Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance Novels

Is it really 2019?

By the time you read this I’ll be back at the day job after being off for a few weeks and finally stopped watching Kurt Russell in The Christmas Chronicles.  Before we go any further can I just say – sexist Santa ever!

Being off work should have been fab.  I should have been reading a billion books and writing a few other billion.  Truth was, I was too tired and couldn’t concentrate to do any of that.  I ended up trying something I haven’t done in years – a jigsaw.  Of course, I picked one of a library.  You have no idea how frustrating it was until that final piece slotted into place!  Here’s hoping it woke up other parts of my brain,


Once I was finished I pulled out the pile of books I have for January.  Here they are!

January is an exciting time for romance writers if they are members of the Romance Writers of America.  By around the third week in January, I’ll receive some books to judge for the Ritas – the romance writers equivalent of the Oscars, which is why I haven’t got quite so much on my reading pile this month.  I can’t wait to see what else I get to read – and of course, I can’t tell you, because judges are sworn to secrecy!

In the meantime, I’ve started this pile and read this little beauty.  As a nurse it evoked many memories in me of the range of doctors I’ve worked with throughout the years. Some lines made me laugh out loud, other situations made me cry.


In other news, my third Young Adult book comes out next month and I’m delighted to see this series completed – I was running out of dinosaurs!  My next YA story will be set a million miles away from the dinosaurs.  Let’s just use a famous sentence.  Space. The Final Frontier.


I”m pleased to say I’ve read some brilliant books this year.  I’ve also had the revelation of finally getting to grips with audiobooks.  Narrators can make or break a book and I’m ruthless.  If the audiobook hasn’t captured my attention in fifteen minutes I return it for another.  My favourites so far have been Sadie by Courtney Summers, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee, The Wife Between Us, by Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendricks, Skyward by Brandon Sanderson and Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.  Quick thing, some of these books have subject matter that could be triggering.

If you have any recommendations for me please let me know!

Finally I have two new medical romances scheduled so far this year with another two to come.  Island Doctor, Royal Bride is out in February and Tempted by the Hot Highland Doc is out in May 2019.  Happy New Year folks!

7 thoughts on “Is it really 2019?”

  1. When I was in college I did a series of puzzles that were of Norman Rockwell’s the 4 freedoms. All time consuming but worth it. Only problem the freedom of religion was missing 3 pieces. Fortunately my roommate had an aunt who was an artist and cut and painted pieces. They were a great match and unless you knew which pieces they were they were hard to find. I mounted and framed them and used them on my walls for many years until they were lost in a fire. Thanks for sharing your puzzle. It along with your writings bring me happy memories of days past and joy for the delight in days to come

  2. Hi Scarlet

    Time does seem to be flying by these days and I seem to be always trying to find time to read, because that is when I am relaxed and travelling the world, I still haven’t watch The Christmas Chronicles even though everyone who has watched it loved it, your February medical has just landed on my kindle and I do look forward to it

    Have Fun


  3. Hi Scarlet

    Times is flying by these days I didn’t watch the Christmas Chronicles even though it was recommend by many people I will watch it maybe this Christmas 🙂

    Have Fun


  4. I love jIg saw puzzles, Scarlet but hadn’t done one for years until May last year when we spent 2 weeks in the French countryside at a little cottage. It was soooo lovely to just chill!

    As far as audio book recs go, have just started the Penny Reid Winston brothers on audio and loving them. Also ALL the OUtlander books. The narrator for that – Davina Porter – is amazing.

    Wishing you a fruitful 2019! I *might* see you in New York?

  5. Happy New Year to you too, Scarlet!

    I only seem to do jigsaw puzzles when my sister is visiting. They take up too much space in our house to keep doing them indefinitely (but for her I’ll make an exception). Besides, I have too many other things on the go (that also take up a lot of space, like scrapbooking).

    No, I don’t have any book recommendations for you. I haven’t been reading as much so far this year, as I have been decluttering MANY places in my home. Whenever I think to myself, “SOMEDAY I should get around to organizing/cleaning this,” I actually do it, LOL! Today, for example, I wanted to change the plastic screen on our cell phone. Do you think I could find the package? Figured it was in the end table beside me, so I got down on the floor and emptied the entire table out (and never did find the screens). I DID, however, have many pieces of paper for recycling, a few pieces of garbage, a flashlight to put with others in the house, an instruction manual to put with others elsewhere too, and I got two groups of things put into Ziploc bags so they weren’t all over the place instead. Felt wonderful (except for not finding those screens, LOL). Another day….

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