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International Nurses and Midwife’s Day

International Nurses and Midwives Day Blog Post:

Our jobs are particularly wonderful when we get to celebrate important medical professions such as nursing and midwifery. These occupations impact people’s lives day in and day out and are some of the most important jobs in the world. This month, for International Nurses Day and the International Day of the Midwife, we think it’s a wonderful time for this hard work and recognition to be celebrated. Join us in these celebrations by delving into some uplifting nurse and midwife reads from Mills & Boon/Harlequin.

Taking a Chance on the Best Man by Fiona McArthur

Former midwife Isabel is always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Yet, she doesn’t count on best man, Dr Domenico bursting into her life! Years ago, Isabel firmly shut the door to love. Now, Dom is starting to break down her barriers… and his ability to see the real her has Isabel asking if she is ready to risk it all on their unexpected connection?

The Midwife’s Miracle Twins by Caroline Anderson

Midwife Georgie loves her job. But believing she’ll never hold her own baby makes life on the maternity ward bittersweet. So, whilst the arrival of gorgeous obstetrician, Dan, is an unwanted distraction …it’s exactly the distraction she needs. Until a difficult delivery has them finding comfort in each other’s arms – and Georgie discovers the incredible consequences of their night!

A Nurse to Claim His Heart by Juliette Hyland. This is the first book in the Neonatal Nurses duet.

When Dr Benedict saves an infant, the treatment he performs with nurse Penny becomes a social media sensation! Not least because the world thinks they’re a couple… Whilst a real relationship is a no-go zone for divorced Benedict, prolonging their ‘fauxmance’ is the perfect way to raise vital hospital funds.  Except, the longer it continues, the more real it feels…

Neonatal Doc on Her Doorstep by Scarlet Wilson. The second book in the Neonatal Nurses duet.

Alice needs a housemate – stat! So, the nurse reluctantly agrees to give Dr Douglas a place to stay. It’s clear that whilst Dougie may have started a new life in Washington, he didn’t leave the ghosts of his past behind…just as Alice can’t hide from hers. Still, he’s as irresistible as he is infuriating! Is she falling for the doctor in the room next door?

Lastly, in May, we have the release of the Portland Midwives duet with The Doctor She Should Resist by Amy Ruttan 

Midwife Hazel is not looking for a relationship. So, why is she so drawn to Dr Caleb? Especially when he’s from the hospital that delayed the opening of her birthing centre. The enigmatic surgeon knows just how to push all her buttons…and sparks soon fly in every direction! But with Hazel’s heart already damaged, can she believe Caleb will heal it?

And The Midwife from His Past by Julie Danvers

When Dr Eliot is called to an emergency, he’s stunned to find ex-fiancée and midwife Bria in the operating room. He’s no longer plagued by the financial worries of his childhood. But his intense attraction to Bria? That’s exactly the same! And when Eliot discovers what was really behind their break-up, acting on that attraction is all he can think about…We hope you will join us in celebrating all of the Nurses and Midwives around the world!

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New Year. New Beginnings. New Books!

It’s Hannah, here. I’m Mills & Boon Medical Romance’s Assistant Editor and delighted to be back on Love is the Best Medicine. I hope that you have had a wonderful start to 2022! Do you have any New Year traditions? I do! My favourite way to say hello to January is to pore over bookseller and book bloggers’ ‘The Books You Need to Read This Year’ lists.

So, I would love to share my New Year tradition with you! During the first three weeks of January, I have been busy creating a list of great miniseries to read at the start of 2022 from Mills & Boon Medical Romance. From new families to new jobs, the miniseries I’m about the mention offer the ultimate in that ‘New Year, New Beginnings’ feeling!

Nashville ER

After a busy shift at Nashville’s Saint Dolores Hospital, AKA St Dolly’s, Avery Whittacker and Lia Costa love nothing more than meeting up for gossip, guacamole and a pitcher of Margarita. The friends agree on almost everything, including that neither have room in their lives for romance…But the New Year brings two new doctors to their busy ER, who make waves in the department and set the friends’ hearts fluttering!

