Book tour for The Bottom Line by Shelley Munro w/interview and giveaway

I have an erotic romance for you all today, The Bottom Line, by Shelley Munro.  This looks like one hot book and I’ve got the author here to talk about herself and her writing.  Check out the interview below and all the book details to see if this novel would be up your alley.  As a bonus, the author is conducting a tour-wide giveaway of a $20 Amazon gift card.  Be sure to click on the Rafflecopter link for your chance to win!



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by Shelley Munro



*Note- my responses to Shelley’s answers are in italics.

Tell us something dark about yourself.

Generally, I’m a fairly positive and even-tempered person. I’m not moody as a rule, nor do I behave in a dark manner, but I do have a character flaw. I have a weakness for chocolate, and I DO NOT SHARE. If anyone wants chocolate they need to buy it themselves. Of course, they’re very welcome to share with me. Not a problem at all!


Makes me wonder what you do to those poor souls who get near your chocolate!

You are on a deserted island and can only choose one beverage to have besides water.  What would it be?

I’d choose an unlimited supply of New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. New Zealand wine is really good and a glass of good Sav Blanc is my favorite thing to have with my dinner.


Well, at least you won’t have to be sober while you’re stuck on that island 🙂

If you had to choose between a bullwhip, cat o’ nine tails, or a crop, which would you pick?

It depends what happens with the item after I choose it. If I get to use the implement I’d probably choose the crop, which takes no training to use. If someone gets to use it on me, I’m heading for the hills right now. Catch me if you can!


No, see, what you do if someone else is going to hold it is tell them they get the crop.  While their back is turned you grab the bullwhip and dare them to get near you.  That’s what I’d do anyway!

What mythical creature would you be and why?

I like writing about feline shapeshifters, and I would be quite happy to spend time in feline form. All those enhanced senses and the ability to climb. As a human I’m terrible at climbing trees. Just call me clumsy. If I were a feline, I’d manage it no sweat.


Excellent choice.  I love feline shape shifters too.

What first inspired you to write your book?

Most of my books come from a combination of factors and life experiences. In the case of THE BOTTOM LINE I wanted to write a book about a group of friends, and I decided I’d like to set it in my home city of Auckland. My preference is to write and read books on the hot and spicy side, so I needed to find a way of introducing an erotic slant. I’d read a couple of romances featuring spanking and decided that it would be fun to research the topic and have my heroine learn with me. I had her start up a blog about her journey into spanking. After I combined all of these elements THE BOTTOM LINE was born.


I love it when an author has a unique way of coming up with a story.  Nice idea!

How long did it take to research/write it?

Once I have my plot set, I write at a steady pace of at least 2000 words a day. Although a lot of writers produce more words than this, 2000 is a sustainable output for me. THE BOTTOM LINE is a long novel and it took me about three months before I had the first draft.


Actually 2000 words a day is doing well.  Sounds like you wrote it in a reasonable time frame to me.

Give one unique fact about your novel that makes it different from the others in its genre.

I’ll go one better and give you two things that make THE BOTTOM LINE unique. My story is set in New Zealand and throughout the book there are blog posts about spanking and Maggie’s experiences with spanking.


It’s certainly not a storyline I’d heard of before, and there really aren’t many books set in New Zealand.

What other books do you plan to publish in the future?

THE BOTTOM LINE is the first story in my Love and Friendship series. PAST REGRETS, the second book featuring Maggie’s friend Julia is due out next month on 10 September from Samhain Publishing. I’ve written the third book in the series, which features Maggie’s friend, Susan and currently, I’m pondering the fourth book, which features Maggie’s friend, Christina. I also hope to sell a spin-off series as well.

And finally, I also enjoy writing historical romances. I’ve recently sold a Georgian romance called MISTRESS OF MERRIVALE to Samhain Publishing. I have a new historical series bubbling away in my mind. I just need to firm up a few more plot elements before I start writing.


Sounds like you’ve got plenty more coming.  Good luck with all your books!



Thanks to Shelley for being here with me today and for participating in this interview.  She had some great answers to my questions!  For everyone else, please check out all the information on her and her book below.  Feel free to ask your own questions if you have any.


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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…

Product Warnings: Contains explicit sex, spanking, and the good, the bad and the ugly about friendship.


The Bottom Line
Love and Friendship
Book One
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



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An excerpt in which Maggie, our heroine, tells her friends about her interest in spanking.

