All posts tagged Nanowrimo

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.


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 🙂

Take care x


Monday Catch Up

Published November 30, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Happy St Andrews Day!

happystandrewsFor those of you on the last day of Nano, good luck and happy writing. And for those who may have started Nano and are not going to make the ‘goal’ I’ll echo what I’ve been saying to a few friends on facebook today – if you’ve written this month, and especially if you’ve written more than you normally would have, then I’d consider it a win 🙂 I knew there was no way I was going to make 50k this month, but I have some new words down and I’ve got through a lot of writing-related tasks (some I must admit that have been hanging around for a while) so I’m quite happy with my productive November.

promo graphicFor a wee roundup – I organised and released a charity anthology, Duty Honor Desire, with all proceeds to Help for Heroes.

Prequel Cover 3I finally finished, edited, formatted and made a cover for my prequel, Love Awakened – that you can find free here:

I’ve also been busy with new writing, re-editing on a Christmas story, and of course, promo for Love Reawakened – which is on the last day of its Thanksgiving weekend sale price! You can find it here:

So, I’m feeling like it was a good month 🙂 We’re into December tomorrow so I guess it’s going to be a busy one, Christmassy things already seem to be stacking up so hopefully there will be time to fit in all the writing things as well!

Take care x

Saturday Sexy Teaser – 28/11/15

Published November 28, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Happy weekend, if you were out shopping yesterday for Black Friday I hope you got some bargains and weren’t too frazzled by the crowds 🙂 It seems like the usual Sexy Saturday blog hop might be having a Thanksgiving break – but I thought I could share a wee teaser with you anyway! This is from Love Awakened, which is my new free read prequel.


Prequel Cover 3Emma was rapidly starting to lose her buzz. Was it too much to ask to be able to dance on her own without half a dozen jerks insisting that she must need company? This one seemed particularly persistent.

“I’m sorry, I’m really not interested” She tried more firmly, and this time turned her back on him. Surely that would give the hint?

Instead, she felt rough hands on her butt. Seriously? She whirled round, sparks flying from her fingers and singeing the air around them both. The ass-hat took an unsteady step back, his hands waving in the air as though trying to swat a fly.

“What the fuck?” One of the sparks caught his hand, and he snatched it back to his chest, staring at it confusion and then rising anger. “Goddamn bitch burned me.”

He stepped forward again, face contorted with drunken rage. Emma took a deep breath, called up her magic, and then the guy was suddenly on his butt in the middle of the dance floor. She blinked. Okay, that hadn’t been her.

Then Garret was taking her arm and moving them to the other side of the polished wooden floor. He turned her away from the small group gathered around the floored guy, and began moving them to the music. She stared up at him in surprise, unsure what to say.

“I thought you didn’t want to dance.”

He sighed. “I didn’t, but you obviously can’t stay out of trouble.”

“Me? I was only sticking up for myself, and you seem to be the one putting people on the floor.”

He grunted. “I didn’t say he didn’t deserved it, but you were… inciting.”

“I was what? How exactly?”

His hands waved around randomly. “Hips, twirling… ness. Look, are you wanting to dance or not?”

She could feel the grin spreading across her face, but she simply nodded and let him pull her into his arms. For someone who claimed they didn’t dance, he moved well, and as the music switched to a slower song she wrapped her arms around his neck and let her body sway in time with his. The world around them seemed to drift away as she relaxed against him, resting her head on his chest, she could hear his heartbeat under her ear. Breathing in, she let his scent surround her, a unique blend of sandalwood and musk, with an underlying thread that was just sweat and skin and male. Every hard muscle seemed to mould against her… oooh, including a certain extra hard part of his anatomy that seemed to be pressing against her stomach. Things were definitely looking up – literally! A sly grin curved her lips as she deliberately rubbed against him.

His breath exhaled on a hiss as he stiffly moved back from her. Frowning slightly, she tilted back her head to look up at him. His deep brown eyes burned into her, she could see the banked desire there. Rising up on tiptoe, she did what she’d wanted to do since pretty much the first moment she’d seen him, half-concussed in a graveyard, and kissed him.

You can get it free at Smashwords now:

And if you’re wanting the full story Love Reawakened is reduced in price this weekend due to my publishers Thanksgiving weekend sale – check it out now 🙂

Take care x

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!