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Miracle Medics

Now celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, Dr David Kennedy’s GDK Foundation organises a classic car rally through the UK countryside to raise funds and awareness for transplant surgeries. It will also give David a chance to spend some quality time with his adopted son, Dr Josh Kennedy, a transplant specialist, as they work together as navigator and driver. Or, at least, that was the plan…

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Two Tails Animal Refuge

Welcome to Two Tails Animal Refuge, in Australia’s beautiful Blue Mountains! Vets Hazel and Kiara have one goal: to rescue and re-home vulnerable animals. The refuge staff work around the clock. So, there’s no time for Hazel and Kiara to think about love. Until a vet and a surgeon lead them to ask: “Is it time for my Happily-Ever-After?”

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What miniseries are you excited to read first in 2022? I would love to know!

Lots of Love,

Hannah

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How to Have a Never-Ending Holiday!

Hello! It’s Hannah here. I’m the Assistant Editor for the Mills and Boon Medical Romance team. I’m so excited to be back on Love is the Best Medicine and to talk all things Medical Romance.

First things first! How was your summer? It’s been a busy – but exciting! – time at True Love Towers. From the Love to Write competition in search of romance writers from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds (the deadline is Monday 4th October so, aspiring authors , you still have time to submit!) to the Mills and Boon team’s return to the office, we were hit (as we always are!) by just how lucky we are to work in the world of romance.

So, as we soak-up the last of the late-September sun (after the soggiest summer ever in the UK!), we thought now was the perfect time to show that just because Autumn in fast approaching, it doesn’t mean that the chance to travel the world (through Mills and Boon Medical Romance’s latest books!) – has. Here’s your ticket to unlimited armchair travel!

Island Fling with the Surgeon by Ann McIntosh

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From fake to forever?

When Dr Genevieve convinces nurse Zach to enter a fake relationship to help keep her meddling mum at bay, she’s confident there’s no danger of it turning into more. But is their ‘fake affair’ at risk of becoming all too real?

Hawaiian Medic to Rescue His Heart by Annie O’Neil

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Tempting the single dad!

Firefighter and paramedic Zach is looking forward to a quieter life in Hawaii and building a brighter future for himself and his son. But his beautiful, kind, vibrant new colleague, Lulu, has the potential to derail all of his plans…

 

Reawakened at the South Pole by Juliette Hyland

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A reunion of a lifetime!

ER Nurse Helena wants to break free from her parent’s perception of the fragile premature baby she once was. Her new, South Pole-based job is the perfect solution. But, Dr Carter’s arrival proves you can’t erase the past. He once disappeared from her life, leaving no trace, but he never left her heart…

 

Costa Rican Fling with the Doc by Traci Douglass

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Temptation in paradise!

For single mum Sara, life has been all about raising her now adult son. But, volunteering for a medical charity in Costa Rica, it’s finally the nurse’s chance to focus on her passions. Only her guarded new boss, Gabe, sends all her senses into overdrive, for once, sensible Sara can’t help wondering – what if they didn’t resist temptation?

 

What destination is #1 on your bucket list? We’d love to know!

With love,

Hannah

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Reunions, by Emma Marnell, from the Medical Romance Editorial Team

As the world begins to reopen, many people are getting their first chance (at least here in the UK) to reunite with their loved ones, be it family or friends. For me, personally, my family are all based in Ireland and it has been most challenging being so close – geographically – but feeling so far away from them over the past few months. However, I am finally getting the chance to reunite with them this week after eight long months and I cannot wait.

As terrible as the pandemic has been, I feel as though it has taught us a very important lesson of not taking life or people for granted. It feels as though people have begun to appreciate the little things in life again, there is a spirit of togetherness in the air at the moment and I for one am here for it!

