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Thursday Teaser

Published March 31, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope you’re all having a good week. Mine has been busy to say the least, but lots getting done at least. Can you believe it’s April tomorrow – the year is just speeding by! I’m taking part in the A to Z Blogging Challenge all month, so a post a day on a letter of the alphabet – yes, I know, I’m nuts 😉 Since I’m currently working hard on my shifter series, my theme for the month is going to be wolfie. I’m excited to share, and really hope you all enjoy it. In the meantime though, I’m sharing a teaser from my current wolfie WIP, and Kat seems to be getting herself into a bit of trouble!

summer-game-of-thrones-direwolves-34317098-954-536Quickening her pace, she headed down the winding track towards the main village. The light was fading fast, casting deep and slightly creepy shadows, while every rustle in the trees on either side made her start. It’s just your imagination, just your imagination. Or was it? The rustling to her left was getting louder and steadier. Her heart started pounding as she broke into a half jog. The noises were closer though, effortlessly keeping up with her. Sweat broke out, trickling down her back and stinging her eyes. Oh God, what the hell had she been thinking heading out in the dark on her own?

Katya The voice in her head was deep, familiar and edged in concern

Niko? Relief made her not only reach out – something she’d never done before – but stop in her tracks. Thank God, he would find her and…

fierce wolfA huge, furry shape sprang from the shadows, heading straight for her. She screamed in terror as it knocked her down. There was a glimpse of bared teeth, hot breath on her face. Frantically she began scrabbling backwards, another shriek escaping her when a firm hand gripped her arm, dragging her to her feet. A human hand. For an instant she thought Niko had somehow magically found her, but this man was taller, thinner, with shaggy light brown hair. He was human though.

“Please,” she gasped, “you have to help me.”

He smiled at her and his eyes glowed in the faint moonlight. Fuck, not so human. She tried to run but the hand tightened on her arm, she dragged back against him, a strong-smelling cloth pressed against her face. Her struggles slowed and darkness crept in.

 

Hope you liked. Take care x

Monday Catch Up

Published March 28, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Apologies for running behind today. Hope you’ve all had a lovely Easter weekend, whatever you might have been up to 🙂 Mine has been a busy one. Had a friend’s wedding on Saturday, which was a lovely day. I was also doing the photos for it and although the Scottish weather decided it wasn’t going to co-operate, then hopefully we still have some good indoor piccies! It’s a shame when we’ve had some lovely Spring weather this week (this is a piccie at Botanic gardens with the daffodils coming out), but sadly just the way it goes sometimes. DSC00908So the rest of my bank holiday has been photo editing, and that will probably form the rest of my week now as well lol.

Sadly, all the photo work does take time away from the writing so not much new done this week. Getting things lined up for April though – it’s looking like another busy month! Hmm, now I think about it, I wonder when the last time I had a quiet month was 😉 Ah well, I probably wouldn’t know what to do with myself anyway.

Enjoy the rest of your day x

Guest Author Pippa Jay with Quickshot

Published March 25, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, yay for Friday. It’s looking like it’s going to be a good weekend, have a friend’s wedding tomorrow (that I’m also taking the piccies for) so that should be fun. Speaking of which, I excited to have the fab Pippa Jay visiting today. Pippa writes some awesome sci-fi based romance, and is going to be chatting about her release, Quickshot.

 

487970_396457363750310_1481028755_n (640x640)nSo, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes sci-fi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 22 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, Broad Universe, and EPIC, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), the 2015 EPIC eBook awards, the 2015 RWA LERA Rebecca (2nd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).

Ooh, impressive! Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

Not as a writer, because I’ve written all my life so that’s always been a part of me. But being a published author? Yes. After not writing for a decade and only ever finishing one whole book before, I took a short story and expanded it into a 110K novel. Once it was done I was hit with the thought of what should I do with it? Stick it in a virtual drawer or try to get it published? I went for publishing.

