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Monday Catch Up

Published June 20, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, Monday rolls round again. Has been a bit of a frazzling week – think I have a broken toe so have been hobbling round all week. Managed to rest it up over the weekend so fingers crossed it might be a bit better today. Also only have two weeks left doing the two jobs – which will be a relief and free me a lot more time up for the writing side.

witch 2Speaking of which, it’s been all go! I’ve started final edits for book 2 in my wolves series, which even has a tentative title of Scarlett Seduction. (As you may know titles are hard for me, I tend to agonise over them constantly). The feedback so far from my wonderful beta readers has been very positive 🙂 I’m also working on re-releasing Love Reawakened, my zombie story, which I think is going to have a new release date of the 30th June. I’ve got a shiny new cover for it as well, which I should be sharing later in the week – really hope you’ll like it!

I’m thinking next week’s blog posts might need to have something special in the lead-up – maybe a zombie themed week? Who doesn’t like a bit of spookiness in June, right? 😉 More details to follow!

Hope you all have a great start to the week. Take care x

A to Z Challenge – H for Harry Potter

Published April 9, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

2rwkldzAnyone else a Harry Potter fan?  I will admit to being a teeny bit obsessed and getting the chance to visit Harry Potter Studios earlier this year was a dream come through for me. Anyone who has read the books or seen the films will be aware that there are werewolves in the Harry Potter world, but have you ever looked a bit closer at Rowling’s thought-process for them?

One of the nastier werewolf characters is Fenrir Greyback, and since I’m a big mythology fan the name is pretty familiar. In Norse myth, Fenrir is the great wolf who was feared would one day destroy the world, so it seems like no coincidence Rowling would name the character after him.

We also have the much more relatable character of Remus Lupin. The name Remus coming from the twins Romulus and Remus, who are considered in legend as the founders of Rome who suckled on a wolf, and Lupin, coming from the latin lupus, which means wolf. (The poor man never had a chance, huh?) J.K. Rowling tends to a theme for giving characters names that are significant, and are often taken from mythology.

remusLupin’s condition of lycanthropy, which comes from the combined Greek terms for ‘wolf’ and ‘man’, was described by Rowing as a metaphor for all those illnesses that carry a stigma, like HIV and AIDs. “All kinds of superstitions seem to surround blood-borne conditions, probably due to taboos surrounding blood itself. The wizarding community is as prone to hysteria and prejudice as the Muggle one, and the character of Lupin gave me a chance to examine those attitudes.” We see not only how Lupin can be shunned by the community, but also his own self-loathing about his condition, to the extent that he doesn’t believe he deserves to have love and a family.

hp werewolfI think we can all relate to that feeling of insecurity and worthlessness sometimes – I’m guessing not due to lycanthropy, but we all have things we dislike about ourselves and that we wonder if anyone will ever be able to love us for. My characters are no different, and I hope it’s one of the things that makes them relatable to.

 

Scarlett Legacy is on sale at now.

Amazon

Take care x

 

A to Z Challenge – B for Black Wolf

Published April 2, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

So, as you may have gathered from my books and my theme here, I’m a bit of a wolf fan 😉 Sadly, over the years many other people haven’t been and the poor wolf has been misunderstood throughout history and stories.

Many of the wolves that are portrayed as villains in both stories and movies are black wolves.  However, did you know that black wolves don’t occur naturally?
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A 2008 study at Stanford University found that the mutation responsible for black fur occurs only in dogs, so black wolves are the result of gray wolves breeding back with domestic canines. The mutation is a dominant trait, like dark hair in humans, and is passed down to the majority of offspring.

It is not entirely clear what benefit black fur has for the animals; they do not seem to be more successful hunters, but do show a marked improvement in immunity to certain infections. Black wolves are far more common in North America than they are in the rest of the world.

 

 

pair of wolvesI’ve always had a soft spot for a villain, so the chance to try and ‘redeem’ the Big Bad Wolf was rather irresistible:) I had originally pictured Damian as a black wolf when he was in his shifter form, but after learning the fact above, I realised that wouldn’t fit in with the pack history and backstory. Sometimes, research pays off! Besides, I think he works rather well as a grey wolf, even if I am a little biased.