I have been counting down the days until I could reunite with my family, as I am sure many of you have with your loved ones too. In the meantime, I have been delving deep into some reunion romances to get that feeling of togetherness and unconditional love flowing. If you are looking for some reunion romances like me, or just some epic romances in general, then here are just some that I have read that pulled on my heart strings this summer…

 

First up is Second Chance in Barcelona by Fiona McArthur, where a midwife breaks all of her own rules when she is drawn into the world of a stranger, she once spent an impulsive night of passion with!  

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In Reunited with Her Secret Prince by Susanne Hampton, Dr Daniel returns but is keeping a secret…

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Falling Again for the Animal Whisperer by Becky Wicks, because who doesn’t love a romance with a hot vet!

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Reunited with the Heart Surgeon by Janice Lynn hits all the right notes if a fated love affair is what you’re looking for.

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Last but certainly not least, Reunited with His Long-Lost Nurse by Charlotte Hawkes is coming very soon, and I promise it will be worth the wait!

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Wishing you all a wonderful summer of reunions.

Emma x

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The Medical Romance Includes You Pitch Event is almost here!

Medical Romance Includes you

It’s almost time for our #MedicalRomanceIncludesYou pitch event!

From 8am until 8pm GMT this Friday, March 26th, two of our Harlequin Medical Romance editors  will be eagerly awaiting pitches for our Medical Romance series from underrepresented authors (underrepresented voices includes, but is not limited to, authors who identify as Black, Indigenous or people of color (BIPOC), members of LGBTQ+ communities, marginalized ethnic and religious cultures, and people with disabilities and neurodiversity. to review).

Here’s a reminder of how to submit your pitch:

Hannah Rossiter from the Harlequin Medical Romance editorial team will be monitoring the #MedicalRomanceIncludesYou hashtag on Twitter for your pitches. Follow Hannah Rossiter on Twitter at @Hannah_ER24 for updates.

Megan Haslam from the Harlequin Medical Romance editorial team will be monitoring pitches on the #MedicalRomanceIncludesYou event on the Harlequin Writing Community Facebook group. To join the Harlequin Writing Community group on Facebook, select “going” to the #MedicalRomanceIncludesYou event and post your pitch (500 characters max) to the event “Discussion” area.

Please choose only one social platform, Twitter OR Facebook, to post a pitch on. Please do not pitch your book on both platforms. Don’t worry, Hannah and Megan will be reading every single pitch, so as long as you post it once, they’ll see it! If Hannah or Megan give your pitch a “like” please submit your first chapter and story synopsis to Harlequin Medical Romance for review here. Be sure to include “Medical Romance Includes You” in the subject line.  Your synopsis should be 1-2 pages, and your first chapter should be about 3000-5000 words.

All submissions will be read and responded to within 60 days.

Need a reminder of what makes a story fit for the Harlequin Medical Romance series? Check out these tips from the editors and find out what they hope to see in your medical reads!

We can’t wait to read your medical romances!

All that’s left to say is…

Good luck!

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CALLING UNDERREPRESENTED VOICES – HARLEQUIN EDITORS WANT TO SEE YOUR MEDICAL ROMANCE PITCHES!

Participate in #MedicalRomanceIncludesYou, our upcoming Twitter and Facebook pitch events for Harlequin Medical Romance on March 26, 2021!  

Medical Romance Includes you

Have you been dreaming of captivating readers with a pulse-racing medical romance? Do you have a doctor ready to swoop a midwife off their feet? Or perhaps, it’s a tale of a paramedic who reunites with their surgeon ex for one night of passion…with consequences! We are looking for Medical Romance books from underrepresented authors that will immerse readers in the drama of the medical world. Underrepresented voices includes, but is not limited to, authors who identify as Black, Indigenous or people of color (BIPOC), members of LGBTQ+ communities, marginalized ethnic and religious cultures, and people with disabilities and neurodiversity.