Lol, that’s some expanding 😉 But, it is hard taking that plunge from writing for your own pleasure to putting it out there for the world! Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

When writing, I just plug myself into my mp3 and get going. I no longer have a particular time or place to write – it’s actually got harder to find time as I have more titles out now, and they need updating, promoting etc, and having a laptop means I can write in bed, on the sofa, out in the summerhouse…I’ve even written in my car waiting for my eldest to come out of the cinema. And my smartphone means I can write anywhere, anytime (I once wrote a 17K novella on my phone while on holiday). I *do* make an effort to write something every day, though, even if it’s just blog posts. I aim for a minimum of 250 a day, but that might well mean writing 1000 one day, then scraping a mere 20 a day for the week.

I do love my laptop as well, it’s great just being to get comfy in random spots and get the words out 🙂 Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

Most of my titles fall under the science fiction romance genre, though they often cross/include other subgenres (speculative fiction though). I’ve always loved science fiction and science fact, but blending in romance gives it and extra dimension for me. As one reviewer put it, “…SciFi that engages your emotions…”

Sounds like the best kind! Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

We were set A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin for our English Literature study in secondary school (11-16 years), and I loved the style of the writing. Then I read Anne McCaffrey throughout my teens and that really inspired me as she wrote the kind of things I wanted to write (like Star Wars) – SciFi but with psi powers. Doctor Who has also been a lifelong inspiration.

Yay, always good to find another Whovian 😉 What five things could you never do without?

Chocolate, music, my smartphone, my husband and my children. Um, if I count the kids as one ‘thing’, that’s acceptable right?! 😛

Hehe, I think we’ll let you off with that. Tell us a bit about your new release.

Quickshot is a hot space opera short, inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy and Firefly. My heroine is a trigger-happy, bisexual POC with a traumatic past who earns a semi-honest living as a galactic courier. Then she encounters Devin, and there’s an immediate spark. But it turns out he’s in a lot of trouble with the Imperium, and it drags Sal into an unfortunate meeting with the ex-lover who betrayed her.

Quickshot banner 1 (1)Ooh, definitely intrigued! Where did your inspiration for it come from?

Initially from seeing Guardians of the Galaxy (three times!). I loved it! I wanted to write a character like Peter Quill – a reluctant hero, slightly klutzy and jumping his way from one girl to the next. Then a hint of Zoe from Firefly crept in, before Sal exerted herself as a fully fledged character with things of her own to say. There may also be a touch of Farscape in there.

Lol, well now you’re hitting all my favs. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

I love writing tortured characters, but although Sal has a traumatic past, she’s really just out to have a good time and she has NO inhibitions whatsoever. It was really liberating to write her, and it was so much fun.

Sometimes it’s just fun to cut loose with a character like that 🙂 What was the hardest part about writing it?

Although it’s not the first story I’ve written with a POC lead (though it *is* the first published), it is the first I’ve done with a virtually non-white universe. I’d been reading a lot of articles complaining about the lack of diversity both in the stories and among authors, and a lot said against white authors being guilty of racism, sexism, gender bias etc, plus a lot of upset in the romance community in general. So I was really nervous about the reception my story might get as a white author (I’m already used to the bias against women writing SF, which is sad). My editor also slapped me for a couple of things (for which I’m grateful). In general, there will always be someone who is triggered by something you write, but hopefully no one will be too offended by my attempt because it certainly isn’t intended.

Thank God for editors, right? I can see it would be a little intimidating writing about POC and then wondering about the reaction to it, it’s probably one of the things that has subconsciously put me off it – so you’re much braver than me lol! Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Sal, without question! The story is all about her.

So, just in case anyone’s not convinced yet, why should we run out and buy it right now?

If you want a fun, short and sexy read, with a sassy heroine and a cool, part-cybernetic hero, then this is for you.

Well, I’m definitely sold 🙂 Check out the book details here:

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Sal, a legal carrier (just about) of whatever comes her way, puts her trust in just two things: her guns.

