It’s the Mills & Boon Medical Romance editorial team, here! We wanted to share with you, today, how we’ve been keeping busy, and what’s been keeping sane during lockdown. So, let’s dive in!
Sheila Hodgson, Senior Editor
Well it’s been two months of Lockdown and working from home for us here in London and the Mills & Boon Medical Romance editors are well into a new routine. For me the morning starts with some relaxing stretching and a walk outside – really sets me up for the day. Then the Medical Romance editors meet up online for our daily virtual meeting – yes, we have really embraced them! It’s a place to not only discuss the many great projects we have in hand, but also just to catch up with each other and keep our spirits up. We all need that!
Right now, we are so glad to be working in the industry we are, creating fantasies, working with lovely authors and their romances, so full of love, and in our case heroes and heroines who are caring for others – and we so need those right now. And of course, some of our authors also work in the medical profession, we always knew they were amazing but right now they are super heroes working on the frontline saving lives during this pandemic and also writing romances for us all to enjoy. They are super busy and we can’t thank them enough for all they are doing, and all they are giving, in so many ways.
What’s abundantly clear in all this is that we are all in need of both escape and connection, and readers are turning to our romances more than ever knowing that they promise exactly that. So, we are busy, busy, planning and working with our authors to make sure we all keep them coming – come what may!
I know, I, like many others, have missed out on a holiday due to the pandemic, my husband and I were so looking forward to escaping to some sunshine in Florida, but for now all we can do is dream! But I am really enjoying escaping to foreign parts, and being reminded of all the wonderful places we’ve visited previously through movies, TV series and books that whisk me away. I thought it might be the last thing I wanted to be reminded of the freedom that I currently can’t have, but I’m finding it’s the opposite, they are providing a great escape, and have me planning in my mind all the wonderful things that one day we will enjoy again.
So what have I been enjoying – well revisiting old movies like Out of Africa – oh that beautiful cinematography captures a sense of romance, freedom, space and the wonderful light in Africa. It took me completely away for several hours, it felt like I was watching it with new eyes, a new experience. Rick Stein has been whisking me away to his Secret France, again, and conjuring all the fabulously varied landscapes, culture, cuisines, sights, sounds and smells of a country I love. He’s currently taking me to Mexico, which I haven’t visited before, and it’s bringing me alive and whetting my appetite for its vibrancy and colour.
A bit of a laugh is a great relief too, and the other night I found a movie from 2012 called Gambit that I hadn’t seen. What a great cast, Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci and Tom Courtenay. It’s not a romance but it is a very funny caper of an art expert (played by Colin Firth) employed to advise his mean and undermining super wealthy boss (Alan Rickman) who schemes to get his own back with the help of a bronco riding gal from the States (Cameron Diaz) and a very gentlemanly art forger (Tom Courtenay). Hilarious, just what the doctor ordered right now!
And books, well, our Medical authors are offering some fabulous stories that will whisk you away to wonderfully inspiring places as their medical heroes and heroines find romance in warm, sunny parts of the world. This month Ann McIntosh and Charlotte Hawkes will whisk you away to steamy South America with the first two stories in their Summer in Sao Paulo trilogy, Awakened by Her Brooding Brazilian and Falling for the Single Dad surgeon, to be concluded next month by Tina Beckett’s One Hot Night with Dr Cardoza. Traci Douglass and Julie Danvers will both, separately, take you off to a Pacific Island State with Hot Hawaiian Fling, this month, and From Hawaii to Forever, in June. Great romantic escapes each and every one. Hope you enjoy them – we all certainly did.
Finally, other things that are getting me through Lockdown – nice food, my husband, friends and family, cycling and the odd glass of wine (just occasionally!)
Victoria Britton, Commissioning Editor
Over the last 8 weeks of lockdown, when finding I have a few golden hours off from my editor/mummy/wife duties, I have found some smashing programmes to lose myself in… the first to be gobbled up was Season 2 of New Amsterdam. I bloody love that show! Such a fabulous, poignant mix of medical drama, romance, politics and social issues – it’s the perfect tonic for a day of juggling, well, everything! Then popped up Normal People on iPlayer. I. Mean. WOW! Such an emotional rollercoaster… I’ve never read the book, but the series was powerful for sure. Next on my list is series 4 of Working Mums… if you are one, and haven’t watched it, do! It’s hilarious and horrifyingly familiar all at the same time. Needless to say, whatever I’m watching, a G&T, a bag of ‘sharing’ crisps and a cat curled up next to me, are the perfect companions.
Hannah Rossiter, Editorial Assistant
It’s no secret, to my family and friends, that I’m a bit of a Scandophile. I love, in particular, a good Scandi-Noir. As soon as I jumped on the Borgen bandwagon there was, truly, no turning back… So, I’ve been watching, during lockdown, all the Scandi-Noir I can! I’ve just finished watching Wisting, which was excellent – it’s set in Norway, and is incredibly gripping! – and I’ve got The Truth Will Out – a popular Swedish TV series – lined up next. I’ve also been reading – and watching – The Ruby Red trilogy, by Kerstin Gier. A set of fantasy novels, about a time-travelling heroine, it’s the perfect series to escape into – think the German equivalent of The Mortal Instruments series, by Cassandra Clare! I’ve been watching the films, with the help of subtitles, but my mission, by the end of lock down, is to be able to read the series, in German… wish me luck! My once-OK German is, to say the least, a little rusty… Which is where Duolingo comes in! Its been a great way to brush up my German skills – though I think I’ll be forever rubbish at verb conjugations, and that’s OK.
That’s it, from us! But, we’d love to hear from you, Love is the Best Medicine readers – tell us what you’re loving, at the moment!
The Mills & Boon Medical Team