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Tuesday Catch Up

Published September 13, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, first I guess I should apologise for the lack of posts lately. 2016-05-11-1462971004-479389-writerUnfortunately real-life has been kicking my ass. I won’t go into too many details, but just been feeling rather down and fed-up which makes it a bit harder to ‘switch on’ the creative side. Still, it happens sometimes and we get through it x

Anyway, onto more positives! Had a lovely weekend catching up with family and things are slowly picking up this week. Back on edits and should get the next book over to my editor in the next few days. Am just working on those last little tweaks – and of course, de-Britishing it lol! My heroine is suppose to American but since I’m obviously not, all sorts of British terms and phrases tend to automatically pour out when I’m just getting the story down – and then need to be ruthlessly cut out in edits! It’s a tricky process sometimes, and while I love you Americans then sometimes you don’t just have good substitutes for certain words and phrases 😉 I think for my next one I definitely need a British main character then I can happily go nuts with the UK words lol.

gray-wolfOnce I get this off for edits then should hopefully be able to get back to writing (well, and the other one I need to edit). I also have a cover almost finished, which I am loving – shall share soon and hopefully you’ll agree 🙂

Hope you all have a great week. Take care x

Saturday Sale – Free Fairy Tale Romance Read!

Published July 23, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope your weekend is off to a good start 🙂 I’m relieved the heat is coming down slightly here (though I’m sure many of my readers across the pond are mildly amused at us Brits melting in what is probably ‘might need a sweater’ weather fot them lol!). Anyway I’m in a good mood – and we’re having a sale! Scarlett Legacy is free on Amazon for this weekend only.

What if the fairy tales were true – but they had it all wrong? Scarlett Legacy is a fairy tale inspired romance, with a Big Bad Wolf you really won’t want to miss! Here’s a teaser.

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His body was like something out of a magazine, or like the Greek statues at the museums she’d been to for tedious fundraisers. Bronzed skin covered sculpted muscles with a dusting of hair leading down into his pants—which, oh Christ, were coming off as well! She closed her eyes a moment, and then couldn’t help herself and had to peek. So much for wondering whether he was going to keep on his underwear as he wasn’t wearing any. He seemed completely comfortable in his nakedness, and when he bent over to neatly place his clothes on the rock she had to clench her hands to restrain from reaching out to that tight ass. Jeez, you could market that! He turned back to meet her gaze and her cheeks flamed at the knowing amusement in his eyes. Before her fuddled brain could even start to think of something to say, he leaned forward and brushed a quick, hard kiss across her lips.

“Don’t worry. You have the exact same effect on me,” he whispered to her and then stepped back. “See you in there,” he told her with a grin, before turning and jumping off the rock straight into the shining water.

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Convinced yet? 😉 Check it out now here:

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Remember, it’s only free for the weekend, so don’t miss out!

Take care x

A to Z Challenge – Z is for Zonked

Published April 30, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, we’ve made it to the last day and while it might not be strictly wolf-related then zonked is pretty much how I’m feeling 🙂 It has been great fun though and have really enjoyed getting to check out a lot of new blogs as well. I hope you’ve enjoyed my wolfies posts and today it seemed appropriate to end with what started it all – Scarlett Legacy (plus, z words are hard lol!). Here’s a wee excerpt 🙂

 

Wolves_wolf_great_wallpapers_for_your_deskopDamian’s jaw clenched as he watched her amble through the woods, seemingly lost in her own world and paying no attention to any possible dangers. He lifted his head, breathing in deeply to take in her scent on the drifting breeze. While he’d been expecting a reaction it still hit him like a sucker punch in his gut. His stomach clenched and his body hardened.

His inner beast was already raging at him. The burning need to mark her, to possess her, rising up within like a force of nature but he grit his teeth and forced it down. He was not some undisciplined pup unable to control himself. Years of leading his people had driven into him patience and control above all else.

red and wolfInstead, he forced himself to stay hidden for now, easily keeping pace with her. She was exactly as he’d always imagined—dark curls flowed down her back and framed delicate features, high cheekbones, and huge dark eyes with thick lashes. Everything about her drew him in, but he’d waited too long to rush things now.

When he’d first sensed her, that indescribable pull that couldn’t be anything else, he’d thought he was going crazy. He’d given up hope long ago, and yet there she was, walking through his woods as though she’d always been meant to be there.

He watched as she paused, looking around her with confusion on her face. She turned in a slow circle, her brow furrowed, and her teeth biting into her lush bottom lip. She was lost, he realized. Well, that was just perfect. His teeth bared in a wicked smile, he could go and “rescue” her. She would think he was Prince Charming when actually he was the big bad wolf.

If you’d like to read more, the book details are here:

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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?

