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From Maternity Leave to Medical Romance!

Happy New Year!

Now that the last of the mince pies have been eaten and the rogue Christmas decorations have been tucked away, it’s time for most of us to return to something resembling routine. For Harlequin Mills & Boon editors Vic Britton and Carly Byrne this means embarking on a whole new normal as they return from maternity leave and swap babies for billionaires!

A few weeks ago I was knee-deep in nappies, baby food and squeaking animals… now I’m neck-deep in heroes, heroines and glamorous locations… how life has changed! As a commissioning editor for the Harlequin UK series team I love nothing more than getting lost in romance. It’s an extreme contrast from where I’ve been ‘lost’ for the past 10 months – on maternity leave with my first little bundle of noise, snot and sticky hands, otherwise known as Henry.

Being my first baby I’ve certainly gone through the rollercoaster of emotions I’m sure all new mums go through, from the moment he was born and life changed forever to the moment I went back to work and life changed yet again! I’ve been back at work now for a mere week and so I’m still riding that rollercoaster, I know I will be for some time, BUT I am so glad to be back! I’m finally Vic again (as opposed to ‘Henry’s mum – proud as I am to be that, of course) and I’m finding that I have a renewed love for and dedication to all things romance.

I have been an editor for 12 years, but during the past 10 months Henry has taught me to be more patient, more caring and more open in all aspects of my life and I can’t wait to bring this new perspective to my editing.

For 4 days of the week it will be hurdles, hooks and happy ever afters, leaving the other 3 for the joy of teething, toddling and tantrums… bring it on!

Vic x

 I’ve returned from mat leave for the second time around, after the birth of my second daughter Isabelle, and I can honestly say (even though it’s a cliché) that the hot cups of tea and uninterrupted adult conversations never get old! I’m much more appreciative of these little luxuries now I’m a mum.

I love having two completely different worlds to inhabit – from wiping faces and trips to the park at home to travelling the world with a gorgeous hero at work (not literally, sadly), but in both worlds, I’ve found a biscuit or treat works well as an incentive!

Reading stories about pregnancy and babies strike a new chord with me – and often cause floods of (usually happy) tears – an occupational hazard when reading Medical Romance. And I’m even more partial to a cover with a cute baby on the front 🙂 

I’m very lucky to work in such a supportive team and in a job that allows me to escape into whatever world I’m reading about. And at the end of the day I get to read bedtime stories to my girls and remember that whether its nursery rhymes now or romance when they’re older – books bring so much comfort and joy!

Carly

If you have any questions for Vic or Carly, about toddlers or tycoons(!), please leave them in the comments below.

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Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I can still say Happy New Year, even though January is nearly half over, can’t I? 🙂

It’s been both good and bad for me so far. Had a crazy busy but very nice Christmas, with all three of my young adult kids spending the night here Christmas eve, which I loved. The tree went up very late – barely a week before Christmas, but it got done! Our favorite uncle that we visit in San Diego stayed here for a week, and when youngest came home from college, we got the tree. It stood naked for days, but finally got dressed for Christmas.

 

 

Then we had a DDD New Year’s Eve party – Dance, Drinks, and Dessert! 🙂 My hubby was quite excited about this, working on his dance playlist for a long time. Then he put our disco ball in the ceiling, which definitely added to the party atmosphere (can you tell he’s serious about parties?)  The young adults showed up, too – my daughter and her fiancé, two of his friends, and my nieces, which definitely added energy and fun! Our neighbors won a gigantic bottle of champagne which they brought, and that added to the fun as well 😉

 

 

So, on to 2018! We put our world back to normal and I finished the revision work I always do on a printed-out copy, ready to apply it to the computer manuscript. Which takes quite a bit of time, since some of my notes say things like ‘Better’ or ‘More’ 😉  Then what happens? I slipped and fell on our driveway, and broke my wrist. AARRGH! It happened last Monday, and is miserably handicapping, not to mention painful. But I’m lucky that it doesn’t appear to need surgery unless the bones shift, so keeping fingers crossed about that! It’s making finishing the revision extremely difficult, but my lovely editor has said to take whatever time I need, which I appreciate.

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Lastly, you might have seen that Mills & Boon has redesigned their book covers,  point of sale design, and promotional items for 2018! Here are a few of the covers, and the cover for my May release – what do you think?

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How has your 2018 been so far? Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year 🙂

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January Releases

Six new releases to get the New Year off to a great start!  We have a King, a Prince and a Duke – as well as Army Docs and two stories from The Sinclair Hospital.  Enjoy!