Prequel Cover 3Blurb

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.

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Writing Wednesday

Published November 25, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

I was feeling rather stuck on what to write today, a distinct lack of writing inspiration. So, I was thinking about what I do when I’m stuck, when the words just don’t want to come – and just as I was thinking this I came across some posts that are the epitome of what you don’t do. Yet again there are plagiarism scandals going through the self-publishing community. While I have seen one or two different names coming up recently, the main culprit seems to be one Addison Scott, who had around a dozen titles up on Amazon – and it turns out didn’t write a single one of them.  Each and every one stolen from another author, the names and titles changed but otherwise pretty much word for word.

These were originally self-published books, so I guess Scott thought these were people without the power of a publisher behind them so less chance of retribution, probably less chance of it being noticed. At the end of day, the sad thing is that what retribution is these person actually going to get? Yes, the books will be taken down but will those poor authors ever see a penny from Scott in terms of the money that was made on their work? Will Scott even get a slap on the wrist, much less anything more – or will they be free just to change to a different name and start all over again?

I can’t imagine how those original authors are feeling. What we write is so personal, it’s a part of ourselves, and for someone else to steal that and put their own name on it – it’s just a horrible violation. What can be done about it? I honestly have no idea. I appreciate that Amazon has taken the books down quickly, but I believe B&N and Kobo are still selling books ‘by Addison Scott’ despite being informed of the situation – so I suppose a more stringent policy on the part of sellers would be a good start.

It just confuses me why this person feels the need to do this in the first place. I’m sure most of us will agree that unless you’re a big name then ebook publishing is not exactly lucrative! If you didn’t have a love of writing then there are surely much easier ways to make money. Most of us go into it because we love what we do, because we enjoy interacting with our readers, because feedback on our work means the world to us – I honestly don’t understand what this person would get out of it when every nice comment, every positive review they received they would have to know was about someone else’s words.

At least we can take a positive out of this that the genuine writing/reading community has not only spotted and flagged up this issue in the first place, but is united in condemning it. With a few less positive issues around at the moment, it’s nice to see people coming together and supporting each other. Let’s hope it continues.

Take care x

Monday Catch Up

Published November 23, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

These weekends do seem to fly by, don’t they? It’s been a bit of a busy week, had some survey work one day last week, which meant I ended up doing freelance work 5 days instead of 4. Hopefully it’ll bring a few extra pennies in before Christmas, but it does make it seem like a longer week and sadly cuts into the writing time! I have managed to get back to some new writing this week though – I’m doing an angel-themed story at the moment. It’s going to be very loosly tied to an angel story I wrote a couple of years ago, so fingers crossed it will be finished in time to release before Christmas.

indexI’m also doing the last checks on my free read prequel, so hopefully that’s going to be able to go up for download very soon. I know it’s going to be a free read, but it will be the first thing I’ll have released that won’t have gone through a professional editing process, so I’m a little paranoid that it shouldn’t have too many mistakes in it. It’s always so much easier to spot things in other people’s work than in your own 🙂

Our charity anthology also seems to be going quite well – and if you haven’t checked it out yet then please do have a look. All proceeds are going to charity, so you get three steamy reads and the chance to support a great cause!

You can find it here:

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Take care x

Guest Author – Leona Bushman

Published November 20, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

It’s nearly weekend, woot! And I’m extra happy as I have the fab Leona Bushman dropping by to visit. Leona is not only an amazing and supportive fellow writer, but is scarily multi-talented and also an editor, painter, crafter, and general superwoman! You may also have read her *ahem* steamy story in our recent charity anthology (if you haven’t checked it out yet then please do!). Anyway, I shall hand you over *sits backs and grabs the biccies*

Hi *waves*

My name is Leona Bushman, and I’m a writer. I haven’t acted like one in recent years, letting circumstances push me around. But baby, I’m back! I have written nearly 40k words this month, on top of sewing, family crisis, sick kids, doctors, kids’ conferences…etc. I also edited a few peeps and work a part time day job of sewing/teaching sewing, which takes prepwork.

It’s been a hard row and taken a lot of grit, fighting depression, fighting stereotypes, and the hardest, fighting myself. What if it’s not good enough? Well, what if? Then you edit, revamp, work it out…I know all of this, and yet, let circumstances suck away my creative energy, my spark, my very will to write. But it’s back. I’ve had it go a few times as I let other people’s opinions make me insecure, or work for others…at places that aren’t paying enough for hours worked.