Scarlett Legacy is on sale at Amazon now.

Amazon link

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

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

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

My Sexy Saturday 19/12/15

Published December 19, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

It’s Saturday and I’m excited because I’m off to see the new Star Wars today! Fingers crossed it will be good 🙂 In the meantime though, I’m happy to be joining in the My Sexy Saturday blog hop. The theme this week is Holidays, so I’m sharing an excerpt from my Christmas story, An Angel for the Tree. Hope you enjoy – and don’t forget to check out the other blogs here: http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Angel 600x400Rachel was tugging on his hand again, seemingly oblivious to the adults interaction. “Daddy, come make a snow angel with me, Laurel was showing me how.”

He stared down at her, completely out of his depth. “Erm, I should probably go back inside.”

Her lower lip jutted out. “Ple-ase, Daddy. I can show you how to do really good ones.”

Yeah, he wasn’t going to win on this, and he let her drag him across to a wide patch of clear snow.

“Wait a second.” Laurel called out behind him. She pulled the woolly hat off her head and handed it to him. “You’ll catch cold without a hat on.”

Daniel stared in it confusion and laughing she stepped over and pulled it down over his ears.

“How can you live out here and not have a woolly hat?”

For a moment he just stared at her dumbly. He could smell the scent of her hair on the silly woolly thing and for a moment her fingers lingered, lightly brushing his hair back where it settled, before she seemed to catch herself and pull back. There was an odd warmth running through him, despite the snow falling around him.

If you want to read more, you can pick up An Angel for the Tree at these links:

Amazon: getBook.at/AngelfortheTree

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1068305251

Nook/Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/an-angel-for-the-tree-shelli-rosewarne/1114512565;jsessionid=9EDB3BF630242896981C8DD2E2C10911.prodny_store01-atgap09?ean=2940152724677

Tuesday Teaser

Published December 8, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Sorry I missed the usual post yesterday, am a little under the weather this week, but hopefully can plod through 🙂 Anyway, it’s Tuesday so let’s have a teaser. This is from my Christmas themed novella, which should be getting re-released either this week or early next. I think edits are all done so just need to tweak a new cover! Hope you enjoy x

 

39081b496fed446ac35596f14f8b765fLaurel stood in the middle of the snowy street. Crowds of people jostled and pushed each other along, yet they parted around her, some glancing over at her with perplexed looks while others looked right through her. She wore a thick winter coat for appearances, but she hadn’t bothered buttoning it. The snow would melt before it touched her anyway. Right now she was frowning as her gaze intently followed the figure of a tall, broad shouldered man making his way through the crowds.

This man parted the crowds in a different way, as though people realized from the set mouth and the loping stride that it was move or be moved. In fact, if someone was too slow to move in time he seemed to relish jostling past them with muttered curses about the “bloody season.” When a group of carollers started singing just ahead of him, the look he shot at them made one of the women actually shriek and draw back.

Laurel followed him, keeping pacing easily down the busy street, and paused as he entered a toy store. She watched through the window as for the first time he looked slightly bemused, inspecting various large dolls, before abruptly shrugging and picking up one with dark curling hair and thick-lashed eyes. He emerged back into the snow, juggling the large package and cursing some more at Santa’s elves from the grotto down the street before stalking through the center to the car park.

The woman paused, tilting her head and a disturbance in the air next to her dissolved into the form of a tall, blond haired man wearing a long robe.

“Jeremiah.” She bowed her head respectfully towards him. Jeremiah was senior to her in rank, but more then that he had always been loyal and supportive when she needed it. She knew he didn’t approve of what she was doing, so the fact that he had shown up anyway proved that more then ever.

“You have not rethought things then?”

She shook her head. “This would not have been offered to me if it was impossible.”

“Nothing is impossible, as we know more than most, but this man is perhaps one of the closest cases I’ve seen. He has no compassion left, no goodwill. Do not waste your time on him, Laurel.”

