Rose Renee Shelly
Rose Renee Shelly is an accomplished writer of romances and romance-related articles. She has published two full-length Regency Romances in print, Veracity In Truth, and the sequel, Faith And Fallibility. She also has one time travel romance to her credit, Lost Echoes. Currently, Ms. Shelly is working on a series of cozy murder mysteries sent in the Cotswolds of England. she also has a great love of Science Fiction. Ms. Shelly is currently residing in North Carolina, where she writes most of fiction.
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I Married A Monster Yeti, Book 2 of Bound To Breed Series
by Rose Renee Shelly
When Bella travels to the Himalayan mountains with her new boyfriend, Tab, she has no idea what lies in store for her there. She soon finds out! First, the journey is a nightmare. Then Tab turns out to be the worst man she has ever dated. Finally, they are both captured by the mysterious abominable snowmen, or yeti. And when sex rears its enormous head, Bella realizes she is in "big" trouble!
I Married An Alien, Book 1 of "Bound To Breed" Series
by Rose Renee Shelly
Angela, lonely, takes a walk along the beach late at night, where she meets a very handsome and very naked man. When practically the first words out of his mouth are "I want to breed with you," and "I'm not of this world," Angela decides its time to leave. But when he shows her his "sexual modifications" to better please an Earth woman, she thinks again! How can she pass up equipment like that?
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- Blue Men, A Short Memoir of 1968
on July 26, 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed Blue Men, A Short Memoir of 1968. It was brief, powerful, and to the point. One forgets how rather like the Civil War the Sixties must have been for many people in ways, with everyone taking opposing sides, the country being so terribly polarized over things. But where the Civil War was more about “brother against brother,” the Sixties were more about children (baby boomers) against their parents, and friends against friends. How divided the nation was then over the issues of the day!
So it was intriguing to see how people were affected by it all on such a personal level, in such an intimate memoir, and how they were changed as a result.
I loved how one teacher could still be so instrumental in showing someone the way, even through such tough times, that such people were still relevant, still so helpful. I thought this a very compelling account of one person’s sojourn through 1968, apparently kicking and screaming all the way, not wanting to change. This is not so much a coming of age story, as simply of a person growing up, of casting aside their illusions, and facing life head on! I give this the highest rating, five full stars!
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- The Sprite And I
on Oct. 24, 2010
Wow! What a fun Christmas read. I laughed aloud a number of times through this short story. The sprite and Harold manage great dialogue, and you can just see the little thing, envision it. The part about Santa and the sprite's relationship was great! What a new, fun twist of a Christmas fantasy. And you have to feel for poor Harold what with that terrible hangover. I keep using the word "fun" here. That's because it really was. Reading it made my morning!
- Where Worlds Collide II, A Dark Anthology of Science Fiction
on Oct. 24, 2010
Where Worlds Collide by Rob Shelsky is a fascinating read. His stories tend to be dark, but always seem to involve some hope, which I like. And his novella, an Imperial Death was VERY well written. The planet Tiartha--it's as if I was there! You could visualize everything about it. And there are the people you love to hate, such as the dastardly Magnus Vasilov. The entire anthology is terrific, though. I loved Treasure Of The Guardian Templar, a heck of an adventure/treasure hunting story set in modern times. And I particularly liked the one done as a tribute to H.P. Lovecraft, a darker look at religion and immortality, in Shepherd Of Babylon. This book is a five out of five stars for me!
