Release Day – Scarlett Temptation!

Hi all,

Apologies for the lack of posting lately, personal life and then lurghy have rather got in the way. Still, I’m back with good news – I have a new release out day (squee!). Scarlett Temptation is finally here  – annnnnd it’s on a special offer price this weekend only. Goes up to full price on Monday, so if you’re wanting a bargain make sure you grab your copy quick 🙂

 

Blurb

Niko cover 600x900What if the fairy-tales were true – but they got it all wrong?

Everyone Katya thought she could rely on has betrayed her in the end, yet when she finds she has a long-lost niece a tiny traitorous part of her rears up – the part that has always longed for a real family – and before she quite knows how it’s happened she’s flown halfway around the world to meet Natalia. But Natalia lives in a strange place full of secrets. Big bad wolves and red cloaks belong in fairytales, right? The more Kat finds out the more she’s forced to suspend disbelief – and dare to wish she could stay.

Niko has given his whole life to his pack – almost literally when his last fight nearly killed him. Years of being second in command have left him drained and cynical. Once he dared to dream about a mate – and it blew up in his face. So why is he still impossibly drawn to Kat? The attraction may be off the charts, but surely he learnt his lesson last time about letting anyone into his heart.

Two lost and broken people might not be willing to admit they need anyone – but when Kat is thrown into danger, they may not have a choice but to trust each other. Can this temptation lead to anything more?

You can get your hands on a copy here:

Amazon

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I really hope you enjoy! Take care x

Thursday Teaser – Paranormal Romance

Hi all,

Hope your week’s doing well. I may have been slightly distracted on my original Nano project into a Christmas story – but hey, it’s almost that time of year. Everyone loves Christmas stories right? *shifty look* Anyway, I’m enjoying it and it won’t be too long so hopefully can get it finished off soon and then out in time 🙂

In the meantime thoufh, I’m sharing a teaser from my next wolves book, which I promise will be out soon! I know I seem to have been saying that for a while but edits have taken longer than I thought they would and I don’t want it going out until it’s right. In the meantime though, hope you enjoy this 🙂

 

cottageQuickening her pace, she headed down the winding track towards the main village. The light was fading fast, casting deep and slightly creepy shadows, while every rustle in the trees on either side made her start. It’s just your imagination, just your imagination. Or was it? The rustling to her left was getting louder and steadier. Her heart started pounding as she broke into a half jog. The noises were closer though, effortlessly keeping up with her. Sweat broke out, trickling down her back and stinging her eyes. Oh God, what the hell had she been thinking heading out in the dark on her own?

Katya. The voice in her head was deep, familiar and edged in concern

Niko? Relief made her not only telepathically reach out towards him – something she’d never done before – but stop in her tracks. Thank God! He would find her and…

wolves-and-werewolves-fire-and-ice-the-wolf-pack-23828159-240-320A huge, furry shape sprang from the shadows, heading straight for her. She screamed in terror as it knocked her down. There was a glimpse of bared teeth, hot breath on her face. Frantically she began scrabbling backwards, another shriek escaping her when a firm hand gripped her arm, dragging her to her feet. A human hand. For an instant she thought Niko had somehow magically found her, but this man was taller, thinner, with shaggy light brown hair. He was human though.

Please,” she gasped, “you have to help me.”

He smiled at her and his eyes glowed in the faint moonlight. Fuck, not so human. She tried to run but the hand tightened on her arm, she was dragged back against him, a strong-smelling cloth pressed against her face. Her struggles slowed and darkness crept in.

Take care x

Friday Teaser – Paranormal Romance

Hi all,

Well, it’s almost weekend – yay! Hope you have some fun plans – be that fireworks, bonfires, or just a chance to relax. Nano is off to a good start here, I’m actually on schedule for once – we’ll see how long it lasts 😉 New words are always good though. On that note, I thought I would share with you a wee teaser from my Nano novel – which will be the third in my wolves series and is tentatively titled Scarlett Prophecy. If you’ve read my earlier books, this is Sebastian’s story. I just can’t resist trying to redeem a villain lol! Since this is Nano, please bear in the mind this is unedited – hope you enjoy 🙂

