Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Good Times at Book Lovers Convention


One of my favorite things about being an author is meeting the readers because I’m a reader. Last week I attended the Book Lovers Convention in Houston, Texas and met some. I had a great time. The highlight of the long weekend was meeting one of our very on – the fabulous Traci Douglas. It was nice to have another medical author there. I was dressed for the Hocus Pocus dinner here with Traci. I hosted a table of lovely readers.

A couple of days before Cynthia D’Alba and I took six readers to lunch. We had a blast just talking. What was supposed to last two hours went on into the next hour. I enjoyed getting to know them all.

One of my big events was the Around the World game. The attendees had authors sign passports and get tickets. I gave out windmills. My country was the Netherlands. The windmills seemed to have been a hit.

This last picture is of a reader who brought in my second book (I’ve not seen one in forever) for me to sign. I couldn’t believe it. The book is 12 years old. I was honored my book mattered so much to her. Those are the readers who keep me writing.

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, New Releases

June New Releases

Happy June! Time does fly by.

Big congrats to Becky Wicks on her 10th book and Louisa Heaton on her 25th!

The Princess Who Stole His Heart by Julie Danvers

Her title must remain a secret! But when they give in to a night of temptation, the princess has more than one shocking surprise for the pulse-raising cardiologist… Find out what happens in the latest Harlequin Medical Romance by Julie Danvers.

From paradise fling…

to royal revelation!

When doctor Princess Danielle takes a fellowship in the Caribbean, she’s swept off her feet by a bronzed god—cardiologist Cade. But her title is a secret…and a relationship with Cade strictly forbidden! Cade has shut the door on romance, and yet his attraction to Dani is undeniable. After finally surrendering to his desire, he fears Dani might steal his locked-up heart—especially when she reveals that their passion has had a shocking royal consequence!

The Brooding Doc and the Single Mom by Louisa Heaton

In this Greenbeck Village GPs story, a single mom is shocked at her connection with the brooding GP, but will they both be able to open their hearts to love again? Find out in the latest Harlequin Medical Romance by Louisa Heaton.

Greenbeck Village GPs:
Making a new family

Widowed GP Daniel is far from eager to start dating! But when single mom Dr. Stacey joins the practice, she ignites a fire in him he’s long thought lost… Stacey is surprised at the instant connection between her son and Daniel, but her instinct is to protect her little family. She’s too guarded to fall in love again, but in a small village, they can’t keep away from each other…

Greenbeck Village GPs

 Book 1: The Brooding Doc and the Single Mom
Book 2: Second Chance for the Village Nurse

Tempted by Her Royal Best Friend by Juliette Hyland

In the latest Harlequin Medical Romance by Juliette Hyland, when the nurse reunites with her best friend, the prince, a newfound spark develops… But will they risk their rekindled friendship when it’s only just started to mend?

Reunited with her best friend—

the prince!

Trading scandal for a fresh start, nurse Hazel starts her new job and comes face-to-face with pediatrician Prince Syver. He was once her best friend…until he disappeared from her life with no goodbye… Royal duty took Syver away from Hazel, but he’s never forgotten her. Now they have a chance to rebuild their friendship—except the new red-hot longing between them is too tempting to ignore…

South African Escape to Heal Her by Beck Wicks

In the latest Harlequin Medical Romance by Becky Wicks, an escape to South Africa is a chance for the GP to heal her heart, but she doesn’t count on her brooding surgeon boss being the one to help her do it…

She isn’t looking for love…

until she meets him!

GP Kaya has dreamed of visiting South Africa, her mother’s homeland. Now, after a recent trauma, it seems the perfect escape. Kaya’s mesmerized by the landscape, but she’s even more stunned by her boss, founder of Lindiwe Health Foundation, brooding surgeon Arno Nkosi. Kaya has never believed it possible for anyone to heal her bruised heart, but maybe Arno is the exception to the rule…

Second Chance for the Village Nurse by Louisa Heaton

In the latest Greenbeck Village GPs story, what will happen when fake dates between the new nurse and her boss start to become all too real? Find out in the latest Harlequin Medical Romance by Louisa Heaton.

Greenbeck Village GPs:
Fake dating to forever?

Both cautious nurse Hannah and gorgeous GP Zach want to overcome past heartbreak. But Hannah is floored when Zach suggests they “practice” going on dates…together! His encouraging Hannah out of her comfort zone brings them closer, but when the pretend dates start to feel real, the lines become blurred… Now Zach believes Hannah might be the second chance he’s been looking for—but is she ready to admit the same?

Greenbeck Village GPs

 Book 1: The Brooding Doc and the Single Mom
Book 2: Second Chance for the Village Nurse

Fling with the Doc Next Door by Alison Roberts

Will the infuriatingly handsome doc next door be the one to convince her to stay? Find out in the latest Harlequin Medical Romance by Alison Roberts.

The only doc…
to make her stay?

After a dramatic first shift, Dr. Ella is locked out of her temporary residence. The only person to help? New neighbor and infuriating boss Dr. Logan! But as they work together, she sees the softness behind his sharp edges, and it’s impossible to ignore their simmering electricity after hours. Ella’s only passing through, and widower Logan has long since barricaded his heart… Could a fling be what they both need?

Happy Reading!

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, New Releases

May New Releases

Happy May!

