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Celebrating International Nurses’ Day

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Today, we’re celebrating International Nurses’ Day! And to help do so, we’ve come up with a list of some of our favourite stories, featuring nurses as (Super) Heroines.

 

Their Meant-to-be Baby, by Caroline Anderson

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Having discovered her night with surgeon Sam Ryder had unexpected consequences, Kate Ashton is left reeling when he walks into her Emergency Department. Now she’ll have to tell the ‘emotionally broken’ man she’s been belatedly warned about that she’s pregnant!

Sam’s feelings might be frozen, but he wants to be a dad. When Kate reveals she’s afraid of becoming a mum, her heartrending story opens Sam’s heart. He must convince Kate to give them a chance. This baby was meant to be—perhaps their love is too…

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Swept Away by the Seductive Stranger, by Amy Andrews

SABTSSmedicalcverWhen that guy on the train turns out to be your boss!

Nurse Felicity Mitchell’s train journey of a lifetime is even more unforgettable when she meets Callum Hollingsworth. Neither is looking for temptation, but that doesn’t stop them from sharing one hot, wild night!

Except when they disembark, they learn that what happened on the train won’t stay on the train. Because the gorgeous stranger is Flick’s new boss…and it’s increasingly difficult to keep their chemistry under control and leave it at just one night.

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The Enigmatic Surgeon, by Annie Claydon

9781472045478When opposites attract…!

Edward North—child prodigy turned genius microsurgeon—has no idea how attractive women find him! Hours spent researching and saving lives leaves little time for socialising. Until an adorable little boy wanders into his office, followed by his frantic mum, nurse Charlotte King, and they turn his world upside-down!

Charlotte’s never allowed herself to act on her feelings for devastatingly gorgeous Edward—her life is complicated enough! But when everything begins to fall apart this enigmatic surgeon is the only man she can turn to…

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Waking up to Dr Gorgeous, by Emily Forbes

image002Her unexpected rescuer

1. Leave your troubles behind and escape to Sydney for a temporary house swap.

2. When a gorgeous stranger walks into your bedroom, smile—you’ve hit the jackpot!

3. Indulge in a hot fling with said stranger!

But little does nurse Luci know that her fling is about to become so much more. Because Dr. Seb Hollingsworth has ways of making her feel alive again. With Christmas just around the corner, suddenly Luci knows exactly what she wants under her tree!

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A Baby on her Christmas List, by Louisa George

A baby on her christmas listBest friends…to parents? 

Nurse Georgie Taylor has just one thing on her Christmas list: a baby! But she never expected her best friend, broodingly handsome Dr. Liam MacAllister, to offer to be the father…

Liam’s heart has always been strictly off-limits—a baby is the last thing on his Christmas list! But he’ll do anything to make Georgie happy, and seeing her pregnant with their miracle baby ignites feelings that he just can’t ignore…feelings that could destroy a beautiful friendship—or result in so much more.

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Baby Surprise for the Doctor Prince (Royal Spring Babies), by Robin Gianna

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Two months after her breathtaking night with Prince Enzo Affini, nurse Aubrey Henderson arrives in Venice to discover he’s her new boss. And even more shocking? The news she’s carrying his royal baby!

Guarded doctor Enzo has long protected his legacy—and his heart. He’s determined not to trust his attraction to irresistible, spirited Aubrey. But as their baby grows, so, too, does their undeniable connection…and a longing for a happy-ever-after that neither can deny!

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Mummy, Nurse…Duchess, by Kate Hardy

image3The Duke and the single mum!

Nurse Rosie Hobbes knows charming men cannot be trusted. Visiting paediatrician, sexy Italian Duke, Dr Leo Marchetti is surely no exception! Her toddler twins are now the centre of Rosie’s life, and she expects Leo to run a mile when he meets them. Instead his warmth leaves her breathless!

Leo never expected to find joy as part of a family after his cold aristocratic upbringing but Rosie and her twins bring him to life. Can he prove to her he would make them the best husband and father – ever!

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One Life-Changing Night, by Louisa Heaton

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For A&E nurse Naomi Bloom, a handsome man only spells bad news. So when she’s forced to move in with her gorgeous new boss, Dr Tom Williams, she is certain he’s strictly off-limits!

