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Happy New Year

Published January 5, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

So, it’s been a little while since I updated on here – hope everyone is doing well and that you all had a lovely holiday period! While I didn’t manage to get back to visit family, it was nice to have a few days to just relax, catch up with friends and unwind a bit. Still it’s back to work now and all systems go!

As usual, I’ve got lots going on – and am really excited to have a new release out this Friday! Scarlett Legacy has been in the pipeline for a while now, so I’m thrilled that it’s finally getting its release date, and with a fabulous cover to boot 🙂

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Blurb:

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.

 

What do you think? I’ve always loved fairytales and it was great fun to be able to put my own twist on a classic. Scarlett Legacy is up on Goodreads now, so would love it if people wanted to add to their bookshelves.

I’m also back on with editing Psychic Shadows, so hopefully it will be ready to start subbing soon, as well as trying to finish off some new novellas and a zombie short for an anthology. The New Year resolutions might not be quite finalised yet but I think they are definitely going to involve getting through some of the numerous WIPs that have been sitting on the laptop for much too long. So on that note, I better get back to it!

Take care x

Believing in Impossible Things

Published August 12, 2014 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Follow the White Rabbit 200x300Well, it’s busy here as usual and the countdown is on until Follow the White Rabbit is release this Friday! The festivals are on in Edinburgh, which, like anyone else who lives here, I both love and hate it. The atmosphere, the bustle, the huge variety of things to see and do everywhere, the creativity that just seems to be in the air. Sounds great, right? And it is, until you actually want to get anywhere or do anything  in a hurry 🙂 Still, it is only once a year and on the upside have seen some great shows already – not to mention got to see George R R Martin doing a talk last night at the International Book Festival.

He’s an author that I have a huge amount of respect for (read, may have fangirl squee-ed a bit at actually getting to meet him!) and several key points I took away from his talk were that success doesn’t come overnight – it may seem to but every author that you see appear to ‘come out of nowhere’ has actually been plugging away for years in the hopes of one day getting that ‘instant success’ everyone will talk about. The other point was that he was constantly told that what he was doing was ‘wrong’, that it was impossible or shouldn’t be done. He’s combined sci-fi and horror in his books, while his most famous ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ series is a combination of fantasy and historical fiction – taking inspiration from a lot of British history in order to add grit and realism to a fantasy world. Sometimes, we need to aim for the impossible and not listen to those who tell us it can’t be done.

6 thingsThat brings me back to one of my favourite ‘Alice in Wonderland’ quotes. What if the only reason we can’t believe in the impossible is because we just haven’t tried hard enough? Maybe we just need to practice harder, until we can think of six impossible things before breakfast 🙂

Follow the White Rabbit is now up on Goodreads here, so please add if you have an account!

Take care x

 

Review – A Taste For Killing by H.K.Sterling

Published March 3, 2014 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope you had a good weekend. It’s sadly Monday again (they do come around quick!) but I’m sharing my review of new release ‘A Taste for Killing’ from talented fellow Breathless Press author H.K.Sterling. This is a great mix of mystery and romance, and just what you need to beat the Monday blues! ATasteForKilling_200x300

Blurb:

Mystery and Romance blend together when competing detectives Carolyn Woods and Jack Heart find they are surrounded by murder on every side.

Review: 4 Stars

Carolyn and Jack are fellow private investigators who seem to have an interesting and complicated relationship; sometimes allies, sometimes competitors, sometimes lovers. When they are both hired by different parties to investigate the same murder they find themselves in competition.

I found the dynamics and interchange between them interesting and compelling. Initially you feel for Carolyn as she seems to be the more emotionally invested, and in danger of getting her heart broken, but as the story goes on things shift back and forth and I found Jack becoming a more interesting and in-depth character. He had a great feel of the ‘anti-hero’ style hard-boiled detective from classic film noir, and it’s perhaps personal preference but I do love the more complex kind of hero 🙂

Then, of course there’s Evan. Although he’s a suspect on the murder case, Carolyn can’t help herself being drawn to him. He seems perfect in pretty much every way, but is he too good to be true? Out of the characters he did seem the least well-developed for me. He did seem a little ‘too’ perfect, though I’m willing to give the author the benefit of the doubt on this one as that very fact did have me questioning all the way through whether this was all an act and he was hiding something. (I won’t give away whether I was right or not!)

