Brand New Book – Prophecy of a Dangerous Love – Free to Download

It’s beenprophecy-cover-edited1 a really tough year for me and my family as we lost our mother to the ravages of ALS, but I’m coming through the other side and have finally finished with the revising and editing (hired a professional this time) or my third novel ‘Prophecy of a Dangerous Love.’ It is set in Scotland and contians not just steamy scenes and romance, but also lovely accents, danger and magic. Beta readers and my editor have all loved it and I hope you will too. From now until Sunday the 29th of January 2017 it will be free to dowland on Amazon. Link is below.

https://www.amazon.com/Prophecy-Dangerous-Love-Rose-Connelly-ebook/dp/B01N9UTW8F/

Happy Reading

Rose Connelly

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Featured Author – A Blush of Magic

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A Blush of Magic – 5 Stars – free to download

Currently rated #1 as an ebook in the romance/fantasy category, “A Blush of Magic” is free to download for one more day-until midnight Thursday. Don’t miss your chance. http://www.amazon.com/Blush-Magic-Rose-Connelly-ebook/dp/B00EBC0LHK/

Fifty Shades of Blech

I read an article today in the Daily Mail on-line that quite upset – well upset isn’t the right word more like disappointed – me.  It said that ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ has officially outsold all seven Harry Potter books on Amazon.co.uk. Now don’t get me wrong, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion and is allowed to read whatever might take their fancy, but seriously folks, ‘Fifty Shades?’

Now don’t think for one minute that I’m a prude because I am so not – for God’s sake I write romances. The one I have published myself on Amazon ‘Running from Fate‘ may not be erotica, but it’s not ‘church’ material either, as it does have sex scenes and not the lights out under the covers type. One takes place against the kitchen counter.

So, anyway, not a prude here and I have no issue with BDSM. No, my issue with ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and the other books in the series is just that they are badly written with poor sentence structure that could have been written by a teenager. And don’t just take my word for it – out of 5,000 odd reviews on Amazon.co.uk the number of people who gave the book only 1 or 2 stars is almost equal to the number who gave it 5 stars.

I’m sure that, like many people, my desire to read the book came from all the hoopla surrounding it, but I didn’t end up reading it. I couldn’t read it. I barely made it through chapter one; it was just too painful to read.

There, I’m at the end of my rant, but before I go let me just say that if you want to read something erotic pick up a Kresley Cole or Sherrilyn Kenyon – those women do some steamy sex scenes and, actually, Elizabeth Lowell does some good ones too. Don’t follow the herd.

Happy reading

Rose Connelly

Book Review “Kiss of a Demon King” by Kresley Cole

Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark, #7)Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The whole Immortals After Dark Series is great. Romance with a mythical and paranormal elements, fated loves, werewolves, vampires, demons, Valkyrie, you name it. Engaging characters with hot sex scenes.

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Running from Fate book sales, reviews and comments

I just wanted to say thank you to all of the people who downloaded ‘Running from Fate‘ during the promotion and those who posted reviews and made comments on various websites. It was my very first book and I know there are some aspects that could perhaps have been done a bit better, but I believe writers always think that. It’s difficult and nerve-racking putting your work out there to be judged by others. It is a lot easier sending queries and even manuscripts off to unknown agents as it’s kind of impersonal and at least if they don’t like it, they won’t be posting comments on-line for everyone to see.

Still, I hope everyone enjoyed reading it. Since looking at a proof for Create Space I have noticed some spelling and grammar issues that neither myself nor beta readers noticed in the electronic version. I think you just get too used to seeing the text and a change of medium was what I needed. I have since uploaded a corrected version to Amazon and I have asked them how to go about notifying people who purchased the book before today of the update. As soon as I find out I will notify purchasers.

Over 14,000 people downloaded the book during the free promotion

I have since sold over 200 copies

Take a look at this review on Free Kindle News.

Within a few days a print copy should be available from Amazon.

Thank you again for all your support. Happy reading.

