Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

A Decade Later…

I will admit, this anniversary kind of snuck up on me! I was chatting with someone who was asking how long I had been with Harlequin, then it hit me it’s 2023 and I sold in 2103. IT’S BEEN TEN YEARS!

It was 4 a.m. EST that I got an email from, my first editor, Suzanne asking me when it was a good time to call.

I never sat up so fast. I told her 9:30 a.m. EST was a good time. My young kids, they were 10, 7 and 3 at the time, would be at school. I could talk. (They are 20, 17 and almost 13 now!)

I had been working furiously on several rounds of revisions for months on Safe in His Hands. My critique partner, now medical author herself, Ann McIntosh was there with me every step of the way. We reversed roles the year she sold. LOL

The phone call was the one I had always dreamed about. I became a Harlequin author January 25, 2013. My debut released in September 2013.

Now, my 35th book Winning the Neonatal Doc’s Heart releases in April 2023…the month of my 45th birthday. Number 36 Nurse’s Pregnancy Surprise is slotted for June 2023 and I’m furiously working on my 37th…release date to be determined! 😉

It’s been a very rewarding ten years for my career and with Harlequin Medicals. My 5th book is where I signed my intrepid agent Scott…who is a huge listening board and plot partner. I saw my amazing CP of 17+ years Ann McIntosh sell. I’ve met so many amazing authors face-to-face. Working with so many talented authors.

I also worked with my fair share of awesome editors and I want to give them a huge shout out. Suzanne who bought me in 2013 and worked on my first two books. To Laura, who taught me so much and got me…she was the Canadian in the UK office. Sareeta who I didn’t get to work with as long as I wanted to. Julia who stood by me as I hit the milestone of 25! And now Laurie, who jumped right in the middle of a Caribbean Duet on book 2. I also have to thank the Medical editor in charge Sheila, for being amazing as always and everyone else behind the scenes.

And I am so thankful for all my fellow Medical Authors. Thanks for being so kind and helpful to me at the start and be an inspiration.

When I signed a new contract late last year, I was thrilled as usual. I get to write heroes and heroines that reflect my indigenous heritage and characters who are on the spectrum like me. I get to write more about the north, where my roots lie and the north is special to me, but I get to visit other places too.

It’s a dream.

Thanks for reading and I’ll get back to writing number 37…which is due end of February!

Also, I have a short in an antho coming out soon! Be sure to check it out here.

Excerpts, Reading

Excerpt: Rules of their Fake Florida Fling

Six weeks, one wedding, no falling in love… Will the neurosurgeon and the anesthesiologist be able to stick to their rules and keep their sizzling attraction at bay? Rules of their Fake Florida Fling is available now, and you can read a short excerpt below!

“YOU REALIZE THREE other surgeons have turned this case away?”

“They weren’t me.” Dr. Asher Parks shrugged as he looked at the head of the surgery department, Dr. Levern. Asher wasn’t bragging—not really. Just being honest.

He was the best neurosurgeon at Mercy General. The best in Orlando, Florida…one of the best in the nation. He knew his skill set.

He’d chosen neurosurgery because it was complicated. In the academic world nearly everything had come easily…again not a brag, just a fact. Neurosurgery offered a challenge so many other things didn’t. And Asher loved a challenge.

This surgery was difficult…some had said impossible. An operation most neurosurgeons wouldn’t touch, and this was a competitive field. But it was a challenge Asher could meet; he was certain of it.

“A tumor in the spinal cavity. Definition of unlucky.” Dr. Levern flipped through the images on the tablet, clicking his tongue at the results.

Asher felt his nose scrunch and intentionally leaned back. It was unlucky. Statistically, nearly impossible. He understood this line of work required at least some compartmentalization of emotions. Dr. Levern didn’t mean anything by the throwaway comment, but there was a person on the other end of that “unlucky.”

Jason Mendez. Twenty, barely more than a teenager, with a full life in front of him. He should be worrying about college, or starting a career, or dating. There were so many things one looked forward to at twenty, before adult realities sneaked in. A tumor had ripped that “normal” away.

