Thursday, July 3, 2014

I'm in the paper!

In case you didn't hear my squeal from across the country, I made the front page of the Chandler Republic! Holy crap! I'm honored and humbled that they not only chose to do a story on me and on BURN ME, but that they put me on the front page just blows my mind.



Here's the link to the full article in case you would like to read it: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/chandler/2014/07/02/chandler-author-writes-firefighters-romance-novel-based-in-chandler/12009695/

Thanks to Weldon Johnson and the Arizona Republic for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime!

BURN ME is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iTunes.


Friday, June 13, 2014

BURN ME's ON SALE!!!

In case you've been waiting to pick up your copy of BURN ME, it's on sale right now on Amazon for just $0.99! Can't beat the price for a steamy summer read! Click the cover image below to be taken directly to the site!

Thanks for reading!

-S


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Book Review: FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS by Melissa Petreshock

From Goodreads:

Following the death of her uncle, twenty-one-year-old CAITRIONA HAYDEN finds herself in the midst of a trio of quintessential alpha male suitors in 22nd century sovereign America where human females should be seen and not heard.

Theo Pendragon claims her as his ward, ordained to guard her through to a long-awaited destiny unbeknownst to Cait, but finds more than he expected when passion ignites within the dragon for the first time. Always drawn to the pursuit of knowledge rather than the heat of desire, powerful demigod Dante cannot deny everything his future holds in Caitriona. America's monarch, ancient vampire Corrin, has no interest in the frivolity of love, yet marrying Cait could be the answer to his continued survival.

Soon, Cait goes from studying for college exams to choosing a husband knowing the consequences are eternal, the love undying, and the bond timeless.

Where to buy:
FIRE OF STAR AND DRAGONS on Barnes & Noble

Review:

FIVE STARS all the way. 

I mean look at that cover. How can a book with a cover THAT gorgeous NOT be amazing? 

I wasn't disappointed. First off, Melissa has a way with men. I love a good alpha hero and wasn't disappointed with not one, not two, but three alphas. Honestly, there were even more than that, but the story revolves around the three main alphas. Who wouldn't love to be fought over by three ridiculously gorgeous alpha males??

The pace was perfect and I was pleased with how Melissa presented her fantasy world. Rather than bogging us down with details and description, she let the world evolve organically around them.

There is no lack of heat in this book. I mean, with one of the heroes being a dragon and all, I'd expect nothing less. The sex scenes were tasteful and HOT. And you all know how I love a good sex scene. Cait is a great, strong lead and I loved how she didn't take crap from anyone. She knew what she wanted (most of the time) and wasn't letting anyone sway her. 

While I'm not a HUGE fantasy fan, this one definitely had me up all night and I can't wait for the next book in the series! I would definitely recommend putting it on your TBR list!



About the author:
As the author of New Adult Fantasy Romance novel FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS, Melissa brings together shapeshifting dragons, deities, vampires, and a sassy chick who holds her own. With a unique mythology and the intricate weaving of nuanced characters in a plot far more complicated than meets the eye, spectacularly visual writing draws readers into a fantastical world so real they can reach out and touch it.

FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS is available in ebook first by Swoon Romance and is the first in the Stars & Souls Trilogy. The second book, BLOOD OF STARS AND GODS is planned for a late 2014 release.

Melissa A. Petreshock is a full-time writer and member of the Romance Writers of America with past experience in the medical and educational fields, though she has primarily devoted her adult life to raising a family. Born and raised in Kentucky, Melissa spent a number of years in Massachusetts, living outside Boston and in Springfield before returning to her home state where she now resides on a small farm. She enjoys quiet married life and the silliness of her three children, indulging hobbies of music, Zumba, and a minor television addiction in what little free time she finds. Melissa’s interests include causes demanding social change such as mental health awareness and teen suicide prevention. FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS is her debut NA Fantasy Romance novel.

Follow Melissa on Twitter (@macpetreshock) or like her official Facebook Pagefacebook.com/macpetreshock for the most interaction.

You can also follow the official fan Twitter (@TeamDracopraesi) run by members of her All-Stars beta team.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Release Week: Seeing Your Face In The Paper and Other Holy Crap Moments

The whole "I'm a published author" thing kinda finally hit home, as I sat on my computer tonight googling the San Tan Sun News to see where I can nab some copies of their paper that will be running a story on me in their 5/3 issue. (I picked up the original at my local library and they didn't have any the last time I went!)

Anyway, clicking away I noticed that they post their stories online. And it's there. Early. My cover. My face. My giggling lunacy paraphrased through the ears and fingertips of a reporter. Oh my.

Thank you to Tracy House, news editor at the San Tan Sun News for the interview and story! I'm on cloud nine over here!

In case you'd like to read the story, you can access it here: http://issuu.com/timespub/docs/5.3.2014stsn_p49-58_neighbors?e=8633901/7706743

In other holy crap moments, I have another interview with another local news publication for another interview, which I'll be doing this coming week!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

It's ALIVE!

Happy birthday to my baby, BURN ME, who released to the world today!

