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Sunday, October 4th, 2015
A Featured Bargain!

October is a special month at All Romance ebooks. Lots of different publishers are giving away prizes (books and gift vouchers). All you need to do is shop as normal and some purchasers will win instant prizes.


Today – 4th October – is extra special because my contemporary box set, Ain’t Misbehaving is the daily deal.

Ain't Misbehaving

Grab your copy today at a discounted price!

Thursday, October 1st, 2015
The Blogging Challenge
blog ahead 2015

This October I’m joining the Blog Ahead Challenge, hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup and Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

The object is to write enough blog posts to schedule ahead for one month, and now that I’m back from holidays and have my deadline under control, I thought it was the perfect time to take up the challenge. I like the idea of having posts written in advance so that when I’m extra busy with writing, I don’t need to think about blogging as well.

My goal: To write 31 extra posts during October. I have several new releases during the next three months, so my topics will include background research and inspiration plus my normal mix of travel and cooking posts.

If you’d like to join in the challenge, it’s not too late. You can find full details for the challenge at Herding Cats & Burning Soup.

Do you blog ahead?

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
Tour the Universe: Fun and Frivolity

I’m taking part in Bitten by Romance’s Tour of the Universe. Each day of September, a different author introduces you to their world and characters. There will be contests and fun, so I hope you will join in. My day is 23 September and I will be giving away an Amazon gift certificate to one lucky reader.

Sept 1   Eve Langlais

Sept 2   Carol Van Natta

Sept 3   C.E. Kilgore

Sept 4   Evelyn Lederman

Sept 5   Rinelle Grey

Sept 7   Michelle Howard

Sept 9   K.M. Fawcett

Sept 10 M.K. Eidem

Sept 11 Sabine Priestley

Sept 12 Jody Wallace

Sept 14 Pauline Baird Jones

Sept 15 Corrina Lawson

Sept 16 S.E. Smith

Sept 17 Jenna Bennett

Sept 18 A.R. DeClerk

Sept 19 Shona Husk

Sept 21 Veronica Scott

Sept 22 Greta van der Rol

Sept 23 Shelley Munro

Sept 24 Aurora Springer

Sept 25 M.C. Hana

Sept 28 Evanne Lorraine

Sept 29 Edward Hoornaert

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Sunday, August 30th, 2015
Meet Those Military Men

I’m thrilled to announce that books 2 & 3 in my Military Men series are now available at Amazon.

Soldier with Benefits is Louie’s story.

Soldier with Benefits

Soldier With Benefits

And Safeguarding Sorrel is Jake’s story.

Safeguarding Sorrel

Safeguarding Sorrel

Grab your copy today.

Monday, August 24th, 2015
Breakfast on the Run Loaf

This is a recipe from New Zealander, Jo Seagar’s cooking book, A Bit of What You Fancy. I’ve made it twice now with great results, and it’s a recipe I’ll make again and again. Easy and tasty. My kind of recipe!

Breakfast Loaf


4 crushed WeetBix (Weetabix in America or you could use something like crushed bran flakes – 1 1/2 cups)

1 cup raw sugar

1 cup chopped dried apricots

1/2 cup walnuts

300ml milk

1 egg

1 3/4 cup self-raising flour


1. Preheat the oven to 180C / 360F

2. Grease or line a loaf tin with baking paper.

3. Combine all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Beat the egg and milk together and mix with the dry ingredients.

4. Place in the loaf tin and bake for 40 – 45 minutes until golden and brown.

5. Cool on a wire rack.

Shelley’s Notes:

1. I didn’t have raw sugar and used white sugar once and brown sugar another time. Either worked well, although I found that 1 cup made the loaf too sweet for my taste. I reduced the sugar to half a cup.

2. I’ve used other fruit instead of apricots. I used apple and berry, which was frozen when I added it. You could also use cranberries. As long as the fruit isn’t too “wet” it will work.

3. I didn’t have any self-raising four so I used 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1 3/4 cups of standard flour.

4. This loaf is good fresh or toasted and keeps for one week. It also freezes well.

Breakfast Loaf Slices

This is a delicious loaf, and one I will make again and again.

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
The Alpha’s Heart Series by Bella Jewel

Hard to Forget

Alpha Males, Heroines with Unusual Occupations…Romances by Bella Jewel!

I’m thrilled to showcase Bella Jewel’s latest cover. I loved the first book in this series, Hard to Fight, which is currently available. Hard to Fight reminded me of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, but with hot love scenes.


An Alpha’s Heart Novel

By Bella Jewel

St. Martin’s Press Paperbacks

On Sale: December 15, 2015

eBook: $3.99


The third book in the sexy Alpha’s Heart series by USA Today bestseller Bella Jewel.

