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Out and About

by Susan Carlisle

The gates have been opened and I’ve been released on the world. After months of staying at home I’m loving being out among the people. The one thing I’ve had hammered home in the last few months is that people need people. My going has picked up to being in the fast lane in the last few months.

First, I was off to Nashville, Tennessee to give a program about my father’s family with the last name Myhr. My great grandfather was from Norway. The picture is of some of my family in front of the ancestral house. It was great to see everyone.

My next stop was a week cruising around Iceland. The trip was amazing. Waterfalls were everywhere.

Not going to conferences for a writer is very difficult. They are where we learn new things about the industry and see people who understand us. Finally I had a chance to attended NINC in person in Tampa, Florida in late September. The cherry on top was getting to go to a Maroon 5 concert. The group put on a great show. Tampa was a very nice place to spend a week in the fall. Getting a tan while gaining knowledge is the best of both worlds. I came home eager to write my next book. A refreshing concept after the last few months I have had.

Three days after getting back from Florida I attend my local writers conference. I was renewed. It was wonderful to see friends and make new ones. Nancy Harkness and I bonded. Even though she beat me out for a Maggie Award. Her book was better than mine and I told her that. If you haven’t read one of Nancy’s books you should.

A week later I was off to the Georgia State Fair in Perry, Georgia. My sister-in-law and I spent time seeing a skiing show, a seal show and Gary Puckett and the Union Gap. If you don’t know Gary Puckett’s music, I encourage you to go out and find it. You’ll be glad you did.

My going isn’t over, thank goodness, but more about that later.

Have you been anywhere fun lately?

Oh, yeah. I have a new book out in January. I thought I’d share the cover.

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Exclusive Excerpt – Costa Rican Fling with the Doc

Costa Rican Fling with the Doc by Traci Douglass
Dude sprawling in autumn leaves wearing a Witch Way to the Wine T-shirt.
In other words, all of us.

Hello again and Happy Autumn! 😊🍁🍂

Spring and Fall are my favorite times of the year. Not too hot, not to cold, beautiful colors everywhere. Though I will say for me, since about mid-September and through to Oct. 22nd has been and will be a blur. Lots of stuff has happened–good and bad.

On the good side, I turned in my 11th book for the Medicals line, Island Reunion for the Single Dad, on August 27th. I also hit an author milestone this month with the release of my 10th book with the Medicals line, Costa Rican Fling with the Doc, on Oct. 26th, and I’m getting new author photos taken on 10/22—like hair, makeup, the whole “top model” treatment—and I’m both excited and nervous. LOL. 😂 And I celebrated another birthday.

On the bad side, after turning in the Aug book, I received two-weeks worth of edits on it in mid-September. Around the same time, my beloved 15 y.o. dog, Clara, passed away, on 9/22. And I was also busy writing book #12 with the line, which is due 10/15. So yeah. A LOT. But I’ve learned over the years to keep persevering, to keep my head down and focus on just that moment, just that hour, just that day, and keep moving forward. Eventually things get done, plates get cleared. And the sun shines again and we write on. ❤️

But, needless to say, I haven’t gotten to do nearly the amount of cheerleading for my upcoming release later this month that I usually do, so I thought I’d share an exclusive snippet with y’all today to hopefully pique your interest.

In this scene below, my hero Gabe and heroine Sara have finished up a difficult birth for a patient in the village nearly, and are strolling back to the field hospital together that night, still too buzzed to sleep and too aware of each other to want to part ways just yet. Enjoy…🤓📚❤️

Exclusive Excerpt:

As they walked back to the clinic, Sara marveled at the lush foliage. Everything seemed bigger now, brighter now, since the birth. She still couldn’t quite believe she’d done that. Working in the PICU, she cared for tiny infants all the time. But bringing them into the world? Now that was something.

The late-afternoon sun filtered through the trees, its rays still prickling Sara’s sunburned skin as they passed a bar, a crowded convenience store and a school painted in primary colors in the village. Gabe pointed toward a tiny house to their left. He looked rumpled but perfect, a tiny, infant-size handprint staining the front of his scrub shirt. “That’s where to go for the best tortillas in Costa Rica.”

