combination of the two. Whatever it was seemed to be crashing over her, the tiny rational part of her brain was telling her to run away, but she felt herself swaying towards him. His eyes darkened, the hand on hers tensed and she was convinced he was leaning back into her when he suddenly blinked sharply and stepped back. She stood a moment, dazed, feeling slightly like someone had thrown cold water over her and acutely aware of the loss of his hand under hers.

“You’re a magnifier as well, apparently,” his voice was husky, and she had to blink several times before she could process what he’d actually said.

“What does that mean?” her voice didn’t seem to want to work.

“You amplify emotions, and turn them back on people. It’s a useful gift, just watch it doesn’t get away from you.”

psychic3Shannon felt her face flaming. Christ, he sounded so calm, when she was still feeling like she was going to keel over if she moved away from the door.

“Yes, well…” what the hell was she supposed to say to that?

His face softened. “Don’t worry, honey. You’ll be fine.” He reached out a hand and lightly tucked a strand of hair behind her ear, before his finger lingered, trailing a line down her cheek. She stood there, her body seeming frozen except for the trail of fire running from his fingertip. Honey?

He stepped back. “Good night, Shannon.”

Move! Self-preservation made her fingers close over the door handle and she almost fell back through the door before slamming it shut behind her and leaning back against it. Her heart was pounding and her mind churning. What the hell was happening to her?

 

Enjoy your Tuesday. Take care x

Monday Catch Up

Published February 15, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

These Mondays do come around quick! Hope you’re all having a good start to the week. Has been a little bit of a stressful week on this end. Had to take the cat to the vet again (thank God I have her in at a reduced-fee place at the moment!), poor baby had a wee abcess under her mouth that she kept opening up and covering herself in blood. Definitely a bit freaky to have her coming in all bright red :s Still, am currently forcing antibiotics down her, so hopefully shoud be clearing up soon. Still it could be worse.

Speaking of which, have had two different friends lose someone close to them this week. One in particular has lost her mother and it makes me particularly sad as she got ill around the same time as my own mum did last year. There’s nothing you can possibly say to something like that really. Life is strange, unpredictable and frequently heart-breaking – all you can do is try and appreciate what you do have.

wolvesAnyway, shall try not to depress you all too much :p With lots of other bits going on as well there hasn’t been as much writing as I was hoping for, but still some at least. Niko and Kat’s story in coming along and am really enjoying taking the journey with them. Also started on edits for Psychic Shadows – first round edits are probably my least favourite thing but once I get that part done that hopefully can start getting it tidied up and out to beta readers. Both exciting and scary 🙂

Take care x

Guest Author Jamieson Wolf with Dancing in the Flames

Published February 14, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope you’re having a good weekend and a nice Valentine’s Day, no matter what you may be doing. I have a treat for you – the fab Jamieson Wolf dropping by to talk about his new release, Dancing in the Flames. This is wonderful collection of poetry – so rather apt for today 🙂

 

Jamieson WolfThanks for much for being here Jamieson. So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

I’m an award winning, Number One Best Selling Author, a poet, a blogger and, above all, a story teller. I currently live in Ottawa Ontario Canada with my cat, Tula, who is fearless.

Ooh, impressive 🙂 Lol, I can imagine having a fearless cat can be a little worrying tough, sometimes I’m quite glad mine seems to have turned into a wuss in her old age! Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I had written a couple of Harry Potter fanfic’s and at the end of the second one I sat back and thought “Well, that was fun. I want to tell my own stories now.” That was when I was nineteen and I haven’t looked back since.

Sounds like a fun way to get started, I’m a huge Harry Potter fan 🙂 Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I work a day job for a living, so I when I come home I do my workout and then get started. I usually write for an hour or more a night depending what I’m working on. There always has to be some sort of music on (currently there is Blackstar by David Bowie).

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

I write in all kinds of genres (romance, sci-fi, horror, young adult, poetry) but currently I’m working on the second book in a trilogy that’s just normal fiction (a first for me!). I’m drawn to tell all kinds of stories in whatever way they want to be told.

Sounds like a nice variety there. Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I was greatly inspired by Stephen King, however if I had to pick one author that would be Carol Shields. I had the great fortune of meeting her and had asked her if it was easier to write a narrative for a poem or for fiction. She answered me fiction and I told her I really wanted to be a writer. She said that the very fact that I wanted to be a writer meant I already was one. Wise words from a wise woman.

Good advice, she sounds like a lovely woman. What five things could you never do without?

Coffee, books, chocolate, anything Harry Potter and books.

Hehe, yup I think it’s totally reasonable to have books down twice. Speaking of which, tell us a bit about your new release.

Dancing with the Flame is my third book of poems. The first, Talking with the Sky, was all about finding my voice again after being struck with Multiple Sclerosis. The second, Walking on the Earth, was all about finding my balance. Dancing with the Flame is all about the healing power of love and self-love, of coming to terms with my life as it is now and celebrating it rather than running from it.

Wow, it sounds very inspirational. Where did your personal inspiration for it come from?

Well, really from the life I’m living. I had had enough of hating the MS and the Cerebral Palsy I was born with. So I set about changing the way I look at things. With that new view on the world, I worked hard on loving all of myself.

