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.
Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
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 discover 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 meet his destined mate, and he certainly never expected her to be a sassy American who had no idea that his world even existed. Can he convince Natalia to believe in the impossible, and more importantly, can he protect her from those who seek to destroy his people?
Natalia eyed the shining water with fresh appreciation. She had to admit it would be nice to do something to take her mind away from all the crap.
“I didn’t bring a suit,” she murmured, a bit regretfully.
His grin turned wicked. “You don’t need one. There’s no one around.”
She glared at him. “You’re around!”
“I won’t look.” His eyes were teasing.
Yeah, right! She snorted. “I don’t believe you!”
“Okay, how about this. I may look, but I promise I won’t touch. Unless you ask me to, of course.”
Natalia burst out laughing, surprising herself. Ten minutes ago, she’d been sobbing her eyes out.
His gaze softened. “Come on, you could do with it.”
The water did look calm, she thought as she eyed it up. “You’re sure it’s safe for swimming?”
“Sure, I used to come here as a kid.”
She shot him a quick glance at that. It was hard to imagine him as an innocent child. He grinned back at her as though he knew exactly what she thinking—which, quite frankly, shouldn’t surprise her after today, but she wasn’t going to go there right now.
“Look, if you’re that bothered leave your underwear on. It’s such a warm day you’ll dry out afterward.”
Really, it wasn’t much different than a bikini, was it? She found herself nodding before she thought better of it and he reached a hand down to tug her to her feet. A half smile tugged at her lips. It might be a bit old-fashioned, but she liked the little gestures he made like that. Then he pulled his shirt over his head and she stopped breathing.
His body was like something out of a magazine, or like the Greek statues at the museums she’d been to for tedious fundraisers. Bronzed skin covered sculpted muscles with a dusting of hair leading down into his pants—which, oh Christ, were coming off as well! She closed her eyes a moment, and then couldn’t help herself and had to peek. So much for wondering whether he was going to keep on his underwear as he wasn’t wearing any. He seemed completely comfortable in his nakedness, and when he bent over to neatly place his clothes on the rock she had to clench her hands to restrain from reaching out to that tight ass. Jeez, you could market that! He turned back to meet her gaze and her cheeks flamed at the knowing amusement in his eyes. Before her fuddled brain could even start to think of something to say, he leaned forward and brushed a quick, hard kiss across her lips.
“Don’t worry. You have the exact same effect on me,” he whispered to her and then stepped back. “See you in there,” he told her with a grin, before turning and jumping off the rock straight into the shining water.
Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?
My new release, Scarlett Legacy, is a paranormal romance with a Red Riding Hood inspiration. I’ve always loved fairytales and being able to put my own slant on an old favourite was a wonderful experience for me. In addition, I tend to be a sucker for a villain and being able to bring a little bit of redemption to the ‘Big Bad Wolf’ was great fun. Trust me, Damian is definitely not your average wolf, even if he is big and bad in all the right ways! J
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?
I loved writing at school but it wasn’t exactly pushed as a possible career back then, and so it drifted and I didn’t write anything for years. When I was going through Open University I ended up picking a Creative Writing course and by the time I’d finished my second assignment it was like a light bulb had gone off in my head, and I knew this was what I wanted to do. I joke that it took me until I was 30 to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up!
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?
There’s a lot of great writing advice out there. A quote from Neil Gaiman, who I just love, has always stuck with me though. ‘You sit down at the keyboard and put one word after another until you’re done. It’s that easy and that hard.’ I think that just sums it up beautifully – sometimes it’s the easiest thing in the world and sometimes it can feel like the hardest, but you always need to just keeping going with it.
Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?
Hmm, ‘perfect’ is an interesting word. I tend to find the heroes I’m most drawn to are the ones who aren’t perfect at all. People’s flaws and vulnerabilities are what make them interesting. That could explain why I have a bit of a soft spot for the ‘dark and tortured’ type of hero. For me? I like someone who’s a bit quirky, who can make me laugh and doesn’t mind putting up with the craziness that tends to come with me!
What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?
Like most writers I love reading, I also enjoy photography, especially landscape – I’m lucky to live in Scotland where there is simply some wonderful scenery and photo opportunities. Hobby-wise, I tend to be a bit of a geek, love chilling out with video or board games, graphic novels, movies or anime.
What has been your biggest adventure to date?
Being published has been a huge adventure for me. It’s probably been one of the scariest, more exciting and surreal experiences of my life. I still find it amazing that my words are out there in the world being read by people.
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
Ooh, tough one! I’ve been wanting to go to Italy for a long time, so that would probably be the ideal for me. I love the culture, history, art, food and language, so a huge goal for me is to get over and just travel round the country for a bit.
When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?
I would like to think I’m adventurous but to be honest I can be a creature of habit so I sometimes need to be poked to get out of my bubble. I’m also quite a lazy cook so adventurous eating tends to be strictly on the ‘eating out’ side!
How do you describe yourself? How would your family and friends describe you?
Erm, quirky maybe, I think that’s a better word than crazy! A bit of a geek, can be introverted, usually in my own little world – but hey, it’s a nice place J I think family and friends would probably say something similar, though I would like to think I am generally a good friend. I tend to be loyal to a fault, a good listener and way too much of a pushover.
What is your favorite comfort food?
I have a terrible sweet tooth, so anything cake or chocolate related usually does it for me.
What is your favorite season? What do you love about it?
I like autumn. You can usually still get decent weather, and with the leaves changing it’s a great time to get out with the camera and find writing inspiration. It also has Halloween, which is probably my favourite holiday – I love ghosts, ghouls, vampires, witches etc!
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?
Probably my laptop – it has pretty much my whole life on it! My writing, my kindle books, the internet, social media. Yeah, I don’t think I would cope without it.
What is this romance writer’s idea of the “ideal romantic evening”?
I don’t think I really have an ‘ideal romantic evening’. It depends a lot on what I’m in the mood for. I love having a night out with dinner and dancing, but I tend to be equally as happy cuddled up on the sofa watching movies. It’s all about the company for me J
What project are you working on next?
Well, Scarlett Legacy is the first in a new series for me, (though don’t worry it’s a standalone) so I’m hard at work on the next two books. There will be more wolves coming! I usually have a huge number of projects started, and it tends to depend which characters start talking to me loudest which I work on next.
Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?
Well, if you’re ever in Scotland, feel free to look me up! But in the meantime, I’m on the net at the following places:
Twitter – @shellirosewarne
Shelli Rosewarne had always had a dream in the back of her head about wanting to be a writer. 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 two stand alone novellas published with Breathless Press, along with several submissions in anthologies, and various works in progress in the pipeline. Yup, she’s having to pinch herself as well! She’s currently lucky enough to live in Edinburgh, where she can be constantly inspired by Scottish folklore and see castles every day. When not writing she loves reading, music and photography.
You can follow her at:
Twitter – @shellirosewarne