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August New Releases!

Happy August! Here are your brand new releases for this month!

Their Marriage Worth Fighting For by Louisa Heaton

Will an unexpected chance to work side by side save an estranged couple’s marriage? Find out in Louisa Heaton’s emotional reunion romance, the third book in the Night Shift in Barcelona series!

A chance to mend their marriage…

…for good?

After experiencing three devastating miscarriages, midwife Grace and neonatal surgeon Diego find their marriage hanging by a thread. But on one summer night at Santa Aelina University Hospital, they are forced to work together on a challenging case. Now, with nowhere to hide, they must finally confront their heartbreak… Can they also rediscover the joy and love that made their marriage so special?

From Harlequin Medical: Life and love in the world of modern medicine.

Night Shift in Barcelona

 Book 1: The Night They Never Forgot by Scarlet Wilson
Book 2: Their Barcelona Baby Bombshell by Traci Douglass
Book 3: Their Marriage Worth Fighting For by Louisa Heaton
Book 4: From Wedding Guest to Bride? by Tina Beckett


The Midwife’s Nine-Month Miracle by Shelley Rivers

Meet a husband and wife in need of a miracle in Shelley Rivers’s latest touching Harlequin Medical Romance.

A baby…

to heal them?

When nurse Gila said “I do” to a lifetime of love with Dr. Leo, she never imagined that their one-of-a-kind connection would be ripped apart just as she discovered she was expecting a baby. Now Gila is eight-months pregnant—and stunned to learn that her estranged husband has become her temporary colleague! While Gila and Leo are determined to co-parent their child, will a workplace reunion lead them to the happily-ever-after they once dreamed of?


Stranded with the Island Doctor by Annie Claydon

A storm is raging…
…between them!

With her daughter now grown up and married, dedicated doctor Mel is finally taking some me time. Until a tropical storm interrupts her much-needed Maldives break. She doesn’t hesitate to help. But working alongside the only other doctor on the island—insufferable yet handsome widower Rafe—isn’t without its challenges. Especially when the tension between them turns into chemistry. Neither expected a second chance, but will that stop Mel from taking a leap of faith?


One-Night Fling in Positano by Ann McIntosh

Can one night of passion…

…change her whole life?

Nurse Kendra lives a jet-set life. Who needs a home and family when they only let you down? So when meeting gorgeous Massimo in Positano results in one unforgettable night, Kendra has no regrets—until he turns out to be her new boss! Continuing their fling is risky, but also irresistible… Under the red-hot Mediterranean sun, will Kendra realize it’s not her fling that’s at risk but her no-strings-attached relationship rule?


From Wedding Guest to Bride? by Tina Beckett

Love was not on the doctor’s mind…

…until now!

When wedding guest Elena shares a mind-blowing kiss with sexy stranger Santiago, it’s wholly out of character for the diagnostician… Elena shut her heart off to love when her childhood sweetheart walked away just as she faced a life-changing diagnosis. Still, she can’t deny how refreshing it is to be with widower Santiago, who understands heartache more than anyone. Will he become her heart’s safe haven?

From Harlequin Medical: Life and love in the world of modern medicine.

Night Shift in Barcelona

 Book 1: The Night They Never Forgot by Scarlet Wilson
Book 2: Their Barcelona Baby Bombshell by Traci Douglass
Book 3: Their Marriage Worth Fighting For by Louisa Heaton
Book 4: From Wedding Guest to Bride? by Tina Beckett


Falling for the Village Vet by Rachel Dove

Welcome to Puddle Lake, where you can sink into Rachel Dove’s cozy vet story!

Keeping her distance…

is harder than she first thought!

After a painful divorce, hospice nurse Susannah Harkin finds solace in a Yorkshire village with rescue pup Hendrix by her side. Until Dr. Chris Jennings disturbs her peace. Straight-talking Susannah clashes with the brooding new vet, and the fallout has the locals gossiping for weeks! Then, thrown together to host a charity drive, they find their sparks of anger turning into flames of attraction. Can Susannah’s sunny nature thaw Chris’s guarded heart?

Happy Reading!

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Little Libraries across Canada

Happy July, this summer is flying by really fast!

I spent most of July on the road, traveling across the western part of Canada, the trip was about 10,000 kms by the time we got back home to our slice of heaven in the central western part of Ontario. It was just the DH and I this time, our kids stayed home with one of their aunts and our dog.

Since COVID, I have been amassing a lot of author copies and I was running out of room. I don’t plan on doing any signings this year, so I had to do something and I thought about the Free Little Libraries that were scattered all over the old city I used to live. I knew they were in other places, so I found a free app called Little Free Library.

