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Autumn Affairs from Medical Romance – by Charlotte Ellis

It’s been a busy but wonderful summer here at True Love Towers, full of romantic Medical Romance escapes to exotic locations! Idyllic Italian cities, Greek Island paradises, the Croatian coastline, Hawaiian hotspots… You name it, our heroes and heroines have probably been there. Us editors have even managed to visit some of them, and more, outside of the pages of our fabulous summer reads!

But now it’s back to work, back to school and Medical Romance of a different sort beckons. And as the summer sun starts to fade, there’s something so comforting about the descent into Autumn. The lure of a relaxing evening spent snuggled on the sofa with a cup of tea and a good book as the leaves outside turn to gold…

So, what can you expect from Medical Romance this October…?

  1. Glamorous locations with an autumnal twist!The arrival of the cooler (and rainier!) weather that the UK’s famous for, may be just around the corner, but there are plenty of other chillier climes that are imbued with an abundance of beauty and splendour, all over the globe. And you need look no further than Amy Ruttan’s Icelandic interlude, NY Doc Under the Northern Lights. Who can say no to a Nordic hero who’s willing to sweep you off your feet?!
  2. A fling to keep you warm… Why settle for a night curled up by the fire by yourself, when you could share body heat with the man of your dreams? For now….and for ever! See how it works out for the heroine in Tempted by Mr. Off-Limits by Amy Andrews, part of a wonderful linked duet NURSES IN THE CITY, set in Sydney.
  3. Reunited…in the build up to Christmas. With less than one hundred days left until the big day itself, what could be more magical than rekindling a past connection… And Medical Romance has plenty of reunion stories for you this October. So, discover the joy of finding love and family in Reunited with Her Brooding Surgeon by Emily Forbes, Heart Surgeon to Single Dad by Janice Lynn and Second Chance with Her Army Doc by Dianne Drake.

And we’d love to hear from you! As summer draws to a close, what are you most looking forward to about autumn?

The Medical Romance Team x

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Spring /Summer/ Winter

Okay, down here in New Zealand spring began on the 1st of this month, and what did we get? Rain, wind, and cold temperatures that had me keeping the fire going. Now I love the different seasons, but after one of the wettest winters on record in our district I was really looking forward to the sun making itself felt.

Finally the clouds did back off, the wind calmed down so much the water in the sound was like a mirror, and I got to wear summer clothes. Bliss. My office door was wide open and the flies arrived! Not complaining because so did the birds. Quail, sparrows, bellbirds, tuis and the wood pigeons to name a few. Now I’m happy. The tuis are fighting all the time; squawking, diving and chasing each other over the sky and into the trees. All part of the mating ritual though not quite how I like to write it in my books. The woodies are doing their balancing act on the power lines – they’re so big and heavy it is a constant battle to stay upright  on the wires.

Then we went back to winter. Yesterday the rain was like being under the overflow in a hydro damn, and further south was blanketed in enough snow to keep the ski fields open till late October, not usual here.

Today spring has returned. For how long I have no idea so I’m making the most of it. My thermals stayed in the draw when I went for my walk and yea, I feel rejuvenated. then my daughter rings and starts talking about plans for Christmas. Christmas? Is she serious? That’s months away. Three in fact. Only three. Forget the weather, now I’ve got meals to plan and presents to sort. Bring it on. I’m not as prepared as this guy.

 

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Summer, 2018!

We had a huge event this summer – our daughter’s wedding! It was such a wonderful day, and I’d planned to share a probably painful (for you!) number of photos and gush about all of it 🙂 Except, I don’t have any pics! I didn’t take any myself because I wanted to simply soak up the day. Afterward, my daughter sent me a Google drive of all the photographer’s photos to download but…I couldn’t figure out how. And now the link has expired and I have to wait until she shares her files with me, and she’s across the country and busy with a work project and…please don’t tell her or my two sons about this problem, because the eye rolls and poking fun at my low-techness will never end!

SO. The wedding story and photos will have to wait until next time. Instead, I’ll share pics that I DO have from the week we spent in San Diego, just a few days after the wedding, at favorite uncle’s house at the beach. We’ve visited there nearly every year. This trip, though, was huge and unusual – my husband’s siblings, their spouses, and all the young adult children came, and even the newlyweds flew in for a few days after their honeymoon!

