Guest Blogging and Contest with Melanie Milburne

Writing from the Heart

The purpose of all storytelling is to elicit emotion from the reader. It doesn’t matter what genre you are writing in the main purpose you have as a writer is to make your readers feel something.

This is the biggest challenge for a romance writer. So many submissions get rejected because of the lack of emotional punch. Of course emotional stakes are linked to conflict. In fact, you have no story if you have no conflict.

The conflict I explored in One Last Night (Book Two of The Sabbatini Brothers Trilogy) is Maya’s decision to leave her marriage to her rich and powerful husband Giorgio, the head of the Sabbatini dynasty. Married for five years and after several heartbreaking miscarriages and failed IVF attempts she makes the heart-wrenching decision to end their relationship because she can’t give him what he wants- an heir.

There are so many things we take for granted in life. And having children is one of them. To find oneself facing the prospect of never having the family one wants more than anything must be truly devastating. And it certainly was for Maya, that is, until after a one-night stand with her soon-to-be-ex-husband she finds out some truly miraculous news!

But her dilemma is should she tell Giorgio? What if she loses this baby like all the others? She and Giorgio are within weeks of finalizing their divorce. She isn’t prepared to stall the arrangements on the fragile hope that this pregnancy might last the distance.

But then Giorgio has a proposition for her that makes things rather tricky for Maya. He wants her to pretend to be reconciled with him as his grandfather has only weeks to live. Moving back in with Giorgio stirs up all an emotional minefield for Maya and for Giorgio too, when he stumbles upon Maya’s little secret!

I love being a romance writer because I can give my characters the happy ending that in real life doesn’t always happen. I love exploring the emotions that surround the characters and their particular situation.

I hope you enjoy One Last Night and watch out for the third book in the trilogy: The Wedding Charade. If you love Maya and Giorgio, just wait until you meet Jade and Nic!

I have a signed paperback copy of One Last Night to give away.

Warmest wishes,

Melanie Milburne

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In February 2003 Melanie Milburne became the first Australian (not previously published) author in over a decade to be signed on by Harlequin Mills and Boon in London for the top selling Presents line.

Her books have featured in numerous bestseller lists including the Heatseekers chart and Nielson Bookscan Top 100 in the UK as well as the Waldenbooks and USA Today bestseller lists in the US. Melanie also writes for the Medical line and has enjoyed similar success and several five out of five reviews.

She has several Cataromance Reviewer’s Choice Awards and in 2007 won an unprecedented three. In 2008 she won the inaugural Romance Readers of Australia Category Series Romance Novel of the Year, and in 2009 won another two Cataromance Reviewer’s Choice Awards and in 2010 a Holt Medallion Award of Merit and yet another Cataromance Reviewer’s Choice Award. In 2011 she has been nominated twice for the much coveted Australian Romance Writers Romantic Book of the Year Award.

She has a Masters Degree in Education and is a keen athlete, having several national top ten rankings in Masters swimming. Melanie lives in Hobart, Tasmania and is married to a surgeon with two adult sons. She teaches creative writing at centres across the country and is very happily mentoring several writers while she juggles the demands of her busy writing schedule of six books a year for Harlequin Mills and Boon.

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Readers, Melanie is giving away a copy of One Last Night to a lucky commenter.  The contest is open to everyone. You just need to leave a comment or question for Melanie anf then leave your email address in your comment.  The contest winner will be chosen on Sunday, June 5.

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