This story was very well written; the style in particular had echoes of the hardboiled/noir style crime stories which I really enjoyed and fit the storyline well. I’m also not normally a great fan of first person narrative but it did work for this. The romance and crime elements were well-balanced. I find sometimes in romantic suspense that the crime/suspense storyline can be a little weak and just fade away or not make sense in the end, but this was well-planned and drew to a good conclusion.

I also really liked the love triangle element, I found myself switching between which of the two I was rooting for and it kept me guessing right up to the end. This is the first book I have read by this author, but it won’t be the last and I will be definitely looking out for book 2 in this series. Overall would highly recommend for a well-written and compelling short read.

If you’d like to see for yourself, you can buy ‘A Taste for Killing’ at the following places:

Breathless Press

Amazon

Amazon UK

Or you can catch up with H.K.Sterling (and keep an eye out for book 2!) at:

Twitter: @HKSterling

Facebook

or via her ‘Undercover Blog

Hope you enjoy! x

Guest Post from Rebekah Lewis – Why Satyrs Are Better Supernatural Boyfriends

Published June 28, 2013 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Today I’m hosting the fabulous Rebekah Lewis as part of the Breathless Press round robin blog hop. Rebekah writes mainly paranormal romance – which you probably know is one of my favourite genres – and is here to convince us that when it comes to sexy supernatural heroes the satyr is drastically under-rated.

Hi Shelli, thank you so much for hosting me! For those who do not know me, I write the Curse of the Satyroi series for Breathless Press. Book one, Wicked Satyr Nights, is available now. Book two is coming soon(ish). I promise!

The paranormal market is saturated with vampires and werewolves, demons and angels, zombies and all kinds of fairy creatures. While I am most definitely not the first person to venture into the realm of satyrs as heroes, I might be a bit biased in believing Satyrs make the best supernatural boy toys.

  • He’s always horny (uh, as in, um, actual horns coming out of his head). But since we are on the subject, he has non-stop stamina. Seriously. You don’t have to wait for him to rev back up. He can go all night if you are willing.
  • You never have to worry about him being shorter than you. The tallest of girls can be comfortable in heels around him. Those hooves give him extra height; not that he was short to begin with.
  • In my series, part of the curse is that they never age. So you get all the immortal boyfriend benefits without him being dead like a zombie or a vampire. No necrophilia! And he doesn’t need to consume you to survive…unless it is consuming in a sexy way.
  • He may be a bit hairy, but he doesn’t turn into a dog or animal.* And he is just an altered human, so he’s not literally a beast.**
  • If you stick with him, you will ALWAYS win the best couple costume award at Halloween parties. Always.

*The Jersey Devil is not a known animal in the animal kingdom, and only Pan can take this form.
**He has hooves, but they are merely alterations of the bone structure in his legs. He is human in the ways that matter. So fear not!

Hmm, well I’m definately coming around 🙂 And if you need more convincing then I think this gorgeous cover ought to do it! Rebekah is also going to share an excerpt with us – see I look after you. 

WickedSatyrNights 200x300 Some creatures want to be found.

When Dr. Katerina Silverton travels into the Pine Barrens to make a documentary on the Jersey Devil, she doesn’t believe she will find evidence of anything supernatural. However, Kat soon finds herself face-to-face with the very creature she was sent into the forest to capture on film.

In Ancient Greece, the god Pan made a terrible mistake which resulted in the creation of a race of immortal satyrs. Centuries later, he lives secluded in the Pine Barrens, frightening the mortals by taking the guise of an abhorrent local monster. When a beautiful woman shows up in his forest looking for proof of his existence, Pan can’t resist revealing himself to her.

But outside forces may be manipulating them both, pushing them together for nefarious reasons. Kat must decide if she could learn to love a satyr or if his appearance is more than she can handle. Can she resist Pan’s wicked nature, or will she give into the temptations beyond

Excerpt:

He flapped his leathery wings, and gaining air, Pan swooped down in front of Rick first, shielding himself from the camera lens as he did. The footage would show no visible evidence of him to make believers out of the humans who would view it. As with the first time he toyed with them, he knew sound effects could be easily added from an unseen location, so he wasn’t worried about being heard.