We always stay at Uncle Soc’s house at the beach, but the volume of humans meant hubby and I had to stay at a hotel nearby (I have two books set in San Diego, so now you understand why – love it there so much 🙂 ). Here’s the view of Mission Bay from the balcony, and a pic of one of the ‘rescue’ seals the hotel keeps in an enclosure – he looks like a fake rock sculpture or something, don’t you think?

 

 

And here is the entire crew, standing behind their Incan (or is it Mayan?) temple sandcastle they all enjoyed working on one afternoon.

 

 

Another pic of the whole crew! Hubby took this in panorama mode. Uncle Soc’s small house doesn’t actually curve around like this – we were all crammed in with card tables shoved against the dining room table to make it super long 🙂

Crew at dinner Uncle Socs

It was unusually hot while we were there, and the water crazy warm! It’s normally quite chilly to swim, but the water temp was the warmest it’s been since they began recording it over 100 years ago. Something to be concerned about, quite honestly, at the same time it was wonderful to swim in. The crew bought a large float meant for pools or lakes and took it into the waves, much to their screaming enjoyment. I declined to participate, figuring the last thing I needed was to re-injure my still-healing broken wrist. I think this photo shows I made the right decision 🙂

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Do you have a favorite place your family enjoys going together? I’d love to hear about it! 🙂

And by the way, I have a new release out this month! It’s set in a town in Alaska that’s fictional but loosely based on a place where family actually lives. I think that’s my next trip, for fun research, with more books set there in the future… 🙂

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Excerpt – Nurses in the City

 

Amy and I are at it again with another duo set in Sydney.

Reunited with Her Brooding Surgeon is Grace’s story:

Grace Gibson loves her job as a transplant coordinator at a Sydney hospital but she’s blindsided when a ghost from her past reappears. Devastatingly handsome surgeon, Marcus Washington, was her childhood neighbour – but he’s all man now and hiding a wealth of pain. Will Grace be the woman to break down his walls and claim his heart?

and Tempted by Mr Off-Limits introduces Grace’s brother, Hamish:

Lola Fraser knows better than to fall for her best friend’s brother, paramedic Hamish Gibson. Living together whilst he’s training could get awkward—fast! But as they work together on a heartrending case they can’t resist the temptation to take their minds off work. Surely one night will be enough…until they discover it isn’t!

Read on for an excerpt of Reunited with Her Brooding Surgeon

Grace followed Marcus out of the room. His strides were long and Grace found her gaze drawn to his hips. He’d removed his suit jacket leaving the shape of his buttocks under his pants clearly defined as his legs ate up the length of the corridor. Grace forced herself to keep her eyes lifted, she didn’t want to be caught ogling him or running into something because her attention was elsewhere.

She got the feeling he was trying to put as much distance between them as possible. But she had no idea why. Her curiosity got the better of her and she hurried after him. She wanted to know what his issue was. Why he was so abrupt with her. She didn’t think she’d done anything to put him off-side yet his aloofness was definitely directed at her. She had to admit he was an empathetic doctor with a good bedside manner and maybe she’d just have to be satisfied with that. But she still wanted some answers.

‘Dr Washington!’

He stopped and turned towards her.

‘Have I done something to upset you?’ She asked as she caught up to him.

‘No.’

Grace waited for him to elaborate but he was silent. Man, he could be the poster boy for the strong, silent type.

Oh well. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, she thought as she said. ‘Do you remember me?’

Marcus looked down at the petite redhead standing in front of him. She had her hands on her hips and looked as if she’d like to tear him to shreds. ‘What do you mean? Of course I do,’ he replied, attempting to use his most reasonable tone in an attempt to calm her down. ‘We were just in Connie’s room and I only met you a few hours ago.’

‘I meant from before.’

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He watched her with his steady gaze but said nothing. He wasn’t going to admit to anything. Not until he knew what she wanted. She reminded him of a firecracker about to explode.

‘You grew up in Toowoomba,’ she said. It was apparent she wasn’t going to be intimidated and she wasn’t asking him a question. She looked small and easy to handle but, just like a firecracker, he got the impression that once something set her off, you’d know all about it and there’d be nowhere to hide.  ‘I lived around the corner from you. You were at school with my brother, Lachlan.’