Keeping out from under Imperium eyes—especially those belonging to a certain Ehi Wahu—while making a living, and trying to keep a lover who can tolerate her twitchy trigger fingers, are the extent of her ambitions.

Then a kiss from a passing stranger, and a promise of the biggest score in a long time, tempt her. Devin fulfils more than one need, but he comes with more trouble than one woman can handle. And this time it’ll take more than her guns to save her. She’ll have to trust a man again.

And you can get your hands on a preorder copy here:

Amazon: http://mybook.to/Quickshot

And don’t forget to follow Pippa on social media to stay up-to-date on all her news.

Website – http://www.pippajay.co.uk/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/pippajaygreen

Blog – http://pippajay.blogspot.co.uk/

Have a great weekend x

Wednesday WIP

Published March 23, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope your week’s going well. Must admit am feeling a little subdued today, such sad news from Brussels yesterday, you have to wonder what the world is coming to sometimes. Still, have to try and think that for every evil extremist out there, there are so many more good people. Just seeing the outpouring of support for Belgium shows that.

Anyway, trying to stay on a positive note, it’s Wednesday so I’m sharing an excerpt from my current WIP. This was only started a few days ago, so it’s not very far in yet but am enjoying it so far – so hope you enjoy this! Please excuse any mistakes as obviously hasn’t been edited yet.

cottageVenn stared at the little cottage with some trepidation. It was just so… cutesy. Warm red brick with a neat little garden, shadowed in the growing darkness, leaden-paned windows and a sloping roof. He wouldn’t be surprised to see deer and little bunnies frolicking through the grass. Urgh. This did not look like the home of a powerful witch. Maybe it was a kind of camouflage? Let’s face it he didn’t have a great deal of options. Everyone else had turned him away. If this witch couldn’t help he was pretty much screwed.

He glided through the night to the painted front door. There was a neat, hand-printed sign.

For enquiries, come to back door.

Great. Like a servant, or a delivery person. Gritting his teeth he made his way round to the back and knocked sharply on the door. It flung open, spilling out warm light and framing the form of a small woman. He blinked at her a moment. Short, curvy, brown, slightly frizzy hair pulled back in a messy up-do and thick glasses that gave her the look of a blinking owl. This – this was his last hope?

“Can I help you?”

Her voice was surprisingly rich and smooth. Fine, he was here now, though he wasn’t feeling optimistic.

“I hope so. You are the witch in residence here?”

Maybe she was an assistant or something? There could be someone inside who reeked of power. Her eyes narrowed as though she sensed his thoughts.

“The one and only. I am Elizabeth Garrett Morrigan. And I need a good reason to want to help a vampire.”

tumblr_n0qucd56B61sjoq1co1_500He sighed. At least she had enough power to know what he was, that was surely a start.

“My name is Venn Draconius. I was told that you can be sympathetic to those who others shun. I am badly in need of help. I am under a curse.”

Her brow furrowed. “What kind of curse?”

“Could we perhaps discuss inside?”

A male voice came from inside the house. “Libby, don’t you dare invite a vampire in here.”

Venn raised an eyebrow. “I assure you no harm will come to anyone in this house on my account.” His lips twisted cynically. “I give you my word on that. Even if I had the inclination, the execution is no longer possible for me.”

The woman stared at him for a long moment, almost as if she was taking his measure. He was surprised to notice that her eyes behind those huge lenses were actually quite beautiful, a deep forest green with tiny flecks of gold around the iris. Odd, he hadn’t noticed a woman’s eyes in probably a century.

She suddenly stepped, gesturing him in. “I invite you into my home.”

He gave her a brief bow, before stepping past her into a warm and homely kitchen. Curious, he glanced around for the source of the male voice. Perhaps she felt safe because she wasn’t alone.

“I honestly cannot believe you, Libby.” The voice sounded again, close, like it was in the room, but Venn couldn’t see any sign of anyone. “If we’re all killed in our sleep I swear I will never let you live it down.”

