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Wednesday WIP

Published July 20, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, we’re hitting Hump Day so at least we’re making it through the week 🙂 To hopefully help you out I’m sharing an excerpt from my current WIP. This is from the novella I’m working on and is a bit lighter so far than my current series. This is a WIP so isn’t edited yet – hence, please forgive me any mistakes 😉 Really hope you enjoy!

 

tumblr_n0qucd56B61sjoq1co1_500“A-tishoo!” Libby groaned as the fine yellow powder scattered like the wind. “Damn it!”

“Bless you.”

“Thank you, Huwie.”

Libby quickly cleared up the brightly-coloured dust and then held her breath as she measured out a new portion. She would get this potion finished if it killed her. Some days it felt like it might do.

“So, who are you playing the bleeding heart for this time?”

The voice came from behind her. Libby made sure she sealed the top of the container before turning to scowl at the speaker.

“That’s not nice, Huwie. Mrs Flaherty is really having problems and you know I couldn’t just sit by and watch her suffer.”

witch-fantasy_00408573Huwie swivelled one salt-crusted arm round so his tiny face could peer at her.

“She is not suffering. She laid a guilt-trip on you and you gave in, just like you always do.”

Libby sighed. He was probably right. She was well aware she had issues with saying no to people and sometimes they didn’t realise just what it cost her. Magic was in her blood, the women in her family had been witches for more generations than most people could trace back. It was just unfortunate that she seemed to have problems none of them did.

She removed her thick glasses a moment and rubbed at her watering eyes as she blinked at the potion recipe. She could cope with being allergic to fur, dust, pollen, gluten, various fruits, nuts, to be honest more things that she could generally list – but did she have to be allergic to magic? The one thing that made her vaguely special, that set her apart as something other than a nerdy woman with jamjar glasses, frizz-prone hair and her most significant relationship being with a starfish. Yup, a starfish.

 

Take care x

Sexy Saturday Sale!

Published July 16, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope your weekend is going well. I’m trying to catch up with some writing, but in the meantime, I have a sale on this week! Love Reawakened is just 0.99 – check out the excerpt below.

 

witch 2A warm glow curled in her chest at his words. She didn’t remember him ever really thanking her for anything before. “You’re welcome. Thank you for being willing to help me out of this mess.”

He grinned at her. “Hey, it’s my pleasure. It’s not all been horrendous.”

She managed a weak smile back, but all she could see in her mind was the stunning voodoo priestess with her tongue down his throat. Yeah, he was just having a ball, wasn’t he?

“What’s wrong, Emma?” he asked.

“Nothing,” she muttered. “I better go to bed.”

He reached out and took her arm. “It’s not nothing. What’s upset you?”

She scowled at him. “I am not upset. I am just apparently not having as much fun today as you are.”

He was frowning now as well. “What is that supposed to mean? You dragged me in on this. I’ve just been trying to help.”

“Yeah, and it’s been just awful for you hasn’t it, having to put up with gorgeous women jumping you!”

“Well, I don’t know if you quite jumped me, but I suppose since I was almost incapacitated at the time…”

Emma’s face flamed and anger surged through her. “You know damn well I wasn’t talking about me. That woman was all over you, and I didn’t see you exactly complaining about it!”

His eyes widened. “This is about Carisa? That’s what you’re upset about?” He started laughing, and Emma lost the last vestige of her control. Wrenching her arm free, she slammed her fist into his uninjured arm, causing a surprised grunt, and turned on her heel.

“You are a jackass, and I’m going to bed!”

Love Reawakened 3She managed to take two steps before he grasped her again, whirling her around. His lips came down on hers, fierce and demanding, and to her disgust, it took less than ten seconds before she’d stopped struggling and opened her mouth for him. Christ, what was wrong with her? She was furious right now, but all he had to do was touch her and she went up in flames. His tongue plunged deep, possessively, and his arm around her waist crushed her closer. Giving up, she kissed him back just as fiercely, her hand sliding in his hair and her nails digging into his back through his t-shirt. When he pulled back a few inches, they were both breathing heavily.