It was obvious she knew who he was. He’d suspected as much. He had recognised her too. Well, not her as such, but her hair matched with her name was a giveaway. Her golden copper locks were distinctive. He hadn’t wanted to think she was the same person even though it was blatantly clear, just as it was clear she remembered him.

He cursed his luck. ‘Was I?’

He knew he was being bullish but he couldn’t help it. He’d spent twenty years trying to get away from his past. Twenty years spent reinventing himself and wiping away all traces of his childhood. He hadn’t been back to Toowoomba in all that time and he’d even debated the wisdom of returning to the east coast for this three-month stint but the opportunity of this experience at the Kirribilli General Hospital had been too good to refuse. Guilt and opportunity had brought him back. And now it seemed it was about to make him pay.

He hadn’t expected to run into any one from his past and he certainly wouldn’t have expected to be remembered. He didn’t want to remember who he had been and the life he’d lived then. He didn’t want to think about it and he definitely didn’t want to talk about it. So, he stayed silent, refusing to incriminate himself by admitting any recollection. He couldn’t admit to Grace that he had lied. That he had recognised her.

‘I guess I look a bit different,’ Grace admitted when he stayed mute. ‘I must have been about seven the last time I would have seen you.’

Was there are a question in there? Was she wondering why he’d never come back? Had she even noticed?

He wasn’t going to respond to vague insinuations but she was right. She looked nothing like he remembered. He remembered her brother and he remembered Grace as Lachlan’s little sister with skinned knees and missing teeth. The only thing that remained of the seven-year-old she’d once been was her hair. Her fiery copper locks hung in loose waves over her shoulders, its rich colour bright and vibrant against the contrast of her navy uniform. He’d hadn’t seen a colour like it since leaving Toowoomba.

But everything else about her was different. She no longer looked like anyone’s kid sister. She had filled out in all the right places. She was tiny, a good foot shorter than his six feet two inches, but her proportions were perfect. Her shirt was tucked into navy trousers, pants which would have been unflattering on most figures, yet his eye was drawn to her small waist, the swell of her breasts and the curve of her hips. He felt an unexpected surge of lust. Bloody hell, that was inappropriate. He lifted his head and met her amber eyes. They blazed at him. She appeared to have the fiery temper to match her hair but what was getting her so riled up? Had she noticed his inappropriate once-over? He needed to douse the flames of her temper, he needed to make sure he didn’t set her off completely. Something told him there would be no stopping her if he did that.

Or maybe he should take up the challenge he could see in her eyes. She gave off an air of not being one to back down. Of having the courage of her convictions. That didn’t appear to have changed. He remembered more about her than he cared to admit. She’d been loud and boisterous, full of energy, he’d always known when she was around and he suspected that hadn’t changed in twenty years. He wondered what had.

The idea of putting a flame to her wick just to see what would happen was strangely exciting but he resisted the temptation. He didn’t want to bring unnecessary attention to the two of them. He didn’t want anyone asking awkward questions. Going under the radar was always best. He’d learnt that from experience.

But what did she want? What was she after? What did she remember of him? What secrets could she spill?

He hoped not many.

As a child he’d been quiet, shy and nervous. The complete anti-thesis to Grace. He’d been nervous around the kids at school and nervous around his father. His life had been unpredictable and devoid of routine but it hadn’t been until he was at boarding school as a teenager that he’d realised that not everyone’s lives were like that. He’d never experienced anything different. Most of the time he just tried to get from morning to evening without being noticed. It seemed his presence irritated people – his classmates and his father – and he was never sure about what was going to happen, how people were going to react, although more often than not it was unfavourably. He’d learnt to keep his head down, to try to be inconspicuous, but that was never easy when he looked so different.

Thanks to his Caribbean mother he wasn’t white but he wasn’t indigenous either. He was part black but not the black that was common in Toowoomba. There wasn’t another person in the town who had the same genetic mix as him. Everywhere else in the world he would have been called African -American, even though he wasn’t American or African, but in rural Australia that wasn’t a common term and he was called any number of other things and none of them had been complimentary. And if that wasn’t enough to make him stand out then his family history and his unorthodox father certainly made sure that everyone singled him out.