“Really?” Sara smiled. “I’ll have to remember that. Thanks for letting me help out today.”

“Thank you for being there,” he said, the solemnity in his green eyes making her think they were talking about more than the breech birth.

Before Sara could ask more, however, they reached to compound and walked back to the clinic tent to drop off their supplies. At the entrance, an older woman waited, her gray bun perched precariously atop her head and her blue cotton dress neat but faded a bit around the edges.

“Hola,” Gabe said, waving. “What can I do for you?”

The woman smiled, then spoke in rapid Spanish.

“Anything I can help with?” Sara asked him, setting her supply bag on the table inside the tent.

“Sí.” Gabe grinned, walking past her to his exam area to drop off his stuff. “She’s inviting our team to dinner tomorrow.”

“Oh.” Sara straightened. “That’s very nice.”

“It is.” He chuckled. “She’s an old friend and a patient here at the clinic. She feels it’s her duty to feed us while we’re here.”

The woman, still waiting at the entrance, nodded. She spoke to Gabe once more, too fast for Sara to keep up. Maybe something about a horse? Or hair? She could never keep those two words straight. Gabe moved in beside Sara then, and maybe it was the adrenaline from earlier still sizzling through her veins, or the joy of bringing new life into the world. Whatever it was, she suddenly couldn’t help being aware of how close he was standing behind her and how if she leaned back just slightly, his chest would rest against her back, all warm and solid and…

Oh, boy.

Gabe promised the woman they’d all be there for dinner the next evening, and the woman walked away, leaving the two of them alone again. Inside the tent, long shadows increased the intimate feel of the moment.

“Thanks again for your help with Angela,” he said, leaning in to rest his free hand on the desk behind her back. Her body buzzed, hyperaware of his every move even though there was still a good foot of space between them. He lowered his head and stared at the ground. “There were moments during the delivery when I thought…” His dark brows drew together.

Cicadas sang their nightly song outside the tent, but inside it was just the two of them. Sara hesitated, then asked the question that had been on her mind since she’d arrived and first met Gabe. “What happened to them? Your family?”

He swallowed hard and straightened, and for an awful second, she thought he might shut her out again, but then he took a deep breath and said quietly, “They died. When our apartment in Croatia was bombed during the war. I lost my family, everything I cared about within a matter of hours.”

“Oh, God.” Sara’s own heart broke at the eviscerating agony in his voice. “I’m so sorry, Gabe.”

She tried to put her hand on his arm, but he took a step back, reaching into the back pocket of his scrub pants for his wallet. “I have a picture of them. Would you like to see?”

Sara nodded, trusting herself not to cry.

The photo he pulled out was a bit crinkled and bent at the edges, as if handled a lot. He moved closer to Sara again, handing her the picture, then pointing at the pretty woman smiling in it. “Her name was Marija. We were married almost two years when this was taken. She’s holding our son, Karlo.”

Blinking back tears, Sara smiled. “She’s lovely. And Karlo is precious.”

“Thank you.” He took the photo from her, staring down at it reverently. “He was our everything. We couldn’t wait to move from Vukovar to Prague and start a new life there, but I had to finish medical school first. Marija and I used to fight about it, but she let me win.” He gave a sad little snort. “I was so young and stupid back then. I thought we’d have all the time in the world.”

“You couldn’t have known this would happen,” Sara said, touching him now to emphasize her point. “No one knows what the future holds.”

“I should have.” His expression darkened to a scowl, and he put the photo away, those damned walls of his crashing down hard again. “Anyway, I apologize if I seemed distracted during the delivery earlier.”

It took a moment for his words to penetrate the emotional fog in Sara’s brain. “You weren’t distracted. I thought you were brilliant today. You saved them both, Angela and her baby.”

“No, you did.” Gabe smiled again, and it felt like a million stars shining to Sara, that dimple of his making her slightly dizzy with yearning. “Without your small hands, all would have been lost.”

Sara held her hands up as she shrugged. “Genetics, I guess.”

“Hmm.”

