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Who would you….

Snog….Marry….. Or Avoid?

 

We all make choices. Not all of them are fabulous. But some of them are definitely risks worth taking. This is why I think reading romance is so brilliant. We get the chance not only to enjoy the exhilaration of falling in love over and over again…but we also get some smoking hot tips on who might not suit us best or who, on the flip side, just might be worth pulling on your fireproof pantaloons for.

SO! I’ve made a wee quiz that puts you right in the middle of the love danger zone. Who would you snog, marry or avoid? (Top tip – for the ranking one…just drag and drop to where you want them). Oh – and once again – I can’t figure out how to embed this into the blog but I am now going to go find a class where I can learn all of these wonderful things!

Click on the link here or do the quiz below https://annieoneilbooks.survey.fm/snogmarryavoid and ENJOY.

x Annie O’

PS: I won’t have a new book out until the summer…but I will have some news about my new alter ego in a month or so!!! Watch…this…space. xx Annie O’

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Bye Bye Summer

It was pitch dark when I woke at six this morning. Yes, I know, it didn’t happen overnight, but it seems to have come on fast. March is officially the beginning of autumn down here, but I’m not ready to let summer go.

But since I have to, let’s fast forward to spring. Spring’s my favourite season. The buds, the vegetable seedlings, the crazy wind and rain, the hot days followed by freezing ones – all full of promise for what’s to come in summer. (More rain, wind and soaring temps)

Truthfully, I enjoy all the seasons, would not like to live somewhere where it never got cold or hot. Cosy winter fires and hearty casseroles and soups. Autumn is easier on the body when I hit the road on my bike or walk in the hills. This summer has been harsh in our neck of the woods. Temperatures in the high thirties, no rain for three months and that had us checking our tanks every day in case the underground supply dried up. We were lucky. Then there were the fires. Again we were lucky.

But one of the things I enjoy the most is the first cup of tea of my day, sitting up in bed, curtains open and the view spread beyond the deck. And in summer we can do that from five o’clock onwards. My man and I have agreed that the day we don’t appreciate the view is the day we pack up and move to town. I think it’s a long way off.

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At least I can escape to any season I like when writing my stories. At the moment I’ve writing one set in Sydney, so no change there, but the next one is part of a four book medical continuity I’m writing with Susan Wilson, Tina Beckett and Emily Forbes. It’s set in London in spring so watch out for these stories next year.

What’s your favourite season? Do you prefer the heat or the cold?

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A trip to the mothership… Jane Austen’s house

Pretty much every romance reader and writer I’ve ever met has read at least one of Jane Austen’s books (or seen the movies/TV shows) and every one has their own opinion of them. I read most of them years ago and loved them (on the whole 😉 ), she had a sharp wit and a keen take on societal mores of the time.

I know little about her life, though, and am always interested in finding out people’s backstory (yeah, okay, I’m nosy!!), so on a recent flying visit to England I took a trip with my sister to the Jane Austen Museum in Chawton.  Jane lived there from 1809 to 1817, just before she died at the young age of 41 of an unspecified illness (although researchers in the 1960s think it may have been a form of lymphoma). She wrote Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Emma, Persuasion and Mansfield Park here.

1jwp2d5esceu5w0bt5kbcg.jpgThe house belonged to her brother and she lived in it with her mother and beloved sister, Cassandra while her brother lived a short distance away on the Chawton Estate that he inherited from a wealthy family that adopted him (strange but true!).  Her bedroom was the one with the window with closed blinds, middle right!  It was so cool to walk where she’d walked, and wander round the garden in her footsteps.

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The back door (and my lovely sister!)

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Jane’s writing desk! A 12 sided walnut table

Thank God for computers! I would not like to do my daily words using a quill like Jane did.

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Jane’s quilt

I love using fabrics and yarns and have made my own quilt, but it was nothing as grand as the one Jane, her sister and her mother made!

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Beautiful shawl Jane embroidered when not working on her novels

Jane’s garden wasn’t extensive but it was well used for growing food, flowers and plants for many medicinal and other uses…

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They grew plants to dye their clothes (I love that quote- “what wicked people Dyers are. They begin dipping their own souls in Scarlet sin” )

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The neighbours – look at the thatch owl art!

It was wonderful to slip back a couple of centuries for a few hours. Chawton is in the middle of nowhere, a beautiful village of thatched houses, a pub and a tea shop. I wonder what she’d think of our world? I’m sure she’d be happy to have a proper English ‘tea’ and prosecco!

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Are you a Jane fan? Do you like to visit famous people’s houses? If so, where have you visited and what did you think?

Louisa George is an award winning author of books with humour and heart.
RITA finalist. Allergic to housework. Zumba addict. Visit her website for a complete list of her novels, which includes women’s fiction, contemporary romance and medical romances.

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The Mysteries of Book Covers

Shuffling through my books the other day, I marveled at the way some of the covers are so different from each other, while others carry some of the same elements. I will admit that I know next to nothing about what goes into the making of a book cover, but I definitely have my favorites.

So it made me curious. What is it about a book cover that grabs your attention? Is it a hunky hero? A hero and heroine gazing into each other’s eyes? A fun and flirty image? Or do you  prefer teacups and doilies with nary a person in sight?

Anyway, I’m going to share a couple of my favorite book covers: one of my Harlequins and one of my indie published books (with special thanks to Fiona Lowe’s uber-talented son for his help with that one).  And then I’d like your input on what draws you to a cover!

