Saturday, September 25, 2010

Guest Author - Shelley Munro!

Please give a warm, naughty welcome to Shelley Munro, a fabulously talented author!

Naughty, Naughty—A Trip Back in Time

Thanks to the Naughty Author Chicks for inviting me here today to celebrate the release of The Spurned Viscountess. I’ve been doing a little blog hopping recently to help support some of my fellow Carina Press authors. MJ Frederick, who has written an awesome Western historical called Sunrise Over Texas, did a post about time travel. I’ve totally stolen her idea/topic and hijacked it for my own purposes. Thanks, MJ!

Imagine you could jump on a bus, pay your fare and go on a journey to whichever decade took your fancy. Think of the potential destinations, the naughty possibilities.

Stop in the Swinging Sixties: Visit Woodstock or attend a Beatles concert. Experience free love—thanks to the introduction of the contraception pill. We could laugh at Bewitched or I Dream of Jeannie, or watch the new show called Star Trek. We could hang with hippies, wear mini skirts and bikinis.

Or maybe the Fifties: Rock and roll, baby. You could get your thrills on Blueberry Hill or swoon over pelvis-thrusting Elvis.

Hop off the bus in the 1920s: Prohibition and drinking goes underground in speak easies. Gangsters rule and jazz is king. Check out those cars and watch out for that stock market crash. Deck yourself out in flapper clothes and pearls and Charleston the night away.

Victorian stop ahead: On the face of it, this stop might not appear naughty but there’s all that repressed sexuality and the steamy underbelly. They might hide the legs of their chairs but if you want a good spanking maybe this is the stop for you.

Regency stop: Attend a ball or dance at Almack’s Assembly rooms. Take the waters in Bath (I’m not sure why you’d want to because they taste nasty!) or ride along Rotten Row. Snag yourself a titled lover at an anonymous costume ball or dally in the maze with a rake.

Georgian stop: Dress like a lady in hoops and go without underwear. Try the new beverages of tea and coffee with their wonderful health properties. Powder your hair and apply patches. Whisper and flirt behind your fan with that sexy rogue. Titter at those weird looking Macaronis!

1720 England stop: Visit Castle St. Clare. Listen to the ghosts haunting the castle and spot the smuggler lights on the beach. Watch out for the witches and witchcraft. Attend a dinner party and wander the gardens searching for herbs. Woo that stubborn man to your way of thinking.

Contest: Which stop would you like to get off the bus and why? A place I haven’t mentioned or one of the above? Which naughty activity would you try first? Everyone who comments on this post will go into a draw to win a download of The Spurned Viscountess, Shelley’s new release.

Shelley Munro lives in New Zealand and enjoys both writing and reading historical romance. She’s always on the lookout for a good gothic historical and when she can’t find any, she writes her own. Plans are underway for her next…. She writes for Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave and Samhain Publishing. Her newest release is The Spurned Viscountess, which is available from Carina Press. You can visit Shelley and learn more about her books at

Here’s the blurb for The Spurned Viscountess

She must marry him.

Cursed with the sight and rumors of witchcraft, Rosalind’s only chance at an ordinary life is marriage to Lucien, Viscount Hastings. She doesn’t expect love, only security and children of her own. Determined to go through with the wedding, she allows nothing she encounters at the gloomy Castle St. Clare to dissuade her.

He wants nothing to do with her.

Recently returned from the Continent, Lucien has no time for the English mouse his family has arranged for him to marry, not when he’s plotting to avenge the murder of his beloved Francesca. He has no intention of bedding Rosalind, not even to sire an heir.

Dark secrets will bind them.

Though spurned by her bridegroom, Rosalind turns to him for protection when she is plagued by a series of mysterious accidents and haunted by terrifying visions. Forced to keep Rosalind close, and tempted into passionate kisses, Lucien soon finds himself in grave danger of falling in love with his own wife…

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Savannah Stuart said...

Welcome to the blog, Shelley! I love your Middlmarch books and this one sounds just as great :) Hmm, I wouldn't go anywhere in a time where women couldn't vote and hairdryers hadn't been invented yet so...I'd probably travel to the 70s. I love the hair and clothes from that era, lol.

Wynter Daniels said...

Welcome, Shelley! I'm with Savannah here about not going to a time when life was difficult for women. I want to get off the bus in the future - not far, but maybe 2050 to see what it's like (if we're still around!)

Cara Bristol said...

The Spirited Countess sounds great!

Because life was hard for women, I think any stops I made would be among the upper crust. I'd stop in the 1920s and attend a party at some rich person's mansion, drink illegal champagne and talk about how women just got the vote. I used to have a flapper style dress--it was one of my favorite dresses ever!

Ashlyn Chase said...

Congratulations Shelley!

Great to see you here. I've become a recent fan of historicals and will check this one out. Sounds awesome!


Shelley Munro said...

Hi Savannah - thanks so much. I'm working on the final Middlemarch book at the moment, which is the twins story. They've been very problematic and I needed to think for a long time!

I'd love to visit the 18th century although I think the visit would be short-lived.

Do you watch Life on Mars? I love that show where he wakes up in another time. I think it's the 70s, but it's like a foreigh world.

Shelley Munro said...

Wynter - things change so rapidly. I think that would be really interesting.

Shelley Munro said...

Thanks, Cara. The 1920s fashions were gorgeous. Have you seen the English series The House of Elliot? It's about two sisters and they work in the fashion industry around this time. Actually, it might be the 1930s, but the clothes are gorgeous. You might be able to get the series on DVD. It's a BBC series from memory.

Shelley Munro said...

Thanks, Ash. It's funny but I hadn't read any historicals for years. I think I really burned out on them. I've started reading them again this year and have discovered so wonderful new authors. Emma Wildes and Sarah Maclean are two who are excellent.

Jane said...

Congrats on the new release, Shelley. Ooh, it would be amazing if I could attend a ball at Almack's or maybe head to Vauxhall Gardens to see some fireworks.

Jina Bacarr said...

Hi, Shelley! So glad you're here at NAC. Congrats on your wonderful success. It's well deserved. I remeber the great time we had at lunch at RWA--you were always dedicated to your craft and eager to learn.

Re: time travel--I wrote about 1889 Paris and my heroine who traveled back to that time and met a handsome Impressionist--and she got a little Botox black magic along with it! It would be fun to dance the can can as she did.

Shelley Munro said...

Jane - I'd love to visit Vauxhall too. It sounds like such fun :)
Almacks might be a bit scary though. I'd be bound to do something wrong!

Shelley Munro said...

Hi Jina! I enjoyed meeting you. You helped me so much. LOL I hear your voice in my head about writing spare and paring down. Great advice. The can-can sounds like lots of fun. :)

Sheree said...

Congrats on your release! I would love to visit the 1920's for the beginnings of Art Deco (like the Chrysler Building in New York City). I'd stay away from questionable alcohol and perhaps bring enough cash on hand to buy a few shares of GE or P&G after the stock market crash.

And I agree that Emma Wildes and Sarah Maclean are excellent!


Dalton Diaz said...

Chiming in late, but WOW! Shelley Munro! I'm a fan, and have been since reading Best Man. How cool to have you here on NAC!

Shelley Munro said...

Sheree - that sounds like a great plan! I'm hanging out to read both Emma and Sarah's latest/upcoming releases. It's gonna have to wait until I finish the book I'm working on.

Shelley Munro said...

Dalton - thanks so much! I've been planning to write another rugy-themed book for so long. I'll get to it one day!

Shelley Munro said...


I did the random org thingie and the winner is: Sheree!

Congratulations, Sheree. I'll email you. Thanks to everyone else for visiting. :)