Libby gave a brief smile and gestured to an odd shape on the wall. “This is Huwie. Don’t mind him.”

“Don’t mind me? Don’t mind me! That’s gratitude for you.”

“Is that a starfish?”

Venn stared in bewilderment as one of the tiny creature’s arms flapped around, obviously in time with his distress.

She sniffed. “That is Huwie, he is my friend and my familiar and if you expect me to even consider helping you then you’ll be nice to him.”

Be nice to a talking starfish? Obviously this witch was crazier than he’d thought, but he needed to keep her on side.

“Erm, nice to meet you?”

Was he supposed to shake hands as well, and which of those arm/limb things were classed as hands. He felt the strangest urge to laugh. Again something that hadn’t occurred to him in more years then he cared to remember.

“Take a seat,” the little witch gestured him to one of the wooden chairs at the table, “and tell me about this curse.”

Monday Catch Up

Published March 21, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

wolf coupleWell, Monday rolls round again, hope you’re all having a good start to the week. The last one has been quite busy here – as some of you know had to take kitty in to the vets on Thursday for her little vampire tooth that was sticking out. They decided to keep her in there and then to take it out – so had a rather stressful few hours of worrying plus a lot of running back and forth. Thankfully all was fine, and once she’d got over her wobbling all over the house like a wee drunkard she’s looking much better and scoffing her food down 🙂 Our furbabies do keep us on our toes, right? On a related note, thank God for PDSA. If you don’t know, they are a wonderful charity who run vet clinics for people on low-incomes to provide their animals with vet care. With all the health problems kitty has had over the past year, if she’d still been at a regular vet I would be bankrupt by now! If anyone feels the need to donate somewhere, they are a very worthy cause.

Writing-wise, have finally finished my wolves book 2! 🙂 It’s both a wonderful feeling to have finished and at the same time a little sad having to say goodbye to your characters. Still, I have a feeling they will be popping up in some other people’s stories so not a total goodbye really. So, have been having a few days break, catching up on some tv shows etc (anyone else watching Gotham – how good is it right now??). I’m also starting a new story for a submission call. I know, I know, I have so many half-finished ones already, but this was just too tempting. It’s been lots of fun to write so far, which is nice to have something light with a bit of comedy after having a bit of an intense ending on the last book. So far, we have a witch allergic to magic, a vegan vampire under a curse and a werewolf veggie cooking group 🙂

Anyway, better get back to it! Take care x

Guest Author Brantwijn Serrah on Creating Book Trailers & Promo Art

Published March 20, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

How’s your Sunday? Mine’s off to a good start, since I have the fab Brantwijn Serrah visiting. She’s going to chat to us about an extremely important issue for any author – promotion! In particular the pretty picture side of it; ie book covers, trailers and promo graphics and art. I’m thinking I can definitely learn something here, so I hope you all find it helpful too. *sits back with her brew and biccies* Take it away, Brantwijn.

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If you’re an indie author like me, chances are you don’t get a lot of promo or marketing material arranged for you. For most of us, things like book covers or web banners are things we have to pay professional artists for, and I’ll be the first to say I’m no professional. I’ve been lucky to have some skill and interest in graphic arts, but not everyone does, and not everyone has skill enough to compete with paid career illustrators.

That doesn’t mean you can’t at least try to create your own promo now and again, if you’re not exactly able to afford a professional marketing assistant or team. Here are some things I’ve learned from my experience creating my own graphic marketing material.

Book Covers

My first subject is probably the one for which I have the toughest advice. Book covers.

If you aren’t familiar with—and skilled at—using a good graphics program like Photoshop, or working with stock art, I highly suggest you do not create your own covers. Covers are the first thing your readers see and like it or not, we do judge a book by its cover. Not only do you have to have a handle on making that image look clean, polished, professionally arranged, and attractive, you have to make it something that will communicate. Your readers should look at the cover and have a good feel for something about that book which interests them.

