What are you thankful for?

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It is Thanksgiving time in my part of the world. It’s a time of leaves turning and falling, there’s a fire in the fireplace, and most people are thinking about what to serve on Thanksgiving Day. For us it is an important day because we celebrate the survival of the first settlement in the new land that would become the USA. These brave forefathers are called pilgrims. Over 200 years ago these people had a lot to be thankful for and so do I.

Things I’m thankful for:

My family, mother, husband, children, grandchildren, and extended family

The country I live in

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My health

My friends

The fact I can choose what I do

My heritage

That I can write stories

That I don’t have to walk to the store which is three miles away

These are just a few things I’m thankful for. What are you thankfully for?

Sue Mackay asks -What happened to typewriters and telephones???

I’m surprised I have any hair left today because these past eight days have been STRESSFUL.

In this world of cell phones that can do anything except hang out the washing, and computers that tell me what to do, it’s hard for other people to believe that we don’t have Broadband, that we’re only one step on from dial up. Our internet is via satellite, which is fine, though a little slow. There are times when it is not fine – like when the wind is blowing like stink, which it does most days of spring: like when there’s low cloud cover or fog, which happens periodically in winter.

But hey, I chose to live out here in this idyllic setting miles away from towns and people and cars – and broadband. So, most days I suck it up and life’s good. We’re aren’t the only ones dealing with this. Remote areas around the world have the same or similar issues.

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As the photo says, life’s pretty darned amazing.

But then there is the ME factor. Ten days ago I went to the desktop and there was a download going on. It looked okay to me so I clicked yes on the continue button and did as I was told – went away for forty minutes. Well, twenty four hours later 90% of our months usage had been gobbled up, access to my other email site, my blog sites, etc, had become beyond difficult, and I was in the dog box with my DB. (Not so dear for a few days.) I never click on downloads so what I was thinking – probably wasn’t – I have no idea.

Thank goodness for men who eat, sleep and breath computer technology. A few days later we were almost back to normal. See, nothing happens quickly when you live in Paradise. Tradesmen and computer men naturally take the jobs closer to home first.

So if you’re reading this it means all is well in my corner again. If you’re not then I’m bald and you haven’t got a clue what’s going on.

Does anyone else out there have these problems?

Love 60 Years On

IMG_0591My parents are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this week! Yes, I know, I can’t wrap my head around that figure either!  They’ve lived around the state, overseas, have two daughters, three grandchildren and have had a gazillion arguments. BUT  they always kiss each other good bye and hello and goodnight and good morning! And my father gives my mother breakfast in bed so maybe that is the key ;-)  I must mention that to my husband!

Ten years ago we gathered together to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary; we all Scan0054stayed overnight at the open range zoo! It was awesome fun. It was like being on the African savannah…hence the pith helmet..and there is Boy Wonder at 6 photo bombing! We played African drums, ate amazing food, slept in a tent under 1000 thread count sheets…pure glamping and a great celebration.

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Ten years on, we’re heading back to the coastal town of Apollo Bay where they had their honeymoon. Aww :-) We are staying the weekend and going out to dinner at a restuarant that has spectacular views across the southern ocean. Of course, the guesthouse where they had their honeymoon is long gone but I’m sure they are going to enjoy their four days in the coastal town…they just have to kick the nasty virus they have both come down with!

So happy 60th wedding anniversary Pat and IMG_3760Bill! (Here they are at Hall’s Creek WA earlier in the year). They are never home….

A marathon marriage like this begs the question, what are the keys to a happy marriage? My parents said a lot of arguing but never letting the sun go down on a disagreement. I still think breakfast in bed helps ;-)

Do you have any tips on a long and relatively happy marriage? Tell me your thoughts :-)

Book News!

9781488756559_1114_RunawayGroom_CVRRunaway Groom, the final in my Wedding Fever trilogy is available this month in print on bookshelves around Australia. Of course the ENTIRE trilogy is availabe as eBook all the time. Buy links for all eBookstores are here

Amy Sagar’s life is in ruins. Fired from her fast-track job and dumped by her double-crossing boyfriend, she retreats to Whitetail, Wisconsin, to lick her wounds and regroup. Meeting an impossible, sexy Australian isn’t part of her strategy for getting back on track.