Cindy noticed the threat to her husband and shined the light in his eyes, hoping to blind him. He couldn’t blame her for not knowing he wasn’t a mere animal to be deterred by such a feeble attempt. His eyes adjusted easily to any location and most levels of brightness or darkness. But since he was going for dramatic…

He used his wing to slap the spotlight out of her hands. It skidded across the dirt road with a loud clatter. The light flickered once, twice, dimmed and finally went dead. The moon cast enough light to outline the individuals present, but offered little more than that. Cindy took a few steps back and tripped, landing hard on her ass. She immediately began scrambling backward, attempting to regain her footing.

Rick stepped in front of her, shielding her. He hadn’t shut down the camera, but slowly he set it down, probably hoping the beast before him was too stupid to realize what a camera was. Keeping his hands out in nonthreatening gesture, Rick slowly stood up and began to back away. He remained between Pan and Cindy. How very noble.

Pan smiled, though in this form it likely appeared as a snarl. Pushing off from the ground once more, he knocked Rick to the ground, causing Cindy to tumble back down as well. Neither concerned him.

With a gust of air, he pushed upward, flapping his wings as he gained height. The trees made it difficult, but he maneuvered through them like he’d been born to fly. He glided under a low branch toward Katerina.

She dropped to the ground as he went over her head, dodging him. His adrenaline shot through his system, almost as invigorating as an orgasm in itself. He was pleased she wasn’t going to be caught easily. The hunt would make the capture so much more satisfying.

Katerina was almost to the van when Pan landed on the top of the vehicle and perched in front of her like a gargoyle, crouched with one hand on the edge of the roof. His wings folded and towered above him as he leered down at her, sizing her up. She stared up at him, mouth open in a scream that provided no sound. He watched as a tear streaked down her face, and he felt it like a sucker punch to the gut.

She was terrified of him. He stood no chance with her now, and he knew it. However, if he gave up and let her go, she’d flee the area and give up her film. She should flee and leave the area. It was the best thing for her to do. The only thing that would keep her safe from his lecherous thoughts.

No. She is mine.

The last time he’d felt a strong connection to someone, he’d let her slip through his fingers and into the path of harm before he could see if anything more could have blossomed between them. Not again. Fuck waiting to see why she was here. He wasn’t going to let her leave or stand by as something happened to her.

Never again.

Wow! I think satyrs might have just jumped onto the ‘need to be read’ pile 🙂 If you want to join me then you can find ‘Wicked Satyr Nights’ available on the following sites:
Breathless Press
Amazon

All Romance

Thank you so much Rebekah for stopping by! If you would like to follow Rebekah (and keep updated on Book 2!)  you can find her at;

www.Rebekah-Lewis.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RebekahLewisAuthor
Twitter: @RebekahLLewis

New Release Day!

Published March 2, 2013 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, I have a shiny new release out – which is always exciting! It’s a shortish (10k) story called A Chance at Love in the Serviced Anthology by Breathless Press.51WNRN38wcL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-67,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_

A Chance at Love

Corporal Aidan Hamilton has the unenviable job of telling his best friend’s sister that her brother isn’t coming back. This is slightly complicated by the fact that from the moment he meets Suzanne Kelsey he knows she’s everything he’s ever wanted. While Suzanne might need someone to lean on at the moment, can he convince her that what they have is more than a short term fling?

Suzanne had always told her big brother that being a soldier was too dangerous, so when she sees the uniformed officer in front of her house she knows exactly what he’s here to tell her. While Aidan may set her blood on fire, Suzanne has already lost one soldier she loved and she’s not prepared to trust her heart to another one.

I’m in there with some great other authors. Though some of the stories are HAWT – you’ve been warned! 🙂 You can buy at any of the below links.
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Breathless Press
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Anyways, busy busy this week so back to the writing cave! If you go buy then I hope you enjoy it 🙂

January Catch Up

Published January 25, 2013 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

I’ve been reminded that I’ve been rather lax with the posts lately (sorry Dad! :)) so thought I better pop on and update you all on what’s going in my writer’s land this month!