I got the brilliant idea to drop off author copies as I make my way across across to Alberta and then do a reading of A Reunion, A Wedding, A Family in Jasper where it’s set. My videos and reading are on Tik Tok under Amy Ruttan (I refer to myself as a reluctant farmer!).

I signed the books ahead of time and marked them with a Canadian author sticker. I took my debut book from 2013 Safe in His Hands and dropped it by the closest Little Library to our farm in Seaforth, Ontario.


The next Little Library came at 8 in the morning after an eight hour drive. Yep, an eight hour drive, we left shortly after midnight, to get around Lake Superior from our house, it takes about 17 hours.

The Little Library I stopped in was in Bruce Mines, Ontario and after my visit there I woke up the next day in Thunder Bay to discover I had made their news! They were thankful for the book and encouraging others to donate to their Little Library.


The next day, we left Thunder Bay and were heading for Saskatoon Saskatchewan. Another 17 hour day. It takes two days to drive out of my province! First I stopped in Kenora, Ontario and dropped a book at Little Library outside a woman’s shelter. It was packed full and well used!

We had to cross Manitoba and most of Saskatchewan to get to Saskatoon. I had never been to Saskatoon, but it’s very bizarre to be watching for a city on a flat prairie horizon and not see it until you go down into a river valley. Saskatoon is beautiful and I found a gorgeous little library in a tree lined neighborhood know as Caswell Hill.



It’s not far to Alberta and we had a couple days to ourselves and headed to Drumheller, which is the badlands in southern, Alberta. Drumheller had an amazing Little Library with Moby Dick and Lord of the Rings quotes painted on it. After Drumheller we made our way to Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump and I left a couple more books in towns like High River (where they film the TV show Heartland) and an author friend Taryn Leigh Taylor left copies in her home town and a town near her.

After some days with my other sister in law at her ranch. We went into Jasper, Alberta the setting for A Reunion, A Wedding, A Family and I did a reading at Medicine Lake. Forest Fires have devastated the area. The last time I was there, Medicine Lake was lush with trees…now, just the ghostly remnants of them remain. It is a natural cycle to a forest though. And even though it had changed, I was still privileged to see elk, big horn sheep, wolf, black bear and my first time seeing a Grizzly Mama and her 3 cubs!


Medicine Lake!

The nearest little library to Jasper, is Hinton, Alberta. And the caretaker there originally is from the town where I currently live. So that was a small world experience. I left a copy of A Reunion, A Wedding, A Family there.

After our time in Alberta, we made our way to Winnipeg on a day that Canada had a nation wide cell phone outage on the network I used. It also knocked out all Interac purchases. I was very glad we had our credit cards and cash. I was also glad our GPS in our Jeep was still functioning or we would’ve never made our way from Alberta, through Saskatchewan to Winnipeg, Manitoba.

I got to meet an author friend Elle Rush for lunch and visit the monument of Louis Riel. My ancestors were Metis, which is a mix of European settlers and Indigenous. Metis people are an Indigenous nation and have their own culture. Louis Riel is a founding father who fought for the rights of Metis, he was an elected politician and led resistance movements before he was hanged for treason.



As someone of Metis background, this has been a life long dream to visit his monument. My father, had to hide who he was for many years, to avoid residential school. For him and me, it’s been hard to try and process our loss of identity. Also to find ancestors, but I have been finding more and more names. Women, who were indigenous, often lost their identity when they married a white man.

I left a book in Winnipeg and we made our way back to Ontario and stopped in Thunder Bay. I am really getting to know Thunder Bay. My daughter goes to school there, so I make the drive often.

Thunder Bay is the lake head of Lake Superior. The last place Terry Fox stopped after his Miracle Run for Cancer because his cancer had returned and he collapsed, but one of the Little Libraries surprised me! It was on Ruttan street. Ruttan is my maiden name, so I looked up the history and discovered that Ruttan’s helped with the development of Port Arthur and Thunder Bay.

So of course I had to leave a book there!



And that was just a part of our trip. I dropped books off in Sault and Sudbury on the way home. I have way more pictures and a lot more special memories, but it was so good to get back to the kids.

I took a whole box of books and left them all on my journey.

If you happen to stumble on a Little Library I encourage you to donate or even just take a book too. Spread Literacy and help communities. I learned so much from this experience and fell in love with my country all over again.

It’s why I continue to write books set in the place I love the most. Canada.

Here’s a slideshow of some more pics along the way!