Ben Armytage is running away. After being left at the altar and publicly humiliated, he’s taking his vintage motorcycle on an extended road trip from Argentina to Alaska. Having his journey interrupted by a breakdown and sharing a house with a curvy, redheaded lawyer in a town obsessed with weddings was never on his itinerary.Faned covers

Though being stuck in a luxury log cabin isn’t really a hardship, living together with their broken hearts isn’t easy. When the attraction between Amy and Ben proves unstoppable, they’ll both begin rethinking their plans…

Read an excerpt, here!

Reviews have been enthusiastic!

“If you’re a fan of well-written contemporary romance, I would suggest Runaway Groom. You get THREE HEA’s in one novel!!” Harlequin Junkies.

“Fiona Lowe always has a way of mixing comedy with a sweet, hot, romance, Runaway Groom was no exception. There was a wonderful balance between the romance building between Amy and Ben and their own personal battles. It was a wonderful addition to the series.” Kristen Johnson Goodreads Reviewer

Runaway Groom is available on shelf for the next four weeks at Kmart, Big W, and Target. If you can’t get to the shops, you can order it from Booktopia.

Hello from India

Built to house the statue of Queen Victoria!

Built to house the statue of Queen Victoria!

HI All,

I know I haven’t posted here for ages and that’s not because I’ve moved permanently to India (although I am lucky enough to be here on holiday -more of which later) but because I’ve taken time out to write two historical fiction novels for a different publisher and as Emma rather than Anne Fraser.

The first, When the Dawn Breaks, is18108523 set during WW1 was published last year (and short listed for the RNAs Epic Romantic Novel of the year) and the second, We Shall Remember, set during WW2 was published last week.

My fellow medical authors kindly agreed to let me use this blog to let you know about them – not least because both books have a medical back ground as well as a love story at their centres. Also, anyone who has read my medical romances will know I love to write books set in different countries- Falling for Dr Dimitriou my latest M&B is set in Greece and my historicals were set in Serbia and Poland respectively (as well as Scotland).

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Train station in India..waiting for the Darjeeling mail to arrive.

And now I’m in India where my next historical will be set. Out of all the countries I’ve lived in or visited, India has to be the most different. We only arrived on Monday yet already we’ve seen so many sides to India. From Kolkata with its teeming population, buzzing atmosphere vast numbers of people, tooting cars, stalls selling everything you can imagine to the odd (cemeteries in jungle settings ) and to the breath taking (the Himalayas at sunrise and my first and probably last sighting of Mount Everest.) And yet we’ve only been here four days. So much more to see and experience.

I’ll be tweeting and posting on EmmaFraserAuthor Facebook page and my EmmaFraserbooks twitter account

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Sunrise over Everest

if anyone would like to follow my journey. In the meantime, I’d love to hear about the most interesting place you have ever visited.

Love Anne Fraser x

Don’t Mess Around With Me!

Confession time: I have too much stuff and too little space! When we emigrated 12 years ago I filled 2 skips with rubbish and now, after all those years I bet I could fill twice as many skips and more! Stuff seems to accumulate! We have a garage that will never fit any cars in- too much stuff, stuff we are going to sell on ebay, stuff we might use when (Ha!) we buy that holiday cottage…or that the kids might use when they leave home… (Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a hoarder…I think!)

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My desk…all that stuff is very important and I know exactly where it is when I need it!

I was reminded of just how much stuff we have when I had recent bathroom ensuite renovations. After the toilet-falling-off-the-wall-with-me-on-it incident that we don’t talk about we had to get new plumbing which led to a new wall, which led to a new bathroom. When the designer lady came to inspect the room she walked in, frowned and said, ‘Oh my, don’t worry we’re going to hide all of that stuff you have behind mirrored cupboards.’ (I didn’t realise people actually put that stuff out of view!) And she duly provided a lovely cabinet with about enough shelf space for a mouse with no belongings.