Tom swore he’d never love again after losing his wife. But Naomi’s presence is a breath of fresh air and Tom finds his long-held vow challenged. Will he be ready to embrace the risk when one kiss leads to a night these two will never forget?

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Fiona Lowe’s Weddings, by Fiona Lowe

WeddingsFlatFour of Fiona’s favourite rural romances, re-published in one volume!  Three of the four stories in this anthology feature nurses as heroines.

From the red dust of the outback to the tropical islands in the north of Australia, and then the heat and humidity of Vietnam, three strong women change the lives of three doctors, who finally realise what their life has been missing 🙂

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His Pregnant Sleeping Beauty, by Lynne Marshall

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When paramedic Joseph Matthews rescues a vulnerable pregnant woman left in a coma, he vows to be there for his Sleeping Beauty. Even though after his ex-wife’s betrayal everything about innocent nurse Carey Spencer evokes bittersweet memories…mixed with unexpected desire.

As Joseph helps gorgeous Carey recover and build a safe new future for her unborn baby, can he gather his courage to give them the happy-ever-after they deserve?

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One Night, Twin Consequences, by Annie O’Neil

lgcover.9781488009686Unexpected surprises come in twos!  

When Dr. Matteo Torres invites nurse Harriet Monticello to work with orphans in Buenos Aires, her head says yes! It’s something she’s always wanted to do…although her heart is wary of the irresistible off-limits doc. Shy Harriet isn’t used to taking anything for herself, and yet before they board the plane for Argentina, the chemistry between them combusts and they give in to just one night together…

But their night of recklessness isn’t without consequences. And now Harriet has nine months to melt this brooding doctor’s heart!

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His Pregnant Royal Bride (Royal Spring Babies), by Amy Ruttan

9780373215164Nurse Shay Labadie’s one exquisite night of passion with Dr. Dante Affini was meant to be a beautiful memory. But now Shay’s expecting…and Dante is expecting her to take his hand in marriage!

Dante’s proposal is shocking enough, but then he drops an even bigger bombshell—he’s not just a doctor, he’s a prince! Now to win his child and the woman he loves, Dante will have to prove he can master his most important role yet—as the husband Shay deserves…

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From Fling to Forever, by Avril Tremayne

Fling cover medWhat started as a fling…could lead to forever!

When fate conspires to repeatedly throw kind-hearted Nurse Ella Reynolds and deliciously sexy documentary film maker Aaron James together, it’s not long before this unlikely couple finally gives in to their irresistible chemistry. Their hearts may be locked away, but what does it matter when it’s only a fling…

Spending time and saving lives together is bound to break down the barriers between them. Yet with so much heartbreak and loss to overcome, could their fling ever lead to forever?

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Make a Date…

The Harlequin ‘Make a Date’ and ‘Romance When You Need It’ videos have been around for a while now, but we loved them so much we think they’re worth a second look.  And if you haven’t seen them yet, please sit down, and put any hot drinks out of reach… 🙂

Make a Date with Harlequin – Viking!

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Romance When You Need It

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Waiting, by Scarlet Wilson

Today I am waiting.  And that wait seems to go on forever.

Waiting is not my best skill.  When we were queueing for qualities, someone forgot to tell me about the patience queue.  I have none – and it’s a thing we all need.  Strange thing is, when I worked in the hospital I had it in abundance for my patients.  Home?  Children?  Myself?  Not so much.

Anyway, today I’d hoped to show you the cover for my new YA title which goes to press at the end of April and hits the shelves in July.  Unfortunately, I can’t.   After having a cover I really did quite like, they’ve decided to change it.  That’s fine.  Apparently the original might not appear to the target audience.  Since marketing isn’t on my skill list either, I have to accept that and wait…..

In the meantime, they’ve sent my book out for others to read.  Because this is a Young Adult book, that means they send books out to children.

So instead of showing you my cover, I’ll show you first piece of fan mail I’ve received as a Young Adult author.

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I love it.  The girl read the book, loved it, sent me a letter and drew me a picture of what she thinks the cover should look like.  I won’t publish the letter because it has her details on it, I’ll only say her name is Megan and I am so happy she’s read it and enjoyed to it.