 

red and wolfSebastian paced the small, bare cell. Four long strides length-wise, five width-wise. It was reasonably comfortably, God knows he’d been in worse places, but that didn’t take away from the fact that it was a cell. He couldn’t abide being contained. There was a quiet tread of footsteps outside and he forced himself to sit on the hard single bed and school his face into the calm, contained look he was known for. It wouldn’t do to let his captors know they were getting to him. The footsteps passed by though and after a brief pause he resumed the pacing. The cell was plain, thick stone walls, the bed with a light blanket, a metal urinal in the corner and that was about it. Nothing he could use, nothing that could be a possible weapon. A tiny window was set near the roof, he had to stand on the bed to see out the bottom and then there was nothing to see but a wall opposite. If he led on the bed he could look up at the sky through the thick bars – but that was depressing so he would rather pace.

A frown crossed his brow. Captured was an unacceptable state of affairs, and he still wasn’t entirely sure how it had come to this. He had been going to die, had been fully prepared for it. He should have died, it was something he accepted with his lifestyle and God knows he had little enough to live for.

He paused again, his sharp ears picking up the soft tread of footsteps again and this time he instinctively knew – it was her. He sat on the bed again, waiting with an outward patience he didn’t feel. The door swung inwards and he saw the guard first. It was the large blonde one today, his eyes sharply scanning the room and his jaw tightening as he gazed at Sebastian with thinly veiled distaste. Sebastian gazed calmly back, he didn’t give a crap what the man thought about him. If they were in the field he would kill him without a second thought and he had no doubt the man would do the same to him. That was almost as it should be and he shared the man’s distaste of his captivity. Then the man stepped aside and she came in.

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It took all he had to hide his emotions now. Sophie. That was her name, but he knew precious little else about her. Yet it was down to her that he was. All down to her that he wasn’t dead now. The she-wolf monster had been going for him, he had seen the killing intent in her eyes, the aim for the throat and then this woman had stopped her. The wolves had seemed as shocked as him when she’d shouted for them to stop, but they had. He didn’t know why, she seemed to have no particular rank, but they had bowed to her will and so now he was here. Trapped in this cell because now they hadn’t killed him they didn’t seem to know what to do about him. And her, she came every day, without fail. He eyed her, telling himself that it was because one of the first rules of battle was to know your enemy, but really because he just couldn’t seem to help himself.

Better get back to it! Take care x

Wednesday Snippet – Wolf Shifter Romance

Hi all,

Hope you’re all having a fun week (and of course, a spooky Halloween-themed one!). I’m very excited as off to see Doctor Strange this afternoon – I do love me some Cumberbatch 😉 Hopefully it will be good, or I’ll only end up seeing it half a dozen times instead of the usual full dozen lol.

In the meantime though… I’m sharing an excerpt from my upcoming release. This is the next in my wolves series and should be coming out next month, so I really hope you’ll all like it!

bfsgraywolf1Katya stood there for a long moment. She should head back to the high street, she really should. She had no business staying here with a man she’d never even met and knew nothing about. But he’d apparently saved her niece’s life. That was what she told herself as she slowly crossed back to the bed. There was a chair by the wall and she carefully pulled it up to the bed, and taking a seat gently reached out to take the man’s hand in hers. What the hell was she doing? Yet there was an odd rightness to it and she didn’t pull her hand back.

She studied his face, calm and relaxed as though he was merely sleeping, yet she had the feeling that when awake calm was not a word that would describe him.

“Where have you gone?” She whispered softly. “And why don’t you want to come back?”

With an odd sense of clarity, she suddenly knew that was the case. He didn’t want to come back from wherever his mind has taken him.

“It can’t be so bad here,” she told him. “You obviously have people who care about you.” To her shock tears stung her eyes. “It’s more than I have.”

The wave of loneliness washed over her. She had grown comfortable in the last few days but this was just a stop gap. Natalia had her own life, and while she might be welcome for a visit then she really had no proper place in it. Soon she would

have to leave, get back to her own task, and she would alone again. The way she always was. Blood was rushing in her ears and her eyes burned with tears. Abruptly the walls seemed to be closing in on her and she frantically tried to get up, tugging her hand back from the heavy weight of the man’s hand on top of it.

cottageTo her shock and horror it wouldn’t release her. Panic ran through her as she tugged harder. A small part of her knew she was being irrational, it was probably an automatic reflex in him that he had gripped on to her, but she was pretty sure a full blown anxiety attack was coming on and she needed to get the hell out of here.