The low whirr of the generators kicking on outside reinforced the fact that she and Gabe were still alone out here in the tent, standing in the shadows, so close that the heat radiating from his skin penetrated the thin cotton of her scrubs, sending her pulse skyrocketing.

“We should probably go into the dorms,” she murmured past her taut vocal cords.

“We probably should,” he agreed.

Neither of them moved.

Finally, Gabe reached into one of the drawers of the nearest table and handed her something.

“What’s this?” she asked, staring down at the chunk of cellophane-wrapped white in her palm.

“Sweets for the sweet. Dulce de coco,” he said, his teeth even and white as he smiled in the darkness. “Coconut candy. I get tired of eating beans and rice.”

She sniffed the stuff. “Wow. Smells amazing.”

“It’s very good.” Gabe stood there a moment, staring down at her, then sighed and turned away. “Well…uh… I guess this is good night, then.” He started to leave, but Sara placed a hand on his forearm, her fingertips tingling from the touch. Gabe froze, looking back at her, his green eyes flicking from her eyes to her mouth, then back again. Her name emerged low and rough, and she felt it like a physical caress. “Sara?”

“Yes?”

Silence stretched for eons. Finally, he stepped closer once more, his fingers trailing down her arm, firm but tentative. Gentle but wanting. “I want to kiss you, but I know I shouldn’t.”

He was probably right—she knew that. With his past and her future waiting back in Chicago, getting involved, even temporarily, made no sense. And yet, at that moment, Sara wanted to kiss him more than she wanted her next breath. Taking the initiative, she closed the small distance between them and wrapped her arms around his neck, pulling him down until their lips met. She put all of her whirling emotions into it—the sweetness of the birth, the sadness of his picture, the need and want she’d felt for him since the first day she’d met him. Gabe seemed taken aback at first, holding back, but then her tongue traced his lips, and he gave in with a grunt, pulling her tight against him as he deepened the kiss. His mouth was perfect against hers, mirroring the soft eagerness of his touch. She couldn’t help giving a desperate whimper.

More. I need more.

The sound of footsteps outside the tent finally jarred them back to reality.

Sara inched away, breathless and light-headed.

Gabe’s warm breath fanned her face, stirring the tiny hairs near her temple. He gave a short sigh full of frustrated need, then kissed her forehead. “Tomorrow we talk, yes?”

“Yes,” she whispered, savoring the feel of him against her while she could.

“Good.” Then he brushed his lips across her forehead and started for the exit again. “Sleep well.”

She waited a moment, catching her breath and calming her racing heart, then headed for the dorms herself. Sara wasn’t sure about a lot of things but having a restful night after a kiss like that would be impossible—of that she was certain.

Until next time, Happy Reading! 😊

The road to happily-ever-after starts in Costa Rica in this passionate romance by USA TODAY bestselling author Traci Douglass.

Sometimes the future…
is just a fling away!

For single mom Sara, life has been all about raising her now adult son. But volunteering for a medical charity in Costa Rica is finally the nurse’s chance to focus on her passions. Only, her guarded new boss, Gabe, stirs something deep in her that she’d thought long forgotten… And as the devastatingly handsome doctor sends all her senses into overdrive, for once sensible Sara can’t help wondering—what if they didn’t resist temptation?

GET YOUR COPY HERE!

Holiday Celebrations, Quirky Stories

Spooky Season & American Football

It’s officially October. In my part of the US, that means cooler days, chilly evenings, spooky decor and football. While I enjoy the first three, my husband is enamored by all four!
Every October 1st he pulls out all his Halloween decorations, which expands every year. He spends most of the day laying out our ever-growing collections of skeletons, blow ups and spooky decor. Then he spends the rest of the month searching for more – that he will only buy on November the 1st when it goes half off. 


But October also brings American Football. My husband is a devoted Cleveland Browns fan. For those not in the know, the Browns have a storied history that involves a loyal fan base and team that rarely wins a game. 


