Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Mistress of Merrivale by Shelley Munro: Interview + Giveaway

Mistress of Merrivale
by Shelley Munro

Genre: Historical romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Date of Publication: 25 March 2014
Number of pages: 281
Cover Artist: Kim Killion

A marriage of convenience…full of inconvenient secrets.

Jocelyn Townsend’s life as a courtesan bears no resemblance to the life she envisioned in girlish dreams. But it allows her and her eccentric mother to live in relative security—until her protector marries and no longer requires her services.

Desperate to find a new benefactor, one kind enough to accept her mother’s increasingly mad flights of fancy, Jocelyn is nearly overwhelmed with uncertainty when a lifeline comes from an unexpected source.

Leo Sherbourne’s requirements for a wife are few. She must mother his young daughter, run his household, and warm his bed. All in a calm, dignified manner with a full measure of common sense. After his late wife’s histrionics and infidelity, he craves a simpler, quieter life.

As they embark on their arrangement, Leo and Jocelyn discover an attraction that heats their bedroom and a mutual admiration that warms their days. But it isn’t long before gossip regarding the fate of Leo’s first wife, and his frequent, unexplained absences, make Jocelyn wonder if the secrets of Merrivale Manor are rooted in murder…

Warning: Contains mysterious incidents, a mad mother who screeches without provocation, scheming relatives, and a captivating husband who blows scorching hot and suspiciously cold. All is not as it seems…and isn’t that delicious?

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Q & A with Shelley Munro

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
Jocelyn Townsend is a courtesan—not by design—but she’s had to turn to this way of living in order to support herself and her eccentric mother. When her current protector decides he no longer needs her services, she’s left wondering how she’ll survive. She’s a good woman who is trying to do her best to care for her mother and build a secure life.

Leo Sherbourne is a landowner and farmer from Merrivale in Dartmoor. Previously married, he decides to marry again. He requires a sensible woman to run his household and look after his daughter, a woman to warm his bed. He expects his marriage to be convenient and to suit his purposes, but that’s not quite what he gets!

Q:  What was your favorite scene to write?
I enjoyed writing the entire book, but the very first scene is always one of my favorites. Often it’s the hardest scene to write because finding the right place to start is always tricky. It’s rewarding when the scene turns out well.

Q:  What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
This year I’ve been doing a lot of my writing in cafes. I spend my morning writing and my afternoon and evening taking care of promo, administration stuff, blogging and also edits. I find that I work even harder as a writer than I did when I worked in an office.

Q:  How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
I think that writers, generally, are affected by their environment and upbringing. It colors our thoughts and perceptions and the way we write. I’ve done a lot of traveling with my husband and this has led to me setting books in other countries as well as some in my home country of New Zealand.

Q:  If you could be any character from your book, who would you be and why?
I’d be the heroine, Jocelyn. I admire the way she sticks with her parent, despite her mother’s behavior. She’s kind and tries to do the real thing, and she isn’t bitter about her past and the hard knocks life has thrown in her direction. She’s a good person and deserves happiness. 

Q:  What do you do to unwind and relax?
I remain a big reader and read every day. My husband and I own a dog and the three of us do a lot of walking. I also enjoy cycling. Exercise helps me unwind and it’s especially good for mulling over plot problems.

Q:  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
My husband and I have done a lot of travel since we were married. One day I’d like to make a return visit to Africa and in particular the national parks because I like to see animals in their natural habitat. We haven’t visited South America, and I’d like to go there one day too. 

Q:  What book are you reading now?
I have three books on the go at present. I’m reading a non-fiction book called The Beau Monde by Hannah Greig. It’s about life in the 18th century England. I’m reading Against the Ropes by Sarah Castille in print format and Guilded Hearts, a steampunk book by Christine D’Abo on my kindle.

Thanks for having me to visit today.

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 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 http://www.shelleymunro.com.

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  1. Great interview! The cover...yes! :-)

    1. fancy dress party...hmm...Scarlett O'hara!

    2. Thank you! Scarlett O'Hara sounds good to me. Very glamorous.

  2. I would attend the historical fancy dress party as Julius Caesar. A toga would be so comfortable for dancing. :-D

    1. LOL I think a toga would be very comfortable :)

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  4. I'd love to go as Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen! Its my absolute favorite book and book era!
    I love historical romances and this one definitely sounds really good! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

    1. Thank you very much! Elizabeth Bennet is such an interesting character. I hope you come across Mr. Darcy in the pond!

    2. Wouldn't that be a dream come true! :)

  5. Maybe someone like Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire (though I certainly wouldn't have wanted to be her.

  6. maybe someone royal

  7. If I were going to a historical dress party, I would dress as Cathrine the Great, Empress of Russia.

  8. I'd love to go as Queen Elizabeth I