“Let go of me!” She half sobbed, half shouted.

Two things happened almost at once. A wiry man in a white coat appeared in the doorway. Glancing from her tear-streaked face to their clasped hands his face drew into a frown.

“What on earth is going on here?”

Just as she was trying to answer, the grip on her hand increased even more and her attention swung to the man on the bed, who was gazing at her with deep amber eyes.

“Iyana?”

 

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Take care x

Friday Romance Teaser

Hi all,

Well, it’s finally weekend! To be honest, I’m stuck doing a 12hr shift tomorrow so not going to be the most relaxing one for me, but ah well, hopefully can get some writing squeezed in around that. I do normally have guest authors on a Friday but since there seems to be a gap today I thought I would share something from my new wolves book. This is currently with my editor and hopefully there will be a release date coming very soon 🙂 In the meantime, hope you enjoy!

 

Natalia was half-dragging her along now, her niece moving with surprising speed. Whatever was following them seemed to be moving faster though, Katya could hear it alongside them now. She pushed her aching limbs to keep moving, while panic caught her breath in her throat. The sounds in the bushes suddenly stopped, the woods eerily silent apart from their crashing footsteps and labored breaths. Kat was just starting to think maybe whatever the hell it was had fucked off and found something better to stalk, when there was a huge crash through the bushes just ahead of them, and a huge – seriously huge – dark gray wolf was blocking their way.

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Kat couldn’t stop the shriek that escaped her as the two women stopped in their tracks. The creature’s thick fur was bristling, his head was slightly down with lips curled back over an impressive set of white teeth, and its glowing eyes were fixed on them. For an instant something in those amber eyes seemed familiar, and then the thought was pushed away on a wave of pure panic.

Oh my God.” She whispered.

Tension thrummed through her, every muscle tightening. Her body screamed at her to run, even though her brain knew there was no chance they could outrun a wolf. This was it. This was how she was going to die. And damn it, it really wasn’t fair. Just when things were finally sort of starting to go right for her, when she’d found some family. Now she would never get the chance to see Naomi again, to hold her child, to get her back. Her parents would have a goddamn field day with this one.

summer-game-of-thrones-direwolves-34317098-954-536Natalia was trying to gently push her back with one hand, her back straightening as she kept eye contact with the wolf.

Let’s all just stay calm here,” she said to it. “Don’t do something you’re going to regret.”

Seriously? Her niece was trying to reason with a wild animal that looked like it wanted to eat them. And she’d thought she was losing it.

Stay calm. We need to stall it, Damian is on his way.

Okay, scrap that, she was losing it more. She could have sworn she heard Natalia’s voice inside her head. The woman’s lips hadn’t moved, but her words had been clear as day.

You’re not losing it. Please, just trust me.

Sure, she was dying anyway. Why not go just give in to the madness at this stage? What was it the imaginary Natalia in her head had wanted – stall the vicious wild animal. Made perfect sense, right?

Good wolfie, wolfie.” She crooned. “See, you don’t want to hurt us really. We’d make a terrible meal, all gristly and that. Plus, I’m American, everyone knows American food is just the worse. Nothing but junk.” She giggled, an edge of pure panic skating it. Yup, she was going to die a crazy woman – nothing new there. The funny thing was the wolf was actually staring at her as she talked with an expression that on a human could only be described as incredulous. Even the wolf thought she was nuts.

Hehe, well you’ll have to come back soon to see what happens. Have a great weekend. Take care x

My Sexy Saturday 11/06/16

Hi all,

Hope you’re having a good weekend 🙂 I’m joining in the My Sexy Saturday blog hop today – and this excerpt is from my fairy-tale inspired romance, Scarlett Legacy. Hope you enjoy x

 

castle5The length of the huge room was lit with glowing candle-bulbs, set in wall scones that seemed to float near the ceiling. Mirrors lined the walls, reflecting and multiplying the dozens of dancing couples. Music from a string ensemble floated on the air, and she smelled the mingling scents of incense and mulled wine. As she stared in complete wonder, feeling like she was in a cross between a fairytale and a regency novel, Sophie nudged her yet again. Really, the woman was getting a little pushy. She’d been quite happy in her own little fairytale imaginings.