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Galapagos dreams and a new house…

Hi Readers,

Wow, what a summer! A lot has changed since I last blogged, not least the cold and rainy Dutch summer that used to be the norm. Lots of us are sweating it out in hot high rises wishing we hadn’t prayed for the heat all those drizzly days over winter!

Anyway, sorry for being so British, starting out my post by complaining about the weather… honestly.

In other news I have another book coming out in August. The Vet’s Escape to Paradise might be my fave yet – it’s set in the Galapagos and follows a headstrong female vet who falls for a local mysterious scuba diver, who happens to be a wonder with the animals too… but uh oh, they’re from totally different worlds – how could they ever be together? (wink)

I got to revisit my Galapagos trip from 2013, which was probably a highlight of my life. The way the lizards lounge around on the rocks like dinosaurs that forgot to go extinct. The way the sea lions swim up to you and ask you to play like puppy dogs. The way you can see every star in the sky at night as the hemispheres combine in one cosmic swirl… it’s all just unreal. I hope I captured some of the magic in my story, you tell me!

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Me, making new friends in the Galapagos, 2013

In other news, I moved house. I bought an apartment for the first time in my life (in beautiful Utrecht) and let me tell you, I had no idea how stressful and time consuming it would be, finding contractors to fit a bathroom, getting new carpet laid, tracking a sofa that was meant to be delivered in July, that is somehow now scheduled for December… if I wasn’t going a bit grey already before this, well, I am now, but home will be one sweet home when it’s done and I’ll forget I ever complained.

Probably.

Ok maybe not.

Anyway readers, I hope you’re all keeping your cool in multiple creative ways out there, and until next time, may a thousand peaceful Galápagos sea lions soothe your soul as you dream of wondrous things.

Becky

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Daily Inspirations from the Unflappable Substitute -out now

by Susan Carlisle May

Before I became an author I was a substitute teacher for 20 years. Boy, do I have stories to tell. That’s just what I’ve done in my latest book. I have one for every day of the school year. Some are sad, fun and thought provoking. If you know a teacher or substitute, or just anyone in the school system this book would make a wonderful gift. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Daily-Inspirations-Unflappable-Substitute-Susan-ebook/dp/B0B6GPF5TF/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2566UAIDWSOR&keywords=daily+inspiration+substitute&qid=1658274499&s=books&sprefix=daily+inspirations+substitute%2Cstripbooks%2C75&sr=1-1

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Number 4o

Fling with Her Long-Lost Surgeon. This is my fortieth book to be published with Harlequin Medical Romance. And I got such a gorgeous hero on the cover. What could be better.

Back in 2010 when I sold my first book to Mills & Boon Their Marriage Miracle I could not imagine selling twenty, let alone forty books that I had written. I have to keep pinching myself that I’ve got this far.

What’s more there are plenty more to come.

Friends often ask me where the ideas come from and how I keep coming up with new stories. That’s easy. My head’s full of them. It’s getting them down on paper that takes the hard work. I love every step of the way. That has never changed in the past twelve years.

Fling with Her Long-Lost Surgeon – Is the surgeon from her past the answer to her future?

Gynecologist Georgie has sworn off love for good – she’s already last more than she can bear. So when brooding surgeon Blake returns to ton, the attraction zinging between them is something she should ignore. Yet Blake understands her more than anyone…Since he’s only back temporarily, a fling could be just what the doctor ordered! Georgie tells herself it can never be forever – until she realises how happy she in his arms.

New Releases

July New Releases

Happy July! I wrote this post way back in May because I’m on a cross country trip at the moment. One I plan to use to read and relax. And what’s than a bunch of new medical romances?

Congrats to Allie Kincheloe on her 5th book and Sue MacKay on her 40th! Amazing work!

Their Barcelona Baby Bombshell by Traci Douglass

One hot encounter…One shocking consequence!

Paramedic Isabella Rivas doesn’t do commitment and entanglement. She had enough of that raising her five siblings after their mother died. But one red-hot night with a sexy stranger doesn’t count, right? Except that single passionate encounter results in an unexpected pregnancy! And when she meets Carlos Martinez’s familiar guarded eyes over a patient in the ER, she realizes that life has just got a whole lot more complicated…

From Harlequin Medical: Life and love in the world of modern medicine.

Night Shift in Barcelona

Book 1: The Night They Never Forgot by Scarlet Wilson
Book 2: Their Barcelona Baby Bombshell by Traci Douglass
Book 3: Their Marriage Worth Fighting For by Louisa Heaton
Book 4: From Wedding Guest to Bride? by Tina Beckett

The Nighty They Never Forgot by Scarlet Wilson

Sparks fly when former rivals reunite in this latest Harlequin Medical Romance from award-winning author Scarlet Wilson!
From the one who got away……to forever by her side?