Unlucky indeed.

“It’s grown by three centimeters in the last six months.” Asher rocked back on his heels, trying to keep the frustration at bay. A tumor in the spinal cavity was dangerous. The surgery would take at least six hours, assuming everything went well. Three other surgeons had looked at the location of the tumor and told the patient to prepare for the end.

But Asher wasn’t ready to concede to the fates. Jason knew the risks, knew that a single slip could paralyze him. Knew that if the tumor had any attachments not currently seen on the images, removing it completely might not be possible. Since it was cancerous, that would buy him time, but not forever.

Jason understood he might not make it through the surgery. That was always a risk, but, when dealing with neurosurgery, the risks were even higher. Still, as Jason had told him, he was already under a death sentence. May as well give it a go.

And Dr. Asher Parks was more than willing to give it a go. In fact he planned to do this flawlessly. Perfection!

Dr. Levern clicked his tongue again. It was a tell every surgeon in the hospital knew. It meant the head of surgery was leaning toward yes and trying to convince himself it was the right choice.

“Think of the prestige the hospital will get for doing this.” Asher kept his voice upbeat even though the words tasted like dirt. He hated it that hospitals took prestige into their calculation matrix for high-risk cases. He may have chosen medicine because it was a challenge, but saving lives was supposed to be the purpose.

And it was for most doctors. But hospital administration was a different beast. All spreadsheets, profit margins and dividends. Unfortunately that was the beast Dr. Levern had to answer to.

“You’ll write a paper? Answer any questions, if they’re asked? Interviews, if necessary.”

“Of course.” Asher could see the mental calculations of at least a hospital-organized local press release and a medical journal publication coalescing into the affirmative. It shouldn’t matter, but that wasn’t the way life worked. And for his patients, he’d do anything.

“And you’ll have to have the best team for this. They’ll need to sign off on participating.” He tapped a pen against his desk. “It’s high risk and…”

“Understood.” Asher wanted to pump his fist, but he kept his pose professional. This was going to be approved. Jason would get the surgery, and Asher would wield the scalpel. If anyone balked, well, most of the hospital owed him at least one favor for stepping out on a limb for them.

“That includes Dr. Miller.” Dr. Levern handed him back the tablet.

“Of course.” This reply was more subdued, but Asher kept the smile on his face. “Dr. Miller and I get along fine.” That was a bit of a stretch, but Dr. Levern didn’t push him on it.

Leaving Dr. Levern’s office, Asher went in search of Rory Miller. Better to talk to her before word trickled out. He might need a bit of time to get her on his side.

He and Rory tolerated each other. They worked well together, but their personalities were diametrically opposed. He was a jokester, had to find some way to expel the stress, while she was commonly called the Rock of Mercy. She was great at her job, cared about her patients. Listened.

And the woman never flinched, never worried in surgery, never showed any emotion.

Unless it was annoyance with Dr. Parks! They’d lived next to each other for almost five years, worked together for six, and yet he wasn’t sure he’d ever seen the woman smile.

Not that he hadn’t tried. It was his secret personal project. Six years with no success, every attempt expertly rebuffed. All work and no play for the Rock. But Asher was persistent. One day he’d find the crack…

He’d met the anesthesiologist at the new-employee orientation. Sitting next to the fiery redhead with piercing green eyes should have been the highlight of his morning. Their safety presentation had been drier than dry. The monotone of the instructor made most of the assembled employees yawn.

He’d leaned over and made some joke…something lost to the fog of time now. And Rory had looked horrified; that he hadn’t forgotten. Her jade eyes flashing as she shook her head. The drop of his stomach as the beautiful doctor judged him…and found him lacking.

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Plotting and Planning

One of my favorite things about starting a new year is starting a new planner. Yes, I’m one of those people. My life revolves around a colorful calendar where I keep my work and writing schedule along with all my social events. As soon as I received my new planner this year, I started scheduling out all the things I have planned for the year. At the same time that I was organizing my planner, I was also plotting my next book that will come out next December. It was at this time that I realized my whole life was made up of three acts, just like my books.

