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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

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What do you love in a Medical Romance?

Hello!

I’m Hannah, the new Editorial Assistant for the Harlequin Medical Romance team. Though, I’m not completely new to the Harlequin family… I have, for the past two years, been part of the wonderful Harlequin Presents team!

I’ve been spending my first few weeks on the team, immersing myself in all things Medical Romance. One day I’m reading a story set in ER, the next in a small, village practice – what’s not to love! So, I thought, for my first blog post here, that would be a good place to start. Telling you, the lovely Love is the Best Medicine readers what I love about Medical Romance stories…

A Royal Love Story…

It’s no secret in the office that I’m a big fan of the royal family. If I went on Mastermind, the royal family would 100% be my specialist subject! And, I love nothing more, in Medical Romance than a royal love story. Imagine turning up for your first day at work, and finding out that the Head of Paediatrics is also a Prince – or Princess!

An Army Doc…

My flatmate and I love the TV series Our Girl. So, it’s no surprise that I’m also partial to an Army Doc. It’s also a great opportunity, as a reader, to find yourself in an unconventional medical setting! I love widening my Medical Romance horizons…

The Medical Romance I Would Love to Read…

I’m going to start by saying that yes, this is absolutely the result of binge-watching every episode of Bondi Rescue… But, I would love to read a Medical Romance that focuses on the romance of a lifeguard and a medic! I have, as you can probably tell, been thinking about this potential story – my inbox is always open, current or aspiring authors! – and I can just imagine a lifeguard hero (or heroine!) meeting, just after a rescue, a paramedic or doctor on the beach. Cue their love story! If anybody has watched Bondi Rescue, I’d love to hear from you! Who’s your favourite lifeguard? I think mine is Harrison – though I do have a soft spot for Harries… He is, after all, the ultimate playboy who finds, in the right woman, the life he’s always wanted.

I’d love to hear what you love in a Medical Romance!

Hannah

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A Mills and Boon puppy isn’t just for Christmas…

…it’s for all year round! Because here at True Love Towers we’ve been working on our Christmas titles since the Summer. But it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in the heights of romantic real estate. And, though we may not quite have the decorations up, there’s no pink Christmas trees topped with our very own hot heroes (yet!), with the office secret Santa organised and the Christmas lunch all booked, we thought it would be a great time to delve into our 2019 festive offerings. And let’s just say, this year we’re obsessed with our furry, four-legged friends!

Across November and December, we’re treating you to some wonderfully festive Medical Romances with the added bonus of adorable dogs and puppies to steal your hearts and fill you with warm, fluffy feelings too! While, of course, it’s still all about our fabulous medical heroes and heroines finding love at Christmas, this year we also get to see the lovable companions who help bring them together (or cheekily get under their feet ;)). But which ones will be on your Christmas list this year…

 

In November and December:

Puppy Name: Dougal
Where you can find him:
Pups that Make Miracles, including books by Susan Carlisle, Annie Claydon, Annie O’Neil and Karin Baine
Pawrents: Too many to name!

Say hello to Dougal! You get to see this fabulously mischievous pup in not one but four stories this Christmas. As a recurring character of the Pups that Make Miracles series this young canine is in the business of causing chaos and igniting romance magic (repeatedly!) as he helps the medical professionals of Heatherglen Castle Clinic find their happy-ever-afters!

In December:

Puppy name: Pirate
Where you can find him:
Single Dad in Her Stocking by Alison Roberts
Adoptive pawrents:
Max Cunningham and Emma Moretti

Named for the jet-black spot covering his eye and ear, Pirate is wily by name and wily by nature. He’s taken an instant like to doctor Emma and is determined to keep hot-shot consultant Max on his toes. And he won’t rest until his pawrents have found an everlasting bond this holiday season…

Puppy name: Boy
Where you can find him:
A Puppy and a Christmas Proposal by Louisa George
Pawrents:
Alex Norton and Beth Masters

You can’t not instantly fall in love with adorable little lost puppy Boy. And he won’t be lost for long! He’s about to find his forever home with gorgeous doc Alex and fabulous vet Beth – first he just has to convince them that a future together is worth fighting to overcome their shared past for.

 

Add to this all the wonderful, therapeutic joy and healing the many doggy characters we meet in the other stories across November and December bring and this Christmas is set to be a truly Puptastic wonderland!

And we’d love to hear from you! Who are the four-legged friends that you’ll be snuggling up with by the fire this Christmas?