Cardiothoracic surgeons Caitlin McKenzie and Count Javier Torres meet again at Santa Aelina University Hospital. Twelve years ago, their competitive days at med school culminated in an impulsive and unforgettable night. Now, as Caitlin prepares to perform a life-changing surgery, the fire between the former rivals is reignited on the night shift—and suddenly it’s not just the patient’s heart that’s on the line…

From Harlequin Medical: Life and love in the world of modern medicine.

Night Shift in Barcelona

Book 1: The Night They Never Forgot by Scarlet Wilson
Book 2: Their Barcelona Baby Bombshell by Traci Douglass
Book 3: Their Marriage Worth Fighting For by Louisa Heaton
Book 4: From Wedding Guest to Bride? by Tina Beckettread less

Saving the Single Mom’s Heart by Allie Kincheloe

Could the arrival of a new EMT be the answer to her broken heart? Find out what happens in Allie Kincheloe’s latest Harlequin Medical Romance.

Can he give her the happy-ever-after…

…she’s stopped herself dreaming of? Seven years ago, nurse Jess was pregnant and abandoned by her son’s father. Ever since, it’s been Jess’s little family against the world! So the last thing the single mom needs is for the arrival of handsome emergency medical technician Beckett to throw her finally well-ordered life into chaos. When a storm arrives, Jess and Beckett must fight to save their town. But can their intense connection also save her broken heart?

Fling with Her Long-Lost Surgeon by Sue MacKay

In the latest Harlequin Medical Romance from Sue MacKay, a fling with the surgeon from her past is just what the doctor ordered!

Is the surgeon from her past……the answer to her future? Gynecologist Georgie has sworn off love for good—she’s already lost more than she can bear. So when brooding surgeon Blake returns to town, the attraction zinging between them is something she should ignore. Yet Blake understands her more than anyone… Since he’s only back temporarily, a fling could be just what the doctor ordered! Georgie tells herself it can never be forever—until she realizes how happy she is in his arms!

Cornish Reunion with the Heart Doctor by Louisa George

Find out what happens when two best friends reunite and their chemistry is almost too much to handle in Louisa George’s latest Harlequin Medical Romance.

He’s her best friend…but could he be something more? Pediatrician Lexi can’t wait for her friend cardiologist Jono to move home from Australia. After pouring her heart and soul out to Jono long-distance during her divorce, their emotional bond is strong, but the raw chemistry of their reunion after five years astounds her! And when a Cornish wedding leads to a night of breathtaking passion, Lexi must decide—does she dare risk their precious friendship for the hope of everything she’s ever wanted?

A Paramedic to Change Her Life by Alison Roberts

In the latest Harlequin Medical Romance from Alison Roberts, a doctor falls for a paramedic just as she’s decided to have a baby—alone!

Taking a risk…For the miracle of a baby!

Dr. Jo has always wanted a family but never found the right man or the right time. Now, on the eve of her forty-sixth birthday, she decides to make her dream a reality—alone. But when fearless paramedic Cade bursts into her life, she falls headfirst and offtrack! Cade has been running from his heartache and grief, but could Jo and her desire to have a family be just what he needs, too?

Happy Reading!

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Red Lips and Rebellion

Juliette wearing red lipsticks in front of her bookshelf
Juliette wearing red lipstick

Today is the Fourth of July. Independence Day in the United States of America. There is an oft repeated line that authors shouldn’t get into politics. We should be quiet about our beliefs and feelings so as not to alienate our readers.

As a woman, with a degree in history, I have always disagreed with this point. There is a reason that governments come for writers and artists when they are floating with or full on embracing authoritarianism. And remaining silent so a few more people might buy books is not an option.

On this Independence Day, a movement that has been working for years to control women, and people with uteruses, bodies got the political win that they wanted. The Supreme Court, with five justices selected by presidents who lost our popular election, overturned fifty years of precedence protecting privacy and the right to bodily autonomy with their decision on Roe v. Wade.

The impacts are already being felt. I live in a state with a trigger law. In a state that is already considering a bill to take away my right to birth control. In a state with representatives who have stated that while assault and rape are horrid, it doesn’t matter. The life of a mother in danger…doesn’t matter. The right of a person to simply make the best decisions for themselves for their own reasons…doesn’t matter.

