Blog Hop and Giveaway!

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Hello Everyone!  I am so excited to be participating in a Blog Hop, hosted by the amazing women at The Diva Ladies.

I am offering a give away which will include a free copy of my eBook, An Irresistible Shadow, in any format you’d prefer, as well as a key chain featuring the cover of my novel and a charm bracelet  made by me.  🙂

Enter HERE for a chance to WIN

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Guest Author: Shelli Rosewarne

Hello everyone.  I’d like to welcome my friend Shelli Rosewarne to my blog today.  Her new zombie romance released last week from Breathless Press.  Let’s give her a warm welcome!

Thanks so much for letting me visit today. My zombie-themed romance ‘Love Reawakened’ was just released on Friday so I’m very excited! I know what you’re thinking – zombies and romance don’t really go together. I must admit before this I would have been inclined to agree – but hopefully this will give you a bit of a different view. Emma and Garret are two people who are brought back together in *ahem* let’s call it difficult circumstances, but at the core they are still two people falling in love and I really hope that’s what comes across most in the story. Besides, I think you might be surprised that the zombies aren’t what you would normally expect either! If a zombie comes back from the dead do they really forget everything about who and what they were – or do the important things, like the love they had, still stay with them? I think I’m probably giving a lot away here – so you’ll have to read to find out anything else! I really hope you give it a try, and that you enjoy 🙂

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Emma needs to find an escaped zombie! With lives on the line, the only person who can help is the man who broke her heart.

Emma Strachan is a professional witch and quite frankly a zombie raising should be all in day’s work. Now, though, something has gone horribly wrong and with lives on the line Emma is forced to turn for help to the one person she never wanted to see again.

When Emma Strachan shows up on Garret’s doorstep he knows she must be in trouble – after all nothing else would bring her to his door. Still, he never imagined a zombie gone rogue, or that the blazing attraction between them would be as strong as ever.

As Emma and Garret risk their lives to track down the missing zombie can they put aside past insecurities and trust in each other – before it’s too late.

 

Excerpt

He grinned at her. “I’ve learnt a few things since you last knew me.”

She felt her face flame. Oh, they were so not going there. She turned on her heel, and headed back to the car. She heard his low laugh as he followed her and tried not to bristle at that. She slid in, a scowl on her face.

“What now? We still have no idea where he might be or how to reassure him when we find him. Any ideas?”

She saw a slow grin spread across his face, then he leaned over and captured her lips with his, catching her surprised squeak. His tongue plunged deep, his mouth forceful, demanding, and she was helpless not to respond. A whimper rose in her throat as she clutched at his shoulders, heat curling in her stomach. His hand slid to the nape of her neck pulling her closer and she went willingly, her nipples hardening as she came up against his chest. He slowly pulled back, causing a moan of protest to rise in her throat. He smiled ruefully, resting his head against hers.

“This is really not the time or the place,” he murmured.

She pulled back crossly. “Why did you do it then?”

He grinned at her. “It was an idea.”

Hilarious! “You have any ideas actually related to the problem at hand?” she snapped at him.

“Surprisingly, yes, I do have one. I know someone who might be able to help us find him.”

Emma frowned. “Who? And why didn’t you just say that instead of, well, you know.”

He sighed. “You’ll see, and I kissed you now because you might not let me afterwards.”

 

Buy HERE:

Amazon US

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Reawakened-ebook/dp/B00FS37EG2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1381490144&sr=8-3&keywords=shelli+rosewarne

 

Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Reawakened-ebook/dp/B00FS37EG2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1381489941&sr=8-3&keywords=shelli+rosewarne

 

Breathless Press

http://www.breathlesspress.com/index.php?main_page=product_free_shipping_info&cPath=13&products_id=486&zenid=7a14efbd64d8b4d3d6855d09ee8cfd6e

 

I’m also running a Rafflecopter giveaway – prizes include a zombie themed mini book bag, a spooky Halloween phone cover and a witchy (and lavender scented) keyring – who said scary can’t be cute! I’m also giving away a free copy of Love Reawakened in the ebook format of your choice. If you’d like to enter then just leave a comment.

