Spotlight & Giveaway: Never Gamble With A Caffarelli by Melanie Milburne

Posted November 3rd, 2013 by in Blog, Spotlight / 50 comments

Today it is my pleasure to welcome back USA Today best selling author Melanie Milburne to HJ!

Hi Melanie, welcome to HJ!

What would you say are the defining characteristics of your novels?

Melanie MilburnePassionate, sexy, fast paced.

What are you currently working on?

I’m writing an exciting 15,000 word prequel to The Chatsfield Continuity which comes out in 2014. It’s an imposter plot and heaps of fun.

What other releases do you have planned for 2014?

I have Book Two of the continuity- Playboy’s Lesson and a medical title – Flirting With The Socialite Doc. There is also a two book Argentinian brothers series in the planning!

Where can readers get in touch with you?

Twitter- @MelanieMilburn1
Website- where you can sign up for my newsletter.

Let’s talk about your newest release: Never Gamble With A Caffarelli

If you had to summarize Never Gamble With A Caffarelli for the readers here…

NGWACRemy Caffarelli has won Angelique Marchand’s ancestral home off her father in a Vegas poker game and she tracks him down in an ultra conservative desert province to demand he give it back. But when she is discovered in his room they are forced to marry so as not to dishonor the region’s strict social rules.

Please tell us about the characters in your book…

Remy is the youngest of the Caffarelli brothers. He is a rebel and a playboy. Angelique is a lingerie model who has her own rebellious past she is dearly trying to shake off.

What scene did you most enjoy writing?

I loved writing the scene where Angelique is discovered in his room. Why? I loved that Remy had no idea she was hiding in his wardrobe.
Please share a snippet…

Just as Angelique was about to step out of the wardrobe, she heard a sharp, businesslike knock at the door of the suite. Her heart gave a jerky kick against her breastbone.
Was he expecting someone?
One of his star-struck wannabes, perhaps? Oh God! If she had to listen to him having bed-wrecking sex with some bimbo who had been smuggled into his room…
‘Monsieur Caffarelli?’ an official sounding voice called out. ‘We wish to have a word with you.’
She heard Remy’s footsteps as he moved across to open the door. ‘Yes?’ he said in that charming, “I’m happy to help you” way he had down to a science.
The official cleared his throat as if he found what he was about to say quite difficult. ‘We have received some information that you have a young woman in your room.’

As you wrote your hero and heroine was there anything about them that surprised you?

Every character I’ve ever written has surprised me. It’s one of the mysteries of writing, even when you think you know what’s going to happen the characters have their own take on things. But in this case I think it was the combination of these two wild child personalities. They had much more explosive chemistry on the page than I had envisaged in my head!

What was your hero’s biggest secret?

He has always lusted over Angelique.

What does your hero love most about your heroine?

Her spirited nature and the way she stands up for what she believes in.

What does your heroine love most about your hero?

His sensitivity, which he spends most of his time hiding.

If you could have given you heroine one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be?

Don’t fly to Dharbiri without a chaperone!

Warmest wishes, Melanie Milburne

Thanks for blogging at HJ!

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Excerpt from the wedding scene…

Remy took her hand and led her out to the dance floor for the bridal waltz. ‘Loosen up, Angelique. You feel like a shop mannequin in my arms.’
Angelique suppressed a glare. ‘Get your hands off my butt.’
He smoothed his hand over her hip and then tugged her against him. ‘That better?’
She looked at him with slitted eyes. ‘We’re supposed to be dancing, not making out.’
‘I thought you were great at dancing?’
‘I am great at dancing.’
‘Then show me your footwork.’
Angelique moved in against him and let him take the lead. The music was romantic with a flowing rhythm so she let her body move in time with it. She started to feel like a princess at a ball, or a star contestant on one of those reality dance shows. They moved in perfect unison around the dance floor. The other couples- and there were hundreds- swarmed backwards to give them more room.
‘Nice work,’ Remy said once it was over. ‘Maybe we should do that again some time.’
‘You trod on my toe.’
‘Did not.’
‘Did so.’
He gave her a grin as he pinched her cheek. ‘Smile, ma cherie.’
She smiled through clenched teeth. ‘I want to scratch your eyes out.’

Book Info

A ruthless millionaire…who drives a hard bargain

Model and heiress Angelique Marchand is furious. Continental playboy Remy Caffarelli—devastatingly handsome and notoriously arrogant—has won her mother’s ancestral home in a card game!

Angelique tracks him down in the Middle East to confront him and reclaim her birthright. But when she is found in his hotel room, the sworn enemies are forced to marry! And surprisingly, rather than annul the bond, Remy wants to exploit their marriage for business…and for pleasure!

50 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Never Gamble With A Caffarelli by Melanie Milburne”

  1. Mary Preston

    I don’t know about the WHO part, will give that some more thought, but if I’m hiding I do want it to be in luxury.

  2. Jennifer F

    haha i love the idea of luxury as well!!! I would want to be in the room of someone I like or someone very attractive

  3. Cari White

    This is a hard question. Probably the safest answer is my hubby. I don’t want to know too much info that may destroy illusions. I like my rose colored glasses just fine.

  4. belindaegreen

    You asked: Whose hotel room would you like to hide in without being discovered & Why??!!