Did you know that red lips, bright red lips, were a sign of rebellion for the suffrage movement? Suffragettes painted their lips red to force men to notice. Elizabeth Arden passed out red lipstick to women marching for votes in 1912. Now a century later, I find myself painting my lips red. Readying myself for the battles to come, for the cries for justice and bodily autonomy.

If you live in the US, I urge you to vote in November. Our rights quite literally depend on it. If you are interested in joining the fight, please know, there is no need to reinvent wheels. There are organizations who have been in this fight for decades, largely led by women of color. Join those already in the fight, who know what we are dealing with. Two good resources to start with are: Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Need to know how to vote in the US, this link will take you to a page explaining how to do that for which state you live in. AND what the deadlines are for when you need to register.

Remember, romance heroines get consent over their bodies. Romance by its nature is rebellious because it says we deserve pleasure and consent. Overturning Roe impacts us all.

Well behaved women seldom make history. ~ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

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The Romance of June

I always think of June as the month of romance. Statistics show that it is the most popular month for weddings. It’s the month I got married myself. And this June my oldest son was married in a sweet beach ceremony. Surprisingly, it was also fun.

To say I was nervous, is an understatement. My daughter-in-law’s family is originally from Venezuela and spread across the states. The only person who had met them was my son and I knew that some members did not speak a lot of English. First meetings with language barrier could be awkward.

But it wasn’t. These strangers had come to this wedding because they loved my daughter-in-law. And as my family love her too, that was all that was needed for us to come together.

By the end of the reception, the whole crowd had joined into one big laughing conga line and my DIL’s aunts had my granddaughters learning salsa steps.

And that my friend is the secret of romance and love. It can bring two people, and their families, together and make the world a better place for them all.

Right now I’m writing my third book set in the Florida Keys, and I am definitely seeing a beach wedding and a family reunion in the future for my couple Jo and Casey.

Oh, and since there can never be too much romance, my youngest son got engaged in June. It looks like we’ll be headed to the Smoky mountains for our next wedding. I can’t wait.

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The terrible anguish of dark words by Amy Andrews

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m in such a rage at the moment it makes writing/blogging kinda hard. I was stuck with what to talk about in a world where an aging despot is trying to hold onto the faded glory days of empire and his relevance by pummeling the hell out of a much smaller country while the world sits on its hands, a pandemic is still ravaging populations and humans, by and large, just don’t seem to get it and a bunch of people who have a uterus suddenly got the shaft.

But then I realised what a great word rage is. Four letters and yet it’s so meaty. It sounds pissed off and angry. Even its derivatives – enraged and outrageous, are great sounding words. Fury is another good one. The ability to emphasise the u really gives it substance. Grim is also utterly descriptive.

So today, I’m finding resonance in the murky words of despair. I will go back to thinking about rainbows and unicorns but today is not that day….

Anyone else want to wallow with me in the terrible anguish of dark words? Do you have a fave?

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Their Marriage Worth Fighting For

Next month I have a new release! Their Marriage Worth Fighting For, which is Book 3 in the Night Shift in Barcelona quartet!

Book 1 – The Night They Never Forgot (Scarlet Wilson)

Book 2 – Their Barcelona Baby Bombshell (Traci Douglas)

Book 3 – Their Marriage Worth Fighting For (Louisa Heaton)

Book 4 – From Wedding Guest to Bride (Tina Beckett)

This is the blurb …

A chance to mend their marriage…

…for good?

After experiencing three devastating miscarriages, midwife Grace and neonatal surgeon Diego find their marriage hanging by a thread. But on one summer night at Santa Aelina University Hospital, they are forced to work together on a challenging case. Now, with nowhere to hide, they must finally confront their heartbreak… Can they also rediscover the joy and love that made their marriage so special?


I had great fun writing this one! I’d been involved in writing a duet before, but not a quartet and so this was a new learning experience for me. Normally, as a writer, you write alone, but with a quartet and lots of scenes that intermingled with other author’s books, there had to be a lot of collaboration and communication, to make sure we got aspects of our stories right!

It was a challenge and even a little scary for me, but one I really enjoyed.

My previous book, Their Marriage Meant To Be, was about a couple who had experienced the loss of a child, so to go into this story next, writing about loss again, was difficult, but as the characters and setting was so different, I was still able to bring a freshness to this story – something I’d worried about greatly, in case I’d already said it all in Their Marriage Meant To Be!

Grace and Diego were two lovely characters to write about. Even I was rooting for them to get back together from the beginning, but obviously I needed to torture them a little first! I really hope you’ll enjoy this quartet of stories!