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Monday, July 27th, 2015
Innocent Next Door

Take one alpha, army hero intent on offering protection and one virgin, country girl craving action and adventure, and you have the set-up for my latest release, Innocent Next Door.

Innocent Next Door is set in Auckland, New Zealand.

Auckland city and harbor

Summer, the heroine, works in the city and sees a similar view when she grabs a cab or drives to Dare’s restaurant.

Auckland Albert Park

This is Albert Park, not far from the library where Summer works.

Sky Tower

This is the Sky Tower where Dare took Summer for lunch. They dined at the revolving restaurant at the top.

Rangitoto Mt Victoria North Head

This is Rangitito Island, (the cone shape in the rear) another view that Summer sees while driving around Auckland.

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Both Summer and Nikolai live in Bottle Top Bay, not far from Papakura. Above are two shots of Bottle Top Bay, taken from the other side of the estuary. As you can see the tide is out, and when it’s out, it is really way out! It’s pretty though, and out in the country, but still not far away from the amenities of town.

And here’s the cover…

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I’m conducting an experiment, and this book is only available at Amazon. If you’re a member of Kindle Unlimited, you can grab a free copy.

Here’s the link to Innocent Next Door.

The second book in the series, Soldier With Benefits, should be available for pre-order very soon.

Do you enjoy books set in real places or do you prefer fictional settings?

Monday, July 20th, 2015
Reasons to Read a Feline Shapeshifter Romance

I’m a real fan of paranormal romances–both reading and writing them. Although I’ve written a couple of wolf characters most of my shapeshifters are feline.

So, why do I like feline shapeshifters? Let me tell you…

Thursday, July 16th, 2015
12 Things to Consider When Choosing A Cruise

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Cruising is a growth industry within the travel sector, and hundreds of thousands of people spend their holidays in this manner. When I was younger, I dreamed of cruising to warm climes and interesting destinations. I collected brochures, but this type of holiday seemed like a dream to me. Too expensive for a Kiwi girl for a start, and there was the annoying fact I wasn’t old enough to get a job!

These days, cruising is more affordable than ever. Pick a destination anywhere in the world, and the chances are a cruise company sails there.

So, how do you choose a cruise? What factors should you consider?

These are the things you should consider before forking out your money.

1. What do you want from your cruise? Are you looking for relaxation or a party? Some lines cater for the younger crowd while others attract more retirees. Some of the shorter cruises are party cruises. Check it out first!

2. Are you traveling with children? Most cruise lines have a kids’ club and also one for teenagers. Some provide babysitters (for a fee)

3. What time of the year are you traveling? If you want relaxation don’t travel during Christmas/New Year or school holidays because most ships will be teaming with children. Children = noise.

4. Do you want sunshine and beaches? Stick to a cruise around the Med, the Carribean or perhaps the Pacific.

5. Do you like to dress up for dinner? Some lines expect a higher standard of dress, so if you like to wear shorts and a T-shirt all day go for one of the lines that are more casual. No Queen Mary for you.

6. Does the ship have a launderette available to the public? If you have a longer cruise this is important. Laundry and dry cleaning can be very expensive if you pay the ship staff to do it.

7. Do you want/enjoy sea days? Some cruises have several sea days, sometimes in a row, so if you loathe sea days check the itinerary carefully.

8. Hidden costs. The price of the cruise includes travel, onboard entertainment and meals. Be aware that travel to the port, alcohol, special coffees, signature restaurants, internet, ship excursions, and some hobbies will attract extra charges.

9. Room service – some cruise lines charge extra while others provide this service for free.

10. Incentive program – most cruise lines run an incentive program for frequent travelers. Instead of chopping and changing cruise lines, sometimes it is better to stick with the same one and reap benefits like free laundry and internet.

11. Are tender boats used at the ports? Some ports are not equipped for large ships to berth at the wharf, and passengers must be ferried ashore on smaller boats (tenders). This can take some time if the ship is a large one with several thousand passengers.

12. Don’t like a crowd? The ships vary from a few hundred passengers to several thousand. If this is important to you, choose your cruise accordingly.

Want to learn more? Check out Cruise Critics http://www.cruisecritic.com/ and their forum http://boards.cruisecritic.com/ for advice and tips.

