Monday, April 16, 2007

Party Post Number 6

Shelley Munro lives in New Zealand and travels as often as the budget and her husband allow her. The rest of the time she sits in front of the computer and writes hot and spicy romances for Ellora’s Cave.


Alice Beasley hopes she’ll inherit jewelry or, if she’s lucky, money from her Great Aunt Alicia. Instead she inherits Fancy Free—a condom company. Alice is an accountant. She doesn’t know the first thing about designing or selling condoms. Heck, she’s not really familiar with the sexual…um…apparatus. Running a condom company is a huge change for Alice. She has to give up her job and move to a new town to fulfill the conditions of the will and move right out of her comfort zone.

I’m a Sagittarian. I love to travel and suffer from itchy feet if I stay in one place for too long. After Mr. Munro and I married I suggested traveling overseas for a year. I wanted to see the places I’d read about and dreamed of visiting. Mr. Munro wasn’t as keen as me, but one morning he rang me from work. “Let’s do it,” he said.

So we did.

We traveled to London for a year long overseas experience. Even though I really wanted to go, after we made the decision, I worried a little. What if everything went pear-shaped? What if it was all a big mistake? The move to the other side of the world was a huge change for both of us. Completely different. As it turned out, the plan for one year turned into six. It was the best thing we’ve ever done and brought us closer together as a couple. We have lots of wonderful memories of Africa, Europe, Britain and Asia and our years of travel.

Do you like change? Risk? Would you or have you left your job to try something new? Should Alice give up her job as an accountant to manage the condom company? What would you do in Alice’s position? Win a print copy of Snap!

Snap! by Shelley Munro, Triskelion Publishing. Available now for preorder Amazon or Fishpond. www.shelleymunro.com

Tessa says: Winners announced in 24 hours time. Giveaways are still running for Jamie Sobrato, Helen Kirkman and Shelley Munro. Nicola Marsh's winner will be drawn shortly. Scroll down to find more!


Blogger misty wright said...

I would love to travel, but with kids I can't right now. One day I can. :) Love the cover!!


7:53 PM  
Blogger principessa said...

Yes, it is an extremely worthwhile experience. It broadens your outlook, enhances your understanding of the world and cultures and is an unforgettable experience.

7:56 PM  
Blogger shelley said...

Hi Misty,

Yes, kids do make it difficult to travel but they have their own particular charms *grin* And you have willing hands to do the dishes, right?
I'm glad you like the cover. I receive a lot of positive comments about this particular cover :)

8:15 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

I would think it would be a great opportunity to experience something new. I haven't been able to try something risky or new in the last 6 years but would like to

8:17 PM  
Blogger shelley said...

Eek! blogger hates me. Those little letters in the word verification change the instant I hit publish. Then a little blogger gremlin spits it back!!

I could talk about travel and the places I'd love to visit for endless hours. You should probably run if you see me coming *grin*

If you're interested I have some travel photos up on my website. Luckily Mr. Munro is equally keen and loves planning holidays. He's reading up on Oregon, Washington and California at the moment. Travel definitely broadens a person's outlook.

8:20 PM  
Blogger shelley said...

Hi Christa,

Change doesn't always have to be a big thing. I dither about changing my hairstyle and that's definitely not a big issue. If you could hear me, you might think otherwise :)

Recently I've instituted a change -I've stepped up exercise to counteract "bottom spread" caused by sitting in front of the computer writing for hours. For me this rates as huge because I have to really work at sticking to the new regime! *wrinkling nose*

8:34 PM  
Blogger Annmarie said...

Absolutely, run the condom company. How often do we get the chance to do something new! I firmly embrace the theory in without risk there is no reward.

To find your passion and learn from each and every experience. Travel, work, friends.. etc are what makes life interesting and fun...

8:57 PM  
Blogger shelley said...

Hi Annmarie,

You'll be pleased to know Alice decides to accept the inheritance and learn how to run the condom company :)

She takes the risk, even though she's convinced she's fallen down a rabbit hole.

I agree - risk and change make for fun times!

9:23 PM  
Blogger robynl said...

Risk and change terrify me most of the time. I just quit my evening job that I had for a few years but will not look for another as dh is retiring in a few weeks.

9:25 PM  
Blogger shelley said...

Hi Robyn,

Take change in small bites and it's not so scary :) Think of something you've always wanted to do...making pottery, learn a new language, bellydancing *grin* or something else and go for it. Change can be a lot of fun. Good luck with your retirement!

10:40 PM  
Blogger LadyVampire said...

Sometimes I have trouble changing even though I know it's nessessary. And risk is something I am prepared to do when I have to. As for changing jobs, I don't mind changing after a while because, lets face it, any job can eventually get boring.
If I were Alice, I would manage the condom company too. After all, you can always get a new job and move on if you hate running the company. But I think you would kick yourself if you passed up an opportunity to be happy working somewhere.