Never give up. Never, ever ever.

20151116_181517_004Now, I have a new book on the horizon, Magic and Weres, that I plan to self pub with three previously published stories from a publisher that is no longer in business, and one new one from me, that took it’s bones from something that was in a magazine a long time ago…basically, I kept under 1000 of the original words, and it’s about 9-10k, so yeah, bare bones is all! But I’m excited. I’ve had these puppies over a year. It’s taken this long to remember, I’m a writer and artist…not a jack in the box fly by night creator, but a true writer and artist. I’m depressed and emotionally upset when not practicing my arts, both written and visual, so why do I let myself go around the bend and lose sight of that? I don’t know, but now I have friends who kick me in the arse and make me go back on the rails where I want to be, to travel my journey in the direction I’ve chosen.

Find those friends, be that friend, and if you have them, freaking listen to them! Lol


I hope you will look for my books on ARe and Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and Kobo…and other places! My art is on Etsy, and I sell direct. My lovely hostess has a painting of mine that she took on a walkabout in Edinburgh!


PiperHehe, I do indeed – it was lots of fun taking it on a photo tour of Edinburgh – and it got lots of admiring looks. (I am completely positive than 99% of the stares we got were due to how awesome the painting is, and not at all because we were holding it up in front of random historic sites and annoying bagpipers).

Thanks so much to Leona for visiting, and I hope you all have enjoyed it as much as I have. Please do check out her works, both writing and artistic, and if you want to follow her then she’ll give you all the details below 🙂


I love talking to people. I can be found on twitter, FB, and tumbler.

Leona Bushman goes by many names but the most well-known one is superhero. She earned this name from saving a kangaroo from a tree—and yes that is as hard as it sounds. The dragons taught their queen how to write, and Queen Leona hasn’t looked back, even when her muse tries to muck things up.

She can be found goofing off and loving dragons and other creatures of the supernatural at these places:

Twitter: @L_Bushman



Passion in Print:

Murder by Succubus

Rick Sexed Up the Doc

Just Ink Press:

Mayhem in Mexico ~Urban Sci-fi~ Please note, this is not a romance.

Three Worlds Press:

The Ulfric’s Mate

Coming soon from Passion in Print:

Rick Sexed Up the Doc

Coming Soon from Three Worlds Press:

Barely There



Death’s Car, a serial

Coming soon: Pirating Christmas, Magic and Weres anthology



Thursday Tall Tales – Siren’s Call Part One

Published November 19, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

It’s Thursday, which means I’m sharing another free read with you 🙂 This is the first part of a new one, called Siren’s Call. It involves Ciaran, who is sadly unlucky in love – can the mysterious women he meets on the beach change that for him? Hope you enjoy x

9b1422101137166192ddffd8f9e08690It was Midsummer’s Night the first time he saw her. The heat was stifling and after tossing and turning, unable to sleep, he’d given up and decided on a walk along the beach. It was one of his favorite spots and one of the things that had attracted him to the house in the first place. The sea was calm for once and the gentle lapping of the waves against the sand was soothing. The sky was clear and the full moon offered enough light that he didn’t need the flashlight in his pocket.

He meandered slowly, hands in his pockets. This would be a romantic situation if he only had someone to share it with. He scuffed his feet through the sandy pebbles. Yeah, right. His friends were always laughing at his bad luck with women, and that was if he even got up the courage to talk to them in the first place. Was it really his fault that he preferred books to sports, that he couldn’t lift weights to save his life—and he’d probably be just as skinny if he did?

Lost in his self-pity, at first he wasn’t sure what the shape on the rock was. When he actually made it out, he was convinced he must be seeing things. He slowly moved closer, mouth gaping in disbelief. Sitting on the rock, bathed in the moonlight, was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen in his life. Her skin glowed pure white in the moonlight; her hair streamed down her back and over her breasts. She was slowly running a comb through it, and his eyes became glued to the motion. At the moment it lifted at the front, he caught a glimpse of perfectly formed alabaster breasts. When he managed to drag his eyes up to her face it was a vision, delicate and heart-shaped, with huge eyes and full, pouting lips that pursed as she hummed a haunting melody.

d5fbb1685e519b68c1af881e02956be4He stepped forward, half-convinced that he was still in his bed, asleep. At any moment now he was going to wake up, probably after embarrassing himself like he had as a teenager. Instead, he saw her eyes widen in shock, the comb stilling in her long tresses as she looked at him with fear. For a moment, she seemed frozen before turning as though to run.