Merry Christmas!
The Mills & Boon Medical Romance Editors

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A Summer of Mills & Boon Love

Spring has most definitely sprung here in the UK. We’ve had April showers, an Easter heatwave and now May is upon us there is sun. There’s no mistaking that we’re heading full speed into summer. A time when love (and hay fever!) are in the air! And while a British summer wouldn’t be complete without the threat of rain, here at True Love Towers we know that can only be a good thing… Because true love can’t shine until it’s weathered at least one storm!

The arrival of summer this year brings about a whole new collection of Medical Romance pairings. As usual our heroes and heroines are finding their very own HEAs, but we also have four brand-new duets. From the classic to the unique. Homages to British summertime and escapes to far flung exotic locations. All that’s left now is for you to decide which ones you want on your ‘Must Read’ list this year…

In June:

London Heroes by Annie Claydon
Doctors Gabriel DeMarco and Alistair Duvall founded The Watchlight Trust to help people get their lives back on track after they’ve been through life-changing trauma. And they work tirelessly to ensure their research can reach out to as many people as possible! But when their own lives are knocked off course, they find themselves in need of a little help of their own…

Summer sun level – 6/10
London can be rather unpredictable at this time of year, but Gabriel’s story does include a trip to sun-drenched Italy…

In July:

SOS Docs by Louisa George and Sue MacKay
Chase Barrington and Ethan Reid share a tragic past. Now working tirelessly to save as many lives as they can, these heroic docs are thrown together on their latest humanitarian mission. But this time, they won’t only be helping others… As Chase and Ethan meet and fall for two very different women, could this trip be their chance to find their own opportunity to heal?

Summer sun level – 8/10
These two stories are set on a ship offering medical treatment to refugees, located in the Mediterranean Sea. With stops in the UK, Marseilles and Naples you’re bound to see some European sun.

In August:

Cinderellas to Royal Brides by Ann McIntosh and Amy Ruttan
With the King taking a step back, the island Kingdom of Kalyana in the Indian Ocean needs Princes Farhan and Maazin to do their duty. But it won’t be an easy ride for these skilled royal medics. Especially when they meet the two women who will shape their country’s legacy, and their own futures!

Summer sun level – 9/10
Fictional kingdom Kalyana is right in the middle on the Indian Ocean and boasts a sunny climate all year around. With highs of 30 degrees and without a cloud in sight, you’re guaranteed to top up your tan.

In September:

The Good Luck Hospital by Scarlet Wilson
The May Mắn Hospital is the heart of Hanoi, offering humanitarian care to those who need it most – and healing even the most broken of hearts that walk through its doors. May Mắn means good luck, and while many of the hospital’s dedicated lifesavers might have been unlucky in love, their fortunes are about to change…

Summer sun level – 7/10
This duet’s setting is enchanting and exotic Vietnam, but beware, in September all that wonderful heat comes with a lot of rain!

 

We’d love to hear from you! What are you favourite summer story locations to read about?

Happy summer reading!
The Mills & Boon Medical Romance Editors

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Announcing the 2019 Mills & Boon Medical Romance Blitz!

#MedicalRomanceBlitz

March 15th-29th 2019

Hi everyone! My name’s Charlotte and I’m the Assistant Editor on the Mills & Boon Medical Romance team. We’re thrilled and grateful to have been invited to contribute to Love is the Best Medicine and look forward to getting to know you all and sharing our love for Medical Romance. If there’s anything you’d like to know please just ask. The Medical Romance editorial team (Sheila, Vic, Carly and myself) would love to hear from you!

There is so much to love about our jobs on the Medical Romance editorial team but one of our favourite things is finding new voices to add to our spectacularly talented author base. And right now we’re looking for exciting new authors to join our amazing Medical family!

Medical Romances are uplifting, relatable, life-affirming stories set amid pulse-racing medical drama! Inviting readers to get swept into the world of dedicated (and delectable!) medical professionals who navigate the high stakes of falling in love in the pressured world of saving lives. Medical heroes and heroines find themselves in a wide variety of intense, emotional situations – ER emergencies, heart and transplant surgeries, city hospitals, GP practices, paediatrics, maternity wings, IVF clinics, jungle or outback settings and medical rescue just to name a few! And in locations across the globe!

Our #MedicalRomanceBlitz is a fantastic opportunity for your Medical Romance to get fast-tracked!

What we want:

  • A cover letter that introduces you and your book – and includes any previous publishing credits, contest wins, or affiliations.
  • A detailed synopsis. Show us what drives your story forward, including the internal and external conflicts your hero and heroine face on the road to romance. We want to know what happens in your book, even the ending. (No cliff-hangers, please!)
  • Your first chapter – there’s no need to have the full manuscript written at this stage!

