A Q&A with Melanie Milburne + Giveaway!

by Melanie Milburne, author of His Mistress for a Week

What was the inspiration for this novel?

A couple of years ago I went on a European river cruise with my husband and we added a few extra days to our holiday by going to the French Riviera. They were the best days of the whole holiday. Monte Carlo was so gorgeous I just had to take some characters there to play!

What are your characters Alistair and Clem doing in Monte Carlo?

Clem’s wayward younger brother Jamie has run away with Alistair’s stepsister Harriet and taken a sum of money and Alistair’s brand new car to Monaco. Alistair insists Clem comes with him to bring them back to England.

What are three words to describe your hero Alistair Hawthorne?

Conservative. Uptight. Controlling.

What are three words to describe your heroine Clementine Scott?

Obsessive. Regimented. Inflexible.

What was the scene you loved writing the most?

I really enjoyed writing the scenes where Clem and Alistair locked horns on something. They are both strong-willed control freaks so were not used to compromising on things. Here is a little peak at their battle of wills…

  Alistair’s grip on her hand tightened. ‘That’s my stepsister, and it’s my guess your brother isn’t far away, which is why you’re coming with me.’

  Clem kept tugging on his hold, throwing in a churlish scowl for good measure. ‘You don’t have to be such a flipping caveman about it.’

  His fingers loosened without releasing her. The warmth of them encircling her wrist made something hot and moist bloom between her legs. His eyes met hers. Held them in a strange little lock-not weird strange, sexy strange, like he was thinking of what it would be like to close the already small distance between their bodies and press his mouth to hers. Clem moistened her mouth and watched as his gaze dipped to follow the track of her tongue.

  Time stood so still it felt like the world had been put on pause.

  Tick.

  Tock.

  Stop.

  But then he muttered a curse and pulled back from her as if she had breathed a dragon’s tongue of flame at him. ‘It’s not going to work, Clementine. Save your seduction routines for someone else. I’m not interested.’

  Clem let out an incredulous snort. ‘You think I’m trying to seduce you? You? Don’t make me laugh.’

  He opened the suite door, impatience, frustration and irritation etched in every muscle on his face. ‘We’re wasting valuable time. Out.’

  She hitched up her chin. ‘You can’t order me about like I’m some sort of serf. I’ll walk out that door when I’m good and ready.’

  His eyes hardened to chips of grey-blue ice. ‘If you don’t walk out this door on the count of three then-’

  ‘Then what?’ Clem leaned up close, placing her hands on the steely frame of his chest where she could feel his heart pounding. Boom. Pitty. Boom. Pitty. Boom. His eyes darkened until they were more pupils that irises. His hands encircled her wrists, the fingers digging into her flesh, leaving searing hot fingerprints that made her blood race. It made his blood race too, for she could feel the tension in his lower body where it was touching hers, thigh to thigh. The swell of his arousal was unmistakable against her thigh, a potent reminder of the erotic volatility of their current relationship.

  ‘Then this,’ he said and crushed his mouth to hers.

Tell us about your next release.

Unwrapping His Convenient Fiancée will be out in November. It is a big brother’s best friend story trope with Violet and Cameron ‘accidentally’ becoming engaged as a result of someone’s Twitter mischief and having to run with it so as not to spoil Violet’s large and loud and loving family’s Christmas in Scotland.

There is a signed copy of His Mistress For A Week (all regions) for a reader who post a response to the following question: If you had to spend a week with someone who would it be and where would you like to be taken?

Happy reading!

Melanie Milburne xxx

Giveaway! Answer the above question for a chance to win. Contest closes on August 8 and 1 winner from all eligible comments will be selected on August 9. Click here for full contest rules.

Update this contest is now closed.

About His Mistress for a Week:

0816-9780373134601-bigwWhat happens in Monte Carlo… 

Ten years ago bookshop assistant Clementine Scott clashed spectacularly with architect Alistair Hawthorne. After the humiliation of that night she swore she’d never have anything to do with any man ever again, especially the arrogant Alistair!

But when Clem’s brother disappears with Alistair’s stepsister, she isn’t given a choice…she will be going with Alistair to Monte Carlo to retrieve them! Forced together for one week, they quickly realize that their enmity masks simmering, sizzling lust. They strike a deal: for one week only, all bets—and clothes—are off!

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Comments ( 6 )
  1. Laney4
    August 1, 2016 at 8:20 am

    In reality, I would like to spend a week with my sister at her place, tootling around the nearby mountains with her (plus our husbands).
    In fantasy (as if I weren’t happily married for the past 35 years), one setting could be with a cowboy on his ranch, another could be on a deserted island with a doctor, then there’s a European businessman in a romantic city like Venice or Paris or even London, or perhaps a sheikh in a city foreign to us both. The possibilities are endless….

  2. Colleen C.
    August 1, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    My sister… I would love a trip to somewhere beautiful and quiet!

  3. Pam Lowery
    August 1, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Honestly, I would love to spend the time with my sister and my mom in Scotland. Maybe doing some family history research as well as seeing the beautiful country. That is if I could get both of them on a plane! If they ever build a bridge, from the U.S. to the U.K. then maybe I would have more luck of this happening!

  4. Franca Poli
    August 2, 2016 at 2:38 am

    I’d like to spend a week with my husband on an island of Greece.

    But in the fantasy I’d like to spend a week with a sheikh (like the ones I read in the books) in its desert oasis.

  5. Brittany
    August 2, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    My husband in Bora Bora

  6. Elissa
    August 9, 2016 at 8:59 am

    This contest is now closed, and congratulations to our winner by random draw, Franca Poli. Please check your inbox for an email from me. -Elissa from Harlequin