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Thursday, January 17, 2013

A Giveaway & A Character interview with Melissa Kendall...

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Fall In Love                    

Melissa Kendall

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.



About The Author:
Melissa is a 37 year-old stay at home mum and part-time Software Support Consultant. She lives in Perth Western Australia the most isolated capital city in the world. 
She’s always loved to read and write and spent most of her teens scribbling poetry and short stories on any scrap of paper she could get her hands on. Over the years as daily life pressures got in the way she lost the passion for it. After her son was born, she discovered online books and her interest in writing was rekindled. It has been a large part of her life ever since.

Twitter: @mkendallauthor

Today we are sitting down with my hero Michael Dunbar to find out a little more about him.

1.      When did you know you wanted to be a farmer?

I didn’t really have a choice, been expected of me since I was in nappies that I’d take over running the farm. But I’d say I was about twenty five when I realised I genuinely loved station life.

2.      What's one thing about your current partner you find irresistable? Why?

Really, you want me to pick only one thing. Nah can’t do it, there’s just too many things I love about Mia. But, I am a tits and ass man so if I had to give you something they would be it.

3.      If you could go anywhere and meet anyone who would it be and why?

Oooo, that’s a toughy. I would say I would love to travel back in time and meet my ancestors. One of my ancestors was a convict who became a bushranger and I have always been curious about what it would’ve been like.

4.      If your partner asked you to do something outrageous what would you say and why?

Yes dear, because she has never led me astray and her outrageous ideas usually end up spectacularly pleasurable.

5.      Name two things you love/hate about your partner?

Okay well because I love everything about her, I will give you two things that bug me but I can’t say I hate them. So, the first is her love of reality TV, I mean it’s all just crap. The second is her habit of leaving her clothes all over the bedroom floor instead of putting them in the laundry basket. But don’t you tell her I said that.


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.



I'd like to thank Melissa and Michael for joining us today. I really enjoyed their interview and the excerpt too.
Today Melissa has generously offered an e-book copy of FALL IN LOVE to one lucky commenter. So, please leave a comment with your email address' for a chance to win it. Oh, and feel free to follow the blog if you haven't done so already.

Melissa will announce her winner on Monday January 21

Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~


  1. Love your answer to #4!! Great interview!! I love getting to know authors better :) Loved the excerpt and can't wait to read the book, Melissa!! Congrats on the release and wishing you many, many sales!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing with us today!!

  2. I love the interview and excerpt! Fall in love looks wonderful! Thank you so much for the giveaway.

    Michelle V
    michellevasquez2001 at yahoo dot com

  3. Love the interview and the excerpt! I wouldn't mind living in the Outback with him!

  4. Great interview and excerpt. I love reading books set in Australia
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  5. I didn't know that about Perth, Melissa. The book looks like a fun read!

  6. I read the first sentence as - Michael Dunbar runs his family's CASTLE station in the far north of Western Australia. Think I've check out toooo many blogs today. Great interview and excerpt. And such a nice twist being an Aussie book.

  7. Fun interview. I tweeted.

  8. I would love to read this book. It sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Tore Congratulations on being the winner Of my book Fall In Love i will have the pdf to you shortly

  9. This seems like it'll be a great book to read.. Thanks for sharing the interesting post...


  10. Thanks for the giveaway! Fall in Love sounds like a good read.


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