    I would love to be a fly on the wall in Oprah Winfrey’s room. Especially when she is talking to a guest or preparing to talk to a guest. It would fascinate me no end on how the questions are chosen, how she maintains her down to earth approach, her comfort in asking the tough questions, her emotions when a subject or topic moves her. I love how she lives by her own rules while doing no harm! Do you know how difficult that is? I would love to pick her brain over lunch. I feel the same about Michelle Obama.

    Thanks for the opportunity to share.

    Now, about these books, I would like all them. I love the Caffarelli brothers! The trials and tribulation they go thru to get to the HEA make for great reading.

    Belinda G
    belgre at comcast dot net

  5. Jenn McElroy

    Hmm, I don’t know that I’d necessarily like to stay hidden in a hotel room! I’d worry about what I’d learn through the “fly on the wall” experience! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  6. Diane Sallans

    my own – sometimes it’s nice just to take a mini-break away from home and all it’s chores

  7. Marcy Shuler

    I’d have to say my hubby’s room, but I’d want it to be a room that has it’s own swimming pool inside. We stayed in one of those once and it was fabulous!

  8. Lori Meehan

    My own room. I’d love to be in a hotel room all by myself with no one to bother me. Just me and my books.

  9. donnadurnell2013

    Well, I’d rather be in a hotel room with hubby — in a closet if I have to, but I’d rather be discovered and enticed out.

    Now, in my wildest dreams – maybe Patrick Swayze. I always thought he was good looking and sexy — and I thought he could act and really dance. I’m sure I never saw ALL his movies, but the ones I did and remember, he was good in.

  10. Sandie W

    I think I’d like to hide in a hotel room of a couple that has been married for many years to see if I could figure out the secret to a long lasting love and marriage.

  11. Sandy Xiong

    I don’t know. I would say a close friend of mine that I haven’t seen in a long time.

  12. SnarkyMom

    Depends on why I thought it would be a good idea to hide in the first place… and I’m thinking that “NONE” would be the answer to how many times I’d consider it a good idea to hide in a hotel room! However, if I HAD to do it, of course I’d pick a gazillionaire that I had to marry if found. In reality, I’d want it to be someone who had an impact on history, such as… What if I hid in Lee Harvey Oswald’s hotel room? I’d (a) find out if he was planning to work alone and (b) have a chance to delay him so he couldn’t set up to ambush the motorcade… What would the world have been like had JFK *not* died that day?

  13. Melanie Milburne

    Hi everyone,
    Sorry I can’t reply to each comment separately. I’m having a horrible day with my back so can’t sit at the computer too long. Argh!
    Loving all your answers. It seems like husbands are a popular choice so far!

  14. Kimberly

    Bradley Cooper is my fantasy answer. My husband on his way to deploy is a realistic one. Just to get that last bit of time in.

  15. Margaret

    I have to agree with those who said no one – the idea of hiding out for a while (with a book!) and not being bothered is very appealing!

  16. ndluebke

    With my hubby of course, because with anyone else, I’d be so nervous I’d give myself away. BTW could there be a hot tub in there too?

  17. Melanie Milburne

    Thanks for all the comments. Again, so sorry I can’t reply to each one individually. I love the idea of a hotel room all to myself with a good book! The hot tub sounds great too.

  18. Christine L.

    I’d want to crash in the largest penthouse suite in Vegas, high above the cacophony of sound emanating from the gaming tables and slot machines. Give me a medium-firm bed, a pile of comfy pillows, a fluffy robe, a hot tub, free movies on demand, and a cardboard box filled with random books taken from my TBR pile, and a month to run up someone else’s bar and dining tab. Also — spa services. And a town car. Whose room would it be? Don’t know the fella’s name. I don’t actually KNOW any super-rich people. Does Steve Wynn have a room available? Where does Garth Brooks stay when he’s in town for one of his intimate concerts? (BTW, condolences on the loss of GB’s sister.)

  19. Sue G.

    I would love to hide in Donald Trump’s room just to see if he is actually nice or still really bossy behind the scene.

  20. veRONIca

    I would hide out in Justin Timberlake’s room. Hopefully he would have an impromptu shower solo 😉

  21. Andra Dalton

    To be totally honest would have to say just having a moment to myself alone in some exotic location in a luxury suite would be enough to make my day lol!! Can’t wait to read book after reading excerpt!! Thanks for contest & good luck to all!!☺

  22. Ginette

    Love the sound of your favourite scene. Makes me wonder what he will do? Can not wait to read all three.

  23. Josette Schaber

    I have a few that might be interesting… there are times you just want to be a fly on the wall to see what really happens behind closed doors. Let’s see Chris Hemsworth and Gary Taylor – because they are nice to look at, Charlie Hunnam for my BFF, and Tom Hardy for my other BFF. I wouldn’t be hiding if my hubby was in a hotel room… yeah… TMI LOL

  24. Melanie Milburne

    Hello everyone!
    Sorry I’m unable to comment on each of your lovely comments. You have all said some great things. I love the idea of being a fly on the wall on lots of people! Politicians, movie stars, my dogs when I’m not there!

  25. Jesica F

    The whole “without discovery thing” makes this question hard to answer lol cause I’d love to be in Jennifer Lawrence’s room. She’s hilarious. I’d want to be discovered to have coffee with her XD I know that’s not the direction this was going in but oh well XD

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