This is an opportunity to showcase your story idea to the Harlequin Medical Romance editors and maybe get some helpful feedback from Harlequin editors. You may even become our newest author!

The focus of the story must be on the development of the central romantic relationship against the backdrop of a contemporary medical setting. All of our stories feature dynamic and dedicated medical professionals who work together in a medical setting and present a range of sensualities from warm and tender to intense and passionate.

The romance writing and reading community includes people of all backgrounds, communities and cultures who share an enjoyment of stories that celebrate love and happiness. Harlequin is committed to bringing readers a wide range of stories that reflect our diverse society.

#MedicalRomanceIncludesYou is happening on Friday, March 26, 2021 from 8am to 8pm GMT. Here’s everything you need to know:

Hannah Rossiter from the Harlequin Medical Romance editorial team will be monitoring the #MedicalRomanceIncludesYou hashtag on Twitter for book pitches (280 characters max) from own voices authors. Follow Hannah Rossiter on Twitter at @Hannah_ER24 for updates and tips leading up to the #MedicalRomanceIncludesYou Pitch event.

Megan Haslam from the Harlequin Medical Romance editorial team will be monitoring the #MedicalRomanceIncludesYou event on the Write for Harlequin Facebook group for aspiring romance writers. Join the group on Facebook, select “going” to the #MedicalRomanceIncludesYou event and post your pitch (500 characters max) to the event “Discussion” area on March 26.

If Hannah or Megan give your pitch a “like” please send your first chapter and story synopsis for review by submitting via Harlequin.Submittable.com to the Harlequin Medical Romance line. Be sure to include the hashtag #MedicalRomanceIncludesYou” in the subject line, and make sure your submission is long enough. One chapter should be about 3000-5000 words.

All submissions will be read and responded to within 60 days.

Please choose only one social platform, Twitter OR Facebook, to post your pitch. Don’t worry, Hannah and Megan will be reading every single pitch, so as long as you post it once, they’ll see it! Hannah and Megan may, in some cases, respond to your pitch after the 8am to 8pm GMT entry window has closed.

You’ll find the writing guidelines and word counts for Harlequin’s Medical Romance series here. There is lots of information on the Write for Harlequin website to guide you on what the Medical Romance team are looking for, so check it out here.

These Twitter and Facebook pitch events are specifically looking for underrepresented voices who love to write Medical Romance. We welcome submissions from all authors at any time to Harlequin Medical via Submittable.

We can’t wait to see your pitches!

The Harlequin Medical Team

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Welcoming Emma Marnell, from the Medical Romance Editorial Team

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I’m Emma, the new Editorial Assistant for the Harlequin Medical Romance team.

As I have just started with the team, I thought I would share some fun facts about myself with you. I have been living in the UK for over two years now, however, I am originally from Galway, Ireland – a beautiful part of the world where I encourage you all to visit, at least once! I have also lived in New York prior to my move to the UK.

Since moving to the UK, I have completed an MA in Publishing Media from Oxford Brookes University. During my time there, I met some wonderful authors and lecturers and gained an enormous amount of knowledge about the book industry and of what it takes to take a book from an idea into the hands of a reader.

I am a huge Grey’s Anatomy fan, and this naturally translates into the books I choose to read. Over this past year, especially, I have found myself turning to books to escape the world we are currently living in. Just some of the ones I’ve enjoyed include, getting caught up in the drama of the ER at Seattle General Hospital, in Falling for the Secret Prince by Alison Roberts or getting whisked away to the Isle of Bourtree, off the coast of Scotland, in Annie O’Neil’s latest novel, Christmas Under the Northern Lights. I feel we all need a little bit of magic in our lives, particularly this year, and what better way to experience that magic than diving into a new Harlequin Medical Romance.

We have an exciting line up of books to continue with that magic in 2021, so keep your eyes peeled! I would love to hear about some of your favourite books/places to escape to, leave me a comment below.