Here’s how it works:

  • From March 15th until midnight (GMT) March 29th, we invite you to send in your submission. Go to Go to http://Harlequin.Submittable.com and click on ‘Harlequin Medical Romance Blitz!’ to submit your first chapter and synopsis.
  • Every contemporary Medical Romance submission will be read by one of the Harlequin Medical Romance editors and will receive editorial feedback by April 12th. That’s quite a fast-track!
  • We’ll then request to see more of the submissions that show the most promise!
  • Please note that we only accept one entry per person.

This isn’t a contest but a chance to showcase your work to our editors and get some helpful feedback in an accelerated time frame, and maybe even become the newest Mills & Boon Medical Romance author. If you’ve ever dreamed about being published, send us your submission. We want to read your story!

Keep an eye on millsandboon.co.uk and follow the editorial team on Twitter @SheilaHodgsonMR, @EditorBritton, @CarlyMByrne and @cellisharlequin for more writing tips and exclusive content!

Happy writing!

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The Medical Romance Team are proud to present…Hope Children’s Hospital!

When it comes to Christmas you can never be too prepared! And the Medical Romance Team certainly weren’t wasting any time when it came to planning Hope Children’s Hospital, our Christmas continuity for 2018. We started brainstorming last October (yes, we were that excited…!). It’s always a huge amount of fun coming up with ideas, and this year’s continuity was no different. In fact, it may be one of our favourites, so we wanted to give you a sneak peak of what goes on behind the scenes, and share all the festive fun with you…

But first, what do we mean when we say ‘continuity’?

A ‘continuity’ is the Mills & Boon team’s term for a miniseries of linked books which are written by different authors and which the editors come up with the overall story theme and individual plot outlines for. We normally brainstorm four romances for these…so naturally they’re a highlight of our year!

And how did Hope Children’s Hospital come to life?

Well, first off, the Medical Romance Team got comfortable and settled into a meeting room (with copious amounts of tea and treats, of course!) to begin thinking about what we wanted the continuity to be about. Quickly deciding that we wanted something centred around the hope and joy of Christmas on a children’s ward, it was time to invite the rest of the M&B Team to join the party (sorry…the meeting).

And with the help of a few mince pies to get the ideas flowing, we discussed everything! From the type of hospital and what fabulous location it would be set in, to who the heroes and heroines would be – this was such fun! Then, and maybe most importantly, we talked about how each of the romances would interweave and interact with one another so that readers could fully immerse themselves in the magical world of Hope Children’s Hospital.

Next, it was time to hand over to our fabulously talented authors and let them loose on their individual stories (they’re the expert storytellers, after all!). And luckily they loved the continuity just as much as we did! They were excited to get collaborating themselves – with 4 stories, 4 authors and 4 editors, communication was key! – and turn the outlines into pulse-racing love stories with a huge helping of medical drama and festive spirit!

And, now, one year later, here we are! The first two books have already hit the shelves, the final two won’t be far behind, and it’s time to cuddle up with a hot beverage of your choice and dive into this year’s Medical Romance Christmas continuity.

Here’s what you can look forward to in…

Hope Children’s Hospital
Christmas magic on the children’s ward!

It’s a time of miracles and magic – and as Hope Children’s Hospital prepares to celebrate its first Christmas in the historic city of Cambridge, England, the staff will do everything they can to make their little patients’ wishes come true.

Billionaire CEO Theo Hawkwood leads a world-renowned handpicked medical team who strive to give the best treatment to their precious charges, and hope to all who come through the doors. This Christmas, they’ll discover that miracles can be found in the most unexpected of places – and love will prove to be the greatest gift of all!

Their Newborn Baby Gift
by Alison Roberts

One Night, One Unexpected Miracle
by Caroline Anderson

Available November 2018!

 

The Army Doc’s Christmas Angel
by Annie O’Neil

The Billionaire’s Christmas Wish
by Tina Beckett

Available December 2018!

 

 

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Autumn Affairs from Medical Romance – by Charlotte Ellis

It’s been a busy but wonderful summer here at True Love Towers, full of romantic Medical Romance escapes to exotic locations! Idyllic Italian cities, Greek Island paradises, the Croatian coastline, Hawaiian hotspots… You name it, our heroes and heroines have probably been there. Us editors have even managed to visit some of them, and more, outside of the pages of our fabulous summer reads!

But now it’s back to work, back to school and Medical Romance of a different sort beckons. And as the summer sun starts to fade, there’s something so comforting about the descent into Autumn. The lure of a relaxing evening spent snuggled on the sofa with a cup of tea and a good book as the leaves outside turn to gold…

So, what can you expect from Medical Romance this October…?

