Tuesday, August 27, 2013

BLOG TOUR: The Bottom Line Love and Friendship Book One By Shelley Munro GUEST POST

The Bottom Line
Love and Friendship
Book One
By Shelley Munro

Genre: Erotic contemporary romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Date of Publication: April 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60504-985-4
Number of pages: 272 pages
Word Count: 85,000
Cover Artist: Scott Carpenter


Spicing up her sex life sounds exciting…until the fantasy hits the fan.

Love and Friendship, Book 1

When Maggie Drummond buys an erotic romance novel by mistake, she gets more than an unexpected eyeful. She gets an introduction to a world that arouses her to a fever pitch. Spanking.

Her boyfriend isn’t interested in pushing his vanilla-flavored sexual boundaries. Then there’s Connor Grey, who haunts her fantasies like a magical genie. As a source of masculine advice for her and her female friends, he’s off limits. The only safe place to explore her fetish is her anonymous blog.

The recent changes in Maggie don’t escape Connor’s notice. Now that her boyfriend has dropped her, he can finally—carefully—make his move. Given his family history, laying a hand on any woman, even in fun, is a line he’s reluctant to cross. But for Maggie? Anything the lady wants.

As Maggie gives in to the temptation to let Connor add some sin to her life, she finds herself juggling lies, half-truths, friendship and sensual delights. Her job is in jeopardy—and she’s falling in love. Exploring her fantasy is one thing, but she’s beginning to question if indulging her own pleasure is worth the cost to everyone around her. Especially Connor…

Content Warning: Contains explicit sex, spanking, and the good, the bad and the ugly about friendship.
Harlequin Romances Changed My Life
My mother introduced me to romances when I was a teenager. We were on holiday at the beach. It was summer, and as often happens during our summers, it was raining. I’ve always been a bit of a bookworm, and I’d finished reading my pile of books. I was complaining and whiny and my mother was at her wit’s end.
She gave me a pile of Harlequin romances and left me to my reading. I loved them. I like the journey to love and happy ever after, and most of all I enjoyed the settings. Most of the romances were set in various parts of Britain, some in London and others were set in France, Italy and Spain. Oh, and Greece. I really liked the stories about Greek millionaires who owned their own islands.
The more I read about these far-flung places, the more I felt a yearning to visit them in person. Travel became something I really wanted to do.
I married fairly young—at twenty-one—and I suggested to my husband that we go overseas for a year-long working holiday. It took a bit of persuading, but finally, he agreed. We packed our suitcases and headed for London.
In London, we worked in pubs, living in to save money. We’d work for several months then head off to explore. Our one year turned into six because we were having too much fun to go home. We toured Britain and Europe, walked along Greek beaches, drank wine in Italy, ate croissants in France and cheese in Holland. Then, we traveled farther afield, exploring Africa, Turkey, Pakistan, India and Nepal.
At the end of six years we resettled back in New Zealand, but we still manage to fit in quite a bit of travel. We’ve visited the US, Australia, various parts of Asia and lots of different Pacific Islands. We’ve also traveled extensively through our home country, which is very pretty. Some people refer to New Zealand as Gods’ own!
Reading those first Harlequin romances really spurred my adventurous side and changed my life. Along with learning about new cultures and experiencing some of the things I’d read about, I’ve accumulated knowledge that finds its way into some of my books. I’ve set books in New Zealand, Australia, different Pacific Islands, Britain, India and the United States.
Romances and Harlequin romances in particular really have had a huge impact on my thinking. I’m happy, adventurous and love life. A win-win situation!
Thanks so much for having me to visit today. I enjoy virtual travel as well as the real thing.
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 very 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.


  1. Thanks for having me to visit today, Bridgette.

  2. I learned something new about you, Shelley. i.e. Harlequins.