 

If you’re not convinced yet, it also has zombies, magic, a witch, a rather ‘ahem’ yummy necromancer and a zombie cat – prizes if you can guess its name! Just what the doctor ordereed for the weekend, and now at a bargain price 😉

You can get your hands on a copy here:

Amazon: viewBook.at/LoveReawakened

Take care x

Wednesday Teaser

Published July 6, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

We’re halfway through the week – so Happy Hump Day 🙂 Hope you’re getting through, but in case you need a wee pick-me-up, I’m sharing an excerpt. This week’s is from my new release, Love Reawakened. Hope you enjoy x

 

nightShocked gasps came from behind her, but the vibrations were already running through the ground. Quickly, she smeared the blood around the edges of the circle. The energy was rising now, waves spreading out as the hairs on her arms stood up, and tiny tremors ran through the soles of her shoes. She drew a final symbol in the blood on the gravestone itself, the rough stone grazing her fingers and making the lines awkward.

“Patrick Connell, rise. Come from your grave at my command. Rise from your sleep at my bidding.”

The earth in front of her practically bubbled now, and then it parted, and a tall figure emerged. Neil almost shrieked behind her, but her attention stayed focused on the corpse in front of her. He was newly dead and perfectly preserved. In fact, gazing at him, you would barely know the difference if you saw him walking down the street. She was quite proud. She didn’t do this spell much, but this was a damn good raising!

“Patrick Connell, you have been raised at my command. You will do as I say and nothing more, bound to me by blood and magic. Do you understand and obey?”

The corpse looked at her, surprising clarity in his deep blue eyes. She didn’t think she’d ever raised one this ‘new’ before, and it was actually a little disconcerting how alive he appeared. He’d obviously been a handsome man, tall with broad shoulders, thick dark hair, strong jaw, and quite startling eyes. Then he opened his mouth and said a single word.

“No.”

Love Reawakened 3You can buy Love Reawakened here:

Amazon – viewBook.at/LoveReawakened

Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/647247

Take care x

Release Day – Love Reawakened

Published June 30, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Squee, it’s release day for Love Reawakened so I’m definitely excited. If you’re looking for witches, zombies, magic, a rather hawt necromancer and, of course, a healthy dose of romance thrown in, then look no further 🙂

Love Reawakened 3Blurb

For Emma Strachan, raising zombies is all in a day’s work. A girl has to pay the bills somehow! But when what should be a simple raising goes horribly wrong, Emma is forced to ask for help from the one man she swore never to see again.

Garret is used to being a loner, as a necromancer he works best that way and frankly, with the dangers he faces every day, it’s easier not to have to look out for anyone else. When Emma shows up on his doorstep desperate for help, he vows to ignore the raging attraction between them – after all a pretty, fun-loving witch has no place in his world.

Now Emma and Garret will need to put aside old resentments in order to try and defeat a zombie unlike anything they have seen before. Trust might not come easy, but it may be their only chance to survive.

You can get your copy on Amazon here – and please do share, I’d really appreciate it.

viewBook.at/LoveReawakened

 

Thanks so much and take care x

Wednesday WIP

Published June 29, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope your week’s been going well. Mine’s been a busy one and looks like that’s going to continue. Last day at my old job today (yay!) but still fully booked up for the rest of the week – not to mention I have a release out! Speaking of… today’s excerpt is from Love Reawakened, which yup, is re-releasing tomorrow. I’m very excited, so hope you enjoy 🙂

 

350px-Creatures-Voodoo_priestessGarret dropped her hand to knock on the front door, and when it swung effortlessly open, he stepped inside, with a brief glance back. Emma nodded at him and followed him down a short corridor into a spacious, airy living room. The modern theme followed through here. Spotless, it was like something out of an interior design magazine, the sort of house that looked stunning but you wondered how anyone lived there comfortably. Emma glanced around for any sign of the occupant.

Instead, the only sign of life was a black cat padding silently into the room. For some reason, it made her feel a little more comfortable. Of course, crazy people could still have pets, but somehow, if someone liked animals, they didn’t seem quite as bad.

“Here, kitty.” She crouched down, clicking her tongue.

The cat lazily changed direction to head for her. Emma was reaching down to pet it, when it turned its head, and she jumped back with a shriek. One side of the animal was sleek and normal while the other had several large patches where the skin was hanging off. The animal looked up at her curiously with one bright green eye and one faded milky one.

“Shit! What the hell is it?” she asked Garret.

“Zombie cat.” His tone was bland, but he gazed down at the creature with a look of slight disapproval.

A low, feminine voice rang out from the doorway, making them both whirl around. “Now, now, Garret, you know his name is Mittens. You’ll hurt his feelings talking like that.”