Shelley Munro is a romance writer who lives in New Zealand and loves to travel. You can learn more about Shelley and her books at www.shelleymunro.com

Monday, July 13th, 2015
Supernatural Summer Specials

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I’m taking part in the Supernatural Summer Specials promotion. This is an opportunity to stuff your e-reader with loads of paranormal titles (over 50!), each available for a short time for 99c.

My title Claimed & Seduced (book 2 in my House of the Cat series) is one of the books in the promotion.

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Shapeshifter Prince Jarlath Leandros of the planet Viros is a man who understands duty. As heir, he’s had his future as leader of the House of the Cat mapped since childhood. Boring! Jarlath yearns for an indefinable more.

Keira Cloud is beautiful and sexy, she’s independent and confident, and not only is she an enemy from the House of Cawdor, but her stepchildren accuse her of murder. Not a suitable woman for the prince, but Jarlath aches to claim her.

When the House of the Cat comes under attack, Jarlath is thrust into the middle of danger where life or death is the only option. A war is brewing, one that brands Jarlath and Keira enemies, yet their hearts shout otherwise and their animal selves—the leopard and the crow—care nothing for conventional barriers. Right or wrong, passion blooms out of control and with the city under siege soon Jarlath’s life is anything but boring. Now all he needs to do is survive…

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And don’t forget, book one in the series, Captured & Seduced, is currently FREE. Grab your copy here:

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Have fun shopping. I know I will!

Saturday, July 11th, 2015
Inspirational Holidays

Filling the creative well…

Malta

The run-up to our recent holiday was wrought with tension and stress, and there was a moment there when I thought we’d never get on the plane. We had a death in the family plus my father had an unexpected op and a month-long hospital stay. He has subsequently been diagnosed with dementia, so we have a new set of problems, which are ongoing.

However, despite the setbacks, we did get on the plane and flew off to Barcelona and the start of our Med cruise.

I have to say that this is one of our favorite parts of the world. We love the food, the spring temperatures and the wealth of old buildings and history. Centuries of history, which I’m envious of. New Zealand is a young country and while we have gorgeous scenery the breadth of our history isn’t quite as impressive as the European one.

For once, I didn’t pay much attention to the online world. I scanned my emails since I had a few business coals in the fire, but mostly, I ignored the internet and what was happening in the rest of the world.

We embraced the local food and culture and had a blast.

Here are some of the highlights, which I’ll blog about in greater detail in the weeks to come.

1. Visiting the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, which was full of gorgeous art deco features.

2. Tapas in Barcelona

3. Sicily and Mt. Etna

4. Herculaneum and Mt Vesuvius

5. Santorini, the donkeys, the scenery and the food

6. Kotor, Montenegro – a welcome surprise

7. Food tour in Istanbul, Turkey. Awesome!!!

8. Italian food – pasta and pizza. Wow!

9. Rhodes, Greece. History, castles and gorgeous food.

10. Mdina, Malta. More history and good food.

We soaked up the culture, and I took notes and many, many photos as ideas for future romance novels exploded in my mind like popcorn. Watch this space.

I’m slowly getting back into writing and have several projects underway. The writing is going fine, although I’m still on a bit of a go slow when it comes to the internet. I’m sure I’ll get with the program soon, although it has been good to switch off from online drama.

When you go on holiday, are you able to switch off from the internet and social media?

Monday, June 29th, 2015
Summer Scavenger Hunt!

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Take a walk on the wild side…

 

IF YOU DARE

 

Take part in the Summer Scavenger Hunt. Start at the www.pnrlovers.com, visit all the authors, find the answers to the questions on their sites and win!

Prizes:

1st – $125 Amazon Gift Certificate

2nd – $50 Amazon Gift Certificate

3rd – $25 Amazon Gift Certificate

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Shelley’s Spotlight Book:

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Snared by Saber

Paranormal Romance

Alpha Hero

Capture

Adventure

Middlemarch Capture series – book one

Good luck, and mind the paranormal creatures. Some of them bite! Devil

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
Time for a Break

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The last six weeks have been full of family stuff, which has taken up much of my time, and today, hubby and I are going on holiday for a much needed break.

While I’m away I have several releases. The first two books in my Alien Encounter series – Janaya and Hinekiri  will become available. Last Wish, a paranormal story about a genie will also go live. All three stories are rereleases with new covers.

