All posts for the month May, 2016

Guest Author – Daily Hollow with One Night in Charlotte

Published May 27, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, weekend is finally here! I know I’m definitely ready for it – the two jobs is wearing me out a bit lol! Still, the weekend is off to a good start with the fab Daily Hollow dropping in for a visit 🙂


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

I currently reside in the Carolinas, married to a wonderful wife, and have a beautiful but rambunctious five year old boy. I am reservist in the military and hold a Bachelor’s degree in English/writing and an MBA in business administration. I enjoy traveling with my family, reading, writing, and exercising (though I don’t do nearly enough).

Sounds like you’re busy anyway! Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

When I was in the fifth grade, I wrote a story about a hobbit who defeated a giant. My teacher hung it on the wall for all to read. I always liked books, but since I was little, I knew I would one day write them.

Hehe, well hobbits are always a good start for a writing career 😉 Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I don’t really have a routine, but I do get many ideas from my morning walks/runs. I’m also in a writing group (ERA) and we have flash fiction Sundays. One of my 198 word stories became a 40k word novella (Leslie’s Dilemma).

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

At the moment I write erotic romance. I kinda stumbled into it by accident. I was looking for writing contests and during my Google search, I stumbled upon Literotica, a website for those who like reading and writing erotica. I started reading some of the stories and said to myself “I can write that.” However, when I was in college, I wrote mostly paranormal and horror. I think I will eventually go back to writing that genre.

Lol, well it’s a bit of a change from horror! Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I’ve always been a Stephen King fan. I also like Dean Koontz, James Patterson, and Robert McCammon. I don’t really read a lot in the genre I currently write. If I do, it’s a short story. However, I do recommend Rosemary Wilhide, Spencer Dryden, Mikey Rakes, Lena Black, and Ghiselle St James. Ian Smith is another new author and I helped beta read his current novella, A Knight’s Errant. It should do very well.

What five things could you never do without?

Shrimp tacos from Real Mexico in Columbia SC, watching sports, my laptop, spell check, and, of course, my family.

Tell us a bit about your new release.

It’s a BWWM erotic thriller that is a part of the Tirgearr Publishing’s City Series. It’s about a female Jamaican assassin who begins to fall in love with the man she’s hired to kill. It’s about 25k words and features a lot of hot sex. There’s sex in a car, outdoors, a masturbation scene, and a bed even gets broken.

Ooh, *fans self* just a wee bit steamy then? Where did your inspiration for it come from?

A friend of mine posted the link to the series on FB last year, and it really intrigued me. I couldn’t get started right away because I was in the middle of doing edits for Leslie’s Dilemma and A Night of Firsts. However, once the idea planted itself, it stayed with me like a naughty lover.

Yeah, those little idea seeds do tend to latch on 🙂 What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Incorporating my friends. Most of the minor characters are friends of mine in one of the small FB groups I belong to. I thought that was neat, and, of course they did too.

Aww, what a fun idea – might need to try this! I may need more secondary characters though lol. What was the hardest part about writing it?

Editing. God, it was hard to edit, and it also requited a bit of research. My friend Ghiselle’s from Jamaica and she helped with some of the logistics. I also scouted youtube videos as well as the internet about bullet proof vests. I even consulted a police officer friend.

Good friend to have 😉 Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Gabrella for sure. She’s HOT!

So, just in case we’re not convinced already, why should we run out and buy it right now?:)

Because it’s a page turner. Once you read it, you won’t put it down. One of the editors at Tigrearr said she almost missed the formatting deadline because she kept stopping what she was doing to read. There’s also a some pretty hot sex for those who like that sort of thing 🙂

The man knows us 😉 If you’re wanting to know more the book details are here:


Mark Jenson is a handsome, easy going man who enjoys drinking with his buddies and the occasional Myrtle Beach golf outing.

Gabriella is a beautiful, yet intimidating Jamaican assassin who has nearly fifty kills to her credit. Because Mark unknowingly insulted a mobster’s daughter after they had a drunken night of sex, Gabriella is hired to end Mark’s life. Gabriella had an unusual ritual – she would take souvenirs from her victims. Since this was her last job, and Mark being extremely good looking, his final gift to her is going to be a child.

After hooking up at a club in Charlotte, North Carolina, Gabriella finds herself attracted to Mark. The more she tries to convince herself she needs to complete her job, her feelings for Mark deepen.

And you can get your hands on a copy here:

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Take care x

Tuesday Catch Up

Published May 24, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

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

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

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

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

Published May 23, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tell us a bit about your new release.

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

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

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

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

What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

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

What was the hardest part about writing it?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Check out the book details here:

Cover - My Father Didn't Kill HimselfBlurb

How would you cope is somebody you love committed suicide?

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

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

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

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

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

And you can get your hands on a copy here:


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

Twitter/Instagram – @russellnohelty

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Take care x


Guest Author Amanda Mariel with Scandalous Redemption

Published May 13, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

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


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

Bestselling, Amazon All Star author Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. When she is not writing she can be found reading, crocheting, traveling, practicing her photography skills, or spending time with her family.

Amanda lives along the Lake Huron shoreline in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long-standing love affair with sugary junk food.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scandalous Redemption RevisedBlurb

She never wanted him…

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

He needed her…

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

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

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


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






Take care x


Guest Author Carolyn LaRoche with When First They Practice to Deceive

Published May 8, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

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

Cover - When First They Practice to DeceiveBlurb:

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

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

The last thing she wants is another messy relationship…

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

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

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

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

Trey Smith is an undercover FBI agent.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Nope.Definitely not.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can get your hands on a copy here:

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




Twitter: @CarolynLaRoche

Take care x