Last year that started to change. They had their first winning season in thirteen years (seriously). They even made the playoffs…where they were promptly sent home after the first game. Somehow this success is tied to our blowup Jack Skelton from A Nightmare Before Christmas, that my husband put a Browns scarf on last year. I do not understand the connection, but my husband swears it is so! 

Jack Skeleton blow up wearing Browns scarf
Jack Skeleton blow up wearing Browns scarf


Jack stayed up long after Halloween last year and I’ve already been warned that if the Browns go to the Super Bowl (he is ever the optimist),  that Jack will be up until February. 

Do you have any sports superstitions? 

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, New Releases

October New Releases

Happy October! Here in Canada we’re gearing up for our Thanksgiving (it’s a month earlier than our American friends to the south) and Spooky Season is upon us. It’s my favourite time of the year.

We have six fabulous reads for you.

Congratulations to our milestone authors this month. Juliette Hyland with her 5th book Reawakened in the South Pole and Me (Amy Ruttan) with my 30th Falling for His Runaway Nurse.

Falling for His Runaway Nurse by Amy Ruttan

Could a runaway bride…
…be the one to tempt him?
Brooding Thatcher Bell enjoys the anonymity of life as a cruise ship doctor. But when beautiful Lacey Greenwood storms into his life—wearing a wedding dress!—to take up the vacant post as nurse, he’s shocked by their instant chemistry. Lacey is obviously escaping something, and Thatcher recognizes some of the pain she’s hiding behind her dazzling smile. But as they set sail, there’s no way of running from their real and ever-growing feelings!

Reawakened at the South Pole by Juliette Hyland

An antarctic adventure
and a reunion of a lifetime…
ER nurse Helena Mathews wants just one thing: to show her parents that she’s no longer the fragile, premature baby they cradled in the NICU. So her new South Pole–based job is the perfect way to break free! But Dr. Carter Simpson’s arrival proves that you can’t just erase the past. Her one-time best friend may have left without a trace after a life-altering discovery, but he never left Helena’s heart…

Reunited by Her Twin Revelation by Shelley Rivers

“I just want to talk.”
Is he ready to hear her secret?
Nurse Thurza had pictured this day thousands of times. The day that Dr. Logan would return. Still, nothing could have prepared her for the real thing… Why? Well, when a mix-up led a brokenhearted Thurza to falsely believe that he had abandoned her and their unborn babies, she said goodbye to Logan—forever. But, as their past and the truth begin to unravel, will Thurza let Logan back in?

Starting Over with the Single Dad by Tina Beckett

A past kiss…
…A happy-ever-after?
For former army surgeon Mysti, a return to Forgotten Point was not in the cards…until a tragic accident while on duty leads her home. Her physical wounds may have healed, but it’s the invisible scars that remain. So the last thing that Mysti needs is to bump into Dr. Jesse: her unexpected new colleague and the one that got away. Now Jesse’s a single dad with his own hidden pain. Can they heal—together?

The Doctor’s Reunion to Remember by Annie Claydon

A forgotten past…
An unforgettable future?
In this Reunited at St. Barnabas’s Hospital story, former workaholic Dr. Gil Alexander is happy with the slower-paced life he was forced to adopt following his traumatic brain injury. The only things missing are his memories of just before the accident. But when Dr. Clemmie Francis is temporarily assigned to his rehabilitation center, he can’t shake the feeling he’s met this captivating yet cautious doctor before…and that this isn’t the first time he’s experienced their explosive chemistry!
 
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Book 1 – Twins for the Neurosurgeon by Louisa Heaton
Book 2 – The Doctor’s Reunion to Remember by Annie Claydon
 

Twins for the Neurosurgeon by Louisa Heaton

Two tiny heartbeats…
…will change their lives forever!
In this Reunited at St. Barnabas’s Hospital story, top neurosurgeons Samantha Gordon and Yanis Baptiste spend one unforgettable night together in Paris. Their reunion in London proves even more explosive when they discover Sam is pregnant with twins! Neither Sam nor Yanis is prepared for parenthood, but those two tiny heartbeats could help them find the family neither of them believed they would ever have…
 
Reunited at St. Barnabas’s Hospital duet
Book 1 – Twins for the Neurosurgeon by Louisa Heaton
Book 2 – The Doctor’s Reunion to Remember by Annie Claydon

Happy Reading!