- Light On The Moor, A Paranormal Romance
on Oct. 27, 2010
Light On The Moor by Rob Shelsky is one of the best paranormal romances I've ever read. It is so descriptive, so full of atmosphere, and keeps you wondering what's coming next, right to the very end. If you want to "be there" on the dark moors of Devonshire during World War II, and experience a lonely, lost woman's desperate search for love, you'll love Light On The Moor. This is the story of a London refugee who meets the man of her dreams, perhaps literally. There is a dark secret, one even her parents seem aware of. Every way Norah turns, she finds more mysteries. A top-grade paranormal romance. This certainly deserves the full five stars and more!
on Oct. 29, 2010
Verity, a great Regency and suspense tale by author R. R. Shelsky! This well-written novel grabbed me from the start, when Verity, the heroine is awakened in the middle of the night by a handsome stranger pounding on her London townhouse door. From there, she is swept along by this enigmatic man, and along with her maid, Henrietta ("Hen) must leave her comfortable London life to take care of an ill uncle in "darkest Devonshire." I don't want to give too much away, but let's just say that there are dark forces at work in Devon, as well. Smugglers, shipwreckers, and is Draken and her sick uncle involved in all this? When Verity starts to fall in love with Draken Hazelmere, that dark lord, things only seem to go from bad to worse. Somehow, Verity must sort out the answers, for if she does not, the man she loves may hang, perhaps along with her uncle. And poor Verity just may not survive it all.
R.R. Shelsky has done a superb job of creating a period feel, with his dialogue (some characters have marvelous local accents, such as "Hen," and is great at descriptions. I also liked that although not overdone, there is a definite sensuality, but true to Regency style, nothing happens for real until the wedding night.
If you enjoy a good Regency with well thought out characters, a fast moving plot, intrigue, and suspense, along with love and all that tension, of course, you'll love Verity. A true Regency Romance classic if ever there was one.
- Fallibility, A Regency Romance
on Oct. 30, 2010
I've just finished reading Fallibility by R.R. Shelsky. This is a sequel of sorts to Verity and is every bit as good. For me, the plot and characters really stand out in this book. Faith is real. She's a willful young woman who wants her own way, and can afford it, because she's wealthy and of the nobility. So is her Aunt Penelope, a truly dominating character if there ever was one. Ultimately, she controls Faith's purse strings as her guardian. So the tension between these two women is palpable. And when Faith fall in love with the "wrong sort" of man, the handsome Giles, Lady Penelope has a hissy fit. Now there is three-way tension, between Faith, Giles, and her aunt. Lady Penelope insists they must leave the manor home of Lord and Lady Hazelemere, and journey to Brighton. This is a none-to-subtle effort on the aunt's part to get Faith away from the lower-class Giles,
On the way, they are robbed and kidnapped in none other place than Doone Valley, no less. I didn't realize this setting from Lorna Doone is real, but apparently it is. Even the "Robber's Bridge" is. I don't want to spoil the ending, but let's just say that it is a race against time, for the kidnappers intend to kill Faith and her aunt.
Their only hope is escape or rescue, and neither seem likely. Will Giles come to her rescue? Can she manage to free herself and her aunt and avoid recapture? The answers lie in this fast-paced, entertaining Regency Romance of the first order, Fallibility, by R.R. Shelsky. If you like great plot, solid characterizations, humorous dialogue, love trying to find its way, and gritty problems, you'll love Fallibility. It gets five stars from me.
- Lost Echoes
on Nov. 01, 2010
Now, this is one good book! I thoroughly enjoyed Lost Echoes by Rob Shelsky. He has a talent for writing sweet love stories intermixed with action and suspense. He creates a wondrous character with Aurea Pentrose, true to her times and period, but still a girl with a backbone. When she first meets Peter from the future, she thinks him a devil, albeit a very handsome one.
The whole crux of Lost Echoes is that Peter Vincent, a modern day stockbroker, discovers a miniature portrait in an antique jewel case he's buying for his girlfriend. Immediately, he is mesmerized by the beautiful picture of Aurea. The dealer tells him the girl disappeared at Hampton Court Palace, believed kidnapped and killed.
Later, when Peter is in England, he visits the palace, and as luck would have it travels briefly back in time and meets the girl of his dreams. But he can't stay. For some reason, whatever force that's allowing him to move through time seems to have designs of its own. Peter can help and interfere, but not on a long-term basis. Even so, he struggles to find out what is going to happen to Aurea, and save her.