There are quite a few quick tips, covered quite nicely in Rayne Hall’s Book Why Doesn’t My Book Sell, among them suggestions such as creating an asymmetrical rather than centered image, and keeping text clean and minimal. But the bottom line on covers is that if you can’t make it look absolutely phenomenal, you’re better off hiring a professional. This is an area where I personally suggest very little compromise. While I can’t take the time here to exactly conduct a course of graphic arts design, I can however give you a few thoughts on what you can do.

If you are planning on undertaking your own covers, you should invest the time in learning advanced uses of a graphic arts program. You should be able to do things like:

* Splicing together multiple images from stock photos to make them appear to naturally be part of the same image.

* Use layers and blending techniques to eliminate “rough edges” or obvious “Photoshopped” elements (like one model’s head on another model’s body).

* Use color adjustment techniques to give the cover a consistent tone, if you’ve used several elements from separate stock or if you’ve adjusted some colors already.

* Interpret the importance of pixel dimensions and high resolution.

* Be familiar with text tools as well as layer options to make your text pop and yet not appear overworked.

Never, ever use images that you do not own or did not personally purchase from a stock image website such as Shutterstock or Fotolia. Don’t use images of celebrities for your characters, and don’t ever use artwork by an artist you have not paid for their work.

Stock Images for Promo Art or Book Trailers

Promotional art like web images, twitpic banners, and book trailers are a little easier to work with even if you’re not a pro.

I suggest you always use stock art. This gives a clean and polished look, and even if you can’t turn your stock model into a four-armed alien woman with shimmery green skin and intricate Martian tattoos over half her body, you can work with elements to create something effective, if not a literal interpretation of your character.

Again, I highly, highly advise against using pictures of celebrities. Besides possibly inciting some form of cease-and-desist, using photos of celebrities waters down the independent creative work you are trying to promote. If you are asked to create a “Dream Cast” for your story, then of course celebrity association is expected and in fact, is your goal. In any other circumstance, however, feeding me promotional art of your story pasted all over with pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hiddleston or Robert Downey Jr, or famous depictions of Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes, Dean and Sam Winchester, etc, is only going to make me feel like your book is really a veiled attempt at an ode to your celebrity boyfriend. Outside of a “dream cast” request, try to avoid describing or depicting your characters by association with celebrity pop culture icons.

When creating promotional stills, such as a Twitter or Facebook picture, banner, or card, make sure any text in the image is minimized, easy-to-read, and balanced against the visual space. You don’t want to have your graphic element overly crowded by your text. Don’t overdo text art or text effects, and don’t fall in love with a particularly difficult-to-read font. This is my weakness: I see fonts as a reflection of the “voice” I’m trying to invoke, and I hate using the same style font for everything. However, overtly ornate fonts are harder to read, and you don’t want to gamble on a font at the cost of losing a significant deal of your audience. No matter how pretty Edwardian Script is and how well it evokes your Victorian historical romance, it’s not worth using if no one can read it.

In promotional stills focus on one, at the most two, major visual elements. You want to communicate a lot about your book in a small space, and you don’t want your audience distracted or misled by exceedingly complex visual elements. Choose something that has a striking look to it and a strong evocation of your story’s theme or spirit. A character, normally; a particularly important or striking object, such as a silver pocketwatch or set of dogtags or a piece of jewelry, can be very visually affective (as long as it significantly relates to the story, of course).

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Creating Book Trailers

I use a combination of Audacity, Powerpoint, Windows Media Player and my stock art programs to create my own book trailers such as the ones here and here. Many of the same rules apply as we discussed above, such as the amount of text and the quality of your artwork.

Another thing to consider when it comes to book trailers, though, is time. As a general rule, I try to keep my book trailers to about 2 minutes. It should be something viewers can click, enjoy quickly, and not require a lot of extra comprehensive absorption.