It ‘s looking like a busy year for anthologies. Have submitted two stories (well actually a story and a script) for an anthology being created by members of my OU Creative Writing course, made up of assignments we did on the course. Don’t have confirmed date on it yet but since everyone I’ve met on there was so supportive then am really looking forward to seeing what they actually wrote 🙂

I’m just waiting on final line edits back for my submission in the Serviced anthology for Breathless Press. I managed a sneak peak at the draft for the cover last week – am not allowed to share until it’s all finalised (sorry, guys!) but I will tell you it looks fab and definately hot!

I’ve also been accepted in another anthology entitled ‘Her Story’ – it’s going to be a collection of short stories celebrating Women’s History Month by telling women’s stories through history. Mine was very loosely based on a real woman and real event – which was a rather different experience for me. It did make it feel quite significant, but also a little scary as I really wanted it to do justice to the original event. The other stories I’ve seen mentioned being included sound fantastic – and cover a wonderful range of time periods and places – so am very excited to be involved. Anyway that will be out in March as well – so looks like will be a busy month.

At the moment I’m back on the work in progresses, though was rather naughty as I’d promised myself I wasn’t going to start any more until the current ones were at least much further along – have you guessed yet what I did this week? I blame the voices in my head – none of the old ones were shouting very loudly so some new ones crept it 🙂 Anyway, it’s looking like rather a busy week so hopefully will be able to squeeze in some time to work on it.

So, on that note, I better get back to it 🙂

Guest author – Aurelia B Rowl with ‘Christmas is Cancelled’

Published December 10, 2012 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

I’m very excited to welcome a guest today – Aurelia B Rowl who is going to talk about her Christmas release Christmas is Cancelled. I’ve beem saying Aurelia is my new writing twin, we both received our first contracts for Christmas book releases with Breathless Press at the same time, so here’s a little bit about her.

Aurelia B Rowl is a contemporary romance author but you can also find her masquerading as Allie A Burrow, her raunchier alter-ego.

She lives on the edge of the Peak District in the UK with her very understanding husband and their two fantastic children aged 5 and 3, along with their mad rescue mutt who doesn’t mind being used as a sounding post and source of inspiration. They are all used to her getting too caught up with her latest writing project… or five!… and she is guiltily counting down the months until she has both kids at school full-time.

So now you’ve been introduced 🙂 Let’s hear about her new book.

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Matilda ‘Tilly’ Carter didn’t think her day could get any worse, but even Christmas had just been  cancelled.

The one girl Dean Watson has sworn never to have—never even expected to see again—just flared back into his life and into his home—his sanctuary—like she belonged there. Christmas would certainly be more bearable with Tilly around though…

As the chinks in Dean’s armor appear, Tilly seizes the chance to win her knight once and for all. She’s not about to take no for answer—not this time—but Dean must resist, even as his heart rebels and temptation threatens to undermine his resolve.

Win or lose? Love or honor? Which will Dean choose? Assuming he gets a choice…

Ooh, it sounds great, and the cover is gorgeous. Since it’s almost Christmas though, Aurelia has been kind enough to give us a little taster from it as well. (see how I look after you?)

Tears welled in her eyes, clouding her vision. She turned and wandered blindly toward the exit as the first tear escaped, forging a track down her cheek for the rest to follow. Tilly took in a lungful of air and then another. Having made a spectacle of herself once already, she really didn’t want to be the cause of yet another scene.

The crowds swarmed around her, with students and family members heading home for the holidays only adding to the usual rush-hour melee of commuters. They jostled past, threatening to swallow her whole, as they rushed en mass in the opposite direction, using their briefcases and suitcases as a battering ram.

It was suffocating. She had to get out of there. Breaking into a run, broken heel or not, she raced through the doors and out into the biting December chill. Her waterlogged eyes struggled to adjust to the dark, dreary sky after the bright station lights, but she didn’t dare slow down, desperate to escape the throng of festivities and merriment.

Carol singers assembled outside burst into a jovial rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” full of joy and happiness. Didn’t they know Christmas had just been cancelled?