Set in Elizabethan England, in the middle of court intrigues and treason, this is a fun, exciting book. One feels for Aurea and Peter. And the mystery of what is to happen to her and how, and who will do it, keeps you wanting to read!
I give Lost Echoes by Rob Shelsky five stars. This is one good book!
- A Confederate Yankee In Miss Annabelle's Court
on Nov. 04, 2010
A Confederate Yankee In Annabelle's Court is delightful! Author Rob Shelsky has created a very believable scenario in this sweet romance. It seems rare to me when an author bothers to research the historical background for a short story this thoroughly, makes sure of his facts to get it just right. And here Mr. Shelsky did just that.
Annabelle is a modern, intelligent woman, who is smarting from a recent breakup. When she sees a light shining late at night in a supposedly abandoned old farmhouse, her curiosity gets the better of her. She just has to investigate. I won't give away much more of the plot, except to say that the interaction between her and the man she meets, Seth, is fun, well written, ans suspenseful.
Ah, to find a man like Annabelle found would be a lovely thing, indeed! But the question is, do they have a future together, or is he to die? And if he does survive, can they live in our present, or must it be the Civil War Period, because it seems history cannot be changed? Can a modern girl give up her rights of the present to becomes someone's wife in the past? And should she? This story is a different take on it all. I really enjoyed this tale of romantic time travel. Five stars!
- Out of the Dark
on Nov. 22, 2010
Out Of The Dark, by Shelby Vick is a marvelous story. In a world ravaged by nuclear war, wereteens come on the scene. With the help of a father and son, they struggle to survive those who would see them dead. Out of the Dark is a different sort of tale, because it works on several levels. First, there is the straight action, fast-paced story I so enjoyed, but there is also an underlying theme of both a father and son coping with a tragic loss, coming to terms with each other, which gives Out Of The Dark a sensitive, personal touch. Combine these, and you have a heck of a story. I'd enjoy seeing a sequel to this one, because I'd like to see more adventures of the wereteens.
- Green Waters, A Paranormal Story
on Feb. 01, 2011
Rob Shelsky’s Green Waters is an intriguing tale. Rob has a real talent for paranormal stories, it seems, because this is as good as his others I’ve read, Light On The Moor, and A Confederate Yankee In Annabelle’s Court. However, unlike those, this is not a paranormal romance of any sort, but a true paranormal in its own right. And he does it so well. He paints pictures with words. I could see the old woman floating there in the middle of that room, letting go of her last breath, pleading! Wow! Great stuff!
Green Waters combines a very Twilight Zone style of plot with a touch of Alfred Hitchcock. It has wonderful description, and a plot that keeps you moving forward, and with eerie results at the end.
Green Waters by Rob Shelsky is a great paranormal story. And the way it ended left me feeling satisfied, and yet unsettled at the same time. Perhaps, this is what hell or purgatory might be really like? I wonder. Five stars for Rob Shelsky’s Green Waters. It deserves every one of them!
- Flowers In February
on Aug. 29, 2011
What a moving love story, and as the blurb says, "of a different sort." I found myself crying at one point, and laughing at another. For Gays who want to see past the immediate future, take a glance down the road of life, and see what life really has to offer, this is one great short story to read. I particularly loved the scene where the two were lying on the grass, gazing up at the sky, and building their castles in the air one final time. VERY moving. A bittersweet romance. This story is worth a full five stars! One cautionary note: this isn't erotica, doesn't claim to be, but rather is a love story. And I loved it.
- The Gay Canterbury Tales, The Tale Of The "Miller" And The Village Idiot
on Oct. 06, 2011
What a fun take on the old Chaucer Canterbury Tales! Thoroughly updated, and done delightfully as a Gay story, this is a fun one and I loved the ending. More tales of this sort to come, I hope!