The Truth is Out About Melanie Milburne and More on "The Venadicci Marriage Vengeance"!

by Melanie Milburne, author of The Venadicci Marriage Vengeance (Harlequin Presents Extra, February 2010)

I don’t know about you, but I just love being right. I stick to my guns and fight tooth and nail…er…the ones I have left after writing my current work in progress that is! Sorry about all the clichés but there you have it–the truth is finally out: Melanie Milburne can be a little stubborn at times. Actually, I prefer to think of it as persistence and determination. After all, that’s how most writers become published in the end, right?

My heroine Gabriella St Clair is also rather stubborn and finds it hard to admit to her mistakes. And let me tell you she has made plenty. The first was to marry the wrong man. Deep down she knew she shouldn’t go ahead with it, but the weight of responsibility was like a yoke upon her shoulders (ouch, another cliché!) and she didn’t see how she could get out of it without letting her family down and of course wasting an obscene amount of money. You know how much society weddings cost, well, come to think of it any wedding!

Seven years ago my hero Vinn Venadicci came back to Australia to find Gabby about to marry Tristan Glendenning, a man he hated with a passion and for good reason. But Gabby wouldn’t listen to Vinn. She considered him to be nothing but the bad-boy son of the St Clair housekeeper, even though she was shockingly, shamelessly attracted to him. That one stolen kiss the night before her wedding more or less proved that. But if anything it sent her hurtling all the faster into the disaster that awaited her…

Oh, how wise we are in hindsight. I look back on my life and think of how I would do so many things differently if I had my time again. I am sure most of you do too.  I guess it’s just part of being human, we’re not perfect and we make the odd mistake, some more than others.

Gabby has to save her family from financial ruin and Vinn is the only person who can help her. Ironic, huh? The only person in the world who can help her is the very last person on the earth she wants to see… or does she?

Of course their first face to face meeting after seven years is full of crackling tension. Vinn sees an opportunity to get Gabby right where he has always wanted her: in his bed. And yes he is ruthless, and rich and spine-tinglingly gorgeous. But it will take a while for Gabby to tell Vinn why she did the things she did and how dearly she has paid for her mistakes since.

I loved writing this story as the characters were so strong–both of them. Gabby is feisty and proud and yet soft and vulnerable underneath and Vinn is so irresistibly male–the quintessential alpha leader and protector. I loved pitting them against each other, watching as they locked horns (cliché!) and lips and other bits!

So, what about you? Are you stubborn or a bit of a pushover? Do you readily admit when you’ve made a mistake or does it take you a while to come round to eating humble pie? Cliché!  Or do you absolutely never admit when you are wrong?

I look forward to reading all of your comments.

Mel Milburne

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Comments ( 17 )
  1. Abbi Cantrell
    February 8, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    I’m stubborn, but I will admit right away if I am wrong. Wellll, sometimes I’ll let my husband hang a little bit longer because 99.9% of the time, he is right. 🙂


  2. Lucy Monroe
    February 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I’m definitely stubborn and this sounds like it is definitely a must read! Am off to buy it for my Kindle now. 🙂 Great post, hon!


  3. Francine Howarth
    February 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm


    Love it, love it when the female protagonist is no pushover for the alpha male. Such friction makes for better pull on their emotional strings, the physical side the driving force that inevitably wins in the end as each succumbs to the puppeteer’s wicked stroke of genius!

    Quote: So, what about you? Are you stubborn or a bit of a pushover?
    Ans: No pushover by any stretch of the imagination.
    Quote: Do you readily admit when you’ve made a mistake or does it take you a while to come round to eating humble pie? Cliché! Or do you absolutely never admit when you are wrong?
    Ans: Oh, I admit when wrong, but no eating of humble pie! Admission is a straight up “Okay so I was wrong, end of”. It hasn’t failed yet in shutting the other party’ up!!


  4. Melanie Milburne
    February 8, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Great to know I am not the only one who is stubborn at times, but like you, Abbie, I usually will admit it when I am very obviously wrong.
    Francine, I too love a heroine who gives as good as she gets. I like vulnerable heroines too but not weak and wimpy.
    Lucy, I have yet to buy a Kindle. I have heard stories of them breaking if you drop them, and knowing how clumsy I am I am a bit wary of investing that amount of money only to have it fall off the bed or sofa. But I can see it would be great to be able to read a book in any size font you want. So cool cause then I wouldn’t need to put my specs or contacts in!

  5. Amy
    February 8, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I can admit when I make a mistake, but I can be a bit stubborn. Usually over small things, though…like refusing to wear a hat unless it’s absolutely freezing out (around -20 celsius). I just hate hats and think I look awful in them. And I don’t own any winter boots either….