I start off Act I excited about the possibilities of a new year and quickly head into Act II. This year my second act will be filled with welcoming a new grandbaby in the Spring and a new daughter-in-law in the fall. Of course, there will be wonderful vacations to look forward to, but there will also be ups and downs throughout the year with my work and my family life warring with each other. There will be heartache and failures, but there will also be joy and successes. And then, when I’m totally exhausted by the day-to-day trials, the holidays arrive and ushers in my Act III, when, surrounded by family, I’m reminded that all the work and struggles have been worth it. After everything life has thrown at me during the year, I survived and got my own happily ever after. The end, until the next new year when it starts all over again.

So now, as I sit here and color code my planner, I look forward to all the things life has in store for me this next year, which includes the release of three medical romances. The first one, Pregnant with the Secret Prince’s Babies, is out this month. A dedicated flight nurse expecting twins and a handsome doctor with a royal secret was a lot of fun to write and I think it will be a lot of fun to read.

Until next time, best wishes and happy reading,

Deanne Anders

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January New Releases!

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s 2023.

And to start the new year off right, we have a bunch of new releases for you.

Congrats to Juliette Hyland on her 10th book and Traci Douglass on her 15th!

The Vet, the Pup and the Paramedic by Tina Beckett

Is home a place…

or a person?

Vet Jessie Swinton wants one thing: to forget her ex the minute that she arrives in her new home, Santa Medina. But whilst the small town is the perfect place to start over, it’s not the Sierra Nevada mountains that Jessie finds solace in—it’s paramedic Cabe McBride and his adorable pup! He understands her fear of heartbreak better than anybody else. So why does Cabe also tempt Jessie to give love a second chance?

The GP’s Royal Secret by Traci Douglass

Reunited in the Mediterranean…

Bound by her revelation…

Taking a locum position aboard a luxury yacht, GP Cate is stunned to come face-to-face with her ex, Prince Davian. She now has the chance to tell him her biggest secret—she had his child! When they were medical residents, Davian kept his identity hidden and, duty-bound, left without saying goodbye. As they set sail, old flames reignite and their passion takes over…but can they cope with the pressures of their new royal reality?

Single Mom’s New Year Wish by Sue MacKay

Swept off her feet…

…and into his arms!

Single mom Claire will do anything for her daughter. But when her Christmas wish is the one thing Claire can’t give—a cuddle from the daddy she’s never known—Claire’s devastated. Until a new colleague, nurse Nicolas, goes above and beyond to make this their best festive season ever. After his divorce, Nicolas doesn’t believe in happy-ever-after, yet his connection with Claire is unexpected—and undeniable! This New Year, can he make all their wishes come true?

Rules of Their Fake Florida Fling by Juliette Hyland

Rules can be broken…

Can hearts be mended?

Hotshot neurosurgeon Asher needs cool, controlled anesthesiologist Rory on his team. The only problem? While Rory can’t deny his skill, she finds his carefree attitude infuriating. So when Asher learns Rory is a bridesmaid for her sister—whose groom is her ex-fiancé!—Asher proposes a pretend fling in return for her expertise. The terms are simple: six weeks, one wedding, no falling in love. Easier said than done when their attraction becomes anything but fake…

Pregnant with the Secret Prince’s Babies by Deanne Anders

A twin surprise…

A royal shock!

There is no doubt about it—Nurse Summer Nelson is pregnant with twins! The pile of positive pregnancy tests is proof of that. But whilst Summer is prepared for how two children will change her life, she isn’t prepared for Dr. Alex Leonelli’s reaction. Summer thought their relationship was unshakable until Alex’s revelation shakes her world beyond compare…because it turns out Alex is a prince, and their babies will be his royal heirs!

Miracle Twins for the Midwife by Louisa Heaton

New job, new year…

…new babies!

Midwife Natalie arrives in New York determined to focus on her new job, a fresh beginning. She may never have her own children, but her life will be full of babies. Yet, a New Year’s kiss leads to a spontaneous night that changes everything. Because the stranger she felt instantly connected to turns out to be her colleague, closed off Dr. Henry. And shockingly, she has to tell him she’s pregnant—with their miracle twins!

