Aug 6, 2017

Sunday Smooch- Melanie Milburne

Hi everyone,

But first let me announce last week's Smooch winner-  Therese Ferguson, if you could contact Annie West at annie@annie-west.com she will get the book to you. 

Thanks for asking me to do another Sunday Smooch. A Ring For The Greek's Baby is the second book of a Presents/Modern duet - Wedding Night With Her Enemy was featured last month.
This novel is a one night with consequences story and I really enjoyed writing Emily's character in particular. She sprang up in Wedding Night With Her Enemy as my heroine's legal secretary and demanded her own story! Well, not really demanded as she's not that sort of person. She's warm and loving and incredibly clumsy.
Loukas Kyprianos is a locked down loner who never stays in a relationship longer than a night or two, but something about his one-night stand with sweet and shy Emily makes him go back to offer her an affair, only to find out ( by accident because Emily was trying to work up the courage to tell him) that he's to be a father- the last thing he ever planned to be because of his sad and tragic past.


Here is their smooch after Loukas brings her back from hospital after she hurt her hand in the comedy of errors when he finally finds out about the consequences of their one night of passion...

  Emily slowly lifted her head out of the handkerchief and focussed her gaze on his dark inscrutable one. She bit her lower lip. 'Hormones. Sorry.'
 A ghost of a smile flickered at one side of his mouth and his hand moved to cradle her cheek, his thumb stroking back and forth in a barely moving movement that set her facial nerves dancing. His became hooded and he slipped his gaze to her mouth, lingering there for an infinitesimal moment. Emily sent the tip of her tongue out over her lips in a darting movement, unable to stop the impulse even though she knew it was a primary signal of arousal.
  The air tightened. Crackling with possibilities. Erotic possibilities that made her blood tick and her heart trip.
  His thumb moved to her bottom lip, stroking it like someone smoothing out a tiny crease in silk. It was as if every nerved in her lip rose to the surface, swelling, pulsing, heating against the pad of his thumb.'You have the most beautiful mouth.' Loukas's voice was so deep it sounded as though it had come from beneath the floor.
  Emily touched his face with her uninjured hand, losing herself in the depths of his deep-brown gaze with its fringe of inky lashes. His eyes were so dark she couldn't tell where his pupils began and ended. 'What are we doing, Loukas?' Her voice was not much more than a whisper.
  His warm breath wafted over her lips. 'This is what we're doing.' And his mouth came down on hers.
  His lips moved with sensual expertise over her mouth, rediscovering its contours, drawing from her a response that made her blood sing in her veins.
  Emily's hand crept up his chest and then linked around his neck, her body pressing closer to the warm, hard heat of his. His tongue stroked over the seam of her mouth and she opened to him on a sigh of pleasure. The glide of his tongue was just as intoxicating as the first time he'd kissed her. It sent every female hormone in her body into paroxysms of excitement. His tongue found hers and cajoled it into play, teasing it, stroking it, chasing it. Seducing it. Loukas's hands settled on her hips, holding her close to his body, where his blood pumped and his flesh surged. She moved against him instinctively, driven by primal urges she had no control over. He angled his head to depend the kiss, one of his hands coming up from her waist to cup the side of her face, his fingers splaying through her hair.
  He nudged against her lips and then nibbled the lower one until she was whimpering against his mouth. She sent her hands through the thick silk of his hair, tugging and releasing the slight curls, delighting in the way he made deep, guttural sounds of approval....

I hope you enjoy Emily and Loukas's pathway to Happy Ever After. I have a signed copy of both books for a reader who leaves a comment to the following conversation starter: Is there something you have done in the past that had consequences you didn't expect?

Best wishes,
Melanie xxx

25 comments:

  1. Hi Melanie

    Firstly let me say how much I loved both of these books they really are fabulous stories :) Loved re-reading that smooch

    I am not sure about doing something that left consequences that I didn't expect I am sure I have LOL but can't remember getting old

    Have Fun
    Helen

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    1. Don't talk to me about getting old! 😂
      So glad you enjoyed Draco and Loukas! Thanks again for the great reviews. You always take the time to read and analyse the stories with such expertise.

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  2. When I was at school (some years back now.) There was a boy who was teasing me. I chased after him only to have the boy I had a crush on cheer me on. It was the first time he had spoke to me and all because I was sticking up for myself

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    1. I love how you stood up for yourself! And how sweet they your crush noticed! Thanks for sharing.😀

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  3. I love the way you write that just flows and so beautifully written.