Emma x

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What to Watch – and Read! – Next: Hospital Playlist

Hello! It’s Hannah, here. I’m the Assistant Editor, for the Harlequin Medical Romance team. It’s great to be back, on Love is the Best Medicine. I can’t wait, today, to wax lyrical about my favourite topic: K-Dramas (a.k.a. Korean dramas)! Or, more specifically, the Medical K-Drama you have to add to your to-watch list…

What’s the Medical K-Drama I have to watch, I hear you ask? Drum roll, please! It’s time to talk all things Hospital Playlist!

OK, time for a quick plot run-down! Hospital Playlist tells the story of doctors and nurses working at Yulje Medical Center. It focuses on five doctors who have been friends since they entered medical school in 1999.

Jam-packed with high-stakes drama, tear-jerking emotion and stay-with-you relationships, Hospital Playlist has it all. What’s more? It’s filled with every trope that a Harlequin Medical Romance fan could wish for!

Trope #1? Meet single dad Ik-joon! Lead character, Ik-joon’s relationship with his son, Woo-joo melts my heart… We have, at Harlequin Medical Romance, a single dad of our own, to melt your heart: Carter, the hero of The Single Dad’s Holiday Wish by Susan Carlisle.

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Trope #2? This is a spoiler-free zone. So, I hope I’m not giving anything away, by saying that Ik-Joon and Song-hwa’s slooow-burn, will-they won’t-they romance had me on tenterhooks! If you’re looking for a second chance romance, just like Ik-Joon and Song-hwa’s, then It Started with a Winter Kiss by Tina Beckett and A Reunion, a Wedding, a Family by Amy Ruttan are for you!

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Trope #3? My favourite part about Medical Dramas, full stop, is watching a team work – and bond –together. I just loved watching the doctors and nurses, at Yulje Medical Center, interact and grow closer! If you’re fascinated, by the way a hospital team works, then the Royal Christmas at Seattle General miniseries will be a treat. Featuring Falling for the Secret Prince by Alison Roberts, Neurosurgeon’s Christmas to Remember by Traci Douglass, The Bodyguard’s Christmas Proposal by Charlotte Hawkes and The Princess’s Christmas Baby, Royal Christmas at Seattle General is the perfect festive read!

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With word that Season 2 of Hospital Playlist will begin filming, this year, it’s the perfect time to fall in love with Season 1. If you do watch, or read any of my recommendations, I’d love to hear what you think!

In the meantime… Happy watching and reading!

With love,

Hannah

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Escape with a Medical Romance

Hello!

It’s the Mills & Boon Medical Romance team, here! As the summer season kicks off, and our current reality may mean that we can’t actually escape in person to the beautiful holiday spots around the world, we thought we’d put together our top list of titles which will help to whisk you away to some fabulously exotic locations, as well as treat you to a healthy dose of medical romance too.

 

Gate 999 – Reading For Boarding

Kicking things off, how about some sun, sea and sizzling medical drama in São Paulo? Let Ann McIntosh, Charlotte Hawkes and Tina Beckett whisk you away with their South American trilogy:

A Summer in São Paulo – These medics are leaving their hearts in South America!

Invited to spend the summer in the high-tech, high-stakes world of São Paulo’s premiere teaching hospital, Hospital Universitário Paulista, it’s the chance for three visiting medical professionals to shake off their everyday routine – and embrace the vivacity of South America!

While they’re certainly turning up the heat during the long working days, the warm days and sultry nights are the perfect setting for romance… And none of them can resist the call of passion in paradise!

Awakened by Her Brooding Brazilian by Ann McIntosh – May 2020

Falling for the Single Dad Surgeon by Charlotte Hawkes – May 2020

One Hot Night with Dr. Cardoza by Tina Beckett – June 2020

 

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Sometimes, a change is as good as a vacation, and so why not mix things up this summer with help from Kate Hardy and Scarlet Wilson’s fabulous life swap duet?

Changing Shifts – Swapping lives, finding love!