It sent a tingle all the way down to my toes!  Shouldn’t that only happen in romance novels…..
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Excerpt – No Job for a Girl, by Meredith Appleyard

Chapter 1

xno-job-for-a-girl.jpg.pagespeed.ic.srNlgeGzMFIf there’d been any other way, Leah would have taken it, welcomed it with open arms. But there wasn’t. She rolled her tongue around her mouth, trying to make enough moisture to swallow, and scrubbed sweaty palms across denim-clad thighs.

Another patch of rough air and the tiny twin-engine plane dropped like a stone. Leah’s stomach lurched into her throat; hands flew to the armrests, knuckles blanching. Cold sweat prickled between her shoulder blades. Being buffeted about in a small aluminium capsule thousands of metres above sea level had just rocketed to the top of her list of least favourite pastimes.

She risked a look sideways. The man crammed into the seat across the narrow aisle hadn’t even looked up from the Guns & Ammo magazine spread across his lap. Her gaze darted around the small cabin and the remaining four occupants appeared just as unperturbed. And the pilot was laughing and chatting to the passenger in the seat beside him.

The moisture she’d been searching for moments before flooded her mouth when the Piper Chieftain shook and shuddered like a boat tossed about on a wild sea. More of this and her hastily eaten breakfast would reappear. Were the experts lying when they said air turbulence wasn’t that dangerous?

She plunged her hand into the seat pocket but came up empty. Great. No airsickness bag. She did a rapid inventory of the contents of her hand luggage. The only bag she had was the canvas carryall.

Her eyes watered. She licked her lips and swallowed hard, held onto the armrests until her fingers ached, silently drafting her eulogy. Always did her best . . . Not afraid to stand up for what she believed in . . . Scared witless by turbulence when flying in small aircraft.

The pilot’s voice sputtered through the tinny intercom. ‘Apologies for the bumpy ride, folks. It shouldn’t be much longer. Keep yourselves belted in and I’ll see what I can do.’

The small plane bounced and chopped some more. Leah squeezed her eyes shut, mentally rehearsed the brace position and hung on. After what felt like an eternity, the twin engines changed pitch and the flight smoothed. With considerable effort she relaxed the death grip she had on the armrests, flexing her fingers.

She would have to get used to this. Flying in a small aircraft was the way she’d get to and from work for the next months. Being sick in her own lap or, worse, onto the bloke sitting next to her wouldn’t be a stellar start to what was already a tenuous position.

Leah made herself look out the tiny Plexiglass window. She tried to concentrate on the dry watercourses snaking their way through the desert below instead of rehashing, for the umpteenth time, her final interview with Cameron Crawley, the Head of Safety, Security and Environment.

She scanned the blindingly bright salt pans, the intermittent drifts of red sand. But there it was again, that interview . . . The man in his slick-looking suit with his thinly veiled misogyny; an attitude at odds with his age and his position in the company. Cameron Crawley had looked younger than Leah’s thirty-eight years, and although she’d bumped up against similar prejudice before, it had usually been from the more senior, blue-collar male workers.

The horizon flatlined into infinity. She pushed against the ache that tightened her throat. In the interview he’d made his position abundantly clear, more by what he hadn’t said than what he had. He would have preferred the job went to someone, anyone, with more testosterone. He’d kept reiterating how rough and tough the construction fly camps were for men, the subtext being how did she think she’d survive out there? Few women did, and only by being as rough and tough as their male counterparts.

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My Love Affair with the Australian Outback – by Meredith Appleyard

We’re thrilled to welcome Meredith Appleyard back to Love is the Best Medicine today!  Meredith will be joining us again on Friday with an excerpt from her latest book No Job for a Girl.

Meredith Appleyard1The setting for my latest book No Job for a Girl (Penguin Random House Australia, March 2017), is the South Australian outback, in all its stark and fragile beauty. A timeless land, reminiscent of a moonscape. And if you look closely, home to a variety of extraordinary flora and fauna.

A memory that will stay with me forever is waking to my first outback sunrise. Travelling by Greyhound bus to Coober Pedy to take up a job as a freshly minted registered nurse, I woke from an uncomfortable doze, opened my eyes and was awestruck. Above the dark and endless nothingness the horizon glowed like molten gold; the night sky softened to a wash of gold-tinted hues of pink and blue. It was beyond beautiful.