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Pregnant with his Royal Twins, by Louisa Heaton

New year, twin babies!

Midwife Freya MacFadden has stuck to night shifts since she was injured in an acid attack. But a hospital costume ball offers her the chance to hide her scars, and, lost in the moment, she seizes a passionate encounter with a handsome stranger. Leaving her pregnant…with his twins!

Desert prince Jameel Al Bakhari fought hard for his medical career, far from his kingdom of Majidar. And he’ll fight for kind and courageous Freya and their babies, too! But first Jamie must show her how beautiful she really is!

 
lgcover.9781488079467.jpgThe Surgeon King’s Secret Baby, by Amy Ruttan

A family by New Year’s Eve?

Reagan Cote left war-torn Hermosa thinking the gorgeous surgeon she’d shared a brief affair with was lost on the front line. So she clung to the child she was carrying.

While Kainan Laskaris’s voice is damaged, he’s alive. And when he finds Reagan in Toronto and discovers he’s dad to their sick baby boy, he asks her to marry him. Now he’s king of Hermosa, he needs a queen and heir, but before she’ll accept, Kainan must prove that marrying Reagan means more than claiming his kingdom.

 

lgcover.9781488079474.jpgForbidden Night with the Duke, by Annie Claydon 

One stolen kiss…

Nurse Megan Wheeler won’t let that passionate kiss, or the way she feels about Jaye Perera, ruin her dream job. Yes, he may be a duke, a doctor and devastatingly handsome but he’s also her future boss, and that’s a boundary she won’t—can’t—cross!

But working side by side under the Sri Lankan sun is a delicious torture. One that reveals to Megan a different side of guarded Jaye… After the hurts they’ve both experienced, can they learn to trust in love again?

 

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Tempted by Dr. Off-Limits, by Charlotte Hawkes

One night is never enough…

For trauma doc Major Elle Caplin, spending one night in Lieutenant Colonel Fitzwilliam’s arms is out of character but oh so good! It’s meant to be a one-off, until Fitz shows up on her army base!

Fitz doesn’t do long-term—he knows he’s bad news to anyone he cares about—and learning that he’ll be working with capable flame-haired Elle puts her in the strictly off-limits category. But with the memory of their hot, life-changing encounter keeping him awake, suddenly Fitz is tempted to break his one-night rule!

 

lgcover.9781488079498.jpgReunited with her Army Doc, by Dianne Drake

Can he trust her with his heart?

Army doc Caleb Carsten will do anything for his gifted son—even if it means returning to his hometown of Marrell and working for Leanne Sinclair, the childhood crush who once broke his heart.

Leanne is thrilled to meet Caleb again. But why can’t she remember more about their past, and what she did to hurt him so badly? And if Leanne can’t show Caleb she’s changed, will he ever trust her with his heart?

 

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Healing her Boss’s Heart, by Dianne Drake

Daring to love again…

When handsome surgeon Jack Hanson returns home, he’s not looking for love. His guilt over his wife’s death means he’s never going to risk his heart again! But feisty new employee Carrie Kellem can’t help but intrigue him…

Carrie’s tough childhood has made her independent; she doesn’t need anyone! Until she meets Jack… And suddenly Carrie wishes she wasn’t alone. Can she help Jack to let go of the past and see that he has a future with her?

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And We’re Back! by Fiona Lowe

Happy New Year! Going by the world’s weather reports, you are either sweltering in a heat wave of epic proportions or freezing with an artic blast that is dumping you in  metres of snow and withering conditions. Welcome to 2018!

IMG_0316In Australia, it’s summer and after all the Christmas food frenzy, I am back exercising and alternating between swimming and running. I’m working summer hours, 9-3pm while the rest of the household is on holidays. Put it this way, I will shoot anyone who tries to take my noise cancelling headphones off me. After work, I’m catching up on movies, reading, entertaining and playing board games. The two new games are Settlers of Catan and Sequence. Next week, we’re off on our annual camping beach holiday where I plan to eat, sleep, walk, swim, sail, surf and cycle. Oh, and read. Lots and LOTS of reading.