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A little about the author:

Shelli Rosewarne had always had a dream in the back of her head about wanting to be a writer, from the time she was handing in ten page stories at primary school and driving her teachers crazy. However, like with so many things, life and paying the bills got in the way and she worked in various jobs from call centers to shops to offices. She eventually realized that life is too short not to try and follow your dreams, and has since had her first stand alone novella published with Breathless Press, along with several submissions in anthologies, another novel contracted for later in the year and various works in progress in the pipeline. Yup, she’s having to pinch herself as well! She currently lives in Edinburgh with her long-suffering fiancé and slightly psycho cat. When not writing she loves reading, music and photography.

You can follow her at:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shelli-Rosewarne/364962230246715

Twitter – @shellirosewarne

Blog – http://shellirosewarne.wordpress.com

 

 

Guest Author: Raven McAllan

Hello everyone!  Let’s give a warm welcome to my fellow Breathless Press Author and guest this week…Raven McAllan.

 

Hi all, so nice to be here….I’m in a dancing mood. No don’t worry, I won’t.

 

If you could do anything you wanted as a job or a hobby what would it be?

If you’d have asked me that two years ago I’d have shouted to be published. If you ask me today, it’s almost the same. With the addition of one word. Again.

And if you had asked me even two and a half years ago if I ever thought I’d be able to put author in the occupation bit of any official form, I’d have asked if you felt okay and offered you two Aspirins.

Now, oh wow it gives me goose bumps when I get asked occupation and I say I’m an author. mid you it took me a long while before I felt I could. Even now I have to pinch myself and tell myself firmly, I am an author. I have books out. That people read. And comment on.

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You know it really is a case of have mac will travel. My lovely DH bought me a MacBook Air as our old laptop was heavy, and my fibro made it hard to use. He came home with it, and daughter and her boyfriend were up.

DH—here’s a present

Me—oh wow thank you

Daughter—Do you know what that is?

Me—A laptop

At which point she rolled her eyes and told me exactly what I had. And it’s great. It’s well travelled, and used in a variety of places. On a plane, train, bus or boat. On a balcony over the Indian Ocean, or the caribbean. In a shaded garden in Australia, or by a pool in South Africa. Looking at mountains, rivers and cityscapes. Usually with a glass of wine in one hand. I love it. (All in the name of research of course)

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This time two years ago I was a nervous shivering excited wreck. I was almost a published author.

Here I am two years on and in the same state—or very nearly.

If you’d’ve told me then, that now I’d still be writing, still being published and have over fifty stories out there with my name on them, I’d probably asked you where you got the magic mushrooms from.

However here I am, and yes I have and oh how fabulous it is.

Around three years ago, I was away from work, bored, sore and wondering what on earth I could do other than read. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading, but I was rapidly running out of books.

Then someone suggested I went onto Facebook, and lo and behold (sorry dramatic or what?)I discovered a writing competition, at which I hasten to add I was rubbish. But through it I met a lot of other wannabe authors and then, became part of my crit group UCW.

The rest as they say, is history.

When I started I had no idea how I wrote, or even if I could. Let alone what. I’ve been oh so fortunate that my publisher have let me try my voice out in more than one way.

Even though I started off writing Regency, which I love, I had to try writing contemporary romance as well. And paranormal, m/m, menage, YA—well you get the idea? I needed to know what I’m capable off. I still do for that fact.

There’s nothing like the thrill of having a character shout in my ear and say write me, get on with it. So I do.

I’ve learned the hard way (I’m a member of the lone star club) that not everyone will like what I write or the way I do it. But thankfully that others will and do. Whichever, any comment means someone has read one of my books. The one I cherish most, is a third hand heard (but confirmed by the speaker only last week almost eighteen months on) that, “have you heard? Raven writes, and her books are disgusting.” To which my answer was “Books plural? Then she’s read them all?”

