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Monday Catch Up

Published December 28, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

christmas_night_by_juli_snowwhite-d5p3uiuWell, it feels like Christmas is officially over! Hope you’ve all had a lovely time, whatever you might have been up to. I’ve had a really nice Christmas, got to spend time with family, treated to some fab pressies and stuffed my face with yummy food – you can’t go wrong with that πŸ˜‰ I was a little concerned as have been in North-West England for the weekend with all the flooding, and while it’s been worrying seeing so many areas I’m familar with suffering (and I’m wishing them all the best in hopefully getting the water cleared and getting back to normal as soon as possible) then I think we managed to avoid the worst of it and got back home to Scotland without any major problems.

da568bd341a4558129846c9a980fc384So, today am back at home with a rare day off so having a nice chilled out day. Obviously it’s New Year this week, which always tends to be a time of reflection for me – thinking about what I’ve achieved this year and what I’m hoping for in the year to come. I must admit 2015 has had it’s ups and downs and there’s a part of me that will be rather glad to see the back of it – but, hey, we’re all still here and you can only move forwards, right? I have some big plans for 2016 so let’s hope it’s onwards and upwards πŸ™‚

Take care x

Merry Christmas

Published December 25, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Just a wee note to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a lovely festive season. Whatever you may believe or celebrate, I’ve always considered this time of year one for peace and acceptance, family and friends, yummy food and nice surprises – so whatever you have planned, have a lovely time and I hope you get everything you’re wishing for.

All the best

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Christmas Reading Recommends

Published December 23, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Just a few days to go until Christmas! Are you all feeling festive? I’ve been enjoying getting through lots of Christmassy reads, some new and a couple re-reads from previous years – so I thought I would share reviews on a few of my personal favourites, in case you’re looking for a bit of inspiration πŸ™‚

 

27256825The Perfect Gift (3 Wise Men) – Serenity Woods – 4 star

This was an enjoyable and sweet read about two people with troubled pasts who come together. Brock is just passing the two year anniversary of his wife’s death from cancer, he always swore that he would never love again, but single mum Erin makes him question that vow. Erin has always had terrible taste in men, ending with her son’s father who left them when she was pregnant, and has tried to focus on her son since, especially with him having life-threatening asthma attacks. While drawn to Brock, a doctor who has helped with her son’s treatment, she struggles with self-esteem in wondering what a billionaire doctor would see in her.

The struggles of both the characters were done well, and were relatable to. Brock’s guilt over moving on after his wife, and Erin’s struggle to accept being with someone rich after scrimping for every penny for years. It was nice to see them both working through those though and coming together. Could have maybe done with a little more conflict, but then I’m maybe a bit evil and like my characters to suffer a bit for their HEA lol!

I did really like the background of Brock in particular, he and his two brothers combine their very different skills to help sick children, calling themselved the ‘Three Wise Men’. The insight into the other two brothers was interesting and I’m assuming they will have their own stories to follow. I also liked a lot of the secondary characters, and Erin’s son was really cute, would have been nice to see more of him.

Overall, a fun and sweet story about people finding love when they had both given up on it. I will be looking out for more in the series.

Buy link: Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/The-Perfect-Gift-Christmas-Billionaire-ebook/dp/B014HGM9YM

 

23508066.jpgFrosty Relations – Tara Quan – 4 stars

Mina is a familar while Jack Frost (as you might guess by the name lol) is a frost mage/warlock. They’ve known each other since childhood, Mina has always been in love with him and was destined to be Jack’s familar, instead he rejected her and that life and now they both work in ‘normal’jobs. When they both sign up for a paranormal one-night stand service they end up matched with each other.

It’s hard to find something a bit different when reading PNR but this managed it. Mina and Jack were both quite different kinds of paranormal creatures to the usual and I liked the details on their powers and the way they complemented each other magically. Mina was a great character, strong and independent, not afraid to stand up to Jack and their banter was fun and amusing. Jack initially came off as a bit of a petulant child, used to having his own way in everything, but you saw more to him as the story went on and he became a much more likeable character. It was also fascinating to see him using his powers in the bedroom – it certainly made things interesting πŸ˜‰

Overall, a really enjoyable and fun story. Will definitely look for more in this series.

