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Spotlight on Melanie Milburne, Flirting With The Socialite Doc and Giveaway!

This week's Spotlight on Author is on Melanie Milburne. She's got a copy of her FLIRTING WITH A SOCIALITE DOC as giveaway for one commenter!

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Tell us about yourself…
I am a fairly typical romance author in that my love of reading romance led me to write it. I’m also neurotic and a worrywart which may or may not be so typical! But like other romance authors, I believe in the power of love to change lives.

How did you choose your genre?
I think it chose me! I started reading romance at the age of seventeen and was swept into the fantasy of the fairytale happy ever after. I decided then and there I wanted to write it so I could give readers the same enjoyment I received when reading my favourite authors.


What made you tell this story and why did you write this book?
You mean apart from the looming deadline and legal contract to deliver it by a certain date?!! J I wanted to explore a couple of issues: home is where the heart is and the nature of love and commitment. I also had a scene I wanted to start a book with (see answer below).
I put my heroine Isabella Courtney a long way from home after ending her engagement back in England. I made my hero Zach Fletcher isolated and deeply lonely as he juggled work as the local cop and looking after his injured father.
Izzy and Zach were perfect for each other as they both needed to learn to trust their feelings and open their hearts to love.

How did you come up with the title?
My working title was Lady Isabella and the Country Cop but the editorial department came up with Flirting With The Socialite Doc. I can’t write a book unless I have a working title. Sometimes I get to keep them!
What is your favourite scene?
I’d have to say the scene in the first chapter where Zach arrives at the local pub where the locals are giving Izzy a combined welcome and birthday party. Izzy thinks Zach is the surprise “naughty” birthday present from her best friend Hannah back home - a male stripper dressed as a cop.
BTW, truth is stranger than fiction. I read a snippet of news that in the Northern Territory a few months ago the police were called to a rowdy hen’s party and the tipsy women mistook the police for strippers! I couldn’t wait to use that scene. I wrote the whole book around it. It was too good to waste.


The new doc in town…

Accepting a GP sting in a remote Australian town seems like the perfect opportunity for Lady Isabella Courtney to mend her broken heart. But keeping a low profile is easier said than done when she mistakes the—incredibly hot—local cop for a stripper!
Zach Fletcher is back in Jerringa Ridge to take care of his injured father. And new doc Izzy is a delicious distraction he doesn't need. But something about her gets under her skin, and soon Zach finds himself flirting with trouble…!

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38 comments:

  1. Hi Nas! Hi Melanie! I got such a thrill when I saw your books on sale on the Champs Elysee in Paris. I took photos! This book sounds great and I loved hearing more of your writing story.

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    1. Hi Denise! Wow! I would love to see this photo! Would you please post it in Melanie Milburne Group on Facebook?

      Would be much appreciated!

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    2. Hi Denise,
      Wow! I would love to see that! Thanks for dropping in. Hope you enjoy the book.

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    3. Well girls I"m going to have to sift through about 4000 pics as I can't see them easily.

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  2. LOVE the story about the misunderstanding between the strippers and the cops. This book sound like a good ride.

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    1. Hi Leslie,
      It was a fun scene to write. I hope you enjoy the book. Thanks for posting.

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  3. Ooo! I love the cop/stripper/misunderstanding set-up! You're right - it IS to good to waste. Sounds like a ton of fun!

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    1. Hi Liz,
      That snippet was a gift! I often find inspiration in the paper or magazines. Thanks for posting.

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  4. I like the premise of the book, Melanie!

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    1. Hi William,
      I wish I could claim it as my own but as you can see I borrowed it from real life.
      Thanks for dropping by.

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  5. I'm still laughing about someone mistaking a cop for a stripper! Sounds like a great book. :)

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    1. Hi Carrie,
      It's a great mix up, isn't it?
      I hope you enjoy the book if you get a chance to read it. Thanks for posting.

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  6. This does sound like a fun book to curl up with! All the best to Melanie! Nas, Thanks for featuring Melanie, and Flirting With The Socialite Doc!

    Julie

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    1. Hi Julie,
      I'm glad you thanked Nas. She is such a wonderful support to the romance community.
      Hope you enjoy the book!

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  7. All the best with your new release, Melanie. I love the story about the tipsy hens at the party mistaking the police for strippers. That must have been so funny!

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    1. Hi Shelley.
      I would have loved to be a fly on the wall at that pub!
      Thanks for dropping by.

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  8. I love love stories. I found them young too and was a true believer...still am!

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    1. Hi Elizabeth,
      It's great you still love romance. Mine love of it hasn't faded one bit.
      Thanks for posting.

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  9. Congratulations to Melanie on her book, which has some lovely characters to read about.

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    1. Hi Cleem,
      Thanks for your lovely comment. Thanks for dropping in!

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  10. Hahahaha! That's awesome. Whew! Way to take reality and bend it into an epic scene!

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    1. Hi Crystal,
      I spent months after reading that news snippet quietly dreading that some other author would write it first!
      Thanks for posting.

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  11. I read romances as a teen, too. Sometimes I wonder if teens aren't missing out, now that they have books of their own to read (Twilight, Divergent, etc.). The YA books that were available when I was a teen were a little sugary--closer to what middle grade is now, only with 16-year-old characters. Because of that, many of us started reading adult books to find something for us. Romance was one of those great thrills!

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    1. Hi Stephanie,
      You make a very good point. I wonder if there is any discussion about that anywhere online? I learnt so much from reading romances young. Not just relationship or sex but travel information and exotic locations etc. I was transported time and time again to places I could at that time only dream about visiting.

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  12. I like both titles and that cover is amazing. Congrats to Melanie.

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  13. Hi Medela,
    Thanks for your comment. You have a lovely name. I've never heard it before.

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  14. A whole book written around a crazy scene - it's amazing where our ideas come from, but also genius. Love certainly does change lives.
    All the best to Melanie and her unusual romantic novel.

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    1. Hi Fanny,
      Thanks for your comment. I agree, love does change lives!

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  15. Truth IS stranger than fiction! That's such a funny story about the cop scene. This story sounds wonderful, and the cover is adorable.

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    1. Hi Julie,
      Thanks for posting. I love the cover too. It's very natural and just as I imagined my hero and heroine.

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  16. What a fun cover! It was great to hear from Melanie! The news is a great place to get ideas. I am imagining the drunk woman the next day when she realized what had happened. Oh my! :)

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    1. Hi Jess,
      I love scouring the newspaper or magazines for inspiration!
      And yes, I can imagine those women at the hen's party were a little red-faced when they saw the news the next day!

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  17. Great scene to have the birthday girl mistake a real cop for a stripper! Haha!

    Hello Nas! How're you doing?

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  18. I find reading Melanie Milburne is a total delight. Pure escapism.

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  19. I like reading a romance with a good plot on occasion (though lately I've been focusing on YA, which of course has romance IN it most of the time). LOL on the mixup--truth is often stranger than fiction, but this truth was made INTO fiction! Nice. ;o)

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  20. Congratulations to Carrie Butler! You won a copy of Melanie's Flirting with the Socialite Doc. Please shoot me email at nas_dean@ymail.com

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