There are so many people I need to thank, and I know I'm going to forget someone. Lord knows I did in my acknowledgements!

First off, a sincere thank you to my publisher, Georgia McBride and Swoon Romance for having faith in me and my work. I'm honored to be included in your list of fabulous authors.

Next, I'd like to thank my friend and critique partner, Brenda Drake. I can remember sitting up at 2 in the morning having word wars with you. We'd share an excerpt of what we just wrote, and I loved making you blush with my raw sex scenes! Who would've ever thought that one day BURN ME would not only have a plot (see, told ya it wasn't erotica!), but see the light of day! :) Thank you for pushing me to be better, and never, ever letting me give up on my dream of being published.

Sincere thanks to these people as well:
Tara Gibson
Monica BW
Megan Allen
Ron Chamberlin
Greg Conlan
Mark Chiaradonna
Mark Sicuso
Rob Butler
Tracy Clark
Christopher Leadbetter
The Swoon Romance/Month 9 Books author family - the most supportive group of authors I've ever met!

And YOU! A huge heartfelt thank you to each and every one of my readers. I wouldn't be here without you!


Oh yeah, I guess I should give you the buy links where you can snag your own copy of BURN ME!

Barnes & Noble (to come)




Sunday, April 27, 2014

Want to Win A Copy of BURN ME?

Head over to Molly Lee's blog where she's giving away an e-copy of BURN ME! And bonus, a copy of my pub-sister, Melissa Petreshock's FIRE OF STARS AND DRAGONS, which releases on Tuesday too! There's also exclusive excerpts from both books! Go take a look!

http://www.mollyelizabethlee.blogspot.com/2014/04/giveaway-win-ebooks-burn-me-by-shelley.html

If you just can't wait, you can still pre-order your own copy of BURN ME here.

Don't forget, both books release THIS TUESDAY!

*Snoopy dance*

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BURN ME Release Month Fun # 2

BURN ME releases in less than one week! So, I thought I'd share my BURN ME playlist as this week's fun "extra". This is the playlist that I listened to on shuffle the entire time I was writing BURN ME. You'll even recognize a few of the songs referenced in the book itself!

Enjoy!


Monday, April 21, 2014

BURN ME ARC Blog Tour Schedule

The tour schedule is posted over at ATOMR Blog tours! Click here to go to the schedule!

Thank you to all the fabulous bloggers who are hosting BURN ME on their blogs, be it reviews, promos, interviews, whatever. You all rock!

In a little over a week, BURN ME will be released to the world. I'm beyond thrilled (and nervous). You can pre-order your copy now on Amazon and iBookstore! Click the cover below to be taken to the BURN ME Goodreads page.


Thank you all for reading! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it! 

Friday, April 4, 2014

BURN ME Release Month Fun #1



I decided that in celebration of BURN ME's release month (it comes out THIS month on the 29th! If you haven't already pre-ordered - it's only $2.99! Click here to be taken to the Amazon order page!)

For today's fun, I thought I'd share my Pinterest inspiration board for BURN ME. These are images that helped bring me inspiration as I wrote BURN ME. Caution: there are TONS of images of hot firefighters. If you can't handle the heat, don't click the link ;) http://www.pinterest.com/s_watters/burn-me/

Up next: my BURN ME playlist!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Authorgraph

Oh, the amazingness that is e-books! I'm on Authorgraph now, so if you'd like your copy of BURN ME signed, just send me a request! (And thank you SO much for reading!!!!)

https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/Shelley_Watters

If you'd like a signed bookmark, (and would like additional for friends), hit me at one of my events. If you can't , I'd be more than happy to mail you one! Just email me your mailing address and how many you'd like (as well as who you will be distributing them to - just so I have an idea! ;) )

Thanks so much for all your support. I truly appreciate it!


Monday, March 17, 2014

Tucson Festival of Books

I had my first-ever signing at the Tucson Festival of Books on March 16th! Thank you to everyone who came out to make the event a success! I had a wonderful time and can't wait to attend again next year. I absolutely loved talking to readers and networking with the other authors. What a wonderful experience! Everyone was so gracious, and the other more seasoned authors were so sweet to give me advice on how they made their book successful so I can repeat their steps! What a wonderful community!


If you haven't already, you can preorder BURN ME on Amazon or iBookstore for just $2.99! http://www.amazon.com/Burn-Me-Shelley-Watters-ebook/dp/B00INB4FLI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394052110&sr=1-1&keywords=burn+me+shelley

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Now Available for Pre-Order!

Oh happy day! I'm literally dancing over here. It's really, really happening!!! In case you had BURN ME on your "To Read" list, you'll be happy to know that it is now available for pre-order on Amazon and ibookstore! Go reserve your copy today!

(Click the cover below to be taken to Amazon's pre-order page.)



Also, if you'll be in the Tucson metro area on March 16th, I'll be signing bookmarks at the Tucson Festival of Books in the central author pavilion from 9:30-11:30. Come out and see me!