To create a trailer using PowerPoint, at first treat the trailer as a presentation. Plan out where you wish to stake your claims about the book (or use reviews, or tidbits of the text) and create a number slides to contain this “presentation”.

Arrange the transitions and animations for the trailer over the slides. Try to avoid overly fancy or cheesy effects (like “Swing In”). Personally I find a simple fade in and out to be useful. As with still promos, avoid crowding up too much space with text, but when there is important text to highlight, make sure to include it.

I most heartily suggest anyone who wants to do these things when marketing their new indie release, definitely go for it. Try it out; pay attention to details, get a sense for the layout and process other authors have gone through before you. We may not have professional marketing teams on hand… but the Indie Community is coming together to understand more about the act of marketing ourselves.

 

Thanks so much for sharing, Brantwijn. I think I’ve definitely got some points from that, so am sure everyone will have.

Brantwijn also has a fab new release out. Check out the details here:

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Blurb

Finn expected a quiet birthday: a night off, touring the local bars with his sister Reagan. But his two princesses, Nineva and Nerissa, have already planned a big surprise. Before he knows it, Finn finds himself in a version of Wonderland, racing the Red and White Queens for his fondest birthday wish. Can he best the Red Knight, find the White Rabbit’s missing token, and outsmart the Chesire Cat, before he gets turned into a sheep?

And can Nina and Neri possibly know his true birthday wish…is them?

You can get your hands on a copy here:

Champagne Books

Barnes & Noble

Amazon

And don’t forget to follow Brantwijn on social media to stay up-to-date with her news and releases:

Facebook

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Twitter

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Take care x

 

My Sexy Saturday 19/03/16

Published March 19, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope your weekend is off to a good start 🙂 It’s been a bit of a busy week here and am looking forward to a quiet weekend to catch up on some stuff and get some writing done. Since it’s Saturday though, I’m sharing an excerpt and this one is from Scarlett Legacy. I really hope you enjoy 🙂

The length of the huge room was lit with glowing candle-bulbs, set in wall scones that seemed to float near the ceiling. Mirrors lined the walls, reflecting and multiplying the dozens of dancing couples. Music from a string ensemble floated on the air, and she smelled the mingling scents of incense and mulled wine. As she stared in complete wonder, feeling like she was in a cross between a fairytale and a regency novel, Sophie nudged her yet again. Really, the woman was getting a little pushy. She’d been quite happy in her own little fairytale imaginings.

coupleWhen she glanced over, the young woman was gazing at her with amused expectation and nodding toward the bottom of the curved staircase. Natalia’s breath caught in an entirely different way, heat flooding through her. Damian stood at the bottom of the stairs. The only adjective that came to mind was ‘dashing’. He wore a formal tux, the material tailored perfectly to his toned body, the crisp white shirt setting off his tanned skin and the dark unruly hair that just brushed the collar. A glittering pin held his deep red cravat in place. It glowed in the light and looked extremely expensive. The look of utter appreciation that filled his amber eyes as he stared at her made her legs shaky and heat run down her spine.

Her feet didn’t seem to want to move and she needed yet another nudge to start down the long staircase. It seemed to last forever, but then he was taking her hand in his warm one, and somehow the fact that it was still as rough and calloused as it had been in the woods centered her. He smiled at her.

“You look stunning, Natalia. You put every woman here to shame with the light of your beauty.”

She found herself smiling back. From most people, such a compliment would seem contrived or completely over the top, but the complete sincerity in his voice told her he meant every word.

“Thank you,” she murmured. “You clean up pretty good yourself.”

“May I?” He gestured toward the dancing couples and she nodded, though not without some trepidation. She hadn’t been lying when she said she wasn’t much of a dancer.

She shouldn’t have worried, since her partner had obviously done this before. He skillfully twirled her around the floor, his arm securely around her waist in case she mis-stepped. Natalia felt as though she was flying, as her feet carried her gracefully around the floor. Her skirts swirled around her, making her feel ridiculously feminine. She could feel the heat of his body, his hand secure in hers, and the sense of rightness only grew. When the song stopped, her cheeks were flushed, but she could have stayed in that moment forever.

