I reached a birthday milestone in December last year. Hubby and I planned to go away for a few days, and I was looking forward to the break. On the morning of our departure, my husband woke me at seven. “Go and read your email,” he said. I didn’t understand why I needed to get up so early but I hadn’t packed and thought I’d start on that. When I walked into the office I found a flash drive and a note. The note said, Shelley Munro—your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to insert this flash drive.

I, of course, was curious. I opened the file on the flash drive and a movie started playing. Our holiday destination wasn’t the one I thought. My husband had booked a cruise and I hadn’t suspected a thing. The ship traveled around New Zealand, sailed across the Tasman Sea to Hobart and Eden and ended in Sydney. Did I want to go? Hell, yeah!

My husband had arranged a few special tours during the cruise. We went dolphin watching and on my actual birthday, we did a wine tour. He made me a special movie showing my progress from baby to present day and gave me a bracelet. We had a ball, arriving home a few days before the family descended on us for Christmas. Even the weather was perfect. Best birthday ever!

Happy birthday, Lissa. I hope your birthday is as much fun as mine.

The Bottom Line by Shelley Munro

Spicing up her sex life sounds exciting…until the fantasy hits the fan.

When Maggie Drummond buys an erotic romance novel by mistake, she gets more than an unexpected eyeful. She gets an introduction to a world that arouses her to a fever pitch: Spanking.

Her boyfriend isn’t interested in pushing his vanilla-flavored sexual boundaries. Then there’s Connor Grey, who haunts her fantasies like a magical genie. As a source of masculine advice for her and her female friends, he’s off limits. The only safe place to explore her fetish is her anonymous blog.

The recent changes in Maggie don’t escape Connor’s notice. Now that her boyfriend has dropped her, he can finally—carefully—make his move. Given his family history, laying a hand on any woman, even in fun, is a line he’s reluctant to cross. But for Maggie? Anything the lady wants.

As Maggie gives in to the temptation to let Connor add some sin to her life, she finds herself juggling lies, half-truths, friendship and sensual delights. Her job is in jeopardy—and she’s falling in love. Exploring her fantasy is one thing, but she’s beginning to question if indulging her own pleasure is worth the cost to everyone around her. Especially Connor…

Available from Samhain Publishing


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