    I can't really say there has been anything that I remember in particular. I guess the most amazing thing that happened never saw coming was with Cherry Adair and being seated next to Emma Darcy and Miranda Lee, because Cherry wanted me with her at my first conference. That was such OMG moment in my life since I have been reading their books from years ago. Never did I ever think I would meet someone like Darcy, come to that Cherry or you for the first time. Then in the lift with Jane Porter the next year. I guess the best thing that had happened in my life apart from marriage and kids was becoming RWAus member and learning and helping my writing. One just doesn't know who you meet from year to year, learning and socialising. 3 more days to go then off to Brisbane ;)

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    1. Hi Jan,
      I loved meeting you too. And thanks for your lovely comments about my writing. Cherry Adair is such a sweetheart, isn't she? And I adore Emma Darcy and Miranda Lee.

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  4. I cant think of any one thing at the moment ---but I am looking forward to reading your latest book----Lyn W

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    1. I hope you enjoy it, Lyn! Thanks so much for posting a comment.

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  5. I LOVE this excerpt, Melanie, and I'm so looking forward to reading Emily and Loukas's story.

    I guess my PhD was from an offhand, throwaway comment I made to the person who is now my supervisor. She never let me forget it, kept reminding me about it whenever we bumped into each other...and here I am, enrolled in a PhD (for my sins ;-) )

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    1. Hi Michelle,
      I can't wait to read your thesis! It's just amazing that you manage to write such fabulous romance novels while doing a PhD. You inspire me so much. 🤓

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  6. Hi Melanie,
    This excerpt is so steamy! Congrats on your latest release. :)
    Something I've done in the past that had unexpected consequences was when I remarked to my flatmate how cute his friend was - and he went and TOLD him. Thankfully his friend liked me too so then we got together. (And later got married, so that worked out well.)

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    1. Hi Jo,
      What a gorgeous story of how you got with your husband! It sounds so romantic. Thanks for sharing! 😊

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  7. Hi Melanie, nice and interesting this extract.

    I believe I have never done anything that has left consequences that I did not expect.

    Franca

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    1. Hi Franca.
      That's lucky! I'm constantly being surprised by things I didn't expect.
      Thanks for posting! 😀

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  8. All the best plans and intentions have fallen by the wayside many a time. Such is life.

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    1. I hear you, Mary! We have to be quite philosophical at times, don't we?!!
      🤓

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  9. Fantastic smooch Melanie. About to go purchase this book and the previous one after this.
    As for doing something with consequences that I didn't expect... at the time I didn't expect the consequences that came with hosting a drunken teenage party while Mum was away for the weekend. Looking back now, I'm not surprised there was consequences. Ah, the benefits of hindsight...

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    1. Hi Lyn,
      Gosh! That was a lucky escape. Teenagers and alcohol are never a good mix. Thanks for sharing! 😀

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  10. Thanks for sharing another smooch with us - what a great scene!! Love it when the secondary characters get demanding and want their own story :D

    Hmm unexpected consequences. I guess my whole writing career is a bit like that. I only started writing to see if I could finish a book and now I'm getting ready to publishing my 14th book. That was a very positive unexpected consequence :)

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    1. Hi Stefanie,
      I'm glad you started writing because your books are fabulous. And up to 14 already! Wow! Yo go, girl!
      😊🥂👏👏

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  11. Melanie, what a terrific scene! I'm so looking forward to this one, as I recently finished the first in this duet and wondered if Emily would get her own book.

    For me, deciding to chance my hand a writing a romance had unexpected consequences. Of course I dreamed I might become a writer but I don't think I really believed it that first time I put pen to paper.

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    1. Hi Annie,
      I think there are a few of us romance authors who feel exactly the same way. I'm certainly glad you decided to write romance- yours are wonderful.
      So looking forward to seeing you at RWA in Brisbane. 🤓♥️

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  12. Something I've done in the past that had consequences I didn't expect,hmmmm...I remember as a child eating a few ;-) lollies &sugary snacks (like fairy floss) &of course as a child expecting no consequences,..meanwhile several trips to the dentist later..Though I wouldn't trade the happy memories of going to the local shop ,that's no longer there, or to the local show for fairy floss & a Dagwood dog :-) .

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    1. Hi Kerri,
      Oh now youve got my memory zinging! I used to live all those lollies but sadly I can't eat them now as I'm gluten intolerant. You'd be amazed at how many have wheat syrup in them, even most chocolate!
      Thanks for reminding me. Oh and the dentist... I still hate going! 😱

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  13. Drank 10 Pepsi cans (minimum) per day (since my mom got sick and died in 1995, making me heavily stressed for a couple of years) and got diabetes, surprise surprise, even though I haven't had any pop in 4.5 years now.

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