“Secret. Secret. Secret.” Christina banged her palms on the edge of the table. Julia and Susan joined in the beat, their eyes gleaming with challenge in the dim light of the booth.
Maggie picked up her margarita and gulped to moisten her dry mouth. “Okay. Okay.”
Placing her glass on a coaster, she glanced around the bar. No doubt about it. People were starting to stare. Time to spill her secret before things turned ugly. After another deep breath, she dropped her gaze to her clasped hands. “I’ve started a website called” She spoke so quickly the words ran together. Once finished, she scanned each of her friends in turn, anxious now for their reactions.
“Big bad ass?” Christina’s watchful eyes held curiosity while her lips curved in an approving smile. She pushed her frameless glasses up her nose with perfectly manicured copper fingernails. “Isn’t that pretty racy for you?”
“What’s the big deal?” Julia scoffed and tossed her head before Maggie could answer. Her blonde hair stirred and settled in sexy curls around her almost bare shoulders. Shoestring straps held her low-cut black top in place. “It’s just a website.”
“Who’s a bad ass?” Susan smirked. “Don’t say Greg has gone and found some balls?”
“Bother, I have a smear.” Christina rifled through her handbag for a tissue to clean her glasses. “Anyway, I want to hear more about this website.”
Questions. Maggie had expected them, but the comments and queries didn’t put her at ease. Her stomach vibrated like one of her younger brother’s toys—over-wound and about to fly apart. She wiped sweaty palms on her sensible navy skirt, swallowed and said, “It’s more of a blog.”
“A blog about what?” Julia asked, rolling her eyes. “Desperados? Bandits? What’s a bad ass?”
Maggie closed her eyes briefly to summon courage. This next part was worse. Her teeth clacked when she closed her mouth. The longer her hesitation, the worse the mental strain would become. Big bad ass, she wasn’t. More like a marshmallow, burnt on the outside with a gooey interior.
“I explore…um…my adventures in spanking,” Maggie said, forcing a smile. “Does anyone want another drink?”
“Spanking,” Susan cried out as the band ended their song and the haunting notes of a sax faded. Everyone in the vicinity heard her shocked shriek. Heads turned, customers surveying them with distinct interest. Two men at a nearby table leered. Their dark suits suggested they worked at the lawyer’s office next door, but their toothy smirks told Maggie their minds crawled in the gutter, armed with floggers and paddles.
“Shush,” she muttered, aware of the two plum-sized patches heating her cheeks. “It’s a secret. I don’t want everyone to know.”
Christina picked up her drink, golden bracelets jingling with musical grace. “Since when were you interested in spanking, Maggie?”
“Yeah,” Julia demanded. “How long has this been going on?”
Susan smirked, her gaze darting from Christina to Julia and back to Maggie. “Does Greg spank you?”
“Um…” Oh, heck. She’d known they’d have lots of questions. Greg was her boyfriend. Solid, dependable and boring. How was she going to tell him? True, she was still a spanking novice, but Maggie was determined not to chicken out. She would explore spanking. It wouldn’t be like the fad diets she tried and failed.
Her spanking interest—or sickness, depending on how a girl looked at it—began with a book and some in-depth soul-searching along with a bottle of wine. She’d hauled her drunken self off to bed and, after reading more of the erotic romance, she’d had the best orgasm ever. Yeah, if she could scale those heights by herself, a real extravaganza lay ahead with a male lover. Right there, she decided to explore her wild side and the naughty spike of pleasure that jolted her right to the core every time she considered a swat on the ass. The fiery heat…
She could see the curiosity filling Susan’s blue eyes, the nosy interest mirrored in Christina and Julia’s faces. “You asked for one secret. I’ve given you one and you have to promise not to tell anyone.” Maggie had no idea where this new bravery had come from. It reminded her of her teenage years, and she liked its return. The inner Maggie cheered, enjoying the nonplussed expressions on her friends’ faces.




ShelleyMunro author picAUTHOR 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 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. You can learn more about Shelley and her books at

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~ by Suzie on August 28, 2013.

5 Responses to “Book tour for The Bottom Line by Shelley Munro w/interview and giveaway”

  1. Thanks so much for having me to visit today 🙂

  2. That was a great interview. I absolutely love Shelley Munro, especially the Middlemarch Mates series. Those are awesome books, Leticia’s Lovers is my absolute favorite of the series. 😀

  3. Thanks so much, Jamie. You’ve made my day. When I get time in my writing schedule I hope to do a spin off series from Middlemarch, so watch this space.

  4. Thanks for sharing the great interview and excerpt. I would love to be a feline shifter too. Thanks for sharing the giveaway. Sounds like a really good book. evamillien at gmail dot com

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