Christmas takes place during summer down my end of the world. My name is Shelley Munro and I live in Auckland, New Zealand. Instead of spending Christmas day inside huddling by the fire to keep warm, we’re outside and wearing our jandals (flipflops) and shorts.
So what does Christmas say to me?
It’s the warmth of sunshine beating down from overhead.
Sometimes, it’s the pitter patter of rain because it rains a lot in sub-tropical Auckland.
It’s the blare of the trumpet and crash of the drums when the Salvation Army band plays Christmas carols.
The bustle of people rushing around the shopping malls.
The tinny sound of piped Christmas carols.
The frazzled faces of mothers trying to do their shopping in the busy supermarket.
The cries of overtired children.
The shouts of excitement while watching the Christmas parade.
It’s the sizzle of meat hitting the barbecue.
The tinkle of ice cubes in glasses.
The scent of freshly mown grass.
The crunch of pavlova dessert.
The ho-ho-ho of Santa Claus.
The rip and tear of gift wrap.
The crimson of pohutakawa trees – our native Christmas tree.
These are some of the sights and sounds that say Christmas to me.
This year I have a Christmas story called Christmas is Coming, due out at Ellora’s Cave on 9 December. Here’s the blurb:
Gaby Montgomery works for Fancy Free as a condom designer. Recently she’s been designing sex toys and testing her inventions with fellow designer Marc, but they’ve parted ways. The timing couldn’t be worse because she’s stuck without a willing test subject for her sexy products.
Gaby’s roommates Liam Richardson and Fletch Darcy both want a serious relationship with Gaby, and now that she’s free, it’s time to make a move. But how do they decide which one will date Gaby? Fletch finally suggests they share her. Liam is skeptical but agrees the scheme might work, which allows Fletch to move on to step two of his romance plan. Fletch doesn’t just want Gaby, he wants Liam as well.
The loving is hot, their days full of fun product testing, exquisite pleasure and laughter. Everything is perfect until the outside world intrudes, putting their budding relationship under stress. This time their love and friendship might not stand the pressure.
Publisher’s Note: Want to have more fun with the characters in this book, including finding out more about those spaceship sightings, then pick up Fancy Free along with the books in the Talking Dog series. They’re an out-of-this world experience.
Shelley Munro lives in New Zealand with her husband and a very naughty puppy. She writes romance (mainly erotic) for Ellora’s Cave and Samhain Publishing and romantic mysteries for Carina Press. To learn more about Shelley and her books visit her website http://www.shelleymunro.com.
CONTEST: Tell me some of the sights and sounds of your Christmas.
Everyone who comments will go into a draw to win a download of one of the following of my books, which are set in the same country town as Christmas is Coming. The winner can choose a download of either:
Talking Dogs, Aliens & People Eaters
Never Send a Dog to do a Woman’s Job