  6. Joanne Dannon
    February 8, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I’m def stubborn but will admit if I’m wrong.

    I love the sound of your book, Gabriella sounds like a wonderful heroine 🙂

  7. Melanie Milburne
    February 8, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Amy, I am so with you on the hat thing. I hate them! When we were away on holiday recently my husband made me buy this truly awful floppy thing to wear on a long walk we were going on. I was so cross about it but I gave in because I didn’t want to get sunstroke. I guess I am not as stubborn as I thought, huh?
    Now winter boots… that is another thing entirely. If you are talking thigh high black leather or suede with made in Italy I will definitely wear them. If you are talking wet weather Wellingtons or snow boots forget it.

  8. Lucy Monroe
    February 8, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    LOL Mel…I’m such a clutz, if either the Sony or Kindle (yes, I’m a bookaholic and have both) were to break with a simple drop, they’d both be toast. I do have leather covers for each of them which provide some cushion when dropped and I try to be less clumsy with them than normal, but what are the chances? Still, there are other wonderful liquid ink readers on the market now to look at that are slightly less expensive than the Kindle or Sony.

    And I adore hats…went through pains getting just the right one for Daughter No 2’s wedding, only to end up wearing one almost identical but for the color to the glam job I bought for Daughter No 1’s nuptials. I’m a hat-whore really, but perhaps I should blush and deny in a truly coy and romantic fashion?


  9. Jennie Lucas
    February 8, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Melanie, you should try out the Kindle – it’s awesome! Like Lucy I have a leather cover (in hot pink) and have had no problems when I drop it or even if someone sits on it. It’s fabulous for instant gratification, like the time I was sitting on a plane at the airport and finished a book, then was able to download the sequel in 10 seconds before takeoff.

    As for your question – I’m a total pushover I’m afraid. But I love reading about feisty heroines who always know the right thing to say. That’s just fireworks!


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  11. Melanie Milburne
    February 9, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Jennie, OK now you’ve got me. Hot pink you said?!!! I love anything pink. My iphone cover is pink and even one of my poodle puppies currently has pink toenails because that is the only way we can tell the two girls apart.

    Lucy, a hat-whore. That really brought a smile to my face. The one problem I have with hats is how on earth do you see from under a wide brim? I’ve been at weddings and haven’t been able to see past the woman in front-she was blocking the view with her hat!
    Hugs back xxx

  12. Christina Hollis
    February 9, 2010 at 2:49 am

    A puppy with pink toenails – that’s what I call stylish!
    I love hot pink – especially the colour you get in Indian art. It could be a good colour for a feisty, stubborn heroine to wear – challenging the usual idea about women who wear pink.

  13. Lucy Monroe
    February 9, 2010 at 3:14 am

    You ask her to switch places with you…and she’s the bride’s mom, you ask her to sit sideways. No? Well, it could work. LOL Seriously, it takes a really wide brim to block viewing when the seating is arranged appropriately. So, um…blame the event choreographer, not the hat-whore, um…*lady* wearing the hat. 🙂 My hats all have lots of netting and pill box brims as in no brims, but I bought a wide brim hat I ended up giving to the mother of groom as it was the wrong shade for my dress. She looked gorgeous in it. My daughter warned me not to order it off the Internet, but the shops with hats around here have a dismal selection. Besides, matching pinks is so hard. I ended up buying a suit to match my second hat. Yes, you may laugh…because that is what a hat-whore does. She does not give up on the hat! 😉

  14. Melanie Milburne
    February 9, 2010 at 4:08 am

    Lucy, you have me in stitches. The thing I hate is the hat hair. I have really fine hair that loses body within minutes so sticking a hat on top is just asking for helmet head. Yuk!
    I love weddings and all this talk of daughters and weddings is getting to me. We have a niece’s wedding in March which is going to be super-special. It’s straight out of one of my novels ( and yours!) as she was all set to marry another man but changed her mind just in time. So romantic as this one is THE ONE!
    I am not wearing a hat however, just a big smile and… you guessed it-a pink dress!

  15. Caitlin Crews
    February 10, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I have been told I am far too stubborn for my own good, which I choose to view as a positive attribute. 🙂 After all, stubbornness just means I get things done, right?

    I love a heroine who sticks to her guns. Looking forward to reading this!

  16. Marilyn
    February 10, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Lucy and Melanie, your dialogue is hilarious. I’m told redheads are stubborn, so I guess I can claim the title.

    Your book caught my eye yesterday so it’s on my tbr pile. Gabriella sounds wonderful!

  17. romancelover79
    February 11, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I’m stubborn and bullheaded. I think in every one of us we are stubborn maybe not all the time but there will probably be a time when you are stubborn. Me I’m like that all the time.