In London, widowed pediatrician Georgie is struggling with everyone’s sympathy when no one knows her husband was having an affair.

In Edinburgh, pediatrician Clara’s dreams of having a family lie in tatters as her ex parades his new love around.

Through a job swap website, Georgie and Clara impulsively swap cities and hospitals to escape their real lives and embark on new adventures! But when they arrive at their new destinations, both women find the last thing either wants or expects – romance!

Read Georgie’s story in Fling with Her Hot-Shot Consultant By Kate Hardy and Clara’s story in Family for the Children’s Doc by Scarlet Wilson. July 2020

 

Take Off…!

What a perfect way to escape it all than to travel to far-away Islands and find fresh starts and unexpected romance?

In Pacific Paradise, Second Chance by Susan Carlisle, we travel to the beautiful Pacific island of Saipan, where nurse Macie Beck is shocked to once again come face-to-face with past flame Dr Landon Cochran! Forced to work with each other, memories of the past and the chemistry clearly still strong – keeping things strictly professional soon becomes impossible… could they get their second chance in paradise? August 2020

Becky Wicks whisks us away to the stunning Indonesian island of Gili Indah in Enticed by Her Island Billionaire where Dr Mila Ricci is visiting world-renowned surgeon Sebastian Becker to see his pioneering techniques in person. The celebrity surgeon is not at all what she expected – nor is the immense attraction she feels for him! Could this beautiful part of the world help them both find a fresh start – together? September 2020

 

Other destinations to escape to:

Their Hot Hawaiian Fling by Traci Douglass – May 2020

From Hawaii to Forever by debut author Julie Danvers – June 2020

Best Friend to Doctor Right by Ann McIntosh – July 2020

So, even though many of us won’t be jetting off to far-flung places this year, we hope our selection of whisk-me-away medical romances for us to escape into will prove a fabulous alternative this year! They are all (or will shortly be!) available from www.millsandboon.co.uk

With love,

The Mills & Boon Medical Team

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In lockdown with the Medical Romance Editorial Team

Hello!

It’s the Mills & Boon Medical Romance editorial team, here! We wanted to share with you, today, how we’ve been keeping busy, and what’s been keeping sane during lockdown. So, let’s dive in!

Sheila Hodgson, Senior Editor

Well it’s been two months of Lockdown and working from home for us here in London and the Mills & Boon Medical Romance editors are well into a new routine.  For me the morning starts with some relaxing stretching and a walk outside – really sets me up for the day.  Then the Medical Romance editors meet up online for our daily virtual meeting – yes, we have really embraced them! It’s a place to not only discuss the many great projects we have in hand, but also just to catch up with each other and keep our spirits up.  We all need that!

Right now, we are so glad to be working in the industry we are, creating fantasies, working with lovely authors and their romances, so full of love, and in our case heroes and heroines who are caring for others – and we so need those right now.  And of course, some of our authors also work in the medical profession, we always knew they were amazing but right now they are super heroes working on the frontline saving lives during this pandemic and also writing romances for us all to enjoy.  They are super busy and we can’t thank them enough for all they are doing, and all they are giving, in so many ways.

What’s abundantly clear in all this is that we are all in need of both escape and connection, and readers are turning to our romances more than ever knowing that they promise exactly that.  So, we are busy, busy, planning and working with our authors to make sure we all keep them coming – come what may!

I know, I, like many others, have missed out on a holiday due to the pandemic, my husband and I were so looking forward to escaping to some sunshine in Florida, but for now all we can do is dream!  But I am really enjoying escaping to foreign parts, and being reminded of all the wonderful places we’ve visited previously through movies, TV series and books that whisk me away.  I thought it might be the last thing I wanted to be reminded of the freedom that I currently can’t have, but I’m finding it’s the opposite, they are providing a great escape, and have me planning in my mind all the wonderful things that one day we will enjoy again.