If you’d like to read more, you can find Scarlett Legacy on Amazon here:

myBook.to/ScarlettLegacy

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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 Lisa Bilbrey with Forgotten Awakenings

Published March 18, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope you’ve had a good week. I’m happy it’s Friday, though am stuck having to go into the EDJ today. It’s normally my day off but had to take kitty to the vet yesterday to get her vampire-looking front fang checked out lol. Still weekend is almost here and it’s off to a good start since I have the lovely Lisa Bilbrey visiting to chat about her new release, Forgotten Awakenings (woot!)

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

profilepicsmallI’m Lisa—a mom, a wife, a librarian, and a writer. I love books, I love writing, and I find myself longing to be deep in a love story, letting the raw emotions flow through my words.

Sounds like one of the best places to be 🙂 Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

There wasn’t one moment that really stands out. As a little girl, I always had stories running through my head and my dolls often acted them out, but I never thought I could write. I struggled in school and let fear and doubts keep me down. So, when I made the decision to try, I was terrified, but I fell in love with the process.

I was the exact same way! Put it for ages because it was just much too scary – and tbh it still is but the good side turns to make up for it now lol. Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

Not really. I write every day, or try to at least. I have to have music or the T.V. on. I just can’t handle the silence.

Ooh, every day is dedication. I try and get into the routine, but it doesn’t always work! Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

Everything I write is a romance with a sub-genre that often changes depending on the book. I have several contemporary romances, a paranormal romance, an erotica romance, and have a suspense romance in the work.

Some nice variety then 🙂 Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

JK Rowling is the one who stands out the most. I think she’s brilliant and has such an amazing way to tell a story. I loved her Harry Potter novels, but I also love her Cormoran Strike Series that she writes under a penname, too. R.E. Hargrave, Lindsey Gray are a couple more.

I love JK Rowling – when I first moved here was really excited that was living in the same area of town (though the less ‘posh’ bit lol!). Sadly though, never saw her and believe she’s moved now *sighs* Ah well, moving on, what five things could you never do without?

My family is the most important to me. They’re so incredibly supportive and often give me plot twists. Also, my laptop, my flash drive, my cell phone, and sunflower seeds.

FAReleaseHehe, now I’m wondering if they’re for munching or for growing sunflowers 😉 Tell us a bit about your new release.

Forgotten Awakenings is the second book in my Awakenings Series. In the first book, Forbidden Awakenings, Elle and Sadie, who have been friends with benefits for years, meet Derek and Callum, who have been best friends for years. The four decide to pursue a relationship that defies social standards, and by doing so, Elle finds herself facing a lot of heartache. Without giving away too much, in book two, Elle struggles to deal with the aftermath of a dangerous situation that threatens to tear her away from her lovers. The books are passionate and full of love, sex, and passion, but mostly, they’re about being true to who you are and loving yourself.

I think that’s something everyone can relate to, no matter the genre or group pairings. Where did your inspiration for it come from?

I’ve always been a believer in love and passion and believe that it doesn’t matter if you’re gay, straight, bi, or whatever. When I started writing this series, I knew there would be those who didn’t get it, who didn’t understand, and I wanted to write these characters in a way that made them want to at least try.

Aww, I very much hope they do – love is love at the end of the day. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Finishing a novel that I’ve really struggled with and loving the way it turned out. I always set my books aside for a few weeks and then sit down and read through it again. By doing this, I’m able to read it more objectively. Often I surprise myself with the way I write things, or plot twists that I come up with.

Lol, I must admit I have a terrible memory when it comes to my own writing and I’ll often go back and find it suddenly coming back to me! What was the hardest part about writing it?