His mother had disappeared when he was six leaving him behind with a father who had chosen to develop a relationship with alcohol instead of with his son. His young life had been full of disappointments and he’d learnt early on not to ask for or expect much. He’d learnt early on that the only person he could count on not to let him down was himself.

He’d worked hard to escape a miserable childhood and to avoid all memories of his past. He’d worked hard over many years to forget who he was and where he came from.  He didn’t want to be remembered as that boy. That wasn’t him anymore.

And he didn’t want anyone to remind him.

Which made Grace the last person he wanted to see.

 

You can buy these books here

Reunited with her Brooding Surgeon

Nurses in the City UK

Nurses in the City USA

 

Happy Reading,

Emily and Amy

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Things I thought I’d never do (and ended up doing)

Well, looking back there are a LOT of things I thought I’d never do and ended up doing.  But that’s another story.  Because I’ve been thinking recently about the things I thought I would and wouldn’t do when I started out writing.  And, fortunately, experience has made me re-assess those dos and don’ts.

Tropes was one thing that I had a set of very definite ideas about.  I reckoned I’d never do a fake engagement – I’ve read a lot of wonderful fake engagement stories, but I couldn’t think of an original situation in which a modern woman might need to fake an engagement.  Amnesia was another that I didn’t feel that I could do well.  And a prince for a hero – well I love a hero prince as much as the next girl.  I just felt a little unequal to the challenge of writing one.

But, of course, I lived and I learnt.  And one of the things that I learned was that limiting myself to a set of rules, which were largely based on what I thought I could and couldn’t achieve, wasn’t a terribly good idea.9780373070671 copy.jpg

My first foray into the world of ‘forbidden’ tropes was The Doctor she couldn’t Forget.  As you can probably gather from the title, this was an amnesia story, and I’m showing you the cover from the US because I love it so much.

My actress heroine hasn’t forgotten everything – she’s suffered a traumatic head injury and as a result of this she’s unable to retain some memories.  There’s no rhyme or reason to what does and doesn’t remember, and she’s struggling to live a normal life, making endless lists and always stressed out by the knowledge that she may have forgotten something important.  So my hero doctor has to deal with a woman who’s fast getting a name for being a bit of a diva and is about to ruin her own career with the tantrums she throws, to cover up when she hasn’t remembered something.  And unfortunately (particularly for a romance), one of the things she has difficulty remembering is the hero’s first name.  So for much of the book she resorts to calling him ‘Dr Taylor’.

51uRXRwZLjL.jpgHaving broken my self-imposed rules once, and really enjoying the process, I threw everything out of the window for Doctor to Princess?  Not only do I have a hero prince, who I adored, but a fake engagement.  Nell, my heroine, is doctor to Prince Hugo deLeon.  A doctor himself, Hugo is having some difficulty in admitting that he needs medical care too, and it’s Nell’s job to keep him in line.  Her constant presence at his side, provokes press speculation that she is his latest girlfriend.

But when her ex-boss, who hounded Nell out of her last job because she rejected his advances, sees the stories he contacts the papers with a spiteful story of his own.  Hugo’s family have negotiated an agreement with the press that children under eighteen and engaged couples are shielded from articles that haven’t been vetted and agreed with the Royal Family.  So the only way that Hugo can stop her ex-bosses lies from ruining Nell’s career is to fake an engagement…

So – I guess that I’ve learned.  The new rule is Never Say Never, because one of the great things about writing is that there are so many possibilities, and it would be wholly wrong to arbitrarily forbid myself from doing anything without first trying it.

product_825-1.jpgAnd… this isn’t really breaking my rule about not writing about countries I haven’t visited, because the book’s not set in Iceland.  But I love both the cover and the fact that I now have three books which have been translated into Icelandic!  So I’ll include this edition of Saving Baby Amy anyway.

And come to think of it – an Icelandic heroine, who’s lost her memory and finds herself in a fake engagement with a prince…?  I’m starting to like the idea.  (And hoping my editor isn’t reading this!)

Writers – are there some tropes you’d never try?  And readers – are there some tropes you just wouldn’t read?  Or are you happy to try anything – because in the end it’s all in the way that it’s written.

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September Releases!

