Tuesday, August 21, 2012

GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: Shelley Munro

Shelley Munro is a prolific writer. She's got many books out, but her longeset series is the Middlemarch Mates series, starting with Scarlet Woman. That being said she's got a little something for just about any taste, including her latest release in M/M romance. Read below as she shares her inspiration for Lone Wolf. Welcome Shelley!

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Behind The Book: The Seeds of an Idea

Hello! I’d like to thank Buffy for inviting me to visit her blog. My name is Shelley Munro, and today I’m going to tell you a little about the background behind my recent print release, Lone Wolf.

Throughout time writers have gained inspiration from places they’ve visited. Agatha Christie wrote Murder on the Orient Express after taking a journey on this iconic train. Daphne du Maurier stayed at Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor in 1930 and used it as the setting for her popular gothic novel Jamaica Inn.

Following in the footsteps of these famous writers, I decided to set one of my recent releases in Yellowstone National Park after visiting the park with my husband (we live in New Zealand).

Several things factored into my decision for the setting:
1. It is beautiful with a varied landscape ranging from mountains to prairie grasses and thermal regions. A large portion of the park is a volcano caldera.
2. While we were there we stayed in cabins at Tower Roosevelt. In the early hours of the morning we heard wolf song. The howls were both eerie and beautiful.
3.Yellowstone is a wilderness area, but there are lots of tourists too.

We met up with friends in Albuquerque, and one of our weird conversations was about what would happen to nail polish when a werewolf shifted. We decided it wouldn’t end well, and I filed that snippet away too.

By the time we arrived home, my head was stuffed full with bits and pieces of several prospective stories. It was time to get to work.

Taking all the collected elements, I sat down and started writing, our visit to Yellowstone spawning my m/m story Lone Wolf.

Once upon a time werewolves took drugs to suppress their natural inclinations to shift to wolf. Current werewolf law forbade unregulated shifting.


The door stood wide open when he arrived. He clattered up the two wooden steps leading inside and came to a halt in the doorway. His three roommates had already chosen their beds and stowed their bags. He claimed the last remaining spot—the top bunk nearest the door.


“Making a kill is a natural thing and part of nature’s controls,” R.J. said. “The game populations swell to unnatural numbers if the regular cycle isn’t adhered to. It’s a fine balance.”

Another one of the girls raised her hand. “You mean we have to kill a Bambi?” Her voice rose to a squeak toward the end of her sentence.


R.J. slowed and came to a halt behind a line of cars, waiting for a herd of bison to meander across the road. As usual, a couple of dumb-ass tourists parked haphazardly, intent on approaching the animals, stalking them with digital cameras in hand. They wanted a souvenir picture to show the folks back home. Idiots.

“See those people over there,” R.J. called out.

“Yeah,” a few of the kids replied.

“They’re setting an example of what not to do with bison. The herd might appear slow and friendly, but they move fast if the desire strikes them. If they’re in the mood they can also take exception to vehicles.”


Corey tailed the group, taking in the trees and other surroundings with pleasure. He’d fought coming to Yellowstone, protested bitterly to his father, his mother and anyone who’d listen to him. The camp was okay and nothing like the prison he’d conjured in his imagination. The sights, the smells. The colors of Yellowstone. They spoke to the artist in him. His fingers literally itched to capture what he saw on paper.



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About the Author
Typical New Zealanders, Shelley and her husband left home for their big OE soon after they married (translation of New Zealand speak – big overseas experience). A year long adventure lengthened to six years of roaming the world. Enduring memories include being almost sat on by a mountain gorilla in Rwanda, lazing on white sandy beaches in India, whale watching in Alaska, searching for leprechauns in Ireland, and dealing with ghosts in an English pub.

While travel is still a big attraction, these days Shelley is most likely found in front of her computer following another love – that of writing stories of romance and adventure. Other interests include watching rugby and rugby league (strictly for research purposes), and curling up with a good book.

Shelley lives in New Zealand with her husband. Find her here.


Lone Wolf Now Available!

When you fall out of step, that’s when everything falls into place.

R.J. Blake begins a new session tutoring young werewolves in the old ways—before the introduction of the shift-suppressing drugs that allow their kind to live secretly among humans. He expects nothing out of the ordinary. Until sexy, smart, aggravating-as-hell Corey Wilson arrives. Older than the others, son of a powerful Los Angeles pack leader, Corey is an instant temptation he cannot afford.

The last thing Corey wants is three months stuck in the Yellowstone wilderness, followed by the stifling life his father has all mapped out for him. One glimpse of R.J., though, sparks a determination to seduce the older man before he leaves. Yet as R.J. guides him through the sometimes terrifying process of rediscovering his heritage, a deepening respect calls to his artistic soul and fuels a burst of creativity.

When their time comes to an end, Corey senses hesitation behind R.J.’s insistence that theirs was simply a summer fling. Inspiring him to take a leap of faith with consequences neither of them saw coming. A dangerous plot that reaches from the heart of their love to the highest office in the land…


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22 comments:

  1. I tend to read books in familiar places in ou outside usually at my house and nowhere else but in my mind Im someplace else!!! :)
    ~Steph Trujillo

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    1. The armchair traveling part of reading is what I like best, Steph. It's fun to escape the real world and live somewhere else for a while.

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    2. Hi Steph,

      There's nothing better than a book to take us away from our troubles and humdrum lives :)

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  2. Thanks for having me to visit today, Buffy.

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  3. I would prefer stories set in places different from where I am - more fantastical and transports me to somewhere else. More of an escape! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Levina - it's good having a variety of settings to escape to. I'm staying on an island at the moment. :)

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  4. I prefer reading about the places I'd like to visit.

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    1. I agree. It's fun imagining the places as you read. Armchair traveling is the best. No jetlag and airport security!

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  5. It's wonderful getting a chance to read about the inspiration behind the idea. Thanks for sharing, Shelley and thank you, Buffy, for having her.

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  6. Hi Buffy,

    Thanks again for having me to visit. I was in a cafe and commented on the posts, but none of my comments stuck. How weird. Anyhow, I've repeated my comments and all is good. :)

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    1. Thank you for the visit! Sorry about the comment thing, that's pretty weird, but as long as everything's all good now :D

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  7. Hi! Congrats to you! :) Your book sounds awesome! I like all kinds of places. Depending on my moods, i like places like home or different worlds, space, etc. I love it all! ;)

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    1. Thanks, Shadow. I think that's one of the wonderful things about books. One can travel wherever and whenever one wants. Outer space one day and big city New York another day.

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  8. It really doesn't matter to me about the setting of the story, I'm happy with either. Although there are places I'd really like to go myself. Egypt, Austraila, nice warm islands.
    Congrats on your book.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Julianne,

      Somewhere warm sounds good to me right now since it's the tail end of winter down here.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. The book sounds good. I don't mind where the book is set.

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  10. I don't mind following them to parts unknown.

    mythic021@gmail.com

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  11. I enjoy both but Im definately an armchair adventurer .I love reading exotic and wild places Ive never been .Great post .Have an awesome week.

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  12. Hi Wanda, when I can't fit in a holiday I'm the armchair variety too! Thanks for stopping by.

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