Free Promotion – Running from Fate

On Tues 4th and Thurs 5th Running from Fate will be free to download for your Kindle to honour the publication of my new book A Blush of Magic


A Blush of Magic now published


Well the time has come to go my own way. After months and months, possibly a year, of sending off queries, getting a few manuscript requests and some very positive feedback, only to be told it doesn’t quite fit, I have decided to self publish once again.

“A Blush of Magic” is the story of Shana Phillips, a decent, but not great romance writer who suffers from Social Anxiety Disorder. At her home in Boston she is friendless, barely goes out and even gets her groceries delivered. She wants a better life, but doesn’t know how to get it.

Cue an intriguing note and photo from someone in the village of Ballybree in County Meath, Ireland.  Shana has an idea for a wonderful book, steeped in magic, but needs the right inspiration – she goes – figuring she can take solitary walks and hide out in her cottage.

Kate, Zoe, Ronan, the local population of fae people and, really, the entire village, have other ideas.

Will Shana grab the chance to overcome her problems, change her life and find her own happily ever after? Find out here:

Happy Reading

Rose Connelly

Why do women torture themselves – the myth of small feet

Went out to buy new trainers today as the holes in mine are getting so big they have their own holes. Anyway, went to Sports Direct; shoes I tried on (anything under £45) were too tight. Sister and I spent three hours walking around Edinburgh and going to every sport’s shop we could find, same issue. Went back to Sports Direct, figured I’d up my budget; still same issue. Woman (sales assistant) hesitantly suggested that perhaps I should try men’s shoes. Maybe afraid I’d be offended. Anyway, hallelujah, they fit without choking my feet.

Don’t know if there’s some kind of idea that all women have narrow feet (which I guarantee they don’t) or woman want their feet to look small so they squeeze them into tiny shoes and don’t complain. Makes life a pain. On the plus side, now that I know I can wear a size 6 (uk) in men’s my choices for walking/hiking boots just went way up.

On another note, spent a while drooling over hiking equipment – did you know they have travel towels – can’t wait till I’ve got more money and the weather is nicer so my dog, Sophie, and I can finally go hillwalking!

Devil's Bride (Cynster, #1)Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked up this book in a discount book shop. I have never read Stephanie Laurens, but heard of her and I was really looking for some new romance authors. I was incredibly pleased by this book. I get a bit sick of names like Honoria for regency heroines, but that’s really the only thing I didn’t like about the book. I’m always up for heroines who are proud and stand up for themselves and women everywhere against domineering men. The fact that she did this and fought to have equal footing in a time period where women had very little say is even better. Loved the couple, the way they were together and the struggle the hero, ‘Devil’ Cynster has accepting that what he feels for his new bride is more than passion and possessiveness. I’d highly recommend it and look forward to reading the others in the series.
Happy reading
Rose Connelly

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Fear Unfounded

Finished my first read through of my most recently completed novel, ‘Prophecy of a Dangerous Love.’ The writing of which gave me more trouble than anything I’ve ever written (granted it’s only my third novel). I was terrified it would be horrible, but I’m very pleased to say that it’s not. Sure it needs some revising, but I’m now looking forward to it. Damn you creeping rot disease for causing me such stress. Weight gone, hope restored.

Happy writing everyone

Rose Connelly


Shelli is one of my friends and she’s a good writer. Have a look at her new story and enjoy.
Happy reading
Rose Connelly

Shelli Rosewarne

Hi all,

Well, I have a shiny new release out – which is always exciting! It’s a shortish (10k) story called A Chance at Love in the Serviced Anthology by Breathless Press.51WNRN38wcL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-67,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_

A Chance at Love

Corporal Aidan Hamilton has the unenviable job of telling his best friend’s sister that her brother isn’t coming back. This is slightly complicated by the fact that from the moment he meets Suzanne Kelsey he knows she’s everything he’s ever wanted. While Suzanne might need someone to lean on at the moment, can he convince her that what they have is more than a short term fling?