For me, the outback has never lost its appeal. Even when the daytime temperatures hit 50ºC plus, and birds drop from the sky, I can’t help but be amazed that anything survives at all. It’s a landscape full of wonder, a landscape that demands respect.

It takes a special kind of person to work in these extremes, so far from the supports and comforts of home. The challenges, both personal and professional, are huge, and the rewards well earned. Among the most memorable of my work experiences are the times I spent working in remote areas – the opal fields of Coober Pedy, remote communities in the Northern Territory and Queensland, and the oil and gas fields of the Cooper Basin.

Nursing in these places taught me to be independent and resourceful. I loved the autonomy and the challenge to be self-sufficient. What a cast of characters I worked with, laughed with, and shared my hopes and dreams!

It’s no surprise then that my latest book is set in the outback, in a construction fly camp. And that the main character, nurse and safety advisor Leah Jackson, relies on her skills, common sense, and a well-stocked RFDS medical chest to make a success of what they said was no job for a girl.

Please enjoy!

Regards

Meredith

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Fiona Lowe – Radio Star!

8330788-3x2-340x227Last week, our own Fiona Lowe was interviewed on Radio National, (the Australian equivalent of the BBC in the UK and NPR in the USA).  We all loved the way she spoke up for Romance Fiction!

So click the link below, to hear nine minutes which we know will put a smile on your face.  Go Fiona!

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandarts/iwd:-fiona-lowe-romance-writer/8328540

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A Drum Roll Tattoo, by Fiona McArthur

Christmas 2014.

That’s how long since I’ve had a new book out in Medical Romance. My last two Lyrebird Lake books in the series were my last publication with Harlequin Mills and Boon. I’ve been playing over at Penguin with my contemporary fiction books and a non-fiction midwifery anthology…

Until now. 🙂

A MONTH TO MARRY THE MIDWIFE

Ta da! I’m so excited to be back and I promise it won’t be so long until the next instalment.

Door opens. In steps Ellie and Sam.

I’ve given you the Australian cover version because it’s my first cover with a tattoo on my hero. I can’t believe Sam didn’t tell me he had one.

I’ve only just found out, and as a mother of five sons and no tattoos, he’s the first one of my children to do that. It was a ‘blink’ moment but I think it suits him. I may have to write a short story to find out when it arrived. What do you think of a doctor with a tattoo?

So…I’ve started a whole new series set in Lighthouse Bay and would love you to visit this small hospital perched on the edge of the cliff, far northern NSW. Come meet my midwives, babies, and sexy new (mysteriously tattooed) doctors with blue, blue ocean, white sand and my quirky little town called Lighthouse Bay.

Like a glass of champagne this book bubbled up and put a zing in my day that made me smile. And made me remember how much I enjoyed the immersion of being in a love story in a medical romance novel. I hope you love it as much as I do.

Speaking of Lighthouses – next week I’m staying in one.

Technically, it’s the Head Lightkeeper’s Cottage, but we’ll be sipping champagne in the dark, our backs against the white tower, watching the beams flash out over the ocean and listening to the waves a long way below. For three days of writing and long nights of desultory conversation, with my dear writing friends Bronwyn Jameson and Elle Findlay, I’ll be cooking up adventures in Lighthouse Bay. It’s a very special place. Just ask Amy Andrews. Jealous Amy? 🙂

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A MONTH TO MARRY THE MIDWIFE Out now

In US – http://bit.ly/2mDHptl

In UK- http://bit.ly/2lMVOG6

In Australia – http://bit.ly/2lhhHKd

Falling for the midwife

Midwife Ellie Swift has devoted herself to beautiful Lighthouse Bay’s tiny hospital. After a painful divorce, she’s vowed never to get involved with another man—but then the sexy new locum obstetrician walks through the door!

Despite his own damaged heart, Sam Southwell is captivated by Ellie’s warmth and compassion. She’s a woman who deserves the fairytale! It won’t be easy to change her mind but Sam’s never walked away from a challenge…

Have you got any tattoo tales? Surprises. Ones of your own. I need inspiration for that short story I need to write. 🙂

Happy reading and see you next time xx Fi