It’s the day before my favourite holiday. May 4th…yes I’m a Star Wars nerd, but enough of that. We have some great new releases for you to celebrate whatever holiday you want to in May.

Congrats to Annie Claydon on her 40th Book!

The Nurse’s One-Night Baby by Tina Beckett

Celebrate International Nurses Day with the first story in the California Nurses duet by Tina Beckett. Will one night in Mexico unite them forever?

One night in Mexico… 

nine months to become a family!

When Serena Dias visited Cozumel to celebrate becoming a nurse, spending a red-hot night with sexy stranger Tobias Renfro wasn’t on her holiday itinerary. And a shocking reunion with surgeon Toby in her new San Diego–based hospital definitely wasn’t part of Serena’s plan for her first day! But there’s a final surprise for Serena: she’s expecting their baby… 

California Nurses

 Book 1: The Nurse’s One-Night Baby by Tina Beckett
Book 2: Nurse with a Billion Dollar Secret by Scarlet Wilson

Nurse with a Billion Dollar Secret by Scarlet Wilson

Celebrate International Nurses Day with the second story in the California Nurses duet by Scarlet Wilson. How will the doc take it when she finds out her handsome nurse is a billionaire?

This dedicated nurse…

is a billionaire in hiding!

Avery might belong to San Diego’s richest, most obnoxious family, but surely changing his name and working hard as a nurse proves he’s different? When sparks fly with gorgeous Dr. Robyn, Avery wants her to know the man, not the money. Yet fiery Robyn’s impoverished childhood makes her wary of privilege. Dare Avery risk their fledgling bond by revealing his true identity?

California Nurses

 Book 1: The Nurse’s One-Night Baby by Tina Beckett
Book 2: Nurse with a Billion Dollar Secret by Scarlet Wilsonread less

Flight Nurse’s Florida Fairy Tale by Deanne Anders

 Celebrate International Nurses Day and prepare to take flight to Florida, where a nurse finally finds her happy-ever-after in the latest Harlequin Medical Romance novel by Deanne Anders.

Finding happy-ever-after…
in the Florida heat!

Flight nurse Joanna has fought hard to rebuild her life after her ex-husband ripped it apart. She loves her job and the colleagues she saves lives with. But Jo’s newfound happiness is soon threatened, and she turns to her best friend, Casey, for help. Until Jo learns that playboy Casey is also trying desperately to keep his heart from being damaged again. Will they be each other’s knights in shining armor?  

Falling Again for the Surgeon by Karin Baine

Is it finally time to give in to temptation with the gorgeous surgeon she had to say goodbye to fifteen years ago? Find out what happens in Karin Baine’s latest Harlequin Medical Romance.

An unexpected reunion…
with the man she had to give up!

When her family life imploded, physiotherapist Jessie sacrificed medical school and a future with Cameron. Fifteen years later, locking eyes with the handsome-as-ever orthopedic surgeon over a patient astonishes her. As does their stronger-than-ever chemistry! Giving in to temptation would be easy…if Jessie puts herself first for once. But can she expect Cameron to do the same now that he’s a single dad?

Children’s Doc to Heal Her Heart by Annie Claydon

In the latest Harlequin Medical Romance novel by Annie Claydon, will the music therapist be able to drop her fiery exterior and let the children’s doc see the real her?  

Has this feisty therapist…

met her match?

It’s music therapist Rebekah’s first day and she’s already clashing with handsome, infuriating Dr. John, head of the children’s ward. She can’t deny she’s attracted to him, and it looks like he feels the same! But guarded John has only scratched the surface with Rebekah, because beneath her spirited exterior is someone who has never felt good enough… Can he show her that she’s perfect as she is?

A Midwife, Her Best Friend, Their Family by Rachel Dove

Celebrate International Day of the Midwife with the latest Harlequin Medical Romance novel by Rachel Dove. Surely one kiss with the midwife’s best friend won’t change anything…but what happens when that kiss leads to a surprising pregnancy?

A spontaneous kiss…

has bigger consequences!

Midwife Molly has worked with her best friend, Dr. Matt, for years. After a passionate night spent giving in to their hidden attraction, Molly realizes she’s pregnant! Becoming co-parents should be easy as friends, right? But preparing for the arrival of their baby, while ignoring their growing feelings, is easier said than done. Suddenly they have to acknowledge their true feelings and what it means for their friendship and their future…

Happy Reading!

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Summer lovin’ in South Africa

Hey readers,

It’s been a hot minute. And by that I actually mean it’s been quite cold here in The Netherlands throughout the endless wintry gloom, but writing my latest novel SOUTH AFRICAN ESCAPE TO HEAL HER kept me all snuggly inside!

south african escape to heal her

Based on a couple of trips I took to South Africa waaaay back (and we’re talking at least fifteen years ago) this book is now one of my faves. 

I got to remembering the amazing skies at sunset, the tall, handsome, brooding men; the food. Oh my life, the food! And I thought hmmm, how can I bring all of that from swirling around in my head, onto the pages of a story?

And so, we have the new romance, out this week on a virtual, and real, bookshelf near you. Here’s the blurb:

She isn’t looking for love…until she meets him!

GP Kaya has dreamed of visiting South Africa, her mother’s homeland. Now, after a recent trauma, it seems the perfect escape. Kaya’s mesmerised by the landscape—but she’s even more stunned by her boss, founder of the Lindiwe Health Foundation, brooding surgeon Arno Nkosi. Kaya has never believed it possible for anyone to heal her bruised heart, but maybe Arno is the exception to the rule…

I like this one because aside from the gorgeous setting, and all those reimagined sunsets oozing with possibility, it touches on real themes of grief, loss and healing. 