Suzanne had always told her big brother that being a soldier was too dangerous, so when she sees the uniformed officer in front of her house she knows exactly what he’s here to tell her. While Aidan may set her blood on fire, Suzanne has already lost…

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Writing Books and Ex-boyfriends

I can’t remember where, but I heard or read a comment comparing books that you’ve finished writing to ex-boyfriends. What is meant by that – for me anyway – is that once you’ve finished the writing and the revising and the editing you have moved on. Then, after some time has passed, you will think back on the book fondly, but won’t want to revisit it.

Recently I have discovered that this is absolutely true. Take for example my first novel “Running from Fate,” which I published on Amazon in August of last year. I spent some time trying the traditional publishing route – agent queries mainly – before I turned to publishing in ebook format. Prior to that I spent over a year writing and revising the manuscript. Even with revising I finished writing the book in September of 2010.

By the time it was published on Amazon it had been off my radar for two years and I was deeply into the writing of another book. In fact, I think I had finished one book and started on a third. But readers want to talk about the book they’ve just read; they comment on it, ask questions and, sometimes (and I love this part) rave about it.

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate all of my readers, even the ones who have something negative to say. I suppose the problem, like I’ve said, is that “Running from Fate” is now an ex-boyfriend. I remember it in a distant way – after all it was my creation, my blood, sweat and tears – but I don’t think of it often.

By all means, continue to comment and yes, absolutely yes, say nice things, rave about the parts you really like and I will thank you, but I might not completely recall the part you’re talking about.

Truthfully, once I’ve finished a book – and for you fellow writers you know it is hard work – I don’t really want to think about it again – well at least seriously think about it anyway (the kind of thinking that means reading it or, God forbid, working on it). I’ve spent months writing and just as long if not longer editing and revising. At least for a while anyway I’m sick of it. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t be willing to do another round of revising if say a publisher requested it, but I’d still grouch.

It’s a strange thing writing books, you always kind of live in your readers’ future. It’s a bit of a disconnect. I wonder if Neil Gaiman gets tired of people asking about “American Gods” or if J.K. Rowling will get sick of people talking about Harry Potter? Food for thought.

Anyway happy reading and inspired writing

Rose Connelly

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 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 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:Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I’m never one to put too much detail into a book review, because I want to give my opinion, but not spoil it for someone who has yet to read the book. That said, I was disappointed in this book. I’m used to Kresley Cole writing books that I can’t put down and creating rich characters with lives and communities outside of the forever partner who come into their lives. Her heros are tough and gorgeous and her heroines are always kick ass.

Trehan Dacian was tough and good looking, but there isn’t much more I can say about him. Bettina was pretty and talented, but – despite the weaponry she created – not exactly kick ass.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m perfectly fine with a variety of characters from an author and I don’t mind the occasional woman swooning as a buff guy fights for her (well, not literally, but you get my drift). The problem that I had with this book was that I felt the characters were a wee bit 2 dimensional. I didn’t really connect with them and, truthfully, couldn’t have cared less what happened to them.

I wouldn’t read it again, but I don’t feel it was a complete waste of my time to read it and, hey this is just my opinion; other readers have given it high ratings.

Check it out from your library, have a read and make up your own mind about it.

As always,

Happy reading


‘Homespun Threads’ – book of fairy tales

I recently heard, through Creative Scotland, about a local theatre group called Homespun Theatre who were looking for fairy tale (re-imagined or new) for a book. I had not strictly written a fairy tale per se, but I remembered that I’d created a short one for use in my book ‘A Blush of Magic’ (which is not yet published). I pulled it out, tidied it up, named it ‘The Faerie Prince and the Farmer’s Daughter’ and submitted it. It has been published as an ebook, along with 34 other tales,

All proceeds go to the Homespun Theatre Group to help support them in re-developing and touring their children’s show. Share the word and check it out at

Happy reading,
Rose Connelly

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