Rose Connelly

On my bookshelf

Just before Christmas I found a new author via a friend’s recommendation.  Her name is Sherrilyn Kenyon and she writes romance (classed as everything from fantasy to paranormal to dark fantasy to horror (not sure on that one)). She is prolific and has been writing for a while, although I just discovered her, so I have a fair number of books to read from her. I’m enjoying them greatly.

In addition, I got a Waterstone’s gift card for Christmas so I’ve also got a new Kresley Cole (romance), the second book in the ‘Game of Thrones’ series (will start on that series soon), a new Brandon Sanderson (fantasy author),  and the second Christopher Paolini book in his Inheritance Cycle (fantasy (I know I’m a little late discovering him)). In addition, I still have a Mercedes Lackey/ Andre Norton to read. Is it possible to get sick of reading. Nah, I don’t think so.

What’s on your reading list? I’m always looking for new authors.

Rose Connelly

Current/future reads

I’ve been volunteering at the Scottish Book Trust – a non-profit promoting reading, writing, and literature – and I noticed an unproofed copy of a book on someone’s desk.  Being between books, I asked if I could borrow it.  The book was the debut novel by Veronica Roth.  It was titled Divergent and takes place in a dystopian Chicago where at 16 everyone must choose one of five factions, conform to all their ideals, and forsake their families in favor of them (if they choose a faction different from their family).  It was a story about people who dared to be different, heart breaking choices, love, and bravery.  I read it every chance I got and finished quickly, then I messaged the author and thanked her.  I have been told that this book is similar in feel to The Hunger Games, but having not read that particular book I can’t confirm this. I would, however, highly recommend this book and I can’t wait till the next one comes out.

 

On another note, I’ve bought my flat mate  (one of my sisters) four books for Christmas, another sister sent us a book to share, and my flat mate bought me three books.  It’s driving me  nuts because I currently have nothing to read and I know there are eight books I want to read, wrapped and under the tree and I can’t read them.  I suppose I’ll concentrate on my writing for now and just feel good knowing I’ve so much to read after Christmas. Any recommendations on books? What books are you getting or wishing for this Christmas?

By the way, the Christmas books are:

A Nora Roberts’ trilogy (not saying which one as my flat mate doesn’t know)

Two Kresley Cole books

A Mercedes Lackey Five Hundred Kingdoms book (I’d highly recommend this series for anyone who enjoys romance and fantasy)

A Mercedes Lackey/Andre Norton fantasy

and

Game of Thrones (no I haven’t read it yet)

Happy reading,

Rose Connelly

Current Reads

I write romance and I read a lot of romance books, but I’m also a great lover of the fantasy genre.

Usually, I find new authors by walking through my library and picking up books that look interesting (well in genres I like; you’d never find me in the crime section).  As you can probably imagine, this doesn’t always work out so well and there are times when I end up with books that just need returned.

Recently, I had a bit of luck because my sister Maryska recommended a new author. Her name is Naomi Novik and she writes historical fantasy. I trust my sister and we have similar tastes so I went ahead and checked out the first three in her series, which I think is known as Temeraire.

I’m on “Black Powder War,” which is book three in the series and I’m enraptured. I can’t wait to finish and get on to the next one.

The stories are set during the Napoleonic Wars, but with one major difference: there are dragons. These are not dumb beasts, but have the same sort of intellectual abilities as humans. They speak, they have different species, they fight in the war effort, and (in most countries) they are paired with one captain as soon as they hatch.

The bond that develops between the two main characters is beautiful. The dragon,Temeraire, is a rare breed from China who was captured off a French warship. The captain of the English vessel that did the capturing accidentally impresses (bonds with) the dragon when it hatches early and switches the life of the sea for the life of an aviator. As the fighting continues and they face adversity at every turn, an unbreakable bond develops and both are changed for the better by it.

The books of the series are as follows:

His Majesty’s Dragon (called Temeraire in the UK)

Throne of Jade

Black Powder War

Empire of Ivory

Victory of Eagles

Tongues of Serpents

Crucible of Gold

I would highly recommend them.

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