Delaney, a professional bodyguard, has spent years trying to prove herself in a male dominated industry.  Now she’s facing her greatest challenge yet.

Bad boy billionaire Jax Shields has made plenty of enemies on his climb to the top, but being in the wrong place at the wrong time has put his life at risk. Now he’s putting his life in the hands of Delaney and her team. He demands the best in everything, and he doesn’t think she has what it takes to protect him. He’s also made it clear he’d rather have her on her back then covering his. Will Delaney be able to prove herself to the most arrogant-and devastatingly handsome-man she’s ever met?


Bella Jewel is a USA Today bestselling author. She lives in North Queensland where she’s working on her next novel.




Hard to FightHARD TO FIGHT – $3.99



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Hard to BreakHARD TO BREAK – $3.99 – Available October 13th



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Hard to ForgetHARD TO FORGET – $3.99 – Available December 15th



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I’m certainly looking forward to reading books 2 and 3 in this series. If you enjoy reading romances with alpha heroes and heroines in unusual occupations then give this series a try.

Monday, August 17th, 2015
Sirocco: The Kakapo Ambassador

New Zealand has some fascinating birds, some of which are rare these days due to man encroaching on their habitats and predators killing chicks or eating the birds’ eggs.

While I’ve been privileged to see many of our rare birds, I’ve never seen a kakapo. When hubby and I had an opportunity to see one, we grabbed it and flew to Wellington to visit Sirocco.

So, what is a kakapo? It’s a large, flightless parrot—the largest in the world—that is native to New Zealand. Not so long ago, there were only 18 left. A disaster, since kakapo do not breed every year. Breeding depends on whether there is sufficient food, and in the kakapo’s case this is the fruit of the rimu tree.

The kakapo were taken to predator-free off-shore islands where they were monitored and given supplementary feeding.

Sirocco hatched in 1997. As a chick, he suffered respiratory problems and it was decided to hand feed him and treat his breathing problems. Sirocco responded well to the treatments, but when it came time for him to return to the wild and the other kakapo, he refused. He’d imprinted on humans and didn’t recognize his species. The rangers attempted various ways to get him to stay with his own kind. One night, a ranger carried him to the other side of the island sanctuary, several miles away and left him before returning to the rangers’ hut. Sirroco was there to greet him on his return.

Sirocco became world famous when he jumped on wildlife photographer Mark Carwardine’s head and attempted to mate with him. The video appeared on YouTube and Sirocco became an overnight sensation.

These days, Sirocco is the ambassador for conservation. Although he spends much of his time in the wild, he also visits different parts of New Zealand to help raise awareness of the kakapo species.

Hubby and I visited Sirocco at Zealandia in Wellington. We watched a film about kakapo and Sirocco, then walked through the sanctuary to visit Sirocco and his handler.

At 18 years of age, Sirocco weighs 2.5kg and is the size of medium-sized cat. He’s very friendly and loves people. He was so cute – I wanted to steal him. I told hubby and one of the guides overheard me. She threatened to frisk me on the way out.

Sirocco is in a special enclosure with perspex windows. It made photos difficult due to reflections, but I liked this one of me and Sirocco.

Sirocco and Shelley

Sirocco with Shelley (reflection in the window)


Sirocco, the VIP (Very Important Parrot)

Sirocco has the cutest face with green and brown feathers. We spent about twenty minutes with him, and it went so quickly. It was a privilege to see Sirocco in person, and I’m so glad we made the effort to visit.

PS – The kakapo numbers now stand at 125.

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
Ancient Libraries: Library of Celsus

As a booklover, I adore libraries, and I spend many happy hours working and researching in my local library.

Libraries have been around since ancient times, and today I thought I’d highlight the Library of Celsus at Ephesus in Turkey. This is one of the best preserved ancient libraries, and it was built to commemorate Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus.

Over the centuries the library was damaged by earthquakes and locals plundered the materials to build their homes and other buildings. While some of the facade has been rebuilt, the Library is still very impressive. The first glimpse a visitor receives is down a long avenue.

Ephesus, Turkey 

This is the avenue leading down to the Library of Celsus. This is a very popular tourist attraction and it’s very busy with people year around.

Library of Celsus

Library of Celsus

Close up views of the Library of Celsus. (Click on photos to see a larger view) The facade is decorated with reliefs – the same fashions in use in Rome at the time. The building was both a library and a mausoleum for Celsus who is buried in a stone sarcophagus below the library.

A bit different from my local library but definitely fascinating.

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.



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…

Innocent Next Door

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…