Happy Reading!

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Wrapping Up (and more!)

It’s the end of 2022 already.

Where did the time go? Part of me thinks I just blinked, and the year is gone. Another part of me, though, is glad it’s over, not gonna lie. There have been some good times for me in 2022, and some really not so good.

On the good side:

  1. I released 4 books with the Medicals line this year (including my latest, THE GP’S ROYAL SECRET, which releases on 12/27). That’s a first for me, four books in twelve months, and wow. That’s a lotta words… 🤓📚✍️

2. I started a secret pen name to publish queer romance, mainly MM and Ace/Demi stuff. So far, I’ve got 6 novellas and 3 holiday novels out under that name with more to come in 2023. I’ll share the website here if you wanna check that out: http://www.tsankney.com 🏳️‍🌈

3. I started a new job as an editor for Level 4 Press in California, and I’m loving the work. ❤️

On the bad side:

  1. At the end of March 2022, I lost my job unexpectedly. This led to about three months of scariness as I scrambled to find new work. In the end, it all came together well and I’m in a good place again, but man. That was hard. 😵‍💫🫠
  2. I got COVID. Ugh. Zero stars. Do not recommend. 🤒
  3. During my stress-filled months of job searching I somehow hurt my hip. Don’t ask me how because to this day I don’t know. Don’t remember any injuries or anything. Just went to bed one night and woke up the next morning with shooting pains in my leg. Now, I used to dance professionally when I was younger, so arthritis was an inevitability, but for it to happen so fast… Anyway, I’m still working on that, but one of my goals in 2023 is to lose some weight, get back in shape, and get my mobility back again!🏃‍♀️

So, yeah. 2022. Like I said, some good, some bad, but I’m ready to move on already. LOL!

Now, I mentioned above that I have a new release at the end of this month (12/27). THE GP’S ROYAL SECRET was written smack in the middle of my frantic-job-search haze, so it’s basically pure fluff. I needed low-angst then and loaded the book up with all sorts of fairytale warm-fuzzies because of my craving for escape. It’s got luxury yachts, fabulous locations, beautiful scenery, a secret prince, a strong single mom, and lots of sizzling chemistry. Think Below Decks Mediterranean (BravoTV) meets Princess Diaries with some ER thrown in for fun, and you have this book. If that sounds like your cup of tea, then please check it out at the link below after this fun little excerpt:

“Classic latex allergy. They often developed after repeated exposures and in some cases could become life-threatening, as appeared to be the case here. You never knew when someone might have a bad reaction, which was why Cate never used latex gloves in her practice. But she’d never lost a patient before and wasn’t about to start now.


She focused on the patient again, as she dug into her bag for the EpiPen she always kept stashed there for emergencies. A quick dose of epinephrine into an anaphylactic patient helped them recover much faster. “Someone please call 112 and have an ambulance ready to take this crew member to the hospital in Gibraltar. And does anyone else here have basic medical training to assist me?”


“I do,” a man said, the voice deep and oddly familiar. “I’m a doctor as well.”


He weaved through the crowd on the bridge and knelt opposite Cate. She hazarded a glance up at the new arrival and…


Oh, God! No. It couldn’t be.


And yet, it was. The man who’d disappeared from her life five years ago. ”

In the latest Harlequin Medical Romance by Traci Douglass, a GP is unexpectedly reunited with her prince and the father of her child…but will their reunion in the Mediterranean be able to overcome the pressures of parenthood and royal life?

Reunited in the Mediterranean…

Bound by her revelation…

Taking a locum position aboard a luxury yacht, GP Cate is stunned to come face-to-face with her ex, Prince Davian. She now has the chance to tell him her biggest secret—she had his child! When they were medical residents, Davian kept his identity hidden and, duty-bound, left without saying goodbye. As they set sail, old flames reignite and their passion takes over…but can they cope with the pressures of their new royal reality?

