Friday, September 6, 2013

Color Me Pink


Giveaway Alert!

When people I meet learn that I’m a writer, this is the way the conversation usually goes:

“You write romance? I don’t know how you do it. I’d run out of ideas.”

Or the alternative question is:

“Where do you get your ideas?”

Now most writers will say that ideas are everywhere, and others—the smart-ass ones—might say they buy their ideas in bulk from K-mart.

The truth is that most writers put snippets of themselves into their books and draw on their life experiences when they’re writing. This is true of me.

You’ll find that many of my characters—male and female—are capable cooks because I love to cook and try new recipes. (One Night of Misbehavior, Scarlet Woman)

My feminine characters like to drink margaritas or wine (The Bottom Line, Past Regrets) 

Some of my characters live in small country towns (Middlemarch Mates series, Talking Dogs series) since my father owns a farm, while other characters live and work in the city of Auckland (The Bottom Line, Past Regrets)
I love sports and watching rugby. In a different time I think I would have played rugby myself instead of watching from the sidelines. (Playing to Win, Issy’s Infatuation, The Bottom Line)

The majority of my characters like casual clothes and jeans, but they dress up for the odd night out. (One Night of Misbehavior, Summer in the City of Sails)

My heroines enjoy reading and they read romances in public places. (The Bottom Line, One Night of Misbehavior)

My characters love travel or their stories are set in places I’ve visited. (Cat Burglar in Training, Wanderlust, Lone Wolf)

And I have a new pink handbag that I adore. (Julia in my upcoming release Past Regrets)
Now, some of you might be nodding, and a few of you might be thinking, but Shelley writes erotic romance. What about the sexy times?

Well, this is where I say…you didn’t think I’d admit to everything, did you?

CONTEST: Answer the following question, complete the rafflecopter and go into a draw to win an Amazon Gift certificate (Contest closes Sep. 14th). Why do you like reading contemporary romances?

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Never look back…unless that’s where your heart belongs.

Julia Maxwell was a seize-the-moment party girl until the night she spent with up-and-coming rocker Ryan Callander. From that moment, she was a one-man woman. Pity he hasn’t kept with the program.

Tired of the secrets that have kept her out of the press and Ryan’s fans happy, angry with mounting evidence of infidelity, Julia is older, wiser, and determined to divorce his cheatin’ ass.

Ryan’s long European tour had more than its share of hard knocks—one of which landed on his head when he was mugged. Divorce papers waiting for him at home are a shock that fills in some of the holes in his sketchy memory. But it could be too late to salvage his marriage.

If Ryan thinks flirtatious smiles, seductive touches, and hot-and-heavy kisses are going to smooth things over, Julia’s got a hammer with his name on it. To her surprise, he picks it up, determined to rebuild a bright future for both of them. But the past is lurking with some missing pieces that could bring their hearts crashing down.

Warning: Contains a pissed ex-stripper turned burlesque dancer, a bunch of nosy friends and a smooth-talking rocker with one thing on his mind. Stripper poles and skimpy costumes may be involved.

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Shelley Munro - Bio
Shelley Munro is tall and curvaceous with blue eyes and a smile that turns masculine heads everywhere she goes. She’s a university tutor and an explorer/treasure hunter during her vacations. Skilled with weapons and combat, she is currently in talks with a producer about a television series based on her world adventures.

Shelley is also a writer blessed with a VERY vivid imagination and lives with her own hero in New Zealand. She writes mainly erotic romance in the contemporary, paranormal and historical genres for publishers Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave and Samhain Publishing. You can learn more about Shelley and her books at the links below: 


21 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for having me to visit today :)

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  2. Not sure why I like contemporary romance. I think the big draw is that they are written in time that I can relate too.

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    1. Laurel, that's one of the reasons I enjoy reading contemporary romances. I like to read about a life and place I could step into at any moment. It's easy to visualize and relate to.

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  3. Hi Shelley! I love your bio -- we must be long lost sisters :-)

    I love reading contemporary romance because I think it truly does relate to women today. It's fantasy, yes, but it's also about how we deal with the issues in our lives. It's fun to live in the past once in a while--but that's just taking liberties with history. Contemporaries, when at their best, can give us real insight into our worlds.

    Good luck with all your books -- keep on putting yourself out there for us!

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    1. Thanks, Lizbeth! A vivid imagination can be a curse and a blessing :)

      Yes, it's hard to imagine a life without showers and modern technology (even though I adore historicals). Contemporaries keep it real and relatable.

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    1. Thanks, Mary, and thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. I love reading contemporary romance because the stories resonate with situations and people that I encounter in real life. I walk around for days after reading a good book thinking, 'What would [insert name of heroine here] do?' or 'Wouldn't it be nice if [hero] walked into the room right now?'

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    1. Stephanie - yes! Every contemporary romance author out there is hoping you're talking about their book :)

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  6. I prefer contemporary romance just because it IS contemporary. I can relate.

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    1. It sounds as if a lot of us like the things we can relate to or have experienced personally.

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  7. Shelly, I don't know where you get all your ideas from, but I certainly hope you keep getting them. Thanks for sharing your post and the giveaway. evamillien at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks so much, Eva! I think writers have an extra gene and story ideas pop out at them from everywhere :)

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  8. Hi Shelley, Good Post. I like the 'buy in bulk at KMart' response:)
    I like contemporary romances with a twist of paranormal or suspense.

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    1. LOL - I've actually told someone I got my ideas from K-mart. They looked at me for a long time before they said, "Really?"
      I think my laughter tipped them off that I was pulling their leg.

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  9. I think I enjoy contemporary romances because they're like real life but better!

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    1. Ah! You've got it. There's none of the little messy day-to-day crap to mess up a romance. Not usually anyway :)

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  10. I like being able to relate to the story. I like Paranormal better, because I would rather not have to deal with reality. But I read contemporary when I want one that does.

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    1. What? You mean to say none of that paranormal stuff is true? ;-)

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  11. I figured out a couple of years ago that I preferred contemporary romance more than historical. While I like both, contemporary stories take me to places I'd like to go and can imagine it as a possibility. I feel much more detached when reading something from another past era. And, the skies the limit these days as to where you can take stories and characters. You're somewhat limited by societal conventions, and sometime laws, of the past when writing or reading a historical.

    Thanks for the question!

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  12. I like contemporary's romance because I know whats happening in the world that my be part of the story line. I also can relate to some of the things that are happening in the book.

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