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

When a book goes bad by Kate Hardy

I’ve been writing Medicals for a while now – actually, next month is the 20th anniversary of The Call (and, on the same day, my daughter’s 21st – where did that time go?). But the last Med I wrote… it’s the first book that’s gone so badly that I actually sent it in last week, not only late but with suggested revision notes!

I knew there was a problem when it took me a whole day to write what would take me an hour or two in ‘the zone’. I also knew that my characters didn’t want to talk to each other, let alone kiss each other. Nuh-uh.

The problem? The conflict! I agreed to write a reunion book. The problem with that is finding a reason for them to split up in the first that was ENOUGH of a reason, but a reason that could be overcome, say, five years later.

I didn’t get it right. (And I know it was the problem, because the one I started writing this weekend is sparkling and fun and I can’t wait to work on it.) I’ve suggested a restructure to my editor; and in the meantime I’m distracting myself with the new book and a wee bit of sewing.

I’ve said before that writing and sewing have a lot in common. This is my big ’favourite things’ sampler (220 stitches wide, 295 deep), which I finished last month (needs washing and pressing!). The border is fiddly and seemed to take for ever. That bottom layer, of slog, I wanted to do anything except sew! (Just like I wanted to do anything but write, on the last book…)

Are there any tropes that really don’t work for you, as a reader? What’s your favourite? (Mine’s friends-to-lovers – which is the one I’m writing now – followed by fake fiancee.)

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Playing it Safe, by Amy Andrews

For this Friday’s feature spot, we’re thrilled to bring you an excerpt from Amy Andrews’ first MM romance.  It’s book number seven in Amy’s Sydney Smoke Rugby series, and we won’t detain you any further, because we know you’ll be wanting to scroll down to admire the cover and read the excerpt!

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Donovan Bane loves playing rugby for the Sydney Smoke. And if that means he has to keep his sexuality a secret, that’s a sacrifice he’s prepared to make. At least until after he retires, anyway. He doesn’t want to be the first pro rugby player in Australia to officially come out while still playing. The team doesn’t need the media shit storm and he’d rather be known for his footy skills. Which means no dating, no relationships, no sex. Nothing but playing ball.

Until one man suddenly changes everything…

Beckett Stanton is out and proud—and not looking for a guy who isn’t. Been there, done that, complete disaster. Unfortunately, on the first day of his new job working for the Sydney Smoke, he locks eyes with Donovan Bane and he’s a goner. Big, gruff, and athletic isn’t usually Beck’s type, but for some reason this man is ticking all his boxes. And it’s clear the feeling is mutual. It’s also clear that Donovan is not out, and doesn’t plan to be anytime soon. Still, Beck can’t resist being the man to show Donovan everything he’s been missing.

For the first time, Donovan doesn’t play it safe and allows himself to indulge in things with Beck he knows he can’t have. But when their relationship gets serious, he knows he has to choose between the career he loves and the man he loves, because how can he possibly have both?

Playing it Safe is available now from Amazon, Amazon Australia, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBooks and Kobo.

Excerpt

“I’m sorry.” Beckett raked a hand through his hair. Maybe that’s why it looked so tousled. “I…don’t know why I’m here.”

Donovan’s heart rate slowed at the genuine note of confusion in his voice. His blood thickened to sludge, adding to the heat in his system. “Okay.”

“I told myself I’d stay away.” His brow furrowed, his eyes earnest in appeal as if needing Donovan to understand something he didn’t understand himself. “To give you space.”

“Okay.”

“I even went out last night with some friends so I wouldn’t come here. But tonight I just…found myself in my car and then I was…here.”

Donovan swallowed against the parchment dry tissues of his throat. “Okay.” The loud buzz in his ears was clearly rendering him incapable of wording right now.

Their eyes locked. “You should send me away.”

Probably. But seeing the usually calm and reasoned Beckett so…undone was sparking little fires in his belly and his thighs and his ass. His breath stuttered to a halt at the twin flares of desire he saw burning in the other man’s eyes. “Okay.”