Also, there will be an exclusive online short read connected to this story on the Harlequin website this month (12/21) that’s a prequel scene to THE GP’S ROYAL SECRET, called THE SECRET PRINCE’S CHRISTMAS WISH, if you’d like to check that out as well! 👑

Until next time, Happy Merry Bright and Sparkly, and I’ll see you in 2023! 🎅🎄⛄️❄️🎁

P.S. A QUICK SCHEDULING NOTE:

The LOVE IS THE BEST MEDICINE blog will be taking a two-week break after today for the Christmas and New Years holidays. We’ll be back in January 2023!

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That’s Life!

That’s life, (That’s life)

That’s what all the people say

You’re riding high in April, shot down in May

                        That’s Life, by Frank Sinatra

In this particular case, Ol’ Blue Eyes knew what he was talking about. For me, it’s been one of those years where it felt as though whenever I turned around there was another event, or another fire to put out. I’m flat-out exhausted, and Christmas hasn’t even come yet. All I’m asking Santa for is a nice, quiet (dare I say boring??) 2023. In fact, if he could give me an early gift and make the rest of this year without any drama or health issues, I’d be eternally grateful, please and thank you.

Mind you, it wasn’t all bad. I had three Harlequin/Mills & Boon releases in 2022, which is about usual for me. Considering a couple of them were written while I was suffering from the worse bout of insomnia I’ve ever had—which lasted for nine months!—I’ll consider that a win. I’ve also enjoyed seeing the foreign translations I’ve received. It’s always fun to try and figure out what language they are, and sometimes even which story it is. A number of times I’ve had to stop and think, “Which character/book is this?”

The other rather surreal experience was to realize I’d published my 15th book with Harlequin/Mills & Boon. Where have the years gone, and when did I do all that? Sometimes I feel as though I’m living someone else’s dream, and I’m going to wake up and find myself holding another rejection letter! It’s been four wonderful years, and I want to give a quick shout-out and huge thank you to my editor, Nic Caws. I appreciate her more than she will ever know.

And I’ve really loved some of the feedback I’ve gotten from readers. I rarely look at reviews, but I’ve been tagged on some lovely ones, and had readers reach out specifically to tell me how much they’ve like certain books, and why. Folks, if you really enjoy an author’s work, and feel shy about telling them, please don’t! In our profession, which is often a solitary one, we sometimes get the sensation we’re screaming our stories into a void, without knowing if anyone’s seeing them. On top of that, often it’s the folks who’ve discovered we’re not their cup of tea who actually go out of their way to tell us how much they don’t like our work, so if you like a book, do review it, or tell the author.

Things like that really make our day!

So, that was my year-to-date in review. I have so much to look forward to next year, and I’m trying in a variety of ways to be better organized so that, as long as I’m healthy, I won’t feel as frazzled as I did through most of this year.

Thank you all for being along with us on our journeys as we write our books, and here’s wishing you a very safe and happy end to 2022. May all your dreams come true in 2023.

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From Christmas Past

www.SusanCarlisle.com

My grandmother saved everything. Some of the things she kept included Christmas cards from the 1930s. I have over 300 of them. They are little pieces of art. During this season I thought I’d share some of them with you.

If you owned these, what would you do with them? Keep them? Throw them out? Use them how? Make a coffee table book? Give them as gifts?

New Releases

December New Releases!

Can you believe that it’s December?? 2022 is almost over. It’s kind of surreal. That year went by super fast. In December there’s an awesome tradition December 24th to celebrate  Jólabókaflóðið or Christmas Eve Book Flood. How fun does that sound?

So I have a bunch of books that you curl up with to have your own little book flood (including mine this month!)…also essential is chocolate! Yum!

A huge congratulations to our milestone authors Rachel Dove with her 5th book and Ann McIntosh with her 15th! Congratulations!

Snowed In with the Surgeon by Scarlet Wilson

Stranded for Christmas…

Will he capture her heart?

Dr. Paige is a straight-talking, sassy Scot who desperately needs a break from the demands of a big city hospital. But when she’s thrown into a major incident and subsequently snowbound with sexy, adrenaline-fueled surgeon Stefan, any possibility of getting her head straight is swept away. Paige can’t deny the sizzling hot chemistry as they work together, but what will happen when the snow melts and they have to face their demons back in the real world?

