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/

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Free Kindle download of ‘A Blush of Magic’

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Shana Phillips is a moderately successful romance writer, but she has a big problem. Due to an almost crippling shyness, the only type of romance she experiences comes from the characters in her books.

Wanting to write a story steeped in myth and magic, she lets her agent talk her into visiting the small village of Ballybree in County Meath, Ireland.

Despite her agreement, though, the thought of all the attention she is bound to get terrifies her. She plans to spend as much time as possible alone in her rented cottage, but the residents of Ballybree have other ideas.

First, there is Ronan O’Meara, the gorgeous, gray-eyed Irishman who is determined to court her. Then there is Fáelán, a magical being who treats her like a sister and swears they share a common ancestry.

Finally, there are Kate and Zoe who break through her barriers to become her first friends and confidants. But even with all the extra support, will she be able to overcome her problems and find her own happy ending?

 

 

This book explores what it’s like to live and find love for people with social anxiety – though the happy ending comes faster than in real life and she has some help from some interesting people – it is fiction.

This book will be free to download from Amazon from now – March 16th 2014- until this Thursday. Download a copy, check it out, and let me know what you think.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/A-Blush-Magic-Rose-Connelly-ebook/dp/B00EBC0LHK

 

Happy Reading

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Family Wedding, Social Anxiety and ramblings

So I came back last week from a wedding in Georgia (the US state, not the country). It was a family wedding and the first time in ten years that all of my siblings have been together – there are 12 of us.

My oldest – is there a nice way to say that? – how about the sister with the most life experience – got married. It was a beautiful wedding – she’s very talented – and made her own gorgeous, unique dress – and it had some wonderful nods to the geeks in the family (most of us) with the music from The Hobbit and a dance to a song from Howl’s Moving Castle. During the dance with my dad, both my sister and dad were singing to each other, a lot of people teared up.

Of course, being a family affair there was plenty of drama. Why is it when we get back together we all seem to act like children again? Well except for the drinking. Is this the case for all siblings?

I didn’t want to say then, because it was my sister’s special time, but I had a breakthrough. For those of you who have been following my blog and probably those who’ve read ‘A Blush of Magic,’ I struggle with social anxiety. I don’t think I’ve completely overcome it yet, but I did something big:

I got on the microphone and spoke in front of a few hundred people – many I didn’t know – completely unrehearsed. Had only had one one drink. My palms didn’t even sweat. Have I turned a corner? I really hope so.

I know I haven’t posted much recently, but life has been really busy. I hope to start the rounds of agent queries with a new book soon – needs a tiny bit of polishing. It’s basically a paranormal romance and has garnered good reviews from beta readers.

Then I’ll be starting on another book.

I’ll try and update more often, but in the meantime:

Happy Reading
Rose Connelly

My New Book – A Blush of Magic – is free to download Wednesday the 11th and Thursday the 12th

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It’s been a long time coming. Over a year since ‘Running from Fate’ and my new novel is finally out! In ‘A Blush of Magic’ join Shana, who is so shy, she’d close to living as a shut in,  as she takes a simple research trip to Ireland that turns into something not so simple.

Come visit Ireland where magic still exists and hero’s come with sexy accents. Share with Shana a journey of self discovery that could ultimately lead to a path of love – if she’s only strong enough to walk it.

Visit Amazon on Wednesday, September 11th or Thursday, September 12th and download your free copy. Spread the news, please tell me what you think and, as always…

Happy Reading

Rose Connelly

A Blush of Magic now published

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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: http://www.amazon.com/A-Blush-of-Magic-ebook/dp/B00EBC0LHK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1375614147&sr=1-1.

Happy Reading

Rose Connelly

Finding my own romance and creating a life – Fighting Social Anxiety

I don’t know how many of you remember, but back in March of 2011 I did a blog about tackling shyness (in connection with my book ‘A Blush of Magic’). Anyway, I’d like to revisit that subject and say that, yes, I do suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder and have for as far back as I can recall. I was one of those children who hid under my desk for the first month of kindergarten. I’d rather have understanding than pity and I am not alone in my self-imposed prison; millions of people around the world suffer from Social Anxiety, sometimes called Social Phobia, to one degree or another.

For some people it only manifests in very specific situations, for others it’s more generalized. Some of the symptoms are unnoticeable to anyone on the outside, like the negative thoughts and feelings that come from perceived scrutiny and assumed judgement by others. This can cause sufferers to be perceived as aloof or snooty, because we often find it difficult to speak up or try not to get involved in long conversations. Other symptoms can range from sweating to increased heart rate to blushing, trembling, stammering, difficulty breathing and full out panic attacks.

For me I have learned to automatically avoid situations that cause panic, which is a problem because social gatherings scare me, one on one conversation is nerve racking, and dating is terrifying. I’m not getting any younger though and I don’t want to always live like this. Yes, I love to write romance and fantasy, I love to read, but I don’t want the only romance I experience or the only friendship I see to come from what I write or what I read.

I have found help in two really great books by Leil Lowndes called ‘Goodbye to Shy‘ and ‘How to Talk to Anyone,’ but going from reading to doing is very difficult and I have done a lot of backsliding. I’ve also had a bit of help from the medical community, but therapy can be really expensive and waiting lists are long (NHS) so it’s up to me to change things.

So, I have joined some groups on meetup, a social networking site, and I’m going to a museum visit and coffee at the end of the month. I am also determined to take interesting cooking classes, learn to dance so I can go to Ceilidhs (pronounced Kay-lee) and many other things. First, though, baby steps. I’ll go out to things, use methods to try and calm my anxiety and hope I get better at social interaction. I’m determined so I will.

It can be really difficult to admit to such a thing as Social Anxiety when we live in a society that awards confidence and finding support is difficult. If you are suffering know that you are not alone and keep trying.

Rose Connelly

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