My First Sheik Book! by Melanie Milburne + Giveaway

by Melanie Milburne, author of Sheikh’s Baby Bombshell (part of the Royal Baby Collection ebooks, Harlequin Presents)

A few years ago, in Melbourne at the Romance Writers of Australia convention, I remember saying to a group of my writing colleagues that I didn’t see myself ever writing a Sheik novel. I had read a few over the years and enjoyed them but they weren’t really my particular romantic fantasy. I love my Italian heroes, I’ve been reading them since I was seventeen so they would always come first in my writing, although I’ve flirted with a couple of Greeks and a Spaniard, and I’m keen to do an Argentinian, Chilean or Brazilian one as I have so many lovely fans in South America.

 But then a reader asked me if I would write a Sheik book and I got thinking… why not?  I had just written my 51st book so a chance to do something a little different was certainly tempting. And then my editor asked me to do a Royal Baby book to celebrate The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby due in July, and to link it to my Presents trilogy — Those Scandalous Caffarellis.

A perfect chance to put fingers to keyboard and see what happened…

Two lonely people — a one — night stand — an unexpected outcome.

Crown Prince Talib Firas Muhtadi is travelling incognito before the strait jacket of duty falls upon his shoulders back home in the ancient and ultraconservative desert province of Dharbiri. He has one last night in London to do whatever he wants…

Abby Wright has got through the emotional ordeal of seeing her childhood sweetheart marry another woman and has ended up in a bar in London looking for a way to forget about her heartbreak.

   She suddenly realized she was staring at his mouth. ‘Um… can I buy you a drink?’ Did I just say that?

His mouth tilted up at the corners. ‘Do you know no one has ever asked me that before?’


‘No.’ His gaze slipped to her mouth. ‘Which kind of makes me wonder if I should say yes, just for the novelty of it.’

Abby’s breath moved against her throat like butterfly’s wings as that dark gaze reengaged with hers. ‘I have to tell you I can’t afford French Champagne, It’s not quite in my budget range. I’ve never even tasted it. Not the real stuff, I mean.’

His eyes glinted with something that looked suspiciously like amusement. ‘Are you usually this honest with people you’ve only just met?’

Abby bit her lip again. ‘I know… it’s totally pathetic. It’s because deep down I’m really rather shy. I overcompensate when I’m feeling nervous and out of my depth. I talk too much. It just comes tumbling out and once I start I can’t stop because I hate those really awkward silences when no one says anything and you don’t know if people like you or – ’ she gave a little gulp as his index finger came towards her lips like someone reaching for the mute button, ‘-nofftt.’

His slow smile was dangerously attractive. ‘I like you, Miss Naïve, so you can stop fretting and relax.’

‘It’s Wright.’ She offered him her hand with a bashful smile. ‘Abigail- Abby for short- Wright.’

His fingers closed like a warm firm cage around hers. ‘I’m very pleased to meet you, Miss Wright.’

 Abby is a sweet ingenuous girl who is totally out of her depth from the moment she meets the uber worldly Talib. But her total lack of guile is what captivates him and he is left feeling strangely empty when she disappears from his hotel suite without even saying goodbye after their one night of fiery passion.

But their one-night stand has an unexpected consequence and Abby turns up outside the walls of the palace of Dharbiri on the eve of the much-anticipated announcement of Talib’s royal engagement.
But then he sees her in the crowd outside the palace gates and sends an aide to whisk her away to his private oasis…

  His frown brought his brows together. ‘It is very dangerous for you to be here. I am breaking ancient cultural mores by allowing you access to my private resort Only royal family and dignitaries are allowed here.’

Abby took affront at his cool and distant manner. ‘You’re the one who had me brought here by the Ali Babar lookalike. I was just another tourist until he whisked me away. I didn’t know if I were being kidnapped or used a hostage. I was scared out of my wits.’

‘I’m sorry for the inconvenience but no one must know you are here. No one. Do you understand?’

Abby felt like her smartphone in her tote bag was flashing, “I just tweeted!” as she surreptitiously covered it with her hand. ‘Right. Got that.’

I thoroughly enjoyed writing this novella; in fact, I enjoyed it so much I have another Sheik book (a 50,000 word one) already planned! I hope you enjoy my journey into the wild untamed desert sands of Dharbiri with Talib and Abby. Watch out in November when Book Three of The Scandalous Caffarellis takes you back out into the desert when Remy and Angelique lock horns in Never Gamble With a Caffarelli.