  1. Glamorous locations with an autumnal twist!The arrival of the cooler (and rainier!) weather that the UK’s famous for, may be just around the corner, but there are plenty of other chillier climes that are imbued with an abundance of beauty and splendour, all over the globe. And you need look no further than Amy Ruttan’s Icelandic interlude, NY Doc Under the Northern Lights. Who can say no to a Nordic hero who’s willing to sweep you off your feet?!
  2. A fling to keep you warm… Why settle for a night curled up by the fire by yourself, when you could share body heat with the man of your dreams? For now….and for ever! See how it works out for the heroine in Tempted by Mr. Off-Limits by Amy Andrews, part of a wonderful linked duet NURSES IN THE CITY, set in Sydney.
  3. Reunited…in the build up to Christmas. With less than one hundred days left until the big day itself, what could be more magical than rekindling a past connection… And Medical Romance has plenty of reunion stories for you this October. So, discover the joy of finding love and family in Reunited with Her Brooding Surgeon by Emily Forbes, Heart Surgeon to Single Dad by Janice Lynn and Second Chance with Her Army Doc by Dianne Drake.

And we’d love to hear from you! As summer draws to a close, what are you most looking forward to about autumn?

The Medical Romance Team x

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From Maternity Leave to Medical Romance!

Happy New Year!

Now that the last of the mince pies have been eaten and the rogue Christmas decorations have been tucked away, it’s time for most of us to return to something resembling routine. For Harlequin Mills & Boon editors Vic Britton and Carly Byrne this means embarking on a whole new normal as they return from maternity leave and swap babies for billionaires!

A few weeks ago I was knee-deep in nappies, baby food and squeaking animals… now I’m neck-deep in heroes, heroines and glamorous locations… how life has changed! As a commissioning editor for the Harlequin UK series team I love nothing more than getting lost in romance. It’s an extreme contrast from where I’ve been ‘lost’ for the past 10 months – on maternity leave with my first little bundle of noise, snot and sticky hands, otherwise known as Henry.

Being my first baby I’ve certainly gone through the rollercoaster of emotions I’m sure all new mums go through, from the moment he was born and life changed forever to the moment I went back to work and life changed yet again! I’ve been back at work now for a mere week and so I’m still riding that rollercoaster, I know I will be for some time, BUT I am so glad to be back! I’m finally Vic again (as opposed to ‘Henry’s mum – proud as I am to be that, of course) and I’m finding that I have a renewed love for and dedication to all things romance.

I have been an editor for 12 years, but during the past 10 months Henry has taught me to be more patient, more caring and more open in all aspects of my life and I can’t wait to bring this new perspective to my editing.

For 4 days of the week it will be hurdles, hooks and happy ever afters, leaving the other 3 for the joy of teething, toddling and tantrums… bring it on!

Vic x

 I’ve returned from mat leave for the second time around, after the birth of my second daughter Isabelle, and I can honestly say (even though it’s a cliché) that the hot cups of tea and uninterrupted adult conversations never get old! I’m much more appreciative of these little luxuries now I’m a mum.

I love having two completely different worlds to inhabit – from wiping faces and trips to the park at home to travelling the world with a gorgeous hero at work (not literally, sadly), but in both worlds, I’ve found a biscuit or treat works well as an incentive!

Reading stories about pregnancy and babies strike a new chord with me – and often cause floods of (usually happy) tears – an occupational hazard when reading Medical Romance. And I’m even more partial to a cover with a cute baby on the front 🙂 

I’m very lucky to work in such a supportive team and in a job that allows me to escape into whatever world I’m reading about. And at the end of the day I get to read bedtime stories to my girls and remember that whether its nursery rhymes now or romance when they’re older – books bring so much comfort and joy!

Carly

If you have any questions for Vic or Carly, about toddlers or tycoons(!), please leave them in the comments below.

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Introducing Sareeta Domingo

Sareeta photoHello Everyone!

My name is Sareeta Domingo, and I’m thrilled to introduce myself as the newest addition to the Harlequin/Mills and Boon Medical Romance team! Even though I joined the team back in April, it feels like I’ve blinked and the months have gone by. It’s been fantastic to get the chance to work with such a great team, and on all this gorgeous romance fiction – what more could a woman ask for? I’ve been a fan of romance for a very long time, but having started out my editorial career in children’s fiction several years back, I’m thrilled to have finally made my way over to True Love Towers. I’ve kept a blog (admittedly a bit irregular with the posts these days!) reviewing contemporary romantic fiction for the past few years (it’s called The Palate Cleanser if you want to seek it out!), and I feel a special empathy for writers having had my own romance/coming-of-age novel published last year (The Nearness of You). It truly blows my mind how talented and prolific the Harlequin/Mills and Boon authors are!