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Thanks so much for visiting over this challenge! Take cate x

A to Z Challenge – Q for Questions

Published April 20, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

red and wolfHow’s your week going? Today we’re on the letter Q, which was a bit of a tricky one for me. This might not be specific to wolves but it’s an important word for all writers. Questions are the cornerstone of writing, and the main thing that can spark a story. With Scarlett Legacy, as you probably know, the initial inspiration came from the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale – but the story itself came from asking questions. What if the fairy tale was wrong, what if the Big Bad Wolf was just misunderstood after all – after all, we all know how history and folklore can be manipulated to suit the people telling the story. Once you start on ‘what ifs’ it can quickly spiral. What if there was more than one wolf – they are pack animals after all – and let’s face, a wolf who can talk and reason and plot is at least a little bit human – which leads us to shifters.

sl rough 4Then of course, once you have the inspiration for the basic story you need to ask more questions – this time more research-based. How are you going to translate wolf pack behaviours and hierarchies into a human society? How would they hide from the world? How could you bring an old fairy into the modern day? How could you tie in the all important ‘red riding hood’? (The last one is actually one of my favourite bits in the story – but I’m not going to spoil it if you haven’t read yet!) Before you know it a whole series is falling into place – just from a few little questions 🙂

This is one of the things I love most about writing, and why I always want to keep asking questions.

Scarlett Legacy is on sale now:

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Take care x

A to Z Challenge – K for Kiss

Published April 13, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

The month is just speeding along, can’t believe we’re on the letter K already! Today is a teeny bit of a cheat, okay so it’s not purely wolf-related but hey I write romances about wolf-shifter so you’ll let me away with it, right? 😉 I love writing romance and the kiss is always an important scene. The first kiss in particular is a defining scene, that first step for the characters that changes their dynamic for good. This one is from my current WIP – I hope you enjoy x

bfsgraywolf1“I’m sorry if I woke you,” he said gruffly.

Those bright hazel eyes shot to his. “I was up anyway. I heard howling. It’s weird, I didn’t know there’d be wolves this close to where people lived.”

A wry smile touched his lips, she had no idea. “Did it frighten you?”

Her brow scrunched. “Not frighten exactly. I’ve never seen wolves in the wild before.”

He grinned at her now. “Would you like to?”

She took a step closer. “What are you talking about? How could we do that?”

He liked the way she said ‘we’. He liked too much about her right now. The cute way her nose wrinkled when she was confused, her scent creeping around every corner of his room, the hint of curves under the ridiculous flannel. A low growl bubbled up, his wolf apparently liked her too. Her eyes widened.

“Did you just growl at me?” An incredulous note was in her voice.

index“Why aren’t you running away, Katya?”

She blinked at him. “Should I be?”

“Yes.”

If he had any sense left himself, he would be pushing her away, but the animal side was riding him right now and he found himself reaching out for her hand, dragging her closer until she was stood between his legs, looking down at him.

Her eyes searched his, a crease of confusion between her brows. “It’s weird, but it almost looks like your eyes are glowing. It must be the light in here, right?”

He didn’t answer her, one hand going up to cup the nape of her neck, dragging her mouth down to his. She gave a surprised squeak and then his lips covered hers.

Shit, it was more than he’d ever thought. Desire slammed into him, instantly hardening his body. His senses were pricked, making him keenly aware of every detail. The rough feel of the flannel and under it the warm and softness of her. The silk of her hair under his fingers. But most of all, her mouth. It was all heat and warmth and pure magic.

coupleA tiny whimper escaped her, and he deepened the kiss, stroking his tongue over the seam of her lips until she parted for him and he plundered every inch of her soft warmth. Every inch of him ached with the need to claim her, to possess every inch of her, to plunge into her core and take her as his own. Even with Iyana he’d never felt anything quite this intense.

Shit. He stiffened instantly. What the hell was he doing? Hadn’t he told himself all the reasons this was a stupid idea, and one night of her being under his roof and all his intentions disappeared under a wave of lust. He was acting like some kind of randy fucking teenager.

 

Take care x

A to Z Challenge – J for Japanese Mythology

Published April 12, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope your week’s off to a good start! You may have noticed that we had a post missing, unfortunately laptop has been playing up again, and since I was visiting family this weekend I didn’t have the desktop for backup. Still, was a good weekend and all set for the busy week ahead now 🙂

okami2guytrippingToday we’re going back to some mythologies, and this time we’re looking in particular at some from Japan. In Japanese folklore, they respect the dual personality of the animal, considering that it could be both benevolent and malevolent.  For example, at night when travelers are lost in the mountains, the wolf at times will escort them to the doors of their homes. In such capacity, these wolves are known as okuri-ôkami or the sending wolf. However, the wolf was also said to turn on some travelers as soon as its home was reached, and also that the wolf could judge between the good or bad and would maul the latter if it came upon them in the mountains.