Take care x

My Sexy Saturday & Cover Reveal

Published June 25, 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 celebration I thought I would celebrate my shiny new cover for Love Reawakened by sharing it here first 🙂 It re-releases on the 30th so not long to go now! In the meantime I hope you enjoy the cover and the teaser.

 

Love Reawakened 3

Emma moaned as he tangled his hand in her hair, pulling her down so her body was crushed against him. She’d intended to give him a light, teasing kiss, but the moment they touched her senses went into overdrive. His tongue slid along the seam of her lips before plunging within, and groaning, she met it with her own. Her nipples hardened against his chest, even through her thin t-shirt, and his hand slid from her hair down her side to the band of warm skin where her jeans met her t-shirt and then underneath to cup her breast. His thumb rubbed back and forth across the sensitive bud, and a whimper rose in her throat.

Christ, it had always been like this between them. A simple touch was never enough, she always craved more. Her skin burned wherever they touched even through her clothes, and she desperately needed to be closer. She swung her leg across so she straddled him, and as she sank down, his erection met her rapidly dampening core and they both groaned. Oh God, that was just what she needed, only without the two pairs of jeans in the way.

She slid her hands between them, sliding them over the warm skin of his chest, tracing his pectoral muscles and the light smattering of hair. Then her fingers reached the thick bandage at the top, making him wince, and her body froze.

“It’s fine,” he murmured against her lips, trying to pull her back down to him.

She shook her head. What the hell is wrong with me? The guy had nearly died, had been awake for about ten minutes, and instead of trying to make him take it easy like the professional had told her to, she was jumping his bones. She pulled back, covering her face with her hands. This was before she even started on what a bad idea it was in the first place. They’d been down this road before, and he’d made it very clear nothing was going to happen. Didn’t she have enough on her plate right now without getting her heart broken again?

“Emma, what’s wrong?”

His voice was soft, and she forced herself to gaze up at him.

“I’m sorry. I really shouldn’t have done that.”

He smiled at her. “Did you hear me complaining? Unless it’s about the whiplash I just got.”

What do you think? Do feel free to share in the comments! And don’t forget to check out the rest of the excerpts here:

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

Take care x

Wednesday WIP

Published June 22, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope your week’s going well. I’m down to the third to last day at my old job so feeling quite cheery 🙂 I’m also re-releasing Love Reawakened a week tomorrow (third time lucky’s right? lol) and can’t wait it get it back out there. I’m going to be sharing my shiny new cover with you at the weekend, but in the meantime here’s a teaser snippet. Hope you enjoy 🙂

 

e357bcbdf3612bebf7cd279e7f997beaGarret sank into the battered armchair and brought the glass of scotch to his lips. Taking a long draught, he sighed in exhaustion. It had been a long night. Some days, he thought he was just getting too old for this. There were more aches and pains every night, and long gone was the slim sense of satisfaction he used to get. He rubbed a hand wearily over his face, frowning at the two-day-old stubble, and downed some more of the scotch. Stop being such a pussy! It’s a job. That’s all, and tonight had just been a tough one.

At first, he barely registered the knock at the door, his senses dulled by alcohol and pure exhaustion. Then it came again louder, and he frowned, glancing at his watch—four a.m. Who on earth would be knocking on his door at this hour? Well, whoever they were, they were going to get an earful. He didn’t take jobs at home, and everyone should damn well know that. He flung open the door with a sharp retort already forming on his lips, only to stand there in stunned silence, his jaw nearly on the floor when he saw who it was.

“Emma?” he managed in astonishment.

She gave him a small smile. “Garret, it’s been a long time.”

He gaped at her. Emma Strachan was the last person he expected to see. His gaze swept over her, searching for any changes the last several years might have wrought. Small and slight, she barely came up to his shoulder. That, along with delicate features, meant people always underestimated her. He tried not to smile; they rarely did it twice. She had a fiery temper and a wicked tongue. In more ways than one. The thought popped into his head, and he quickly squashed it down. Her dark auburn hair was pulled back from her face and plaited down her back, and she wore combats, thick boots, and a light cardigan. If he wasn’t mistaken, with dried blood on it and across her hands.

nightFor a second, his stomach dropped, but she seemed unhurt, and, then again, blood wasn’t unusual in her profession. One of the things they had in common, at least. He forced himself to meet the deep green of her eyes. She was scared, he realised with a shock, and it took quite a bit to scare Emma.

“What the hell have you got yourself into?”