But he made absolutely no move to do so.

Another beat passed. Two. Then, “Fuck it,” Beckett swore under his breath as he took two steps forward, slid a hand onto Donovan’s nape and kissed him hard.

It took a couple of seconds for Donovan to respond, for all the parts of him to come together, to register the firm mouth, the delicious minty breath, the hot spice of cologne. To realise he was being kissed.

By a man. By Beckett.

It was a busy couple of seconds. But in one pure beat of the heart, it all clicked and he ceded to the probing of Beckett’s tongue against his closed lips, opening to him, every cell straining to the feel of his mouth, to the taste of him, to the smell of him. It filled up Donovan’s senses until he was drowning in sensations.

So this was how it felt to be kissed by a man. Harder, deeper, earthier. Scratchier, bulkier, hairier. Double the testosterone. Triple the hit. Like being part of those YouTube videos, not just an onlooker.

This was what he’d been waiting for. This moment. Nothing had ever felt this right. This natural. This innate. Nothing. Not even rugby.

And it consumed him. Beckett consumed him.

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, Travels Around the World

How to Have a Never-Ending Holiday!

Hello! It’s Hannah here. I’m the Assistant Editor for the Mills and Boon Medical Romance team. I’m so excited to be back on Love is the Best Medicine and to talk all things Medical Romance.

First things first! How was your summer? It’s been a busy – but exciting! – time at True Love Towers. From the Love to Write competition in search of romance writers from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds (the deadline is Monday 4th October so, aspiring authors , you still have time to submit!) to the Mills and Boon team’s return to the office, we were hit (as we always are!) by just how lucky we are to work in the world of romance.

So, as we soak-up the last of the late-September sun (after the soggiest summer ever in the UK!), we thought now was the perfect time to show that just because Autumn in fast approaching, it doesn’t mean that the chance to travel the world (through Mills and Boon Medical Romance’s latest books!) – has. Here’s your ticket to unlimited armchair travel!

Island Fling with the Surgeon by Ann McIntosh

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From fake to forever?

When Dr Genevieve convinces nurse Zach to enter a fake relationship to help keep her meddling mum at bay, she’s confident there’s no danger of it turning into more. But is their ‘fake affair’ at risk of becoming all too real?

Hawaiian Medic to Rescue His Heart by Annie O’Neil

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Tempting the single dad!

Firefighter and paramedic Zach is looking forward to a quieter life in Hawaii and building a brighter future for himself and his son. But his beautiful, kind, vibrant new colleague, Lulu, has the potential to derail all of his plans…

 

Reawakened at the South Pole by Juliette Hyland

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A reunion of a lifetime!

ER Nurse Helena wants to break free from her parent’s perception of the fragile premature baby she once was. Her new, South Pole-based job is the perfect solution. But, Dr Carter’s arrival proves you can’t erase the past. He once disappeared from her life, leaving no trace, but he never left her heart…

 

Costa Rican Fling with the Doc by Traci Douglass

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Temptation in paradise!

For single mum Sara, life has been all about raising her now adult son. But, volunteering for a medical charity in Costa Rica, it’s finally the nurse’s chance to focus on her passions. Only her guarded new boss, Gabe, sends all her senses into overdrive, for once, sensible Sara can’t help wondering – what if they didn’t resist temptation?

 

What destination is #1 on your bucket list? We’d love to know!

With love,

Hannah

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Do You Read Like I Read?

BOOOOOOOOOOOKS!!!!!

I think we are probably agreed that books are one of the very best things in the world. Now…It would be fairly safe to say that I am a total book whore. If, for some freak reason, I find myself out in the world with a spare, say, two minutes…I develop an urgent, pathological need to buy a book. Bookstores (old and new) draw me in like magnets. I’ve always loved them more than magazines, music, movies (well…I love movies too but the best ones are based on books, am I right????). This week I thought it’d be fun to see what your reading habits are like. Feel free to put in as much detail as you like in the ‘other’ options. Don’t worry! This is a safe place!!!