Buy link: Amazon- http://www.amazon.com/Frosty-Relations-Witchs-Night-Book-ebook/dp/B00PCYLPWQ/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

51+azFaf41L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Blame it on the Fruitcake – Pat Henshaw – 4 stars

Sam is a working-class mechanic who has no family and was raised in a children’s home. When he arrives home to fruitcake on his doorstep and an invite to his new neighbours party he isn’t going to bother going – until he tastes the fruitcake! When he meets his new neighbour, Jay, he doesn’t understand why someone so hot, with a fancy job and a loving family would be interested in him.

This was a really fun and sweet read. Sam’s obsession with fruitcake was hilarious, as well as his despair with Jay’s meddling family. They were a lovely couple and you did slightly want to shake Sam sometimes for his insecurities, but it was nice to see him starting to work through them. I’m not always a fan of first person narrative but it did work well here, Sam’s internal voice was really funny and I loved some of his turns of phrases. It might have been nice to get a little more insight into Jay’s side of things, but that’s the trade-off I suppose.

Overall, this was a really sweet and funny romance that will def get you in the Christmas mood – and probably wanting fruitcake! Will def look for more from this author.

Buy link: Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Blame-Fruitcake-2015-Advent-Calendar-ebook/dp/B018RUW5XO

 

indexNot so Silent Night – Sheri Velarde – 4 stars

Anna is a witch and a Christmas cynic so is not looking forward to the holidays – all that changes when a gorgeous Russian bear shifter shows up at her flower shop. There’s instant sparks between them but they will have to deal with trouble from the local werewolf pack.

This was a hot and steamy romance, with a nice Christmas theme. I liked Anna as a character and her powers were fascinating, it also was interesting to see them growing as the story progressed. Alexander was a scrummy shifter hero, but it was nice to see a change from the over-the-top alpha personality that often seems to go with that. While he was protective of Anna, he was also sweet and believed in her own abilities. The sex scenes were well-written and definitely fan-inducing πŸ˜‰

Overall, a fun paranormal read, with a good mix of sweet and sexy.

Buy link: Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Not-Silent-Night-Sheri-Velarde-ebook/dp/B0187T305M

 

index2Heart of the Season – Julianna Douglas – 5 stars

This really did have it all in a Christmas story, gorgeous yet scarred military hero, sweet yet strong animal activist, adorable hero dog, and a few Christmas miracles πŸ™‚

Zach would never have survived the bomb blast that scarred his body and took his leg if it wasn’t for Akilah, the dog he befriended in Afganistan. When he wakes up back in hospital in the US, it’s not his leg he misses the most, but his furry best friend. He’s been desperately trying to get her out of there, but with military regulations and the remote location of the base it’s been an impossible task. Enter Jeannie, who runs an animal shelter in Afganistan, specialising in helping military personnel get their animals home.

The relationship development between them was really well done, being on opposite sides of the world they initially can only communicate over email and skype, which was a little unusual and allowed you to see the emotional attachment growing between them even before they had ever met in person. Jeannie was a really sweet and caring person, passionate about her work and protective of the people she cares about. Zach – well, what can I say?

Gorgeous army hero with a love for animals – yes please. I liked that the author didn’t make him too perfect though, his insecurities about himself after his accident, as well as issues from a past relationship give him a vulnerability, and it was nice to see him starting to get some self-esteem back by the end, with Jeannie’s help.

This was a well-paced story, great characters, including some good supporting players, a sweet and well-developed love story, some steamy sex and a strong belief in Christmas miracles. Really enjoyed it and will definitely be looking for more from this author.