Our Dutch female lead Kaya was mugged in an Amsterdam park several years ago and the perpetrator was never caught. This hideous violation ate into her self-confidence and soul, and as you can imagine, changed her outlook on everything. Men, included.

The male lead, our sexy game reserve hero Arno has been through his fair share of heartache, preferring to love on his animals instead of people. He also has a pet lion. 

Yes, you read that right. A lion.

Well, technically, the lioness is wild, roaming freely as she should, but he’s tamed her. Because that’s just the kind of guy Arno is. Can he tame our lead Kaya’s heart, too?

You’ll just have to read it to find out!

I hope you have some exotic travels of your own planned, now that the winter is leaving us and making way for some much-needed sun. If not, I hope you can at least get lost in a good story set on foreign shores and take your imagination in a hot new direction (wink wink).

Until next time, readers,

Much love,

Becky x

PS: You can order SOUTH AFRICAN ESCAPE TO HEAL HER here on Amazon. Enjoy!


Excerpt: Redeeming her Hot-Shot Vet

Vet stories are always fun for me. I love my animals. Over the course of my life I have been blessed to have many furry friends and all of them make an appearance in my newest medical romance Redeeming her Hot-Shot Vet. Enjoy this excerpt from the book – on sale now!


“I HEARD THE new vet is stopping by this morning.”

Sage Pool didn’t roll her eyes at Blaire’s comment. Well, at least she tried not to. “You heard right.” Nothing ever stayed quiet in small towns. Though Dr. Jacobs had told no one who the new vet was.

Sage doubted it was personal. Dr. Jacobs probably hadn’t even thought it mattered. She’d never really fit in. Spring River was insular, but in the eight months Dr. Jacobs was the town vet she had kept herself apart. Whether intentionally or not…she’d cemented her role as an outsider in the community’s eyes.

“They’re supposed to be here before we open.”

“Not even going to feign excitement? Maybe this is the vet that stays.” Blaire raised her eyebrows, the playful speech a routine between Sage and the graphic designer that helped her run her small dog rescue.

Usually she laughed at this point in the script they repeated far too often. Maybe if this wasn’t their last chance, she could manage it. But too much weighed on the unknown vet showing up this morning.

If this vet didn’t stay at least a year, the clinic was done. At least according to the email she wasn’t supposed to have seen. The corporate office had recalled it, but not before Sage read the curt note.

Spring River Vet Clinic was on the list for downsizing. It was supposed to happen when Dr. Jacobs left. The new vet stepping in had delayed it…but what were the odds they actually stayed? Based on history?


Blaire could work anywhere—the joys of graphic design and remote work. But most people didn’t settle in Spring River, California. The tiny upstate town had one doctor, a grocery store, a bus stop to take the kids to the next town over for school and a vet clinic whose veterinarian rotated so much the office should have a revolving door.

The rest of the town catered to rock climbers and hikers spring through fall and skiers in the winter. All passing through on their way to Mt. Shasta. A city with hundreds of people roaming Main Street on any day, but few full-time residents.

Lately investors were buying vacation cabins and apartment complexes. Turning them into short-term rentals. All that did was make it more difficult for the full-time residents to find affordable housing.


“There’s no reason to get excited.” She lifted one of the tiny brown puppies from the box Blaire had set down. “A new vet will come in. I will get them spun up on our clients, a few locals, the ones who always get their hopes up, who will actually believe this one will stay. Join the community potlucks and raise a family. Ever the optimists.”

“It might happen.”

Sage knew her friend didn’t really believe that. “Might. But more likely, they’ll give a few months’ notice, if we’re lucky.”

“And the process starts over again.” Blaire repeated the oft said line…not aware that Sage had intentionally left it off.

Sage couldn’t utter the falsehood. She tried to put on a cheery voice as she completed their well-worn script. “Same routine, new vet. It’s the role I’ve played since I became a veterinarian technician.”

Except the stakes are so much higher this time around.

Blaire lifted the other puppy from the box and ran her hand over its silky fur. “I keep thinking the corporate shop that set this place up will close it down one of these days.”

Ice slipped down her spine as her friend guessed the truth. The email was technically internal communications, but, oh, how she wished she could tell someone! Vet Med Corp had looked at the number of clients, the rotating staff, and decided this place was more trouble than it was worth. There was a small vet in Spring Farm, thirty miles up the road, but Sage knew that their vet techs had worked there for years. She had no hope of a job there, or at the clinic in Jasper, which was an hour commute away.

“Let’s keep that idea out of the universe. You can work anywhere…telework isn’t much of an option for me.”

Anytime she wasn’t at the clinic, she spent working with the rescue. It was a tiny network of foster homes right now, though Sage had plans for a standalone facility.

Assuming she ever saved enough money.

“You can always move,” Blaire whispered against the puppy she was holding, careful not to meet Sage’s eyes.

“Why don’t we get these little guys to the back and get them checked out before the paying customers show up?” Sage kissed the brown puppy’s nose.

Dogs never judged. Never insinuated that her choices were wrong. They hadn’t watched her grow up. Watched her become the parent of her family when her mother lost herself after her dad abandoned them. Or watched her life implode when her brother, Forest, chose the wrong life path.

