Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Shelley Munro stops by for Writer's Wednesday

Today, I'm thrilled to welcome Shelley Munro to the blog!

I’ve known I was visiting NJ for a while, but for some reason I couldn’t decide on a topic for my blog post. Of course I could have written about an element from my recent contemporary release, Past Regrets (Samhain Publishing) or about Stoned (Ellora’s Cave), the book about statues and curses that came out on Friday.

No, I thought, let’s go back to basics.

So that’s what I’m going to do.

Before I even thought about becoming a writer, I was an enthusiastic reader. My parents were both keen readers, and they started me and my brother and sister on the same path.

Reading helps me relax. It allows me to travel to new worlds and experience things that might be outside my comfort in real life. Reading is a way to research and learn the things I need to know in order to write my own books. When I read books by other authors I’m inspired to improve my own writing. I sometimes receive flashes of ideas for future plots, and books themselves are like textbooks for the writer. I absorb things like pace, characterization and plotting every time I open a book. When I read a new release, I get a hint of what is popular with readers and this might change how I approach the current book I’m working on. And lastly, reading entertains me.

People who say they never read confound me. I can’t imagine my world without a book. It would be an empty place indeed.

So what am I reading at the moment?

I’ve just finished reading To Command and Collar by Cherise Sinclair. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Cherise’s writing, she writes contemporary erotic BDSM and has several series. This book is part of the Masters of Shadowlands series. It’s possible to read this book without knowledge of the other books, but several of the characters make guest appearances in more than one book, and I’d recommend beginning at the start of the series with Club Shadowlands. To Command and Collar deals with a slaving ring and it was difficult to read at times. I came to adore the hero Master Raoul and I thought he was a great match for the heroine. If you’re looking for something to read after Fifty Shades, grab this series. In my opinion it’s a hundred percent better!

I’m about to start reading Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh. Nalini lives in New Zealand, and I love her Psy-Changeling series. I think each book is better than the last, and the plot arc across the series incredible. Her world building is excellent and without fault and so different from anything else that’s out on the market. This is also a series and one that you’ll enjoy more if you start at the beginning. I highly recommend Nalini’s books to anyone who enjoys paranormal romances.

And the third author I’m going to mention is one of my all time favorite historical authors. I’ve been a fan since I read Jess Michael’s story Ancient Secrets in a Secrets anthology. Jess had a recent release from Samhain Publishing called Taken By The Duke, which is sitting on my Kindle ready to read when I get a spare moment. When I read this story I know I’ll get great characters, spicy love scenes and be transported back to Regency times. Win-win for me. J

As I said, I can’t imagine not having a book to hand, and to safeguard against the horror of running out, I have a huge pile. It will be a few years before my stockpile dwindles.

Which books have you read recently that you’d recommend to other romance lovers?

Shelley Munro lives in New Zealand with her husband and a cheeky puppy called Bella. She writes romances for Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave and Samhain Publishing. To learn more about Shelley and her books please visit her website at


Shelley Munro said...

Thanks so much for having me to visit today, NJ!

N.J.Walters said...

It's my pleasure to have you here, Shelley!

Unknown said...

I have been reading since I was a kid. I don't even know how young I was. My mom instilled that love in me so I totally get what you mean Shelley. I justy finished Thankless in Death by J.D. Robb, her newest release. Before that I read N.J.'s Hades Carnival series...can't wait for the last one in that series.:-) I still have the newest Lynsay Sands and the newest Christine Feehan to read.

Shelley Munro said...

Hi Kat,

I think reading is such a great gift for parents to give us. I love JD Robb's In Death series, although I haven't caught up with the latest ones yet. Last year I discovered audio books and I've been working my way thriugh the series. I've been enjoying the fab characters all over again.

You can't go wrong with an NJ book, Kat. :)

Unknown said...

I have several of the books in audio form. I love hearing Roarke's voice come alive.:-) I'm totally addicted to audiobooks. I get one a month and am struggling with picking October's book.

Shelley Munro said...

Kat, do you have a subscription with Audible? I really like the narrator for the In Death books. A narrator that resonates makes a big difference to the audio experience.

Heather said...

Being an eclectic reader, I tend to jump from genre to genre, and read old and new releases. This month alone I've read YA, mystery, classics (Oliver Twist at the moment), and a couple older romances: Mysterious Stranger by Patricia Rosemoor and The Bride's Rescuer by Charlotte Douglas. A more recent release was Undead and Unfinished by MaryJanice Davidson--not the best addition to that series, IMO.

Shelley Munro said...

Heather - I've noticed you read all over the place, even more than me. I think that's great.

N.J.Walters said...

Thank you to Shelley Munro for stopping by my blog and sharing her love of reading with all of us. :)

I love the In Death series and anything by Christine Feehan too.

And, thanks Kat. Glad you're enjoying the Hades' Carnival series. :)

Unknown said...

Yes Shelley I have an audible account. Susan Ericson does a great job with the In Death series. Thus far I own Immortal, Visions, Missing and Possession in Death.

And NJ I always enjoy your books.:-)