Buy link: Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Season-Loving-Hearts-Book-ebook/dp/B012VN5ZLM/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

HolidaysInHell_ByErzabetBishop-453x680Holidays in Hell – Erzabet Bishop – 4 stars

Jonas is an incubus, trapped into a deal with a demon, he has to deliver a certain number of souls within a timeframe or he’s dead. There’s just one soul to go, but time is running short. When he meets Holly, a erotica reading book-seller who is still mourning her husband and dom, they have an instant connection. Will Jonas be willing to sacrifice her though?

This was a fun read, short and steamy. Jonas was an interesting character, the big bad demon with a secret love for all things Christmassy. Holly was sweet and endearing, trying to come to terms with the loss of her beloved husband, while struggling with the guilt of being able to move on. The sex scenes were steamy and well-written, and though I would personally have liked a little more on the relationship development side, I appreciate you don’t always get that in a short story.

I thought some of the secondary characters were interesting, and would be intrigued to see more of them in further books. They did all suddenly seem to appear out of nowhere at the end though, and the ending for me did feel a little rushed, I would have liked it to be more of a confrontation between Jonas and Bael. Personal preference though I suppose.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read, hot demons, some steamy sex, and a good dose of Christmas spirit.

Buy link: Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Holidays-Hell-Demons-Darkness-Book-ebook/dp/B0199AU1QE/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1450830103&sr=1-2&keywords=erzabet+bishop+holidays

 

index3Ribbon of Darkness: The Trouble with Elves, Book 1 – Decadent Kane – 4 stars

Ribbon lived a perfectly normal life, working in her parents bookstore. But now, weird things are happening to her ears, the hot and mysterious Draven keeps showing up, and before she knows it Ribbon is finding out that not only is she not what she seems, but that her and her family may be the only ones who can save Christmas.

I’m a big fan of Decadent Kane’s elves and this delivers a fun and sexy short read with a nice dose of Christmas spirit. Ribbon is an endearing and relatable character while Draven takes Santa’s elves in a whole different direction πŸ˜‰ Enjoyable read, and will definitely warm you up on cold winter nights!

Buy link: Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Ribbon-Darkness-Trouble-Elves-Book-ebook/dp/B00XSZQZIK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1450830149&sr=1-1&keywords=ribbon+of+darkness+decadent

 

Angel 600x400Am sure there’s something there to tempt you! And if don’t forget I have a Christmassy read out as well, if you haven’t checked it out already, An Angel for the Tree is at these links πŸ™‚

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

Hope you have a lovely and festive week πŸ™‚

 

Tuesday Teaser

Published December 22, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

First of all, it’s Winter Solstice, so wishing you all a Happy Yule πŸ™‚ It’s the longest day of the year here, so after tonight we can the nights will get lighter and spring will be coming.

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It’s also the last working day for me before Christmas – woot! Hope you’re having a good week – I’ve been catching up on some festive reading, and I’ll be sharing some of my favourites here tomorrow! For now, it’s Tuesday so that means I’m sharing a teaser, and it’s from my own festive read, An Angel for the Tree. Hope you enjoy πŸ™‚

 

Angel 600x400Laurel’s eyes filled with tears and, without thinking, she pulled him down to her and wrapped her arms round him. “You are not a bad person, Daniel. Just someone who bad things have happened to them. You didn’t deserve it.”

For a long moment they just stood there, and she could feel the warmth of his body pressed against her as her arms held him to her. He slid his arms round her, pulling her closer. She brushed her fingers over the bare skin at the nape of his neck, feeling a mix of desire and tenderness.

He sank his fingers into the hair at the back of her neck and tilted her head up. Her vision was still slightly blurry, but she saw his eyes widen as he met her gaze. He gently cupped her face in his hands and carefully wiped away the tears with his thumbs.

“I don’t think anyone has ever cried for me before in my life.”