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BOOKS!   My next medical romance isn’t out until May but never fear, I have other books available. I’m very excited to say that Daughter of Mine, my Australian-set family saga is now out in a second printing and this time in mass market paperback.  The Book Depository, with it’s free postage is stocking it. Squee!  So no matter where you live in the world, you can buy it and it will be shipped to you 🙂

Daughter of Mine is a novel about family, secrets and lies and how you can live in a family and never really know your relatives. It’s about mother-daughter relationships and sisters. Australian Country Magazine says, ‘A sweeping Australian novel of lost love and tangled family secrets…’ and the Weekly Times says,This is a readable and thoughtful book. It has winner written all over it.’ Read the first three chapters here.

KGEF0782Birthright, my next big novel is about family and this time it’s also about money. ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a relative’, is a popular saying and scratch the Jamieson family just a little and you’ll uncover secrets,  betrayal and revenge. It’s out on Feb 19th but it’s up for pre-order. 🙂

If you live outside of Australia or New Zealand, then The Book Depository is your only option. For the ANZACS, preorder it from your fave book store, either physical or online. You can read the first two chapters here.

So my January is some work and some relaxation. What do you have planned?

Fiona xxx

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Happy Christmas! We’re taking a break, but we’ll be back in the New Year.

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This year, we’ve decided to take a break from blogging for Christmas and the New Year.  But don’t go anywhere – we’ll be back on the 8th January, refreshed and ready to plunge into our blogging programme for 2018!  We have some great blogs and features lined up for you already.

But before we go, we have a few thank-you’s.  We’d like to thank our regular bloggers, for everything they do to keep this blog a busy and vibrant place for us to meet.  A huge thank you too, to all of our lovely guests, who have joined us during the year.

Most of all, thank YOU.  Our readers.  Our stats, and the responses to our surveys and quizzes, show us that many people come here to read our blogs, and we’d like to thank each and every one of you.  You’re the reason we’re here 🙂  A special mention goes to Helen and Laurie, who have supported us so unstintingly with their comments on the blog this year.

All that remains is to wish everyone a joyful and very Happy Christmas.  We hope you’ll join us again in the New Year!

 

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Happy Christmas from New Zealand

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So the tree is up, the presents are wrapped and the food is ordered. So far, thanks to El Nino, the weather has played ball and we’re all set for a hot Christmas down under (even if the angel at the top has ‘boobs’ made out of baubles…that’s what becomes of having two young adult males in the house ;-)).

It’s been a hectic year for us all in the George household (and a challenging one too, so I’ll be glad to tick over into a fresh new year to be honest!). I’m looking forward to a week of relaxation and food, and good times with family and friends. I wish the same for you.

In an ideal world I’d like to follow the Icelandic tradition of giving a book to relatives on Christmas Eve and settling down to read in peace and quiet, but I know we’ll be sitting down in front of the TV instead and watching Love Actually, because that’s what we do at our house. I think I know the whole script word for word!

But, in case you follow that book-giving tradition or are looking for some festive inspiration, with newborn babies to boot, then look no further than the duet Sue MacKay and I wrote under the series banner ‘The Ultimate Christmas Gift’... about two best friends whose friendship is tightened further by the gift of surrogacy.

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‘The Nurse’s Special Delivery’ by Louisa George

A baby for Christmas…and a father too?

When nurse Abbie Cook meets gorgeous Scottish paramedic Callum Baird, there’s an instant attraction. But the timing couldn’t be more wrong…

Abbie’s best friend Emma is about to give birth to a longed-for surrogate baby for her. While Callum has responsibilities at home that mean he can’t commit to Abbie.

As Christmas approaches, Callum and Abbie cannot deny the passion between them. But will the sudden arrival of baby Gracie give them the miracle they long for?

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‘Her New Year Baby Surprise’ by Sue MacKay

A new baby of her own?

Nurse Emma Hayes was happy being a surrogate to give her best friend, Abbie, her baby. She has her own daughter, Rosie, and everything she needs. Until handsome ER doc Nixon Wright gets under her skin!

Having lost his family young, Nixon is wary of falling in love. But there’s something about Emma… Soon he’s fallen under her spell, with very unexpected consequences!

Nevertheless, Emma faces the New Year full of hope for the future. But will the new baby they’ve created together be enough to melt Nixon’s frozen heart?

Available at all good bookshops!

Happy Christmas and all the very best wishes for 2018! xxx

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The Most Serious Christmas Question in Existence by Amy Andrews

A bit of fun this week leading into Christmas…

I know its a first world issue but we have this debate every year in our house.

 

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I’m a big YES!!! But where do you stand? Die Hard Christmas a jingle bells yes or a when-hell-freezes- over no?