In particular, though, it’s a real treat to be able to work with so many fantastic Medical Romance authors. When I mention the idea of ‘Medical Romance’ to those who aren’t familiar with some of the Harlequin/Mills and Boon series, it seems rather specific – but actually, medicine is the perfect backdrop for romance! The heightened stakes and circumstances; the dedicated people; the drama – all that tension has to be released somehow, and love is the perfect solution. What’s romance without tension, after all?

I’ve been an avid fan of all the drama that a medical setting can bring ever since ER had me absolutely glued to the screen all those years ago (somewhat showing my age!). The thrills and spills of characters working in medicine were gripping – but it was the gut-wrenching relationships and swoon-worthy heroes that really kept me coming back. Who can forget the will-they, won’t-they of nurse Carole and playboy paediatrician Doug? (And who can forget that ER introduced us to the greatness that is George Clooney!?) And I had a particular soft spot for brooding, sensitive Dr Luka, the Croatian hero of later series of the show – if anyone wants to send me a gorgeous tall, dark Eastern European surgeon hero with a tragic past, I’d be a willing recipient!

But of course, it’s not just emergency departments that supply settings for wonderful Medical Romances – I’ve already had the chance to dart from hospital ships to small-town village practices, and Alaskan outposts to big-city operating theatres, all chock full of gorgeous romantic stories. I can’t wait to get stuck in to more. I’ll look forward to hearing from you all soon – be sure to get in touch on Twitter (@SareetaD_HqnUK)!

Happy writing!!

Sareeta x

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Introducing Charlotte Ellis

charlotte-ellis-bio-imageHello everyone!

I’m Charlotte the new Editorial Assistant for the Harlequin/Mills and Boon Medical Romance team. And seeing as I’ve been here at True Love towers for a couple of months I thought it was high time I introduced myself—but bear with me, writing about yourself is a lot harder than I first thought! Although as we’re on the countdown to Christmas and the Medical Romance Christmas line-up is in full swing I think it best to start there.

I’ve always been one of those people that was adamant Christmas celebrations should be saved until December and in our house the smooth melodies of Michael Bublé’s Christmas album and whimsical sound of ‘Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ (my favourite Christmas song) are not normally heard before December 1st. But recently I’ve realised how very wrong I was! Working at Harlequin/Mills and Boon you get the holiday season in abundance and I’m loving it! Not only do I get to work with the wonderful and real-life Medical Romance authors and our editorial team but the fact that our gorgeous doctor heroes start appearing in Christmas books from October means I can certainly see the benefits of the extended holiday season.

But that’s just one more thing to love about Christmas. For me the real magic of Christmas isn’t just the day itself but those few weeks in the run up to the special day and the anticipation that builds as each and every single chocolate is released from its little advent calendar prison!

So here are some of my favourite parts:

  1. The cold weather! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean actually being out in it! Being a netballer, I have had to endure the wind, rain and snow willingly on occasion, but I do not normally enjoy having to brave the elements. There is, however, a wonderfully magical appeal to curling up on the sofa with a mug of tea and the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy (though it’s not the same since the loss of McDreamy) and watching as the weather wages war outside.
  1. Family get-togethers. I love spending time with my family and Christmas for me is really an excuse to do just that. Our adaption of Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Disc’s’ into a family Christmas event has become an annual favourite.
  1. Christmas trees. Is there anything more wonderful than the smell of a Christmas tree?!
  1. The lights! Everything is lit up like, dare I say it, a Christmas tree, giving everything a beautiful glow and making the journey home from work much more festive.
  1. The chance to read a good book (or ten!). With the extra time off at Christmas the chance to read a good Christmassy book has finally arrived. And mixing it with a little romance makes it all the more magical. Indeed Medical Romance is stuffed full of Christmas crackers this year. From a wonderful Christmas duet by Emily Forbes and Amy Andrews, released in October, to a full on Christmas line up in November and December, including a gorgeous four-book seasonal linked miniseries set in maternity from Tina Beckett, Kate Hardy, Susannne Hampton and Scarlet Wilson and fabulous festive stories from Alison Roberts, Annie, O Neil, Janice Lynn, Amy Ruttan, Carol Marinelli, Sue MacKay, Susan Carlisle and Louisa Heaton. I can’t wait!

I’d love to hear from you so leave me a comment below (and tell me all about what makes your Christmas so special!)

Charlotte x