Dear, Dear Readers,
Well, I’m back, and I’m so excited I can’t tell you!
For those of you who remember me, I’m sorry I’ve been AWOL for so long. My last book, out in 2015, was a Mills & Boon Cherish/Harlequin Romance called Best Friend to Wife and Mother? It was a runaway bride story and was set partly in Tuscany and partly in Yoxburgh, close to where I live in Suffolk, England, (but sadly fictional!) but around the time I was writing it back in 2013 I hurt my arm, which refused to respond to treatment and I ended up with a crazy neuropathy which meant that every time I typed (or did almost anything including gardening, housework, holding a pen), it hurt for days afterwards. Luckily I could still hold a cup of coffee with my other hand, so all was not lost!
Anyway, it’s finally better, or at least enough for me to type again (tried dictating – nah. Different part of my brain, apparently!) and so, after a gap of over two years, I finally have a new Medical Romance out in February 2017, and I’m so excited about it! It’s called Their Meant-To-Be Baby, and it’s set in the ED in Yoxburgh Park Hospital, and it stars Kate Ashton and Sam Ryder.
If you’ve read my last Medical Romance Risk of a Lifetime, which told Ed and Annie’s heartwrenching story, you might remember Kate, the rather flaky nurse who worked alongside Annie in the ED. Kate was a real puzzle to me. When she first appeared on the page I knew she was a troubled and complicated person with a lot of love to give, but damaged by the past. I had no idea what that past might be, or who the man would be who could save her from her self-destructing course and restore her self-respect and her faith in humanity.
And then the hero just popped into my head, in the way that they sometimes do, so enter Sam, equally damaged, equally in need of healing, but for very different reasons, and also with a lot of love to give. Getting them together was easy … but how to keep them together when all either of them wanted was to run away?
They made me want to run away, too, because getting through to them was like banging my head against a brick wall, but then gradually, page by page, they revealed themselves to me as I unwrapped the layers of their heartbreaking pasts and found the good and decent people underneath. I just had to help them find that in each other, but it wasn’t easy for any of us!
To introduce you to them there’ll be an excerpt on Monday 30 January to whet your appetite, and I hope you’ll want to read on and learn about them for yourself, and come to love them both as much as I did.
And then, as if that wasn’t exciting enough, I have another book out in the second half of next year, called The Midwife’s Longed-For Baby, in which Nick and Liv Jarvis struggle to repair their broken marriage in the face of infertility. As he’s an obstetrician and she’s a midwife, there’s no escaping reality for them, and there were a lot of tears, many of them mine. And yes, there’s another one in the pipeline, too, so hang on to your hats, because
Lots of love and happy reading,