Colour rose in her cheeks, but she met his gaze directly. “I may have lost a zombie.”

See, at least my day at work won’t be that bad (I hope!). Take care x

Monday Catch Up

Published June 20, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

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

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

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

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

Guest Author C.A. Bell with Nancy’s Curse

Published June 10, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, weekend is here – though I must admit I would be looking forward to it more if I didn’t have a horrible synopsis to write! Still, that’s for later 😉 For now, I have the fab C.A. Bell dropping back to chat about their new release. The Nancy’s Curse trilogy is now out as a complete series, and you can get on ebook or in paperback. Magic, spirits and ouija boards – just what we ordered for the weekend!

 

Nancy's Curse Out NowSo, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

C.A.Bell was born and raised on the outskirts of London, England, but for the past three years has resided in a much more rural town of Shropshire, where she married and made a home.

She is author to numerous erotic fiction stories, including, The Architect, Sex, Lies, and Sinful Wives, The Shame Train, and many more.

As well as putting together her own collections of erotic shorts and naughty poetry, she is also a contributor to many anthologies and online magazines.

Currently she is working on a number of projects which include a novel she started some time ago, book two of The Architect, and running her new website dedicated to erotica readers and writers, Bell, Book and Erotica.

Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

Not really. I was always good at English in school, but I never wanted to be a writer. I just suddenly found myself writing one day after a break up. I found the love of my life but we had to go our separate ways due to personal circumstances. And then I found myself writing as an escape from the harsh reality that was life, and trying to live out the fantasy that I wanted with him.

That’s really sad 😦 I suppose at least something positive ended up coming out of it though. Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I like to do a basic plot on paper before I start, but other than that, no. I tend to just write when I can for as long as I can.

Sometimes that seems like the best way to do it 🙂 Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write in the erotic genre. I’m not sure what drew me to it. I think because it is my favourite genre to read, I have more fun writing in it. I do plan to venture out of the genre in the future, but for now, it’s erotica and all sub-genres.

I’m the same way, I always end up writing the genres I love to read most. What five things could you never do without?

My mac, coffee, mobile, music, and family. (Not in that order).

Never Say Goodbye Teaser 11Hehe, we won’t make you choose an order (I have a bad feeling if was me the caffeine might win lol). Where did your inspiration for your new release come from?

Halloween! It’s my favourite holiday. I love the whole atmosphere that comes with autumn and the build up to the 31st. My family and I always go way over board with it. So, the inspiration came from my love for Halloween and all things supernatural and witchy.

Ooh, another Halloween lover! It’s one of my favourite holidays as well. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Not knowing what was going to happen. I always have a basic outline when writing, but I tend to let the characters evolve and take me on a journey rather than the other way around. So, the not really know what was going to happen was the most enjoyable part for me.

Hehe, glad to see another pantser 😉 What was the hardest part about writing it?

Making sure everything added up and was believable. When you write about ghosts and witches it can get a bit fantastical. So, trying to capture the reader’s imagination and suck them into a world of make-believe, if you like, was hard. But I think I did it

I think that can often be the hardest part about writing stories with fantasy or paranormal elements – making those parts believable and grounded in reality. Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Ooo, that’s hard. Obviously I love the lead female, Nancy. But I love the lead male, Jack too. Oh, and there’s Maggie, the tarot reader, she’s lovely. Nope, I can’t choose. I love them all.

It’s like picking a favourite child, isn’t it! Why should we run out and buy it right now?

Because it contains everything you could possible want or need in a book. Sex, romance, suspense, heart ache, mystery. The list goes on. I guarantee there will be characters and situations you will love. And you’ll occasionally get the goosebumps.

If you’re convinced (and I know I am!) the book details are here:

Complete Trilogy final paperback coverBlurb

Sometimes white magic can turn dark. Even with the best intentions.

When Angelica, a white witch, placed a protective curse over her granddaughter, Nancy, in a bid to keep her safe from society and her own powers until she was old enough to understand, she had no idea of the consequences.

On the 31st of October, a grown up Nancy holds her annual Halloween party. Only this year she strays away from her traditional festivities that include her famous Halloween punch, and dancing to the Monster Mash, and opts for a spookier night. With the help of her friends, Nancy will be holding a séance with her new Ouija board. But little does she know that the protective curse her grandmother secretly cast over twenty-seven years ago is lifted that very night. 

A spirit is summoned and Nancy begins a journey of sexual desire and love that she will never forget.