Single Mom’s Mistletoe Kiss by Rachel Dove

In the last of the Carey Cove Midwives stories, an arrival of a new midwife could be the missing piece in Marnie’s family. Find out what happens in the latest Harlequin Medical Romance by Rachel Dove. 

Will the newest arrival…

complete her miracle family?

When midwife Marnie held her baby for the first time, she knew that a lifetime of Christmas wishes had been granted. But that doesn’t make being a single parent any easier. So, new midwife Ash’s support is invaluable—and his kiss is unexpectedly magical! But, as they count down to Christmas together, Marnie realizes that she has one more wish to make: for Ash to stay.

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

Carey Cove Midwives

 Book 1: Christmas with the Single Dad Doc by Annie O’Neil
Book 2: Festive Fling to Forever by Karin Baine
Book 3: Christmas Miracle on Their Doorstep by Ann McIntosh
Book 4: Single Mom’s Mistletoe Kiss by Rachel Dove

Saving Christmas for the ER Doc by Kate Hardy

The greatest gift…

…a fresh start!

With her children grown up, Dr. Rachel is putting her old life—and cheating ex-husband—behind her, starting with a new job in the ER. Christmas is Rachel’s favorite season, unlike her boss, Dr. Tim, who dreads it after the loss of his wife. But in helping him to rediscover the joy of Christmas, their connection becomes closer than either ever intended. Could this most festive season bring them a whole new chance at happiness together? 

Resisting the Single Dad Next Door by Louisa George

New doc in town?

Irresistible!

Carly lost her husband years ago and it’s finally time to move on from the beautiful island they called home. Until she meets new neighbour, GP Owen and his adorable son. Carly hasn’t felt sparks like this in a long time, but Owen’s still reeling from his ex-wife’s abandonment. Since neither can commit to anything long-term, she must resist their undeniable attraction—but that’s easier said than done after he kisses her under the stars!

Paramedic’s One-Night Baby Bombshell by Amy Ruttan

Can an unexpected baby…

   …heal two broken hearts?

Widow Dr. Jo York seizes the chance to escape to a small island town. That’s adventurous enough, but her uncharacteristic one-night stand with gorgeous paramedic Henrik exceeds expectations! And so do the consequences… Jo has always dreamed of being a mother, but never thought she’d have children. If discovering she’s pregnant rocks her well-ordered world, what will it do to guarded, no-strings Henrik when she tells him, I’m pregnant. And the baby’s yours…?

Christmas Miracle on Their Doorstep by Ann McIntosh

An unexpected delivery…
…will change their lives forever!

Discovering a baby girl left on the doorstep of Carey House immediately ignites Dr. Theo Turner’s and midwife Nya Ademi’s protective instincts! But caring for this precious infant together has Nya suddenly seeing her old friend in a different light. Are they prepared to put their bruised hearts—and years of friendship—on the line to claim the second chance they both so deserve?

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

Carey Cove Midwives

 Book 1: Christmas with the Single Dad Doc by Annie O’Neil
Book 2: Festive Fling to Forever by Karin Baine
Book 3: Christmas Miracle on Their Doorstep by Ann McIntosh
Book 4: Single Mom’s Mistletoe Kiss by Rachel Dove

So do you think you’ll try out the Icelandic Book Flood? I am! Have a safe rest of 2022.

Happy Reading!

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A Love Letter…for a friend.

I was going to do a blog about something else.

I can’t really remember now, because I got word that a dear author friend of mine was moving to hospice. She was tired of fighting her cancer and she’s being surrounded by family and friends.

I knew it was coming, but you’re never really ready to lose a friend. Especially to the vile cancer.

So I thought I would do this blog post to talk a bit about her.

Back in 2007 I sold my first ever book to Ellora’s Cave. I was thrilled and that’s when I met Desiree Holt. She was in her 70’s and a romance writer. She was also sweet as punch and super prolific. She was helpful and kind to every one she met, but she didn’t pull any punches. She’d tell it like it was.