Her heart clenched. He lowered his head to softly brush her lips with his, before lightly dropping kisses at the corner of her mouth, up her cheek, across her still damp eyes and then back to her lips. This time she pulled him down to her, deepening the kiss and revelling in the groan he gave against her lips. He tilted her head back so he could plunge his tongue deeper, and she moaned, liquid fire running through her veins.

Some faraway part of her brain was saying that this was a really bad idea, but the rest of her was lost in the feeling of his lips on hers, the heat of his body crushed against her. She’d never understood human emotions before, hadn’t realized how all consuming they could be. It was more then desire, she felt an overwhelming need to wrap him up and protect him from a world that had been so cruel to him. It was a ridiculous thought when he towered over her but she couldn’t push it away.

If you’d like to read more, you can pick up a copy on these sites:

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

Take care x

Monday Catch Up

Published December 21, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

b3fca9a30c442b282bb9b27967ea120eWell, it’s Monday again, but it’s the Monday before Christmas so surely that means it’s not too bad? Are you all getting in a festive mood? I must admit I’ll feel a little more Christmassy when I’m done with the day job, but have been binging on xmassy reads and movies so am getting there slowly πŸ™‚

Have had a nice relaxed weekend for a change. Saw the new Star Wars on Saturday – I’m not going to give any spoilers, but I enjoyed it. I don’t know if I would rave about it like I’ve seen some people doing, but thought it was a good start to the ‘reboot’ and some lovely moments that made my inner geek go squee! Yesterday visited some friends for a festive crafting afternoon, complete with lots and lots of yummy festive baking. I’m a terrible cook myself, so am lucky I have friends who are amazing in the kitchen πŸ™‚ (and happy to share!)

So writing-wise, I must admit it’s been a little quiet. Still not 100% health-wise so am trying to take it easy. Have been doing a little promo for my xmassy release (so check it out if you haven’t already, lol!) but other than that, just getting ready for Christmas and making some plans for the New Year (but probably more on that later). Hope you’re all having a good start to the week, and aren’t getting too stressed with festive preparations.

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 πŸ™‚ 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

Christmas Release Day – An Angel for the Tree

Published December 16, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, it’s a little later than I was originally planning, but I’m really excited that An Angel for the Tree has re-released today. I love Christmassy stories, and I hope you do too πŸ™‚ This has a grumpy scrooge-like single dad and a beautiful angel who is sent to help him and his daughter – but ends up getting much more involved than she expected! This is a story that’s very close to my heart, so I really hope you check it – and enjoy!

 

Angel 600x400Blurb

Daniel is a modern day Scrooge, but when a beautiful angel shows up on his doorstep can he believe in a Christmas miracle?

Daniel Everett is having a bad day. Firstly, it’s almost Christmas and he’s convinced Scrooge had the right idea in the first place, secondly his latest nanny has left him to cope alone with his five year old daughter – and quite frankly he would rather deal with several cut-throat mergers before breakfast than one small child.

When the beautiful Laurel shows up on his doorstep she’s a gift from heaven – literally! Unbeknown to him, Laurel is a real life angel and his carefully ordered life is about to be turned upside down as she’s determined to help Daniel feel again and to reconnect with his daughter.

What neither of them bank on is the sparks that fly between them.
As Laurel starts to thaw Daniel’s icy exterior, can he learn to trust again and start to believe in the impossible – and can they ever overcome the obstacles of coming from two separate worlds?

And you can get your copy here:

Amazon –Β  getBook.at/AngelfortheTree

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/600818

Kobo – https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebook/an-angel-for-the-tree-1

 

 

Monday Catch Up

Published December 14, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

12321110_1494645387506651_7099576762286536610_nWell, it’s Monday again and we’re creeping closer to Christmas! I must admit am still rather under the weather and haven’t been able to concentrate enough to get any new writing done. I’m consoling myself with getting some blog and social media updating done and have finally made a new cover for my Christmas story, which is going to come out this week (watch this space!). I must admit though after having a very productive November I’m feeling a little disappointed that not much seems to be getting done at the moment.