Howdy all and Happy September. Wecome to Autumn for the northern hemisphere and hello spring in the southern hemisphere! Six new books to feast your eyes upon including out latest debut author and two wonderful covers celebrating the diversity of human beings and the diversity of experience in love, sex and romance.

 

The Nurse’s Pregnancy Miracle by Ann McIntosh

med6She’s expecting a baby…not to meet her Mr. Right!

After leaving her cheating ex, nurse Nychelle Cory decided to have the baby she’s always wanted through IVF. As she’s determined to raise her child alone, she must ignore her inconvenient attraction to gorgeous colleague Dr. David Warmington. Especially as David has his own reasons for not wanting a family. But could Nychelle’s long-awaited miracle help heal them both?

 

 

 

The Family They’ve Longed For by Robin Giannamed5

 

Paediatric surgeon Rory Anderson is dreading returning to her small Alaskan hometown and seeing her ex, local doctor Jacob Hunter! After everything they lost, discovering he’s a single dad brings back so many painful memories. Only when it becomes clear their chemistry’s as powerful as ever, Rory dares to hope Jacob and his son could be the family she’s always longed for…

 

 

 

Carrying the Single Dad’s Baby by Kate Hardy

med4One night of comfort… One unexpected miracle!

Beatrice Lindford’s fresh start is abruptly derailed the moment she starts working with gorgeous single dad Dr Daniel Capaldi. He instantly ruffles her guarded feathers, but Beatrice must keep her mind on her new job and away from the temptation of Daniel’s charming yet sorrowful smile. Both try – and fail! – to keep their professional distance, and they soon find themselves unexpectedly bound by a tiny miracle.

 

 

 

The Surgeon’s One-Night Baby by Charlotte Hawkes

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Still reeling from her failed marriage, Archana Coates is ready to rediscover the vibrant, fun-loving woman she once was. So an unexpected encounter with her childhood crush, playboy surgeon Kaspar Athari, leads to temptation she can’t resist… Then Archie arrives in LA—pregnant! And when she and Kaspar discover their baby is at risk, Archie will do anything it takes to fight for her new little family.

 

 

 

 

Rescued By Her Mr Right by Alison Roberts (Bondi Bay Heroes)

med2Dancing in the best man’s arms…is her biggest risk of all!

In this Bondi Bay Heroes story, injured nurse Harriet Collins agrees to let hunky paramedic Jack Evans get her fighting fit and back on the Specialist Disaster Response team. After all, it’s purely platonic, right? Plus she’s already nursing a broken heart. But when she’s the bridesmaid and Jack’s the best man at their teammates’ wedding, Harriet wonders if it could be more…

 

 

 

 

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Healed By Hr Army Doc by Meredith Webber (Bondi Bay Heroes)

Her army doc returns…but can she tell him her secret?

In this Bondi Bay Heroes story, general surgeon Kate Mitchell is reunited with Dr. Angus Caruth—the gorgeous army doc she spent one night with three years ago. Working together on the Specialist Disaster Response team reignites their flame, but before Angus moves on again will Kate finally be able to share their secret heartache…and believe their temporary fling can lead to forever?

 

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Podcasts…yes or no?

Do you listen to podcasts?

I’ve always been a big fan of listening to the radio when I’m driving around town etc, but lately I’ve gotten into podcasts.

What I love about them is that, unlike an audio book, you can dip in and out of subject matter depending on what you feel like, you can listen to something fun/educational/serious/intelligent/frivolous…

My go to ones are usually related to the writing business (Self Publishing Formula, SPA girls, Joanna Penn) and I find them absolutely fascinating and essential listening and learning, but I’ve also used one to help me get to sleep (although it didn’t work very well so I won’t give details here!!!).

The Food Programme (BBC Radio 4) is fascinating- all about the development and history of food and then there’s a selection of meditations, hiking stories, parenting, book clubs, short stories, poems, reviews and my husband was listening to one yesterday about murder (should I be worried?). So many to choose from!! I love that there’s something for every taste and every mood.

There are too many to choose from, so I’d love to hear any recommendations….do you listen to podcasts? Which ones?

[My most recent medical romance doesn’t feature any podcasts, but is Reunited By Their Secret Son  Mills and Boon  Amazon US Amazon UK]