Do you like change? Risk? Would you or have you left your job to try something new? Should Alice give up her job as an accountant to manage the condom company? What would you do in Alice’s position?

12:02 AM  
Blogger shelley said...

Hi LadyVampire,

I'm with you on the boring job thing. I loved the last job I had but could do it while standing on my head and drinking coffee. I desperately needed a change and decided to take a risk and write full time. I love my job these days. There aren't many jobs where you can make up stories and spend days with sexy hunks. ;-)

12:30 AM  
Blogger Helenk said...

i'm a taurean, so i get stuck in ruts - but i had to change my life last year and slow down (well try to anyway ;) - and so i don't mind positive changes. would love to travel more though not possible ATM.

2:00 AM  
Blogger Keziah Hill said...

Hi Tessa and Shelley! What I wouldn't do go take off into the great unknown! But I'm a conservative Taurean too. Thanks for the book Tessa!

2:04 AM  
Blogger Annie West said...

Shelley, what a terrific premise! LOVE the condom company! Of course Alice needs to discover more about running the company and its products. What fun.

Am thinking now of Tessa's book with her chocolate shop owner heroine, and now a condom company owner. Is there a theme here? How intriguing!

2:23 AM  
Blogger shelley said...

Helen - Sometimes we all rush around so much it's hard to slow down. I hope your slow down has done the trick!

Keziah - hi! I keep running into you ;-)

Annie - definitely a theme ;-) Your turn. The theme is in your court!

2:38 AM  
Blogger Maureen said...

Before we had children I would have loved to travel with my husband and live different places.

3:07 AM  
Blogger KimW said...

I'm a big chicken and don't like to take risks. I would love to travel, though, but come back to my safe home.

4:05 AM  
Blogger CrystalG said...

I am resistant to change. I would love to travel but I don't think I could do what you and your husband did. I am too scared to do that. I admire you for doing it. :)

5:08 AM  
Blogger tetewa said...

I don't like change, I don't know if I could have done what you did.

6:41 AM  
Blogger traveler said...

I would love to travel as you did. It is the most enlightening and wonderful opportunity which expands our minds and gives us limitless vistas. Travel is to me the most rewarding and enjoyable experience ever.

8:00 AM  
Blogger Cherie J said...

Hubby and I would love to travel abroad but have limitted our travels to within the United States until our 2 kids, both under the age of 4, are much older. I have to admit that I don't exactly like alot of change. I will make small risks here and there but those big ones are so difficult.

Cherie J

8:24 AM  
Blogger LISA WILLIAMS said...

Love your books Shelley.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Shuck Ying said...

I am such a chicken because I am not a risk taker. :)

11:07 AM  
Blogger Deborah Chan said...

Sexy cover..yummy and a great sounding book.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Change yes, risk, no....but then I am a mom...:)

Thats why I read, I get my adventures safely...between pages.

Nice cover, btw!

12:46 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

Going to college was a big change for me. I had been working for 15 years of my life. I had graduated high school 10 years earlier. I was working a job in a high school cafe and instead of going back in Sept.I decided to go to college. So at least I can tell my son that going to college after high scool is best because even though you say you are only putting college off for a year or two you could find yourself 10 years later wondering if that would be something you could do

12:49 PM  
Blogger Karen G said...

I might have been a risk taker when I was younger. Not much today. I like change even if something small like new wallpaper.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Tessa Radley said...

Shell, fabulous cover. Hi every one...thank you all so much for coming to help celebrate!!!

I love travelling! Just don't do enough of it. And Shelley, every since I saw your photos on your blog I want to go to Western Samoa.

Soon! *g*


5:05 PM  
Blogger jan said...

Hi Shelley (love that cover) and Tessa (welcome to the madhouse - er, rollercoaster of your book being OUT THERE!!!)

I admit, I cannot believe how gutsy I used to be - I even backpacked around Romania before the Iron Curtain fell - but it's not so any more, I'm afraid.
I've become boring and perhaps a little insecure in my old age.

A good friend of mine, only 3 years younger than me is off next week, resigned from her good job, travelling around the States and Alaska, then down to Ecuador to work as a volunteer on two reserves for a couple months, then to Europe to work in a French vineyard and hopefully get to see an All Black game in the world cup. I am green with envy...

Bring on the condom factory, someone...anyone??


5:24 PM  
Blogger shelley said...

Oh, lots of comments overnight :-)
It's great to see some familiar faces.

Thanks so much, Lisa. And a huge thanks for the cover compliments!

Jan - it sounds like you've had some interesting adventures. We'll have to talk :-)

Tessa - thanks so much for inviting me to visit. It's been fun!! And really, you'll love Samoa.

12:01 AM  

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