No. Dogs just gave unconditional love without asking for anything more than a place in your heart and a bowl of food.

“Your mother would understand. Eventually.” Blaire didn’t meet Sage’s eyes as she set her puppy on the scale. “Six pounds. These guys can’t be much more than six weeks old. Barely finished nursing.”

She appreciated her friend shifting the discussion. Though not before getting one final thought out on her position.

She was wrong, though. Rose Pool would never understand. She’d cry and stay in her room for weeks. Lose the job she’d finally settled into following Forest’s sentencing. Her mother wasn’t strong. That was Sage’s job. It wasn’t fair. But life wasn’t fair. Complaining about it didn’t change it.

Once Sage had dreamed of getting out of Spring River. Dreamed of earning a degree in marine biology and saving the oceans! Big dreams she’d set aside when the small college fund her mother set up went to her brother’s defense lawyer.

Not that the man had accomplished much with the funds they’d given him. A pittance compared to his other retainers, but all the money the Pool family had. And her mother had sunk back into the depression that had enclosed her for over a year when Sage was not quite fourteen.

Sage took care of everything…otherwise it didn’t get done. And she’d learned never to get her hopes up. Easier to deal with disappointment if you just expected it.

“These look like golden Lab mixes. I bet someone dumped them because they have brown wavy hair and most people want the golden short hair version.” Sage knew most dog breeders were responsible, but those that weren’t filled already bursting rescues with the dogs they didn’t think would fetch a high enough price.

Assuming someone found the puppies.


“Technically, they are called Goldadors. Or even more technically…mutts!”

“All breeds were mutts once,” Blaire laughed. “Do you think the new vet will let the rescue use the clinic before it opens?”

Her friend looked at the clock and back at the door. Dr. Jacobs was a creature of habit. She’d walk through the door with the new vet in exactly ten minutes. She hadn’t pushed back on Sage checking the dogs for the tiny rescue. However, if they needed actual treatment, she charged the rescue full price, unlike Dr. Andrews, who’d cut them a deal.

Vet bills were the biggest expenses for a rescue. Even one that couldn’t take more than about twenty dogs at any one time. That was going to change when she finally purchased the Rainbow Ranch. She had plans to turn it into the perfect pet rescue location.

Luckily, these puppies were in good condition. Rambunctious, but that was what one got when you crossed a golden and a Lab.

“I’m glad you were on time. The vet before me did not have good time management skills.” Dr. Jacobs’s sharp tone carried through the small clinic.

And so the clock was ticking.

Somehow, Sage had to convince this vet to stay at least a year.

“New guy is here.” Blaire reached for the puppy Sage was holding and put her in the box with his brother. “That is my cue to head out.”

Sage kissed the top of each of the puppies’ heads. “These little ones are in excellent condition. Call Myka. She should be able to place them with a foster, though once you have their picture on the website, I suspect they will have forever homes soon.”

Puppies always went fast.

Blaire held the box in one hand as she dug her keys out of her back pocket. She offered a short wave before darting out the back door.

Sage didn’t blame her friend. Dr. Jacobs was efficient…but she lacked the warm fuzzy feeling most veterinarians seemed to naturally exude. She was short with staff and patients. It wasn’t personal, but it felt like it.

“Our vet tech is already here. That was her truck out front. Not sure how the thing still runs.”

Sometimes it doesn’t.

Sage crossed her arms, then uncrossed them. She didn’t want to meet the new vet in a defensive posture.

Sure, her truck had seen better days. But she’d used the savings for her home down payment to help her mom get a car three months ago. It was that or deal with her mother losing her job and sinking into despair. Rose was slowly paying her back, but there was no money for a new car. So she kept the truck running on her own.

One could learn most things through internet videos. She’d taught herself mechanics, dry walling, basic plumbing…all things to help her prepare to run the rescue out of the ranch. This was one dream she was going to get. Something of her own.

As soon as Mom pays me back.

“I know you’re used to something grander, but we make do.” The door to the back opened and Dr. Jacobs stepped through. “Sage, good you’re here—”

Sage knew Dr. Jacobs was speaking. Knew words were leaving her mouth, but her ears didn’t capture a single one. Her eyes locked with the new vet. He was still so tall she had to look up to meet his gaze.

Of course he is, Sage!

One didn’t lose inches, at least not until old age. Holt Cove’s lean face had filled out and the last bits of youth had vanished into a well-formed man who probably made many stare.

Including me.

How? What? I… Words raced across her mind in no meaningful order as she tried to process Holt Cove standing less than five feet from her.

Heat rippled across her skin, just like it had the last time she’d seen him. Two days before his high school graduation. They’d shared a kiss after their final school play.

It was everything she’d dreamed a first kiss would be. Fun, exciting…charged. He’d promised to call the day after graduation. Then Forest was arrested.

And all she’d gotten was his voicemail and unanswered texts.

Pain should wrap around her right now. That was the normal emotional reaction to holding the gaze of someone who’d ghosted you at such an important time. And the pain was there. But it wasn’t the only feeling coating her body.

“Sage?” Dr. Jacobs’s tone was sharp. She was used to walking in and having Sage immediately discuss the upcoming clients. Not the schedule, that was Lucy, their receptionist’s job, but the little things that were expected in a tiny community.

