Welcome romance author Shelley Munro!

I'm very excited to have romance author Shelley Munro as my guest today. Shelley's not only a friend, she writes incredible books. I've gushed to her how much I loved The Bottom Line and how I immediately added more of her books to my TBR. She's here today celebrating her latest release, The Spurned Viscountess, out now from Carina Press. I love that gorgeous cover!

But that's not all. Shelley's graciously agreed to do a giveaway! If you'd like to win one of Shelley's Ellora's Cave or Cerridwen Press backlist books, just answer the question at the bottom of the post and you're in the drawing! Here's Shelley!

1) Tell us a little about your latest release.

The Spurned Viscountess is a historical romance with gothic tones. It’s set in 1720 England, during my favorite era, Georgian England. I read a lot of Victoria Holt during my early teens and these gave me a liking for the gothic element. This definitely played a part during the plotting stage of writing The Spurned Viscountess.

The Spurned Viscountess is about a couple who have an arranged marriage. Rosalind, my heroine, is desperate for a home and family of her own. She also needs a fresh start because of the rumors of witchcraft that follow her around. Lucien, my hero, recently lost his wife—a woman he adored. He’s not interested in marriage since all he wants to do is discover the identity of his wife’s killer. At the start of the story he’s scarred in both mind and body and he doesn’t want to deal with a petite blonde and virginal wife. Circumstances force them together and they help each other along the way, familiarity gradually giving way to love.

I had fun throwing in a creepy castle, witchcraft, the second sight, smugglers and lots of danger. This book came out previously as The Second Seduction, but this version was edited again. I’ve grown as a writer since I originally wrote this, my first historical, and I think this shows in the final story, now known as The Spurned Viscountess.

Here’s the blurb:

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. 

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. 

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...

2) You’re extremely prolific. What’s your secret? Do you work on more than one story at once or do you write only one at a time?

I’m writing full time at present, although that might change soon if I can find a job to suit. Most days I write 2000 words, which is a good pace for me. If I try to push out more than this I tend to burn out. I think writing consistently every day pays dividends. Oh, and the fact that I’m driven to write. I have three stories going at present, but I mainly concentrate on one at a time. If I’m experiencing problems—normally because I don’t plot and I haven’t nailed my conflicts properly—I’ll swap to one of my other stories while I think about the plot and characters of my problem story again. My current work in progress is giving me fits, hence the reason for the two other stories underway.

3) There are lots of “should” and “have tos” in this business. What one piece of advice would you advise an unpublished author NOT to follow?

Everyone always told me to write one genre and concentrate on that. I never liked this rule and decided I’d write whatever I felt like. While this isn’t good advice for someone who wants to sell to a New York publisher, it works in the e-publishing world. There aren’t many genres I haven’t tried to write. I think it keeps me fresher as a writer since I’m constantly challenging myself. For an aspiring writer, I think it makes sense to dabble in the different genres at first to find one that feels right. Sometimes the genre that works for you as a writer isn’t the one you first picked!

4) What keeps you at the keyboard when you’re not sure if you should keep going?

To be honest, this year I’ve come close to giving up writing. I won’t give you the reasons, but I will say it’s my love of story telling and writing that kept me going. I can’t stop the stories springing into my head and, once they’re there, I need to tell them.

5) Do you have a “dream” genre or book of the heart you’d love to write?

I have a steampunk idea yammering inside my head at present, but I have several other projects lined up that I need to finish before I can even think about starting this one. I enjoy mixing my genres so steampunk is perfect for me.

6) What are you working on right now?

I have the three projects I mentioned above. I have the final story in my Middlemarch Mates series, which will be book eleven—the twins’ story. I’m writing a m/m werewolf story set in Yellowstone National Park and I’ve also started Julia’s story. She’s a secondary character in my contemporary story The Bottom Line and several readers have asked for me to hurry up. In the nicest possible way, of course!

And I’m one of those people who’d love to read Julia’s story! The Bottom Line is one of my favorite reads of the year. Thanks so much for being here today, Shelley!

