Over here at Love Is The Best Medicine, we’re pretty excited that FIVE of our talented band of medical romance authors have been nominated in the RuBY….the Romance Writers of Australia’s Romantic Book of the Year award. Woot! Squee! It’s a great follow-on from Caroline Anderson and Anne Fraser (nominees) our Kate Hardy who won the British equivalent earlier in the year. For other medical authors who were nominated in the RNA and other awards, please click here.
There are four categories in the RuBY; short sexy romance, short sweet romance, long romance & novels with romantic elements.
Your medical romance authors are a diverse bunch and of the five finalists, two have been nominated with books that are not medical romances but once you’re part of this group, we never let anyone go! So in alpahbetical order here are the authors and their nominated books.
Amy Andrews with Holding Out for a Hero. This book has already won the contemporary romance award at ARRA. YAY> When asked, “Why did you write this book?” Amy replied, “I wrote HOFAH a long time ago. It started out as what I thought would be a category romance and then morphed into this bigger than Ben Hur plot. I didn’t realise at the time but I know now that I wrote it because I couldn’t not. I just love this type of story. I call it urban-family romance. Stories set in cities where a bunch of quirky unrelated characters come together to form their own wonderful little community. Like a small-town romance but with a very urban landscape. My muse knew something back then that I didn’t. So the moral of the story is – always trust the muse!”
And the blurb says….
When sensible schoolteacher Ella Lucas rides into her home town on a Harley and seduces the resident football hero, Jake Prince, she figures she can be forgiven and move on. After all, she’s just buried her mother.
Two years later, back in the city, their paths cross again but this time Jake is in the process of destroying her favourite dive bar. With her home facing a wrecker’s ball, her school being closed down and her 15-year-old brother hell bent on self-destruction, it’s the last straw. Throw in a dominatrix best friend who is dating a blue ribbon guy so straight he still lives at home with his mother, it’s no wonder the sanest person in Ella’s life is a dog.
With all this to contend with, the last thing Ella needs is Jake back in her life. But, as fate would have it, Jake is the only chance she has to save her school.
As the school football season heats up, old secrets threaten to surface and Ella takes on greedy developers, school boards and national tabloids. But can she save not just her home, her school and her brother, but also the reputation of the man she’s never been able to forget? And, more importantly, does she want to?
Holding Out for a Hero is a quirky, heartwarming tale of unlikely romance, friendship and family.
Lucy Clark with ONE LIFE CHANGING MOMENT
Lucy says, “This book is a very special one for me. A beautiful young girl, Zoe, passed away suddenly at the age of 13. I first met Zoe when she was 5 years old and she became close friends with both my children. Even now, a few years on, we still miss her so very much. Writers are given a unique opportunity to share their feelings through the pages of their stories and through One Life Changing Moment, I was able to share my love for gorgeous Zoe whilst helping Mackenzie and John to find their own happily ever after.”
And the blurb says….
Orthopedic surgeon and struggling single mom Dr. Mackenzie Fawles can’t believe her eyes when she sees John Watson—the man who saved her and her tiny daughter—again. He might have vanished before she had a chance to thank him, but she’s never forgotten how safe she felt in his arms….
John stopped doing emotion a long time ago, after the death of his wife and child. But an unexpected connection was formed the day he saved Mackenzie, and how she’s slipping past all his well-guarded defenses….
Fiona Lowe with Gold Coast Angels: Bundle of Trouble .
Fiona says, “This book is the fourth book in the Gold Coast Angels series and I wanted to explore the themes of what it’s like to live an everyday life in a tourist town that never stops, especially when life has not gone at all the way you planned and is peppered with devastating loss.”
And the blurb says…
Top-notch plastic surgeon Luke Stanley left Gold Coast City Hospital a proud family man — and returned from his vacation a widowed single father. Now Nurse Chloe Kefes is the only one brave enough to get close to the darkly brooding Luke.
Chloe has been through much in life herself, and knows falling for Luke and little Amber is asking for a bundle of trouble. But if she can help bring that laughing, easygoing man back, perhaps Chloe can bring the sparkle into all their lives again
Carol Marinelli with Secrets of a Career Girl.
And the blurb says….
With the same work ethic that made her a doctor, Penny is determined to start a family. She’s come to terms with having IVF alone, but the biggest obstacle is keeping it a secret from her persistent boss, Ethan Lewis.
Penny thought it was her hormones making her hyper aware of Ethan’s dark eyes and sexy smile, but as she confides in him, she realizes it’s their sizzling chemistry!
Melanie Milburne with Never Say No To A Caffarelli
Melanie says, ” I adore tea rooms and have favourites all over the country (Ed note..,I know this to be true and have taken tea with Melanie in two of them 🙂 ) Poppy runs a tea room in a sleepy English village when hot shot hotel developer Rafe Caffarelli sets his sights on her pretty little dower house.”
And the blurb says.…Poppy Silverton is as untouched as the leafy English village where she runs a tearoom. But her home, her livelihood and her innocence are under threat…
Rafe Caffarelli is a mouthwatering specimen of Mediterranean manhood. He’s a playboy billionaire and determined to buy Poppy’s historic dower house.
Poppy will not give up the only thing that remains of her childhood and family. She’ll fight Rafe–and her attraction to him–all the way. And be the first woman to say “no” to a Caffarelli!
All five books are available at your favorite eBook store!
For more good news from our authors who have kicked goals in other competitions this year, please click here.
Congratulations to all the nominees! Has anyone read any of these novels?