Rad-Reader:  What made you want to tell Layla and Galan’s story?

Mel:  My editor sent me a few ideas that she thought, I might like and the one that really tweaked with me was brothers owning a nightclub. I also really wanted to add an auction into it – so much fun! You’ve got to enjoy what you write :)

Rad-Reader:  Where did you get the idea for this story?

Mel:  Like all my stories I picture a scene in my head, and it all starts from there. My characters evolve as I write, although I to tend to have a bit of an idea about them before I start.

Rad-Reader:  Can you give us the backstory for Layla and Galan?

Mel:  Layla’s had a rough upbringing. Her mother is a stripper and her father a womanizing alcoholic. So of course, Layla has trust issues and insecurities.

Galan’s parents died when he was barely an adult himself. He took responsibility for his two younger brothers as well as the burden of a secret his parents took to their grave.

Putting these two characters together made quite the fireworks lol.

Rad-Reader:  Who are the Black Brother’s and do they have a series?

Mel:  The Black brothers are a close-knit family, and though they’re ruthless businessmen, the family is everything to them. They’d do anything for one another. They’d also do anything for the woman lucky enough to have any one of them fall for her.

I do have a series planned. I’m hoping time will permit me to write more about the brothers :)

Rad-Reader:  How long did it take you to write this book?

Mel:  Oh, good question! I’m guessing around two months, but with edits and rewrites a little longer. I find it hard to put an exact time figure on my writing as I generally write two to three books at a time (rotating them when I need a break), usually a contemporary and science fiction.

Rad-Reader:  Had Layla went to his brothers for help or had the brothers noticed Galan staring at Layla and helped or both?

Mel:  The brothers noticed Galan’s infatuation with her and knew Layla secretly crushed on their brother too. They were in on the auction idea right from the start. Anything to get, their too hard-working brother the woman of his dreams. They figured he’d sacrificed enough.

Rad-Reader:  Layla wanted Galan from the moment she met him even after she knew he had a bevy of women to his bed regularly.  Why?

Mel:  Layla knew there was more to Galan than his womanizing ways. He wouldn’t have hired her otherwise with her lack of skills. But she still presumes their attraction is just physical and is blown away to discover chemistry is just the icing on the cake.

Rad-Reader:  Galan kept giving Layla hope from the way he spoke to her that he had been wanting her too.  Then why would he in the next breath shoot them both in the foot by talking himself out of it?

Mel:  Though Galan desires Layla he doesn’t particularly believe in a happily ever after, he’d seen his parents’ marriage and had long ago decided if they couldn’t be faithful and happy, there wasn’t a chance in hell he’d succeed in a permanent relationship. And yet he can’t stop thinking about Layla and wanting her. It makes him crazy.

Rad-Reader:  When Layla ices him out sometimes his actions seemed a lot more like a teen male than a grown man.  Is that a result of not being allowed to date for the right reasons?  One due to the secret the other their parent's death?

Mel:  Though Galan desires Layla he doesn’t particularly believe in a happily ever after, he’d seen his parents’ marriage and had long ago decided if they couldn’t be faithful and happy, there wasn’t a chance in hell he’d succeed in a permanent relationship. And yet he can’t stop thinking about Layla and wanting her. It makes him crazy.

Rad-Reader:  Layla has a blowup with her parents that he is there for and he tries to calm her during, and it backfires.  She lumps him in with her dad.  Doesn’t he see how his actions and his flip-flopping emotions for her and his on again off again thoughts of them seeing each other resembles her own parents?  Causing her fear and anxiety?

Mel:  If only he realizes from the very start!! But no, he doesn’t see it that way at first, not until it’s almost too late. But then that is the core of the story, the learning curve for them both.

Rad-Reader:  Layla so-called friend Colleen is a trip.  My favorite part is when Galan stands up for Layla.  But Layla should have used her voice more with her.  Why didn’t she?

Mel:  Layla has grown up trying to fade into the background, it’s her failsafe for many situations. She’d prefer not to say anything at times than make a scene and be noticed.

Rad-Reader:  Layla was kind when Colleen had been dressed down and upset Billy.  Layla past admirer (who was a good guy) asked him to check on Colleen and be a friend knowing there would be a connection.  This is why people love her right?  How does she know people so well?

Mel:  Layla is a genuinely nice girl with a past trauma that opens her eyes to other peoples’ suffering or insecurities. She is seriously hoping that Colleen and Billy hit it off as they just might be perfect for one another.

Rad-Reader:  While at that same dinner Galan gets called away for a family emergency.  But when Aiden and Liam, join her, she knows somethings up.  So, why does he feel the need to lie?

Mel:  He’s promised his parents to keep a secret. The idea that he’d betray them is so deeply ingrained he can’t break his word now. Not even for the woman he’s falling in love with.

Rad-Reader:  Galan gets out of the lie with sex.  The second lie she sees with her own eyes and it blows up in his face.  Only then does he come the lie come out.  How does he find her after five days of MIA?

Mel:  He saw her get into the taxi when she ran off from him. It took him some time to track down the taxi driver and pay him off for the information of where she went. That she went to the same sleepy little seaside town that he took her previously makes him realize their connection really is strong

Rad-Reader:  If your book was made into a movie who would you want to play…

Layla:  Danielle Horvat

Galan:  Conrad Colby

Aiden:  Jay Ryan

Liam:  Liam Hemsworth


Layla:  I think is a cross between Megan Fox 


a young Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Galan:  is possibly Eduardo Verastegui 

(I can’t have Ian Somerhalder as all my heroes!)

Rad-Reader:  What is your favorite type of music?

Mel:  I love popular music and songs from the ’80s  :)

Rad-Reader:  Where do you like to go for your favorite dessert & what is it?

Mel:  You mean I have to choose just ONE dessert!? Impossible lol! Having said that when I go out for a meal, I rarely order dessert as I tend to fill up on the main meal and sometimes a cocktail :)

Rad-Reader:  Your three favorite vacations spots?

Mel:  Anything to do with the beach or mountains and I don’t mind having a bar close by lol – that’s three, right? Next year I’m going to Bali so I’m thinking that will become a favorite place to visit. My last big holiday was Fiji, loved it there too.

Rad-Reader:  What is your next project and when is it coming out?

Mel:  Right now, I’m working hard on a series called The Virgin Hunt Games (Entangled Publishing). Think of the Hunger Games crossed with the Maze Runner and Gladiator. The stories are set in the future and have lots of sex. I’m loving writing these books and can’t wait for them to come out (Entangled have asked me to write a handful so that we can release them fast). I also have one more dragon book (Dragons of Riddich) to write to finish the eight-book series. I’ve just published Valor recently and will soon start on The Queen.

Rad-Reader:  Where can our readers buy your books?  Links

Mel:  They are available through Amazon, B&N, Nook and iBooks.

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Thanks for all that you brought to this interview.  It has been a lot of fun.  I know you were not feeling well and how that can make it not fun at all when you have deadlines to meet on top of all this.  So, thanks again.

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