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Rainy Days

So, last December, when I still wasn’t receiving JK Rowling sized advances or royalty checks, I got myself a job. As much as I loved being at home writing all day, it wasn’t paying enough and so I got myself a job as a receptionist at a GP surgery.

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I answered the phones to people who were usually less than pleasant most of the time (you wouldn’t believe the way people talk to GP receptionists!) until about May 2019, when it became clear that they needed a phlebotomist and as I had been trained in phlebotomy years ago, I put myself forward for this change of role and I’ve been doing that (unfortunately still being on reception a couple of days a week) ever since, until last week, when I booked myself a week’s holiday.

Here in the UK, we’d been enjoying a heatwave. Temperatures in the 30s, sweltering heat, gorgeous sunshine, UNTIL i took my week off work, when it decided to rain all week and accompany that delight with gusty winds.

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Typical! So, as we were stuck in the house, I decided to enjoy myself as best I could. I rediscovered my love for crochet and tried my hand at my first amigurumi (a little sperm whale) and as that was a success, thought, as you do, that if I could do that, I could do anything and attempted a Freddy Kreuger doll (and yes, his bladed hand is missing, because I’m still doing that and it wasn’t ready for this blog!)

I picked up some books and had reading marathons. I engaged my children in chats and on Thursday, when the sun broke out ever so briefly, we had a day trip to Brighton, just to say we’d had some fresh air all week, after being cooped up inside.

Today, I go back to work (It’s Monday as I write this) and guess what? The sun is shining again and will do all week according to the weather forecast, but I never expected anything different. You see, ever since I’ve been married to Nick (22 years) every holiday we plan goes wrong somehow. Our cruise ship gets put into dry dock and our cruise cancelled. Our car breaks down. The weather ruins it. Our plane gets diverted because of a bomb threat. A family member gets sick. On two occasions, a family member died (grandparent) on the very day we were meant to leave for our holidays, creating a situation where our family now jokes that we’re never to take holidays ever again, as we’re dangerous!

Sigh.

Oh well. At least I got a week off, even if I didn’t go anywhere.

How about you? Got any funny holiday stories to share? I’d love to hear about them. Anyone who responds will be put into a draw and one person will win a copy of my book, Pregnant By The Single Dad Doc!

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Intrepid Travellers by Amy Andrews

I was determined to raise travellers. And I have. We took our kids overseas – 3 international trips – and travelled extensively within Australia because I wanted them to know there was a world outside of their own little bubbles and that it was theirs to explore.

I also believe it helps a person walk in someone else’s shoes if they’ve had some experience of other people.

And, it really makes you appreciate what you have at home.

I couldn’t be prouder of my two kids going out there in the world and wanting to be a part of it all. But man…couldn’t they travel to “safe” places? My son backpacked solo around Eastern Europe for 6 months including visiting Cherbobyl (and was detained in Abu freaking Dhabi for 22 hours on his way home!!) and my daughter is currently 4WD’ing around outback Australia, camping on river banks…where crocodiles live….and outback serial killers roam…

Ack! (picture Amy rocking in a corner….) Haven’t they heard of Contiki?

As I said, I’m very proud but also going prematurely gray trying not to worry about them…. They, on the other hand, are having a ball!

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Please tell me I’m not the only worry wart mumma out there?

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The Tale of Two Cities

By Susan Carlisle

I know you’re thinking you’ve heard that title before but it is still apropos for my post today.

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I recently attended the national conference for romance writers in New York City. There is a lot to do and see there. I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Live with Kelly and Ryan Show, the Today Show, had afternoon tea at the Plaza Hotel and stayed in a hotel in Time Square.

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The best of all was seeing all the medical authors I don’t see but once a year, sometimes for two or three years. Getting together with them is wonderful. It is an excellent group of ladies to be associated with. Those were pluses.

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The negatives were the crowds, the lights that were on all the time, the emergency vehicles’ sirens going off all the time, the noise at 3 pm that woke me out of a sound sleep and the rude lady at the post office. I was ready to come home after the first three days.

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All I wanted to do was to go home to my small city where it was quiet at night, I could feel the wind on my face, and the trees were taller than anything else around them and green. I wanted to walk in the cool grass and drive my own car. When I made it home my heart felt the saying: Home Sweet Home.