The things that made it seem like Dr. Jacobs knew more about the community than she did. Sage always rattled off the day’s internal notes first thing. Before they exchanged any pleasantries. She knew what she was supposed to say.

Mrs. Lowed’s daughter was having a baby, a little girl, and she was going to spend the appointment discussing it. Mr. Kipe’s wife left him last week—do not ask him how things are—he will break down. And Leonard Owen’s dog ate another sock…

That one wasn’t on the schedule yet, but Leonard had texted her this morning.

Toe ate more socks than any dog she’d ever met. Leonard had taken to keeping them on the top shelf of his closet. He wasn’t sure where Toe found the sock, but he’d refused his breakfast. Something the dog never did.

Dr. Jacobs was waiting, but none of the words escaped as she held Holt’s deep gaze.

Had he missed her, even a little?

Nope. Not traveling that thought path.


She blinked, finally breaking the connection. The only saving grace was that he’d seemed as stunned to see her as she was to see him.

“Sorry.” She reached for the tablet chart she’d loaded up when she’d arrived. “II…” She cleared her throat. Maybe that would jolt her brain into action.

It didn’t matter that she’d never expected to see Holt Cove again. Most people who left Spring River didn’t return. She needed to focus, but her brain’s synapses refused to fire.

What was he doing here?

He could be anywhere. She’d known they worked for the same corporate vet. Holt had appeared in a few of the company’s print ads. He was on the fast track, and she hated that she’d looked for him. He was in the big clinics. Boston, Dallas, LA and even the flagship clinic in New York. He shouldn’t be here.

And her mind should not be even partially happy to see her brother’s onetime best friend.

“I…” She looked at the tablet chart, the words still not coming. She could see the frustration in Dr. Jacobs’s eyes. If only she could get the words out.

Then she could flee and take a few minutes to gather herself before again being in the presence of the man who’d spent hours learning lines with her in theater class. The connection they’d formed as kids had morphed until she wasn’t the tagalong little sister. She was a friend and almost something more.

Yet in the days after Forest’s arrest for armed robbery, Holt had vanished from her life. He’d reached out to Forest while he was out on bail. Her brother was angry at the world and the blowup had been epic. But for Sage…all she’d gotten was silence. It had hurt.

Still did, if she was honest. And she was terribly aware that jealousy was mixing in with all the feelings racing through her.

Holt got out of this town, followed his dream. He hadn’t had to parent his parent. He’d gone to college and then veterinarian school.

And she was still here. The walls felt like they were closing in around her, and she wanted to be anywhere else. But she had a job to do and, based on Dr. Jacobs’s tapping foot, she was about to lose her temper.

Get it together, Sage.

“Mrs. Lowed’s daughter is having a baby, a little girl.” Her voice shook, and she forced herself to slow down. She was not making a scene. Well…not more of one.

“The baby is all she’s going to talk about when you are doing her cat’s checkup…” She finished her recitation of the morning appointments without looking up; her mind on auto mode as her emotions locked down.

“Sage is always ready with the local news. The patients’ parents like to talk…small-town things.”

“Yes. I grew up in Spring River. My dad used to run one of the mountain climbing shops. He retired to Dallas a few years before he passed. Are you referring to April Lowed?”

His voice still made her feel warm. It was calming and resonated easily in the room. The deep baritone was the main reason he’d gotten the part of Prince Charming his senior year. Her insides turning gooey was not helpful.

Holt Cove was hot. Attractive in high school, the lanky boyishness was now a rugged handsomeness. Her body’s reaction was surprising, but it was probably just the shock.

More than a decade of quiet, and her body was focusing on such an inconsequential thing. A glutton for punishment. The perfect description for Sage Pool—unfortunately.

“Yes, but she took her husband’s name, something with a B… Brantley or Breams. Left town not long after graduation.” Sage waved a hand, the words inconsequential.

“Of course you know each other. Anyone from Spring River knows the other permanent residents.” Dr. Jacobs took the tablet Sage was offering. “So you were in school together?”

The question was directed at Holt, and her chest tightened as she waited for his answer. Waited to see if he would acknowledge a childhood spent jumping into ponds, riding bikes, and then delinquency. He’d righted his path; Forest had barreled forward with poor decisions and paid a big price for it.

And Sage… Sage got left behind.

His blue eyes met hers, then he looked away, but not before she saw a look she feared was pity on his features.

“As you said, all the permanent residents knew each other.”

Her fists clenched. Dr. Jacobs didn’t need to know their history, but such a cold statement. No. She was not having it.

“Sure. But no other permanent resident spent nearly every waking hour at my house. Being my brother’s best friend and all. And my friend too…once. Guess time zapped those memories. All the big-city clinics and…”

She slammed her mouth shut. It didn’t matter what Holt thought. But the way he’d thrown away their relationship made her see red. Worse, it meant that while he’d forgotten her, she’d acknowledged that she kept track of him.

Barking echoed in the front room.

Thank goodness.

“Toe ate a sock again. And he and Duchess don’t get on well.” She turned to Holt, hoping her face was blank. “Duchess is Mrs. Lowed’s beagle mix.”

The dog let out a howl; Holt chuckled. “Beagle…you don’t say?”

“Toe wants to play, and Duchess doesn’t, so let me go help get them into separate rooms.” She hurried away before Dr. Jacobs could point out that Lucy would make sure the animals were where they needed to be.