 I will send a signed copy of my latest Presents release His Final Bargain as well as my most recent Medical title Their Most Forbidden Fling to a comment posted about a night in your life you will never forget.

Happy reading.

Melanie Milburne

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Comments ( 31 )
  1. bn100
    June 24, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    graduation night party with friends

  2. Melanie J
    June 24, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    My night to remember was going on a cruise boat in Paris on the Seine River at night. It was fantastic.

  3. Roxanne
    June 24, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    A night I’ll never forget was when my husband took me to see the Titanic exhibit for my birthday. It was an amazing experience and I loved him more for it.

  4. Melanie Milburne
    June 24, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Hi bn100.
    Wow, graduation parties are the best, aren’t they? All that study behind you and freedom and an income ( hopefully) ahead.
    Thanks for posting.

  5. Melanie Milburne
    June 24, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    HI Melanie J,
    Ah yes, Paris! The most romantic city in the world. I was there with my husband for Bastille Day a few years ago. Amazing fireworks over the Seine.

  6. Melanie Milburne
    June 24, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Hi Roxanne,
    Titanic was such a romantic ( but sad) movie, wasn’t it? I loved the costuming.
    Thanks for posting!

  7. Anu
    June 24, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    The night my husband and I joined our friends at a dinner/dance at a country club as their guests. It was the first time we danced in public. We had an awesome time and it was a dream come true. Haha!

  8. Rosemary K.
    June 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    A memorable night a Washington Nationals ball game where I had my picture taken with all five Racing Presidents. I have to get a life!

  9. Ginny LaMere
    June 24, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Mine is the night that my niece was born, I am not married and have no children and had 7 nieces and nephews already and had never been to any of their births, my mom and I had just moved to be closer to family and so she could enjoy her grandkids so when the night came my Sister-in-law had asked my mom to watch their 2 yr old and asked me if I would like to be there to meet my niece I was shocked because when my nephew was born they did not want anyone there so I felt (and still do) honored. It was so incredible watching her come into the world, I was the 3rd person to hold her she was just minutes old and I swear she smiled at me. I knew then we would have a bond like none of the others even though I love them all, she is now 15 yrs old and she still loves to spend time with me and I feel blessed everyday to have her in my life she is truly the child of my heart (but don’t tell the other lol)

  10. Renee Entress
    June 24, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    A night I will never forget that I find funny. Would be going to a Cavern late at night with my son when he was about 4 or 5 with a tour group of 25 people. It was super quiet as we were supposed to be listening for something and all of the sudden he yells “Hey what are we waiting for?” It echoed like 5 times. I was so embarrassed. Every looked and at him and he was like WHAT? I still laugh about it today and it’s been 10 years. I tell him that’s why we are not allowed in the caverns anymore…

  11. Shirley Buchanan
    June 24, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    My wedding night! After the reception, we had to change clothes and go wash the liquid black shoe polish somebody had used to write all over our new white car! We never laughed so much as we tried to get rid of it. A faint impression was still there three years later when we sold it.

  12. TashNz (@TashNz)
    June 25, 2013 at 3:09 am

    Hi Melanie. Randomly I would have to say Michael Jackson concert when he visited NZ in 2007. He was just amazing. I know what ever he was in reality was weird but in terms of delivering a concert/his job I will never ever forget. Even more randomly I loved the Sat night one so much I tried to get tickets for the Monday night one. I couldnt so instead I booked my car in to be fixed – and met my girls dad. If I had of gone to the concert I wouldnt have booked my car in I would never have met him. Although now we’re divorced I’m not sure if that’s a good thing but I have two beautiful girls out of it who I love to the moon and back 😀

  13. TashNz (@TashNz)
    June 25, 2013 at 4:05 am

    I also forgot to say I cant wait to read your first Sheikh novel Melanie, they’re my faves 🙂

  14. Mary Preston
    June 25, 2013 at 4:30 am

    Both my children were born at night. Certainly memorable!!

    “Sheikh’s Baby Bombshell” looks like such a wonderful read.

  15. Melanie Milburne
    June 25, 2013 at 5:08 am

    Hi TashNZ,
    I would have loved to have gone to a Michael Jackson concert. Not sure why I never managed it. I bet he was just amazing in concert.
    I loved your meeting with your ex. It’s funny how life is full of serendipitous moments.