So we decided to deal with the stuff and had a grand old throwing out session which was well over due- and went to a plastic box shop and spent rather more than we ever thought possible on plastic boxes to organise ourselves. It’s very therapeutic and I’m determined to do it in every room in the house …that is, once I’ve won the lottery! And when I have time…and…yes! I WILL BE ORGANISED!

My new sparkly (tidy) ensuite!

My new sparkly (tidy) ensuite!

Often I visit people and they seem so spick and span and tidy, even when I’ve been there for a few days, everything has a place and everything’s in it’s place. I wish I was like that. I really do! So- are you an organiser? A neat freak or do you have out of control stuff too? Any hints on managing it all?

Oh, and the main reason why I haven’t time to manage my stuff is because I spend a lot of time at my (messy) desk. The result of which is these two darlings…one out in all stores now, the other out exclusively at M&B this month!

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Blurb: The last man on earth she should hook up with! Poppy Spencer has discovered that there’s one thing worse than spending Christmas alone in her flat, and that’s spending it with Isaac Blair- her sworn-enemy-turned-reluctant flatmate! And that’s not just because he knows all her secrets…but because his sexy-as-sin smile and taut physique are making her all hot and flustered- desire the icy cold outside!

Unless a casual hook-up is just the thing she needs…? It’ll certainly break the simmering tension between them. The trouble is, with their history, this is going to be anything but casual…!

Available from all good bookstores/outlets… and Mills and Boon

A Baby On Her Christmas List

Blurb: Nurse Georgie Taylor has just one thing on her Christmas list- a baby! But she never expected her best friend, Dr Liam MacAllister to offer to be the father. Liam keeps his heart strictly off limits, but seeing Georgie pregnant ignites feelings he just can’t ignore…feelings that could destroy a beautiful friendship…or result in so much more!

Available exclusively in November from Mills and Boon!

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Welcome Annie O’Neal

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I discovered Medical Romance when: I met the man who would become my husband. I had been working in television and had a couple of months in between jobs so thought I would have a go at writing a romance given that I was in the heady throes of falling in love. When I was looking on the Mills and Boon website I saw the Medical Romances and knew it was the genre for me.

I wrote my first story when: I was about 10. I very distinctly remember writing a story about a squirrel named Spunky who liked to sort out the social dynamics amongst his large family of squirrels.

 Where do you live? On a farm in Southeast England along with my husband, 15 cows, 2 sows, 12 piglets, a handful of chickens (number changes depending upon Mr Fox!) and two very large dogs.

 My best trait is: my newfound ability to make salted caramels.

 My worst trait is: Clumsiness. I can fall off of a flip flop. Not very graceful.

Five things on your bucket list:

Climb Mt Kilimanjaro

Publish a Medical Romance (hey wait! I got that one!)

Eat sushi in Japan

Learn how to barrel race in a rodeo

Make a faultless batch of profiteroles

Out now:        The Surgeon’s Christmas Wish

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 Not just for Christmas… Lone wolf Dr Tara Braxton is finally back on track. Running a ski injury clinic is a world away from her old life… and her research-stealing ex-fiancé. But her peaceful existence ends when she hires Dr Fraser MacKenzie. With his haunted sapphire eyes he simultaneously weakens her knees and presses all the wrong buttons! And when an unexpected kiss leaves them both reeling their frozen hearts begin to melt. Can Fraser overcome the secrets of his devastating past in time to make Tara’s Christmas wish come true?

 

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One of the best times of the year as a Harlequin author is the times we actually all get to be in a room together.  It doesn’t happen often enough – and there are always some missing faces, but when it does happen, we have a ball.

This year the Mills and Boon Author lunch was held in September.  We lunch, and then there is a cocktail party hosted by Mills and Boon in the early evening.

So here is the motley crew!  This is myself, Caroline Anderson, Kate Hardy and Louisa George at the cocktail party!

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The next day was great too.  Louisa was flying home to New Zealand so I stayed an extra night in London with her.  We had a fabulous time visiting the gorgeous poppies at the Tower of London.

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We might have visited Harrods too…..

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Saturday night was a trip to see the fabulous musical Wicked and Sunday was an unexpected tour of Buckingham Palace, where of course, we had to have tea and cakes!

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There is something so fabulous about spending time with other authors.  Roll on next year!!!