Intro: Melanie Milburne, Awakening the Ravensdale's Heiress #Giveaway

This week's Author Intro is on Melanie Milburne and her latest release, Awakening the Ravensdale Heiress.

I grew up on a small farm on the outskirts of Sydney and as a keen horse rider, often competed in local gymkhanas and even broke in a few horses from time to time. As I was surrounded by animals, I decided at an early age to become a nurse, however I couldn’t stand the sight of blood and so opted for a career in teaching. It’s a bit ironic that I married a surgeon.

I read my first Mills & Boon novel when I was 17 and that encouraged me to continue reading romance novels; the lure of the tall dark handsome hero, who in reality I fell in love with and knew I was going to marry on our second date!  After marrying a year later, we moved to Scotland with our six week old baby so my husband could work and study for his MD in surgery. After the birth of our second son we came back to Australia to settle in Tasmania. 

I went back to University and up-graded my teaching diploma to a degree and then went on to do a Masters but still I felt as if something was missing. I sat down one day and began writing and everything clicked into place - I had finally found ‘my brilliant career’! I used to write from instinct rather than a specific plan, but now, so many books later I find a loose plan doesn't go astray. An idea will pop into my head, sometimes it will be just a simple phrase or a what if question and I'm away. 

Writing is a skill that can be learned and the best way to learn it is to read and to write. So many people feel they have a novel in them and very probably they are right-the only trick is to get it out. My advice to ‘would be’ writers is to write, write, and write even more. Carry a notebook at all times and jot down ideas. And like any other activity the more you do, the more it feels comfortable. 

I hope you enjoy my stories and look forward to hearing from you.

Awakening the Ravensdale Heiress

The only man to tempt her… 

Miranda Ravensdale's first experience of love ended in tragedy, so she vowed to bury her heart along with her memories. No man has ever broken through Miranda's quiet facade…until billionaire Leandro Allegretti, her own personal kryptonite! 

A childhood friend, Leandro has watched Miranda close herself off over the years. He knows what it's like to have a shadow cast over your life, so he plans to tempt her back into the light. On the French Riviera, under the pretense of cataloguing his art collection, Leandro will coax Miranda's dormant sensuality into life…kiss by seductive kiss…

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  1. Wow. Sounds great. Congrats.

  2. Congratulations! Loved the first book in the Ravensdale's Defiant Captive. Looking forward to reading this one.

  3. Sounds great. Congrats on the release.

  4. The trick really is to get the novel/story out and that is the challenge for most writers. ;) Congrats on your latest release, Melanie!

  5. Great advise! Reading a lot is a definite plus for a writer!
    The book sounds awesome!

  6. Really interesting post and Heiress sounds like a great read.

  7. Kiss by seductive kiss? I'm in! Sounds terrific! Good luck with it.

  8. Hi Nas and Melanie - love the back story ... and how you now just write ... clever and so well done - good advice here - read and write. Cheers Hilary

  9. I did so much practice writing before novel writing.

    Awakening looks like a fantastic book.


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