Today’s guest is the lovely Shelley Munro!
Shelley’s latest ebook release, Fringe Benefits, is available now!
I recently read this very hot story and loved it (look for my review here on the blog next week).
Shelley’s here today to tell us a little about the story and about summer in New Zealand…
Hot Stuff with Shelley Munro
My recent release, Fringe Benefits started like a fire. From a small spark, it roared to life, full of heat and color.
I started with the idea of “hot”.
A New Zealand summer, I thought. Perfect.
For me, summer starts in New Zealand when the clocks go forward an hour in October and we slip into daylight saving time. December is the time when exams end, schools break up for summer and businesses wind down the year with staff Christmas parties. The pohutakawa trees (the trees early settlers called our NZ Christmas tree) come into bloom, their vibrant red flowers looking stunning around Auckland harbor.
There’s a perception among people living overseas that New Zealanders and Australians spend Christmas at the beach. While that might be true of some people, I’ve never had a single Christmas dinner at the beach. Many New Zealanders come from an English background where it’s traditional to have roast turkey, hot vegetables plus plum pudding and brandy cream. I remember eating meals like this when I was a kid. My grandmother and mother would cook in a hot kitchen and we’d eat the hot meal while hiding out from the sun. These days we’re more likely to have a barbeque at home with steaks, fish and salads.
The weather at Christmas time is unpredictable. It can be very hot or we can have humid weather with gale force winds and rain. It’s the time when people take time off work and can spend an entire two weeks trapped inside a caravan, tent or bach (holiday home) while the rain pours down outside.
Kids return to school at the end of January/beginning of February, which I think is the start of the best and most settled summer weather. It’s the best time to visit New Zealand since everyone is back at work. February has long days full of bright sunshine and crisp heat. It was this time of the year I chose to set Fringe Benefits.
I pulled out memories of childhood holidays and the days when we spent hours swimming in the river at our favorite waterhole. Shane, Kelvin and Marie from Fringe Benefits face the heat by taking regular dips in the river and spending their free time lounging on the riverbank. Of course, the setting was a great way to heat up the romance, with characters stripping down to swimwear and less.
Here’s the blurb:
Flatmates. Best friends. Casual lovers.
Life’s good—a friends-with-benefits deal works perfectly with her male flatmates, but Marie Wright secretly craves more. A hot threesome. Erotic pleasure. Silken touches from both Shane and Kelvin. One hot summer day the sensual tension explodes between the three. For Marie each caress is a slice of ecstasy. It’s seductive magic, and she’s bewitched. Momentary pleasure isn’t enough. She wants a future with her lovers—a permanent ménage a trois—but if she makes a wrong move, she might irreparably destroy their friendship and lose everything.
If you’d like to read an excerpt of Fringe Benefits visit my website: http://www.shelleymunro.com/books/fringe-benefits
Buy your copy from Ellora’s Cave today.
Thank you, Shelley for sharing that with us!
Readers, as Shelley mentioned you can get your own copy of Fringe Benefits at Ellora’s Cave.
Shelley also donated a download of Fringe Benefits to be given away to one lucky winner who leaves a comment on today’s post!
I’ll randomly choose the winner from the comments below and announce it on Sunday Nov. 23!
Remember to read the contest rules (can be found in the sidebar) before entering and to return to see if you are a winner!