  16. Melanie Milburne
    June 25, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Hi Mary,
    Yes, I would imagine those two nights will be ones you won’t forget in a hurry! My boys were born at lunchtime. Very considerate of them, wasn’t it?
    I hope you enjoy the novella!

  17. Melanie Milburne
    June 25, 2013 at 5:12 am

    TashNZ, I forgot to say I hope you enjoy my first Sheik book, even thought it’s only 10,000 words. I have another one in the pipeline. I think I’ve finally got the Sheik bug!

  18. Annie West
    June 25, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Melanie, this sounds like such a cute meeting! I was sad to stop reading. I can so relate to your heroine, Abby.

    One night I’ll never forget is going to see Karnak Temple at night for the sound and light show. At one stage I left the tour and wandered in the opposite direction. Through an opening in the building was what looked like a sand dune with a tall Arab man in traditional clothes, a couple of palm trees and a mass of glittering stars in a stunning night sky. I recall thinking then that I wish I could write a sheikh story.

  19. Melanie Milburne
    June 25, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Hi Annie!
    So that’s where you got your spectacular talent for writing Sheikhs!
    Thanks for dropping by.

  20. Amy
    June 25, 2013 at 8:42 am

    A night to remember is when you had two many shots of vodka and you told the man you been in love with for four years you love him and you were to shy before. To him how you feel and the minute you know you wake up next him feeling happy with aching headache and hangover out this world. Then years later you’re happily married thanks to the vodka shots that gave you the nerve to confess your feelings.

  21. Melanie Milburne
    June 25, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    HI Anu!
    Dancing in public for the first time is like the first kiss! So romantic.

  22. Melanie Milburne
    June 25, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Hi Rosemary K,
    I love important sporting events. I’m sure yours was a night to remember.
    Thanks for commenting!

  23. Melanie Milburne
    June 25, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Ginny,
    I loved your post! I don’t think there is anything more memorable than watching the birth of a baby. How wonderful that you were able to be there for your niece’s arrival. No wonder you have a special bond.
    Thanks for posting.

  24. Melanie Milburne
    June 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Hi Renee,
    I laughed out loud when I read your post. How cute! Aren’t little kids so wonderful?
    Thanks for posting.

  25. Melanie Milburne
    June 25, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Hi Shirley,
    Oh dear! Black shoe polish? What happened to the traditional shaving cream?!! I can imagine it was funny but annoying too!
    Thanks for dropping by. Hope you enjoy the book.

  26. Melanie Milburne
    June 25, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Hi Amy,
    Alcohol isn’t called truth serum for nothing! I have a scene in my current WIP where my heroine blurts out her true feelings after a champagne cocktail. It didn’t take much to get her talking! Ha Ha. How much vodka did you say?!!!
    Glad it worked out in the end. Thanks for posting.

  27. Lynda
    June 25, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Mine was just a wonderful night at the time but became memorable days later. A group of us went into the desert to party around a bonfire. My best friend and I were at the tail end of an anti-men phase after bad breakups. There was a meteor shower and dozens of falling stars. We started talking about what we wanted in a guy and wishing on falling stars. Within days my best friend was telling me she had met the man of my dreams. He had just moved to AZ from the UK. Literally he fit every characteristic. We are having our 22nd wedding anniversary this week.

  28. TashNz (@TashNz)
    June 26, 2013 at 4:50 am

    I’m sure it’ll be a fab Novella Melanie 🙂 And it suddenly occured to me last night it was 1997 MJ came to Auckland, not 2007 – oh my gosh, where has the time gone? 😀

  29. Melanie Milburne
    June 26, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Hi Lynda,
    Wow! I love meteor showers. We have seen them at our beach house where the night sky is just amazing. What a fabulous experience for you and so romantic!
    Thanks for posting.

  30. Debbie
    June 27, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Hi Melanie,
    A night I will never forget in my life was when I graduate from university with my degree in education at the age of 45. I am really looking forward to reading your latest writings.

  31. Laura Russell
    June 27, 2013 at 12:20 am

    A night I remember: one of the nicer ones was a late night walk through the streets of Sevilla. Nothing big happened, but the night was so perfectly still and the streets in the old city are beautiful.