Friday, January 24, 2014

Cover Reveal for BURN ME

OMG guys! I've had this cover for a while now, and haven't been able to share it until now! Swoon Romance makes some gorgeous covers, and they did not disappoint when it came to mine! I absolutely LOVE this cover, and I love the way it encompasses so much of the tension between Kat and Greyson. I can NOT wait to share this book with you! I love this cover so much, It's my background on every electronic device I own. SO in love!!! I'd say this cover is pretty "swoon"-worthy, wouldn't you? ;)


An Adult Contemporary Romance

Releasing April 29, 2014

Published by Swoon Romance


After her twin brother dies in a house fire, firefighter Katrina Hale is determined to prove she’s stronger than the flames. But while her focus on her career leaves little room in her life for romance and her current relationship fizzles, she soon discovers fighting fires is nothing compared to the scorching desire she feels in fellow firefighter Greyson Neal's arms. Firefighter Greyson Neal is the type of guy girls dream about when they want their knight in shining armor to wear bunker gear. But he’s not interested in fulfilling every girl’s fantasies. Now he wants the one woman he can never have, and she seems hell-bent on getting herself killed to prove that she’s worthy of her job. Kat must choose between her career and her heart, and fight to keep them both when an arsonist threatens to take it all away






Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Pitch Wars!!! Bio and Wish List



As you may or may not know, I've agreed to be a mentor for Pitch Wars again this year. It's a contest where authors submit to us mentors to work with them one-on-one on a project that will then be pitched to a all-star lineup of agents! Last year, my mentee, Alison Bliss, signed with her agent, Andrea Somberg as a result of the contest. One of my runner ups signed with Louise Fury, and the other signed with Swoon Romance! So, I have a pretty good track record for picking winners ;)

A little more about me: I was an intern with Literary Agent Vickie Motter at Andrea Hurst and followed that with an internship with Danielle Poeisz, Editorial Director at Entangled publishing. I write romance for adults and young adults. I was agented, but parted ways with my agent and have since signed a contract for my steamy contemporary romance, BURN ME, with Swoon Romance. The title will be released in April 2014. Prior to that, I published a children's picture book, SARA'S RIBBON, which was published by MeeGenius in 2013. I'm currently working on a sequel for BURN ME titled CUFF ME. In addition to my writing, I regularly co-host Pitch Madness with Brenda Drake.

For my bio, I decided to leave being witty to the other mentors. Witty isn't my strong point. STEAMY, however, is. So, it'll come as no surprise that my wish list is super short. I want romance, the steamier the better. YA, NA, Adult, as long as the romance is sizzling, I'm all in!

So set my submission box on fire with your steamy submissions! Thanks so much for considering submitting to me. I can't wait to read all the spectacular entries! Please follow the submission directions on Brenda's blog.

SECRET LETTER: E

Here's the list of spectacular agents who will be participating in this year's agent round:

1. LouiseFuryBent Agency

2. SuzieTownsendNew Leaf Literary

3. NicoleResciniti - The Seymour Agency

4. JohnM. CusickThe Greenhouse Agency

5. SarahLaPollaBradford Literary Agency

6. VictoriaMarini - Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency

7. JessicaSinsheimer - Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency

8. Pamvan Hylckama Vlieg - Foreword Literary

9. QuinlanLee - Adams Literary

10. JenUddenDonald Maass Literary Agency

11. EmilyKeyesForeward Literary

12. Brianne JohnsonWriters House

13. CarlyWatters P.S. Literary

14. LanaPopovic and Natasha Alexis - Zachary Shuster Harmsworth

15. MollyJaffaFolio Literary Management

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Cover Reveal!

Title: THE UNDERTAKERS: SECRET OF THE CORPSE EATER
Publication dateMarch 25, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Ty Drago

The Corpses are up something.

U.S. Senator Lindsay Micha had been kidnapped and replaced with a “dead” ringer, the sister to Lilith Cavanaugh, the Queen of the Dead.  Now Will Ritter must go undercover in our nation’s capital to ferret out the truth and try to stop this ambitious deader. But his mission becomes even more dangerous when he learns of a mysterious ten-legged monster that prowls the halls of the Capitol Building — a lethal monster with a taste for Corpse flesh.

Can such an alien “enemy of his enemy” truly become Will’s friend?





Friday, September 6, 2013

Welcome to Pitch Madness!




It's been a long week of reading through all the amazing pitches and our wonderful readers have narrowed the slush, and your game hosts have chosen sixty pitches, along with four pitches saved by our slush readers, for the game. If you're new to Pitch Madness you can check out the details here and our fantabulous agents here.

(Scroll down to view all 16 picks for my blog.)

Comments are set to moderation so the agent's won't see their competitors' bids. Please no comments other than those from the agents. After the game later on September 10, we'll release the moderation and let you all comment on the entries.  

Please note: We will email submission details for all requests by the agents. After the contest, agents will make requests to us for the pitches they loved and didn't not win.

Congratulations to those who've made it into the game! For those who haven't made it, we are hosting a Twitter Pitch Party on September 12 from 8AM to 8PM EDSon the hashtag #PitMad

How do you twitter pitch? You can find all the details here.



A huge thank you to my team! You can check out the teams here.