“Wait,” he cried out. “I won’t hurt you, please don’t go!”

The woman turned, her huge eyes lit with curiosity.

“I’m Ciaran,” he told her. “What’s your name?”

The woman rose gracefully from the rocks, and he gulped as he realized she was completely naked. She glided towards him and he tried to subtly adjust his pants as his body hardened uncomfortably.

“You can call me Rae.” Her voice was musical and he felt as though he could close his eyes and simply listen to it forever.

“Are you lost?” he asked. He couldn’t understand why she was out on the beach, alone and naked, in the middle of the night.

She smiled and shook her head. Up close, he could see that her eyes were pale, silvery in the moonlight. With only the tiniest slits for pupils, the irises looked huge. He had to clench his hands by his sides not to reach out and touch her. It seemed wrong to want to molest a woman alone at night. She seemed to have no such worries, though, and her hand drifted up, stroking down his cheek. Her skin was cold, despite the warmth of the night. He took off his light jacket and offered it to her. She simply laughed, the sound like notes on the wind.

“I am not cold, Ciaran, but it is nice to see there are still some gentlemen left on the land.”

He frowned; her words and manner were old-fashioned, and he had the odd feeling she didn’t belong here. She reached up on tiptoe and pressed her cool lips against his. Every other thought left his mind. Her arms slipped around his neck and he pulled her closer against him, running his hands greedily over her curves, glorying in the smooth softness of her white skin. His mind was telling him that something was distinctly strange, but his body ruled out any objections and told him not to be such an idiot. It was probably a dream anyway, he rationalized. There was no way he could be awake when the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen appeared naked and threw herself at him.

Writing Wednesday

Published November 18, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

I have my laptop back – woot! Hopefully work can get back on track now 🙂 Speaking of word, we’re over halfway through November now – I know a lot of people who are doing Nano, so I hope it’s going well for you. I tend to have slightly mixed feelings about it. I have done it before and it was a great feeling of accomplishment, and it’s nice to see renewed motivation going round while it’s on. Let’s face it, motivation is one of the hardest things when it comes to being a writer, so anything that promotes that should be a good thing. At the same time though I think it depends a lot on how you use Nano.

a-professional-writer-is-an-amateur-who-didnt-quitI’ve seen people get discouraged and disheartened just because they slip behind the ‘word count’ or feel intimidated by others posting regular giant words for the day. People can ‘give up’ for these reasons (and I’m sure many others) and I think sometimes can lose sight of what Nano is supposed to be – a tool to help you write. If you don’t make 50k, who cares! Do you have more words than you would have done otherwise? If so then you’ve suceeded, you’ve won, and don’t let the lack of some little online badge take that away from you. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is that it motivates you to do the writing you need to do.

The other thing about Nano is that it’s just one month. I get that it’s supposed to kickstart, and if people use it like that then great, but every year I see people doing great doing November and then before we’re halfway through December they have trailed off, the motivation is gone, and sometimes it doesn’t seem to come back until the next November! The Nano word targets can be unrealistic for a lot of us to keep up during the year, but the habit of regular writing is one that we all need to try and stick to.

That kind of brings me to a blog post that has been going fairly viral this week. It was about the writing tip/quote ‘Writers write’. The author objected to this quote being constantly said to new/aspiring authors as they felt that it could make them feel bad or that they weren’t ‘real writers’ if they weren’t writing all the time. I must admit I think it’s a bit of an overly sensitive view. I don’t see anywhere in the quote where it says, ‘writers write x number of words every single day’. We all know that most of the time this isn’t possible. As this author pointed out, we have personal lives, families, friends, many of us have other jobs, and yes, sometimes you do just need a bit of a writing break. But none of that means that we aren’t ‘real writers’, and writers do write. That’s what makes us writers in the first place, that urge to get the words out. It’s not always easy, and motivation can be a major issue – so maybe anything like Nano that helps with that has to be a good thing by default.

Happy Hump Day x


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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