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Time for the giveaway! Answer this question in the comments and your name will go into the drawing. Winner will be chosen Sunday evening, 9/26.

When it comes to historical romances, what time period do you prefer to read? What time period would you most like to visit and why?


Shoshanna Evers said...

Great interview, Shelley! When it comes to historical romances, I love Regencies for the marriages of convenience, just like in your book :) As for what time period I'd like to visit, can I say the future? lol

Shelley Munro said...

Thanks for having me to visit, Cari. I'm so glad you enjoyed The Bottom Line. I've started a follow-up but it's coming very slow!

Shelley Munro said...

Shoshanna - thanks. I'm not sure I'd like to be married off for convience myself. With my luck I'd end up with an 80-year-old. *grin*

The future is cool with me. Most eras have their attractions, but I like all my gadgets and home comforts too much to stay for a long visit.

Helen Hardt said...

Hey Shelley, great to see you here! Congratulations on the new release. Hmm...I love reading all time periods of historicals, but if I had to choose one to visit, I'd probably choose the mid to late 1800s in the miswestern U.S. This is not doubt due to my childhood fascination with Laura Ingalls Wilder :).

Lisa said...

Great interview!

I'm more a paranormal girl, but I do like my Scottish highlanders :)

Shelley Munro said...

Hi Helen - thanks so much. My hubby and I are Deadwood fans, but life in Deadwood looked very brutal.

Lisa - there's no reason why you can't have your paranormal plus your Highlanders. Have you read Karen Marie Monings Highlander series? They're really good books.

Carol L. said...

I'm right there with Lisa. My first love is a Scottish Highlander and love reading about them but the Regency would be time I'd love to visit.Looking forward to reading about Rosiland and Lucien.Congrats on the release Shelley.
Carol L.

N.J.Walters said...

Great interview. Your new book sounds very gothic, very creepy...I like that. :)

Shelley Munro said...

Carol - there's something about a Scottish accent that I find very attractive. I've actually been toying with the idea of setting a story in Scotland.

Shelley Munro said...

Thanks, NJ. I like creepy castles ;)

J.A. Saare said...

Great interview! ;) I love anything Scottish (it appears I'm not alone) and I also love a good regency.

I love the new cover and wish you many, many sells! ;) Great advice as well about not settling into one genre. I find it's rather refreshing to change things up!

Shelley Munro said...

Jaime - I definitely need to change it up and write different genres. It's a challenge for me and keeps my writing fresh, I think.

vickyvak said...

Well, this is so unoriginal but I also love anything Scottish!!!Especially their accent!It is just so sexy!!!

If I had the choice to travel in the past I would choose the Middle Ages! I don't really know why... It just appeals to me!!!

Shelley Munro said...

Vicky - I'm a fan of all things Scottish too. I even married a man with a Scottish surname and ancestry. It's a pity I missed on the accent ;)

Jane said...

Congrats on the new release, Shelley. I enjoy reading about the Regency and medieval periods. I especially enjoy medievals set during the Norman invasion.

Lynne Roberts said...

It is a great cover! Shelley, I've dealt with the same thing this year and it is the love of telling the story that keeps me going. And I've just accepted that I'm not going to be as prolific as some other writers... at least until the kids are older. ; )

I love history. I'd love to visit England under the Celts.... sorry, I can't remember which year that is. Boudicca is one of my favorite historical figures.

Christina Phillips said...

Congrats on the release of The Spurned Viscountess, Shelley! I love reading gothic historical romance set in more unusual time periods!

Jocelyn Modo said...

an't wait to read it!

Shelley Munro said...

Jane - a medieval visit would be fascinating, although I'd want to visit a well-kept and tidy castle rather than a smelly one!

Shelley Munro said...

Lynne - I think stopping writing would be like chopping off a hand. It's such a huge part of my life.

It sounds like you should check out Christina Phillips' new release. :)

Shelley Munro said...

Thanks, Christina. :)

Taryn Elliott said...

What a great interview, Cari--you sound pretty amazing Shelley. And I can definitely get behind the whole almost giving up.
Glad to see that you didn't. How else would we stop the yammering?