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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