Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Guest Blog – Caroline Anderson

Dear, Dear Readers,

Well, I’m back, and I’m so excited I can’t tell you!

caroline2webFor 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

I’M BAAAAAAACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lots of love and happy reading,

Caroline xxx

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30 thoughts on “Guest Blog – Caroline Anderson”

  1. More Caroline Andserson medicals! Just when I thought the world had descended into such a dark place there is light! 🙂
    Love that pic of you caroline, tres glam!

  2. Hi Caroline

    You are a new to me author and I love the sound of this book it will be going on my must have list I have no idea how I have not read one of your books before. So hello from me and I look forward to many fabulous stories I see I have a lot to catch up one 🙂 yep more hours in the da please

    Have Fun
    Helen

    1. Oh, Helen, thank you! Just to tempt you more, there’s an excerpt here on Monday of the beginning of the book, so if you pop in and read it, you’ll get a sneaky preview! I hope you enjoy it.
      Caroline

      1. Kate, it’s reciprocated! And finally I can give you a copy of one of mine, instead of relentlessly taking yours! Thanks for your support 🙂
        Caroline x

    1. Thank you for inviting me to guest-blog. It’s a real treat! And I can’t tell you how lovely it is to be writing again. Oh, no, that’s right, I just did… 😉

    1. Thank you, Annie! Hopefully we’ll get to meet up at the RoNAs again next year, now I’ll have something to enter! Woohoo!

  3. Great to see you back writing! (And I have to admit I know a bit about the book because we’ve talked about it over lunch – we live about an hour’s drive apart – and Caroline’s been covered with dog hair at my house a few times, and been nibbled by the new puppy… And I can definitely say I can’t WAIT to read the full thing!) xxx

    1. Ah, the puppy… Any of you who haven’t been on Kate’s facebook page and seen Archie – well, you’re missing a real treat! What a gorgeous little boy. I am getting properly canine-broody! And yes, we have talked about it, and you’ve been a star. C x

    1. It’s in the pipeline. I just need a name for my hero, and I can get started. How can it be so DIFFICULT?! And then there’s working out how to start it. I might just start with Chapter Two and save the rewrite!

    1. Are you throwing down a challenge, Scarlet?! Risk was probably my favourite book ever, but Sam and Kate had an uphill task to sort themselves out, and they became very special to me. Let’s let our readers decide – and that includes you, my lovely! And it cuts both ways, I adore your books. Keep writing!

    1. Thank you, Susan. In fact thanks to everyone. I feel so humbled by the welcome back. I didn’t realise my absence had been noticed. Bless you all. I promise not to run away again!

  4. Caroline, I’m a huge fan of your work and I was so thrilled that you’ve a new Medical out and loads of other lovely books to come! Your books have been greatly missed and I am so thrilled you’re back!

    1. Julie, I’m so sorry I’ve been AWOL, but thank you for remembering me and I’m thrilled I’m back, too! I hope you enjoy the new book, and all the rest to come. I’ll do my best to keep up my end of the deal 🙂

  5. Welcome back, Caroline! I’m sorry to hear of your struggles, and I know exactly what you mean about trying to dictate. I have writer friends who swear by it, so I gave it a try. Um, no! Too weird 🙂

    Can’t wait to read your new release!

    1. Oh, yeah, the dreaded dictation! I swear I have two different brains, one for writing and one for everything else. That one’s pretty defective. I had to do my accounts yesterday. I don’t have an accounts brain! But give me a hunky, funny, sensitive man who makes mistakes and a sassy woman with a messy past and set me loose on them, and it’s a whole other thing! Although the brain that does the shopping and the cooking and the laundry and the housework goes on strike then. Apparently my brains can’t multi-task, either…

  6. Woo hoo, Caroline. Glad you’ve returned. Don’t you just it when a character arrives in your skull like that? It’s amazing, and exciting. Looking forward to reading some more wonderful stories. Cheers.

    1. Oh, Sue, when someone pops into your head it IS amazing – unless they’re a zany, slightly off-beat character with what seems like dubious morals but is just someone with no sense of self-worth on self-destruct. Like Kate, who started out as Annie’s sidekick in Risk of a Lifetime. She was never meant to be a heroine, but she just wouldn’t leave me alone and I knew I had to do something with her. Boy, did I have to dig deep to turn her around! Sam was utterly straightforward, on the other hand, just broken, and I was determined he should have a happy ending. I’m just grateful I can write again, because otherwise all the characters in my head are going to make it explode!

  7. Just finished The Midwife’s Longed-For Baby, I really enjoyed it. My son and his wife went through 2 years of very expensive infertility treatment. After several rounds of assisted insemination, they finally moved to IVF and got pregnant on the first try with twins. The side effects of her medications were not easy, and she ended up miscarrying a fetus at 7 weeks. She had a lot of problems after the miscarriage, was on bedrest for a few months, but she was able to carry the baby to 42 weeks (He was really comfy inside Mom!) Little Spencer is now 14 months old and the light of our lives. There are 15 embryos frozen, and they are just starting to talk about having another baby. Since she has endometriosis (which sometimes gets better after pregnancy), her MD wants to have them try naturally before IVF. Then begs the next question, what happens to those embryos when you have finished your family? Do you freeze them forever then bury them with you when one parent passes, do you donate them to some stranger and worry about a child you’ll never meet? Or do you destroy them (which I don’t htink is an option for them) I wish this could be addressed in a book, maybe as an infertility specialist deals with a sibling or friend’s death and the remaining embryos. Of course, love and a HEA would have to ensue…..

    1. AbbyJude, I’m so pleased your son and his wife have little Spencer! My youngest grandson is just over 13 months, very much the same age, and they are such a ray of sunshine, aren’t they? Delighted that you’re able to share in that with them, but – oh, the embryo issue! Such a tangled web of ethical, emotional and theological questions. But your comments have started the cogs turning 😉
      And I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the book, even though it didn’t touch on those issues. There’s another one down the line, ‘Bound By Their Babies’, due out in the early part of next year. I hope you’ll be tempted to look out for it. It’s all about love and loyalty and friendship and family, and it has some lovely little people in it! Not to mention a luscious hero…!

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