I remember a workshop we were in together. Her son Steven was accompanying her, she had to read a section of her book and he went beet red and fled from the room…he didn’t live that down. We had a good time ribbing Steven. 😉

Every time we would meet I always got a big smile and a HUGE hug.

My first publisher shut down, but we still kept in touch and still ran in the same circles. When she was offered a chance to create a Kindle World for her OMEGA Team, I wrote a book for it. Biochemical Reaction. It went really well and Desiree emailed me to tell me she read it personally.

That meant the world to me. You have know idea.

At Romancing the Capital Conference that year she gushed about my story in her world. She was launching a new world known as Phoenix Agency.

After that whirlwind conference I went up to the Northwest Territories to visit my brother in Fort Smith. I randomly got cell service on a hike in the middle of the woods. It was Desiree. She was calling me to personally invite me to write for her Phoenix Agency books.

After we discussed the world and that she would send me information, she asked where I was, because it sounded like I was outside. I told her I was in the Northwest Territories, on a hike in Wood Buffalo National Park. She was so excited, she had always wanted to go there.

I warned her if a bear was going to come, I was throwing my phone at it and running.

She laughed.

It was then my book Arctic Flames and then the proceeding books were born. On that hill, over the Rapids of the Drowned in Fort Smith was born.

Every where she went, she spread lightness and love. When one of my besties came to a book signing, I was meeting her for drinks and my friend went silent. So I introduced them both.

My friend said “I know who that is,” in a quiet voice. Desiree welcomed her with open arms, like she did with everyone.

And every time I saw her I told her I wanted to “grow up” to be like her. I still do.

My sweet friend, as you make this final journey, I wish you nothing but love and light. I will never forget you and neither will your readers.

Love you Desiree.

Amy.

Desiree’s last book release yesterday and I’m dropping the link here.

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‘Tis The Season To Be Romantic!

Some of you may have already met me – as the overly excitable new Harlequin employee – but if you haven’t, I’m Soraya. The new associate editor to the sensational, vibrant team full of romance enthusiasts! I have quiet the hectic publishing history, so just hold on with me! Before joining this amazing team, I was at a literary agency working with some brilliant fiction and non-fiction authors, before that I was a literary scout. 

For those not familiar with scouting, it is this incredible space that sits between publishers and agents, you read – very quickly – through all the manuscripts that are either on submission, or have been bought by a publisher, to report back to foreign publishing houses. This way, our reports can help a publisher decide whether the current ‘hot book’ in publishing, is something they’re looking for in their country, and whether it has any appeal in the foreign market. It also helps if you love publishing gossip in this role! 

Before that I worked as an editorial assistant for a children’s publisher, learning all about the trade and working on middle-grade and YA fiction! All these brilliant jobs have made me the editor I am today and give me the sort of insight and understanding of making a book that I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. 

We all love Christmas – at least I hope we all do! – but I’m a specific brand of Christmas crazy. Even though I’m Muslim, I love getting into the Christmas vibe because it’s a feeling of togetherness and joy. Putting the tree up in November, putting on Christmas playlists at the first sign of cold weather and, of course, reading Christmas themed romance. 

We’re all here because of romance after all; that sensation of excitement, nervousness, and a slither of fear it elicits before the characters take the plunge is almost like a drug. In this case, we’ll call it that sweet, sweet serotonin rush! So, here’s my list of Harlequin Medical Romances that really get me into the Christmas mood! Enjoy a classic grumpy grinch/sunshine romance in Traci Douglass’ A Mistletoe Kiss In Manhattan, read about these two hurt doctors finding the joy and love in Christmas again – and each other – in Saving Christmas For The ER Doc by Kate Hardy, and if you love forced proximity, enemies to lovers romances give Snowbound With Her Off-Limits GP by Annie Claydon a go!

  

And those are my recommendations, with many more amazing books to come, Harlequin Medical Romance has an amazing line for all you readers in the next coming months. Keep your eyes peeled, you won’t want to miss it! 

If you have any suggestions for me, leave it in the comments! I always love a recommendation! 

Soraya x