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Still, these things happen and I’m thinking that since Christmas things will be coming up soon anyway, I might be better just writing this month off in terms of new writing and getting some planning in place for January. Ah well!

I hope you’re all having a more productive December, and getting into the holiday mood. I do love Edinburgh at this time of year, the markets, the fair and the historic streets lit up are just lovely – so I thought I’d share a few piccies with you πŸ™‚

Take care x

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My Sexy Saturday 12/12/15

Published December 12, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope you’re having a great weekend. I’m joining in the My Sexy Saturday blog hop today, and since we’re now less than 2 weeks until Christmas, it seemed appropriate to share an excerpt from a Christmas-themed story, An Angel for the Tree. I was hoping to have this re-released this week but due to illness I’m running a little behind. It should def be up early next week – and in the meantime – hope you enjoy this teaser! πŸ™‚

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

 

8de7ef3065d5fec73938d10674d063efA few hours later Daniel stood in his normally tidy, minimalist living room that currently looked like a Christmas-themed explosion had taken place. “A few decorations” seemed to have turned into a tree that almost brushed the ceiling that Laurel and Rachel were trimming with tinsel and what looked like an infinite amount of shiny baubles.

He’d never really done the whole Christmas thing. When he was a kid his mother had never been too interested. There’d seemed little point when he was on his own and God knows Karen had never cared about anything like that. He gazed at Laurel balancing on a step ladder to reach the top of the tree and leaning down to ask Rachel her opinion on which ornaments should go where. She always included the child in everything, and he realized she always included him too. Laurel threw herself into everything; a complete contrast to the bored dates he normally dealt with who would rather die then show the least bit of enthusiasm for anything. It was like a breath of fresh air blowing through the house.

She looked over as though she felt his gaze on her and smiled at him. Her eyes sparkled as she gestured him over. “I think we need a second opinion here. Should the star or the angel go on the top of the tree?”

He grinned at her. “Definitely the angel. What do you think, Rachel?”

The little girl nodded energetically. “That’s what I said, Daddy, but Laurel doesn’t think it looks like a real angel.”

Daniel laughed, and looked over at Laurel, surprised to see she looked nervous. She must be thinking about the argument her first night, when I’d told her not to let Rachel believe in angels. I was definitely a bit of an ass. Rachel was only a little girl, she would figure the truth out eventually. God knows there were worse things to believe in. He smiled at her, trying to think of something to say to let her know he regretted it now.

christmas_tree_by_julie1226“So, what does a real angel look like then?” he tried teasingly.

If anything the look had now changed to panic, and Rachel piped up from below.

“Like Laurel, of course, Daddy. She’s a real angel.”

Onto the New Year!

Published January 5, 2013 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Wishing you a slightly belated Happy New Year and hope you all had a lovely holiday season. I enjoyed spending time with family and was nice to have a bit of time off work. Still back to the grindstone now, EDJ has started again and have back to the editing all week.

New Year does tend to a time for reflection and looking back over the last year is actually quite surreal. I had my first book published, as well as signing a contract on another one, finishing a full length off as part of Nano and getting a request on the same one from Harlequin – as well as various other shorts and another full length currently in progress. It’s probably been the most manic year I can remember, with frequent 12 hours days and working most weekends – but it’s also been really rewarding and productive so it’s worth it I think πŸ™‚

For the coming year, well I have another busy time ahead it seems. I’ve already sent in my first submission of the New Year so have fingers and toes crossed for that, and of course that means I’m already back to the obsessive inbox stalking! I have a short story coming out as part of an anthology in March, so I’m very excited to be in with some extremely talented other authors. I’m also hoping to get my first novel finished off (I keep getting distracted from it), two shorter WIPs finished and I have quite a few other ideas floating around just waiting for me to ‘let’ them come out and take over πŸ™‚

So it’s looking quite exciting, watch this space! I hope you all have a wonderful 2013, you achieve everything you aim for and have some fun along the way πŸ™‚