“Ooof!” Tilly smacked her shin against the edge of a low bench, too dark to see as she tried to dodge the growing audience. She ended up sprawled across the bench, dropping the handle of her suitcase with a loud clatter.

At least the pain shooting down her leg gave her an excuse to be crying. Unfortunately, it meant she had to stop running too. Not good. Whenever things got too tough, too intimate, or too confrontational, you could rely on her to make a run for it. Running away was what she did best…

A tall figure loomed in the edge of her vision, something vaguely familiar about the man’s loping gait. In an effort to see him more clearly, she wiped her eyes with the back of her hands, then cringed inwardly at the black streaks now etched all over them. Great. She could add impersonating a panda to her day from hell as well then.

The mascara stung her eyes, rendering her unable to focus properly. She blinked furiously as the man strode past her, talking into a mobile phone in a deep voice that resonated throughout her body and made the fine hairs on the back of her neck stand on end. A surge of adrenaline rushed to her legs, numbing the pain as her subconscious told her to run. Now!

The cloaked figure stopped mid-stride as if he’d heard her gasp. “Mike, I’ve gotta go,” he barked into the phone, hanging up instantly. He backtracked until he was standing right in front of her, his tone changing from a growl to one of surprise. “Basmati?”

Great. She hadn’t heard the nickname for years—nine years, four months and…sixteen days, to be exact—and even then, only one person had ever actually used it. She screwed her eyes tightly shut, shaking her head from side to side. No. No way. There was absolutely no way this could be happening to her. Not now. Not today of all days… Talk about kicking a girl when she was down.

Thanks, for sharing, now I really can’t wait to read it! Christmas is Cancelled is released through Breathless Press on 21 st December. But you can pre-order it already right here

Make sure you grab your copy for some festive Christmas reading.

Just to finish off on a festive note. Aurelia, could you share with us what you’re looking forward to most about Christmas?

Just a couple more weeks and the schools will have broken up and Christmas will be upon us. There are very few experiences to rival the joy and excitement of watching your children on Christmas morning–regardless of the undoubtedly ridiculous hour–as they set eyes upon their stuffed stockings and rip the little packets and parcels apart with glee. Then it’s time to race downstairs to see what Father Christmas has brought them and revel in their sheer delight and utter belief. You really can’t beat the magic of Christmas…so I should probably get the Christmas shopping finished!

Sounds like it will be a fun day for you and the family! Thanks so much for visiting.

You can also catch up with Aurelia at her website:

www.aureliabrowl.com

Or through the following links:

Blog

Facebook

Twitter – @AureliaBRowl

Google+ – +AureliaBRowl

Pinterest

Goodreads

The Joys of Technology

Published November 14, 2012 by shellirosewarne

Have a bad feeling I may be getting a bug – been feeling a bit under the weather the last few days and yesterday just got home from work and went to bed. Unfortunately that meant I woke up about 1am and couldn’t get back to sleep again so that’s probably not helping today! I did wake up though to a rather nice email inbox – my official contract for my submission in the Breathless Press Serviced Anthology and the final line edits for An Angel for the Tree. There doesn’t seem to be much so hopefully can get them done and sent back tonight.

Have been thinking about promotion for it – as I probably mentioned earlier – so it’s given me the kick I needed to sign up to all the places I’ve been putting off! So, I’m now on Twitter, Goodreads, in the process of doing Google+ and, as the observant followers may have noticed, there are now shiny buttons down the side of this page to connect them all together (well hopefully!) as well as a new page with details of my books and links to follow when they go live. Will update some more on the current WIPs later. I’m feeling rather proud of myself 🙂 As some of you probably know, I have a love/hate relationship with technology – well, actually it’s more like I love it but it hates me! So, be prepared for a week of moaning while I try to figure everything out – complete with questions on how to do the most basic of tasks imaginable (bear in mind that I’ve probably been struggling for hours at this point so if you do want to point out the 10 second, ridiculously easy way to do it then I promise I will come back and thank you when I’ve stopped swearing at the machine).

Anyway, the plan for when I finish work is to dose up on juice, vitamins and any medicines I may have lying round (what could go wrong there?), get the edits finished and hopefully get back on track with my Nano. I don’t have time to be ill 😛