She needed to be somewhere else. Needed a moment to gather herself. Dr. Holt Cove was home. And would probably stay at least a year. After all, he knew what Spring River was like. That was good for the clinic. Good for the patients and their pet parents who’d come so close to losing their clinic, even if they didn’t know it.

This was the best possible scenario, and she hated how much she wished that anyone else had walked through the door.

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, New Releases, Pets

My Greenbeck Duet!

Some time ago now, the editors asked me to write a cosy GP village duet. Normally, I start my story idea by thinking of my characters. Who they are. What their backstory is. What their conflicts might be. But this time, I knew I needed to create my setting, if I was to set TWO stories in the same place! So I spent a leisurely few hours going through Google Images, looking at English villages, trying to decide what it was about them, that appealed to me. From this research, I decided that my village would have a village green with some old stocks on them; a village duckpond (which would become a pivotal feature in book two!) a Wishing Bridge that spanned a canal and had given birth to many stories of past loves, and an old dilapidated castle that overlooked the village from high above on a hill. I called my village Greenbeck.

Once I had my village, I began to people it and create backstories. First to arrive on the scene was my heroine, Dr Stacey Emery, who has returned to Greenbeck to help her son find happiness. They move into an annexe owned by one of the resident GPs of Greenbeck, Dr Daniel Prior. Daniel has been through a great loss, having lost his wife and son and he’s not sure about letting a single mum and her young son move in, in case it’s too hard for him to handle, but an instant connection between her son, Jack and GP Daniel makes keeping their distance from one another a difficult thing to achieve.

Next came Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Hannah Gladstone and senior partner of Greenbeck Surgery, Dr Zach Fletcher. Both Hannah and Zach admit to being wary of the opposite sex after having disasters of their own and picking the wrong people, though they both dream of family and Zach makes Hannah an offer she can’t refuse! They can practice their dating tactics and topics of conversation on each other and point out where each other is going wrong! Surely that way they’ll each feel more confident when it comes to the real thing, not realising that a loneliness group, a naughty German Shepherd and a duckpond will send their own relationship in directions that neither of them are quite ready for!

I had such fun creating Greenbeck and I was so sad to finish the duet and wave it goodbye. Maybe one day I will get to return? With vets? Or firefighters? Who knows?

But I had a great time in Greenbeck and I hope all my readers will too! The Greenbeck duet is available from May, so i hope you’ll pre-order, or add it to your wishlist!

The Brooding Doc and The Single Mum

Greenbeck Village GPs: making a new family

Widowed GP Daniel is far from eager to start dating! But when single mum and doctor Stacey joins the surgery, she ignites in him a fire he’s long thought lost… Stacey is surprised at the instant connection between her son and Daniel, but her instinct is to protect her little family. She’s too guarded to fall in love again, but in a small village they can’t keep away from each other…

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Second Chance for the Village Nurse

Greenbeck Village GPs: fake dating to for ever?

Both cautious nurse Hannah and gorgeous GP Zach want to overcome past heartbreak. But Hannah is floored when Zach suggests they ‘practise’ being on dates…together! His encouraging Hannah out of her comfort zone brings them closer, but when the pretend dates start to feel real the lines become blurred… Now Zach believes Hannah might be the second chance he’s been looking for—but is she ready to admit the same?

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Exclusive Excerpt: Single Dad’s Unexpected Reunion

Hi all!

I’m popping in today to share an exclusive excerpt from my August release for Medicals, SINGLE DAD’S UNEXPECTED REUNION! This is the first story in a new four-book series I’m writing for the line set in a fictional town called Wyckford, Massachusetts on the shores of Buzzards Bay. It’s funny and sweet, steamy and snarky. Basically, everything you’ve come to expect from me. LOL! 😂👍🔥

Anyway, this first book belongs to Dr. Cassie Murphy and Dr. Brock Turner. They both grew up in Wyckford, and Cassie’s always had a bit of a crush on Brock. But he was Mr. Popular while she was Ms. Awkward. Now, the table are turned. Cassie’s a hot shot surgeon on the West Coast, and Brock runs the busy pediatric practice his father started and is raising his four-year-old daughter (and a rescue Frenchie named Winnie) alone after his wife died. Cassie’s back in town briefly after a conference to consult on a case. The last person she wants to see is Brock. But fate, of course, has other ideas, and soon these two are thrown together in a way that upends everything they think they know about themselves and their futures…

If you enjoy reunion/single dad/ugly duckling/opposites attract/second chance/forced proximity stories, then this is the one for you! It releases August 2023 but is available for preorder now at the link below.

I hope you enjoy this excerpt, and until next time, Happy Reading! 🤓📚❤️

Exclusive Excerpt:

Cassie’s eyes opened wide in shock when Brock Turner kissed her. Then, slowly, they slid closed as she enjoyed the feel of his lips on hers. And yep, they were every bit as heavenly as she’d always imagined they would be. Maybe even more so. There were sparks too, at least for her.

Or more like a full fireworks display.

When Brock pulled back, Cassie opened her eyes again to his bright blue ones and caught a hint of surprise in his gaze before he masked it.

“So you’ll walk my dog today then?” he asked, a bit gruffer than before.

For the first time since he’d arrived, Cassie noticed he looked even more exhausted than he had yesterday. She was also extremely aware of his proximity after their unexpected kiss, aware of the cargo pants and button-down shirt he wore, both in black, both casual but expensive looking, like he’d walked right out of an ad.