Oh, and a reminder – Captured & Seduced, the first book in my House of the Cat series is still free, so grab your copy from your favorite online retailer.

Have a wonderful month.

Happy reading,

Shelley

Saturday, April 18th, 2015
Lost with Leo: Fear of Spiders!

My Sexy Saturday

The theme this week is “I Got You Babe.” I have to admit that I didn’t have the slightest idea of what to do with the topic. After much deep thought, I decided to go with an excerpt from my latest release, Lost With Leo.

Leo, the hero of this novel, is a leopard shifter, and he’s become entangled with a nasty villain—a female from the Spiderus race.

Fear.

It was a tight band around his chest, restricting his breathing until it felt as if each breath emerged and entered through a straw.

The mansion came into sight, and each inhalation sawed into his lungs. He forced his tense limbs to carry him to the gates, to ring the bell for entrance. A voice squawked from a concealed speaker, and Leo backed away in quick, jerky steps, the flight response kicking in big time. Run. Run. Run!

Yet his promise to honor a contract kept his feet firm, and he stated his business in a steady voice. “Leo Mitchell to see Iseult Orna.”

The gates bearing the crest of a spider parted and slid back with nary a sound to allow him entrance to Spiderus Mansion. Leo strode up the driveway, past the gardens, to where a petite woman waited for him. A brown mouse with brown hair, brown eyes and a secretive nature. She looked as if she wasn’t capable of spitting at a fly, let alone hurting one. He knew better.

A snarl rumbled up his throat, and if he could’ve shot flames with his eyes, she’d be burning in hell.

Betrys Torin.

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Leo Mitchell wants to contribute to the operating expenses of the new family-run Middlemarch resort, which specializes in capture fantasies for female guests. Betrys Torins offers what Leo thinks is a wonderful opportunity, but in reality is potentially deadly. He hungers for revenge. A capture might be the perfect payback…

In order to protect her son, Betrys must procure men for her alien employer Iseult Orna. She hates her job and loathes the guilt she feels at trapping the sexy Leo into signing an irrevocable contract. Even worse, she has started dream walking and sharing passionate sex with the gorgeous man. She’s smitten, yet knows they have no future, because when Iseult catches up with Leo, he’ll die.

Inside scoop: Iseult’s appetites for men are extreme. Because of that experience, shifter Leo starts out as a sourpuss, but Betrys knows he’s just the cat’s meow.

Reader Advisory: This story has graphic sexual language and scenes—no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!

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If you’d like to read more My Sexy Saturday snippets follow the links below:

Friday, April 17th, 2015
New Release: Lost With Leo

 

Lost with Leo is out today!

 

Lost with Leo by Shelley Munro

Book 3 in my Middlemarch Capture series is now available. Here is the blurb:

Leo Mitchell wants to contribute to the operating expenses of the new family-run Middlemarch resort, which specializes in capture fantasies for female guests. Betrys Torins offers what Leo thinks is a wonderful opportunity, but in reality is potentially deadly. He hungers for revenge. A capture might be the perfect payback…

In order to protect her son, Betrys must procure men for her alien employer Iseult Orna. She hates her job and loathes the guilt she feels at trapping the sexy Leo into signing an irrevocable contract. Even worse, she has started dream walking and sharing passionate sex with the gorgeous man. She’s smitten, yet knows they have no future, because when Iseult catches up with Leo, he’ll die.

Inside scoop: Iseult’s appetites for men are extreme. Because of that experience, shifter Leo starts out as a sourpuss, but Betrys knows he’s just the cat’s meow.

Reader Advisory: This story has graphic sexual language and scenes—no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!

Order ebook at: Ellora’s Cave| Amazon | Kobo| All Romance ebooks|

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Sale at All Romance ebooks

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For today only – 15th April – all my self-published titles and my Ellora’s Cave books are on sale at All Romance ebooks.

This includes my upcoming release, Lost With Leo, which is available for pre-order.

Like feline shifters?

Grab one of the books from my House of the Cat series or my Middlemarch Capture series.

Enjoy contemporary erotic romance?

Try one of my Fancy Free series or perhaps my Ain’t Misbehaving box set.

Check out my titles at All Romance ebooks.

Whatever your favorite genre, bag a bargain at All Romance ebooks today.