Meet a Legend of New Zealand with Shelley Munro #Win a Choice of Backlist Titles

Today, please help me welcome author Shelley Munro to Preternatura! Shelley is the author of more than fifty books, including Make That Man Mine, which was published in 2009 by Ellora’s Cave.

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 by visiting her website, on Facebook, by visiting her blog, or by following her on twitter. 

ABOUT MAKE THAT MAN MINE:  On her 25th birthday Emma Montrose decides it’s time to show bad boy investigator, Jack Sullivan she’s more than an efficient secretary. She’s a woman with needs, and she wants him. Jack is a taniwha, a shifter, who requires women to satiate the sexual demands of the serpent within. Nothing more. Then work forces the reluctant Jack and ecstatic Emma undercover as a couple. Thrown together, pretence and reality blur generating hot sex laced with risk… Of course, I changed the legend to suit my story. Jack, my taniwha, is a private person and working with Emma pushes his buttons in a big way. He’s fighting both his own taniwha instincts and Emma’s enthusiasm. I fear he’s fighting a losing battle!

And now, let’s hear from Shelley, with a story of “A Tale of Two Taniwha,” which in some ways reminds me of the Louisiana rougarou legends, in that parents use it to tame their wayward kiddies!

A Tale of Two Taniwha

My name is Shelley Munro, and I was brought up hearing tales from Maori mythology. Everyone in New Zealand knows of Maui, who fished our country from the sea. One particular beast from the legends has always fascinated me, and that’s the taniwha.

The taniwha (pronounced tan-e-far) is a Maori monster, a ferocious beast that ate naughty children and devoured warriors and other hapless people who found themselves in the wrong place.

Today I’m going to tell you the tale of two taniwha that lived in the lake that is now Wellington Harbor in New Zealand.

Two taniwha lived in the lake, safe in its sheltered waters. Ngake (na-key) was fidgety and impatient like a kid with a low attention span. He swam up and down the lake, patrolling the waters and exploring the reefs and different beaches. He dreamed of escaping into the ocean beyond.

Whataitai (far-tie-tie) was lazy and content to slumber under the heat of the sun.

One day Ngake snapped, having enough of their confinement in the lake. He swam hard at the reef to get up enough speed to cross the barrier. He heaved and wriggled, pushing until he broke the reef and the sea rushed through the gap he’d made. Exultant, he sped into the ocean and disappeared.

Whataitai had no entertainment with Ngake gone and the lake now tasted of salt. The waters rose and fell with the tides, stranding Whataitai. He waited for the water to return and tried to wriggle free, but alas, he died in the shallow water where Wellington Airport is now located. It’s said that Whataitai’s spirit transformed into a bird and people can still hear his cry on the wind when they stand on the top of nearby Mount Victoria.

I like taniwha myths and used my imagination to write my own tale, a romance called Make That Man Mine.

CONTEST: Answer the following question, complete the rafflecopter and go into a draw to win an ebook download from Shelley Munro’s backlist. What do you think happened to Ngake, the taniwha that escaped into the sea?

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18 thoughts on “Meet a Legend of New Zealand with Shelley Munro #Win a Choice of Backlist Titles

  1. I think Ngake found other monster friends and went on some adventures. Enjoyed this tale as I am not familiar with taniwha.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this legend, I haven’t heard this one before. I guess I am kind of vindictive because I hope Ngake got his just deserts, I mean he left and never looked back on his friend, seems kinda selfish to me, & I know plenty about selfish. evamillien at gmail dot com

  3. Ngake must have met a beautiful taniwha who had been banished to the sea by the Evil Wizard. Ngake and she lived happily ever after. And that’s how we now have whales 🙂

  4. He enjoyed his freedom and lived happily ever after with all the other creatures in the sea. Thanks for sharing the Maori legend.

  5. I think he realized that the ocean is one big world. He may be a big fish in the lake but now is a smaller fish. He will wished that he has waited but meets friends along the way.