When she glanced over, the young woman was gazing at her with amused expectation and nodding toward the bottom of the curved staircase. Natalia’s breath caught in an entirely different way, heat flooding through her. Damian stood at the bottom of the stairs. The only adjective that came to mind was ‘dashing’. He wore a formal tux, the material tailored perfectly to his toned body, the crisp white shirt setting off his tanned skin and the dark unruly hair that just brushed the collar. A glittering pin held his deep red cravat in place. It glowed in the light and looked extremely expensive. The look of utter appreciation that filled his amber eyes as he stared at her made her legs shaky and heat run down her spine.

Her feet didn’t seem to want to move and she needed yet another nudge to start down the long staircase. It seemed to last forever, but then he was taking her hand in his warm one, and somehow the fact that it was still as rough and calloused as it had been in the woods centered her. He smiled at her.

“You look stunning, Natalia. You put every woman here to shame with the light of your beauty.”

She found herself smiling back. From most people, such a compliment would seem contrived or completely over the top, but the complete sincerity in his voice told her he meant every word.

“Thank you,” she murmured. “You clean up pretty good yourself.”

couple“May I?” He gestured toward the dancing couples and she nodded, though not without some trepidation. She hadn’t been lying when she said she wasn’t much of a dancer.

She shouldn’t have worried, since her partner had obviously done this before. He skillfully twirled her around the floor, his arm securely around her waist in case she mis-stepped. Natalia felt as though she was flying, as her feet carried her gracefully around the floor. Her skirts swirled around her, making her feel ridiculously feminine. She could feel the heat of his body, his hand secure in hers, and the sense of rightness only grew. When the song stopped, her cheeks were flushed, but she could have stayed in that moment forever.

 

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.

You can find Scarlett Legacy on Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.com/Scarlett-Legacy-Shelli-Rosewarne-ebook/dp/B00YFPOG3I/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1465562277&sr=1-3&keywords=shelli+rosewarne

Take care x

 

A to Z Challenge – Z is for Zonked

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:

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?

Buy Links

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

A to Z Challenge – Q for Questions

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:

Amazon

 

Take care x

A to Z Challenge – L for Little Red Riding Hood

Hi all,

Well, we couldn’t really talk about wolves, and in particular my own Big Bad Wolf, without looking at the fairy tale that started it all!

little_red_riding_hood_by_evanira-d64guu7As with most fairy tales the original versions tend to be a lot darker than the one we might be familiar with from our childhoods. The oldest version of the story seems to be from 14th century Italy, there was no red hood is this version, the wolf was actually a werewolf and, as you might expect, there is no ‘happy ending’ – the wolf wins and the girl dies. The moral was supposed to be not to talk/listen to strangers (maybe a little harsh?)

The first written version of the story was by Charles Perrault, who added the red cloak as a symbol of the girl’s sexual maturity, while the wolf was supposed to represent the sexual predator, seducing her off the moral path. It was a cautionary tale, warning young women of the dangers of men. The Brothers Grimm version, that we are probably more familiar with, was take directly from this but they added the ‘happy ending’ of having the woodsman come along to rescue Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother and kill the wolf.

images9This was one of the earliest examples of the wolf being used a symbol of sexual predation, and it still continues to this name in common terms and cliches. For example, a predatory man may be described as a ‘wolf’, while a whistle to indicate that someone is sexy is called a ‘wolf whistle’.

 

I find the way stories and fairy tales change and are adapted through history fascinating. The core of the story remains, but it is updated and tweaked for the current audience. Little Red Riding Hood is one that has seen numerous versions and adaptations, in novels, movies, television etc. I really enjoyed being able to do my version, and I hope it fits in somewhere:)

Scarlett Legacy is on sale at Amazon now.

Amazon link

Take care x

 

A to Z Challenge – F for Fairytales

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:

FairyTales

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