Aware that the entire art class was still watching them from the doorway, including her dad.


Cassie stepped back and crossed her arms. “Fine. I’ll walk Winnie.”

Brock handed her a key to his house and told her the code for the alarm then left.

“Hey,” she called, running to catch up with him in the hall, her body still humming. “Wait. What was that in there?”

“You know what it was.”

Yeah, Cassie knew all right. Chemistry. But why did it have to happen now? With this man? She’d spent years forgetting him and with one kiss Brock threatened to wipe out all her hard work. Not to mention they were night and day. Oil and water. No. That kiss had to have been a fluke. A crazy one-off, never to be repeated.

Then Brock’s eyes darkened, and her pulse tripped in response.

Okay, maybe not a fluke then.

Cassie hazarded a glance over her shoulder and found her dad and the entire art class still there by the door, eavesdropping. She scowled and waved them away, and they vanished.

“Impressive.” Brock snorted. “Be sure to use that level of authority on Winnie today and try to avoid another escape.”

“I really thought she’d drowned.”

“She likes to play hide-and-seek.”

“Good to know.”

He took a deep breath, then rocked back on his heels. “Who’s your patient?”

“I’m sorry?” Cassie frowned.

“The one you’re consulting on here. You mentioned it yesterday.”

“Oh. Right.” Cassie nodded. “Her name is Serene Ogden.”

“I know Serene,” Brock said. “I worked on her initially when she came into the ER after her accident. Did her initial surgery to stabilize her enough to get her to this point. I can go over the records with you if you’d like. I’ll have my office set it up.”

He smiled then—a genuine one, from a man who she suspected didn’t do so very often anymore—and it left Cassie a little dazed. Or maybe it was the residual buzz left over from their kiss. Whatever the cause, she found herself nodding against her better judgment. “I’d like that.”

“Great.” He continued toward the exit, calling to her as he went. “Let me know if you have any trouble with Winnie. The house should be empty again, just like before.”

“We’ll be fine,” she called back. And she would be too. Just as soon as she got over the fact she and Brock had a connection, a real one, and now she knew the power of it.

Except she wasn’t back home to make connections. Not with Brock Turner anyway. She was here to see her dad and her friends and consult on Serene’s case. Then she was going back to San Diego and her life there. Which meant steering well clear of anything beyond the professional was her smartest choice. And no matter how good Brock and his kisses were, she was going to be smart if it killed her.

When the hotshot surgeon returns to her hometown, she never expects to run into the single dad again…or for their attraction to still be this powerful! Find out what happens in the latest Harlequin Medical Romance novel by Traci Douglass.

Her temporary return…
Their explosive reunion!

Hotshot plastic surgeon Cassandra is unexpectedly back in her small hometown. And stunned to see Dr. Brock again! She’s no longer the timid med student with an unrequited crush. But single dad Brock’s changed too… He’s a serious workaholic raising his daughter alone. Yet as they consult on a case together, Cassie realizes her desire is as powerful as ever. And, apparently, it’s mutual!

Wyckford General Hospital

 Book 1: Single Dad’s Unexpected Reunion

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Little Libraries

By Susan Carlisle

I can’t throw away a book. No matter what kind it might be. It goes against everything in me. Because of this I have a large number of translations of my books that I am always looking to find a home for. Recently I had a pile of Dutch copies that needed a place to live. Since I was planning a trip to Amsterdam I packed them up for the trip.

They took up space in my suitcase but I didn’t care. I was determine my stories would find a new home. I put a few outside a small used bookstore where people could pick up a book or leave one. I found a small library in a neighborhood and slipped a book inside.

On the Isle of Skye in Scotland I spied a little library made from an old telephone booth. All perfect places to share my books.

Have you ever picked up a book in an unusual place?

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April New Releases!

Happy April! I love April, but I’m really biased because it’s my birthday month. 🙂

We have some great new releases, including one from me! And it’s a special one because it’s my 35th book with Harlequin Medical and releasing during my birthday month! So much fun and I loved writing this book.

We also have JC Harroway releasing her 15th book this month. Congrats to my fellow milestone author!

Winning the Neonatal Doc’s Heart by Amy Ruttan

A fresh start…

…for them both?

Fleeing a scandal, Dr. Penny Burman arrives in the middle of nowhere to start her career over. So when she has a run-in with a gruff, gorgeous mountain man who’s revealed to be legendary neonatal doc Atticus Spike, she’s shocked to find her pulse racing! But getting to know the reclusive Atticus, she learns they have more in common than they realize. Can Penny entice his heart to come out of hiding?

Tempted by the Rebel Surgeon by JC Harroway

A wild fling…

…with her red-hot ex!

Dr. Lauren has taken the plunge and applied to become head of the ER. The problem? Her old flame, surgeon Mason, has just taken a post there! Their chemistry is still off the charts, and leaping back into this rebel’s bed is oh so tempting… ­But with her promotion at stake, why is she considering rekindling their romance? It’ll be much safer remaining as a scorching-hot memory—won’t it?

Gulf Harbour ER

 Book 1: Tempted by the Rebel Surgeon
Book 2: Breaking the Single Mom’s Rules

Redeeming Her Hot-Shot Vet by Juliette Hyland

The key to his redemption?

The woman from his past!