The wolf has largely been seen by Japanese peasants as a benevolent animal, and there are many village rites that involve or respond to the wolf. In contrast to the wolf’s historical persecution in the West as an evil animal, in Japan if one kills a wolf for whatever reason, that man and his family would fear divine retribution. Also, in certain villages it was a custom to make an offering of food (mainly rice-based) whenever a wolf cub was born; and wolves were sometimes known to make return offerings of meat when a village woman gave birth. Wolves also were said to leave certain kills as a gift for the village, though if the villagers did not leave it a portion of the meat as a return gift, the wolf would grow angry. The wolf was highly regarded as a protector of the rice field, hunting the boars, deer, and hares who would eat the crops.

okamiIn this capacity as a rice field protector, it is associated with the fox or kitsune. The wolf was thought to be the divine messenger of the mountain deity, just as the fox was the messenger of the rice field deity. Farmers all over Japan have traditionally thought that in the winter, after the harvest, the rice field deity ascends to the mountain and becomes the mountain deity, so in this way the fox and wolf are seen as representations of the seasons.

The contradicting, equally benign and perilous natures of the wolf are characteristic of some animals in Japanese folklore. The wolf is a guardian when it is properly attended to and cared for, but can develop a grudge toward mankind if slighted or mistreated. Thus, as a moral judge, the wolf’s actions mirror humanity’s own. Japanese wolf lore tells not of good or bad wolves but of good or bad people.

Princess Mononoke Japanese_Poster_(Movie)The wolf appears in many folktales, one in particular is called The Wolf’s Eyebrows. A man is down on luck and wishes to end his own life, he goes into the mountains in order to find a wolf who will kill and eat him. When he finally meets one, he falls to his knees but the wolf does nothing and the man demands to know why he doesn’t attack him. The wolf replies that they do not eat just anyone; only those who are actually animals disguised as humans. When the man asks how the wolf can tell which these people are if they look just like oher men, the wolf replies that his eyebrows show him a man’s true form, and lends the man an eyebrow hair. The man goes off, and toward nightfall begs for shelter at the nearest house. The old man there is kind, but his old wife refuses. Remembering the eyebrow hair, the man decides to test it, and holds it to his eye: instead of two people, he sees the old man standing next to an old cow. This folktale again expresses the notion that wolves are judges of character, and can somehow tell who is a good person and who is a bad person (an animal).

Take care x

A to Z Challenge – G for Greek Mythology

Published April 8, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

a598450eec3fcbaa411229e5d6176f34Well, it’s weekend – woot 🙂 I’m heading back to England to visit family today, so looking forward to being able to have a catch up. Before that though, it’s the letter G here today (anyone feeling a little bit like they’re on Sesame Street lol?). I’m a bit fan of mythology and it often inspires my writing. Wolves feature in lots of different mythologies around the world, and today we’re going to look at the Ancient Greeks.

The most famous Greek wolfie myth is that of King Lycaon  of Arcadia. There are varying accounts of Lycaon as a king, with some calling him vicious and cruel while others claim he was a cultural leader, founding a great city of Lycosuras and starting the tradition of the Lycaean Games. Whichever may be true, the story goes that Zeus, the king of the Gods, came to visit King Lycaon and at the start of the visit made many demonstrations of his divine nature.

main-qimg-d45872ff11e7e3d9d668dcf4a4ea3566Lycaon was unconvinced by this and sought to ‘test’ his omniscience by sacrificing a child and mixing the flesh in with the meat that was being served to Zeus at the feast. Some versions claim that it was the king’s own son Nyctimus, while others say it was a young captive being held in the palace dungeons. Either way, Zeus was not fooled and was furious at what had been done. Furious he rained lightning bolts down from the sky, killing most of the king’s sons instantly. King Lycaon himself, and any of his sons who survived, were turned into wolves as punishment for what they had done. Nyctimus was brought back to life, and as the sole remaining heir, succeeded his father as King of Arcadia.

It is thought that this myth is the origin of the term ‘lycanthrope’, meaning werewolf (coming from the Greek words lykos meaning wolf and anthropos meaning man).

imagesIn other Greek myths wolves would often appear. Charon, the ferryman to the underworld, wore wolf ears. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, the goddess Ishtar had the power to turn enemies into wolves. While, Hecate, the goddess of Death, was shown as wearing three wolf heads. The Athenians in particular had great respect for the wolf and it was law that any man who killed one had to pay for the animal’s funeral.