I’ll let you know what the results are soon. Until then, happy reading!!!! xx Annie O’

Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels, The Writing Life

Welcome Autumn!

In my part of the world, it’s the first day of fall. And fall is my most favourite time of the year. Yes, I’m a pumpkin spice nut. I love everything to do with pumpkins, leaves and of course Halloween.

Halloween is my jam!

Little Boo is hanging out in my office on my word count tracker.

And this is my first year celebrating in the new house. There are going to be more leaves to rake and the colours started changing out here earlier. There’s a crispness in the air that I couldn’t always pick up in the city.

I grew that pumpkin. This is just the start of autumn decorations!

I’ve also been told that I can leave my decorations out and put them out earlier without worry of them being destroyed, which happened a lot in the city.

However, I probably won’t get trick or treaters. Which has me sad. It’s the one thing I’ll miss.

I’m also learning about harvest time and other farming things…though I have to admit not very well. I made my first venture into our properties original barn. All the years I was married to my DH and coming to visit his parents, I had never been in it.

Me on the tractor. Finally!

Of course, while I should’ve been directing traffic to get my brother in law bins up into the barn, I was dancing to the Footloose soundtrack and picturing a dance in that barn. I must’ve done a good job, because my DH let me drive the tractor.

We’re settling into the family farm that’s been in my hubby’s family for a very long time. I love my new office, my proper office.

In the barn!

I’m feeling the Footloose vibe!

Bin moving. I was distracted by Footloose dancing.

And with Autumn also comes my thirtieth book with Harlequin. It’s hard to believe. It felt like yesterday that I was celebrating my 25th! I’m super excited about Falling for His Runaway Nurse.

Could a runaway bride…
…be the one to tempt him?
Brooding Thatcher Bell enjoys the anonymity of life as a cruise ship doctor. But when beautiful Lacey Greenwood storms into his life—wearing a wedding dress!—to take up the vacant post as nurse, he’s shocked by their instant chemistry. Lacey is obviously escaping something, and Thatcher recognizes some of the pain she’s hiding behind her dazzling smile. But as they set sail, there’s no way of running from their real and ever-growing feelings!

What do you love the most about this change of seasons, wherever you might be?

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You’re Never Too Old to Try Something New!

Last week in an attempt to avoid edits, (waves to editors!) I did something I NEVER thought I would do. Not only that, I horrified the Gen Z sons, so that’s kinda cool! Yes, I joined TikTok.

WHAAAAAT? you say. Well TikTok has an entire bookloving, bookreading community so I thought perhaps I should be there. And so started a massive learning curve–new things are good for the brain, right? I just LOVE that ‘Tech Boomer’ on You Tube (even if I’m not technically a Boomer) is my go to for ‘How do they insert those pictures?’ ‘And why the hell won’t the Cinderella Effect work?’

I’m having a lot of fun laughing at myself and I decided to go all in. Sometimes I have hair and make up and sometimes I don’t so if I end up in the horror section, it’s on me. Most importantly, I’m having fun and sometimes I’m serious and sometimes I’m fun and sometimes it’s a total disaster. They say laughing at oneself is healthy so fingers crossed !

I thought I could upload a video here but it appears that’s not possible…but here I am below telling you the secret to writing a good book !

Are you on TikTok? Pleaase come follow me @Fionaloweauthor and have a giggle with me. Meanwhile, what’s something new to you that you are trying ? Skydiving? Crocheting? Growing veggies? Tell me!

Meanwhile on the book front, edits are happening for A FAMILY OF STRANGERS, my 2022 novel out in March in Australia and June in the rest of the world.

For my world readers, we currently have a great sale on the eBook of A HOME LIKE OURS. It’s currently $3.99 USD (equivalency in other countries ex AUS/NA), if you want to grab a copy from the ebook store of your choice you will save $3. That goes a long way towards your next cup of coffee AND you get a fab book to read with it.

ON SALE NOW!

Down here, we are struggling with the Delta variant of COVID-19 and I’m in and out of lockdown like a yo-yo. Please take care and happy reading. Fiona xxxx

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