First up is a book cover from all the way back in 2013. It’s one of the older style covers, but I truly love the image on it. The hero is just how I envisioned him and the cover reflects the title, to me. book cover 1

Next is one of my indie books. On this cover, I love the way the hero appears to be whispering something in the heroine’s ear. Maybe something naughty? Maybe something nice? book cover 2
So now it’s your turn. What do you like to see on a cover? What don’t you like to see? Or do you never judge a book by its cover? 🙂

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March New Releases

Happy new month, medical romance readers! We’ve got you covered 🙂 6 new books to add to your TBR pile!

 

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The Doctor’s Marriage For A Month by Annie O’Neil

Could their temporary vow…Become a marriage for real?

When Isla MacLeay comes to the beautiful Caribbean island of El Valderon, the last thing she expects is to be forced into marriage. But the fiery Scottish redhead is in danger, and the only solution is for her to wear Dr. Diego Vasquez’s ring. Isla is already nursing a broken heart…but now she must protect it from the man she could easily fall in love with—her husband!

The Italian Surgeon’s Secret Baby by Sue Mackay

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From top surgeon…
To single dad?

Before nurse Elene Lowe’s best friend died, Elene agreed to raise her baby daughter, Aimee, and is now traveling to Italy to find Aimee’s dad—sexy surgeon Mattia Ricco. Mattia is shocked to discover he’s a father, but the sparks flying between him and Elene soon ignite an irresistible attraction. With Elene and Aimee’s life back in New Zealand, they’re worlds apart, unless Mattia can give them both a reason to stay.

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Falling in love…
With her rescuer!

When paramedic Patrick Reeves discovers Dr. Charli Lawson trapped after a landslide, he holds her hand until she’s freed. They will never forget the connection of that night, but Patrick is a single dad with a broken heart, and Charli has already lost everything! She tries to stay away but he slips past her defenses. Could her courageous but scarred rescuer—and his adorable three-year-old—help heal Charli’s lonely heart?

Friend, Fling, Forever? by Janice Lynn

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To a lifetime of love!

Career-focused nurse Kami Clark knows better than to get caught up in Dr. Gabe Nelson’s whirlwind dating world. When Gabe asks her to help him by bidding for a date with him at a charity auction, she can’t say no. Kami cherishes their friendship, but his request ignites a mutual passion neither can resist… And now Gabe must convince her that he wants her in his life—forever!

 

A Wife For The Surgeon Sheikh by Meredith Webbermed2

Can a convenient marriage…
Bring them the happiness they deserve?

It’s a normal workday for nurse Lauren Macpherson, until she’s summoned to her boss’s office to face Sheikh Malik Madani. To protect his nephew, her adopted son, Malik has come to claim him—with a shock proposal! The enigmatic sheikh sweeps her into his world and Lauren is caught up in an undeniable passion. Could their marriage in name only become something more?

One Night To Change Their Lives by Tina Beckett

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Heal his broken heart?

Since hospital administrator Garret Stapleton lost both his wife and daughter, he’s determined not to give away his heart again. Until gorgeous but guarded ER doc Addy Santini gets under his skin… Soon they embark on a scorching affair that has unexpected, life-changing consequences! When Garret’s tragic past threatens their happiness, can Addy’s surprise pregnancy lead them to their happy-ever-after?

 

 

 

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Announcing the 2019 Mills & Boon Medical Romance Blitz!

#MedicalRomanceBlitz

March 15th-29th 2019

Hi everyone! My name’s Charlotte and I’m the Assistant Editor on the Mills & Boon Medical Romance team. We’re thrilled and grateful to have been invited to contribute to Love is the Best Medicine and look forward to getting to know you all and sharing our love for Medical Romance. If there’s anything you’d like to know please just ask. The Medical Romance editorial team (Sheila, Vic, Carly and myself) would love to hear from you!

There is so much to love about our jobs on the Medical Romance editorial team but one of our favourite things is finding new voices to add to our spectacularly talented author base. And right now we’re looking for exciting new authors to join our amazing Medical family!

Medical Romances are uplifting, relatable, life-affirming stories set amid pulse-racing medical drama! Inviting readers to get swept into the world of dedicated (and delectable!) medical professionals who navigate the high stakes of falling in love in the pressured world of saving lives. Medical heroes and heroines find themselves in a wide variety of intense, emotional situations – ER emergencies, heart and transplant surgeries, city hospitals, GP practices, paediatrics, maternity wings, IVF clinics, jungle or outback settings and medical rescue just to name a few! And in locations across the globe!

Our #MedicalRomanceBlitz is a fantastic opportunity for your Medical Romance to get fast-tracked!

What we want:

  • A cover letter that introduces you and your book – and includes any previous publishing credits, contest wins, or affiliations.
  • A detailed synopsis. Show us what drives your story forward, including the internal and external conflicts your hero and heroine face on the road to romance. We want to know what happens in your book, even the ending. (No cliff-hangers, please!)
  • Your first chapter – there’s no need to have the full manuscript written at this stage!

Here’s how it works:

  • From March 15th until midnight (GMT) March 29th, we invite you to send in your submission. Go to Go to http://Harlequin.Submittable.com and click on ‘Harlequin Medical Romance Blitz!’ to submit your first chapter and synopsis.
  • Every contemporary Medical Romance submission will be read by one of the Harlequin Medical Romance editors and will receive editorial feedback by April 12th. That’s quite a fast-track!
  • We’ll then request to see more of the submissions that show the most promise!
  • Please note that we only accept one entry per person.

This isn’t a contest but a chance to showcase your work to our editors and get some helpful feedback in an accelerated time frame, and maybe even become the newest Mills & Boon Medical Romance author. If you’ve ever dreamed about being published, send us your submission. We want to read your story!

Keep an eye on millsandboon.co.uk and follow the editorial team on Twitter @SheilaHodgsonMR, @EditorBritton, @CarlyMByrne and @cellisharlequin for more writing tips and exclusive content!

Happy writing!