To celebrate my birthday, I’m dotting all over the place for a couple of weeks. For each blog I’m on (and sorry no list you’ll just have to keep your eyes open) I’m offering a mini swag bag plus an Ebook, for one person who answers my question. As well I’ll pick one commenter at random form all the comments overall and send one of my print books (winners choice)

So what shall I ask? I’m going to be cruel and ask two questions. How did I get my pen name? What’s your favorite type of shifter and why?

Stalking links can be found here…raven avatar

http://www.ravenmcallan.com

 

 

 

Bringing A Little Romance to the Zombie Apocalypse

 

Kol’s living her dream. Her gorgeous neighbor, Nick, promised to make her life brighter yet,

until something from her past threatens the entire world.

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Today I am hosting a wonderful writer and fellow Breathless Press author, Sheri Velarde, writing as Kelly Ryan.  With Halloween nearly upon us, her new release Salvation will get you in the mood.  Let’s give her a warm welcome!

When I took it upon myself to write a romance story with zombies I got a little worried. Zombies don’t exactly bring about the loving feeling if you catch my drift. This was going to be a challenge, but I like challenges, that’s why I write!

So, first thing I had to do was figure out what my zombies were like, I knew that I wanted to do something different, something other than animated and rotting corpses. I had to put on my researchers hat. Ok, some of my main research was a short documentary on Netflix as my brother changed the oil in my car, but hey that still counts as research. An idea for my zombies began to unfold, something different but also something that allowed for a little bit of hope during the zombie apocalypse.

You see, the hope aspect was very important to me. I felt that there needed to be hope for my heroine and hero to have a chance at a real love outside of chaos. Sure, love when all hell is breaking loose is hot, but I wanted my characters to have a chance for something more. I guess that is just the hopeless romantic in me, I want the happily ever after even during the end of the world as we know it. Especially for Nick and Kol in this story. I really cared for them and they were so perfect for each other, that even as the author I was routing for them, even though I knew I controlled their destiny.

The result of all this research contemplation and hard work is a piece that I am very proud of, my novella “Salvation”. It is being released by Breathless Press on October 4th and I couldn’t be more excited. I kinda have a love for zombies now.

 

Here is a snippet from Salvation.  Enjoy!

Not knowing why, not examining her actions or thinking about the consequences, Kol leaned forward and kissed Nick on the lips. She was very tentative at first, but when he put up no resistance, she deepened the kiss, parting his lips with her tongue, truly tasting him. She moved closer to him, turning and practically crawling onto his lap. As way of encouragement, Nick reached down and pushed his seat all the way back, giving Kol all the room she needed to continue her course of action. Needing no further invitation, she crawled onto him, straddling him, all the while never breaking their passionate kiss.

Once she was on top of him, Kol lost a little bit of her confidence, some of the self-doubt that had always followed her around began to work its way back into her psyche. Nick could clearly sense that something wrong, for he brought both his hands up to her face and held her gaze as he spoke to her.

“This is a traumatic time; we don’t have to do anything if you don’t want to. I don’t want to make matters worse for you. I only want to protect you, make you feel safe.”

“You do make me feel safe. Plus, I have wanted you since the moment that I laid eyes on you; I just don’t want to force you to do something out of pity or…” Kol trailed off, finding it impossible to put into words that she her fears that a man like Nick could ever want damaged goods like her.

Nick brought his lips slowly and deliberately back to hers and kissed her gently. “I wanted you when I first saw you move into the building. You are a gorgeous woman and if we had not seen those helicopters and planes from the roof of the building, I think you would have been spending the night in my bed. So trust me when I say, I am doing nothing out of pity here. Lust yes, pity no.”

 

You can purchase the full story here:

Breathless Press

 

And be sure to check out the author on her home turf:

Website: http://sherivelarde.weebly.com/

Facebook: Sheri Velarde/Kelly Ryan

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sher_V

 

Thanks for stopping by today.   Now go grab a stiff one!  😉