When Holt escaped Spring River, he never thought he’d return. With a chance to right the wrongs of his youth, he’s back to save the town’s veterinary clinic. The renowned vet just didn’t realize it’d mean working with Sage, the woman he left behind… Their attraction certainly hasn’t faded! But Sage isn’t the dreamer he once knew, and he’s determined to make amends. Can Holt mend what’s been broken and spark a new life—together?

Finding Their Forever Family by Caroline Anderson

A second chance…

A new family?

ER doctor Emily is stunned to learn Yoxburgh Park Hospital’s new trauma consultant is the man who went to America almost twenty years ago and left her heartbroken. Oliver is equally surprised to see her again, but the desire they once shared hits them both like a thunderbolt! Unfinished business simmers between them, yet their separate lives as single parents must always come first. Is being together now an impossible dream—or can they finally be one happy family?

Breaking the Single Mom’s Rules by JC Harroway

She made the rule…
But will she keep it?

Doctor and single mom Kat always sticks to protocol. So when nurse Nash plays it fast and loose, she has no problem confronting him. Only to find the disarmingly attractive single dad leaves her tongue-tied! As they’re forced together by their daughters’ friendship, the tension only intensifies… Kat has lived by her no-men rule meticulously. She just never anticipated a connection as electric as hers and Nash’s!

Gulf Harbour ER

 Book 1: Tempted by the Rebel Surgeon
Book 2: Breaking the Single Mom’s Rules

Brought Together by a Pup by Sue MacKay

Saving a pup…

Finding an unexpected future…

Since her life-altering accident, vet nurse Willow guards her heart and never settles anywhere. Yet when her sexy new boss, Carter, persuades her to care for injured puppy Axel, it changes everything. She’s there temporarily, but Willow’s losing her battle with getting too attached—and not just to the pup! As healing Axel brings them together, Willow learns Carter won’t risk anything on someone who can’t stick around—not again. But pulling apart from him seems impossible…

Happy Reading!

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Calling all Medical Romance writers…

Submit your story during Medical Month!

We’ve dubbed this May as Medical Month here at Harlequin. As we celebrate our heroes and heroines in the medical profession across the world with International Midwives Day and International Nurses Day, Harlequin Medical Romance is looking for new authors! 

We’re committed to finding and nurturing brilliant, contemporary new voices, could you be one of them?

We’re hosting a ‘Medical Month’ Blitz, providing a fabulous opportunity to get your Harlequin Medical Romance submission fast-tracked! Submit your contemporary Medical Romance submission between May 1 and 12 and receive a response, including editorial feedback, by May 31!

What is Harlequin Medical Romance?

Do you adore an uplifting, relatable, life-affirming romance set amid the pulse-racing drama of saving lives? Harlequin Medical Romance offers stories in which readers experience the rollercoaster of emotions, ambitions and desires of today’s medical professionals. We publish 50,000-word contemporary medical romances that whisk readers into engaging medical settings around the world. Relatable, dedicated, empathetic characters, captivating emotional drama, and an unforgettable love story are a must! We are committed to publishing for our diverse global readership and are actively seeking to acquire authors from underrepresented backgrounds. Check out our full guidelines here https://harlequin.submittable.com/submit/29558/harlequin-medical-romance-approx-50-000-words 

What you need to know:

  • The ‘Medical Month’ Blitz will be open for submissions from Monday, May 1 – Friday, May 12 2023.
  • We’re looking for a query letter that introduces you and your book and includes any previous publishing credits, your first chapter and complete synopsis only – no need to have the full manuscript written!
  • If we love your voice, we’ll invite you to submit further chapters and work with you on developing your story to its full potential. Please note that requests for additional chapters are not a guarantee of publication.
  • Please submit your entry at https://harlequin.submittable.com/submit/255371/harlequin-mills-boon-medical-month-blitz. This page will be live from Monday, May 1 – Friday, May 12, 2023. 
  • Only one submission per person.
  • All submissions will receive editorial feedback by 5pm GMT on Wednesday, May 31. 
  • We will not use your chapter entries in any way other than in connection to the Medical Month Blitz.

This isn’t a contest but a chance to showcase your work to our editors and get some helpful feedback in an accelerated time frame, and maybe even become the newest Harlequin Medical Romance author. If you’ve ever dreamed about being published by us, send us your submission. We want to read your story!

Here are a few tips on what makes the perfect Harlequin Medical Romance story:

  • Keep a strong focus on the developing central romance, which unfolds against the backdrop of medical drama.
  • But remember that contemporary, international medical settings are integral to the story. 
  • A Medical hero is at the top of his game. He’s a dynamic and dedicated lifesaver that has a heart of gold!
  • A Medical heroine is intelligent, professional, warm-hearted and empathetic! She’s everything a modern woman can relate to and aspire to be. And every bit as on-her-game as her love interest!
  • Innovative internal emotional conflicts.
  • These stories have a range of sensuality, from steamy and intensely passionate to warm and tender, but always combined with a high level of emotion.
  • The characters, their romance, the settings and the drama must be appealing and accessible to a global readership. We are looking for stories with a diverse range of characters and are excited to see romances between LGBTQ+ characters.

Keep an eye on writeforharlequin.com and follow the editorial team on Twitter @SheilaHodgsonMR, @lauriec_johnson, @HaslamMegan and @JennyMacey22 for more writing tips and exclusive content! 

Any questions? Leave a comment. We can’t wait to hear from you!