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Free Book Release – Love Awakened

Published November 26, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, first of all, a very Happy Thanksgiving to all my lovely readers in the US. While we don’t celebrate in the UK, I think it’s always nice to take a few minutes to appreciate what you have and what you’re thankful for. It’s been rather an up and down year for me, but we’re all still here – and that means there’s always something positive to focus on.

In the spirit of being thankful to all my wonderful readers, I’m releasing the completed version of the rather aptly Love Awakened – which is the prequel to Love Reawakened. If you’re read the original, this is the story of how Emma and Garret met, and basically how they managed to muck it all up first time round! Thankfully, we sometimes get second chances 😉 It’s a free read, so please do check it out and would love for you to share, repost etc. I’m currently waiting for Amazon to sort out their pricing and put it down to free, but in the meantime you can get Kindle copies, along with other formats on Smashwords – the link is below. Hope you enjoy!

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Emma is training to be a witch, but sadly it’s not as glamorous as you might think. Creepy graveyards and raising the dead are not what she signed up for, but she needs to learn fast – and at least she now has a yummy new teacher in the form of necromancer, Garret.

When Garret has to rescue the sassy little witch from a spell gone wrong it’s hard to ignore the instant attraction. He doesn’t do long-term, not in his line of work, yet Emma somehow manages to not only get under his skin but constantly get herself into trouble. Can he manage to keep her safe, while not losing his heart in the process?

This is a prequel for Love Reawakened. While it can be read as a standalone it is basically the story of what went wrong first time around – so while I hope it’s an enjoyable read it doesn’t have a HEA.

Buy Links:

Smashwords

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/595957

Review Post – Carnal Theory by Henry Corrigan

Published November 6, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hey all,

It’s Friday – woot! Hope you’ve all got fun plans for the weekend. It looks like I have a busy one lined up writing-wise, but I managed to take time out to read Carnal Theory by the fab Henry Corrigan.

Review – 4 stars

I will freely admit that erotica is not generally my first choice of read – mainly because I like a little more story with my sex 😉 – so I was pleasantly surprised to find that Carnal Theory not only had steamy sex scenes but also a well-formed storyline and decent character development.

Dr Elizabeth Spencer has a sexual theory that she’s determined to prove. To do this she needs a sexual partner, and has decided that Dr Michael Aaronson is the perfect fit. What she doesn’t count on is Michael’s unpredictable behaviour, or the fact that things quickly become much more than clinical between them. Elizabeth was a little hard to warm to as a character at first (though the way she ended things with her former sexual partner definitely had me giggling), but it was nice to see her soften and become more vulnerable as the story progressed. Michael I really liked, he was patient and funny, and it made me smile how much he could frustrate Elizabeth, while doing exactly what he was told 😉

Overall, this was a fun read, fast-paced with some twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting. This is the first thing I have read from this author, but would definitely look out for more.

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Dr. Elizabeth Spencer has a theory about sex.
As Northeastern State University’s leading behavioral researcher, the beautiful yet guarded doctor believes that lifelong satisfaction is no longer a couple’s only game.
After being left to her own devices thanks to years of disappointment, Spencer sets out to put her theory to the test.
But when she meets her subject, the handsome, stubborn and unpredictable Dr. Michael Aaronson, more than just the science begins to go awry.
As their sessions together heat up, and the two find themselves more and more on common ground, a sudden betrayal puts the entire project and their careers in jeopardy. Thrust into the national spotlight with questions flying on all sides, Spencer and Aaronson must face not only an uncertain future, but their own pasts as well.
Will Spencer lose everything she set out to prove? Or will she finally find the satisfaction she’s been looking for all her life?

If you’re looking to give it a try yourself, you can find Carnal Theory here:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Smashwords

And if you want to find out more about Henry and his release’s, you can find him on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/henry.corrigan.35

Twitter: @HenryCorrigan

Blog: henrycorrigan.blogspot.com

Have a fab Friday x