I will go to New York again, I’m sure, and I’m pretty sure I will be just as eager to return home. One thing about traveling is that you learn to appreciate what you have.

Where have you traveled that made you long for home?

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The Past… Revisited!

My 3rd book with Medicals releases on October 1st and I still have to pinch myself daily that I’ve been blessed enough to write for this wonderful line and that I get to call myself a Harlequin author. ❤️ Thank you to all the readers who allow me to do what I love! ❤️

This next release is special to me for a lot of reasons. The characters, the second chance at love for my characters, the holiday theme and all the joy and magic, grief and memories the season can conjure. But probably one of the reasons I love this book most is because of the setting in which the story takes place. It holds a deeply special place in my heart because the fictional town of Bayside is based on a very real resort town on the shores of Lake Michigan called Pentwater.

 

From the time I was born, my family (meaning my mom and dad, me, plus assorted aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents–all of us) would make an annual pilgrimage to this picturesque village for at least two weeks each summer. Most of us would camp at the gorgeous state park there, within walking distance of the lake, hemmed in by huge sand dunes that could amuse kids of all ages for hours.

 

And in case you think I’m exaggerating about the “camping since birth” thing or the size of our family gatherings there…

 

The first picture here is me at one year old, already an intrepid Pentwater camper. The second is from the campground at Mears State Park from the late sixties. The third photo is from a more recent family reunion at Pentwater, while the bottom one shows our family’s original contingent on the beach at the state park back in the 50s.

Anyway, with all this history, when the opportunity came to set Nick and Belle’s reunion romance in such a special place from my childhood, I couldn’t resist. I did change some of the shop and park names, to protect the innocent (LOL!), but each of them is based on a real location. Today, I thought I’d share my inspiration for some of the key locations in the story with you all!

First up the downtown area of Bayside, including Pat’s Diner and some of the other stores and restaurants, which were based on real-life Pentwater’s quaint Main Street:

 

 

Next is the community park and bandstand where Nick and Belle’s famous “mistletoe kiss” takes place… (these are from the summer, but imagine the area all decorated for the holidays and covered in snow)

 

And finally, Old Baldy. A real nature trail, within Mears State Park, where you can hike to the top of the massive dune and look out over the whole area. Nick and Belle watch the sunrise from here, wrapped in blanket and each other’s arms, after a special night together…

So, there you have it. A little glimpse into my past and my inspiration for A Mistletoe Kiss for the Single Dad! Do you have a special place from your past where you return time and again? If so, I’d love to hear about it! Tell me in the comments below. ❤️

Until next time, Happy Reading!

~Traci

A Mistletoe Kiss for the Single Dad

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Second Chance…

…under the mistletoe!

GP Nick Marlowe returned to his hometown to focus on raising his young son. The last person he expects to see in Bayside is high-flying Beverly Hills surgeon Belle! The childhood sweetheart he let go so she could pursue her dream of attending medical school. Only working side-by-side to reopen her late aunt’s free Christmas Eve clinic their magical connection returns… Could a mistletoe kiss spark another chance—just in time for Christmas?

“This is the third book I’ve now read by Ms. Douglass and I’ve got to say that she pens such heartfelt and wonderful stories….and I loved the path this couple took from start to finish. The way this story started drew me into the story immediately and had me reading quickly….”

Harlequin Junkie on Finding Her Forever Family

“…Ms. Douglass has delivered an absolutely engaging and unputdownable read in this book…the chemistry between this couple was powerful; the romance was nicely-detailed and had me loving the special connection these two have….”

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August New Releases

Happy August! Here’s a bunch of new releases from our awesome authors.

 

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 Their One-Night Twin Surprise by Karin Baine. 

 From friends to lovers…

…to becoming a family—of four!

With her dreams of a longed-for family in tatters, air ambulance paramedic Izzy Fitzpatrick shares one night of comfort in the arms of best friend and colleague Dr. Cal Armstrong. One night that awakens a fierce yet undiscovered attraction…and leaves Izzy pregnant—with twins! Heartbreakingly, Cal’s already lost the chance of being a father once…but can Izzy convince him to embrace a second chance at family?