A lot of the poems in the collection are based on conversations I had with family, friends and strangers. Inspiration is everywhere for poetry.

That sounds like an amazing mental journey, I’m so glad you could document it in this writing. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

That moment when I finished a poem that was particularly hard to write. I just sat back and read it and thought: wowzers! Especially nice was reading people’s reactions to it if I posted it to my blog. Reading readers reactions was the best part, knowing that with just a handful of words I could evoke emotions in others.

That is really the ultimate aim of all writing, isn’t it, and it’s a wonderful feeling when you realise you’ve achieved that. What was the hardest part about writing it?

Being honest while writing the poems. Writing poetry for me is like living on the page as you don’t have the smokescreen or plot, characters or a setting. It’s just you and your heart and your words on the page.

It is quite scary letting other people see you like that, I think that’s what makes the best kind of writing though. Just in case we’re not convinced already – why should we run out and buy it right now?

Well, it is February after all. What better month is there for poetry? There are quite a few love poems in the book that are to and about my partner. But poetry is wonderful because even though I wrote the love poems for a particular person, the sentiments and words within could be for anyone.

Trying to find words to describe how I feel about my partner Michael is often difficult and that’s saying a lot for a writer.

Often I feel that I love you just doesn’t cut it. I write him poem after poem and still I’m left trying to find a way that tells him how I feel. He supports me in all I do, and loves me unconditionally.

One evening, I sat down to try and put that into words. I’ve always been fascinated by the elements. My books of poetry are actually named for them: Talking to the Sky (Air). Walking on the Earth (Earth). Dancing with the Flame (Fire).

I sat down to write about my love for him inspired by the elements and this is what came out. It remains one of my favourites in the collection.

Elemental Man

You are the sun to me,

bright like Fire.

Every time I look into your eyes,

my world is brighter and

filled with light.

You are the Wind to me

Every time you speak my name,

it’s like a soft breeze

caressing my face.

You are the Earth to me,

supporting me with each

step that I take.

You are Water to me.

Every time you tell me

that you love me,

my body and soul are

nourished by you.

You are the element

that brings all of me to life

and you make my Spirit

whole.

 

*sniffs* That is just beautiful. I think sometimes the stronger the emotion the harder it can be to express it, I hope he loves it 🙂

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

Dancing with the Flame coverBlurb

Following the Number One Best Sellers, Talking to the Sky and Talking with the Earth, Dancing with the Flame contains poems that are part memoir and part journey towards self-love.

They are Wolf’s attempt to not only find balance but to love all parts of himself, even those that are most difficult to love.

They are a testament to the strength of the human spirit. The poems show us that whatever life throws at us, with courage anything is possible.

With unflinching honesty, Wolf talks about disease, sexuality, physical disability and the healing power of love.

You can get your hands on a copy here:

Buy Links: http://www.amazon.com/Dancing-Flame-Jamieson-Wolf-ebook/dp/B01AL29MDM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453425375&sr=8-1&keywords=Dancing+with+the+Flame+Jamieson+Wolf

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Take care and have a lovely Sunday x

My Sexy Saturday & Free Book Giveaway

Published February 13, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and I’m joining in the My Sexy Saturday blog hop. Whether you have fun plans with a loved one, or are just rocking it solo, I hope you have a good one – personally I have plans that involve a certain Deadpool movie 😉 To celebrate all things romance, my Wonderland-themed story, Follow the White Rabbit is free on Amazon all weekend – so check out the teaser below and then go grab your copy!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the excerpts here: http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.co.uk/

cat grinHis face softened suddenly. “Surely, someone is looking for you then?”

Mary Ann was embarrassed to feel tears burn her eyes, and she squeezed them shut. “If anyone was looking for me then they would have found me by now. Obviously no one cares.”

The silence stretched out, and she forced herself to open her eyes, needing to see his face, though half-expecting there to be disgust etched on it. She was pathetic; apparently she couldn’t even do a one-night stand without fucking it up before it even started. He was staring at her, but the look on his face was odd and unreadable.

“I’m sorry,” she whispered. “I just feel so alone sometimes, I think I’m going mad.”

A small smile curved his full lips. “We’re all mad here, little mouse.”

She found herself reluctantly smiling back. Perhaps he was right. His smile suddenly broadened into that wide grin.

“I think perhaps you need to see something strange and beautiful.”

wonderland rd2Blurb

In Wonderland the strange and magical is everyday, but when a woman who can’t remember her own name meets a shape-shifting cat, anything can happen.

Mary Ann doesn’t remember her life before she wandered into the Woods of Forgetfulness. She doesn’t remember who she was, where she came from, or even her real name—and she’s given up on anyone coming to look for her. Now, she works for the White Rabbit, and if she’s not deliriously happy at least her life is content.

Until, that is, she comes across a Cheshire Cat, a rare shape-shifter, who may be about to turn her life upside down.

In Wonderland, things are rarely what they seem.

Get your copy here – free for the next few days only!

Buy Link

Amazon – myBook.to/Wonderland

Happy Valentines!