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11 January 2013

A Look At Melissa Kendall & 'Fall In Love' ( @mkendallauthor @rebelinkpress #FF )

Today we have author Melissa Kendall visiting. Welcome!

What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
* I am a 37 year-old stay at home mum and part-time Software Support Consultant. I live in Perth Western Australia the most isolated capital city in the world.
* I’ve always loved to read and write and spent most of my teens scribbling poetry and short stories on any scrap of paper I could get my hands on. Now I write stories that usually involve a good amount of sweet loving.

What book are you going to tell us about today? Is it part of a series? If so, what's the order the books should be read in?
* Today I’m sharing my outback Aussie romance short called Fall In Love

How'd you/your muse come up with this story?
* Here in Aus we have a TV show called ‘Farmer Wants a Wife’ (like ‘The Bachelor’ for Aussie cowboys). When flicking channels I caught some and the ‘who’ and the ‘idea’ was born about how a normal farmer might find himself a wife when he lives in the remotest parts of the country.

Describe the hero in five words.
* Hardworking, Decent, Family Man, Sexy

Describe the heroine in five words.
* Sweet, dynamite, down to earth

Who's your favorite character in the book & why?
* My hero Michael because he is just the kind of guy I want for my own.

What's your favorite line in the story?
* “You coming?” she asked as she headed to the door. “Almost,” I said in a cheeky tone. I stood up so she could get the full effect of what she’d done to me.

A look into the story
~ Blurb ~
* Michael Dunbar runs his family's cattle station in the far north of Western Australia. Station life is lonely and he wishes there was a way he could find a companion that wouldn’t mind living the outback life with him. In hopes of finding a woman, Michael heads to Broome for a few weeks holiday. What he finds is something he never expected.
* Mia Mason is a Perth girl who longs to leave the city behind for a life in the country.
* Can two like minds fall in love? Only destiny knows.
~ Excerpt ~
* The white sands and the deep-blue sea of Cable Beach never ceased to amaze me. As a child we’d visited Broome a couple of times for family holidays, though we had a pond at home, it was nothing compared to the ocean.
* As I admired the scenery around me, I saw a camel train headed my way. Of all the things I’d experienced on previous visits to Broome, a camel ride wasn’t one of them. I decided I’d correct that on my trip.
* Just as the camels passed by, the wind whipped something at my face. It scared the crap out of me. At once I grabbed the item and held it out in front of me—a straw hat. I searched around for an owner.
* When I glanced up, I saw a stunning, petite brunette looking down at me from her seat on one of the camels. She appeared very apologetic as the camel train continued to move forward. I ran to catch up with the sluggish animals and I handed the hat back to the beautiful woman, feeling lucky I was tall enough to reach.
* “Thank you,” she said as she tried to shake my hand.
* It worried me she might fall off the camel as she reached for my hand, so, I just waved her away and said, “You’re welcome.”
* I watched the camels continue up the beach for a little ways before I resumed my walk.
* As I walked along the beach, every now and then, the waves lapped on to my feet. My mind wandered to the brown haired beauty perched on the camel’s back. I could tell from her thank you she had an Aussie accent. I wondered where she was from, or if I would ever see her again. If ever there were a woman whose beauty optimised what I viewed as perfection, she would be it. Her beauty was natural and understated, not marred by tonnes of make-up. And, although she was by no means fat, she wasn’t one of those stick thin girls you see with absolutely no curves. I wasn’t one to shy away from the fact I liked my women with curves.
* I walked for about an hour then sat down on the beach and watched the red and yellow colours dance across the sky as the sun sank below the horizon.
* After a while, I became hungry so I headed back to the hotel to grab some dinner at the restaurant.
* One of the main things I looked forward to during my holiday was the chance to eat something other than meat and vegetables for dinner. Don’t get me wrong, my mum was a great cook and no one did a better steak and mash than her. However, they say variety is the spice of life and I planned to spice up my life with many different dishes.
* I headed back to my room to change before dinner. After a quick shower to rid myself of the salt from the beach, I pulled on a pair of well-worn jeans and a button-down shirt. I rolled the sleeves up to my elbows and on my way out the door, I grabbed the book I brought to read while I ate.
* Though dining alone wasn’t one of my favourite things, I’d done it quite a few times. After the first couple of times I sat bored and twiddled my thumbs as I waited for my food, I now found time passed quicker if I had a book to read. This time around, I’d brought with me the latest John Grisham novel.
* After ordering deep fried Camembert and cranberries for entrée and garlic butter lobster for the main course, I opened my book and began to read. I’d only read a few lines when I heard a very quiet, “Excuse me.”
* When I looked up from my book, I expected to see a waitress with my entrée but instead, I saw the gorgeous woman from earlier. “Hi?” I said.
* “It looks like you’re eating alone. Would you mind if I joined you?”
* Stunned that she asked to sit with me, it took a few seconds for my thoughts to catch up. All I managed to say was, “Of course.”
* “I’m Mia Mason,” she said as she took the seat opposite me and held her hand out to me.
* “Michael Dunbar,” I replied as I shook her hand.
* The moment we touched, I felt a strange, yet pleasurable sensation move up my arm and quickly spread throughout my body.
* “Nice to meet you.” A cheeky grin lit up her face—as if she knew a secret nobody else did.

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Thank you for joining us here today, Melissa! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your story.

2 comments:

Melissa Kendall said...

Thanks for hosting me. Sorry I'm a day late I got my days mixed up

ellaquinnauthor said...

Great excerpt. Tweeted.