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Spotlight on Melanie Milburne, Blackmailed into the Marriage Bed #Giveaway

This week's Spotlight on Author is on Melanie Milburne and her latest release, Blackmailed into the Marriage Bed. She also has a Kindle copy giveaway to one commenter!

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How do you keep coming up with fresh characters and stories?
I find people endlessly fascinating. I only have to listen to someone tell me about themselves for a couple of minutes and they will nearly always trigger a story idea for me. I find life in general is fascinating, troubling, confusing, blessed and tortured—often in the same day!

What do you like to read? 
 I love biographies and social commentary, chick lit, women’s fiction and thrillers and literary fiction and, of course romance! 

What’s your favourite place to read? 
In bed with my dogs curled up at my feet.

What are some of your reading pet peeves? 
I never used to notice head hopping; in fact, I did it myself for my first forty books. But now I really find it distracting. I like to be in one person’s POV per scene so I get a real sense of what they are experiencing emotionally.

Do your characters stick with you after you’ve finished a book and if so, how do you handle it? 
Some characters stay with me longer than others. Some of my most tortured heroes for example have often drifted into my thoughts weeks, months or even years later. I’ve wished them well and sent them on their way again. Occasionally I will give them a cameo appearance in another book.

How do you handle writer’s block? 
 I never used to suffer from it all that much. But with the pressure of multiple deadlines and a busy life with other responsibilities I have had some really rough patches of it. It is usually because I sense (even subconsciously) something is wrong with the characters, the setting or the plot. I take a day or two to mull over it and come back and start writing. I tell myself—just write three hundred words and see what happens. It usually works.

What motivates you to write you books? 
I love the process of writing. I enjoy the journey of discovery it is with each and every book. I also love the fact that I get paid to do it but that’s not my primary motivation nor has it ever been. I’ve just always wanted to write. 

Tell us a little bit about your book…

Vinn Gagliardi has everything he desires…

Except for his wife!

Vinn wants his estranged wife, Ailsa, back on his arm. And given that she ran out of their marriage, he’s not above blackmailing her into agreeing to his plan—a temporary reunion that will end on his terms! But passionate Ailsa meets his fire with fire. Now the challenge is on for Vinn to entice her into succumbing to his scorching seduction!

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Blackmailed Into the Marriage Bed by Melanie Milburne

Blackmailed Into the Marriage Bed

by Melanie Milburne

Giveaway ends April 30, 2018.
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  1. That is a good idea - just write three hundred words and see what happens......

    1. Hi Haddock,
      Yes, it’s a good way to get going. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Great interview. Congratulations on the new book! Covers look really great!

  3. Wow! This sounds like another great book, Melanie.

    I agree that head-hopping in scenes is distracting. Sometimes it's hard to recognize it in your own work. I read most genres as well, except horror or violence. I love curling up with a good book in bed. It's my reward for writing or creating workshop material or social media work during the day.

    All the luck with this new release. I've connected with you online. Thanks for sharing this with your followers, Nas and Melanie.

  4. Sounds like a fiery tale! Best of luck.

  5. It's amazing how many best-selling authors see nothing wrong with head hopping. My current favorite author, a NYT best seller, head hops all the time, but in such a way it adds to the story. Just that we're told not to do it!

    Congratulations on yet another release!

  6. WOW! This sounds like a true pulse-raiser!!
    Very best of luck with this.

    I so enjoyed the interview too...thank you so much for sharing.:))

  7. Great interview!
    The books sounds excellent!
    Wishing you all the best!

  8. Enjoyed the interview - many thanks.

    All the best Jan


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