Thursday, July 18, 2013

Guest Blog - Shelley Munro

It’s A Goal: The Lure of Sports Romances
New Zealand is a land of sports lovers, and I number amongst them. At this time of the year (our winter) the rugby and netball seasons are in full swing and most weekends I watch the games on television.
Add sports to romance, and I’m in heaven. There’s something about a sports hero that really grabs my interest. I like sports romances because:
1. The sports heroes have very fine physiques, the result of some serious training.
2. The dedication and sacrifices they make to play their chosen sport is inspiring.
3. The heroes have money and fame, which makes them interesting.
4. They’re public figures and under intense scrutiny, and this adds to their conflict.
5. The heroes might find it easy to get women, but when the right woman comes along that’s when they have problems and the excitement begins.
6. The sport adds to the conflict with injuries, loss of form and competition to make the starting team.
7. The book covers are usually hot.
8. They often come in series because lots of sports are team events. A series of sports romances—what’s not to like?
Although I started off as a reader of sports romances—I blame Susan Elizabeth Phillips and my New Zealand roots—it didn’t take me long to try my hand at writing them too.

Playing to Win features a rugby hero and has a suspense element to the story. 

Issy’s Infatuation features a female rugby player and a male rugby coach. 

Eye on the Ball is a gay romance and features a rugby player and a coach from an opposition team. 

Wanna Do Bad Things With You is also a gay romance and features two rugby players. 

The Bottom Line features a rugby playing hero, although rugby isn’t a huge part of the story. 

As a writer I try to give my books just enough sports flavor to grab the sports enthusiast, yet not too much that I’ll bore those people who aren’t familiar with rugby. It’s a delicate balance, and hopefully I’ve managed to get it right. It’s certainly a joy writing about the sports I enjoy and to showcase New Zealand as well.
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Playing to Win
Professional rugby player, Lane Gerrard is used to women throwing themselves at him, but a scurrilous tabloid article naming him as father of a child sends his temper soaring. The woman he confronts doesn’t fit the blackmailer profile. Kate Alexander is attractive with an enchanting innocence, enticing. A total stranger. Her feistiness draws his unwilling admiration, but the child…he is the image of Lane.
Kate can’t deny her son’s similarity to the sexy man at her door but no way will she hand him over without a fight. Kate doesn’t possess money but she can shower her son with love. With public speculation rife, Kate reluctantly works with Lane to discover the truth. They grow closer as distrust slowly turns to mutual fascination, but the tabloid articles bring out a stalker. Mild pranks escalate into danger, and suddenly Lane realizes Kate is a woman he could love. With Kate and her son, he could have a family. Now, with his heart on the line, this is one game he’s playing to win…
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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 very 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


  1. Thanks for having me to visit today :)

  2. I'm not much of a sports fan, but I've read a dozen or so sports romances and really enjoyed them. And not just because the heroes tend to be hunks.

    1. Yes, I think the trick is not to overwhelm the reader with too much of the sports theory. It's much like setting and shouldn't take over. The focus should be on the characters.

  3. I'm a big hockey fan, and I like to see how the team dynamics affect the romance.


    1. Oh, yes. Sports romances are a bit like those that feature brothers and sisters and other family members. We get to see how the character fits with the other members.

  4. Sport is fine if it's part of the plot, but I can't say that's what draws me to any book.

  5. I haven't read many sports romances but the few that I have read had a really good story so the bits of sports that went along really well with the story didn't bother me in the slightest. I'm not a big sports fans so sometimes I don't even know the terminology.

    1. A writer knows they've got the right balance when a non-sporty person enjoys their book. :)

  6. i love sports romances because they're so hot, especially when written by Shelley Munro

  7. I love sports romances, maybe because while I'm sort of the opposite of athletic, I've always admired athletes and also love reading about the sports world, whether the team dynamics or the competitiveness or other aspects of different sports. It's fun to be immersed in another world--it's another kind of armchair travel, in a sense ;) So I love a good sports romance--not to the exclusion of other genres, of course ;) Thanks for the lovely visit, Shelley!

    1. Hi Fedora,

      That's a great way of putting it - a different form of armchair travel. Thanks for visiting:)

  8. I love sports romances, esp the hockey ones (I'm Canadian so maybe that's why lol) it's nice to see the 'other' side of the athletes that the fans don't get to see.