Not letting doubt keep me down. I don’t have a lot of confidence in my writing, even though I do think I am a good story teller. And it’s hard to put myself out there, I worry about being rejected, but I keep striving to get past my fears and become a better writer. And the only way I can do that is by continuing to write.

I think it’s something we all struggle with as writers, but like you say the only way to get past it is to keep going 🙂 Speaking of, who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Oh, that’s a hard one! But I would have to say Derek. He’s this passionate, immature guy, who loves with every part of him. He says things that make me swoon, and he’s honest and real.

Hehe, well now we’re intrigued about him. Just in case anyone isn’t convinced yet, why should we run out and buy it right now?

Because it will make you laugh, cry, smile, and wish love like this was real.

Aww, sounds like some lovely weekend reading 🙂 Here’s the book details for you all:

ForgottenAwakenings KindleBlurb

Two bullets — one just under her right breast and the other in the middle of her left leg. That’s all it had taken to destroy Elle Reid, to leave her weak and useless. Just two little bullets.

Elle gave into her desires and allowed herself to love. The road to redemption hasn’t been easy for her, or her lovers, but together, she, Sadie, Callum, and Derek strive for a life of peace and harmony. But will they get their happily ever after, or will a madwoman’s quest for revenge shattered their dreams?

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Take care x

Wednesday WIP

Published March 16, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Happy Hump Day 😉 Hope your week’s going well so far. I’ve been a busy bee on the writing front – which is always fun. Speaking of, to get us over the mid-week slump I’m sharing an excerpt from my WIP. Hope you enjoy!

“Whared and wolft the hell was that all about?”

She was actually kind of adorable when she tried to act tough. Not that he was quite stupid enough to say that. Not when she was already glaring at him. How the hell did he end up in these situations, apparently always trying to do the right thing got you nowhere fast.

“I’m waiting.” She snapped.

Yeah, think. He could do this.

“Erm, that was Carlos. He’s kinda an ass.” He trailed off helplessly.

To his surprise her lips curved into a smile. “Believe it or not, I got that part. What I want to know is why he’s coming round here wanting to see me.”

“I honestly couldn’t say for sure.”

“Guess.” Her eyes were sharp. Yeah he wasn’t getting out of this one. He tried to think how to explain without giving away anything he couldn’t.

“If I had to hazard a guess… look, this is a small village, we’re out of the way, isolated. There are a lot of young men and not a lot of young women. I guess word got around that Natalia had a beautiful woman visiting with her, and Carlos thought he would try his luck.”

That was slightly close to the truth, just with a few minor furry points missing. She was staring at him, head tilted to one side as though trying to decide whether to believe him or not. Her brow furrowed.

“It seems a bit ridiculous. You’re telling me he just thought he could show up and try it on with me?”

Niko shrugged.

“And… oh crap, he was pissed because he thought you and I…” She glared at him.

He flung his hands up. “Hey, I didn’t say anything to him. It’s not my fault he drew conclusions.”

Her eyes narrowed. “I didn’t see you correcting him either.”

“Because I wanted him to go.”

“If you’re thinking that because we… erm, that because last night, we…” she trailed off, an adorable flush rising in her cheeks.

He steeled his heart. “Last night was a mistake.”

She nodded a little too quickly. Always good for a man’s ego. “Damn right it was.”

“So, we’re agreed.”

 

Monday Catch Up

Published March 14, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

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Well, Monday rolls around again! Hope you’ve all had a fab weekend. Go me, I’ve actually made it on a night out for the first time in weeks (cold seems to finally be going, yay!). Had a lovely night, went to the Meadows (a big local park) to watch someone I know doing some fire dancing. Was very impressive and a lovely mild night for it – almost feels like Spring is coming lol. Then we ended up at the pub and well, the cocktails menus were out 😉

Other then that though, it’s been a productive weekend work-wise. Getting back into the daily writing habit again so work has been coming along nicely. The current WIP should be finished this week I think – and then a wee break from it before the editing starts 🙂

Take care x