Guest & Contest: Shelley Munro

Eve Fawkner, Cat Burglar in Training–Highlights from My Week

Eve Fawkner and her young daughter have recently returned from France to move back in with her father at Oakthorpe, the Fawkner ancestral home. She’s expecting to slip back into her old routine where her days will be calm, safe and free of drama. Little does she know! Here’s the run-down of her first week back at Oakthorpe.


8:00 am – Amber, my daughter and I enter the kitchen ready for breakfast. My father and his friends Ben and Hannah are already eating their breakfast.

8:05 am – Something weird is going on with Father, Hannah and Ben. There’s something they’re not telling me. A secret. I keep sending them suspicious looks but can’t say much because of Amber. Bother it!

8:10 am – The phone goes and Amber answers it. She hands the phone over to me, and it’s some rude man, demanding money. I tell him I don’t have any debts, and he should get lost. He cuts into my tirade. Good grief! He threatens to harm Amber if the debt isn’t paid on time. Father’s debt!

8:11 am – Send Amber off to brush her teeth. Demand answers from Father. He admits to a small debt. Nothing to panic about. They’re not telling me everything. I decide to pack our stuff and take Amber back to France.

8:20 am – Amber arrives back before I can worm all the info out of Father, but he does tell me he expects me to take over the mantle of cat burglar. I say no. He admits his arthritis is acting up, and he can’t climb anymore. I flatly refuse. I don’t want to be The Shadow. I crave normal, and the life of a cat burglar is nowhere near normal!

8:30 am – I drive Amber to school, my mind full of debts and thugs. No, I’m not going to let my father guilt me into becoming The Shadow. I can’t run away to France either. There must be an alternative.

9:15 am – I arrive back at Oakthorpe. Father, Ben and Hannah gang up on me. I suggest we downsize and sell Oakthorpe. This suggestion is met with abject horror.

9:30 am – Father ends the argument by telling me he’ll meet me in the gym where I’ll start my cat burglar training.

9:32 am – I stomp after him and present my arguments again, but Father and Ben wear me down. I spend the next three hours undertaking brutal training in the gym. My bruises have bruises! My ass hurts.

Tuesday to Friday

More gym sessions. More training. More bruises. Father’s receiver expresses a wish for rubies.

Friday night

8:00 pm – Showtime! My first ball. I’m dressed to entice, my smile cheerful and flirty. Bimbo-like. It’s all a ruse because I’m searching for the perfect mark–a woman wearing rubies. Cat burglar in training.

To read about the rest of my week, plus the following weeks, check out Cat Burglar in Training, available now from Carina Press and other online retailers.

Eve Fawkner had no intention of following in her father’s footsteps. But when the thugs harassing him to repay his gambling debts threaten her young daughter, Eve is forced to assume the role of London’s most notorious cat burglar, The Shadow. The plan is simple: pull off a couple of heists, pay back the goons and go into permanent retirement. But things get messy during her first job when Eve witnesses a murder, stumbles across a clue that sheds some light on her past and, worst of all, falls for a cop.

Inspector Kahu Williams would be the perfect man, if Eve were looking, and if there wasn’t the little matter of their career conflict. The man is seriously hot–and hot on the trail of a murderer. A trail that keeps leading him back to Eve…

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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 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 and you might even find her lurking at Facebook or Twitter

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