 

Take care x


A to Z Challenge – F for Fairytales

Published April 7, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

9f2b69044e131ab033105c6440a3effdHope your week is going well. This isn’t entirely wolfie related, but since Scarlett Legacy is inspired by the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood, then today, we’re talking about fairy tales. I’m sure most of us remember having fairy stories read to us as children, and probably watched the Disney remakes on repeat. But are fairytales just for children? Back in the period when these stories were first starting to be written down, names like the Brother Grimm were collectors rather than storytellers and were surprised when people began reading them to their children and complaining about the content. New ‘child-friendly’ versions were created.

Stardust-movies-323083_1280_1024Stories like Cinderella are truly universal, with versions all over the world and new and updated adaptations constantly appearing. So, why are they so appealing to us? As a child fairytales are often one of our first ways of understanding moral situations, of looking at right vs wrong, good vs evil, and how your own actions and decisions can affect what happens to you. More than that, as a child we can identify with the hero or heroine, the small, weak, down-trodden character who prevails over all dangers and defeats the evil villain.

So, as an adult do we still relate to that? Neil Gaiman, discussing his won fairy tale work, Stardust, claims that we are still drawn to fairy tales in part due to their familiarity. They ‘feel right’, the special blend of morality and magic. Perhaps they take us back to simpler time, perahaps they simply remind us to believe, that we can overcome the odds. One of my favourite quotes is this:

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Today, our current films, television and books show that we are still in love with fairy tales. Our modern adaptations may reflect the times a little more (princesses are much more likely to kick a bit of ass themselves instead of meekly waiting for a prince to rescue them) and the stories are often more complex, reflecting our knowledge that life is not quite as straightforward as we once thought. However, they still give us that good over evil, that people can reach their dreams and find their happy endings. All let’s face it, we all could do with a bit of belief in that sometimes!

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.”

 

My Sexy Saturday – 23/01/16

Published January 23, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope your weekend is going well. I’m joining in the My Sexy Saturday blog hop today, and since the theme is ‘sexy shifters’ then today’s excerpt just had to be from my fairy tale inspired book – Scarlett Legacy. Hope you enjoy 🙂 Don’t forget to check out the other excerpts here:

http://mysexysaturday.blogspot.co.uk/

 

fierce wolfFor a long moment, he just stared at her. “I don’t think you’ll believe me if I tell you, so it’s probably better if I show you. Please try not to be frightened though.” He suddenly bent in front of her, squeezing her hand hard and gazing deep into her eyes, his gaze desperate. “I swear it’s still me and I would never, ever hurt you.”

Her palms started to sweat and her heart beat a little faster. He was so obviously worried about her reaction that it couldn’t be anything good, but she wasn’t immune to the pleading look in his eyes and she found herself nodding. She couldn’t argue the connection between them. It felt as though she knew him, and, although that was probably stupid on so many levels, with that knowledge came the belief that he was an inherently good person, that he wouldn’t hurt her. In fact, he’d gone out of his way to look after her, to be there for her. She nodded again, more decisively now.

“Show me, please.”

Slowly letting go of her hand, he moved back, a good ten paces away from her before he stopped, his eyes never leaving hers.

She sat there as though frozen, anticipation running through her, unable to take her eyes from him. Waiting. There was an odd tingling in the air, a shimmer that seemed to move toward her in an invisible wave. She frowned, feeling it as an unconscious brush on her skin, when Damian suddenly threw his head back, his hands clenching at his sides and his whole body tensing. He looked as though he was in pain and her first thought was to go to him. She actually shifted as though to move.

Then, an odd shudder seemed to run through him. She stared in shock as his body began to contort. Muscles almost seemed to be popping, his limbs stretching, deforming, his face lengthening, narrowing, and thick hair covered his body. He bent over double, and then she realized that he was now on all fours, and the fours were paws and his clothes had been replaced by thick white and grey fur, and his face lengthened into a muzzle. He shook himself, and then looked up, straight at her, that amber gaze shockingly the same, and yet totally alien and feral in a wolf’s face.

Natalia’s jaw dropped. She was unable to move, unable to speak, her eyes simply gazing in shocked horror and complete disbelief. This really could not be happening. Any minute now, she was going to wake up in her bed after drinking way too much wine at the party, and this was all going to be a messed up dream. The huge wolf stepped toward her, his lip drawing back over rows of jagged white teeth, and she gave a squeak of fear.

red and wolfRun. The command ran through her mind, overtaking everything else, and she mindlessly obeyed it. Picking up her skirts, she whirled on her heel and fled, racing through the trees, heedless of the branches that tugged at her cloak and the roots that made her stumble. The only conscious thought left in her mind to get as far away as possible. When she finally stopped, her legs ached and her chest burned as she tried to catch her breath, sinking to the ground as sobs ran through her.

 

If you want to check out the rest, you can find Scarlett Legacy on Amazon here:

myBook.to/ScarlettLegacy

sl rough 4Blurb

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