So what have I been enjoying – well revisiting old movies like Out of Africa – oh that beautiful cinematography captures a sense of romance, freedom, space and the wonderful light in Africa.  It took me completely away for several hours, it felt like I was watching it with new eyes, a new experience.  Rick Stein has been whisking me away to his Secret France, again, and conjuring all the fabulously varied landscapes, culture, cuisines, sights, sounds and smells of a country I love.  He’s currently taking me to Mexico, which I haven’t visited before, and it’s bringing me alive and whetting my appetite for its vibrancy and colour.

A bit of a laugh is a great relief too, and the other night I found a movie from 2012 called Gambit that I hadn’t seen.  What a great cast, Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci and Tom Courtenay.  It’s not a romance but it is a very funny caper of an art expert (played by Colin Firth) employed to advise his mean and undermining super wealthy boss (Alan Rickman) who schemes to get his own back with the help of  a bronco riding gal from the States (Cameron Diaz) and a very gentlemanly art forger (Tom Courtenay).  Hilarious, just what the doctor ordered right now!

And books, well, our Medical authors are offering some fabulous stories that will whisk you away to wonderfully inspiring places as their medical heroes and heroines find romance in warm, sunny parts of the world.  This month Ann McIntosh and Charlotte Hawkes will whisk you away to steamy South America with the first two stories in their Summer in Sao Paulo trilogy, Awakened by Her Brooding Brazilian and Falling for the Single Dad surgeon, to be concluded next month by Tina Beckett’s One Hot Night with Dr Cardoza.  Traci Douglass and Julie Danvers will both, separately, take you off to a Pacific Island State with Hot Hawaiian Fling, this month, and From Hawaii to Forever, in June. Great romantic escapes each and every one. Hope you enjoy them – we all certainly did.

Finally, other things that are getting me through Lockdown – nice food,  my husband, friends and family, cycling and the odd glass of wine (just occasionally!)

Victoria Britton, Commissioning Editor

Over the last 8 weeks of lockdown, when finding I have a few golden hours off from my editor/mummy/wife duties, I have found some smashing programmes to lose myself in… the first to be gobbled up was Season 2 of New Amsterdam. I bloody love that show! Such a fabulous, poignant mix of medical drama, romance, politics and social issues – it’s the perfect tonic for a day of juggling, well, everything! Then popped up Normal People on iPlayer. I. Mean. WOW! Such an emotional rollercoaster… I’ve never read the book, but the series was powerful for sure. Next on my list is series 4 of Working Mums… if you are one, and haven’t watched it, do! It’s hilarious and horrifyingly familiar all at the same time. Needless to say, whatever I’m watching, a G&T, a bag of ‘sharing’ crisps and a cat curled up next to me, are the perfect companions.

Hannah Rossiter, Editorial Assistant

It’s no secret, to my family and friends, that I’m a bit of a Scandophile. I love, in particular, a good Scandi-Noir. As soon as I jumped on the Borgen bandwagon there was, truly, no turning back… So, I’ve been watching, during lockdown, all the Scandi-Noir I can! I’ve just finished watching Wisting, which was excellent – it’s set in Norway, and is incredibly gripping! – and I’ve got The Truth Will Out – a popular Swedish TV series – lined up next. I’ve also been reading – and watching – The Ruby Red trilogy, by Kerstin Gier. A set of fantasy novels, about a time-travelling heroine, it’s the perfect series to escape into – think the German equivalent of The Mortal Instruments series, by Cassandra Clare! I’ve been watching the films, with the help of subtitles, but my mission, by the end of lock down, is to be able to read the series, in German… wish me luck! My once-OK German is, to say the least, a little rusty… Which is where Duolingo comes in! Its been a great way to brush up my German skills – though I think I’ll be forever rubbish at verb conjugations, and that’s OK.

 

That’s it, from us! But, we’d love to hear from you, Love is the Best Medicine readers – tell us what you’re loving, at the moment!

With love,

The Mills & Boon Medical Team