 

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Surgeon Prince, Cinderella Bride by Ann McIntosh

A year-long contract…

…to marry a stranger!

In this Cinderellas to Royal Brides story, Dr. Sara Greer’s shocked to find Crown Prince Farhan on her doorstep with life-changing news—she’s the long-lost heir to the throne of Kalyana! Farhan needs to preserve his title and Sara wants to connect with her newfound heritage, so agreeing to his convenient proposal seems like the perfect solution! Until their inconvenient chemistry has her reconsidering their hands-off agreement…

Cinderellas to Royal Brides duet

Book 1 — Surgeon Prince, Cinderella Bride

Book 2 — Royal Doc’s Secret Heir

 

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Royal Doc’s Secret Heir by Amy Ruttan

A shock reunion…

A son reclaimed!

In this Cinderellas to Royal Brides story, Dr. Jeena Harrak’s returned home. Banished years ago by the King of Kaylana, upon falling pregnant with Prince Maazin’s baby, Jeena never had a chance to say goodbye to Maazin, or to tell him of his father’s cruelty. After revealing his heir, working alongside gorgeous yet closed-off doctor Maazin is harder than she ever imagined…but might their overwhelming connection be enough to reunite their family?

Cinderellas to Royal Brides duet

Book 1 — Surgeon Prince, Cinderella Bride

Book 2 — Royal Doc’s Secret Heir

 

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Dr. Right for the Single Mom by Alison Roberts

Can the doc who’s saving her child…

…help her love again?

ER and rescue doctor Tom Chapman knows what it’s like to lose everything. So when his colleague and friend, single mom Laura McKenzie, brings her sick son to the ER, Tom leaps into action. Caring for little Harry brings Tom and Laura a lot closer. But they’ve both been through so much, can they risk their hearts again?

Rescue Docs miniseries

Book 1 — Resisting Her Rescue Doc

Book 2 — Pregnant with Her Best Friend’s Baby

Book 3 — Dr. Right for the Single Mom

 

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A Return, a Reunion, a Wedding by Annie O’Neil

A second chance with her GP…

Dare she follow her heart this time?

Jayne had been so happy! Engaged to gorgeous Sam Crenshaw, planning an idyllic life together as GPs in Whitticombe’s close-knit community. Until the day her twin sister died, compelling Jayne to leave the man she loved to fulfill her sister’s dreams. Now a pediatric cardiologist, Jayne’s hit crisis point—and coming home to heal reminds her that her own dream is still life with Sam!

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A Family to Heal His Heart by Tina Beckett

Can this nurse and her daughter…

…mend his broken heart?

Brooding surgeon Zeke Bruen never got over the death of his daughter and has vowed to protect his heart ever since. But when he meets nurse Lindy Franklin and her gorgeous little girl, Daisy, his resistance begins to crumble. Soon they’re sharing a passionate kiss, and Zeke begins to believe that they might have a future. But can he let go of the past and find his forever family?

 

 

Happy Reading!

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Sometimes you just need butterflies by Kate Hardy

It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster summer in our house. The high points are our son graduating (definitely tears of joy, that day) and a ballet workshop where we did a bit of Swan Lake (adult ballet classes for beginners are utterly fabulous). The low point was my husband’s mum passing away (although it was a happy release, it’s still very sad and the funeral is later this week). And the weird bit in the middle is waiting for our daughter’s exam results, which will hopefully let her go off to her chosen university and spread her wings. There are also job applications, driving lessons, deadlines, and…

… Yeah. Sometimes you just need to take a few moments out to breathe.

So this weekend we went in search of butterflies. Apparently this summer is the summer of the Painted Lady butterfly in the UK (this happens about every 10 years), so we went to Wheatfen Nature Reserve on Saturday (home of the rare swallowtail butterfly, except we went between broods so missed the swallowtails completely!) and to the best-preserved Iron Age hillfort in my part of the world. Both places were gorgeous, and this is what we found: (LTR a peacock, a red admiral, a speckled wood and a chalk hill blue)

 

 

The hillfort itself? Actually it was really impressive – a little bit smaller than Maiden Castle in Dorset, but still amazing. It was full of wild flowers, and I’ve never seen so many butterflies. Walking round a place that has barely changed in centuries was wonderful.

