Today my guest is Shelley Munro. I love to read her blog and hear about her travels and look at her photos. I also love to read her books. She is a wonderful story-teller. Her books are mainly hot to erotic, so if you can’t get enough of that, these books are for you. Even if you don’t normally read that genre, her stories are wonderfully crafted with fantastic characters, and well worth reading! So here is what Shelley has to say!
Don’t forget to read about and enter her contest! Details at bottom of post.
A Discount Trip for Exploration by Shelley Munro
Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere – Mary Schmich
My name is Shelley Munro, and I’m an author published with Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave and Samhain Publishing. I live and breathe writing, but when I’m ready for a break my favorite thing to do is pack my bags and take off to explore a new corner of the world. Luckily, my husband shares my passion and we’ve been exploring together since our early twenties.
Oddly enough, it was reading and books that fueled my early passion for travel. Mills & Boon books were my introduction to romance, and they took me on armchair journeys to England, Greece, Italy, Spain and France. In fact, when hubby and I visited Greece, I was surprised not to find the beaches littered with rich, handsome bachelors. The surplus of chubby, sunburned and inebriated tourists came as a huge shock!
When I was a teenager my cousin informed everyone he was off to India. “Very nice,” we told him, but privately we were all going, why???? You’ve probably guessed from this that India rated low on my visit wish list, but my husband and I did an overland trip from London to Kathmandu and India was part of the itinerary. I was entranced from the moment we crossed the border from Pakistan, and thus began my love affair with the country.
India is a place of contrasts. It’s vibrant and in-your-face. It’s colorful and full of interesting, intriguing sights. The southern beaches are gorgeous. The northern mountains are majestic. There’s history galore, ranging from temples to palaces. Most people are friendly and the food is really good—especially if you’re a vegetarian like me.
Once I started writing romances, it was inevitable that travel and writing would entwine and my world explorations would influence me as to characters and settings.
My book Wanderlust came from my adventures in India. Wanderlust is a romantic mystery and features a group of tourists who are traveling together through India. One by one the passengers aboard the overland truck are killed off, and the tour leader is at her wits end trying to hold everything together.
Today I thought I’d share a few photos from our trip to India. They’re places I revisited in Wanderlust.
The Taj Mahal has to be one of the most romantic places on Earth since it was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial for his second wife who died giving birth to their fourteenth child.
At Jaipur we visited the Amber Palace. The palace is at the top of the hill and you can either walk up under your steam or catch an elephant.
Jaisalmer is a walled fort in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. My memories of this town is mixed since the hotels were booked out and we ended up sleeping on a hotel roof top. Mosquitoes whined overhead and dogs barked ALL night.
Pushkar is a small, almost mystical town. Local restrictions mean no alcohol, meat, eggs or public displays of affection. The town is a Hindu pilgrimage center and also has a Brahma temple. It’s also known for its annual camel fair. I started to show the symptoms of malaria here and wasn’t very well, but I managed to do a little sightseeing.
This photo was actually taken in Northern Pakistan and it always makes me smile. See the nearest boy holding up his hands as if I’m going to misfire and hit him!
While India might not tempt you, I’ve used my travel experience in other books too.
Gold Coast Australia – Summer Lovin’, Dreams of Oasis III, anthology
England – Cat Burglar in Training
Yellowstone National Park – Lone Wolf
Africa/New Zealand – Romantic Interlude
South Island, New Zealand/Samoa/Fiji – Middlemarch Mates series
New Zealand – Talking Dogs series, Fancy Free series, Love and Friendship series
CONTEST – To go into a draw to win a $20 Amazon gift certificate complete the rafflecopter below. Which country would you like a discount ticket to visit and why?
Shelley Munro lives in New Zealand with her husband and a rambunctious puppy called Bella. She writes romances for Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave and Samhain Publishing. To learn more about Shelley, Wanderlust and her other books visit her website at www.shelleymunro.com
AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE: http://www.amazon.com/Shelley-Munro/e/B001JOWGNK
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