Was this summoning pure coincidence, magic, or something else? Only time will tell.

Lies, secrets, covens, dark forces, and nightmares lie just around the corner for Nancy. But at the end of it all, will she be able to help the man she has fallen for and fulfil his wish of putting his wandering soul to rest? And will there be a price?

Will true love conquer or be taken?

Nancy is about to find out. 

You can get your hands on a copy here:

Ebook:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nancys-Curse-Complete-Trilogy-BELL-ebook/dp/B01FG70NF8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1462960137&sr=1-1&keywords=nancy%27s+curse+c.a.bell

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Nancys-Curse-Complete-Trilogy-BELL-ebook/dp/B01FG70NF8?ie=UTF8&keywords=nancy%27s curse c.a.bell&qid=1462960334&ref_=sr_1_2&s=books&sr=1-2

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/cbell09

Paperback:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nancys-Curse-Complete-Trilogy-Bell/dp/153317945X/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_1

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Nancys-Curse-Complete-Trilogy-Bell/dp/153317945X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1462960334&sr=1-1&keywords=nancy%27s+curse+c.a.bell

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/6264644

And don’t forget to follow C.A. Bell on social media: 

Website: http://authorcabell.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010696021804

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cbellAtrix09

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1951042.C_A_Bell

Hope you have a good start to the weekend. Take care x

Tuesday Teaser

Published January 19, 2016 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope you’re all having a good start to the week. I’m excited because I should be getting to try Hobbit food tonight – hehe, shall feed back tomorrow but it looks yummy 🙂 Anyway, it’s Tuesday, which means time for a teaser. This weeks is from my free read prequel Love Reawakened. Hope you enjoy 🙂

 

witch 2Garret leaned his hip against the side of the bar, his lips twitching as he watched her down another shot. For a little thing she sure could put them away. Her eyes met his and a smile spread across her face.

“You’re slacking. What’s up, can the big, bad necromancer not keep up with an itty bitty girl?”

She staggered slightly on the last words, and he quickly reached out, grasping her round the waist and supporting her against him. Her skin was warm and he could feel her soft curves leaning into him. Not a good idea. He grabbed his beer with his free hand, gulping it down. Maybe that would cool him down. Her head tilted up at him, her green eyes sparkling.

“You trying to cop a feel, sweetie? Don’t worry, I’m not exactly complaining.”

Garret sputtered on his beer. “No!” When she mock pouted at him, he found himself stuttering. “Not that you’re not… but we’re… look, I think maybe you’ve had enough.”

What the hell was wrong with him? He never got fucking tongue-tied around women, let alone little slips of girls where he was certainly not going to take advantage of a student/teacher relationship.

She was still grinning up at him. “I’m fine. I want to dance.”

Yeah, like that was a good idea when she was nearly falling over just propping up the bar! She was already heading towards the dance-floor though, half-dragging him behind her. Er, hell no!

He stopped dead, her body jerking back into him when she refused to let go of her death-grip on his wrist.

“I don’t dance,” he told her firmly.

For a moment she studied him, head tilted to one side. Then she shrugged and released his wrist. He was surprised at the pang that went through him at the loss of her touch.

“Your loss,” she laughed. “I’ll catch you later. Or if you actually want to stop being such a grouch and have some fun, come find me.”

Prequel Cover 3Before he could answer, she had turned, her hips blatantly swaying as she made her way to almost the dead-centre of the dance floor. Taking a few steps backwards, he leaned back against the bar, bringing the beer to his lips as he watched her. Arms raised, she twisted and twirled, her hips rolling to the music. The thin t-shirt rose up, baring the skin of her mid-drift and her hair swirled around her like a dark red cloud. It took all of about thirty seconds before she had drawn the eye of pretty much every guy in the room. He watched as the first one approached her. Her smile was light as she shook her head, but the first guy had barely stepped away before another one was there. He drained his bottle and slammed it back on the bar harder than needed. For fuck’s sake! He was definitely gonna regret this, but he couldn’t leave her to the wolves.

 

If you want to read more – it’s free! You can download at these links:

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

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Awakened-Shelli-Rosewarne-ebook/dp/B018J8IMJK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1453147533&sr=8-1&keywords=shelli+rosewarne

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Awakened-Shelli-Rosewarne-ebook/dp/B018J8IMJK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1453147533&sr=8-1&keywords=shelli+rosewarne