 

So where’s your favourite place to escape? And do you have a favourite butterfly?

imageKate Hardy’s latest release, A Nurse and a Pup to Heal Him, is set in Norfolk and stars a gorgeous therapy dog 🙂

 

 

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Excerpt – Falling for her Italian Billionaire by Annie Claydon

NEWRelease1First impressions matter, but often a heroine has to wait before she hears what a hero really thinks of her.  But I decided to ring the changes a little in this book, which is the first of my ‘London Heroes’ duet.

Gabriel DeMarco wakes up in hospital with a beautiful woman by his bedside.  The after-effects of the drugs that were slipped into his drink last night mean that he’s not able to stop himself from voicing exactly what’s on his mind…  

 

 

 

 

Chapter One

Gabriel DeMarco opened his eyes. That seemed to be quite enough work for today, so he closed them again.

‘How are you feeling?’ A woman’s voice flowed over him like warm honey. It was a nice voice, quiet yet firm. The kind of voice that any man should take notice of.

‘I could go back to sleep.’ The words slipped out before he had a chance to tell himself that sleeping probably wasn’t what the voice wanted him to do. And at the moment it seemed like a siren’s call, which couldn’t be resisted. ‘Or…I could wake up.’

It sounded as if the voice was smiling. ‘Why don’t you wake up? You’re in hospital.’

Really? The thought didn’t bother him as much as it should. He was comfortable and relaxed, as if lying on a cloud. He tried opening his eyes and light seared through his brain, making his head hurt. He’d just have to keep them closed for a while…

‘Which hospital?’ Not that it mattered particularly. But talking might convince the voice that he’d complied with her request.

‘The Royal Westminster. You’re in the private wing.’

That made sense. Someone must know who he was, and that the son of Leo DeMarco, head of one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in Europe, could stand the cost of a night’s stay in hospital. Or maybe he’d been here longer than just one night. Gabriel couldn’t remember.

He flexed his fingers, running his hand across his chest and then moving his legs. Everything appeared to be working. No pain. Whatever he was in here for was probably very minor…

‘Open your eyes.’

No… He didn’t want to. Maybe he said as much, without knowing it, or maybe the voice just read his mind, because he felt the touch of a hand against the side of his face.

‘Come on. Open your eyes.’

He couldn’t resist. This time the pain wasn’t so bad, because the hand was shading his face. When he turned his head in the direction of the voice, a mass of red-blonde curls and a pair of blue eyes snapped suddenly into focus. What had happened to him suddenly came a very poor second in importance to who she was.

‘What’s your name? Are you a nurse?’ Stupid question. She wore a dark blue sleeveless summer dress, which seemed to be held together by a few buttons and a belt around her waist. Clearly not a nurse unless they’d changed the uniform from sensible to sexy.

‘My name’s Clara Holt. I’m not a nurse, although I’m medically trained. Your father sent me.’

His father? Since when had he started sending women to sit at Gabriel’s bedside? The thought occurred to him that maybe his father had, for once, made a marvellous choice. She was perfezionemolto bella… Porcelain skin and shining gold hair. Right now, making the gorgeous Clara happy was all he wanted to do…

‘Grazie.’ Her lips curved into a slight smile. He’d missed out her lips, and that was unforgivable…

‘You speak Italian?’

‘Only a few words.’

She knew the ones that mattered. Every woman should understand the words a man said when he called her beautiful.

Wait. How many of his thoughts had sprung to his lips by mistake, and what language had he voiced them in? The feeling that this wasn’t right was beginning to nag at the edge of his consciousness. If he thought a woman beautiful, he usually had the manners to wait, and make quite sure it was the kind of compliment she wanted to hear.

Gabriel shook his head, trying to clear it, and struggled to sit up. Pain shot across his temples and he suddenly felt very nauseous. The wonderful Clara reached out, gently pushing him back down onto the pillows.

‘You’ll feel better in a moment, just take it slowly.’

She was an angel. Clara could take him up to her cloud any day of the week and…

No! He still wasn’t thinking straight. He fought to locate a sensible question in his head, and came up with only one.

‘What’s the matter with me?’